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Monday 10am - 7pm
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Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
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Romans Business Park
East Street
Farnham
GU9 7SX
United Kingdom

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Guigal Cote Du Rhone at £8.99Date published: 24/05/16

One of my favourite easy drinking, medium bodied, peppery red is the guigal, hands down! 

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades. Ranging from producing fine Condrieu and Cote Roties to their great value, delicious Cote Du Rhone.

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.

But hurry only at £8.99 on the mix six offer until Monday 30th!

Waimea Estate Pinot Noir 2014 NelsonDate published: 23/05/16

On a great price presently is this gem of a Piont Noir.

Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating Maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the New World.

An elegant nose of black cherry, rose petal, cranberry and subtle oak with hints of spice. A medium bodied wine with luscious dark cherry, blossom fruits, silky soft tannins, and a generous mouthfeel.

A cracking match for roasted duck or equally at home when served alongside a good mushroom risotto. £9.99 mix six price.


Rioja Reserva 2010 Marqués de VargasDate published: 21/05/16

I have to say the 2010 of this is drinking beautifully. I personally was not bowled over by the 09 but the 10 oh yes!

Although its modern winery and hacienda were built in 1989, this vineyard estate dates back to 1840, when the first vines were planted near Logroño by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marqués de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.

A rich, dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liquorice and savoury-sweet spice. Velvety, full and well balanced.

A perfect match for roasted lamb. And until this Monday 25% so a mixed six price of only £12.74 !!!!!!!!!!


Krasno Sauvignon Blanc Ribolla 2015Date published: 20/05/16

We have just started stocking the Krasno Sauvignon Blanc Ribolla blend, our first wine ever from Slovenia! 

Made by their leading producer, this co-op has over 400 individual growers cultivating over 1,000 hectares and has been going for over 50 years. This fresh and elegant blend leads with delicate aromas and flavours of green apple and white flowers followed by an impressive fruity finish with, perhaps, just a touch of herbs. A far-cry from the quintessential Sauvignon style we all know and love from New Zealand, this presents a more classic Old World example, but one which will appeal to both fans I'm sure.

This would be perfect with vegetable risottos.

£7.99 single or £6.99 on the Mix Six!

Craft Beers!Date published: 20/05/16

Lets go crazy about beers!

Our new offer allows you to buy 2 packs of craft beers and get £2 off. Allowing you to try something different, but if you're still not tempted we have some open to try on the tasting counter for free! You can come down and try a bottle before you buy. 

Sam Adams Rebel IPA

A subtle bitterness from the hops is smoothed out by light caramel and citrus notes. (£8.24)

Hawthorns Pale Ale 

The malt flavour is enhanced by spice and fruit followed by a clean waxy lemon finish (£9.99)

King of Hops Pale Ale

This is from the home of the Curious Brew craft beers, made by Chapel Down. We love the fruity citrus flavours and freshness. (£9.99)

Meantime Lager

A quintessential English lager that can stand up to stronger flavours such as mature cheeses, hams and smoked meats, or oily fish. (£10.99)

Fire up the BBQDate published: 19/05/16

I have been cooking on the bbq now for the last couple of weeks and one of my favourites meats off the grill has to be lamb chops. Trim them up but don't trim off too much fat. Pop in a marinade of rosemary, thyme, garlicand a touch of chilli. Leave for 24 hours then season well and cook on your highest heat. You want a bit of flame but keep an eye, no black bits please. Cook until med rare,serve with some grilled asparagus and well flavoured couscous. This needs a red and what better than the sumptuous Cune Reserva that also this weekend is only £8.99!!!

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.

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.


Rioja 25% off, my personal favourite: Marques de VargasDate published: 19/05/16

This is my favourite time when there is 25% off all Rioja! Bag yourself a riscal reserva magnum for under £25, get your favourite muga reserva for £12.74 or stock up on your eguia crianza for only £6.36!

The one rioja shining through for me is the Marques de Vargas reserva rioja. 

Although its modern winery and hacienda were built in 1989, this vineyard estate dates back to 1840, when the first vines were planted near Logroño by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marqués de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.

Ultimately the taste is rich, dense and the wine is a deeply coloured Reserva. Combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liquorice and savoury-sweet spice. This reserva is velvety, full and well balanced.

My case has already been purchased, £76.44 bargain!

Single bottle price - £16.99 

mix six offer- £12.74 

Majestic Presents...Leon Perdigal RoseDate published: 19/05/16

New into Majestic is the Leon Perdigal Rose (Just in time for summer). Their white and red have always been popular choices here and the Rose sure doesn't disappoint. 

Named after a renowned cellarmaster from the middle of the 19th Century these wines are a tribute to his passionate belief that the wine of the Rhône should reflect their terrior.

If you like provence crisp, fresh rose's this is one to try. 

A delicate pale pink colour with intense red fruit aromas followed by a full yet fresh with floral and citrus notes!

£8.99 single bottle price

£6.99 Mix six price 

Open to taste this weekend!

A Good EveningDate published: 17/05/16

We had a few friends over last weekend so obviously a few good bottles were consumed. We started with a couple bottles of fizz with chicken liver parfait toasts, angels on horsebacks and Vietnamese rolls.Nothing startling so moved onto the first of the whites. Inama Lot Soave first. Deep and rich. Perfect with the pigs cheek and celeriac salad. Next up a Meursault 1er 1996 from Roche de Bellene. This I was a little wary of being 20 years old. A really funky nose but on the palate beautifully balanced with soft honeyed fruits. I couldn't see it improving any further but still surprisingly youthful. Served with a chilled green soup with a quenelle of white crab meat. We then had a Alain Chavy 1er cru Puligny which was pleasant but no more. Maybe we should of had this before the other whites. A dry aged slab of sirloin next so reds. I had a bottle of Chateau Margaux 1966 that the cork was beginning to drop so decided upon pushing it in and at least trying. Expecting little it actually was delicious. Cedar on the nose but still had a little fruit left on the palate with no tannin. We followed that with the Pesquera reserva 07 which was again slightly unremarkable. Dark fruits with a little vanilla but in my opinion not a patch on the crianza. Was good with the meat though. Next up the always great Isabelle Pinot Noir from Au Bon Climat. Again just me, but this knocks the socks off most red burgundy around £35. So supple. A must try bottle. Good with harder cheese eg Comte or Beaufort. Chocolate and salted caramel pots which virtually finished us off. I found a half of Lafaurie Peyraguey 97 which was deep amber in colour but was a fantastic testament to how well a sweet wine can age. A good night!

Bollinger Open to TasteDate published: 14/05/16

Today we have the Bollinger Special Cuvee open to taste for our lovely customers! Come down and have a glass whilst you shop.

Bollinger is one of the classic champagne houses producing one of the best quality champagnes.

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status.

Resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. 

But don't just take my word for it come down and have a try for yourself! It's also on a great offer 25% off on the mix six price, making it £29.99!

Pig cheeks with Celeriac Remoulade, a fine match for Pinot Noir...Date published: 13/05/16

Tonight I will be be braising some pigs cheeks then slow cooking them with a sage, apple and cider broth. The resulting sauce will be reduced to a thick delicious jus while the cheeks and briefly flash fried to give a slight crisp. For the side I will peel and thinly slice celeriac, shallot, green and red apple and mix with low fat mayonnaise and lemon juice and sprinkle with lightly toasted crushed hazlenuts. I think this paired with the Macon Roche Rouge Gamay Pinot Noir blend or maybe something richer like the Ara Select Blocks Pinot Noir from New Zealand would be a sublime match and a true feast for the senses. Enjoy!

On Tasting CounterDate published: 13/05/16

Open this weekend is this fantastic new addition to our range the Kumeu River Pinot Gris. I have enjoyed their Chardonnay for some time and Mates Vineyard is arguably New Zealand's best Chard. Unfortunately we don't stock that wine but this new Pinot Gris proving to be a real hit with our customers.

Situated well north of the other New Zealand wine growing areas and the climate should be too hot for successful viticulture yet the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, both less than 30km from the vineyards, create ideal conditions for ripening grapes.

This wine is a finely balanced mix of delicate floral and apple fruit flavours emboldened by notes of white pepper and herbs. While slightly off dry this is never cloying.

Think Asian cuisine with this wine. Epic value at only £9.99 mix six price


Champagne EventDate published: 12/05/16

On until Monday we have a great fizz deal happening. 25% off all sub £100 fizz. Champagne is never cheap (by very wary of these £10/12 supermarket bottles!) but from only £14.99 you can buy with confidence from us. From great value houses to the most prestigious of producers. My tips are

Bolly under £30
Pol Roger under £31
Heidsieck Vintage under £19.50
De Telmont under £14.50
Perdrix Rose under £17.50
Grand Annee under £58

All mix six prices.

We even have Bolly and our best Prosecco open on Saturday. You don't get that in Waitrose!


Party Service at Majestic WineDate 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 LunchDate published: 09/05/16


I was lucky enough to be off yesterday and at 12.30 I had a text to say friends were popping in to say hello. I needed a quick lunch menu! I had some chicken thighs already marinating so bang bang chicken for main. I whipped up a quick strawberry fool but what for an appetiser. Hot day so gazpacho! There is an art to a great tasting one but with only 10 mins to make it was very much a chuck in and see. One chopped red pepper, half a cucumber, 2 sticks of celery, 2 shallots, half a clove of garlic, a chilli, 15 cherry tomatoes, a few leaves of basil, slice of stale bread, half a bottle of Big Tom, a glug of milk and six ice cubes. Blend and then taste. Adjust with any extra veg/liquid. Sieve then season and finish with a good glug of Sherry vinegar. Honestly, less than 8 mins and just perfect with a glass of Brad and Angelina's Miraval rose.

The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.

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



A Fantastic Rioja, The BeroniaDate published: 07/05/16

The Beronia at the moment is at a cracking price of £9.99 on the mix six, I haven't seen it at that price for a while so it is definitely worth getting your hand on a bottle or 10 because it truely is fantastic. 

Beronia is named after the Berones, a Celtic tribe who lived during the 3rd Century BC, in the area now known as Rioja Alta where the winery is based. Dos Maderas means 'two woods': the barrels used by the winery are made from both American and French oak, which gives the wine even more depth and complexity.

This deep ruby coloured wine has plenty of density. The complex nose is dominated by cinnamon and clove notes, with hints of toasted bread. Plenty of warm fruit, sweet tannins, and a velvet texture.

One to have with hard cheeses, tapas, cold meats or anything Spanish!

Nyetimber RoseDate published: 07/05/16

A great classic English Sparkling, the Nyetimber Rose is sure to surprise and please you.

The first Nyetimber vineyards were planted in 1988 and comprised only 35 acres, but now total over 400 acres, meeting a production target of 1 million bottles per annum. This rosé is made from grapes hand-picked from selected vine clones sourced from French nurseries.

A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir brings aromas of redcurrants and cherries, intertwined with notes of brioche and strawberry. The complex flavours are echoed on the palate, which has great texture.

One to try if you pop in store today, you'll be able to taste this and find out for yourself how great English Sparkling wine is

BBQ Prawns and RoseDate published: 07/05/16

The BBQ is working overtime at the moment as in all indulge in a lovely warm summer thus far. Tonight we have a kilo of local shell on prawns. I have put in a kicap manis, soy sauce, garlic, tomato ketchup, chilli and olive oil. Leave for a few hours and then cook on the hottest grill you can achieve for a couple of minutes each side. Then prepare to get messy! Wine wise a crisp sauvignon blanc would be good but I think we will plump for a rose. Because of the robust flavours in the marinade I'm going to head straight for the provençal wines and choose the glorious Chateau Minuty cuvee prestige.

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

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

This is the perfect match for the prawns. Priced at £13.99 (mix six) £1 chepaer than last year!!


Summer Showcase TastingDate published: 06/05/16

On the 26th May we are holding our free Summer Showcase tasting event. A wide range of new and exciting wines, spirits and beers will be open to taste and some nibbles to accompany them. We are also offering 10% off everything purchased on the evening!

Our expert wine gurus will be on hand to tell you all about the wines and help you discover something new! Our event begins at 18.00 but the wines will be open to taste all evening.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome, so please call 01252711988 or emails us at far@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. We do only have a limited number of spaces left (10 to be exact!). But do not fear if we get fully booked when you call we will be hosting a second showcase on Friday 27th May between 6-8pm, which you can sign up for, where you can try all the wines showcased the night before so no one misses out and you get 10% off that night as well!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Team Farnham 

Majestic Presents...Louis Latour Santenay 2014Date published: 05/05/16

The Story...

The Latour family began as vinegrowers in the village of Aloxe‐Corton as early as 1768 and went on to establish today's business, Maison Louis Latour, in 1797. Today they are one of the region's most famous names creating wines from their own 50 hectare domaine in the Côte d'Or and from grapes and wines purchased through the negociant arm of the business. The company has been in family ownership for 11 generations and is now led by the 7th Louis Latour. 

Santenay Rouge has seen 8‐10 months in barrels from Maison Latour’s own cooperage. Barrel making has been a time honoured tradition at Maison Louis Latour for more than half a century. It continues with over 2000 barrels being made each year, half of which are exported to other wineries worldwide. 

A sense of place...

Santenay is the most southerly village in the Côte de Beaune and produces both red and white wines. The red wines from Santenay are reputed to be full and well‐structured. They say the wines of Santenay have the soul of Volnay and the body of Pommard – the best of both!

A sense of taste...

Santenay 2014 will charm you with its nose of blackcurrant, blackberry, clove and undergrowth. Rich and supple in the mouth, this wine is very well balanced which makes this a great Friday night wine.

Single bottle £19.99, Mix Six £17.99

It's open to taste so pop in to try a cracking example of Red Burgundy from one of the region's most esteemed producers!!

Great sparkling wineDate published: 05/05/16

Love Champagne but hate the price. Why not try the brilliant Graham Beck brut which is under £10 presently. As featured on The Wine Show !

Made from a blend of new and reserve wines from grapes sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch, this is a traditional-method sparkling wine that has undergone secondary fermentation and maturation on its lees in bottle for 15-18 months.

An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.


Beer dealDate published: 05/05/16

You can tell summer's upon us as we have Peroni at a great price. £26.88 for 24 bottles. This fantastic offer is on for the next couple of weeks and we have more stock arriving so stock up now for all the summer get-togethers !

Don Papa Small Batch RumDate published: 30/04/16

Produced on the isle of Negros Occidental - the sugar capital of the Philippines due to the perfect combination of climate and rich volcanic soil. Its name comes from Don Papa Isio, one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution. This rum has a light and fruity nose with a rich-textured finish of vanilla, honey and candied fruit.

Until recently, I thought I'd found the 1 and only rum for me.  Rumbullion - it kicks like a mule, with a spicy, smokey finish you'll feel for minutes afterwards.  After the suggestions of one of my colleagues, I tried the Don Papa Small Batch and what a game changer it was.  I feel as if I've been given a 4KHD TV after decades of watching telly in black and white.  

I can hear you saying - "that's all very well, but what is it actually like?".  Velvety smooth.  Unlike anything else I've ever had before.  You'll be craving that beautiful silky mouth texture after a single sip.  A caramel body, backed by a little hint of cinnamon and an incredibly moreish vanilla finish.  

As with most of our spirits, we've got it open to try, just pop in and ask for a taste!  

£29.70 on the mix any six price.  I'd gladly take this over most spirits that cost £10 more.


Majestic Presents...Morgadia de Torre Alvarinho 2015Date published: 30/04/16

Vinho Verde is a Portuguese wine that originated in the historic Minho province in the far north of the country. Vinho Verde is not a grape varietal but a CAO for the production of wine. The name literally means "green wine," but translates as "young wine". The wines are typically light and fresh. At less than one bar of CO2 pressure, they do not quite qualify as semi-sparkling wines but do have a definite pétillance which adds an interesting summery lift to the wines. White Vinho Verde is very fresh, due to its natural acidity, with fruity and floral aromas that depend on the grape variety. They are lemon or straw coloured, around 8.5 to 11% alcohol, and are made from local grape varieties: Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura, Avesso, and Azal.

 Vinho Alvarinho is made from Alvarinho grapes, from a small designated subregion of Monção and Melgaço. It has more alcohol (11.5 to 14%) and ripe tropical aromas. 
We have just received a new Vinho Verde in our Portuguese range, the Morgadia de Torre Alvarinho and it is currently open for tasting on our counter. 2015 was the perfect vintage for Alvarinho (which is the same as the increasingly fashionable Spanish variety Albarinho) producing wiines with an ideal balance of flavour, acidity and alcohol. It displays rich fruit flavours of pineapple and peach are matched with a gloriously refreshing acidity and a long mineral finish. It would be great as an aperitif or as a foil for well flavoured fish and poultry dishes.

Single bottle price - £11.99, Mix Six price - £9.99 

Pop in and give it a try today!

Vox Populi Bobal 2012 Utiel-RequenaDate published: 30/04/16

Are you grilling tonight? Need a few bottles of a great wine for meats off the BBQ? Why not try this little gem of a wine.

Little known outside of Spain, Bobal is actually the country's third most planted grape variety. The region of Utiel-Requena, inland to the west of Valencia, is its heartland. The hot, arid climate here tends to produce fleshy, powerful red wines.

A weighty, muscular red wine, offering a dense core of forest fruit flavours framed by smooth yet abundant tannins. Aromas have a subtle floral character.

Really unlike any other wine I have had and a snip at only £8.99 a bottle (mix six price)



Introducing: Definition Chianti Classico 2014Date published: 28/04/16

Here's the latest edition to Majestic's very own Definition range.  As with all wines in the definition range, we've gone for something very distinctive of the variety. 

I'll get straight to the point with this one,because that's exactly what this wine does.  It's not shy on flavour and it's proud of that fact.  The first thing that will hit you is the absolutely mouthwatering black cherry taste, complimented with raspberry flavours and good acidity.  All of this is followed by herbal notes on the finish.  A very well balanced wine, not particularly tannic, with the delicious flavour being the only prominent aspect.  

Will go well with red sauce pasta dishes - and the thought of having it with a Pepperoni pizza is making me re-evaluate this evenings meal plans.  

Currently £9.99 on the mix six price, yet another fantastic adittion to our very own Definition range.

Open on the tasting counter until next Friday. 

Plan de Dieu 2013 Domaine DurieuDate published: 26/04/16

'Bake a Camembert and pour a glass of this. The rustic French flavours, and gentle spice of the wine will pair perfectly. The string of garlic around your neck is optional.' (Sophie - Alton branch)

Plan de Dieu is a small appellation in the centre of the southern Rhône, between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, originally cultivated in the middle ages. Domaine Durieu was created in 1976, owning vineyards established in the early 1900's, and more recent plantings.

A classic blend of Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Carignan. The 70% Grenache provides a backbone of warm, bright red, jammy fruit, while the addition of other traditional varieties gives a firm tannic structure and a spicy uplift.

Drink now or within the next 3-5 years, with rustic French or English cuisine.

New OffersDate published: 26/04/16

First of my recommendations in our new offers is the fantastic Waimea Sauvignon Blanc which is grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the new world.

Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral notes and mineral characters. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy, refreshing finish.

This is one of my go to wines and on a special price of only £7.99 is epic value to boot.

Gorgeous on a warm summer afternoon as a tipple or fantastic with a plate of native oysters.


Rivamonte Prosecco - Last Chance!Date published: 22/04/16

Where to begin?

The immense popularity of Prosecco is due in no small part to the great value it offers, but also to the style of the wine, which is much fruitier, fresher and more floral than many other traditional sparkling wines, making it ideal for parties and informal celebrations.

The snob in me wants to dislike this wine.  But I can't - it's just too good. Light bubbles, well balanced, with a refreshing crisp acidity that doesn't overpower the palate.  All backed by delicate flavours of Lemon, Apple and Peach.  

The ideal aperitif.  And whilst wanting to avoid an overused cliche - this really is a great summer drinker.  

£6.99 on the mix six - with this outstanding offer ending on Monday!  Oh, and it's also open to try.  

Majestic Presents...Diemersdal Gruner Veltliner 2015 DurbanvilleDate published: 21/04/16

Diemersdal Wine Estate, in the Durbanville Wine Valley, has launched the first-ever home-grown Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s most widely-planted and much-loved white wine grape varietal.

Winemaker Thys Louw crafted the 2015 Diemersdal Grüner Veltliner from a three hectare vineyard dating back to 2010 in a mineral, yet fruit-driven style which also characterises his signature Sauvignon Blanc wines. In the glass, Grüner Veltliner has a pale green colour, with aromas of green apple, herbs, nettles and tropical fruit. The wine is medium-bodied with a concentrated palate and lingering, mineral finish.

Grüner Veltliner is a food-friendly variety which has charmed its way onto many international wine lists in top restaurants, especially in the USA and the UK. The wine’s mineral richness and fresh acidity complement richly-flavoured foods like traditional Wiener Schnitzel, spicy Asian food and soft cheeses. Grüner Veltliner also holds up well to more challenging food matches like artichokes, asparagus and salty seafood dishes.

Asked why he chose this particular cultivar, Thys Louw quips, “Because I like it! I see great potential for this grape variety in the Diemersdal terroir. Grüner Veltliner has proven itself very fashionable in international markets and there is a gap for it in South Africa.”

We have this great example of a Grüner from somewhere other than Austria open on our counter for tasting so pop on in to sample something a bit different!

Single bottle price - £11.99 Mix Six price - £9.99

New Wine ShowDate published: 21/04/16

Isn't it great to have a TV show about wine back on our screens (ITV if you missed it)  OK, it is a bit of an acquired taste but they taste wines that are available in the UK. This week they were in Chile and visited a couple of wineries one of which we stock at Majestic. 

This really is a special wine. Not cheap I know but at the same price from the more classic wine producing areas you can often be disappointed. £33 on a bottle of purple angel gets you one of the most iconic reds from South America.

A blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot. Half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ La Finca de Apalta estate, bringing sophistication and elegance. The other half comes from their Archangel estate in Marchigüe, adding potency and strength. The grapes are hand-picked early in the morning to ensure that the grapes are cool for crushing. The clusters go through a berry selection, in which only good fruit is allowed into the tank. During the 18 months of barrel aging in new French (50%) and American (50%) oak, the wine is racked 3 times but bottled unfiltered.

Produced in small quantities this has to be ordered via our special distribution fine wine outlet.

£35 single bottle or £31.50 mixed six price.

Black Cottage Pinot Gris 2015 MarlboroughDate published: 20/04/16

Another of our absoulute favourites here in Farnham.

Winemaker David Clouston sources this Pinot Gris from several selected plots in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The grapes are night-harvested to preserve acidity and purity of fruit characters, further supported by a long, cool fermentation.

This rich and succulent Pinot Gris is filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear and exotic spices. The palate is awash with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and retains a hint of natural sweetness.

A perfect match for Asian cuisine or as I do an interesting aperitif.

Single bottle price £11.99 or mix six price of £9.99.


Web Exclusive - Kangarilla Road, Geology Series, Blanche Point Formation Shiraz - from 21st AprilDate published: 20/04/16

Our Web Exclusive this week is the much anticipated Geology Series from charismatic winemaker Kevin O’Brien at Kangarilla Road.

The Geology Series is part of Kevin’s project to explore the great geological diversity of McLaren Vale. Using a map that has taken over 20 years of geological research to produce, Kevin seeks out some of the most unique spots in the region to make these fascinating wines.

The Blanche Point Formation Shiraz is from a small single vineyard within view of Maslin Beach, which is known for its rich marine fossil and calcareous siltstone dating back 34-56 million years.

It’s deep, dark and rich, with incredible concentration. A truly impressive Aussie Shiraz which has gained a strong following from anyone who has tried it before. This is a much sought after wine that is very hard to come by (we got Kevin’s last 300 cases), so this truly is a one off opportunity. 

This is an online exclusive only and as said, quantities are very limited so we would recommend ordering first thing Thursday 21st April.

6 x 75cl bottles for £107.94

Equivalent to £17.99 per bottle


MalbecDate published: 19/04/16

L'instant Truffier Malbec has become one of our customers favourites over the years and once you taste it you see why. 

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.

Not as big as the South American Malbec so suits slightly less robust food. Good with a chilli or spag bol!


New German WhiteDate published: 17/04/16

Our Germany buyer Hollyspent many months looking for a dry German Riesling before discover this example from the small family winery Peeter & Ulrich Griebeler in the Mosel.

This wine is crisp and elegant with notes of ripe apple, peach and apricot. A perfect balance between rich fruit flavours and refreshing acidity with just a hint of minerality on the finish.

Just perfect with Asian food. £11.99 or £9.99 mix six price. Come down for a taste tomorrow!

Majestic Presents...Capaia Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Date published: 16/04/16

A recent addition to our South African range, this Bordeaux blend has been flying off the shelf with praise for its developed qualities and supremely smooth texture. A bit more info about the wine...

Maturation took place in 225L barrels from French Taransaud Coopers for 18 months before being bottled in November 2012.

It has considerable depth of colour - a dark core graduating to  youthful ruby.

With 80% of the blend comprising Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, a marriage of well integrated tannins and intense fruity black cherry, strawberry and cassis aroma is formed, which is classic for a Bordeaux blend.

The wine attacks the mouth deep and powerful, culminating in a sophisticated finish that lingers.

Although this wine is delicious to drink now, it will continue to age and develop admirably for 8 – 10 years from harvest.

You would really struggle to find a Bordeaux under £20 comparable to this quality, so at £7.99 on the Mix Six price it really is a bit of a snip! It's also open to try on our counter so if you're not convinced by reading this then pop in and give it go!!

Stunning Viognier under £10!Date published: 15/04/16

I have to say its a while since we have had this opened and all I can say is I'm blown away. Tasted blind I would guess it to be alot more expensive than its paultry £9.99 price tag (mix six)

Château St Ferréol is based in a medieval priory, where wines are known to have been made since records began in 1146. Today, although they grow several varieties, the jewel in their crown is this barrel-fermented Viognier, modelled on the fine wines of Condrieu.

Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. The palate carries on the stone fruit theme, combining glassy freshness with a mature, dried apricot complexity.

Why not pop down and have a taste this weekend!

Truffier Malbec Date published: 14/04/16

Want a malbec a little different to the classic from Argentina?

Well this malbec from Southern France is sure to be a crowd pleaser. 

The Truffier Malbec comes from one of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.

One to try if you're looking for something a little different only £6.49 on the mix six offer or £8.99 single bottle 

Great wine, Great priceDate published: 13/04/16

Just for this week we have the Ben Marco Malbec at a giveaway price of only £9.99 (mix six price). This is a cracking price for this wine but hurry as only on offer for this week or until we sell out. A case has gone home with me already!

In 1999, as a result of the need to express their love and dedication to viticulture and winemaking, Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata, started their own project together. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes.

Deep red, with complex aromas of ripe red fruits. Cherry, currants and blackberries combine with notes of vanilla and coffee. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannins giving a delightful finish.

Pefect for a slab of medium rare ribeye cooked over coals.


Short-term Mudhouse Sauvignon deal at £6.49 One Week OnlyDate published: 13/04/16

One of our short term offers is this cracking Sav Blanc from New Zealand.

Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

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

£6.49 on the Mix 6 Deal - Great white wine for a party!

The Mud House Deal lasts until the close of play on the 18th April


World Malbec Day 17th AprilDate published: 13/04/16

Malbec World Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry.


On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines. Amongst his selection, was Malbec which was from Southern France in the Cahors region.


In 1990’s Argentina positioned Malbec as their star varietal. More than 10.000 acres were planted and it became the undeniable leader of the country’s exportations.


The Malbec grape has also been grown in Chile, Australia and is starting to make a comeback in France.


We have a good selection of Malbec in our Farnham store such as:


La La Land Malbec - La La Land wines come from the Red Cliffs vineyard near Mildura in the north-west of Victoria, and are made in a deliberately up-front and early-drinking style by Dr Phil Spillman, who has made wines for some of the most prestigious wineries of the Antipodes. (Australia)


£8.99 Mix 6 Price


Santa Ana Malbec - Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards. (Argentina)


£5.99 Mix 6 Price


Argento - This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina. (Argentina)


£5.99 Mix 6 Price (Special one week promotion Price) 


Our Malbec world Week last until the close of play on the 18th April

My New Favourite GinDate published: 11/04/16

Bathtub gin is made in ultra-small batches of only 30-60 bottles at a time, and the length of the compounding period is controlled entirely by periodic sampling. The result is an extraordinary gin, lightly tinted by the botanicals, and with a flavour which is both bold, and perfumed all at once. Sure to be a hit with amateur and professional mixologists alike.

Not only cracking in a g&t but I like with a mere suggestion on Noilly Prat, stirred and served dirty.

A sparkling wine bargainDate published: 09/04/16

Are you fed up with prosecco? Why not try this gem from Graham Beck who is a winemaker based in South Africa.

Made from a blend of new and reserve wines from grapes sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch, this is a traditional-method sparkling wine that has undergone secondary fermentation and maturation on its lees in bottle for 15-18 months.

An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.

I was served this blind and guessed it to be a high quality Champagne only to find it is was a new world sparkler which is currently under £10 (mixed six price) !

Friday night wine choiceDate published: 09/04/16

Last night I dived into the delicious Tasca Regaleali Bianco Di Sicilia and it did not disappoint. 

This wine is one to try if you want something different. The grape varieties you would not have come across in your general supermarket wines. It's a blend of Inzolia, Greciano, Catarratto and Chardonnay. The grapes are grown on the noble Tasca Family estate which has been owned since the 1830s.

Absolutely divine white wine with delicate flavours integrating perfectly together. 

Fruit flavours of peach, apple and grapefruit with a refreshing acidity and crisp finish. 

One to try, it's sure to impress

(£7.99 on the mix six, or single bottle still only £8.99)

Pazo De Ulloa Date published: 08/04/16

This weeks wine of the week is an interesting blend of Palomino and Torrentos. It's definitely the new summer wine for me, refreshing and crisp everything I like in my whites. 

It is named after a novel by the same title written in the late 1800’s by Emilia Pardo Bazán. The novel was written in a naturalistic style and was essentially about showcasing the true beauty of the Galician countryside with rich characters and dramatic scenery. With Pazos de Ulloa, the winemaker believes that they have created a wine in perfect harmony with the countryside and as such it is the perfect showcase for Galicia.

This wine was specially selected and blended by our head buyer Matt Pym on a recent trip to Spain. The wine is fresh and crisp with aromatic flavours of white peach and apple and a refreshing minerality on the finish.

At only £6.99 it's one thats a must add to the basket this weekend!

Wine and ideal temperaturesDate published: 08/04/16

There's numerous ways in which temperature can impact upon a wine, beyond simply what temperature to drink it at.

Fermentation: Broadly speaking white wines are fermented at a lower temperature than reds.  Whites at 12 - 22C, as this helps them hold their delicate aromas (and therefore those all important flavours!) Reds are fermented at a 20 - 32C, as this helps them develop colour and tannins (if the temperature gets much higher and the fermentation proccess grinds to a halt.)

Storage:  Ideally, wine should be stored in a moderately cool environment, between 10 and 15C.  Any sudden, extreme changes in temperature can risk damaging the wine and impacting the flavour.  It's best for the temperature to be at a constant level.  A dark room, indoors, away from any great tempreature influence is ideal, with the kitchen, or garage often being some of the worst places for storage!

Serving: As a nation, we have a tendency to have our whites too cold and our reds too warm!  The difference in ideal serving temperature might be less than you imagined.  

Well chilled (6 - 10C) - Sweet and Sparkling wines

Chilled (7-10C) - Light to medium body whites

Lightly chilled (10 - 13C) - Medium - Full bodied, oaked whites and at the warmer end of this scale, light bodied reds  

Room temperature (15 - 18C) Medium - Full bodied Reds

So, whilst these are the reccomending serving temperatures.  Want my advice?  Pick whichever temperature you think your wine tastes best at!  

What is it about Chardonnay?!Date published: 07/04/16

International Chardonnay Day is the (21st May) so here are ten things to know about the wonderfully divisive grape. Most people, wine experts or not, seem to have an established and sometimes unchangeable opinion about this white grape variety, but we would urge you to kick back and pour yourself a glass regardless of your long-entrenched opinions…

1. Diversity
The grape Chardonnay is unusual because it can be grown in regions of varying climates, from hot to moderate to cool climates. Its style and character will vary considerably from climate to climate and from terroir to terroir. A Chardonnay from a cool climate like Chablis will taste completely different to a Chardonnay from a hotter climate like Adelaide Hills in South Australia. It is one of, if not the most diverse, white wine grape varieties.

2. Characteristics
Chardonnay does not have a particularly strong flavour on its own, which is why it is commonly oaked or fermented in the barrel. Its attributes are largely determined by technique and terroir. 

3. Cool vs warm climate Chardonnay 
An unoaked Chardonnay from a cool climate will typically have a reasonably high acidity, with lemon, apple and pear fruit flavours (e.g. Chablis) and can be similar in style to a zesty Sauvignon Blanc. 

An oaked chardonnay from a warm climate will have more stone fruit flavours like peach as well as passion fruit and pineapple. The oak influence can have a buttery and creamy influence to the flavour, as well as introduce hints of vanilla and coconut. 

4. Did you know? 
Chardonnay is one of the primary varieties in Champagne, along with Pinot Meunier and Pinor Noir. Blanc de Blancs Champagne is made purely from the Chardonnay variety. 

5. ABC (Anything But Chardonnay)
Chardonnay has quite a mixed reputation in the wine world. Some people were so adverse to the idea of drinking Chardonnay that the term ABC or “Anything But Chardonnay” was coined. 

6. Did you know? 
Chardonnay is the most planted white wine grape in the world.

7. Food and Chardonnay
The many different styles of Chardonnay make it an incredibly versatile pairing to food. It matches very well with poultry, pork and seafood. Dishes with a heavy cream or butter base also will be an excellent match for an oaked Chardonnay. Goat’s cheese also makes for a delicious accompaniment to a glass of Chardonnay. Salads, fish and seafood would be ideal with an unoaked chardonnay.

8. An International Wine Grape
This grape is as international as wine grapes go. France, Italy, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are the main countries that grow this variety. 

9. White Burgundy
Burgundy is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, and White and Red Burgundies are known to be of the highest quality, made out of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir respectively. The main appellations are Chablis, in the North, Côte de Beaune in the middle, home to Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, and the Mâconnais in the South. 

10. Pouilly-Fuissé vs Pouilly-Fumé
Pouilly-Fumé and Pouillé-Fuissé are very different. The latter is from the Mâconnais sub-region of Burgundy and often confused with the similarly named Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Sancerre, from the Loire Valley.

Porta 6 updateDate published: 05/04/16

This wine has come on a fabulous offer for this week at £6.49 and is a delicious red bursting with warm jammy forest fruit flavours with touches of violet and spice. 

Unfortuantely we are currently SOLD OUT in store, but have no fear, to bag this wine on such an amazing deal you can still pre-order it with us and we can deliver out / put some aside for you when we are re-stocked in the next 2 weeks!

If you are interested in the Porta 6 at this price, give us a call or visit us in store to put through an order and we'll let you know once it's back in stock!

Thank you

Love RiojaDate published: 04/04/16

Looking for a great midweek bottle and love Rioja then look no further than the Lagunilla Reserva.

This famous Rioja bodega was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martín, who is credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards from the phylloxera epidemic, through his pioneering work in grafting vines onto American rootstocks.

A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.

A really easy drinking wine that is soft enough to be drunk without food or with simply grilled lamb cutlets.


Porta 6 Date published: 04/04/16

James Martin on Saturday Kitchen exclaimed "One of the nicest reds I’ve tasted in 10 years on this show!" in response to the funky-labelled Portuguese red wine, the Porta 6. It is easy to see why, and then why so many people flocked online and instore to grab hold of the limited bottles we had left. Luckily we received another shipment from the relatively small winery only a few weeks later. From tomorrow, 5th April, we will be showcasing it once again and it will be at the snip of a price of £6.49, criminal really for such an approachable easy-going red wine!

The Porta 6 is made from a blend of 3 native grapes, Tinta Roriz, Castelão and Touriga Nacional. The area around Lisbon is a hive of winemaking activity, making uniquely styled wines primarily from blends of such native Portuguese grapes. This wine comes from vineyards in the Alenquer and Cadaval regions, in the mountains to the north of Lisbon.

It is a quintessentially Portuguese red, offering plenty of warm, jammy forest fruit flavours combined with heady aromas of violets and touches of spice. Supple, chewy tannins provide texture and length. This wine would pair perfectly with minted lamb chops.

From 5th April, it will be £6.49 on the mix six deal, but for one week only so don't miss out!

Pesqera CrianzaDate published: 03/04/16

One of my favourite of all Spanish reds. See what Mr Parker says about this wine/producer. I can only agree.

“Alejandro Fernandez has become one of the superstars of Spain. His wine is made from the Tempranillo grape and is aged 2-21/2 years in casks, which produces remarkable depth and richness, and a texture not unlike top notch Pomerol. The rich fruit combined with the sweet oaky smells has resulted in some opulent and voluptuous wines that are real head turners.”Robert Parker, The Wine Buyer’s Guide

This is a wine that matchs lamb with aplomb. The new vintage is in soon. Only available in small amounts so usually is stored at the fine wine centre and sent down to us when ordered.

What has happened to the price of lamb shoulder! A few years ago it was almost a by product as was the shank but now it really isn't far behind the cost of leg. I love all of the cuts and alternate between the two. Tonight it's a shoulder so I have already prepared it ready for a slow oven. Studded with a few slivers of salted anchovies, sliced garlic and rosemary. Into a roasting tin after you have seasoned well and covered tightly with foil. Into the oven around 150 for a couple of hours then take out. Drain of the fat and add a couple of sliced onions, splash of white wine and a pint of stock. Recover and another couple of hours. Take of foil to brown further for last 30 minutes. This will produce a lovely rich gravy laden with onions. Serve with cavelo nero and roast potatoes. 

Rumbullion - Spiced RumDate published: 02/04/16

If you've never been a big spirit lover before, this could be a game changer for you.  Can be used to get you going at the start of a party, or as a nightcap, sat infront of the fire - it's great for any occassion.  Produced by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth, the label depicts a hand-drawn image of an old navy grog tub.  The first thing that will hit you is the spicey, smokey backbone.  It's accomponied by toffee, caramel and zesty orange flavours, but it's that smokey mouthfeel that will make you tell your friends about it and keep you coming back for more, a really outstanding rum, that's worth every penny.  

£34.65 on the mix any six price.  Think that's too steep of a price tag?  Come in and ask for a taster.  Great with a mixer, even better on its own.  

Sam Adams Beer CompanyDate published: 01/04/16

The brand name of "Samuel Adams" (often shortened to Sam Adams), was chosen in honour of Founding Father Samuel Adams, an American revolutionary patriot who authored the Massachusetts Circular Letter and the Boston Pamphlet, co-inspired and later publicized the Boston Tea Party, and who signed the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation, and also a second cousin to president John Adams. Adams inherited his father's brewery on King Street (modern day State Street). Some histories say he was a brewer, others describe him as a maltster.

Originally known for their flagship beer, the Boston Lager, they have branched out and now have an extensive range of year-round and seasonal tipples, for example Cold Snap, a Witbier, Summer Ale, a wheat ale and Rebel IPA.

First brewed in 2014, Samuel Adams Rebel IPA is a West Coast style India Pale Ale. The beer is brewed with five American hops - American Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo. 

You can get 6 bottles of the Rebel IPA for £10.99 or 4 packs of 6 for £43.96.

Mid week supperDate published: 01/04/16

The nature of my job means I finish early evening but slightly later on a Thursday and Friday so on those nights I choose usually a simple supper. Last night we had some Barbara d'Asti to drink so I cooked a simple tomato pasta. Take a good glug of rapeseed oil and cook some diced pancetta until lightly coloured. Add a finely sliced clove of garlic and a chopped chilli. When garlic starts to colour add about 4 or 5 chopped medium tomatoes. Cook this out for a few minutes. Cook your pasta to your liking and add to your sauce. This makes a really satisfying supper and perfect with the flavours of the Barbara grape. The one I had was the example from De Forville stable.

The Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps, is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety - Barbera. Barbera d'Asti has the most vines, with many of the vineyards planted on the lower slopes and in sheltered areas resulting in fresher styles.

Intense aromas of red cherries, vanilla, rose petals and spice leap from the glass, with the intense, powerful palate exhibiting an elegant balance of fruit and tannin to a long, smooth and crisp finish.

Mix six price £10.49


Great Steak WineDate published: 31/03/16

We have an Australian weekend beginning tomorrow where we are going to be featuring half a dozen whites and reds. Amongst these will be a pair of Vasse Felix wines who if you didn't know is an epic Margaret River producer. The white is a rich but not overbearing Chardonnay and the red a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet/Merlot. I have always enjoyed these wines and they make uber smart bottles to take to friends for supper. Being a bit of a carnivore little can be better than a slab of medium rare ribeye, some chips, watercress salad and a bottle or two of this red. My trick is to get your butcher to cut the ribeye for you. The pre cut ones are always too thin so aim for a 3cm thick steak. This enables you to get great colour but still keeping it medium rare. Season just before cooking and cook this over a fierce heat for about 4 mins a side then rest for 10 mins. A perfect steak and enough for two of you and a small cat!    

Grape Focus: MalbecDate published: 30/03/16

Malbec is a black-skinned grape variety native to southern France (specifically the area around Cahors), but now better known as Argentina's dominant grape variety. Through its success in the vineyards of Mendoza, in a few short decades Malbec has shot from relative obscurity to international fame, simultaneously bringing new-found attention and respect to Argentina as a wine-producing nation.

Malbec typically ripens midway through the growing season and produces small, intensely colored grapes. As it is so sensitive to its growing environment the level of ripeness has a considerable effect on the structure of the eventual wine. Broadly speaking, French Malbec tends to be more meaty, rustic and tannic, while examples from Argentina seem to be uniformly rich, ripe, jammy and juicy. On both sides of the Atlantic, Malbec wines are generally aged in oak to enhance the wine’s structure and aging potential.

For those who haven't had it before, the Ben Marco Malbec is certainly worth giving an opportunity.  Deliciously thick and juicy on the palate, with strong blackberry and dark cherry flavours, beautifully intergrated with sweet vanilla spice on the finish thanks to the oak aging.  £11.99 on the mix six.  Perfect for big meaty dishes, particularly a rib eye steak!


Great match for Oyster BayDate published: 30/03/16

As a food match for the Oyster Bay Sauvignon one of my favourite appetisers is a simple sea bass sashimi. The trick is get the absolute freshest bass you can. Preferably from a day boat and line caught. This is where having a fishmonger you trust is a must. Get them to fillet and pin bone. Then with the sharpest knife you have cut into slices across the fillet in about the thickest of a pound coin.You can go classic with soy, wasabi and ginger or prepare a light dressing.Mine vary but broadly speaking usually are a blend of lime, yuzu, chilli, soy, palm sugar, sesame oil, coriander, grated ginger and a tiny bit of minced garlic. You can serve this just spooned over the fish or make a little raw vegetable salad with some ground peanuts thrown in. This would be perfect with a bottle or two of the Oyster Sauvignon.

Calling all Oyster Bay Sauvignon fansDate published: 29/03/16

Just for this week we have a great offer on a pair of Oyster Bay wines. We have the Sauvignon and Merlot both down at £7.49 ! They might not be my first choice when they are full price but at this deal I have already snaflled a couple og cases myself!

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

The red is plumy, jammy with ripe berry fruits augmented by hints of spice, toasted oak and chocolate aromas are followed by a rich, rounded and fruity palate with subtle oak and spices and an intense finish.

On offer at £7.49 mix six price.

La Marca - Prosecco di Conegliano Date published: 26/03/16

If you have any affinity towards Prosecco whatsoever, you owe it to yourself to try the La Marca Conegliano. Part of the La Marca range, based in Oderzo in Veneto.  These guys have continually strived for improvement in their winemaking techniques, using the latest and greatest technology available to them and it really shines through.

But what does it actually taste like?  Well, it's lovely and light, but not shy on flavour.  You'll instantly notice the crisp apple flavour, infused with tropical notes of pineapple.  Bubbly, but not aggressively so, enough to remind you it's there and it' proud of itself. It cannot be overstated, this is a very easy drinker, perfect for the (please, please, please) impending summer.  A high quality wine at a very affordable pricetag and in my mind, the best bang for your buck Prosseco (if not outright) here at Farnham.  Particularly good if you prefer the dry style of Prosecco.

Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch

£8.99 on the any six wines pricing.  

Or Pork?Date published: 25/03/16

You could easily go red or white if roasted Pork is your choice. Belly and shoulder I would probably side with red but I'm going to assume it's a loin cut so i'm going to suggest the sumptuous St-Véran 'Les Crais' Domaine Cordier.

'Les Crais' is situated on a southern hill near the village of Leynes with very low yields of 25 hl per hectare to increase ripeness and concentration. 20% of the wine experiences new French oak and with very little fining or filtration produces a very rich style.

This is possibly one of the richest examples of a Saint-Véran's you might find, with concentrated apricot and peach surrounded by a creamy oak texture.

This is a wine that punches really above its weight and at £19.79 (mix six price) a serious bargain!


Chicken or Turkey?Date published: 25/03/16

Chicken or Turkey ? These birds call out for either a white burgundy or pinot noir. I actually prefer the latter and a relatively new wine to us is the Definition Pinot Noir from New Zealand would be a great choice.

The Majestic Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemaker...Pinot Noir. A temperamental and challenging variety which demands careful, considered growing and winemaking.

Our Pinot noir, from Marlborough in New Zealand. Note the silky texture and flavours of raspberry, dark cherries and roast coffee beans.

A snip at only £11.99 mix six price


Beef for Easter?Date published: 25/03/16

Chosen Beef for this weekend? Most full bodied wines will go well but we recently tasted the Vasse Felix Cabernet/Merlot from Australia. We haven't seen this wine for some time so it was great to see it back in stock.

Named in honour of an early seafarer who drowned whilst exploring the treacherous coast, Vasse Felix in the Wilyabrup sub region of Margaret River region of Western Australia, produces award winning wine from ancient soils influenced by the Indian and Southern Oceans.

Perfumed and leafy aromas along with generous black fruits and berry fruit aromas. A palate rounded by oak, integrated and ripe tannins and warming layers of dark fruits. An integrated complex finish.

A really fine match for beef and only £11.99 mix six price.


Lamb for Easter?Date published: 25/03/16

If you have plumped for lamb this Easter be it a leg or slow cooked shoulder there are a couple of wines that are classic partners. One such wine would be the Rioja reserva  from the highly esteemed Spanish producer Bodegas Muga.

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

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

This is a cracking Rioja and great value at £14.99 mix six price


Introducing a new Spanish wine...Date published: 23/03/16

We have recently received a new Galician white wine in our already-extensive Spanish range! This wine was specially selected and blended by our head buyer Matt Pym on a recent trip to Spain. It is fresh and crisp with aromatic flavours of white peach and apple and a refreshing minerality on the finish. As quoted by Olly Smith, "this Palomino/Torrontes blend is soft, bracing and sublime with shellfish!".

£7.99 single price, £6.99 on the Mix Six Deal. 

And it's open to taste on our counter right now!

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 23/03/16

Our Easter opening hours:

Friday 25th - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 26th - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 27th - Store Closed 

Monday 28th - 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 29th - 10am - 7pm 

King of Hops - our own craft beer rangeDate published: 21/03/16

We have samples of both of our new craft beers chilled down and open on the tasting counter!

The Session IPA - our East Anglian friends at Adnams worked with us to produce this deeply flavoursome beer, a deliciously drinkable brew popping with zingy grapefruit and fresh floral flavours.

The Pale Ale - this is from the home of the Curious Brew craft beers made by Chapel Down. We love the fruity citrus flavours and freshness.

Both six packs are just £9.99 each so pop in to try before you buy, and then...BUY!!

Cotes Du RhoneDate published: 21/03/16

Cotes Du Rhone, Guigal

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades.

This gorgeous Cotes du Rhone is full-bodied and offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine as well as one to enjoy by itself if you like your wines bursting with flavour and intensity.

Definitely try it with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.

Vina Eguia - Gran ReservaDate published: 19/03/16

I love a Rioja, yet I had recently found myself a little bored of them.  Then this little gem steps forward and makes me want to kick myself for ever losing faith.  It's rare you'll find such a high quality Gran Reserva for £8.99. The Eguia is aged in Oak barrels for 30 months and held in the bottle for 3 years to really allow the flavours to fully develop.  And boy does it show.  Smoke for days is accompanied by classic Rioja spice, underpinned by a gentle warming spice, with dark fruit flavours refreshing the pallet.  And that's without mentioning it's weighty, smoother than silk mouthfeel.  If the flavours don't keep you coming back for more, then the texture certainly will!

£8.99 on the any six or £10.49 single bottle price.

Oh and did I mention it's on the tasting counter until Friday?  

I'll see you in store.

Buyers Choice Pinot NoirDate published: 18/03/16

This weeks buyers choice is the Australian Pinot Noir bursting with cherry, redcurrant and warming spices.

Made in the heart of the Yarra Valley one hours drive from Melbourne the slightly cooler climate here, due to altitude, make it an ideal place to grow Pinot Noir.

Fresh redcurrant and red cherry flavours are enhanced by delicate spicy and floral notes, one you must come and try on the tasting counter this weekend!

Single Price: £11.99 mix Six: £9.99

A quick guide on ChardonnayDate published: 17/03/16

Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted white varieties across the world and it fiercely divides wine fans. It still has many fans but vast oceans of cheap heavily oaked wine flooding the market in the past has produced a vocal “anything but Chardonnay” crowd, turned off by overripe fruit and chewy oak. Thankfully this style is now mostly extinct and many of the styles being produced are leaner, fresher and less rich.


The spiritual home of Chardonnay is undoubtedly Burgundy, producing the most classic (and often most expensive) examples.


Burgundy produces a whole array of wine styles and probably one of the best known is the lovely fresh style of Chablis.  If you're lookign for some cracking value for money, try a Petit Chablis.  Very similar in style, yet a fraction of the cost!

Richer styles of Burgundy such as Meursault often command a terrifying price tag - for those wanting a bit more body to their wine, the South of France is often a great place to look. One of our consistent best sellers is the Grand Ardeche Chardonnay from Louis Latour (£9.99). Produced in the warmer climes of the Languedoc-Roussillon, the wine is matured in oak to imbue more richness and complex flavours. The classic green apple of Chardonnay is joined by riper fruit and a lovely creamy, toasty character from the oak - perfect with roast chicken.


Whilst in the past new world examples could be overbearing and too rich, there’s now a raft of great examples that are more restrained and nowhere is this more evident than Australia. Once the kingpin of rich Chardonnay, the Aussie style is now much more elegant. Peter Lehmann's art and Soul (£8.99) is a classic example.  This wine hits the middle ground between a lean, steely style and an oaky rich Chardonnay perfectly.  Medium bodied, complimented by flavours of lemon and pear, infused with a light vanilla finish.


Sometimes however a rich, oaky new world Chardonnay is still needed and thankfully the Americas are still on the ball. Try the Chateau St Jean, an absolutely massive wine at £10.49.  Beautifully smooth and creamy, with a lovely oak finish.  This is my go to when people ask for a rich Chardonnay.  




Pouilly-FuméDate published: 13/03/16

Pouilly-Fumé is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) for the dry white wine produced around Pouilly-sur-Loire, in the Nièvre département. Another white wine produced in the same area but with a different grape variety is called Pouilly-sur-Loire.

Pouilly-Fumé is made purely from Sauvignon Blanc, a type of vine whose clusters are formed of small ovoid grapes, pressed against each other and resembling small bird eggs. At maturity, these grapes are coated with a greybloom, the color of smoke — which explains why Pouilly winegrowers talk of "white smoke" to describe the type of vine or the wines made from it. “Fumé” also refers to the smoky bouquet (the renowned "gun flint aroma"), bestowed by the terroir vineyards of Pouilly/Loire.

The Nièvre vineyard is spread over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres), with 120 winemakers annually producing approximately 70,400 hectolitres.

This varietal Sauvignon is similar to those of the vineyards of Sancerre. It should not be confused with Pouilly-Fuissé, a chardonnay wine from the south of Burgundy (Mâcon).

Our own label, Definition, has recently had a new addition to the range, a Pouilly-Fumé. It is made by the famed fine wine producer Ladoucette but at £12.99 on the mix six deal, it is a bit of a snip. It really displays the typical expected characteristics with a great smokey, steely, citrussy edge that will leave you salivating for more!

End of offersDate published: 12/03/16

Theres some end of offers on some great wines which we have opened on the tasting counter this weekend for you!

Lagunilla Reserva £6.99 mix six

A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.

Errazuriz Pinot Noir £ 6.99 mix six

An attractive colour with an aromatic nose of cherries, floral notes and a touch of mint. The fresh palate displays fruit that is well-balanced by smoky nuances from the oak ageing.

Errazuriz Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 mix six 

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.

These three are open to taste but there are many more offers ending this month, like perrier jouet brut, trebuchet chardonnay, Rustenbery R M Nicholson, Langois brut and rose - come down and have a look before the end of Monday!

Open this WeekendDate published: 10/03/16


Vox Populi Bobal, Utiel-Requena. This is a little gem. A dinky bottle but a great wine.

Little known outside of Spain, Bobal is actually the country's third most planted grape variety. The region of Utiel-Requena, inland to the west of Valencia, is its heartland. The hot, arid climate here tends to produce fleshy, powerful red wines.

A weighty, muscular red wine, offering a dense core of forest fruit flavours framed by smooth yet abundant tannins. Aromas have a subtle floral character.

Try with strongly flavoured smoked meats or a piece of good manchego.

Come and have a taste this weekend.

Mix six price of only £8.99.


Wine of the Week - the AIX Rosé MagnumDate published: 10/03/16

This week we have an absolute steal of a deal on our Aix rosé magnums. It is an award-winning wine from one of Provence's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. It is boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

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

Enjoy

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

At £14.98 on the mix six deal for two bottle's worth this is the best value it has ever been so pop in and give it a taste!


Errazuriz 'iz' the Buyer's Choice for a reasonDate published: 09/03/16

From the 10th March our two Buyer's Choice wines are the Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Estate Series Pinot Noir from the esteemed Chilean producer of Errazuriz based in the Aconcagua Valley. They have been recognised on a number of occasions as one of the top Chilean producers and this quality can be seen from their entry level wines all the way up to their flagship labels. They create wines with complexity and balance that are excellent value for money and this applies especially to these two wines. With pedigree far beyond their price point they are an excellent option for those looking for quality without breaking into premium price points.

The Sauvignon Blanc displays citrus, grass, tropical fruits and the quintessential zingy fresh character you expect from the grape; £8.99 on the mix six deal.

The Pinot Noir has lashings of red fruit, a warming spice and a subtle toasty oak influence and at £6.99 on the mix six deal, trust me, you won't find a better quality, more reasonably-priced Pinot!

They are both open on our counter for tasting so come and give them a go and discover how good Chilean releases can be!

Beefsteak MalbecDate published: 08/03/16

For one week the beefsteak malbec has come down in price to £5.99 on the mix six and it stands up to its name!

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

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

One that you must try with beef stew or a big old steak

Chilean Pinot NoirDate published: 07/03/16

We have some great deals that about to end this coming Monday. One such red is the Errazuriz Pinot Noir from Chile. Pinot Noir is an extremely tricky grape varietal to grow and finding good examples under £10 is rare to say the least. I'm not trying to say this is like a sumptuous Corton but for only £6.99 it is damn good.    

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. He realised that the cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers combined with Pacific breezes to make it an ideal area to grow grapes.

An attractive colour with an aromatic nose of cherries, floral notes and a touch of mint. The fresh palate displays fruit that is well-balanced by smoky nuances from the oak ageing.

A good wine for crispy duck pancakes!


Rose weather? At this price it isDate published: 07/03/16

It's almost that time of year again (well almost) when Rose becomes the number one favourite to crack out in the garden with friends and yummy food. We may have to wait a little longer for the possibility of sitting in deck chairs but still no time like the present to bag yourself a bargain on a magnum of Rose. 

We have the Aix Magnum down this week only at £14.98 mix six or £16.65 single bottle. 

It's definitely my favourite rose, mainly because I am a lover of provence style but also it's a great one for sharing. 

It's unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

Don't miss out on stocking up on this treasure of a rose and hopefully these prices on rose will bring along that warm weather to! We'll see!

