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East Street
Farnham
GU9 7SX
United Kingdom

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Some cracking reds open this weekend! Date published: 23/09/17

It's getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the nights longer! 

So here in Farnham we've prepped for this with some cracking red wines open for you all to try. 

My pick of the bunch are: 

Vinalba Reserve - The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity. This wine wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time. A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food, something like a steak au poive. £9.99 on the Mix Six

Herdade de Gambia 2016 - Portuguese wines are so underrated and cheap! This property is run with a dual aim of promoting healthy vineyards and conservation of endangered wildlife in the Sado estuary such as flamingo, heron and spoonbill. The long growing season produces a big juicy red that is packed with soft plum, bramble and cherry flavours. A perfect match for slow roasted lamb shoulder. Just £7.99 on the Mix Six. 

So sit back and enjoy the coming months with a warming glass or two of good red wine!  



New WinesDate published: 23/09/17

Just in case you have missed it we now have a section in the shop (and online) of limited parcels. Affectionately known as WGIG's (when it's gone it's gone) these are one off's and small allocations. This reminds me of Majestic in the 80's where parcels were frequent. Think Albarino from NZ, Malbec from South Africa and currently a brilliant Portuguese red from J Ramos that at £8.99 is seriously undervalued. So next time you visit just ask us to point this section out to you but remember they are one off's so stock up whilst you can!

Back In! Nero Oro Apassimento Date published: 13/09/17

It's back! We didn't have to wait long, but the Nero Oro is back in stock to the relief of the people of Farnham! 

It proved to be a hugely popular drop not only with customers but with Majestic employees, when we, the Farnham team, opened it up in store we all loved it and couldn't believe its complexity! 

This fruity Nero D'Avola is made even richer by the use of dried grapes (Apassimento). Packed with dark fruit of blackberries and plums with hints of chocolate, flavours that are almost amarone-esque, this is a truly stunning wine. It really separates itself from your usual Nero D'Avola which is traditionally similar in style to a Southern french Syrah.

And for just £8.99 on the Mix Six an absolute bargain too! I've only got 48 in stock for now so don't miss the opportunity of buying this wine, it's my wine of 2017 so far! 

Definition Côtes Du RhôneDate published: 04/09/17

Looking for a easy drinking but full flavoured red then look no further.

We think a great Côtes du Rhône should be plush, fragrant and rich. Our Côtes du Rhône, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. Discover perfume, blackcurrant, and pepper. 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 winemakers.

This wine punches well above its weight and tasted blind you could mistake for a more exspensive bottle with ease.

Soft enough to drink by itself or a great match for a casserole.

Wakefield Cabernet Date published: 03/09/17


It is true Aussie 'Cab Sav' comes in many forms. This particular one from the Clare value offers brilliant value/quality.

Wakefield Estate is Australia's leading family-owned winery, and chief winemaker Adam Eggins was recently awarded the Winestate Magazine's prestigious Australian Winemaker of the Year prize. Fresh, intense aromas of cassis, redcurrants and a touch of herbs and mint promise a palate which does not disappoint, packed with ripe berry fruit and licorice.

Think BBQ'd red meat!

Just love thisDate published: 02/09/17

Pizarras de Otero  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.Partner with charcoal grilled lamb cutlets. An snip at under £8 mix six price.

Love Condrieu??Date published: 01/09/17

I do but I don't enjoy the price! Well this wine really offers up Condrieu like flavours but at a fraction of the price.

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. Drink now or keep for 3-5 years. 

£11.99 mix six price and open to taste this weekend.

Open this WeekendDate published: 31/08/17


Dogajolo is a real go to wine for me and I''ve have enjoyed over the years many bottles of this.

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.

Great by itself or with some simply grilled lamb chops.

Come in this weekend to taste this little gem!

Special Offer! Date published: 21/08/17

Brut Réserve Taittinger is one of the last great Champagne Houses to remain independent and is owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. The hallmark of their fine Champagnes is the high proportion of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which is key, in the Champagne region, for producing wines of great elegance and finesse. Additionally, with its vineyard ownership of 288 ha (one of the largest in Champagne), Taittinger can guarantee a flawless signature, and wines heralded worldwide for their consistent quality.Taittinger Brut Réserve  is assembled from more than 35 crus and incorporates 40% Chardonnay - this high level is seldom offered in a non-vintage Champagne. Distinguished by a delicate nose marked by subtle brioche notes, it has a palate of considerable depth and balance with hints of honey and fresh fruit with a long, fresh finish.

On offer at only £28.99 mix six price until the 4th September,



Just love this wineDate published: 20/08/17


Rioja Gran Reserva 904 La Rioja Alta has to be one of my all time favourite wines. Yes, not an everyday day wine but at £40 ish it really is a great bottle for the money.

Formed by 5 growers in 1890, this superb and classic Rioja house has created an epic wine in the Gran Reserva 904. This wine has undergone 4 years' ageing in cask and had very little filtration or clarification to preserve its natural character. A wonderfully mature style of Rioja with lashings of secondary and tertiary characteristics, such as leather, mineral, cedar balsam and sweet spices. A brilliant wine with real structure and elegance, this wine is ready for drinking now. It cries out to be served along Lamb.

One of our FavouritesDate published: 19/08/17

Open this weekend is the brilliant Passimento from the excellent house of the  Pasqua winery. It's one of 3 wines in the Passimento range. What they all have in common is that they all have been produced by semi drying the grapes so all have a real depth of fruit.

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. A fine match for osso bucco or other slow-cooked red meat dishes.

An absolute snip at only £8.99 mix six price.

New InDate published: 18/08/17

It's been a while since we have a wine from Juilenas in stock. Being one the first of the cru village to be planted the wines from this very pretty village are reminiscent of those from Fleurie but just a touch fuller.
From a Cru in the south of Beaujolais this is a silky wine ripe with flavours of cherry, plum and spice.
A lovely wine to drink by itself or match with a piece simply grilled salmon. It also can be enjoyed at cellar temperature.

Like Rioja then hurry down to buy This!! Beronia Gran Reserva Rioja 2009Date published: 12/08/17

Hurry! When it's gone, it's gone - wigig. From the excellent 2009 vintage and aged for 5 years prior to release this is a top quality wine. Packed with blueberry and redcurrant flavours balanced by harmonious vanilla and spice each sip is a pure delight. We have always loved the Reserva but this Gran Reserva is an utterly brilliant wine. Tiny allocation!

Bargain BurgundyDate published: 11/08/17

It's true Burgundy and the Loire valley have had a couple of horrendous vintages recently. Alot of producers lost their a high proportion of their crop to late frost and hail. In the Loire our range has had to change massively and in Burgundy we have also had to change alot of wines. This couple with currency issues has also meant many wines have increased in price.
One of my jobs is to seek out those wines that punch above their weight. One such wines is the sumptuous Vire Clesse from Cordier. At £14.99 this could be mistaken for a £25 Pouilly Fuisse!

Cordier's Viré-Clessé is made from 40-year-old vines from village of Viré, with grapes bought in from a mixture of winegrowers, some of which practise biodynamic viticulture. Using 300lt barrels, 10% of which are new, the lees are also stirred for added body. Elegant yet opulent, this wine combines fresh fruit on the palate with a minerally core, with added dimension provide by a slight toastiness. Langoustines, lobster and prawn dishes will match well with this wine, as will most fowl recipes.

A great all rounderDate published: 10/08/17

Looking for the perfect wine for a party or large gathering then look no further than the Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet. This wine comes from the Landuedoc area of Southern France. Picpoul is the grape variety and it is brilliant alternative to say Sauvignon/Chardonnay. It's a dry wine with green fruits and gentle acidity. It makes a great appertif or match's seafood and grilled white fish with aplomb. At under £8 it's a really strong buy.
Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape. Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish. 

A lovely rose Date published: 05/08/17

A first for me a English rose and guess what?  We all love it!

From vineyards around Tenterden and Aylesford in Kent, where the temperate climate allows growth of the delicate Pinot Noir, alongside some hardier varieties that shrug off England's cooler days, to produce a vibrantly fruity wine. Dry and refreshing, and packed with English summer fruit character. Strawberry and redcurrant characters take centre stage, with crispy acidity providing a mouth-watering lift. 

A little fuller than Provence rose but not as full as a Tavel Rose. A snip at £10.99 mix six price.

Blind River Pinot Noir - Open to Taste!Date published: 04/08/17

It's often said that Pinot Noir can bring out the snobbiness in people. It's traditionally a grape varitey that requires A LOT of TLC, incredibly thin skinned, prone to disease and requires a cooler climate. It doesn't like too much heat but it needs enough warmth to ripen. You'll find it blossom in places such as Burgundy, New Zealand and Romania. 

The grapes are often hand picked, as machine harvesting can pierce the skins, and this is why prices come at a premium. I always think it's tricky to get good Pinot Noir for under a tenner, now I understand this is a lot, but good Pinot Noir is a serious pleasure. You can get Pinot from Chile and Romania for under a tenner that does deliver, but I think the extra few quid is worth it.

Open this week, we have a Kiwi Pinot, the Blind River - Former marine engineer Barry Feickert started Blind River wines as a retirement project, at the Redwood Pass vineyard in the Awatere Valley. His two daughters now manage the winery, and their wines have been acknowledged as being among the finest in Marlborough. A deep and intense Pinot Noir, with layer upon layer of blackcurrant and loganberry fruit, nuanced with liquorice and spice notes. Plenty of weight, but with silky, elegant tannins. This is a sexy wine, and wines can definitely be sexy. Drink now or cellar for up to 7 years. Serve with slowly roasted pork belly or barbecued quail.

Priced at £14.99 on the Mix Six* - Treat yourself to this opulent red wine, perfect for summer and will impress even the most demanding of Pinot connoisseurs. 

White RiojaDate published: 01/08/17

If you are looking for a slightly different white for the summer look at the whites from Spain and Italy. There are some really lovely examples out there and one of my favourites is the Lopez de Haro blanco white rioja.
López 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. Enjoy with buttery roast chicken, mildly spiced dishes or even fish and chips!

Hurry to get Ned at £7.99Date published: 29/07/17

Our best selling Ned Sauvignon Blanc offer ends at 7.00pm Monday 31st July so don't miss out!!

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. 

Come in, phone or order online!

Paso Creek CabDate published: 29/07/17

On the counter this weekend is a brilliant Cab Sauv from Paso Creek.

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. Fantastic with a steak!

The Chocolate BlockDate published: 22/07/17

So I was invited round for dinner with some friends and was told it was going to be steak. Good sirloin steak with real fat on. Because of my job I'm always set the task of purchasing the wine, which is fair enough. 

And nothing bores me more than cliche wine pairings, oh an Argentinian Malbec or a good claret are the usual suspects. Where's the immagination!? I was discussing duck confit earlier with James and I suggested that the Anjou Rose that we have on the Tasting Counter would be a delicious fit. James wasn't convinced, he's quite old school. But why not? Duck craves sweetness, whether that be a rich cherry sauce or an asian plum sauce, so why can't a medium Rose be suitable? Let's keep things exciting! 

Anyway, back to the steak pairing. South African wines have never really been my bag, but I wanted to give them a chance. The Chocolate Block stood out the most, having seen it tweeted by cricketer Kevin Pietersen I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. 

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 Boukenhoutskloof'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. Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

It went down superbly well, and of course it wasn't just the one bottle and I've got a bit of a sore head today! But guys, let's think outside the box when it comes to wine matching, and create the new classics! 

Priced at £22 on the Mix Six, it is definitely worth every penny. 

Coming home late!Date published: 22/07/17

When faced with a late finish I always have an emergency pack of fresh ravioli in the fridge. I elevate it by hard fried lardons then when taking on colour add sliced shallot, chopped garlic, chilli, and diced courgette. Cook until soft and add a few chopped tomatoes. Cook add and then add your lightly cooked pasta to finish cooking. Season well and grate lots of parmasan or your favourite hard cheese all over. To take to next level make a light cheese sauce and top with breadcrumbs and crisp in oven.
To drink good Italian. The Bardolino from Allegrini would be a perfect match.

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 real bargain at £8.99 mix six price.


A cracking Pinot NoirDate published: 21/07/17

Looking for a keenly priced pinot noir? Come in this weekend and taste the Te Terra from Martinborough vineyard. At under £15 this is a brilliant example of this tricky grape varitel.

Martinborough Vineyard is one of the pioneers that put New Zealand Pinot Noir on the map, back in the mid 1980’s. A cool, maritime climate results in a natural low vigour site and ensures high quality, consistent, ripe fruit. The nose displays succulent ripe cherry, berry and plum fruits combined with savoury notes and a hint of mocha. Fine tannins complement the fruit giving further texture and a generous lingering finish. An elegant Pinot Noir that is approachable in style and whilst drinking well, will reward further cellaring. Partner with roast lamb.

A brilliant wineDate published: 20/07/17

Open this weekend is the sumptuous Porto 6 reserva. The sibling of the famed Porto 6 this is a definite step up in complexity.

Porta 6 has become one of our most popular wines. Many people think it is impossible to improve on, but, we like a challenge so we created Porta 6 Reserva - it has all the hallmarks of the original but is a bit richer, smoother and we think, even more delicious.

A snip at £9.99 mix six price

Hospice de BeaujeuDate published: 19/07/17

Looking for the perfect summer red well this is a little gem of a wine.

In existence since 1240 the Hospice de Beaujeu have received numerous donation of land over the years and now own 80.5 hectares of vineyards. This Gamay has a classic Burgundian character with lots of fruit flavours and soft oak.

This is very soft with virtually no tannin and can be drunk at cellar temperture in the warmer weather.



Prosecco Day!Date published: 15/07/17

It's the weekend! Freedom! And to celebrate we're having a Prosecco tasting all day! Come on down to store and join us and sample a a variety of contrasting styles of Prosecco. 

What we have open: 

Rivamonte DOC - £7.49
Rivamonte Rose - £7.49 
La Marca Conegliano DOCG - £9.99
La Marca Treviso DOC - £9.74
Romeo & Juliet DOC - £9.74 

All cracking wines and perfect for summer!

It's 25% off Italy and Prosecco this week! Date published: 14/07/17

So you're probably aware of the offer already, but that's not all we're doing to celebrate this fantastic week of the year. We have a few of our favourite Italian wines open on the Tasting Counter, and probably one of the best offers for a white wine right now. 

The Tasca "Regaleali" Bianco Di Sicilia is probably my favourite white wine. Whenever a customer asks me for good value wines, I immediately think of Southern Italy or less reknowned wine-making countries. Made from local grape varieties on an estate owned by the noble Tasca family since the 1830s. Delicate but not certainly not bland, fruit flavours of apple, peach and pink grapefruit are to the fore of this crisp and refreshing wine. Best with spaghetti vongole or a delicious crushed broad bean bruschetta with pecorino. Delicious! 

And now the price, just £7.49. Bargain of the century. 

This weeks Tasting Counter Guide - RedsDate published: 08/07/17

Ever week we select a different range of weeks to have on the tasting counter for you to try, enjoy and explore.

This week we have the very popular Porta 6, so you can all remind yourselves of how wonderful and smooth it is!

We also have two of our WIGIG (When its gone its gone wines) which are:

3 Sisters & a Brother Australian Shiraz this is a rich, ripe red, packed with flavours of black fruits and mocha

If you haven't heard already its another one of the Parcel Series Wines, we source our Parcel Series wines from top quality wineries from around the world and this comes from a top quality Clare Valley winery that has won over 500 awards! 

We have one more Australia wine for you to try rather than a another Shiraz we have a Carbernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Vasse Felix, named in honour of an early seafarer who drowned whilst exploring the treacherous coast, perfumed and leafy aromas along with generous black fruits and berry fruit aromas.

Come and enjoy!


Porta 6 Reserva!Date published: 03/07/17

Porta 6 has become one of our most popular wines. Many people think it is impossible to improve on, but they are wrong! They have released a Porta 6 Reserva!

It has all the hallmarks of the original but is a bit richer, smoother and we think, even more delicious. It has quickly become my favourite red in the whole majestic range. They should have called it Porta 10/10!

If you are a fan of the original I guarantee you wont be disappointed! 

At only £9.99 MixSix & £11.99 Single bottle price it is a real bargin.

Style: Plummy Reds 

Closure: Natural Cork 

ABV :14.0

 Country: Portugal

Restaurant WineDate published: 03/07/17

It's true I do enjoy dining out but after 15 years in the wine trade I view restaurant wine lists as a ongoing challenge. So many mark their wines up horrendously. We're going for lunch at a well respected Surrey restaurant next week and having studied the wine list and some bottles are marked up 4 times the retail price. I thought I would ask how much for corkage and heard back from them it would be £50. Ridiculous! Just a note this isn't a Michelin starred restaurant. It just stops you drinking well so I would imagine it will be at the cheaper end of the wine list when we go.The Vineyard at Stockcross by the way offers a brilliant list with very fair mark ups. The food is also rather good as well!
When faced with one of these uber expensive lists is to go for the lesser known areas as usually these offer great value.Southern France is one example. There are lots of small wine makers producing good wines but because they aren't from a famous area ( ie Bordeaux, Burgundy) the prices are fair. Ask the sommelier's (if you think he is good) advice. They love to find wines off the beaten track. Experiment. 

Alsace RieslingDate published: 02/07/17

Riesling can be an extremely confusing grape varitel with a multitude of different styles. Examples from the new world tend to be down the drier style and German wines tend to be more off dry but that is a big generalisation as you do find plenty of drier examples from there too. Just over the border in Alsace is another exciting place to find Riesling and we list a couple. One being the Clos st Jacques.

Clos St-Jacques is a 10.5ha vineyard on the outskirts of the town of Colmar, the regional 'wine capital' of Alsace and one of the driest places in France. The dry conditions and stony vineyards have proven to be ideal for cultivation of Riesling. Typically dry and focused Alsatian Riesling, offering a lemony bouquet accented with hints of golden apple, acacia and smoky mineral notes. Has a mature, developed and firmly structured feel. Great with Asian food.

Andrea's pick of the Tasting Counter Date published: 30/06/17

We've got AMAZING wines open this week! I mean really amazing. Ranging from a glorious Alsace Riesling to a fabulous Mendoza Malbec. But the Italian in me has eyes for one wine and one wine only. The La Casetta Valpolicella Ripasso is one of the best wines that Majestic stock. Consistently brilliant year after year.

From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella. It was a Roman method to intesify wines in a short period of time, without the bother of laying them down for decades. 

This wine has a beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. There's also bitter chocolate notes in there that make this wine incredibly moreish. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours it makes the perfect companion to a wild boar stew or fetuccine al ragu. 

Priced at £14.99 on the Mix Six.

Just in! Date published: 29/06/17

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has taken over the world, followed closey by craft gins. So when a new one comes out it sort of feels like, 'Well what's different about this one?' And I understand this, but our latest addition dismisses this argument. 

The Devil's Creek has been made exclusively for Majestic by the multi award winning Foley Family Wines. This amazingly affordable white wine is bursting with passionfruit, gooseberry and peach flavours. It isn't like other Kiwi Sauvignon's that can be incredibly vegetal and grassy, which isn't to my taste. Once more it isn't too acidic, either, which is welcoming if you're quaffing during a long lazy lunch or just sat in the garden; you don't need to feel like you need to book an appoitnment with your dentist! 

And at £7.99 on our Mix Six, it offers great value for money.


Back in stockDate published: 27/06/17

Another great wine has just arrived back into stock. The epic Catena Alta Malbec. We stock a range of wines from Catena and across the board they really are a great producer. Year in year out the consistency of this winery is amongst the best winemaking in Argentina.

In 1994 Catena Alta became one of the first premium Malbecs to be exported from Argentina. From the best rows of vines, rigorously sorted and aged in French oak, 70% of which is new. Quintessential Malbec, displaying the power and ageing potential of Argentina. Deep purple in colour, with intense aromas of blackberry with hints of violets, sweet spices, vanilla and tobacco. Full bodied with integrated ripe tannins, black pepper spice and a lingering finish. Decant well in advance and enjoy over the next decade. 


This cries out for a premium cut of beef cooked medium rare.

If you get a chance to taste the next wine up in their range (the Nicholas Zapata) do. It's one of my top ten wines ever!

Back in StockDate published: 25/06/17


I'm very excited about having this cracking red back at Majestic.

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and is the 'little brother' to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. 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.

A perfect match for a grilled steak.

Open this weekend!Date published: 24/06/17

The sun's gone in but who cares! We've still got plenty of summer wines open to try on our tasting counter; and my pick of the bunch this weekend is the magisterial Chateau de Berne. 

A stunning property and landmark of Provence, Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars. This is their 'prestige cuvée' rosé in its iconic square bottle. Legend goes the owner of the winery was fed up of bottles rolling around the decking of his yacht; and thus devised the square shape to prevent this from happening! 

 An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango and peaches. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate. I find this as a really distinctive rosé for all the right reasons, it is a taste of summer in a glass with beautiful floral tones. 

Drink as a summery apéritif, or with classic Provençale fish dishes like a Bouillabaisse or grilled red mullet with a sauce vierge. 

£12.99 on the Mix Six. 


Summer RedDate published: 23/06/17

This last week has been somewhat warm you could say. In weather like this I never cook inside so the BBQ does much of the cooking. I also still want to drink red so having something I can serve from the fridge is ideal. Loire reds lend themselves to this very well but I prefer t stick to the Gamay grape and currently I'm drinking the Definition Beaujolais Villages which punches well above its weight and tasted blind I could mistake easily for a cru wine.

A light red wine from southern Burgundy, France. Made from the Gamay grape, which thrives in unique granite vineyards, situated around ten picturesque ‘Cru Villages’ in the heart of the region.

Find flavours of raspberry, candy floss and black cherry, the perfect picnic red. At £8.99 a snip!


Gin Tatsing Date published: 22/06/17

I had such a fun evening with you all on the 25th May for our Gin Tasting! So thank you all for coming!

For those of you who didn't make it here is a little run down of what we tried on the evening:

We started the evening off with some Elderflower Chase Liqueur mixed with one of our best selling party prosecco, Rivamonte.

The first gin we tried was a new one called "The Cucumber Gin" - we like to try all our gin straight first as it is easier to distinguish between the different brands then we will add our garnish and then the chosen tonic water. With this Gin we decided that the cucumber taste was so intense and fresh we really didn't need to add any garnish at all. We then drank that with Fever Tree Light.

We then moved onto Definition our own brand Gin, unlike the rest of the Definition range would of our buyers, Beth Pierce, came up with the recipe herself and hand it distilled in the midlands, We had this with frozen fruit instead of ice and Regular Fever Tree.

Then had Bathtub which we added with Fever Tree Ginger Ale which just complements the gin just perfectly.

The last Gin we tried was the Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin which we just drank straight over ice with some fresh ginger as a garish, as you know ginger and rhubarb are a classic combo.

As it was such a hot day with finished off the tasting with a portion of ice cream from each guest, we added Silent Pools Strawberries Gin Cordial of the top with diced fresh strawberries. Went down a treat!

Looking forward too next time!



Exciting ArrivalDate published: 22/06/17

Lovers of Porto 6 take note. We not only are now doing the epic Porto 6 reserva but due in later this week are magnums of the regular Porto 6. This is already one of our biggest selling red wines and lots of parties have taken it as it is a great value easy drinking but is also so delicious. The magnums are sure to be a real hit also. Not sure if these are going to around long so stock now whilst we have some in store.

Fun Facts 5Date published: 22/06/17

Estate bottled means that the wines have been made strictly with grapes that are either owned by the winery or under their viticultural control through a long term lease. The wine must also be completely produced, aged and bottled at the winery. An estate wine is not necessarily better than a non-estate wine but it often indicates that the wine makers have put their own custom touches on the wine flavor and quality.

 The "finish" of a wine is the lingering flavor after you have swallowed. The longer the finish the better the wine is considered.

 There are 25,000 genes in the human genome, and approximately 1000 of them are tied directly to your sense of smell. Although there is a significant amount of training needed to smell all the aromas of a good wine, a portion of the skill is also genetic. One person may smell a peppery scent while another may smell pear. Scientists have determined that there is a 2 - 3% genetic variation among humans, this explains why what you smell may not be what your companion smells.

 The most famous vineyards in France are located in the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Located in the small Burgundian villages of Vosne-Romanee and Echezeaux the domaine produces wine from seven tiny parcels of land. The vineyards are so legendary that the French army salutes them when passing. 

 Two of the world's most difficult to make wines are Port and Champagne. While they have very different flavours, they both have long and complicated production processes. They are also both subject to the stock reserve legislation which states that a certain amount of wine must be held back from sale in reserve from each years production. For example Champagne makers must hold 20% of their annual production in reserve which ensures that the wine will never be off the market. Even if a natural disaster befell the wine making regions there would still be a supply of reserve stock available for sale. As of 2003 it is estimated that approximately 100 million bottles of Champagne are being held in reserve. In Portugal, port shippers must hold in reserve three cases for every case that is sold. This limitation ensures that no shipper would be inclined to dramatically increase production and flood the market, thereby lowering the reputation of the wine and the price it commands.


