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Great cutsDate published: 30/08/15

Nowadays in certain butchers and supermarkets you are finding some interesting and economical cuts of beef. Brisket is most widely available but you also can find ox cheeks, boba, feather, flat iron and bavette cuts. Alot of these have only previously been available in large towns and restaurants that have long known what great flavour they hold within. The tricky thing is knowing how to treat. Take the bavette first. This is a working piece of meat so marinate first and then cook on a very BBQ or char grill pan for about 2 to 3 minutes a side. Rest then very importantly cut across the grain to ensure the most tender texture. It has a deep flavour and I have to admit not as good as a dry aged piece of ribeye but at a third the price it really is a bargain cut. Most deep reds will suit this and a current favourite of mine is the Petalos Bierzo from northern Spain.

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

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


Wine bottlesDate published: 29/08/15

Wines, like people, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. When you first begin your foray into the world of wine it seems as though it is a random array and producers just choose whichever wine bottle shape they fancy, but there is method in the madness!

Many regions in the old world have a distinct bottle shape that represents them, this is often born out of tradition and is followed by wine producers of their own free will. There are no laws or rules that force people to use a certain bottle shape. Producers often keep to these standards because consumers tend to associate the bottle shapes with wine of a certain region.

For instance, German and Alsace wines tend to be in very tall thin bottles with sloping shoulders.

Bordeaux wines tend to be in a very straight bottle with high shoulders and a straight and short neck.

White Burgundy tends to have a wider base and body with sloping shoulders and is no taller than your average bottle.

In the new world these standards are not set, thus giving more freedom to the wine producer to bottle in any shape they like. Often the producer will bottle wines in bottles that are shaped like the European wine that they are most similar to. So if a New Zealand producer makes a Riesling that they feel mimics the Alsace style they may choose to bottle it in the traditional Alsace bottle.

Great offer ChampagneDate published: 28/08/15

Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne has long been a famous house and is now synonymous with the F1 crowd. I grant you not my personal favourite but when on offer at a bargain price of £19.99 it is difficult to ignore. Hurry though as offer ends on Monday 31st August at 5.00pm.

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

A great way to start a meal or take a bottle to the coast and have some fish and chips on the beach. Perfect! 

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Blanc 2014, Cave de HunawihrDate published: 27/08/15

Grape
Pinot Blanc

Origin

Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr was the first cooperative in Alsace and the third in France as a whole. The winery was built in the 1950s by the founding vignerons, who tended their vines by day and worked on the building by night, creating a winery that is still in use today.

Taste

One of the more delicate expressions of Alsatian winemaking, this Pinot Blanc is a restrained and subtle mix of apricot and yellow plum fruit, with a hint of citrus and floral notes.

Enjoy
Will bring to life all simple poultry and fresh fish dishes.

Pick this up for £8.99!

Lunta MalbecDate published: 27/08/15

The Lunta comes from the vineyards facing the Lulunta hills in the Mendoza region of Argentina. The vines used in this wine were planted in 1928 in Lujan de Cuyo in and has been cultivated and grown using the exact same techniques as the parcels used for Mendel. Lunta has a magnificent winemaker by the name of Roberto de la Mota who has worked with several top producers in France and Argentina and he is widely respected in Argentina.

The colour is deep and inky, the wine exhibits ripe raspberry, plum and bramble on the nose, followed by vanilla and toast from the 12 months in French oak. It has voluptuous tannin and lush forest fruits fill the palate.

This Malbec would be a perfect partner to rich pasta dishes, or grilled lamb kefta. The wine will age well for 3-4 years and is suitable for drinking now.

This is in our Bin End Sale and is currently at £10.66  



Seasonal Wine!Date published: 26/08/15

I have moved from cooking virtually everything on the BBQ to thinking more comfort food such is our weather at present. Think comfort food and I think big reds and one particular good offer sticks out but the offer will end soon. Chapoutier has long been one of the top Rhône producers and in fact properly produce one of my all time favourite white (the truly amazing Ermitage de l'Oree) but at the other end of the scale his Cotes du Rhône which we have with a third off so only £6.66 is a great value red with lots of complexity for its price.

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.

Serve with a slow cooked beef shin casserole and look forward to next years summer!

Classic ChablisDate published: 26/08/15

When it comes to Chablis I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with it. I don't enjoy the very green types of village Chablis but love some 1er cru versions and grand cru wines can be amongst my favourite white wines. It has the ability to age well and in this particular example is just drinking beautifully now.Pair with a simple piece of lightly cooked, hot smoked salmon, steamed samphire, new potatoes and hollandaise for a really lovely supper.
Domaine Laroche owns 7.65 ha of this large Premier Cru. The slopes benefits from South-West exposure and protection against northern wind. It allow higher ripeness of grapes. The vineyard is planted with very old vines with strong personality. The 2010 Chablis Les Fourchaumes could not be more different than the Montmains. The Fourchaumes is weightless, elegant and polished. Yellow stone fruits, flowers, mint and lightly floral honey are all woven together in this subtle, understated yet sleek Chablis. There is a level of precision here that is striking. (Anticipated maturity: 2015+. 92 Points. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate)

£25 when you buy two or more from our fine wine selection.


The Origin Of VodkaDate published: 25/08/15

The first documented production of vodka in Russia was at the end of the 9th century, but the first known distillery at, Khylnovsk, was about two hundred years later as reported in the Vyatka Chronicle of 1174. Poland lays claim to having distilled vodka even earlier in the 8th century, but as this was a distillation of wine it might be more appropriate to consider it a crude brandy. The first identifiable Polish vodkas appeared in the 11th century when they were called 'gorzalka', originally used as medicines.

During the Middle Ages, distilled liquor was used mainly for medicinal purposes, as well as being an ingredient in the production of gunpowder. In the 14th century a British emissary to Moscow first described vodka as the Russian national drink and in the mid-16th century it was established as the national drink in Poland and Finland.

Since early production methods were crude, vodka often contained impurities, so to mask these the distillers flavoured their spirits with fruit, herbs or spices.

It was around the year 1450 when vodka started to be produced in large quantities and the first recorded exports of Russian vodka were to Sweden in 1505. Polish 'woda' exports started a century later, from major production centres in Posnan and Krakow. In the mid 1700’s there were over 50 different flavoured vodkas being produced, they were not cheap to manufacture and these were not as popular as the major competitors products in Russia, Poland and Lithuania. The following two centuries were important for vodka, the widespread wars and revolutions that took place in these years gave vodka a platform to be introduced throughout the world and the people seemed to enjoy it!

My tipple of choice would be the Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka which is a herb flavoured vodka distilled from rye. It has a rather smooth texture with hints of vanilla, coconuts and almonds. Pop it in the freezer, nice and chilled, serve neat or with a mixer and it is very enjoyable!

The Zubrowka Bison Grass is available at www.majestic.co.uk for £25



Highlights of Bin End saleDate published: 24/08/15

When thinking what to spend my money on in our sale I have treated myself to a couple bottles of this fantastic red. The Mt Difficulty Packspur Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago.

Packspur Vineyard was planted in 1993 by Anne and Laurie McAuley on a well-sheltered, north-facing slope. A small vineyard, Packspur only produces very limited quantities of wine, from around 3.5 tonnes of grapes each vintage. Natural fermentation is followed by 16 months' barrel maturation. The wine is superbly rich and concentrated, yet finely structured and intriguingly complex. 93 Parker points.

Usually £45 a bottle now down at £29.99 a bottle. A very serious wine that gives the best of Burgundy a run for its money!

The perfect bottle for a simply roasted Duck.

Russian Jack Pinot NoirDate published: 22/08/15

Russian Jack( 1878-1968) was a much loved “gentleman of the road” who carried his life in huge sacks upon his shoulders. He was a merchant sailor from Latvia who found himself in New Zealand and became a legendary fruit picker, he was welcomed onto the farms around Martinborough where he picked fruit until an old age. Jack was honoured by the local population who built a bronze statue to his memory and it stands strong to this day.

The wine itself is medium bodied, a finely balanced velvety Pinot Noir offering ripe red berry fruit underpinned by a fresh crunchiness and savoury notes. The tannins are ripe and supple, polished and spice infused by 9 glorious months in oak.

This wine would suit smoked duck perfectly and we have it currently at £11.99 in our 25% selection.



Commanderie de PeyrassolDate published: 22/08/15

This particular rose has been a favourite of mine since we first started stocking. 

Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, it also shelters 2500 olive trees, 200 oak truffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs.This dry rosé has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper. Just a bit fuller than Minuty in style but equally delicious.

We had a bottle last night with some courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta and soft herbs then into a very light tempura batter. Fry until golden. A lovely summer supper.

Benegas Malbec, 2012 - Bin end sale wineDate published: 22/08/15

Origin

There is a long history of winemaking in the Benegas family. It was the current winemaker's great grandfather who bought the first French vines to Argentina. Fruit is picked at careful intervals according to ripeness levels.

Taste

This wine balances the powerful style typical of Mendoza Malbec with the finesse of a European wine. Lots of dark cherry, blackberry and oaky spice, with a long and pure finish.

Enjoy

The complexity, purity and power of this wine deserve a special dish, so drink with fillet steak with pepper sauce, or beef Wellington.

 £12.66 when you buy two or more from our Bin End Sale selection!

Basedow’s of Barossa Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley - Bin End WineDate published: 21/08/15

The Basedow family name is steeped in tradition within the Barossa Valley, home to the oldest wine growing appellation in Australia. With a family lineage spanning 118 years and tracing back to one of the founding wine families of the Barossa, the 5th generation Basedow’s, brothers Peter, Michael and Richard, proudly continue their family craft of winemaking. They are the direct descendants of Christian Friedrich Basedow who followed his son Martin to the valley in 1856.

The Basedow’s have helped shape the Barossa since their arrival in 1848. Martin was a teacher who established a German newspaper in Tanunda before becoming a prominent educator and politician who introduced legislation into South Australian parliament to establish the Roseworthy Agricultural College which has been an enormous benefit to the Australian wine industry. Johannes Basedow, Martin’s brother, was an accomplished carpenter who constructed the historic Chateau Tanunda and Bethany Church before building the family winery in 1896 at Tanunda and planting the first vineyard in 1896.

The Basedow’s Shiraz is perhaps the best example of what this winery produces. The fruit comes from several different vineyards situated on the Barossa Valley floor. They range from 15 to 30 years old and yield on average 4 tonnes per acre. It is deep cherry in colour exhibiting aromas of rich, punchy spice with hints of plum jam and cracked black pepper. The palate is full and luscious, layered with flavours of plum, spice and chocolate. It has firm fruit backbone with rich gentle mouth-filling tannins, is full bodied and long lasting. You should enjoy this shiraz with spice-rubbed lamb chops or steaks.

£6.66 when you buy two or more from our Bin End Promotional Sale!

Basedows ShirazDate published: 21/08/15

Alas one of my favourite sub £10 Barossa Shiraz has been de listed so at present it is an absolute steal at only £6.99.

Basedow Shiraz comes from a group of exclusive vineyards just outside the town of Tanunda in Barossa Valley. The winery originated in the mid-1800s, and spent some years under corporate ownership, before being reacquired by the Basedow family's 5th generation.

Deep cherry red, with a thick and juicy backbone of plum jam and cocoa characters, accented with hints of sweet spice and black pepper. Gentle yet rich and mouth-filling tannins.

Just perfect for those BBQ's.


Summers back!Date published: 21/08/15

We are now in the perfect season for peaches so why make that Italian classic a Bellini. Allegedly made famous in Harry's bar in Venice ( ignore reviews and if there pop in for one, yes expensive but a fascinating insight in every life!) these are best when made with the best, ripest fruit. Blend a couple of skinned and stoned peaches with a cup of water and a tsp of sugar. Pass through a sieve and I  like about a third peach to two thirds Prosecco. A lovely way to start an al fresco lunch or supper.

Chablis 1er Cru 'Les Fourchaumes' Vieilles Vignes 2010 Domaine LarocheDate published: 20/08/15

The history of Domaine Laroche starts in 1850 and is closely related to the development of Chablis and its vineyard. At that time, there was neither legal delimitation of the vineyard, nor growth classification: wine producers had to explore the vineyard to find the best places and, in doing so, were the heirs of the Cistercian monks. Laroche was amongst these pioneers. One century later, Laroche now uses technical innovation to reveal the distinctive profile of its terroirs and their remarkable Chablis personality. The endless search for great terroirs has been a landmark for the past 20 years: in Languedoc, Chili and South Africa, the first step of Laroche is always the discovery of exceptional terroirs and setting of state-of-the-art wineries.

Domaine Laroche owns 7.65 ha of this large Premier Cru. The slopes benefits from South-West exposure and protection against northern wind. It allow higher ripeness of grapes. The vineyard is planted with very old vines with strong personality. The 2010 Chablis Les Fourchaumes could not be more different than the Montmains. The Fourchaumes is weightless, elegant and polished. Yellow stone fruits, flowers, mint and lightly floral honey are all woven together in this subtle, understated yet sleek Chablis. There is a level of precision here that is striking. (Anticipated maturity: 2015+. 92 Points. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate)

£25 when you buy two or more from our fine wine selection.

The Killka Chardonnay 2014, Salentein - Bin End SaleDate published: 19/08/15

The goal of Salentein is to make high quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. The company’s lasting commitment to the people of Argentina combines investments, employment opportunities, and training with lessons of hope. Salentein faces national challenges with vitality and a long-term global perspective.

Mendoza

Salentein lies in the province of Mendoza, the most important winegrowing region of Argentina, with some 150,000 vineyard hectares and more than 900 wineries. Salentein is a leader in cultivating global awareness of the emerging premium wineries of Argentina. A new vision of quality —with plantings of classical varietals, preservation of old vines, application of European artistry, and advanced technology— is yielding world-class wines.

The Winery

The magnificent winery, designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross, allows for customized gentle handling of the grapes, reducing the distance wine needs to be moved between wine-making steps. Each of the wings is a small winery with two levels-a ground level that houses stainless steel tanks and French wooden vats for fermentation and storage, and an underground level for aging wine in oak casks. The two levels allow wine to flow from the tanks to the barrels by a traditional gravity transfer system. The four wings converge in a circular central chamber, which resembles an amphitheatre and was inspired by ancient classical temples.

The Chardonnay
Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including their lightly-oaked Chardonnay, the Killka. It is bright greenish yellow, youthful and vibrant, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. It is mild-mannered with a round palate feel. It is the ideal accompaniment for creamy-textured pasta and chicken dishes and is available on our bin end sale at just £7.99 when you buy two or more!

Peter Lehman Portrait Shiraz 2013Date published: 19/08/15

If you were to paint a portrait of Peter Lehmann it would have real depth and character, just like the man himself who is known in the industry as the “ Baron of Barossa”. When pressured by his bosses in the 1970’s to renege on a hand-shake deal he’d struck with the growers, Peter Lehmann said ‘to hell with them’, and with the help of the local community-bought all the grapes himself. He crafted them, bottled them, sold them and they have continued ever since.

The Baron selects this classic Shiraz from some of the best vineyards in the region, some of which remain ungrafted due to an absence of phylloxera. The wine is robust and generous with plenty of flesh and spice on the palate as well as hints of dark chocolate, bramble and blackcurrant. The wine is aged in oak hogsheds for 12 months prior to bottling which enhances the classic Shiraz flavours.

This Shiraz is now just £6.99 when you buy two or more on our Bin End Sale selection



Gran Vendema, Rioja Crianza 2011Date published: 18/08/15

This wine is 100% Tempranillo grapes, hand picked from selected vineyards. It’s had long skin contact maceration followed by a 12 month ageing process in American oak barrels and then aged in the bottle for 12 months in their cellars.

It’s a silky wine of pleasant freshness, where the fruit mingles with notes of noble oak. On the palate it is supple and soft with moderate tannins and an easy going feel.

This certainly is a wine that is to be enjoyed on any occasion with its versatility, it would match well with cured meats, pork chops and all Mediterranean cuisine.

The Gran Vendema is now just £6.66 when you buy two or more on our recently released bin end sale.



Luis Felipe Edwards Profile - plus LFE Malbec 2014 Bin End SaleDate published: 18/08/15

The history of Viña Luis Felipe Edwards (LFE) dates back to 1976, when Luis Felipe Edwards Sr. purchased the Fundo San José de Puquillay estate, located in the Colchagua Valley, a premier viticultural region in Chile. The estate sits nestled in a secluded horseshoe-shaped valley, separated from the majestic snow-capped Andes by the smaller San Fernando ridge. At that time, it was planted with 60 hectares of vines dating back from the beginning of the 20th century, consisting mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenere and Merlot. In the early 1990s, Luis Felipe Sr. decided to make wine under his own name and so built a modern winery equipped with the latest state of the art technology. The first vintage, Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon 1994, was launched on the international market in late 1995 and is still drinking well to this day, a testament to the level of quality of LFE wines since day one.

Viña Luis Felipe Edwards has since grown to be the largest 100% family-owned wine company in Chile, with 1850 hectares of estate vineyards exporting to more than 70 countries; two generations are actively involved in keeping the brand synonymous with quality and traditional family values. The original estate in Puquillay has been transformed into a modern day production facility, where all winemaking and bottling activities take place. The original plantings of 60 hectares has increased to 390 extending up into the hills at heights of 900 meters above sea level; the highest vineyard plantations in Chile. They have also acquired and planted estate vineyards in Leyda and Maule Valleys, and in the coastal area of the Colchagua Valley.

Viña LFE has been awarded trophies and medals from some of the most prestigious competitions around the world, and was recognized as Chilean Producer of the Year in 2012 by both the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) and AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge. Each of our wines reflects the values of the Edwards family, the attention and care that are put into creating the very best products and the importance of constant growth and innovation.

Each glass of LFE wine captures their family values of tradition, meticulous care and the commitment to high quality. They are constantly evaluating and investing - finding the best terroirs and vines for the vineyards, selecting the best personnel and equipment and researching the latest in technology - all to ensure that each Luis Felipe Edwards wine is of only the highest quality.

The LFE Selección Especial Malbec 2014 is a classic example of the quality wine that this renowned winery produce. Although Argentina claims much of the Malbec-related limelight, neighbouring Chile's unique climate and terrain allows it to grow great Malbec of its own. Persistent sea breezes moderate temperatures, meaning Chile is less reliant on altitude for cool growing conditions. This malbec is an intense violet colour, with a nose of blackberries, plums and blueberries, accompanied by a subtle touch of vanilla. Juicy and smooth, the palate is satisfyingly weighty and long. It’s a great match for many white or red meat dishes, especially sweetly spiced Mexican or cajun recipes and it’s available on our recently released bin end sale for only £6.66 when you buy two or more - once it’s gone it’s gone!

Beer and JerkDate published: 17/08/15

I cook mainly outside this time of year and last night we had jerk spiced chicken thighs. I mixed juice of a lime, 6 chopped birds eye chilli, 3 chopped garlic cloves, fresh thyme, grated ginger, a spoonful of dark sugar, a tbsp of powdered allspice, sea salt, pepper, splash of white vinegar and a good glug of rapeseed oil. Add this to 10 or so thighs that have been slashed and leave over night. Cook over charcoal for 20-30 minutes. I served with a spiced rice and bean salad. Also some whole roasted corn on the cob and to drink some of the excellent Alhambra beer from Granada.

Alhambra Reserva 1925 is a high quality, Spanish beer crafted to perfection. Full-bodied, extra smooth with a rich, highly agreeable taste for the demanding yet discerning palate, suitable for any occasion.

This went perfectly with my chicken!

Begining TuesdayDate published: 16/08/15

This seldom happens but we've decided to have a bin end sale to make way for some new wines over the next few months. At Farnham we have around 2000 bottles of various bits and bobs which are all reduced be 33%. Stock is limited and it purely is first come first served. Check back on Tuesday for some of the highlights of the sale!

Bargain BeerDate published: 16/08/15

As one of our biggest selling beers and the fact it is only £24 for a case of 24 bottles I thought a little history on Peroni would just the ticket!

The Peroni company was established under the founding family name in the town of Vigevano, Italy (1846). The company was moved to Rome by Giovanni Peroni in 1864, six years prior to Rome becoming the Italian capital in 1870. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the company became one of the most prominent brewing companies in the newly unified Italian nation.

Nastro Azzurro is a 5.1% alcohol by volume pale lager. It is the Peroni Brewery's premium lager brand which was launched in 1963.[3] The name means "Blue Ribbon" in Italian, in honor of the Blue Riband won by Italian ocean liner SS Rex in 1933.[4] Nastro Azzurro has also sponsored teams in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. In 1997 they sponsored a 125cc Aprilia team with rider Valentino Rossi, who won the championship in that season. In 2000 and 2001 they sponsored a 500cc Hondateam, again with Rossi as the rider.

It really is the perfect summer larger of choice and on an excellent deal until the 31st August.

Pink FizzDate published: 15/08/15

Perrier-Jouët is a Champagne producer based in the Épernay region ofChampagne. The house was founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier-Jouët, and produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvee, approximately 3,000,000 bottles annually, with its prestige label named Belle Epoque. I think on of their stand out wine is their non vintage rose and for August we have it on offer at a paltry £29.99. 

An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif.

Perfect for summer drinking!

San Leonino Chianti ClassicoDate published: 15/08/15

Chianti comes from the famous region of Tuscan in West-central Italy. This Chianti, is from the heartland of the Chianti zone from perfect south-easterly facing slopes near the village of San Leonino.This is a very traditional style of Chianti. Full of red cherry flavours and violets, with vibrant acidity, hints of sweet spices and a beautiful long, silky finish. Drink it now or keep for 3-4 years. The acidity in this wine make it a perfect food match to most Italian foods. A perfect partner to roast meats, pasta dishes and pizza. I had this with spicy sausages cooked on the BBQ a couple of nights ago and it was delicious, luckily the next day I had off, so I took full advantage and enjoyed it all!

This is at £9.74 on our 25% selection



Great Value FizzDate published: 15/08/15

Say vintage champagne to most people and you think how much is this going to cost! Well you can still find some houses that produce great vintage fizz that we as a company occasionally offer at fantastic prices. This month we have the Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 at £19.99. Yes its not one luxury champagne houses but one taste of this and you soon realise it can easily compete with them if not beat some of them!

Perfect as a welcome drink or take a bottle to the beach and have with fish and chips!

Hey Malbec! - something to shout about for sure!Date published: 14/08/15

Matias Riccitelli's day job is the winemaker for Fabre-Montmayou where he crafts elegant, classic wines. His father is a well-known oenologist in the Mendoza wine business. Matias is one of the components of a young generation of new winemakers in Mendoza that are revolutionizing the wine scene; his name is definitely one to follow.

Malbec is is the Argentinian flagship variety and this beautiful wine is a truly sublime interpretation.

It is very dark, almost black, with intense aromas of ripe black fruit, liquorice and flowers. Very concentrated and fleshy with soft, ripe tannins and great acidity displaying black fruits, violets and black pepper on the palate -  pure fruit, great price, drink now! (88 points, Robert Parker  - Wine Advocate)

£9.99 on our 33% deal

Pol Roger Reserve NVDate published: 13/08/15

Paul Roger founded his renowned Champagne house in Epernay in 1849. Through five generations, his direct descendants have run this proudly independent family house, producing Champagne of worldwide acclaim.

Pol Roger Brut Reserve is the house’s “signature” cuvee, composed of more than 30 base wines drawn from at least two vintages and the three classic cepages, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Pol Roger Brut Reserve is never released until the youngest component is at least three years old and, to satisfy British preferences, the champagne is rested for an additional period after disgorging.

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

This Champagne is at £40.79 on our 15% selection.



Marlborough Region HistoryDate published: 13/08/15

The first commercial plantings of wine in the Marlborough region of New Zealand took place in the early 1970’s with producers expanding into the South Island of New Zealand in search of a cheaper alternative to the already established North Island. The region of Marlborough was identified as an area with high sunshine, low rainfall, rare frosts and a well draining soil.

These days, Marlborough accounts for 3 quarters of the wine produced in New Zealand and is arguably it’s most famous region. Sauvignon Blanc from this area is extremely popular and is known for producing wine of incredible intensity and ripe fruits whilst retaining complexity and low alcohol.

Marlborough’s popularity is so high that experts believe that the region will be fully planted i.e. no vine growing space left available, within 5 to 10 years. In 2013 23,200 hectares of vineyard was already planted, and some believe that the upper limit for planting in the region is around the 26,000 hectare mark.



Balfour Sparkling WinesDate published: 12/08/15

With a history dating back to 1503, the exquisite Tudor-framed Hush Heath Manor nestles into the hill, overlooking the vineyards and estate with magnificent views across the Weald of Kent and is the family home of the Balfour-Lynn’s.

A refuge from the cut and thrust of the city, the estate has a Tudor inspired kitchen garden, Italianate yew terracing and Japanese ponds. The 400 acres enveloped in ancient oak woodland is a veritable Eden and a fitting setting for the Balfour wines and vision.

The house and gardens are maintained with the same passion and pride as the immaculate vineyards, orchards and winery.

To turn his dream into reality Balfour-Lynn was helped by Stephen Skelton MW using his extensive experience with English vineyards. In charge of the winemaking and the state of the art winery is Owen Elias, UKVA winemaker of the year four times with a host of international and national awards to his name.

Hush Heath is the only English vineyard dedicated to the creation of Rosé sparkling wine, the aim has always been to produce a wine of world-beating quality one that stands on it’s own as a modern classic.

Amongst an impressive collection of sparkling and still wines, they produce two lovely bruts; a non-vintage Brut and a Rose Brut. The brut is refined in structure, with a finely beaded mousse and pale pink highlights. it is tightly structured, combining crisp apple and citrus fruit with nuances of pepper and thyme. You can enjoy this immediately, especially with light seafood. The brut rose is a delicate and inviting rose petal pink, with a finely beaded sparkle. A lively pink grapefruit character is accented with defined notes of wild strawberry and a subtle herbaceousness. The winemaker suggests this as the perfect foil for venison sausages.

You can get both these fantastic example of English sparkling wine at £19.98 a bottle on our 33% deal!

Chablis Classification SystemDate published: 12/08/15


Petit Chablis Produced from grapes grown surrounding the village, which are higher in acidity and have lots of light citrus character. These are wonderful when drunk young so look for recent vintages.

My pick for this is the Petit Chablis 2013, Union Des Viticulteurs De Chablis at £9.74 on our 25% selection.

Chablis These wines are a bit rounder and more minerally with grapes sourced from the limestone slopes near the village of Chablis. The majority of the wines we see on our local shelves are in this category.

My choice for this is the Chablis 2012, Philippe De Mery which is at £11.99.

Premier Cru Chablis Only about 15% of the annual production, these wines are more nuanced and elegant coming from vineyards filled with that wonderful Kimmeridgian limestone marl giving these wines a distinctive character. Look for climate names on the label like “Mont de Milieu” (“Mount in the middle”), “Côte de Léchet” (really zesty) or “Fourchaume” (fruity).

My pick for this is the Chablis Premier Cru ‘Fourchaume’ 2013, Boudin which is at £15.99.

Grand Cru Chablis These vineyards are located in a beautiful arc north of the town of Chablis where the steep slopes face south-southwest. There is only, technically, one Grand Cru but there are 7 ‘climats’ inside that Grand Cru and their names will be on the label: Blanchot, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouilles, Presuses, Valmur and Vaudésir. The Grand Cru wines in Chablis can taste dissimilar to the rest of Chablis because many are aged in oak. The Grand Cru vineyards produce wines that age beautifully with floral honey notes and a refreshing flinty acidity.


My final choice is the Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2013 Seguinot-Bordet which is available at www.majestic.co.uk for £38.00

New to MajesticDate published: 11/08/15

We have a steady stream of new wines arriving presently and we try to get them open asap to have a taste. One recent addition has been the Villa Nueva Malbec which has just come in from Argentina. Dare I say because of its ridiculously low price (5.99) my expectations were
limited but I have to what a cracking little wine!

Made from grapes grown on slopes in the Mendoza River Valley. The bunches are hand harvested before destemming and crushing. A natural malolactic fermentation is allowed to take place producing a wine with a soft mouth feel and a gentle character.

Intense flavours of plum and cherry with gentle tannins make this a soft and fruity wine with a lengthy finish.

Great with a steak or even to drink by itself.


Canard DucheneDate published: 10/08/15

Canard-Duchêne is a Champagne House, situated in the heart of the Champagne vineyards. It was founded in 1868, and is one of the most prominent Houses or Grandes Marques in Champagne. It is now part of the Thiénot Group, owner of its own label Champagne Thiénot, plus Joseph Perrier and Marie Stuart.

Canard-Duchêne exports to many countries across the world, including theUnited Kingdom, the United States of America, India, and Japan. However, it is not as popular anywhere as it is in its homeland where a bottle of Canard-Duchêne is opened every 15 seconds. 

When full price I would choose probably another fizz but at only £16.66 this is a bargain!


The beginning of BollingerDate published: 10/08/15

The story began with Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble family with a brilliant destiny. A great soldier who shone during the American War of Independence, he inherited an extensive estate from his family in the Aÿ area. He immediately foresaw the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne, but as an aristocrat he was forbidden to become involved in trade.