Great Value SupperDate published: 05/03/16

Who likes a bargain? Well we certainly do in our household and an ingredient new to me is pork osso bucco. I have had veal before but not pork so I had a search for a few recipes without much inspiration so guessed best cooked long and slow. First I browned the seasoned pork in a hot pan until coloured on all sides. Remove pork and then in same pan sweat some onions, fine dice of celery and lardons until soft. Then add chopped garlic, thyme and a little chilli. I then added a splash of Marsala and cooked until the alcohol has burnt off. Put pork back in and added a good stock to cover then cook in a low oven for couple of hours checking every 30 minutes to check still another liquid. The pork should be as tender as and falling off the bone. You know can go various ways with it. Flake and use gelatine in the liquid to set in terrine, mix with duck fat for a pork rilletes, create a pie or as I did make some fresh pasta and use as a ragu. 4 pieces is enough for 2 people and for this amount it is around £3! It is a rich dish so wine wise I think you need something to cut through so I'm going to suggest the Finca Resalso from the Emilo Moro stable. 

Finca Resalso is a collection of vineyards ranging from 5 - 15 years of age; the youngest vines in the Emilio Moro estate. The wine is a lighter alternative to their signature wine, still of 100% 'Tinto Fino', having undergone less extraction and oak ageing.

Dominated by primary fruit character, combining ripe mulberry and cherry with forest fruit characters. Subtle notes of liquorice and spice add a hint of savoury depth.

There is a little tannin but this works well with the pork. A snip at £8.99 mix six price.


The bin end saleDate published: 04/03/16

The bin end - absolutely essential if you're looking to pick up a bargain.  These wines are no longer being bought by Majestic, so once our stock is gone that's all there is I'm afraid!

Now for the good news.  We still have a few bottles left, that really are outrageously good value for money.  My personal reccommendation would be the 1998 Chateau Haut - Franquet, retailing at £13.32 on the mix six.  I'm not sure it's possible to find this quality of bordeaux at this price anywhere else and if there is, pop in and let me know where!

Another wine of particular note is the Matetic Corallilo Sauvignon Blanc.  At £7.99 on the mix six price, this is some high quality stuff.  Classic Gooseberry flavours, but wonderfully refined, without too much acidity.  We've only a couple of boxes left, so get it before its gone!


James's choice for the weekendDate published: 03/03/16

For my tip for this weekend I am recommending the fantastic value La Garnacha Salvaje del Moncayo. This has long been a go to wine for me and lovers of Rhone wines is you have never tried should pop down this weekend for a taste.

Northern Spain offers some of the most classic expressions of Garnacha (or Grenache), with this wine being a notable example, made from grapes harvested from ancient 'wild' bush vines in the mountainous Moncayo end of the Ebro Valley.

Powerful aromas of wild berries and tobacco leaf are tempered by a sense of freshness and floral edges. The middleweight palate has ripe red fruit and a Burgundian minerality, with subtle French oak.

This is a favouite of mine and a snip at the price. Food wise a slowly cooked casserole of beef would be a great match. As recommended by The Times, Jancis Robinson, Decanter and The Independent !

£8.99 or a mix six price of only £7.99!


New ItalianDate published: 03/03/16

Triplica Greco Di Tufo

The white wines of Campania are always interesting and despite having some of the oldest history in the wine making world, they are still perfectly suited to modern palates and ever developing.

This is a fine example of what the Greco grape has to offer. It is well flavoured yet elegant, refreshing and with low acidity. Great flavours of mango, pear and floral notes. 

I think this is going to be a great summer white wine to be relaxing with and will go perfectly with fish dishes. 

Come down and try it's open on the tasting counter!

Single Bottle: £9.99 or Mix Six: £8.99

Great offer on Catena Malbec this weekendDate published: 02/03/16

One of the very first of all Argentinan Malbec's we stocked as a company and still on of the very best. This weekend we have it open to taste and a whole £4 cheaper than my favoured supermarket!

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.

Perfect with a fat steak!

Mix six price £8.99 but only this weekend


Loire ValleyDate published: 02/03/16

The Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is made up of 4 sub-regions: NantaisAnjou-SaumurTouraineCentral Vineyards.The Loire covers a huge area and has altering climates which means each sub region produces unique wines.

Nantais:  

Maritime climate, contains Muscadet made from Melon de Bourgogne - producing dry whites, usually with a refreshing stone fruit flavour and often a crisp minerality on the finish. 

Anjou-Saumur:

Climate on the maritime side, red, white and rose are produced. Chenin blanc used for whites and cabernet franc used for reds.  Also produces some lovely sparkling - most notably Bouvet.  Bouvet is an excellent alternative to champagne if you prefer your sparkling a little more fruit forward and stunning value for money at £9.99 on the mix six price.

Touraine: 

Climate is a cross between maritime and continental. Reds are produced from Cabernet Franc mainly, but Malbec and Gamay are also used. Whites are produced from Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

Central Vineyards:

Continental climate and this produces dry, acidic whites which are drank young and rarely suitable for ageing. Famous for Sancerre and Pouilly Fume made from Sauvignon Blanc. Reds made in Sancerre from Pinot Noir


If you're fed up of the same old New Zealand Sauvignon, then give Loire a go!  Some beautifully crisp, clean and bone dry Sauvignons are produced here that scream of quality.  My personal favourite is the Jean Vincent Pouilly Fume, all too easy to finish in a single sitting.  Reminiscent of New Zealand Sauvignon with its classic Gooseberry flavours, but a little more refined, absolutely bone dry, with a wonderful mouthfeel. £11.99 on the mix six.

Mid week tippleDate published: 01/03/16

I'm a big fan of Cabernet Sauvignon and often it is my grape of choice. As a mid week wine this Don Mateus fits the bill to a tee.

From the Alto Maipo area close to the Andes Mountains where cool nights and warm days create ideal conditions for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are harvested by hand and matured in contact with French oak.

Aromas of blackcurrant and blueberry emanate from the glass followed by an intensely fruity palate of dark plum and blackcurrant lifted by a spicy and refined finish.

Only 7.49 mix six price.

Wave Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/03/16

We've still got a few bin end lines in stock and one thats been reduced even more is the Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc.

A classic Chilean Sauvignon bursting with grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. Really clean and crisp with great concentrated flavours.

A great accompaniment to fresh king prawns or by itself! 

£9.99

 £6.99 

NOW £5.99, don't miss out on this refreshing Sauvignon, for any fresh white wine lover

Vasse Felix ChardonnayDate published: 29/02/16

Recently I tried the Vasse Felix Chardonnay and I was not dissapointed. 

Located in Margaret River, in the South Western corner of Australia, Vasse Felix have a state-of-the-art winery where this Chardonnay is produced using premium parcels of fruit and partial wild yeast fermentation in French oak barriques.

Lovely toasty, nutty nose, with peach and tropical fruits on the palate. Complemented by nutty hints and a touch of vanilla toast, a full flavoured wine, yet reserved and well integrated.

You cannot go wrong with this delicous Aussie Chardonnay, at £14.39 on the mix six, it's one you must try

Wine CourseDate published: 29/02/16

Interested in learning a little more about the world of wine?

We have wine course running on the 13th March (Sunday). It's an hour and a half, informal discussion and tasting about wine and we'll be matching these to food as well!

It will give you an understanding of wine, from grape to glass!

If you would be interested give us a call or let a member of staff know in store, it's just a donation of £5 to our charity!

New to MajesticDate published: 28/02/16

It is no secret the price of wines from Oz have gone through the roof over the last couple of years and thus our listing has shrunk. This however is a cracking new wine from De Bortoli. The Astonomer Chardonnay come in currently at a measly £5.99 a bottle (mixed six price)

De Bortoli practice high input viticulture with a huge emphasis on site selection and the use of mature vines. This approach has enable them to produce, among many others, the great sweet wine Noble One. The same care is applied to this entry level Chardonnay.

Carefully selected yeast gives this wine a creamy texture with flavours of peach and nectarine and just the slightest hint of vanilla. The creamy texture is balanced by fine acidity.

Great as a simple glass of wine after a long day.


Champagne works with what food?!Date published: 27/02/16

Champagne is traditionally served as a celebratory drink or as an aperitif; very few would normally dare to match with food or believe that it is even possible. Below are 5 interesting and unusual food matches that with leave your taste buds tingling more than just from the fizz!!

Grilled chicken breasts with a grapefruit glaze - pair with Pol Roger Brut Reserve.

Poached eggs with parmesan and smoked salmon toasts - pair with Krug.

Glazed beetroot and burrata toasts - pair with Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose.

Wasabi-deviled eggs - pair with Bollinger Special Cuvee.

And last but not least, a take on the classic Champagne pairing...

Mustard-glazed Black Cod with fingerlings and chive puree - pair with Laurent Perrier Brut.

Try these and open up your senses to a new and wonderful experience!

James's choice for the weekendDate published: 27/02/16

This is the weekend to buy Champagne. We have a blanket 25% off all sub £100 fizz! My personal picks are the following.
1/2s of Veuve and Ruinart @ £18.74 when you just fancy a cheeky mid week glass each.
Mumm Cordon Rouge @ £19.99 if it's good enough for the F1 boys.
Perrier Jouet @ £24.99 the softest of all houses.
Pol Roger @ £30.73 a rare offer on a fantastic fizz. Mr Churchill uses to drink 2 bottles a day and look how dynamic he was!
Bolly @ £32.99 my favourite NV. Consistently the richest of all houses.
Then stock up on a few magnums of Louis Roederer @ £63.72 great for supper with friends or birthdays.

All these prices are the mix six price and only available until 7.00pm Monday 29th February.

Vina Pomal Date published: 26/02/16

My favourite the Vina Pomal Reserva, is back in stock and it's one that you must try!

The grapes for this wine come from Viña Pomal's own vineyards which surround the winery. The first Viña Pomal release was over 100 years ago in 1904, and they have since been producing high quality, classic 100% Tempranillo Riojas.

Bursting with blackberry and raspberry fruit, the palate is clean, intense and persistent. Perfectly balanced with soft velvety tannins it is delicious from start to the long finish.

You will not be disappointed!

25% of all Champagne? Yes, it really is!Date published: 25/02/16

From the 25th until the 29th February there is at least 25% off all Champagne (for bottles up to £100) so you can stock up and celebrate guilt-free this Spring. Veuve Cliquot at £29.99, Bollinger at £32.99 and the Heidsick Bronze Top at £14.99 would be my personal recommendations. 

We will have a bottle of the Canard Duchene and Heidseick Bronze Top chilled down and open for tasting across this weekend so pop in to try some fizz and inspire you on what to choose to take advantage of this great deal!

This weeks buyers choiceDate published: 25/02/16

The buyers choice this week is the great value shiraz and chardonnay from De Bortoli, The Astronomer. At £5.99 these are a steal!

De Bortoli practice high input viticulture with a huge emphasis on site selection and the use of mature vines. This approach has enable them to produce, among many others, the great sweet wine Noble One. The same care is applied to this entry level Shiraz.

The Shiraz displays classic notes of Blackcurrant, Bramble and white pepper. It is extremely full bodied and rich for a wine of this price.

The Chardonnay is made with carefully selected yeast, which gives this wine a creamy texture with flavours of peach and nectarine and just the slightest hint of vanilla. The creamy texture is balanced by fine acidity.

They both are open to taste so come in store and try them!

El Viajero Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley, ChileDate published: 24/02/16

El Viajero Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley, Chile


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!

Currently £7.99 on the mix six price, or £8.99 single bottle price.

What to drink with Pork Belly...Date published: 23/02/16

Red or white? That is the question...you can do either as long as the white is a full fruity style, but the current season, I believe, calls for a red accompaniment. Pork rillettes are easy to match with red. Try peppery Rhone reds, red Bordeaux and inexpensive New World Cabernet-Shiraz. When they're served with a pickled addition, the vinegar must be considered, so match with a red with relatively high acidity like a simple youthful Tuscan or Loire.

Pork belly with soy and star anise for example has sweet, spicy notes which calls for a smooth, rounded red with ripe and juicy characteristics - Pinot Noir is the clear choice here. I recently paired the Ara Select Blocks Pinot from New Zealand with pork belly, a celariac-potato puree and spring cabbage-pancetta mix; divine really doesn't do it justice so try it for yourself!  

Geat priced ChardonnayDate published: 23/02/16

We all adore Chardonnay here and always have. I have to admit not being a massive South African red fan but I am of their whites. This particular wine is only £8.99 (mix six price) and it really punches above its weight.

Sourced from Vergelegen’s premium vineyards located on south-southwest facing slopes, fruit for the Chardonnay is grown on Helderberg granite or Clovelly soils. Grapes were whole bunch pressed prior to fermentation and 40% aged in French oak.

Pale golden coloured with powerful and intense citrus and biscuit aromas. A concentrated palate of ripe stone-fruit, toasty vanillia oak and fresh acidity. A long and fruity finish.

This would match a piece of grilled salmon with aplomb.


Gin!Date published: 22/02/16

A brief introduction to Gin: 

Gin is made from a neutral spirit and infused botanical and juniper berries. The spirit is brought down to correct alcohol volume using spring water water. The botanical infusion is a mix of citrus peal, coriander and many other herbs and spices. Juniper is always added.

London Distilled gins use a slightly different method with distilling. The alcohol vapour is either run through junipers or the the spirit is poured through the junipers.

Currently we are selling a huge variety of craft gins and old reliable labels.  My personal favourite is Silent Pool - which we have open to try,.  Let me serve you it up, with a bit of fever tree tonic and some ice!  It's made just down the road in Albury.  It's Juniper lead, using 24 botanicals and a touch of honey.


Classic combinationsDate published: 21/02/16

Ok, I have avoided the cricket score so what awaits me tonight is that recording and a slow roasted shoulder of lamb. This is a brilliant cut that deserves a great wine. I'm going for the Caronne St Gemme 2010 which is always a vigorous wine whilst young but with 2010 being such a great year which can be drunk already it will match the shoulder with aplomb.

The vineyard of Caronne Ste-Gemme is made up of 45 hectares planted on a mound of gravel with a base of iron-rich sandstone. Plantings consist of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and the average vine age is 25 years.

A bright nose of red fruit with a perfumed edge follows onto the palate with added nuances of smoke, black pepper and subtle oak.

A real snip at only £13.99 mix six price.


A Pie. Lid or Topping?Date published: 20/02/16


Should a pie have a lid or a topping. This is an important question in my household. I think a topping  and my wife thinks pastry. Be it either one of my favourites is a pie made from beef shin. This needs long slow cooking and this is how I do mine. Brown your beef shin (cut into large chunks) and set aside. The next few processes will determine how good the end result will be. Sweat a miropoix of carrot, celery, leek and onion until soft. Then add a couple of chopped garlic cloves and a bouquet garni. When garlic soft  re add beef complete with resting juices, a bottle of reasonable red, tin of chopped and peeled san marzano tomatoes, squeeze of ketchup, a tub of good chicken or beef stock, a little chilli, a few shakes of Worcester sauce and a squeeze of unami paste. Cook this is a low oven for around 3 hours checking every hour and making sure not too reduced. The meat should be uber tender and the sauce rich and deep in flavour. If you need to thicken just reduce on the stove top.and correct this seasoning. Now I keep for a day then make the pie. This just deepens the favour. So then top. Either puff pastry top, sides and bottom. You could do mash but i like pre blanched slices of potato that have been placed neatly on top. Brush with butter, bake for 20, brush with butter, bake for 20, top with grated cheese and bake for 20. 

This deserves a good red and I would go for the epic Esprit de Pennautier.

I have been lucky enough to visit this property and ever since have adored many of their wines. 

This premium cuvée from the Lorgeril family estate is a blend of fantastic old-vine Syrah with Bordeaux varieties, grown on the south-facing slopes of La Montagne Noir close to Carcassonne, and as such is one of the finest examples of the robust Cabardès style.

A powerful nose of black fruits infused with hints of truffle, pepper and coriander. Full-bodied and rich, with firm yet approachable tannins and mellow, toasty wood influence.

A real steal at only £17.99 mix six price.





Old Vine ZinfandelDate published: 20/02/16

One of the most classic grape varieties associated with the US is the famous Zinfandel. With its rich, bold flavours it's a great style of wine to explore. 

The Cline is one of my favourites, the grapes are selected from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions and the majority come from the oldest and lowest-yeilding vines. 

Beautiful flavours of ripe strawberries, notes of coffee bean, cocoa and vanilla. A real juicy bold wine with great warmth.

If you want to start exploring different grape varieties this is a great place to start, one of my top 10 wines at the moment and it's only £15.99 on the mix six

Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2014/2015 Coastal Region Date published: 20/02/16

One of the wines we've chosen for our spotlight on South Africa is the Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc.  Great value for money, easy drinking, but most importantly, just downright tasty.

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


Classic gooseberry flavours, with a hint of passion fruit.  A subtle, smooth texture with a crisp, refreshing minerality to finish. If you're looking to stock up on something delicious, yet easy to drink for summer, look no further.


Partner with spicy Asian-style barbecued fish.  Oh and did we mention it's £5.49 on the mix six price, like a bantamweight boxer, this punches well above its weight.  


Domaine Tranquillité 2009 Bernard MagrezDate published: 19/02/16

An amazing value, limited parcel from acclaimed Bordeaux winemaker Bernard Magrez, this combines Bordeaux and Languedoc styles. Part of the blend has seen ageing in French oak barrels for 6 months which, with some bottle age, has softened the once powerful tannins, making it an all too easy drinker, yet certainly not lacking in complexity.

Strong aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and pepper.  This is a powerful black fruit and spice-driven red, with layers of leafy, herbaceous complexity and a smooth texture to boot.  Picture yourself getting home after a long day at work, drawing the curtains and warming yourself up with a glass of red - this is the one to reach for.  

Snap up this wine while you can, excellent over a rich beef stew, but more than suitable on its own

Buyers Choice - RustenbergDate published: 19/02/16

Rustenberg RM Nicholson - Syrah/Cab Sauv blend - £9.99 mix six offer price

This 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. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration.

Great blackcurrant aromas are complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.

If you haven't tried it you must come in and taste as it is definitely one of my highly rated wines

South Africa SaluteDate published: 18/02/16

It's the South African tasting week and we have some great wines that really encompass what South Africa have to offer. 

We have the Vergelegen cab sauv/merlot blend and chardonnay open and they are great examples of classic styles and are renowned for the finest of wines. The Stellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterranean climate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains.

In the Cab Sauv/Merlot blend you have lovely aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish.

The Chardonnay is a pale golden coloured with powerful and intense citrus and biscuit aromas. A concentrated palate of ripe stone-fruit, toasty vanillin oak and fresh acidity. A long and fruity finish.

Come and give them a try this weekend!

Negroamaro 2013 Feudo Dei TariDate published: 18/02/16

Feeling a little rusty on my Italian wines, I thought I'd pick up a bottle of Negroamaro to refresh myself.  £6.49.  In expected a fairly middle of the road, decent but not spectacular wine.  How wrong I was.

This wine comes from several vineyard sites around the Adriatic port of Brindisi in Puglia, the Italian homeland of the Negroamaro grape, which can trace its origins back to the arrival of the first Greek settlers, who came to southern Italy around 8000 years ago.

A very fruit forward wine, with juicy blackcurrant and black cherry flavours.  Plenty of acidity to keep the mouth watering and firm, ripe tannins and hints of cocoa on the finish, leaving me contemplating if this was really £6.49. 

Perfect for a tomato based Italian dish, including pizza.  

Own Label GemDate published: 17/02/16

Do you love fat rich Chards? Look no further than the delicious Definition Oaked Chardonnay which comes from Limoux which is somewhat of a great hunting ground for sub £10 wines.

Below is a quote from Decanter Magazine.

'Chosen by Majestic for its Definition range, it brims with toast, lemon and nuts, along with ripe stone fruits, a plush texture and fresh acidity'

Decanter magazine - Christelle Guibert - January 2016

The Majestic Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemaker...Chardonnay. Known as a 'blank canvas' for winemakers due to the number of different styles it can produce.

Our Chardonnay, from Limoux in the South of France, chosen for its luxurious texture. Flavours of apple pie, toast and ripe peaches.

One for a partner to a rich fish pie.

Mixed six price £9.99.



NED SAUVIGNON BLANC 1 WEEK ONLY £6.99!Date published: 16/02/16

I think it is safe to say that Ned Sauvignon is one of Majestic's customers favourites wines and has been for a number of years now. The departure of Brent Marris from Wither Hills was a sad day until we tasted his new venture and thus Ned was born. It has all the traits of a typical 'Kiwi Sav Blanc' but is a finely balanced example that has good acidity and a long finish. It suits to being served as an aperitif or as a match for Asian food. One of my staples at maison Hurd is a Thai style salad which is a great match for this wine. The secret is to finely slice/dice/shred your vegetables. This makes for a nicer eat and appearance. Investing in a handheld mandolin really helps here.Chop finely sweet heart cabbage, carrot, Chinese leaf, green papaya and shallot. In a pestle and mortar lightly bruise some green beans (snake if you can) and firm cherry tomatoes. Combine with some pre soaked dried shrimp an a large bowl and make dressing. I basically adapt to what I have in the store cupboard but last i blended garlic, ginger, chilli, lemongrass, lime, fish sauce, coriander root, palm sugar and a splash of oil. Taste and adjust to your liking. You want hot, salty, sweet and sour. Coat the vegetables with the dressing, finish with crispy deep fried shallots and crushed peanuts. This is a great salad in itself but I have served with spicy prawns, grilled chicken thighs or even rare bavette steak before.
Ned Sauvignon is on offer at £6.99 for only a week so don't delay!

Russian Jack Pinot NoirDate published: 16/02/16

We have a great offer on the Russian Jack Pinot Noir this week, at only £9.99 mix six offer, it's one you have to try. 

It's name originated from the merchant sailor from Latvia who became a legendary travelling fruit picker in New Zealand. 

From the classic vineyards of Martinborough New Zealand, this Pinot Noir is finely balanced offering ripe red berry fruit underpinned by a fresh crunchiness and savoury notes. Tannins are ripe and supple, polished and spice-infused by 9 months in oak.

An abundance of flavours for any lover of New World Pinot Noir

Valentines pastDate published: 15/02/16

I've been married for 15 years now so I'm afraid Valentines day is a rather muted affair at our house. I always assure we eat and drink well though and last night was no exception. With it falling on a Sunday this year it had to be a roast so I got a rib of beef from the butcher. I actually gave it 5 mins a side on the bbq which was pre heated to a blistering temperature. I then cooked in a very low oven until the beef had reached 50 degrees celsius, removed and rested for a good 45 mins. This gave me time to roast the potatoes and Yorkshire puddings. Make a gravy from stock, pan and resting juices. Some blanched kale and a little horseradish let down with a couple of spoonfuls of creme fraiche. Delicious!
To drink I un corked a bottle of the wondrous Rioja Alta 904. Yes, not cheap but at £34 I rate as a bit of a bargain. Below is how Robert Parker rates the 2005 which I have just received in store. It is only available in limited amounts so if you want some do not delay!

'The 2005 Gran Reserva 904 is a superb blend of Tempranillo from the villages of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and fermented in stainless steel for 18 days at 25 C. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous and lasted 38 days. These wines are marked by a long aging in used American oak barrels following the most strict Riojan tradition; four years during which time the wine was manually racked eight times. This is usually my favorite wine from La Rioja Alta and 2005 is one of its best showings, going back to the quality of the vintages of the 1950s and 60s. The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic. This wine will be released in October 2015, a full ten years after the vintage. At this quality level this is a bargain'

The Definition RangeDate published: 15/02/16

Introducing our first ever own-label ranges of Wines: Definition 

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The Majestic Wine Definition Range caputures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemakers.  

Personally, I think you get an excellent bang for your buck with this range.  Don't believe me?  Try the Chardonnay on the tasting counter today.  £9.99 on the mix six price.  If you find Chablis a little too steely and American Chardonnay a bit too full on, then this is the one for you. Not a Chardonnay fan?  Not a problem, we've also got the Rioja open.  Lovely red fruits flavours on the front, with a hint of vanilla on the finish and a beautiful smokey aftertaste.

Check out the full range on the main page of our website: www.majestic.co.uk/definition-wine-range


The Perfect Valentine's Day Meal... Date published: 13/02/16

Tomorrow I will be rustling up a sumptuous Valentine's feast for my girlfriend and I. Please feel free to copy!

A bottle of Bouvet Rose to begin the festivities.

For the starter I will serve pan fried Sea Bass on a bed of an Asian-style salad consisting of green beans, spring cabbage, carrots and crushed peanuts with a chilli, lime and sesame oil dressing, with the Giesen Brother's Sauvignon Blanc to match.

The mains will be confit duck with a puy lentil and pancetta bed, with the Ara Select Blocks Pinot Noir to match.

Cheat's dessert, a couple of the Pots & Co. puddings from an unnamed supermarket!

A fairly and appropriately light, but incredibly tasty menu I must say.

Have a wonderful day!

The No Quibble GuaranteeDate published: 13/02/16

The No Quibble Guarantee

Introducing the Majestic No Quibble Guarantee. Here at Majestic Wine, our sole aim is to find the perfect bottle of wine for each and every one of our customers. Our staff listen and guide, offer tastings and provide opinions to help unearth your perfect wine.

Now sometimes, this means you can take a 'risk' and opt for something that you may not have tried before based on one of our recommendations. Well we're taking this risk away. We're confident that you'll love what we recommend; but on the rare occasions you don't, then you can tell us next time you're in and we'll swap it for something else, completely free of charge. You don't even need to bring the bottle back in with you.

This gives you the freedom to make that leap of faith when choosing your next wine, and hopefully it'll mean that you find that hidden gem that you've been looking for!


Winter FoodDate published: 13/02/16

This is the sort of day that I think of a soothing bowl of stew for supper. Often overlooked as a slow cooked meat last week I bought some pork osso buco. It was literately as 'cheap as chips' but after a bit of slow cooking becomes a really lovely soft and tender meat. I started by browning (2/3 per person) well over a medium heat and then removed from pan. I then sweated a small dice of carrot, celery and onion. After five minutes I added a pack of diced pancetta, 4 sage leaves, a couple of finely chopped garlic cloves and 2 cubed, peeled apples. After another 5 minutes I added a bottle of dry cider and some good chicken stock. Add in the your pork and cook in a slow oven for 2 hours. The meat should be falling off the bone and cooking liquor nicely reduced. It still a little thin remove meat and reduce over a high heat until happy with consistency. This goes well with some buttery mash or take to next level and make some lovely light gnocchi (really worth doing!)
Wine wise I think either red or white but I matched with the Morellino di Scansano.

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

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

This acidity in the wine cut through the richness of the meat with aplomb.

Mixed six price £8.99.


Great Value RedDate published: 12/02/16

Are you looking for a great value red for everyday drinking but posh enough to take to the neighbours for supper? Look no further than the excellent Montes Twins wine.

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.

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.

Perfect with grilled red meats of a cottage/shepherds pie.

Mix six price £7.99


Fish pie with...white RiojaDate published: 10/02/16

This evening I will be taking a bottle of the Muga white Rioja to my friends to accompany a trout, salmon and spinach pie. White Rioja is mainly made from the Spanish Viura grape with Malvasia often added. White Rioja goes particularly well with full-flavoured fish dishes and Muga's complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant, zesty lime, spicy and vanillin toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish complement this dish perfectly. £9.89 on the Mix Six deal!

Worth Knowing!Date published: 10/02/16

Over the last few weeks we have had a couple of web exclusives that have been so popular I didn't manage to get any myself! These wines are usually really keenly priced and can be as much as 50% cheaper than any other outlet. In addition to this we also have short term deals and vouchers that are only sent out via an email. This just shows you the importance have an up to date email address on our database. Rest assured it is private and we only send emails out when we have something good to share so if you are not listed just let us know and we can enter you on.

Greywacke Pinot NoirDate published: 10/02/16

This is a gem for any Pinot Noir lover out there. Made by Kevin Judd (ex Cloudy Bay) a fantastic example of balance between New/Old World style Pinot Noir. 

Loaded with black plums and redcurrants lightly infused with cinnamon and cloves. An intensely perfumed Marlborough Pinot Noir with fruit sweetness, floral highlights and a distinct smoky fragrance. 

The full-flavoured palate has dark fruit richness with great length and freshness – finishing with a hint of spice.

It will leave you reaching for more!

This WeekendDate published: 09/02/16

Open this weekend will be the gorgeous Vina Majestica Rioja. This is one of our own label Definition range of wines. It has widely been praised in the broadsheets and is one of the richer styles of Rioja which would suit lamb with aplomb.Spring lamb is just coming through and one of my favourite ways of preparing is to marinate tender chops in olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, grated lemon zest and a touch of chilli for few hours then ideally put on a blazing hot bbq or if not a grill pan. A few minutes each side until cooked med rare. Serve with roasted sliced charlotte potatoes, a few Jerusalem artichokes and cavolo nero. A few bottles of this an a couple of friends and you are in for a great night!

White for the WeekendDate published: 09/02/16

The 'Marin' is a southern wind that blows into the Languedoc from the Meditterranean, usually bringing rain. This wine is named after the more desirable 'Marin Blanc': the same southerly wind but without the rain, which offers far more favourable grape growing conditions.

This wine treads a brilliantly fine line between freshness of acidity and richness of fruit, with punchy melon, pear and pineapple flavours delivered in a crisp, clean package.

Great to drink on its own, or with pâtés and smoked cheeses. One for you and a special someone to share together. 

Only £7.99 on the mix six 

Top 5 wines of the momentDate published: 09/02/16

I have some real go-to wines at the moment with great flavour and some unsung styles you wouldn't think about jumping to straight away.

No.1 Mas Des Montagnes, Cotes de Roussillion Villages

With a nose dominated by the Grenache's jammy raspberry aromas. On the palate, the Syrah and Carignan add some spice and tannin, resulting in a well structured and racy wine. (£6.49 mix six offer)

No.2 El Chaparral de Vega

With excellent focus and structure, the wine displays intense, vibrant and fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruit, and ample tannins that add texture and a streak of bitter chocolate flavour. Also it was recently recommended in the press! (£7.99 mix six offer)

No.3 Yalumba Y Series Viognier 

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. (£8.99 mix six offer)

No.4 Pouilly Fume Jean Vincent 

An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish. (£11.99 mix six offer)

No.5 Bouvet 

There has to be a fizz in my top 5 as it's always exciting to crack open a bottle of bubbly. Bouvet Ladubay Samur has fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant. (£9.99 mix six offer)

Definition ProseccoDate published: 09/02/16

Our definition wines capture the quintessential qualities of the world’s greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world’s greatest winemakers. We sourced them so that our customers could have a great go-to range of wines to explore the famous wine styles of the world.

This Prosecco from Valdobbiadene, one of the best areas for prosecco production, is a beautiful balance between the lighter, nuttier styles and the fuller, peachier styles. With notes of ripe pear, apple and a lovely guiding acidity, this is at once refreshing, intriguing and very moreish.

Try this with Prosciutto, or any typical Italian light bites such as Insalata Caprese, the traditional dish of Buffalo tomato and Mozzarella with a drizzle of olive oil.


A brief guide on Spanish VintagesDate published: 08/02/16

2013: A long, dry summer in Ribera del Duero heralded full fruit ripeness at harvest and below average temperatures promise fine flavour development - one to watch! Frequent wet weather in Rioja led to uneven ripening and a delayed harvest, although yields are up slightly on 2012 so producers are optimistic.

2012: Small vintage due to very dry conditions. Small berries harvested in Rioja are likely to make wines of great concentration and high tannin. 

2011: Wines from Rioja have lower acidity due to high temperatures, but are powerful and concentrated. In the Ribera del Duero, the hot conditions yielded a fantastic crop and produced wines of great intensity and with smooth, soft tannins.

2010: Exceptional vintage in Ribera del Duero, and this Rioja vintage considered even better than 2009

2009: Hot and dry throughout most of Spain, the vintage produced many powerful, intense wines, with plenty of body and ripe tannins. Very good quality.

2008: A long, cool summer in Rioja produced many bright and supple reds, and whites with good acidity. A particularly good vintage for the Ribera del Duero, where cooler temperatures produced elegant wines
2007: Very difficult weather with rain and hail, especially in Rioja, hence quality variable. Top producers made some elegant, forward-drinking wines.

2006: Not as dry as 2005, but an early September heatwave caused generalised problems. Results vary from dull to excellent but overall not as good a vintage as the two previous ones.

2005: A good vintage, with high temperatures and just enough rain

2004: Good quality in La Mancha and the North West. Other areas suffering a variety of problems from drought in Andalucia to hail in Ribera del Duero. Top Riojas very good and most Riojas from this year will age very well.


Fizz for februaryDate published: 08/02/16

One of my favourite producers is Perrier Jouet who creates champagne with a lovely refreshing ripeness. Soft on the palate with apple fruits and zesty citrus flavours. Perfect with canapes or enjoying with friends. 

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes.

Classic traditional method that creates a delicate style that everyone can enjoy. 

Only £24.99 on the mix six offer, this is my top sparkling for February. 

Back in stockDate published: 04/02/16

One of my favourite Pinot's has just arrived back into stock. I have got friends round for supper tomorrow and one of the courses will be a mushroom risotto and this will be a great match for it.

The Domaine l'Aigle is a property which is owned by Burgundian négoçe Antonin Rodet, this estate was bought by Gerard Bertrand in 2007. One of the Languedoc's highest vineyards, possessing the finely-balanced climate necessary for growing Pinot Noir, and has been the recipient of many awards.

A distinctive Pinot Noir nose of wild strawberries, with cinnamon and clove-like notes. The light fruit is backed up by tight and bracing tannins, leading to a long, mineral finish.

My mushroom risotto was a recipe given to me by a very good cook and turns out great results. Cook your basic risotto with good chicken stock. Meanwhile cook some chopped mushrooms with a little garlic, soak a handful of dried morels and add to the chopped mushrooms. Once cooked blend to a paste and add to rice for the last five minutes of cooking. Finish this with some quickly sautéed shitake mushrooms, a touch of cream and parmesan. A simple but delicious supper dish.

One of my favouritesDate published: 03/02/16

Just arrived back is this absolute gem of a sweet wine.

Château La Rame is one of the oldest properties in the Sainte Croix du Mont appellation, where the influence of the river encourages botrytis or noble rot. A blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc. Aged in one-third new oak barrels for two years.

A golden hued wine exudes aromas of ripe stone fruits, candied summer fruits and honey. Luxurious sweetness and spicy vanilla characters layer and coat the palate before a clean and fresh finish.

Drink this with a good chicken liver parfait (heston's) isn't bad or a slab of Roquefort 

Italian lover?Date published: 03/02/16

We have a new wine in town! If you like Italian reds you need to look this way...

Situated amongst rolling hills in the heart of Valpolicella Classico, with vines stretching as far as the eye can see, Villa Borghetti is Famigla Pasqua's estate for the growing of the classic grapes of the region.

This wine is passed and pumped over the pommace from the production of the Estate's Amarone adding a richness and depth to the fine cherry, plum and sweet spice flavours. This wine is full bodied and rich in flavour!

This is a big wine and deserves big, rich flavours such as beef shin stewed for hours with wine and herbs.

Only £9.99 on the mix six offer!

New offers have begunDate published: 02/02/16

Well now January is done and dusted (dry or not) we are into February and welcome a fresh set of offers. We still have a few lines of bin ends left between 33-40% off and as we sell through those some exciting new wines are arriving.Probably the best offers relate to a parcel of Australian and Californian wines that began this morning. We only have 5 lines that will sell very quickly once people find out how reasonable they are. These wines are 50% off if not better. We have two 'Dancing with the Devil' wines that I have found online at another merchant for £13.99 a bottle and we are selling them for only £5.99 a bottle! They start from only £3.49 but I do urge you to buy these wines whilst here. It really is first come first served.

Two New Great Value Aussie Wines...Date published: 01/02/16

The De Bortoli range offers fantastic variety, quality and value for money and we have just received two new additions from them, a cracking Chard and a super Shiraz. They make up their new Astronomer range release and are fresh off the press.

The 2014 Chardonnay is a soft, medium bodies wine displaying heavenly peach melba notes, it's a real crown pleaser. 

The 2014 Shiraz is rich and spicy with ripe plums, cherry and a touch of chocolate, it's a classic easy-drinking Aussie shiraz. 

You can get both these corkers at just £5.99 on the mix six deal, they really would suit any occasion so pop in and grab a few tasty bargains!!

Back in stockDate published: 31/01/16

 We have just received back in store and in magnum form 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.

It is the 2005 vintage which generally was not such a stunning year in Rioja as 2004 but I actually agree with Mr Parker in preferring the 05. 

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.

Roasted lamb studded with thyme, rosemary, garlic and a couple of bits of salted anchovy would be just perfect with this beautiful wine.

mix 6 price of £36


Malbec Defined by the Definition rangeDate published: 30/01/16

The Majestic Wine Definition Range captures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemakers and this Malbec is no exception. A grape traditionally found in south west France, which has come into its own on the slopes of the Andes.

This Malbec is rich and plummy with great hints of smoke and chocolate. Great robust body yet a smooth finish. 

One to come and try on our tasting counter this weekend!

Wine of the week Barbi Merlot/SangioveseDate published: 30/01/16

If you are looking for a great value, soft, easy drinking red the look no futher than this wine from Barbi in Umbria. Made in the style of a super Tuscan by blending the international variety Merlot and the native Sangiovese this wine could be described as a super Umbrian.Fantastic quality for the price ripe red berries dominate the fruity palate. All is well integrated and this wine is harmonious, soft and comforting. A wine to by enjoyed by itself or is great with a mid week supper of tomato based pasta sauces or a good pizza.

Mixed six price of £7.49.


An exciting white from ItalyDate published: 29/01/16

Gorgeous, unusual Italian white made partly from garganega grapes that are left to dry. With the shrivelled grapes losing up to a third of their water content, the result is delightfully concentrated, bold, thick with honey, spice and almond.

The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 11th July 2015

Above is what a number of broadsheets have said and also this wine has been on Saturday kitchen a couple of times recently.

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.

This makes it a great food wine and would match a curry with aplomb!



Take advantage of this offer this week!Date published: 27/01/16

 We are now into our last week of the current offers. We still have a high proportion of fizz on cracking offers so don't delay. Lovers of Bolly, Veuve, LP, Roederer and Taittinger enjoy whilst all a 1/3 off. We also have 8 under £20 a bottle. These are all proper houses and not some unheard of supermarket champagne that let's face can be only champagne in name!

These offers are only running until 7.00 pm Monday 1st Feb so do not miss out!


LaLa Land MalbecDate published: 25/01/16

Australia are beginning to create some great Malbecs with different characteristics to your Argentinian style. La La Land wines come from the Red Cliffs vineyard near Mildura in the north-west of Victoria. Approachable and fruit-driven, this is a wine filled with bold forest-fruit flavours and a supple feel, supported by subtle hints of vanilla and dark chocolate

Ready to drink now or after short-term cellaring. Perfectly paired with pulled pork sliders or barbecued ribs.

Only £7.99 on the mix six offer! Great deals on some fabulous wines, don't miss out as they end 2nd Feb!

Our own Craft BeersDate published: 25/01/16

King of Hops Session IPA - Our East Anglian friends at Adnams worked with us to produce this deeply flavoursome beer. A deliciously drinkable brew, popping with zingy grapefruit and fresh floral flavours. 6x330ml Bottles. ABV 4.8%

King of Hops Pale Ale - This is from the home of the Curious Brew craft beers, made by Chapel Down. We love the fruity citrus flavours and freshness. 6x330ml Bottles. ABV 4.8%


Recent PressmentionsDate published: 25/01/16

Stylist magazine – Jane Parkinson – 20th January  

2014 Definition Rosé 

Prawns with a little hit of spice love a punchy dry rosé. This comes from France’s haven of pink wine, Provence, and has a crunchy cranberry and redcurrant flavour to perk up the chilli, prawns and paprika brilliantly.

www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink – Susy Atkins – 18th January  

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV 

A tempting offer on a superior cava in a smart bottle with a toasty edge to its fresh apple fruit. Serve with light tapas

Sunday Telegraph – Susy Atkins – 17th January  

2014 Rioja Blanco Vina Real CVNE

Here’s a lesson in well-judged, subtle oak, with a little spice and vanilla on the finish. Could take on smoked fish for Burns Night.



Saturday Kitchen – Olly Smith – 16th January  

2015 Waimea Estate Pinot Gris

This week, Saturday Kitchen filmed in our Chichester store.  Olly Smith was filmed recommending this wine, which was matched to a curry that John Torode cooked.


The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 16th January  

2014 Peter Lehmann Riesling       Star Buy

Dazzling, just 11 per cent alcohol, off-dry Riesling from the prime Eden Valley and bursting with rich, grapey, verdant, kerosene spice.

2011 Lafite Monteil Reserve, Bordeaux Superior    Star Buy

Easy-drinking, yet bold, beefy, predominantly merlot-based claret from a mixed vintage that in this case needs a sizzling steak to soften its tannins and plump up its fruit.



10 Reasons to use Majestic for your wedding!Date published: 25/01/16

1. Our staff can offer you free quality advice on wines to suit your budget and menu - pop down and see us!

2. We can deliver to your venue for FREE!

3. We offer glass hire (wine glasses, flutes, pint glasses, and hi-balls) - we only ask for a deposit on these but this is totally refundable when you bring them back clean!

4. We can offer sale or return so if you realise you've ordered a little too much and have too much left over, bring it back and we will refund it to you as long as it is in a resaleable condition!

5. We also do beers, soft drinks, and water! Pilsner Urquell is currently only £1 a bottle! (£24 for a case of 24)

6. If you need a way of chilling your drinks, we can hire you a chiller bin for £15 deposit and we sell ice!

7. You can use the handy drinks calculator on our website to figure out quantities you will need: http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/weddings

8. Download the new Majestic Wine app and get £5 off your order!

9. We can help you mix up a sample case to take home and try before you decide which ones to choose for the big day!

10. You can create a Majestic Wine gift list for your guests! http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/gift-lists

For more information, visit our website or pop into the store to see us! We are always on hand to answer any questions you have and to help you plan your big day!


What is a Single Vineyard Wine?Date published: 23/01/16

Ever seen the words 'single vineyard' on a wine label and wondered why it's worth shouting about? Well there are basically two methods of selecting grapes for making wine. The first is by blending wines from different vineyards together - they may be from the same village, same region or from completely different areas. However, if it says Chablis on the label (for example) all of the grapes must have come from Chablis.

Single vineyard wines are when all of the grapes are sourced from a single plot - and usually these will be the best plots. The theory is that, rather than 'dilute' the grapes (no, not literally) from your top vineyard by blending them with lower quality grapes, you can produce a single vineyard wine that really expresses its micro-climate and soil. And in theory, it should be of a high quality as a result.


BosmansDate published: 23/01/16

The winery situated in the shadow of the Limiet Mountains in the Western Cape has been in the Bosman family for eight generations. The aim here at their family home is to make wines of exceptional quality often using unusual blends.

Raspberry and prune predominate on the nose with hints of white pepper. The palate has rich plum and dark cherry with a long lingering sweetly spicy finish. A cracking Shiraz-Mourvedre blended wine!

A great match for roast meat, baked pasta dishes and even a good pizza!


Want to try something different?Date published: 19/01/16

if you're bored of the classic Sauvignon Blanc or not a huge fan of the Chardonnay style, here are two great alternatives that will sure please. 

No 1. Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin (£6.74 Mix Six Price)

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

No 2. Albarino Caixas (£6.66 Mix Six Price)

A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlaid with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish.

Give them a try today on our tasting counter!

10 Reasons to use Majestic for your wedding!Date published: 19/01/16

10 Reasons to use Majestic for your wedding!

1. Our staff can offer you free quality advice on wines to suit your budget and menu - pop down and see us!

2. We can deliver to your venue for FREE!

3. We offer glass hire (wine glasses, flutes, pint glasses, and hi-balls) - we only ask for a deposit on these but this is totally refundable when you bring them back clean!

4. We can offer sale or return so if you realise you've ordered a little too much and have too much left over, bring it back and we will refund it to you as long as it is in a resaleable condition!

5. We also do beers, soft drinks, and water! Asahi is currently only £1 a bottle! (£24 for a case of 24)

6. If you need a way of chilling your drinks, we can hire you a chiller bin for £15 deposit and we sell ice!

7. You can use the handy drinks calculator on our website to figure out quantities you will need: http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/weddings

8. Download the new Majestic Wine app and get £10 off your order!

9. We can help you mix up a sample case to take home and try before you decide which ones to choose for the big day!

OR come along to our FREE tasting evening on Sat 16th May and get 10% discount on the night! #foronenightonly - please let us know if you'd like to come!

10. You can create a Majestic Wine gift list for your guests! http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/gift-lists

For more information, visit our website or pop into the store to see us! We are always on hand to answer any questions you have and to help you plan your big day!



How to decant your wineDate published: 18/01/16

Did you know? How to decant your wine

Many people believe that all red wines should be decanted - however this is not the case as not all wines benefit from being decanted. This process enhances the characteristics of a wine for those that are slightly younger and not yet fully matured. It can add complexity to the wine, as well as softening the tannins and creating a better balance.

Below is a step by step guide on how to decant your wine.

- Firstly remove the bottle from our wine rack and stand upright for a while to allow the sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle.

- Using a cork screw, remove the cork and foil label around the top and wipe inside to remove any extra cork.

- With a steady hand, pour the wine into the carafe or decanter over a light source to ensure no sediment falls into the wine. You can also use a fine grade coffee filter to catch the deposit too.

BBC Saturday KitchenDate published: 16/01/16

This morning the Waimea Pinot Gris was recommended to go with a delicious curry!

Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating Maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the New World.

Bursting with aromas of pear, honey, apple, spice and even a hint of cream. Hints of sweetness partner the pure fruit flavours and are complemented by clean acidity, good length and soft texture.

If you liked what you saw come down and try it for yourself on our tasting counter today!

Only £9.99 on the mix six offer!

Lastarria MerlotDate published: 15/01/16

Made by Luis Felipe Edwards using grapes grown on loamy clay soil in the Cochalqua Valley. The wine is matured in second and thrid use French and American Oak barrels.

Classic flavours of plum and cherry are combined with delicate herbal notes. The oak ageing adds a touch of spice to the finish. 

A delicious merlot to accompany pork or tomato based pasta!

This is a great buyers choice and at only £6.66 on the mix six, how could you resist? If you're still not inticed come and try it on our tasting counter

New to Majestic?Date published: 12/01/16

Here at Majestic we love wine, and we also love sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge of wine! We are aware that initially the world of wine can be a difficult one to break into, especially if it is your first time shopping at a Majestic Wine Warehouses. Here are a few things we do differently to make your visit more enjoyable;

Tasting Counter – Don't know what you like? We always have a selection of wines open for you to try, you might find your new favourite wine!

Tasting notes – We will give you a sheet which lists the origins, characteristics and a good food match for each wine you pick, this helps you to get the most out of your picks!

Home delivery – If you want to use Majestic but can't make it into the store then feel free to give us a call or browse our website, we will happy to bring your wine straight to your door!

Just ask! - If you are ever unsure just ask, we can, and regularly do, recommend wine all day! We enjoy sharing our passion and finding you a wine you will fall in love with, so just ask!


A beginner's guide to wine tastingDate published: 11/01/16

A beginner's guide to wine tasting

Wine tasting can be an intimidating beast if you're unfamiliar with it. In reality, it's really quite simple and is generally broken up into 3 simple parts

Appearance

Aroma

Taste

Appearance – To begin with, we look at a wine's appearance. This in turn, is broken up into four parts. For the beginner, you need only concern yourself with two. Intensity and colour.

Colour is self explanitary – What colour is the wine? With intensity referring to how 'intense' the colour is. Is it clear, or relatively opaque?

Aroma – Again, this is split into 4 parts. The main 2 being Aroma Intensity, Aroma characteristics. Aroma intensity simply means how strong is the smell? (Regardless of what that smell is and if it's pleasant or unpleasant). Most importantly is the Aroma characteristics. What does the wine actually smell of? E.g Flora, oak and citrus are very common aromas found in a wine.

Taste – By far the most complicated of the 3 parts, but to the vast majority of people, the most important! Split into 9parts, although we'll omit the two least important *cough* boring *cough*. Sweetness – How sweet the wine is. Acidity – How acidic is it? Tannin – How tannic is the wine? For those who are wondering what on earth I'm talking about, tannin is that dry, coating sensation you may feel after eating grapes, drinking cranberry juice, or indeed a glass of red. Alcohol – How much alcohol can you taste in the wine. Now onto the fun stuff. Flavour intensity and Flavour characteristics. Intensity is fairly straightforward, does the flavour really jump out at you and is it easily identifiable? Or is it subtle and hard to detect. Flavour characteristics is much like it was in aroma. What does the wine actually taste of? Usually wines are described as fruit flavours, herbs, spices and oak tastes. Lastly, is the Finish. How long can you actually taste the wine for after swallowing it? This is not to be confused with the feeling of drinking wine, it's just the taste. The length of a finish can be a good indicator as to the quality of a wine. The longer the finish, the better.

And, that's really all there is to it!  


Buyers ChoiceDate published: 11/01/16

This week our buyers choice is the Mas De Lunes Grés De Montpellier.

Mas De Lunès is the largest vineyard of the Vignobles Jeanjean. The terrior here is a unique mixed of rounded pebbles and shingles left when the sea receded six million years ago and the natural garrigue of southern France.

This intense red wine has complex aromas of red berry and spice. Well balanced with silky tannins, powerful berry fruit flavours and a long minty finish.

This will be ideal with cassoulet or confit duck

Single bottle price £12.99 or £9.74

VedettDate published: 10/01/16

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

The Blond is a yellow to pale gold colour with a delicate bitterness combined with a touch of citrus and a lengthy 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 as spicy ribs or buffalo wings.

A craft beer to try if you're looking for something different! 

Oxford Landing Cab Sauv/Shiraz - An absolute stealDate published: 10/01/16

Working for Majestic wine, I'm always told to sell the wine and not the price.  There comes a certain point however where you just can't ignore a bargain when you see one.  Smooth, spicy and more warming than a hug from a polar bear and it's an easy drinker to boot. Perfect for this January weather.  I'm more than willing to go against company practice for this one!  £5.33 on the mix six price and open on the tasting counter until Friday.  Not to be missed. 

Main DivideDate published: 09/01/16

When I tried the Main Divide Riesling, the honeysuckle and apricot flavours sold it for me. 

From the Waipara valley in New Zealand this off-dry Riesling uses some botrytized grapes to provide a honeyed richness.

Great flavours of ripe apricot and lime, with a minerally undercurrent and zippy acidity.

This wine can be enjoyed by itself but will also harmonise with oysters or chinese duck, a splendid bin end bargain at £8.69 mix six price!


Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese Date published: 09/01/16

It is the time of year that the butchers have lots of game available and we often pick up 4 birds for £10 which is amazing value. These are lean birds though and have little fat so careful cooking is required. I tend not to do the whole bird but if pheasant take the breast off and cook separately  from the legs. Last night I gave them the tandoori treatment. I marinated in yoghurt, garlic, ginger, salt and some tikka paste. Let that sit for 4 hours the remove and cook over a fierce heat until charred but still with a little give when touched. Do not overcook as they will be dry and unpleasant. I served with a simple tomato, onion, chilli and coriander salad. Also make a yogurt, mint and cucumber dressing for the pheasant.

 With this we had a bottle of this delicious wine.

The Hermann family have been cultivating vines for several hundred years, although the winery as it is known today was founded in 1967. The estate consists entirely of ungrafted Riesling vines in a handful of the Mosel's most prestigious vineyards.

Treading the fine line between ripe sweetness of fruit and elegant acidity, this is a nicely balanced wine with golden honeysuckle and peach fruit interplaying with citrus rind and kerosene notes.

A great combination. 


Reales Vinedos Bin EndDate published: 08/01/16

This is crept into to our bin end sale and I have to say its been a while since I have have tasted it. Well we have it open this weeekend and for the sale price of only £5.33 (mix six price) and what a cracker it is!

Made from Tempranillo grapes sourced from the Manchuela region in Castilla, to the east of La Mancha, this wine offers plenty of style and finesse at a great price. Similar to a Rioja Joven, this is superb for early drinking freshness.

This wine displays an intense aroma of cranberries and raspberries, with hints of vanilla and spice. A smooth and well-balanced palate leads on to a long, savoury finish.

Perfect as a midweek bottle or would match a selection of Tapas really well.



La ChouffeDate published: 08/01/16

Now here's a real treat for the beer lovers out there.  Not for the feint of heart at 8% ABV and £16.99 for 6, but it would be a mistake to shy away from this Belgian beauty.  Laden with fruit flavours, coriander and spice, followed by a finish cleaner than a clean thing on a clean day. Due to its' huge popularity, we've a very limited stock (and not at all because of a mistake by our depot), with only 12 X 6 packs remaining as I write.  Get it whilst you can

Love Rioja? Choosing which one can be difficult...Date published: 07/01/16

Since working for Majestic, my love for Rioja has been renewed with a passion.  With such an unbelievable selection to choose from, it can be hard to know what to go for!  To point you in the right direction, I've allowed my wallet and liver to do the hard work for you.

For entry level Riojas, the£6.99 Eguia reserva is simply excellent.  I thought it wouldn't be possible to witness that lovely smokey finish I crave for such a low price, but these chaps have managed it.  If you prefer your Rioja a little more fruit forward, then the Vina Alarde is the one for you.  Also at £6.66, it really shines with its red fruit flavours.

At the mid range, we have the Cune Reserva.  If someone wanted to know what a Rioja tastes like, this is what I'd point them to.  Classic fruity flavours, followed by an enjoyable spice, topped off with a gorgeous oaky, vanilla finish.  

Lastly, in the upper range. We're not messing about anymore. There's no choice for me, but the Faustino Gran Reserva.  Liqourice notes with a black cherry backbone and a noticeable spice.  Yet what this wine truly stands out for is its beautifully smokey finish, that you'll swear you can feel for days after.  One I'll tell my grandkids about.  If I have them.  Which I will - only so I can tell them about the Faustino 2001 Gran Reserva at £14.99 

But don't let my strong opinions put you off from experimenting yourself - there really is something for every Rioja fan here.

Cillar de Silos Ribera del DueroDate published: 07/01/16

The Cillar de Silos winery was founded in 1994 by Amalio Aragón along with his children, yet the origins date back to 1970 when the father started buying small plots from neighbouring vine growers with the dream of one day being able to elaborate wine in his village of Quintana del Pidio. The winery is named after the monk who historically was in charge of the administration at the Silos Monastery. The cillero was the person in charge of the daily organization of the dispensary, the wine and food for the Order. Traditionally, the supply of wine for the Order was made in Quintana del Pidio in the 17th Century. This testimony credits the wine growing lineage of the village. Therefore the Aragón García family opted for the resounding name of Cillar de Silos to design their wines and winery. Cillar de Silos also possesses an underground wine cellar which dates to the 17th century. The natural humidity and temperature conditions (between 11.5º and 12º C) are constant throughout the year and ideal for wines to finish the process of ageing in the bottle.

The Cillar de Silos Crianza is the backbone of the winery as it reflects the character of the Tempranillo variety in Quintana del Pidio. It is sourced from different terroirs of small plots, some of which are tiny with very old vines. The wine is a dark cherry red with violet hues. It has an elegant yet mature nose with black and acidic red fruits (raspberries and ripe fruits of the forest), sweet spices (nutmeg, clove and vanilla), cedar and light roasted wood aromas intertwined with liquorice. On the palate, it is fleshy, silky with a well structured balance. A refreshing acidity gives the wine a long length with mature tannins, which in time will become smoother. It is a long lingering wine with matching flavours and aromas which come together with a perfect finesse.

Pairing recommendations: Lamb chops, pastas, roast or grilled meats and casserole dishes.

Just £13.49 on the Mix Six Deal and currently open to taste!


A cracker from South AfricaDate published: 07/01/16

I have to admit I don't drink much too many reds form South Africa as there is a definite flavour in most that I massively like. However I always try any new ones into us and this Bosman Syrah we have had on the tasting counter this week has really appealed to my taste.

The winery situated in the shadow of the Limiet Mountains in the Western Cape has been in the Bosman family for eight generations. The aim here at their family home is to make wines of exceptional quality often using unusual blends.

Raspberry and prune predominate on the nose with hints of white pepper. The palate has rich plum and dark cherry with a long lingering sweetly spicy finish.

This would great with a good piece of med rare rib-eye!

Mix six price £9.99


January FizzDate published: 07/01/16

Now we are all back to work what better time to re stock your fizz to see us through January. We still are embracing our Christmas offers and have a cracking selection on great deal.