Fun Facts 4Date published: 21/06/17

When the temperature drops to about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, all metabolic changes in a grapevine come to a halt. In other words, the grapevine stops the action of converting the carbohydrates to sugars and the grapes stop ripening. In warm regions such as California and Australia, this daily pause in ripening allows the acidity to be preserved in the grapes and keeps the grapes from becoming so ripe that the wine would taste like liquid prunes.

 Zinfandel has been dubbed "America's Grape" by many wine connoisseurs, but scientists have known for decades that Zinfandel grapes originally came from Europe. As a result of DNA fingerprinting of grape vines , we know that Zinfandel is native to the Dalmation coast of Croatia, where it is known as crljenak kastelanski. At some point in the 1800's crljenak was brought to the eastern seaboard of the United States. Years later, it was shipped to California, where it quickly became one of the state's leading varieties. The origin of the new name Zinfandel is unknown, although it has been suggested that it is a corruption of the name Ziefandler, which is an Austrian grape that is not directly related to the Zinfandel variety.

 There are approximately 5000 different grape varieties that are used in wine making according to scientists. These 5000 grape varieties have over 24,000 names due to regional references. (Syrah in France, for example, is Shiraz in Australia). Of the 5000 varieties only about 150 are planted in commercially significant amounts. What's amazing about this is how narrow our choices are considering the possibilities.
 The Concord is the name of the leading grape variety belonging to the native American grapevine species Vitis Labrusca. It grows prominently in New York State, where it is sometimes made into wine, but is more often made into Concord grape juice and Concord grape jelly. New York produces more grapes and more grape juice than any other state, including the well known brand of Welch's Grape Juice. Dr. Thomas Welch, the inventor of the product was an ardent prohibitionist, if it was not for him New York could have developed into the most important wine region in the United States.

Fun Facts 3Date published: 20/06/17

 An Ah-So is an oddly shaped corkscrew with a handle and two metal prongs but no worm (Screw part of a corkscrew). To remove the cork the flat metal blades are inserted into the neck of the bottle on either side of the cork. The cork is gently twisted and rocked to remove the cork. It was originally patented in 1879 under the name of the Magic Cork Extractor and was nicknamed "The Butler's Friend" as it allowed a disgruntled butler to remove the cork, drink the wine and replace it with an inferior wine without the tell tale hole in the cork.

 When eating cheese with wine it is best to leave the rind (Skin of the cheese) behind and just eat the interior, which is also known as paste. The reason for this is that the rind is made of bacteria, yeasts and molds that can make a wine taste bitter. Try it for yourself! Have a glass of white wine and taste a piece of the interior and take a sip of wine. Then repeat with a piece of cheese that still has the rind attached.

 Many French blended and specialty wines are patented under international law. This means that you can often get a bottle of wine made from the same grape variety in another country that is named differently. An example is Champagne which is a well known sparkling white wine that is grown in the Champagne region of France. An identical wine that is grown elsewhere in the world is often called a "Sparkling Wine" due to the copyright.

 When wine is used in cooking a large portion of the alcohol evaporates. If the wine is cooked or simmered for 15 minutes, only about 40% of the original alcohol remains.

 In the 17th and 18th centuries the French wine regions of Burgundy and Champagne locked in a bitter dispute over competing sales of red wine.  The argument of which red was better was eventually brought before the Medical Board of Paris. Their final judgment was "A man has to have both wines, just as he needs two legs". Today Burgundy is famous for its rich selection of red wines while Champagne is known for its sparkling white wines. It is interesting to note that the Champagne region still produces red wines such as Pinot Noir but for mostly local consumption.

Fun Facts 2Date published: 19/06/17

 The average life span for a grapevine is 25 years, but grapevines are capable of producing for 100 years or more.

 Fermenting grape juice has approximately 6,000 yeast cells per ounce. Grapes will ferment naturally, if left untouched. This has led to the theory that wine was discovered by accident in the distant past.

 America's first wine district was located in Missouri. About 1830 German immigrants, from the Rhine River Valley, settled an area overlooking the Missouri River and produced the first commercially sold wine. Wine is still produced in the region today.

 The Auger or the curly metal part of a corkscrew is sometimes called a worm.

 In the late 1300's the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Bold, issued a standing edict that never again would the "vile and noxious" Gamay plant be grown in the region. He declared that Pinot Noir would be its replacement and levied hefty fines against anyone that grew Gamay grapes or made wine from them. Unfortunately Pinot Noir is not an easy grape variety to grow so the edict resulted in shortages in wine throughout the region. The timing could not be worse. The Black Death was ravaging the populations of Europe. The lack of wine resulted in many people drinking contaminated water as there was nothing else to drink. It is ironic that a lack of wine proved fatal for so many.

 The early French word of butler is bottle. In the mid 1700's wealthy families would purchase or store their wine in large barrels. It was the responsibility of their head servant to make sure that wine was transferred into bottles to be served as needed. The bottles often had the family crest or seal on them. Over time the "bottler" became the butler we know today.

Fun FactsDate published: 18/06/17

Cream of tartar is a residue left on the sides of wooden wine casks, after fermented grape juice is removed  from the cask. Grapes are the only significant source of cream of tartar and there is no substitute for cream of tartar. Baking powder is a mixture of baking soda and cream of tartar.

 A red wine grape can make white wine, but a white wine grape cannot make red wine. The juice of red, white and pink wine grapes is clear in color. Red wine is red because the juice is left in contact with the red or black grape skin until it achieves the degree of color that pleases the winemaker.

 The shape of the shallow and wide-mouthed Champagne or sparkling wine glass (similar to a sherbet glass) is claimed by the French to be a tribute to the "breast" of Marie Antoinette, but the Greeks claim the glass is a tribute to the "breast" of Helen of Troy.
 Italy is the world's largest producer of wine, producing 12%of the world's wine. The USA and France tie for second place at 11%. Spain is third, producing 9%of the world's production. China and Turkey tie for fourth place-producing more wine than then the individual productions of Argentina, Chile and Australia.

 A new French oak wine barrel costs $800 to $1200. A new American oak wine barrel costs $300 to $500. An oak wine barrel is capable of imparting oak flavor for only about three fills. The third fill will naturally have less oak flavor than the first fill.
 The deepest wine cellar in existence is aboard the Titanic. Despite the depth and age of the bottles, many of the wines are still preserved on the sea bed. Anyone for a chilled 1912 White Star Line Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon?

 Wine corks are harvested from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The average life span of a Cork Oak is 150 to 200 years. The first harvest of a Cork Oak tree occurs when the tree is about twenty-five years old. Each tree yields sixteen bark strippings. The harvest date is painted on the bark of each tree, after each harvest. Laws protect these treasured trees, allowing them to be harvested only once every nine years. The cork trees of the western Mediterranean area are considered to yield the best quality wine corks with Portugal being the largest producer.

 The world's largest cork tree is the Whistler Tree, located in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The tree is over 212 years old and has been producing the world's finest corks since 1820. The Whistler tree is harvested every nine years and is currently producing enough cork for 100,000 wine bottles. The tree received its name from the many songbirds that live in its massive canopy.

Open this weekend!Date published: 17/06/17

Now readers won't know too much about me, I'm still relalitively new to Farnham, but those that do know that I love Claret. A recent trip to Bordeaux cemented this. And we've got a cracker open this weekend, which isn't too tanic, isn't too full-bodied and is bloomin' lovely! 

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 winemakers. The Definition Claret is from Montagne St Emilion and therefore predominantly Merlot, with a little Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. You will discover flavours of blackberry, spiced plum and cedar. Like stilton and stout, Claret can take a bit of getting used to, but once you have your Bordeaux epiphany you’ll never look back, just like I did!

£10.99 on the Mix Six

Just in!Date published: 15/06/17

The Black Book wines have arrived and there are some amazing wines to be had! My pick of the bunch has to be the latest Finca Carelio, this vintage certainly does not disappoint. 

From the exciting Toro region of Spain this wine was destined to be a £15 special release until it was erroneously sent outside the region for bottling! Under Spanish wine rules this meant it could only be sold as a lower status Vino de la Tierra. 

Complex and layered; rich and dark, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla. Reminiscent of a top Ribera del Duero. This lush, smooth wine would be great with herb roasted lamb.

*£7.99 on the Mix Six it is bargain! 

Stocks are limited so don't miss out. 

The Perfect Sunday wine Date published: 11/06/17

I am an absolute sucker for a long and lazy Sunday lunch. There is nothing better than good food, good company and  good wine, the original three amigos. But as the weather is getting warmer what style of wine is best? A Provence Rose? A glorious Kiwi Pinot Noir? Or just classic bubbles?

My choice for Sunday lunch is our very own Cup and Rings Albariño from North-west Spain in Galicia. Albarino is still unbelievably underrated and cracking value. I'm sure it will catch on and become trendy like Chardy did in the 90's and Kiwi Sauvignon is now. 

Named after prehistoric markings found on stones in Galicia and all over Europe The Cup and Rings Albariño is a joint project between Norrel Robertson MW and Terras do Ciggaron. The wine is aged on fine lees adding richness and complexity. 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. 

The ultimate roast chicken wine or if you're splashing out on a platter of fruits de mer the perfect pairing. Salut! 

£9.99* Mix Six (£11.99)

Summer FizzDate published: 10/06/17

Without going to Champagne prices there are some great sparkling wines out there. On of my favourites is Langlois from the Loire valley. The house is owned by the highly esteemed Champagne Bolliniger.

This is the Loire equivalent of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, having been made from a blend of only the region's white grapes. Made in the traditional method, including 12 months' maturation on lees, this is a fine example of the region's sparkling wines. 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.

Andrea's favourite Kiwi Sauvignon Date published: 10/06/17

As you all know we've got a special 25% off New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc this week (it ends Monday!). And we've got some absolute bargains out there. Now it's not all about the Ned and Villa Maria, yes i said it, don't get me wrong these are solid wines; But my pick of the bunch is the amazing Blind River Sauvignon.

From Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, the Blind River vineyard sits between the Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Deep, stony, clay soils on river terraces, the vineyard’s five blocks vinified individually before being carefully blended to achieve the ultimate in style and quality. 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. 

This wine is £8.99 people and it's open on our tasting counter so come in and try before you buy! 

Open this weekendDate published: 09/06/17

Readers of our articles know by now that I enjoy a big red and this weekend we have such a wine open. 

From a tiny boutique winery in the quality-led McLaren Vale region. This area has a climate similar to Bordeaux except, in the words of one winemaker, it never rains and it’s never frosty. This full-bodied Cabernet is aged for 18 months in both French and American oak. Blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours, enhanced by hints of mint and plenty of toasty oak and cedar notes on the palate. Smooth and velvety, revealing sweet tannins on the finish. 

This is a great wine for the bbq season and anything meaty would be a great match. Or try a really good mature Cheddar as it would also be a really good combo! 

£10.99 on our Mix Six. 

Special Offer! Date published: 08/06/17

This week we have 25% off all our Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. So from Marlborough Ridge to Cloudy Bays Te Koko there are some great deals to be had.
Stand outs for me are the partially oaked wines. So Blind River is a snip at £8.99, Grey Ghost by Jackson and the aforementioned Te Koko which in my mind is Cloudy Bay's best wine. This offer runs until Monday 12th only.

Last WeekendDate published: 06/06/17

A long weekend off always means we drink slightly better than usual. The pinnacle of this weekend was Pagodes de Cos ( their 2nd wine) 2012 which was already drinking well and was particularly good with the braised then barbacued short ribs we ate. Cos is quickly becoming one of my absolute favourite wines. Yes expensive but not crazy priced. The 12 was £35ish. The first wine from the same vintage is around £100. Friday was at friends where we drank a couple bottles of the always exceptional Te Koko followed by a Corton from 2004 which was still drinking beautifully and perfect with the guinea fowl we ate. Sunday we started with a bottle of Miraval 16 which is I think my favourite Provencal rose. We had lamb for dinner so I unearthed a 01 Prado Enea from Muga. I'd forgotten how good this wine is. Monday was a light supper of Thai style vegetable salad with grilled salmon so we drank Feline Jordan's Picpoul which the perfect foil for the salad. Picpoul also makes a brilliant appertif and summer lunch wine. Here's to my next long weekend.

Lovers of good Rioja !Date published: 31/05/17

Calling all lovers of mature Rioja. This is an epic wine under the wire gran reserva. Vina Holtonia is a wine bottled for our fine wine part of Majestic, Lay and Wheeler. Produced from vines in Rioja Alta this is a glorious wine that I would suggest out points Ardanza and equals the quality of 904 or Prado Enea but for under £30.

The archetypal red wine of Spain comes from the northern region of Rioja, produced from the early-ripening Tempranillo grape. And a Rioja with our name had to be extraordinary. Deep in the renowned cellars of La Rioja Alta, we discovered a wine made from selected old vines, reserved for special releases.

Perfect with a plate of simply grilled lamb chops.

An absoulte steal at £25 a bottle (mix six price)

Yes to chilled red wine! Date published: 30/05/17

Yes to chilled red wine!

It's getting to that time of year where people are saying it is just too hot for red wine, and you might be one of them; the long sunny evening's mean chilled bottles of Minuty or a crisp glass of Sancerre are the way forward. 

But let's not ditch red wine just yet, especially when some can be chilled, yes you heard me, chilled!. Mencia is a great example, it's a Spanish grape varietal that is not too disimilar to Pinot Noir, only a tad more robust. I had a bottle of our M+ Mencia Bierzo chilled the other Sunday with a BBQ and it worked perfectly, it actually softened the wine and brought out the seductive red fruit characteristics. 

And it comes at an unbelieavble price, too, just £6.66 on our Mix Six. So go one, put one in your trolley and experiment, you'll soon realise that red wine CAN BE a summer tipple and it's not all about Rose. 

Other chilled red suggestions: 

Beaujolais Georges Duboeuf - £8.49
Bardolino Rosso - £8.99
Brancott Estate Pinot Noir - £9.89

   

COMMONLY USED WINE TERMINOLOGYDate published: 30/05/17

Clarity: This refers to the appearance of the wine. To ascertain this, tilt the glass against a pale surface. If the wine is hazy or cloudy this is evidence of a fault in the wine.

Intensity: Intensity of colour varies greatly – and not just from red to white! Intensity spans from water-white through pale, medium, deep, and opaque. Colours also vary; In white wine through lemon-green, lemon, gold, amber, and brown and in reds through purple, ruby, garnet, tawny and brown. Usually the farther the wine is down the scale the older it is.

Legs: If you swirl the wine in the glass you will often see “legs” or “tears” appear as the liquid settles down the sides. Heavier or thicker legs indicate higher alcohol or sugar.

Development: The development of a wine can be assessed by noting the progression from primary and secondary to tertiary characteristics: Primary: Fruity or floral characteristics obvious in young wines. Secondary: Characteristics that result from treatment at the winery, such as oak aging e.g. buttery or yeasty notes. Tertiary: These result during the aging process and are any characteristics that are not immediately fruity or floral, e.g. Leather, coffee, mushrooms, toast etc.

Sweetness: Many people confuse sweetness with fruitiness. Sweetness refers to the amount of residual sugar present in a wine, which can be detected by dipping the very tip of the tongue in (not elegant – but effective!)

Acidity: This can be detected with the inside of the cheeks after swilling the wine around your mouth. The more acidic the wine the more the cheeks will “weep” and more saliva will be produced.

Tannin: Tannin is extracted from grape skins, stems and seeds and causes your mouth to dry and feel rough. It can most easily be detected by a “furry” sensation on the teeth and gums.

Body: Body refers to the weight of the wine – how heavy it feels in your mouth compared to other wines.

Length: How long the flavours remain after spitting or swallowing. This is also an excellent indication of quality – the longer the length, the better the wine (assuming the flavours are pleasant!)

Corked: Caused by a chemical known as TCA in faulty corks, this causes a wine to smell musty or mouldy, like wet cardboard. Small bits of cork in the wine do NOT mean the wine is corked, but that more care should be taken when opening!

Oxidised: The wine will be faded or browned in colour, and will lack freshness and fruitiness.


The Health Benefits of Drinking ChampagneDate published: 29/05/17

The Health Benefits of Drinking Champagne

1) It'll improve your memory

Two years ago, scientists at Reading University gave some rats champagne every day for six weeks, then asked them to complete a maze. Without drinking champagne the rats had an average success rate in the maze of 50%, but that increased to 70% after some bubbly. Dr Jeremy Spencer's conclusion was that compounds found in the two red grapes used to make champagne – Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – can improve memory and spatial awareness. The experiment has yet to be repeated on humans, but at the time of the initial study Spencer hoped to conduct a trial asking 50 pensioners to drink champagne for three years in order to test its effects.

2) It's good for your heart

A lot has been made of the red wine's benefits for your heart,but champagne (which is predominantly made from red grapes, of course) is just as healthy. One study found that the sparkling wine contained high levels of polyphenols – antioxidants found in red grapes but less intensely in white – that can lower blood pressure and prevent heart problems. In fact, Reading's Dr Jeremy Spencer, a man who appears to have generously given his life over to finding reasons for us to drink more, suggested that two glasses a day will do the trick. "We have found that a couple of glasses a day has a beneficial effect on the walls of blood vessels – which suggests champagne has the potential to reduce strokes and heart disease," he told the Observer. "It is very exciting news." Thanks Jeremy.

3) It gets you drunk quickly

As anyone who has enjoyed an overdrawn wedding pre-reception knows, it doesn't take long for champagne to go to one's head. That's not always a good thing, but it does make it the perfect cocktail party tipple, quickly diffusing awkwardness and lifting the mood. It's all in the bubbles, apparently. An experiment by the University of Oxford, conducted on a full six people, found that alcohol levels of participants drinking champagne were higher after 20 minutes than of those given flat sparkling wine. It was decided that fizz gets into the bloodstream quicker as a result of the carbonation 'rushing' the alcohol from the stomach to the small intestine. It's a matter for debate, but whatever the effect, it doesn't last: even if you accept that bubbly gets you tipsy quicker, after around 45 minutes you'll be no more drunk than somebody having a glass of wine.

4) It'll improve your skin

“Champagne detoxifies the skin with antioxidants and lightening tartaric acid helps even out the skin tone,” says dermatologist Marina Peredo. “For those with oily skin, its antibacterial properties aid in leaving last year’s breakouts behind.”

5) It contains fewer calories than wine

Unless you consume it by the gallon, choosing champagne over wine or beer represents the diet option. Sort of. A small flute of Brut (which means it contains no more than 12 grams of residual sugar per litre) champagne is roughly 80-100 calories, fewer than a 175ml glass of wine and far healthier than a pint of beer.

Fizz fans should be well acquainted with the excellent health manual The Healing Power of Champagne, by Dr F Drouard, which reveals champagne to be a cure for such wide-ranging conditions as low libido, obesity, appetite loss, insomnia and anxiety among many others.

How is Champagne made?Date published: 28/05/17

Interestingly enough, although Dom Perignon is credited with creating Champagne, it was in fact a British man named Christopher Merritt who stumbled upon the method of making wine sparkle!

The base wine for Champagne is still, made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinor Meurnier (exact blend will depend on the style of the Champagne and the Champagne house itself) and with low alcohol and high acidity. Merritt decided to improve this poor quality still wine imported from the Champagne region of France by adding sugar to decrease the acidic bite of the wine. The sugar in fact was broken down by yeast in the wine and gave off CO2...making it fizzy!

Thus began the process which led to Champagne in France becoming the most prestigious production region of sparkling wines, as Dom Perignon and the Widow "Veuve" Clicquot refined the process to a fine art!

First a concoction of sugar, yeast nutrients, and clarifying agent called the "liqueur de tirage" is added to the acidic base wine in-bottle. This sets off the secondary fermentation, increasing the alcohol and producing CO2. As the CO2 has nowhere to escape to it dissolves back into the wine, and is released when the cork is popped, making it fizz!

As the yeast is killed by the rising alcohol levels the yeast cells break down in a process called yeast autolysis, which gives Champagne it's well-known toasty/biscuity/brioche flavours. However you are then left with a residue of dead yeast cells in the bottle, which no-one would want to drink! To get rid of this nasty sludge, a process known as "riddling" was invented by the widow "Veuve" Clicquot herself.

The bottles are racked on their sides, and each day given a quarter turn and tipped slightly more onto their necks. Eventually all the residue will have fallen to the neck of the bottle, and it is frozen in brine solution and fired out under pressure. (Interesting fact: This is why Champagne bottles have large amounts of foil on the necks of the bottles, as the Champagne houses could not guarantee how much would be lost when the residue was fired out...and didn't want customers to notice!). This process used to be done by hand, although now it is more time and cost-efficient to do it by machine.

This means of production, known as the "traditional method" results in incredibly high quality sparkling wines, however as it is not a particularly efficient means of production it also means that quality sparkling wines, such as Champagne, are expensive to the consumer.

Other means of production of sparkling wines are the "transfer method" where the complex process of riddling is replaced. The wine is de-bottled and filtered in bulk instead, making the process cheaper. There is also the "tank method", where the whole process in conducted in large tanks before the finished product is bottled (this is most common in the New World sparkling wines). The final means of production is the simplest and cheapest and is what I like to call the "soda stream method", or "carbonation"...literally CO2 blasted through still wines. Only the cheapest quality sparkling wines are made in this method.

A good way of testing the quality of a sparkling wine is the size of the bubbles. In the highest quality wines such as Champagne the bubbles will be a very fine "mousse", while in lower quality wines the bubbles will be larger, like those in carbonated drinks.

Free Delivery!Date published: 28/05/17

Never forget that here at Majestic, we always try to go the extra mile to give our customers everything you could possibly need regarding wine(s!)... We are all about that 5 Star service.... and just one of the many ways we try to do this is to ensure that no matter where you are in the country, we can deliver out to you for FREE.

We only ask that you buy your 6 or more bottles... but once you're there, there is no order too large and no village too remote that we will not endeavour to get you your wine.

Best of all, you can organise this online, in-store or over the phone. So whether you're at work, at home or on holiday - we'll get your wine to you!



Summer WhiteDate published: 28/05/17

Picpoul de Pinet is a wine that has arrived over here in the last few years. I have been drinking in France for the last 20 years and would always brings a few cases back with me when returning from holidays. Majestic started stocking our first example 4 years ago and now we sell 3 different Picpoul. What to expect? Crisp green apple flavours with a touch of citrus. Lower acidity than a Sauvignon and a brilliant wine to serve as an appertif or with a fruits de mer it really excels. Priced from £7.99 it also represents great value for money!

Back in stockDate published: 27/05/17


At long last we have been re stocked on this brilliant value red burgundy.

Maison Chanzy own top quality vineyard sites all over Burgundy including Grand Crus. Rully is a lesser known village in the Côte Chalonnaise that produces Pinot Noir that can rival the quality, if not the price tag, of its more famous rivals to the north. This wine is stuffed full of bright red fruit flavours, think cherries and redcurrants, with a fine firm tannic structure and balancing acidity that makes it a great foil for all manner of food. Perfect with a simply roasted duck or even a piece of grilled salmon.

£15.49 mixed six price.

Summer DrinkingDate published: 26/05/17

We are just about to receive another allocation of the brilliant Definition Beaujolais Villages. This is an excellent summer wine and can even be enjoyed cellar temperature (or from the fridge after 1 hour of light chilling) I truly believe this is a better wine than some cru village wines produced and a snip a £8.99.

A light red wine from southern Burgundy, France. Made from the Gamay grape, which thrives in unique granite vineyards, situated around ten picturesque ‘Cru Villages’ in the heart of the region.

Find flavours of raspberry, candy floss and black cherry. Perfect for al fresco events!


Majestic Presents... Berne 'Les Oliviers' RoséDate published: 26/05/17

At last! Thankfully the sun has put his hat on, & it's looking like he's here to stay for a while longer. When the sun shines, it always puts a spring in my step, and the best thing to drink, for me, is rosé. I tell myself summer has arrived then.

This week, Majestic presents the 'Les Oliviers' Rosé produced by Chateau. de Berne, in Provence. Synonymous with top quality rosé, this wine is no different; the grapes are sourced from the best sites in the region.

Delicate pink in colour, bursting with bright & fresh summer fruit flavours, with a clean crisp finish, this wine is eminently drinkable from the first sip.

Chill well, pop open & enjoy over this long weekend- and beyond! 

Open now to try on our tasting counter.

£11.99, or £9.99 when you mix & match six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits



Loire WhitesDate published: 24/05/17

Regular shoppers with us might of noticed a lack of Loire whites recently in particular Sancerre wines. This is due to horrendous weather in 2016. Hail and frost affected many producers production reducing yields by up to 80% and some not making any wine. This means we have had to source new wines and our new Tourraine by Oliver Dubois is a great value Sauvignon from the Loire valley.