He then met Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who had left his country of birth to learn about the Champagne wine trade, and Paul Renaudin, a local man who was fascinated by the world of wine. The firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. Joseph took care of sales and Paul of the cellar. Athanase had founded a champagne House that was to endure through the centuries.

This also happens to be on a great offer at only £33.74 for August!


Aged WineDate published: 09/08/15

I was at a good friends house for supper this weekend and he dug out a bottle of Silex Pouilly Fume made by the legendary Didier Dagueneau. A wine with a massive reputation but I was a little concerned as it was now 11 years old. It had developed secondary flavours but it was a world away from an usual sauvignon blanc from the Loire. Extremely complex, waxy, tropical honeyed fruit. There was no doubt this was a great wine but perhaps better a couple of years earlier. That's why I don't actually keep too many whites in my collection. Most whites are ready to drink and few improve with cellering. Of course there are some that do. German wines, good burgundy and sweet wines all can become sublime with a few years of storage. So do what I do, rotate them often so not to get caught with 10 year old Muscadet! 

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV, SpainDate published: 08/08/15

Cava is a sparkling wine from Spain. The rules for the production of Cava are very similar to those of Champagne. The major difference between the two (apart from their country of origin) is that Cava can be made from local Spanish grapes, as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (the three major grapes of Champagne).

In comparison to Prosecco, Cava generally has longer lasting bubbles and is richer in style due to the use of Champagne production methods.This is a modern example, from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872.

With a lovely smooth mousse (the bubbles) this wine has fresh citrus, peach and lemon aromas, vibrant fruit flavours and a certain creaminess to the finish. It’s full bodied as far as cavas go. A staff favourite due to its excellent quality and value; great if you want some budget bubbles without going down the Prosecco route!

Give it a try in­store today!

£11.99 buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

Pinot NoirDate published: 08/08/15

Often seen as a very high end grape variety, Pinot Noir provides drinkers with a red wine that is smooth and soft whilst carrying intense fruit flavours. For winemakers, it is somewhat of a nightmare grape to grow, too little sunshine and the grape will not be ripe enough, however too little and the wine will be what some call ‘alcoholic ribena’, a fruit only driven wine with a noticeable alcoholic punch. This is why it is generally grown in cooler climate regions. New Zealand is a very good example of this, it is a cool climate but enjoys very strong sunshine from the weaker ozone layer.

Growing it does also present other problems. The grape bunches are very tightly packed which does present a problem with fungal rot. Fungal rot often presents itself when it is in an area that has a high diurnal range, i.e. warm days but cold nights, and lots of moisture.

Unfortunately what this all means for people who enjoy and love Pinot Noir is that often the wine can be a bit pricier when compared to other grape varieties.

One very well produced Pinot Noir is the Valmoissine by Maison Louis Latour at £9.99. The producer, famed throughout Burgundy has utilised their experience and funding to set up a winery in the south of France to produce this wonderfully light, fruity, yet developed Pinot Noir. Candied cherry fruits with a spicy perfume on the nose, a velvety textured palate brimming with ripe cherry and strawberry fruits laced with vanilla, leading to a rounded finish.

Our wine of the week is…Date published: 07/08/15

Mo Monastrell 2012


The Sierra Salinas winery was founded in 2000 in Villena, in the DO of Alicante, to make modern wines mainly from traditional indigenous grapes. Hand-harvested from mature vines, the grapes are cool fermented before a brief maturation in French oak.

This Spanish grape is better known in the South of France as Mourvedre, where it is a lot more tannic and structured, but the higher temperatures of Alicante allow this wine to be much more approachable.

Deep violet-tinged crimson, this wine offers a pleasing balance between youthful vigour and polished maturity. Bramble and cherry combine with lightly savoury spice and balsamic flavours.

A great match for rustic Mediterranean stews.

£6.66 On our 33% offer

History of PeroniDate published: 06/08/15

The Peroni company was established under the founding family name in the town of Vigevano, Italy (1846). The company was moved to Rome by Giovanni Peroni in 1864, six years prior to Rome becoming the Italian capital in 1870. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the company became one of the most prominent brewing companies in the newly unified Italian nation.

The company's brand strategy continued to refine itself to match industry trends of the 1980s. By the 1990s, both the Peroni brand name and product line were distributed and known worldwide. The London-based brewing giant SABMiller bought the company in 2003, making it one of the few international brands in its portfolio. To re-launch the brand in 2005, SABMiller hired an empty boutique on 202 Sloane Street, London to align it with other Italian fashion brands; the boutique was entitled "Emporio Peroni". 

Only £1 per bottle!

Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 06/08/15

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!


Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temperature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.



SherryDate published: 05/08/15

Sherry is one of the wine world's hidden treasures. In recent years there has been an encouraging resurgent interest among drinkers around the world. Sherry's ability to match the colourful diversity of Spanish tapas makes it one of the most exciting food wines and yet prices remain low. 

The Tio Pepe Fino En Rama at £13.99 is a treat, it's the perfect partner for savoury nibbles, olives, fried fish, Spanish ham and of course Tapas!

Delectable Dessert WineDate published: 05/08/15

Dessert wines have got to be one of my favourite wine styles, the sweet nectar always leaves me wanting more! Typically served with dessert, these sweet wines can be produced by different methods resulting in some incredible flavour profiles.

Makers of dessert wine want to produce a wine containing high levels of both sugar and alcohol, yet the alcohol is made from sugar. There are many ways to increase sugar levels in the final wine:

- grow grapes so they naturally have sugar to spare for both sweetness and alcohol
- add sugar either before fermentation (as sugar or honey - Chaptalisation) or after fermentation as unfermented must (Süssreserve)
- add alcohol (typically brandy) before the sugar is fermented - fortification
- remove water to concentrate the sugar
   - in warm climates by air drying the grapes to make raisin wine
   - in frosty climates by freezing out some of the water to make icec wine
   - in damp temperate climates by using fungal infection ( Botrytis cinerea), to desiccate the grapes with noble rot


A general rule is that the wine should be sweeter than the food it is served with - a perfectly ripe peach has been described as the ideal partner for many dessert wines, whereas it makes sense not to drink wine at all with many chocolate- and toffee-based dishes. Red dessert wines like Recioto della Valpolicella and fortified wines like the vin doux naturel Muscats are the best matches for such difficult-to-pair desserts. Quite often, the wine itself can be a dessert, but bakery sweets can make a good match, particularly with a little bitterness like the almond biscuits that are dunked in Vin Santo. A development of this matching of contrasts is a rich savoury dish like the foie gras that is a traditional partner to Sauternes. White dessert wines are generally served somewhat chilled, but can be easily served too cold. Red dessert wines are served at room temperature or slightly chilled.


We have open the Château La Rame 2012 Ste-Croix-du-Mont to taste and it really is a great deal at £11.99 for a 50cl bottle. Château La Rame is one of the oldest properties in its appellation, where the influence of the river encourages noble rot. This is a blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc and is aged in one-third new oak barrels for two years. It exudes aromas of ripe stone fruits, candied summer fruits and honey. Luxurious sweetness and spicy vanilla characters layer and coat the palate before a clean and fresh finish. Enjoy with créme brûlée or blue cheese. So come and fall for a truly delicious wonder of nature!



Main divide rieslingDate published: 04/08/15

Main Divide Riesling 2013 Pegasus Bay, Waipara - definitely doesn’t divide opinion!


Origin

The Waipara valley is 30 minutes' drive from Christchurch in the Canterbury region, and this wine is named in honour of New Zealand's Southern Alps, known locally as the Main Divide, which lies to the west. Some botrytized grapes were added to provide a honeyed richness.

Taste

Slightly off-dry in style, the palate is attacked with wave after wave of honeysuckle, ripe apricot and lime, with a minerally undercurrent and zippy acidity.

Enjoy

Rich and viscous, this wine can be enjoyed by itself but will also harmonise with oysters or chinese duck.

This really is a delectable wine and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. After trying it in a wine bar the first time our store then coincidentally received a couple of cases so I snapped up a few bottles!



Fun facts about BordeauxDate published: 01/08/15

-In value, more than two billion Euros worth of Bordeaux wine is produced each year!

-The combined acreage for all 60 Bordeaux appellations encompasses more than  296,596 acres!

-Bordeaux wine was first mentioned by the Latin poet Ausonius in AD 350

-The classification of Medoc, Sauternes and Barsac occurred in 1855

-In 1973 the market crashed and many negociants were saved from bankruptcy by foreign investment , the start of corporate purchasing Chateaux

-There are 7,375 Chateaux’s in Bordeaux’s region



Rediscover France…Date published: 31/07/15

With the Macon Village by Cave de Lugny

Situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, Cave de Lugny produces great value white Burgundy from its 1,450 hectares of vineyards and is the third largest producer in Burgundy, producing in excess of 6 million bottles per annum.

Pale lemon coloured, with citrus and apple notes, hint of blossom and faint traces of butter. Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak.

An easy-drinking White Burgundy, enjoyable now and over the next 18 months. Enjoy with butternut squash and roast garlic soup. Also great with chicken and seafood.


£7.98 on our 25% offer

Wine of the week - Beefsteak MalbecDate published: 31/07/15

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

Deep and vibrant Malbec with an intense nose of plum, damson and dark chocolate aromas. Lush and layered on the palate, with well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins. This wine has a smooth mouth feel, making it eminently drinkable.

This wine lives up to it’s name so drink with beef in all its guises, from steaks to stews.

£6.99 on our 33% offer

Hey!Date published: 30/07/15

This actually is the name of one of our new Malbec's from Argentina. This grape variety  has really caught peoples imaginations over the last few years and we list over 20 nowadays.

Located in the foothills of the Andes in Lujan de Cuyo, the winery has 40ha of vineyards most of which were planted at the beginning of the 20th century.

A classic flavour of ripe blackcurrant with spicy black pepper and violet notes. The soft tannins in the wine make it an ideal match for many foods but suits a fat slab of charcoal cooked beef best.


BollingerDate published: 30/07/15

Bollinger, often affectionately referred to as Bolly, is a British fave when it comes to Champagne. It’s well known for it’s richer style, and many prefer it for it’s better balance of body with acidity. I often find that some Non Vintage Champagne can be quite tart, but not Bolly, because it is often a blend of wine from many different vintages, so essentially you are getting a multi-vintage Champagne.

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Pear, Brioche and a nutty undertone flow on the palate, the length is long and complex. Now this is a Champagne to celebrate with.


£29.98 at 33% off


“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad.

Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.

When I have company I consider it obligatory.

I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am.

Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”

-Lilly Bollinger

GaviDate published: 29/07/15

Now not quite as fashionable as once was but when the La Toledana is only £7.99 this wine is an absolute bargain.

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

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

Perfect as an interesting aperitif or match with a indulgent lobster curry!


Pinot NoirDate published: 28/07/15

Some food and wine combinations are classics that have been around for decades. One such is wild mushrooms and pinot noir. I recently had a few friends around and served a wild mushroom risotto with a confit of chicken. Take chicken thighs and leave overnight in a salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary and garlic marinate. Wipe off then cook slowly in duck fat if you have or olive oil if not. Cook until tender 90 mins-120 mins. Remove and pop in oven to crisp skin. For the risotto soak some dried mushrooms in hot stock then take half out and puree the rest in a bit of soaking stock. Make your risotto in usual way using up remaining soaking stock first and then using regular chicken stock. Towards the end of cooking add puree, soaked reserved mushrooms and if you can find them some sauteed fresh wild ones. Finish with parmesan and a little butter.

Why not try with the Ned Pinot Noir.

This Pinot Noir has been sourced from the Ben Morven vineyard in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, known for their deep clay and loam soils. Hand-picked and aged for 9 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot.

With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish.

A steal at only £9.99 until 3rd August.

New to MajesticDate published: 27/07/15

Think of Alberino and you naturally think of northern Spain  which is the natural home of this grape variety. We see a fair few of different producers in the UK but travel over to Galicia and the wine lists are packed with examples. However I'm by passing Spain and going to talk about a great new Alberino from Laurent Miquel who are a Languedoc based producer. I was lucky enough to visit them a few years ago and I've always been impressed with their entire range. This new to us wine though is a gem. Much weightier than most Spanish examples this is a great wine to serve up to that fussy wine guest.

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

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

On offer at only £9.74 a bottle

Cillar D Silos CrianzaDate published: 26/07/15

Ribera del Duero is arguably the most important wine zone in Castilla y León, and is now challenging Rioja as the leading wine-producing region in Iberia. A continental climate, with a high diurnal temperature variation, helps to grow grapes of a very high quality. The wines often command high prices from £20 and up, but this beauty is all of the oomph with none of the ouch.

Rich and meaty on the palate, the wine shows intense aromas of strawberries, blackberries, chocolate and vanilla. Complex and concentrated with a subtle hint of spice. This is typical full bodied Tempranillo with secondary characteristics shining through.

Tannins are present so make sure to match alongside something meaty, perhaps with roast suckling pig, braised lamb shank or venison. The fruit component and secondary characteristics would sing through, and the tannin would ensure the wine has texture.

£13.49 on our 25% offer

CatenaDate published: 25/07/15

When you mention the wines of Catena most people think Malbec but actually they make some cracking Cabernet Sauvignon as well. The straight one is often one of my go to wines and when on offer at under £10 it is a steal.

Catena’s Agrelo vineyards possess ideal soil and micro-climatic conditions for growing classic varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and are renowned for producing wines of great finesse and elegance.

Full bodied, with rich, dark, supremely concentrated cassis-scented black fruit and a warm, spicy finish.

Just crying out for a fat slab of beef off the bbq!



Goldwater Sauvignon BlancDate published: 25/07/15

This is one of my favourites, I absolutely love this Kiwi sauvignon because of it’s slightly restrained, French like nature. Made in the Wairau valley, the same Valley that famous wine makers Cloudy bay grow their vines, this wine is but a fraction of the price at £7.99. It rarely comes down this cheap so snap it up!

Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, producing this eco-friendly Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.

Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre. Perfect with seafood or salads, or try alongside some French goats cheese.

£7.99 on our 33% offer, but only until Monday evening!


Rediscover France…Date published: 25/07/15

With the Domaine Cabrol Picpoul Prestige

Increasingly popular Picpoul has gained a following amongst white wine lovers. This grape variety is set to become more and more popular as more producers take to it.

Increasingly seen as a single varietal wine, this Picpoul comes from an estate to the north of the Picpoul de Pinet appellation, around 20km from the Med. Domaine Guillame Cabrol received 'Terra Vitis' certification in 2000 for its sustainable vinegrowing and winemaking techniques.

Fresh and citrussy, with slightly floral hints, and an unmistakable note of green bell peppers on the nose. Very light on the palate, with a medium length finish.

A natural partner for oysters, all manner of fruits de mer, and green salads.


£7.49 on our 25% offer

Kiwi Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/07/15

Why is New Zealand so popular for it’s Sauvignon blanc? Majestic’s best selling wine is the Ned, a Marlborough Sauvignon and many other wines such as Oyster Bay and Villa Maria do exceptionally well.

One aspect would be their fresh, fruity approachable style. In a typical Kiwi Sauv you can generally expect a good deal of acidity with fruit characteristics such as Gooseberry, Lime, Passion fruit and a slight grassyness. This helps the wine to be a refreshing drink that can very easily be drunk on it’s own or even paired with cuisine such as thai or a lovely salad.


But how does this come about? Often wines with big tropical fruit tend to lack in acidity and complexity. Many put this down to the cool climate of New Zealand due to it’s position South of the equator. A relatively thin section of ozone layer allows for a strong sunlight to reach the grapes, increasing the rate of photosynthesis and giving the grapes this tropical flavour potential.


The vines were mainly planted in the early 70’s and early success at local and international wine competitions boosted winemakers’ confidence in the varietal, as well as consumer demand. Since then the style of wine has become a benchmark for new world Sauvignon Blanc to be measured against.

This weekend only we've got 33% off all our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc range, so pop on in and stock up!

Rioja and LambDate published: 22/07/15

Few meats can be bettered than lamb off the BBQ. Good lamb has a nice layer of fat that melts when over red hot coals and drips down to produce that all important smoke. Dare I say this can achieved even on a gas fired BBQ ! The night before put your lamb cutlets in an olive oil, rosemary, garlic, black pepper and chilli marinade. Just before cooking season with sea salt and then grill for about 5 mins a side. This calls out for either a claret or rioja. One of my favourites at present is the sumptuous Pomal Gran Reserva which at only £14.99 is somewhat of a bargain.

Viña Pomal is made by the famous Bodegas Bilbainas, from 100% Tempranillo grown only in the estate's own vineyard, matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. This estate only makes a gran reserva wines in the very best vintages.

At once mellow and powerful, this is a traditionally styled Rioja that combines rich berry fruit with flavours of preserved plums, new leather and old wood, supported by velvety tannins.


ChampagneDate published: 22/07/15

Looking to stock up on Champagne for the summer. What better time then now especially with some of our July deals. Pick of the bunch for me would be Winston Churchill's favourite house Pol Roger. Allegedly he consumed 2 bottles a day which I have to say a good effort! It's just such a elegant style of Champagne I have converted many over it after serving at home.

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


A perfect start to any occasion and a great match for some native oysters.

Jadot White BurgundyDate published: 21/07/15

We had some of the seriously undervalued Château de Jacques in the fridge so decided to have chicken last night for dinner. Well poussin to be precise. We often have these little birds and they make a perfect dinner a deux (plus one small cat) I spatchcocked then put in a marinade of garlic, chilli, smoked sweet paprika, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper and olive oil. Leave for a few hours and BBQ on a hot grill for 10 mins a side. Serve with a simple dressed watercress salad, some sauté potatoes and a bottle or two of this Jadot gem.

Louis Jadot's philosophy is to create wines that show the terroir of Burgundy whether they are Grand Cru or regional wines, and this white made with grapes from the old vines of Château des Jacques is of top quality.

A rich and complex wine, well rounded with ripe peach fruit and a perfectly integrated citrussy acidity leading on to a long fresh finish.

A bargain at under £15!


TorrontesDate published: 20/07/15

Torrontes isn’t a particularly well known grape variety, but it can certainly stand up for itself in the realm of Sauvignons and Chardonnays. This grape variety that is indigenous to Argentina is known to produce medium to full bodied wines with aromatics of stone fruit with a medium acidity to help lead it all forward. This grape variety is predominantly grown in the cooler climates of Argentina, such as high altitude vineyards or microclimate valleys.

We currently have two in stock, one brand new one, the Villa Nueva and one old favourite that has returned to us.


Villa Nueva Torrontes £5.99 on our 33% offer

Bodegas Santa Ana was founded over 120 years ago by Luis Tirasso a native Italian. The torrontes grape variety is closely related to muscat and produces fresh aromatic wines reminicent of both muscat and gewurztraminer.

This example of torrontes has all the classic flavours and aromas of the variety, white flowers, citrus and a hint of spice. The finish is crisp and balanced.

This versatile wine can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, with seafood or with mildly spiced dishes.


Vinalba Torrontes £8.24 on our 25% offer

The aromatic Torrontes grape is a distant relation of Muscat, and has become Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines in the sunny yet cool high-altitude vineyards of Argentina.

Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

Best served with mild Thai curries or dressed prawn salads.

La Marca CuveeDate published: 19/07/15

For this weekend we are celebrating our 33% off our entire range of Prosecco with the delicious La Marca Cuvee!

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Glera (Until recently known as Prosecco) harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method.

Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced. This is a Prosecco with a bit of character.

An excellent apéritif, served with light starters or fruit salads.

£9.99 on our 33% offer, for this weekend only!

Creature of habitDate published: 19/07/15

We have a fairly standard regime for our weekends when at home. Sunday has always been and probably will always be started with a gin and tonic. I have a few favourites but let's face there is so many great gins nowadays why limit yourself! If you had to push me Martin Millers Westbourne strength is probably my number one.
Saturdays are different. My wife is usually off so when I return from work there is usually a cocktail waiting for me. She likes them long but I like them short and powerful. My go to is a classic Martini. I like my already chilled glass only rinsed with Noilly Part and then the gin added after being stirred with plenty of ice, an olive and a splash of olive brine. The perfect dirty Martini and perfect with a dish of Simon Hopkinson's cheese biscuits.

Wine of the weekDate published: 18/07/15

The Ned Pinot Grigio

This Pinot Grigio, from famed producers, Marisco Vineyards, is very unlike it’s Italian counterpart...

Marisco Vineyards, home of The Ned, lies in Marlborough’s stunning Waihopai Valley, between the Delta Hills and the Waihopai River. A unique environment providing distinctive characteristics to all of their iconic wines.

A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish.

This will taste great alongside all manner of fresh salads and creamy pastas.


£7.99 when you buy any two bottles on our 25% offer

ProseccoDate published: 16/07/15

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.


Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.


Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.


If all this reading has made you thirsty, why not pop in and get some Prosecco, It's a third off, all weekend!

Las Maletas - Date published: 16/07/15

Just like the iconic route 40 which travels the length of the country, the Las Maletas collection takes in the very best of Argentina. Pack your suitcase, grab your coat and travel the length and breadth of Argentina via these flavourful wines. We hope that they inspire in you a powerful sense of wanderlust. Las Maletas Malbec is made from specially selected grapes from Mendoza, a province which boasts more than 70% of Argentina’s total wine production. High altitude vineyards, a wide temperature range, scarce rainfall, abundant sunshine and good soils provide the perfect growing conditions for Malbec.

Available for only £6.99 on our 33% selection.



Introduction to Belgian BeerDate published: 16/07/15

For such a small country, Belgium has an astonishingly wide range of breweries and beer styles. Add to this the fact that the number of different beers carried in many bars are often numbered in the hundreds (for example, Kulminator in Antwerpen lists over 400 beers on its menu, and the Delirium Café in Brussels lists over two thousand!) and someone new to Belgian beer can easily feel overwhelmed by the choice available. It's not for nothing that the Confederation of Belgian Brewers describes the country as "Beer Paradise."

Belgian beers are usually much stronger than British ones. You might be used to drinking beer that's say 3.5% to 5%, but in Belgium you'll find that 5% is one of the weaker beers. 7% or 8% are common and even 10% or 11% isn't exactly rare. Fortunately you'll usually be served smaller amounts of beer than your normal pint, enjoy!




Mackerel !Date published: 15/07/15

With the current warm weather I rarely cook indoors and there is no end of things I can find to cook on my BBQ. Pizza, bread, crumble's, beer can chicken, cakes, mussels etc.Last night I did a couple of whole mackerel on there. My neighbour kindly supplied us with 4 spanking fresh fish caught in the morning so I made some sashimi from one, a tartare from another and cooked the other two whole on the BBQ. For the sashimi I put the fish in the freezer briefly to firm up and then sliced with an uber sharp knife. Serve with the usual pickled ginger, wasabi and soy. The tartare I took the fillets off then cut into small cubes, mixed with a fine dice of shallot, tomato, cucumber, lots of chilli, chopped coriander and the juice of a lime. Left for 15 mins then seasoned and served with old school melba toast. The whole fish I slashed and rubbed a harissa paste into them. Season well and then cooked on a blazing hot grill. About 4 minutes a side and we drank the Chateau Barthes rose from Bandol with it. Its a strong flavoured fish so you want something a bit punchy to cut through the richness.

Former fashion model Monique Barthès began winemaking in the late 1960s, following her marriage to the owner of a wine company in Bandol, Provence. She then went on to develop her own award-winning 40-hectare estate.A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, hints of floral perfume and a rustic, gamy streak. Round and supple on the palate, with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip.

On offer at £10.99 a bottle.



Web ParcelsDate published: 15/07/15

Below is an extract taken from Robert Parker about our most recent web parcel. This particular wine sold out in two hours so you had to be quick! To receive such offers all you have to do is add your email address to your store account and you will start to receive offers every now and again. We don't bombard you with emails but sometimes when we have a limited amount of a certain product at a great price this is a great way to get stock to the right place. Another offer earlier this month was a 6 bottle case of 2006 Moet and Chandon for £180. That's £30 a bottle ! So sign up today.

The 2005 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Garnacha aged for 20 months in French and American oak. It has a beautiful, rounded, sensual bouquet with hints of over-ripe Satsuma and gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of piquancy on the entry. It has crisp acidity and taut tannins on the dry, dusky finish but it remains extremely well-focused. Drink now-2025. 

Perfect with charred grilled lamb.

Gorgeous GaviDate published: 13/07/15

Cortese di Gavi, or simply Gavi, is an Italian dry white wine produced in a restricted area of the Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, close to the Ligurian border.

The name derives from Gavi, the comune at the centre of its production zone, and Cortese, the local variety of grape from which it is exclusively made and whose existence is reported from the 17th century. The current style of production dates to 1876. Cortese di Gavi made from vines within the comune of Gavi may be labeled Gavi di Gavi.

The wine was awarded DOC status in 1974 and was made DOCG in 1998. The DOCG regulations restrict the production of Gavi to the area of 1500ha formed by only 11 towns including Gavi, Bosi and Tassarolo.

To get an idea for how great Gavi wines are, pop in and buy a few bottles of the Gavi La Toledana 2014, boasting flavours of ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. It tastes great with poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad but is also perfect as an apéritif.



A short history of IPADate published: 12/07/15

The surge in popularity of the wonderful beverage that is IPA is a relatively recent development. You would probably have been given the weak bitter called IPA made by Greene King if you’d asked a barman for such a drink just 10 years ago. Since 2010 things have changed however with craft beer bars popping up all over the place, which has pushed existing pubs to improve their game. IPA is at the forefront of this revival, beers of 5-7% packed with hops and flavour. 

IPA stands for India Pale Ale and was born out of the need to provide beer for the British Empire in the east. Being too hot to brew in India, a beer was needed that could survive the tumultuous six month journey from Britain. The London brewer Hodgson in the 1780s came up with the answer by creating a strong, heavily hopped beer called October ale, normally ages like wine before drinking. The survived the journey successfully but its flavour was also found to have immeasurably improved. This became the prototype IPA and it gradually became paler and more refreshing to suit the Indian climate.

Hodgson’s beer was imitated by bigger brewers, such as Bass. It evolved into something weaker, just plain old pale ale, for the home market. With the coming of refrigeration, proper IPA itself began to die out, until the Americans rediscovered their love of brewing sometime around 1976. The craft brewers in the States set about recreating forgotten British styles – including IPA. These new ales were packed with alcohol and hops.

From America, IPA returned home across the Atlantic. It’s been a funny old journey: a beer that was invented in Britain for the Indian market, was revived by Americans and then copied by brewers in Britain. Here at Majestic we have an extensive range of delicious IPAs from numerous reaches of the globe, so pop in and experience this fascinating revival for yourself!



Want a Pinot Grigio with a bit of depthDate published: 12/07/15

Are you tiring of the Italian style of PG?, well if so why not try the fantastic Example from the Ned stable in New Zealand.

A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish.

The Karearea is the only falcon found in New Zealand and is a threatened species. Ned have a breeding pair, resident at the property, named Maggie and Astin. They take great delight in scaring away other birds thereby reducing the need for man-made pest control.

Featured in the Times 100 best summer wines and on offer at a very enticing £7.99. 

Match's Asain food really well.

Provence rose alternative Date published: 11/07/15

Fancy a change fro Minuty and Miraval then why not try the very elegant Sancerre rose from Berthier.

From the northernmost village of Sancerre, Ste-Gemme, in the central vineyards of the Loire valley. The minerally limestone and clay soils impact on the complexity of flavours of this wine.

This light, fresh and elegant rosé. Offering up fantastic structure and minerality on both nose and palate, the fresh, summer fruit flavours are perfectly balanced.

Just perfect for those balmy summer nights when you can eat in the garden. Try with tuna sashimi.

Curious IPA - Beer of the Week, for good reason!Date published: 11/07/15

This powerfully hoppy India Pale Ale (IPA) is brewed using the finest pale ale malt and three complementary hops. Chapel Down have learned that great wine such as Champagne and Cotes du Rhone use three great grape varieties working in harmony to create better balance and depth. In a similar fashion the brewers use traditional English Golding; the fresh, sweet, delicate king of English hops, Bramling Cross; a forest fruity beauty, and finish the delectable blend with punchy, spicy, aromatic Chinook. This produces a balanced yet powerful IPA with a real drinkable harmony, one that would go down splendidly well in the lovely July sun we are experiencing!

This is currently chilled down and open to taste on our tasting counter and you can grab a case for £17.99, a great price for a really great new wave beer!



003 Malbec 2014 Bodega AnielloDate published: 10/07/15

Made in the region of Patagonia, Mendoza's lesser known sibling, this Malbec is brimming with juicy fruit and a tantalising acidity. The '003' in the name signifies the vineyard from which the grapes are sourced, one of two sites owned by Bodega Aniello. 003 is located in Mainque, on an area of heavy red clay soils on the hillsides overlooking the Rio Negro river.

In flavour this is an approachable and delicately fragrant Malbec, characterised by gentle lavender notes that intermingle with the ripe black cherry fruit. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a juicy mouth-feel. Exactly how malbec should taste! 

Big juicy and bold, perfect for summer BBQ's. Best enjoyed slightly cool, either on its own or with a range of red or white meats fresh off the BBQ.


£9.74 when you buy any two wines on our 25% promotion. 

Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise 2013 La BuxynoiseDate published: 10/07/15

Everyone likes a good white burgundy, and there can be some great value found in “Bourgogne” wines. This is no different. For this time of year when you are enjoying slightly fuller flavoured dishes, such as shellfish or roast chicken then you need a wine that is going to be able to stand up to the food but not be too overbearing. Well this fits into that bill nicely.

The Côte Chalonnaise in the southern part of the Côte d'Or is responsible for the majority of winemaking in Burgundy, where cooperatives of growers produce some of the most consistently good quality wines such as this Chardonnay, representing great value

With just 3% of the blend fermented in new oak, this is a fresh and crisp Chardonnay with a focus on golden apple and citrus flavours, with very subtle texture and toastiness.

The perfect white wine to accompany cod or other white fish cooked 'au gratin'.


£9.74 when you buy any two bottles on our 25% promotion.

English sparkling wineDate published: 08/07/15

British wine has recently been in the spotlight after it was rumoured that the classic Champagne house Louis Roederer ( creators of Cristal) is trying to purchase land in the UK to begin a vineyard. English sparkling wine has been doing exceptionally well in recent years, due to a number of factors; the cool climate, similar soils to the Champagne region in the south of England and a number of high profile producers faring exceptionally well. Producers such as Nyetimber, arguably the most popular, have created sparkling wine that has often beat Champagne in blind tastings. 


Whilst some offerings can be on the more zingy and refreshing side I often think of Nyetimber as holding a more biscuity, cake-yeast note with wonderful fruit complexity. This helps the flavour characteristics to last in your mouth (this is often referred to as the length of a wine). 
Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house. A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.


£23.98 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% selection

We've got a great range of English sparkling wines to choose from, so come and explore

New to MajesticDate published: 07/07/15

OK, the weather seems to of dipped today so let's talk about a new wine into us. The Le Pinacle Syrah is the top wine from the Languedoc producer Domaine St Rose. Like some of the top Rhône wines 5% of viogner is added to the  blend and then spends a year in French oak.

Le Pinacle or 'the pinnacle' is the highest point of the tower on the Chateau at Domaine Sainte Rose thus, symbolically, this superbly structured Syrah is the top of the red wine range.

Extremely deep in colour with intense plum jam and liquorice aromas. The palate is powerful and intense with black fruit flavours lifted by hints of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a long finish.

This is a fantastic wine that can compete the more famous Rhône wines but for under £10. A steal! Only small amounts produced so don't hang around buying this.

Californian ChardonnayDate published: 07/07/15

I love Chardonnay, though I can be very picky with them. For me the ultimate Chardonnay has to traverse the fine line of balance between acidity and body. Too much acidity and the wine is overly sharp, too much body and it is flabby with nothing to drive the flavours. Despite it’s reputation for big oak monsters I have found that there are a lot of beautifully balanced Californian white wines. The Edna Valley for instance is one of these wines that is very easy to enjoy. But this offering from Chateau Saint Jean adds a bit more of an oak complexity into the mix whilst retaining it’s freshness.


Located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley California, Chateau St Jean was founded in 1973 and was the first estate to be awarded Wine Spectators Wine of the Year in 1999. The grapes are fermented in both oak barrels and steel tanks giving complexity.
On the palate this wine has flavours of nectarine, apple, pineapple, hazelnut and spice. Lees ageing adds a creaminess and complexity giving a rich mouth feel and long finish.Match this with creamy parmesan risotto or buttery roast chicken.

Chateau Saint Jean Chardonnay £9.74 when you buy any two bottles from our 25% promotion.

The White Knight Viognier 2013Date published: 06/07/15

The White Knight Viognier 2013

Viognier is thought to be an ancient grape, possibly originating in Dalmatia (present day Croatia) then brought to Rhône by the Romans. Other locations where viognier can be found are North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Viognier has the potential to produce full-bodied wines with a lush, soft character and has natural aromatics that include notes of peach, pears, violets and minerality.

Winemaker Notes

Surrounded by the cooling waterways of the Sacramento River Delta and San Francisco Bay, the Clarksburg winegrowing appellation has fast earned a reputation for producing lovely Viognier grapes. The deep sandy loam and clay soils, as well as a naturally high water table, provide uncommonly rich soil. Wilson Vineyards has consistently grown high-quality Viognier. The White Knight was primarily fermented in tanks, which resulted in crispy freshness. A hint of French Oak adds depth and richness.

Tasting Notes

Delightful aromas of apple, nectarine and lime zest are highlighted by sweet honeysuckle notes. The palate is full of peach and tropical fruit flavours, which smoothly transition into a soft, expressive and juicy finish.

Food Pairings

This viognier moves forward when paired with food such as fluffy, filled pasta covered with a light lemon-cream sauce, peach-stuffed chicken breast on a bed of spinach with toasted hazelnuts or classic Pizza Margherita.

The White Knight is open to taste on the counter as part of our USA Spotlight week and it has had some very positive response. I would recommend popping in and giving it a go yourself!



BBQ fareDate published: 06/07/15

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

Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines.

A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.

A bit of a steal at only £7.49 for July!


Château Saint Jean Chardonnay 2013 North CoastDate published: 05/07/15

Origin

Located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley California, Chateau St Jean was founded in 1973 and was the first estate to be awarded Wine Spectators Wine of the Year in 1999. The grapes are fermentated in both oak barrels and steel tanks giving complexity.

Taste

On the palate this wine has flavours of nectarine, apple, pineapple, hazelnut and spice. Lees ageing adds a creaminess and complexity giving a rich mouth feel and long finish.

Enjoy

Match this with creamy parmesan risotto or buttery roast chicken.

We've got this lovely chardonnay open on the counter at the moment as part of USA week and it really is a pleaser. Bursting with some really interesting flavours and the creaminess from the oak makes it go down a treat!


Rose from NZDate published: 05/07/15

We stock not only the Villa Maria rose but also the fantastic Black Cottage which is a blend of pinot noir and pinot gris. Similar to a Sancerre rose in style but maybe just a little less dry.

Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rosé from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World.

Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.

Just available in magnum form and down from £19.99 to only £17.99 at the moment.


Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise 2013 - The Ultimate Paradise!Date published: 04/07/15

This wine brand new in from California has certainly got to be a talking point just from the label alone! It is safe to say that what’s in the bottle is surprising too.


Josh Beckett was born in Paso Robles and worked in wineries all through high school. After completing school he worked under American, French and Australian winemakers before returning to Paso Robles and founded Chronic Cellars with his brother Jake.


The Purple Paradise is 70% Zinfandel, 14% Syrah, 11% Petite Sirah and 5% Grenache. It has a beautiful, dark purple hue with intense smokey vanilla, ripe cherries, white pepper, all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose. On the palate are super rich tastes of ripe, juicy cherries and strawberries, chocolate, mocha, leather and marzipan. The tannins are mild and the acidity is balanced.


Enjoy with richly flavoured meat dishes from burgers and steaks to beef and game stews. I will be opening a bottle of Paradise at a BBQ this summer for sure!

Curious BrewDate published: 04/07/15

Created by Chapel Down, England’s
leading wine producer, who have 
branched out into producing craft beers. 
This lager is made with East Anglian 
malt and saaz and cascade hops. 
These are re­fermented using 
Champagne yeast and a ‘dosage’ of the 
rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop is 
added before being cold filtered. 
It’s full­ flavoured and well balanced with 
aromatic hoppy notes and a crisp 
refreshing finish.


Come and taste it in­-store today!

BBQ redDate published: 03/07/15

Have you got a large party, gathering or just like great value Malbec well we have a great selection on offer. For pure value you can't really beat the cracking Alamos which also happens to be a 1/3 off so only £6.66!

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec.

This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.

Perfect with a fat steak off the grill!

Chablis - Domaine ServinDate published: 02/07/15

Chablis

Chablis is the northernmost appellation of Burgundy in France, In fact it is so far north that it is on latitude with cities such as Montreal and Munich where weather like snow isn’t uncommon. Because of this it is often a struggle to get the grapes to ripen fully, and adverse weather such as hailstorms are the bane of every vineyard owner in this region.

One thing that many people don’t know is that Chablis is made from Chardonnay, the same grape variety that makes up a lot of New World oaked wines. Chardonnay is one of the best grape varieties to plant if you truly want a wine that will reflect your terroir. The main difference between Chablis and other vineyard regions of the world is the kimmeridgian soil and low temperatures. One winery measure that is often practiced is the limited use of oak, though many producers opt not to oak theirs at all to retain this fresh style.

Chablis wines often have a fairly high acidity, with lean fruit characteristics like apple and pear. Minerality is a big characteristic in many Chablis, with notes of wet stone and chalk. There can be a buttery or creamy aspect though this isn’t quite as common.


One great Chablis which we have in stock at the moment is the Servin Chablis £11.24 when you buy any 2 bottles from our 25% promotion.

The Servin family has been established in Burgundy since 1654. Nowadays they are renowned as one of the greatest estates in Chablis. From their 30.5 hectares they use traditional winemaking and the finest vintages are aged in oak.

Domaine Servin produce wine from their own estate and never sell to negociants - a guarantee of consistency. This can be experienced in the flinty, mineral style with citrus fruit and white flowers.Domaine Servin produce wine from their own estate and never sell to negociants - a guarantee of consistency. This can be experienced in the flinty, mineral style with citrus fruit and white flowers.

Designed to be drunk young this is a perfect partner for lightly grilled fish, seafood risotto, turkey and goats' cheese.

'Zuper' ZinfandelDate published: 02/07/15

Peirano Estate The Heritage Collection Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, USA

Zinfandel (or "Zin", as it is affectionately known in the United States) is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety widely cultivated in California. It arrived in the Americas from Europe in the early years of the 19th Century, and was an immediate success in both Napa and Sonoma counties, which remain its strongholds today. After 30 years of discussion and disagreements, DNA research carried out in California in the 1990s confirmed that Zinfandel is identical to Italy's Primitivo.

Zinfandel has been used to make various styles of wine since it arrived in the US, including dry and sweet red wines and the famous White Zinfandel blush, created to cater for a white wine-drinking American consumer base of the 1970s. The arrival of this new wine style in the early 1970s led to an explosion of Zinfandel plantings – ironic given that the style of wine was created to find a use for the swathes of underused Zinfandel vines already in existence. By the 1990s the popularity of dry red Zinfandel had given these plantings a new raison d'etre, although they were still being used to generate many millions of litres of sweet pink blush every year. Today, red Zinfandel has risen to become the signature wine of the US, not due to the quality of wine it produces, but because it is as close to an "American" variety as vinifera vines get.

The Region

The Lodi AVA, part of the larger Central Valley wine region of California, is located directly east of San Francisco Bay between the cities of Sacramento and Stockton. The west of the region lies close to the edge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, while its eastern boundary runs parallel with the Sierra Foothills. Although quite a distance from the coast Lodi is blessed with a more moderate, Mediterranean-style climate than might be expected for somewhere this far inland. This is thanks to the many rivers which run through the AVA and the creeks, estuaries and bays into which they flow.

Lodi enjoys all the benefits of cooling water, air and river breezes. Lodi city, around which the majority of the AVA's vines are found, is flanked by the Dry Creek and Calaveras rivers, to the north and south respectively. The city is also bisected by the Mokelumne river as it nears the end of its journey from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the San Joaquin river. The waters from the Dry Creek, Calaveras and Mokelumne rivers discharge into the Suisun and San Pablo bays, beyond which lie San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The rivers are not the only factor keeping temperatures down in Lodi; topography plays a vital role too. While most areas of inland California are separated from the Pacific by California's Coastal Ranges, Lodi is not. The Bay Area forms a significant gap which allows on-shore breezes to penetrate many miles inland. Those parts of the region which are closer to the Delta are noticeably cooler, although most of Lodi enjoys warm days and is suited to the production of full-flavored red wines. Mineral-rich, free-draining, sandy clay soils help in the production of quality wines, not just the bulk wine which is common in the Central Valley.

The Heritage Collection Old Vine Zinfandel is a serious and complex wine, with aromas of rhubarb and red and black cherry. Flavours are of red cherry, strawberry, cocoa and toast. Some suggested food matches are roast duck, stewed venison, Puglian spit-roasted lamb, East Texas-style BBQ or even dark chocolate cake. This delectable wine would perfectly accompany any BBQ/outdoor feast this summer so do the right thing and come along to pick up a bottle or two!





Wine with LobsterDate published: 02/07/15

I have to say that there are some foods that are in my mind are overpriced. Lobster being one of them. Don't get me wrong, I love lobster but I'm never going to pay £40 for one in any restaurant. We happened to be in Winchester on Wednesday and found a fish stall (in street outside m&s) where I got a heavy lobster, a lovely grey mullet and a couple pounds of fresh local prawns for £30. Somewhat of a bargain. I cooked the lobster last night. In a good amount of rapeseed oil I cooked a couple of finely sliced garlic cloves and a good pinch of dried chilli. I then added a handful of really good chopped tomatoes and cooked down for about 3 minutes. Added my chopped lobster, finely chopped parsley and served with al dente linguine. A simple but delicious supper and you really get a lot out of one crustacean. A slightly tricky wine match as tomato doesn't suit many varietals. I plumped for a Falanghina from Campania which seemed to be a good match.

One of Italy's great unsung white wines. 3 months' lees ageing before bottling imbues the wine with added depth and texture, but no oak is used, so the wine retains a light and fruit-driven character.

A brilliant all-rounder, with plenty of citrussy fruit and faint notes of apple and quince, with the merest hint of nutty complexity.

On offer at only £8.99.


All About MalbecDate published: 01/07/15

Why is Malbec so popular these days? It’s rare that you can walk into a Majestic wine, or any wine retailer for that matter and not find a booming Argentinian section full of Malbec. But what do people actually know about this grape? Well for one, it actually started off as “Cot” and used to be a grape variety permitted in Bordeaux wine. Though this was before Phylloxera (a vineyard pest) ravaged Europe in the mid 1800’s. Once the vineyard blight took hold it was rarely replanted, except for in the hot climates of the south of France. At some point cuttings were taken over to Argentina to be planted, but it wasn’t until Argentina had a bigger focus on exporting premium wines rather than creating mass wines for the domestic market that it took off.

Often rich, deeply coloured yet brilliantly smooth, the wine is exceptionally more-ish. Many Malbecs fit in perfectly with the Argentinian diet, which mainly comprises of meat based dishes such as beef steak or sausage. Many Argentinians eat their meals on a “Parilla”, or a BBQ, that is placed in the centre of a table. People around the table add meat and watch it cook in front of them, which surely builds up quite the appetite.

With summer finally here, I know I’ll do my best to have as many Argentinian style BBQ’s (weather permitting) and of course, to honour the countries greatest export I will be enjoying it all with a glass of Malbec.

Vina Eguia ReservaDate published: 01/07/15

Only £6.66


This has been a majestic core line for some time now, and whenever I try it I’m always surprised by just how good a quality wine it is. Even without considering the price (a lipsmacking £6.66), this wine is great. It truly is classic Rioja Reserva, there’s tons of black fruit, vanilla and spice components such as clove and a touch of cinnamon. Furthermore from what I’ve tried at least, I think that 2010 was a stellar vintage.


Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.


Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

The Main Divide Riesling - definitely doesn't divide opinion!Date published: 30/06/15

Main Divide Riesling 2013 Pegasus Bay, Waipara

Origin

The Waipara valley is 30 minutes' drive from Christchurch in the Canterbury region, and this wine is named in honour of New Zealand's Southern Alps, known locally as the Main Divide, which lies to the west. Some botrytized grapes were added to provide a honeyed richness.

Taste

Slightly off-dry in style, the palate is attacked with wave after wave of honeysuckle, ripe apricot and lime, with a minerally undercurrent and zippy acidity.

Enjoy

Rich and viscous, this wine can be enjoyed by itself but will also harmonise with oysters or chinese duck.

This really is a delectable wine and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. After trying it in a wine bar the first time our store then coincidentally received a coupe of cases so I snapped up a few bottles!


New to MajesticDate published: 30/06/15

We have just starting do this beautifully rich white wine from Southern France.

The Belluguette vineyard produces this unique blend of classic white Rhône varieties, which has spent 4 months in French and American oak barrels. The label features Vinus the heron, a celebrated visitor to the Paul Mas 'Grand Cru' vineyards.

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

This really is a food wine and I had it the other day with a rare breed pork chop. I popped the pork in a marinade of grated lemon zest, chopped garlic, thyme and chilli. Leave for a few hours before grilling over coals. About 4 to 5 minutes a side and then let rest for another few minutes. Serve with some well flavoured cous cous for a delicious supper.

On offer at only £9.99 a bottle!

Lagunitas IPADate published: 28/06/15


The Lagunitas Brewing Co. was created in 1993 and was not so much an act of ordinary 'foundling' as it was willed into being by the unspoken desire of supportive beer-lovers in Northern California after which they continued to nurture their creation and urged us forward to fulfill the unifying needs of that same beer-loving diaspora from coast to coast and beyond. This IPA has a perfect hoppy/citrusy aroma, flavors are juicy and extravagant, with hop oil throughout. Pleasantly bitter all the way through, but a terrific malt backbone evens it out and makes for a superbly balanced beer. Its unfiltered, which add’s to its flavour. A bit drying on the palate. Sensational beer!



Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut ChampagneDate published: 27/06/15

Launched in the early 1980s by Bernard de Nonancourt, Ultra Brut Laurent-Perrier was inspired by the success of the zero-dosage (with no added sugar) champagnes made by the House in the late 19th century. Avant-gardist Laurent-Perrier asserted its independence and innovated by creating a new style of wine: unadorned, subtle and ethereal.

The Ultra Brut blend combines a small majority of Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and is made exclusively from very ripe harvests. This leads to high sugar and low acidity, which are necessary to create a finished Champagne that has the required balance without any dosage.

Because of the delicacy of its blending, its winey character and enduring freshness, the Ultra Brut Laurent-Perrier is champagne at its purest, the clearest indication of what a still Champagne may taste like.

£35.99 When you buy any two wines from our 25% selection.


New St Emillon Grand CruDate published: 27/06/15

Hot on the heals of the epic 2001 comes the 2002 Chateau Barde Haut. I have to admit before we started to list this chateau I had not heard of it but after tasting the 2001 it has become somewhat of a favourite of mine. Ok, the 2002 isn't quite as good as the 2001 but it is £10 less a bottle so at £25 a really sound buy. Given the price of some Bordeaux houses nowadays this actually is not just a sound buy but a must buy!

The Garcin-caithard family have invested significant sums in the chateau over the last few years, remodelling the winery and other buildings. The 16 hectares of vineyards located on an elevated limestone plateau are close to Troplong Mondot and planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged for 18 months in 80-100% new oak. This is a modern style St Emillion with rich black cherry and blackcurrent flavours and notes of chocolate and liqourice.

Think a good piece of beef here. A slow roasted rib or if you are feeling more indulgent a chateaubriand would make for a fine accompaniment.  

Portugese winesDate published: 27/06/15


Portugese wines don’t get much of a look in when compared to it’s neighbour, Spain, which is a shame, because the wines of this country are beautifully varied and exciting. From the big full on reds of the Douro to the Green wine, Vinho Verde. Here are just a selection of my favourites.


Ramos Reserva £6.66 when you buy any two wines from our 33% selection


João Portugal Ramos started planting his own vines in Alentejo in 1990, gradually increasing the vineyard area and developing the winery. Traditional foot-treading in marble lagares is still practised on the estate, alongside modern temperature-controlled fermentation.
A robust ruby red wine, with dense aromas of red berries and pudding spice. Flavours on the palate are bright, thick and jammy, with fine-grained, well integrated tannins and good length.
Enjoy with a roasted pork loin marinated in Mediterranean spices.



Churchill Estates 2012 Douro £11.04 when you buy any two wines from our 15% selection


Since the purchase of new vineyards in 1999, Churchill Estates have been developing and mastering dry wines. Made using native Duoro grape varieties this wine is fermented in stainless steel before being aged for 8 months in new and old French oak.
Ripe cherry and strawberry aromas combine with subtle vanilla oak on the nose and follow through to the rich, velvety palate. Elegant, well-integrated tannins lead to a long well-balanced finish.
A great accompaniment to all types of hearty red meat dishes, particularly spicy sausage dishes.



Vinho Verde, Quinta de Azevedo £5.99 when you buy any two wines on our 33% selection


Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.
Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.
At its best now, as a partner to seafood, green salads and pasta.

Macon VillageDate published: 27/06/15

Prices in Burgundy have increased over the last few years partly down to yields being down . The quality is still very good but just alot less to go around so prices have risen. Saying that you can still find very drinkable wines under £10 and Jadot's Macon is one such wine. It's just a little fuller than a Chablis so makes for a very easy drinking white wine.

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.

Perfect for a piece of lightly poached salmon.

On offer at £8.99 until Monday and open today to taste.

Great value roseDate published: 27/06/15

We have a short term deal on a lovely French rose the Haut Val. Until Monday it is a giveaway price of £6.33! It also is open to taste today so why not pop down and see for yourselves.

While Provence tends to take the lion's share of the limelight when it comes to rosé, many producers throughout the rest of southern France are making superb value rosés in a similar style, using classic Grenache-based blends.

A delicate rose petal pink, this is a light-bodied and delicately fruity rosé characterised by the sweet summer smells of strawberries and raspberries, and a refreshingly easy-going palate.

A perfect match for a simple salad Nicoise.


Ravenswood lodi ZInfandelDate published: 26/06/15

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!

Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temperature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.

True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

Open to taste!

Beef this weekend ?Date published: 26/06/15

Imagine, a fat T Bone (a forgotten cut) that has been marinating for a day in garlic, thyme, black pepper and a touch of chilli. Firing your BBQ up to its max and after a dusting of sea salt cooking for 3 mins a side then resting for 5. Serve simply with saute potatoes and a bunch of John Hurds Organic Watercress. Almost my dessert island dish. Wine wise go big and deep. The Parilla would be a great fit.

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

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

A steal at only £7.99!! 

Open to taste this weekend.


Paulaner Wheat BeerDate published: 25/06/15

The name of the Paulaner brewery derives from an order of monks - the order of Saint Francis of Paola.

The monks started brewing in 1634 and were only allowed to sell their beer on particular holidays. The order eventually disbanded and commercial brewing started in the old brewery in 1799. Paulaner’s Hefe-Weißbier is a complex beer full of flavour. The beer has a yeasty aroma and connoisseurs might detect flavours of banana, mango and pineapple whilst enjoying the balance of sweet and bitter. This is fresh, fruity and delightful!

£22.99 buy 2 save £6 = £19.99



Fine White BurgundyDate published: 25/06/15

There is no doubt the price of white Burgundy has increased year on year but there are still some great value examples out there and this Puligny Montrachet from Jomain is one such wine.

From a family-run estate that follows in the principles of ‘lutte raisonnée’, ensuring that the use of chemicals in the vineyard is kept to a minimum. Hand-harvested grapes are aged in oak barrels for 15 months.

A lean, smooth wine showing notes of citrus, pear and hazelnut on the nose, and hints of vanilla and spice on the palate. Crisp, elegant and refreshing with a long elegant length.

Think top end fish, brill, turbot or wild salmon simply prepared. Let the food and wine do the talking.

On offer at £30 when buying two or more bottles.


Looking for a great wine at a bargain price?Date published: 25/06/15

Look no further than the great value Vina Sol which is on offer at only £4.99 until this Monday.

Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870.

Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine.

Perfect for large parties, events or just great value summer drinking.


Goose Island Urban WheatDate published: 23/06/15

Inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that's immensely refreshing.

RECIPE INFORMATION: Style: Urban Wheat. Alcohol by Volume: 4.2%. International Bitterness Units: 18. Color: Hazy Straw. Hops: First Gold, Mt. Hood, Cascade. Malts: 2 Row, Torrified Wheat.

Goose Island recommend serving this beer with salads, fish, fresh chevre or buffalo mozarrella!

The costs of wineDate published: 23/06/15

For some wine can be an expensive luxury that is enjoyed only on occasions to celebrate, but did you know that Majestic’s range begins from only £4.99 with some delicious wines such as trebbiano, chardonnay or sangiovese?

There are many things that can drive up the costs of making wine, here are a few examples:


The costs of winemaking:

Making wine isn’t an exact science, every year wineries can face the prospects of crops that can be damaged by excessive rainfall, drought, hailstorms and other adverse weather as well as vineyard pests? As a winemaker you need to be able to make a myriad of choices from where you grow your vines, to how long you leave the juice of the grapes in contact with the skins.


The costs of bottling:

Bottles aren’t cheap, especially if a winemaker decides to go for a more esoteric shape or different glass colour to make their wine stand out. Then they have to decide upon a label that will give the consumer a bit of an understanding as to what kind of wine is inside.

Other:

Marketing, shipping and taxes all contribute to the final price of a bottle of wine meaning that the final end product can be a good deal cheaper than expected. Taxes can even contribute as much as £3 to a bottle of wine

Weekend dealsDate published: 23/06/15

Often we have special offers that highlight an entire country or wine style onto our 33% promotion, however these tend to only last for a weekend (Thursday to Monday). So what can you do to ensure you always get a good deal?

We always send our customers an email to let them know when these kinds of events are going to take place, so signing up to our email alerts is a great way to find out about these deals, and others beforehand.

Customer preferences: In store we keep a folder that records any products that our customers say they want to know about. We also use this to contact customers when certain offers come up. So if you tell us that you are interested in Rioja, then we’ll give you an email to let you know when any particularly good offers (weekend deals included) come on.

If you do notice that we have an offer available, but can’t make it into store then don’t forget that you can also place orders for delivery or collection over the phone (01252 711 988) or via our website (www.majestic.co.uk). That way you can get the best price and free delivery!

New American Wines!Date published: 23/06/15

Our American section of the store looks like its had a face lift. We have just received some new American wines to our range and they look like they could be good'uns. 

CHRONIC CELLARS PURPLE PARADISE ZINFANDEL 2013, PASO ROBLES. Josh Beckett was born in Paso Robles and worked in wineries all through High School. After completing school he worked under American, French and Australian winemakers before returning to Paso Robles and founding Chronic Cellars with his brother Jake. Purple Paradise has a rich dark colour intense smoky, vanilla, cherry, chocolate and spice flavours. The tannins are soft and the acidity balanced in this delicious wine. Enjoy with richly flavoured meat dishes from burgers and steaks to beef and game stews.

WHITE KNIGHT VIOGNIER 2013, CLARKSBURG. The Clarksburg appellation is surrounded by the Sacremento River and San Fransico Bay. The sandy loam and clay soils are extremely rich making them ideal for growing viognier. Tank fermantation results in freshness while a touch of French oak adds richness and depth. Aromas of apple, nectarine and honeysuckle are followed on the palate by tropical fruit and peach. The finish is long and expressive. Match this wine with pasta in creamy sauces, poached or grilled chicken or even a classic pizza margharita.

PEIRANO ESTATE OLD VINE ZINFANDEL 2012, LODI. The Periano Estate in Lodi, east of San Fransico, was founded in 1879 by Giacomo Periano who imported zinfandel cuttings from his familiy's vineyards near Genoa. Long ageing in oak barrels allows the flavours to fully develop. This serious and complex wine has aromas of rhubarb and red and black cherry. Flavours are of red cherry, strawberry, cocoa and toast. Try this wine with roast duck or stewed venison.

Amazing new world Chardonnay!Date published: 21/06/15

Big, creamy, well-balanced and down-right delicious! These are all words that sprang to mind whilst drinking the Walter Hansel The Meadows Chardonnay. 

The Walter Hansel vineyards are in the perfect location in Sonoma County for growing Chardonnay; the nights and early mornings are cooled by coastal fog with the mid-days warming up to perfect grape ripening conditions - sometimes 40 degrees. The Chardonnay is whole-cluster pressed into French oak for fermentation. The primary fermentation lasts 2-3 weeks and the maloactic fermentation can last until early spring of the next year. This gives the wine a blend of ripe citrus fruits and pineapple with a butterscotch fullness.

One to drink all year round! £25 a bottle with only small levels of stock so if this is up your street,  time to buy now!

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 20/06/15

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

Tell me about the wine...
It’s light and delicious, with tasty red fruit flavours and a clean and refreshing finish.It’s a really refreshing wine, perfect for summer drinks parties or to go with light summery lunches such as a tomato salad

We think it’s great, but we’re not the only ones... This wine won a Gold Medal at this year's Imbibe Sommelier awards

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

Soft and SuppleDate published: 20/06/15

We have the the lovely Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Piont Noir open this weekend. I had forgotten what great wine it is and we also have it on offer at only £16.99 which when you compare the quality to price ratio this really makes for a very strong buy.

The hallmark of the award winning Jackson Estate winery is an unstinting devotion to quality. Made according to traditional Burgundian techniques, this effort proves that Pinot Noir, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, belongs in Marlborough.

Reveals ripe berries, spices, and earthy aromas with well integrated oak, concentrated and textured on the palate with lots of luscious fruit, a whisper of smoke leads to a satisfying finish.

Not that I really take much notice of trophies won but this has a silver from Decanter awards and gold from IWC. Perfect with a simply roasted duck. Come down and have a taste yourselves!


Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial 2010, Muga Date published: 19/06/15

Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the western end of Rioja Alta. The best grapes are selected for the Especial blend, and aged for 6 months in large vats, before 30 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle.This wine is intense, concentrated and powerful aromas of black fruit, red berries, spice and hints of wild flowers complement an intense and very powerful, fruit driven palate with layers of flavour and exotic spice.It is a harmonious wine that will age gracefully for ten years but can be enjoyed now. Drink with lamb, game or duck.

It's £16.99 until monday 22nd in our 33% off selection

Beer of the week: Lagunitas IPADate published: 19/06/15

Lagunitas is one of the top 10 selling craft beers in the USA. Originally created in Lagunitas, California in 1993, the company moved to bigger premises in Petaluma, California the following year. With demand and interest on the East Coast growing, Tony Magee opened a second brewery in Chicago in April. The new Chicago brewery has a 600,000 barrel capacity and now has an on­premise taproom.

Why should you buy this beer...
The beer itself is made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts. It is light amber in colour with a frothy white head. It smells light and citrusy with a hint of pine. The smells and flavours are very similar and it’s surprisingly light, given the number of hops used within the brewing process. It is very smooth with only a hint of bitterness on the finish.

The Lagunitas Brewing Company recommend drinking it on its own or with a mild blue cheese
£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99

Wine of the Week: El Viajero Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/06/15

Cool Sauvignon Blanc
The Leyda Valley is approximately half way down the country of Chile, to the south and west of Santiago. The vineyards are situated only 10 miles from the coast, meaning that the influence of the Pacific Ocean is very important to the region. The ocean helps moderate the temperatures, meaning that the winters are mild and the summers are warm rather than hot.This creates a cool climate for grape growing, and one grape that can produce fantastic wine in these conditions is Sauvignon Blanc.

Should I compare thee to a Loire or a Kiwi?
The Loire style of Sauvignon tends to be restrained, with subtle flavours of citrus, with some peachy or apricot flavours. The soft ripe flavours and sharp acidity make them great wines to drink with food.
New Zealand wines tend to be bigger and bolder with citrus flavours and gooseberry being prominent.
This cool climate Chilean wine falls somewhere between the two. The flavours are more obvious than that of a Loire wine, yet not as 
powerful as some from New Zealand.

Why should you buy this wine...?
If this wine were from the Loire it would be twice the price. The last few years have also seen a rise in price of New Zealand Sauvignon, so if you are looking for a quality, value Sauvignon Blanc, Chile is the place to look ­ and you need look no further ­ you’ve found it!
£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66


What a weekend!!Date published: 18/06/15

We have just started today an offer on ALL of our Rioja. Only on until Monday 33% off all of them. My highlights are

Vina Ardanza @ £15.99  Always one of my favouites.

Muga Esp Reserva @ £16.66  Never seen at this price for years. Will be open from tomorrow to boot!!

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva @ £8.99 A Gran Reserva for under £9! Also open this weekend.

Muga Blanco @ £7.65  A great alternative to white burgundy. 

Cune Imperial Gran Reserva @ £19.99 Another gem of a Rioja.

This I feel could be an expensive for me!!

Back from holidayDate published: 17/06/15

I often talk about great food and wine match's and I know sometimes trying certain food/wine tastes a lot different at home than whilst relaxing on holiday. I've just returned from the idyllic Ile de Re which has some great seafood. I munched my way through platters of prawns, langouste, bullot, mussels and clam. And of course oysters. I grant you not everyone's taste but give me a dozen papin no 3 from Tout du Cru in St Martin and a bottle of steely white like a Chablis from a great producer like Fevre.

William Fèvre are amongst the leading producers in Chablis and set the benchmark for village-level Chablis with this effort. With a family history of over 250 years in the region, their expertise is unquestionable in this marginal, northern region.

With a searing backbone of acidity and bone-dry finish balanced by fresh lime, lemon and orange fruits, this wine also displays nuances or flint and chalk on the nose.

You can get great oysters here (natives for me) and we sell the Chablis so why not have a great al fresco lunch this summer!

Traditional Champagne MethodDate published: 16/06/15

1, Harvest: Harvest in Champagne generally occurs around mid October. Although 8 varietals are permitted in the production of Champagne, the most widely used are:

Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Generally, the Pinot Meunier is the first varietal to be harvested, followed by Chardonnay and then Pinot Noir. Grapes will be hand harvested in order to ensure that the grapes are brought in clean and undamaged.

2, Pressing: Grapes will be pressed as soon as possible, especially with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as skin contact with these dark skinned varieties will soon begin to taint the juice if left on the skins.Two pressings are utilized here. The first press is called the “cuvee” which is considered the finer, more high quality juice. The second pressing is called the “tailles” (or tails) and considered of lesser quality.

3, First Fermentation: Next, the first of two fermentations takes place. A key factor in this first fermentation is that it be relatively quick and warm. The emphasis here is to produce a relatively neutral wine that is high in acidity.

4,Blending: The blending process in Champagne is what sets this region apart from just about any other wine producing region in the world. Whereas most wine regions produce a new vintage of a particular wine every year, the Champenoise are master blenders. Although in a good year many domains will produce a vintage champagne, the Champenoise pride themselves on their masterful skills of blending multiple vintages to create a signature “house style”.

5,Second Fermentation: Once a blend has been created, a mixture of still wine, sugar and yeast will be added to the blended wine. This mixture is known as the “liqueur de triage”. Here, active yeast will begin consuming the available sugar, resulting in the anaerobic production of alcohol within this sealed bottle.

6,Lees Ageing: Following the completion of the secondary fermentation, the wine will then begin a period of ageing in bottle where the wine will interact with the dead yeast cells (lees)  and which will greatly influence the flavor and texture of the finished champagne. By law, non-vintage Champagne must age a minimum of 15 months on their lees, although most age between 18-24 months.

7,Remuage/Riddling: Once the champagne has completed its extended lees ageing and is ready to be bottled it will go through a process known as “remuage”. This procedure is aimed at loosening the dead yeast cells and sediment  that has formed at the bottom of the bottle, and slowly moving it towards the neck of the bottle which it will be removed or disgorged. This process must be done methodically and over time so as not to disrupt the champagne in bottle.

8,Disgorgement: This process involves removing the dead yeast/sediment in the neck of the bottle. Most often this is achieved by submerging the neck of the champagne bottle into a cold brine, thus quickly freezing the dead yeast matter that has collected in the neck.

9,Dosage: Before the champagne is re-corked, a measured amount of champagne and cane sugar will be added to the finished wine. This is known as the “liqueur d’expedition”. The amount of this mixture, known as “dosage”  will in effect determine the final sweetness level and style of champagne.

10,Re-corking: We are now in the home stretch! The fermented, blended, fermented, aged, riddled, disgorged and dosaged sparking wine is finally ready to be bottled and manipulated for the last time. After a cork is inserted, a protective wire cap is placed over the bottle to help secure the cork and bottle. The wine is then shaken vigorously, in order to help integrate the wine with the liqueur d’expedition.



Bellingham Pinopasso PinotageDate published: 16/06/15

Originally known as ‘Bellinchamp’ (pretty fields), Bellingham begins its story in 1693 when Hollander Gerrit Janz van Vuuren and his French Huguenot wife planted the first 1000 vines on the estate. Through ages of farming families, the modern renaissance of the Bellingham Estate in Franschhoek began in the 1943 when Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk purchased the somewhat dilapidated and derelict farm and began restoring the Manor House, the gardens and the vineyards.

Taking their inspiration from the 'ripasso' wines of northern Italy, which owe their exceptional richness to the addition of partially dried grapes to the blend, Bellingham have created this quintessentially South African adaption of the style using their signature grape. Dark, fleshy and muscular, this wine offers the smoky and sinuous black cherry profile of classic Pinotage, with added richness and sweet spice notes, and a smooth, voluptuous texture.

This wine is £7.49 in our 25% off selection

Passimento Bianco è delizioso!Date published: 15/06/15

Off dry wines have a bad reputation and when you see the 'scale' on our wines customers are often put off by anything more than a level 1 on the sweetness scale. But they can still be deliciously refreshing. If you want to give one a go, the Passimento Bianco is the one to try!

Made from grapes grown in the heart of Valpolicella in the Province of Verona the Garganega grapes are initially dried before vinification. During the drying process the grapes lose 20-30% of their weight concentrating the sugars giving a rich, smooth wine. Intense tropical and peach flavours. This wine is refreshing yet powerful; buttery yet refreshing with a lingering finish.


Just £8.99 on our 25% multibuy deal. A must try!


San Leonino- Chianti Classico Date published: 15/06/15

Chianti comes from the famous region of Tuscan in West-central Italy. This Chianti, is from the heartland of the Chianti zone from perfect south-easterly facing slopes near the village of San Leonino.

This is a very traditional style of Chianti, produced from Sangiovese and Cabernet grapes and aged for 16 months in oak casks. Full of red cherry flavours and violets, with vibrant acidity, hints of sweet spices and a beautiful long, silky finish. Drink now or keep for 3-4 years.

The acidity in this wine make it a perfect food match to most Italian foods. A perfect partner to roast meats, pasta dishes and pizza.



Rioja!Date published: 14/06/15

Rioja is one of the nations favourite wine region. It’s never hard to understand why, with Tempranillo producing beautiful wines with a core of black and red fruit with heaps of secondary characteristics such as clove or spice. Rioja is divided primarily into three categories that each describe the age, oak and end result of the wine.


Rioja Crianza

This is the youngest of all Rioja. The wine spends a minimum of one year in oak casks and one year in the bottle. This produces a wine with a toasty to vanilla based oak character, rich blackberry and deep flavours of fruit.


Rioja Reserva

One year in oak and two in bottle. These wines are less toasty. The extra time in bottle helps characteristics such as clove and vanilla to show through whilst still being black fruit based.


RIoja Gran Reserva

The oldest, this wine is often the better quality of all the grapes picked and may not always be made in poorer vintages. A total of 5 years ageing, two in oak and three in bottle make this wine a blockbuster for secondary characteristics. Clove, spice, leather and vanilla are to be expected, with more red fruit such as strawberry and cherry forming the fruit basis.



Ravenswood lodi ZInfandelDate published: 14/06/15

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!


Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.



New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Top Picks!Date published: 14/06/15

Its not too late to make the most of our weekend special on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! You have until 7pm on Monday. Here are the specials that I highly recommend. 


1. Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is made by Martinborough Vineyards, who have branched out from their home in New Zealand's North Island, sourcing their Sauvignon grapes from certified sustainable vineyards across the water in Marlborough's Wairau Valley. Typically intense and concentrated, offering a backbone of gooseberry and passion fruit flavours supported by aromas of lime blossom and elderflower. A more citrussy style Sauvignon Blanc with a lovely and refreshing finish. £7.99 (multibuy price)


2. Mudhouse Woolshed Sauvignon Blanc. The Woolshed Vineyard is one of Mud House's own estate-owned vineyard sites. Bright, punchy and zesty on the nose, combining assion fruit with grapefruit with hints of green peppers. Crisp and mouthwatering with a fresh fruit flavour and superb minerality. £10.66 (Multibuy price)


3. Cloudy Bay Te Koko. Cloudy Bay is one of the most iconic wine producers in New Zealand. The Te Koko is fermented using indigenous wild yeasts and is oak aged. Released as a three year old wine it is truly unique! Lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with richer flavours of caramel and nougat, with a lean and crisp finish. £24.99 (multibuy price)

World Gin Day!Date published: 13/06/15

Its World Gin Day! And we're celebrating in store today. On our tasting counter we have a selection of our craft gins open to taste so come and treat yourself to a mini G&T on us! 

Gins open to taste include: 

- Durham Gin 

- Broker's Gin 

- St George Terroir Gin 

- Bath Tub Gin 

- The Lakes Gin 


Hawthorn Pale Ale- Beer of the WeekDate published: 12/06/15

Majestic is the exclusive UK importer of the Hawthorn Brewing 
Company, so you can’t buy it anywhere else!
Hawthorn Pale Ale is a unique interpretation of the classic and 
popular style. It has a rich and complex malt character, derived 
from a bold blend of five different types of grain. Hawthorn Pale Ale 
is an all malt beer with no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives. 
With citrus and spice, fruit flavours, it’s crisp and fresh and will 
perfectly compliment spicy Asian food.

It has been recognised as a true beauty and has been awarded these awards in recent times-

2015 – Silver Medal, Australian International Beer Awards
2014 ­ Silver Medal, Australian Craft Beer Association Awards
2014 ­ Silver Medal, International Beer Challenge, London
2014 ­ Bronze Medal, Australian International Beer Awards

£13.99 for 6 bottles, or use the deal and get two craft ale packs and pay only £10.99

Why are some wines more expensive than others?Date published: 10/06/15

Wine is one of those commodities which varies hugely in price: this goes without saying. Our range starts at just £4.99 and, in terms of some fine wines, the sky is the limit! 

So, why do some wines command a premium?

One reason is the process of grape selection. There are two ways to harvest a grape: hand harvesting and machine harvesting. Obviously machine harvesting is quicker and, although the initial purchase of machinery is quite expensive, it is a lot cheaper than hiring people to do the job. However in some wine growing regions hand harvesting is the only option. Take the steep hills of the Mosel for example. It would be impossible to get a machine up and down! 

Another factor is planting density. Low priced wines tend to come from vineyards with tonnes of grapes and vines. The more grapes there are, the more wine can be made. The more wine that can be sold, the lower the price due to supply and demand (pretty simple really!). Higher priced wines will often be from smaller vineyards where the quality of grapes is more important than quality producing a better wine at a higher price. 

The method used to produce the wines varies greatly between different wines. A simple, dry and cheap white has a relatively short production process compared to that of, say, vintage Champagne. Time, resources and effort cost money for the producer which is paid for by the consumer. 


3 new Spirits for Summer!Date published: 09/06/15

Summer doesn't just mean 'rosé season' here at Majestic. We have some delicious spirits in stock which will go down a treat in the sunshine (or not as the case might be!). 

1. The Lakes Gin

Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, in an area of unimaginable beauty encircled by Cumbrian fells, lives The Lakes Distillery. With deal water from the famous River Derwent, its source high up in the fells, a team steeped in distilling experience, and perfect conditions for creating outstanding spirits. Big, clear fresh citrus, fruity and floral. Complex and vibrant. The producers recommend chilling in a fridge freezer, and pouring over a cube or two of ice. If you MUST add tonic, they recommend 1:1 ratio (powerful stuff). £30 a bottle. 

2. Durham Gin 

Made with 10 botanicals this gin is soft and slightly floral on the nose with a mix of Juniper, Elderflower and Pink Peppercorns. Long and smooth on the finish. A refreshing and summery gin. £25 a bottle.

3. Brooke's Fruit Cup 

The quintessentially British, vodka based fruit mixer crafted in Great Britain with the finest ingredients. A delicious drink when served with lemonade. Add fruit for the perfect serve. Similar to sweet but a little less sweet (making it easier to drink!). Just £9.99 a bottle. 

Dessert winesDate published: 09/06/15


Dessert wines are a perfect way to finish off an evening, and don’t necessarily have to be paired next to a dessert. I’m not a massive fan of sweet things but when I want a sweet flavour but not to have a whole pudding then I will usually enjoy a small glass of dessert wine. Here are my two favourites:


Royal Tokaji (pronounced Tock ayee) late harvest £9.99

Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990, when a small group of investors brought together 62 small growers in Hungary, and created a high quality range of traditional style wines. This wine's sweetness is achieved by allowing the grapes extended ripening time on the vine.

Pale green-gold colour. The nose is more delicate than many a Tokaji, with aromas of ripe peach, exotic fruit and blossom. Moderate palate weight, with a fine balance of intense sweetness and acidic lift.


Rustenberg Straw wine £8.99 when you buy any two bottles on our 33% offer

This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. They are then pressed for 4-5 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation.

Concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.

Bienbebido Come Queso!Date published: 08/06/15

Who doesn’t love a plate of cheese as an after dinner treat? The array of flavours, textures and smells are enticing and it becomes a journey for the nose and mouth. Even in summer cheese still has a prominent place at the table as an afternoon snack or picnic lunch. That’s why we have introduced the Bienbebido Come Queso (Eat cheese) to our range of Spanish wine.


In this range of wines Vintae have worked together with winemakers, chefs and sommeliers to create the ultimate cheese wine. In their research they found that red wines with a strong, full bodied yet fruity matched cheese well. Tannin also helps the wine to stand up to the creamy texture of some cheeses.


The grape variety for this exciting wine is Tinta Fina, a close cousin of the Tempranillo grape. In this wine it provides an approachably fruity aroma. On the palate notes of ripe black and red berries, with subtle toast and sweet spice. The texture and feel it leaves in the mouth is dense yet smooth.


This will make the perfect match to medium strength hard cheeses, much like the Spanish Manchego. Great for Tapas.


£7.49 when you buy any two wines from our 33% selection

Errazuriz- Wild Ferment Pinot NoirDate published: 08/06/15

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard.

Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business.

The grapes used for this wine come from the north west of the Casablanca region, where the cool sea breezes provide perfect growing conditions for Pinot Noir. Unlike most wines, naturally occuring yeasts on the grape-skins begin the fermentation, usually yeast is added.

Highly aromatic yet very subtle in style, the fruit aromas show violets and spice, which are backed up on the palate by great concentration and soft ripe tannins.

This amazing Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully now, and will age gracefully over the next 4 years. Try this wine with roast lamb.

This wine is £9.99 in our 33% off section when buying two bottles or more




New Zealand- Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/06/15

Surprisingly the first Sauvignon Blanc grape to be planted in New Zealand was in the 1970’s as an experiment in which it was planted with the ‘Muller- Thurgau’ grape which was to be an interesting blend. There are many regions where this grape is grown to its potential, taking advantage of the different climates and producing lovely wines, Marlborough and Wairau river valley are two of the prominent regions and more recent are the Hawkes Bay area and Gisborne.

We have plenty of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but these three have my reccomendation.

Ned - £7.99

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Invivo- £8.99

Invivo is the brainchild of winemaker Rob Cameron, and his old school friend and marketing expert, Tim Lightbourne. Together they have created the Invivo range of unmistakably Kiwi wines. This Sauvignon comes exclusively from their vineyards in the Awatere valley. Bold and intensely tropical, with an immense bouquet of guava, passionfruit and lime. Crisp and crunchy on the palate, which is awash with a lingering citrussy zest.

Cloudy Bay- £19.99

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives up to its reputation. A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.




Web exclusive parcelDate published: 06/06/15


This weekend only we’ve got a fantastic deal on Laurent Perrier Vintage 2006. For just £199.86 you can get 6 bottles of deliciously rich and complex Champagne, that’s just £33.31 a bottle.


But why should you buy Vintage Champagne?If you’ve ever wondered why people celebrate Champagne so much it’s mainly because of how well the wine ages. Whereas some non vintage Bruts can be quite sharp, vintage Champagne tends to have a rich and complex body to compliment this acidity. This makes the sparkling wine a lot more palatable and enjoyable because of it’s balance. Characteristics that you can expect from vintage Champagne vary between biscuit, bread, honey and fruit. To get such an accentuated yeast character is very hard elsewhere.


Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier remains in family hands to this day. This superb Brut Millésimé is a 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all from grand cru vineyards.


A medium straw yellow in colour with an open and well developed nose. A well sustained palate with a slight biscuity character and a long honeyed finish.


You can enjoy a bottle now, or for added complexity cellar for up to 10 more years!

The Majestic wine courseDate published: 06/06/15

About every month we host a wine course for up to 10 people in store, these courses are a great way to learn a little more about the world of wine. They are slightly more formal than our spotlight tastings but the environment is relaxed and any questions are encouraged, no question is a silly one.

Throughout the course you will try three white wines, a sparkling, three reds and a dessert wine. We begin by trying the wines first and trying to analyse the quality of them. We look specifically at how to judge whether a wine is good quality, regardless of tastes. Comparing wines together is the easiest way to learn, as it is often very hard to recall a taste. This way allows you to really see the difference between different grape varieties, countries and vinifying methods. We touch briefly on winemaking methods, in particular for sparkling wine.

We then move on to the food and wine matching section, where we will have a selection of nibbles that have been chosen to match the wines, here you can really see how much of an effect food has on wine and vice versa. That tart cherry tomato suddenly becomes a lot more juicier, when paired with what seemed like a sharp white wine, now a delicate floral beauty. You will get the chance to try combinations that work, and combinations that don’t.

If you’re interested in coming along to one of our wine courses please give us a call on 01252 711 988

5 Fresh whites under £6 (and not Sauvignon Blanc!)Date published: 06/06/15

Athough I tend to prefer slightly richer white wines, I love a fresh, easy-drinking style over lunch on a sunny afternoon. I am a big fan of some lesser known wines such as Picpoul and Vermentino which are fantastic alternatives if you are looking for something other than the good old favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Here are my top 5 picks for a sunny, summer afternoon like today. 

1. Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet Côteaux du Languedoc. Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline. Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish. £5.99 on our 33% off multibuy deal

2. Torres Vina Sol. Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. Just £4.99 on our 33% multibuy deal. An absolute bargain if you're hosting! 

3. Muscadet Jean Sablenay. Muscadet comes from the area around the city of Nantes, where the Loire Valley region nears the Atlantic coast, and has therefore developed a famous association with seafood. This example is made by Lacheteau, a family winery based in nearby Anjou. Clean, crisp and refreshing, this classic Muscadet has a backbone of lemon and lime flavour with a hint of minerality, fresh acidity and a delicately herbaceous edge. £5.99 on our 25% deal. 

4. Cortese Araldica, Piemonte. Cortese is one of the principal white grapes in Piemont. This wine is sourced from the grape's heartland of Gavi and from vineyards in the surrounding Alto Monferrato region. A pale, light-bodied and crisp white, full of racy citrus flavours alongside softer notes of apple and pear, and subtly verdant nettle-like aromatics. £5.99 on our 25% off deal. 

5. Robertson Chenin Blanc. The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency. Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity. £5.79 a bottle. 

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 06/06/15

Codorniu Selección Raventós

Selección Ravenrtós is a Cava that combines the traditional grapes used in Cava - Xarel,lo and Macabeo - with the not so traditional Cava grape, but very well known, Chardonnay. The grapes used are harvested from two different winegrowing regions, with quality being the main criteria for grape selection. 

There is no expense spared in the making of the Codorniu Seleccion Raventos. Grapes are destemmed and pressed, then selected yeasts are added. After fermentation and blending the wine is then stored for at least 12 months in cellars. This process is not dissimilar to the Champagne method, which is way you can taste similarities to Champagne! 

Bright straw yellow in colour with fine bubbles forming a persistent crown. Intense aromas of green and stone fruit, with a hint of pineapple and tropical fruit. These fresh fruit aromas are accompanied by hints of nuts, honey and toast as a result of the ageing process. Lovely and refreshing and a fantastic alternative if you are looking for a cheaper sparkling!

Just £7.99 on our 33% multibuy deal. 

British summer = Brookes Fruit CupDate published: 05/06/15

Looking for a delicious, alternative drink to enjoy on this beautiful sunny weekend? Look no further than the Brooke's Fruit Cup.

This is the perfect drink if you are entertaining this weekend or if you are going to be enjoying the sunshine in your garden. The quintessentially British vodka based fruit mixer. Crafted in Great Britain with the finest ingredients. A delicious drink when served with lemonade. Add fruit and away you go! 

Just £9.99 for a bottle. There is no better time to treat yourself to some!

Chateau La Gravette -2014- Minervois RoseDate published: 05/06/15

This superb vineyard is located in the south of Minervois which is run by the Orosquette family who have generations of vine growing experience. The grapes were introduced into the region by Roman Legionaries, as alluded to by writers such as Cicero and Pliny.

This Rose has some magnificent characteristics- It starts with a bouquet of vanilla flowers and stewed strawberries following through to a light and fresh palate of red fruits, mineral acidity, with an off dry finish.

Drink with seafood and lightly spiced dishes, it’s also very enjoyable on its own.



Adam's choice of the new offers - RoseDate published: 05/06/15

Chateau La Sauvageonne Rose, Gerard Bertrand £11.99


From one of my favourite French producers comes this delightful rose. Monsieur Gerard Bertrand began his full time career in winemaking after retiring from the international rugby scene. He now has a well respected winery that produces an impressive array of classic southern French wines that capture the essence of Mediterranean life. 

La Sauvageonne is a legendary estate located in the north of Hérault. For a hot region it enjoys a unique micro-climate with remarkably cool nights, allowing slow grape ripening. A small proportion of this rosé has been barrel-aged for added texture and complexity.

An involvingly aromatic rosé with a nose of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, subtle hints of violet and rose petal, and undertones of vanilla and gingerbread. Soft and velvety smooth mouth-feel.

Serve lightly chilled with charcuterie, pâtés and other hors d'ouvres.

Adam's choice of the new offers - WhiteDate published: 05/06/15

Villa Maria Cellar selection Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 on our 33% offer


This is a delicious New Zealand Sauvignon, It’s got all the hallmarks; a refreshing acidity, tropical fruits and a great length to it. Brilliant for those evenings when you just want something refreshing and delicious.

Made from a selection of the best grapes grown throughout Marlborough. During vinification the wine was left on its lees for a brief spell which has given it excellent concentration and added depth.

Displays pronounced aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit on the nose. It is fresh and beautifully crisp on the palate while being vibrantly fruity, ending in a long zingy finish.

The perfect wine to take along to summer parties. Enjoy on its own or with crab or poached salmon salad.

Great offerDate published: 04/06/15


One of the hottest grape varieties at present has to be the Picpoul grape. It was seldom seen over here until recent years where you do find it cropping up on interesting lists. I have been enjoying it for many a year and if you ever come to our house a bottle of this is usually on the go. It just a brillinat every day wine that has real character to it. 

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.

Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and gentle acidity.

A real bargain at only £5.99 a bottle.


Beer of the Week: Vedett BlondDate published: 04/06/15

Extra Blond Vedett ­ A Belgian beer brand with a  somewhat different attitude. 

The Duvel Moorgat Brewery was founded in 1871 by the Duvel Moorgat family. Vedett was created in 1945 by Albert Moorgat. It’s a pilsner  style beer. There are now a range of Vedett beers from the  Brewery, so the original Vedett was renamed Extra Blond Vedett. Even though the beer is 70 years old, it has a contemporary  vibe. 

Visit www.vedett.com to upload a photo and the image  may appear on a label. This label could be produced at any time and sold anywhere in the world, so who knows, if you do  upload your photograph, you may be on holiday in the future, order a Vedett and be presented with a bottle with your face on  it!

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

£12.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £9.99

Wine of the Week: Nord Est Vermentino ­Date published: 04/06/15

A bit of background info...
The Vermentino grape variety was probably introduced to Sardinia by the Spanish. Vermentino has thrived in the North East of the island and the wine is named after its geographical location. The region has been awarded D.O.C.G status, which is the top status for a wine growing region in Italy.

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

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

Why should I buy it...?
2014 was an outstanding vintage in Sardinia. The wine is light and fresh, making it great at this time of year. A grape not known to all, but deserving of wider recognition. At £7.49, it’s great value for money.

£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

Wine of the Week: Aglianico Del Vulture Date published: 04/06/15

Aglianico Del Vulture ­ Italy
Available to taste!
Nestling in central south Italy, roughly halfway between Naples and Bari, is the town of Venosa. The rich volcanic soils that surround it provide the perfect growing conditions Aglianico may not be the most well­known of Italian grapes, but perhaps it should be. There is a long history of grape growing in the region dating back to at least Roman times.

Aglianico wines have been referred to as “the Barolo of the south” which is very high praise indeed.

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

This is a quality wine. The relative lack of awareness of Aglianico means that this wine is a real bargain. Pair it with hearty meaty meals and enjoy telling your friends about this little wine you have recently discovered!

£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

Adam's choice of the new offers - SparklingDate published: 03/06/15

Bouvet Saumur NV £8.99 on our 33% offer


It is very hard not to like this Sparkling wine from the Loire valley. Resembling a few of the hallmarks of Brut Champagne, this is but a fraction of the price. Great summers drinking


The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality.


Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant.


A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, this also makes a great apéritif.

Adam's choice of the new offers - RedDate published: 03/06/15

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva £9.99 on our 33% offer


I was really impressed when we first got the latest vintage of the Riscal Reserva in stock, it’s already drinking very well and displays exactly the level of quality that I would expect from this groundbreaking producer.


In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.


A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.


This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy lamb casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

Warm weather coming?Date published: 03/06/15

Well for a change it looks like the weather forecast looks correct! With perfect timing we have received lots of rose this week. A half a pallet of Minuty, 50 cases of the excellent value Chautarde and to tie in with the new offers a good quantity of Pizarras de Otero rose from northern Spain.

Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines.

A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.

Serve with some grilled fish off the BBQ.

A snip at only £6.66!

Black Cottage RoseDate published: 02/06/15

I consider today just a blip weather wise to I'm looking forward to a weekend of warm weather and rose consumption. Just in is another shipment of the delicious Black Cottage from New Zealand. Made mainly from pinot noir with a splash of pinot gris. This is their version of a Sancerre style but just has a little more depth. 

Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rosé from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World.

Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.

We have a good amount of this wine in magnum form which are just perfect for dinner parties or taking round to friends. Priced at £25 a magnum. 