De Telmont a steal at £13.32

Heidsieck Bronze Top at £14.99

Carnard Duchene, Duval Leroy and Nicolas Feuillatte all at £15.99

Gold Top vintage and Drappier at £19.99

LP brut at £24.99!

Taittinger st £26.65

Veuve and Roederer under £30

Bolly at £33.74

LPR at £44.98

Some great prices. All the above are when you mix any six bottles from us.

Bin End sale Date published: 06/01/16

It’s your last chance to SAVE up to 40% on top quality bin end wines


It's time to tidy up and make room for exciting new arrivals later in the month, so our Bin End Sale is now on, with a range of customer favourites, classics and some of the best wines of last year now available at a saving of up to 40% off when you mix six or more bottles. It's your last chance to buy many of these bottles and there’s only so much to go round, so pop in to our branch browse the sale or go online to see what’s on offer. We will be having a selection of the Bin Ends open on our counter as of Friday 8th January to help you decide which of this extensive collection you love the most. My personal recommendations would be the Gewurztraminer from Humbrecht, the Reales Vinedos from Tierra de Castilla and the Oxford Landing Cab Sauv-Shiraz. So come in to taste and buy a great array of tipples to see you through the winter!


Soft easy drinking wineDate published: 06/01/16

Part of the bin end sale is this soft gamey based Beaujolais.

Named after Julius Ceasar, the cru village of Juliénas is believed by many to have been the location of the first vineyard plantings made by Roman settlers in Beaujolais. Juliénas has a more varied terrain than any other cru, and produces wines with good complexity.

A ripe, lively, medium-bodied Beaujolais, with an intense nose of blueberry, blackcurrant, candied peel and flower petals. A juicy and easy-drinking palate, with friendly tannins and a pleasing freshness.

Perfect as a lunchtime glass or match's grilled salmon nicely.

Limited stock available. Mix six price only £7.99!


Bargain Spanish redDate published: 05/01/16

This wine is made by an acclaimed cooperative in Cariñena, a small wine region to the east of Rioja, and is an extensively oak-aged blend of traditional Spanish grape varieties, bolstered by the addition of a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Brilliant garnet red with an orange hue. The bouquet offers a complex mixture of roasted chestnuts, vanilla and savoury balsamic notes. Refined and smooth on the palate, with woody notes on the finish.

Aged for 2 years in oak and 3 in bottle before being released at only £6.32 mix six price this is a serious bargain. 

Best served with slow cooked lamb or rabbit casserole.

Delicious Gewurztraminer and its 33% off! Date published: 05/01/16

Domaine Zind Humbrecht is a family owned domaine of the best terroir to express Alsatian grape varieties. Ripe grapes with a touch of noble rot were hand harvested from the Goldert Grand Cru and the "lieu-dit" Heimbourg vineyard to create this prestigious wine

This wine is from a sunny vintage with classic hints of petrol on the nose. It has a powerful richness and spice with a touch of sweetness. The uplifting acidity gives a refreshing and generous finish.

This is drinking really well now or would age nicely for a year or two. 

Great wine for Asian food. A very limited amount available and on the mixed 6 price of £13.32!


January is never dry so why should you be?!Date published: 03/01/16

Many people decide to have a month off drinking in the often oppressive month that is January; if anything this for me is a reason to change wine habits by trying something new, not going cold turkey (you’ve had enough of that for one year anyway…!)

We have a fresh bunch of great wines open to taste to bring in the New Year and potentially sway your mind to start enjoying something new and exciting. My top picks would be the Brancott Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, the Marquis de Pennautier Viognier from South France and the Bosman Adama Red from South Africa.

The Brancott provides more elegance and complexity than your usual Kiwi Sauvignon with remarkable restraint and subtlety, wonderful citrus, grassy and mineral notes ensue.

The Pennautier nose reveals honeysuckle, fresh apricots and a hint of sherbet, is crisp and fresh, with flavours following aromas of the nose and a well balanced lingering finish.

The Bosman is a Shiraz-Mourvedre blend where raspberry and prune predominate on the nose with hints of white pepper following onto a palate rich in plum and dark cherry with a long lingering sweetly spicy finish.

Why not come and try these exciting and delicious new wines and change your January drinking habits!

Prices shown below are the Mix Six prices.

Brancott - £8.99

Pennautier - £6.66

Bosman - £9.99


Excellent value BordeauxDate published: 02/01/16

Second wines offer great value for money even though some people dismiss them. They generally are a fraction of the price of the first wines but often taste fantastic. Usually more approachable earlier but also can age gracefully. On NYE i had a bottle of Clos du Marquis 1990 which is the second wine of super 2nd Leoville las Cases. I did think this might of been past its best but in fact it was still extremely drinkable. In fact damn right delicious. Very soft, gentle oak, dark fruits and gentle tannins. It was a perfect match for the rack of lamb we enjoyed. We do many seconds so at Majestic so why not restock your racks after they have been raided after the festive season!

Chateau Bonalgue 2007Date published: 30/12/15

A late arrival for the festive season is this little gem.

Located in the heart of Pomerol close to Vieux Chateau Certan and Cheval Blanc, This is estate consistantly makes exceptional wines at a far more reasonable price than its more famous neighbours. The 2007 is charming and soft and now at its peak, Blackberry flavours mingle with chocolate and spicy notes. Very soft with low tannin this a wine to drink now.

Perfect for roasted lamb or beef and a absoulate snip at only £19.99 (mix six price)


Still a few delivery slots leftDate published: 22/12/15

We still can deliver locally dependent on stock. So give us a call or order online and will still can get out before Christmas!

Turkey WineDate published: 19/12/15

What to drink with the Turkey? You could go for the soft and supple cellar selection Pinot Noir from the esteemed Villa Maria. This is an ideal sub £15 wine that will match the bird with aplomb and if following with hard cheeses like Comte or Beaufort it would be perfect.

This wine is made by blending grapes of selected vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to the highest standard to ensure quality.

It is medium bodied with beautifully poised red fruit and very well integrated oak flavours. The crisp acidity and fine grained tannins provide a delightfully clean long finish of considerable finesse.


This WeekendDate published: 19/12/15

Pop in today on what must be the best tasting counter of the year! We have Moet, Nyetimber, Prosecco, top Pouilly Fume, white CNP, lush Tokay, NZ Pinot Noir, Pomerol and a whole selection of other wines. In addition to this we also have 3 ports, sherry and numerous sports open. We also are open until 8.00 pm tonight so come down and enjoy!

Canard-DuchêneDate published: 11/12/15

Canard-Duchêne was created as the result of the marriage of a barrel maker, Victor Canard, and a wine grower, Léonie Duchêne. In 2009, the house is still led by a family dedicated to making fine wines and champagnes. The Champagne house has been located in Ludes in the Montagne de Reims National Park since 1868. Its founders were granted the right by the Russian Imperial Family to adopt its coat of arms as the family emblem. The crowned two-headed eagle has thus appeared on every Canard-Duchêne label since the end of the 19th Century. The brand was an official supplier of the Tsar Nicolas the second.

It is currently excellent value for this fabulous and well-respected Champagne. Clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread, brioche and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking; with punters heading to Prosecco for a lighter fizz, this fruity example does more than enough to make you go old school. £15.99 on our mix six deal!

Penfolds Bin 2Date published: 11/12/15

This hidden treasure is a delicious blend of the shiraz and mourvedre grapes. Made from the fruit grown in the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Padthaway it is also matured in French and American oak. The 10% blend of Mourvedre gives the penfolds its body and structure.

A backbone of ripe blackcurrant, cherry and quince, overlaid with notes of liquorice, winter pudding and dark chocolate. Plush tannins provide an expansive mouth-feel.

Enjoy immediately or cellar for 3-5 years. Best with roasts, perfect this Christmas!

Champagne dealsDate published: 11/12/15

Some of the highlights of our weekend of 33% off Champagne include the following.

Canard Duchene (with a bottle opened every 15 seconds allegedly) at £15.99

Bolliniger under £30 (my favourite NV) rich lush style

Pol Roger at £31.98 (easy to see how Winston drank two bottles a day!) 

Grand Annee Vintage Bolly for under £60 (it is Christmas after all)

Perfect as a stocking filler Ruinart 1/2s at only £16.66

These offers end on Monday so pop in this weekend!!

Christmas Fantasy part 2Date published: 11/12/15

Main event time so let's start with a pick me up in the form of a Martini. I really enjoy the orange flavoured drinks and one of my favourite cocktails is equal measures of Chase's orange marmalade vodka and their regular vodka. Stirred with plenty of ice and finished with a twist of flamed orange peel. This is a drink to get the senses awoken!
It has to be a good champagne to start. Grand Annee is a real banker and still sensibly priced however it is Christmas so let's have a bottle of Dom Ruinart. Ruinarts delectable vintage blanc de blanc. Alongside this make some of Simon Hopkinson's cheese biscuits ( his second version) as these make a great accompaniment for Champagne.
My first course would be a little foie gras terrine alongside Huet's sweet Vouvray. Nothing too difficult here just a classic combination.
Second up a small fish course. It would have to be salad of lobster. Poached and then served with gentle citrus flavours. Lobster wants a Chardonnay. Nothing too weighty. Ridge Montebello would be a really good option if I was going new world I think one of Fontaine Gagnard's Montrachet's would be just the ticket.
Turkey? Of course not! Rib of beef all the way. What to drink though. So many options. Nothing too light. I have special bottles tucked away and any of the following would suit. Italy-Sassica. Spain-Vega Sicilia Unico. USA-Sir Peter Michael's Les Pavot's. Australia-Penfolds 707. Portugal-Quinta do Vallado Adelaide. France-Leoville les Case. Choices!
A slice of aged Comte or Beaufort to finish the red.
Dessert. Probably not but a glass of my highly treasured Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire.
This is how some of my day will play out but sadly not all of it!

We have Christmas sorted!Date published: 09/12/15

We have a pre-made Christmas case tailored to everything you need this Christmas. 

What you get in the Christmas case is:

2 bottles of Drappier Champagne

1 bottle of Pouilly Fume Cascadelle

1 bottle of Albarino Codax

1 bottle of Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio

1 bottle of Bourgogne Blanc Cordier

1 bottle of Mud House Pinot

1 bottle of Marcelo Pelleritti Malbec

1 bottle of Rioja Gran Reserva

1 bottle of Ch Coufran

1 bottle of Clos L’Abeilley

1 bottle of Croft LBV

This case is sure to cover all your Christmas wine needs and it's only £147.91!

Curious Brew LagerDate published: 08/12/15

Curious Brew Lager - made by Chapel down  (known for its massively popular English sparkling wines.)  For those looking to make the switch from more common largers, at 4.7% ABV it isn’t a massive departure, yet Curious brew offers a crisp, clear taste that most largers couldn’t dream of.  Brewed using champagne yeast to achieve its distinctively refreshing taste and texture, achieving a flavour profile you’d perhaps only expect from an ale.


It’s no surprise then that this was the Gold Medal winner at the international beer challenge 2012.  At £14.99 for 12 bottles, it would be wrong not to give it the opportunity it deserves.

Supper tonightDate published: 08/12/15

We have spaghetti with prawn and a tomato and chilli sauce tonight for supper so choosing a red can be a tad tricky due to tomato but an Italin red should be good.This really is a speedy supper. In a good amount of olive oil saute to cloves of garlic that have been finely sliced. Add a chopped chilli, a couple of cured anchovy's and just before garlic starts to colour a tin of San Marzano tomatoes if you can source. Cook out for 10 mins and then chuck in some raw prawns. They only need a minute or two. Then add your al dente pasta, season and serve.I think its going to be Allegrinis cheap but cheerful Bardolino with this.

Naiano is located in the hills close to the small town of Bardolino, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. The vineyards here have a south-southwesterly aspect, giving the grapes excellent sun exposure, and the 200m altitude and cool temperatures ensure lengthy ripening.Straightforward and unmistakably Italian, this Bardolino is bright ruby red, with a freshness of fruit and a slender frame. Lingering flavours of cherry and bitter almond add a dash of complexity. A snip at only £7.49.

This weekendDate published: 08/12/15

Join us this weekend for a taste of some of our Bordeaux range. We will have a selection open starting from only £6.99. That said wine is the Chateau Recougne 2012 which for a claret so young is surprisingly open and ready to drink. Château Recougne is an early-17th-century estate located around 10km north of Libourne, and is among the most well established of Bordeaux Supérieur properties. It is planted with around 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.The is perfect for large gatherings or for that mid week bottle when you do not want to break the bank. On the other end of the scale we will have some finer wines open but just deciding which ones. Check back on Friday to see what we have chosen for our counter.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOCDate published: 08/12/15

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a French wine AOC located around the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône wine region in southeastern France. It is one of the most renowned appellations of the southern part of the Rhône Valley. Vineyards are located around Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in the neighboring villages Bédarrides, Courthézonand Sorgues between Avignon and Orange and cover slightly more than 3,200 hectares or 7,900 acres (32 km2). Over 110,000 hectolitres of wine a year are produced here. More wine is made in this one area of southern Rhône than in the entirety of the northern Rhône region.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is traditionally cited as allowing thirteen grape varieties to be used, but the 2009 version of the AOC rules list eighteen varieties, since blanc (white), rose (pink) and noir (black) versions of some grapes are now explicitly listed as separate varieties. Red varieties allowed are Cinsaut, Counoise, Grenache noir, Mourvèdre, Muscardin, Piquepoul noir, Syrah, Terret noir, andVaccarèse (Brun Argenté). White and pink varieties are Bourboulenc, Clairette blanche, Clairette rose, Grenache blanc,Grenache gris, Picardan, Piquepoul blanc, Piquepoul gris, and Roussanne.

In most red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache noir is the most common variety, although some producers use a higher proportion of Mourvèdre. Grenache produces a sweet juice that can have almost a jam-like consistency when very ripe. Syrah is typically blended to provide color and spice, while Mourvèdre can add elegance and structure to the wine.[7] Some estates produce varietal (100%) Grenache noir, while a few producers insist on using at least a token amount of all thirteen originally permitted varieties in their blend. Reds are often described as earthy with gamy flavors that have hints of leather. The wines are considered tough and tannic in their youth but maintain their rich spiciness as they age. The wines often exhibit aromas of dried herbs common in Provence under the name of garrigue. Châteauneuf-du-Pape dominated by Mourvèdre tend to be higher in tannin and requiring longer cellaring before being approachable.

A quintessentially Christmas red wine, CDP should be paired with hearty meaty food, namely stews, casseroles and roasts, so therefore its ideal for Christmas day dinner. You can now get the Capouliers Reserve CDP, half price at £9.99, in store or online so order now while stocks last!!

Christmas fantasyDate published: 07/12/15

Let's face it, Christmas is a trying time! All that time you are spending with family, children, Turkey and having to suffer some debatable beverages!
Below is how my day would play out if we were to be anti social and spend it by ourselves or with a couple of close friends.
We always have our meal in the evening so presents mid morning with a bottle of the fantastic demi sec from Nyetimber. This would be served along side char grilled sour dough, very lightly scrambled duck egg and smoked salmon. Not any old salmon but Hansen and Lyderson hand prepared version. Cheap? No. Sublime? Yes.
We always go and feed the local duck population and horses in the morning which also makes us feel we not only are feeding them on a day when many don't but its the only form of exercise we get all day!
With such a big meal approaching the afternoon would take the form of some mince pies laden with Armagnac and maybe a snifter of Matusalem Olorosso sherry from Gonzalez Byass. A 30 year old masterpiece of wine making.
That's the first half. Part two later this week.

A French Albarino?Date published: 05/12/15

Ever wondered if anywhere else produced Albarino's other than Spain? Me neither, until now. Laurent Miquel a Southern French producer has created a wonderfully delicate and flavoursome Albarino.

How? The Miquel family acquired the Les Auzines estate in Corbières in 2009, quickly discovering that it provided the ideal climate, soils and altitude for cultivating aromatic whites, and therefore planted it with Spanish grape Albarino.

It is generously aromatic, this wine offers plenty of ripe apricot and golden apple character, with subtle hints of lime zest and floral nuances. The rounded palate feel is capped off by a zip of acidity.

Great for seafood but a delicious wine to have by itself!


Mas Lavail Carignan Blanc Date published: 05/12/15

This wine comes from a beautiful vineyard is situated below the last Cathar stronghold Chateau de Quéribus. The black schist soild produces wines that are poweful and rich in aromas.

Rich and soft yet retaining freshness. Deep aromas of white flowers and citrus are enhanced by spicy notes. The palate is rounded with a balance of fruit, spice and acidity.

Pair this with richer flavoured white fish or chicken dishes.


Come in store and have a taste at our tasting counter!

Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 04/12/15

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 7 - Friday 11 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Saturday 12 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 13 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 14 - Friday 18 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Saturday 19 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Sunday 20 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 21 - Wednesday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Thursday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Saturday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Sunday 27 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 28 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 29 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Wednesday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Thursday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Friday 1 January 2016: CLOSED

We're open our normal hours from Saturday 2 January onwards.

33% off RiojaDate published: 27/11/15

We have a great weekend of 33% off all Rioja and we just had to open a few on the tasting counter. Luckily the Vina Ardanza is one of those and it is definitely worth a try!

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. 

Lovely complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour. 

Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or duck.

At £15.66 on the mix six price it's hard to resist! 

This WeekDate published: 24/11/15

With the ending of one weekend of special offers another fantastic offer begins this Thursday for this weekend. This perhaps is my favourite one of specials as there are some great deals to be had in my favourite wine producing region. Check back on Thursday and I will reveal more!

Bargain Pinot NoirDate published: 24/11/15

One of the best received red wines of our winter tasting last night was the soft and supple Roaring Meg pinot noir from the highly regarded Mount Difficultly stable. For under £20 this is an exceptional wine that would match the Christmas bird with aplomb.

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

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

This is a cracking, complex wine to be enjoyed over the next five years.


33% off MalbecDate published: 20/11/15

We have 33% off all Argentinian Malbec this weekend so we just had to open a few on the tasting counter for you!

The Marcelo Pelleriti Malbec is new in and it's a winner. 

Great plum and blackcurrant flavours with an undertone of spice and bramble fruits. Great intensity, rich yet well balanced.

Obviously the perfect partner is a steak but I think this is a great drinker sitting by the fire 

Come in and try it on our tasting counter this weekend!

Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2013 North CoastDate published: 18/11/15

If you like oaky Chardonnays, then you'll love this! Strong scents of oak ageing, with slight buttery notes.  This Californian Chardonnay has intense flavours of pear, apple and lemon, with a beautifully creamy texture.  The oakiness gives an appealing edge to the intense fruit flavours.   A real powerhouse, with a clean, crisp finish.

Best enjoyed with creamy seafood or lobster.

Inama Soave ClassicoDate published: 18/11/15

The Inama estate was founded in 1960. Their Classico wine is made from Garganega grown on 17 hectares of basaltic lava. The vines are up to 30 years old and are hand-harvested. Stainless steel fermentation is followed by up to eight months' maturation before bottling. Creating the lovely taste of apricots, honey and flowers. Great acidity and a lovely rich texture.

This all allows for an elegant finish and a wine that is great for drinking now or leaving to age for a couple of years. 

The creamy finish makes it the perfect match for a fish pie!

RetroDate published: 18/11/15

As an ironic first course recently we had a take on avocado. Some charred, crushed (ala Nigella) and in an old school shrimp cocktail. Often only used for guacamole I'm with Ms Lawson and feel we neglect this dark green wonder. Like many green vegetables it is a tricky wine match. Think crisp whites but nothing too high in acidity. I chose Louis Moreau's very pretty Petit Chablis which turned out to be a fine match.

Louis Moreau is the 6th-generation of a winemaking family who have been in the Chablis area since 1814. He studied oenology in California, working for several French and American wineries before returning to manage his family's estate in 1994.

A fresh, crisp, fruit-driven wine that showcases the unoaked classic style of Chardonnay that is the Petit Chablis hallmark. Refreshing and clean, with subtle mineral complexity.

A snip at £9.99 (mix six price)


New ArrivalDate published: 17/11/15

Just arrived into to store is a limited number of cases one of our a 'Parcel Series' Sometimes we know who have made these wines and sometimes not. In this case not. What it is though is a soft and supple Pinot Noir from New Zealand that is Burgundian in style but not in price. The mixed six price for this is only £8.99 but hurry as I don't think this will be around for long.

A perfect wine for a simple roasted duck

Under the radar!Date published: 16/11/15

There are some wines that are hidden treasures. Bourgogne labeled wines often can be as sometimes they are made from more expensive de classified vineyards. Grapes not quite good enough to get into the first wines can make it into these bottles thus making them seriously under valued. With the price of fine Burgundy going through the roof (down mainly to several years of low yields) these are fine bottles worth trying. At the top end is Henri Boillot's white. Yes, still £20 but tasted blind one could mistake for something a lot more expensive.

Henri Boillot makes this wine from the fruit of several parcels located across Meursault, Puligny, Auxey-Duresses and St-Romain. The wine offers an abundance of apricot, citrus fruit and floral aromas, and has a firm backbone of fine acidity and mineral grip. Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years.

Pol RogerDate published: 14/11/15

I have to agree with Phillip Schofield's recommendation this week in that Pol Roger is a brilliantly elegant champagne but where he says its a full and rich, I kind of disagree. Bollinger and Louis Roederer are to my palate richer and fuller but that's not taking anything away from Pol. I find it gentler in style and it is often my choice of Christmas morning fizz. What I strongly disagree on though is Waitrose's price. We are under £32 until 30th November and they are over £40 in store! A no brainer.

Starting today for 5 days onlyDate published: 11/11/15

Until Monday we have got a deal on all our Champagne 33% off!! This applies to all Champagne big and small up to £100 per bottle. There are some serious bargains to be had so don't delay and pop in or give us a call!

MasterchefDate published: 11/11/15

With the start of Masterchef last night I realised it is now 19 years ago that I appeared on it. It really doesn't seem that long. We often have to view it when I entertain a new majestic team at home who nag to watch as many were not old to watch TV back then! I look back on my food and think how dated it looks now. A couple of friends who encouraged me to enter and had been the guinea pigs first time round came to supper a few weeks ago so I recreated the menu for them.
So let's take my starter first. I did a scallop, bacon and watercress salad in 96.
I still enjoy eating my families watercress (John Hurds Organic available seasonally in Waitrose) so I wanted to include that. I blanched the watercress for 30 seconds, drained and then blended with a little chicken stock and a cup of cooked peas to make a loose puree. For the bacon element I cooked dry cured treacle bacon until crisp and made into a fine crumb. With a banana shallot I made little onion rings. I also made a strong chicken stock reduced until very syrupy. Then I cook dived for scallop's on a fierce heat for 90 seconds a side until well coloured but still soft to touch. Paint a straight line of purée across the plate, arrange 3 scallops per serving on top, drizzle a couple of drops of the reduced stock,season with the bacon crumb, and finish with the shallot rings. I served this with a bottle of Laroche's Beauroys 1er cru Chablis which proved a great match.Domaine Laroche owns 3.41ha of the Beauroys premier cru vineyard, located on south-south-east-facing slopes of the limestone-rich hills of Chablis. 10% of the wine is barrel-fermented and aged, for a rich yet focused style.Lemon coloured with a green hue. Hints of stone fruit with some spicy complexity on the palate, with good intensity and finesse.

Mix 6 price £19.99.

OffersDate published: 10/11/15

I'm afraid our blanket offer of a third off all our sparkling wines has now finished (actually there are still plenty staying in that percentage off!) but I'm excited to say check back in just a couple of days for another weekend of great  Majestic deals. November tends to be an exciting month in store, not only for weekend specials but its also the month lots of new wines are arriving and very interesting small parcels of Bordeaux are rife. Why not pop in and see what's new?

At homeDate published: 09/11/15

I do buy most of my wine in house but do dabble elsewhere on occasion. Be it the fantastic reds from Raul Perez in Spain or one of my favourite Bordeaux house's Château Citran which punches well above its weight.
Recently I discovered Clarendelle 2009 which is another Bordeaux produced by the team at Haut Brion. Predominantly merlot this is a soft and elegant wine that has poise, structure and a oh so elegant finish. A bit tricky to source over here but can be picked up over the channel for around £12 a bottle. I drank it this evening with roast beef and it was great match. I had a little Beaufort after the meat and it also was a brilliant partner.

Change from Ned?Date published: 08/11/15

Is Ned your go to Sauvignon? If you fancy a change why not try the Russian Jack which has fallen into our 33% offer when buying a mix of any six. A snip at only £7.99!

Typically intense and concentrated, offering a backbone of gooseberry and passion fruit flavours supported by aromas of lime blossom and elderflower. Incisive citrus acidity provides a clean finish.

This wine is made by Martinborough Vineyards, who have branched out from their home in New Zealand's North Island, sourcing their Sauvignon grapes from certified sustainable vineyards across the water in Marlborough's Wairau Valley.

Great as a drink to begin a supper with or partner with Asian inspired food. 


Rully Blanc En Rosey 2013 Maison ChanzyDate published: 07/11/15

Rully represents a great introduction to white Burgundy possibly the greatest of all white wines. While not quite reaching the heady heights of Montrachet it doesn't have the equally heady price tag either.

Maison Chanzy own top quality vineyard sites all over Burgundy including Grand Crus. This wine maybe from a less illustrious village than Chassagne or Puligny but it is made with the same care and attention resulting in a fabulously decadent and delicious wine.

Pale gold with a complex bouquet of well integrated aromas, scents of cream and toast and hints of stonefruit.

Rich with ripe apple, lemon and a slight note of toast.  A beautifully long finish with more balance than a gymnast, wonderfully complex given the price point, yet surprisingly easy drinking.

Perfect with chicken or piece of simply grilled turbot.

Sparkling Wine Special OfferDate published: 07/11/15

If you are thinking of buying a bit fizz this weekend why not pop down today as this weekend we have 33% off ALL our sparkling wine range. All our prosecco, cava, NZ fizz and sparklers from England are included in the offer. To celebrate this we will have a couple open of them open to taste so hopefully we will see you later on today!

Deals Deals Deals!Date published: 06/11/15

It's that time of year when lots of supermarkets have enticing offers on. With our recent changes we have made we ALWAYS have a selection of 33% off wines, lots of 25% and 20% deals. In addition to these offers every single bottle has a minimum of 10% off now. Even those bottles which never came on offer now have money off. To get these deals all you have to do is buy any mixed six bottles and you unlock all deals. No more matching in pairs! When you pair this with a tasting counter where we have a minimum of 10 wines and 5 spirits to try every day and passionate staff there is not a better time to come and visit us.

Actually in addition to this and just over this weekend we have 33% off all sparkling wines. And yes I mean all including Nyetimber and Hattingley Valley.

Goat part 2Date published: 06/11/15

Readers of our home page will remember my buying some goat recently so it was time to tackle the shanks this time. Slowly cooked in wine and herbs was the way I went. I softened chopped onion, carrot, tomatoes, celery, garlic and chili. I the added to the browned shanks, a bottle of red and enough stock to cover. In a slow oven I cooked for 2 1/2 hours. I checked to see if tender which it was but was very strong in flavour. Almost livery in flavour which my wife would love but not my bag so I changed tact. I removed the goat and pulled apart with a fork removing most of the fat. In the pan of sauce/stock I added a good pinch of saffron, chopped dried prunes, chopped dried apricots, pomegranate syrup and a tin of chickpeas. I reduced this until thick and almost syrupy. Re added the goat and season well. Stir in a cook handful of chopped coriander and a spoon full of natural yogurt. It was truly delicious and went ridiculously well with the El Chaparral red from Navarra.

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

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

Buy six price only £7.99!


Stunning WineDate published: 02/11/15

If you are a lover of big Shiraz we have a stunning example from Kangarilla road. It's called the Geology series and in all my wine drinking years (many) this is the finest Shiraz sub £20 I have ever tasted.

The Scare Earth Project is an effort by a group of McLaren Vale producers to showcase individual terroirs by making single-vineyard wines from 100% Shiraz. Kangarilla Road's delegate comes from a site overlooking Maslin Beach, with soil rich in marine fossils and limestone.

The wine is a powerful and complex mix of mocha, pepper, earth and black fruit characters, bound together by muscular tannin and an enduring minerality.

Not really a wine to sip in front of the fire but think a slab of rare beef or a hare pappardelle as fine matches for this gem. Word of warning though. This is a really small production and we sold our 24 bottles over the space of one day! Buy any six price £18. A bargain!

This weekendDate published: 29/10/15

Why not pop down this weekend and join us to taste a selection of our Australian range together with another couple of gems including a top of the range Languedoc red from highly esteemed house of Pennautier and a new Chardonnay for the Yerring stable. In addition to this why not have a go at our trick or treat in store!?

No MininumDate published: 29/10/15

This week is a massive day for Majestic as we have taken the decision to drop our minimum purchase. So when you just need that special magnum or an emergency bottle of one of our craft spirits you don't have to make up to six.
There is of course an incentive to buy six or more as you will receive a minimum of 10% of everything and up to 33% depending on the current offers. No more having to match the offers just buy 6 or more and you will get our best offers every single time. We also have a no quibble guarantee. If you did not enjoy the wine just let us know and we will replace it even if you don't have the bottle for another for you to enjoy. No questions asked. I hope you agree this a change for the better and we will see you soon!

PatridgeDate published: 26/10/15


We had a few friends around for lunch yesterday and I knew they were bringing the excellent Craggy Range pinot noir with them so I cooked a partridge and cavolo nero risotto to partner it.
I blanched the cavolo into cm strips and cooled in cold water. For the partridge I took breasts off and put in a marinade of rosemary, thyme, garlic and black pepper. The thigh and leg I confited and shredded (do this before you start risotto)
Sauté pancetta lardons until crisp and remove from pan. Then in the fat soften finely diced onion, celery and garlic. Continue to cook adding your stock a ladle at time and 5 minutes before ready add the lardons, cavolo and confit partridge. Stir in parmesan, a little butter and splash of cream. Season well. I also added a few cubes of fontina cheese which adds a lovely creamy texture. Put lid on and remove from heat. Quickly pan fry the breast until just beyond pink and serve on top of the risotto piled into bowls. A real taste of autumn and very seasonal.

A little about the wine next...

Although a single vineyard site, the Te Muna Road vineyard is planted with eight different Pinot Noir clones, across 40 individual parcels of vines. Combined with over a year's ageing in small oak barrels, this produces a wine with enhanced complexity and depth.

Deep red, with an almost blackish tint. The aromas are brooding yet inviting, characterised by black cherry, with hints of flowers and tarry notes. Silky on the palate, flowing to a long, spicy finish.


GoatDate published: 21/10/15

Inspired by Matt Gillans main course on GBM I defrosted some goat chops and popped into a marinade of thyme, rosemary, garlic and a touch of chilli. Then the next cooked outside on the BBQ until medium rare and served with kale and pomme puree. This went brilliantly well with the Spanish red called Petolos.

One of 9 children of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacio has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent winemaking philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites.

A broad spectrum of aromas gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish.




Viña Albali Sauvignon Blanc 2014 RuedaDate published: 18/10/15

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Situated in the heart of Rueda in the Spanish province of Valladolid, Pagod del Rey, is a relative newcomer (first harvest was 2005) that has quickly grown into one of the most important wineries in the area.

Taste

A bright, fresh wine with ripe aromas of peach, mango and papaya followed by more complex aromas of dried herbs. The palate is fresh and fruity with a crisp finish.

Enjoy

A perfect match to any fish dish or seafood salad.


£6.66 on our 33% deal and open to taste!

Pizarras de Otero 2014 BierzoDate published: 18/10/15

Grape

Mencía

Origin

This wine comes from an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martin Codax in 2003. ‘Pizarra’ is Spanish for slate and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo.

Taste

A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry with a subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.

Enjoy

Partner with herbaceous lamb cutlets or pasta dishes with fresh tomato sauce.


£6.66 on our 33% deal and open to taste!

Faustino 1 Gran Reserva 2001Date published: 18/10/15

Grape

Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

Origin

Bodegas Faustino has over 150 years experience making and ageing top of the range wines in the Rioja Alavesa region. The soil and climate in this area is ideal for growing Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo and creates wine of great distinction.

Taste

The nose is very complex with red berries, cinnamon, clove and oak notes. The palate has a beautiful balance of tannin and acidity with lingering notes of berry fruit and spice on the finish.

Enjoy

This will match perfectly with grilled or roasted lamb, partridge or pheasant.


£14.99 on our Fine Wine deal and open to taste!

Don Armando MalbecDate published: 18/10/15

Grape

Malbec

Origin

From the Bodega de los Toneles, named after the large oak barrels used to age the wines, the grapes are sourced from the premium growing areas within Mendoza.

Taste

Typical of Malbec, this wine has flavours of plums, cherries, blackcurrants and violet with just a hint of chocolate on the silky finish.

Enjoy

Steak, steak, steak!!

£6.66 on our 33% deal and open to taste!

Au Bon Climat - Wines of Vision, Balance & CharacterDate published: 11/10/15

In 1982, Jim Clendenen, the head winemaker at Au Bon Climat decided, along with Adam Tolmach, to start a winery dedicated to Burgundian varietals in leased quarters. Adam left in 1990 to pursue his own efforts leaving Jim solo at the helm. Through careful re-investment from its own production, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well exposed vineyard") has now grown to over 50,000 cases annually.

Au Bon Climat sources fruit from several of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast. These include Clendenen’s own Le Bon Climat Vineyard and estate plantings at the legendary Bien Nacido Vineyard – both in Santa Maria Valley, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills, Los Alamos Vineyard (Santa Barbara County), and San Luis Obispo County's Talley Vineyard.

The winery has cultivated an international reputation for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat, is recognized worldwide for his classically styled wines. In addition to his Burgundian-focused Au Bon Climat wines, Jim also established another brand, Clendenen Family Vineyards. This project of passion allows him to make artisan, small lots of distinctive wines from a wider spectrum of varieties in styles conducive to small lots. He has received high acclaim for Italian varietals particularly his Nebbiolo that has a five year aging regimen in barrel.

The ABC Bien Nacido Chardonnay is a particular gem produced by this winery. It has a sensational nose of apples, toast, lemon curd, roasted nuts, cinnamon and a delicate whiff of oak. It is wonderfully textured, fresh and long in the mouth: a Chardonnay that exudes class and sophistication.

Buy it now for £27.00; you won’t be disappointed!

Fancy something on the sweet side?Date published: 10/10/15

Dessert wines are a perfect way to finish off an evening, and don’t necessarily have to be paired next to a dessert. I’m not a massive fan of sweet things but when I want a sweet flavour but not to have a whole pudding then I will usually enjoy a small glass of dessert wine. Here are my two favourites:


Royal Tokaji (pronounced Tock ay) late harvest £9.99

Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990, when a small group of investors brought together 62 small growers in Hungary, and created a high quality range of traditional style wines. This wine's sweetness is achieved by allowing the grapes extended ripening time on the vine.Pale green-gold colour. The nose is more delicate than many a Tokaji, with aromas of ripe peach, exotic fruit and blossom. Moderate palate weight, with a fine balance of intense sweetness and acidic lift.


Rustenberg Straw wine £8.99 when you buy any two bottles on our 33% offer

This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. They are then pressed for 4-5 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation.Concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.

A bit about Oktoberfest!Date published: 09/10/15

Oktoberfest traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first sunday of October, so despite the name, it mostly falls in September. But then Septemberfest doesn't quite have the same ring to it. 

It began with the Royal Wedding on 12 October 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen (What a mouthful!) on 12 October 1810. 

The event attracts beer lovers from all over Europe, but this year rather than making the journey to Cold Germany, come on down to not as cold Majestic Wines Farnham! We've got a massive array of beers open to taste from the 9th to the 11th of October. The theme is Local British beers VS World craft beers. So come on down and decide which you prefer!

Prosecco!Date published: 07/10/15

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.

Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.

Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.


Marlborough Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/10/15

Why is New Zealand so popular for it’s Sauvignon blanc? Majestic’s best selling wine is the Ned, a Marlborough Sauvignon and many other wines such as Oyster Bay and Villa Maria do exceptionally well.

One aspect would be their fresh, fruity approachable style. In a typical Kiwi Sauv you can generally expect a good deal of acidity with fruit characteristics such as Gooseberry, Lime, Passion fruit and a slight grassyness. This helps the wine to be a refreshing drink that can very easily be drunk on it’s own or even paired with cuisine such as thai or a lovely salad.

But how does this come about? Often wines with big tropical fruit tend to lack in acidity and complexity. Many put this down to the cool climate of New Zealand due to it’s position South of the equator. A relatively thin section of ozone layer allows for a strong sunlight to reach the grapes, increasing the rate of photosynthesis and giving the grapes this tropical flavour potential.

The vines were mainly planted in the early 70’s and early success at local and international wine competitions boosted winemakers’ confidence in the varietal, as well as consumer demand. Since then the style of wine has become a benchmark for new world Sauvignon Blanc to be measured against.


Ravenswood lodi ZInfandelDate published: 07/10/15

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!

Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temperature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.

True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

Villa Maria Cellar selection sauvignon blancDate published: 02/10/15

Villa Maria Cellar selection Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 on our 33% offer


This is a delicious New Zealand Sauvignon, It’s got all the hallmarks; a refreshing acidity, tropical fruits and a great length to it. Brilliant for those evenings when you just want something refreshing and delicious.


Made from a selection of the best grapes grown throughout Marlborough. During vinification the wine was left on its lees for a brief spell which has given it excellent concentration and added depth.


Displays pronounced aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit on the nose. It is fresh and beautifully crisp on the palate while being vibrantly fruity, ending in a long zingy finish.


The perfect wine to take along to summer parties. Enjoy on its own or with crab or poached salmon salad.



The Cup and Rings AlbarinoDate published: 01/10/15

Albarino is a fantastic white grape variety that can be found in North West Spain predominantly, though in recent years has spread further afield. The wines tend to be slightly richer than Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc but more fresher and acidic than Chardonnay can be, making it a beautifully balanced wine.

The Cups & Rings is an ancient pre-historic carved stone design commonly found in granite rock outcrops overlooking Albariño vineyards in Rías Biaxas and other Celtic regions. Known as “Pedra Do Criba” the carvings probably represent a worship to the elements. 

This complex wine has aromas of green mango and dried apricot with notes of eucalpytus and spice. The palate is full yet fresh with tropical fruit flavours and a long saline finish.

This is a really interesting wine which would go well with South East Asian cuisine or pan fried cod wrapped in bacon with dauphinoise potatoes.

Vintage FizzDate published: 30/09/15

Just started this week we have not only one but two vintage Champagnes under £20. We are not talking some god forsaken heavily discounted fizz you find in some supermarkets. I mean proper toasty, rich and soft vintage fizz.

First up Nicolas Feuillatte's vintage cuvée combines freshness with a subtle yeastiness from extended ageing on the lees. Great as a party wine, or as a match with antipasto and cured meats.

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

Both at bargain prices of only £19.99 a bottle!

Great Pinot NoirDate published: 28/09/15

Last night I tucked into a bottle of the excellent 431 claim Pinot Noir from the Mudhouse winery.
This really is an epic wine for under £15 (Tesco list for £20!)

This is a single-vineyard wine from Central Otago, arguably the home of New Zealand's finest Pinot Noir. The Claim 431 vineyard is planted with specially selected Pinot Noir clones with different ripening characteristics, which lends complexity and structure to the blend.

Aromas of plum and boysenberry give way to subtle aromas of oak toast and spice. The palate offers intense fruit yet an elegant structure with fine tannins and acidity.

I partnered with a simply mushroom risotto. Sauté some chopped mushrooms and some pretty soaked dried wild ones. Once cooked puree 1/2 with a little cream fraiche and keep other 1/2 whole. Now make your risotto in normal way (add soaked mushroom water into your stock) Add the purée and sautéed mushroom for the last 2 minutes and finish with a good handful of grated parmesan, couple of knobs of butter, chopped parsley and season well. Shaved white truffle is optional!
Perfect autumnal fare.

Mas La Chevalière Vignoble Peyroli Chardonnay 2012 LarocheDate published: 26/09/15

Grape
Chardonnay

Origin

Laroche has a history of creating phenomenal Chablis in the Northern reaches of Burgundy. Like many Burgundian producers, he has decided to try his hands at growing Chardonnay, the variety that goes into most white Burgundy, Chablis included, further south in the western Languedoc. The single vineyard site of Peyroli enjoys altitudes of 4-500m above sea level and limetone and clay soils, which combine to produce ripening conditions similar to those in Chablis where Laroche is based.

Taste

Pale straw yellow, this is an elegant wine offering predominantly white fruit and blossom characters, supported by delicate oak spice and fine acidity that provide a crisp, well-balanced structure.

Dry  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  Sweet

Enjoy

Perfect match for crayfish, langoustines or lobster.


Back in stockDate published: 26/09/15

At long last the fantastic Vina Pomal Reserva has just arrived back on our shelves.

The grapes for this wine come from Viña Pomal's own vineyards which surround the winery. The first Viña Pomal release was over 100 years ago in 1904, and they have since been producing high quality, classic 100% Tempranillo Riojas.

Bursting with blackberry and raspberry fruit, the palate is clean, intense and persistent. Perfectly balanced with soft velvety tannins it is delicious from start to the long finish.

This has long been a favourite of not only mine but lots of our faithful Spanish customers. Great value under £10 a bottle.


On the tasting counter todayDate published: 26/09/15

Rioja Reserva Marqués de Vargas is open this weekend for all you lovers of Spanish wine.

Although its modern winery and hacienda were built in 1989, this vineyard estate dates back to 1840, when the first vines were planted near Logroño by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marqués de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.

A rich, dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liquorice and savoury-sweet spice. Velvety, full and well balanced.

This wine cries out for some lamb. Either char grilled some little cutlets or slow cook a shoulder for 4/5 hours with plenty of alliums, herbs and some white wine. Skim the fat and strain. Then reduce the gravy until the right consistency. Serve with some greens and crispy roast potatoes. What a perfect combo!


Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2014 Lujan de Cuyo Date published: 25/09/15

Origin

The aromatic Torrontés  grape is a distant relation of Muscat, and has become Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines in the sunny yet cool high-altitude vineyards of Argentina. Torrontés has the capability of producing wines of high quality, but its success is dependent on the skill and care of the winemaking process, particularly in maintaining suitable acid levels to balance the wine. At its most ideal, Torrontés are wines for early drinking that are not too heavy, are high in acidity, and are intriguingly aromatic in a way reminiscent of but not identical to Muscat. Many examples can be very similar to Gewürztraminer with subtle spice notes mixed with the floral bouquet of the wine. Poorer made examples can come across as bitter and excessively alcoholic. The size of the harvest yield can also play a substantial role. Torrontés tends not to age very well and is often consumed within a year of its vintage date.

Taste

This example is bursting with ripeness; the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

Dry  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  Sweet

Enjoy
This would be best served with mild Thai curries or dressed prawn salads.

Bosman Adama RedDate published: 25/09/15

This winery is situated in the shadow of the Limiet Mountains in the Western Cape has been in the Bosman family for eight generations and the earliest records of this vineyard were in 1699. The aim here at their family home is to make wines of exceptional quality often using unusual blends of grapes.

The wine has notes of raspberry and prune on the nose with hints of white pepper leading onto a palate that has rich plum and dark cherry flavours with a long lingering sweetly spiced finish. It’s a fantastic match for roast meat, baked pasta dishes and partners pizza surprisingly well.

This is currently £9.74 on our 25% selection



GaviDate published: 24/09/15

This wine, oft described as the Italian answer to Chablis, is enjoyed all along the Ligurian coast due to it’s affinity for seafood. Grown around the town of Gavi the closest vineyards to the town produce the wine known as Gavi Di Gavi. The actual grape variety that goes into the wine is known as Cortese.

This white wine has a crisp character with a beautifully aromatic notes that can be found in the higher quality wines. Lime, Fennel, stone fruit and nut are an example of the characteristics that can be found in these great wines. 

For food matching, fuller flavoured fish or shellfish makes an ideal match, simple prawns with garlic and coriander just beg to be plated up next to a bottle of Gavi. 

Leffe Blonde BeerDate published: 24/09/15

The Leffe Blonde is an authentic Belgian Abbey beer which is brewed from traditional recipes of the monks of the Abbey in Leffe. The Abbey was founded in 1152 and they brewed their own ales from ingredients found in the wild near by. There were many ups and downs for this Abbey over the next several hundred years, in 1952 the Abbey and a commercial brewery partnered together( thought to be the first in history) and the success has grown ever since. Selected aromatic malts give this beer it’s deep golden colour and full bodied fruity, lightly spiced taste.

If you want to enjoy this all round year beer the traditional way, i’d suggest serving chilled at 5’c with a large creamy head!

This is currently £5.99 for a four pack



Autumnal warming redsDate published: 24/09/15

These are just the thing you need for those cold and blustery autumn nights. So grab a wooly jumper, settle down and treat yourself!

Yering station “The Elms” Shiraz

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 flavoured.

£8.99 on our 25% offer


Muga Rioja Reserva

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

£13.32 on our 33% offer


Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge

The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.

£7.49 on our 25% offer


Meerlust Merlot

Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.

£17.00 on our buy 2 save £10 offer

Wine with FoodDate published: 23/09/15

Food that is consumed with wine has an effect on the way a wine tastes, and wine can also have an effect on the taste of food. The purpose of food and wine pairing is to take advantage of these effects, so that ideally both the food and wine provide more pleasure than either would when consumed separately. Knowledge of these effects will also help avoid negative or unpleasant interactions.

It is important to remember that people have different sensitivities to various flavour and aroma components. Pairings should therefore take into account the preferences of the individual, as well as the basic interactions between food and wine.

There are two components in food (sweetness and umami [savouriness]) that tend to make wines taste ‘harder’ (more astringent and bitter, more acidic, less sweet and fruity) and two components (salt and acid) whose presence in food tends to make wines taste ‘softer’ (less astringent and bitter, less acidic, sweeter and more fruity). Generally, food has more impact on the way a wine will taste than the other way round.

Sweetness in food - with any dishes containing sugar, select a wine with a high sweetness level.

Umami in food - choose a balanced high-tannin wine.

Salt in food - salt is wine-friendly and can help soften some of the harder elements.

Flavour intensity - it’s usually desirable for the flavour intensities of food and wine to be matched so that one does not overpower the other

Acid & fat - the fatty food/acidic wine combination is generally very satisfying

Sweet & salty - this is a combination many people enjoy and leads to some very successful pairings eg. sweet wine and blue cheese

Because people vary in their sensitivities and preferences there is no simple answer to which wines go best with which dishes. Most people prefer their wines to taste more fruity and less acidic, bitter and astringent - using this generalisation it is possible to make some cautious recommendations. When selecting wines to partner dishes it can be helpful to divide dishes and wines into high and low risk.

There are many classic pairings; goat’s cheese and Sancerre, oysters and Muscadet, Stilton with Port and most people will find these successful and interesting with the food enhancing the wine and vice versa. Pairings work because of the taste interaction between structural components in food and wine. Chefs and sommeliers will work together to tweak ingredients, preparation methods and wine vintages and producers in pursuit of the ‘perfect pairing’ and at best will achieve the something that is the perfect pairing for them and perhaps the majority of their guests. However due to the varying levels of sensitivity and preference there is no guarantee that complete agreement will ever be reached.

Art & SoulDate published: 22/09/15

Introducing the Art & Soul range... Peter Lehmann led a colourful life. He created one of Australia's most respected and popular wineries by defying accepted wisdom, courting near misses and narrow scrapes and never shirking the opportunity to challenge a norm. This range is a reflection of the colour and fun experienced as Peter lived his dream, with all his 'art and soul'. 

The Shiraz...

This medium bodied example is crafted in a deliciously fruity style, showing vibrant flavours of ripe plum, dark chocolate with a hint of oak in the background. Supple, soft tannins ensure it is made to be enjoyed in its youth.

The Chardonnay...

Deliciously vibrant and very stylish, this wine shows why Chardonnay is such a popular choice. Balancing great fruit flavours of hints of fig and white peach on the palate with subtle complexity, it has a refreshing dry finish. (Also we think this both smells and tastes like custard apple candy!)

We have both of these cracking wines open to taste and with both at £7.99 on our 33% deal they aren't to be missed!

San Huberto MalbecDate published: 22/09/15

Malbec has been increasingly popular over the last few years and it really isn't hard to see why. Often it can be very hard to find a wine that is deep, rich and full bodied yet smooth and drinkable, yet Malbec, the Argentinian ones in particular, tend to be very good at this. Made from the lesser known La Rioja region in Argentina (The La part was added after a dispute with the Spanish region of the same name). 

This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. You could call this a La Rioja Reserva, though it is very different to the Rioja Reserva that many of us know. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate.

An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak. Deep, rich and involving yet gloriously smooth. This is one to enjoy on a cold evening with a hearty stew, or enjoy with red meats seasoned with mild aromatic spices and served with roasted vegetables.

Bin End sale Date published: 21/09/15

Part of our bin end sale is this very pretty Pinot Noir from southern France. I not going to kid you don't think of a 1er cru Volnay but more like a slightly fuller Beaujolais wine.

Domaine Ferrandière is situated on the site of an ancient maritime lagoon. The area is deliberately flooded each spring to reduce the salinity of the soil. This unique terroir was unaffected by phyloxxera and therefore supports ungrafted vines.

A soft, medium-bodied Pinot Noir, with an emphasis on ripe red berry fruit character. Short-term oak maturation has added subtle herb and spice notes.

This would be perfect with a simply roasted duck.The ripe acidity cutting the richness of the duck. All this for only £6.66 whilst stocks last.



The wine courseDate published: 20/09/15

About every month we host a wine course for up to 10 people in store, these courses are a great way to learn a little more about the world of wine. They are slightly more formal than a tasting counter guide through but the environment is relaxed and any questions are encouraged, no question is a silly one.

Throughout the course you will try three white wines, a sparkling, three reds and a dessert wine. We begin by trying the wines first and trying to analyse the quality of them. We look specifically at how to judge whether a wine is good quality, regardless of tastes. Comparing wines together is the easiest way to learn, as it is often very hard to recall a taste. This way allows you to really see the difference between different grape varieties, countries and vinifying methods. We touch briefly on winemaking methods, in particular for sparkling wine.

We then move on to the food and wine matching section, where we will have a selection of nibbles that have been chosen to match the wines, here you can really see how much of an effect food has on wine and vice versa. That tart cherry tomato suddenly becomes a lot more juicier, when paired with what seemed like a sharp white wine, now a delicate floral beauty. You will get the chance to try combinations that work, and combinations that don’t.

If you’re interested in coming along to one of our wine courses please give us a call on 01252 711 988. 

Chapel Down Brut NV, EnglandDate published: 20/09/15

Chapel Down is one of the biggest wine producers in southern England. This blend of classic grape varieties from their Kent vineyards, vinified in the traditional method, is capable of giving Grand Marque Champagnes a run for their money. Made with the three Champagne grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier), with the addition of Pinot Blanc. 

Although this example doesn’t show as much yeast character as Champagne, it’s a zesty sparkling wine with elegant aromas of citrus fruit, red apple and freshly baked bread alongside hints of hawthorn and lemongrass on the palate.Great as an aperitif or a perfect pairing to the British classic ­ fish and chips. We love it and we’re not the only ones! 

This wine received 5* reviews from our online customers, and has received the following awards: 

Silver, Champagne & Sparkling Wine Championships 
Bronze, UK Vineyard Association Awards 2014
Bronze, Decanter World Wine Awards 2013
Bronze, International Wine & Spirits Awards 2013


£18.73 on our 25% offer

Chase Marmalade VodkaDate published: 20/09/15

Saturday's in our household  traditionally starts with a cocktail. My other half likes them long and more fruit based whereas I like them short and powerful. I got home from work last night to find her preparing a Singapore Sling for her (I actually quite like these) and a Martini for me. She used Chase's gorgeous marmalade vodka instead of my usual Martin Miller's gin.1 part Noilly Part to 5 parts vodka and a couple of dashes of orange bitters into your shaker, loads of ice and stir for 30 seconds. Serve in a pre chilled glass and garnish with a strip of orange peel. Some of Simon Hopkinson's epic cheese biscuits and a few kalamata olives and it was the perfect start to my Saturday evening. We do not stock the vermouth but we do sell the marmalade vodka which is great addition to your freezer.

Don Papa RumDate published: 19/09/15

Don Papa rum is inspired by Papa Isio, one of the unsung legends of the Philippine revolution. Once a foreman at the sugar plantation before joining the independence movement, Isio drove out the conquerors of his beloved land. 

It is distilled from the finest sugar cane in the world on a small island in the Philippines, this rum is aged for seven years in American oak barrels before being blended to perfection.

It has a rich smooth taste with just a touch of vanilla. Don Papa rum is perfect straight, on the rock's or in your favorite cocktail, it really is enjoyable! 

It is currently at £30.00 

New to MajesticDate published: 19/09/15

Coming from the southern Rhone this is a Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan blend. Often compared to CNP but often alot more reasonable and many can compete on quality.

This family owned Domaine is located in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail at an altitude of between 300m and 500m. The vines have an average age of 50 years and are farmed organically. The wine making is traditional and the grapes are hand harvested.

Loads of dark fruit on the nose specifically plum and blackberry. The palate has fruit but also pepper and cinnamon. The tannic structure suggests this wine could age well for a number of years.

This really cries out for some aged game or does match Indian cuisine surprisingly well. On offer at only £14.99 a bottle.

Brilliant GinDate published: 18/09/15

We have a new gin in store called 'Brilliant Gin', and it certainly lives up to the name. It is a local distillery located just outside of Guildford and produces the gin in small batches by master distillers to make sure it's perfect every time you drink it. 

Gin connoisseurs were present to select the best botanicals and to create a beautifully balanced gin that's complex yet clean. 

It is softly infused with hints of spice and a note of citrus and is delicious neat but also shaken, stirred or mixed with a good quality tonic;it's always rather brilliant!

Come and have a taste in store, this gin is £35.00

All About MalbecDate published: 18/09/15

Why is Malbec so popular these days? It’s rare that you can walk into a Majestic wine, or any wine retailer for that matter and not find a booming Argentinian section full of Malbec. But what do people actually know about this grape? Well for one, it actually started off as “Cot” and used to be a grape variety permitted in Bordeaux wine. Though this was before Phylloxera (a vineyard pest) ravaged Europe in the mid 1800’s. Once the vineyard blight took hold it was rarely replanted, except for in the hot climates of the south of France. At some point cuttings were taken over to Argentina to be planted, but it wasn’t until Argentina had a bigger focus on exporting premium wines rather than creating mass wines for the domestic market that it took off.

Often rich, deeply coloured yet brilliantly smooth, the wine is exceptionally more-ish. Many Malbecs fit in perfectly with the Argentinian diet, which mainly comprises of meat based dishes such as beef steak or sausage. Many Argentinians eat their meals on a “Parilla”, or a BBQ, that is placed in the centre of a table. People around the table add meat and watch it cook in front of them, which surely builds up quite the appetite.

For this weekend only all Argentinian Malbec is a cracking 33% off and we have two of them open to taste, so you'll be sure to find something you love at a great price!

Catena Alta Chardonnay - Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/09/15

In the 1990s Nicolás Catena and his team identified their best vineyard rows of Malbec, Chardonnay and Cab Sav and made the first vintages of the Catena Alta wines in very small quantities. Catena Alta continues to be a limited production of single varietal wines made from a selected few rows.

At 1500m above sea level in the Andean foothills, the Adrianna vineyard's pebble-covered soils and cool climate are ideal for growing Chardonnay. The fruit from the Adrianna vineyard has a purity of flavour and a minerality that is particular to this vineyard, not found anywhere else in Mendoza.

It is bursting with tropical mango and pineapple alongside ripe pear and fig flavours with notes of sweet spice enhancing the rich palate. It finishes with great freshness and a long length. Try with lobster or duck à l’orange.

£17.99 when you buy two or more wines from our fine wine selection!

Samuel Adams Octoberfest BeerDate published: 17/09/15

Samuel Adams has released a new beer for the annual celebration of Octoberfest with this wonderful rich, deep golden amber beer which itself is reflective of the season.

This beer is a malt lover’s dream, masterfully blending together four blends of barley to create a harmony of sweet flavours including caramel and toffee. The beer is kept from being overly sweet from the addition of German Noble hops which keep the elegant bitterness.

This beer provides a transition from the lighter beers of the summer to the heartier beers in the winter.

Foodwise, the Octoberfest will suit classic traditional pub meals and perfect on it's own.

This beer is only £10.99 for a six pack. 