New offersDate published: 23/05/17

Just landed in store and online our our late May/June offers. We have some great Kiwi wines at great prices, a couple of our biggest selling white Burgundy also on a great deal plus Majestic is the place to come for Provencal rosé ! We have a great range starting with Chautarde and Valle de Pin rising to Whispering Angel and Ott. Bring on the sun!

New to Majestic --- Majestic Loves MerlotDate published: 19/05/17

Soft, plummy and full of fruit, the 'Majestic Loves' Merlot is an ideal wine to enjoy at any time. Offering cracking value, you'll feel you can open a bottle & enjoy a glass mid-week without the guilt! 

Easily drinkable by itself, or best enjoyed with a takeaway pizza. 

£6.99, or £5.99 when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits


The age of wineDate published: 18/05/17

I often get asked about ageing wine and over the last 30 years I have had great success and epic fails in the process. As I get older broadly speaking I prefer my wines more youthful than I used to. Of course it's personal preference but to my palate this is now how I organise my collection. 70% of my wines are red and the remainder is split between white, dessert and Champagne. I find that there are few whites to my palate that really get alot better with cellaring. Of course they change in style, soften and become​ more complex in the case of good white Burgundy. But this is only applicable to good wines. £10-£15 wines generally are but consumed within a couple of years of production. Whites that do deserve to be laid down are certain German Riesling, top Chardonnay, top Chenin and good Champagne. Recently I have had Moet 2002, Climens 1989, Vouvray from 2000 and a white Goulee 2005 (made by Cos) that have all been extremely good. On the flip side I found 6 bottles of Meursault from 02 and some Pouilly Fuisse 08 that were pure Sherry​! How disappointing. I'm making sure I'm drinking through the older bottles now and reducing the % within my collection. Got to say I'm increasingly adding more vintage Champagne as I love the added complexity you get so as and when we have vintage fizz on a deal I buy.
Red wise I have cut back on the lighter reds. So Pinot Noir and Gamay based wines I keep only a small quantity here. But saying that I have some Corton and Volnay from 04 which is just perfect but I really need to drink it whilst so delicious. Also I have Moulin a Vent Chateau de Jacques, Louis Jadot from the 90's which is still a good glass of wine. The red wines I buy to age is fine Bordeaux, Rhone, Italian, Ribera, Napa and a little Australian. I love Rioja but they always have a decent bit of age on them before they are released. These are my preferred countries but of course I do buy from everywhere. Recently a 66 Chateau Margaux was stunning and in the same evening we had a 2003 Barbara d'Alba which was perfect with the wild mushroom risotto I cooked. Again on the negative I seem to have alot of 10-15 year old New World wines that are a bit of a let down. I should of uncorked 5 years ago really. I use these bottles for cooking now. So dig deep into your cellars and racks to drink up those older vintages.

NED NED NED !!Date published: 17/05/17

Basically just one message here

NED SAUVIGNON BLANC until this Monday only £7.49 when mixing 6 or more. Enjoy!

Tasting NightDate published: 15/05/17

We hosted a spring tasting last week which turned out to be an excellent evening. 75 guests attended and enjoyed a diverse range of wines. From vintage Champagne, crisp Torraine, lush Chardonnay, Provencal rosé, summery Beaujolais, complex Zinfandel and a 10 year old German Riesling to name but a few. These evenings are free to attend and are held 2/3 times a year. Invitations are send via email so make sure we have an up to date email for you.

The Ultimate Party ServiceDate published: 10/05/17

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery (over any 6 bottles)

Free Glass Hire (over any 6 bottles)

Ice, Bucket and Chiller Bin Hire

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

Free tastings to try before you buy!

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.



Rose Season... almostDate published: 10/05/17

With hopefully the warmer weather on the horizon there is no better place to stock up on your rose. We have a great selection that ranges from NZ, Spanish, Italian and of course France. Our selection of Provence rose is second to none and starts from only £7.99. Our favorites are Minuty, Pigodet, Whispering Angel and the truly delicious Miraval. Many of those we keep in magnum form as well which make for a great party!

Champagne dealDate published: 09/05/17

This week we've got a fantastic offer on our range of Champagne up to £100 on the single bottle price, as part of our mix six offer.

Top buys include:

 Bollinger £33.72*

Veuve Clicquot NV £29.99*

Pol Roger NV £32.23*

Moet & Chandon 2006 £37.48*

Bollinger Grand Année 05/07 £67.46*

This deal finishs on Monday 15th May @ 7.00pm so don't delay!


Great CombosDate published: 08/05/17

Ok. It's 4.00pm Sunday afternoon​. I realise the chicken i got out of the freezer in the morning is not going to be defrosted in time. So i decided to joint so it was going to come up to temperature in time. I did 10 pieces in total and added lots of crushed garlic cloves, plenty of rosemary, chilli, chopped lemon, sea salt, course ground black pepper and a good glug of olive oil. I left that for a couple of hours and added some halved par cooked Charlotte potatoes before placing in oven for 45 minutes (i added the breast joints after 15 minutes) turning every 15 mins. It should be beautifully browned and the potatoes picked up all those lovely roasting  juices. We drank a bottle of the excellent Domaine Chanzy red Rully which is a cracking sub £15 Burgundy.

Maison Chanzy own top quality vineyard sites all over Burgundy including Grand Crus. Rully is a lesser known village in the Côte Chalonnaise that produces Pinot Noir that can rival the quality, if not the price tag, of its more famous rivals to the north. This wine is stuffed full of bright red fruit flavours, think cherries and redcurrants, with a fine firm tannic structure and balancing acidity that makes it a great foil for all manner of food. 

Lay and Wheeler Rioja Gran Reserva 2008Date published: 08/05/17

I really enjoyed a bottle of this last night, celebrating my farther in-laws birthday with a lovely Sunday beef roast dinner (yum). It's drinking beautifully now with has loads of plum and bramble fruit and an intense finish (yum yum). 

Lay and Wheeler, our sister company, are experts when it comes to fine wine and they have managed to source this fabulous Gran Reserva from one of the most prestigious Rioja producers at a fabulous price, a must try.

Single bottle £30.00

Mix Six £25.00


Cocktail time!Date published: 07/05/17

To celebrate the introduction of a new spirit (Mancino Vermouth) we have decided today is the perfect day to make a cocktail!

The Mancino vermouth has an amber hue. A floral Alpine nose of angelica, camomile, elder flower, gentian and mint mix with flavours of sweet orange and ginger with Pink grapefruit peal dominating. The finish is of cardamom, liquorice and a lingering quinine note.

Chilgrove gin is handcrafted using traditional small batch distillation; this fine London Dry Gin marries only the finest botanicals together with a neutral spirit distilled from grapes. It is this unusual relationship which gives Chilgrove Gin its sophisticated character, whilst the perfectly balanced elect of flavours, truly make it the gin for all seasons.

So why not pop into store and give our Chilgrove Gin Martini a try.

Wine 999Date published: 06/05/17

Here at Majestic we've been busy collecting questions from customers, and are hoping to help answer them all!


Help! In Restaurants, I hate being asked to taste the wine. What am I mean to do? Florence

Barring the odd tarantula in the bottle (it happens!), the only real problem to worry about is if the cork is tainted with something called TCA (google it if you really want to) which gives the wine a musty, mouldy taste.

So...

1. If the wine comes in a screwtop, the cork can't have affected it. No need to taste - just smile politely and get the wine poured.

2. If the wine smells like a samp basement, a mouldy rag or something you wouldn't want to eat, just say so. The wine waiter will know its wrong and won't kick up a fuss.

3. If you're not sure, just ask. Ask the wine waiter to taste it. Ask the people around the table to taste it. Go with the crowds - they're usually right.


If you have any other questions you want answered, email wine999@majestic.co.uk or tweet us at #Wine999

Introducing... AgendaDate published: 05/05/17

Off the back of Porta 6 doing so popular we have extended our Portuguese range. One of our new favourites is the Agenda, Dao Manager's Choice.


As the name suggests this wine was chosen by our managers (they went to a "meeting", tried lots of different wines and this was the favourite).They loved it and we are sure you will as well. This is a delightfully soft and rounded wine with loads of plum and bramble flavours plus touches of herbs. Judicious use of oak adds a slight spiciness to the finish. This will be perfect with herby roast lamb.


But don't just take their word for it, why not pop into store and give it a try?


Either £7.99 Mix Six Price or £9.99 per single bottle

Introducing.... Hop FictionDate published: 04/05/17

Our newest addition to the popular Brewdog family is Hop Fiction.


As the name would suggest, this is a lovely and hoppy beer. The second beer of their new seasonal range is a zesty pale ale this beer is made extra hoppy by the team deploying early and late-hopping techniques with our Spring seasonal. Most of their beers have the hops added into the boil (what would be the ‘middle’ in that last sentence) and then late as dry-hops – but Hop Fiction is different. They added the hops into the mash and whirlpool instead, with the generous BrewDog-standard levels of dry-hopping performed as per usual at the end of the process. Which keeps the aromas and flavours intact as much as possible.

With its overload of pine and stone fruit, Hop Fiction is the perfect – and real – start to Spring you have all been waiting for.

"Similar in style to the other Brewdog beers, so you know if you like those, you'll love this. Great hoppy flavours, but not over powering with lower levels of alcohol this is great accompaniment to some lunch or a drink mid-week" - Chris, our resident beer guru

Majestic Presents... Carlino BiancoDate published: 03/05/17

Majestic Presents... Carlino Bianco

What's not to love about modern Italian white wine? The truth is, whatever grape variety you choose, from whichever region, you are most likely to get a fantastic wine, and this new wine to Majestic is no exception. Hailing from Sicily, this wine is a blend of native grapes, producing a dry yet fruity wine; with notes of apple & citrus fruit. 

At £4.99* this wine offers fantastic value for a cheeky mid-week glass that won't break the bank! Open to taste now! 

*£4.99 when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. £5.99 single bottle price. 

Domaine Saint Ferréol ViognierDate published: 01/05/17

Much to my wife's disappointment we didn't have a roast for supper last night but instead I made a curry. I marinated a fillet of pork in a tandoori paste. This was enhanced with plenty of grated garlic and ginger, lemon juice, yogurt, salt, pepper. I then cooked this on the BBQ until med rare. I let rest. For the curry base I cooked 3 large sliced onions in a good amount of butter. When soft and light brown I added grated garlic and ginger. I cooked that out for a few minutes then added cumin, turmeric, corriander, onion seed, mustard seed, chilli and garam marsala. I then added a tin of coconut milk and the same volume of chicken stock. I reduced this by half and then added my rested pork that I had sliced into strip's. I then corrected the seasoning and added a little yogurt and vinegar. I served this with some nann breads and a simple onion, tomato and grilled aubergine salad. This went perfectly with the gorgeous Domaine St Ferreol Viogner.

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. Drink now or keep for 3-5 years. 



Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese 2007 Dr HermannDate published: 30/04/17

As this is a parcel hurry whilst we still have some!

The red slate of Erden generates some of the Mosel's most celebrated Rieslings, with a prominent citrus undercurrent. The wines are full-bodied, quite spicy and generally more elegant than those from Ürzig. An excellent exposure allows the vines to bathe in sunshine. The nose has aromas of sweet citrus fruit and delicate herbal notes. A cool minerality on the palate is accompanied by honeyed tropical fruits. I would drink this at the start of an evening, witha good foie gras terrine or a piece of salty Roquefort.

A truly stunning wine.


Introducing Porta 6 Reserva....Date published: 30/04/17

Introducing Porta 6 Reserva! 

Porta 6 is one of our most popular wines.One of our fastest selling wines ever thanks to a certain TV chef. This wine has rich and powerful fruit backed up with a kick of booze, this really is a brilliant drink. Many people think it is impossible to improve on, but, we like a challenge so we created this - it has all the hallmarks of the original but is a bit richer, smoother and we think, even more delicious. It's become a cult favourite, & sells almost as fast as the original, so get your hands on it whilst you can! 

Porta 6 Reserva is £11.99 a bottle or £9.99 when you mix six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits.

Majestic Loves... Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 28/04/17

Gruner what?! I'm sure many of you reading this have never heard of this grape variety, but it's a corker. Native to Austria, although now grown in places such as New Zealand or Hungary (from where this one comes) this grape produces a wine perfect for when you fancy just trying something a bit different. Bored with Chardonnay? (never!) Tired of Sauvignon Blanc?  Want to try something new, fresh & exciting? Gruner Veltliner is your answer. 

The 'Majestic Loves' Gruner is dry & crisp. It has a peach blossom & green apple aroma, & a rather delicious appley, mineral & fruity flavour & character. At £5.99 this wine is a great everyday wine to enjoy with a whole range of light foods or just to enjoy in the garden on a summer's day! 

£6.99, or £5.99 when you mix & match six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. Open to taste now! 

Introducing... Definition ShirazDate published: 27/04/17

One of the latest additions to our expanding Definition Range. Difficult to define, do we go French with savoury pepper & smoky notes, or Australian; Big, bold & fruity?

Our buyer James decided to go with Australian, and this is a stellar example from McLaren Vale. Dense, dark and brooding, this Shiraz has been made for us by a 5- star winery. Their credentials are as such, that they produce £20+ a bottle wines, so we had to keep their identity a mystery.  

Fruit driven with blackcurrant, plum & spice, this is an achingly good wine for the money! Big & bold fruit, yet also has a freshness to it which makes it incredibly moreish!! 

A must have red wine to accompany any barbeques this Summer... 

£12.99, or £10.99 when you mix & match six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. 

Introducing Majestic Loves...Date published: 26/04/17

Wine should be delicious, approachable, and most of all, fun. That’s where the new Majestic Loves range comes in.

That’s where the new Majestic Loves range comes in. We chose each wine by tasting over 500 contenders blind – it didn’t matter where they came from as long as they tasted simply fantastic. And we capped the price at £5.99. So we back these wines as the very best you can buy for the money, even though they taste a lot more expensive.

Wrapped beautifully in labels from our favourite illustrator Jean Jullien, the Majestic Loves range not only tastes great but looks the part too. So grab a bottle and enjoy the juice!


We've just released a brand new one to our collection..... Majestic Loves Rose

A savvy buy for fans of fresh Provence pink, our Majestic Loves Rosé is a real treat. A crisp, thirst-quenching wine with an exuberant red berry flavour that’s best enjoyed ice-cold. Is there anything better to sip on a sunny patio?

Our mission was to find the best tasting wines at £5.99. So we blind tasted 500 wines and chose the best irrespective of grape variety or country. Crisp and thirst quenching with exuberant red berry flavours that are best enjoyed ice cold.


Brand New Offers...Date published: 25/04/17

Today is the start of our brand new offers for the month, and we've got some great deals to get you ready for the summer (lets hope we've not already had the best weather we're going to get!)


So what have we got to wet your appetite?

Marlborough Ridge is an absolute steal at only £6.99 on the mix 6 (single bottle price is £8.99)

Eguia Rioja Reserve is a bargain at only £7.49 on the mix 6 (single bottle price is £9.99)

Ravenswood Zinfandel (one of my favourite wines) is only £8.99 on the mix 6 (or £11.99 single bottle)


So make sure you pop in and take advantage of these amazing offers

Sunday DinnerDate published: 24/04/17


After realising I'd forgotten to get a roasting joint for Sunday supper i left my wife to pop into the butcher on Saturday afternoon. Apparently it was closed but she managed to get a rolled lamb breast. Can't say i have ever cooked one so looked at a couple of recipes and took my own path. I unrolled and seasoned inside with rosemary, garlic, a little anchovy, salt and pepper. I then rolled up and browed well in a hot pan. I then put in a dish on top of 2 sliced onions moistened with a little white wine and water. I sealed tightly with foil and put in a low/med oven for 2.5 hours. I checked half way through to make sure onions weren't burning. Check to make unber tender and rest for 15 minutes. Slice and serve with those soft onions, roast potatoes and a study green vegetable like cavelo nero. Delicious! I reckon you could do all of this then cool and wrap tightly in foil and chill overnight to set. Slice the next day and BBQ or pan fry. To drink i thought Bordeaux but it is quite rich so went Rioja as slightly better acidity to cut through the lamb. I cracked a Lay and Wheeler Vina Holtonia 2008 which comes from Rioja Alta. I can't say who has produced it for us as don't know but i have my suspensions!

The archetypal red wine of Spain comes from the northern region of Rioja, produced from the early-ripening Tempranillo grape. And a Rioja with our name had to be extraordinary. Deep in the renowned cellars of La Rioja Alta, we discovered a wine made from selected old vines, reserved for special releases. Perect with lamb!

It is that time of yearDate published: 23/04/17

Another lovely sunny day today! I live for the moment so have chosen to ignore the press mention of snow on the way next week and have been enjoying a few bottles of rose this week. One of my favourites has to be the elegant Miraval rose. Famous for being Brad and Ange's wine this really is a cracking botle worthy of its hihly regarded reputation.The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim. A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. Enjoy on its own or with a platter fruits de mer.

Come in for a taste of 2016 Minuty this weekend!!Date published: 22/04/17


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 for a al fresco lunch or a classic nicoise salad!

Easter DrinkingDate published: 21/04/17

We drank various bottles over the Easter break including a couple of magnums of Brad and Angelina's superb Miraval rose before a large gathering of my family. We had a large piece of rolled sirloin as a main course so that was washed down with CVNE's 2012 reserva. What a great sub £10 bottle. I also tasted for the first time Chateau Clos Marsalette from 2012. This wine comes from Pessac Leognan in Bordeaux. Looking at previous vintages this producer has definitely improved in quality over the last few years. The 2012 is already drinking beautifully but is well structured and would keep well. It's a densely fruited wine with soft tannin and intelligent use of oak. It opened up more in the glass and for around £25 this is a cracking Bordeaux. Alas we don't sell it so it might take a little tracking down but i reckon it is well worth it.

Last Chance To Bag Some Real DealsDate published: 19/04/17

We are now into the last week of our April offers. You have until Monday 24th 3pm online and 7pm in store to take advantage of some cracking deals. Ned and Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc at £7.99 and Montagny 1er Cru @ £9.99 definitely are amongst the best offers white wise and my personal favourite Beronia Reserva also at £9.99 is a steal. So don't delay! Pop in, order online or give us a call.

Back to normal hours...Date published: 17/04/17

Starting tomorrow we are back to our normal opening hours of

Monday to Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00

Thursday & Friday 10:00 - 20:00

Saturday 09:00 - 19:00

Sunday 10:00 - 17:00


Today, Easter Monday, we are closing at 17:00

GinDate published: 15/04/17

Want some inspiration this summer regarding G&T's and Gin based cocktails?

Come down to store and give some of our Gin's a try, we have lots available to taste and we love chatting about new and interesting ideas!

My drink at home at the moment is Silent Pool with Fever Tree Med and Mint. In a Gin goblet with lots of ice!

We have been trying in store today The Brighton Gin with Fever Tree light, watercress from local producers and of course the Brighton Stick of minty rock, beautiful! Again the best way of drinking in a Gin goblet with lots and lots of ice.

We also love Twisted Nose which is a watercress based Gin that is produced in Alresford (Winchester), I love this Gin for cocktails because it is so distinct that it always punches though whatever you put it with. My latest cocktail is a good healthy helping of Twisted nose with mint, a splash of watermelon syrup, lime juice, diet lemonade and lots of ice....! 

Top tip is to really make sure you crunch up that mint! 



Easter Opening HoursDate published: 14/04/17

We are open

Good Friday 10-8pm

Saturday 9-7pm

Sunday Closed

Monday 10-5pm


Have a great Easter!

Majestic Loves... Pinot GrigioDate published: 13/04/17


All the rage 15 odd years ago before the Sauvignon Blanc revolution, Pinot Grigio was the queen of dry white wine. At £5.99, our 'Majestic Loves' Pinot Grigio is a surefire crowd pleaser. Awash with soft fruity notes, & dry and crisp, this is a wine you can't really go wrong with. Chill nicely, & open to enjoy with a light summer salad or just a cheeky glass in the garden at lunchtime! 

If you were part of the crowd that used to choose Pinot Grigio & have since deferred your allegiance to an alternative dry crisp white, then I'd strongly recommend you give this little beauty a go. 

Open to taste now! 

 £6.99, or £5.99 when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. 


Beer Beer BeerDate published: 12/04/17

Did you realise Majestic sells a huge range of beer? We sell mainly by the case. We stock real ales from Doombar, Marston's and Hogsback to name a few. Lager wise forget the terrible mass produced ones but think Budvar, Estrella, Corona, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Asahi and Sam Adams. Three of which are on a cracking £24 for a 24 case. Then we have our range of craft beers which just continues to get better and better. From the Einstock produced in Iceland to Yeastie Boys from New Zealand and all that lies in between we offer a truly exciting range. Why not pop in and have a peek!

Graham Norton SauvignonDate published: 12/04/17

Are you a Kiwi Sauvignon fan? When at the Farnham's first wine festival which was held last weekend at the Maltings we showed over 120 wines but the first to run out of was the Graham Norton Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was produced by Invivo in New Zealand and then blended by Graham Norton. Graham's special blend manages to successfully marry the tropical flavours of Wairu with the more punchy herbaceous characteristics of Awatere. "That's it. That's the blend..this is my Sauvignon Blanc. A bit of this, a bit of that and a bit of alright. Enjoy" Graham Norton June 2015 

This makes a great wine to start a evening with or match's Asian food with aplomb. Or a simple goats cheese and tomato tart and this would make a great little starter.

Malbec Malbec Malbec!Date published: 11/04/17

A great offer on all Argentinian Malbecs this week. 25% off all of them until Monday. Yes all! This brings Alamos in at £6.74, Catena at £9.74, Hey at £9.74 and even Vinalba Cuvee Diane is included at £26.25!  Steak time!

Back in stockDate published: 10/04/17

Great to see one of my favourite sensibly priced claret back in store. The second wine of 2er growth Leoville Barton (reserve de Leoville) has long been a bargain. It now trades around £30 a bottle but this is still great value for the quality found here.

From the gravelly dunes of Léoville-Barton's vineyards, leading down to the bank of the Gironde, La Réserve is the second wine of this famous property. As an earlier drinking version of the grand vin, this is real value for money. With a classic 'left bank' nose of smoky blackberry fruit and pencil lead, the palate is rich and rounded with assertive tannins, ample fruit and well integrated oak. Serve with roasted lamb. Drinking well at the moment, but will keep for another 5 or so years.

Macon!!Date published: 08/04/17

Last couple of days to catch our longest serving white Burgundy at under £10. Macon Lugny from Louis Latour has been a stalwart of Majestics range for 20 years and consistently year in year out a great everyday Burgundy.

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 apéritif or with poultry/seafood.




Light it Up!Date published: 07/04/17

With the nice weather upon us at present I have dusted of BBQ and fired it up for the first time. The butcher had some delicious looking lamp cutlets so i took half a dozen and put them in a marinade of thyme, rosemary, garlic and a little chilli. After a few hours i popped them on the hottest part of the grill for about 3 minutes a side and served with a mint raita and herb cous cous. To drink, well it has to be Rioja. I uncorked a bottle of Cune 2012 reserva. This is on a brilliant offer at present and was perfect with the lamb.

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.

Spotlight on... Definition!Date published: 07/04/17

If you aren't aware, a couple of years ago Majestic Wine launched our very own label (which is totally exclusive to Majestic Wine.) Our buyers like to set themselves challenges- and the challenge for the Definition Range was to 'capture the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest styles [of wine].'

Fast forward a couple of years, and the range has become incredibly popular with staff members and customers alike, has now grown to having an impressive 16 wines & a Gin as part of the range, with a Gavi & a Shiraz from McLaren Vale being the latest additions. 

We're celebrating this range once again this week, because we are thoroughly passionate about it and also, well, why not?!

We'll have a selection open to try this week, so pop down to the store to see what all the fuss is about, or remind yourself just how great these wines are. 

Cheers! 

Majestic Loves... MontepulcianoDate published: 06/04/17

We've got another great Italian red wine from our 'Majestic Loves' range this week. Introducing the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, this wine offers fantastic value at £5.99*. With fruity flavours such as cherry & plum, together with subtle spice & soft tannin, this wine is real crowd pleaser. Perfect to enjoy with a mid- week Spag- bol.  

Open to try this week on our tasting counter.

*£5.99 when you mix & match six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. £6.99 single unit price.

Cracking Offers ending soon!Date published: 05/04/17

If in the unlikely event that you've not been aware of our amazing short term offers on various products, then this is a reminder to let you know that these offers must end this coming Monday, 10th April 2017 at 7pm. If you haven't taken advantage of these yet, or indeed if you have and would like to order any more at these phenomenal prices, or to browse our other fantastic offers please click on  www.majestic.co.uk/havant or call us at the store on 02392 475106.