Tucumen, Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 01/06/15

Over a century ago, the Budeguer family planted their agricultural roots in Tucumen, Argentina where they met prosperity. As their dreams were fulfilled, they began to set their sights on Mendoza, the land of the Argentine wine. A childhood dream is now realized with Tucumen wines, a merger of two dreams and two places.


This Cabernet Sauvignon is a bright, youthful ruby red. It is a vivacious and fruit-driven wine full of ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and black pepper which leads onto a finish with great length.


Tucumen is produced to be paired exceptionally with all types of cuisine and is especially pleasing with any grilled meat, poultry or oily fish.


Only £7.99 when you buy any two bottles from the 33% selection



Medoc winesDate published: 01/06/15

Medoc

Bordeaux is well known for being one of the most celebrated and well respected regions in winemaking. Many wine afficionado’s and oenophiles (Wine lovers) see it as the go to area for stunning, ageworthy reds, Crisp and refreshing whites and complex and involving Dessert wines.


The Medoc is a region following the South bank of the Gironde near to where it meets the Atlantic. Comprising the Medoc and Haut Medoc is St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Red wines made in the Medoc region tend to be predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with varying levels of Merlot and other grape varieties depending on the vintage (Cabernet Sauvignon tends to have a higher percentage of the blend in years where it grows well).

In terms of Terroir (The geology and climate of a region) the key factor that helps to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in this region is the presence of a stoney soil, In particular white stones. This helps to reflect the sunlight from the ground back onto the vines, allowing the vine to grow better than elsewhere.


We have a number of Medoc wines as well as many others from Bordeaux.

PrimitivoDate published: 01/06/15

Primitivo

Primitivo, also known as Zinfandel in the USA, is a highly regarded grape that is often found in the South of Italy, primarily Puglia. This grape is best known for it’s fruity ripeness with rustic edge of tannin and black pepper structure. Primitivo likes a dry and hot climate which the south of Italy can provide, this allows it to create the fruit core of blackberry and red berrys whilst still retaining a good touch of Tannin that makes it great for food.


This wine from well established producer Natale Verga is a fantastic example of a reasonably priced Primitivo with all the hallmarks of quality that you can expect of this grape variety.

An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit.


Drink with pasta cooked with your favourite tomato-based sauces


£6.74 when you buy any two bottles from our 25% selection

New to MajesticDate published: 01/06/15

Seldom seen outside of Spain Alberino has become a very fashionable grape varietal. It has long been a firm favourite amongst Farnham customers and I'm sure this new wine from Languedoc producer Laurent Miquel will be just as popular. 

The Miquel family acquired the Les Auzines estate in Corbières in 2009, quickly discovering that it provided the ideal climate, soils and altitude for cultivating aromatic whites, and therefore planted it with Spanish grape Albariño. It just a little rounder than some Spanish examples which is possibly why I enjoyed it so much. 

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

I served it with some mackerel that I had marinated in a green herb mix. I took a good bunch of coriander, parsley, chive and basil. Pounded together with a clove of garlic, squeeze of lemon, a touch of mustard and rape seed oil. Push this into slashes made in the fish and after a hour cook on the hottest BBQ you can manage. About 5 mins a side and serve with a few simply Jersey royals .

On offer at £9.74.

Amber's top 3 rose'sDate published: 01/06/15

With summer hopefully making an appearance this weekend it is time to add some rosé to your wine rack (or your fridge!). Here are my top 3 picks for the summer. 

Famille Abeille Rosé 2014 Côtes de Provence: This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate. It is one of my favourite provence roses because of its prominent stone fruit and pear influence and fresh berry flavours. A delicate and refreshing rosé typical of Provence, with a pale dahlia pink colour, and gentle flavours reminiscent of fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry. On special offer at £9.99. 

Black Cottage Rosé 2014 Marlborough: You don't see many New Zealand rosé's around but the Black Cottage is simply delicious. It bucks the trend of sweet  new world wines and resembles more of Sancere or Provence style rosé. Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish. £9.74 on our 25% multibuy dea

Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2014 Bierzo: If you prefer something a bit more juicy, but still dry, then give this rosé a try. Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines. A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish. £7.49 on our 25% multibuy deal.


Hacienda Zorita TempranilloDate published: 31/05/15

The story of Hacienda Zorita begins in 1366, when the estate was donated to the Dominican order, who cultivated the land and the vines for decades. In 1487 Christopher Columbus stayed here for the Valcuevo conferences, where he obtained the funding it would take to discover the new world. Art, history and gastronomy converge at Hacienda Zorita wine hotel, located in the heart of the Duero Valley.

The colour is bright garnet red, this wine is intensely fruity, with a lush mouth-feel. Strawberry and cherry flavours mingle with hints of chocolate , toasted oak and vanilla.

A lovely medium bodied juicy red that will leave you wanting a second glass.

New Aussie ChardonnayDate published: 31/05/15

Cormack & Co. Chardonnay 2014 Adelaide Hills

Grapes from Adelaide Hills in South Australia are harvested in the early morning before a fast fermentation with minimal oxygen contact to to maximise fruit flavours and retain freshness. Four months lees ageing is followed by some time in French oak barrels.

Flavours of citrus and stone fruit, combined with a creamy mouth feel, make this an attractive Chardonnay. Well balanced acidity gives the wine a dry and refreshing finish.

Perfect with white meats and less delicate fish such as monkfish or cod.

Just £7.99 on our 33% multibuy promotion

Chateau Bernadotte Date published: 31/05/15

I'm rapidly approaching my half century and as many of our regular customers know I am a massive foodie. There are many a meal I can recall over the last 30 years that stand out but as I get older I feel I'm leaning towards a more simple preparation of my food. For instance try the Iberico pork chop at my friends restaurant, Dinner in the Mandarin, London. An amazing cut of pork and to me trumps all other main courses on the menu. Also on my  list of simply but great is a little place in St Martin on the idyllic Ile de Re. It serves the most amazing beef. We have the local saucisson charged by the cm then always have the cote du bouef cooked to med rare.This is one of our most anticipated meals of our yearly pilgrimage to this shrine of meatiness. I often try to replicate at home with some success but never as good as theirs! Ask at the butcher's for a single rib of beef about 5cms thick. Think simple preparation, room temperature, generous seasoning and a blistering hot pan or BBQ. Cook for 3 mins a side and rest. Cook some chips and dress a bunch of John Hurds Organic Watercress with the finest balsamic you can find ( 10 years old minimum). Serve this with a vigorous Bordeaux, say the Château Bernadotte which is a snip at £13.99.

This château is owned by Super Second Pauillac property Pichon-Lalande. The vineyard is managed and wine made with the same ethos, producing plump and silky wines of great elegance. The 2007 is perfect now with gently maturing notes of cassis and earthy spice. The tannins have melded into the fruit which retains freshness and balance.

Top notch ChardonnayDate published: 30/05/15

You will find that many of us that work for Majestic all love big fat Chards and this new to us wine is a shining example. 

Foxen is one of the best producers in the central coast region producing truly ‘big’ wines. This is their flavoursome ‘Bien Nacido’ Chardonnay offering rich buttered toast and toffee apple flavours. Aged in oak this wine has a hedonistic dollop of vanilla ice-cream quality about it.

Not really a sit down and drink in front of the fire sort of wine but is the sort that matches really good fish with aplomb.

Why not try with a light lobster salad for a most elegant al fresco lunch or serve with a pan roasted piece of brill with a pomme puree, samphire and simple white wine cream sauce.

Marques De La Concordia- Rioja 2009Date published: 30/05/15

Marqués de la Concordia is named after one of Spain’s most eminent historical figures. Don Jose Abascal was granted this prestigious title in 1812 after his work unifying the New World with the Old in the Americas, during his position of viceroy of Peru.

This wine is a dark ruby-coloured wine brimming with ripe blackberry and strawberry fruit flavours. The palate shows lashings of vanilla and spicy oak, giving a rich, lingering finish.

This Rioja would be a perfect match to roasted red meats and because it is smooth, rounded and well balanced it is glorious on it's own!


New Gin in stock! The Lakes GinDate published: 30/05/15

About The Lakes Gin:
Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, in an area of unimaginable beauty encircled by Cumbrian fells, we have the perfect home for The Lakes Distillery. We have ideal water from the famous River Derwent, with its source high up in the fells, a team steeped in distilling experience, and perfect conditions for creating outstanding spirits. 

Gin In Cumbria 
Juniper can be found across the fells in The Lakes District, and we use this local juniper as the very heart of our gin. Using classic gin botanicals augmented with others native to The Lakes - including bilberry, heather and meadowsweet - this is an artisan gin which is complex, intriguing and delicious. 

Tasting Notes 
Big, clear fresh citrus, fruity and floral. Complex and vibrant. 
To fully appreciate the flavours of The Lakes Gin we recommend chilling in a fridge freezer, and pouring over a cube or two of ice. Our gin has an outstanding taste that is fully appreciated when tried neat, but if you are partial to a gin & tonic, we suggest mixing with tonic at a ratio of 1:1, with no added fruit! 

Beer of the week! Hawthorn PilsnerDate published: 29/05/15

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

Hawthorn also collected a gold medal and three silver medals at the awards for individual beers. The Hawthorn Pilsner was one of their silver medal winners. 

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

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

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

Durham GinDate published: 28/05/15

Made with 10 botanicals this gin is soft and slightly floral on the nose with a mix of Juniper, Elderflower and Pink Peppercorns. Long and smooth on the finish. Mix with Fever Tree tonic water, add a slice of lemon- and relax. This Gin will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied and it's also very pleasant when on its own. 

Wine of the Week 2: Vacqueyras “Les Hauts De La Ponche” Domaine Font SaradeDate published: 28/05/15

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

Domaine Font Sarade
“All my efforts are focused on a single aim: to make ever better wine by continuing to use the traditional techniques that draw 
bon what I have learned from my predecessors”. Bernard Burles, Owner and Winemaker ­ Domaine Font Sarade. The vineyard lies just to the north of Vacqueyras on the plateau De La Ponche. The 18 hectare site produces wine with a strong tannic structure, making the wine ideal for ageing.

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

£19.99 buy 2 save 25% = £14.99

Wine of the Week: Haut Vol RoseDate published: 28/05/15

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

It is rosé from the South of France where there has been a big growth in popularity. These typically pale pink wines offer great quality and value. Provence is probably the best known region for rosé, but other areas, such as the Pays D’Oc produce wines in a similar style. 

The Haut Vol Rose is made predominantly from the Grenache grape, which gives the wine its delicate, light pinkish hue. The other 
grape variety in the blend is Carignan, which adds body and further flavours to the wine.

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

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

What to serve with Provencal roseDate published: 26/05/15

When I think of Provence rose my thoughts always lie with food from the south of France and to me bouillabaisse epitomises this region. Alas this can be a very costly dish so here is a quick fish stew that match's rose with aplomb.

I cook some finely sliced red pepper until starting to colour, add a sliced onion, then after a 5 mins add a chopped clove of garlic and minced birds eye chili. After a couple of minutes add half a tin of good chopped tomatoes, squeeze of tomato puree, 2 anchovy fillets, splash of white wine, chopped thyme and a little chicken stock that has a pinch of saffron infused within it.
In a separate very hot pan I cooked some squid, prawns and red mullet fillets then added to the stew carefully so not to break the fish up. Garnish with finely chopped parsley and basil and served with toasted baguette rubbed with garlic and finished with a splash of rape seed oil. This is a powerful dish so match with one of the more powerful Provence rose. The château Barthes rose from Bandol would be perfect.

Former fashion model Monique Barthès began winemaking in the late 1960s, following her marriage to the owner of a wine company in Bandol, Provence. She then went on to develop her own award-winning 40-hectare estate.

A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, hints of floral perfume and a rustic, gamy streak. Round and supple on the palate, with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip. On offer at £10.99.


Back in Stock! Minuty RoseDate published: 26/05/15

That's right ladies and gents... the Majestic favourite rose is back in stock so if you need to stock up for the summer now is the time to do so before we sell out again! 

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

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

This is definitely our best selling rose. So whether you haven't tried it before or if it is a firm favourite of yours there is no better time to buy some at just £9.99 a bottle on the 33% multibuy deal.

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2013Date published: 25/05/15

According to legend, 120 patriots, exhausted after a long hard battle during the fight for Chile's independence, reached the lands belonging to Santa Rita. On that fateful night in 1814, these forces of liberty found refuge in the estate cellars. Today within these same cellars, award winning 120 wines are crafted to honor their heroic character. 

The 120 Carmenere ( the signature grape of Chile) has rich aromas of ripe red fruit. On the palate lush fruit flavours and a touch of spice lead to an elegant finish. This wine would be an ideal partner for BBQ's as the smoothness of it will compliment your grilled delights, I've also had the enjoyment of a glass (or two) of this after a long day at work and it goes down a treat. 

Its only £5.99 until June 1st where it will go back to its original price of £8.99 so come down and take advantage of the great deals in store

One week left of current offersDate published: 25/05/15

We are just entering the last week of our current offers and on of the highlights for me is the excellent Vina Pomal crainza which is only £7.33 but only until 1st June. I drink lots of Rioja and this is a lovely soft drinking wine that is a great match for lamb chops charred over a BBQ.

Viña Pomal is the flagship wine of Bodegas Bilbaínas, one of Rioja's oldest estates, and has now been produced for over 100 years. The winery had a bottling plant near London's Charing Cross in the 1940's, and Viña Pomal was reputed to be a favourite of Winston Churchill.

This deep cherry red wine is full of black fruit and liquorice notes, with hints of cocoa and toast from 12 months' ageing in American oak barrels. Supple tannins and elegant on the palate.


Trout and ChablisDate published: 25/05/15

Last week I took my first  fishing trip of the year which resulted to a couple of good trout. Not really my first choice of fish to eat they were quite large so I had to be resourceful in their use. So I cured some in gin, smoked a whole fish on the BBQ, made rillettes, had some sashimi and did a trout en croute. All pretty successful but it was the latter for supper last night. I made a paste from a handful of basil, parsley, coriander, capers, an anchovy, Dijon mustard, olive oil and a splash of citrus. Spread on top of the fillet and wrap in puff pastry. Seal with beaten egg and bake in a hot oven for 20/25 mins until golden. Serve with some greens and a good white burgundy. Perhaps a fine Chablis like William Fevre's.

William Fèvre are amongst the leading producers in Chablis and set the benchmark for village-level Chablis with this effort. With a family history of over 250 years in the region, their expertise is unquestionable in this marginal, northern region.

With a searing backbone of acidity and bone-dry finish balanced by fresh lime, lemon and orange fruits, this wine also displays nuances or flint and chalk on the nose.


Hawthorn PilsnerDate published: 23/05/15

2012: BRONZE MEDAL – AUSTRALIAN INT'L BEER AWARDS

2011: BRONZE MEDAL - INT'L BEER CHALLENGE LONDON  

WINNER-BEST LAGER/PILSNER HONG KONG INT'L BEER AWARDS


Hawthorn Pilsner draws inspiration from the famous lager regions of Europe. With Pilsner Malt as the base and just a hint of light Crystal Malt, it pours a crystal clear gold colour.

Cool fermentation with an imported yeast strain and a lengthy cold storage ensures a very clean & crisp palate, while the use of noble German hops mid way through the boil introduces a delectable floral flavour. Finally we dry hop a fresh Czech variety for a delicate spicy aroma.

Highly refreshing and light to medium in body, Hawthorn Pilsner is the perfect easy drinking beer.

Hawthorn Pilsner is an all malt beer with no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives. Drink it cold and best from a narrow glass. Perfect with fish and chips, or equally enjoyable on its own.

Join the Flavour Crew, enjoy a Hawthorn Pilsner.

Hawthorn Pale aleDate published: 23/05/15

2014 : SILVER MEDAL INT'L BEER CHALLENGE LONDON

2014 & 2013 & 2012 : BRONZE MEDAL AUST INT'L BEER AWARDS & INT'L BEER CHALLENGE LONDON

2010 & 2011 : SILVER MEDAL AUST INT'L BEER AWARDS

Hawthorn Pale Ale is our unique interpretation of this classic and popular style. This Pale Ale presents a rich and complex malt character, derived from a bold blend of five different types of grain. Lightly kilned, the use of our specialty malts gives this beer a light copper colour.

The malt character is wonderfully balanced by the inclusion of five complementary varieties of hops. Sourced from New Zealand, Southern England and the US Pacific Northwest, these fresh hops deliver a saporous fruit and spice flavour, whilst a generous addition of dry hops after fermentation ensures a resininous floral and citrus aroma.

Hawthorn Pale Ale is an all malt beer with no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives. Crisp and fresh, it perfectly compliments spicy Asian food where its balance of citrus lifts the seafood notes of dishes such as crab in ginger and chilli. Yes, it’s wonderful with food, or equally enjoyable on its own.



Great value fizzDate published: 23/05/15

If you are not a massive fan of Prosecco then this fizz from Argentina could be just the ticket.

Following two years of exploration, Moët & Chandon identified a fine vineyard location in Mendoza's Uco Valley, planting it in 1959. They have gone on to use their abundance of Champagne expertise to create this traditional-method sparkling wine.

A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centring on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length.

Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, pairing with seafood canapés. On a great deal of only £12.99 a bottle and open today to taste!


Lovely Rose at a Great priceDate published: 22/05/15

This delicious Spanish rose is an absolute bargain at only £4.99. For parties, charity events or even a relaxing evening in, this will suit your palate. The grapes used for this wine had plenty of sunshine which helped produce the fruitiness and ripeness of it. Subtle tones of strawberry and raspberry leading onto a pleasant lingering finish. Food matching wise i'd go with grilled white fish, salmon or a fresh salad.

Burgers and BeerDate published: 22/05/15

Faced with a low fridge and the dregs of a really sparse freezer I managed to defrost what turned put to be half a pack of pork mince so set to making a couple of burgers. Pork mince always puts me in mind of oriental food so that's the way I went. I sfftened a chopped clove of garlic, minced some ginger, a birds eye chilli, finely chopped lemon grass and a teaspoon of Togarashi spice. When this mix is cool mix into pork with an egg yolk and enough panko to firm into patties. Cook on the BBQ and serve in a brioche bun with pickles and Kewpie Mayo if you can find it. I partnered this with a couple bottles of one new craft beers, Vedett blonde from Belgium.

By their own admission Vedett don’t take themselves too seriously unless they’re talking about quality. The Blond is a yellow to pale gold colour with a delicate bitterness combined with a touch of citrus and a lengthy crisp refreshing finish. A good match to lighter dishes but the heady hop aroma can also make it the perfect drink to cut through spicy foods such as spicy ribs or buffalo wings.

We have an App! Appy Days!Date published: 21/05/15

Pun 100% intended.

The benefits of the Majestic mobile App


£10 Voucher - As a thankyou for downloading our App you will receive a £10 voucher to use on your next spend. You can either use this on web orders or when you are in store. £10 is a bargain for only 45 mb of space on your phone!

Keep track of your order history - After logging in and setting up you can view your order history dating back to 2012, this even includes what you’ve bought in store.

Tasting notes - You’ll be able to access the tasting notes for all of your previously bought wines, as well as view any on wines that you may be interested in. No more sheets of paper that are easily misplaced.

Favourites list - Got a wine that you know you love and want to remember it? You can save it to your favourites list for future reference.

Scan a wine - Wine labels can be complex, especially with terms like mis en chateaux or Haut Medoc. That’s why you can just scan the label of any of our wines and save it to your favourites for easy access at a later date.

Product reviews - Like the sound of a wine but not sure if it’s all that we say it is? You can view reviews from other customers and see a wine’s rating at a quick glance.

Keep up to date - With the app you can easily read all of our news posts and keep in contact with us in store

This won’t be all - We will be continually updating the app with new and exciting features.


Pol RogerDate published: 21/05/15

To celebrate 33% off all our Champagne for this weekend only I did a bit of history on Pol Roger.

If you like your Champagne then no doubt you will know about Pol Roger. Known for being Winston Churchill’s favourite Champagne, he famously had this to say about their produce “In victory, one deserves it. In defeat, one needs it”. Upon his death in 1965 Pol Roger outlined their characteristically all white label with a black band for bottles being shipped to the UK. Sir Winston Churchill’s relationship with the Champagne house was so strong that the Champagne house named their prestige cuvee after him in 1984.

Their Non vintage Brut is beautiful. Lighter than the likes of Bollinger with a great focus on balancing fruit with yeast notes. Green apple, pear, white flowers and brioche are all clearly present.

£31.98 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% selection.



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

Riesling:­ A favourite amongst wine enthusiasts!

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

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

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

£8.99 buy 2 save 25% = £6.74

Beer of the week! Coopers Pale AleDate published: 21/05/15

The history of Coopers is not what you might expect. Thomas Cooper had worked as a cobbler, a stonemason and a dairyman. In 1862 he made his first batch of beer as a tonic for his ailing wife Ann. He subsequently wrote to his brother in 1864 stating: “...we use only malt and hops, consequently, ours (beer) being pure, the doctors recommend it to all their patients”. Whilst we are not recommending the Pale Ale as any sort of health tonic, we do think it is rather tasty!

Thomas Cooper then went on to establish his own brewery. The Pale Ale is not the original beer brewed by Thomas Cooper. It is 
fruity and floral and is finding a niche with a new generation of ale drinkers. Coopers only use the finest raw ingredients and traditional brewing techniques. The result of which is a clean, pure beer.

Why buy this beer? There are many Australian beers available within the UK market, but few have the history and quality of Coopers. It is a fresh, fruity beer, which is light in style, making it ideal for the summer.

At just £15.99 for a case it is definitely worth a try this Bank Holiday!

New Team MemberDate published: 19/05/15

Hello Farnham! I'm Jack, the newest member of the team here, and cant wait to recommend the fantastic wines we have to you. My love of wine originated from a holiday to Italy where a bottle of Chianti opened up the world of wine to me and have been exploring different grapes and styles to expand my palate since. I look forward to meeting you all.

Macon Lugny Louis Latour just £8.99!Date published: 19/05/15

Louis Latour's Macon Lugny has come down to just £8.99 a bottle. The family-run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.

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

Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry, pork and or with fresh seafood.

My RibsDate published: 19/05/15

Ribs are a perfect dish for the BBQ and this is how I do mine. The recipe differs each time depending what I have here but these are my main ingredients. Take a large saucepan and put garlic, chilies, ginger, shallots(all chopped), ketchup, soy sauce, lea and perrins, brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves, lemongrass and a good amount of stock. Pop your ribs in the pan and cook gently for 60/90 mins until uber tender. Remove the ribs and reduce the sauce until fairly thick. At this stage continue to cook on the BBQ basting with the sauce or chill overnight ready for the next day. Careful when handling as the meat will be falling off the bones.Ribs are messy so I prefer to drink beer with them and our new range of craft beers would be perfect. The Summer ale from Brooklyn beers would be perfect.

Last 12 daysDate published: 19/05/15

Got a big Summer. Well you have until the 1st June to take advantage of our deal on Peroni. It is only £24 for a case of 24. Make sure you stock up before this date!!

5 new wines you need this summer! Date published: 18/05/15

We have had an influx of delicious, interesting and stand-out wines in recently from all across the world.. from Albarino to Malbec. Here are my top 5 which I think are worth a try. 


1. Château Paul Mas Blanc Belluguette. £9.99 on multibuy deal

This wine went down a storm at our summer invite tasting. The grapes used are Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Vermentino... a Rhone blend with a twist. It has spent 4 months in French and American Oak Barrells. The creamy palate reveals complex flavours of ripe mango, pineapple and vanilla with notes of brioche and toast lingering on the finish. If you like your fuller bodied whites then this is not be missed. 


2. Haut Vol Rose. £6.66 on multibuy deal 

A provence-esque rose from the south of france, this rose offers fantastic value for money. A delicate rose petal pink, this is a light-bodied and delicately fruity rosé characterised by the sweet summer smells of strawberries and raspberries, and a refreshingly easy-going palate. Simply perfect for the summer. 


3. Hey Malbec! £9.99 on multibuy deal. 

This one is for the BBQ! A classic flavour of ripe blackcurrant with spicy black pepper and violet notes. The soft tannins in the wine make it an ideal match for many foods but enjoyable on its own.


4. Anakena El Viajero Sauvignon Blanc. £6.66 on multibuy deal

What is a summer afternoon in the garden without a refreshing glass of Sauvignon Blanc? This wine comes from Las Brisas vineyard in Leyda Valley, just 10km inland of the Pacific, in an area that has become one of Chile's most prized terroirs for cool-climate varieties. Ripe and zesty fruit flavours culminate in a long, clean finish. 


5. Brooke's Fruit Cup. £9.99 

Ok, strictly speaking this is not a wine. However, it is a fabulous new drink we stock which could not be missed off of this list! The quintessentially British, vodka based fruit mixer crafted in Great Britain with the finest ingredients. A delicious drink when served with lemonade. Add fruit for the perfect serve.

Australian WineDate published: 17/05/15

Australian wine is often seen as low quality and low priced, but there is much more to this countries wine than just that! First a little background knowledge:

Australia is the worlds fourth largest exporter of wine, up to 40% of wine produced is consumed within the country.

Much of production takes place in the south east of the country, where the country dips further south than elsewhere. The cooler climate allows wines of varying styles to be produced

Shiraz is the most grown grape variety, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.

Chardonnay is a very popular white wine variety, and is typically characterised by it’s swathes of tropical fruit and toasty oak elements. In recent years there has been somewhat of a backlash against high oak wines, with many consumers believing the toasty/burnt flavours of some Chardonnay is an inherent characteristic of the grape. A lot of producers in decades past would use oak chips rather than the traditional method of cask ageing to add the oak flavours to a wine, and whilst this is not exclusive to Australia, the association has stuck.


In recent years producers have been trying to adjust consumers opinions on Australian wine to include a lot of the more premium wines produced. Many of the microregions are protected by strict labelling laws, such as Barossa Valley and Clare valley. Wines from these regions are very typical of certain styles, such as Barossa Valley shiraz being full of flavour and sweet spice, or Clare valley Riesling being fruity yet lean.

We’ve got plenty of Australian wine in stock, from budget to premium lines. So why not pop in and give an Aussie a go!

ChablisDate published: 17/05/15

Chablis

Chablis is the northernmost appellation of Burgundy in France, In fact it is so far north that it is on latitude with cities such as Montreal and Munich where weather like snow isn’t uncommon. Because of this it is often a struggle to get the grapes to ripen fully, and adverse weather such as hailstorms are the bane of every vineyard owner in this region.


One thing that many people don’t know is that Chablis is made from Chardonnay, the same grape variety that makes up a lot of New World oaked wines. Chardonnay is one of the best grape varieties to plant if you truly want a wine that will reflect your terroir. The main difference between Chablis and other vineyard regions of the world is the kimmeridgian soil and low temperatures. One winery measure that is often practiced is the limited use of oak, though many producers opt not to oak theirs at all to retain this fresh style.


Chablis wines often have a fairly high acidity, with lean fruit characteristics like apple and pear. Minerality is a big characteristic in many Chablis, with notes of wet stone and chalk. There can be a buttery or creamy aspect though this isn’t quite as common.

Welcome back Montenovo Godello!Date published: 17/05/15

Today we've welcomed back an old Spanish friend, the Montenovo Godello. This has always been one of my favourite Spanish whites for it's crisp complexity and refreshing characteristics. Valdeorras is an appellation in an inland area of Galicia in northern Spain, which has become known for its quality white wines from the little-known Godello grape, which does very well in the region's moderate maritime climate and rocky slate soils.

A youthful, green-tinged straw yellow wine, with a clean nose of grassy herbaceousness, and pear and pineapple fruit. Light in weight, yet with a palate-coating sense of texture.

Perfect with Spain's simple fish tapas dishes, light cheese or tomatoes.


£9.36 when you buy any two wines from our 25% selection

Steak!Date published: 17/05/15

Let's face it, we all love steak. Which cut though? For us depends on what I'm doing with it. A soy marinaded flat or bavette quickly seared then rested and chilled in fridge, thinly sliced and eaten like sashimi is a favourite preparation of these cuts. Fillet for me is best in a tatare or served carpaccio style. If we are having a steak off the grill or BBQ then ribeye is our choice and this is what we had last night. I got the butcher to cut me a steak about 4cms thick which means you can great colour but keep rare inside. Plenty of black pepper and olive oil then cook on the fiercest heat you can. About 3 or 4 mins each side. Some saute potatoes and a watercress salad make this one of my favourite suppers. Great food like this deserves a good wine so I uncorked a Catena Nicolas Zapata 2006. If you can find this wine anywhere but it! One of the greatest reds from Argentina.

A little back history on MarlboroughDate published: 16/05/15

Marlborough region History


The first commercial plantings of wine in the Marlborough region of New Zealand took place in the early 1970’s with producers expanding into the South Island of New Zealand in search of a cheaper alternative to the already established North Island. The region of Marlborough was identified as an area with high sunshine, low rainfall, rare frosts and a well draining soil.


These days, Marlborough accounts for 3 quarters of the wine produced in New Zealand and is arguably it’s most famous region. Sauvignon Blanc from this area is extremely popular and is known for producing wine of incredible intensity and ripe fruits whilst retaining complexity and low alcohol.