Catena Malbec Date published: 17/09/15

For this weekend only we have 33% off all our Argentine Malbec so if you love that style of wine what better time to pop down to see us. There is across the board some great deal but Catena Malbec at £8.65 must not be ignored.

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.

Perfect with a fat slab of medium rare steak.

New Bin Ends Being Added !Date published: 16/09/15

We still have a good selection of bin end wines here and from tomorrow morning we will have a good 40 more more. There are going to be 15 lines from Southern France including the sumptuous Paul Mas Syrah/Viognier which will be a steal £6.66 and also a very pretty Touraine which is going to be only £5.66. Stock is limited though so it really is first come first served!

See you tomorrow!

British sparkling wineDate published: 16/09/15

English Sparkling wine has come along way over the past decade. With the meteoric rise to international fame that Nyetimber has had, interest in British fizz has piqued, and our produce is taken seriously now.

Producers such as Nyetimber, Chapel down and Hush heath have worked hard to produce sparkling wine that are individual yet with hallmarks that are often found in Champagne.

The range of styles available is impressive, from the lean brut like nature of Chapel Down vintage reserve brut to the cake yeast fullness of Nyetimber classic cuvee. They really are worth a try, and will certainly impress!

Definition ChablisDate published: 15/09/15

The Majestic Wine Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles. The aim is to give you the definitive example of how these great wine styles should be.

Chablis is the northernmost appellation of Burgundy in France, In fact it is so far north that it is on latitude with cities such as Montreal and Munich where weather like snow isn’t uncommon. Because of this it is often a struggle to get the grapes to ripen fully, and adverse weather such as hailstorms are the bane of every vineyard owner in this region.

Our Chablis, a classic example of this famous wine. Find crisp citrus fruits, a hint of white flowers and a touch of oatmeal. Our Chablis is a great food wine and can match with grilled sole, crab or a classic dish of the region ham in a creamy Chablis sauce.

Simple pleasures!Date published: 15/09/15

A couple of old friends came over on Sunday. I love them dearly but to say they are fussy eaters is an understatement! I decided to do a simple roast chicken. For the first time I decided to have a go at brining before cooking and I have to say, bar one amazing chicken dish in Paris 20 years ago this was the best chicken I have ever had. It is really easy to do. 150 grams of salt, split head of garlic, bunch of whatever herbs you have (I used thyme, rosemary and parsley) a lemon cut in two and about 20 peppercorns. Dissolve the salt in 3 litres of water the add everything else including a 1.5kg chicken. Leave in fridge for no longer than 4 hours. Rinse the chicken and stuff with all the herbs, lemon, pepper and garlic. Dry skin well then roast for 60 mins or until juices run clear. Rest for 10 and make a gravy from the juices. What you will have is the most succulent bird ever. To drink pick a fine white burgundy, something like Chavy's Puligny Montrachet.

Blended from 8 different parcels across the appellation, this wine gives an excellent representation of the ‘terroir’ of Puligny-Montrachet. The domaine was inherited from father Gerard Chavy 2004 and was split with brother Alain, who makes wine under his father's name.

Neither overtly fruity nor over-oaked, Jean-Louis Chavy’s wines are extremely well balanced, emphasising the classic minerality of Puligny-Montrachet.

On offer at £30 a bottle. 


Methods of production of ProseccoDate published: 14/09/15

Charmat Method ( also known as the Italian method)

1, The grapes are harvested and transported to the winery.

2, The grapes are pressed very gently in a specifically designed machine, (100 kilograms of grapes should give no more than 70 litres of wine).

3, The cloudy juice (must) is allowed to settle in stainless steel tanks for 10-12 hours in temperatures between 5-10 C.

4, Once the cloudy parts of must has settled, natural yeast is added to clear the liquid and fermentation begins. The yeast encourages natural sugars to convert into alcohol.

5, The first fermentation process takes between 15-20 days in tanks kept between 18-20 C.

6, The base wine produced in the first stage is blended with other types of wine before the second stage called “Prise De Mousse” begins.

7, It is during this stage that the still wine is transformed into sparkling wine, after being carefully blended and tasted the still wine is pressurised in stainless steel tanks along with yeast and sugar which stimulate bubbles of carbon dioxide in the wine.

8, When the desired alcohol level is reached it is cooled and filtered, all of the yeast is then removed.

9, Finally the Prosecco is bottled under pressure to ensure that the bubbles are kept.

10, The bottles are then packaged and ready to sell.

The Traditional Method (also known as the Champagne method)

1, The grapes are harvested and transported to the winery.

2, The grapes are pressed and yeast is added to the juice once it has settled to kickstart the fermentation process.

2, With the traditional method the second phase of fermentation is completed in the bottle rather than a large pressurised tank.

3, Yeast and sugar are added to the bottle of blended wine which is then sealed with a crown cap. The bottle is then stored horizontally for several months as bubbles of carbon dioxide are produced.

4, The residual yeast must be removed before the wine is ready for consumption. Everyday for 10-14 days the bottles are given a slight shake and the storage rack is put at a deeper angle until the bottles are upside down.

5, This process is called riddling and it allows the yeast to gather in the neck of the bottle, which is then frozen so that the plug of ice can be removed.

6, A small dose of sugar is added, and finally the bottles are sealed with corks, labelled and boxed up in crates.



Martinborough Vineyward, Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 13/09/15

Martinborough Vineyard produces some of the best Pinot Noir in New Zealand, having made some of the first plantings near the town of Martinborough. Thier consistently excellent and internationally acclaimed style has come to represent the terrior of the Martinborough Terrace. 

This wine has complex and seductive aromas of red cherry, spice, tobacco and earth. Perfectly balanced, an elegant and beguiling structure of tannin and fruit and a long, complex finish.

If you can resist drinking it, the wine will develop and improve over 10 years, but the seductive fruit allows for immediate drinking.

This is £25.00 when you buy 2 or more from our fine wine selection.



Definition Provence RoseDate published: 13/09/15

Ok, so the weather isn’t as good anymore, but Provencal rose doesn’t have to be a seasonal thing. The typical style of Provence rose is crisp, dry and refreshing, with strawberry and berry notes. Partner it with fuller flavoured salads, like a salad nicoise and it will sing of summer.

When we asked our buyer Chris why he’d chosen this wine, he said that when he tried it on a drizzly afternoon in Watford it had transported him straight back to the South of France eating lunch by the Med. So give this a go and remember what summer was like, all those weeks ago.

£9.74 on our 25% offer

Definition ProseccoDate published: 12/09/15

Our definition wines captures the quintessential qualities of the world’s greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world’s greatest winemakers. We sourced them so that our customers could have a great go-to range of wines to explore the famous wine styles of the world.

This Prosecco from Valdobbiadene, one of the best areas for prosecco production, is a beautiful balance between the lighter, nuttier sort and the fuller, peachier styles. With notes of ripe pear, apple and a lovely guiding acidity, this is at once refreshing, intriguing and very moreish.

Try this with Prosciutto, or any typical Italian light bites such as Insalata Caprese, the traditional dish of Buffalo tomato and Mozzarella with a drizzle of olive oil.

New to MajesticDate published: 12/09/15

One of the wines we opened this week was the Art n Soul Chardonnay and boy what a cracking Chardonnay it is for only £7.99. Think tropical fruit and soft vanilla oak. I know Peter Lehman is one of the biggest Australian producers but he many different wines from this range right up to the epic Stonewell Shiraz. Really nicely balanced and suitable for a simply roasted chicken or a piece of grilled Salmon. Why not pop down this weekend for a taster! 

Space BeerDate published: 10/09/15

In 2006, Japanese and Russian scientists tested how well barley could grow in space. They rocketed barley seeds to the International Space Station and planted them aboard the Zvezda Service Module. After spending five months in orbit, the fourth-generation of barley was brought back to earth, where Japanese brewer Sapporo fermented it into the world's first space beer.

The brewery had huge demand for the product and little to sell, so 250 lucky people were chosen from a lottery and were fortunate enough to taste this extremely rare beer. It did come at a rather pricey cost; £13 per bottle to be exact, but it’s had one hell of a journey!



Great valueDate published: 10/09/15

I grant you this isn't my usual price range of wine but when I first tasted the Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Valley in Chile I could believe it was only £4.99!

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

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

This wine would make a perfect wine for large gatherings or charity events as well as a having a stash squirreled away for those unexpected neighbour visits!

It also will be open this weekend to taste.


The Hogs Back BreweryDate published: 09/09/15

The Hogs Back Brewery first opened it’s doors on the 4th August 1992, in 18th century farm buildings that at various times have stored wheat, and housed cattle and, appropriately, hogs. The brewhouse was what is now the shop and the very first brew was TEA, which was an instant hit.

Great beer comes from a combination of real brewing, passion and attention to detail… and the best ingredients. The malted barley must be of a consistently high quality and within a specification that suits their own yeast, and delivers the tell tale hint of sweetness at the end of a Hogs Back beer.  And the hops, which add the bitterness , aroma and distinctive character are equally important.  They source the majority of the hops within 5 miles of the brewery, though they also source from Germany, the Czech Republic and the USA.


In 2014, they planted our their traditional hop garden, just across the road from the brewery. It’s the first new hop garden in the immediate Farnham area for over 100 years and has become quite a local landmark, with many a traveller stopping to take a photo. Little do they know, historic Farnham White Bine hops are not grown anywhere else in the world.


We have Hogstar Lager, Hogs Back T.E.A, Hogs Back Gardeners Tipple and for a sunny occasion the Hogs Back Hazy cider.

Definition Pinot GrigioDate published: 06/09/15

The definition range is our own range, sourced from top producers around the world. Our aim when creating this vibrant and diverse selection was to find the defining wines of their styles and areas, but at a price that would allow people to enjoy them. All together they are a great range of benchmark wines that let you know what a wine style should taste like.

Pinot Grigio can get a bit of a bad rep, many people see it as a weak, watered-down boring wine for party drinking. But that really isn’t what Pinot Grigio is about. Good quality Pinot Grigio has a delicious vibrancy of fruit including pear, peach and lemon, but most importantly this fruity character is followed by a steely minerality.

We challenged our Italian buyer, Suzie, to find a wine that pushed the boundaries of Pinot Grigio, a wine with more flavour, more texture and more oomph than anything she'd seen before. Challenge accepted. This wine is the perfect match to salty dishes such as Prosciutto.

New to MajesticDate published: 06/09/15

Our buyers have worked hard before releasing our new range of own label wines. They have only worked with the very best of producers to make wines that we are really proud of. Let's start with the Definition Rose. Made in conjunction with our favourite Provençal producer it really epitomises Southern French Rose. Soft red fruits mingle  with nicely integrated acidity to produce a wine with great elegance. I had my first bottle last night alongside a piece of grey mullet. A fish often overlooked by us Brits it is full of flavour, sustainable and great value. I had fillets so simply slashed skin side, seasoned and pan fried for about 6 mins skin side (cook 80% that side) then flip. Finish with some butter and chopped soft herbs. Some simple new potatoes and a bottle of this rose is the perfect accompaniment to the fish.

Available in Magnum, bottle and halfDate published: 05/09/15

One of my favouite champagnes is the house of Ruinart. As well as being the oldest house it is an uber reliable producer and their top cuvee the Dom Ruinart is the best champagne I have ever tasted. 

The cuvées named R de Ruinart include both Brut non-vintage and vintage wines, with the non-vintage minimum 40% Chardonnay, and 60% Pinot noir, with 25% reserve wines, while proportions vary in the vintage wine. There is also produced non-vintage Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, 100% Chardonnay, and Ruinart Brut Rosé, typically 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot noir.

A great way to start an occasion and if there is only two of you we also sell them in half bottle format. 2 perfect glasses!

Like Chianti ?Date published: 05/09/15

Part of our bin end sale sadly is the Frescabaldi Nipozzano Chianti. Whilst I'm sad its going I also am enjoyinhg the fact its down at only £12.66.

From a large estate located in the Rufina sub-region, around 30km north-east of Florence. Making this Riserva style wine involves ageing the wine in oak barriques for a total of 24 months. The barrels are housed in the cellars of the Castello di Nipozzano.

Deep and vibrant ruby red. The nose is a concentrated mixture of blackcurrant, raspberry, blueberry and black cherry, with intense cinnamon and leather spice. Firm tannins provide texture and grip.

Perfect for grilled lamb chops that have been marinated in thyme, rosemary a touch of chilli and cooked over embers to medium rare.

Very limited amounts available so don't delay.


Oak Use in Wine ProductionDate published: 03/09/15

The vast majority of wooden vessels used in the fermentation and maturation of wine are made from oak. It is primarily used to soften tannins which add to the structure of red and white wines, increasing the textural complexity and also helping to stabilise the colour in red wines. Wine also extracts aromas like toast, vanilla and smokiness from oak. Hygiene is a particular challenge for oak vessels as it is difficult to keep them completely free of yeast, bacteria and mould. Wine can be ruined by tainted wood.

Most vessels are made from either European oak or American white oak. European oak has broadly similar characteristics whether it comes from France, Hungary, Russia or elsewhere although there are some forests, especially in France, that are considered to produce the finest oak. European oak is the more expensive as the production process involves splitting the trunk of the tree to produce staves - this is more labour intensive and wastes more wood than the more efficient sawing used for American oak staves. These different methods of cutting and the character of the woods themselves lead to very different flavours. European oak tends to give toast and vanilla flavours and fine-grained tannins while American oak is generally more aromatic and the sawing releases more flavour, typically sweet vanilla and coconut.

Casks are not the only means by which oak aromas and tannins can be added to a wine. Oak chips or staves can be inserted during fermentation or maturation in inert winery vessels - both methods ensure oak and wine come into contact at a much lower cost than using casks. The oxidative effects of barrel ageing can be replicated by adding small, controlled quantities of oxygen to the wine vessel. This way, the level of oak extraction and level of dissolved oxygen can be controlled very precisely and separately from each other.  

The Brooklyn Brewery and its flagship, fantastic Lager Beer!Date published: 01/09/15

Brooklyn Brewery is a brewery in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. It was started in 1987 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six-year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbour from Park Slope, quit their jobs and founded the brewery. Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City. In 1996, they acquired a former matzo factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery.

Although the brewery looked to expand its brewing capacity in the City, originally most of the production, including all Brooklyn Lager and all bottled products, were brewed by contract in the upstate New York city of Utica, due to the limited ability to meet demand at the Williamsburg brewery, its lack of a bottling line, and the cost benefits of contract brewing. The company later sought to expand its facilities in Brooklyn, but had difficulty finding a suitable site within the borough. However, economic recession allowed them to remain in Williamsburg and undertake a $6.5 million expansion of the brewery in 2009.

Since 1994, Garrett Oliver has been the Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster. He had first been appointed brewmaster at the Manhattan Brewing Company of New York in 1993 where he began brewing professionally as an apprentice in 1989. In 2003 he published the book "The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food". Garrett has also been a judge at the Great American Beer Festival for eleven years.

The famed Brooklyn Lager is a must-try for any beer-lover. Amber-gold in colour, displaying a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

£9.99 for 6 bottles!

Picpoul de Pinet Felines JourdanDate published: 01/09/15


Over the last couple years certain grape varietals have become extremely popular and ultimately more available over here. One such wine is the Languedoc white Picpoul de Pinet which has been adopted by us Brit's as a go wine to start an evening or to accompany fish.

The Jourdan family have been growing grapes for several generations, but have only been making wines under their own family label since the early 1980's when they created this particular domaine, which overlooks the Bassin de Thau.

Light lemon-green in colour, this is a crisp and youthful white wine full of fresh citrus fruit flavours, accented with subtle hints of fennel, green pepper and lime zest.


I matched it with some pasta and a clam and prawn stew. Take the shells from the prawns and cook over high heat until pink. Add some clam juice and a squeeze of tomato puree. Strain through a sieve and keep to one side. Then add a couple of sliced cloves of garlic to a generous glug of olive oil until just starting to brown then add chopped tomato and a chopped chilli. Cook down then add prawn stock. Reduce until slightly thickened then add raw prawns and your clams and cook for a couple of minutes. Add your spaghetti to this. Finish with parsley, grated lemon zest and season well. 

This wine is on offer at only £8.65 which is a good saving compared to BBR's price!


Hey Malbec! A super red!Date published: 31/08/15

Why we love it...
It tastes like Black Forest Gâteau in a glass - what more do you need to know?

It is a rich, full wine, made exclusively for Majestic from quality vineyards in Mendoza. It really embodies the typical style of Malbec from Mendoza, it's full flavoured, deep and involving, yet supple and smooth. Take it to a BBQ this weekend and you’re bound to impress your friends. Or just try and remember BBQ season in this cold drizzly weather with a warming red.

£9.99 When you buy any two wines on our 33% selection

The super Tuscan!Date published: 31/08/15

Having just been on holiday in Italy with a few nights stayover in Florence I had many opportunities to try Tuscan wines, but one style really stood out to me and that was the super Tuscan. This style struck me as incredibly smooth drinking, it had great complexity and matched the Tuscan cuisine perfectly.

Tuscan wine is primarily made from the Sangiovese grape variety, however this is often blended with the more typically french grape varieties of Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot to produce the almost self admiring name of Super Tuscan! Sangiovese typically has a very vibrant and easy to spot red cherry character. When aged in barrel the wine readily takes up the oak characteristics and can develop secondary characteristics such as tea and tar.

The original Super Tuscan was developed by the producer known as Sassicaia, who’s first commercially available big hit Super Tuscan was the widely known Tignanello.

Their second wine to the celebrated Sassicaia is the Guidalberto. This wine truly shows how much quality can still be found in second wines, despite large price differences. In the Guidalberto the varieties are vinified separately before blending and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.

£28.00 when you buy two or more



New World ChardonnayDate published: 31/08/15

Do you enjoy lush Chardonnay. Well why not pop and hoover up some Killka from Argentina.

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

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

It also happens to be in our bin end sale so down from £11.99 to only £7.99 but once its gone its gone!

Great cutsDate published: 30/08/15

Nowadays in certain butchers and supermarkets you are finding some interesting and economical cuts of beef. Brisket is most widely available but you also can find ox cheeks, boba, feather, flat iron and bavette cuts. Alot of these have only previously been available in large towns and restaurants that have long known what great flavour they hold within. The tricky thing is knowing how to treat. Take the bavette first. This is a working piece of meat so marinate first and then cook on a very BBQ or char grill pan for about 2 to 3 minutes a side. Rest then very importantly cut across the grain to ensure the most tender texture. It has a deep flavour and I have to admit not as good as a dry aged piece of ribeye but at a third the price it really is a bargain cut. Most deep reds will suit this and a current favourite of mine is the Petalos Bierzo from northern Spain.

One of 9 children of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacio has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent winemaking philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites.

A broad spectrum of aromas gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish.


Wine bottlesDate published: 29/08/15

Wines, like people, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. When you first begin your foray into the world of wine it seems as though it is a random array and producers just choose whichever wine bottle shape they fancy, but there is method in the madness!

Many regions in the old world have a distinct bottle shape that represents them, this is often born out of tradition and is followed by wine producers of their own free will. There are no laws or rules that force people to use a certain bottle shape. Producers often keep to these standards because consumers tend to associate the bottle shapes with wine of a certain region.

For instance, German and Alsace wines tend to be in very tall thin bottles with sloping shoulders.

Bordeaux wines tend to be in a very straight bottle with high shoulders and a straight and short neck.

White Burgundy tends to have a wider base and body with sloping shoulders and is no taller than your average bottle.

In the new world these standards are not set, thus giving more freedom to the wine producer to bottle in any shape they like. Often the producer will bottle wines in bottles that are shaped like the European wine that they are most similar to. So if a New Zealand producer makes a Riesling that they feel mimics the Alsace style they may choose to bottle it in the traditional Alsace bottle.

Great offer ChampagneDate published: 28/08/15

Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne has long been a famous house and is now synonymous with the F1 crowd. I grant you not my personal favourite but when on offer at a bargain price of £19.99 it is difficult to ignore. Hurry though as offer ends on Monday 31st August at 5.00pm.

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

A great way to start a meal or take a bottle to the coast and have some fish and chips on the beach. Perfect! 

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Blanc 2014, Cave de HunawihrDate published: 27/08/15

Grape
Pinot Blanc

Origin

Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr was the first cooperative in Alsace and the third in France as a whole. The winery was built in the 1950s by the founding vignerons, who tended their vines by day and worked on the building by night, creating a winery that is still in use today.

Taste

One of the more delicate expressions of Alsatian winemaking, this Pinot Blanc is a restrained and subtle mix of apricot and yellow plum fruit, with a hint of citrus and floral notes.

Enjoy
Will bring to life all simple poultry and fresh fish dishes.

Pick this up for £8.99!

Lunta MalbecDate published: 27/08/15

The Lunta comes from the vineyards facing the Lulunta hills in the Mendoza region of Argentina. The vines used in this wine were planted in 1928 in Lujan de Cuyo in and has been cultivated and grown using the exact same techniques as the parcels used for Mendel. Lunta has a magnificent winemaker by the name of Roberto de la Mota who has worked with several top producers in France and Argentina and he is widely respected in Argentina.

The colour is deep and inky, the wine exhibits ripe raspberry, plum and bramble on the nose, followed by vanilla and toast from the 12 months in French oak. It has voluptuous tannin and lush forest fruits fill the palate.

This Malbec would be a perfect partner to rich pasta dishes, or grilled lamb kefta. The wine will age well for 3-4 years and is suitable for drinking now.

This is in our Bin End Sale and is currently at £10.66  



Seasonal Wine!Date published: 26/08/15

I have moved from cooking virtually everything on the BBQ to thinking more comfort food such is our weather at present. Think comfort food and I think big reds and one particular good offer sticks out but the offer will end soon. Chapoutier has long been one of the top Rhône producers and in fact properly produce one of my all time favourite white (the truly amazing Ermitage de l'Oree) but at the other end of the scale his Cotes du Rhône which we have with a third off so only £6.66 is a great value red with lots of complexity for its price.

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.

Serve with a slow cooked beef shin casserole and look forward to next years summer!

Classic ChablisDate published: 26/08/15

When it comes to Chablis I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with it. I don't enjoy the very green types of village Chablis but love some 1er cru versions and grand cru wines can be amongst my favourite white wines. It has the ability to age well and in this particular example is just drinking beautifully now.Pair with a simple piece of lightly cooked, hot smoked salmon, steamed samphire, new potatoes and hollandaise for a really lovely supper.
Domaine Laroche owns 7.65 ha of this large Premier Cru. The slopes benefits from South-West exposure and protection against northern wind. It allow higher ripeness of grapes. The vineyard is planted with very old vines with strong personality. The 2010 Chablis Les Fourchaumes could not be more different than the Montmains. The Fourchaumes is weightless, elegant and polished. Yellow stone fruits, flowers, mint and lightly floral honey are all woven together in this subtle, understated yet sleek Chablis. There is a level of precision here that is striking. (Anticipated maturity: 2015+. 92 Points. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate)

£25 when you buy two or more from our fine wine selection.


The Origin Of VodkaDate published: 25/08/15

The first documented production of vodka in Russia was at the end of the 9th century, but the first known distillery at, Khylnovsk, was about two hundred years later as reported in the Vyatka Chronicle of 1174. Poland lays claim to having distilled vodka even earlier in the 8th century, but as this was a distillation of wine it might be more appropriate to consider it a crude brandy. The first identifiable Polish vodkas appeared in the 11th century when they were called 'gorzalka', originally used as medicines.

During the Middle Ages, distilled liquor was used mainly for medicinal purposes, as well as being an ingredient in the production of gunpowder. In the 14th century a British emissary to Moscow first described vodka as the Russian national drink and in the mid-16th century it was established as the national drink in Poland and Finland.

Since early production methods were crude, vodka often contained impurities, so to mask these the distillers flavoured their spirits with fruit, herbs or spices.

It was around the year 1450 when vodka started to be produced in large quantities and the first recorded exports of Russian vodka were to Sweden in 1505. Polish 'woda' exports started a century later, from major production centres in Posnan and Krakow. In the mid 1700’s there were over 50 different flavoured vodkas being produced, they were not cheap to manufacture and these were not as popular as the major competitors products in Russia, Poland and Lithuania. The following two centuries were important for vodka, the widespread wars and revolutions that took place in these years gave vodka a platform to be introduced throughout the world and the people seemed to enjoy it!

My tipple of choice would be the Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka which is a herb flavoured vodka distilled from rye. It has a rather smooth texture with hints of vanilla, coconuts and almonds. Pop it in the freezer, nice and chilled, serve neat or with a mixer and it is very enjoyable!

The Zubrowka Bison Grass is available at www.majestic.co.uk for £25



Highlights of Bin End saleDate published: 24/08/15

When thinking what to spend my money on in our sale I have treated myself to a couple bottles of this fantastic red. The Mt Difficulty Packspur Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago.

Packspur Vineyard was planted in 1993 by Anne and Laurie McAuley on a well-sheltered, north-facing slope. A small vineyard, Packspur only produces very limited quantities of wine, from around 3.5 tonnes of grapes each vintage. Natural fermentation is followed by 16 months' barrel maturation. The wine is superbly rich and concentrated, yet finely structured and intriguingly complex. 93 Parker points.

Usually £45 a bottle now down at £29.99 a bottle. A very serious wine that gives the best of Burgundy a run for its money!

The perfect bottle for a simply roasted Duck.

Russian Jack Pinot NoirDate published: 22/08/15

Russian Jack( 1878-1968) was a much loved “gentleman of the road” who carried his life in huge sacks upon his shoulders. He was a merchant sailor from Latvia who found himself in New Zealand and became a legendary fruit picker, he was welcomed onto the farms around Martinborough where he picked fruit until an old age. Jack was honoured by the local population who built a bronze statue to his memory and it stands strong to this day.

The wine itself is medium bodied, a finely balanced velvety Pinot Noir offering ripe red berry fruit underpinned by a fresh crunchiness and savoury notes. The tannins are ripe and supple, polished and spice infused by 9 glorious months in oak.

This wine would suit smoked duck perfectly and we have it currently at £11.99 in our 25% selection.



Commanderie de PeyrassolDate published: 22/08/15

This particular rose has been a favourite of mine since we first started stocking. 

Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, it also shelters 2500 olive trees, 200 oak truffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs.This dry rosé has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper. Just a bit fuller than Minuty in style but equally delicious.

We had a bottle last night with some courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta and soft herbs then into a very light tempura batter. Fry until golden. A lovely summer supper.

Benegas Malbec, 2012 - Bin end sale wineDate published: 22/08/15

Origin

There is a long history of winemaking in the Benegas family. It was the current winemaker's great grandfather who bought the first French vines to Argentina. Fruit is picked at careful intervals according to ripeness levels.

Taste

This wine balances the powerful style typical of Mendoza Malbec with the finesse of a European wine. Lots of dark cherry, blackberry and oaky spice, with a long and pure finish.

Enjoy

The complexity, purity and power of this wine deserve a special dish, so drink with fillet steak with pepper sauce, or beef Wellington.

 £12.66 when you buy two or more from our Bin End Sale selection!

Basedow’s of Barossa Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley - Bin End WineDate published: 21/08/15

The Basedow family name is steeped in tradition within the Barossa Valley, home to the oldest wine growing appellation in Australia. With a family lineage spanning 118 years and tracing back to one of the founding wine families of the Barossa, the 5th generation Basedow’s, brothers Peter, Michael and Richard, proudly continue their family craft of winemaking. They are the direct descendants of Christian Friedrich Basedow who followed his son Martin to the valley in 1856.

The Basedow’s have helped shape the Barossa since their arrival in 1848. Martin was a teacher who established a German newspaper in Tanunda before becoming a prominent educator and politician who introduced legislation into South Australian parliament to establish the Roseworthy Agricultural College which has been an enormous benefit to the Australian wine industry. Johannes Basedow, Martin’s brother, was an accomplished carpenter who constructed the historic Chateau Tanunda and Bethany Church before building the family winery in 1896 at Tanunda and planting the first vineyard in 1896.

The Basedow’s Shiraz is perhaps the best example of what this winery produces. The fruit comes from several different vineyards situated on the Barossa Valley floor. They range from 15 to 30 years old and yield on average 4 tonnes per acre. It is deep cherry in colour exhibiting aromas of rich, punchy spice with hints of plum jam and cracked black pepper. The palate is full and luscious, layered with flavours of plum, spice and chocolate. It has firm fruit backbone with rich gentle mouth-filling tannins, is full bodied and long lasting. You should enjoy this shiraz with spice-rubbed lamb chops or steaks.

£6.66 when you buy two or more from our Bin End Promotional Sale!

Basedows ShirazDate published: 21/08/15

Alas one of my favourite sub £10 Barossa Shiraz has been de listed so at present it is an absolute steal at only £6.99.

Basedow Shiraz comes from a group of exclusive vineyards just outside the town of Tanunda in Barossa Valley. The winery originated in the mid-1800s, and spent some years under corporate ownership, before being reacquired by the Basedow family's 5th generation.

Deep cherry red, with a thick and juicy backbone of plum jam and cocoa characters, accented with hints of sweet spice and black pepper. Gentle yet rich and mouth-filling tannins.

Just perfect for those BBQ's.


Summers back!Date published: 21/08/15

We are now in the perfect season for peaches so why make that Italian classic a Bellini. Allegedly made famous in Harry's bar in Venice ( ignore reviews and if there pop in for one, yes expensive but a fascinating insight in every life!) these are best when made with the best, ripest fruit. Blend a couple of skinned and stoned peaches with a cup of water and a tsp of sugar. Pass through a sieve and I  like about a third peach to two thirds Prosecco. A lovely way to start an al fresco lunch or supper.

Chablis 1er Cru 'Les Fourchaumes' Vieilles Vignes 2010 Domaine LarocheDate published: 20/08/15

The history of Domaine Laroche starts in 1850 and is closely related to the development of Chablis and its vineyard. At that time, there was neither legal delimitation of the vineyard, nor growth classification: wine producers had to explore the vineyard to find the best places and, in doing so, were the heirs of the Cistercian monks. Laroche was amongst these pioneers. One century later, Laroche now uses technical innovation to reveal the distinctive profile of its terroirs and their remarkable Chablis personality. The endless search for great terroirs has been a landmark for the past 20 years: in Languedoc, Chili and South Africa, the first step of Laroche is always the discovery of exceptional terroirs and setting of state-of-the-art wineries.

Domaine Laroche owns 7.65 ha of this large Premier Cru. The slopes benefits from South-West exposure and protection against northern wind. It allow higher ripeness of grapes. The vineyard is planted with very old vines with strong personality. The 2010 Chablis Les Fourchaumes could not be more different than the Montmains. The Fourchaumes is weightless, elegant and polished. Yellow stone fruits, flowers, mint and lightly floral honey are all woven together in this subtle, understated yet sleek Chablis. There is a level of precision here that is striking. (Anticipated maturity: 2015+. 92 Points. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate)

£25 when you buy two or more from our fine wine selection.

The Killka Chardonnay 2014, Salentein - Bin End SaleDate published: 19/08/15

The goal of Salentein is to make high quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. The company’s lasting commitment to the people of Argentina combines investments, employment opportunities, and training with lessons of hope. Salentein faces national challenges with vitality and a long-term global perspective.

Mendoza

Salentein lies in the province of Mendoza, the most important winegrowing region of Argentina, with some 150,000 vineyard hectares and more than 900 wineries. Salentein is a leader in cultivating global awareness of the emerging premium wineries of Argentina. A new vision of quality —with plantings of classical varietals, preservation of old vines, application of European artistry, and advanced technology— is yielding world-class wines.

The Winery

The magnificent winery, designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross, allows for customized gentle handling of the grapes, reducing the distance wine needs to be moved between wine-making steps. Each of the wings is a small winery with two levels-a ground level that houses stainless steel tanks and French wooden vats for fermentation and storage, and an underground level for aging wine in oak casks. The two levels allow wine to flow from the tanks to the barrels by a traditional gravity transfer system. The four wings converge in a circular central chamber, which resembles an amphitheatre and was inspired by ancient classical temples.

The Chardonnay
Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including their lightly-oaked Chardonnay, the Killka. It is bright greenish yellow, youthful and vibrant, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. It is mild-mannered with a round palate feel. It is the ideal accompaniment for creamy-textured pasta and chicken dishes and is available on our bin end sale at just £7.99 when you buy two or more!

Peter Lehman Portrait Shiraz 2013Date published: 19/08/15

If you were to paint a portrait of Peter Lehmann it would have real depth and character, just like the man himself who is known in the industry as the “ Baron of Barossa”. When pressured by his bosses in the 1970’s to renege on a hand-shake deal he’d struck with the growers, Peter Lehmann said ‘to hell with them’, and with the help of the local community-bought all the grapes himself. He crafted them, bottled them, sold them and they have continued ever since.

The Baron selects this classic Shiraz from some of the best vineyards in the region, some of which remain ungrafted due to an absence of phylloxera. The wine is robust and generous with plenty of flesh and spice on the palate as well as hints of dark chocolate, bramble and blackcurrant. The wine is aged in oak hogsheds for 12 months prior to bottling which enhances the classic Shiraz flavours.

This Shiraz is now just £6.99 when you buy two or more on our Bin End Sale selection



Gran Vendema, Rioja Crianza 2011Date published: 18/08/15

This wine is 100% Tempranillo grapes, hand picked from selected vineyards. It’s had long skin contact maceration followed by a 12 month ageing process in American oak barrels and then aged in the bottle for 12 months in their cellars.

It’s a silky wine of pleasant freshness, where the fruit mingles with notes of noble oak. On the palate it is supple and soft with moderate tannins and an easy going feel.

This certainly is a wine that is to be enjoyed on any occasion with its versatility, it would match well with cured meats, pork chops and all Mediterranean cuisine.

The Gran Vendema is now just £6.66 when you buy two or more on our recently released bin end sale.



Luis Felipe Edwards Profile - plus LFE Malbec 2014 Bin End SaleDate published: 18/08/15

The history of Viña Luis Felipe Edwards (LFE) dates back to 1976, when Luis Felipe Edwards Sr. purchased the Fundo San José de Puquillay estate, located in the Colchagua Valley, a premier viticultural region in Chile. The estate sits nestled in a secluded horseshoe-shaped valley, separated from the majestic snow-capped Andes by the smaller San Fernando ridge. At that time, it was planted with 60 hectares of vines dating back from the beginning of the 20th century, consisting mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenere and Merlot. In the early 1990s, Luis Felipe Sr. decided to make wine under his own name and so built a modern winery equipped with the latest state of the art technology. The first vintage, Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon 1994, was launched on the international market in late 1995 and is still drinking well to this day, a testament to the level of quality of LFE wines since day one.

Viña Luis Felipe Edwards has since grown to be the largest 100% family-owned wine company in Chile, with 1850 hectares of estate vineyards exporting to more than 70 countries; two generations are actively involved in keeping the brand synonymous with quality and traditional family values. The original estate in Puquillay has been transformed into a modern day production facility, where all winemaking and bottling activities take place. The original plantings of 60 hectares has increased to 390 extending up into the hills at heights of 900 meters above sea level; the highest vineyard plantations in Chile. They have also acquired and planted estate vineyards in Leyda and Maule Valleys, and in the coastal area of the Colchagua Valley.

Viña LFE has been awarded trophies and medals from some of the most prestigious competitions around the world, and was recognized as Chilean Producer of the Year in 2012 by both the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) and AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge. Each of our wines reflects the values of the Edwards family, the attention and care that are put into creating the very best products and the importance of constant growth and innovation.

Each glass of LFE wine captures their family values of tradition, meticulous care and the commitment to high quality. They are constantly evaluating and investing - finding the best terroirs and vines for the vineyards, selecting the best personnel and equipment and researching the latest in technology - all to ensure that each Luis Felipe Edwards wine is of only the highest quality.

The LFE Selección Especial Malbec 2014 is a classic example of the quality wine that this renowned winery produce. Although Argentina claims much of the Malbec-related limelight, neighbouring Chile's unique climate and terrain allows it to grow great Malbec of its own. Persistent sea breezes moderate temperatures, meaning Chile is less reliant on altitude for cool growing conditions. This malbec is an intense violet colour, with a nose of blackberries, plums and blueberries, accompanied by a subtle touch of vanilla. Juicy and smooth, the palate is satisfyingly weighty and long. It’s a great match for many white or red meat dishes, especially sweetly spiced Mexican or cajun recipes and it’s available on our recently released bin end sale for only £6.66 when you buy two or more - once it’s gone it’s gone!

Beer and JerkDate published: 17/08/15

I cook mainly outside this time of year and last night we had jerk spiced chicken thighs. I mixed juice of a lime, 6 chopped birds eye chilli, 3 chopped garlic cloves, fresh thyme, grated ginger, a spoonful of dark sugar, a tbsp of powdered allspice, sea salt, pepper, splash of white vinegar and a good glug of rapeseed oil. Add this to 10 or so thighs that have been slashed and leave over night. Cook over charcoal for 20-30 minutes. I served with a spiced rice and bean salad. Also some whole roasted corn on the cob and to drink some of the excellent Alhambra beer from Granada.

Alhambra Reserva 1925 is a high quality, Spanish beer crafted to perfection. Full-bodied, extra smooth with a rich, highly agreeable taste for the demanding yet discerning palate, suitable for any occasion.

This went perfectly with my chicken!

Begining TuesdayDate published: 16/08/15

This seldom happens but we've decided to have a bin end sale to make way for some new wines over the next few months. At Farnham we have around 2000 bottles of various bits and bobs which are all reduced be 33%. Stock is limited and it purely is first come first served. Check back on Tuesday for some of the highlights of the sale!

Bargain BeerDate published: 16/08/15

As one of our biggest selling beers and the fact it is only £24 for a case of 24 bottles I thought a little history on Peroni would just the ticket!

The Peroni company was established under the founding family name in the town of Vigevano, Italy (1846). The company was moved to Rome by Giovanni Peroni in 1864, six years prior to Rome becoming the Italian capital in 1870. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the company became one of the most prominent brewing companies in the newly unified Italian nation.

Nastro Azzurro is a 5.1% alcohol by volume pale lager. It is the Peroni Brewery's premium lager brand which was launched in 1963.[3] The name means "Blue Ribbon" in Italian, in honor of the Blue Riband won by Italian ocean liner SS Rex in 1933.[4] Nastro Azzurro has also sponsored teams in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. In 1997 they sponsored a 125cc Aprilia team with rider Valentino Rossi, who won the championship in that season. In 2000 and 2001 they sponsored a 500cc Hondateam, again with Rossi as the rider.

It really is the perfect summer larger of choice and on an excellent deal until the 31st August.

Pink FizzDate published: 15/08/15

Perrier-Jouët is a Champagne producer based in the Épernay region ofChampagne. The house was founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier-Jouët, and produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvee, approximately 3,000,000 bottles annually, with its prestige label named Belle Epoque. I think on of their stand out wine is their non vintage rose and for August we have it on offer at a paltry £29.99. 

An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif.

Perfect for summer drinking!

San Leonino Chianti ClassicoDate published: 15/08/15

Chianti comes from the famous region of Tuscan in West-central Italy. This Chianti, is from the heartland of the Chianti zone from perfect south-easterly facing slopes near the village of San Leonino.This is a very traditional style of Chianti. Full of red cherry flavours and violets, with vibrant acidity, hints of sweet spices and a beautiful long, silky finish. Drink it now or keep for 3-4 years. The acidity in this wine make it a perfect food match to most Italian foods. A perfect partner to roast meats, pasta dishes and pizza. I had this with spicy sausages cooked on the BBQ a couple of nights ago and it was delicious, luckily the next day I had off, so I took full advantage and enjoyed it all!

This is at £9.74 on our 25% selection



Great Value FizzDate published: 15/08/15

Say vintage champagne to most people and you think how much is this going to cost! Well you can still find some houses that produce great vintage fizz that we as a company occasionally offer at fantastic prices. This month we have the Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 at £19.99. Yes its not one luxury champagne houses but one taste of this and you soon realise it can easily compete with them if not beat some of them!

Perfect as a welcome drink or take a bottle to the beach and have with fish and chips!

Hey Malbec! - something to shout about for sure!Date published: 14/08/15

Matias Riccitelli's day job is the winemaker for Fabre-Montmayou where he crafts elegant, classic wines. His father is a well-known oenologist in the Mendoza wine business. Matias is one of the components of a young generation of new winemakers in Mendoza that are revolutionizing the wine scene; his name is definitely one to follow.

Malbec is is the Argentinian flagship variety and this beautiful wine is a truly sublime interpretation.

It is very dark, almost black, with intense aromas of ripe black fruit, liquorice and flowers. Very concentrated and fleshy with soft, ripe tannins and great acidity displaying black fruits, violets and black pepper on the palate -  pure fruit, great price, drink now! (88 points, Robert Parker  - Wine Advocate)

£9.99 on our 33% deal

Pol Roger Reserve NVDate published: 13/08/15

Paul Roger founded his renowned Champagne house in Epernay in 1849. Through five generations, his direct descendants have run this proudly independent family house, producing Champagne of worldwide acclaim.

Pol Roger Brut Reserve is the house’s “signature” cuvee, composed of more than 30 base wines drawn from at least two vintages and the three classic cepages, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Pol Roger Brut Reserve is never released until the youngest component is at least three years old and, to satisfy British preferences, the champagne is rested for an additional period after disgorging.

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

This Champagne is at £40.79 on our 15% selection.



Marlborough Region HistoryDate published: 13/08/15

The first commercial plantings of wine in the Marlborough region of New Zealand took place in the early 1970’s with producers expanding into the South Island of New Zealand in search of a cheaper alternative to the already established North Island. The region of Marlborough was identified as an area with high sunshine, low rainfall, rare frosts and a well draining soil.

These days, Marlborough accounts for 3 quarters of the wine produced in New Zealand and is arguably it’s most famous region. Sauvignon Blanc from this area is extremely popular and is known for producing wine of incredible intensity and ripe fruits whilst retaining complexity and low alcohol.

Marlborough’s popularity is so high that experts believe that the region will be fully planted i.e. no vine growing space left available, within 5 to 10 years. In 2013 23,200 hectares of vineyard was already planted, and some believe that the upper limit for planting in the region is around the 26,000 hectare mark.



Balfour Sparkling WinesDate published: 12/08/15

With a history dating back to 1503, the exquisite Tudor-framed Hush Heath Manor nestles into the hill, overlooking the vineyards and estate with magnificent views across the Weald of Kent and is the family home of the Balfour-Lynn’s.

A refuge from the cut and thrust of the city, the estate has a Tudor inspired kitchen garden, Italianate yew terracing and Japanese ponds. The 400 acres enveloped in ancient oak woodland is a veritable Eden and a fitting setting for the Balfour wines and vision.

The house and gardens are maintained with the same passion and pride as the immaculate vineyards, orchards and winery.

To turn his dream into reality Balfour-Lynn was helped by Stephen Skelton MW using his extensive experience with English vineyards. In charge of the winemaking and the state of the art winery is Owen Elias, UKVA winemaker of the year four times with a host of international and national awards to his name.

Hush Heath is the only English vineyard dedicated to the creation of Rosé sparkling wine, the aim has always been to produce a wine of world-beating quality one that stands on it’s own as a modern classic.

Amongst an impressive collection of sparkling and still wines, they produce two lovely bruts; a non-vintage Brut and a Rose Brut. The brut is refined in structure, with a finely beaded mousse and pale pink highlights. it is tightly structured, combining crisp apple and citrus fruit with nuances of pepper and thyme. You can enjoy this immediately, especially with light seafood. The brut rose is a delicate and inviting rose petal pink, with a finely beaded sparkle. A lively pink grapefruit character is accented with defined notes of wild strawberry and a subtle herbaceousness. The winemaker suggests this as the perfect foil for venison sausages.

You can get both these fantastic example of English sparkling wine at £19.98 a bottle on our 33% deal!

Chablis Classification SystemDate published: 12/08/15


Petit Chablis Produced from grapes grown surrounding the village, which are higher in acidity and have lots of light citrus character. These are wonderful when drunk young so look for recent vintages.

My pick for this is the Petit Chablis 2013, Union Des Viticulteurs De Chablis at £9.74 on our 25% selection.

Chablis These wines are a bit rounder and more minerally with grapes sourced from the limestone slopes near the village of Chablis. The majority of the wines we see on our local shelves are in this category.

My choice for this is the Chablis 2012, Philippe De Mery which is at £11.99.

Premier Cru Chablis Only about 15% of the annual production, these wines are more nuanced and elegant coming from vineyards filled with that wonderful Kimmeridgian limestone marl giving these wines a distinctive character. Look for climate names on the label like “Mont de Milieu” (“Mount in the middle”), “Côte de Léchet” (really zesty) or “Fourchaume” (fruity).

My pick for this is the Chablis Premier Cru ‘Fourchaume’ 2013, Boudin which is at £15.99.

Grand Cru Chablis These vineyards are located in a beautiful arc north of the town of Chablis where the steep slopes face south-southwest. There is only, technically, one Grand Cru but there are 7 ‘climats’ inside that Grand Cru and their names will be on the label: Blanchot, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouilles, Presuses, Valmur and Vaudésir. The Grand Cru wines in Chablis can taste dissimilar to the rest of Chablis because many are aged in oak. The Grand Cru vineyards produce wines that age beautifully with floral honey notes and a refreshing flinty acidity.


My final choice is the Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2013 Seguinot-Bordet which is available at www.majestic.co.uk for £38.00

New to MajesticDate published: 11/08/15

We have a steady stream of new wines arriving presently and we try to get them open asap to have a taste. One recent addition has been the Villa Nueva Malbec which has just come in from Argentina. Dare I say because of its ridiculously low price (5.99) my expectations were
limited but I have to what a cracking little wine!

Made from grapes grown on slopes in the Mendoza River Valley. The bunches are hand harvested before destemming and crushing. A natural malolactic fermentation is allowed to take place producing a wine with a soft mouth feel and a gentle character.

Intense flavours of plum and cherry with gentle tannins make this a soft and fruity wine with a lengthy finish.

Great with a steak or even to drink by itself.


Canard DucheneDate published: 10/08/15

Canard-Duchêne is a Champagne House, situated in the heart of the Champagne vineyards. It was founded in 1868, and is one of the most prominent Houses or Grandes Marques in Champagne. It is now part of the Thiénot Group, owner of its own label Champagne Thiénot, plus Joseph Perrier and Marie Stuart.

Canard-Duchêne exports to many countries across the world, including theUnited Kingdom, the United States of America, India, and Japan. However, it is not as popular anywhere as it is in its homeland where a bottle of Canard-Duchêne is opened every 15 seconds. 

When full price I would choose probably another fizz but at only £16.66 this is a bargain!


The beginning of BollingerDate published: 10/08/15

The story began with Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble family with a brilliant destiny. A great soldier who shone during the American War of Independence, he inherited an extensive estate from his family in the Aÿ area. He immediately foresaw the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne, but as an aristocrat he was forbidden to become involved in trade.

He then met Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who had left his country of birth to learn about the Champagne wine trade, and Paul Renaudin, a local man who was fascinated by the world of wine. The firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. Joseph took care of sales and Paul of the cellar. Athanase had founded a champagne House that was to endure through the centuries.

This also happens to be on a great offer at only £33.74 for August!


Aged WineDate published: 09/08/15

I was at a good friends house for supper this weekend and he dug out a bottle of Silex Pouilly Fume made by the legendary Didier Dagueneau. A wine with a massive reputation but I was a little concerned as it was now 11 years old. It had developed secondary flavours but it was a world away from an usual sauvignon blanc from the Loire. Extremely complex, waxy, tropical honeyed fruit. There was no doubt this was a great wine but perhaps better a couple of years earlier. That's why I don't actually keep too many whites in my collection. Most whites are ready to drink and few improve with cellering. Of course there are some that do. German wines, good burgundy and sweet wines all can become sublime with a few years of storage. So do what I do, rotate them often so not to get caught with 10 year old Muscadet! 

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV, SpainDate published: 08/08/15

Cava is a sparkling wine from Spain. The rules for the production of Cava are very similar to those of Champagne. The major difference between the two (apart from their country of origin) is that Cava can be made from local Spanish grapes, as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (the three major grapes of Champagne).

In comparison to Prosecco, Cava generally has longer lasting bubbles and is richer in style due to the use of Champagne production methods.This is a modern example, from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872.

With a lovely smooth mousse (the bubbles) this wine has fresh citrus, peach and lemon aromas, vibrant fruit flavours and a certain creaminess to the finish. It’s full bodied as far as cavas go. A staff favourite due to its excellent quality and value; great if you want some budget bubbles without going down the Prosecco route!

Give it a try in­store today!

£11.99 buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

Pinot NoirDate published: 08/08/15

Often seen as a very high end grape variety, Pinot Noir provides drinkers with a red wine that is smooth and soft whilst carrying intense fruit flavours. For winemakers, it is somewhat of a nightmare grape to grow, too little sunshine and the grape will not be ripe enough, however too little and the wine will be what some call ‘alcoholic ribena’, a fruit only driven wine with a noticeable alcoholic punch. This is why it is generally grown in cooler climate regions. New Zealand is a very good example of this, it is a cool climate but enjoys very strong sunshine from the weaker ozone layer.

Growing it does also present other problems. The grape bunches are very tightly packed which does present a problem with fungal rot. Fungal rot often presents itself when it is in an area that has a high diurnal range, i.e. warm days but cold nights, and lots of moisture.

Unfortunately what this all means for people who enjoy and love Pinot Noir is that often the wine can be a bit pricier when compared to other grape varieties.

One very well produced Pinot Noir is the Valmoissine by Maison Louis Latour at £9.99. The producer, famed throughout Burgundy has utilised their experience and funding to set up a winery in the south of France to produce this wonderfully light, fruity, yet developed Pinot Noir. Candied cherry fruits with a spicy perfume on the nose, a velvety textured palate brimming with ripe cherry and strawberry fruits laced with vanilla, leading to a rounded finish.

Our wine of the week is…Date published: 07/08/15

Mo Monastrell 2012


The Sierra Salinas winery was founded in 2000 in Villena, in the DO of Alicante, to make modern wines mainly from traditional indigenous grapes. Hand-harvested from mature vines, the grapes are cool fermented before a brief maturation in French oak.

This Spanish grape is better known in the South of France as Mourvedre, where it is a lot more tannic and structured, but the higher temperatures of Alicante allow this wine to be much more approachable.

Deep violet-tinged crimson, this wine offers a pleasing balance between youthful vigour and polished maturity. Bramble and cherry combine with lightly savoury spice and balsamic flavours.

A great match for rustic Mediterranean stews.

£6.66 On our 33% offer

History of PeroniDate published: 06/08/15

The Peroni company was established under the founding family name in the town of Vigevano, Italy (1846). The company was moved to Rome by Giovanni Peroni in 1864, six years prior to Rome becoming the Italian capital in 1870. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the company became one of the most prominent brewing companies in the newly unified Italian nation.

The company's brand strategy continued to refine itself to match industry trends of the 1980s. By the 1990s, both the Peroni brand name and product line were distributed and known worldwide. The London-based brewing giant SABMiller bought the company in 2003, making it one of the few international brands in its portfolio. To re-launch the brand in 2005, SABMiller hired an empty boutique on 202 Sloane Street, London to align it with other Italian fashion brands; the boutique was entitled "Emporio Peroni". 

Only £1 per bottle!

Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 06/08/15

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!


Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temperature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.



SherryDate published: 05/08/15

Sherry is one of the wine world's hidden treasures. In recent years there has been an encouraging resurgent interest among drinkers around the world. Sherry's ability to match the colourful diversity of Spanish tapas makes it one of the most exciting food wines and yet prices remain low. 

The Tio Pepe Fino En Rama at £13.99 is a treat, it's the perfect partner for savoury nibbles, olives, fried fish, Spanish ham and of course Tapas!

Delectable Dessert WineDate published: 05/08/15

Dessert wines have got to be one of my favourite wine styles, the sweet nectar always leaves me wanting more! Typically served with dessert, these sweet wines can be produced by different methods resulting in some incredible flavour profiles.

Makers of dessert wine want to produce a wine containing high levels of both sugar and alcohol, yet the alcohol is made from sugar. There are many ways to increase sugar levels in the final wine:

- grow grapes so they naturally have sugar to spare for both sweetness and alcohol
- add sugar either before fermentation (as sugar or honey - Chaptalisation) or after fermentation as unfermented must (Süssreserve)
- add alcohol (typically brandy) before the sugar is fermented - fortification
- remove water to concentrate the sugar
   - in warm climates by air drying the grapes to make raisin wine
   - in frosty climates by freezing out some of the water to make icec wine
   - in damp temperate climates by using fungal infection ( Botrytis cinerea), to desiccate the grapes with noble rot


A general rule is that the wine should be sweeter than the food it is served with - a perfectly ripe peach has been described as the ideal partner for many dessert wines, whereas it makes sense not to drink wine at all with many chocolate- and toffee-based dishes. Red dessert wines like Recioto della Valpolicella and fortified wines like the vin doux naturel Muscats are the best matches for such difficult-to-pair desserts. Quite often, the wine itself can be a dessert, but bakery sweets can make a good match, particularly with a little bitterness like the almond biscuits that are dunked in Vin Santo. A development of this matching of contrasts is a rich savoury dish like the foie gras that is a traditional partner to Sauternes. White dessert wines are generally served somewhat chilled, but can be easily served too cold. Red dessert wines are served at room temperature or slightly chilled.


We have open the Château La Rame 2012 Ste-Croix-du-Mont to taste and it really is a great deal at £11.99 for a 50cl bottle. Château La Rame is one of the oldest properties in its appellation, where the influence of the river encourages noble rot. This is a blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc and is aged in one-third new oak barrels for two years. It exudes aromas of ripe stone fruits, candied summer fruits and honey. Luxurious sweetness and spicy vanilla characters layer and coat the palate before a clean and fresh finish. Enjoy with créme brûlée or blue cheese. So come and fall for a truly delicious wonder of nature!



Main divide rieslingDate published: 04/08/15

Main Divide Riesling 2013 Pegasus Bay, Waipara - definitely doesn’t divide opinion!


Origin

The Waipara valley is 30 minutes' drive from Christchurch in the Canterbury region, and this wine is named in honour of New Zealand's Southern Alps, known locally as the Main Divide, which lies to the west. Some botrytized grapes were added to provide a honeyed richness.

Taste

Slightly off-dry in style, the palate is attacked with wave after wave of honeysuckle, ripe apricot and lime, with a minerally undercurrent and zippy acidity.

Enjoy

Rich and viscous, this wine can be enjoyed by itself but will also harmonise with oysters or chinese duck.

This really is a delectable wine and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. After trying it in a wine bar the first time our store then coincidentally received a couple of cases so I snapped up a few bottles!



Fun facts about BordeauxDate published: 01/08/15

-In value, more than two billion Euros worth of Bordeaux wine is produced each year!

-The combined acreage for all 60 Bordeaux appellations encompasses more than  296,596 acres!

-Bordeaux wine was first mentioned by the Latin poet Ausonius in AD 350

-The classification of Medoc, Sauternes and Barsac occurred in 1855

-In 1973 the market crashed and many negociants were saved from bankruptcy by foreign investment , the start of corporate purchasing Chateaux

-There are 7,375 Chateaux’s in Bordeaux’s region



Rediscover France…Date published: 31/07/15

With the Macon Village by Cave de Lugny

Situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, Cave de Lugny produces great value white Burgundy from its 1,450 hectares of vineyards and is the third largest producer in Burgundy, producing in excess of 6 million bottles per annum.

Pale lemon coloured, with citrus and apple notes, hint of blossom and faint traces of butter. Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak.

An easy-drinking White Burgundy, enjoyable now and over the next 18 months. Enjoy with butternut squash and roast garlic soup. Also great with chicken and seafood.


£7.98 on our 25% offer

Wine of the week - Beefsteak MalbecDate published: 31/07/15

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

Deep and vibrant Malbec with an intense nose of plum, damson and dark chocolate aromas. Lush and layered on the palate, with well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins. This wine has a smooth mouth feel, making it eminently drinkable.

This wine lives up to it’s name so drink with beef in all its guises, from steaks to stews.

£6.99 on our 33% offer

Hey!Date published: 30/07/15

This actually is the name of one of our new Malbec's from Argentina. This grape variety  has really caught peoples imaginations over the last few years and we list over 20 nowadays.

Located in the foothills of the Andes in Lujan de Cuyo, the winery has 40ha of vineyards most of which were planted at the beginning of the 20th century.

A classic flavour of ripe blackcurrant with spicy black pepper and violet notes. The soft tannins in the wine make it an ideal match for many foods but suits a fat slab of charcoal cooked beef best.