To remind you what our current top offers are:

Ned Sauvignon Blanc; £6.99*

Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone; £8.99*

La Marca Conegliano Prosecco; £8.99*

CVNE Cune Rioja Reserva £8.99*

*Prices stated are for when you mix & match six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits.


Our best deals this weekDate published: 04/04/17

Make sure you come in this weekend to stock some of our true customer favourites.
Ned, Macon Lugny, Montagny 1er cru, Oyster Bay, Minuty, Guigal CDR and Cune reserva.
These wines are all back at our Christmas offers​ pricing and in the case of the Cune £1 cheaper. £8.99 for a 93 point wine spectator rated wine is an absolute bargain. Pop in this weekend for a taste.

When in the AlpsDate published: 02/04/17

After just returned from a week in the French Alps we have sampled a fair few Savoyard wines. What impressed me now was the whites made from Rousette and the reds that are Mondeuse based. The whites reminded me of a Viogner/Chardonnay blend. Some particularly complex whilst some a little fresher in style. The Mondeuse grape again reminded me of a couple of red varieties. They had the juicy fruit of a Beaujolais but with dark fruit and earthy tones of the Cabernet Franc grape. These wines are often the best value on lists in the Alps and i definitely recommend trying them. A mention to anyone traveling to La Clusaz. Two restaurant's worthy of note. Le Cinq in town and Yoann Conte which is about 30km away. If your snow was disappointing like ours take the trip and enjoy sumptuous 2 star cooking on the shores of lake Annecy.

Last days of offers...Date published: 27/03/17

Today is the last day of some of our offers, so make sure you either pop into store or order online to take advantage of...

Villa Maria SB at £7.99

Marlborough Ridge at £6.99

Pilsner Urquell at £1 a bottle

Sam Adams at £1 a bottle


We've also got a great selection of wines, beers and spirits open to try. So why not pop in and say hello!

Wedding Tasting WeekendDate published: 24/03/17

This weekend we are hosting our very first wedding and party tasting weekend - a great opportunity to try some of our best crowd pleasing white, red and sparkling wines!


So if you're getting married this year, or planning a party, pop down at any time this weekend to give them all a go!


We can also help with any questions you have for the event, such as quantities and other services we offer

This week's staff pick... Château de Villemajou Grand VinDate published: 23/03/17

Château de Villemajou Grand Vin 2012 Corbières, Boutenac

This is the flagship cuvée of one of the finest estates in the Boutenac sub-region. The blend is dominated by some wonderful old-vine Carignan, and is made with the same care and attention as a fine claret, including up to 12 months' maturation in Bordeaux barriques. This is an immensely deep and powerful wine, boasting an explosive bouquet of forest fruit compote, leather, roasted coffee, clove and toast notes. Firmly structured, muscular and richly flavoured. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, therefore decant before serving. Pair with rib of beef.


Pop in this week to give it a try, now at the even better price of £16.49 on the mix 6, or £22 single bottle

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 20/03/17

Today we have got not one, but 6 different bottles of fizz open to try!


We have...

Romeo and Juliet Prosecco

Gioiossa Spumante

Rivamonte Prosecco

L'extra Langlois Brut

Berceau Piquepol-Chardonnay Brut

and J D Telemont Champagne


So make sure you pop on down and give them all a try!!!

This Week’s Staff Pick....Date published: 19/03/17

Château de Villemajou Grand Vin 2012 Corbières Boutenac

The flagship cuvée of one of the finest estates in Boutenac


Blend is dominated by old-vine Carignan


Matured for 12 months in Bordeaux oak barrels


Immensely deep and powerful wine


Explosive bouquet of forest fruit, leather and roasted coffee.


Perfect with beef.


Single Bottle £22

MIX 6 £16.49 (was £19.80!)

Beer of the week- Yeastie Boys Digital IPADate published: 18/03/17

Not to be confused with a certain North American East Coast hip-hop group, YeastieBoys are arguably the epitome of craft beer producers to hail from New Zealand. 

Digital IPA completes the hat-trick of the latest craft beers that Majestic have recently started to stock from YeastieBoys. This is a New World IPA inspired more by tradition than ultra modern producers. Digital IPA is defined by its heavy use of late kettle hopping & very restrained use of dry hopping- a technique used in many modern craft IPA's to give a full on intense citrus & pine character.

Digital can be summed up by its sonic- rhyming Hip-Hop group- decidedly modern & fresh, but keeps the great traditional values of a classic IPA.

Open to taste all this week. 

£12 per 6-pack


Majestic Presents... Marquis de Pennautier ViognierDate published: 17/03/17

A bonfide core line at Majestic for many a year, this is a great French Viognier from the 12th generation of the de Logeril family. This wine offers everything you'd expect from a classic old world style Viognier and more. Stone fruit in abundance, cut with crisp acidity from citrus notes, along with complex floral aromas finished up with a touch of sherbet on the palate.

A well balanced wine, ideal with summer salads or Asian dishes. Definitely a wine for us to be shouting about; a shame we've waited this long to put this great wine well and truly in the spotlight it justifiably deserves! 

At just £7.99 when you mix and match six or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz, it's also superb value.

Open to taste this weekend.


Shiraz of great pedigreeDate published: 16/03/17

When you think about iconic wine producers Penfolds winery is one that often crops up. Their most famous wine Grange currently trades at £400 a bottle and the Cabernet based 707 is £290 a pop. Eye watering prices! Come down a bit and the Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre at £13.99 is somewhat of a bargain. Full of intense dark fruit and finely balanced vanilla oak this is a sumptuous red that should be drunk with a thick slab of rare ribeye steak. However saying that I managed to polish most of the bottle sat in front of the TV with some aged Comte cheese. 

All things Rioja!Date published: 15/03/17

To celebrate the start of our week long offer on Rioja, here are some facts about Rioja!

1. Rioja is the most productive region in Spain with 

2. There are140,000 hectares of vineyards in Rioja!

3. There are strict laws (as in in of Spain) for identifying the various levels of ageing of the wines. These are:

a) Joven: The term literally means young. These wines are aged in oak for a brief time or may never see oak at all.

b) Crianza: The wine must be aged for two years, one of which must be in the barrel.

c) Reserva: The wine must be aged for a minimum of three years, one of which must be in the barrel.

d) Gran Reserva: The wine must be aged for five years, with two years minimum in the barrel.

4. Its not all about Tempranillo - although the main grape used in Rioja, they may also have Granache blended in there too (and a smattering of a few others)

5. Rioja owes it all to Bordeaux! - back in 1780, Don Manuel Quintano traveled to Bordeaux to learn how to make fine wine and came back with the silver bullet - the oak barrel (which helped with both quality and exportation)

6. And finally..... there's little chance of Rioja running out (at least for the next few years) - due to those pesky ageing laws, the producers have to keep hold of their wines for a few years (and many end up ageing their wines for even longer than they have to). This all means that there is a natural backlog of wines, which means if the producers stopped producing right now, they would still have wines left after 3-4 years! (we can breathe a sigh of relief)


If you want to learn more about Rioja, why not pop in and give them a try this week? I always say the best way to learn, is to taste!

Enjoy 25% off Rioja until Monday 20th MarchDate published: 14/03/17

Tuck in this week to a cracking 25% of all Rioja! From the light crianza's all the way up to the vanilla scented gran reserva's. White's and Rose are included also.
Star buys for my are
Cune Reserva £9.74

Vina Pomal Crianza £7.49

Riscal Reserva £12.74

L&W Vina Holtonia Gran Reserva £22.49

Lopez dear Haro Blanco £6.74

Beronia Reserva £11.24 


and my go to Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza £17.99


All prices are the mixed six pricing. This offer runs until Monday only so don't delay in ordering!

ZinfandelDate published: 13/03/17

With my wife being delayed at work yesterday I had to park the roast chicken planned and had some of a lamb curry I had previously prepared. It was pretty spicy so the planned Mudhouse 431 Pinot Noir (a brilliant wine for £15ish) was switched for the more fruit driven Peirano estate Zinfandel. Not usually a grape variety I would choose but good for a full on Indian curry.

The Peirano Estate in Lodi, east of San Fransico, was founded in 1879 by Giacomo Peirano who imported zinfandel cuttings from his family'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. A snip at under £13.

A Spanish whiteDate published: 12/03/17

If you are looking for an alternative to Chardonnay and Sauvignon there is lots of choices. Italy is a particularly good hunting ground due to the amount of indigenous grape varieties grown there. I'm actually going to suggest a gorgeous wine from Spain. The Lopez de Haro Blanco which is a steal at only £6.99!

López 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. Great with a simple roast chicken or actually stands up to an Indain curry well.

Warner Edwards Melissa GinDate published: 11/03/17

Another New Gin in Town!

Warner Edwards have produced an Botanical Gardens - Melissa Gin

Melissa is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family Lamiaceae and native to south-central Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Iran, and Central Asia, but now naturalized in the Americas and elsewhere.

It is produced useing spring water and botanicals from Tom's Mothe'rs Garden  

this Gin is a limited edition so might be gone soon! Pop in and give it a try before you buy!

Great Value RiojaDate published: 11/03/17


Back under £10 is the Farnham store favourite CUNE reserva. I still think your money goes a long way in Spain and this 2012, 93 Wine Spectator rated bottle is a prime example of how you can find great bottles under a tenner. 
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. Try served with grilled lamb. A perfect combination!

A brilliant wineDate published: 11/03/17

I grant you this isn't a usual midweek wine for me but once I had this delivered I could not wait to get open ! Caro is a wine made by two iconic producers. Catena and Lafite. With those names behind it you know it's going to be a good wine but this cab/malbec blend is an epic wine. I tried the 2012 but the 13 is not far behind according to the critics. Full of dark fruit and creamy oak it is one of the most balanced and complex wines I have tasted in the last couple of years. You must try this wine. The 2012 is tricky to find now but you can buy the 2013 from Lay and Wheeler (our fine wine merchant within the Majestic group) Priced at around £30 this wine once people latch onto it I reckon will increase in price. Match with a med rare fat slab of ribeye.

Last Chance to Buy- many wines reduced in price!Date published: 10/03/17

Last Chance to Buy- many wines reduced in price!

We're continuing our sale here at Majestic Wine, ready to receive some fantastic, fresh new wines to dazzle & excite!! Several wines are now available in our Last Chance To Buy section in the store, so look out for some utter bargains! Don't forget to check out our WIGIG section for some absolute gems too. 

Our current top offers in our Last Chance section include:

Tu Meke Chardonnay & Pinot Grigio from New Zealand- cracking party wine at £4.99* a piece!!

Kumeu River Pinot GrisExcellent paired with Thai Food; just £8.99*

Aniello MalbecSuperb example of a cooler climate Malbec from Patagonia; £8.66*

Labouré- Roi Red Burgundy- For something alternative, slightly chill this 100% Gamay & serve with cold cuts; £8.99*.

*When you Mix & Match 6 or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz. 


The Ultimate Party ServiceDate published: 07/03/17

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery (over any 6 bottles)

Free Glass Hire (over any 6 bottles)

Ice, Bucket and Chiller Bin Hire

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

Free tastings to try before you buy!

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.


Gavi ToledanaDate published: 05/03/17

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality.

The Gavi Toledana is a wonderful, ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

Enjoy as:

An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

This wine is a steal at £9.99 on the mix six offer!

£11.99 Single bottle price.

Special Offer! Samuel Adams Summer Ale!Date published: 05/03/17

Sam Adams Summer Ale 6x330ml Bottles £8.00 per 6 case! (Limited stock available).


Crisp and tangy with refreshing lemon peel and a hint of pepper from rare Grains of Paradise. Golden, hazy, & thirst quenching, this American wheat ale balances bright citrus, Noble hops & spice for a lively brew that’s perfect on any summer day.

 ABV: 5.5

Units: 1.8

 Country: USA



Beef tonight?Date published: 05/03/17

It was my fault ahgain it not rememering to get a roast for tonight so I sent my wife to the Butcher to get something. It was her choice and what I arrived home to was a cote du bouef about 2 inchs thick! I did not want to know how much it cost but rest assured I think we will be on left over beef for the next week! I sometimes will cook this cut very slowly 55 degrees or so until the core of the meat reach's that temperature as well. Then rest for 30 mins. Then sear in a hot pan to colour and pop back in a hot oven for a couple of minutes only. I won't have time to do that tonight so I'm cooking like a good steak. In a hot pan sear in a little oil, add a couple of spoonfuls of butter, thyme, rosemary sprigs and a couple of cloves of garlic. Keep on basting until you get a good colour then into the oven. Again, I use a probe to check the core temperature. Take out at 55 degrees and rest. It will carry on cooking a tad but should be a lovely med rare. Now what to drink? To be honest most full bodied reds go well with beef but if I had to choose one style I would plump for Bordeaux. I think a yunger wine is best with a rib so I'm opening a bottle of 2012 Les Chenes de Macquin. This is the second wine of superstar St Emilion property Pavie Macquin and is made with just as much attention to detail. It shares many of the same characteristics as its famous big brother at a fraction of the price. This is a rich an concentrated wine with tons of blackcurrant fruit and a rich chocolatey finish. Roll on tonight!

Why not join us on Friday 31st March?Date published: 05/03/17

We are hosting casual walk round tasting between 6.00pm and 7.00pm on this night. We are yet to choose wines for the evening but I'm sure it will be a fizz of some ilk to start! We also will feature some of our new wines as well as old faithfulls. Hopefully we might have a supplier or two joining us but that is to be confirmed. I would suggest signing up fast as numbers are limited and spaces disappear quickly!!

Rivamonte Rose chilled & open to taste!Date published: 04/03/17

Today (4/3/2017) at Farnham we have the Rivamonte Rose Italian Prosecco open to taste, so pop in and give it a try. An elegant and intense bouquet, dry and soft and with fresh peach and red berry flavours on the palate and a round and full-bodied structure.

This is a perfect alternative to Prosecco, it has all the delicious flavours of Italy's most famous sparkler with added layers of raspberry and redcurrant. It makes a great pre-dinner drink but can equally be enjoyed with a delecable dessert.

Mix-six £7.99

Single bottle £9.99

Spring DrinkingDate published: 04/03/17


If you are a fan of the the Sav Blanc grape varity this could be just the ticket. It leans more towards a old world style of Sauvignon so the massive gooseberry are alot more subtle here. 

Situated in the heart of Rueda in the Spanish province of Valladolid, Pagos del Rey, is a relative newcomer (the first harvest was 2005) that has quickly grown into one of the most important wineries in the area. 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. A perfect match for Thai food or a great way to start an evening.

Yeastie Boys Bigmouth £10.98!Date published: 04/03/17

If you are looking for a beer that is bit less hoppy then look no further than this session beer, so called because of the moderate alcohol levels.

A light and easy drinker, bursting with sun-kissed south pacific hops. like an Antipodean summer, packaged in a can.

6x330ml cans for £10.98!

ABV4.2

Units1.4

CountryNew Zealand

Great value wineDate published: 03/03/17


Côtes du Rhône can vary massively in style. It can be an easy drinking wine or sometimes a big richer red from the Rhône Valley, France. A warm and sunny region where Le Mistral cools the vines. Definintion Côtes du Rhône is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. Discover perfume, blackcurrant and pepper Our Côtes du Rhône is a versatile food wine but is soft enough to serve by itself. A snip at £8.99 mix six price. Open this weekend so pop in for a try!

Cepa por Cepa - 'vine by VineDate published: 02/03/17

At the forefront of Garnacha's revival is Nekeas winery and it's Cepa por Cepa - translating to 'vine by vine', which refers to the process of the re-grafting of strains from 70 year old vines.  The wine is soft and juicy with great tannic structure so if you love juicy reds this is for you.  Be warned it's in VERY limited quantities and when it's gone it's gone!

Spotlight on Gin: Warner Edwards' Melissa GinDate published: 28/02/17

BRAND NEW GIN!!

This week our focus is on a brand new gin for us - Warner Edwards' Melissa Gin

The Botanical Garden limited edition range is created using a variety of herbaceous plants foraged from what was originally Tom's mother's garden - now converted into the distillery's Botanical Garden.


Melissa Lemon Balm Gin is their first creation in the enw range, made with Lemon Balm (a member of the mint family) also know by its Laton name Melissa officinals.

Fresh and herbaceous on the palate with lovely citrus and fresh mint flavours. Why not pop into store and give it a try yourself.

Sunday nightDate published: 27/02/17

We had an emergency at Maison Hurd last night. I had forgotten to get a roasting joint for supper! This did not go down well with my wife so I had to try and make amends.I found a couple of rare breed pork chops in the freezer so got those out to defrost. They had a good layer of fat and rind so I trimmed that off, salted it and put in a hot oven underneath a heavy tin that I roasted the potatoes in. This is a great trick to get a slice of crackling as leaving on the chops and cooking in a pan never achieves a good piece. I also made a little sauce. I sweated down finely chopped shallots, a dice of apple and a little minced garlic. When soft I deglazed with cognac then added a pint of chicken stock, reduced until syrupy finishing with a little double cream. I cooked the chops slowly in butter until almost done and rested to let them finish cooking. Do not overcook! Served with cavelo nero it was a good supper and I kept Ellie happy.To drink we had the awesome Bernard series Chenin Blanc from South Africa. Tasted blind you could be forgiven in thinking this is a good Chardonnay!

Winemaker Niël Groenewald's exceptional pocket of old, low-yielding Chenin bush vines produces a wine deserving its own unique identity. The Bernard Series celebrates the legend of Bernard Podlashuk, the founder and the original winemaker, and is matured in French oak. Tropical fruit and citrus, limestone and oak aromas give way to a refreshing, powerful and rounded palate. Vanillin spices with honeysuckle, layers of fruit and a lingering finish

Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise, Paso RoblesDate published: 26/02/17

I grant you the label is not everybodies cup of tea but this is a cracking bottle of wine. Mainly Zin it is full but not a massive fruit bomb like some US wines.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. This is a real red meat wine or dare I say a strong piece of Comte or Beaufort cheese would be a great match.

Bargain CabDate published: 25/02/17

Produced by Cousino Macul this is a gem af a bottle. Yes, dodgy label but great wine!  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. Perfect with a steak. £7.99 mix six price.

Tequila... It makes me happy... Con Tequila it feels fineDate published: 25/02/17

This Christmas we brought out two new Tequilas... but what actually are they? And what's the difference between the two?

Tequila

Is a regionally specific name for a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco. Although tequila is similar to mezcal, modern tequila differs somewhat in the method of its production, in the use of only blue agave plants, as well as in its regional specificity. Tequila is commonly served neat in Mexico and as a shot with salt and lime across the rest of the world.

The red volcanic soil in the surrounding region is particularly well suited to the growing of the blue agave, and more than 300 million of the plants are harvested there each year.

Mexican laws state that tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and limited municipalities in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.Tequila is recognized as a Mexican designation of origin product in more than 40 countries.

Tequila is most often made at a 38% alcohol content but can be produced between 31 and 55% alcohol content.

Espolon Tequila

These two tequilas are made in Los Altos in the highlands of Jalisco. The distinctive labels are inspired by 19th century Mexican art. The brand celebrates Ramon the Rooster, a symbol of Mexican national pride. 

Blanco and Reposado 

The Blanco is completely unaged and is delicate and floral with some sweet fruit flavours

The Reposado has 6 months in American oak barrels, giving it a golden colour and a spicy, caramel aroma. The palate is more full bodied, with sweet fruit flavours and a rounded mouth-feel.


We've got both of them open, so why not pop down and give them a go

Focus on Gin: SIlent PoolDate published: 24/02/17

As Gin becomes more and more popular (who thought that would be possible?) more producers are jumping on the band waggon and producing their own gin. Often, they're not that special and cost far too much. 


Enter, my favourite gin - Silent Pool. And what's not to love? The gin, the story, the bottle - all are fabulous.

Recently, I went around the distillery and fell in love with the gin all over again!

Although only actually distilling, this gin is over 4 years in the making! For the first 2 years, they just played around with the recipe making sure they had the perfect recipe. When the finally decided on the recipe, they had to play around with their beautiful still to make sure the gin tasted as good as it could. Using a column still, they can hold back some of the flavour from the gin. Making it subtle rather than hitting you over the head!

Over 24 botanicals are used in the gin, all of which you can see on the bottle. And whilst we are talking about the bottle, we have to talk about that beautiful blue! I hadn't realised that saphire comes from the actual colour of the Silent Pool. It was absolutely beautiful to see, and I would definitely recommend going to have a look. Unfortuantely, when I visited they had just finished dredging the pool, so it was a little cloudy, but still a beautiful blue.

The dominate botancials are obviosuly Juniper, but then also Lavander, Chamomile, Lemon and Kaffir Lime with just a hint of honey.

But where does the name come from?

The pool is called silent because it never has any bird life on, or above it. This is because it is said to be haunted! 

A long time ago, a knight rode past a pool where a Maiden was bathing. He decided to go into the pool to say hello. To escape him, the Maiden fled deeper into the pool and got into trouble. Going against the rules of knights, the knight fled away from the scene, losing his hat in the process. The maiden unforuantely drowned, and when the hat was found it was said to belong to Bad King John!

It may actually be due to the fact that the water is just extremly cold, as it takes 3 months to filter through the chalk hills (which also gives it tje beautiful colour)

I would recommend giving this gin a try with just a small slice of lime or lemon, topped up with some Fever Tree Tonic (either the normal or the light).

Why not pop into store and give it a try? We've got a ton of different gins, all open to try!

Lamb and RiojaDate published: 24/02/17

Have you got lamb for your supper tonight or maybe you are planning a Sunday roast with a leg or shoulder. Lamb is really wine friendly and as long as you don't go too light most reds will drink well with it. I barbacue all year round and lamb chops off the charcoal is my favourite way of cooking them. Marinade in strong green herbs, garlic, touch of chilli and olive oil. After a few hours or overnight  bring to room temperature, season well and place on the hottest grill you can. The fat drips onto the coals thus creating lots of smoke to flavour the meat. Cook to medium rare and enjoy with a glass of good red. Rioja is a great wine to accompany these chops and this weekend we have Lagunilla gran reserva 2008 at only £7.99 (mix six price). This would be a great match for the lamb.


From a bodega founded in 1885 in the high-altitude Rioja Alta region, where the ripening season is long and warm. This Gran Reserva spends 2 years in oak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release. A fine and elegant bouquet, full of trademark aged Rioja aromas: raisins, dried figs, cinnamon and vanilla. Velvety on the palate, with time-mellowed tannins and a long finish.

Gioiosa CartizzeDate published: 23/02/17

This week, majestic brings to you a rather special treat all the way from Italy.  Gioiosa Cartizze is made from grapes harvested from the steep hillside of Cartizze and is considered the Grand Cru of the region. The conditions in this area create perfectly ripe grapes, these are treated with the utmost care to make the best possible prosecco. Packed with intense flavours, this prosecco is not to be missed.

Single Bottle Price £17.99

Mix Six Price £14.99



Ultimate Party Service!Date published: 22/02/17

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery (over any 6 bottles)

Free Glass Hire (over any 6 bottles)

Ice, Bucket and Chiller Bin Hire

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

Free tastings to try before you buy!

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.


Special This Week OnlyDate published: 21/02/17


Are you a fan of the crisp and floral style of Kiwi Sav Blanc? Until Monday only we have the excellent Giesen Sauvignon down at only £6,99 (mix six price)

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim. A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

Perfect to start an evening with or goes really well with Asian flavours.

King of Hops Pale AleDate published: 21/02/17

The next installment in our focus on beers brings us... King of Hops Pale Ale.


This beer is exclusive to us, made by the makers of Curious Brew - Chapel Down.

Chapel Down produces a world-class range of sparkling and still wines, together with award-winning range of beers and cider.

 We love the fruity citrus flavours and freshness. But don't just take our word for it, pop i and give it a try!

Its also on special offer at the moment, of £6.60 for a case of 6!!!!

Thornbridge Jaipur IPADate published: 20/02/17

Hailing from the Midlands, this pioneering brewery enjoys a worldwide reputation.

Jaipur is their flagship beer and has won over 100 international awards.

This is an American style Indian Pale Ale, brewed with six different types of hops. Creating a beer that is as complex as it is drinkable.

Soft and smooth, but building around the mouth to a crescendo of massive hoppiness, all accentuated by a slight hint of honey.

But why not pop into store this week and give it a quick try

Only £23.40 for a case of 12


Wedding Tasting WeekendDate published: 19/02/17

Are you getting married this year? Or having a big party bash?


Then make sure you come into store over the weekend of the 25th & 26th March!

We're hosting our first ever Wedding and Party Tasting Weekend. We'll have a range of fabulous sparkiling, red and white wines open to try. All definite crowd pleasers, and guaranteed to not break the bank!


Want to come along? Just give us a call on 01252 711 988 to let us know

On Offer until Monday only!!Date published: 18/02/17

One of best selling reds is on a cracking deal this week. It's a wine that we have sold for years and it has to be said due to the skill of winemaker it stays consistently very good year in year out regardless of what sort of vintage the Rhone valley has had. 