Marlborough’s popularity is so high that experts believe that the region will be fully planted i.e. no vine growing space left available, within 5 to 10 years. In 2013 23,200 hectares of vineyard was already planted, and some believe that the upper limit for planting in the region is around the 26,000 hectare mark.



Pro-SeccoDate published: 16/05/15

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.


Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.


Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.



What's so special about a Kiwi Sauvignon?Date published: 16/05/15


Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc


Why is New Zealand so popular for it’s Sauvignon blanc? Majestic’s best selling wine is the Ned, a Marlborough Sauvignon and many other wines such as Oyster Bay and Villa Maria do exceptionally well.

One aspect would be their fresh, fruity approachable style. In a typical Kiwi Sauv you can generally expect a good deal of acidity with fruit characteristics such as Gooseberry, Lime, Passion fruit and a slight grassyness. This helps the wine to be a refreshing drink that can very easily be drunk on it’s own or even paired with cuisine such as thai or a lovely salad.


But how does this come about? Often wines with big tropical fruit tend to lack in acidity and complexity. Many put this down to the cool climate of New Zealand due to it’s position South of the equator. A relatively thin section of ozone layer allows for a strong sunlight to reach the grapes, increasing the rate of photosynthesis and giving the grapes this tropical flavour potential.


The vines were mainly planted in the early 70’s and early success at local and international wine competitions boosted winemakers’ confidence in the varietal, as well as consumer demand. Since then the style of wine has become a benchmark for new world Sauvignon Blanc to be measured against.



Wine of the Week: Vina Mayu Pedro Ximinez Date published: 16/05/15

After an alternative, summery, white wine? Look no further than our new dry Pedro Ximinez. 

Now, if you are reading this thinking 'isn't Pedro Ximinez a sweet wine?' you're not wrong. The grape Pedro Ximinez is more famous for its sweet style in certain sherries. Now, if you were like me and a bit apprehensive about this grape in a dry style then shake off that apprehension. There are a lot of grapes which can be found in both sweet and dry styles which work extremely well both ways (chenin blanc, grenache and sauvignon blanc for example). 

The grapes used to make this wine have been hand-picked into small bins and immediately pressed. The juice has been clarified by natural sedimentations and fermented in stainless steel tanks. It has spent 4 months on fine lees, adding complexity and finesse. 

Pale straw yellow color, brilliant, a very attractive nose with floral and aromatic notes, nice medium body with balance of acidity, minerality and fruity character. 

Dry, fresh and easy drinking, on its own but would work well with a manner of fresh grilled seafood. 

Just £6.99. You definitely need a few of these in the fridge for the summer months!

My dreamDate published: 15/05/15

If I had unlimited resources I would be King of the world. But if I had slightly more limited resources, oh let’s say in the realm of a few million, I’d be able to chase my dream of opening a Winery in the South of France upon the Mediterranean. I would make a wine that is a blend of the following

Grenache, which is well known for it’s red fruit yet brambly nature, this would add most of the fruit

Syrah for it’s great acidity and aromatic notes of violets and spice.

and a bit of a wildcard;

Tempranillo, predominantly grown in Spain as the main constituent of Rioja I think this would be great on the slightly more dryer earth of southern France. This would provide black fruit, burnt flavours of caramel and spice.


9-12 months in oak would soften the wine and give it a gorgeously toasty note to make it ageworthy. 

I’d love to market it at a reasonable price like £11.99 so that it could be approachable to all, yet still a bit of a treat. And of course I would call it La belle de Sud.

Adams Pick of the bunch!Date published: 15/05/15

Well what an exciting weekend we have instore! 33% off all our Ambrosial Argentinian Malbecs, and a Provence Rose spotlight! With their powers combined you could have the perfect sunny day BBQ! So without further ado, here they are:


AIX Rosé 2014 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum


May as well start with a bang! This double the fun Magnum is great for any summer gathering of friends, and believe us, you’ll be putting a second one in the fridge before you know it!

Eminently drinkable, this is what Provence Rose is all about. Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

£19.99 per Magnum


Etoile de Mer Rosé 2014 Lubéron

This Rose is from a region that is slightly more northerly than Provence, but we’re rebels so I’ve gone for this one anyway. More fuller in flavour than the Aix, this would be an amazing accompaniment to BBq’d prawns. Any Aussies about?

An elegant rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish.

£7.99 When you buy any two wines from our 33% selection


Onto the Reds…



Portillo Malbec 2014 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

This Malbec is a touch easier going than one might expect. I particularly enjoy the bramble character to it.

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

£6.66 When you buy any two wines on our 33% selection


Catena Malbec 2013 Mendoza

My favourite. This is what put Argentinian malbec on the map!

Elegantly structured, and showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. Balanced by firm tannins and crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.

£8.65 When you buy any two wines on our 33% selection

Minuty Prestige back in stock at £14.99Date published: 15/05/15

Rose weather is well underway. Why not treat yourself to this delicious wine at an amazing price at the moment.

GrapeMourvèdre, Cinsault, Tibouren

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

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

At just £14.99 this is a superb price for a fine wine of this quality. 

Back in Stock: Vergelegen Chardonnay Date published: 15/05/15

Back in Stock: Vergelegen Chardonnay, £8.99

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Drinking well over the next three years as an accompaniment to grilled seafood, fresh oysters or roasted poultry.


Pol Roger dealDate published: 13/05/15

One of my favourite all time Champagne houses has always been the family owned estate of Pol Roger. Famously consumed by Winston Churchill in copious amounts (allegedly) so much so their luxury cuvee is named after him.The non vintage is a mid weight fizz with soft apple flavours mingled with brioche  overtones and a fine mousse. It is extremely elegant Champagne and makes the perfect aperitif or with a plate of native oysters is just the ticket.It also happens to be on a excellent offer at present of only £31.98 a bottle.

Old World vs. New World Chenin BlancDate published: 11/05/15

I find it amazing how, quite often, the same grape variety has the capability to produce such hugely different wines. Chenin Blanc is one of those grapes which changes a lot depending on the climate it is grown in and can be manipulated by winemaking techniques. 

Classically in the old world you will find Chenin Blanc in France, particularly in Vouvray in the Loire Valley. The Chenin blanc wines of Vouvray are characterized by the grape's natural high acidity and is made in dry, off-dry and sweet styles. The acidity of the grapes also lends this grape to make superb sparkling wine. A wine which exhibits this type of Chenin Blanc is the La Grille Vouvray. Demi-sec in style, the extra sweetness is reined in by a cleansing acidity, balanced by a mixture of apple and peach fruits. Light and fresh it is very drinkable on its own or with summery chicken dishes. Just £6.74 a bottle if you buy two it is a true bargain!

New world Chenin Blanc is famously found in South Africa. The warmer climate Chenins take on a richer character with more tropical fruits. A superb example of a warmer climate Chenin Blanc is the De Morgenzon:gloriously rich, with fermentation in barrel and lees ageing adding notes of honey on top of the rich oak and dazzling tropical fruit. This wine definitely calls for a nice rich pork belly dish or a rich butternut squash risotto. £17 a bottle if you buy two or more, it is definitely worth the money!

Sunday night dinnerDate published: 11/05/15


Faced with a leg of lamb when I returned from work yesterday and late sunshine the thought of a full roast didn't really appeal so I decided to cook on the BBQ. I first de boned then butterflied. I then chopped a handful of rosemary, thyme, clove of garlic, chilli and grated lemon zest. A good glug of olive oil and then massaged into the lamb and left for an hour or two. Make sure your BBQ is uber hot, season and then cook for about 10-15 minutes each side. Rest for 15 then serve with some well flavoured cous cous and a mint raita.
To drink I took advantage of the third off saving on Château Griviere. 

This lovely cru bourgeois is unusual in that it is a Merlot-based blend from the Médoc, where Cabernet normally dominates the proceedings. The result is a supple wine with more everyday appeal than most.

Offering a soft and jammy fruit character, with subtle notes of damp earth and orange peel on the nose and a supple palate.

Claret and lamb is a classic and this 2008 is a snip at £9.99.


Kiwi Pinot NoirDate published: 10/05/15

The Jackson estate has been around for some time now and it has long been a favourite of mine but at £20 a bottle not a everyday wine but with our latest set of offers it has just come down to only £16.99 a bottle.

The hallmark of the award winning Jackson Estate winery is an unstinting devotion to quality. Made according to traditional Burgundian techniques, this effort proves that Pinot Noir, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, belongs in Marlborough.

Reveals ripe berries, spices, and earthy aromas with well integrated oak, concentrated and textured on the palate with lots of luscious fruit, a whisper of smoke leads to a satisfying finish.

Perfect with a simply roasted duck.


Great value wineDate published: 09/05/15

Are you looking for a great value white wine to serve at large gatherings or to that mid week surprise dinner guest that has a knack of turning up unannounced with no bottles upon their person.

This cheeky little Sauvignon from the Loire valley could be just the answer. 

Pierre-Jean Sauvion is the fourth generation of a family of winemakers based at Château du Cleray. Located in the outskirts of Nantes, the estate is most famous for its Muscadet, but also makes this Sauvignon Blanc sourced from several vineyard sites further inland.

A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing finish.

On offer at a cracking price of only £6.66 for the month of May.


Rose of the momentDate published: 09/05/15

Here is my last news post from the Farnham store so I thought I would make it summery with an elegant rose. 

Everyone loves a good rose and my favourite of the moment is the Chateau La Sauvageonne Rose at £12.99. Made with a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault and has been barrel-aged for added texture and complexity. 

A beautiful nose and taste of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit with subtle floral hints. It has undertones of vanilla but is lusciously smooth and has a very long finish.

Definitely a special little rose to try. 

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 09/05/15

We've popped open the La Gioiosa today. Come and give it a try if you haven't already!

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

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

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

Bienbebido #comepulpoDate published: 08/05/15


Seafood is perfect for the summer time, we all love a light bit of fish or calamari when the sun is shining. One of the nation’s favourite tapas dishes is calamari with an aioli dip, so why not have a glass of the tailor made wine to suit?

Vintae have designed this white wine of the Albarino grape with the help of winemakers, chefs and sommeliers. The mission? to find the perfect white wine to match seafood, in particular squid (Pulpo in Spanish). They identified that squid is best paired with wines that are fresh and silky. 

Albarino is well known as Spain’s white grape variety of quality. Known for it’s pear, peach and balancing acidity. Well this wine takes the hallmarks of Albarino but holds a gorgeous minerality and complexity, crisp acidity gives way to pear, green apple and stone fruit. This is infinitely moreish and so easy to drink. 

The perfect dish to go alongside this wonderful wine would be perfectly cooked squid drizzled with good quality olive oil and some smoked paprika. Delicious!

£6.66 When you buy any two wines from our 33% selection


Show your support by voting for the Bienbebido Red and all of cheese kind with the hashtag #comequeso

Veuve Cliquot!Date published: 08/05/15

Veuve Cliquot is probably the most classic style of the Champagnes. It is a Champagne of elegance and complexity. Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse. It is a winner with our customers all year round and it is clear to understand why!

We currently have Veuve Cliquot on an astonishing deal at just £29.32 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal. 

So if you're looking for a gift for someone special, need a luxurious sparkling for a celebration or want to stock up for Christmas (yep, I said it. Its never too early when a deal is this good) then pop in store to place your order today!

5 Reasons to drink Prosecco this weekendDate published: 07/05/15

1. Its the weekend. What more of an excuse do you need? 


2. We have 33% off all of our Proseccos this weekend! With favourites like the La Marca Cuvee and Rivamonte on spectacular deals.

 
3. Its the perfect drink any time of day because of its light and refreshing style. It is one of the only alcoholic drinks you can get away with drinking at Breakfast if you're jazzing up you're orange juice. It is usually relatively low alcohol making it the perfect lunch time tipple and is so deliciously gluggable it will see you through any evening drinks easily.


4. Sunny weather is just around the corner and a chilled glass of Prosecco in the garden is just the ticket to get you in the mood for a relaxing weekend. 


5. Everyone loves the stuff! Prosecco is definitely our most popular style of sparkling at the moment... and for good reason! With more and more wines being added to our range there is no better time to give some new Proseccos a go. 

Bienbebido #comequesoDate published: 07/05/15

Who doesn’t love a plate of cheese as an after dinner treat? The array of flavours, textures and smells are enticing and it becomes a journey for the nose and mouth. Even in summer cheese still has a prominent place at the table as an afternoon snack or picnic lunch. That’s why we have introduced the Bienbebido Come Queso (Eat cheese) to our range of Spanish wine.

In this range of wines Vintae have worked together with winemakers, chefs and sommeliers to create the ultimate cheese wine. In their research they found that red wines with a strong, full bodied yet fruity matched cheese well. Tannin also helps the wine to stand up to the creamy texture of some cheeses.

The grape variety for this exciting wine is Tinta Fina, a close cousin of the Tempranillo grape. In this wine it provides an approachably fruity aroma. On the palate notes of ripe black and red berries, with subtle toast and sweet spice. The texture and feel it leaves in the mouth is dense yet smooth.

This will make the perfect match to medium strength hard cheeses, much like the Spanish Manchego. Great for Tapas.


£6.66 when you buy any two wines from our 33% selection


Show your support by voting for the Bienbebido Red and all of cheese kind with the hashtag #comequeso

3 Gins to try this summer!Date published: 06/05/15

I am a huge gin lover and working at majestic has opened my eyes to craft spirits that I now cannot forget about. 

No 1. Durham Gin (£25)

Made with 10 botanicals this gin is soft and slightly floral on the nose with a mix of Juniper, Elderflower and Pink Peppercorns. It has a great smoothness which makes this gin top of my leader board.

No 2. Brokers (£19.99)

This is produced near Birmingham and has been going for over 200 years. Brokers has won numerous awards in international competitions. They use the ten traditional botanicals and is quadruple distilled in a copper pot. It has a ovely creamy citrus fruit peel aromas and finish gives the perfect balance of fresh botanicals with spicy juniper and sweet ripe citrus fruit.

No 3. Sipsmith (£28)

An old classic. With floral summer meadow notes followed by mellow rounded juniper and zesty, citrus freshness with a spicy juniper finish. Cannot go wrong with a good tonic in this one. 

My suggestion for tonic is 100% fever tree. Quality tonic you cannot let slide when making the perfect gin and tonic. 

Oh and add a slice of lime, lemon or even elderflower cordial to enhance those flavours!

New rose in time for spring!Date published: 06/05/15

We have a new rose in stock and it looks like it could give some of the Provence rosé's a run for their money!

HAUT VOL ROSÉ 2014, PAYS D'OC

While Provence tends to take the lion's share of the limelight when it comes to rosé, many producers throughout the rest of southern France are making superb value rosés in a similar style, using classic Grenache-based blends. A delicate rose petal pink, this is a light-bodied and delicately fruity rosé characterised by the sweet summer smells of strawberries and raspberries, and a refreshingly easy-going palate. Perfect for your summer barbecue, pairing well with grilled meats or dressed salads.

If you like trying new wines it is definitely worth a go... especially at just £6.66 when you buy two or more!

Twice as goodDate published: 05/05/15

I have to say we were all slightly apprehensive of this wine when we first started stocking last year. Celebrity wines can sometimes be over hyped but once you taste this rose you will realise this is not one of them. It is gorgeous! 

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

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

Available in a stunning magnum which would grace any dinner table as well as single bottle form. £38 and £17.99 respectivly.


The benefits of the Majestic mobile AppDate published: 05/05/15

The benefits of the Majestic mobile App


£10 Voucher - As a thankyou for downloading our App you will receive a £10 voucher to use on your next spend. You can either use this on web orders or when you are in store. £10 is a bargain for only 45 mb of space on your phone!

Keep track of your order history - After logging in and setting up you can view your order history dating back to 2012, this even includes what you’ve bought in store.

Tasting notes - You’ll be able to access the tasting notes for all of your previously bought wines, as well as view any on wines that you may be interested in. No more sheets of paper that are easily misplaced.

Favourites list - Got a wine that you know you love and want to remember it? You can save it to your favourites list for future reference.

Scan a wine - Wine labels can be complex, especially with terms like mis en chateaux or Haut Medoc. That’s why you can just scan the label of any of our wines and save it to your favourites for easy access at a later date.

Product reviews - Like the sound of a wine but not sure if it’s all that we say it is? You can view reviews from other customers and see a wine’s rating at a quick glance.

Keep up to date - With the app you can easily read all of our news posts and keep in contact with us in store

This won’t be all - We will be continually updating the app with new and exciting features.

A trip to ProvenceDate published: 05/05/15

During my time off last week I was lucky enough to spend a few days in the South of France in Provence. Although the weather was cooler than what is typical for that time of year, the sun shone and the wine flowed! 

The Provence area is famous for its seafood and I definitely ate my fair share. A particular favourite dish was baked sea bass in a slightly spiced tomato sauce. Eating this al fresco it just called for a provence style rose to compliment the spiced flavours and the weather. 

Our customers definitely drink their fair share of provence rose and after visiting provence and tasting a few it is easy to see why. The fresh, easy-drinking style accompanied with the high-quality, helped from the very good weather during growing season down there, make for superb wines. My personal favourite is the Commanderie Peyrassol. Lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge, notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper. A go-to wine for me when the weather is bright and warm.

Albarino, or Why Spanish whites are worth a go.Date published: 04/05/15

When you first think of Spanish wine your first thoughts immediately turn to inexpensive Red Rioja, and it’s easy to understand why, as it is everywhere! Did you know that the UK is Rioja’s biggest importer? But have you ever heard of white Rioja, Rioja Blanco? Probably not. Like many white grape varieties such as Viura, Macabeo, and Godello, they tend to get overlooked.

Albarino is one of those grape varieties that doesn’t get much air time, no one really sings it’s praises, because not many people really know much about it, let alone have actually tried it. But if you are prepared to try something a little different, boy are you in for a treat! Imagine a fruitier, more peach led Chablis and you’re thinking in the right direction. Peach, green apple, lime and stone fruit with a beautifully refreshing citrus edge, think Chablis crossed with Southern French viognier.


We have quite a few Albarino’s in stock, but here’s my pick of the bunch:


Caixas Albariño 2013 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.

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

£6.96 when you buy any two wines on our 25% promotion.



Albariño Martín Códax 2013 Rías Baixas.

Founded in 1986 in the Rias Baixas region of Northwestern Spain, Martin Codax produces wine from the aromatic white Albariño grape. Similar to Viognier, the light and refreshing style, with a hint of sweetness, provides a refreshing alternative to Chardonnay.

Delicate peachy aromas with hints of spice, herbs and traces of sweet fruits, a fresh and crisp palate rounded by hints of honey, peaches and stone fruits, a medium body and with a floral finish.

£10.49 when you buy any two wines on our 25% promotion.


Or for something particularly special:


Organistrum Albariño 2012 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas


This spectacular Albariño comes from a selected south-west-facing plot, which tends to ripen earlier than the rest of Martin Codax's vineyards. Fermentation begins in stainless steel under temperature control, and is completed with a brief period in French Allier oak. The wine has a medium-intensity nose that is subtle and complex, with notes of stone fruit, vegetal tinges and nuanced with spice. Excellent roundness and enduring acidity provide a firm and characterful palate.


£20.00 down from £25 when you buy any two wines from our buy 2 save £10 offer.

New to MajesticDate published: 04/05/15

What great value this new white Rioja is. Often with these wines are barrel fermented so can be a little rich for some people but this particular example from Lopez de Haro is a lighter style that is delicious but would match sea food with aplomb.

Lopez de Haro manually harvest the grapes used to make this wine bunch by bunch from vineyards in the Sonsierra area of La Rioja Alta. The vines are aged between 50 and 80 years and are planted on the foothills of the Tolono Mountains.

An interesting and complex wine. Ripe fruit flavours with notes of date and banana results in a mouth filling finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Try with sardines that have been gutted and then turned over, gently pressed to remove spine and bones then put in a robust marinate of which herbs you have in the garden, squeeze of lemon, chilli, garlic, black pepper and olive oil. 

Cook on a really fierce heat inside or on a BBQ. If on a BBQ I put mine on a well oiled piece of foil as the are notoriously sticky on the grills! Serve with some cous cous, grilled aubergine and a mint raita.

Great value white burgundyDate published: 04/05/15

Want a great value white burgundy with all the flavour?

the Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Chenaudieres is perfect.

A stylish wine from one of Burgundy's most reliable and reputable cooperatives. Cave de Lugny is situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, and is the biggest producer of the region. 

Its deliciously crisp and elegant with citrus and apple fruit characters alongside a lovely streak of minerality. It is unoaked, refined and classy, with good length.

We have it open in store so why not come and have a taste!

Great wine for summer gatheringsDate published: 03/05/15

I have to say Pinot Grigio probably is not my first choice of grape but sometimes when you want a wine to serve to big parties and events you don't want to spend a fortune this is a perfect example of great drinking under £6 a bottle.

This winery was founded in 1895 by Enrico Verga, and is now run by his gret-grandson Natale, along with his father Giancarlo and sisters, Cristina and Laura. Their Pinot Grigio comes from vineyards in Pavia, Lombardy, close to its border with Piedmont

Delicate in both aromatics and flavours, this is classic north-Italian Pinot Grigio, offering gentle pear, white apple and refreshing citrus characters and subtle accents of blossom.

Weighing in at a refreshing 11.5% this makes for a really easy drinking glass of wine.


Vina Pomal ReservaDate published: 02/05/15

The Pomal family have a great selection of wines from their crianza to their gran reserva. They have been producing high quality, classic 100% Tempranillo Riojas since 1904 and their reserva is no exception.

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

Definitely one to get your hands on if you like a good, classic rioja and at only £9.74 on the 25% multibuy it really is a steal!


Two great deal in Kiwi SauvignonDate published: 02/05/15

For May we have two great deal on New Zealand Sauvignons. Both the Brancott estate and the Villa Maria are reduced by 33% bringing them in at £6.99 and £7.99 respectively. 

Firstly the Brancott.

Brancott Estate was one of New Zealand's original wineries, and pioneered the widespread planting of aromatic varieties, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, for which the country has become known. They have gone on to become one of the world's most recognisable brands.

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.


Villa Maria.

Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer with an unwavering dedication to excellence.

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

Both these are perfect summer drinking and ideal for large gatherings.


One of my favouritesDate published: 30/04/15

El Chaparal  is a little cracker of a wine and has long been in my shopping trolley. At under £9 this is a wine that really punches above its weight so why not pop in today and have a taste yourself.

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

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

Perfect for all those bank holiday bbq's!

Veuve Cliquot offerDate published: 30/04/15

Not a long piece this. £29.32 offer now on but hurry as only short term whilst stocks last!

Minuty RoseDate published: 30/04/15

Who doesn’t love Provence Rose? It’s crisp dry and ultimately refreshing. It makes the perfect summer afternoon tipple, especially for it’s affinity for mediterranean cuisine such as salad Nicoise or juicy king prawns.

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Grenache and Cinsault are more traditionally known for their Rhone blends but make a deliciously delicate yet juicy red fruit rose.

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

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.


£9.99 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% selection.

Or £25.00 for a double the size, double the fun magnum!

Bank Holiday WeekendDate published: 29/04/15

With the bank holiday weekend fast approaching I have the perfect drinks to make your weekend big and within budget, even if it decides to rain on us all weekend. 

For a red I recommend the Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Poggio Civetta at £7.49 (on 25% off deal). A mouthful to say but a delicious red. ripe and approachable with a good medium body, undoubtedly an Italian red. Great flavours of ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, finished off with fine tannins.

If you're a white drinker I recommend the Luis Felipe Edwards (LFE) signature series Viognier at £6.66 (on 33% off deal). Light and fresh yet very aromatic. Flavours of peach, apricot and ripe pears are across the palate. Great refreshing acidity!

And for one last necessity, the beers. When you've drunk to much wine and need a change in alcoholic beverage we're here with peroni at £24 for 24 bottles! 

Now who can say no to that?!


Gavi ToledanaDate published: 28/04/15

Even though price change has happened and your usual wines are not on offer, do not fear because there are bigger and better wines ready for you to taste at great prices!

The one I was most happy about was the Gavi, La Toledana. This Italian white is my favourite and is back on the 33% offer at £7.99! Could not resist, so had to get one for tonight. 

This white is from the village of Gavi in Piedmont. Fun fact, it has bee dubbed the Chablis of Italy did you know and this is because of its fresh and steely minerality. 

The taste is refreshing with ripe peach and pears and a lovely hint of citrus. It has a slight honeyed edge held together by the characteristic steely minerality and fresh acidity. 

Perfect with white fish or a natter with friends! 

The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/04/15

This wine is a classic example of everything that a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc should be. Eminently drinkable it is not hard at all to see why this is our most popular wine! 

Owned by The Marisco Vineyards, who also produce the Marisco Wines, King's favour, King's Thorn and Sticky End. Grown in the Waihopai Valley which is found in the Marlborough region of the south island, this wine gets a lot of it's mineral characteristics from the shingle based soil. This soil is present due to the Waihopai river. The vineyard is a whopping 268 hectares and has the river running alongside it constantly.

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity. This wine is just so easy to drink on a warm summers afternoon! 

With food it makes the perfect match to light and herbaceous seafood dishes as well as summer salads and lightly spiced oriental food.

Cellar CircleDate published: 26/04/15

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

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


Membership starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. Exclusive benefits and rewards include:

· 10% discount at Majestic Wine

· Free delivery to any Majestic Wine store, for collection at your convenience

· One year’s free professional wine storage for customers new to Lay & Wheeler

· A free case on the first anniversary of your membership, as a thank you from the Cellar Circle team.


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



Nyetimber Classic CuveeDate published: 25/04/15

Having recently had our English Sparkling Tasting, it really opened my eyes to English Sparkling wines. 

Nyetimber is one of my favourites. It is located in West Sussex and have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house since 1988. 

It has a classic Champagne-like nose of citrus fruits, brioche and shortbread. The taste is soft and elegant, portraying great notes of brioche and light fruits. It has a mousse like feel in the mouth and is perfectly balanced and well rounded. 

This is the perfect Sparkling for special occasions!


New arrival: CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE 2014, LES FUSTIERSDate published: 25/04/15

We have a lovely new Cote-du-Rhone to add to our selection... and it is incredibly good value too at £6.66 if you buy two or more! 

Made using grapes from the Vacluse, Gard, Ardeche and Drome districts of the Southern Rhône Valley. Winemaking is overseen by Armelle Barbanson who also makes wine for the more famous Ogier. 

Long fermentation and ageing in stainless steel tanks preserve intense red fruit flavours with classic notes of white pepper and moorland herbs. Match this wine with roast lamb flavoured with thyme or rosemary or a herby rabbit stew.

Happy Sauvignon Blanc DayDate published: 24/04/15

Today is international Sauvignon Blanc day! Sauvignon Blanc is by far our biggest selling grape variety here at Majestic Wine Farnham (and at Majestic as a whole). It is easy to see why: straigh-forward, no-nonsense delicousness from all corners of the world! 

To celebrate, why not have a taste of my favourites: 

Saint Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc, NZ. £9.99 if you buy two or more

In celebration of international Sauvignon Blanc day we have this spectacular Sauv open to taste. It offers everything you want from a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc: aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and gooseberry and a palate of ripe gooseberry and herbs. This wine is made exclusively for Majestic and the offer is ending on Monday so there is no better time to try!

Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Griottes' 2013 Jean-Pierre Bailly. £12.99

Pouilly-fume offers a very different style of Sauvignon Blanc to the Marlborough style. Rich, smoky and complex on the nose, with subtle limes, white florals and honeysuckle atop a palate of fresh, clean and vibrant acidity, citrus fruit flint, minerality and green peppers. A long and layered finish.

Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2014, South Africa. £6.74 if you buy two or more

I am a huge fan of South African wines and they do Sauvignon Blanc if you are looking for an alternative to your traditional regions. Full of intense gooseberry and passionfruit flavour, offset by subtle notes of ripe figs, lemongrass and capsicum. This wine is sourced from 8 different vineyards, selected for their naturally cool characteristics. Crisp, lively acidity and an enduring, stony finish.  

Bardolino 'Naiano' 2014 AllegriniDate published: 24/04/15

Available to taste!

Bardolino…

Naiano is located in the hills close to the small town of Bardolino, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. Bardolino falls in the wine making region of Valpolicella, whose three most popular grape varieties; Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, feature in this wine. These are also the same grape varieties that can be found in Amarone.


The wine making...

The vineyards here have a south-southwesterly aspect, giving the grapes excellent sun exposure, and the 200m altitude and cool temperatures ensure lengthy ripening. This adds complexity whilst retaining fruit characteristics, ensuring the wine is fresh and juicy.


What to expect...

Straightforward and unmistakably Italian, this Bardolino is bright ruby red, with a freshness of fruit and a slender frame. Lingering flavours of cherry and bitter almond add a dash of complexity.


What to enjoy with this…

Any simple Mediterranean cuisine will partner well with this wine, especially a lively Primavera style pasta, or dressed olives.


Why buy this wine…

A lovely example of a lighter Italian red wine from the Northern regions. Grab a glass, grab a seat in the garden and just imagine yourself drinking this upon the shores of Lake Garda.