BollingerDate published: 30/07/15

Bollinger, often affectionately referred to as Bolly, is a British fave when it comes to Champagne. It’s well known for it’s richer style, and many prefer it for it’s better balance of body with acidity. I often find that some Non Vintage Champagne can be quite tart, but not Bolly, because it is often a blend of wine from many different vintages, so essentially you are getting a multi-vintage Champagne.

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Pear, Brioche and a nutty undertone flow on the palate, the length is long and complex. Now this is a Champagne to celebrate with.


£29.98 at 33% off


“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.”

-Lilly Bollinger

GaviDate published: 29/07/15

Now not quite as fashionable as once was but when the La Toledana is only £7.99 this wine is an absolute bargain.

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality.

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

Perfect as an interesting aperitif or match with a indulgent lobster curry!


Pinot NoirDate published: 28/07/15

Some food and wine combinations are classics that have been around for decades. One such is wild mushrooms and pinot noir. I recently had a few friends around and served a wild mushroom risotto with a confit of chicken. Take chicken thighs and leave overnight in a salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary and garlic marinate. Wipe off then cook slowly in duck fat if you have or olive oil if not. Cook until tender 90 mins-120 mins. Remove and pop in oven to crisp skin. For the risotto soak some dried mushrooms in hot stock then take half out and puree the rest in a bit of soaking stock. Make your risotto in usual way using up remaining soaking stock first and then using regular chicken stock. Towards the end of cooking add puree, soaked reserved mushrooms and if you can find them some sauteed fresh wild ones. Finish with parmesan and a little butter.

Why not try with the Ned Pinot Noir.

This Pinot Noir has been sourced from the Ben Morven vineyard in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, known for their deep clay and loam soils. Hand-picked and aged for 9 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot.

With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish.

A steal at only £9.99 until 3rd August.

New to MajesticDate published: 27/07/15

Think of Alberino and you naturally think of northern Spain  which is the natural home of this grape variety. We see a fair few of different producers in the UK but travel over to Galicia and the wine lists are packed with examples. However I'm by passing Spain and going to talk about a great new Alberino from Laurent Miquel who are a Languedoc based producer. I was lucky enough to visit them a few years ago and I've always been impressed with their entire range. This new to us wine though is a gem. Much weightier than most Spanish examples this is a great wine to serve up to that fussy wine guest.

The Miquel family acquired the Les Auzines estate in Corbières in 2009, quickly discovering that it provided the ideal climate, soils and altitude for cultivating aromatic whites, and therefore planted it with Spanish grape Albariño.

Generously aromatic, this wine offers plenty of ripe apricot and golden apple character, with subtle hints of lime zest and floral nuances. The rounded palate feel is capped off by a zip of acidity.

On offer at only £9.74 a bottle

Cillar D Silos CrianzaDate published: 26/07/15

Ribera del Duero is arguably the most important wine zone in Castilla y León, and is now challenging Rioja as the leading wine-producing region in Iberia. A continental climate, with a high diurnal temperature variation, helps to grow grapes of a very high quality. The wines often command high prices from £20 and up, but this beauty is all of the oomph with none of the ouch.

Rich and meaty on the palate, the wine shows intense aromas of strawberries, blackberries, chocolate and vanilla. Complex and concentrated with a subtle hint of spice. This is typical full bodied Tempranillo with secondary characteristics shining through.

Tannins are present so make sure to match alongside something meaty, perhaps with roast suckling pig, braised lamb shank or venison. The fruit component and secondary characteristics would sing through, and the tannin would ensure the wine has texture.

£13.49 on our 25% offer

CatenaDate published: 25/07/15

When you mention the wines of Catena most people think Malbec but actually they make some cracking Cabernet Sauvignon as well. The straight one is often one of my go to wines and when on offer at under £10 it is a steal.

Catena’s Agrelo vineyards possess ideal soil and micro-climatic conditions for growing classic varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and are renowned for producing wines of great finesse and elegance.

Full bodied, with rich, dark, supremely concentrated cassis-scented black fruit and a warm, spicy finish.

Just crying out for a fat slab of beef off the bbq!



Goldwater Sauvignon BlancDate published: 25/07/15

This is one of my favourites, I absolutely love this Kiwi sauvignon because of it’s slightly restrained, French like nature. Made in the Wairau valley, the same Valley that famous wine makers Cloudy bay grow their vines, this wine is but a fraction of the price at £7.99. It rarely comes down this cheap so snap it up!

Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, producing this eco-friendly Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.

Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre. Perfect with seafood or salads, or try alongside some French goats cheese.

£7.99 on our 33% offer, but only until Monday evening!


Rediscover France…Date published: 25/07/15

With the Domaine Cabrol Picpoul Prestige

Increasingly popular Picpoul has gained a following amongst white wine lovers. This grape variety is set to become more and more popular as more producers take to it.

Increasingly seen as a single varietal wine, this Picpoul comes from an estate to the north of the Picpoul de Pinet appellation, around 20km from the Med. Domaine Guillame Cabrol received 'Terra Vitis' certification in 2000 for its sustainable vinegrowing and winemaking techniques.

Fresh and citrussy, with slightly floral hints, and an unmistakable note of green bell peppers on the nose. Very light on the palate, with a medium length finish.

A natural partner for oysters, all manner of fruits de mer, and green salads.


£7.49 on our 25% offer

Kiwi Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/07/15

Why is New Zealand so popular for it’s Sauvignon blanc? Majestic’s best selling wine is the Ned, a Marlborough Sauvignon and many other wines such as Oyster Bay and Villa Maria do exceptionally well.

One aspect would be their fresh, fruity approachable style. In a typical Kiwi Sauv you can generally expect a good deal of acidity with fruit characteristics such as Gooseberry, Lime, Passion fruit and a slight grassyness. This helps the wine to be a refreshing drink that can very easily be drunk on it’s own or even paired with cuisine such as thai or a lovely salad.


But how does this come about? Often wines with big tropical fruit tend to lack in acidity and complexity. Many put this down to the cool climate of New Zealand due to it’s position South of the equator. A relatively thin section of ozone layer allows for a strong sunlight to reach the grapes, increasing the rate of photosynthesis and giving the grapes this tropical flavour potential.


The vines were mainly planted in the early 70’s and early success at local and international wine competitions boosted winemakers’ confidence in the varietal, as well as consumer demand. Since then the style of wine has become a benchmark for new world Sauvignon Blanc to be measured against.

This weekend only we've got 33% off all our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc range, so pop on in and stock up!

Rioja and LambDate published: 22/07/15

Few meats can be bettered than lamb off the BBQ. Good lamb has a nice layer of fat that melts when over red hot coals and drips down to produce that all important smoke. Dare I say this can achieved even on a gas fired BBQ ! The night before put your lamb cutlets in an olive oil, rosemary, garlic, black pepper and chilli marinade. Just before cooking season with sea salt and then grill for about 5 mins a side. This calls out for either a claret or rioja. One of my favourites at present is the sumptuous Pomal Gran Reserva which at only £14.99 is somewhat of a bargain.

Viña Pomal is made by the famous Bodegas Bilbainas, from 100% Tempranillo grown only in the estate's own vineyard, matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. This estate only makes a gran reserva wines in the very best vintages.

At once mellow and powerful, this is a traditionally styled Rioja that combines rich berry fruit with flavours of preserved plums, new leather and old wood, supported by velvety tannins.


ChampagneDate published: 22/07/15

Looking to stock up on Champagne for the summer. What better time then now especially with some of our July deals. Pick of the bunch for me would be Winston Churchill's favourite house Pol Roger. Allegedly he consumed 2 bottles a day which I have to say a good effort! It's just such a elegant style of Champagne I have converted many over it after serving at home.

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


A perfect start to any occasion and a great match for some native oysters.

Jadot White BurgundyDate published: 21/07/15

We had some of the seriously undervalued Château de Jacques in the fridge so decided to have chicken last night for dinner. Well poussin to be precise. We often have these little birds and they make a perfect dinner a deux (plus one small cat) I spatchcocked then put in a marinade of garlic, chilli, smoked sweet paprika, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper and olive oil. Leave for a few hours and BBQ on a hot grill for 10 mins a side. Serve with a simple dressed watercress salad, some sauté potatoes and a bottle or two of this Jadot gem.

Louis Jadot's philosophy is to create wines that show the terroir of Burgundy whether they are Grand Cru or regional wines, and this white made with grapes from the old vines of Château des Jacques is of top quality.

A rich and complex wine, well rounded with ripe peach fruit and a perfectly integrated citrussy acidity leading on to a long fresh finish.

A bargain at under £15!


TorrontesDate published: 20/07/15

Torrontes isn’t a particularly well known grape variety, but it can certainly stand up for itself in the realm of Sauvignons and Chardonnays. This grape variety that is indigenous to Argentina is known to produce medium to full bodied wines with aromatics of stone fruit with a medium acidity to help lead it all forward. This grape variety is predominantly grown in the cooler climates of Argentina, such as high altitude vineyards or microclimate valleys.

We currently have two in stock, one brand new one, the Villa Nueva and one old favourite that has returned to us.


Villa Nueva Torrontes £5.99 on our 33% offer

Bodegas Santa Ana was founded over 120 years ago by Luis Tirasso a native Italian. The torrontes grape variety is closely related to muscat and produces fresh aromatic wines reminicent of both muscat and gewurztraminer.

This example of torrontes has all the classic flavours and aromas of the variety, white flowers, citrus and a hint of spice. The finish is crisp and balanced.

This versatile wine can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, with seafood or with mildly spiced dishes.


Vinalba Torrontes £8.24 on our 25% offer

The aromatic Torrontes grape is a distant relation of Muscat, and has become Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines in the sunny yet cool high-altitude vineyards of Argentina.

Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

Best served with mild Thai curries or dressed prawn salads.

La Marca CuveeDate published: 19/07/15

For this weekend we are celebrating our 33% off our entire range of Prosecco with the delicious La Marca Cuvee!

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Glera (Until recently known as 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. This is a Prosecco with a bit of character.

An excellent apéritif, served with light starters or fruit salads.

£9.99 on our 33% offer, for this weekend only!

Creature of habitDate published: 19/07/15

We have a fairly standard regime for our weekends when at home. Sunday has always been and probably will always be started with a gin and tonic. I have a few favourites but let's face there is so many great gins nowadays why limit yourself! If you had to push me Martin Millers Westbourne strength is probably my number one.
Saturdays are different. My wife is usually off so when I return from work there is usually a cocktail waiting for me. She likes them long but I like them short and powerful. My go to is a classic Martini. I like my already chilled glass only rinsed with Noilly Part and then the gin added after being stirred with plenty of ice, an olive and a splash of olive brine. The perfect dirty Martini and perfect with a dish of Simon Hopkinson's cheese biscuits.

Wine of the weekDate published: 18/07/15

The Ned Pinot Grigio

This Pinot Grigio, from famed producers, Marisco Vineyards, is very unlike it’s Italian counterpart...

Marisco Vineyards, home of The Ned, lies in Marlborough’s stunning Waihopai Valley, between the Delta Hills and the Waihopai River. A unique environment providing distinctive characteristics to all of their iconic wines.

A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish.

This will taste great alongside all manner of fresh salads and creamy pastas.


£7.99 when you buy any two bottles on our 25% offer

ProseccoDate published: 16/07/15

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.


Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.


Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.


If all this reading has made you thirsty, why not pop in and get some Prosecco, It's a third off, all weekend!

Las Maletas - Date published: 16/07/15

Just like the iconic route 40 which travels the length of the country, the Las Maletas collection takes in the very best of Argentina. Pack your suitcase, grab your coat and travel the length and breadth of Argentina via these flavourful wines. We hope that they inspire in you a powerful sense of wanderlust. Las Maletas Malbec is made from specially selected grapes from Mendoza, a province which boasts more than 70% of Argentina’s total wine production. High altitude vineyards, a wide temperature range, scarce rainfall, abundant sunshine and good soils provide the perfect growing conditions for Malbec.

Available for only £6.99 on our 33% selection.



Introduction to Belgian BeerDate published: 16/07/15

For such a small country, Belgium has an astonishingly wide range of breweries and beer styles. Add to this the fact that the number of different beers carried in many bars are often numbered in the hundreds (for example, Kulminator in Antwerpen lists over 400 beers on its menu, and the Delirium Café in Brussels lists over two thousand!) and someone new to Belgian beer can easily feel overwhelmed by the choice available. It's not for nothing that the Confederation of Belgian Brewers describes the country as "Beer Paradise."

Belgian beers are usually much stronger than British ones. You might be used to drinking beer that's say 3.5% to 5%, but in Belgium you'll find that 5% is one of the weaker beers. 7% or 8% are common and even 10% or 11% isn't exactly rare. Fortunately you'll usually be served smaller amounts of beer than your normal pint, enjoy!




Mackerel !Date published: 15/07/15

With the current warm weather I rarely cook indoors and there is no end of things I can find to cook on my BBQ. Pizza, bread, crumble's, beer can chicken, cakes, mussels etc.Last night I did a couple of whole mackerel on there. My neighbour kindly supplied us with 4 spanking fresh fish caught in the morning so I made some sashimi from one, a tartare from another and cooked the other two whole on the BBQ. For the sashimi I put the fish in the freezer briefly to firm up and then sliced with an uber sharp knife. Serve with the usual pickled ginger, wasabi and soy. The tartare I took the fillets off then cut into small cubes, mixed with a fine dice of shallot, tomato, cucumber, lots of chilli, chopped coriander and the juice of a lime. Left for 15 mins then seasoned and served with old school melba toast. The whole fish I slashed and rubbed a harissa paste into them. Season well and then cooked on a blazing hot grill. About 4 minutes a side and we drank the Chateau Barthes rose from Bandol with it. Its a strong flavoured fish so you want something a bit punchy to cut through the richness.

Former fashion model Monique Barthès began winemaking in the late 1960s, following her marriage to the owner of a wine company in Bandol, Provence. She then went on to develop her own award-winning 40-hectare estate.A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, hints of floral perfume and a rustic, gamy streak. Round and supple on the palate, with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip.

On offer at £10.99 a bottle.



Web ParcelsDate published: 15/07/15

Below is an extract taken from Robert Parker about our most recent web parcel. This particular wine sold out in two hours so you had to be quick! To receive such offers all you have to do is add your email address to your store account and you will start to receive offers every now and again. We don't bombard you with emails but sometimes when we have a limited amount of a certain product at a great price this is a great way to get stock to the right place. Another offer earlier this month was a 6 bottle case of 2006 Moet and Chandon for £180. That's £30 a bottle ! So sign up today.

The 2005 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Garnacha aged for 20 months in French and American oak. It has a beautiful, rounded, sensual bouquet with hints of over-ripe Satsuma and gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of piquancy on the entry. It has crisp acidity and taut tannins on the dry, dusky finish but it remains extremely well-focused. Drink now-2025. 

Perfect with charred grilled lamb.

Gorgeous GaviDate published: 13/07/15

Cortese di Gavi, or simply Gavi, is an Italian dry white wine produced in a restricted area of the Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, close to the Ligurian border.

The name derives from Gavi, the comune at the centre of its production zone, and Cortese, the local variety of grape from which it is exclusively made and whose existence is reported from the 17th century. The current style of production dates to 1876. Cortese di Gavi made from vines within the comune of Gavi may be labeled Gavi di Gavi.

The wine was awarded DOC status in 1974 and was made DOCG in 1998. The DOCG regulations restrict the production of Gavi to the area of 1500ha formed by only 11 towns including Gavi, Bosi and Tassarolo.

To get an idea for how great Gavi wines are, pop in and buy a few bottles of the Gavi La Toledana 2014, boasting flavours of ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. It tastes great with poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad but is also perfect as an apéritif.



A short history of IPADate published: 12/07/15

The surge in popularity of the wonderful beverage that is IPA is a relatively recent development. You would probably have been given the weak bitter called IPA made by Greene King if you’d asked a barman for such a drink just 10 years ago. Since 2010 things have changed however with craft beer bars popping up all over the place, which has pushed existing pubs to improve their game. IPA is at the forefront of this revival, beers of 5-7% packed with hops and flavour. 

IPA stands for India Pale Ale and was born out of the need to provide beer for the British Empire in the east. Being too hot to brew in India, a beer was needed that could survive the tumultuous six month journey from Britain. The London brewer Hodgson in the 1780s came up with the answer by creating a strong, heavily hopped beer called October ale, normally ages like wine before drinking. The survived the journey successfully but its flavour was also found to have immeasurably improved. This became the prototype IPA and it gradually became paler and more refreshing to suit the Indian climate.

Hodgson’s beer was imitated by bigger brewers, such as Bass. It evolved into something weaker, just plain old pale ale, for the home market. With the coming of refrigeration, proper IPA itself began to die out, until the Americans rediscovered their love of brewing sometime around 1976. The craft brewers in the States set about recreating forgotten British styles – including IPA. These new ales were packed with alcohol and hops.

From America, IPA returned home across the Atlantic. It’s been a funny old journey: a beer that was invented in Britain for the Indian market, was revived by Americans and then copied by brewers in Britain. Here at Majestic we have an extensive range of delicious IPAs from numerous reaches of the globe, so pop in and experience this fascinating revival for yourself!



Want a Pinot Grigio with a bit of depthDate published: 12/07/15

Are you tiring of the Italian style of PG?, well if so why not try the fantastic Example from the Ned stable in New Zealand.

A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish.

The Karearea is the only falcon found in New Zealand and is a threatened species. Ned have a breeding pair, resident at the property, named Maggie and Astin. They take great delight in scaring away other birds thereby reducing the need for man-made pest control.

Featured in the Times 100 best summer wines and on offer at a very enticing £7.99. 

Match's Asain food really well.

Provence rose alternative Date published: 11/07/15

Fancy a change fro Minuty and Miraval then why not try the very elegant Sancerre rose from Berthier.

From the northernmost village of Sancerre, Ste-Gemme, in the central vineyards of the Loire valley. The minerally limestone and clay soils impact on the complexity of flavours of this wine.

This light, fresh and elegant rosé. Offering up fantastic structure and minerality on both nose and palate, the fresh, summer fruit flavours are perfectly balanced.

Just perfect for those balmy summer nights when you can eat in the garden. Try with tuna sashimi.

Curious IPA - Beer of the Week, for good reason!Date published: 11/07/15

This powerfully hoppy India Pale Ale (IPA) is brewed using the finest pale ale malt and three complementary hops. Chapel Down have learned that great wine such as Champagne and Cotes du Rhone use three great grape varieties working in harmony to create better balance and depth. In a similar fashion the brewers use traditional English Golding; the fresh, sweet, delicate king of English hops, Bramling Cross; a forest fruity beauty, and finish the delectable blend with punchy, spicy, aromatic Chinook. This produces a balanced yet powerful IPA with a real drinkable harmony, one that would go down splendidly well in the lovely July sun we are experiencing!

This is currently chilled down and open to taste on our tasting counter and you can grab a case for £17.99, a great price for a really great new wave beer!



003 Malbec 2014 Bodega AnielloDate published: 10/07/15

Made in the region of Patagonia, Mendoza's lesser known sibling, this Malbec is brimming with juicy fruit and a tantalising acidity. The '003' in the name signifies the vineyard from which the grapes are sourced, one of two sites owned by Bodega Aniello. 003 is located in Mainque, on an area of heavy red clay soils on the hillsides overlooking the Rio Negro river.

In flavour this is an approachable and delicately fragrant Malbec, characterised by gentle lavender notes that intermingle with the ripe black cherry fruit. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a juicy mouth-feel. Exactly how malbec should taste! 

Big juicy and bold, perfect for summer BBQ's. Best enjoyed slightly cool, either on its own or with a range of red or white meats fresh off the BBQ.


£9.74 when you buy any two wines on our 25% promotion. 

Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise 2013 La BuxynoiseDate published: 10/07/15

Everyone likes a good white burgundy, and there can be some great value found in “Bourgogne” wines. This is no different. For this time of year when you are enjoying slightly fuller flavoured dishes, such as shellfish or roast chicken then you need a wine that is going to be able to stand up to the food but not be too overbearing. Well this fits into that bill nicely.

The Côte Chalonnaise in the southern part of the Côte d'Or is responsible for the majority of winemaking in Burgundy, where cooperatives of growers produce some of the most consistently good quality wines such as this Chardonnay, representing great value

With just 3% of the blend fermented in new oak, this is a fresh and crisp Chardonnay with a focus on golden apple and citrus flavours, with very subtle texture and toastiness.

The perfect white wine to accompany cod or other white fish cooked 'au gratin'.


£9.74 when you buy any two bottles on our 25% promotion.

English sparkling wineDate published: 08/07/15

British wine has recently been in the spotlight after it was rumoured that the classic Champagne house Louis Roederer ( creators of Cristal) is trying to purchase land in the UK to begin a vineyard. English sparkling wine has been doing exceptionally well in recent years, due to a number of factors; the cool climate, similar soils to the Champagne region in the south of England and a number of high profile producers faring exceptionally well. Producers such as Nyetimber, arguably the most popular, have created sparkling wine that has often beat Champagne in blind tastings. 


Whilst some offerings can be on the more zingy and refreshing side I often think of Nyetimber as holding a more biscuity, cake-yeast note with wonderful fruit complexity. This helps the flavour characteristics to last in your mouth (this is often referred to as the length of a wine). 
Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house. A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.


£23.98 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% selection

We've got a great range of English sparkling wines to choose from, so come and explore

New to MajesticDate published: 07/07/15

OK, the weather seems to of dipped today so let's talk about a new wine into us. The Le Pinacle Syrah is the top wine from the Languedoc producer Domaine St Rose. Like some of the top Rhône wines 5% of viogner is added to the  blend and then spends a year in French oak.

Le Pinacle or 'the pinnacle' is the highest point of the tower on the Chateau at Domaine Sainte Rose thus, symbolically, this superbly structured Syrah is the top of the red wine range.

Extremely deep in colour with intense plum jam and liquorice aromas. The palate is powerful and intense with black fruit flavours lifted by hints of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a long finish.

This is a fantastic wine that can compete the more famous Rhône wines but for under £10. A steal! Only small amounts produced so don't hang around buying this.

Californian ChardonnayDate published: 07/07/15

I love Chardonnay, though I can be very picky with them. For me the ultimate Chardonnay has to traverse the fine line of balance between acidity and body. Too much acidity and the wine is overly sharp, too much body and it is flabby with nothing to drive the flavours. Despite it’s reputation for big oak monsters I have found that there are a lot of beautifully balanced Californian white wines. The Edna Valley for instance is one of these wines that is very easy to enjoy. But this offering from Chateau Saint Jean adds a bit more of an oak complexity into the mix whilst retaining it’s freshness.


Located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley California, Chateau St Jean was founded in 1973 and was the first estate to be awarded Wine Spectators Wine of the Year in 1999. The grapes are fermented in both oak barrels and steel tanks giving complexity.
On the palate this wine has flavours of nectarine, apple, pineapple, hazelnut and spice. Lees ageing adds a creaminess and complexity giving a rich mouth feel and long finish.Match this with creamy parmesan risotto or buttery roast chicken.

Chateau Saint Jean Chardonnay £9.74 when you buy any two bottles from our 25% promotion.

The White Knight Viognier 2013Date published: 06/07/15

The White Knight Viognier 2013

Viognier is thought to be an ancient grape, possibly originating in Dalmatia (present day Croatia) then brought to Rhône by the Romans. Other locations where viognier can be found are North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Viognier has the potential to produce full-bodied wines with a lush, soft character and has natural aromatics that include notes of peach, pears, violets and minerality.

Winemaker Notes

Surrounded by the cooling waterways of the Sacramento River Delta and San Francisco Bay, the Clarksburg winegrowing appellation has fast earned a reputation for producing lovely Viognier grapes. The deep sandy loam and clay soils, as well as a naturally high water table, provide uncommonly rich soil. Wilson Vineyards has consistently grown high-quality Viognier. The White Knight was primarily fermented in tanks, which resulted in crispy freshness. A hint of French Oak adds depth and richness.

Tasting Notes

Delightful aromas of apple, nectarine and lime zest are highlighted by sweet honeysuckle notes. The palate is full of peach and tropical fruit flavours, which smoothly transition into a soft, expressive and juicy finish.

Food Pairings

This viognier moves forward when paired with food such as fluffy, filled pasta covered with a light lemon-cream sauce, peach-stuffed chicken breast on a bed of spinach with toasted hazelnuts or classic Pizza Margherita.

The White Knight is open to taste on the counter as part of our USA Spotlight week and it has had some very positive response. I would recommend popping in and giving it a go yourself!



BBQ fareDate published: 06/07/15

The BBQ is working overtime at the moment as we all indulge in the lovely warm summer thus far. Tonight we have a kilo of local, shell on prawns. I have put in a kicap manis, soy sauce, garlic, tomato ketchup, chilli and olive oil marinade. Leave for a few hours and then cook on the hottest grill you can achieve for a couple of minutes each side. Then prepare to get messy! Wine wise a crisp sauvignon blanc would be good but I think we will plump for a rose. Because of the robust flavours in the marinade I'm going to bypass the provençal wines and go for the glorious Pizarras de Otero from northern Spain.

Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines.

A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.

A bit of a steal at only £7.49 for July!


Château Saint Jean Chardonnay 2013 North CoastDate published: 05/07/15

Origin

Located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley California, Chateau St Jean was founded in 1973 and was the first estate to be awarded Wine Spectators Wine of the Year in 1999. The grapes are fermentated in both oak barrels and steel tanks giving complexity.

Taste

On the palate this wine has flavours of nectarine, apple, pineapple, hazelnut and spice. Lees ageing adds a creaminess and complexity giving a rich mouth feel and long finish.

Enjoy

Match this with creamy parmesan risotto or buttery roast chicken.

We've got this lovely chardonnay open on the counter at the moment as part of USA week and it really is a pleaser. Bursting with some really interesting flavours and the creaminess from the oak makes it go down a treat!


Rose from NZDate published: 05/07/15

We stock not only the Villa Maria rose but also the fantastic Black Cottage which is a blend of pinot noir and pinot gris. Similar to a Sancerre rose in style but maybe just a little less dry.

Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rosé from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World.

Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.

Just available in magnum form and down from £19.99 to only £17.99 at the moment.


Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise 2013 - The Ultimate Paradise!Date published: 04/07/15

This wine brand new in from California has certainly got to be a talking point just from the label alone! It is safe to say that what’s in the bottle is surprising too.


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 founded Chronic Cellars with his brother Jake.


The Purple Paradise is 70% Zinfandel, 14% Syrah, 11% Petite Sirah and 5% Grenache. It has a beautiful, dark purple hue with intense smokey vanilla, ripe cherries, white pepper, all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose. On the palate are super rich tastes of ripe, juicy cherries and strawberries, chocolate, mocha, leather and marzipan. The tannins are mild and the acidity is balanced.


Enjoy with richly flavoured meat dishes from burgers and steaks to beef and game stews. I will be opening a bottle of Paradise at a BBQ this summer for sure!

Curious BrewDate published: 04/07/15

Created by Chapel Down, England’s
leading wine producer, who have 
branched out into producing craft beers. 
This lager is made with East Anglian 
malt and saaz and cascade hops. 
These are re­fermented using 
Champagne yeast and a ‘dosage’ of the 
rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop is 
added before being cold filtered. 
It’s full­ flavoured and well balanced with 
aromatic hoppy notes and a crisp 
refreshing finish.


Come and taste it in­-store today!

BBQ redDate published: 03/07/15

Have you got a large party, gathering or just like great value Malbec well we have a great selection on offer. For pure value you can't really beat the cracking Alamos which also happens to be a 1/3 off so only £6.66!

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec.

This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.

Perfect with a fat steak off the grill!

Chablis - Domaine ServinDate published: 02/07/15

Chablis

Chablis is the northernmost appellation of Burgundy in France, In fact it is so far north that it is on latitude with cities such as Montreal and Munich where weather like snow isn’t uncommon. Because of this it is often a struggle to get the grapes to ripen fully, and adverse weather such as hailstorms are the bane of every vineyard owner in this region.

One thing that many people don’t know is that Chablis is made from Chardonnay, the same grape variety that makes up a lot of New World oaked wines. Chardonnay is one of the best grape varieties to plant if you truly want a wine that will reflect your terroir. The main difference between Chablis and other vineyard regions of the world is the kimmeridgian soil and low temperatures. One winery measure that is often practiced is the limited use of oak, though many producers opt not to oak theirs at all to retain this fresh style.

Chablis wines often have a fairly high acidity, with lean fruit characteristics like apple and pear. Minerality is a big characteristic in many Chablis, with notes of wet stone and chalk. There can be a buttery or creamy aspect though this isn’t quite as common.


One great Chablis which we have in stock at the moment is the Servin Chablis £11.24 when you buy any 2 bottles from our 25% promotion.

The Servin family has been established in Burgundy since 1654. Nowadays they are renowned as one of the greatest estates in Chablis. From their 30.5 hectares they use traditional winemaking and the finest vintages are aged in oak.

Domaine Servin produce wine from their own estate and never sell to negociants - a guarantee of consistency. This can be experienced in the flinty, mineral style with citrus fruit and white flowers.Domaine Servin produce wine from their own estate and never sell to negociants - a guarantee of consistency. This can be experienced in the flinty, mineral style with citrus fruit and white flowers.

Designed to be drunk young this is a perfect partner for lightly grilled fish, seafood risotto, turkey and goats' cheese.

'Zuper' ZinfandelDate published: 02/07/15

Peirano Estate The Heritage Collection Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, USA

Zinfandel (or "Zin", as it is affectionately known in the United States) is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety widely cultivated in California. It arrived in the Americas from Europe in the early years of the 19th Century, and was an immediate success in both Napa and Sonoma counties, which remain its strongholds today. After 30 years of discussion and disagreements, DNA research carried out in California in the 1990s confirmed that Zinfandel is identical to Italy's Primitivo.

Zinfandel has been used to make various styles of wine since it arrived in the US, including dry and sweet red wines and the famous White Zinfandel blush, created to cater for a white wine-drinking American consumer base of the 1970s. The arrival of this new wine style in the early 1970s led to an explosion of Zinfandel plantings – ironic given that the style of wine was created to find a use for the swathes of underused Zinfandel vines already in existence. By the 1990s the popularity of dry red Zinfandel had given these plantings a new raison d'etre, although they were still being used to generate many millions of litres of sweet pink blush every year. Today, red Zinfandel has risen to become the signature wine of the US, not due to the quality of wine it produces, but because it is as close to an "American" variety as vinifera vines get.

The Region

The Lodi AVA, part of the larger Central Valley wine region of California, is located directly east of San Francisco Bay between the cities of Sacramento and Stockton. The west of the region lies close to the edge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, while its eastern boundary runs parallel with the Sierra Foothills. Although quite a distance from the coast Lodi is blessed with a more moderate, Mediterranean-style climate than might be expected for somewhere this far inland. This is thanks to the many rivers which run through the AVA and the creeks, estuaries and bays into which they flow.

Lodi enjoys all the benefits of cooling water, air and river breezes. Lodi city, around which the majority of the AVA's vines are found, is flanked by the Dry Creek and Calaveras rivers, to the north and south respectively. The city is also bisected by the Mokelumne river as it nears the end of its journey from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the San Joaquin river. The waters from the Dry Creek, Calaveras and Mokelumne rivers discharge into the Suisun and San Pablo bays, beyond which lie San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The rivers are not the only factor keeping temperatures down in Lodi; topography plays a vital role too. While most areas of inland California are separated from the Pacific by California's Coastal Ranges, Lodi is not. The Bay Area forms a significant gap which allows on-shore breezes to penetrate many miles inland. Those parts of the region which are closer to the Delta are noticeably cooler, although most of Lodi enjoys warm days and is suited to the production of full-flavored red wines. Mineral-rich, free-draining, sandy clay soils help in the production of quality wines, not just the bulk wine which is common in the Central Valley.

The Heritage Collection Old Vine Zinfandel is a serious and complex wine, with aromas of rhubarb and red and black cherry. Flavours are of red cherry, strawberry, cocoa and toast. Some suggested food matches are roast duck, stewed venison, Puglian spit-roasted lamb, East Texas-style BBQ or even dark chocolate cake. This delectable wine would perfectly accompany any BBQ/outdoor feast this summer so do the right thing and come along to pick up a bottle or two!





Wine with LobsterDate published: 02/07/15

I have to say that there are some foods that are in my mind are overpriced. Lobster being one of them. Don't get me wrong, I love lobster but I'm never going to pay £40 for one in any restaurant. We happened to be in Winchester on Wednesday and found a fish stall (in street outside m&s) where I got a heavy lobster, a lovely grey mullet and a couple pounds of fresh local prawns for £30. Somewhat of a bargain. I cooked the lobster last night. In a good amount of rapeseed oil I cooked a couple of finely sliced garlic cloves and a good pinch of dried chilli. I then added a handful of really good chopped tomatoes and cooked down for about 3 minutes. Added my chopped lobster, finely chopped parsley and served with al dente linguine. A simple but delicious supper and you really get a lot out of one crustacean. A slightly tricky wine match as tomato doesn't suit many varietals. I plumped for a Falanghina from Campania which seemed to be a good match.

One of Italy's great unsung white wines. 3 months' lees ageing before bottling imbues the wine with added depth and texture, but no oak is used, so the wine retains a light and fruit-driven character.

A brilliant all-rounder, with plenty of citrussy fruit and faint notes of apple and quince, with the merest hint of nutty complexity.

On offer at only £8.99.


All About MalbecDate published: 01/07/15

Why is Malbec so popular these days? It’s rare that you can walk into a Majestic wine, or any wine retailer for that matter and not find a booming Argentinian section full of Malbec. But what do people actually know about this grape? Well for one, it actually started off as “Cot” and used to be a grape variety permitted in Bordeaux wine. Though this was before Phylloxera (a vineyard pest) ravaged Europe in the mid 1800’s. Once the vineyard blight took hold it was rarely replanted, except for in the hot climates of the south of France. At some point cuttings were taken over to Argentina to be planted, but it wasn’t until Argentina had a bigger focus on exporting premium wines rather than creating mass wines for the domestic market that it took off.

Often rich, deeply coloured yet brilliantly smooth, the wine is exceptionally more-ish. Many Malbecs fit in perfectly with the Argentinian diet, which mainly comprises of meat based dishes such as beef steak or sausage. Many Argentinians eat their meals on a “Parilla”, or a BBQ, that is placed in the centre of a table. People around the table add meat and watch it cook in front of them, which surely builds up quite the appetite.

With summer finally here, I know I’ll do my best to have as many Argentinian style BBQ’s (weather permitting) and of course, to honour the countries greatest export I will be enjoying it all with a glass of Malbec.

Vina Eguia ReservaDate published: 01/07/15

Only £6.66


This has been a majestic core line for some time now, and whenever I try it I’m always surprised by just how good a quality wine it is. Even without considering the price (a lipsmacking £6.66), this wine is great. It truly is classic Rioja Reserva, there’s tons of black fruit, vanilla and spice components such as clove and a touch of cinnamon. Furthermore from what I’ve tried at least, I think that 2010 was a stellar vintage.


Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.


Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

The Main Divide Riesling - definitely doesn't divide opinion!Date published: 30/06/15

Main Divide Riesling 2013 Pegasus Bay, Waipara

Origin

The Waipara valley is 30 minutes' drive from Christchurch in the Canterbury region, and this wine is named in honour of New Zealand's Southern Alps, known locally as the Main Divide, which lies to the west. Some botrytized grapes were added to provide a honeyed richness.

Taste

Slightly off-dry in style, the palate is attacked with wave after wave of honeysuckle, ripe apricot and lime, with a minerally undercurrent and zippy acidity.

Enjoy

Rich and viscous, this wine can be enjoyed by itself but will also harmonise with oysters or chinese duck.

This really is a delectable wine and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. After trying it in a wine bar the first time our store then coincidentally received a coupe of cases so I snapped up a few bottles!


New to MajesticDate published: 30/06/15

We have just starting do this beautifully rich white wine from Southern France.

The Belluguette vineyard produces this unique blend of classic white Rhône varieties, which has spent 4 months in French and American oak barrels. The label features Vinus the heron, a celebrated visitor to the Paul Mas 'Grand Cru' vineyards.

The creamy palate reveals complex flavours of ripe mango, pineapple and vanilla with notes of brioche and toast lingering on the finish.

This really is a food wine and I had it the other day with a rare breed pork chop. I popped the pork in a marinade of grated lemon zest, chopped garlic, thyme and chilli. Leave for a few hours before grilling over coals. About 4 to 5 minutes a side and then let rest for another few minutes. Serve with some well flavoured cous cous for a delicious supper.

On offer at only £9.99 a bottle!

Lagunitas IPADate published: 28/06/15


The Lagunitas Brewing Co. was created in 1993 and was not so much an act of ordinary 'foundling' as it was willed into being by the unspoken desire of supportive beer-lovers in Northern California after which they continued to nurture their creation and urged us forward to fulfill the unifying needs of that same beer-loving diaspora from coast to coast and beyond. This IPA has a perfect hoppy/citrusy aroma, flavors are juicy and extravagant, with hop oil throughout. Pleasantly bitter all the way through, but a terrific malt backbone evens it out and makes for a superbly balanced beer. Its unfiltered, which add’s to its flavour. A bit drying on the palate. Sensational beer!



Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut ChampagneDate published: 27/06/15

Launched in the early 1980s by Bernard de Nonancourt, Ultra Brut Laurent-Perrier was inspired by the success of the zero-dosage (with no added sugar) champagnes made by the House in the late 19th century. Avant-gardist Laurent-Perrier asserted its independence and innovated by creating a new style of wine: unadorned, subtle and ethereal.

The Ultra Brut blend combines a small majority of Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and is made exclusively from very ripe harvests. This leads to high sugar and low acidity, which are necessary to create a finished Champagne that has the required balance without any dosage.

Because of the delicacy of its blending, its winey character and enduring freshness, the Ultra Brut Laurent-Perrier is champagne at its purest, the clearest indication of what a still Champagne may taste like.

£35.99 When you buy any two wines from our 25% selection.


New St Emillon Grand CruDate published: 27/06/15

Hot on the heals of the epic 2001 comes the 2002 Chateau Barde Haut. I have to admit before we started to list this chateau I had not heard of it but after tasting the 2001 it has become somewhat of a favourite of mine. Ok, the 2002 isn't quite as good as the 2001 but it is £10 less a bottle so at £25 a really sound buy. Given the price of some Bordeaux houses nowadays this actually is not just a sound buy but a must buy!

The Garcin-caithard family have invested significant sums in the chateau over the last few years, remodelling the winery and other buildings. The 16 hectares of vineyards located on an elevated limestone plateau are close to Troplong Mondot and planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged for 18 months in 80-100% new oak. This is a modern style St Emillion with rich black cherry and blackcurrent flavours and notes of chocolate and liqourice.

Think a good piece of beef here. A slow roasted rib or if you are feeling more indulgent a chateaubriand would make for a fine accompaniment.  

Portugese winesDate published: 27/06/15


Portugese wines don’t get much of a look in when compared to it’s neighbour, Spain, which is a shame, because the wines of this country are beautifully varied and exciting. From the big full on reds of the Douro to the Green wine, Vinho Verde. Here are just a selection of my favourites.


Ramos Reserva £6.66 when you buy any two wines from our 33% selection


João Portugal Ramos started planting his own vines in Alentejo in 1990, gradually increasing the vineyard area and developing the winery. Traditional foot-treading in marble lagares is still practised on the estate, alongside modern temperature-controlled fermentation.
A robust ruby red wine, with dense aromas of red berries and pudding spice. Flavours on the palate are bright, thick and jammy, with fine-grained, well integrated tannins and good length.
Enjoy with a roasted pork loin marinated in Mediterranean spices.



Churchill Estates 2012 Douro £11.04 when you buy any two wines from our 15% selection


Since the purchase of new vineyards in 1999, Churchill Estates have been developing and mastering dry wines. Made using native Duoro grape varieties this wine is fermented in stainless steel before being aged for 8 months in new and old French oak.
Ripe cherry and strawberry aromas combine with subtle vanilla oak on the nose and follow through to the rich, velvety palate. Elegant, well-integrated tannins lead to a long well-balanced finish.
A great accompaniment to all types of hearty red meat dishes, particularly spicy sausage dishes.



Vinho Verde, Quinta de Azevedo £5.99 when you buy any two wines on our 33% selection


Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.
Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.
At its best now, as a partner to seafood, green salads and pasta.

Macon VillageDate published: 27/06/15

Prices in Burgundy have increased over the last few years partly down to yields being down . The quality is still very good but just alot less to go around so prices have risen. Saying that you can still find very drinkable wines under £10 and Jadot's Macon is one such wine. It's just a little fuller than a Chablis so makes for a very easy drinking white wine.

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.

Perfect for a piece of lightly poached salmon.

On offer at £8.99 until Monday and open today to taste.

Great value roseDate published: 27/06/15

We have a short term deal on a lovely French rose the Haut Val. Until Monday it is a giveaway price of £6.33! It also is open to taste today so why not pop down and see for yourselves.

While Provence tends to take the lion's share of the limelight when it comes to rosé, many producers throughout the rest of southern France are making superb value rosés in a similar style, using classic Grenache-based blends.

A delicate rose petal pink, this is a light-bodied and delicately fruity rosé characterised by the sweet summer smells of strawberries and raspberries, and a refreshingly easy-going palate.

A perfect match for a simple salad Nicoise.


Ravenswood lodi ZInfandelDate published: 26/06/15

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!

Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temperature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.

True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

Open to taste!

Beef this weekend ?Date published: 26/06/15

Imagine, a fat T Bone (a forgotten cut) that has been marinating for a day in garlic, thyme, black pepper and a touch of chilli. Firing your BBQ up to its max and after a dusting of sea salt cooking for 3 mins a side then resting for 5. Serve simply with saute potatoes and a bunch of John Hurds Organic Watercress. Almost my dessert island dish. Wine wise go big and deep. The Parilla would be a great fit.

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

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

A steal at only £7.99!! 

Open to taste this weekend.


Paulaner Wheat BeerDate published: 25/06/15

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. Paulaner’s Hefe-Weißbier 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. This is fresh, fruity and delightful!

£22.99 buy 2 save £6 = £19.99



Fine White BurgundyDate published: 25/06/15

There is no doubt the price of white Burgundy has increased year on year but there are still some great value examples out there and this Puligny Montrachet from Jomain is one such wine.

From a family-run estate that follows in the principles of ‘lutte raisonnée’, ensuring that the use of chemicals in the vineyard is kept to a minimum. Hand-harvested grapes are aged in oak barrels for 15 months.

A lean, smooth wine showing notes of citrus, pear and hazelnut on the nose, and hints of vanilla and spice on the palate. Crisp, elegant and refreshing with a long elegant length.

Think top end fish, brill, turbot or wild salmon simply prepared. Let the food and wine do the talking.

On offer at £30 when buying two or more bottles.


Looking for a great wine at a bargain price?Date published: 25/06/15

Look no further than the great value Vina Sol which is on offer at only £4.99 until this Monday.

Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870.

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

Perfect for large parties, events or just great value summer drinking.


Goose Island Urban WheatDate published: 23/06/15

Inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that's immensely refreshing.

RECIPE INFORMATION: Style: Urban Wheat. Alcohol by Volume: 4.2%. International Bitterness Units: 18. Color: Hazy Straw. Hops: First Gold, Mt. Hood, Cascade. Malts: 2 Row, Torrified Wheat.

Goose Island recommend serving this beer with salads, fish, fresh chevre or buffalo mozarrella!

The costs of wineDate published: 23/06/15

For some wine can be an expensive luxury that is enjoyed only on occasions to celebrate, but did you know that Majestic’s range begins from only £4.99 with some delicious wines such as trebbiano, chardonnay or sangiovese?

There are many things that can drive up the costs of making wine, here are a few examples:


The costs of winemaking:

Making wine isn’t an exact science, every year wineries can face the prospects of crops that can be damaged by excessive rainfall, drought, hailstorms and other adverse weather as well as vineyard pests? As a winemaker you need to be able to make a myriad of choices from where you grow your vines, to how long you leave the juice of the grapes in contact with the skins.


The costs of bottling:

Bottles aren’t cheap, especially if a winemaker decides to go for a more esoteric shape or different glass colour to make their wine stand out. Then they have to decide upon a label that will give the consumer a bit of an understanding as to what kind of wine is inside.

Other:

Marketing, shipping and taxes all contribute to the final price of a bottle of wine meaning that the final end product can be a good deal cheaper than expected. Taxes can even contribute as much as £3 to a bottle of wine

Weekend dealsDate published: 23/06/15

Often we have special offers that highlight an entire country or wine style onto our 33% promotion, however these tend to only last for a weekend (Thursday to Monday). So what can you do to ensure you always get a good deal?

We always send our customers an email to let them know when these kinds of events are going to take place, so signing up to our email alerts is a great way to find out about these deals, and others beforehand.

Customer preferences: In store we keep a folder that records any products that our customers say they want to know about. We also use this to contact customers when certain offers come up. So if you tell us that you are interested in Rioja, then we’ll give you an email to let you know when any particularly good offers (weekend deals included) come on.

If you do notice that we have an offer available, but can’t make it into store then don’t forget that you can also place orders for delivery or collection over the phone (01252 711 988) or via our website (www.majestic.co.uk). That way you can get the best price and free delivery!

New American Wines!Date published: 23/06/15

Our American section of the store looks like its had a face lift. We have just received some new American wines to our range and they look like they could be good'uns. 

CHRONIC CELLARS PURPLE PARADISE ZINFANDEL 2013, PASO ROBLES. 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. 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. Enjoy with richly flavoured meat dishes from burgers and steaks to beef and game stews.

WHITE KNIGHT VIOGNIER 2013, CLARKSBURG. The Clarksburg appellation is surrounded by the Sacremento River and San Fransico Bay. The sandy loam and clay soils are extremely rich making them ideal for growing viognier. Tank fermantation results in freshness while a touch of French oak adds richness and depth. Aromas of apple, nectarine and honeysuckle are followed on the palate by tropical fruit and peach. The finish is long and expressive. Match this wine with pasta in creamy sauces, poached or grilled chicken or even a classic pizza margharita.

PEIRANO ESTATE OLD VINE ZINFANDEL 2012, LODI. The Periano Estate in Lodi, east of San Fransico, was founded in 1879 by Giacomo Periano who imported zinfandel cuttings from his familiy's vineyards near Genoa. Long ageing in oak barrels allows the flavours to fully develop. This serious and complex wine has aromas of rhubarb and red and black cherry. Flavours are of red cherry, strawberry, cocoa and toast. Try this wine with roast duck or stewed venison.

Amazing new world Chardonnay!Date published: 21/06/15

Big, creamy, well-balanced and down-right delicious! These are all words that sprang to mind whilst drinking the Walter Hansel The Meadows Chardonnay. 

The Walter Hansel vineyards are in the perfect location in Sonoma County for growing Chardonnay; the nights and early mornings are cooled by coastal fog with the mid-days warming up to perfect grape ripening conditions - sometimes 40 degrees. The Chardonnay is whole-cluster pressed into French oak for fermentation. The primary fermentation lasts 2-3 weeks and the maloactic fermentation can last until early spring of the next year. This gives the wine a blend of ripe citrus fruits and pineapple with a butterscotch fullness.

One to drink all year round! £25 a bottle with only small levels of stock so if this is up your street,  time to buy now!

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 20/06/15

Codorniu Rosado NV
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.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 awards

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

Soft and SuppleDate published: 20/06/15

We have the the lovely Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Piont Noir open this weekend. I had forgotten what great wine it is and we also have it on offer at only £16.99 which when you compare the quality to price ratio this really makes for a very strong buy.

The hallmark of the award winning Jackson Estate winery is an unstinting devotion to quality. Made according to traditional Burgundian techniques, this effort proves that Pinot Noir, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, belongs in Marlborough.

Reveals ripe berries, spices, and earthy aromas with well integrated oak, concentrated and textured on the palate with lots of luscious fruit, a whisper of smoke leads to a satisfying finish.

Not that I really take much notice of trophies won but this has a silver from Decanter awards and gold from IWC. Perfect with a simply roasted duck. Come down and have a taste yourselves!


Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial 2010, Muga Date published: 19/06/15

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 30 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle.This wine is 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 and exotic spice.It is a harmonious wine that will age gracefully for ten years but can be enjoyed now. Drink with lamb, game or duck.

It's £16.99 until monday 22nd in our 33% off selection

Beer of the week: Lagunitas IPADate published: 19/06/15

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. 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
£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99

Wine of the Week: El Viajero Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/06/15

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!
£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66


What a weekend!!Date published: 18/06/15

We have just started today an offer on ALL of our Rioja. Only on until Monday 33% off all of them. My highlights are

Vina Ardanza @ £15.99  Always one of my favouites.

Muga Esp Reserva @ £16.66  Never seen at this price for years. Will be open from tomorrow to boot!!

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva @ £8.99 A Gran Reserva for under £9! Also open this weekend.

Muga Blanco @ £7.65  A great alternative to white burgundy. 

Cune Imperial Gran Reserva @ £19.99 Another gem of a Rioja.

This I feel could be an expensive for me!!

Back from holidayDate published: 17/06/15

I often talk about great food and wine match's and I know sometimes trying certain food/wine tastes a lot different at home than whilst relaxing on holiday. I've just returned from the idyllic Ile de Re which has some great seafood. I munched my way through platters of prawns, langouste, bullot, mussels and clam. And of course oysters. I grant you not everyone's taste but give me a dozen papin no 3 from Tout du Cru in St Martin and a bottle of steely white like a Chablis from a great producer like Fevre.

William Fèvre are amongst the leading producers in Chablis and set the benchmark for village-level Chablis with this effort. With a family history of over 250 years in the region, their expertise is unquestionable in this marginal, northern region.

With a searing backbone of acidity and bone-dry finish balanced by fresh lime, lemon and orange fruits, this wine also displays nuances or flint and chalk on the nose.

You can get great oysters here (natives for me) and we sell the Chablis so why not have a great al fresco lunch this summer!

Traditional Champagne MethodDate published: 16/06/15

1, Harvest: Harvest in Champagne generally occurs around mid October. Although 8 varietals are permitted in the production of Champagne, the most widely used are:

Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Generally, the Pinot Meunier is the first varietal to be harvested, followed by Chardonnay and then Pinot Noir. Grapes will be hand harvested in order to ensure that the grapes are brought in clean and undamaged.

2, Pressing: Grapes will be pressed as soon as possible, especially with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as skin contact with these dark skinned varieties will soon begin to taint the juice if left on the skins.Two pressings are utilized here. The first press is called the “cuvee” which is considered the finer, more high quality juice. The second pressing is called the “tailles” (or tails) and considered of lesser quality.

3, First Fermentation: Next, the first of two fermentations takes place. A key factor in this first fermentation is that it be relatively quick and warm. The emphasis here is to produce a relatively neutral wine that is high in acidity.

4,Blending: The blending process in Champagne is what sets this region apart from just about any other wine producing region in the world. Whereas most wine regions produce a new vintage of a particular wine every year, the Champenoise are master blenders. Although in a good year many domains will produce a vintage champagne, the Champenoise pride themselves on their masterful skills of blending multiple vintages to create a signature “house style”.

5,Second Fermentation: Once a blend has been created, a mixture of still wine, sugar and yeast will be added to the blended wine. This mixture is known as the “liqueur de triage”. Here, active yeast will begin consuming the available sugar, resulting in the anaerobic production of alcohol within this sealed bottle.

6,Lees Ageing: Following the completion of the secondary fermentation, the wine will then begin a period of ageing in bottle where the wine will interact with the dead yeast cells (lees)  and which will greatly influence the flavor and texture of the finished champagne. By law, non-vintage Champagne must age a minimum of 15 months on their lees, although most age between 18-24 months.

7,Remuage/Riddling: Once the champagne has completed its extended lees ageing and is ready to be bottled it will go through a process known as “remuage”. This procedure is aimed at loosening the dead yeast cells and sediment  that has formed at the bottom of the bottle, and slowly moving it towards the neck of the bottle which it will be removed or disgorged. This process must be done methodically and over time so as not to disrupt the champagne in bottle.

8,Disgorgement: This process involves removing the dead yeast/sediment in the neck of the bottle. Most often this is achieved by submerging the neck of the champagne bottle into a cold brine, thus quickly freezing the dead yeast matter that has collected in the neck.

9,Dosage: Before the champagne is re-corked, a measured amount of champagne and cane sugar will be added to the finished wine. This is known as the “liqueur d’expedition”. The amount of this mixture, known as “dosage”  will in effect determine the final sweetness level and style of champagne.

10,Re-corking: We are now in the home stretch! The fermented, blended, fermented, aged, riddled, disgorged and dosaged sparking wine is finally ready to be bottled and manipulated for the last time. After a cork is inserted, a protective wire cap is placed over the bottle to help secure the cork and bottle. The wine is then shaken vigorously, in order to help integrate the wine with the liqueur d’expedition.



Bellingham Pinopasso PinotageDate published: 16/06/15

Originally known as ‘Bellinchamp’ (pretty fields), Bellingham begins its story in 1693 when Hollander Gerrit Janz van Vuuren and his French Huguenot wife planted the first 1000 vines on the estate. Through ages of farming families, the modern renaissance of the Bellingham Estate in Franschhoek began in the 1943 when Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk purchased the somewhat dilapidated and derelict farm and began restoring the Manor House, the gardens and the vineyards.

Taking their inspiration from the 'ripasso' wines of northern Italy, which owe their exceptional richness to the addition of partially dried grapes to the blend, Bellingham have created this quintessentially South African adaption of the style using their signature grape. Dark, fleshy and muscular, this wine offers the smoky and sinuous black cherry profile of classic Pinotage, with added richness and sweet spice notes, and a smooth, voluptuous texture.

This wine is £7.49 in our 25% off selection

Passimento Bianco è delizioso!Date published: 15/06/15

Off dry wines have a bad reputation and when you see the 'scale' on our wines customers are often put off by anything more than a level 1 on the sweetness scale. But they can still be deliciously refreshing. If you want to give one a go, the Passimento Bianco is the one to try!

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. Intense tropical and peach flavours. This wine is refreshing yet powerful; buttery yet refreshing with a lingering finish.


Just £8.99 on our 25% multibuy deal. A must try!


San Leonino- Chianti Classico Date published: 15/06/15

Chianti comes from the famous region of Tuscan in West-central Italy. This Chianti, is from the heartland of the Chianti zone from perfect south-easterly facing slopes near the village of San Leonino.

This is a very traditional style of Chianti, produced from Sangiovese and Cabernet grapes and aged for 16 months in oak casks. Full of red cherry flavours and violets, with vibrant acidity, hints of sweet spices and a beautiful long, silky finish. Drink now or keep for 3-4 years.

The acidity in this wine make it a perfect food match to most Italian foods. A perfect partner to roast meats, pasta dishes and pizza.



Rioja!Date published: 14/06/15

Rioja is one of the nations favourite wine region. It’s never hard to understand why, with Tempranillo producing beautiful wines with a core of black and red fruit with heaps of secondary characteristics such as clove or spice. Rioja is divided primarily into three categories that each describe the age, oak and end result of the wine.


Rioja Crianza

This is the youngest of all Rioja. The wine spends a minimum of one year in oak casks and one year in the bottle. This produces a wine with a toasty to vanilla based oak character, rich blackberry and deep flavours of fruit.


Rioja Reserva

One year in oak and two in bottle. These wines are less toasty. The extra time in bottle helps characteristics such as clove and vanilla to show through whilst still being black fruit based.


RIoja Gran Reserva

The oldest, this wine is often the better quality of all the grapes picked and may not always be made in poorer vintages. A total of 5 years ageing, two in oak and three in bottle make this wine a blockbuster for secondary characteristics. Clove, spice, leather and vanilla are to be expected, with more red fruit such as strawberry and cherry forming the fruit basis.



Ravenswood lodi ZInfandelDate published: 14/06/15

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!


Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.



New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Top Picks!Date published: 14/06/15

Its not too late to make the most of our weekend special on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! You have until 7pm on Monday. Here are the specials that I highly recommend. 


1. Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is made by Martinborough Vineyards, who have branched out from their home in New Zealand's North Island, sourcing their Sauvignon grapes from certified sustainable vineyards across the water in Marlborough's Wairau Valley. Typically intense and concentrated, offering a backbone of gooseberry and passion fruit flavours supported by aromas of lime blossom and elderflower. A more citrussy style Sauvignon Blanc with a lovely and refreshing finish. £7.99 (multibuy price)


2. Mudhouse Woolshed Sauvignon Blanc. The Woolshed Vineyard is one of Mud House's own estate-owned vineyard sites. Bright, punchy and zesty on the nose, combining assion fruit with grapefruit with hints of green peppers. Crisp and mouthwatering with a fresh fruit flavour and superb minerality. £10.66 (Multibuy price)


3. Cloudy Bay Te Koko. Cloudy Bay is one of the most iconic wine producers in New Zealand. The Te Koko is fermented using indigenous wild yeasts and is oak aged. Released as a three year old wine it is truly unique! Lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with richer flavours of caramel and nougat, with a lean and crisp finish. £24.99 (multibuy price)

World Gin Day!Date published: 13/06/15

Its World Gin Day! And we're celebrating in store today. On our tasting counter we have a selection of our craft gins open to taste so come and treat yourself to a mini G&T on us! 

Gins open to taste include: 

- Durham Gin 

- Broker's Gin 

- St George Terroir Gin 

- Bath Tub Gin 

- The Lakes Gin 


Hawthorn Pale Ale- Beer of the WeekDate published: 12/06/15

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.

It has been recognised as a true beauty and has been awarded these awards in recent times-

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

£13.99 for 6 bottles, or use the deal and get two craft ale packs and pay only £10.99

Why are some wines more expensive than others?Date published: 10/06/15

Wine is one of those commodities which varies hugely in price: this goes without saying. Our range starts at just £4.99 and, in terms of some fine wines, the sky is the limit! 

So, why do some wines command a premium?

One reason is the process of grape selection. There are two ways to harvest a grape: hand harvesting and machine harvesting. Obviously machine harvesting is quicker and, although the initial purchase of machinery is quite expensive, it is a lot cheaper than hiring people to do the job. However in some wine growing regions hand harvesting is the only option. Take the steep hills of the Mosel for example. It would be impossible to get a machine up and down! 

Another factor is planting density. Low priced wines tend to come from vineyards with tonnes of grapes and vines. The more grapes there are, the more wine can be made. The more wine that can be sold, the lower the price due to supply and demand (pretty simple really!). Higher priced wines will often be from smaller vineyards where the quality of grapes is more important than quality producing a better wine at a higher price. 

The method used to produce the wines varies greatly between different wines. A simple, dry and cheap white has a relatively short production process compared to that of, say, vintage Champagne. Time, resources and effort cost money for the producer which is paid for by the consumer. 


3 new Spirits for Summer!Date published: 09/06/15

Summer doesn't just mean 'rosé season' here at Majestic. We have some delicious spirits in stock which will go down a treat in the sunshine (or not as the case might be!). 

1. The Lakes Gin

Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, in an area of unimaginable beauty encircled by Cumbrian fells, lives The Lakes Distillery. With deal water from the famous River Derwent, its source high up in the fells, a team steeped in distilling experience, and perfect conditions for creating outstanding spirits. Big, clear fresh citrus, fruity and floral. Complex and vibrant. The producers recommend chilling in a fridge freezer, and pouring over a cube or two of ice. If you MUST add tonic, they recommend 1:1 ratio (powerful stuff). £30 a bottle. 

2. Durham Gin 

Made with 10 botanicals this gin is soft and slightly floral on the nose with a mix of Juniper, Elderflower and Pink Peppercorns. Long and smooth on the finish. A refreshing and summery gin. £25 a bottle.

3. Brooke's Fruit Cup 

The quintessentially British, vodka based fruit mixer crafted in Great Britain with the finest ingredients. A delicious drink when served with lemonade. Add fruit for the perfect serve. Similar to sweet but a little less sweet (making it easier to drink!). Just £9.99 a bottle. 

Dessert winesDate published: 09/06/15


Dessert wines are a perfect way to finish off an evening, and don’t necessarily have to be paired next to a dessert. I’m not a massive fan of sweet things but when I want a sweet flavour but not to have a whole pudding then I will usually enjoy a small glass of dessert wine. Here are my two favourites:


Royal Tokaji (pronounced Tock ayee) late harvest £9.99

Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990, when a small group of investors brought together 62 small growers in Hungary, and created a high quality range of traditional style wines. This wine's sweetness is achieved by allowing the grapes extended ripening time on the vine.

Pale green-gold colour. The nose is more delicate than many a Tokaji, with aromas of ripe peach, exotic fruit and blossom. Moderate palate weight, with a fine balance of intense sweetness and acidic lift.


Rustenberg Straw wine £8.99 when you buy any two bottles on our 33% offer

This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. They are then pressed for 4-5 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation.

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

Bienbebido Come Queso!Date published: 08/06/15

Who doesn’t love a plate of cheese as an after dinner treat? The array of flavours, textures and smells are enticing and it becomes a journey for the nose and mouth. Even in summer cheese still has a prominent place at the table as an afternoon snack or picnic lunch. That’s why we have introduced the Bienbebido Come Queso (Eat cheese) to our range of Spanish wine.


In this range of wines Vintae have worked together with winemakers, chefs and sommeliers to create the ultimate cheese wine. In their research they found that red wines with a strong, full bodied yet fruity matched cheese well. Tannin also helps the wine to stand up to the creamy texture of some cheeses.


The grape variety for this exciting wine is Tinta Fina, a close cousin of the Tempranillo grape. In this wine it provides an approachably fruity aroma. On the palate notes of ripe black and red berries, with subtle toast and sweet spice. The texture and feel it leaves in the mouth is dense yet smooth.


This will make the perfect match to medium strength hard cheeses, much like the Spanish Manchego. Great for Tapas.


£7.49 when you buy any two wines from our 33% selection

Errazuriz- Wild Ferment Pinot NoirDate published: 08/06/15

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard.

Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business.

The grapes used for this wine come from the north west of the Casablanca region, where the cool sea breezes provide perfect growing conditions for Pinot Noir. Unlike most wines, naturally occuring yeasts on the grape-skins begin the fermentation, usually yeast is added.

Highly aromatic yet very subtle in style, the fruit aromas show violets and spice, which are backed up on the palate by great concentration and soft ripe tannins.

This amazing Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully now, and will age gracefully over the next 4 years. Try this wine with roast lamb.

This wine is £9.99 in our 33% off section when buying two bottles or more




New Zealand- Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/06/15

Surprisingly the first Sauvignon Blanc grape to be planted in New Zealand was in the 1970’s as an experiment in which it was planted with the ‘Muller- Thurgau’ grape which was to be an interesting blend. There are many regions where this grape is grown to its potential, taking advantage of the different climates and producing lovely wines, Marlborough and Wairau river valley are two of the prominent regions and more recent are the Hawkes Bay area and Gisborne.

We have plenty of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but these three have my reccomendation.

Ned - £7.99

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Invivo- £8.99

Invivo is the brainchild of winemaker Rob Cameron, and his old school friend and marketing expert, Tim Lightbourne. Together they have created the Invivo range of unmistakably Kiwi wines. This Sauvignon comes exclusively from their vineyards in the Awatere valley. Bold and intensely tropical, with an immense bouquet of guava, passionfruit and lime. Crisp and crunchy on the palate, which is awash with a lingering citrussy zest.

Cloudy Bay- £19.99

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives up to its reputation. A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.




Web exclusive parcelDate published: 06/06/15


This weekend only we’ve got a fantastic deal on Laurent Perrier Vintage 2006. For just £199.86 you can get 6 bottles of deliciously rich and complex Champagne, that’s just £33.31 a bottle.


But why should you buy Vintage Champagne?If you’ve ever wondered why people celebrate Champagne so much it’s mainly because of how well the wine ages. Whereas some non vintage Bruts can be quite sharp, vintage Champagne tends to have a rich and complex body to compliment this acidity. This makes the sparkling wine a lot more palatable and enjoyable because of it’s balance. Characteristics that you can expect from vintage Champagne vary between biscuit, bread, honey and fruit. To get such an accentuated yeast character is very hard elsewhere.


Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier remains in family hands to this day. This superb Brut Millésimé is a 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all from grand cru vineyards.


A medium straw yellow in colour with an open and well developed nose. A well sustained palate with a slight biscuity character and a long honeyed finish.


You can enjoy a bottle now, or for added complexity cellar for up to 10 more years!

The Majestic wine courseDate published: 06/06/15

About every month we host a wine course for up to 10 people in store, these courses are a great way to learn a little more about the world of wine. They are slightly more formal than our spotlight tastings but the environment is relaxed and any questions are encouraged, no question is a silly one.

Throughout the course you will try three white wines, a sparkling, three reds and a dessert wine. We begin by trying the wines first and trying to analyse the quality of them. We look specifically at how to judge whether a wine is good quality, regardless of tastes. Comparing wines together is the easiest way to learn, as it is often very hard to recall a taste. This way allows you to really see the difference between different grape varieties, countries and vinifying methods. We touch briefly on winemaking methods, in particular for sparkling wine.

We then move on to the food and wine matching section, where we will have a selection of nibbles that have been chosen to match the wines, here you can really see how much of an effect food has on wine and vice versa. That tart cherry tomato suddenly becomes a lot more juicier, when paired with what seemed like a sharp white wine, now a delicate floral beauty. You will get the chance to try combinations that work, and combinations that don’t.

If you’re interested in coming along to one of our wine courses please give us a call on 01252 711 988

5 Fresh whites under £6 (and not Sauvignon Blanc!)Date published: 06/06/15

Athough I tend to prefer slightly richer white wines, I love a fresh, easy-drinking style over lunch on a sunny afternoon. I am a big fan of some lesser known wines such as Picpoul and Vermentino which are fantastic alternatives if you are looking for something other than the good old favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Here are my top 5 picks for a sunny, summer afternoon like today. 

1. Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet Côteaux du Languedoc. Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline. Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish. £5.99 on our 33% off multibuy deal

2. Torres Vina Sol. Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. Just £4.99 on our 33% multibuy deal. An absolute bargain if you're hosting! 

3. Muscadet Jean Sablenay. Muscadet comes from the area around the city of Nantes, where the Loire Valley region nears the Atlantic coast, and has therefore developed a famous association with seafood. This example is made by Lacheteau, a family winery based in nearby Anjou. Clean, crisp and refreshing, this classic Muscadet has a backbone of lemon and lime flavour with a hint of minerality, fresh acidity and a delicately herbaceous edge. £5.99 on our 25% deal. 

4. Cortese Araldica, Piemonte. Cortese is one of the principal white grapes in Piemont. This wine is sourced from the grape's heartland of Gavi and from vineyards in the surrounding Alto Monferrato region. A pale, light-bodied and crisp white, full of racy citrus flavours alongside softer notes of apple and pear, and subtly verdant nettle-like aromatics. £5.99 on our 25% off deal. 

5. Robertson Chenin Blanc. The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency. Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity. £5.79 a bottle. 

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 06/06/15

Codorniu Selección Raventós

Selección Ravenrtós is a Cava that combines the traditional grapes used in Cava - Xarel,lo and Macabeo - with the not so traditional Cava grape, but very well known, Chardonnay. The grapes used are harvested from two different winegrowing regions, with quality being the main criteria for grape selection. 

There is no expense spared in the making of the Codorniu Seleccion Raventos. Grapes are destemmed and pressed, then selected yeasts are added. After fermentation and blending the wine is then stored for at least 12 months in cellars. This process is not dissimilar to the Champagne method, which is way you can taste similarities to Champagne! 

Bright straw yellow in colour with fine bubbles forming a persistent crown. Intense aromas of green and stone fruit, with a hint of pineapple and tropical fruit. These fresh fruit aromas are accompanied by hints of nuts, honey and toast as a result of the ageing process. Lovely and refreshing and a fantastic alternative if you are looking for a cheaper sparkling!

Just £7.99 on our 33% multibuy deal. 

British summer = Brookes Fruit CupDate published: 05/06/15

Looking for a delicious, alternative drink to enjoy on this beautiful sunny weekend? Look no further than the Brooke's Fruit Cup.

This is the perfect drink if you are entertaining this weekend or if you are going to be enjoying the sunshine in your garden. The quintessentially British vodka based fruit mixer. Crafted in Great Britain with the finest ingredients. A delicious drink when served with lemonade. Add fruit and away you go! 

Just £9.99 for a bottle. There is no better time to treat yourself to some!

Chateau La Gravette -2014- Minervois RoseDate published: 05/06/15

This superb vineyard is located in the south of Minervois which is run by the Orosquette family who have generations of vine growing experience. The grapes were introduced into the region by Roman Legionaries, as alluded to by writers such as Cicero and Pliny.

This Rose has some magnificent characteristics- It starts with a bouquet of vanilla flowers and stewed strawberries following through to a light and fresh palate of red fruits, mineral acidity, with an off dry finish.

Drink with seafood and lightly spiced dishes, it’s also very enjoyable on its own.



Adam's choice of the new offers - RoseDate published: 05/06/15

Chateau La Sauvageonne Rose, Gerard Bertrand £11.99


From one of my favourite French producers comes this delightful rose. Monsieur Gerard Bertrand began his full time career in winemaking after retiring from the international rugby scene. He now has a well respected winery that produces an impressive array of classic southern French wines that capture the essence of Mediterranean life. 

La Sauvageonne is a legendary estate located in the north of Hérault. For a hot region it enjoys a unique micro-climate with remarkably cool nights, allowing slow grape ripening. A small proportion of this rosé has been barrel-aged for added texture and complexity.

An involvingly aromatic rosé with a nose of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, subtle hints of violet and rose petal, and undertones of vanilla and gingerbread. Soft and velvety smooth mouth-feel.

Serve lightly chilled with charcuterie, pâtés and other hors d'ouvres.

Adam's choice of the new offers - WhiteDate published: 05/06/15

Villa Maria Cellar selection Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 on our 33% offer


This is a delicious New Zealand Sauvignon, It’s got all the hallmarks; a refreshing acidity, tropical fruits and a great length to it. Brilliant for those evenings when you just want something refreshing and delicious.

Made from a selection of the best grapes grown throughout Marlborough. During vinification the wine was left on its lees for a brief spell which has given it excellent concentration and added depth.

Displays pronounced aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit on the nose. It is fresh and beautifully crisp on the palate while being vibrantly fruity, ending in a long zingy finish.

The perfect wine to take along to summer parties. Enjoy on its own or with crab or poached salmon salad.

Great offerDate published: 04/06/15


One of the hottest grape varieties at present has to be the Picpoul grape. It was seldom seen over here until recent years where you do find it cropping up on interesting lists. I have been enjoying it for many a year and if you ever come to our house a bottle of this is usually on the go. It just a brillinat every day wine that has real character to it. 

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.

Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and gentle acidity.

A real bargain at only £5.99 a bottle.


Beer of the Week: Vedett BlondDate published: 04/06/15

Extra Blond Vedett ­ A Belgian beer brand with a  somewhat different attitude. 

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. 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!

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. 

£12.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £9.99

Wine of the Week: Nord Est Vermentino ­Date published: 04/06/15

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.

£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

Wine of the Week: Aglianico Del Vulture Date published: 04/06/15

Aglianico Del Vulture ­ Italy
Available to taste!
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 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.

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.

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

Adam's choice of the new offers - SparklingDate published: 03/06/15

Bouvet Saumur NV £8.99 on our 33% offer


It is very hard not to like this Sparkling wine from the Loire valley. Resembling a few of the hallmarks of Brut Champagne, this is but a fraction of the price. Great summers drinking


The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality.


Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant.


A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, this also makes a great apéritif.

Adam's choice of the new offers - RedDate published: 03/06/15

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva £9.99 on our 33% offer


I was really impressed when we first got the latest vintage of the Riscal Reserva in stock, it’s already drinking very well and displays exactly the level of quality that I would expect from this groundbreaking producer.


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


A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.


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

Warm weather coming?Date published: 03/06/15

Well for a change it looks like the weather forecast looks correct! With perfect timing we have received lots of rose this week. A half a pallet of Minuty, 50 cases of the excellent value Chautarde and to tie in with the new offers a good quantity of Pizarras de Otero rose from northern Spain.

Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines.

A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.

Serve with some grilled fish off the BBQ.

A snip at only £6.66!

Black Cottage RoseDate published: 02/06/15

I consider today just a blip weather wise to I'm looking forward to a weekend of warm weather and rose consumption. Just in is another shipment of the delicious Black Cottage from New Zealand. Made mainly from pinot noir with a splash of pinot gris. This is their version of a Sancerre style but just has a little more depth. 

Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rosé from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World.

Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.

We have a good amount of this wine in magnum form which are just perfect for dinner parties or taking round to friends. Priced at £25 a magnum. 

Tucumen, Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 01/06/15

Over a century ago, the Budeguer family planted their agricultural roots in Tucumen, Argentina where they met prosperity. As their dreams were fulfilled, they began to set their sights on Mendoza, the land of the Argentine wine. A childhood dream is now realized with Tucumen wines, a merger of two dreams and two places.


This Cabernet Sauvignon is a bright, youthful ruby red. It is a vivacious and fruit-driven wine full of ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and black pepper which leads onto a finish with great length.


Tucumen is produced to be paired exceptionally with all types of cuisine and is especially pleasing with any grilled meat, poultry or oily fish.


Only £7.99 when you buy any two bottles from the 33% selection



Medoc winesDate published: 01/06/15

Medoc

Bordeaux is well known for being one of the most celebrated and well respected regions in winemaking. Many wine afficionado’s and oenophiles (Wine lovers) see it as the go to area for stunning, ageworthy reds, Crisp and refreshing whites and complex and involving Dessert wines.


The Medoc is a region following the South bank of the Gironde near to where it meets the Atlantic. Comprising the Medoc and Haut Medoc is St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Red wines made in the Medoc region tend to be predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with varying levels of Merlot and other grape varieties depending on the vintage (Cabernet Sauvignon tends to have a higher percentage of the blend in years where it grows well).

In terms of Terroir (The geology and climate of a region) the key factor that helps to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in this region is the presence of a stoney soil, In particular white stones. This helps to reflect the sunlight from the ground back onto the vines, allowing the vine to grow better than elsewhere.


We have a number of Medoc wines as well as many others from Bordeaux.

PrimitivoDate published: 01/06/15

Primitivo

Primitivo, also known as Zinfandel in the USA, is a highly regarded grape that is often found in the South of Italy, primarily Puglia. This grape is best known for it’s fruity ripeness with rustic edge of tannin and black pepper structure. Primitivo likes a dry and hot climate which the south of Italy can provide, this allows it to create the fruit core of blackberry and red berrys whilst still retaining a good touch of Tannin that makes it great for food.


This wine from well established producer Natale Verga is a fantastic example of a reasonably priced Primitivo with all the hallmarks of quality that you can expect of this grape variety.

An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit.


Drink with pasta cooked with your favourite tomato-based sauces


£6.74 when you buy any two bottles from our 25% selection

New to MajesticDate published: 01/06/15

Seldom seen outside of Spain Alberino has become a very fashionable grape varietal. It has long been a firm favourite amongst Farnham customers and I'm sure this new wine from Languedoc producer Laurent Miquel will be just as popular. 

The Miquel family acquired the Les Auzines estate in Corbières in 2009, quickly discovering that it provided the ideal climate, soils and altitude for cultivating aromatic whites, and therefore planted it with Spanish grape Albariño. It just a little rounder than some Spanish examples which is possibly why I enjoyed it so much. 

Generously aromatic, this wine offers plenty of ripe apricot and golden apple character, with subtle hints of lime zest and floral nuances. The rounded palate feel is capped off by a zip of acidity.

I served it with some mackerel that I had marinated in a green herb mix. I took a good bunch of coriander, parsley, chive and basil. Pounded together with a clove of garlic, squeeze of lemon, a touch of mustard and rape seed oil. Push this into slashes made in the fish and after a hour cook on the hottest BBQ you can manage. About 5 mins a side and serve with a few simply Jersey royals .

On offer at £9.74.

Amber's top 3 rose'sDate published: 01/06/15

With summer hopefully making an appearance this weekend it is time to add some rosé to your wine rack (or your fridge!). Here are my top 3 picks for the summer. 

Famille Abeille Rosé 2014 Côtes de Provence: This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate. It is one of my favourite provence roses because of its prominent stone fruit and pear influence and fresh berry flavours. A delicate and refreshing rosé typical of Provence, with a pale dahlia pink colour, and gentle flavours reminiscent of fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry. On special offer at £9.99. 

Black Cottage Rosé 2014 Marlborough: You don't see many New Zealand rosé's around but the Black Cottage is simply delicious. It bucks the trend of sweet  new world wines and resembles more of Sancere or Provence style rosé. Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish. £9.74 on our 25% multibuy dea

Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2014 Bierzo: If you prefer something a bit more juicy, but still dry, then give this rosé a try. Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines. A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish. £7.49 on our 25% multibuy deal.


Hacienda Zorita TempranilloDate published: 31/05/15

The story of Hacienda Zorita begins in 1366, when the estate was donated to the Dominican order, who cultivated the land and the vines for decades. In 1487 Christopher Columbus stayed here for the Valcuevo conferences, where he obtained the funding it would take to discover the new world. Art, history and gastronomy converge at Hacienda Zorita wine hotel, located in the heart of the Duero Valley.

The colour is bright garnet red, this wine is intensely fruity, with a lush mouth-feel. Strawberry and cherry flavours mingle with hints of chocolate , toasted oak and vanilla.

A lovely medium bodied juicy red that will leave you wanting a second glass.

New Aussie ChardonnayDate published: 31/05/15

Cormack & Co. Chardonnay 2014 Adelaide Hills

Grapes from Adelaide Hills in South Australia are harvested in the early morning before a fast fermentation with minimal oxygen contact to to maximise fruit flavours and retain freshness. Four months lees ageing is followed by some time in French oak barrels.

Flavours of citrus and stone fruit, combined with a creamy mouth feel, make this an attractive Chardonnay. Well balanced acidity gives the wine a dry and refreshing finish.

Perfect with white meats and less delicate fish such as monkfish or cod.

Just £7.99 on our 33% multibuy promotion

Chateau Bernadotte Date published: 31/05/15

I'm rapidly approaching my half century and as many of our regular customers know I am a massive foodie. There are many a meal I can recall over the last 30 years that stand out but as I get older I feel I'm leaning towards a more simple preparation of my food. For instance try the Iberico pork chop at my friends restaurant, Dinner in the Mandarin, London. An amazing cut of pork and to me trumps all other main courses on the menu. Also on my  list of simply but great is a little place in St Martin on the idyllic Ile de Re. It serves the most amazing beef. We have the local saucisson charged by the cm then always have the cote du bouef cooked to med rare.This is one of our most anticipated meals of our yearly pilgrimage to this shrine of meatiness. I often try to replicate at home with some success but never as good as theirs! Ask at the butcher's for a single rib of beef about 5cms thick. Think simple preparation, room temperature, generous seasoning and a blistering hot pan or BBQ. Cook for 3 mins a side and rest. Cook some chips and dress a bunch of John Hurds Organic Watercress with the finest balsamic you can find ( 10 years old minimum). Serve this with a vigorous Bordeaux, say the Château Bernadotte which is a snip at £13.99.

This château is owned by Super Second Pauillac property Pichon-Lalande. The vineyard is managed and wine made with the same ethos, producing plump and silky wines of great elegance. The 2007 is perfect now with gently maturing notes of cassis and earthy spice. The tannins have melded into the fruit which retains freshness and balance.

Top notch ChardonnayDate published: 30/05/15

You will find that many of us that work for Majestic all love big fat Chards and this new to us wine is a shining example. 

Foxen is one of the best producers in the central coast region producing truly ‘big’ wines. This is their flavoursome ‘Bien Nacido’ Chardonnay offering rich buttered toast and toffee apple flavours. Aged in oak this wine has a hedonistic dollop of vanilla ice-cream quality about it.

Not really a sit down and drink in front of the fire sort of wine but is the sort that matches really good fish with aplomb.

Why not try with a light lobster salad for a most elegant al fresco lunch or serve with a pan roasted piece of brill with a pomme puree, samphire and simple white wine cream sauce.

Marques De La Concordia- Rioja 2009Date published: 30/05/15

Marqués de la Concordia is named after one of Spain’s most eminent historical figures. Don Jose Abascal was granted this prestigious title in 1812 after his work unifying the New World with the Old in the Americas, during his position of viceroy of Peru.

This wine is a dark ruby-coloured wine brimming with ripe blackberry and strawberry fruit flavours. The palate shows lashings of vanilla and spicy oak, giving a rich, lingering finish.

This Rioja would be a perfect match to roasted red meats and because it is smooth, rounded and well balanced it is glorious on it's own!


New Gin in stock! The Lakes GinDate published: 30/05/15

About The Lakes Gin:
Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, in an area of unimaginable beauty encircled by Cumbrian fells, we have the perfect home for The Lakes Distillery. We have ideal water from the famous River Derwent, with its source high up in the fells, a team steeped in distilling experience, and perfect conditions for creating outstanding spirits. 

Gin In Cumbria 
Juniper can be found across the fells in The Lakes District, and we use this local juniper as the very heart of our gin. Using classic gin botanicals augmented with others native to The Lakes - including bilberry, heather and meadowsweet - this is an artisan gin which is complex, intriguing and delicious. 

Tasting Notes 
Big, clear fresh citrus, fruity and floral. Complex and vibrant. 
To fully appreciate the flavours of The Lakes Gin we recommend chilling in a fridge freezer, and pouring over a cube or two of ice. Our gin has an outstanding taste that is fully appreciated when tried neat, but if you are partial to a gin & tonic, we suggest mixing with tonic at a ratio of 1:1, with no added fruit! 

Beer of the week! Hawthorn PilsnerDate published: 29/05/15

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. 

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

Durham GinDate published: 28/05/15

Made with 10 botanicals this gin is soft and slightly floral on the nose with a mix of Juniper, Elderflower and Pink Peppercorns. Long and smooth on the finish. Mix with Fever Tree tonic water, add a slice of lemon- and relax. This Gin will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied and it's also very pleasant when on its own. 

Wine of the Week 2: Vacqueyras “Les Hauts De La Ponche” Domaine Font SaradeDate published: 28/05/15

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 
bon 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: 28/05/15

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. 

The Haut Vol Rose 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

What to serve with Provencal roseDate published: 26/05/15

When I think of Provence rose my thoughts always lie with food from the south of France and to me bouillabaisse epitomises this region. Alas this can be a very costly dish so here is a quick fish stew that match's rose with aplomb.

I cook some finely sliced red pepper until starting to colour, add a sliced onion, then after a 5 mins add a chopped clove of garlic and minced birds eye chili. After a couple of minutes add half a tin of good chopped tomatoes, squeeze of tomato puree, 2 anchovy fillets, splash of white wine, chopped thyme and a little chicken stock that has a pinch of saffron infused within it.
In a separate very hot pan I cooked some squid, prawns and red mullet fillets then added to the stew carefully so not to break the fish up. Garnish with finely chopped parsley and basil and served with toasted baguette rubbed with garlic and finished with a splash of rape seed oil. This is a powerful dish so match with one of the more powerful Provence rose. The château Barthes rose from Bandol would be perfect.

Former fashion model Monique Barthès began winemaking in the late 1960s, following her marriage to the owner of a wine company in Bandol, Provence. She then went on to develop her own award-winning 40-hectare estate.

A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, hints of floral perfume and a rustic, gamy streak. Round and supple on the palate, with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip. On offer at £10.99.


Back in Stock! Minuty RoseDate published: 26/05/15

That's right ladies and gents... the Majestic favourite rose is back in stock so if you need to stock up for the summer now is the time to do so before we sell out again! 

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

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

This is definitely our best selling rose. So whether you haven't tried it before or if it is a firm favourite of yours there is no better time to buy some at just £9.99 a bottle on the 33% multibuy deal.

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2013Date published: 25/05/15

According to legend, 120 patriots, exhausted after a long hard battle during the fight for Chile's independence, reached the lands belonging to Santa Rita. On that fateful night in 1814, these forces of liberty found refuge in the estate cellars. Today within these same cellars, award winning 120 wines are crafted to honor their heroic character. 

The 120 Carmenere ( the signature grape of Chile) has rich aromas of ripe red fruit. On the palate lush fruit flavours and a touch of spice lead to an elegant finish. This wine would be an ideal partner for BBQ's as the smoothness of it will compliment your grilled delights, I've also had the enjoyment of a glass (or two) of this after a long day at work and it goes down a treat. 

Its only £5.99 until June 1st where it will go back to its original price of £8.99 so come down and take advantage of the great deals in store

One week left of current offersDate published: 25/05/15

We are just entering the last week of our current offers and on of the highlights for me is the excellent Vina Pomal crainza which is only £7.33 but only until 1st June. I drink lots of Rioja and this is a lovely soft drinking wine that is a great match for lamb chops charred over a BBQ.

Viña Pomal is the flagship wine of Bodegas Bilbaínas, one of Rioja's oldest estates, and has now been produced for over 100 years. The winery had a bottling plant near London's Charing Cross in the 1940's, and Viña Pomal was reputed to be a favourite of Winston Churchill.

This deep cherry red wine is full of black fruit and liquorice notes, with hints of cocoa and toast from 12 months' ageing in American oak barrels. Supple tannins and elegant on the palate.


Trout and ChablisDate published: 25/05/15

Last week I took my first  fishing trip of the year which resulted to a couple of good trout. Not really my first choice of fish to eat they were quite large so I had to be resourceful in their use. So I cured some in gin, smoked a whole fish on the BBQ, made rillettes, had some sashimi and did a trout en croute. All pretty successful but it was the latter for supper last night. I made a paste from a handful of basil, parsley, coriander, capers, an anchovy, Dijon mustard, olive oil and a splash of citrus. Spread on top of the fillet and wrap in puff pastry. Seal with beaten egg and bake in a hot oven for 20/25 mins until golden. Serve with some greens and a good white burgundy. Perhaps a fine Chablis like William Fevre's.

William Fèvre are amongst the leading producers in Chablis and set the benchmark for village-level Chablis with this effort. With a family history of over 250 years in the region, their expertise is unquestionable in this marginal, northern region.

With a searing backbone of acidity and bone-dry finish balanced by fresh lime, lemon and orange fruits, this wine also displays nuances or flint and chalk on the nose.


Hawthorn PilsnerDate published: 23/05/15

2012: BRONZE MEDAL – AUSTRALIAN INT'L BEER AWARDS

2011: BRONZE MEDAL - INT'L BEER CHALLENGE LONDON  

WINNER-BEST LAGER/PILSNER HONG KONG INT'L BEER AWARDS


Hawthorn Pilsner draws inspiration from the famous lager regions of Europe. With Pilsner Malt as the base and just a hint of light Crystal Malt, it pours a crystal clear gold colour.

Cool fermentation with an imported yeast strain and a lengthy cold storage ensures a very clean & crisp palate, while the use of noble German hops mid way through the boil introduces a delectable floral flavour. Finally we dry hop a fresh Czech variety for a delicate spicy aroma.

Highly refreshing and light to medium in body, Hawthorn Pilsner is the perfect easy drinking beer.

Hawthorn Pilsner is an all malt beer with no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives. Drink it cold and best from a narrow glass. Perfect with fish and chips, or equally enjoyable on its own.

Join the Flavour Crew, enjoy a Hawthorn Pilsner.

Hawthorn Pale aleDate published: 23/05/15

2014 : SILVER MEDAL INT'L BEER CHALLENGE LONDON

2014 & 2013 & 2012 : BRONZE MEDAL AUST INT'L BEER AWARDS & INT'L BEER CHALLENGE LONDON

2010 & 2011 : SILVER MEDAL AUST INT'L BEER AWARDS

Hawthorn Pale Ale is our unique interpretation of this classic and popular style. This Pale Ale presents a rich and complex malt character, derived from a bold blend of five different types of grain. Lightly kilned, the use of our specialty malts gives this beer a light copper colour.

The malt character is wonderfully balanced by the inclusion of five complementary varieties of hops. Sourced from New Zealand, Southern England and the US Pacific Northwest, these fresh hops deliver a saporous fruit and spice flavour, whilst a generous addition of dry hops after fermentation ensures a resininous floral and citrus aroma.

Hawthorn Pale Ale is an all malt beer with no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives. Crisp and fresh, it perfectly compliments spicy Asian food where its balance of citrus lifts the seafood notes of dishes such as crab in ginger and chilli. Yes, it’s wonderful with food, or equally enjoyable on its own.



Great value fizzDate published: 23/05/15

If you are not a massive fan of Prosecco then this fizz from Argentina could be just the ticket.

Following two years of exploration, Moët & Chandon identified a fine vineyard location in Mendoza's Uco Valley, planting it in 1959. They have gone on to use their abundance of Champagne expertise to create this traditional-method sparkling wine.

A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centring on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length.

Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, pairing with seafood canapés. On a great deal of only £12.99 a bottle and open today to taste!


Lovely Rose at a Great priceDate published: 22/05/15

This delicious Spanish rose is an absolute bargain at only £4.99. For parties, charity events or even a relaxing evening in, this will suit your palate. The grapes used for this wine had plenty of sunshine which helped produce the fruitiness and ripeness of it. Subtle tones of strawberry and raspberry leading onto a pleasant lingering finish. Food matching wise i'd go with grilled white fish, salmon or a fresh salad.

Burgers and BeerDate published: 22/05/15

Faced with a low fridge and the dregs of a really sparse freezer I managed to defrost what turned put to be half a pack of pork mince so set to making a couple of burgers. Pork mince always puts me in mind of oriental food so that's the way I went. I sfftened a chopped clove of garlic, minced some ginger, a birds eye chilli, finely chopped lemon grass and a teaspoon of Togarashi spice. When this mix is cool mix into pork with an egg yolk and enough panko to firm into patties. Cook on the BBQ and serve in a brioche bun with pickles and Kewpie Mayo if you can find it. I partnered this with a couple bottles of one new craft beers, Vedett blonde from Belgium.

By their own admission Vedett don’t take themselves too seriously unless they’re talking about quality. The Blond is a yellow to pale gold colour with a delicate bitterness combined with a touch of citrus and a lengthy 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 as spicy ribs or buffalo wings.

We have an App! Appy Days!Date published: 21/05/15

Pun 100% intended.

The benefits of the Majestic mobile App


£10 Voucher - As a thankyou for downloading our App you will receive a £10 voucher to use on your next spend. You can either use this on web orders or when you are in store. £10 is a bargain for only 45 mb of space on your phone!

Keep track of your order history - After logging in and setting up you can view your order history dating back to 2012, this even includes what you’ve bought in store.

Tasting notes - You’ll be able to access the tasting notes for all of your previously bought wines, as well as view any on wines that you may be interested in. No more sheets of paper that are easily misplaced.

Favourites list - Got a wine that you know you love and want to remember it? You can save it to your favourites list for future reference.

Scan a wine - Wine labels can be complex, especially with terms like mis en chateaux or Haut Medoc. That’s why you can just scan the label of any of our wines and save it to your favourites for easy access at a later date.

Product reviews - Like the sound of a wine but not sure if it’s all that we say it is? You can view reviews from other customers and see a wine’s rating at a quick glance.

Keep up to date - With the app you can easily read all of our news posts and keep in contact with us in store

This won’t be all - We will be continually updating the app with new and exciting features.


Pol RogerDate published: 21/05/15

To celebrate 33% off all our Champagne for this weekend only I did a bit of history on Pol Roger.

If you like your Champagne then no doubt you will know about Pol Roger. Known for being Winston Churchill’s favourite Champagne, he famously had this to say about their produce “In victory, one deserves it. In defeat, one needs it”. Upon his death in 1965 Pol Roger outlined their characteristically all white label with a black band for bottles being shipped to the UK. Sir Winston Churchill’s relationship with the Champagne house was so strong that the Champagne house named their prestige cuvee after him in 1984.

Their Non vintage Brut is beautiful. Lighter than the likes of Bollinger with a great focus on balancing fruit with yeast notes. Green apple, pear, white flowers and brioche are all clearly present.

£31.98 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% selection.



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

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.  

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

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 drinkers. Coopers only use the finest raw ingredients and traditional brewing techniques. The result of which is a clean, pure beer.

Why buy this 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, making it ideal for the summer.

At just £15.99 for a case it is definitely worth a try this Bank Holiday!

New Team MemberDate published: 19/05/15

Hello Farnham! I'm Jack, the newest member of the team here, and cant wait to recommend the fantastic wines we have to you. My love of wine originated from a holiday to Italy where a bottle of Chianti opened up the world of wine to me and have been exploring different grapes and styles to expand my palate since. I look forward to meeting you all.

Macon Lugny Louis Latour just £8.99!Date published: 19/05/15

Louis Latour's Macon Lugny has come down to just £8.99 a bottle. The family-run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.

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.

Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry, pork and or with fresh seafood.

My RibsDate published: 19/05/15

Ribs are a perfect dish for the BBQ and this is how I do mine. The recipe differs each time depending what I have here but these are my main ingredients. Take a large saucepan and put garlic, chilies, ginger, shallots(all chopped), ketchup, soy sauce, lea and perrins, brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves, lemongrass and a good amount of stock. Pop your ribs in the pan and cook gently for 60/90 mins until uber tender. Remove the ribs and reduce the sauce until fairly thick. At this stage continue to cook on the BBQ basting with the sauce or chill overnight ready for the next day. Careful when handling as the meat will be falling off the bones.Ribs are messy so I prefer to drink beer with them and our new range of craft beers would be perfect. The Summer ale from Brooklyn beers would be perfect.

Last 12 daysDate published: 19/05/15

Got a big Summer. Well you have until the 1st June to take advantage of our deal on Peroni. It is only £24 for a case of 24. Make sure you stock up before this date!!

5 new wines you need this summer! Date published: 18/05/15

We have had an influx of delicious, interesting and stand-out wines in recently from all across the world.. from Albarino to Malbec. Here are my top 5 which I think are worth a try. 


1. Château Paul Mas Blanc Belluguette. £9.99 on multibuy deal

This wine went down a storm at our summer invite tasting. The grapes used are Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Vermentino... a Rhone blend with a twist. It has spent 4 months in French and American Oak Barrells. The creamy palate reveals complex flavours of ripe mango, pineapple and vanilla with notes of brioche and toast lingering on the finish. If you like your fuller bodied whites then this is not be missed. 


2. Haut Vol Rose. £6.66 on multibuy deal 

A provence-esque rose from the south of france, this rose offers fantastic value for money. A delicate rose petal pink, this is a light-bodied and delicately fruity rosé characterised by the sweet summer smells of strawberries and raspberries, and a refreshingly easy-going palate. Simply perfect for the summer. 


3. Hey Malbec! £9.99 on multibuy deal. 

This one is for the BBQ! A classic flavour of ripe blackcurrant with spicy black pepper and violet notes. The soft tannins in the wine make it an ideal match for many foods but enjoyable on its own.


4. Anakena El Viajero Sauvignon Blanc. £6.66 on multibuy deal

What is a summer afternoon in the garden without a refreshing glass of Sauvignon Blanc? This wine comes from Las Brisas vineyard in Leyda Valley, just 10km inland of the Pacific, in an area that has become one of Chile's most prized terroirs for cool-climate varieties. Ripe and zesty fruit flavours culminate in a long, clean finish. 


5. Brooke's Fruit Cup. £9.99 

Ok, strictly speaking this is not a wine. However, it is a fabulous new drink we stock which could not be missed off of this list! The quintessentially British, vodka based fruit mixer crafted in Great Britain with the finest ingredients. A delicious drink when served with lemonade. Add fruit for the perfect serve.

Australian WineDate published: 17/05/15

Australian wine is often seen as low quality and low priced, but there is much more to this countries wine than just that! First a little background knowledge:

Australia is the worlds fourth largest exporter of wine, up to 40% of wine produced is consumed within the country.

Much of production takes place in the south east of the country, where the country dips further south than elsewhere. The cooler climate allows wines of varying styles to be produced

Shiraz is the most grown grape variety, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.

Chardonnay is a very popular white wine variety, and is typically characterised by it’s swathes of tropical fruit and toasty oak elements. In recent years there has been somewhat of a backlash against high oak wines, with many consumers believing the toasty/burnt flavours of some Chardonnay is an inherent characteristic of the grape. A lot of producers in decades past would use oak chips rather than the traditional method of cask ageing to add the oak flavours to a wine, and whilst this is not exclusive to Australia, the association has stuck.


In recent years producers have been trying to adjust consumers opinions on Australian wine to include a lot of the more premium wines produced. Many of the microregions are protected by strict labelling laws, such as Barossa Valley and Clare valley. Wines from these regions are very typical of certain styles, such as Barossa Valley shiraz being full of flavour and sweet spice, or Clare valley Riesling being fruity yet lean.

We’ve got plenty of Australian wine in stock, from budget to premium lines. So why not pop in and give an Aussie a go!

ChablisDate published: 17/05/15

Chablis

Chablis is the northernmost appellation of Burgundy in France, In fact it is so far north that it is on latitude with cities such as Montreal and Munich where weather like snow isn’t uncommon. Because of this it is often a struggle to get the grapes to ripen fully, and adverse weather such as hailstorms are the bane of every vineyard owner in this region.


One thing that many people don’t know is that Chablis is made from Chardonnay, the same grape variety that makes up a lot of New World oaked wines. Chardonnay is one of the best grape varieties to plant if you truly want a wine that will reflect your terroir. The main difference between Chablis and other vineyard regions of the world is the kimmeridgian soil and low temperatures. One winery measure that is often practiced is the limited use of oak, though many producers opt not to oak theirs at all to retain this fresh style.


Chablis wines often have a fairly high acidity, with lean fruit characteristics like apple and pear. Minerality is a big characteristic in many Chablis, with notes of wet stone and chalk. There can be a buttery or creamy aspect though this isn’t quite as common.

Welcome back Montenovo Godello!Date published: 17/05/15

Today we've welcomed back an old Spanish friend, the Montenovo Godello. This has always been one of my favourite Spanish whites for it's crisp complexity and refreshing characteristics. Valdeorras is an appellation in an inland area of Galicia in northern Spain, which has become known for its quality white wines from the little-known Godello grape, which does very well in the region's moderate maritime climate and rocky slate soils.

A youthful, green-tinged straw yellow wine, with a clean nose of grassy herbaceousness, and pear and pineapple fruit. Light in weight, yet with a palate-coating sense of texture.

Perfect with Spain's simple fish tapas dishes, light cheese or tomatoes.


£9.36 when you buy any two wines from our 25% selection

Steak!Date published: 17/05/15

Let's face it, we all love steak. Which cut though? For us depends on what I'm doing with it. A soy marinaded flat or bavette quickly seared then rested and chilled in fridge, thinly sliced and eaten like sashimi is a favourite preparation of these cuts. Fillet for me is best in a tatare or served carpaccio style. If we are having a steak off the grill or BBQ then ribeye is our choice and this is what we had last night. I got the butcher to cut me a steak about 4cms thick which means you can great colour but keep rare inside. Plenty of black pepper and olive oil then cook on the fiercest heat you can. About 3 or 4 mins each side. Some saute potatoes and a watercress salad make this one of my favourite suppers. Great food like this deserves a good wine so I uncorked a Catena Nicolas Zapata 2006. If you can find this wine anywhere but it! One of the greatest reds from Argentina.

A little back history on MarlboroughDate published: 16/05/15

Marlborough region History


The first commercial plantings of wine in the Marlborough region of New Zealand took place in the early 1970’s with producers expanding into the South Island of New Zealand in search of a cheaper alternative to the already established North Island. The region of Marlborough was identified as an area with high sunshine, low rainfall, rare frosts and a well draining soil.


These days, Marlborough accounts for 3 quarters of the wine produced in New Zealand and is arguably it’s most famous region. Sauvignon Blanc from this area is extremely popular and is known for producing wine of incredible intensity and ripe fruits whilst retaining complexity and low alcohol.



Marlborough’s popularity is so high that experts believe that the region will be fully planted i.e. no vine growing space left available, within 5 to 10 years. In 2013 23,200 hectares of vineyard was already planted, and some believe that the upper limit for planting in the region is around the 26,000 hectare mark.



Pro-SeccoDate published: 16/05/15

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.


Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.


Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.



What's so special about a Kiwi Sauvignon?Date published: 16/05/15


Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc


Why is New Zealand so popular for it’s Sauvignon blanc? Majestic’s best selling wine is the Ned, a Marlborough Sauvignon and many other wines such as Oyster Bay and Villa Maria do exceptionally well.

One aspect would be their fresh, fruity approachable style. In a typical Kiwi Sauv you can generally expect a good deal of acidity with fruit characteristics such as Gooseberry, Lime, Passion fruit and a slight grassyness. This helps the wine to be a refreshing drink that can very easily be drunk on it’s own or even paired with cuisine such as thai or a lovely salad.


But how does this come about? Often wines with big tropical fruit tend to lack in acidity and complexity. Many put this down to the cool climate of New Zealand due to it’s position South of the equator. A relatively thin section of ozone layer allows for a strong sunlight to reach the grapes, increasing the rate of photosynthesis and giving the grapes this tropical flavour potential.


The vines were mainly planted in the early 70’s and early success at local and international wine competitions boosted winemakers’ confidence in the varietal, as well as consumer demand. Since then the style of wine has become a benchmark for new world Sauvignon Blanc to be measured against.



Wine of the Week: Vina Mayu Pedro Ximinez Date published: 16/05/15

After an alternative, summery, white wine? Look no further than our new dry Pedro Ximinez. 

Now, if you are reading this thinking 'isn't Pedro Ximinez a sweet wine?' you're not wrong. The grape Pedro Ximinez is more famous for its sweet style in certain sherries. Now, if you were like me and a bit apprehensive about this grape in a dry style then shake off that apprehension. There are a lot of grapes which can be found in both sweet and dry styles which work extremely well both ways (chenin blanc, grenache and sauvignon blanc for example). 

The grapes used to make this wine have been hand-picked into small bins and immediately pressed. The juice has been clarified by natural sedimentations and fermented in stainless steel tanks. It has spent 4 months on fine lees, adding complexity and finesse. 

Pale straw yellow color, brilliant, a very attractive nose with floral and aromatic notes, nice medium body with balance of acidity, minerality and fruity character. 

Dry, fresh and easy drinking, on its own but would work well with a manner of fresh grilled seafood. 

Just £6.99. You definitely need a few of these in the fridge for the summer months!

My dreamDate published: 15/05/15

If I had unlimited resources I would be King of the world. But if I had slightly more limited resources, oh let’s say in the realm of a few million, I’d be able to chase my dream of opening a Winery in the South of France upon the Mediterranean. I would make a wine that is a blend of the following

Grenache, which is well known for it’s red fruit yet brambly nature, this would add most of the fruit

Syrah for it’s great acidity and aromatic notes of violets and spice.

and a bit of a wildcard;

Tempranillo, predominantly grown in Spain as the main constituent of Rioja I think this would be great on the slightly more dryer earth of southern France. This would provide black fruit, burnt flavours of caramel and spice.


9-12 months in oak would soften the wine and give it a gorgeously toasty note to make it ageworthy. 

I’d love to market it at a reasonable price like £11.99 so that it could be approachable to all, yet still a bit of a treat. And of course I would call it La belle de Sud.

Adams Pick of the bunch!Date published: 15/05/15

Well what an exciting weekend we have instore! 33% off all our Ambrosial Argentinian Malbecs, and a Provence Rose spotlight! With their powers combined you could have the perfect sunny day BBQ! So without further ado, here they are:


AIX Rosé 2014 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum


May as well start with a bang! This double the fun Magnum is great for any summer gathering of friends, and believe us, you’ll be putting a second one in the fridge before you know it!

Eminently drinkable, this is what Provence Rose is all about. Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

£19.99 per Magnum


Etoile de Mer Rosé 2014 Lubéron

This Rose is from a region that is slightly more northerly than Provence, but we’re rebels so I’ve gone for this one anyway. More fuller in flavour than the Aix, this would be an amazing accompaniment to BBq’d prawns. Any Aussies about?

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

£7.99 When you buy any two wines from our 33% selection


Onto the Reds…



Portillo Malbec 2014 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

This Malbec is a touch easier going than one might expect. I particularly enjoy the bramble character to it.

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.

£6.66 When you buy any two wines on our 33% selection


Catena Malbec 2013 Mendoza

My favourite. This is what put Argentinian malbec on the map!

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.

£8.65 When you buy any two wines on our 33% selection

Minuty Prestige back in stock at £14.99Date published: 15/05/15

Rose weather is well underway. Why not treat yourself to this delicious wine at an amazing price at the moment.

GrapeMourvèdre, Cinsault, Tibouren

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

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

At just £14.99 this is a superb price for a fine wine of this quality. 

Back in Stock: Vergelegen Chardonnay Date published: 15/05/15

Back in Stock: Vergelegen Chardonnay, £8.99

Origin

Sourced from Vergelegen’s premium vineyards located on south-southwest facing slopes, fruit for the Chardonnay is grown on Helderberg granite or Clovelly soils. Grapes were whole bunch pressed prior to fermentation and 40% aged in French oak.

Taste

Pale golden coloured with powerful and intense citrus and biscuit aromas. A concentrated palate of ripe stone-fruit, toasty vanillin oak and fresh acidity. A long and fruity finish

Enjoy

Drinking well over the next three years as an accompaniment to grilled seafood, fresh oysters or roasted poultry.


Pol Roger dealDate published: 13/05/15

One of my favourite all time Champagne houses has always been the family owned estate of Pol Roger. Famously consumed by Winston Churchill in copious amounts (allegedly) so much so their luxury cuvee is named after him.The non vintage is a mid weight fizz with soft apple flavours mingled with brioche  overtones and a fine mousse. It is extremely elegant Champagne and makes the perfect aperitif or with a plate of native oysters is just the ticket.It also happens to be on a excellent offer at present of only £31.98 a bottle.

Old World vs. New World Chenin BlancDate published: 11/05/15

I find it amazing how, quite often, the same grape variety has the capability to produce such hugely different wines. Chenin Blanc is one of those grapes which changes a lot depending on the climate it is grown in and can be manipulated by winemaking techniques. 

Classically in the old world you will find Chenin Blanc in France, particularly in Vouvray in the Loire Valley. The Chenin blanc wines of Vouvray are characterized by the grape's natural high acidity and is made in dry, off-dry and sweet styles. The acidity of the grapes also lends this grape to make superb sparkling wine. A wine which exhibits this type of Chenin Blanc is the La Grille Vouvray. Demi-sec in style, the extra sweetness is reined in by a cleansing acidity, balanced by a mixture of apple and peach fruits. Light and fresh it is very drinkable on its own or with summery chicken dishes. Just £6.74 a bottle if you buy two it is a true bargain!

New world Chenin Blanc is famously found in South Africa. The warmer climate Chenins take on a richer character with more tropical fruits. A superb example of a warmer climate Chenin Blanc is the De Morgenzon:gloriously rich, with fermentation in barrel and lees ageing adding notes of honey on top of the rich oak and dazzling tropical fruit. This wine definitely calls for a nice rich pork belly dish or a rich butternut squash risotto. £17 a bottle if you buy two or more, it is definitely worth the money!

Sunday night dinnerDate published: 11/05/15


Faced with a leg of lamb when I returned from work yesterday and late sunshine the thought of a full roast didn't really appeal so I decided to cook on the BBQ. I first de boned then butterflied. I then chopped a handful of rosemary, thyme, clove of garlic, chilli and grated lemon zest. A good glug of olive oil and then massaged into the lamb and left for an hour or two. Make sure your BBQ is uber hot, season and then cook for about 10-15 minutes each side. Rest for 15 then serve with some well flavoured cous cous and a mint raita.
To drink I took advantage of the third off saving on Château Griviere. 

This lovely cru bourgeois is unusual in that it is a Merlot-based blend from the Médoc, where Cabernet normally dominates the proceedings. The result is a supple wine with more everyday appeal than most.

Offering a soft and jammy fruit character, with subtle notes of damp earth and orange peel on the nose and a supple palate.

Claret and lamb is a classic and this 2008 is a snip at £9.99.


Kiwi Pinot NoirDate published: 10/05/15

The Jackson estate has been around for some time now and it has long been a favourite of mine but at £20 a bottle not a everyday wine but with our latest set of offers it has just come down to only £16.99 a bottle.

The hallmark of the award winning Jackson Estate winery is an unstinting devotion to quality. Made according to traditional Burgundian techniques, this effort proves that Pinot Noir, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, belongs in Marlborough.

Reveals ripe berries, spices, and earthy aromas with well integrated oak, concentrated and textured on the palate with lots of luscious fruit, a whisper of smoke leads to a satisfying finish.

Perfect with a simply roasted duck.


Great value wineDate published: 09/05/15

Are you looking for a great value white wine to serve at large gatherings or to that mid week surprise dinner guest that has a knack of turning up unannounced with no bottles upon their person.

This cheeky little Sauvignon from the Loire valley could be just the answer. 

Pierre-Jean Sauvion is the fourth generation of a family of winemakers based at Château du Cleray. Located in the outskirts of Nantes, the estate is most famous for its Muscadet, but also makes this Sauvignon Blanc sourced from several vineyard sites further inland.

A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing finish.

On offer at a cracking price of only £6.66 for the month of May.


Rose of the momentDate published: 09/05/15

Here is my last news post from the Farnham store so I thought I would make it summery with an elegant rose. 

Everyone loves a good rose and my favourite of the moment is the Chateau La Sauvageonne Rose at £12.99. Made with a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault and has been barrel-aged for added texture and complexity. 

A beautiful nose and taste of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit with subtle floral hints. It has undertones of vanilla but is lusciously smooth and has a very long finish.

Definitely a special little rose to try. 

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 09/05/15

We've popped open the La Gioiosa today. Come and give it a try if you haven't already!

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.

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.

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

Bienbebido #comepulpoDate published: 08/05/15


Seafood is perfect for the summer time, we all love a light bit of fish or calamari when the sun is shining. One of the nation’s favourite tapas dishes is calamari with an aioli dip, so why not have a glass of the tailor made wine to suit?

Vintae have designed this white wine of the Albarino grape with the help of winemakers, chefs and sommeliers. The mission? to find the perfect white wine to match seafood, in particular squid (Pulpo in Spanish). They identified that squid is best paired with wines that are fresh and silky. 

Albarino is well known as Spain’s white grape variety of quality. Known for it’s pear, peach and balancing acidity. Well this wine takes the hallmarks of Albarino but holds a gorgeous minerality and complexity, crisp acidity gives way to pear, green apple and stone fruit. This is infinitely moreish and so easy to drink. 

The perfect dish to go alongside this wonderful wine would be perfectly cooked squid drizzled with good quality olive oil and some smoked paprika. Delicious!

£6.66 When you buy any two wines from our 33% selection


Show your support by voting for the Bienbebido Red and all of cheese kind with the hashtag #comequeso

Veuve Cliquot!Date published: 08/05/15

Veuve Cliquot is probably the most classic style of the Champagnes. It is a Champagne of elegance and complexity. Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse. It is a winner with our customers all year round and it is clear to understand why!

We currently have Veuve Cliquot on an astonishing deal at just £29.32 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal. 

So if you're looking for a gift for someone special, need a luxurious sparkling for a celebration or want to stock up for Christmas (yep, I said it. Its never too early when a deal is this good) then pop in store to place your order today!

5 Reasons to drink Prosecco this weekendDate published: 07/05/15

1. Its the weekend. What more of an excuse do you need? 


2. We have 33% off all of our Proseccos this weekend! With favourites like the La Marca Cuvee and Rivamonte on spectacular deals.

 
3. Its the perfect drink any time of day because of its light and refreshing style. It is one of the only alcoholic drinks you can get away with drinking at Breakfast if you're jazzing up you're orange juice. It is usually relatively low alcohol making it the perfect lunch time tipple and is so deliciously gluggable it will see you through any evening drinks easily.


4. Sunny weather is just around the corner and a chilled glass of Prosecco in the garden is just the ticket to get you in the mood for a relaxing weekend. 


5. Everyone loves the stuff! Prosecco is definitely our most popular style of sparkling at the moment... and for good reason! With more and more wines being added to our range there is no better time to give some new Proseccos a go. 

Bienbebido #comequesoDate published: 07/05/15

Who doesn’t love a plate of cheese as an after dinner treat? The array of flavours, textures and smells are enticing and it becomes a journey for the nose and mouth. Even in summer cheese still has a prominent place at the table as an afternoon snack or picnic lunch. That’s why we have introduced the Bienbebido Come Queso (Eat cheese) to our range of Spanish wine.

In this range of wines Vintae have worked together with winemakers, chefs and sommeliers to create the ultimate cheese wine. In their research they found that red wines with a strong, full bodied yet fruity matched cheese well. Tannin also helps the wine to stand up to the creamy texture of some cheeses.

The grape variety for this exciting wine is Tinta Fina, a close cousin of the Tempranillo grape. In this wine it provides an approachably fruity aroma. On the palate notes of ripe black and red berries, with subtle toast and sweet spice. The texture and feel it leaves in the mouth is dense yet smooth.