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

A wine that can be easily drunk by itself or pair with your winter stews.


Only £8.99 (mix six price) until this Monday.

Puy de Dôme Pinot NoirDate published: 13/02/17

SDo you like Pinot Noir and if so is it a French wine that you prefer? This little gem does not come from Burgundy but the Loire vallwy. 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. This is a wine best in its youth and makes a great summer red if little chilled. Perfect wine for a platter of charcuterie. Mixed six price £8.99.

February OffersDate published: 12/02/17

Latest offers

Get the best savings when you Mix Six bottles

Our recommendations...

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough Mix six £7.99 single bottle £10.99

Aromas of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate.

Argento Malbec 2015 Mendoza Mix six £6.99 single bottle £8.99

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough Mix six £6.99 single bottle £9.99

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry...a fresh finish.


Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 11/02/17

It's another Sparkling Saturday in store at Majestic this weekend! Today we'll be popping open the Duval Leroy Blanc de Blancs 2005 Champagne! Part of our infamous WIGIG range, this won't been around for forever, so come down to the store & enjoy a taste whilst you browse today! 

Duval-Leroy are one of the most respected Champagne houses in France. This wine, which is rarely seen in the U.K., is elegant with fine flavours of apple and citrus overlaid with notes of toasted brioche.

£39.99, or £29.98 when you mix and match any six or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz.

Cheers!

25% off Champagne!Date published: 06/02/17

If your stocks are running low well this week is the time to stock up. We have 25% off all sub £100 Champagne from today until Monday 13th Feb 7.00pm. With prices of wine and fizz creeping up this is a real chance to save money!

With Valentines Day only one week away this is a great chance to grab a special bottle to share with that special someone.

For an idea of prices, here is a list of our best sellers:

Definition Blanc De Blanc NV 75cl Mix Six price £18.74 Single bottle price £24.99

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV 75cl Mix Six price £24.99 Single bottle price £39.99

Taittinger Brut Resrve NV 75cl Mix Six price £27.73 Single bottle price £36.99

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV 75cl Mix Six price £29.98 Single bottle price £39.99

Lanson Rose NV 75cl Mix Six price £29.99 Single bottle price £34.99

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV 75cl Mix Six price £32.23 Single bottle price £42.99

Bollinger Special Cuvee, NV 75cl Mix Six price £32.98 Single bottle price £43.99

Laurent-Perrier Rose NV 75cl Mix Six price £44.99 Single bottle price £59.99

Last WeekendDate published: 05/02/17

Last weekend I hosted a few of my old work colleagues at mine. Its a great time to catch up with their various exploits and an opportunity to drink some interesting bottles. I usually cook but don't really like doing desserts so farmed that task out to Sophie.A few appetisers to start. We had some uber fresh oysters to start (expertly shugged by Chris) cheese gougeres, little smoked eel and horseradish toasts, some of Hestons excellent chicken liver parfait and (by popular request) prunes wrapped in treacle infused bacon. To accompany this we stared with a couple of fizz. I dusted off a 2000 D de Devaux which showed signs of obvious ageing but still had a gentle fizz and a toasted apple character. We then had a blast from the past for me, a red Lambrusco. It sure tasted better than the ones I remember drinking in my youth! We moved from there to a Greywacke Riesling. A first for me. Not too packed with the waxy paraffin notes you get from some Riesling but a very elegant wine that makes a good aperitif. We then had a little soup to begin. Roasted parsnip with some a little charred chorizo and sourdough croutons. Alongside we had an 06 Mercury blanc from Clos Barrault which was deep golden in colour and very much on the edge but still drinking nicely. Next up the always fantastic ABC Hildegard (in my view one of the best £40 wines money can buy). This matched the Thai inspired curry of prawn and pineapple really nicely. Just time to squeeze in another white so an old faithful the Catena Alta Chardonnay. A great wine from a stellar producer. My main course was a smoked belly of pork, roasted fillet, a ragout of asparagus, peas, pancetta lardons and la ratte potatoes. I finished this with a veal stock reduction adding green peppercorns a cream at the end. The first red we had was the Chateau Sociando Mallet 2011. People get very caught up with the 09 and 10 vintages in Bordeaux but 11 and 12 also were great years. This was young but developed nicely in the the glass. Deep cassis fruit with subtle oak. Delicious with the pork. Next up a couple of bruisers from across the pond. Chateau st Jean Cinq Cepages 2006 (an butch £50 wine that we offered as a web exclusive for only £25, a real steal) We then had a Beringer Howell Mountain Merlot from 2005 which was still very lively. Supremely elegant and again highlights the importance of having a email address listed with us so you don't miss out on these parcels. After that we moved to a poppy seed and lemon baked cheesecake served with a Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris VT which was subtle but just sublime. Candied fruits and honey but not too sweet. My wine of the evening. It drank rather nicely with the cheese also. I then dusted off a Uraquayan sweet Tannat. Interesting I think is all I can say about that. I sure we moved to something else after that but it gets a bit hazy! Here's to next time.

When it’s gone it’s gone!Date published: 05/02/17

Make the most of a great Majestic tradition - tracking down brilliant wines only available in one off parcels. Snap them up while you can!

Elara Sauvignon Gris Waimea Estate 2016 - New Zealand 

Waimea have a small experimental planting of Sauvignon Gris and they offered us this incredible wine that has won awards for every vintage. Production is so small that only a few hundred cases have ever been sold and this is the first time it has been seen outside of New Zealand.

£9.99 Mix Six Price Save £2 a bottle

£11.99 per single bottle

Perfect with Asian fareDate published: 04/02/17

Waimea have a small experimental planting of Sauvignon Gris and they offered us this incredible wine that has won awards for every vintage. Production is so small that only a few hundred cases have ever been sold and this is the first time it has been seen outside of New Zealand.

Part of our WGIG's so don't delay. Great with the whole hot, sour, sweet and salty vibe food wise.

Prosecco to impress for Valentines day?Date published: 02/02/17

Romeo & Juliet Prosecco NV Treviso by Pasqua is a pale, lightly aromatic and easy-drinking sparkling wine, with a soft mousse and an off-dry feel. Gentle flavours of pear, clementine and white apple are lifted by soft acidity.

Although located around 100km west of Treviso, the romantically inspiring city of Verona is where Pasqua was founded in 1925, as well as having provided the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.  Enjoy on its own at any informal celebration, or as an accompaniment to summery salads and antipasti.

£8.99 Mix Six price

£11.99 Single bottle price 

Rioja Reserva 2012 Viña EguíaDate published: 02/02/17

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. 

This would be lovely with some char-grilled lamb chops! Remember to invite us!

Like Rhone?Date published: 02/02/17


Lirac Vignobles Abeille is a cracking Rhone wine from a fantstic grower.
A classic southern-Rhône blend, by one of the region's largest producers. The stony, pebble-covered soils echo those of nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The estate makes a single Lirac blend, part-matured in French oak for 18 months. Deep and inky purple. A nose of raspberry and blackberry, with subtle hints of thyme and liquorice. The palate is robust, with weighty tannins and an invigorating warmth. At its best after a couple of years cellarage. Think a good stew and even a homemade Indian curry to eat alongside. This is a brilliant wine and at £13.49 mix six price it really punches well above its weight. 95% of people have said they would buy again ! Open this weekend for a taste.

Ending MondayDate published: 28/01/17

Ok. You have a party coming up, a wedding or you just want to have a stock up. In particular if you want fizz do not delay. Come in before Monday or order online/phone to secure some great prices. We can keep it for you closer to the time of your event but prices are heading upwards so do not delay!

Like Bordeaux ?Date published: 28/01/17


It is know secret I'm a fan of Bordeaux and that's often my choice when purchasing. That said I do like Bordeaux style wines which most countries produce and one of my favorites is the Te Kahu cab/merlot blend from one of the best Kiwi producers Craggy Range.

Te Kahu means 'the cloak', and is the Maori name for the mist that envelops this valley. The Gimblett Gravels vineyard's unique location creates the warmest vineyard area in New Zealand. This blend provides a modern and unique take on a classic Bordeaux assemblage. Lots of dark brambly fruit and a dark cherry core, ripe tannins add structure and added complexity is available in the form of sweet spice, vanilla and white pepper. This wine possesses enough concentration and tannin to withstand 8 years ageing, and is a perfect accompaniment to roast lamb.


Come and try as open this weekend. £14.99 mixed six price.


Hurry!Date published: 27/01/17

It's fair to say we knew it was about to happen what with the pound, brexit, vintage shortages in some countries and the ever increasing tax on wine. Prices are set to rise. Our Christmas offers are still valid but only until Monday 7pm. This isn't to say there won't be some great deals to be had from Tuesday but if you want to take advantage of our excellent festive pricing buy this weekend!

Bargain Sav BlancDate published: 24/01/17

Made by Giesen Estates the Marlborough Ridge SB for the next week is only £5.99 (mix 6 price) !!

This is somewhat of a snip.

A great value Sauvignon Blanc from Giesen, a family winery still owned and run by the three brothers who founded it. This wine comes from 47 different vineyard sites in the Wairau Valley, cultivated by partner growers but vinified at Giesen's winery. Typically vibrant, citrussy and herbal Marlborough Sauvignon, with kaffir lime and blackcurrant leaf notes against a backdrop of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours. Dry and mouthwatering. Drink with freshly prepared cold seafood dishes.

Catch it whilst you can!

January DealsDate published: 07/01/17

We still have lots of wine in our January sale but don't wait for too long as stock is limited and once it has gone it has gone! In addition to this we have many offers that are still running from our December promotion. Ned, Oyster Bay, Brancott Sauvignons all at £7.99. Veuve, Roederer and Bolly on cracking deals. Some excellent prices in Spain. Beronia and Cune reservas under £10! Come and snap these wines up before these offers end.

Happy New YearDate published: 31/12/16

Happy New Year!

We have a had a great December this year getting you all ready for your Christmas and New Year Parties! We hope you have/had a blast!

We will be re-opening on the 2/1/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and back to a usual opening hour from then on!

Wishes you all the best for 2017 from everyone here at Farnham!

Holiday HoursDate published: 28/12/16

We reopen on the 27th December 10-5, 28th 10-7, 29th and 30th 10-8 and NYE 9-5. Shut on the 1st then normal hours start again on the 2nd. 

SaleDate published: 28/12/16

Fancy grabbing a bargain? If the answer is yes then come on in sooner rather than later. We have over 40 wines that are in our sale so a minimum of 25% off. My picks are a couple of the gorgeous Cordier white Burgundy's, a lovely white blend from Mas de Montagnes, a Northern Spanish Mencia, a Kiwi fizz, a red Faugeres and a elegant Corsican rose. Don't delay though as numbers are very limited and once we have sold out no more will be available. 

Christmas pastDate published: 28/12/16

Yes, Christmas is over for another year but New Year's Eve is still to come. Virtually all our December offers are still running so if you are after a white Burgundy for your lobster or a fine Italian red for your venison then look no further. Not forgetting great deals on fizz! Veuve, Bolly, Tatty, LP and Louis Roederer all on great deals. In addition to this we have some very limited sale wines but be quick as once they are gone there gone !

Christmas Date published: 20/12/16

We now are full for deliveries before Christmas but we can get orders ready for you. Click and Collect is still an option but if doing online make sure you put down you are happy for replacements as this time of year we do run out of a few wines. We will always replace with a more wine. Otherwise your order will come from a central distribution centre and probably will not be here in time for Christmas. Of course the best way is to pop in and see us. We are open 9-8 Tue-Fri then 9-5 on Christmas Eve before closing for 2 days. We reopen on the 27th 10-5 as a bank holiday.

Last WeekendDate published: 13/12/16

My weekend was one made of of a couple of interesting wines. First of was a bottle of Domaine Saint Ferreol Viognier Grand Reserve. This was an online parcel from earlier this year and how glad I am that I got a case. This is an epic wine for the price. Their regular cuvee is in stock however and for £10.99 you are getting a mini Condrieu! Just look at the reviews on our website and Vinvinos. We drank this with some salt and pepper squid which turned out to be a great match. Saturday we had roasted duck so a bottle of the soft and complex Claim 431 Pinot Noir from acclaimed Kiwi producer Mudhouse. A snip at £14.99. Beef this week for Sunday night so a bottle of Clarendelle red. A Bordeaux produced with help from the illustrious Haut Brion. I've been buying this wine for years now so imagine how happy I was to see it turn up in our WIGIG section. Hopefully it will prove a real hit and we can start stocking this brilliant value claret. We finished with a couple of fifty year old Grand Marnier. A rare treat but worth every penny!

ClaretDate published: 04/12/16

For all those people who are forgoing turkey this Christmas ( lucky you ) and going for a rib of beef we have some cracking Bordeaux and great value Argentinian Malbecs that will match you lunch with a aplomb. Grand Faurie Larose from St Emillion is a mid priced claret at 16.99 and has long been a favourite for our customers. Soft enough to be enjoyed without food but enough depth to accompany red meats and firm cheeses exceptional well.

This wine comes from a small, established château to the north of St. Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouring Château Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils. A medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate. 

CNP BargainDate published: 01/12/16

A new month and some great offers to get stuck into. One of last years most popular Christmas wines was our Capouliers Chateau-Neuf du Pape. Last year we had down at £9.99 and this year we have managed to match that offer again. £9.99! Beware are some really unimpressive CNP on offer on the high street but this isn't one of them. We will have it open from this Friday so pop in and decide for yourselves. On top of that we offer a no quibble guarantee. Don't like it and we replace free of charge. We will have a great selection of wines open this weekend so why not  come down and join us.

Last WeekendDate published: 30/11/16

A variety of wines last weekend were consumed at Hurd HQ. Saturday we started with classic champagne cocktails . A splash of cognac and grand marnier poured over a sugar cube then a couple of dashes of bitters, topped up with a NV champagne. One of my all-time favourite drinks. Served with some cheese gougeres, a brilliant combo. We followed that with a bottle of Tavel rose from Guigal that I bought and had shipped from France for only £4 a bottle! Deep fruit typifies Tavel rose and I really enjoy this full bodied style. We also had with our supper of confit guinea fowl the always excellent domaine l'aigle pinot noir. A snip at under £12. Sunday saw a domaine begude elegance Chardonnay from 09. Very deep gold when poured i was nervous but even though developed it was beautifully rich and matched our roasted brill with a simple cream sauce ideally. A snifter of vallado tawny ended a nice weekend.

The Ultimate Party Service!Date published: 26/11/16

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery (over any 6 bottles)

Free Glass Hire (over any 6 bottles)

Ice, Bucket and Chiller Bin Hire

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

Free tastings to try before you buy!

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.


Fine WineDate published: 24/11/16

I always look at Waitrose wine offers whenever I do the shopping. There's no denying the quality and the online offering is very good if on the high side price wise. One email  really caught my eye this week and it was the one offering £10 fine wines. Intrigued I opened it up. I've drunk virtually all of those bottles and I know I a vested interest but I can suggest in my opinion much better wines for the price. Here are my suggestions as a direct offering.Whites first. Their Chablis, our Bourgogne Blanc from burgundy producer Nicolas Patel. A minimum amount if oak makes this a softer alternative to their rather green Chablis.Their Gavi. Our Greco Di Tufo from Campania in southern Italy. Similar flavours but knocks their Gavi for six! £1 less.Their Rioja. Cune reserva at £8.99, enough said!Their Bordeaux. Underrated Chateau de Pitray from Cote de Castillon out points theirs with ease. Their CNP. There is no thing as a cheap, good CNP. Do not bother. I say go for the gorgeous Grange des Combes , St Chinian. Similar grapes so much better.OK their Tawney port is good so at the same price Crofts LBV is a lovely port for £9.99.What made me chuckle was the offering of a tasting between 2pm - 6pm on Friday and Saturday ( but only whilst stocks last) That makes our offering of 8-10 wines every day let alone virtually every spirit we list open every single day seem somewhat of a better alterterntive. Sorry Mr Waitrose, it won't stop me buying my food from you !

Black Friday Tasting Specials!Date published: 24/11/16

Black Friday Fine Wine Event! 

Be sure to pop into the store tomorrow, as we shall be opening up a variety of Fine wines as part of our Black Friday sales! Naturally, there will be a higher end New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc & Rioja open to taste, as we'll still be offering 25% off  both of these. We'll also be opening a rather special Chateauneuf-du-Pape from a great vintage, at a great price!

Fairbourne Estate Sauvignon Blanc

This is the flagship Sauvignon Blanc from the Fairbourne Estate, made from grapes grown on elevated sites on the north-facing slopes of the Wairau Valley. Warm days and cool nights provide optimum conditions for ripening which makes for maximum freshness and purity. Intense yet with a slightly reserved character, this well-balanced Sauvignon possesses an elegance and minerality normally only achieved by the top Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé estates. Drink early to preserve the beautiful freshness of the wine, and match with smoked salmon, melon or cured hams.

£16.99, or mix six, save 25%- £12.74

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2007

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas. Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour. Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

£23.99, or mix six, save 25%- £17.99

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Mont Redon 2006 Mont Redon

Part of the famous Mont-Redon estate, Jean Abeille's vineyard occupies a total of 100 hectares of land with classic Châteauneuf characteristics: mature bush vines sit on a plateau with great sun exposure, and a topsoil covered with heat-retaining pebbles. The primary fruit flavours of bramble and plum have developed with age to include notes of herb, leather and spice. Enjoy this wine with red meat dishes flavoured with herbs. Hurry though- this is a WIGIG wine- When it's gone it's gone!

£28, or mix six & save £3- £25

NZ Sauvignon and Rioja all 25% offf this week!Date published: 22/11/16

Wow, what a few weeks it's been at Majestic. We have had some cracking deals and to finish off November's promotions we have a week of 25% off all Rioja and New Zealand sauvignon blanc. So come in, order online or give us a call to enjoy some great bargains. For example, Ned @ 6.99, Oyster Bay @ £7.49, Grey Ghost by Jackson estate @ £13.49, Riscal Reserva @ 11.24 and magnums under 23.00, Muga reserva @ 12.74, Beronia reserva @ 11.24 and although Portuguese we have the very drinkable Porto 6 for only 6.99! All prices are mixed six pricing. 

Brunello di Montalcino 2011 BanfiDate published: 19/11/16

Fine Wine Focus- Brunello di Montalcino 2011

The third in our series of Fine Wines is the Brunello di Montalcino produced by Banfi, from Tuscany. 

Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. The grapes for this Brunello are sourced from hillside sites with calcareous sandy topsoil and rounded stones.

A full bodied wine with hints of liquorice and chocolate complements the concentrated, velvety cherry fruits on the palate. Very well integrated tannins and long finish. Fantastic when paired with roasted lamb. 

No doubt, this wine has won serious acclaim including wine critic Monica Larner of The Wine Advocate with her summary 'The 2011 [Banfi] Brunello di Montalcino is openly redolent of Sangiovese-driven aromas of wild berry, underbrush and spice. The finish is long, silky and the tannins are polished. This wine should hold well for the next ten years.' 

Open to taste this week, an absolute gem not to missed. £28 a bottle, or £25 when you mix and match any six or more bottles of wine, spirits or fizz. 


New to MajesticDate published: 18/11/16

This weekend we will have a new wine in to us the excellent Capaia 1 from the 2009 vintage. South Africa is probably my last choice of country I buy wine from but on occasion there is the odd one that changes my mind. This is one of them!

This estate was founded by Count Stephan von Neipperg who also owns the famous St Emilion properties Canon La Gaffeliere and La Mondotte. He has used his vast experience in Bordeaux to create stunning wines in South Africa. This wine has been aged to perfection and is packed with rich blackcurrant fruit flavours and enhanced by developed notes of cedar, leather and spice. This is a great food wine and will match all red meat dishes.
Only £11.99 mix six price!

Port TastingDate published: 18/11/16

A rather revered drink, Port comes in many different diverse styles, and Port appears to have recently been getting the exposure it so deserves. 

Pop down to your local Majestic Wine store between Friday 9th & Sunday 11th December to try some fantastic different styles of red Port. We'll be showcasing LBV, VintageTawny & a superb Colheita- a barrel aged tawny port produced from grapes from a single vintage!

If you are new to Port, then we'll be sure to find one you'll love. A must for Christmas and is the quintessential festive classic match for Stilton! 


Rum TastingDate published: 18/11/16

Join us in store over the weekend of Friday 2nd December to Sunday 4th December to have a taste of our favourite export from the Caribbean!

Now the nights are well and truly long & dark (and cold!) there is no better spirit to warm the cockles up with than a tot or two of rum of an evening. Whether you are a long standing fan or brand new to the world of rum, there will be different styles to try, from white to dark & small batch craft spiced rum.

Pop into your Farnham Majestic Wine store between the 2nd & 4th December & discover a new favourite drink whether you enjoy it neat, on the rocks or with a choice of mixer. You might even find that perfect Christmas gift!


Porta 6- down to £6.99! Date published: 17/11/16

Cast your mind back to July 4 2015. A little known humble Portuguese wine called Porta 6 appeared on BBC's 'Saturday Kitchen' and with the wholehearted endorsement from Chef James Martin, quoted as saying "One of the nicest reds I've tasted in ten years on the show" it very rapidly became a cult wine & in Majestic Wine circles, a household name. 

Since then, it has by far been our best selling Portuguese wine- and with good reason. Robust, juicy and fruit driven, produced with classic Portuguese grape varieties Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional & Castelão. Perfect with lamb chops.

Porta 6 is currently on a short term offer until  at £6.99 when you mix & match any 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. If you've not tried it, we of course have it open to taste.

Offer is valid until November 28th, Click on www.majestic.co.uk/farnham or call 01252 711988 to place your order now!! 



Last WeekendDate published: 16/11/16

Just back from a long weekend so a few extra wines were tasted over that time. We saw friends on Friday and I know we were expecting steak so a magnum of Caronne St Gemme 2011 was a good match. The more 11's I have the more I'm beginning to appreciate what a good vintage it was. Caronne has always been Cabernet dominant so expect moderate tannin but with beef it really is a fine match and was excellent with the ribeye. Saturday was supposed to be a day gardening but due to the weather we decamped to the Chesil Rectory in Winchester for lunch. For a change we managed to stick to excellent value set lunch instead of straying into the ala carte menus but with the money we saved by doing so we splurged on a bottle Vintage Tunina from Italian star producer Jermann. It's a superlative blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay and 3 other native Italian varietals. It's a complex wine that is so well balanced and matched our first course of sauteed prawns with a rosemary butter on toasted sourdough with aplomb. This isn't a cheap wine and you find it retail at around the £38-£48 so to find it on their bin end list at £50 I had to order it! We didn't finish it so we had the rest with our roasted leg of pork on Sunday. Saturday evening was a light supper of pate's and cheese with a bottle our own label Definition Pinot Noir which is a great value example of Kiwi Pinot under £12. We had a little Beaufort cheese after our pork and a glass of Croft's reserve tawny port was a nice end to the evening.

This Week 25% off all ProseccoDate published: 15/11/16

25% off Prosecco- this week only!


This week at Majestic Wine we are getting in the party mood for the Festive Period by putting all of our range of Prosecco on 25% off!

There’s never been a better time than right now to stock up in time for your Christmas Party fizz or if you just need a top up for those indulgent evenings when still wine just won’t do!

Top buys this week include:

Definition Prosecco- £9.74*

La Marca Treviso- £7.99*

Rivamonte- £7.49*


Please click on www.majestic.co.uk  to see our complete range of Prosecco & other fantastic current offers.
*As always, you'll get the best prices when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz.


Last day of 25% off BordeauxDate published: 14/11/16

Its your last chance to get 25% off bordeaux on top of the usal discount when you buy 6 or more!

We have loads open to try on the tasting counter...

feel free to pop into store, call us or jump on the website..!

We are treating you this weekend with the Penfolds 389 open to taste!Date published: 12/11/16

Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘Poor Man’s Grange’ or ‘Baby Grange’, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960, by the legendary Max Schubert, this was the wine that helped to build Penfolds solid  reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds skill in judiciously balancing fruit and oak.

T​he 389 has recently become the most cellared wine in Australia, overtaking Grange (no surprise given the price Grange has got to recently), and the 389 is a great wine for ageing (I've recently had some from the 1990's that was going strong and tasting great).

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

Try with rare roasted rack of lamb, ideally after decanting to aerate.

Come and try a taster in store this weekend!

single bottle £50.00

mix six price £45

Penfolds Bin 28 Date published: 12/11/16

Our second week in the series is another big warming red wine. Penfolds produce some top notch Shiraz, Cabernet & blended wines at some rather top notch prices, however the Bin 28 is a fantastic place to start to explore into the world of their wine.

Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm-climate Australian Shiraz – ripe, robust and generously flavoured. First made in 1959, Bin 28 is named after the famous Barossa Valley Kalimna Vineyard purchased by Penfolds in 1945 and from which the wine was originally sourced. Today, Bin 28 is a multi-region, multi-vineyard blend, with the Barossa Valley always well represented.