£8.81 buy 2 save 15% = £7.49

Pouilly-Fume Date published: 23/04/15

Made with the Sauvignon Blanc grape the Pouilly-Fumé 'La Chataigneraie' Dominique Baud is a corker of a wine.

Its great for those Sauvignon lovers who like to try new wines without differing from the grape variety and Pouilly-Fume are known for producing some of the finest classic Sauvignon Blancs.

I found this Pouilly-Fume to have a ripe grapefruit flavour with a nice zesty acidity and hints of fennel and gunflint. Its very refreshing and perfect for a tipple with friends out in the sun. You also get beautiful aromas of grass and fresh fennel along with that ever inviting citrus essence.  

I know what i'll be having tonight!

St George's dayDate published: 23/04/15

St georges day

St George’s day isn’t a big celebration, but we think it should be, especially when it comes to the exciting wine that England is producing these days.

St George’s day falls on the day that the patron saint George died, in 303 A.C.E. (A.D.). And you would be mistaken to think we are the only country to honour St George, in fact Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia all recognise and celebrate as well.

We’ll be celebrating today by having a spotlight tasting for 6 fantastic English sparkling wines.

They will be:

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

Balfour 1503 Brut

Balfour 1503 Rose

Chapel Down Brut

Chapel Down Rose and

Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvee


So pop in at 6:30 if you’re free and enjoy a taste of what makes England a world class sparkling wine contender!

Looking for a great value rose?Date published: 23/04/15

Are you catering for a big party this summer or just want a great value rose ? Well look no further than the Chateau La Gravette which we have currently on offer at £5.99.

This superb vineyard located is the south of Minervois and run by the Orosquette family who have generations of vine growing experience. Grapes were probably introduced into the region by Roman Legionaries, as alluded to by writers such as Cicero and Pliny.

A fabulous bouquet of vanilla flowers and stewed strawberries follow through to a light and fresh palate of red fruits, mineral acidity, with an off dry finish.

A dry rose but probably not as dry as a couple of the Provencal examples we stock. It really is an extremely qlugable bottle of wine which is perfect for outside dining.


Back in StockDate published: 22/04/15

I have to say I enjoy rose. I always have and always will. I don't drink too much white wine but my wife does so a compromise when out for lunch in warmer climbs is a bottle of pink. I enjoy most dry styles but if I had to choose one it would be the rich rose produced in Tavel. 

This isn't from there but does remind of that style even though from Provence.

 Former fashion model Monique Barthès began winemaking in the late 1960s, following her marriage to the owner of a wine company in Bandol, Provence. She then went on to develop her own award-winning 40-hectare estate.

A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, hints of floral perfume and a rustic, gamy streak. Round and supple on the palate, with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip.

Try with a plate of the freshest Tuna sliced very thinly and drizzled with a light citrus, olive oil and green herb dressing.

Aix Rose magnumsDate published: 22/04/15

These magnums of Provencal rose are absolutely perfect for sunny spells of weather, be it something to take along to a BBQ or to enjoy over a few days. The Aix is an award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé.

Provence rose is known for it’s crisp dry and refreshing style. Typically medium level acidity balanced by characteristics of strawberry (sometimes wild strawberry, which is a little less sweet but more concentrated than your regular strawbs), other red fruits, ranging from redcurrant to red cherry and peach. The good quality wines are often accompanied by a touch of spice to add some complexity.

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

Provence rose makes a great pairing with prawns, salad nicoise and fish dishes from the south of France.


£19.99 per Magnum or £50 per double magnum (holds 4 regular bottles worth' of wine, Quadruple the fun!)

Personal FavouriteDate published: 22/04/15

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva is still one of my favourites and the 2010 is one to try!

It is full bodied and muscular but with a smooth edge to it. With toasty oak and vanilla combined with delicious summer fruit flavours this really is a cracking rioja. It shows off the classic style of the most popular Reserva and does the Rioja name justice. 

Perfect for drinking now but has the ability to age for a further 5 years and more. 

At the moment its at £9.99 on the 33% offer, so don't miss out, we'll have it on the tasting counter this weekend so pop in and have a try

Louis RoedererDate published: 21/04/15

This prestigous Champagne house is well known for it’s high end ‘Cuvee de Prestige’, “Cristal”, so named for it’s clear glass. The bottle was requested by the Tsar Alexander the 2nd. He also requested a flat bottom to the bottle, with the fear that would be assassins could use the indent to hide explosives within his favourite beverage.


Initially founded as Dubois Père & Fils in 1776, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle in 1833, renamed it, and set out to target markets abroad. With concentrated efforts in several countries, including Russia. Tsar Nicholas II nominated Louis Roederer as the official wine supplier to the Imperial Court of Russia, though the Russian Revolution and the U.S. Prohibition caused financial difficulties during the early 20th century, Roederer was re-established as a leading Grandes Marques producer and remains in descendants Rouzaud ownership. Louis Roederer remains one of the few family-owned independent companies run by real wine specialists.


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


£29.98 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% promotion.

A scale of dessert winesDate published: 21/04/15

Many people are new to dessert wines when they start shopping at Majestic... myself being one of them. It is hard to know which one to choose! Here are a few of my favourites which vary in level of sweetness. 

The Essensia Orange Muscat made by Andrew Quady is a great introduction to dessert wines because it is not the sweetest of them all. In fact, it is quite a versatile dessert wine but would really bring orange, chocolate or apricot desserts to life. With an aroma reminiscent of orange blossom and apricots matched with a palate of vibrant peach and orange fruit. 

A similarly sweet but slightly richer dessert wine is the Elysium Black Muscat. A MUST if you are having a full on chocolate extravaganza. Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit.

If you want to go all out in the sweetness stakes then give the Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos a whirl. Tokaji is produced by blending hand-picked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines. A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish. A great match to blue cheeses as well as desserts! 

If you like refreshing whites then try...Date published: 20/04/15

Try the Vinalba Torrontes!

Torrontes is Argentina's signature white grape variety and is a distant relative of muscat... but we see little of this wonderful grape in this country. Thankfully though, we stock the Vinalba Torrontes which is the perfect example of what this grape has to offer! 

Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

An ideal food match for Thai food, or simply delicious on its own too! Just £8.99 on our 25% off promotion. 


Back in stock! LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay Date published: 19/04/15

We have been waiting to see this very popular wine in store again for a long time now... and its finally back (but undoubtedly not for long).

The Casablanca Valley's climate is largely governed by winds that alternate between those from the Pacific and the Andes. These serve to moderate the climate, and promote a sharp drop in night temperatures, aiding the preservation of primary fruit during ripening.
Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

At just £7.99 this is a spectacular wine if you like your big, creamy chardonnays. It is a firm favourite with customers (and staff) so grab it while you can!

Alternative to Argentinian Malbec Date published: 19/04/15

Alot of people forget that Malbec is grown else where in the world and is found in many southern French wines. Cahors for example which is often sighted as 'the black wine of the south' due to its tannic nature that softens with age or alongside a cassoulet!

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

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

On offer at a very reasonable £6.66 this wine is somewhat of a steal!


Mexican food and drink match Date published: 17/04/15

I always struggle to think of a wine which can stand up to the spice and powerfullness of Mexican food... so I usually opt for a craft beer instead! I've tried a fair few of our vast range now but a favourite for Mexican has to be the Alhambra Reserva 1925: a high quality, Spanish beer crafted to perfection. Full-bodied, extra smooth with a rich, highly agreeable taste for the demanding yet discerning palate. 

If it must be wine it has to be a young, bold and fruity new world red. In fact our wine of the week, The Parrilla Malbec, will do just the trick. With an abundance of red and black fruit flavours and some smoky spice to stand up to the spicy mexican flavours it will partner nicely.

QUICK! Short term deal on Robertson Chenin BlancDate published: 17/04/15

Hurry! The amazingly fantastic value for money Robertson Chenin Blanc has gone on a CRAZY short term deal... just £4.92 on a multibuy deal. 

The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency.

Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity.


New Spirits To TryDate published: 17/04/15

We have two new spirits in stock and open to taste... Durham Gin and Glen Moray Whisky!

The Durham Gin is perfect for this time of year and the start of warm, sunny afternoons. A modern gin with a lavender and elderflower scent, it is full of delicous botanicals without being overpowering. Definitely a gin I will be drinking a lot of this summer... especially at just £25 a bottle. It stands up to the other botanical gins around that price range and is most definitely worth every penny. 

I must confess... I do not drink an awful lot of Whisky. However, the unique Glen Moray Whisky I could definitely get used to. It is a great starter whisky if you are new to whisky and want to explore. It is aged in Port Casks, and the 'Porty' character definitely comes through on the taste. Again, at just £25 you can't go too far wrong!

We always aim to have some new and exciting spirits open to taste. Give them a try next time you're in store!

Why you should be drinking Viognier!Date published: 15/04/15

Viognier is one of my favourite white grape varieties. Here's why: 


Delicious stone fruit flavours. I love whites with some delicious peach and apricot flavours and Viognier is the grape that produces these flavours perfectly! 


Versatile food wine. Viognier can be paired with a number of different dishes. From simple fish dishes to fragrant asian cuisine. It has a gentle level of acidity but often has a floral character with some minerality making it suitable to an array of foods. 

Great value for money! Ok, so maybe not the most luxurious of wines (unless you want to treat yourself to a Condrieu... yum!), but it does offer fantastic value for money and is rarely out of my budget range. Perhaps that's why it has become such a staple in my wine rack... brilliant wine, but an even better price!


Why not give these Viogniers a go?
Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier, Chile: Flavours of peach, apricot and ripe pears cascade across the palate, finishing with a refreshing acidic lift and gentle mineral grip. £6.66 on our 33% deal 


Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier, PGI Pays D'oc: Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. On special offer at £9.99 

Why NZ Sauvignon is my weekend drinkDate published: 15/04/15

With the sun shinning, this weekend calls for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!

This is my drink of choice due to it being crisp and refreshing, which couldn't be any better sitting outside in the warm sun.

The Ned 2014 is a great New Zealand Sauvignon, with a nose of nettles and grass with flavours of gooseberry and stoney minerality. A nice complexity to this wine.

Sauvignon is naturally high in acidity and ripens early, so it’s easy to make it full of flavour and keep it super-fresh, perfect for the warm weather!

Ned is on an amazing short term deal until Monday 27th at just £6.99 on the 33% offer.

Grab it quick before the weekend starts!

Creamy ChardonnayDate published: 14/04/15

I recently enjoyed a selection of Chardonnays and found the Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay a real treat. 

You can have all types of wines made with the chardonnay grape but the creamy or buttery ones really take my fancy. To find a Chilean chardonnay with this characteristic at £7.99 on the 33% offer was just a bonus!

The Medalla Real Chardonnay has a more apple and stone fruit characteristic to the palate. But what really sold it for me was the weighty and creaminess of the Chardonnay, great balance and acidity also helped boost this up in my rated chardonnays. 

The vineyard is in the northenmost district, Limari Valley in Chile. Even though it is closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes due to its east-west orientation. How this chardonnay gets its flavour is helped by the barrel fermentation and the regular lees stiring.

Chile is really up and coming and producing some fabulous wines at the moment!


An unsung gemDate published: 14/04/15

All our store have really fallen for the Muga Blanco that we have open on our tasting counter this week. It's a great alternative to creamy white burgundies and would match rich fish dishes with aplomb.

Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. The grapes are planted on clay and calcareous soils at the foot of the Obarenes mountains, which are 100% barrel fermented in new oak, from the winery's cooper.

Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanilla toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish.

Only £9.99 a bottle.

Still one of the best!Date published: 13/04/15

In life there is always certain times that stick in your mind. Certain wines and meals that really stand out. That time we had a surprise truffle menu in Piedmont, the saffron jelly dessert in La Rochelle, my first bouillabaisse in the south of France and more to the point my first glass of Bollinger. We used to pop to Normandy for the weekend on a regular basis with a couple of friends (both very cook cooks/chefs) and used to stay in an idyllic Hotel in Caudebec en Caux (sadly no longer there) Not a word of English was spoken so everything was an adventure. It was here that after a mind blowing meal on the Saturday we returned for a Sunday lunch before traveling home. On the balcony overlooking the Seine and watching the tall ships glide pass I was served the most sumptuous glass of fizz I had ever had at that stage of my life. We asked what it was thinking it was an uber expensive cuvee but it was Bollinger nv. But of course it just was not any old Bolly it was their own cellar aged version. They used to buy and only open at 6 years of further aging. Cunning stuff. Such depth of flavour had developed over that time. I now age all my nv fizz at home, admittly not for 6 years but at least for a couple of years, once in the habit of doing you will too! Bolly is still my go to nv and currently on offer at £33.74 so a good time to start squirrlling away some!

Rose Rose RoseDate published: 13/04/15

I love a good rose when the sun's out, it is so refreshing and light compared to my usual favourite a hearty red. 

Black Cottage from New Zealand make some great wines ranging from sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and their rose. Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rose from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rose than it does the more bolder, vibrant versions of rose typical of New World.

It has a lovely nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. It is just to my taste being light and refreshing with delicate fruits and some great crisp acidity with a dry finish.

We have it open on the tasting counter for you to try before you buy!

It's also available in a magnum version to make a great party piece!

Super TuscansDate published: 13/04/15

Tuscan wine is primarily made from the Sangiovese grape variety, however this is often blended with the more typically french grape varieties of Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot to produce the almost self admiring name of Super Tuscan! Sangiovese typically has a very vibrant and easy to spot red cherry character. When aged in barrel the wine readily takes up the oak characteristics and can develop secondary characteristics such as tea and tar.


The original Super Tuscan was developed by the producer known as Sassicaia, who’s first commercially available big hit Super Tuscan was the widely known Tignanello.

We have a range of Tuscan wine with the typical blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Such as the Dogajolo!

Dogajolo £8.99 when you buy two or more from our 25% promotion

In the innovative style of the Super-Tuscans, but at a fraction of their price, this is a 'Baby-Tuscan'. Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a majority of the native Sangiovese to create a wine superior to its IGT classification.

Soft and intensely fruity, this wine combines the elegance and complexity given by oak-ageing with the fragrant, fresh fruit of a young wine. Soft on the palate with a smooth finish.

A great all-rounder, this wine will complement a rich Tuscan stew, as well as cold cut meats or even just with pizza.

Summer is here--maybeDate published: 12/04/15

For me the warmer weather marks the uncovering of the BBQ and dusting off the shorts. I cook a lot on the BBQ in the Summer and everything goes on there. Vegetables, pizza, pies, gammon, bread, crumble and everything else that I can cook on the regular hob/oven. 

We have at the moment a Spanish tasting week happening at present so what better time to have some little spring lamb chops that have been marinating in olive oil, garlic,thyme a little chilli and cooked over embers. The fat from the lamb trickles onto the heat providing that delicious smokey flavour.

Tonight I'm choosing to drink the 'middle man' from the range of Matsu wines.

El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish.

Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins.

On offer at only £11.99.


Soffio Rose ProssecoDate published: 12/04/15

This sunny weather for me really calls for a refreshing fizz!

The soffio rose prosseco is perfect for an outside bbq with friends and family.

Made from the Raboso grape, it has a gentle floral nose with hints of cherry blossom and a mixture of fresh summer fruits on the palate. An approachable off-dry and gently fruity - great to accompany an fresh fish canapes or just enjoy by itself! 

Upcoming EventsDate published: 11/04/15

Every week we change the wines on our tasting counter, allowing you to try before you buy on a great selection of the wines. We also have some great wine events, giving you the opportunity to try even more wines!

Coming up, we have a spotlight on Argentina from the 17th April for a week. This will allow you to explore the world of malbecs and what Argentina has to offer from this ever growing region of great reds!

After that we have English Sparkling Spotlight tasting to celebrate St Georges day on the 23rd April. Give us a call or drop us an email if you would like to join us for this tasting!

We have a free wine course on the 10th May where you get a chance to blind taste 6 wines and try some food matches with one of the majestic staff! This is on a first come first serve basis so get your name on the list before you miss out!

Finally, we will be having our summer wine tasting evening where we will have a selection of wines perfect for this time of year, open to try along with some lovely cheese and nibbles. Again make sure you reserve a place to avoid disappointment as it is a very popular event


Beautiful RiojaDate published: 11/04/15

Want something special for a dinner party or an evening in with your partner? I would definitely recommend the Vina Ardanza Reserva hands down. 

From one of Rioja's very best producers this grenache, tempranillo blend has a great complexity. Lovely deep colour with flavours of red fruits, spice and a great earthiness about it. A wonderful length, elegantly structured, with medium body and spicy tannins. 

This red has layers and layers of flavour and sure won't disappoint!

Currently on the fine wine offer bringing it down to £19.99 from £24 when you buy 2 or more.

Or maybe treat yourself to a magnum of this beauty at £40.

Come and have a taste!

Tricky wine and food match'sDate published: 11/04/15

We often get asked for wine with food recommendations and always do our best to match up pairings but sometimes they can be tricky. One such match is the peppery and robust watercress leaf.
As many of my customers know I spent 20 years working with my family in the watercress business on farms based in both Wiltshire and Dorset. My father and elder brother still run the farms and you can find 'john hurds organic watercress' in many organic outlets, box schemes, food markets as well as in Waitrose. Watercress is seasonal and is at its best March through to November. You can buy all year round but in the winter months most is imported and tastes of very little. Also don't buy the very small leafed type as this is a young plant that will taste of nothing. Perhaps I'm biased but my families watercress is as good as it gets!
You would think that I could match a wine to watercress recipes with ease but it is a tricky one and only really suits green and unoaked whites with good acidity.
Think Vinho Verde, Picpoul de Pinet, Soave or a light Alberino.
Now, I also get asked best way to keep it (in a sealed bag or container, forget standing it in water) and the best way to make a cracking soup. Here is my recipe.
Sweat a diced white onion in butter until soft, add a half chopped garlic clove and some chopped fresh thyme then after a couple of minutes add a large peeled and chopped floury potato. Then add your stock, chicken or vegetable and simmer gently until the potato is soft. Only then add your watercress. I use the stalks as well as the leaf. This will only need a couple of minutes to wilt then blend. By only cooking for such a small amount of time you retain a lovely bright green colour. I pass through a sieve (the stalks can be a little stringy) then season well adding a splash of cream if you wish. 
Also try a watercress and marmite sandwich. Sounds weird I know but take a fresh sourdough, some good un salted butter, a generous serving of marmite and a bunch of 'john hurd's) One of my all time favourite combos!

Sarget Gruaud Larose Date published: 10/04/15

This is one of my all time favorite 2nd wines from Bordeaux. When you look at the prices of the first wine this second is somewhat of a steal. The parcel we just got is from the mature and ready to drink 1999 vintage.

 The second wine of the renowned 2ème Cru Classé estate, Gruaud Larose, Sarget de Gruaud Larose shows all the hallmarks of the great St-Julien wine, but with a fruitiness that makes it more approachable when young. Showing fresh cherries and hints of spice on the nose, the palate is well-rounded, with finely structured tannins. Perfect with a medium rare rib of beef.

A snip at £30 a bottle.

Spotlight on Spain! Date published: 10/04/15

This week we have a spotlight on Spanish wines in store with plenty open to taste. It is one of my favourite wine producing countries as it offers such diversity and fantastic value for money.

If you like Chardonnay why not give the Muga White Rioja a go? A lovely creamy texture similar to oaked Chardonnays. Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanillin toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish.

A fan of Aussie Shiraz? Try the Vox Populi Bobal. A weighty, muscular red wine, offering a dense core of forest fruit flavours framed by smooth yet abundant tannins. Aromas have a subtle floral character.

Wine of the Week: Caixas Godello Date published: 09/04/15

Exclusive to Majestic…

The Caixas (pronounced ky-shash) Godello is only available at Majestic. The wine was created in partnership with the Martin Codax winery. Based in Galicia in the North West of Spain, Martin Codax is one of our key suppliers who give Majestic Staff the opportunity to experience work on the estate during vendange (harvest).

Once the decision was taken to make a wine exclusively for Majestic, we needed a name for it. Caixas are the plastic trays into which grapes are placed once picked and is one of the first words Majestic staff learn when they work at the winery.

The Godello grape and the wine…

Godello is a grape predominantly found in North West Spain and parts of Portugal. Previously it was only used as a constituent part of blends, but has come to be seen as a quality grape variety in its own right.

Our buyer Matt says: “Godello is a grape that I love and I was delighted when Martin Codax told me they would be thrilled to produce one exclusively for us. The wine has flavours of lemon, pear and melon. It feels full and rich in the mouth and finishes with a lovely refreshing citrusiness”

A great match for grilled fish.

Why buy this wine...

Caixas Godello was one of the top three most popular wines bought and enjoyed by friends and family of Majestic staff over Christmas. You don’t get a better recommendation than that!

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

FREE English Sparkling Wine TastingDate published: 08/04/15

Interested in trying some of the Sparkling wine that England has to offer? Then come along to our English Sparkling wine Spotlight Tasting. 

We will be tasting 6 different Sparkling Wines from our English Sparkling wine selection. Favourites like Nyetimber and Chapel Down are sure to make an appearance. Whether you have tried some English Sparkling wine before or not, this is a great opportunity to try some alternatives to Champagne and other sparkling wines. 

The tasting will be held on 23rd May at 6.30pm.

If you are interested in attending let us know in store so we can reserve your space. 

Good value RhoneDate published: 07/04/15

Over the last few years we have seen Rhone prices edge up but at present we have 5 Cotes du Rhone under £8.00. My particular favourite is Monsieur Chapoutier version which is down form £10.65 to £7.99.

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.

This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner a rustic winter casserole.


Back in Stock: Parrilla MalbecDate published: 07/04/15

Malbec has definitely been the red wine success story of the last year or so. It's popularity, due to the grape's ability to consistently and reliably produce good quality wines from Argentina, is very well deserved. 

The Parrilla Malbec is one of my preferred Malbecs since we started stocking it last year. It is sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile.

A deep ruby colour, this Malbec is crammed with damson, blackberry and plum flavours, accented by touches of oak toast giving it a smoky (or 'Parrilla' meaning barbecue in English) element to the wine. Smooth, ripe tannins offer a silky finish.

This wine is just perfect for summer evenings in the garden with the barbecue going! £8.99 if you buy two or more on our 25% deal. 

Vox PopuliDate published: 06/04/15

One might say this is a very catching little bottle and when it first arrived we all thought it was going to be a fortified wine! We first had it open at last autumn's customer invite tasting and it was by far and away our best selling wine on the night.

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

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

Try with some slowly cooked beef shin which I had a couple of days ago. Instead of the traditional French route I decided to give it an Asian twist. I browned pieces of the shin really well until dark brown and then removed. To the casserole pan I added about four sliced shallots, four cloves of chopped garlic, a thumb sized piece of ginger, one whole stick of lemon grass and one finely chopped, two chopped birds eye chillies and a couple of cms of chopped coriander route. Cook until soft then add back the beef. Cover with beef stock then add a tbsp of hoisin, a couple of star anise, juice of half a lime, tsp of palm sugar and a couple of tbsp of dark soy. Bring to a boil and put in a low oven, 160 ish for about 2 hours. Check every half hour or so. Adjust seasoning and if still a little thin reduce over a high heat or use a little arrowroot dissolved in water. Serve with some simply cooked Jasmine rice and steamed pak choi dressed in sesame oil and light soy sauce.


Rose Weather!Date published: 06/04/15

With the sun beginning to appear and the temperature starting to crawl its way above the 5degree mark, what better time then to write a news post about our Roses!

We are getting in a delicious range of rose's every week now and it called for opening one on the tasting counter!

The Domaine La Chautarde is a light, dry and fruity rose with flavours of strawberry and red cherry. There is accompanying subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine and a soft acidity. Perfect for a refreshing glass this spring time!

Come and have a taste and at only £6.66 on the 33% offer it would be rude not to!

Rioja!Date published: 04/04/15

Rioja is one of the nations favourite wine region. It’s never hard to understand why, with Tempranillo producing beautiful wines with a core of black and red fruit with heaps of secondary characteristics such as clove or spice. Rioja is divided primarily into three categories that each describe the age, oak and end result of the wine.

Rioja Crianza

This is the youngest of all Rioja. The wine spends a minimum of one year in oak casks and one year in the bottle. This produces a wine with a toasty to vanilla based oak character, rich blackberry and deep flavours of fruit.

Rioja Reserva

One year in oak and two in bottle. These wines are less toasty. The extra time in bottle helps characteristics such as clove and vanilla to show through whilst still being black fruit based.

RIoja Gran Reserva

The oldest, this wine is often the better quality of all the grapes picked and may not always be made in poorer vintages. A total of 5 years ageing, two in oak and three in bottle make this wine a blockbuster for secondary characteristics. Clove, spice, leather and vanilla are to be expected, with more red fruit such as strawberry and cherry forming the fruit basis.

Vinalba Malbec is a big hit!Date published: 04/04/15

The Vinalba Malbec has just come on our tasting counter and it has already been a real hit! 

There is no questioning why. It's a delicious red and has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from the vineyard at the foot of the Andes, the grapes are grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity. 

A lot of care and love has been put into this wine producing ripe dark plum fruits with sweet tannins and hints of dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time so you can savour the taste. 

It can be drunk by itself but would suit food even more due to its full body. 
Come have a taste in store

just arrivedDate published: 04/04/15

I'm happy to welcome back one of South Africa's best loved wines the aptly named Chocolate Block from the Boekenhoutskloof winery.

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boekenhoutskloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

This is somewhat of a baby so if drinking now decant and get some life into it and make sure to serve alongside red meat cooked only to rare.


Sparkling Saturday Tomorrow!Date published: 03/04/15

We are popping open some 2 sparkling wines tomorrow

Introducing Chandon, premium bubbles from Argentina with a fabulous French Heritage In the 1950s Moët & Chandon, one of the world’s most loved explore the potential for producing world-class sparkling wines. The first European wine producer to venture to the New World, 
Moët & Chandon set-up in Agrelo, in Mendoza’s Uco Champagne houses, began scouring the globe to outside the Champagne region Valley in 1959. Incredible soil, high-altitude and cool-climate vineyards, made Agrelo the perfect terroir for sparkling wine. 

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

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

Come in and try them tomorrow!



Bank Holiday Opening HoursDate published: 03/04/15

Bank Holiday Easter Weekend Opening Hours

Don't miss out on getting your Easter weekend wine before its to late. Here are the opening hours:

Friday 3rd April 2015 - 10am-8pm

Saturday 4th April 2015 - 9am-7pm

Sunday 5th April 2015 - CLOSED

Monday 6th April 2015 - 10am-5pm


Wines for Lamb 5Date published: 03/04/15

My last wine that match's lamb with aplomb is a little left field. Known as 'the old one' (when you see the label you will realise why) El Viejo from Matsu wines is a robust red that would be better suited to a slow roasted shoulder of lamb than a leg joint.

The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic.

The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.

So get that shoulder studded with small bits of anchovy, slivers of garlic,a couple heads of garlic, thyme, rosemary in a low oven for 5/6 hours and uncork a couple of these and you will be set for a veritable feast! 


Wine of the Week: Casal de Ventozela Vinho VerdeDate published: 03/04/15

Spring is in the air…

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

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

Why buy this wine…?

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

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

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

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Wines for Lamb 4Date published: 03/04/15

Open today to taste is a classic match for lamb. Pavillon de Figeac 2006 is a perfectly mature Bordeaux that is drinking beautifully and would suit a leg of lamb perfectly.

This is the second wine of Château La Grave Figeac, and is made from the fruit of the estate's younger vines, which produce a more supple wine for earlier drinking. The vineyards enjoy an enviable location close to the celebrated estates of Cheval Blanc and Figeac.

A fine, soft and approachable claret with a well rounded texture and excellent structure. Ripe bramble fruit is accompanied by hints of dates, forest floor and tobacco leaf.

On offer at only £19.99.

Bargain Berberana Gran Reserva Date published: 02/04/15

Until monday we have a great easter offer on Rioja Gran Reserva Vina Alarde.

This delicious Gran Reserva would be perfect this Sunday. It was founded in 1877, the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle.

With subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. It is smooth and full-bodied with luscious fruits, vanilla, cloves and dried fruit to please the palate. 

Come and get your hands on this great £15.99 Gran Reserva on offer at £7.99 on the 50% deal!

Wines for Lamb 3Date published: 02/04/15

For lovers of new world wines my third recommendation is a straight Cabernet Sauvignon and we are going a bit more up market with the stunning Beringer Napa Cabernet. Many of you will this winery as the produce a vast range of different wines at all price points. This is one of the mid range examples and down from £29 to £24 when buying two or more bottles. Below is what the WA has to say about it.

Chocolate, mocha, plums and spices come to life in this fleshy, mid-weight wine. Readers who appreciate a more mineral-inflected style of Cabernet will prefer the Knights Valley bottling, while those who appreciate radiant, fruit-forward Cabernets are likely to prefer the Napa Valley. Both are beautiful. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020". 92 points. Antoni Galloni, The Wine Advocate.

Great wine !

Wines for Lamb 2Date published: 02/04/15

My second recommendation for Easter lamb is what you could call our house claret. We have stocked Château Meaume since I started (almost 11 years ago!) which tells you what a great producer they are. Even in off years Meaume turns out soft plummy claret that pleases many. We now are on the 2010 which was an epic vintage in Bordeaux and this has great aging potential but is already delicious now.