This will make the perfect match to medium strength hard cheeses, much like the Spanish Manchego. Great for Tapas.


£6.66 when you buy any two wines from our 33% selection


Show your support by voting for the Bienbebido Red and all of cheese kind with the hashtag #comequeso

3 Gins to try this summer!Date published: 06/05/15

I am a huge gin lover and working at majestic has opened my eyes to craft spirits that I now cannot forget about. 

No 1. Durham Gin (£25)

Made with 10 botanicals this gin is soft and slightly floral on the nose with a mix of Juniper, Elderflower and Pink Peppercorns. It has a great smoothness which makes this gin top of my leader board.

No 2. Brokers (£19.99)

This is produced near Birmingham and has been going for over 200 years. Brokers has won numerous awards in international competitions. They use the ten traditional botanicals and is quadruple distilled in a copper pot. It has a ovely creamy citrus fruit peel aromas and finish gives the perfect balance of fresh botanicals with spicy juniper and sweet ripe citrus fruit.

No 3. Sipsmith (£28)

An old classic. With floral summer meadow notes followed by mellow rounded juniper and zesty, citrus freshness with a spicy juniper finish. Cannot go wrong with a good tonic in this one. 

My suggestion for tonic is 100% fever tree. Quality tonic you cannot let slide when making the perfect gin and tonic. 

Oh and add a slice of lime, lemon or even elderflower cordial to enhance those flavours!

New rose in time for spring!Date published: 06/05/15

We have a new rose in stock and it looks like it could give some of the Provence rosé's a run for their money!

HAUT VOL ROSÉ 2014, PAYS D'OC

While Provence tends to take the lion's share of the limelight when it comes to rosé, many producers throughout the rest of southern France are making superb value rosés in a similar style, using classic Grenache-based blends. A delicate rose petal pink, this is a light-bodied and delicately fruity rosé characterised by the sweet summer smells of strawberries and raspberries, and a refreshingly easy-going palate. Perfect for your summer barbecue, pairing well with grilled meats or dressed salads.

If you like trying new wines it is definitely worth a go... especially at just £6.66 when you buy two or more!

Twice as goodDate published: 05/05/15

I have to say we were all slightly apprehensive of this wine when we first started stocking last year. Celebrity wines can sometimes be over hyped but once you taste this rose you will realise this is not one of them. It is gorgeous! 

The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.

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

Available in a stunning magnum which would grace any dinner table as well as single bottle form. £38 and £17.99 respectivly.


The benefits of the Majestic mobile AppDate published: 05/05/15

The benefits of the Majestic mobile App


£10 Voucher - As a thankyou for downloading our App you will receive a £10 voucher to use on your next spend. You can either use this on web orders or when you are in store. £10 is a bargain for only 45 mb of space on your phone!

Keep track of your order history - After logging in and setting up you can view your order history dating back to 2012, this even includes what you’ve bought in store.

Tasting notes - You’ll be able to access the tasting notes for all of your previously bought wines, as well as view any on wines that you may be interested in. No more sheets of paper that are easily misplaced.

Favourites list - Got a wine that you know you love and want to remember it? You can save it to your favourites list for future reference.

Scan a wine - Wine labels can be complex, especially with terms like mis en chateaux or Haut Medoc. That’s why you can just scan the label of any of our wines and save it to your favourites for easy access at a later date.

Product reviews - Like the sound of a wine but not sure if it’s all that we say it is? You can view reviews from other customers and see a wine’s rating at a quick glance.

Keep up to date - With the app you can easily read all of our news posts and keep in contact with us in store

This won’t be all - We will be continually updating the app with new and exciting features.

A trip to ProvenceDate published: 05/05/15

During my time off last week I was lucky enough to spend a few days in the South of France in Provence. Although the weather was cooler than what is typical for that time of year, the sun shone and the wine flowed! 

The Provence area is famous for its seafood and I definitely ate my fair share. A particular favourite dish was baked sea bass in a slightly spiced tomato sauce. Eating this al fresco it just called for a provence style rose to compliment the spiced flavours and the weather. 

Our customers definitely drink their fair share of provence rose and after visiting provence and tasting a few it is easy to see why. The fresh, easy-drinking style accompanied with the high-quality, helped from the very good weather during growing season down there, make for superb wines. My personal favourite is the Commanderie Peyrassol. Lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge, notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper. A go-to wine for me when the weather is bright and warm.

Albarino, or Why Spanish whites are worth a go.Date published: 04/05/15

When you first think of Spanish wine your first thoughts immediately turn to inexpensive Red Rioja, and it’s easy to understand why, as it is everywhere! Did you know that the UK is Rioja’s biggest importer? But have you ever heard of white Rioja, Rioja Blanco? Probably not. Like many white grape varieties such as Viura, Macabeo, and Godello, they tend to get overlooked.

Albarino is one of those grape varieties that doesn’t get much air time, no one really sings it’s praises, because not many people really know much about it, let alone have actually tried it. But if you are prepared to try something a little different, boy are you in for a treat! Imagine a fruitier, more peach led Chablis and you’re thinking in the right direction. Peach, green apple, lime and stone fruit with a beautifully refreshing citrus edge, think Chablis crossed with Southern French viognier.


We have quite a few Albarino’s in stock, but here’s my pick of the bunch:


Caixas Albariño 2013 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.

A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlaid with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish.

£6.96 when you buy any two wines on our 25% promotion.



Albariño Martín Códax 2013 Rías Baixas.

Founded in 1986 in the Rias Baixas region of Northwestern Spain, Martin Codax produces wine from the aromatic white Albariño grape. Similar to Viognier, the light and refreshing style, with a hint of sweetness, provides a refreshing alternative to Chardonnay.

Delicate peachy aromas with hints of spice, herbs and traces of sweet fruits, a fresh and crisp palate rounded by hints of honey, peaches and stone fruits, a medium body and with a floral finish.

£10.49 when you buy any two wines on our 25% promotion.


Or for something particularly special:


Organistrum Albariño 2012 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas


This spectacular Albariño comes from a selected south-west-facing plot, which tends to ripen earlier than the rest of Martin Codax's vineyards. Fermentation begins in stainless steel under temperature control, and is completed with a brief period in French Allier oak. The wine has a medium-intensity nose that is subtle and complex, with notes of stone fruit, vegetal tinges and nuanced with spice. Excellent roundness and enduring acidity provide a firm and characterful palate.


£20.00 down from £25 when you buy any two wines from our buy 2 save £10 offer.

New to MajesticDate published: 04/05/15

What great value this new white Rioja is. Often with these wines are barrel fermented so can be a little rich for some people but this particular example from Lopez de Haro is a lighter style that is delicious but would match sea food with aplomb.

Lopez de Haro manually harvest the grapes used to make this wine bunch by bunch from vineyards in the Sonsierra area of La Rioja Alta. The vines are aged between 50 and 80 years and are planted on the foothills of the Tolono Mountains.

An interesting and complex wine. Ripe fruit flavours with notes of date and banana results in a mouth filling finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Try with sardines that have been gutted and then turned over, gently pressed to remove spine and bones then put in a robust marinate of which herbs you have in the garden, squeeze of lemon, chilli, garlic, black pepper and olive oil. 

Cook on a really fierce heat inside or on a BBQ. If on a BBQ I put mine on a well oiled piece of foil as the are notoriously sticky on the grills! Serve with some cous cous, grilled aubergine and a mint raita.

Great value white burgundyDate published: 04/05/15

Want a great value white burgundy with all the flavour?

the Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Chenaudieres is perfect.

A stylish wine from one of Burgundy's most reliable and reputable cooperatives. Cave de Lugny is situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, and is the biggest producer of the region. 

Its deliciously crisp and elegant with citrus and apple fruit characters alongside a lovely streak of minerality. It is unoaked, refined and classy, with good length.

We have it open in store so why not come and have a taste!

Great wine for summer gatheringsDate published: 03/05/15

I have to say Pinot Grigio probably is not my first choice of grape but sometimes when you want a wine to serve to big parties and events you don't want to spend a fortune this is a perfect example of great drinking under £6 a bottle.

This winery was founded in 1895 by Enrico Verga, and is now run by his gret-grandson Natale, along with his father Giancarlo and sisters, Cristina and Laura. Their Pinot Grigio comes from vineyards in Pavia, Lombardy, close to its border with Piedmont

Delicate in both aromatics and flavours, this is classic north-Italian Pinot Grigio, offering gentle pear, white apple and refreshing citrus characters and subtle accents of blossom.

Weighing in at a refreshing 11.5% this makes for a really easy drinking glass of wine.


Vina Pomal ReservaDate published: 02/05/15

The Pomal family have a great selection of wines from their crianza to their gran reserva. They have been producing high quality, classic 100% Tempranillo Riojas since 1904 and their reserva is no exception.

Bursting with flavours of blackberry and raspberry fruit, the palate is clean, intense and persistent. Perfectly balanced with soft velvety tannins it is delicious from start to the long finish.

Definitely one to get your hands on if you like a good, classic rioja and at only £9.74 on the 25% multibuy it really is a steal!


Two great deal in Kiwi SauvignonDate published: 02/05/15

For May we have two great deal on New Zealand Sauvignons. Both the Brancott estate and the Villa Maria are reduced by 33% bringing them in at £6.99 and £7.99 respectively. 

Firstly the Brancott.

Brancott Estate was one of New Zealand's original wineries, and pioneered the widespread planting of aromatic varieties, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, for which the country has become known. They have gone on to become one of the world's most recognisable brands.

New Zealand in a glass...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.


Villa Maria.

Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer with an unwavering dedication to excellence.

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

Both these are perfect summer drinking and ideal for large gatherings.


One of my favouritesDate published: 30/04/15

El Chaparal  is a little cracker of a wine and has long been in my shopping trolley. At under £9 this is a wine that really punches above its weight so why not pop in today and have a taste yourself.

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

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

Perfect for all those bank holiday bbq's!

Veuve Cliquot offerDate published: 30/04/15

Not a long piece this. £29.32 offer now on but hurry as only short term whilst stocks last!

Minuty RoseDate published: 30/04/15

Who doesn’t love Provence Rose? It’s crisp dry and ultimately refreshing. It makes the perfect summer afternoon tipple, especially for it’s affinity for mediterranean cuisine such as salad Nicoise or juicy king prawns.

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Grenache and Cinsault are more traditionally known for their Rhone blends but make a deliciously delicate yet juicy red fruit rose.

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

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.


£9.99 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% selection.

Or £25.00 for a double the size, double the fun magnum!

Bank Holiday WeekendDate published: 29/04/15

With the bank holiday weekend fast approaching I have the perfect drinks to make your weekend big and within budget, even if it decides to rain on us all weekend. 

For a red I recommend the Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Poggio Civetta at £7.49 (on 25% off deal). A mouthful to say but a delicious red. ripe and approachable with a good medium body, undoubtedly an Italian red. Great flavours of ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, finished off with fine tannins.

If you're a white drinker I recommend the Luis Felipe Edwards (LFE) signature series Viognier at £6.66 (on 33% off deal). Light and fresh yet very aromatic. Flavours of peach, apricot and ripe pears are across the palate. Great refreshing acidity!

And for one last necessity, the beers. When you've drunk to much wine and need a change in alcoholic beverage we're here with peroni at £24 for 24 bottles! 

Now who can say no to that?!


Gavi ToledanaDate published: 28/04/15

Even though price change has happened and your usual wines are not on offer, do not fear because there are bigger and better wines ready for you to taste at great prices!

The one I was most happy about was the Gavi, La Toledana. This Italian white is my favourite and is back on the 33% offer at £7.99! Could not resist, so had to get one for tonight. 

This white is from the village of Gavi in Piedmont. Fun fact, it has bee dubbed the Chablis of Italy did you know and this is because of its fresh and steely minerality. 

The taste is refreshing with ripe peach and pears and a lovely hint of citrus. It has a slight honeyed edge held together by the characteristic steely minerality and fresh acidity. 

Perfect with white fish or a natter with friends! 

The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/04/15

This wine is a classic example of everything that a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc should be. Eminently drinkable it is not hard at all to see why this is our most popular wine! 

Owned by The Marisco Vineyards, who also produce the Marisco Wines, King's favour, King's Thorn and Sticky End. Grown in the Waihopai Valley which is found in the Marlborough region of the south island, this wine gets a lot of it's mineral characteristics from the shingle based soil. This soil is present due to the Waihopai river. The vineyard is a whopping 268 hectares and has the river running alongside it constantly.

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. This wine is just so easy to drink on a warm summers afternoon! 

With food it makes the perfect match to light and herbaceous seafood dishes as well as summer salads and lightly spiced oriental food.

Cellar CircleDate published: 26/04/15

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

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


Membership starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. Exclusive benefits and rewards include:

· 10% discount at Majestic Wine

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

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

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


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



Nyetimber Classic CuveeDate published: 25/04/15

Having recently had our English Sparkling Tasting, it really opened my eyes to English Sparkling wines. 

Nyetimber is one of my favourites. It is located in West Sussex and have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house since 1988. 

It has a classic Champagne-like nose of citrus fruits, brioche and shortbread. The taste is soft and elegant, portraying great notes of brioche and light fruits. It has a mousse like feel in the mouth and is perfectly balanced and well rounded. 

This is the perfect Sparkling for special occasions!


New arrival: CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE 2014, LES FUSTIERSDate published: 25/04/15

We have a lovely new Cote-du-Rhone to add to our selection... and it is incredibly good value too at £6.66 if you buy two or more! 

Made using grapes from the Vacluse, Gard, Ardeche and Drome districts of the Southern Rhône Valley. Winemaking is overseen by Armelle Barbanson who also makes wine for the more famous Ogier. 

Long fermentation and ageing in stainless steel tanks preserve intense red fruit flavours with classic notes of white pepper and moorland herbs. Match this wine with roast lamb flavoured with thyme or rosemary or a herby rabbit stew.

Happy Sauvignon Blanc DayDate published: 24/04/15

Today is international Sauvignon Blanc day! Sauvignon Blanc is by far our biggest selling grape variety here at Majestic Wine Farnham (and at Majestic as a whole). It is easy to see why: straigh-forward, no-nonsense delicousness from all corners of the world! 

To celebrate, why not have a taste of my favourites: 

Saint Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc, NZ. £9.99 if you buy two or more

In celebration of international Sauvignon Blanc day we have this spectacular Sauv open to taste. It offers everything you want from a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc: aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and gooseberry and a palate of ripe gooseberry and herbs. This wine is made exclusively for Majestic and the offer is ending on Monday so there is no better time to try!

Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Griottes' 2013 Jean-Pierre Bailly. £12.99

Pouilly-fume offers a very different style of Sauvignon Blanc to the Marlborough style. Rich, smoky and complex on the nose, with subtle limes, white florals and honeysuckle atop a palate of fresh, clean and vibrant acidity, citrus fruit flint, minerality and green peppers. A long and layered finish.

Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2014, South Africa. £6.74 if you buy two or more

I am a huge fan of South African wines and they do Sauvignon Blanc if you are looking for an alternative to your traditional regions. Full of intense gooseberry and passionfruit flavour, offset by subtle notes of ripe figs, lemongrass and capsicum. This wine is sourced from 8 different vineyards, selected for their naturally cool characteristics. Crisp, lively acidity and an enduring, stony finish.  

Bardolino 'Naiano' 2014 AllegriniDate published: 24/04/15

Available to taste!

Bardolino…

Naiano is located in the hills close to the small town of Bardolino, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. Bardolino falls in the wine making region of Valpolicella, whose three most popular grape varieties; Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, feature in this wine. These are also the same grape varieties that can be found in Amarone.


The wine making...

The vineyards here have a south-southwesterly aspect, giving the grapes excellent sun exposure, and the 200m altitude and cool temperatures ensure lengthy ripening. This adds complexity whilst retaining fruit characteristics, ensuring the wine is fresh and juicy.


What to expect...

Straightforward and unmistakably Italian, this Bardolino is bright ruby red, with a freshness of fruit and a slender frame. Lingering flavours of cherry and bitter almond add a dash of complexity.


What to enjoy with this…

Any simple Mediterranean cuisine will partner well with this wine, especially a lively Primavera style pasta, or dressed olives.


Why buy this wine…

A lovely example of a lighter Italian red wine from the Northern regions. Grab a glass, grab a seat in the garden and just imagine yourself drinking this upon the shores of Lake Garda.



£8.81 buy 2 save 15% = £7.49

Pouilly-Fume Date published: 23/04/15

Made with the Sauvignon Blanc grape the Pouilly-Fumé 'La Chataigneraie' Dominique Baud is a corker of a wine.

Its great for those Sauvignon lovers who like to try new wines without differing from the grape variety and Pouilly-Fume are known for producing some of the finest classic Sauvignon Blancs.

I found this Pouilly-Fume to have a ripe grapefruit flavour with a nice zesty acidity and hints of fennel and gunflint. Its very refreshing and perfect for a tipple with friends out in the sun. You also get beautiful aromas of grass and fresh fennel along with that ever inviting citrus essence.  

I know what i'll be having tonight!

St George's dayDate published: 23/04/15

St georges day

St George’s day isn’t a big celebration, but we think it should be, especially when it comes to the exciting wine that England is producing these days.

St George’s day falls on the day that the patron saint George died, in 303 A.C.E. (A.D.). And you would be mistaken to think we are the only country to honour St George, in fact Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia all recognise and celebrate as well.

We’ll be celebrating today by having a spotlight tasting for 6 fantastic English sparkling wines.

They will be:

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

Balfour 1503 Brut

Balfour 1503 Rose

Chapel Down Brut

Chapel Down Rose and

Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvee


So pop in at 6:30 if you’re free and enjoy a taste of what makes England a world class sparkling wine contender!

Looking for a great value rose?Date published: 23/04/15

Are you catering for a big party this summer or just want a great value rose ? Well look no further than the Chateau La Gravette which we have currently on offer at £5.99.

This superb vineyard located is the south of Minervois and run by the Orosquette family who have generations of vine growing experience. Grapes were probably introduced into the region by Roman Legionaries, as alluded to by writers such as Cicero and Pliny.

A fabulous bouquet of vanilla flowers and stewed strawberries follow through to a light and fresh palate of red fruits, mineral acidity, with an off dry finish.

A dry rose but probably not as dry as a couple of the Provencal examples we stock. It really is an extremely qlugable bottle of wine which is perfect for outside dining.


Back in StockDate published: 22/04/15

I have to say I enjoy rose. I always have and always will. I don't drink too much white wine but my wife does so a compromise when out for lunch in warmer climbs is a bottle of pink. I enjoy most dry styles but if I had to choose one it would be the rich rose produced in Tavel. 

This isn't from there but does remind of that style even though from Provence.

 Former fashion model Monique Barthès began winemaking in the late 1960s, following her marriage to the owner of a wine company in Bandol, Provence. She then went on to develop her own award-winning 40-hectare estate.

A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, hints of floral perfume and a rustic, gamy streak. Round and supple on the palate, with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip.

Try with a plate of the freshest Tuna sliced very thinly and drizzled with a light citrus, olive oil and green herb dressing.

Aix Rose magnumsDate published: 22/04/15

These magnums of Provencal rose are absolutely perfect for sunny spells of weather, be it something to take along to a BBQ or to enjoy over a few days. The Aix is an award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé.

Provence rose is known for it’s crisp dry and refreshing style. Typically medium level acidity balanced by characteristics of strawberry (sometimes wild strawberry, which is a little less sweet but more concentrated than your regular strawbs), other red fruits, ranging from redcurrant to red cherry and peach. The good quality wines are often accompanied by a touch of spice to add some complexity.

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

Provence rose makes a great pairing with prawns, salad nicoise and fish dishes from the south of France.


£19.99 per Magnum or £50 per double magnum (holds 4 regular bottles worth' of wine, Quadruple the fun!)

Personal FavouriteDate published: 22/04/15

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva is still one of my favourites and the 2010 is one to try!

It is full bodied and muscular but with a smooth edge to it. With toasty oak and vanilla combined with delicious summer fruit flavours this really is a cracking rioja. It shows off the classic style of the most popular Reserva and does the Rioja name justice. 

Perfect for drinking now but has the ability to age for a further 5 years and more. 

At the moment its at £9.99 on the 33% offer, so don't miss out, we'll have it on the tasting counter this weekend so pop in and have a try

Louis RoedererDate published: 21/04/15

This prestigous Champagne house is well known for it’s high end ‘Cuvee de Prestige’, “Cristal”, so named for it’s clear glass. The bottle was requested by the Tsar Alexander the 2nd. He also requested a flat bottom to the bottle, with the fear that would be assassins could use the indent to hide explosives within his favourite beverage.


Initially founded as Dubois Père & Fils in 1776, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle in 1833, renamed it, and set out to target markets abroad. With concentrated efforts in several countries, including Russia. Tsar Nicholas II nominated Louis Roederer as the official wine supplier to the Imperial Court of Russia, though the Russian Revolution and the U.S. Prohibition caused financial difficulties during the early 20th century, Roederer was re-established as a leading Grandes Marques producer and remains in descendants Rouzaud ownership. Louis Roederer remains one of the few family-owned independent companies run by real wine specialists.


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


£29.98 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% promotion.

A scale of dessert winesDate published: 21/04/15

Many people are new to dessert wines when they start shopping at Majestic... myself being one of them. It is hard to know which one to choose! Here are a few of my favourites which vary in level of sweetness. 

The Essensia Orange Muscat made by Andrew Quady is a great introduction to dessert wines because it is not the sweetest of them all. In fact, it is quite a versatile dessert wine but would really bring orange, chocolate or apricot desserts to life. With an aroma reminiscent of orange blossom and apricots matched with a palate of vibrant peach and orange fruit. 

A similarly sweet but slightly richer dessert wine is the Elysium Black Muscat. A MUST if you are having a full on chocolate extravaganza. Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit.

If you want to go all out in the sweetness stakes then give the Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos a whirl. Tokaji is produced by blending hand-picked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines. A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish. A great match to blue cheeses as well as desserts! 

If you like refreshing whites then try...Date published: 20/04/15

Try the Vinalba Torrontes!

Torrontes is Argentina's signature white grape variety and is a distant relative of muscat... but we see little of this wonderful grape in this country. Thankfully though, we stock the Vinalba Torrontes which is the perfect example of what this grape has to offer! 

Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

An ideal food match for Thai food, or simply delicious on its own too! Just £8.99 on our 25% off promotion. 


Back in stock! LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay Date published: 19/04/15

We have been waiting to see this very popular wine in store again for a long time now... and its finally back (but undoubtedly not for long).

The Casablanca Valley's climate is largely governed by winds that alternate between those from the Pacific and the Andes. These serve to moderate the climate, and promote a sharp drop in night temperatures, aiding the preservation of primary fruit during ripening.
Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

At just £7.99 this is a spectacular wine if you like your big, creamy chardonnays. It is a firm favourite with customers (and staff) so grab it while you can!

Alternative to Argentinian Malbec Date published: 19/04/15

Alot of people forget that Malbec is grown else where in the world and is found in many southern French wines. Cahors for example which is often sighted as 'the black wine of the south' due to its tannic nature that softens with age or alongside a cassoulet!

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.

On offer at a very reasonable £6.66 this wine is somewhat of a steal!


Mexican food and drink match Date published: 17/04/15

I always struggle to think of a wine which can stand up to the spice and powerfullness of Mexican food... so I usually opt for a craft beer instead! I've tried a fair few of our vast range now but a favourite for Mexican has to be the Alhambra Reserva 1925: a high quality, Spanish beer crafted to perfection. Full-bodied, extra smooth with a rich, highly agreeable taste for the demanding yet discerning palate. 

If it must be wine it has to be a young, bold and fruity new world red. In fact our wine of the week, The Parrilla Malbec, will do just the trick. With an abundance of red and black fruit flavours and some smoky spice to stand up to the spicy mexican flavours it will partner nicely.

QUICK! Short term deal on Robertson Chenin BlancDate published: 17/04/15

Hurry! The amazingly fantastic value for money Robertson Chenin Blanc has gone on a CRAZY short term deal... just £4.92 on a multibuy deal. 

The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency.

Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity.


New Spirits To TryDate published: 17/04/15

We have two new spirits in stock and open to taste... Durham Gin and Glen Moray Whisky!

The Durham Gin is perfect for this time of year and the start of warm, sunny afternoons. A modern gin with a lavender and elderflower scent, it is full of delicous botanicals without being overpowering. Definitely a gin I will be drinking a lot of this summer... especially at just £25 a bottle. It stands up to the other botanical gins around that price range and is most definitely worth every penny. 

I must confess... I do not drink an awful lot of Whisky. However, the unique Glen Moray Whisky I could definitely get used to. It is a great starter whisky if you are new to whisky and want to explore. It is aged in Port Casks, and the 'Porty' character definitely comes through on the taste. Again, at just £25 you can't go too far wrong!

We always aim to have some new and exciting spirits open to taste. Give them a try next time you're in store!

Why you should be drinking Viognier!Date published: 15/04/15

Viognier is one of my favourite white grape varieties. Here's why: 


Delicious stone fruit flavours. I love whites with some delicious peach and apricot flavours and Viognier is the grape that produces these flavours perfectly! 


Versatile food wine. Viognier can be paired with a number of different dishes. From simple fish dishes to fragrant asian cuisine. It has a gentle level of acidity but often has a floral character with some minerality making it suitable to an array of foods. 

Great value for money! Ok, so maybe not the most luxurious of wines (unless you want to treat yourself to a Condrieu... yum!), but it does offer fantastic value for money and is rarely out of my budget range. Perhaps that's why it has become such a staple in my wine rack... brilliant wine, but an even better price!


Why not give these Viogniers a go?
Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier, Chile: Flavours of peach, apricot and ripe pears cascade across the palate, finishing with a refreshing acidic lift and gentle mineral grip. £6.66 on our 33% deal 


Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier, PGI Pays D'oc: Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. On special offer at £9.99 

Why NZ Sauvignon is my weekend drinkDate published: 15/04/15

With the sun shinning, this weekend calls for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!

This is my drink of choice due to it being crisp and refreshing, which couldn't be any better sitting outside in the warm sun.

The Ned 2014 is a great New Zealand Sauvignon, with a nose of nettles and grass with flavours of gooseberry and stoney minerality. A nice complexity to this wine.

Sauvignon is naturally high in acidity and ripens early, so it’s easy to make it full of flavour and keep it super-fresh, perfect for the warm weather!

Ned is on an amazing short term deal until Monday 27th at just £6.99 on the 33% offer.

Grab it quick before the weekend starts!

Creamy ChardonnayDate published: 14/04/15

I recently enjoyed a selection of Chardonnays and found the Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay a real treat. 

You can have all types of wines made with the chardonnay grape but the creamy or buttery ones really take my fancy. To find a Chilean chardonnay with this characteristic at £7.99 on the 33% offer was just a bonus!

The Medalla Real Chardonnay has a more apple and stone fruit characteristic to the palate. But what really sold it for me was the weighty and creaminess of the Chardonnay, great balance and acidity also helped boost this up in my rated chardonnays. 

The vineyard is in the northenmost district, Limari Valley in Chile. Even though it is closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes due to its east-west orientation. How this chardonnay gets its flavour is helped by the barrel fermentation and the regular lees stiring.

Chile is really up and coming and producing some fabulous wines at the moment!


An unsung gemDate published: 14/04/15

All our store have really fallen for the Muga Blanco that we have open on our tasting counter this week. It's a great alternative to creamy white burgundies and would match rich fish dishes with aplomb.

Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. The grapes are planted on clay and calcareous soils at the foot of the Obarenes mountains, which are 100% barrel fermented in new oak, from the winery's cooper.

Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanilla toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish.

Only £9.99 a bottle.

Still one of the best!Date published: 13/04/15

In life there is always certain times that stick in your mind. Certain wines and meals that really stand out. That time we had a surprise truffle menu in Piedmont, the saffron jelly dessert in La Rochelle, my first bouillabaisse in the south of France and more to the point my first glass of Bollinger. We used to pop to Normandy for the weekend on a regular basis with a couple of friends (both very cook cooks/chefs) and used to stay in an idyllic Hotel in Caudebec en Caux (sadly no longer there) Not a word of English was spoken so everything was an adventure. It was here that after a mind blowing meal on the Saturday we returned for a Sunday lunch before traveling home. On the balcony overlooking the Seine and watching the tall ships glide pass I was served the most sumptuous glass of fizz I had ever had at that stage of my life. We asked what it was thinking it was an uber expensive cuvee but it was Bollinger nv. But of course it just was not any old Bolly it was their own cellar aged version. They used to buy and only open at 6 years of further aging. Cunning stuff. Such depth of flavour had developed over that time. I now age all my nv fizz at home, admittly not for 6 years but at least for a couple of years, once in the habit of doing you will too! Bolly is still my go to nv and currently on offer at £33.74 so a good time to start squirrlling away some!

Rose Rose RoseDate published: 13/04/15

I love a good rose when the sun's out, it is so refreshing and light compared to my usual favourite a hearty red. 

Black Cottage from New Zealand make some great wines ranging from sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and their rose. Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rose from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rose than it does the more bolder, vibrant versions of rose typical of New World.

It has a lovely nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. It is just to my taste being light and refreshing with delicate fruits and some great crisp acidity with a dry finish.

We have it open on the tasting counter for you to try before you buy!

It's also available in a magnum version to make a great party piece!

Super TuscansDate published: 13/04/15

Tuscan wine is primarily made from the Sangiovese grape variety, however this is often blended with the more typically french grape varieties of Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot to produce the almost self admiring name of Super Tuscan! Sangiovese typically has a very vibrant and easy to spot red cherry character. When aged in barrel the wine readily takes up the oak characteristics and can develop secondary characteristics such as tea and tar.


The original Super Tuscan was developed by the producer known as Sassicaia, who’s first commercially available big hit Super Tuscan was the widely known Tignanello.

We have a range of Tuscan wine with the typical blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Such as the Dogajolo!

Dogajolo £8.99 when you buy two or more from our 25% promotion

In the innovative style of the Super-Tuscans, but at a fraction of their price, this is a 'Baby-Tuscan'. Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a majority of the native Sangiovese to create a wine superior to its IGT classification.

Soft and intensely fruity, this wine combines the elegance and complexity given by oak-ageing with the fragrant, fresh fruit of a young wine. Soft on the palate with a smooth finish.

A great all-rounder, this wine will complement a rich Tuscan stew, as well as cold cut meats or even just with pizza.

Summer is here--maybeDate published: 12/04/15

For me the warmer weather marks the uncovering of the BBQ and dusting off the shorts. I cook a lot on the BBQ in the Summer and everything goes on there. Vegetables, pizza, pies, gammon, bread, crumble and everything else that I can cook on the regular hob/oven. 

We have at the moment a Spanish tasting week happening at present so what better time to have some little spring lamb chops that have been marinating in olive oil, garlic,thyme a little chilli and cooked over embers. The fat from the lamb trickles onto the heat providing that delicious smokey flavour.

Tonight I'm choosing to drink the 'middle man' from the range of Matsu wines.

El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish.

Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins.

On offer at only £11.99.


Soffio Rose ProssecoDate published: 12/04/15

This sunny weather for me really calls for a refreshing fizz!

The soffio rose prosseco is perfect for an outside bbq with friends and family.

Made from the Raboso grape, it has a gentle floral nose with hints of cherry blossom and a mixture of fresh summer fruits on the palate. An approachable off-dry and gently fruity - great to accompany an fresh fish canapes or just enjoy by itself! 

Upcoming EventsDate published: 11/04/15

Every week we change the wines on our tasting counter, allowing you to try before you buy on a great selection of the wines. We also have some great wine events, giving you the opportunity to try even more wines!

Coming up, we have a spotlight on Argentina from the 17th April for a week. This will allow you to explore the world of malbecs and what Argentina has to offer from this ever growing region of great reds!

After that we have English Sparkling Spotlight tasting to celebrate St Georges day on the 23rd April. Give us a call or drop us an email if you would like to join us for this tasting!

We have a free wine course on the 10th May where you get a chance to blind taste 6 wines and try some food matches with one of the majestic staff! This is on a first come first serve basis so get your name on the list before you miss out!

Finally, we will be having our summer wine tasting evening where we will have a selection of wines perfect for this time of year, open to try along with some lovely cheese and nibbles. Again make sure you reserve a place to avoid disappointment as it is a very popular event


Beautiful RiojaDate published: 11/04/15

Want something special for a dinner party or an evening in with your partner? I would definitely recommend the Vina Ardanza Reserva hands down. 

From one of Rioja's very best producers this grenache, tempranillo blend has a great complexity. Lovely deep colour with flavours of red fruits, spice and a great earthiness about it. A wonderful length, elegantly structured, with medium body and spicy tannins. 

This red has layers and layers of flavour and sure won't disappoint!

Currently on the fine wine offer bringing it down to £19.99 from £24 when you buy 2 or more.

Or maybe treat yourself to a magnum of this beauty at £40.

Come and have a taste!

Tricky wine and food match'sDate published: 11/04/15

We often get asked for wine with food recommendations and always do our best to match up pairings but sometimes they can be tricky. One such match is the peppery and robust watercress leaf.
As many of my customers know I spent 20 years working with my family in the watercress business on farms based in both Wiltshire and Dorset. My father and elder brother still run the farms and you can find 'john hurds organic watercress' in many organic outlets, box schemes, food markets as well as in Waitrose. Watercress is seasonal and is at its best March through to November. You can buy all year round but in the winter months most is imported and tastes of very little. Also don't buy the very small leafed type as this is a young plant that will taste of nothing. Perhaps I'm biased but my families watercress is as good as it gets!
You would think that I could match a wine to watercress recipes with ease but it is a tricky one and only really suits green and unoaked whites with good acidity.
Think Vinho Verde, Picpoul de Pinet, Soave or a light Alberino.
Now, I also get asked best way to keep it (in a sealed bag or container, forget standing it in water) and the best way to make a cracking soup. Here is my recipe.
Sweat a diced white onion in butter until soft, add a half chopped garlic clove and some chopped fresh thyme then after a couple of minutes add a large peeled and chopped floury potato. Then add your stock, chicken or vegetable and simmer gently until the potato is soft. Only then add your watercress. I use the stalks as well as the leaf. This will only need a couple of minutes to wilt then blend. By only cooking for such a small amount of time you retain a lovely bright green colour. I pass through a sieve (the stalks can be a little stringy) then season well adding a splash of cream if you wish. 
Also try a watercress and marmite sandwich. Sounds weird I know but take a fresh sourdough, some good un salted butter, a generous serving of marmite and a bunch of 'john hurd's) One of my all time favourite combos!

Sarget Gruaud Larose Date published: 10/04/15

This is one of my all time favorite 2nd wines from Bordeaux. When you look at the prices of the first wine this second is somewhat of a steal. The parcel we just got is from the mature and ready to drink 1999 vintage.

 The second wine of the renowned 2ème Cru Classé estate, Gruaud Larose, Sarget de Gruaud Larose shows all the hallmarks of the great St-Julien wine, but with a fruitiness that makes it more approachable when young. Showing fresh cherries and hints of spice on the nose, the palate is well-rounded, with finely structured tannins. Perfect with a medium rare rib of beef.

A snip at £30 a bottle.

Spotlight on Spain! Date published: 10/04/15

This week we have a spotlight on Spanish wines in store with plenty open to taste. It is one of my favourite wine producing countries as it offers such diversity and fantastic value for money.

If you like Chardonnay why not give the Muga White Rioja a go? A lovely creamy texture similar to oaked Chardonnays. Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanillin toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish.

A fan of Aussie Shiraz? Try the Vox Populi Bobal. A weighty, muscular red wine, offering a dense core of forest fruit flavours framed by smooth yet abundant tannins. Aromas have a subtle floral character.

Wine of the Week: Caixas Godello Date published: 09/04/15

Exclusive to Majestic…

The Caixas (pronounced ky-shash) Godello is only available at Majestic. The wine was created in partnership with the Martin Codax winery. Based in Galicia in the North West of Spain, Martin Codax is one of our key suppliers who give Majestic Staff the opportunity to experience work on the estate during vendange (harvest).

Once the decision was taken to make a wine exclusively for Majestic, we needed a name for it. Caixas are the plastic trays into which grapes are placed once picked and is one of the first words Majestic staff learn when they work at the winery.

The Godello grape and the wine…

Godello is a grape predominantly found in North West Spain and parts of Portugal. Previously it was only used as a constituent part of blends, but has come to be seen as a quality grape variety in its own right.

Our buyer Matt says: “Godello is a grape that I love and I was delighted when Martin Codax told me they would be thrilled to produce one exclusively for us. The wine has flavours of lemon, pear and melon. It feels full and rich in the mouth and finishes with a lovely refreshing citrusiness”

A great match for grilled fish.

Why buy this wine...

Caixas Godello was one of the top three most popular wines bought and enjoyed by friends and family of Majestic staff over Christmas. You don’t get a better recommendation than that!

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

FREE English Sparkling Wine TastingDate published: 08/04/15

Interested in trying some of the Sparkling wine that England has to offer? Then come along to our English Sparkling wine Spotlight Tasting. 

We will be tasting 6 different Sparkling Wines from our English Sparkling wine selection. Favourites like Nyetimber and Chapel Down are sure to make an appearance. Whether you have tried some English Sparkling wine before or not, this is a great opportunity to try some alternatives to Champagne and other sparkling wines. 

The tasting will be held on 23rd May at 6.30pm.

If you are interested in attending let us know in store so we can reserve your space. 

Good value RhoneDate published: 07/04/15

Over the last few years we have seen Rhone prices edge up but at present we have 5 Cotes du Rhone under £8.00. My particular favourite is Monsieur Chapoutier version which is down form £10.65 to £7.99.

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.

This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner a rustic winter casserole.


Back in Stock: Parrilla MalbecDate published: 07/04/15

Malbec has definitely been the red wine success story of the last year or so. It's popularity, due to the grape's ability to consistently and reliably produce good quality wines from Argentina, is very well deserved. 

The Parrilla Malbec is one of my preferred Malbecs since we started stocking it last year. It is sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile.

A deep ruby colour, this Malbec is crammed with damson, blackberry and plum flavours, accented by touches of oak toast giving it a smoky (or 'Parrilla' meaning barbecue in English) element to the wine. Smooth, ripe tannins offer a silky finish.

This wine is just perfect for summer evenings in the garden with the barbecue going! £8.99 if you buy two or more on our 25% deal. 

Vox PopuliDate published: 06/04/15

One might say this is a very catching little bottle and when it first arrived we all thought it was going to be a fortified wine! We first had it open at last autumn's customer invite tasting and it was by far and away our best selling wine on the night.

Little known outside of Spain, Bobal is actually the country's third most planted grape variety. The region of Utiel-Requena, inland to the west of Valencia, is its heartland. The hot, arid climate here tends to produce fleshy, powerful red wines.

A weighty, muscular red wine, offering a dense core of forest fruit flavours framed by smooth yet abundant tannins. Aromas have a subtle floral character.

Try with some slowly cooked beef shin which I had a couple of days ago. Instead of the traditional French route I decided to give it an Asian twist. I browned pieces of the shin really well until dark brown and then removed. To the casserole pan I added about four sliced shallots, four cloves of chopped garlic, a thumb sized piece of ginger, one whole stick of lemon grass and one finely chopped, two chopped birds eye chillies and a couple of cms of chopped coriander route. Cook until soft then add back the beef. Cover with beef stock then add a tbsp of hoisin, a couple of star anise, juice of half a lime, tsp of palm sugar and a couple of tbsp of dark soy. Bring to a boil and put in a low oven, 160 ish for about 2 hours. Check every half hour or so. Adjust seasoning and if still a little thin reduce over a high heat or use a little arrowroot dissolved in water. Serve with some simply cooked Jasmine rice and steamed pak choi dressed in sesame oil and light soy sauce.


Rose Weather!Date published: 06/04/15

With the sun beginning to appear and the temperature starting to crawl its way above the 5degree mark, what better time then to write a news post about our Roses!

We are getting in a delicious range of rose's every week now and it called for opening one on the tasting counter!

The Domaine La Chautarde is a light, dry and fruity rose with flavours of strawberry and red cherry. There is accompanying subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine and a soft acidity. Perfect for a refreshing glass this spring time!

Come and have a taste and at only £6.66 on the 33% offer it would be rude not to!

Rioja!Date published: 04/04/15

Rioja is one of the nations favourite wine region. It’s never hard to understand why, with Tempranillo producing beautiful wines with a core of black and red fruit with heaps of secondary characteristics such as clove or spice. Rioja is divided primarily into three categories that each describe the age, oak and end result of the wine.

Rioja Crianza

This is the youngest of all Rioja. The wine spends a minimum of one year in oak casks and one year in the bottle. This produces a wine with a toasty to vanilla based oak character, rich blackberry and deep flavours of fruit.

Rioja Reserva

One year in oak and two in bottle. These wines are less toasty. The extra time in bottle helps characteristics such as clove and vanilla to show through whilst still being black fruit based.

RIoja Gran Reserva

The oldest, this wine is often the better quality of all the grapes picked and may not always be made in poorer vintages. A total of 5 years ageing, two in oak and three in bottle make this wine a blockbuster for secondary characteristics. Clove, spice, leather and vanilla are to be expected, with more red fruit such as strawberry and cherry forming the fruit basis.

Vinalba Malbec is a big hit!Date published: 04/04/15

The Vinalba Malbec has just come on our tasting counter and it has already been a real hit! 

There is no questioning why. It's a delicious red and has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from the vineyard at the foot of the Andes, the grapes are grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity. 

A lot of care and love has been put into this wine producing ripe dark plum fruits with sweet tannins and hints of dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time so you can savour the taste. 

It can be drunk by itself but would suit food even more due to its full body. 
Come have a taste in store

just arrivedDate published: 04/04/15

I'm happy to welcome back one of South Africa's best loved wines the aptly named Chocolate Block from the Boekenhoutskloof winery.

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boekenhoutskloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

This is somewhat of a baby so if drinking now decant and get some life into it and make sure to serve alongside red meat cooked only to rare.


Sparkling Saturday Tomorrow!Date published: 03/04/15

We are popping open some 2 sparkling wines tomorrow

Introducing Chandon, premium bubbles from Argentina with a fabulous French Heritage In the 1950s Moët & Chandon, one of the world’s most loved explore the potential for producing world-class sparkling wines. The first European wine producer to venture to the New World, 
Moët & Chandon set-up in Agrelo, in Mendoza’s Uco Champagne houses, began scouring the globe to outside the Champagne region Valley in 1959. Incredible soil, high-altitude and cool-climate vineyards, made Agrelo the perfect terroir for sparkling wine. 

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.

Come in and try them tomorrow!



Bank Holiday Opening HoursDate published: 03/04/15

Bank Holiday Easter Weekend Opening Hours

Don't miss out on getting your Easter weekend wine before its to late. Here are the opening hours:

Friday 3rd April 2015 - 10am-8pm

Saturday 4th April 2015 - 9am-7pm

Sunday 5th April 2015 - CLOSED

Monday 6th April 2015 - 10am-5pm


Wines for Lamb 5Date published: 03/04/15

My last wine that match's lamb with aplomb is a little left field. Known as 'the old one' (when you see the label you will realise why) El Viejo from Matsu wines is a robust red that would be better suited to a slow roasted shoulder of lamb than a leg joint.

The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic.

The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.

So get that shoulder studded with small bits of anchovy, slivers of garlic,a couple heads of garlic, thyme, rosemary in a low oven for 5/6 hours and uncork a couple of these and you will be set for a veritable feast! 


Wine of the Week: Casal de Ventozela Vinho VerdeDate published: 03/04/15

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

Wines for Lamb 4Date published: 03/04/15

Open today to taste is a classic match for lamb. Pavillon de Figeac 2006 is a perfectly mature Bordeaux that is drinking beautifully and would suit a leg of lamb perfectly.

This is the second wine of Château La Grave Figeac, and is made from the fruit of the estate's younger vines, which produce a more supple wine for earlier drinking. The vineyards enjoy an enviable location close to the celebrated estates of Cheval Blanc and Figeac.

A fine, soft and approachable claret with a well rounded texture and excellent structure. Ripe bramble fruit is accompanied by hints of dates, forest floor and tobacco leaf.

On offer at only £19.99.

Bargain Berberana Gran Reserva Date published: 02/04/15

Until monday we have a great easter offer on Rioja Gran Reserva Vina Alarde.

This delicious Gran Reserva would be perfect this Sunday. It was founded in 1877, the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle.

With subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. It is smooth and full-bodied with luscious fruits, vanilla, cloves and dried fruit to please the palate. 

Come and get your hands on this great £15.99 Gran Reserva on offer at £7.99 on the 50% deal!

Wines for Lamb 3Date published: 02/04/15

For lovers of new world wines my third recommendation is a straight Cabernet Sauvignon and we are going a bit more up market with the stunning Beringer Napa Cabernet. Many of you will this winery as the produce a vast range of different wines at all price points. This is one of the mid range examples and down from £29 to £24 when buying two or more bottles. Below is what the WA has to say about it.

Chocolate, mocha, plums and spices come to life in this fleshy, mid-weight wine. Readers who appreciate a more mineral-inflected style of Cabernet will prefer the Knights Valley bottling, while those who appreciate radiant, fruit-forward Cabernets are likely to prefer the Napa Valley. Both are beautiful. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020". 92 points. Antoni Galloni, The Wine Advocate.

Great wine !

Wines for Lamb 2Date published: 02/04/15

My second recommendation for Easter lamb is what you could call our house claret. We have stocked Château Meaume since I started (almost 11 years ago!) which tells you what a great producer they are. Even in off years Meaume turns out soft plummy claret that pleases many. We now are on the 2010 which was an epic vintage in Bordeaux and this has great aging potential but is already delicious now.

A small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol. A nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood.

Perfect with lamb or beef.


Wines for Lamb 1Date published: 02/04/15

With Easter almost here I'm going to give you five red recommendations to accompany roasted lamb which I know many of us will be tucking into on Sunday. First is the great value Vina Eguia reserva from Spain. This is one of our 33% off offers and for only £6.66 it is a real steal.

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.

Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 02/04/15

Bank Holiday Easter Weekend Opening Hours

Don't miss out on getting your Easter weekend wine before its to late. Here are the opening hours:

Friday 3rd April 2015 - 10am-8pm

Saturday 4th April 2015 - 9am-7pm

Sunday 5th April 2015 - CLOSED

Monday 6th April 2015 - 10am-5pm

Open this weekendDate published: 01/04/15

After a trip to Portugal last year I've really fallen for the wines from there. Of course when you are there everything tastes great and you return home your feelings might of changed. We as a company don't really carry many wines from Portugal but a fairly recent addition is the Porta 6 from the Lisbon area. 

The area around Lisbon is a hive of winemaking activity, making uniquely styled wines primarily from blends of native Portuguese grapes. This wine comes from vineyards in the Alenquer and Cadaval regions, in the mountains to the north of Lisbon.

Quintessentially Portuguese red, offering plenty of warm, jammy forest fruit flavours combined with heady aromas of violets and touches of spice. Supple, chewy tannins provide texture and length.

Great as a everyday bottle as on offer at a bargain price of £6.66 from £9.99. Open this weekend to taste.

Pennautier Chardonnay just £7.32!Date published: 01/04/15

Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc

The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620.

Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat.

It makes a great apéritif, or an accompaniment to light hors d'oeuvres, salads and fish dishes.

This wine is perfect if you are looking for a cheaper (but not neccessarily lower quality) white burgundy. Great if you are entertaining for Easter weekend. I've bought my case already!

Back in stock! Finca Carelio Tempranillo Date published: 30/03/15

If you missed this fantastic wine when it was our wine of the week fear not. We have it back in stock after such popular demand! 

The mature bush vines in the hot, arid climate of Castilla y Leon produce very small bunches of grapes, which have concentrated flavours and fresh acidity due to hot days and cold nights. The wine has mellowed over 30 months' maturation mostly in barrel.

Complex and layered, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla, and is wonderfully plush on the palate. Dry tannins and mature, lightly raisined fruit characters.

An incredibly versatile wine which would make a great partner to your roast lamb this Easter weekend (or whatever meat you opt for!). At just £6.66 you'd be silly not to try it!

Wines from the AlsaceDate published: 29/03/15


This wine producing region on the border between France and Germany has had a rich and varied history. Having changed from German to French ownership over the course of the centuries it has taken on many characteristics of both countries. For instance, many wines in France are named after the location where they are grown, not the grape variety i.e. Chablis. However Alsace is one of the few places that traditionally did name the wines by their grape variety, a tradition passed down from when it was part of Germany.


Many people distinguish an Alsace wine by their unique tall sloping bottle shapes. These bottles are often taller than most and a good deal thinner. This was a practical choice to make it easier to stow the wines as they were transported along the Rhine.



Alsace is without a doubt one of the worlds best Riesling and Gewurztraminer producing regions. The Riesling produced is often dry, with a high acidity, but a delicious array of peach and pear fruit. Gewurztraminer can sometimes be off dry (a little residual sugar). Wines from this grape variety are often highly aromatic and have a gingery spice.


We've got a great range of Alsace wines in stock, so come and have a look!

Wine of the Week: Château Moulin de CuratDate published: 29/03/15

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.

Ravenswood lodi ZInfandelDate published: 28/03/15


The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!

Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

£8.99 when you buy any two wines from our 25% promotion

Good Friday Brunch Date published: 28/03/15

With just a week to go until Easter weekend it is time to get planning! 

A bank holiday brunch calls for a treat. My personal favourite is smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on an English muffin. Classic and delicious! There is no better accompaniment than a nice glass of fizz. If you are feeling like treating yourself this Easter then definitely partner it with a glass of Laurent Perrier brut. A lighter house style with subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility. Currenty £24.99 on our 33% off deal. A great price for such an excellent style

If you want to try an alternative to Champagne then the L'extra par Langlois brut. Pale lemon yellow with a fine, shimmering mousse. The nose is an invigorating symphony of golden apple, citrus zest and subtle biscuit aromas. Clean, dry and elegant on the tongue. For just £9.99 on our 33% off promotion it is a cracking alternative to Champagne.

GaviDate published: 27/03/15


This wine, oft described as the Italian answer to Chablis, is enjoyed all along the Ligurian coast due to it’s affinity for seafood. Grown around the town of Gavi the closest vineyards to the town produce the wine known as Gavi Di Gavi. The actual grape variety that goes into the wine is known as Cortese

This white wine has a crisp character with a beautifully aromatic notes that can be found in the higher quality wines. Lime, Fennel, stone fruit and nut are an example of the characteristics that can be found in these great wines.


For food matching, fuller flavoured fish or shellfish makes an ideal match, simple prawns with garlic and coriander just beg to be plated up next to a bottle of Gavi.


Gavi Araldica £5.99 When you buy any two from our 33% promotion

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Prosecco 33% off!Date published: 27/03/15

This weekend we've got a fabulous 33% off of all of our Prosecco! To celebrate I decided to write this article:

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.


Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.


Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.

Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 27/03/15

As part of our spotlight on Bordeaux tasting week we have the delicious Dourthe Sauvingon Blanc open to taste. 

The whites of Bordeaux often get overlooked but this one is not to be missed! Twenty years of experience has allowed Dourthe to identify the best locations in Bordeaux to produce Sauvignon Blanc. They have selected a diversity of terroirs, mainly in the north of the Bordeaux appellation. Aromatic and concentrated, with fresh citrus combined with notes of passionfruit, a crisp acidity and lovely structure with a long and persistent finish. 

A new favourite: La Gioiosa Prosecco Date published: 25/03/15

We have received lots of lovely new prosecco... but for the customer, it can often be difficult to differentiate between the different brands. 

I often drink Prosecco as an apertif at the weekends with my family. this weekend I thought I'd ganble on something new and tried the La Gioiosa prosecco. The gamble definitely paid off! It is probably one of the most flavour filled proseccos we stock. That being said, the flavours were not too overpowering and it still worked well as an apertif. 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 and one I would highly recommend. Just £7.99 on our 33% multibuy deal. What's not to love?!

Just great valueDate published: 24/03/15

Canard Duchene is not a fizz you find everywhere and especially at the very reasonably priced £16.66 price tag. It is one of Frances top selling Champagne with an alleged bottle open every second!  

Excellent value for this fabulous and well-respected Champagne. Clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking.

Perfect as an aperitif or would match a platter of natives with aplomb!

An oldie but goodieDate published: 22/03/15

Lovers of deep rich Chardonnay are still aplenty and one such wine is the sumptuous Grand Ardeche from Louis Latour.

The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or.

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.

This is what I'm going to be drinking tonight with my roast chicken. What a perfect combination!

New to MajesticDate published: 21/03/15

I have to admit I don't buy too many Kiwi Sav Blancs but if I was going to this new Woolshed from the Mudhouse stable would be one of them.

The Woolshed Vineyard is one of Mud House's own estate-owned vineyard sites, and was established in 2002 in the upper Wairau Valley, on the combination of hillsides and alluvial flats that characterise classic Marlborough terroir.

Bright, punchy and zesty on the nose, combining passion fruit and grapefruit with hints of green peppers. Crisp and mouthwatering on the palate, which overflows with fresh fruit flavour.

A perfect pre supper glass or would match Asian cuisine well.

Heidsieck Monopole Gold TopDate published: 21/03/15

The Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top is back on a booming offer! This Vintage 2007 is at £19.99 on the 33% multibuy.

Owned by Vranken and Pommery it is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. 

This Vintage Champagne is soft and rich with lovely hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect for champagne lovers!

EVC Chardonnay Date published: 21/03/15

A fan of new world Chardonnay? Then you must give this wine a try. 

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

This chardonnay shows fine green/gold tinges and a lovely balance of fresh green apple and citrus fruit flavours, supported by stylish barrel fermentation characteristics.

A wine that will continue to develop complexity over the next 4-5 years. At £9.74 on our 25% off deal it really is a steal! Open to taste this weekend if you want to try before you buy.

The Old ManDate published: 19/03/15

I'm not talking about my father but the 'old man' from Matsu wines in Toro is a epic red that is very structured and a great wine to have with a slow roast shoulder of lamb. 

'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic.

The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.

To boot it is going to be open this weekend to try but hurry as I'm sure it will disappear quickly.

£25 down to £20 when buying 2 or more.

Back in StockDate published: 18/03/15

Lovers of the ripasso style of wine take note Passimento is back!

The name of this wine 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.

This has structure to last but why bother when so good now! Match with a hearty game dishes.


Riscal Reserva just £9.99Date published: 18/03/15

An old favourite has come down in price... Marqués de Riscal Reserva is now on our 33% off multibuy deal at just £9.99. 

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

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

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

PelorousDate published: 17/03/15

From the Cloudy bay producers come these fantastic sparkling wines. Made in the same method as Champagne and utilising the same grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Grapes are grown in the Wairau valley of Marlborough. Because the grapes are sourced from various plots of land within the Wairau Valley the producers can control the quality keeping vintage variation to a minimum. This also creates complexity within the wine.

These sparkling wines are a fantastic alternative to Champagne, especially if you’re craving something with a richer fruit body.


Cloudy Bay Pelorus 

£16.65 When you buy any two from our 33% promotion

From a Chardonnay-dominant blend of selected vintages, this is a fresh, apéritif style of sparkling wine. Crisp apple flavours are backed up by a nutty, yeasty complexity from its time on lees.


Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose NV

£17.98 When you buy any two from our 33% promotion

Fine bubbles and a pale pink colour. The aromas are of strawberry and cranberry, with subtle pot pourri and flint. The palate is explosive and abundant, with lashings of cherry fruit and sweet spice. Drink with smoked salmon or charcuterie canapés, sashimi or Peking duck.

Coney Pinot NoirDate published: 16/03/15

For mothers day I treated my mum to a fine wine Pinot Noir from New Zealand, the Coney Pizzicato.

She thought what better time then to try it now and then (She loves her Pinot Noirs she does), I obviously did not decline. 

The taste was just perfect, Ripe cherry and black fruits, with smoky and savoury overtones. There were complex flavours with toasty notes and a hint of spice. It also had lovely chewy tannins and a long finish. This is one expressive Pinot Noir!

It is truly a delicious Martinborough Pinot Noir and one you must try on an occasion!


Vinalba Malbec Back in Stock!Date published: 16/03/15

Happy to say Argentina has been restored again and my favourite is back, the Vinalba Reservado Malbec!

It has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. It is sources from the vineyards at the foot of the Andes and is grown and different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.  

It is my favourite because it is so fruitful, with ripe dark plum fruits and sweet tannins. There is also a hint of dark chocolate and mocha with flavours that  linger for a long time. 