Helen, from our store in Leighton Buzzard says this: "This Shiraz is perfect for a winter's evening by an open fire. Deep, rich bramble fruits with hints of dark chocolate make this wine one to save for a special occasion in a few years to come, if you can resist opening it that is!"

 £26 a bottle or £23.40 when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz. Open to taste all week*

Last WeekendDate published: 10/11/16

Last weekend we had a interesting mix of bottles. Firstly a aged (2012) Bourgogne Blanc from Potel which was absolutely delicious and just shows you how a low cost white Burgundy from a good producer can age with aplomb. We then had with lamb shanks with a 2014 Chateau Lamothe Vincent Cuvee Heritage 2014 which for under £10 is a cracking but alas not from us! Saturday Ellie made sushi, sashimi and tempura which given her limited experience in the kitchen was somewhat of a revelation! She did a great job and instead of a classic sake to accompany we had the Pinot Gris from Waimea estates in New Zealand which is a great Asian food match. Sunday started as usual with a g&t (Chase this week) and then roast beef with a bottle of 2011 Reserve de Leoville Barton was just awesome accompaniment to the medium rare rib. Look out this week if you like Bordeaux as we will have a rather good offer from Tuesday!

25% off Bordeaux!Date published: 10/11/16

This week we have an offer on sub £50 Bordeaux wines. 

This is an offer in all my time at Majestic I have never seen. We have taken 25% off all of them. This is just a perfect time to replenish your wine stocks but do hurry as stock is going to disappear quickly.

The deal ends on the 14th Nov at 3.00pm online and 7.00pm in-store.

Champagne Offer This Week Only!!!!!!!!!!Date published: 01/11/16

OK, lets face it, with Brexit and the strenght of the  pound wine prices are going to increase at some stage. The good news is not yet! In fact until Monday 7th we have 25% of all our sub £100 Champagne when mixing any six bottles of wine/fizz/spirits. So across the whole range there are some great prices. This is the time to stock on Bolly, LP, LPR, Ruinart, Pol to name just a few. So order online, over the phone or pop in this week to take advantage of this pre Christmas offer.

Good Match'sDate published: 31/10/16

Ellie surprised last night by producing a cheese souffle for supper. Not known for confidence in the kitchen you can imagine my surprise in her tackling this! I have to say it was delicious. Served with a simple green salad and a few slices of Iberico ham it really was a great supper. To drink we had a bottle of the Feline Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet which was a perfect foil for the richness of the souffle.

Weekend DrinkingDate published: 30/10/16

Slightly lower key wine drinking this weekend. We have been enjoying Esmeralda by Torres as a white and the WIGIG parcel series Shiraz from Clare valley that is a seriously good bottle for under £8 ! Saturday we had a slab of ribeye so I opened one of my all time favourite reds the Ultreia from Raul Perez who is a master wine producer based in Bierzo region. I urge you to order this if you ever find it on a restaurant list. A sublime example of how good the Mencia grape can get without paying through the nose. We also had a little Roquefort in the fridge so enjoyed this with the delicious Chateau La Rame. What a great combination.

Last WeekendDate published: 29/10/16

We had quite a large weekend due to my wife turning 40 and obviously drank rather better than usual. Saturday we went for lunch at the excellent Vineyard in Stockcross near Newbury. Not only is is a sumptuous location with great food it also has one of the best wine list's outside of London. We had a stunning Franciacorta 06 from Bellavista which was alot cheaper than their house Champagne but so much more complex. We went off piste with the white and chose a wine from Santorini which was perfect with our first course's then followed by a soft and supple Prats and Symington red from the Douro. One of the advantages of working with wine is where to spot the value in restaurant lists. All three of these wines added together came to less then £120 which for such an establishment is great value. Sunday I pushed the boat out for Ellie's family and cooked a number of courses. Cheese gougeres, chilled Thai green soup with crab, homemade pork and green peppercorn terrine, breast of guinea fowl and confit of thigh, chocolate and chestnut torte with brown bread ice cream followed by  cheese. We started with a magnum of Veuve which had a couple years of ageing had softened and gained complexity. We also had Minuty by the magnum and a fat Chardonnay from Argentina, the epic Catena Alta from 06. We then had a 04 Volnay with the bird which should of been drunk a couple of years ago as had started to fade a little then I cracked a Cinq Cepage 2008 from chateau St Jean which was wondrous. How I wish I bought more than the half case. Delamain pale and dry xo cognac rounded the meal off nicely. Needless to say we didn't eat again that day!

Today and TomorrowDate published: 29/10/16

Come and join us for a look at our mini re furb and enjoy an extened tasting counter and some delicous cheese and hams!

The Ultimate Party ServiceDate published: 23/10/16

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery (over any 6 bottles)

Free Glass Hire (over any 6 bottles)

Ice, Bucket and Chiller Bin Hire

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

Free tastings to try before you buy!

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.


Bargain Corbiere @£5.99Date published: 22/10/16

Mont Saint Jean Corbiere

Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.

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

Mix Six Price £5.99

Offers Ending!Date published: 20/10/16

Vina Sol £4.99 mix six

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

Pinot Grigo Pasqua £5.99 mix six

Running a family owned winery begun in 1925, the Pasqua brothers are a formidable team and are the last winery operating within Verona city in the middle of the Veneto region where this Pinot Grigio comes from.

A fresh, fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp, citrussy acidity and a well balanced finish.

lagunilla Reserva £6.99 mix six

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.


That time of YearDate published: 19/10/16

Not sure if you have started thinking about Christmas yet because we have!

Our Party service makes the Christmas period a lot more manageable with Free Devilery, Free Glass Hire, Free Ice Bucket Hire, Free Tastings, Easy Refunds and Advise!


Fizz and ChipsDate published: 18/10/16

Are there many things as indulgent as Champagne and fish and chips. This really is a classic combination that just works. Last night Ellie had finished a particularly taxing week at work so I popped a bottle of Bolly in the fridge and made fish and chips. I used little fillets of lemon sole and a light tempura batter. For the chips I cheat and cut Maris Pipers into chip like shapes leaving a little of the skin on. Then be brave and par boil until  virtually breaking up. Carefully drain and let steam dry for 5 minutes. Then put into a hot oven, in a deep tray with a few spoonfuls of duck fat if you have or a neutral oil if not. 35 mins later great chips and a tad more healthy. I cooked the sole in a wok for only 3 mins in hot oil. Bolliniger is my favourite of all non vintage fizz with such depth of fruit and complexity. Year on year their style is consistently the same which is refreshing. When you have found your favourite house you then tend to favour that producer when choosing fizz. Bolly is actually on a really good deal presently but only until Monday so stock up this weekend.

Weekend DrinkingDate published: 17/10/16

I was off on Saturday so gave me a little more time to concentrate on supper and what to drink. I made a beef shin curry for dinner on Saturday and had a couple lamb rumps for Sunday. To start last night we had the José Parinte Sauvignon. Unfortunately it's been de listed but we do have a little stock left. Such a lovely light aperitif and at only £7.99 a bargain. With the curry I opened a bottle of Crozes Hermitage from Alain Graillot which I buy every now and again from Yapp's down in Wiltshire. Such a balanced wine. Year in year out this Syrah dominant wine is one of the best sub £20 Northern Rhone wines out there. I suggest if you have never tried buy yourself a couple of bottles. Last night we had the Chateau Haut Milon 2008 Pauillac which was one of our web exclusives last month which was a little lean but was perfect with our lamb. To start another limited wine the Macon Loche from Courtier which was stunning. Really stunning! Not a block buster but just beutifully balanced. We also indulged in a Chase's rhubarb vodka which we mixed with their regular gin one part rhubarb to four gin for a lovely take on a vodka martini.

Store Refurb Complete!Date published: 15/10/16

Our store has now finished its refurb so please come down and have a look! Great new tasting counter, loads available to taste, new layout of the store and much more!

Pop down today, grab a glass of bubbly we have open and come and see our new store!

Store Refurb !Date published: 11/10/16

Progress is being made but perhaps today and tomorrow will be the most disruptive in store. We have about 10 contractors giving the store appearance a facelift and for safety reasons there might be the odd section you cannot access. But just choose what you want and will deliver to your door later on or tomorrow. By Thursday it should be setting and by Friday it will be completed so why not pop in this weekend to see the new layout.

Château Paul Mas Blanc 2015 BelluguetteDate published: 10/10/16

If you're looking to be taken off the beaten track, this is the wine for you. A unique wine, masterly oaked to blend tropical fruits and nuts in creamy harmony.

Grape

Vermentino, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier

Flavours 

Citrus, Gooseberry, Herbs

Origin

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.

Taste

The creamy palate reveals complex flavours of ripe mango, pineapple and vanilla with notes of brioche and toast lingering on the finish.

Enjoy

Great as apéritif, this wine can also be enjoyed with white meats, fish and salads. Drink now or cellar for 5 to 8 years.

This wine is on our tasting counter at Farnham until Friday 14th October. So pop in-store for a chance to try before you buy!

£12.99 Mixsix price 

£14.99 Single bottle price

What will be this weeks web exclusives ?Date published: 10/10/16

Well what a week it turned out to be for online exclusives. These small parcels of wine sometimes can disappear within a matter of hours but sometimes can be available for a week. You just cannot tell what will sell out first. I had a bit of a top up and bought Recougne 2010, Stags Leap Chardonnay and Chateau St Jean Cinq cepage. All of these were gone in 36 hours so this is just a heads up really. Have your card details saved and hit the order button quickly if you fancy some of these gems. I know you might think 'what if I don't like it' Don't worry, we will refund or swap the in opened bottles and even replace the one you didn't like free of charge!

Weekend DrinkingDate published: 10/10/16

This weekend we have drank at home a delicious 2007 Eikendhal Chardonnay which was mid gold in colour with a slightly maderised nose but the palate was complex and nutty. Would not of improved but a beautifully aged South African gem. We also had another 07 but this time from the German producer Robert Weil. It was a  Trocken (dry) Riesling that surprised us both in it's youth like appearance, fresh lime and pear led nose. Perfect with our salt and pepper squid. Red wise we had a shoulder of lamb so I cracked a 2009 Moulin de Citran. Second wine of Citran it's not often found over here so I occasionally buy it in France and have it shipped. A full rich Bordeaux that punches above its weight at around the £10 mark. 

Lagunilla Gran Reserva RiojaDate published: 08/10/16

This is on a cracking deal at present. I often look at other merchants and their pricing. We have this at only £8.99 (mix six) whilst my favourite food shop is selling this wine for £14.99!!

From a bodega founded in 1885 in the high-altitude Rioja Alta region, where the ripening season is long and warm. This Gran Reserva spends 2 years in oak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release.

A fine and elegant bouquet, full of trademark aged Rioja aromas: raisins, dried figs, cinnamon and vanilla. Velvety on the palate, with time-mellowed tannins, and a long, smooth finish.

A sure bet for roasted lamb.


Medal Winning Kings Favour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/10/16

Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour.

A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.

At its best with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.

£9.99 on the mix six

£13.99 single bottle 

BEER MASTERCLASSDate published: 07/10/16

Do you enjoy discovering new and exciting craft beers?

Join us on: Saturday 16th October at 6pm

This is a chance to try a selection of different & interesting beers from around the world

TICKET £10  → To use as a £10 voucher on the night!

(Please ask a member of our staff in-store for more details)



Change at Farnham MajesticDate published: 05/10/16

After almost 9 years since our last refurb we have just embarked on another one! 

Well, 3 days in now. Most country sections have been moved so you might need a bit of help finding the odd section. 

We are trying to keep distrubtion to a minimum so please bare with us. We estimate it will be completed by 13th Oct. We promise it will be worth it!

Short Term Malbec OfferDate published: 04/10/16

We love Catena wines here. Be it Alamos, Catena, Catena Alta, Zapata etc. However the range starts with the Argento Malbec which has just come down on a special price of £5.99 (mix six)

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. 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.

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.

Perfect for big parties or a solid mid week wine. We also have it open to taste so why not pop in.

Santa Ana is coming to town!Date published: 02/10/16

This wine is a 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. 

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.

I would enjoy this red with any barbecue food and pairs well with medium-strength firm cheese.

Only £5.99 mixsix!

A Bargain WhiteDate published: 02/10/16

Terra Pegoes, Vinho Branco  is a blend of Fernão Pires and Moscatel. I am ashamed to say I have never tasted this in all my years at Majestic but I did yesterday and I found to be a delightful drop.

Portugal is the source of some great value, straightforward yet uniquely-styled whites, many of which are made from grape varieties seldom found outside of the country. This example comes from the Setúbal Peninsula, a coastal region immediately to the south of Lisbon. A light-bodied and easy-drinking white wine with moderate acidity providing a gentle texture. Subtly floral on the nose, combining hints of blossom with a core of ripe citrus fruit.

Perfect for a warm afternoon in the garden and a snip at only £4.99 mix six price!

The Frog Prince Date published: 01/10/16

The Frog Prince 

The grapes for this wine have been selected for their subtle fresh fruit flavours this creates an exceedingly elegant and perfumed wine that has wonderful cherry flavours with notes of liquorice and herbs on the finish.

This is one of our "Wigig's Wines" (When it's gone it's gone!) Make the most of a great Majestic tradition - tracking down brilliant wines only available in one off parcels. Snap them up while you can! 

We think that the herby finish would be really lovely with a slow roasted lamb shoulder!

Mix 6 £17.99

Single bottle £19.99

!!!limited stock!!!

Please feel free to pop in, we do currently have The Frog Prince on the tasting counter, if you would like to try before you buy!

Worth Signing Up!Date published: 30/09/16

This week we have had a series of great online only offers which have proved extremely popular. 4 of them sold out on the day which just shows you how important it is to have an email address listed with Majestic. It is private mailing and we do not pass on to any other partners. With the online specials they usually are a limited number of cases so not worth sharing amongst our 200 odd stores so alot more efficient to sell online and ship to the specific purchases. In addition to this we also on occasion send vouchers for free bottles or money off so it really makes sense to sign up. Just talk to any of the team in store if you would like us to sign you up!

Oktoberfest Beer TastingDate published: 29/09/16

Come and celebrate Oktoberfest at your local Majestic store! Over the weekend of the 15th & 16th October, we'll be opening a fantastic range of beers from around the world for you to try. You can even cast your vote for your favourite beer & you could be in with a chance of being invited to Majestic's very own Customer tasting panel! 

A great first tasteDate published: 28/09/16

I have just returned from a lovely break in Mauritius and we stayed in a fantastic hotel that boasts an absolutely epic wine list. We had stayed once before so it was a reason we returned but since last time it has only got better and as long haul destinations go not bad value either. We drank very well over our break but one evening particularly stood out. On there floating restaurant overlooking hundreds of fish and the odd shark they laid on a Cos d'Estournel evening. Various fish courses were matched with their Hungarian Tokai wines but the reds we tried with the braised wagu short ribs were an eye opener. We had 2011 Goulee (kind of their third wine), 2013 Pagodes (second wine) and 2009 Cos. I only had previously had the Pagodes once and never remembered it being as good as is did that night. The Goulee was also a revelation. So open and soft. When I got back I ordered a case of this as at low twenties it really is great value. However the Cos was truly amazing. One of the finest bottles I have ever had the pleasure to drink. OK we had a thimble of it and it is still very young but re marked by Parker in 2012 to a straight 100 I cannot see how a wine could get better than this. Sadly we don't sell any of these wines through Majestic but go onto our fine wine arm of the business Lay and Wheeler's website to find various vintages of all three.

The Ultimate Party ServiceDate published: 28/09/16

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery (over any 6 bottles)

Free Glass Hire (over any 6 bottles)

Ice, Bucket and Chiller Bin Hire

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

Free tastings to try before you buy!

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.


From the CellarDate published: 27/09/16

Last night I opened a slightly dusty bottle of Pouilly Loche from Cordier. It actually was from 2007 which was a fairly mediocre year and really should of been drunk by now. However when poured it was a still reasonable colour (not a very deep golden colour which usually means past it's best) and on the nose more like a Puligny. On the palate soft, oak and complexity. This back then was only £9ish but just shows you how a wine from a good maker can cellar well. We actually do still sell this wine for a very reasonable £14.99. We drank this with a delicious piece of simply grilled fillet of brill.

Majestic Presents...Domaine de Reverdon BrouillyDate published: 23/09/16

The grapes grown on the granite slopes of Mont Brouilly produce well rounded and fruity wines that are often more structured and tannic than their neighbours and often have more complex earthy and mineral notes.

This light bodied red has vibrant flavours of strawberry, cherry and redcurrant. It is soft and rounded with a delicate, fresh finish.

This is the perfect match for charcuterie.

Single bottle - £13.99

Mix Six Price - £9.99

It's open to taste this weekend so come and have a try!

End Of Septembe Offers!Date published: 22/09/16

Don't miss out on the end of september offers, some of your favourites at cracking prices, offers end close of play Monday 26th 7.00pm

All on the mix six pricing: 

Gioiosa Treviso Prosecco £7.99

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Beronia Rioja Reserva £9.99

Veuve Clicquot Champagne £29.99

And many more in store!

Gavi ToledanaDate published: 19/09/16

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality.

The Gavi Toledana is a wonderful, ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

Enjoy as:

An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

Until the 26th September this wine is a steal at £7.99 on the mix six offer!

Definition on the tasting counter!Date published: 17/09/16

We have had the Definition Blanc De Blancs Champagne, NV on the tasting counter this weekend!

Champagne is a celebratory drink, so it should be energetic, lively and indulgent. A great test is to match it with Fish and Chips. So when we decided to define Champagne we headed straight down our local chippy.

Champagne Blancs de Blancs. A sparkling wine, famously associated with celebration and the popping noise produced when opening the bottle. Made in France's most northerly wine region, after which the wine is named.

If you would like to try some please pop down tomorrow (Sunday 18/09)

Finca Resalso, Emilio MoroDate published: 17/09/16

I recently tried the baby brother to my favourite producer Emilio Moro and it did not disappoint!

The 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.

Perfect with grilled merguez or other spicy, smoky meats

Currently at £8.99 on the mix six price

Chateau Cotes De BlaignanDate published: 15/09/16

Our Majestic presents this week is the Cotes de Blaignan from the Medoc. 

Situated in the Medoc north of Bordeaux the property covers 32ha covering a variety of different terroirs each of which is managed individually to ensure the wine produced is not only of the highest quality but also has a true sense of place.

This smooth and fruity red is full of red plum and blackberry flavours with some vanilla notes on the finish and elegant rounded tannins.

Single bottle - £11.99

Mix Six price - £9.99

It's open this weekend, come and try!

Macon Lugny Louis Latour @ £8.99!Date published: 15/09/16

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.

Get it quick as it's only on offer until next monday, it's open to taste so come down and have a try!

Alamos!Date published: 10/09/16

Alamos is at a great price at the moment! £5.99 when you miz 6! this offer wont last neirther will the stock so please feel free to give us call so we can put some aside or pop in!


Alamos Chardonnay 2015 Catena, Mendoza Argentina Ve

The perfect weekday white! Bright and fresh with lashings of stonefruit. Try with hallibut and hollandaise sauce on white wine Wednesdays.

Chardonnay is the wine that everyone wants to produce and the Argentines are no exception. Alamos is produced by Nicolás Catena, Decanter Man of the Year 2009, and focuses on ripe, varietal fruit.

This wine displays a stunning array of ripe peach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with toasty oak. Try this with creamy pasta dishes, poultry or fish.

Alamos Viognier 2015 Catena, Mendoza Argentina VVe

Offering notes of ripe stone fruits accompanied by soft floral aromas this is a classic oaked Viognier from the New World.

Throughout the winemaking process, Alamos wines are made to emphasise varietal fruit character. The warm days and cool evenings in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow a long ripening period and preserve the fruit's full range of aromas and flavours.

This unoaked Viognier offers ripe apricot and delicate blossom notes. Light and crisp on the palate, with concentrated peach flavours. The finish is clean and refreshing with excellent natural acidity. Lightly chill and enjoy now with baked fish or alternatively with rabbit and spring vegetables.



September Showcase 22nd!Date published: 09/09/16

We are pleased to announce our September Showcase! 

We will have an amazing selection of wine, craft spirits and beers open to try as well as 10% off all purchases made on the night! 

It is on Thursday 22nd September from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Spaces are limited so please do RSVP to 01252 711 988 or email us at far@majestic.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Majestic Presents... Dr Loosen RieslingDate published: 08/09/16

This weeks Majestic Presents is the Dr Loosen Riesling from Germany. Dr Loosen has been in the same family for over 200 years and included vines in some of the best vineyards in Germany. The vines are ungrafted and on average over 60 years old. Yields are strictly limited with rigourous selection to remove inferior fruit before the vinification process.

Lovely notes of honey and fruit flavours of peach, apricot and lime, The finish is refreshingly mineral making this a dangerously quaffable wine. Great with Asian food!

Come down and have a taster this weekend as we will have it open on our tasting counter from today. 
£7.99 on the mix six offer. 

Great value Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/09/16

This great value award winning Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina is located in the high altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15 degrees to produce a delicious Sauvignon.

Vibrant citrus sauvignon, very youthful and fresh. It has a nice soft-edged tropical notes and a touch of herbaceous flavours  that linger on the finish.

Great with light seafood dishes or soft cheese. 

Only £5.99 on the mix six offer.

Agenda, Dao Mangers ChoiceDate published: 05/09/16

We have a cracking managers choice wine this year. the Agenda red from Portugal.

We asked our store managers to select a new wine to be stocked nationwide. after an extensive tasting this was the wine they chose. 

It is a delightfully soft and rounded wine with loads of plum and bramble flavours, with touches of herb. A nice helping of oak to add that light spiciness to the finish. 

A great wine if you like bolder reds, but still a very easy drink. 

£7.99 on the mix six offer, it's one you have to add to the basket. 

A truly great deal on RiojaDate published: 03/09/16

With our offers just changed I'm really excited that one of my favourite Rioja's has been reduced by a third and is £9.99 (mixed six) until 26th September.Bodegas 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.Deep ruby-maroon in colour, with 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. The 2011 has won a range of medals and is just a brilliant bottle. Perfect for grilled lamb chops.


Veuve ClicquotDate published: 03/09/16

Back under £30 this month is the famed Champagne house of Veuve Clicqout NV. I have long admired this producer having served it at our wedding. I made sure we over ordered so we had a couple of cases over and for the next few years we had a supply of fizz. I now try to age all my NV Champagne a couple of years. It just softens and becomes more complex. In theory you are getting a vintage wine for NV prices so why wait and pick up a couple of cases this month. By the way if you ever get the chance to taste Grand Dame do it. Yes not cheap and not a blockbuster like Krug but a beautifully balanced fizz that is exceptionally elegant.

September Showcase!Date published: 31/08/16

We are pleased to announce our September Showcase! 

We will have an amazing selection of wine, craft spirits and beers open to try as well as 10% off all purchases made on the night! 

It is on Thursday 22nd September from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Spaces are limited so please do RSVP to 01252 711 988 or email us at far@majestic.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

New WinesDate published: 30/08/16

Among some great offers that have started today we also have the launch of WIGIG. I grant you the name might take a little getting used to but basically it stands for when it's gone it's gone. These going to be parcels of wine that there are very limited quantities of and once we are sold through them we will introduce replacements. I've been shopping with Majestic for probably 30 years now and this is very much how I remembered Majestic back then. Yes they had they core range but they always had small parcels of wines from interesting vineyards that you wouldn't find anywhere else. As one of the more senior managers within the company this is something that I have been pushing for for sometime. If your on the mailing list you will receive some information about this offer but if you aren't pop in and we can show you some of the wines that are in our first WIGIG. Exciting stuff!

Join us this weekned for a tatse of a couple of this months WIGIG's

A summer SupperDate published: 29/08/16

What brilliant weather we have being having this month. Our courgette plants have kept my whole team going for August! That has still has left us with enough to have to come up with lots of different recipes to use them up. Last night my wife had bought some beautifully fresh tuna which she planned to grill. I got home tasted the tuna and it was so good decided to change tact. I took a couple of our courgettes and julienned. Finely sliced a  shallot and a char grilled some slices of peach.Then I thinly sliced the tuna. Make a dressing of lemon juice, rapeseed oil, a little chopped chili and a pinch of sugar. Mix everything together and leave to marinade for 1 hour. Just before serving add some chopped soft herbs and this is optional but I added some uber fresh soft goats cheese. Season, Try this with the truly elegant Inama Soave.

The Inama estate was founded in 1960. Their Classico wine is made from Garganega grown on 17 hectares of basaltic lava. The vines are up to 30 years old and are hand-harvested. Stainless steel fermentation is followed by up to eight months' maturation before bottling.From lower yields and the best slopes in the region this wine is generous, revealing apricots, honey, flowers and almonds. Generous acidity and a rich texture enforce the elegant finish this wine has.


Only 3 days to go!Date published: 27/08/16

Only 3 days to go on our Summer Sale! 

Pop in to get your chance to pick up some great wines at an even greater price! Alternatively give us a call and we can reccomend something that you might enjoy! We can also then deliver it for free! 

Don't wait to come in or give for us a call for a chat!

A Friday SupperDate published: 27/08/16

I had popped a domaine Vacheron Sancerre in the fridge for last night and told my wife to visit the fishmonger to buy whatever looked good to accompany it. She came back with a 2 lb wild sea bass. Not being a great cook I challenged her to prepare with no input from me. She actually excelled. The bass was cooked en papilotte with lots of soft herb,served with home grown broad bean, pea and ricotta lemon dressed salad. Also a pomme puree and a stuffed courgette flower that was cooked as a tempura.

A hilltop town, Sancerre lies to the east of the Loire region, facing Pouilly-Fumé opposite the river. Known for its racy, mineral and pungent expression of Sauvignon Blanc, this is textbook Sancerre from probably the best producer in the region.Fabulously aromatic nose, concentrated gooseberry fruit flavours, all carefully balanced by a rich smokiness and steely dry palate. A mineral, elegant and long finish.

£17.99 mix six price





Sale TimeDate published: 26/08/16

Tuck into one of our summer sale reds this weekend with a simple grilled piece of steak. 
The Tucamen Malbec has now been reduced to only £7.49 (mix 6 price) which makes it a snip but only whilst we have stock left.

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

For the steak get a piece cut by the butcher or meat counter. My preferred steak is a ribeye cut to about a 5cm thickness. By getting it cut that thick you get a great colour without overcooking. Season you steak well and brush with oil then about 3 mins each side on the hottest temperature you can achieve on your BBQ or pan. Rest for 5 mins then serve. You should have a perfect medium rare. A few saute potatoes, a watercress salad and a bottle or two of Tucamen and you will have one great supper.


Last nights Gin tastingDate published: 26/08/16

Last night we hosted our first gin tasting where we tried a selection of 8 different gin and paired them with a garnish (and experimented with some on the night as well) It was a great opportunity for our customers to try a selection of different gins and compare different styles. The Gins of the night were as follows:

1. Twisted Nose, garnished with Grapefruit

2. Silent Pool, garnished with Bruised Lemongrass

3. Silverback, garnished with Orange

4. Haymans Old Tom, garnished with lemon thyme 

5. Langtons Gin, garnished with mint and lemon

6. Brecon Gin, garnished with lemon peel

7. Sipsmith VJOP, garnished with lime

8. St Georges Gin, garnish with a bay leaf

It was a successful night and everyone enjoyed themselves! 

Château Pigoudet ‘La Chapelle’ Rosé 2015 Coteaux d’Aix-en-ProvenceDate published: 24/08/16

Super-light and the colour of bright pink petals, the nose boasts red apples and ripe cherries and flower petals. Fresh and citrussy, this aromatic rosé lingers on a beautiful mineral finish.

Fancy a change from Minuty? This wine has everything key to a great Provence Rose, with the added benefit of a ripe, tart raspberry hit and refreshing acidy and only £8.99 when you mix 6. Made using the saignée method, where a proportion of the wine is removed from the skins or 'must' at an earlier stage resulting a in rich flavour with a hint of pink. This wine would be perfect served with a light salad, fish or grilled white meats- even better if the sun is shining and your in the garden!


Great Value WineDate published: 24/08/16

One of my favourite Rioja's under £10 is a paltry £6.99 until Monday!

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.

Stock up now on this elegant wine that suits grilled lamb chops with aplomb!


September Showcase!Date published: 23/08/16

It's come around again our September Showcase Evening! 

This is a chance to come along and try a selection of different wines, enjoy some food and be around great company. This is a free event, which will be held on Thursday 22nd September, from 6-8pm in the Farnham Store. 

If you would like to join us please give us a call or an email and we will put you on the list, spaces are limited so please do let us know sooner rather than later!

Last week of offers!Date published: 22/08/16

This is the last week for the current offers on your favourite wines!

For me i'll be stocking up on a few Cune Rioja Reserva, £9.99 on the mix six offer.

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.

Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats

Do Not Miss OutDate published: 20/08/16

Mumm at £19.99 (mixed six) ends on August 29th. #amazingvalue

Cracking ValueDate published: 20/08/16

Tucumen Malbec 2014 Mendoza has just popped into our August sale and now is only £7.49 (mix 6 ) which is a real steal.

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

Steak and this. Perfect.

Pennautier Chardonnay-ViognierDate published: 20/08/16

This Chardonnay Viognier blend is delicous. Not to sharp, nice and dry and still with good fruit flavours. 

From the estates of the historic 17th century Château de Pennautier in Cabardès. The current owners are the tenth generation of the de Logeril family to make wine on the estate.

The chardonnay gives flavours of apple and citrus while the viognier in the blend adds notes of spice.

Try with meatier fish and Mediterranean-inspired dished such as ratatouille.

A steal at £6.66 on the mix six price

Blind River SBDate published: 20/08/16

I have been drinking a lovely wine at the moment and I would just like to tell you a bit about it!

So the Blind River Sauvignon Blanc won 5 awards this year in May at the International Wine Challenge including the big one; International SB Wine. Even one of their wine makers Rebbecca Wiffen thought it was their best ever Sauvignon Blanc!

It was also mentioned last month on Saturday Kitchen by Susy Atkins and was severed with prawns.

The vineyard is located in Marlborough New Zealand and is based in the Awatere Valley. it is described as being in a sheltered spot at the foot of some gently rolling hills, overlooking the beautiful valley floor! The soil at the vineyard in made up of mostly clay and stone but there are seam for free draining. The vineyard itself is split into blocks with each block being treated differently, the grapes are then carefully blended to achieve the high standards that the wine makers set themselves. This is so that they can accomplish the exact style and quality that they are after.

Blind River SB is different to your usual SB as 10% is fermented in french oak barrels, this is to enhance the complexity and richness of the wine however it is not meant to be obvious rather it is to add a more rounded and weightier touch to the wine.

When tasting the wine the main flavours that you should come across would be apples and melons but there is also a touch of the classic New Zealand Sauvignon notes like gooseberry, passionfruit and citrus. I also find that there is a nice but not over powering level of acidity

When pairing with food I think a simple fish and chips would be a lovely pairing however if you wanted to try something different then try with Thai crab cakes.       


New Gewurz!Date published: 20/08/16

When looking for food match for the Majestic presents wine this week I decided to recreate crispy chilli beef. I actually used pork fillet. I trimmed off any tough membrane the sliced in two length ways. Slice then in 4 mm bite size pieces. Put this in a bowl along with enough cornflower to coat, tsp of chilli flakes and 2 tsp of five spice. Season this. Set aside. Now do the glaze. I quickly fried a couple of cloves of chopped garlic, thumb piece sized of ginger and a couple of chillies. Then I added a good squeeze of tomato puree, a couple of tbsp of sugar, 150 mls of red wine vinegar, 50 mls of light soy and a squeeze of lime. Cook this until sticky. Now cook the pork in hot oil. Do in 2 batch's so oil stays nice and hot. Take out when crisp. After the second batch discard oil add pork back to reheat and add sticky sauce. Toss so all pieces coated. Serve with rice and quickly wok fried beansprouts. This went really nicely with the Morande gewürztraminer.The grapes for this wine are grown on low fertility soils in the Casablanca Valley. This combined with the cold maritime climate produce grapes that are highly aromatic and this translates into the wine.Intense and full of flavours such as lychee, orange blossom, melon and jasmine. While rich this wine is balanced by the fresh aromatic flavours.

A snip at only £6.99 mix six price


Summer Sale!Date published: 19/08/16

This week we have our fabulous summer sale on loads of wines! We've got a fair few open to taste but the one for me is the Paul Mas Carignan. 

Paul Mas is a great Southern French producer. His vineyards are planted on limestone, clay and gravel soils, which offer a perfect balance in the Savignac Vineyard for the vine to flourish. Taken from the highest altitude Paul Mas vineyard with a southeast facing slope to catch maximum sunlight.

All spice and blackberry on the nose with subtle background notes of cocoa and tasty oak. The palate is lush and full with dark fruit and liquorice intermingled with velvety tannins.

This dark and meaty Carignan offers real complexity and will reward drinkers over the following couple of years.

Only £7.49 on the mix six offer, grab it before it's all gone!

The Summer Sale has begun!Date published: 16/08/16

Today we have launched a two week summer sale. Some lines are extremely limited so won't be around long so don't delay in popping in

.My picks are the

 Paul Mas Carignan £9.99 single bottle or £7.49 mix six price

The limestone, clay and gravel soils offer a perfect balance in the Savignac Vineyard for the vine to flourish. Taken from the highest altitude Paul Mas vineyard with a southeast facing slope to catch maximum sunlight. All spice and blackberry on the nose with subtle background notes of cocoa and tasty oak. The palate is lush and full with dark fruit and liquorice intermingled with velvety tannins. Perfect BBQ wine.


Tucumen Malbec £9.99 single bottle or £7.49 mix six price

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.


Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 single bottle or £7.49 mix six

From this renowned producer the wine has gained additional flavour characters from partial ageing in oak barrels. The vineyard lies in the Limoux area at the foothills of the Pyrenees, at an altitude of about 200m above sea level.A fresh, herbaceous, smoky white with rich tropical fruit characters and carefully balanced acidity. Very much like a Sancerre in style. Perfect with a simply grilled seabass.


Laurent Miquel Albarino  £12.99 single bottle or £8.65 mix six price

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. Actally my pick of all the Albarino we do! A case has already made it home with me.


Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne @ only £19.99Date published: 13/08/16

Mumm Cordon Rouge NV ChampagneFrance 


Not just for celebrating when you win a Grand Prix! This elegant easy drinking style is perfect for any celebration!

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.

At £19.99 per bottle on the mix you cant really go wrong!

A Cracking Pinot NoirDate published: 13/08/16

One of my favourite Pinot's without paying too much is this gem from St Clair.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block wines are made from small parcels of outstanding fruit identified by our winemaker. Fruit for this wine was sourced from Saint Clair's own vineyard at Doctor's Creek, and blended with a small amount from the Southern Valleys to add complexity.

Bright ruby in colour, aromas of raspberry and plum are complemented by a touch of spice. A luscious and soft palate with flavours of redcurrant, cherries and an added warmth from ageing in oak barrels.

A truly great wine to go with a simply grilled piece of salmon or a roasted duck.

£15.99 mixed six price.

Only 3 Days LeftDate published: 13/08/16

Make sure you top up on Peroni at only £24 for a case of 24 (£1 a bottle) before 3.00pm Monday online or 7.00pm over the phone or instore.

Beer of the WeekDate published: 11/08/16

Curious Brew Larger,Chapel Down 


GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2012. 


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... One of James's Favourites!

Avaible to try on the tasting counter.. please feel free to pop in!
12x330ml bottles for just £17.99 

New to rangeDate published: 11/08/16

Good news. Our brilliant Definition range is growing. Representing the most important grape varieties grown the most recent addition is a beautifully soft Beaujolais. Some think bad things of Beaujolais but to me it's the perfect summer red. Great for lunches or even cellar temperature when its really hot. It's diverse as well. Morgon and Moulin a Vent actually are very age worthy wines. I drank a 20 year wine at Jadot that oozed class and tasted blind I would of sworn to be a good red burgundy. Our addition is a lighter Village wine so best enjoyed in its youth. Mixed 6 price £9.89.

The WeekendDate published: 10/08/16

The weather seems to be set fair for the weekend and I anticipate being busy for rose so it was great to receive not only a top up of Aix magnums and our biggest selling Provencal rose Minuty. I like many people only consume rose when it's warm and invariably when sat in the garden or eating there.
I love a light salad of tuna as a food match or a plain dish of the best shell on prawns you can find, a fresh baguette and a lightly flavoured roasted garlic mayonnaise. This takes us back to our yearly homage to Ile de Re which if you have never visited is an absolute must.

Magnums are my favouriteDate published: 08/08/16

I have the best addition to your summer parties, a magnum of Picpoul de Pinet!

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

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

Such a show piece and tastes fantastic by itself or with grilled fish, seafood or freshly prepared salads.

Only £17.99 on the mix six offer

Treating myselfDate published: 08/08/16

As it's my birthday dinner tonight i'm treating myself to a couple of special numbers.

Firstly the Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc (£13.99 mix six)

Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson.

An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.

and also I will be getting a delicious bottle of the Catena Alta Malbec (£27.00 mix six), we are having a BBQ so would be rude not to!

In 1994 Catena Alta became one of the first premium Malbecs to be exported from Argentina. From the best rows of vines, rigorously sorted and aged in French oak, 70% of which is new. Quintessential Malbec, displaying the power and ageing potential of Argentina.

Deep purple in colour, with intense aromas of blackberry with hints of violets, sweet spices, vanilla and tobacco. Full bodied with integrated ripe tannins, black pepper spice and a lingering finish.


Todays Sunday PicksDate published: 07/08/16

On days like these when the weather surprises you it just screams beer and rose. My two choices would be:

Leon Perdigal Rose (£8.99 single or £6.99 mix price)

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. A real delicate pale pink colour with intense red fruit aromas followed by a full yet fresh with floral and citrus notes. My favourite Rose this week.

For the beer it has to be the Brooklyn Summer Ale (£10.99)

Refreshing and flavourful without being too heavy. The Brooklyn Summer Ale is brewed from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavour. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.

Just perfect on this sunny Sunday!

Olympics Have StartedDate published: 06/08/16

So, the olympics have started and I am a hugh fan of the olympics. I remember my first Olympics - Barcelona. Linford Christie winning the 100m final. Sally Gunnell, winning the 400m hurdles,  are but a few to mention.

It's Brazil's turn this time and I'm hoping for a great games. Watching humble sports people achieve a life-times ambition and get a gold in their chosen sport is no easy feat. Not to mention exciting!!

Just as in Brazil, the weather here is glorious and I reckon it will continue to be so until long after the closing ceremony.

Also, may I take this opportunity to tell you about our 24 packs of peroni. They are currently onsale for £24.00.

So what a perfect combination, peroni and olympics.......

Com,e down this weekend and stock up on peroni. Once it's gone, it's gone.....

Lovely Rose Date published: 06/08/16

Another lovely day today so the BBQ will again feature tonight. I often serve a rose with food of the grill and tonight I have a couple of bottles of the delicious Commanderie de Peyrassol which hails from Provence.

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.

To serve along side I'm cooking some lightly smoked salmon fillets. These cook brilliantly in the bbq. Cook mainly on skin side so to crisp then flip on each other side to colour. There should be a little give when squeezed. You are aiming for medium rare. I'm serving this with some charred corn, ash baked potatoes and a salsa verde. Roll on 7.00pm!

Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne OfferDate published: 05/08/16

The Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne is on a great offer! Pick up 6 today for £32.99 per bottle!

Not just for celebrating when you win a Grand Prix, this elegant easy drinking style is perfect for any celebration.

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.

Feel free to give us a call and we will deliver, you can also arrange this online! Alternatively you can pop in and see what other great summer deals we have!

A Cracking WineDate published: 05/08/16

This week as part of our Chilean tasting we have open the sumptuous Wild Ferment Chardonnay by the highly regarded Errazuriz wine. This has long been a favourite of mine and we rarely get in the quantities that allow us to open it up but due to a decent allocation we have opened it up for everyone to try this weekend.

With grapes taken from 'La Escultura Estate,' where cool sea breezes help preserve the freshness in the grapes. Naturally occurring yeast in the grape skins are used instead of cultivated yeasts, along with subtle use of 10% French oak.

This wine is unbelievably well balanced, with subtle tropical stone fruit in the form of apricot and peach mingling with subtle oak characters and a rich creaminess.

Truly a great Chardonnay for under £10 a bottle (mixed 6 price)

Don't forget the Gin!Date published: 04/08/16

Just a reminder that we have a Gin tasting on the 25th August! Starting at 6pm and running until 8pm.

We have limited spacing and the spaces are getting fulled quickly! Call us now to book!

We have a great range of Gins for you to try..... some local, some from further afield and some well knows.

explore the different botanicals and what goes best with your Gin.... it could be lime? thyme? cucumber? orange peel?, you decide!

Thank you to everyone who has already sent thier RSVP, we look forward to seeing you! If you would like to come along please contact on the details below!

01252 711988 - far@majestic.co.uk

Hey RoseDate published: 04/08/16

Open this weekend is a really lovely new rose from Argentina. We have done the Hey Malbec red for a year or so now but this Malbec rose has only just arrived. I was expecting a slightly fuller style but it is a more delicate wine that reminds me of a Bandol rose. 

Located in the foothills of the Andes in Lujan de Cuyo, the winery has 40ha of vineyards that were planted in the early 21st Century. Mattias Riccitelli, the owner and winemaker, aims to combine everything he has learned from wineries around the world with Argentinian terroir.

Stuffed full of bright red fruit flavours, notably plums, redcurrants and cherries, this is a delightful and refreshing rosé with a perfect balance of fruit and acidity.

Perfect as a 'get home from work and need a glass of wine) or match with a supper of medium rare tuna.

£9.99 mixed six price.


Drinking UpDate published: 03/08/16

I've been making a conscious effort over the last few months to drink through some older bottles. There has been some good, some great (66 Ch Margaux) and some that should of been drunk many years ago (96 Meursault, one word, sherry!) 
There were of course some surprises. Last week I uncorked a 2003 Montes Alpha Merlot. What a gem. Still full of fruit, very little tannin with lovely length. I can't say I drink much new world wine especially with so much age on them. Montes of course has since long been a top producer in Chile and by coincidence we have a couple of new wines from them that we will have open over the next week or two. One bottle that will definitely last a good few years is the amazing Purple Angel which is one of Montes top wines. Truly world class if you ever get the opportunity to taste.

Bollinger Special CuveeDate published: 30/07/16

Boliinger has long been a faourite in the Hurd household. I can first remember it as a teen and liking it. In my 20's I began to really like it and by my 30's I loved it !

Bollinger was modernized under the direction of Claude d'Hautefeuille, who acquired additional vineyards and developed the brand internationally. Following Claude, his cousin Christian Bizot took over the Bollinger house. In addition to expanding the world distribution of Bollinger, Bizot developed a Charter of Ethics and Quality in 1992. Since 1994, Ghislain de Mongolfier has managed Bollinger. A great-grandson of the founder, Mongolfier has also served as president of the Association Viticole Champenoise since 2004, after leading the Commission of Champagne for 10 years.

Special Cuvee (non-vintage): The expression of the Bollinger house style. This classic Champagne blend uses grapes from a given year, with the addition of reserve wines. Champagne author Tom Stevenson describes the house style as "classic, Pinot-dominated Champagnes of great potential longevity and complexity" which "tends to go toasty." The blend includes up to 10% reserve wines, which may be up to fifteen years old. This gives the special cuvee complexity and structure. (Composition: 60% Pinot noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier.) 

This is a steal at only £30 a bottle but only until 3pm Monday 1st August and 7pm instore.

If you want to go up a level but still keep below the £70 the Grand Annee is a sublime Champagne.

When Bollinger believes there is an exceptional harvest, they produce their prestige Champagne Grande Année ("great vintage") designed to express the character of the vintage. The house will select the best wines, cru by cru, to produce Grande Année. This Champagne is also available as a Rosé. The wine spends five years on its lees and is aged in bottle under cork, instead of crown seal. (Composition: 65% Pinot noir, 35% Chardonnay, 0% Pinot Meunier.) A truly great fizz.



Birthday WinesDate published: 30/07/16

As an August baby i've always watched people celebrate their birthdays before me, marvelling in the planning and excitment of it and now it's my turn.

Inevitabley working at Majestic I have chosen to get my wines, fizz,  beers and spirits from here and also use the glass hire service as I do not trust my friends with my own wine glasses.  

What I picked:

For the whites I have chosen the Villemarian Picpoul (£7.49) and Ned Sauvignon Blanc (£7.99). I wanted a choice and for me i'm a picpoul fan, I just love the youthfullness and stone fruit, citrus flavour. The Ned was an easy one as it's on offer and I know my friends love a good marlborough full of tropical and gooseberry fruit. 

For the Rose I have gone for more of a show piece a Double Magnum of Aix Rose (£44.99). Working in a wine store I wanted to show off a little and when they arrived in store I had to have it. Classic provence, dry, crisp, light and full of strawberry and raspberry flavours. Granted I took the last one (sorry everyone) but there are other great magnum options like the Black Cottage Rose, which is a steal at £15.99. 

For the Red I have gone for the Alamos Malbec (£6.99) and Berberana Rioja (£6.99). Both really great approachable wines, the alamos has a nice medium body, peppery notes and real pungent plum flavour. The Rioja is just lovely and smooth, bit lighter but still bursting with red fruit flavours.

Beers, easy Corona as its on £24 for 24 bottles. For spirits i'm a gin drinker so went for Silent Pool because I can't help myself sometimes. 

Lastly the fizz, I went for the rivamonte (£8.99) and to add a little twist I have bought a bottle of the Strawberry and Gin Cordial by Silent Pool (£22.50) Absolutely great flavouring to add to your fizz!

A First to MajesticDate published: 29/07/16

Just arrived is what I consider to be an excellent alternative to Brouilly or Fleurie, the Morande Pais Reserva from Chile.

The Pais grape was brought to Mexico by Hernán Cortes and from there spread throughout the Americas. The variety, once the most planted in Chile and used for table wine, is now enjoying a renaissance as quality driven producers are making light, fresh fruity red wines.

Reminiscent of good Beaujolais this wine is light and fruity with red cherry and raspberry flavours followed by an earthy and spicy finish.

This would drink nicely with a piece of grilled salmon or lightly chilled sat in the garden.


Catena MalbecDate published: 29/07/16

This Malbec from Argentina is a delicious wine and the only way I can describe it is to say, big, bold and beautiful. It comes from one of the top family estates in Argentina. It has delicious flavours of plum, blackcurrant and spice.

Just to give you a big of history behind the scenes:

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.

To taste, I would describe it as elegantly structured, showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours It has subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice.

It's currently on our tasting counter and priced at £9.99 (mix six price) or £11.99 for a single bottle



Peter Lehmann Art'n'Soul ChardonnayDate published: 28/07/16

The fruit for this wine is sourced from all over the Barossa; from the Valley floor to the cool high Eden Valley. The philosophy is to make delicate, refreshing wine that lets the natural fruit flavours come to the fore.

Delicate pale lemon in colour with a stylish bouquet of white peach. The palate is fruity yet dry with a lingering finish. Delicious now but ageing for 3 to 5 years will add a nutty complexity.

£9.99 single bottle

£8.99 on the mix six offer and it's open to taste this week, come and have a try!

One Month in..Date published: 27/07/16

I have now been with Majestic in Farnham for one month and I am really enjoying my experience. My knowledge of the wines we have in stock is starting to grow and every day I am coming across something new and exciting!

My favourites at the moment:

Red: Ravenswood Zinfandel, lovely very drinkable, very suited to BBQ at this time of year with some big beef burger. 

White: I am very much enjoying Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier Reserva, I find that the apricot is very prominent flavour and beatuiful to enjoy in the garden on a day like this!

Rose: Now I didnt think that I was a rose fan until I came across this one... Chateau de Berne, so peachy and light very easy drinking!

Gin: Definitely the Twisted Nose this summer I am really love the watercress flavours and I have been experimenting at home by added watermelon juice, watermelon syrup and lemonade! Worth a try!  

I would like to hear you favourites please pop in and we can compare! 

Thanks for reading! 

Bollinger at £29.99!Date published: 27/07/16

Bollinger Specail Cuvee is at £29.99 on the mix six for this week only - dont miss out!

 A must for any celebration!

Bollinger has created prestigious champagnes with character, elegance and complexity since 1829. These outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail, for Bollinger accepts nothing less than excellence. Each and every detail represents a quest for a certain form of perfection. 

As a guarantee of supreme quality, the best crus are vinified in wood thanks to a stock of 3,500 small, aged casks. The House lets its wines mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement. This is not out of vanity, but because such a luxurious wine needs the luxury of time to develop its full character. 

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

Make sure you take advantage of this unmissable offer today before 3pm Monday 1 August. 

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne
£41.99 £37.99
Mix Six price £29.99

Great Weekend Of SportDate published: 25/07/16

So, now the dust has settled and we have all taken in the success of our various victorious sport stars. Whether it's Chris Froome, Sir Ben Ainslie and his team or Lewis Hamilton. Hardwork and dedication have gone into hours of training to achieve glory.

 So let's raise a glass to their success........

We've got plenty for to choose from.. Especially a delightful 'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa', Old Vine Garnacha from Spain.