This malbec is a winner for me!


Marquis de Pennautier ViognierDate published: 14/03/15

Viognier is a grape indigenous to the Rhone valley but remarkable examples can be found internationally. I am a particular fan of what the regions around Roussilon and Languedoc has to offer - just south of the Rhone valley - as they offer fantastic value for money! 

We are currently tasting the Marquis de Pennautier Viognier. The nose reveals honeysuckle, fresh apricots and even a hint of sherbet. Crisp and fresh, with flavours following aromas of the nose and a well balanced lingering finish. If you are looking for an alternative to your usual Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Grigios and are up for trying something new then look no further. 

Currently just £6.66 on our 33% multibuy deal and moving fast. Snap it up before it is too late!

Mothers day giftsDate published: 14/03/15

Stuck for a last minute mother’s day gift? Well why not bring a smile to your mum’s face with a bottle of bubbles to celebrate! Nothing says thankyou like fizz! Below are a selection of Sparkling wines to suit all budgets.

Oeil de Perdrix rose Champagne £16.66 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% off promotion.

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.


Prosecco La marca Cuvee £9.99 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% off promotion.

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.


Bouvet Saumur Loire £8.99 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% off promotion.

The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality. Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant.

Party WinesDate published: 11/03/15

At Majestic we have a fab range of wines which are perfect if you are planning a big event and are keeping an eye on the costs. Here are my picks to impress everyone without paying the price! 

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc. A great value Sauvignon Blanc from Giesen Typically vibrant, citrussy and herbal Marlborough Sauvignon, with kaffir lime and blackcurrant leaf notes against a backdrop of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours. A lovely aperitif. £6.66 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal.

Breganze Pinot Grigio. A vibrant Pinot Grigio that offers much more character and class than some. Showing citrus fruit flavours and subtle floral aromas. Good acidity helps create a clean, refreshing wine. £6.74 if you buy two or more on our 25% off deal.

Gran Vendema Rioja Crianza. Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel. £6.32 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal. 

Santa Ana Malbec. Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

Don't forget we offer free glass hire and free delivery. With our great choice of wines too, organising a party could not be easier with Majestic. 


CavaDate published: 10/03/15

Cava is an unusual DO as it covers a number of non-contiguous, geographical areas across Spain (usually a DO is used to cover a geographical area where the style of wine produced is definitive of that area). It is made using the traditional method in similar quantities to that of Champagne. Although the area permitted to produce Cava is vast the majority is made in the Catalan vineyards of Penédes, but production is permitted in Navarra, Rioja and Valencia.

The wine must spend nine month on lees (ageing with the dead yeast) why is why, along with the autolytic character caused by the traditional method, you will often find a smoky and rich character. The traditional grape varieties for Cava are Xarel-lo and Parellada for white wines and Monastrell and Garnacha for rosés. Although these are the traditional grape varieties, more and more producers are beginning to use Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to add an extra level of fruit and acidity to the wine. The introduction of these grapes for Cava has been controversial as it arguably detracts from Cava’s point of difference.

Why not try the Codorníu Selección Raventós? A model example of Cava with the addition of the Chardonnay grape it is Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

New rioja on the blockDate published: 10/03/15

Majestic have just received a new rioja to add to the wonderful spanish family. The Finca Carelio and it sure stands out - not just because of its vibrant pink and floral label. 

The mature bush vines in the hot, arid climate of Castilla y Leon produce very small bunches of grapes, which have concentrated flavours and fresh acidity due to hot days and cold nights. The wine has mellowed over 30 months' maturation mostly in barrel. 

This therefore helps to create a rioja with complex and layered flavours. It has a rich aroma of ripe blackberries, leather and the classic vanilla. These also come out on the palate along with dry tannins and mature, lightly raisined fruit characters. 

This one is worth the try especially at £6.66 on the 33% multibuy price. 

ProseccoDate published: 09/03/15

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.

Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.

Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.

And we've got a brand new Prosecco in stock!

Prosecco Gioiosa (I don't know how to pronounce this one I'm afraid!)

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.

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.

£7.99 when you buy any two wines from our 33% promotion

The many faces of Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/03/15

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape loved by many for lots of different reasons. You are hard pushed to find a white grape which is made in such a variety of styles (except, perhaps, Chardonnay). 

New Zealand Sauvingon blanc is by far our most popular style of wine at Majestic. The Kiwi style is usually bursting with gooseberry flavours, with nuances of tropical and citrus fruit. However, it is important even within one country not to generalise. If you try the Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc you will notice a green, herbaceous character with a hint of citrus whereas the Russian Jack Sauvingnon Blanc has a much greater citrus influence. 

If you venture into the Sauvignon Blancs of France you will most probably end up in the Loire Valley. Sauvignon's from here tend to have a much greater mineral and flinty character due to the different soil types found here. To get an idea of this style go for the Jean Vincent Pouilly-fume: An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character.

More and more we are seeing Sauvingon Blanc being blended with other grapes too. For example, the Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc 'Cuvée Florence'.The Sauvignon Blanc adds a tropical vibrancy to the blend. It is also not uncommon to see Sauvignon Blanc used in blend with Semillon to make sweet Sauternes, adding a fruity and floral influence. 

Why not have a Sauvingon Blanc tasting and explore this versatile grape?


ChablisDate published: 08/03/15

Chablis is the northernmost appellation of Burgundy in France, In fact it is so far north that it is on latitude with cities such as Montreal and Munich where weather like snow isn’t uncommon. Because of this it is often a struggle to get the grapes to ripen fully, and adverse weather such as hailstorms are the bane of every vineyard owner in this region.

One thing that many people don’t know is that Chablis is made from Chardonnay, the same grape variety that makes up a lot of New World oaked wines. Chardonnay is one of the best grape varieties to plant if you truly want a wine that will reflect your terroir. The main difference between Chablis and other vineyard regions of the world is the kimmeridgian soil and low temperatures. One winery measure that is often practiced is the limited use of oak, though many producers opt not to oak theirs at all to retain this fresh style.

Chablis wines often have a fairly high acidity, with lean fruit characteristics like apple and pear. Minerality is a big characteristic in many Chablis, with notes of wet stone and chalk. There can be a buttery or creamy aspect though this isn’t quite as common.


New in: PROSECCO LA GIOIOSA Date published: 08/03/15

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. 

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

£7.99 if you buy two or more wines on our 33% promotion

What is Tannin?Date published: 08/03/15

Tannin is one of those wine terms that people know... but don't really know.

Tannin is a substance found in grape skins, pips and stalks. Wine with high tannin can leave a dry feeling in the mouth around the gums and on the teeth. It can even be quite unpleasant at times but it is essential for many red wine makers. Why?

Tannin helps to preserve a wine as it ages. Wines with low tannin are not suited to ageing and as such should be enjoyed while they are young. As wine ages, the tannins soften and so highly tannic wines may need to be left for longer before they are ready to drink. Some foods can also soften tannin in the mouth, which is why game is the perfect accompaniment to Barolo for example.

If you really want to find a wine with high tannins then try the Vox Populi Bobal 2011 Utiel-Requena. The tannins can be a bit much on their own but with some cold meats and hard cheeses it is delicious.  


New summer white?Date published: 07/03/15

During the winter period I went into a bit of hybernation and only drank reds. I wouldn't even consider a white. But now the weather is starting to turn and the sun is making an appearance it's starting to make me consider a crisp, refreshing white again. 

On the tasting counter this week we have the Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc Cuvée Florence 2014. This blend of the Sauvignon and Piquepoul grape is a great mix and I believe can be a favourite to people that are firm New Zealand Sauvignon lovers.

The combination of the crisp, lean, minerally Piqupoul is matched so well with the Sauvignon Blancs vibrant tropical influence to produce this very well balanced white wine that is wonderfully refreshing. 

You must come down and have a taste and at £6.74 on the 25% deal this one is a keeper!

Sunday Roast? Oyster Bay MerlotDate published: 07/03/15

Having a Sunday roast this weekend? Whether you're having Chicken, Beef or Lamb you should DEFINITELY partner it with the Oyster Bay Merlot... even more so because it is on a short term deal with 33% off!

Oyster Bay has been producing wine of international acclaim since winning the 'Best International Sauvignon' at the 1991 IWSC. A leading example of the 'New Zealand Style', fashioned from fruit grown in Hawkes Bay's Bordeaux-esque climate.

Plumy, jammy and ripe berry fruits augmented by hints of spice, toasted oak and chocolate aromas are followed by a rich, rounded and fruity palate with subtle oak and spices and an intense finish.

Currently £7.99 if you buy two or more wines on the 33% off deal.

The Matsu CollectionDate published: 07/03/15

Matsu have created a collection of wines that are creative and beautifully structured in taste.

The Matsu El Recio is a mature wine made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines. It has spent 14 months in new French oak providing opulence and polish.

This wine has a deep black fruit taste with lovely hints of chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla. It is nice and weighty but with a firm structure. Perfect for anyone who likes smooth and silky reds. 

Great to keep for 2-5 years or even open it up and pair it with beef fillet or sirloin. 

Roast Chicken and wine!Date published: 07/03/15

This is the perfect time of year to get the family together and have a big old roast dinner. Many people love a roast chicken above all others and no meal is complete without some good wine to match. Below I've compiled a list of wines that I think are great matches for that sunny Sunday roast chicken!


The first question you have to ask yourself is a simple one, Red or White? (Although I personally think when there is a big group it’s good to have both so as the meal goes on the wine can change to complement).


White

Because you are having a meal with rich and varied flavours you generally want something with a bigger body than Sauvignon Blanc (though that does make a great before meal aperitif). The classic choice is a white Burgundy but I’ve gone a little off piste with this one.


Grand Ardeche £9.99

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.


Red


You really can’t go wrong with a Pinot Noir for this, it’s smooth and medium bodied, which often gives you a wine that is velvety and intense in it’s flavour profile but not too heavy. My personal recommendations are:


Macon Rouge, Louis Jadot £9.74 when you buy two bottles from our 25% offer

An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish. Juicy and approachable!


Ravenswood lodi ZInfandelDate published: 07/03/15

We're quickly beginning to run out of stock on this big bold beauty, so come and grab yours whilst it's available!


The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!


Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

Rose wine makingDate published: 07/03/15

Our rosé section has received a new lease of life with the addition of old favourites from the 2014 vintage arriving. So I thought I would outline the methods used to make rose. 

There are 4 methods winemakers can use. The first is called 'drawing off'. A wine is made from using the same method as red wine making. However, during the fermentation process some of the wine is drawn from the fermentation after 6 to 48 hours depending on the depth of colour needed. Fermentation then continues at a cooler temperature to retain the fresh fruit flavours.  

Secondly, a winemaker can choose to blend a white wine and a red wine to produce a rose. This is outlawed in much of the EU (except in Champagne) and tends to not be seen in the best rosé's but account for many fresh and simple new world rosé's

'Direct pressing' produces the most delicately coloured rosé's. The black grapes are pressed very gently so only a little colour is extracted from the grape skins and not too much tannin is extracted. 

Finally, the 'bleeding' method, which is essentially the same as drawing off except only a portion of juice is drawn off. The main purpose of this is to increase the concentration of the juice of the red wine and the rose is essentially a by-product of the red wine making.  


New Ale!Date published: 06/03/15

With the weather getting better and it actually starting to feel like spring we have a great new light ale in store for you. 

The Oakham ale is from Peterborough and is the perfect ale for a refreshing and light beer on a sunny but crisp day.

It has flavours of grapefruit and gooseberries, and I must admit for not being a lover of ales this one sure shocked me and is in my books to take home for a weekend with friends and family!

If you want to try for yourself come down to the Farnham store and have a taste as we have it open on the tasting counter! 

A fantastic Pinot NoirDate published: 05/03/15

Love Pinot Noir ? Well, this could be just the wine for you. You can pay alot for this difficult to grow grape and whilst not cheap at £24 is certainly great value.

Meiomi is a native American word for 'coast', and it is along California's coastal areas where winemaker Joseph J. Wagner has sourced his fruit, from a range of vineyard sites that each add specific elements to the blend. Fruit from Sonoma is said to offer plenty of round fruit and lush texture, while fruit from Santa Barbara and Monterey are employed for more earthy, spicy characters. Unified by 9 months in French oak barrels, the result is an opulent, complex and luxurious Pinot.

Try with a gentle roasted Pheasant.

Mister Shiraz Date published: 05/03/15

This wine is a classic fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz and is a great example of Chiles ability to produce more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style. 

It has a lovely nose of plum and strawberry with vanilla and cedar scents. This is due to the French and American oak that it has been stored in to age. It has a delicious long finish with a meaty, muscular palate. You will not be disappointed with this if you like robust, big, fruitful reds.

It is available to taste on our tasting counter from tomorrow, so why not come and try for yourself?


New in: Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011 Castilla y LeonDate published: 04/03/15

I cannot wait to try this new Spanish red. In fact, I think I may have it with my supper this evening. The mature bush vines in the hot, arid climate of Castilla y Leon produce very small bunches of grapes, which have concentrated flavours and fresh acidity due to hot days and cold nights. The wine has mellowed over 30 months' maturation mostly in barrel. 

Complex and layered, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla, and is wonderfully plush on the palate. Dry tannins and mature, lightly raisined fruit characters.

A remarkably versatile food wine, great with stews, meats from the grill or a cheeseboard. Just £6.66 on our 33% multibuy deal!

Pol Roger dealDate published: 03/03/15

One of my favourite all time Champagne houses has always been the family owned estate of Pol Roger. Famously consumed by Winston Churchill in copious amounts (allegedly) so much so their luxury cuvee is named after him.The non vintage is a mid weight fizz with soft apple flavours mingled with brioche overtones and a fine mousse. It is extremely elegant Champagne and makes the perfect aperitif or with a plate of native oysters is just the ticket. It also happens to be on a excellent offer at present of only £29.98 a bottle. A clear £10 cheaper than Berry's and Waitrose!

Russian JackDate published: 03/03/15

Our red wine of the week is an exceptional Pinot Noir from New Zealand called Russian Jack. New Zealand are really pushing out some delicious new red and whites and this one is a great example. 

Currently on the tasting counter we were able to try some and i'm very glad I could. This beautifully balanced Pinot Noir offers ripe red berry fruit underpinned by a fresh crunchiness and savoury notes. The tannins are ripe but not to heavy with a supple spice infusion due to its 9 months in oak.

Perfect with a smoked duck or just putting your feet up on the sofa

This is one to definitely try and at £11.99 on the 25% offer its one not to miss out on. 

Crazy deals on Oyster Bay wines!Date published: 03/03/15

Who has got New Zealand wine down to a tee more than Oyster Bay? You'll be pushed to find such a fantastic producer... and we currenty have 33% off their range of wines! 

Their Sauvignon Blanc is pure New Zealand in style with pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing. £7.99 on our 33% multibuy. Bargain! 

If you're more of a Chardonnay fan then don't worry... Pure, incisive ripe fruit flavours. Concentrated aromas of ripe citrus and stone fruit are married with subtle oak and a creamy texture to finish. This is my style of wine and something I'm definitely going to be snapping up at £7.99. 

Finally, their Pinot Noir at just £8.65 has to be the offer of the week! To get such a vibrant and high quality pinot noir under £10 is almost unheard of. Ripe red cherry with hints of savoury black cherry, blossom, spice and oak. Juicy red fruits, soft ripe tannins and a soft elegant finish of succulent and red berries.

New to MajesticDate published: 02/03/15

The price of some Austrian wines have over the years gone up alot but our buyers are always looking out for new great value wines and this new Shiraz really shows you that great wines can be found under £10. 

I have drank the 'Johannnes' from Basedow in the past and if you ever get the chance do! It is a stunning glass of wine.

Basedow Shiraz comes from a group of exclusive vineyards just outside the town of Tanunda in Barossa Valley. The winery originated in the mid-1800s, and spent some years under corporate ownership, before being reacquired by the Basedow family's 5th generation.

Deep cherry red, with a thick and juicy backbone of plum jam and cocoa characters, accented with hints of sweet spice and black pepper. Gentle yet rich and mouth-filling tannins.

Its not the most weighty Shiraz I have had but has great spicy notes that would be great with an early season BBQ.


Australian WineDate published: 02/03/15

Australian wine is often seen as low quality and low priced, but there is much more to this countries wine than just that! First a little background knowledge:

#Australia is the worlds fourth largest exporter of wine, up to 40% of wine produced is consumed within the country.

#Much of production takes place in the south east of the country, where the country dips further south than elsewhere. The cooler climate allows wines of varying styles to be produced

#Shiraz is the most grown grape variety, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.


Chardonnay is a very popular white wine variety, and is typically characterised by it’s swathes of tropical fruit and toasty oak elements. In recent years there has been somewhat of a backlash against high oak wines, with many consumers believing the toasty/burnt flavours of some Chardonnay is an inherent characteristic of the grape. A lot of producers in decades past would use oak chips rather than the traditional method of cask ageing to add the oak flavours to a wine, and whilst this is not exclusive to Australia, the association has stuck.

In recent years producers have been trying to adjust consumers opinions on Australian wine to include a lot of the more premium wines produced. Many of the microregions are protected by strict labelling laws, such as Barossa Valley and Clare valley. Wines from these regions are very typical of certain styles, such as Barossa Valley shiraz being full of flavour and sweet spice, or Clare valley Riesling being fruity yet lean.


We’ve got plenty of Australian wine in stock, from budget to premium lines. So why not pop in and give an Aussie a go!

Pelorus!Date published: 02/03/15

From the Cloudy bay producers come these fantastic sparkling wines. Made in the same method as Champagne and utilising the same grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Grapes are grown in the Wairau valley of Marlborough. Because the grapes are sourced from various plots of land within the Wairau Valley the producers can control the quality keeping vintage variation to a minimum. This also creates complexity within the wine.


These sparkling wines are a fantastic alternative to Champagne, especially if you’re craving something with a richer fruit body.


Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2009

£19.98 When you buy any two from our 33% promotion

Aromas of apple and citrus fruit, with baked bread, brioche and nutty characters. A full, creamy mid palate that leads in to an elegant long. As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon. But being slightly fruitier, this could partner Asian cuisine or goose.

Welcome back an old friendDate published: 01/03/15

Ok, I grant you today feels like a spring day and thoughts of dining outside with a glass of rose in hand come to mind. In reality it is still winter but we have just had our most popular of Rose come back into store.

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

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

Perfect as a pre supper tipple.

Robert ParkerDate published: 01/03/15

Arguably one of the most influential people in wine outside of the winemaking process, this U.S. wine critic has been the face of en primeur Bordeaux for over 30 years. Parker’s influence is said to be so strong that if he declares a vintage or producer favourably, prices can be guaranteed to rocket, though this also works negatively on the flip side.

One of the best known features of Robert Parker’s reviews is his 100 point wine rating system, 100 being the perfect wine. The rating system was developed to allow for an easier understanding by consumers by reducing room for error or misunderstandings that may occur with typical qualitative rating systems. The rating system is based upon the different factors, i.e. alcohol, acidity and body, that allow for a wine to be independently judged regardless of individual preferences. The score is often accompanied by a written description which Robert Parker describes is one of the most important parts to helping a consumer decide if that wine will be to their tastes.

Vino Pinot GrigioDate published: 01/03/15

Vino Pinot Grigio


This fantastic take on the Northern Italy staple from Washington is the creation of Charles Smith, band manager turned winemaker. What many people do not know is that Washington state is the second largest wine producing area in the US after California. The cooler climate is suitable to wines such as Pinot Grigio that benefit from careful growing.


Tropical fruit takes the forefront followed closely by lime and a stunning minerality. The complexity is what I love most about this wine which really shows that it’s from a climate with a big variance in climate. The wine is intense yet not over the top.

Super Tuscans!Date published: 01/03/15

Tuscan wine is primarily made from the Sangiovese grape variety, however this is often blended with the more typically french grape varieties of Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot to produce the almost self admiring name of Super Tuscan! Sangiovese typically has a very vibrant and easy to spot red cherry character. When aged in barrel the wine readily takes up the oak characteristics and can develop secondary characteristics such as tea and tar.


The original Super Tuscan was developed by the producer known as Sassicaia, who’s first commercially available big hit Super Tuscan was the widely known Tignanello.

Their second wine to the celebrated Sassicaia is the Guidalberto. This wine truly shows how much quality can still be found in second wines, despite large price differences. In the Guidalberto the varieties are vinified separately before blending and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.


£28.00 when you buy two or more from our fine wine promotion


Brand new, old ClaretDate published: 28/02/15

Recently we have received some brand new Bordeaux wines into our shelves, so to help you decide which ones you’d like to give a go we’ve done the research for you!

Manoir de Gay 2008 Pomerol

This is the second wine from the prestigious Chateau le Gay producer. Rated on average 91.5 points by the users of Cellartracker.com. This wine is an earlier maturer, and thus would be ideal to drink now. The 2008 vintage gives us ripe plum and raspberry fruit with the quintessential earth and forest floor characteristics that can be expected from Pomerol. A great entry point for top end Pomerol.


Prelude a Grand-Puy Ducasse 2007 Pauillac

Another second wine, this time from the left bank appelation of Pauillac. Grand-Puy Ducasse has made a name for itself as a high quality producer from the 5eme cru classe. With a beautiful richness and core of black fruit with the classic Pauillac hallmarks such as Blackcurrant and dried herbs, this wine could be enjoyed now or left to age a further 3-4 years.



Picpoul and Fish!Date published: 28/02/15

What is it about us Brits that makes us so scared about cooking fish? The main piece of advice I can give you is do not overcook it!Where I live we still have a fishmonger who has no given stock so it really is lucky dip as he only stocks fish from day boats.
This week he had some lovely looking gilthead bream so we had a good 2lb fish and instead of taking the fillets off I cooked it whole (I got him to descale though!) Cut slits through the fish. Marinate with olive oil, lemon, thyme, rosemary, garlic and a touch of chilli.Season then roast in a high oven for 20-30 mins until the flesh comes off the bones cleanly. Serve with a herb butter, simple new potatoes and some asparagus.
This calls out for a fresh white and something like a Picpoul de Pinet would be perfect.

The Jourdan family have been growing grapes for several generations, but have only been making wines under their own family label since the early 1980's when they created this particular domaine, which overlooks the Bassin de Thau.

Light lemon-green in colour, this is a crisp and youthful white wine full of fresh citrus fruit flavours, accented with subtle hints of fennel, green pepper and lime zest.


Great value RiojaDate published: 27/02/15

As a company we have done Concordia wines for many years and they have always been great value. I even remember them giving away free hotel night's when you made a purchase of their wines. Actually if you are ever over there I can thoroughly recommend staying in them. They all are housed in historic buildings and are truly luxurious. Couple that with great restaurants and good wine you will have a great time.  Marqués de la Concordia is named after one of Spain’s most eminent historical figures. Don Jose Abascal was granted this prestigious title in 1812 after his work unifying the New World with the Old in the Americas, during his position of viceroy of Peru.

A dark ruby-coloured wine brimming with ripe blackberry and strawberry fruit flavours. The palate shows lashings of vanilla and spicy oak, giving a rich, lingering finish.

Great with grilled lamb and on offer at a bargain price of only £7.99!


GSM blendsDate published: 27/02/15

GSM

No, it isn’t a food additive. You may have seen some wines referred to as GSM’s or even seen it featured on wine bottles from Australia or the Rhone. GSM stands for three grape varieties, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, that are often blended to create a balanced and well rounded wine. The characteristics of these three grapes are quite notable when in single varietal wines, but when they are blended they produce a wine that is at once fruity, structured and aromatic. Here is a breakdown on the different characteristics of these grape varieties:

Grenache: Grenache brings the fruit into the mix. Known for being a sometimes overly fruity grape variety in hot climates it is characterised by deep flavours of red fruits and often a brambly nature.

Syrah: Syrah brings the acidity and delicate aromatics. Often seen in single varietal wines that are brilliant for red meat food pairings because of it’s acidity, this wine can also bring black fruit and secondary characteristics such as leather.

Mourvedre: Mourvedre brings structure to the table. Dense black fruit, weighty tannins and earthiness, the amount of Mourvedre added to a wine is not proportional to it’s effect on the wine.

These wines are suited to hotter, arid climates due to the difficulty to bring the vines to ripen fully. This is why they are very popular to grow in the Rhone and Australia.

Alhambra 1925 Reserva - New craft beer open to taste!Date published: 27/02/15


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"

£9.99 When you buy any two or more craft beer packs

Saint Claire Estate SelectionDate published: 26/02/15

I'm really getting into the Saint Claire range from Marlborough, New Zealand. Finding them really easy drinking wines, taste delicious and have a great look about them. 

The Saint Claire Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc is my current favourite. It offers a palate of ripe gooseberries and herbs, whilst being overwhelmed with aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrent and more gooseberry. It has crisp acidity balanced with a nice bit of minerality.  It is a great Sauvignon Blanc to accompany a summer salad or seafood dish. 

The Saint Claire Estate Selection sauvignon blanc is exclusively made for Majestic and this award winning winery is sure not disappointing us yet. 

Come and pick yourself up a bottle for just £9.99 on the 33% multibuy deal, you wouldn't want to miss out on this offer!


Muriel Reserva RiojaDate published: 25/02/15

Recently we got the Muriel back in stock and there was my opportunity again to get a bottle to try. I've wanted to try it for a while and last time it was in store I missed out on my chance. 

I am sure glad I did now. This beautiful dark ruby red is a classic Reserva with a firm body and smooth tannins. There were subtle herb notes with the classic rioja traits of leather, wood and those all important black fruits. 

The winemaker themselves create this fabulous wine by leaving it for 2 years in French and American Oak and 2 years in the bottle before release. No wonder the leather and wood traits are so apparent. 

A very inviting wine if I say so myself and the price tag isn't to bad either on the 25% multibuy deal at £7.98.Come down, grab yourself a bottle and see for yourselves.

Chenin BlancDate published: 25/02/15

Chenin Blanc


Chenin Blanc is known for it’s richly fruity white wines from South Africa. Here it is used to produced wines with tropical fruit, pear, honey and nutty characteristics. These wines are often intense and refreshing due to their acidity. Chenin Blanc is also often grown in the Loire Valley where the cooler climate encourages a lighter intensity and the higher acidity makes it ideal for sparkling wines, known as cremant de Loire.

From South Africa we have the lovely Rachel’s Chenin Blanc. From one of South Africa's original wine farms, this wine is named after Rachelsfontein, the estate's water spring. This wine's fullness of flavour is a result of weekly lees stirring in a process called 'battonage', which produces a wine of greater depth and texture.

Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey. Try this wine with rich seafood dishes such as seafood stew!

£6.74 when you buy any two wines from our 25% promotion


From the Loire valley we have the delicious cremant de Loire, Bouvet. The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method.

Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant. Surprisingly good with fish and chips!

£8.99 when you buy any two wines from our 33% promotion

We're all about the English SparklingsDate published: 24/02/15

The Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvee is a fine English sparkling wine from a small vineyard near Alresford. They use the blend of the classic three grapes used in champagnes and sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. 

Their Cuvee is partially fermented in old Burgundy barrels and then spend a minimum of 36 months on lees in the bottle. 

 This is a refined and elegant sparkling wine with an abundance of classically toasty, biscuit notes and a backbone of incisive yet temperate citrus and white stone fruit. Perfect for any fine traditional English party or celebration of the sorts.  

TokayDate published: 24/02/15

Tokaji!


Tokaji is a wine region that can be found in the North east of Hungary, just touching the border between the country and Slovakia. This region is famed for it’s Aszu wines, the wonderfully sweet yet surprisingly fresh dessert wine. However, it’s dry white wines are becoming increasingly popular.


From the company that gives us one of the most famous Tokaji wines, The Royal Tokaji company is their dry Furmint. The name Furmint is derived from 'froment', the Hungarian word for the wheaten colour of its wines.


Well-defined aromatics comprising rich honey notes and stone fruits on the nose. Plenty of acidity gives the palate crispness and bite, with mineral tinges accenting the fruit-laden, exotic feel. Partner with strong creamy cheeses or rich poultry dishes.

Why not give this up and coming region's wines a go?

£7.99

Hattingley Valley Blanc De BlancsDate published: 24/02/15

I was lucky enough to visit the Hattingley Valley Vineyard last month. It is located close to Alresford down a picturesque country lane. When there we got a tour of the winery, an explanation into how they produce their different sparkling wines and the good part, got to taste their Classic Cuvee, Blanc de Blancs and Kings Cuvee. We were not disappointed, they were all a delight to drink and brought us back to our British roots and made us appreciate what British sparkling wine has to offer. 

The Blanc de Blancs was my personal favourite. Made from 100% Chardonnay grape it is partially oak-fermented and matured in the bottle for three years before release. It has a crisp white fruit backbone lifted by layers of gentle brioche and blossom notes, with a lovely creamy finish to end. 

Even better news is after our visit, we are now stocking it in a number of Majestic Wine stores around the local area. We have the Blanc de Blancs and the Classic Cuvee now in the Farnham store! 


Open this weekendDate published: 23/02/15

This has long been a favourite wine of mine and also Jansis Robinson is very fond of it. Good Pinot is very hard to find under £10 so at current offer of £7.99 it has to be one of the bargains of the month.

Puy de Dôme is a commune within the Auvergene region to the south of Loire, and is named after the large volcanic dome that is the local landmark. The granitic soils and 350-550 metres of vineyard elevation are ideal for production of this cool-climate-style Pinot.

This Pinot Noir is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a softness and harmony from a year's maturation without oak.

Great as a light red for summer time or partner with a simple roasted duck.

New In!Date published: 23/02/15

The Basedows of Barossa Shiraz!

The winery originated in the mid 1800s, first spending time under corporate ownership, it was then reacquired by the Basedow family's 5th generation where they put as much love into their vineyard as they did before. 

To create this wine they've blended the Syrah and Shiraz grape, which has produced a lovely deep cherry red Shiraz. It has a thick juicy backbone of plum jam and cocoa characters. There are also hints of sweet spice and black pepper and lovely thick tannins to accompany a juicy piece of meat. 

Definitely worth a taste!

De Morgenzon Chenin BlancDate published: 22/02/15

We have a special little chenin on the tasting counter this week and it sure did not disappoint.

The De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc is truly delicious and is on the fine wine, buy two bottles save £10 offer, making it £16

Situated on slopes stretching from around 200-400 metres above sea level, 'The Morning Sun' vineyards are so named as they are the first parts of the Stellenbosch valley to receive the sun's light each day. 

This Chenin is gloriously rich, with fermentation in barrel and lees ageing, adding notes of honey on top of the rich oak and tropical fruit. 

This is a powerful and full-bodied white so ideally needs food like a hearty pork belly!

One of my favouritesDate published: 22/02/15

I probably buy more Spanish wine than any other country and when you see what you can get for under £10 no wonder. This Cune reserva is one such bottle.

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.

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.

Couple this with the fact it has a third off until 16th March this is possibly the best value to quality wine in the shop. Perfect with roast lamb.


Trubuchet winesDate published: 21/02/15

As part of our South African spotlight tasting week we have both Trebuchet wines open to taste. 

The Chardonnay is a great example of an unoaked style. A pale lemon yellow with youthfully green flashes, this wine has characteristic aromas of lime and tropical fruits. Gently crisp on the palate, providing plenty of refreshment. 

The Trebuchet red is a Bordeaux blend with a twist; the addition of Malbec. Deep garnet-purple colour, offering flavours of ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by earthy undertones. Firm tannins provide ample weight and structure, smoothed by gentle oak.

Both these wines are £6.66 on our 33% off deal.


Back in stock: Bellingham ViognierDate published: 20/02/15

Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact.

Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish.

Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

Currently £12.99

Wines of the Week!Date published: 20/02/15

This week we have two wines of the week; both from South Africa. 

Our first wine is the Bellingham Pinopasso. 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. The wine is big and full-bodied. It has flavours of cherry and plum and hints of chocolate and spice. Just £7.49 if you buy two or more. 

Secondly, the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc. This is a firm favourite amongst the Farnham staff and our customers. 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. 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. Currently £8.99 if you buy two or more!

Veggie Italian SupperDate published: 19/02/15

This evening I am opting for a yummy Spinach, ricotta and pesto Lasagna. It is so simple to make (just sub the meat aspect of your traditional lasagna with spinach. I add the pesto instead of tomato sauce but tomato sauce would work too!) and perfect when you need some comfort food. Serve with a nice chunk of crusty garlic bread and you are sorted.

A traditional wine match would obviously be an Italian red. The Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011 La Casetta is one of my favourite Italian reds. With an abundance of cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints it would match the Lasagna wonderfully. The finish is smooth and lingers, demonstrating the sheer top quality of this wine. Currently £13.49 if you buy two or more.

A Must TryDate published: 19/02/15

Having tried the Cotes Du Rhone Guigal the other night and now that it has come on a fabulous offer, I had to write a little something about it. 

Guigal is one of the most well known producers in the Rhone Valley. Founded in 1946 they have just grown and grown. 

Their Cotes Du Rhone really highlights the effort and love that they put into every wine. This full bodied wine offers a robust taste of dark fruits that explode with a savoury white pepper note, which brings a little more depth and interesting taste to the wine. 

This makes a superb food wine, as well as a perfect red for the sofa. 
Currently on offer at £7.99 you'd kick yourself if you didn't try it

Half Price mulling syrupDate published: 18/02/15

Now I grant you we are getting away from mulled wine season but there are other thing you can use the mulling syrup for. For instance you could make a mulled wine jelly.

Make your preferred mulled wine recipe. For me take a southern French blend, a splash of ginger wine, a nip of cognac, some mulling syrup and a slug of port. bring to simmering point and then let cool until lukewarm. Add a couple of sheets of soaked gelatine and pour into martini glasses. When starting to thicken immerse some winter berries in to the wine so suspended. Take this to the next level by serving with a saffron cream. Heat some double cream with a pinch of saffron until you get a gentle simmer then turn heat off. Let it infuse until cold then strain. Whip with a little icing sugar until softly whipped. Spoon on top of jellies.

Graham Beck WinesDate published: 18/02/15

With our spotlight on South Africa this week I thought I would get the ball rolling by talking about Graham Beck wines.

Graham Beck are a very highly regarded wine producer with vineyards in the Robertson and Stellenbosch regions of South Africa. They produce everything from dry white wines to sparkling rosés. They put a lot of time and investment into their vineyards, ensuring that they produce the highest quality grapes possible to produce consistently high quality wines.

Their philosophy can be seen in their Sauvingon Blanc; which is made from grapes sourced from 8 different vineyards. Fantastically fruity, with gooseberry fruit accompanied with citrus fruit and a profound minerality.

Their Bordeaux style blend, called ‘Anthony’s Yard’ is has aromas of fruitcake and spice, with red and black fruits on the textured palate and the oak-ageing lending hints of cigar box. A balanced structure and good length.

Finally, their sparkling wine is amazing and such fantastic value for money. Made using the traditional method it is full of all of the characteristics you expect from a NV champagne without the champagne price tag. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.

We currently have all of these wines in stock. Come in and add a bottle to your mixed case today!

Special offer Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 17/02/15

Lets face it we as a company stock many Kiwi sav blancs and as customers you love them. Not all are the same though and I think that some of the smaller producers often will produce finer wines than the big boys. Take for example St Clair.

Saint Clair is one of Marlborough's largest family-owned and operated wineries. Their commitment to viticulture has led to a number of award winning wines and a brand that is growing throughout the world.

Made exclusively for Majestic by one of our favourite wineries, this mouth-watering Sauvignon has aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and gooseberry and a palate of ripe gooseberry and herbs.

It also happens to be a third off so coming in at under £10 a bottle makes this somewhat of a steal.

Try with a simply tomato and goats cheese tart.


Why I love Spain!Date published: 17/02/15

When I first started learning about Spain I believed it would be a straight forward wine region. After all, what more is there to know other than Rioja or Sherry?

How I was mistaken. Spain is a country with such a vast range of climates, soils and grapes! Even within the region of Rioja, there are a variety of soils and climates making different areas suitable for different grapes. The West of the Region has chalky and limestone based soils with a cooler climate making it great for Tempranillo. To the East you will find heavy clay soil more suitable for the Garnacha grape. This type of regional variation is common throughout other areas of Spain, allowing producers to take advantage of different climates and create the perfect blends for their wines. 

The quality of Spanish white wine is outstanding too. Gone are the days of heavy oaked whites! With the use of modern equipment and anaerobic winemaking, whites from regions such as Rias Baixas, are crisp and refreshing. I personally adore the Albarino by Marqués de Cáceres!

Finally... Cava is a HUMONGOUS success story and offers a really affordable alternative to other sparkling wines of the world. Again, with investment and modern technology, Cava has been allowed to flourish in a world where it could easily be overshadowed by other wines of the world. 

Why not have a little Spanish wine tasting for yourself and see the best that Spain has to offer?


Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Date published: 17/02/15

Muscadet is made from the little known grape called Melon Blanc. You can find it grown in the West of the Loire valley in vineyards which lie relatively close to the coast in comparision to Sancere and Pouilly-fume. Although it is often described as a neutral wine there is something about the refreshing mineality of Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie which I am particularly fond of. 

This particular style of Muscadet is bottled as soon as possible after the wine is made in order to minimise oxidation and preserve the freshness of the wine. It also spends time on lees (time in contact with the yeast sediment) after fermentation, giving it a richer character. 

Majestic currently stock the Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013 Domaine de la Tourmaline. With ripe fruit aromas, a pleasant richness and fine minerality, this is a classic Loire white. Bottled with a slight natural spritz to help retain freshness. Currently on a special offer at just £6.99 a bottle. 

Paso CreekDate published: 16/02/15

Slowly i'm starting to take a bottle of Californian wines home more regularly. Their fruitful reds and crisp whites are really appealing and Its ticking the boxes for me. 

Yesterday at our wine course in store we tried the Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The Paso Creek ranch lies in a lovely area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. You couldn't get more hands on then this vineyard where vinification and barrel ageing is carried out in small lots before blending. 

Now onto the main thing the taste. It had a lovely well-rounded yet dense black fruit, primarily cherry taste with slight vanilla essence to it. A hint of black pepper really brought it to another level of complexity and to me, made this a lovely drinking partner for an evening. 

I will be buying myself a bottle for the household, especially with 33% off at £9.99 


Cracking Carmenere Date published: 16/02/15

Last night I tried the Santa Rita Medalla Carmenere and was pleasantly surprised!

Unlike the majority of its wines which are very modern and fruit-driven, Santa Rita's Medalla Real wines are made in a more classic style, with a little more in the way of secondary, savoury characters. 

This Chilean Carmenere is full bodied and offers an array of blueberry, plum and oak-softened cassis fruit, accented with intriguing coffee and dark chocolate aromas.
An interesting wine at just £7.99 (multibuy) - highly reccomend 

New: Soffio No.3 Rose!Date published: 15/02/15

Soffio No.3 Rose

Raboso is effectively the red 'sister grape' of Prosecco, extensively used for making a similarly light and fruity rose version of northern Italy's signature sparkling wine, and is grown throughout the Veneto region. This example is made in Calmasino near Lake Garda.

A gentle rose colour with salmon pink hues. The nose is gently floral, with hints of cherry blossom intermingling with fresh summer fruits. Gently fruity and approachably off-dry.

Currently on offer with 33% off at £6.66 down from £9.99!

New: Pinopasso PinotageDate published: 15/02/15

Bellingham Pinopasso Pinotage 2013, Coastal Region

Taking their inspiration from the 'ripasso' wines of northern Italy, which owe their exceptional richness to the addition of partially dried grapes to the blend, Bellingham have created this quintessentially South African adaption of the style using their signature grape.

Dark, fleshy and muscular, this wine offers the smoky and sinuous black cherry profile of classic Pinotage, with added richness and sweet spice notes, and a smooth, voluptuous texture.

Best enjoyed with rich mushroom risotto or osso bucco.

Currently on offer with 25% off at £7.49 down from £9.99!

Meerlust RubiconDate published: 15/02/15

As many of you know I'm a massive fan of red wines from South Africa but some wines I can force down and this wine from Meerlust was one of the very best I have ever dad from there.

A classic Bordeaux-style blend, this wine has an intense, opaque deep ruby colour. Bright and vivacious in the glass, with deep, dark fruit, cassis, plum and black cherry. There is a pronounced minerality on the nose with graphite, cedar smoke and cigar box bouquet. The perfectly formed, ripe tannins are densely packed and tightly woven but remain lithe and almost powdery, giving the wine a generous opulence even at this early phase of its development. Drink with red meat and would match the recipe below with aplomb. Will age well for  10-15 years in the right conditions.

Ox cheeks are now getting more and more available in supermarkets or ask your butcher for them. They really are amazing value with a couple of them serving four people but only costing a couple of pounds each.
Cut cheeks into sixths so pieces are pretty big and toss in seasoned flour. Brown well in a hot casserole pan and remove. Add a couple of sliced onions, two finely chopped carrots and celery. Sweat in the pan adding two finely chopped garlic cloves and a minute or two. When softened add them meat, a bundle of thyme, rosemary, bay and parsley stalks. Then a tin of good tinned tomato's, a pint of good stock and a bottle of good red wine. You can cook on top of the stove but I prefer to cook in a slow oven. Say 150 for around 3 or 4 hours checking and stirring even hour or so. You will end up the the most sumptuous casserole ever. So tender and full of flavour. Serve with a buttery pomme puree and a hearty green veg like wilted cavelo nero.

Bargain RedDate published: 14/02/15

Looking for a great red under £7 well here it is; Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier.

From top South African producer Boekenhoutskloof, located in Franschhoek, comes this fashionable blend of Syrah and Viognier. Fraschhoek is northeast of Cape Town and winemaking there was very much influenced by the Hugenots.

Slightly perfumed with aromas of ripe juicy plum and black berries, rich and smooth on the palate with rich plum flavours, some spice and floral notes.

Perfect with a slab of beef or dare I say a good burger.


Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion RumDate published: 14/02/15

If you popped in to store over the Christmas period you may have noticed that we had a range of new craft spirits. A lot of them sold out (so count yourself lucky if you quickly snapped a bottle or two up). However, we have two of the firm favourites back in stock and open to taste! 

The Bathtub Gin is the first creation by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth and is inspired by combining by-gone eras with modern technology. The aim is to make the best gin possible, whilst also preserving the flavours of the botanicals. The key botanicals, include juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. The palate shows clean fresh flavours of these botanicals with a surprisingly creamy finish. It’s so complex you could enjoy it neat over ice but it will also make a superb G&T.

The Rumbullion rum based on the rich, full-bodied rums enjoyed by seafaring folk centuries ago. Creamy Madagascan vanilla is added to the finest high proof Caribbean rum and a zesty orange peel note adds a distinctive freshness to this rum.  A secret recipe was followed and is then finished with a handful of cinnamon and cloves and a hint of cardamom. Best enjoyed neat or with a little fresh lime and ice, this rum can also be an excellent cocktail component.


We've popped open a bottle of fizz!Date published: 14/02/15

We've opened the Soffio No.3 Rose on the tasting counter today!

Raboso is effectively the red 'sister grape' of Prosecco, extensively used for making a similarly light and fruity rosé version of northern Italy's signature sparkling wine, and is grown throughout the Veneto region. This example is made in Calmasino near Lake Garda.

This sparkling Rose has a gentle rose colour with salmon pink hues. The nose is gently floral, with hints of cherry blossom intermingling with fresh summer fruits. Gently fruity and approachably off-dry.

Perfect for your Valentines evening or day-to-day enjoyment, especially at £6.66 on the multibuy

Wine Of the Week: Pouilly Fume La Chataigneraie Date published: 13/02/15

Pouilly-Fumé is known for producing some of the finest classic Sauvignon Blanc. As hinted at by the name, the wines often display smoky aromas said to be a reflection of the gravel, flint and limestone in the region's soils.

This Pouilly-Fume is an inviting wine with aromas of grass, fresh fennel and citrus, giving a lovely fresh feel to the wine. On the palate it provides a ripe grapefruit taste with a zesty acidity, which makes the wine crisp and refreshing. 

This wine is a great alternative to your classic Sauvignon Blanc and is available to taste today!

Currently at £9.74 on the 25% promotional discount. 


Back in stock: Pizarras de Otero Date published: 13/02/15

Ever heard of the Mencia grape? I wouldn't be surprised if you hadn't. It is a grape variety from the North-East of Spain and is little known outside of Spain itself.

The Pizarras de Otero is the only wine we stock made from this grape. This wine comes from an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo. 

A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins. Definitely one to try if you are after something new. At an extremely affordable price too: just £6.66 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal. 

Chianti wait to try this one Date published: 11/02/15

The Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori is one i've been looking at since it arrived on our shelves. 

Being a blend of 90% Sangiovese supported by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it is just bursting with red fruit and spice aromas. On the palate again these red fruits are apparent and It has lovely hints of oak in its long and lingering finish. The tannins are supple but present making it an approachable yet elegant Chianti. 

If you like your Italian reds this is one to try, I know I had to!

Aussie CabDate published: 10/02/15

When you think of iconic wine producing areas Coonawarra in Southern Australia particular evokes thoughts of top quality Cabernet Sauvignon. You find many great producers and wines from this area but they usually aren't the cheapest but this wine from Hamilton Block on offer at only £8.99 is I think a bit of a bargain.

This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium-bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.

Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant and plum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins.

Delicious with a plain grilled piece of beef.

Valentines Day fizzDate published: 10/02/15

Spoil you're loved one this Valentines Day with one of these special bottles to say I Love You. All of the Rose Champagne's are on the 33% offer:

Oeil de Perdrix at £16.66

Nicolas Feuillatte at £19.99 

Veuve Clicquot Rose and Ruinart Rose at £39.98 

Bollinger Rose at £44.31 

Laurent Perrier Rose at £44.97

(All apply to the Multibuy purchase)


New FavouriteDate published: 10/02/15

This weekend I visited London and went to a steak and wine bar - my two favourite things in one place, could not have been happier. 

Looking at the extensive wine list, the Roaring Meg Pinot Noir caught my eye. I have always wanted to try it and lucky for me the special occasion called for a bottle!

This wine is made by the boutique winery Mt Difficulty in the area of Central Otago and I can definitely agree the quality stood up to its name.

It had a lovely mix of black and red fruits and complexity gained from oak spice. It is a very balanced wine, with gentle tannins, good acidity and a delicious fruit driven finish.

I will definitely be purchasing another very soon!

La La Land Date published: 10/02/15

Giving Australia some love here with their La La Land Malbec.

It comes from the Red Cliffs vineyard near Mildura in the north-west of Victoria, and are made in a deliberately up-front and early-drinking style by Dr Phil Spillman. Allowing you to enjoy this red straight away or with potential for short-term storage. 

It is a very approachable and fruit-driven wine, filled with bold forest-fruit flavours and a supple feel, supported by subtle hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. An explosion of complex flavours to go perfectly with some meaty BBQ pulled pork.

currently at £8.99 on the multibuy and available to taste on our tasting counter today! 

Gavi!Date published: 09/02/15

This wine, oft described as the Italian answer to Chablis, is enjoyed all along the Ligurian coast due to it’s affinity for seafood. Grown around the town of Gavi the closest vineyards to the town produce the wine known as Gavi Di Gavi. The actual grape variety that goes into the wine is known as Cortese

This white wine has a crisp character with a beautifully aromatic notes that can be found in the higher quality wines. Lime, Fennel, stone fruit and nut are an example of the characteristics that can be found in these great wines.

For food matching, fuller flavoured fish or shellfish makes an ideal match, simple prawns with garlic and coriander just beg to be plated up next to a bottle of Gavi.

We currently have two Gavi wines in stock:

Gavi Araldica £7.49 When you buy any two from our 25% promotion

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Gavi Montiero £7.64 When you buy any two from our 15% promotion

A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.

Ravenswood Zinfandel - Back in stock!Date published: 08/02/15

Ravenswood lodi ZInfandel


The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!


Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

Back in stock: Passimento Date published: 08/02/15

Just in time for valentines day too... the Passimento is back in stock! The name of this wine 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.

I adore this wine, If you are after a big, jusicy red that has a hint of sweetness then look no further. 

Currently just £7.99 on our 33% off deal. Grab it before it sells out again!

Back in stock: Curious Brew Lager Date published: 08/02/15

Chapel Down is one of the leading winemakers in England. Their sparkling wine is absolutely delicious and on a par with some of the big Champagne houses. As well as producing wine, they also produce beer! 

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. It is completely unique as it uses the same yeast used in Chapel Down sparkling in the beer too, as well as the addition of East Anglian malt and Cascade hops.

Currently £17.99 a case. Well worth a try if you fancy delving into different and unique beers!

Classy CabDate published: 08/02/15

I uncorked a bottle of this last night and I have to say what a cracking wine it is. Californian cab's can cost the earth but this wine has 33% off at present making it a very affordable £9.99!

Just a short drive outside the small town of Paso Robles, the Paso Creek ranch lies in a picturesque area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. Their production is very hands-on, with vinification and barrel ageing carried out in small lots before blending.

Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins.

The is a wine for beef. So think a thick slab of rib-eye cooked to medium rare and a bottle or two of this. Perfect.

Great value RiojaDate published: 07/02/15

When it comes to a everyday wine I often choose a wine from Spain and this Lagunilla reserva is a perfect example of what great value you can still get under £7.

This famous Rioja bodega was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martín, who is credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards from the phylloxera epidemic, through his pioneering work in grafting vines onto American rootstock.

A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.

A great match for some simply grilled lamb chops.


Gruner Veltliner Date published: 07/02/15

Gruner Veltliner is a grape variety native to Austria, but is also seen in countries such as Alsace, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Unlike a lot of wines from around the Austrian/Hungary region, Gruner Veltliner is a refreshing and dry wine, with grapefruit and lemon-peel tang and often quite aromatic in style. A classic Austrian-style can be found in the wine made by Weingärten Weissenkirchen. . Well balanced acidity and citrus fruits leading to a spicy, lively wine of minerality and elegance.

Although most varieties come from Austria, this little-known variety has been creeping its way into the New World. Waimea, from New Zealand, have just introduced a Gruner Veltliner. The wine is made deliberately off-dry to achieve the perfect flavour balance. An inviting golden colour, this is a fresh and crisp wine with a little extra richness. Stone fruit and pineapple flavours are accented with nuances of fennel, white pepper and a lingering minerality.

Why not give them both a try and have a Gruner Veltliner tasting?

What I drank last night: Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie 2014Date published: 07/02/15

A simple dinner of fresh fish cakes and vegetables were on the menu last night. I decided to partner it with the Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie 2014, Nathalie Lafond: a sauvignon blanc from Loire without the Sancere price tag! 

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.

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.

stunning pinot noirDate published: 06/02/15

When you think of wines from the States you often are faced with high prices and particularly when choosing a Pinot Noir. This wine somewhat bucks the trend. At £24 still not cheap but pound for pound this is a belter. 

Meiomi is a native American word for 'coast', and it is along California's coastal areas where winemaker Joseph J. Wagner has sourced his fruit, from a range of vineyard sites that each add specific elements to the blend. Fruit from Sonoma is said to offer plenty of round fruit and lush texture, while fruit from Santa Barbara and Monterey are employed for more earthy, spicy characters. Unified by 9 months in French oak barrels, the result is an opulent, complex and luxurious Pinot.

This is quite a small parcel so get it whilst you can. Would be perfect with simply roasted duck.

33% off Pink Bubbly Date published: 06/02/15

Just in time for Valentine's day, we have a fantastic promotion on all of our pink sparkling wine. Here are my top picks: 

- Graham Beck Brut Rosé: If you are looking for something that is fantastic value for money then look no further. This sparkling rosé from a very well-known producer in South Africa is made using the traditional method, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit. Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours. £9.99 on the 33% multibuy deal

- Cloudy Bay Perlorous Rosé: Again, this wine is made using the traditional method and can definitely stand up to the big houses in Champagne. Fine bubbles and a pale pink colour. The aromas are of strawberry and cranberry, with subtle pot pourri and flint. The palate is explosive and abundant, with lashings of cherry fruit and sweet spice. Just £18.98 on our 33% multibuy deal. AMAZING! 

- Perrier-Jouét Rosé: Aiming to REALLY impress this valentines day? The Perrier Jouet Rosé should do the trick. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are abundance. Currently £29.98 on our 33% multibuy deal. 

Blind River Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/02/15

Think you know New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Think again...

Barry Feickert is a former marine engineer who, along with his wife Dianne, turned to wine production as a retirement project. Today, they cultivate just over 11 hectares of vines, both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and their wines have been received by the world's press to great acclaim. Barry and Dianne's two daughters now run the estate, taking responsibility for both winemaking and commerce. 

Blind River is a small river that flows into Clifford Bay from the lower end of the Awatere Valley. Awatere has a slightly later and longer ripening period than the rest of Marlborough, and coupled with the free-draining nature of the alluvial soils, the grapes here tend towards lower yields and offer enhanced richness of flavour. 

Unlike the majority of Marlborough Sauvignons, which are made with a view to maximising the primary fruit impact, 10% of this wine has been fermented in aged French oak barriques, while the remainder has undergone the typical cool fermentation in stainless steel. After fermentation, the wine is reblended and kept on lees for four months. The result is a wine that combines vibrant fruit character with an involving complexity and textural finesse

Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, green apples and a fresh herbaceousness lead to intense flavours - the barrel ferment portion adds complexity while mineral characters provide backbone.

Currently just £9.74 on a 25% off multibuy deal. A great price for such a complex wine!

Rose FizzDate published: 05/02/15

After an exhausting few days of research on spotting the best value wine whilst on a recent trip to Thailand we found that either the hotel had made a mistake in its pricing or they got a seriously good deal on the Chandon rose from Argentina. I had only once tasted this wine prior to our trip but I have to say I am a real devotee now.

Moët & Chandon have created this complex sparkling rosé by combining the fruit of several vineyards of varying altitude, using a traditional method of blending the juice with a controlled portion of Pinot Noir base wines, and 18 months' lees aging in bottle.

Rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas a 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.

Couple this with it being one third off at present makes it a difficult wine to pass by.


Beer of the Week! Flying Dog IPADate published: 05/02/15

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 proud to bring a range of craft beers to a wider audience.


Why should you buy Flying Dog IPA?

Flying Dog IPA is great beer from Aspen, Colorado which has been brewed since 1990. Unlike many American IPAs the ABV is 4.7%, as opposed to usual 6%+, making this what the brewery term a “sessionable beer”.


Great Design!

The brewery owner is close friends with the journalist Hunter S. Thompson and the illustrator Ralph Steadman, who collaborated to come up with the funky designs on the labels.


What does it taste like…?

The beer is light and citrussy, with subtle hints of spice and an underlying hoppiness. It is a great accompaniment to Mexican and Asian food.


So, how much does it cost...?

£12.99 Buy 2 or more packs = £9.99



Mud House Pinot Noir Date published: 04/02/15

This isn't your usual Mud House Pinot Noir, this is an award winning Pinot Noir.

The Mud House Claim 431 Pinot Noir has won the highly acclaimed 2014 International Wine challenge and the overall New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy. 

This delicious Pinot Noir has aromas of plum and boysenberry give way to subtle aromas of oak toast and spice. The palate offers intense fruit yet an elegant structure with fine tannins and acidity. 

This will definitely the one to go with a slow-cooked pulled chipotle beef or even just settle down by the fire with

at £14.99 on the 'Buy 2 Bottles Save £10' you would not want to miss out on this deal 

Oeil de Perdrix!Date published: 04/02/15

There's not much I love more than Champagne... except pink Champagne! The Oeil de Perdrix, meaning Meaning 'eye of the partridge', is pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif.

What's more... this Champagne is on a fantastic offer this month. If you buy two or more bottles on the 33% deal, it is just £16.66. A perfect tipple for Valentines day or Mother's day and it makes a fantastic gift. Pop in and stock up today!

10 Wine FactsDate published: 03/02/15

Here are 10 fun facts about the world of wine and some history to classic traditions we still use in this day and age: 

1. There are 1,368 confirmed wine varieties in the world

2. Cabernet sauvignon is the most planted grape variety in the world

3. In 2010, the world produced enough wine for everyone to have 5 bottles.

 4. The average bottle of wine contains 520 grapes.- About 5.5 bunches of grapes go into a bottle of wine

5. The custom of bumping glasses with a 'cheers' came from Roman times where they used this method to make sure no one was trying to poison the other.

6. If you own a collection of bottles, do not keep them standing up, this can cause the cork to dry and shrink and the oxygen might get into the bottle. 

7. There are actually people with a phobia of wine. It is called Oenophobia and can cause people a lot of suffering especially when going out to a restaurant.