If you're looking for something a bit different to Roja, but just as delicious, then this is it. It's fabulously fruity and intense. In my humble opinion, you won't regret it.

If red wine isn't your choice of drink at the moment, then we have some lovely Champagnes and Proseccos for you to choose from or white wine and rose.


Last Day of Shorterm Offers. 3pm online or 7pm in store/over phone Monday 25th JulyDate published: 24/07/16

Pop in, call or order online to get Gavi La Toledana at £7.99, Guigals CDR at £8.99 and Ned at £6.99 ( none left in store but being restocked later on this week) if you would like to take advatage of this great wine on brilliant price!

Hot Weather ContinuesDate published: 23/07/16

The weather is continuing to shine brightly and what better way to cool off, than to come to Majestic Wine Farnham and purchase a bottle or two of your favourite wine. Whether it be Red, White or Rose..

Let me tell you a bit about a particular white wine that is absolutely delicious..CONTESA PECORINO....

This wine has remarkably intense flavours that belie it's delicate pale colour. It is clean and crisp with a fine mineral finish, which is great for sipping in the sun...

It's priced at £8.99 per bottle or £7.49 if you mix six or more.

America's CupDate published: 23/07/16

This weekend is the America's Cup in Portsmouth.......

Sir Ben Ainslie and his team are aiming to win the series and claim the right to challenge Oracle Team USA in July 2017

The America's Cup, affectionately known as the "Auld Mug", is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America's Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that currently holds the America's Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club that is challenging for the cup. 


We've got some cracking wines for you to try and buy. Especially the Ned at £6.99 a bottle (on six or more)


NEW Rose Date published: 23/07/16

Another lovely day in Surrey today. It's this weather that makes you crave rose and at Majestic we have a great selection to choose from. Today we have a brand one open to taste. The Hey Malbec rose arrived this week so it onlty seemed fitting to open it up whilst the sun is shining. We have done their red Malbec fror a little while now and it has proved very popular with our customers so the bar is set high for their pink.

Located in the foothills of the Andes in Lujan de Cuyo, the winery has 40ha of vineyards that were planted in the early 21st Century. 30% of the wine is aged in French Oak to add complexity and depth.

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.

£9.99 mix six price.


Another weekend offerDate published: 22/07/16

If you are a fan of Rhone wines make sure you take advantage of brilliant CDR from Guigal this week at only £8.99 (mix 6 price) until Monday. This has long been a great value wine which always punches well above its weight.

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

Perfect with bbq fare.


My best buyDate published: 22/07/16

My buy of the week has to be Ned Sauvignon from New Zealand. This wine has long been one if not our biggest selling Kiwi white and if you are looking for that typical Marlborough flavour then look no further. We have had it on offer for a cracking £7.99 this month but until this Monday 25th July we have it down at only £6.99 ! ( mixed six )

We will probably run out over the weekend but lots more is due over the next week so buy now and we will deliver when in.

Hot Weather CookingDate published: 22/07/16

Well I definitely timed my weekend off well! Together with a few chores, a lovely lunch at the Vineyard in Stockcross (a wine lover's  must go for great food plus an epic wine list) I also took up the challenge not to use the oven as just extra heat inside. Amongst the norm I have cooked some Asian style quail, smoked a trout that I had caught and last night made a quiche. This was a little challenging but I managed to blind bake the case and cook with great success the quiche all on the BBQ. I had the tin slightly elevated on the rack and in all at around 200 degrees it took 60 mins. 20 blind and 40 with filling. Filling wise I do dabble with different ones but often go back to classic onion, bacon and Comte cheese. Cook your bacon and onions until starting to caramelise, add a couple of cloves of chopped garlic, pinch of chilli and a couple of finely sliced spring onions. Cool then add to your eggs, cream, grated cheese and touch of milk. Pour in tart case and cook. After cooked leave to rest for a hour or so or chill in fridge to enjoy cold. Some picked lettuce from the garden makes this a lovely light supper. To drink it has to be rose and I have been enjoying the Domaine Begude Pinot Noir rose that is a snip at under £8.

Domaine Begude is a 25-hectare family-owned estate set high in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Believing in a healthy, sustainable environment through organic farming has led to consistent wines of the highest quality.

Tiny yields have concentrated the summer fruit flavours of strawberries and raspberries, resulting in a vibrant, juicy rosé that is extremely refreshing.


Offers on Gavi and Cotes du Rhone GuigalDate published: 19/07/16

We have the Gavi La Toledana on offer at £7.99 on your mix 6 as well as the Cotes du Rhone E.Guigal at £8.99 when you mix 6!

The Gavi 2014 La ToledanaItaly 

Fresh, vibrant, garden drinking wine, reminiscent of a seaside experience along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. this wine originates in the white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. When tasting you will find peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

Côtes du Rhône 2012 E. GuigalFrance 

Southern Rhône wines are increasingly popular and this wine is a brilliant example of why. With an abundance of dark fruit flavour and a hint of spice, this wine is perfect to match with a hearty everyday meal. This one originates in The Rhône Valley, Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades. When tasting this full-bodied wine it offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Hope to see you soon!

Ned at £6.99Date published: 19/07/16

We all love a refreshing crisp white for when the weathers nice and hooray that time has come!

Our classic favourite is at £6.99 and it's available to taste, just to make sure its the one you love

A little history about Ned. The vineyards 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 beautiful 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.

Don't miss out for one week only!

£10.00 offDate published: 18/07/16

When you next pop in and make a purchase you will receive a £10.00 voucher that you will be able to use on your next shop when you spend over £50.00!

Who doesnt like a voucher!  

See you soon!

Thank youDate published: 16/07/16

It was lovely to see you all today, new faces and old! We hoped you enjoyed the ranges of rose and prosecco we had on the tasting counter, we really enjoyed serving them to you!

Starts all of again tomorrow! Come and join us between 10:00am to 5:00pm!

25% off proseccoDate published: 15/07/16

We have some great prosecco open for tasting today!

Rivamonte £6.99

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

Marca Treviso £8.99

Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.

Salatin Treviso £8.99

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

White Wine Discovery....Date published: 14/07/16

How do you like the idea of trying a wine that has been made specially for Majestic....Yes!! Then let me introduce you to the Casal de Ventozela. It's a white wine made from the Alvarino grape (Spanish Albarino). 

This lively wine is extremely fresh with flavours of citrus and apple. Complexity and depth are added by ageing in oak barrels and time spent on its lees.

It goes particularly well with any seafood especially if cooked with a touch of chilli.

Having only been at Majestic Wine for four weeks and mainly drinking Red wine, I can honestly say this white wine has really stopped me in my tracks. It's really enjoyable and I can't recommend it enough.

Prosecco TastingDate published: 13/07/16

Join us this Friday 15th July between 6.30pm and 8.00pm for a taste of a range of our of Prosecco. Just RSVP on 01252 711988 or far@majestic.co.uk.

From Thursday 14th July until Monday the 18th July in have a fantastic 25% all our range of Prosecco and if you cannot make it on Friday we will have bottles open over the weekend to try.

lighter red for summer Date published: 12/07/16

If you are looking for a lighter red for the summer months and find Beaujolais a touch too light when not try a Sangiovese. The Definition Chianti has lovely soft cherry fruits that you expect from this grape variety coupled with soft tannins. This is a wine to be drunk by itself or with Italian fare.
One of my go to quick recipes is a simple tomato pasta. Take a good couple of glugs of rapeseed oil, heat then toss in 2 finely sliced garlic cloves, a couple of anchovy fillets and a chopped hot chilli. Once garlic has started taking a little colour add chopped tomatoes (San Manzano or decent tinned ones) and cook down for 5 mins. Add al dente pasta to sauce and serve with grated parmesan

BBQ fareDate published: 11/07/16

As a household we really enjoy chicken. Mainly because Lucy, our daughter (of the feline persuasion) loves it! We often have it tandoori style. Don't use a paste but make your own. Mine is a blend of yoghurt, garlic/ginger paste, good pinch of salt, lemon juice, cumin, chilli, coriander and turmeric. Marinate chicken thighs that have not been boned overnight. Some say remove skin but I don't. Cook over a blistering hot BBQ or hot oven. You want a bit of charring but do not overcook. Serve with a mint raita, tarka deal and homemade nann. This is a white wine or beer dish in my mind. I drank the excellent Cups and Rings Godello from Spain.

Named after prehistoric markings found on stones in Galicia and all over Europe The Cup and Rings Godello is a joint project between Norrel Robertson MW and Terras do Ciggaron. The wine is aged on fine lees adding richness and complexity.

The nose displays rich baked apple, honey and brioche. The palate is fruity, full and soft but with a refreshing acidity. The finish is long and complex with notes of oatmeal and freshly baked bread.


A Great RedDate published: 10/07/16

I'm going to talk about a absolutely stonking wine from Chateau Pennautier. This producer has long been a favourite of mine having been lucky enough to visit a couple of years ago. Across the board they produce great wines but one of their top bottles is the epic L'Esprit de Pennautier. A heavy weight wine that belies it's £14.99 price tag.

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.

Perhaps a thick slab of rare roasted venison would be a most suitable partner for this excellent wine.


Wines for July!Date published: 09/07/16

Wines for July!

This July Majestic presents the Morande M Pinot Noir and the Morande M Chardonnay.

The Chardonnay

Flavours

Citrus, Apple, Pineapple

Origin

The Belén Estate in Chile's Casablanca Valley is perfect for growing grapes that make fresh, fruit driven wines. The clay and granite soils are not too fertile and the maritime influences allows the grapes to ripen slowly retaining delicious fruit flavours.

Taste

this fine, fresh Chardonnay is all about fruit with an abundance of citrus, pear, apple and pineapple flavours.

Enjoy

Try this with marinated meaty white fish.

The Pinor Noir 
Origin

The Belén Estate in Chile's Casablanca Valley is perfect for growing grapes that make fresh, fruit driven wines. The clay and granite soils are not too fertile and the maritime influences allows the grapes to ripen slowly retaining delicious fruit flavours.

Taste

The nose of this wine is full of fresh red fruit aromas and these are represented on the palate as well but with added hints of clove, chocolate and coffee.

Enjoy

This would be best with roast duck.  

Please feel welcome to pop in and try these wines on our tasting counter!




Chandon sparkling open to taste!Date published: 09/07/16

Chandon Rose

Moët & Chandon have created a 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.

Beautiful rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas are predominantly of citrus and stone fruit, accented by hints of cherry and pie crust. The strawberries-and-cream palate is carried by a voluminous mousse.

Chandon Brut 

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.

Come down and have a try, we have both open to taste! Both £12.99 on the mix six offer.

This weekend onlyDate published: 09/07/16

The maker of the iconic Armagh (£135 a bottle) also makes great wines at the lower end. The Lodge Shiraz has always been a firm favourite with me and our customers. It offers such typical flavours of the grape and at £11.99 is excellent value. 
But for this weekend only we have it at only £8.99! Yes £8.99. Look on wine searcher to see what epic value that is.

The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.

The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.

A wine perfect for BBQ fare. It also is open this weekend to taste.

BEER and CIDER offer this weekend!Date published: 09/07/16

Just for this weekend an incredible deal. Buy 12 bottles of wine and get 10% off all beer/larger. Trade up to 24 bottles and save 20% on all beer.
And that's on top of any current special offers!

Brilliant MerlotDate published: 08/07/16

I would be the first to admit our range of Californian could be broader. There are some fantastic wines out there but they can cost a small fortune. One of my favourites is the amazing wines from Sir Peter Michael's vineyards. These are not easy to find so do what we do and go and eat at the excellent Vineyard in Stockcross (also owned by him) and drink them there.
Where we do excel is our £8-£20 range. We get small amounts of some of these wines but we always do our best to source.
Ravenswood, Clos du Boir, Paso Creek, Chateau St Jean, Edna Valley, Saintsbury, Chronic Cellars and Peirano all come in under £20.
In fact I'm drinking a bottle of the sumptuous Peirano merlot right now and about to cook a couple of rose veal chops on the BBQ.

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. The best merlot parcels are hand harvested to make this wine.

This serious wine has aromas of cherry, blackberry, toast and vanilla and flavours of cherry, plum, raspberry, strawberry, cocoa and cinnamon


Summer?Date published: 04/07/16

Well what a nice weekend in the end! My wife thought it would be a roast dinner for Sunday supper but given the blazing sunshine in Hampshire I overruled her and lit the BBQ. We were planning on roasted guinea fowl so I decided to joint and marinate in rosemary, thyme, garlic, course black pepper and a touch of chilli. I made a stock from the bones. I then cooked the bird over coals for about 20 mins. Watch cooking time as guinea over cooks very easily. To accompany I sauteed some pancetta, garlic, shallot and a very fine dice of celery/carrot. I added bomba rice and coated grains. Then added the stock covering by a cm or so and cooked in oven for 20 mins. Finish by correcting the seasoning, butter, squeeze of lemon and chopped parsley. Serve alongside the guinea and crack a bottle of good Pinot Noir open. I drank the Domaine Aigle which at under £11 is a steal !

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

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.


Entertaining?Date published: 03/07/16

Have you got a rather smart party approaching and need a rose? We have just received magnums of the joyous Jolie/Pitt Miraval rose. This is my favourite rose we sell and once tasted you realise this is not an over hyped bottle but a beautifully balanced and elegant wine.

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.


Sauvignon from SpainDate published: 01/07/16

If you love sauvignon but are getting tired of kiwi examples there are lots of other countries producing brilliant wines. One such wine is the Jose Parinte sauvignon from Rueda in Spain.

In the early 1980's, wineries in Rueda began to grow Sauvignon Blanc as an experimental alternative to their traditional local grape, Verdejo. This wine comes from some of the earliest plantings, now firmly established as the region's chosen international variety.

Pale lemon yellow with greenish tints, with an expressive nose of exotic fruits and vegetal, cut grass and herb notes. Fresh and clean on the palate, with a tight structure.

I had this recently with a whole grilled sea bass spiked with Asian flavours and it was just perfect.

Summer LunchDate published: 30/06/16

We recently received a whole leg of iberico ham that had been carved into 40 separate packages and vac packed. So we have been feasting on a regular basis of a variety of dishes as well as just having as is.
Last week on a rare sunny day we had a couple of friends over for a light lunch in the garden. I had a magnum of the delicious Miraval rose so wanted a suitable dish to serve alongside. I had some peaches so quartered seasoned and then grilled on the BBQ. I served these with some very fresh mild soft goats cheese that I had mixed with a touch of sour cream and finely chopped chive and parsley. I quenelled to make it a little more smart. To construct start with some of the lovely ham, three or so quenelles of cheese, the grilled peaches, some of John Hurd's Organic Watercress (waitrose) and a few toasted hazelnuts. Dress this with a simple olive oil based dressing and serve alongside some freshly baked bread. The rose was the perfect wine for this occasion and look beyond who makes it as it is a brilliant bottle.

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.


My first week at MajesticDate published: 29/06/16

My name is Isobel Tinson or Izzi and I have just started as a trainee manager at Majestic Wine in Farnham. I have been very warmly welcomed by the team here at Farnham and all ready feel a part of the Majestic family. On my fist day I was very quickly introduced to the tasting counter and have already tried a number of wines. Personally I am not a red wine drinker however I surprised myself when picking out smells and tastes in certian reds that I thought would take me a lot longer to do so. Obviously this came with help from Christina the Assistant Manager who is a true wine guru, she talked me though the wines as I tried which really helped me pick out differences in flavour and body. I think my favourites were: Out of the whites on the tasting counter I think I most enjoyed the Krasno Sauvignon Blanc which did surprise as on the nose I didn't think I would enjoy it however after the taste test I had totally changed my mind. It was very fresh and you really could taste the lovely floral and herby flavours without being overbearing. Out of the reds I liked the Defintion Malbec, now I am not just saying this as it is the Majestic own range and I have only just started but because I was genuinely surprised that I enjoyed a red with such a full body, its was also very plummy and had hints of blackberry, over all very smooth.

Definition WeekendDate published: 29/06/16

To celebrate our 1st birthday of our own label wines this weekend we will have a selection open this weekend. One of my favourites is our Kiwi Pinot Noir.

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 sure fire winner for roasted duck.


Only 3 days left!Date published: 25/06/16

To get Mumm Cordon Rouge at £19.99, Ned at £7.99, Vina Sol at £4.99, LP Brut at £24.99 and Vina Alarde at £6,99 to name but a few!

All prices are the mix six prices. Available online until 3.00pm Monday and 7.00pm in store.


Krasno Sauvignon BlancDate published: 25/06/16

The Krasno Sauvignon Blanc is from Slovenia and is very interesting indeed.

Made by the leading producer in Slovenia 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.

Perfect with a vegetable risotto or on its own!

Only £6.99 on the mix six offer or £7.99 single bottle

Bordeaux...know your grapes!!Date published: 23/06/16

Bordeaux - Main grape varieties

Bordeaux is a region of two halves, producing some fantastic reds, sweet wines and more recently some premium dry whites!

Cabernet Sauvignon - Bordeaux is the northern limit for successfully ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. The high stone/gravel content of the soil in the Haut Medoc, Bas-Medoc and the Graves reflects the heat of the sun back into the vineyard. This enables Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen reliably. It is often blended with some of the finest wines the region produces. It is always blended with Merlot and the best blends can age for decades.

Cabernet Franc - Mainly produced in the Saint - Emilion, it produces wine with less body and tannin then Cabernet Sauvignon. When fully ripened it has a marked fragrance, which consequently is its main contribution to blends.

Merlot - This is the most widely planted variety in the region, it produces full bodied wines with subtle tannin. When blended with the Cabernet's it adds softness, richness and body. However it relies on them for aromatic fruit, colour and tannin. It is a particularly important in regions that Cabernet Sauvignon is unable to ripen in. 

Petit Verdot - Only ripens fully in very hot years. It can give a very deep coloured, tannic wine which ages slowly.

Semillon - The most widely planted white variety of the region. Its thin skin and affinity to noble rot mean it is mostly used for sweet wines. Produces golden wines with plenty of body and also ages well.

Sauvignon Blanc - Sauvignon from the region will have a distinct herbaceous, grassy quality and is being used more often in single varietal dry whites. However it can be blended with Semillion as its acidity provides a good counter balance within a sweet wine.

Muscadelle -  This will have a pronounced grapey, floral flavour to it. It plays an important role in dry and sweet blends.

We've just had two new great Bordeaux examples added to our range; both are definitely worth trying for a taste of the St. Emilion region. The Chateau de Lussac is £12.99 and the Chateau Mouchet is £8.99, both on the Mix Six deal.

End of Offers!Date published: 22/06/16

We have some great wines on the end of offers before Monday, but you must be quick to bag yourselves your favourite wine at a bargain price!

Laurent Perrier at £25.99 on the mix six 

Vina Sol £4.99 on the mix six 

Vina Alarde Rioja Reserva £6.99 on the mix six 

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 on the mix six 

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 on the mix six 

This is just to name a few! These are some great staple wines for such great mix six offer prices you'd be silly not to!

Get th BBQ fired upDate published: 19/06/16

With BBQ season well and truly upon us we rarely have the oven on this time of year. I cook meat, fish, vegetables, pizza, bread , cakes and even souffles on my BBQ! Last night it was teriyaki chicken. Thighs jointed and skinned then put in a marinade of soy, garlic, chilli and sesame oil. Left for a few hours then cook over a fierce heat until coloured. Serve with plain rice, a salad of pounded green beans, tomato, shallot and dressed with a lime chilli dressing. Wine wise match with a pungent sauvignon like the kings favour which is made by Brent Maris of Ned fame.

Winemaker Brent is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour.

A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.

This also makes a cracking wine to start an evening with.


A really good RiojaDate published: 18/06/16

I have always ben anti the Faustino range due to its 'unique' bottle. However I am a convert. Maybe not to the high numbers but the 2001 and 2004 are brillinat examples of a gran reserva rioja that actually very well priced and delicous.

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 Mazuuelo and creates wines of great disctinction.

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.

This is a wine that cries roasted lamb. Mix six price £15.99.

Free Dartington glasses anyone?Date published: 18/06/16

We still have some of these lovely glasses to giveaway. How? Buy a minium of 12 bottles of wine and get 2 free glasses! 

My picks of the weekend Malbec dealsDate published: 17/06/16

This is what I have bought out of the weekend of Malbec deals

Ben Marco under @ £9.99 very rarely seen at this price OPEN to taste

San Huberto @ £7.49 great mid week drinking OPEN to taste

Villa Nueva @ £5.24 (a steal!) OPEN to taste

and Marcelo Pelleritti @ £8.99 a of the newer wines but real depth of flavour

These are all mix six prices and only available until this Monday!


A weekend of Malbec from Argentina !! 25 % off all of them!!!!!!!!Date published: 17/06/16

To celebrate our offer on all our Argentinan Malbec this weekend why not buy some beef to throw on the BBQ. We have access to a vast array of cuts nowadays and ribeye is my favourite but isn't a cheap cut. So i often buy either a bavette or flat iron cut. These are great value and cooked correctly are delicious. I always pop in a marinade for 24 hours and often it will involve a blend of thyme, rosemary, garlic, course black pepper and a decent glug of olive oil. Remove when ready to cook and season with sea salt. Cook on highest temperature you can. You are aiming for rare. 2/3 minutes a side and the same time resting. A plate of fries, a watercress salad and a bottle of Malbec. One perfect supper!

Who doesn't like throwing a good party?Date published: 12/06/16

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 like nothing more then planning parties and choosing the perfect wines, so come in and talk to us, try some wine and make it one to remember!

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon on a great offer!Date published: 12/06/16

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.

Superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.

A great price of £18.74 on the mix six! Grab it whilst you can as this offer only lasts until tomorrow, (monday 13th) evening!

Galets Cote Du RhoneDate published: 10/06/16

Galets are the large pudding stones found in the Rhône valley which help store heat and provide excellent drainage. This Côtes-du-Rhône is blended to provide an accessible, early drinking style without being overly tannic or full bodied.

Showing gorgeous, succulent notes of red and black berry fruit flavours and a warming hint of spiciness. Soft and supple tannins contribute to a long and rounded finish.

Enjoy as a red to go with canapés or food at parties, or the spicy richness can match a range of red meat dishes.

We have it open to taste this weekend so come down and have a try

only £6.49 on the mix six offer!

Invivo Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/06/16

With 25% off all New Zealand Sauvignon this weekend how could we not put one in the spotlight.

For me it has to be the invivo. 

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.

Beautifully 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.

Chill well and enjoy with a noodle and fresh vegetable stir fry.

Party Wines!Date published: 06/06/16

Rose for a party - Minuty £9.99 (mix six price)

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.

White has to be Invivo Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 (mix six price)

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.

Salatin Treviso for the fizz £8.99 9mix six price)

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

Finally the red - Pizarras de Otero £6.99 (mix six price)

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.

Short term dealDate published: 02/06/16

One of our short term offers is the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. On until Monday at only £6.99 this is a great value summer white.

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.


Pizarras de Otero 2014 BierzoDate published: 01/06/16

One of my favourite mid week wines is this little gem from northern Spain.

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.

A cracking wine with BBQ fare.

The June Flyer has LandedDate published: 01/06/16

The June flyer has landed and there are some great wines to get behind this summer!

I'm going to pick my favourite white, red, rose and fizz to give you some help with deciding your wines this month!

First the white has to go to be the Château Paul Mas Blanc Belluguette 2014 Côteaux du Languedoc. The Belluguette vineyard produces this unique blend of classic white Rhône varieties, which has spent 4 months in French and American oak barrels. Beautifully creamy on the palate with complex flavours of mango, pineapple, vanilla and slight broiche toasty notes on the finish. Great with white meats, fish and salads. (£9.99 mix six)

Second the red goes to Beaujolais Lantignié 2015 Louis Jadot. This is a bright, vibrant Gamay with moderate acidity and soft tannins, cherry and raspberry flavours and a pleasant finish. Best served lightly chilled either on its own or with cold meats and salads. (£8.99 mix six)

Third the Rose - Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2014 Bierzo is 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.

Finally the fizz, the champagne that really takes the best price for me is the Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne. Every year, 77 different crus from the best areas of Champagne are used to create this benchmark cuvée. Many of the wines originate from Grands and Premiers Crus. 45% Pinot Noir adds structure, 25% Pinot Meunier adds fruit and 30% Chardonnay provides elegance and finesse

Last chance for Oeil de Perdrix offer!Date published: 28/05/16

Monday will be your last chance to get the Oeil de Perdrix champagne at the amazing price of £17.99

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. 

Great to take to BBQ's, as a gift or for that big event coming up!

Oyster Bay SBDate published: 28/05/16


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.

Only £7.99 but only until this Monday. Stock up in the next day or two!!


Mâcon-Lugny 2014 Louis LatourDate published: 26/05/16

On a special deal until Monday is one of our most popular of all our white burgundy's.

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 match with poultry or cream based fish dishes.

£8.99 mix six price until this Monday.


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 popula