A small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol. A nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood.

Perfect with lamb or beef.


Wines for Lamb 1Date published: 02/04/15

With Easter almost here I'm going to give you five red recommendations to accompany roasted lamb which I know many of us will be tucking into on Sunday. First is the great value Vina Eguia reserva from Spain. This is one of our 33% off offers and for only £6.66 it is a real steal.

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.

Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 02/04/15

Bank Holiday Easter Weekend Opening Hours

Don't miss out on getting your Easter weekend wine before its to late. Here are the opening hours:

Friday 3rd April 2015 - 10am-8pm

Saturday 4th April 2015 - 9am-7pm

Sunday 5th April 2015 - CLOSED

Monday 6th April 2015 - 10am-5pm

Open this weekendDate published: 01/04/15

After a trip to Portugal last year I've really fallen for the wines from there. Of course when you are there everything tastes great and you return home your feelings might of changed. We as a company don't really carry many wines from Portugal but a fairly recent addition is the Porta 6 from the Lisbon area. 

The area around Lisbon is a hive of winemaking activity, making uniquely styled wines primarily from blends of native Portuguese grapes. This wine comes from vineyards in the Alenquer and Cadaval regions, in the mountains to the north of Lisbon.

Quintessentially Portuguese red, offering plenty of warm, jammy forest fruit flavours combined with heady aromas of violets and touches of spice. Supple, chewy tannins provide texture and length.

Great as a everyday bottle as on offer at a bargain price of £6.66 from £9.99. Open this weekend to taste.

Pennautier Chardonnay just £7.32!Date published: 01/04/15

Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc

The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620.

Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat.

It makes a great apéritif, or an accompaniment to light hors d'oeuvres, salads and fish dishes.

This wine is perfect if you are looking for a cheaper (but not neccessarily lower quality) white burgundy. Great if you are entertaining for Easter weekend. I've bought my case already!

Back in stock! Finca Carelio Tempranillo Date published: 30/03/15

If you missed this fantastic wine when it was our wine of the week fear not. We have it back in stock after such popular demand! 

The mature bush vines in the hot, arid climate of Castilla y Leon produce very small bunches of grapes, which have concentrated flavours and fresh acidity due to hot days and cold nights. The wine has mellowed over 30 months' maturation mostly in barrel.

Complex and layered, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla, and is wonderfully plush on the palate. Dry tannins and mature, lightly raisined fruit characters.

An incredibly versatile wine which would make a great partner to your roast lamb this Easter weekend (or whatever meat you opt for!). At just £6.66 you'd be silly not to try it!

Wines from the AlsaceDate published: 29/03/15


This wine producing region on the border between France and Germany has had a rich and varied history. Having changed from German to French ownership over the course of the centuries it has taken on many characteristics of both countries. For instance, many wines in France are named after the location where they are grown, not the grape variety i.e. Chablis. However Alsace is one of the few places that traditionally did name the wines by their grape variety, a tradition passed down from when it was part of Germany.


Many people distinguish an Alsace wine by their unique tall sloping bottle shapes. These bottles are often taller than most and a good deal thinner. This was a practical choice to make it easier to stow the wines as they were transported along the Rhine.



Alsace is without a doubt one of the worlds best Riesling and Gewurztraminer producing regions. The Riesling produced is often dry, with a high acidity, but a delicious array of peach and pear fruit. Gewurztraminer can sometimes be off dry (a little residual sugar). Wines from this grape variety are often highly aromatic and have a gingery spice.


We've got a great range of Alsace wines in stock, so come and have a look!

Wine of the Week: Château Moulin de CuratDate published: 29/03/15

A little about Bordeaux…

Bordeaux is probably the second most famous wine region in the world after Champagne. Wines from Bordeaux tend to be complex due to a blend of up to five grape varieties, ageing in oak barrels, maturation in bottle and a variable climate which means vintages can be distinctly different from each other.

The 2009 Vintage in Bordeaux…

The weather matters to successfully grow grapes and you cannot make good wine without good grapes. After rains in April and May, Bordeaux had a warm, dry summer and a dry harvesting period. The weather resulted in ripe, succulent grapes, full of flavour which were lovingly made into wine by the vignerons of Bordeaux. The vintage was an incredible success with Robert Parker (world renowned wine critic) awarding 19 different wines the maximum score of 100 points.

Château Moulin de Curat...

This wine has aromas of red and black berries. In the mouth the wine is soft, supple and well-rounded. The flavours of berries are clearly there along with hints of earthy mushroom. The 2009 vintage is nice and ripe, so the wine can be drunk by itself, rather than food being a necessity. However, if you fancy a steak for dinner tonight, it deserves to be paired with this wine!

Why you should buy this wine…

Its a one off parcel of wine from an amazing vintage representing amazing value (something our buyers are famous for finding) - snap it up before its all gone.

Ravenswood lodi ZInfandelDate published: 28/03/15


The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!

Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

£8.99 when you buy any two wines from our 25% promotion

Good Friday Brunch Date published: 28/03/15

With just a week to go until Easter weekend it is time to get planning! 

A bank holiday brunch calls for a treat. My personal favourite is smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on an English muffin. Classic and delicious! There is no better accompaniment than a nice glass of fizz. If you are feeling like treating yourself this Easter then definitely partner it with a glass of Laurent Perrier brut. A lighter house style with subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility. Currenty £24.99 on our 33% off deal. A great price for such an excellent style

If you want to try an alternative to Champagne then the L'extra par Langlois brut. Pale lemon yellow with a fine, shimmering mousse. The nose is an invigorating symphony of golden apple, citrus zest and subtle biscuit aromas. Clean, dry and elegant on the tongue. For just £9.99 on our 33% off promotion it is a cracking alternative to Champagne.

GaviDate published: 27/03/15


This wine, oft described as the Italian answer to Chablis, is enjoyed all along the Ligurian coast due to it’s affinity for seafood. Grown around the town of Gavi the closest vineyards to the town produce the wine known as Gavi Di Gavi. The actual grape variety that goes into the wine is known as Cortese

This white wine has a crisp character with a beautifully aromatic notes that can be found in the higher quality wines. Lime, Fennel, stone fruit and nut are an example of the characteristics that can be found in these great wines.


For food matching, fuller flavoured fish or shellfish makes an ideal match, simple prawns with garlic and coriander just beg to be plated up next to a bottle of Gavi.


Gavi Araldica £5.99 When you buy any two from our 33% promotion

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Prosecco 33% off!Date published: 27/03/15

This weekend we've got a fabulous 33% off of all of our Prosecco! To celebrate I decided to write this article:

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.


Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.


Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.

Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 27/03/15

As part of our spotlight on Bordeaux tasting week we have the delicious Dourthe Sauvingon Blanc open to taste. 

The whites of Bordeaux often get overlooked but this one is not to be missed! Twenty years of experience has allowed Dourthe to identify the best locations in Bordeaux to produce Sauvignon Blanc. They have selected a diversity of terroirs, mainly in the north of the Bordeaux appellation. Aromatic and concentrated, with fresh citrus combined with notes of passionfruit, a crisp acidity and lovely structure with a long and persistent finish. 

A new favourite: La Gioiosa Prosecco Date published: 25/03/15

We have received lots of lovely new prosecco... but for the customer, it can often be difficult to differentiate between the different brands. 

I often drink Prosecco as an apertif at the weekends with my family. this weekend I thought I'd ganble on something new and tried the La Gioiosa prosecco. The gamble definitely paid off! It is probably one of the most flavour filled proseccos we stock. That being said, the flavours were not too overpowering and it still worked well as an apertif. Pale straw yellow with a fine and persistent mousse. Aromas are lightly floral and fruity, hinting at blossom intermingling with ripe apple. Off-dry and refreshing and one I would highly recommend. Just £7.99 on our 33% multibuy deal. What's not to love?!

Just great valueDate published: 24/03/15

Canard Duchene is not a fizz you find everywhere and especially at the very reasonably priced £16.66 price tag. It is one of Frances top selling Champagne with an alleged bottle open every second!  

Excellent value for this fabulous and well-respected Champagne. Clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking.

Perfect as an aperitif or would match a platter of natives with aplomb!

An oldie but goodieDate published: 22/03/15

Lovers of deep rich Chardonnay are still aplenty and one such wine is the sumptuous Grand Ardeche from Louis Latour.

The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or.

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.

This is what I'm going to be drinking tonight with my roast chicken. What a perfect combination!

New to MajesticDate published: 21/03/15

I have to admit I don't buy too many Kiwi Sav Blancs but if I was going to this new Woolshed from the Mudhouse stable would be one of them.

The Woolshed Vineyard is one of Mud House's own estate-owned vineyard sites, and was established in 2002 in the upper Wairau Valley, on the combination of hillsides and alluvial flats that characterise classic Marlborough terroir.

Bright, punchy and zesty on the nose, combining passion fruit and grapefruit with hints of green peppers. Crisp and mouthwatering on the palate, which overflows with fresh fruit flavour.

A perfect pre supper glass or would match Asian cuisine well.

Heidsieck Monopole Gold TopDate published: 21/03/15

The Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top is back on a booming offer! This Vintage 2007 is at £19.99 on the 33% multibuy.

Owned by Vranken and Pommery it is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. 

This Vintage Champagne is soft and rich with lovely hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect for champagne lovers!

EVC Chardonnay Date published: 21/03/15

A fan of new world Chardonnay? Then you must give this wine a try. 

To make this premium Chardonnay, the juice was drained directly into French oak hogsheads allowing the natural yeasts on the grapes to initiate fermentation. Following fermentation the barrels were stirred regularly for 8 months before stabilisation and bottling.

This chardonnay shows fine green/gold tinges and a lovely balance of fresh green apple and citrus fruit flavours, supported by stylish barrel fermentation characteristics.

A wine that will continue to develop complexity over the next 4-5 years. At £9.74 on our 25% off deal it really is a steal! Open to taste this weekend if you want to try before you buy.

The Old ManDate published: 19/03/15

I'm not talking about my father but the 'old man' from Matsu wines in Toro is a epic red that is very structured and a great wine to have with a slow roast shoulder of lamb. 

'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic.

The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.

To boot it is going to be open this weekend to try but hurry as I'm sure it will disappear quickly.

£25 down to £20 when buying 2 or more.

Back in StockDate published: 18/03/15

Lovers of the ripasso style of wine take note Passimento is back!

The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish.

This has structure to last but why bother when so good now! Match with a hearty game dishes.


Riscal Reserva just £9.99Date published: 18/03/15

An old favourite has come down in price... Marqués de Riscal Reserva is now on our 33% off multibuy deal at just £9.99. 

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy lamb casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

PelorousDate published: 17/03/15

From the Cloudy bay producers come these fantastic sparkling wines. Made in the same method as Champagne and utilising the same grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Grapes are grown in the Wairau valley of Marlborough. Because the grapes are sourced from various plots of land within the Wairau Valley the producers can control the quality keeping vintage variation to a minimum. This also creates complexity within the wine.

These sparkling wines are a fantastic alternative to Champagne, especially if you’re craving something with a richer fruit body.


Cloudy Bay Pelorus 

£16.65 When you buy any two from our 33% promotion

From a Chardonnay-dominant blend of selected vintages, this is a fresh, apéritif style of sparkling wine. Crisp apple flavours are backed up by a nutty, yeasty complexity from its time on lees.


Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose NV

£17.98 When you buy any two from our 33% promotion

Fine bubbles and a pale pink colour. The aromas are of strawberry and cranberry, with subtle pot pourri and flint. The palate is explosive and abundant, with lashings of cherry fruit and sweet spice. Drink with smoked salmon or charcuterie canapés, sashimi or Peking duck.

Coney Pinot NoirDate published: 16/03/15

For mothers day I treated my mum to a fine wine Pinot Noir from New Zealand, the Coney Pizzicato.

She thought what better time then to try it now and then (She loves her Pinot Noirs she does), I obviously did not decline. 

The taste was just perfect, Ripe cherry and black fruits, with smoky and savoury overtones. There were complex flavours with toasty notes and a hint of spice. It also had lovely chewy tannins and a long finish. This is one expressive Pinot Noir!

It is truly a delicious Martinborough Pinot Noir and one you must try on an occasion!


Vinalba Malbec Back in Stock!Date published: 16/03/15

Happy to say Argentina has been restored again and my favourite is back, the Vinalba Reservado Malbec!

It has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. It is sources from the vineyards at the foot of the Andes and is grown and different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.  

It is my favourite because it is so fruitful, with ripe dark plum fruits and sweet tannins. There is also a hint of dark chocolate and mocha with flavours that  linger for a long time. 

This malbec is a winner for me!


Marquis de Pennautier ViognierDate published: 14/03/15

Viognier is a grape indigenous to the Rhone valley but remarkable examples can be found internationally. I am a particular fan of what the regions around Roussilon and Languedoc has to offer - just south of the Rhone valley - as they offer fantastic value for money! 

We are currently tasting the Marquis de Pennautier Viognier. The nose reveals honeysuckle, fresh apricots and even a hint of sherbet. Crisp and fresh, with flavours following aromas of the nose and a well balanced lingering finish. If you are looking for an alternative to your usual Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Grigios and are up for trying something new then look no further. 

Currently just £6.66 on our 33% multibuy deal and moving fast. Snap it up before it is too late!

Mothers day giftsDate published: 14/03/15

Stuck for a last minute mother’s day gift? Well why not bring a smile to your mum’s face with a bottle of bubbles to celebrate! Nothing says thankyou like fizz! Below are a selection of Sparkling wines to suit all budgets.

Oeil de Perdrix rose Champagne £16.66 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% off promotion.

Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif.


Prosecco La marca Cuvee £9.99 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% off promotion.

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method. Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced.


Bouvet Saumur Loire £8.99 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% off promotion.

The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality. Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant.

Party WinesDate published: 11/03/15

At Majestic we have a fab range of wines which are perfect if you are planning a big event and are keeping an eye on the costs. Here are my picks to impress everyone without paying the price! 

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc. A great value Sauvignon Blanc from Giesen Typically vibrant, citrussy and herbal Marlborough Sauvignon, with kaffir lime and blackcurrant leaf notes against a backdrop of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours. A lovely aperitif. £6.66 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal.

Breganze Pinot Grigio. A vibrant Pinot Grigio that offers much more character and class than some. Showing citrus fruit flavours and subtle floral aromas. Good acidity helps create a clean, refreshing wine. £6.74 if you buy two or more on our 25% off deal.

Gran Vendema Rioja Crianza. Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel. £6.32 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal. 

Santa Ana Malbec. Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

Don't forget we offer free glass hire and free delivery. With our great choice of wines too, organising a party could not be easier with Majestic. 


CavaDate published: 10/03/15

Cava is an unusual DO as it covers a number of non-contiguous, geographical areas across Spain (usually a DO is used to cover a geographical area where the style of wine produced is definitive of that area). It is made using the traditional method in similar quantities to that of Champagne. Although the area permitted to produce Cava is vast the majority is made in the Catalan vineyards of Penédes, but production is permitted in Navarra, Rioja and Valencia.

The wine must spend nine month on lees (ageing with the dead yeast) why is why, along with the autolytic character caused by the traditional method, you will often find a smoky and rich character. The traditional grape varieties for Cava are Xarel-lo and Parellada for white wines and Monastrell and Garnacha for rosés. Although these are the traditional grape varieties, more and more producers are beginning to use Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to add an extra level of fruit and acidity to the wine. The introduction of these grapes for Cava has been controversial as it arguably detracts from Cava’s point of difference.

Why not try the Codorníu Selección Raventós? A model example of Cava with the addition of the Chardonnay grape it is Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

New rioja on the blockDate published: 10/03/15

Majestic have just received a new rioja to add to the wonderful spanish family. The Finca Carelio and it sure stands out - not just because of its vibrant pink and floral label. 

The mature bush vines in the hot, arid climate of Castilla y Leon produce very small bunches of grapes, which have concentrated flavours and fresh acidity due to hot days and cold nights. The wine has mellowed over 30 months' maturation mostly in barrel. 

This therefore helps to create a rioja with complex and layered flavours. It has a rich aroma of ripe blackberries, leather and the classic vanilla. These also come out on the palate along with dry tannins and mature, lightly raisined fruit characters. 

This one is worth the try especially at £6.66 on the 33% multibuy price. 

ProseccoDate published: 09/03/15

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.

Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.

Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.

And we've got a brand new Prosecco in stock!

Prosecco Gioiosa (I don't know how to pronounce this one I'm afraid!)

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

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

£7.99 when you buy any two wines from our 33% promotion

The many faces of Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/03/15

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape loved by many for lots of different reasons. You are hard pushed to find a white grape which is made in such a variety of styles (except, perhaps, Chardonnay). 

New Zealand Sauvingon blanc is by far our most popular style of wine at Majestic. The Kiwi style is usually bursting with gooseberry flavours, with nuances of tropical and citrus fruit. However, it is important even within one country not to generalise. If you try the Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc you will notice a green, herbaceous character with a hint of citrus whereas the Russian Jack Sauvingnon Blanc has a much greater citrus influence. 

If you venture into the Sauvignon Blancs of France you will most probably end up in the Loire Valley. Sauvignon's from here tend to have a much greater mineral and flinty character due to the different soil types found here. To get an idea of this style go for the Jean Vincent Pouilly-fume: An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character.

More and more we are seeing Sauvingon Blanc being blended with other grapes too. For example, the Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc 'Cuvée Florence'.The Sauvignon Blanc adds a tropical vibrancy to the blend. It is also not uncommon to see Sauvignon Blanc used in blend with Semillon to make sweet Sauternes, adding a fruity and floral influence. 

Why not have a Sauvingon Blanc tasting and explore this versatile grape?


ChablisDate published: 08/03/15

Chablis is the northernmost appellation of Burgundy in France, In fact it is so far north that it is on latitude with cities such as Montreal and Munich where weather like snow isn’t uncommon. Because of this it is often a struggle to get the grapes to ripen fully, and adverse weather such as hailstorms are the bane of every vineyard owner in this region.

One thing that many people don’t know is that Chablis is made from Chardonnay, the same grape variety that makes up a lot of New World oaked wines. Chardonnay is one of the best grape varieties to plant if you truly want a wine that will reflect your terroir. The main difference between Chablis and other vineyard regions of the world is the kimmeridgian soil and low temperatures. One winery measure that is often practiced is the limited use of oak, though many producers opt not to oak theirs at all to retain this fresh style.

Chablis wines often have a fairly high acidity, with lean fruit characteristics like apple and pear. Minerality is a big characteristic in many Chablis, with notes of wet stone and chalk. There can be a buttery or creamy aspect though this isn’t quite as common.


New in: PROSECCO LA GIOIOSA Date published: 08/03/15

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

Pale straw yellow with a fine and persistent mousse. Aromas are lightly floral and fruity, hinting at blossom intermingling with ripe apple. Off-dry and refreshing. Chill well and enjoy on its own or with steamed fish and shellfish dishes. 

£7.99 if you buy two or more wines on our 33% promotion

What is Tannin?Date published: 08/03/15

Tannin is one of those wine terms that people know... but don't really know.

Tannin is a substance found in grape skins, pips and stalks. Wine with high tannin can leave a dry feeling in the mouth around the gums and on the teeth. It can even be quite unpleasant at times but it is essential for many red wine makers. Why?

Tannin helps to preserve a wine as it ages. Wines with low tannin are not suited to ageing and as such should be enjoyed while they are young. As wine ages, the tannins soften and so highly tannic wines may need to be left for longer before they are ready to drink. Some foods can also soften tannin in the mouth, which is why game is the perfect accompaniment to Barolo for example.

If you really want to find a wine with high tannins then try the Vox Populi Bobal 2011 Utiel-Requena. The tannins can be a bit much on their own but with some cold meats and hard cheeses it is delicious.  


New summer white?Date published: 07/03/15

During the winter period I went into a bit of hybernation and only drank reds. I wouldn't even consider a white. But now the weather is starting to turn and the sun is making an appearance it's starting to make me consider a crisp, refreshing white again. 

On the tasting counter this week we have the Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc Cuvée Florence 2014. This blend of the Sauvignon and Piquepoul grape is a great mix and I believe can be a favourite to people that are firm New Zealand Sauvignon lovers.

The combination of the crisp, lean, minerally Piqupoul is matched so well with the Sauvignon Blancs vibrant tropical influence to produce this very well balanced white wine that is wonderfully refreshing. 

You must come down and have a taste and at £6.74 on the 25% deal this one is a keeper!

Sunday Roast? Oyster Bay MerlotDate published: 07/03/15

Having a Sunday roast this weekend? Whether you're having Chicken, Beef or Lamb you should DEFINITELY partner it with the Oyster Bay Merlot... even more so because it is on a short term deal with 33% off!

Oyster Bay has been producing wine of international acclaim since winning the 'Best International Sauvignon' at the 1991 IWSC. A leading example of the 'New Zealand Style', fashioned from fruit grown in Hawkes Bay's Bordeaux-esque climate.

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

Currently £7.99 if you buy two or more wines on the 33% off deal.

The Matsu CollectionDate published: 07/03/15

Matsu have created a collection of wines that are creative and beautifully structured in taste.

The Matsu El Recio is a mature wine made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines. It has spent 14 months in new French oak providing opulence and polish.

This wine has a deep black fruit taste with lovely hints of chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla. It is nice and weighty but with a firm structure. Perfect for anyone who likes smooth and silky reds. 

Great to keep for 2-5 years or even open it up and pair it with beef fillet or sirloin. 

Roast Chicken and wine!Date published: 07/03/15

This is the perfect time of year to get the family together and have a big old roast dinner. Many people love a roast chicken above all others and no meal is complete without some good wine to match. Below I've compiled a list of wines that I think are great matches for that sunny Sunday roast chicken!


The first question you have to ask yourself is a simple one, Red or White? (Although I personally think when there is a big group it’s good to have both so as the meal goes on the wine can change to complement).


White

Because you are having a meal with rich and varied flavours you generally want something with a bigger body than Sauvignon Blanc (though that does make a great before meal aperitif). The classic choice is a white Burgundy but I’ve gone a little off piste with this one.


Grand Ardeche £9.99

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.


Red


You really can’t go wrong with a Pinot Noir for this, it’s smooth and medium bodied, which often gives you a wine that is velvety and intense in it’s flavour profile but not too heavy. My personal recommendations are:


Macon Rouge, Louis Jadot £9.74 when you buy two bottles from our 25% offer

An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish. Juicy and approachable!


Ravenswood lodi ZInfandelDate published: 07/03/15

We're quickly beginning to run out of stock on this big bold beauty, so come and grab yours whilst it's available!


The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!


Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

Rose wine makingDate published: 07/03/15

Our rosé section has received a new lease of life with the addition of old favourites from the 2014 vintage arriving. So I thought I would outline the methods used to make rose. 

There are 4 methods winemakers can use. The first is called 'drawing off'. A wine is made from using the same method as red wine making. However, during the fermentation process some of the wine is drawn from the fermentation after 6 to 48 hours depending on the depth of colour needed. Fermentation then continues at a cooler temperature to retain the fresh fruit flavours.  

Secondly, a winemaker can choose to blend a white wine and a red wine to produce a rose. This is outlawed in much of the EU (except in Champagne) and tends to not be seen in the best rosé's but account for many fresh and simple new world rosé's

'Direct pressing' produces the most delicately coloured rosé's. The black grapes are pressed very gently so only a little colour is extracted from the grape skins and not too much tannin is extracted. 

Finally, the 'bleeding' method, which is essentially the same as drawing off except only a portion of juice is drawn off. The main purpose of this is to increase the concentration of the juice of the red wine and the rose is essentially a by-product of the red wine making.  


New Ale!Date published: 06/03/15

With the weather getting better and it actually starting to feel like spring we have a great new light ale in store for you. 

The Oakham ale is from Peterborough and is the perfect ale for a refreshing and light beer on a sunny but crisp day.

It has flavours of grapefruit and gooseberries, and I must admit for not being a lover of ales this one sure shocked me and is in my books to take home for a weekend with friends and family!

If you want to try for yourself come down to the Farnham store and have a taste as we have it open on the tasting counter! 

A fantastic Pinot NoirDate published: 05/03/15

Love Pinot Noir ? Well, this could be just the wine for you. You can pay alot for this difficult to grow grape and whilst not cheap at £24 is certainly great value.

Meiomi is a native American word for 'coast', and it is along California's coastal areas where winemaker Joseph J. Wagner has sourced his fruit, from a range of vineyard sites that each add specific elements to the blend. Fruit from Sonoma is said to offer plenty of round fruit and lush texture, while fruit from Santa Barbara and Monterey are employed for more earthy, spicy characters. Unified by 9 months in French oak barrels, the result is an opulent, complex and luxurious Pinot.

Try with a gentle roasted Pheasant.

Mister Shiraz Date published: 05/03/15

This wine is a classic fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz and is a great example of Chiles ability to produce more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style. 

It has a lovely nose of plum and strawberry with vanilla and cedar scents. This is due to the French and American oak that it has been stored in to age. It has a delicious long finish with a meaty, muscular palate. You will not be disappointed with this if you like robust, big, fruitful reds.

It is available to taste on our tasting counter from tomorrow, so why not come and try for yourself?


New in: Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011 Castilla y LeonDate published: 04/03/15

I cannot wait to try this new Spanish red. In fact, I think I may have it with my supper this evening. The mature bush vines in the hot, arid climate of Castilla y Leon produce very small bunches of grapes, which have concentrated flavours and fresh acidity due to hot days and cold nights. The wine has mellowed over 30 months' maturation mostly in barrel. 

Complex and layered, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla, and is wonderfully plush on the palate. Dry tannins and mature, lightly raisined fruit characters.

A remarkably versatile food wine, great with stews, meats from the grill or a cheeseboard. Just £6.66 on our 33% multibuy deal!

Pol Roger dealDate published: 03/03/15

One of my favourite all time Champagne houses has always been the family owned estate of Pol Roger. Famously consumed by Winston Churchill in copious amounts (allegedly) so much so their luxury cuvee is named after him.The non vintage is a mid weight fizz with soft apple flavours mingled with brioche overtones and a fine mousse. It is extremely elegant Champagne and makes the perfect aperitif or with a plate of native oysters is just the ticket. It also happens to be on a excellent offer at present of only £29.98 a bottle. A clear £10 cheaper than Berry's and Waitrose!

Russian JackDate published: 03/03/15

Our red wine of the week is an exceptional Pinot Noir from New Zealand called Russian Jack. New Zealand are really pushing out some delicious new red and whites and this one is a great example. 

Currently on the tasting counter we were able to try some and i'm very glad I could. This beautifully balanced Pinot Noir offers ripe red berry fruit underpinned by a fresh crunchiness and savoury notes. The tannins are ripe but not to heavy with a supple spice infusion due to its 9 months in oak.

Perfect with a smoked duck or just putting your feet up on the sofa

This is one to definitely try and at £11.99 on the 25% offer its one not to miss out on. 

Crazy deals on Oyster Bay wines!Date published: 03/03/15

Who has got New Zealand wine down to a tee more than Oyster Bay? You'll be pushed to find such a fantastic producer... and we currenty have 33% off their range of wines! 

Their Sauvignon Blanc is pure New Zealand in style with pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing. £7.99 on our 33% multibuy. Bargain! 

If you're more of a Chardonnay fan then don't worry... Pure, incisive ripe fruit flavours. Concentrated aromas of ripe citrus and stone fruit are married with subtle oak and a creamy texture to finish. This is my style of wine and something I'm definitely going to be snapping up at £7.99. 

Finally, their Pinot Noir at just £8.65 has to be the offer of the week! To get such a vibrant and high quality pinot noir under £10 is almost unheard of. Ripe red cherry with hints of savoury black cherry, blossom, spice and oak. Juicy red fruits, soft ripe tannins and a soft elegant finish of succulent and red berries.

New to MajesticDate published: 02/03/15

The price of some Austrian wines have over the years gone up alot but our buyers are always looking out for new great value wines and this new Shiraz really shows you that great wines can be found under £10. 

I have drank the 'Johannnes' from Basedow in the past and if you ever get the chance do! It is a stunning glass of wine.

Basedow Shiraz comes from a group of exclusive vineyards just outside the town of Tanunda in Barossa Valley. The winery originated in the mid-1800s, and spent some years under corporate ownership, before being reacquired by the Basedow family's 5th generation.

Deep cherry red, with a thick and juicy backbone of plum jam and cocoa characters, accented with hints of sweet spice and black pepper. Gentle yet rich and mouth-filling tannins.

Its not the most weighty Shiraz I have had but has great spicy notes that would be great with an early season BBQ.


Australian WineDate published: 02/03/15

Australian wine is often seen as low quality and low priced, but there is much more to this countries wine than just that! First a little background knowledge:

#Australia is the worlds fourth largest exporter of wine, up to 40% of wine produced is consumed within the country.

#Much of production takes place in the south east of the country, where the country dips further south than elsewhere. The cooler climate allows wines of varying styles to be produced

#Shiraz is the most grown grape variety, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.


Chardonnay is a very popular white wine variety, and is typically characterised by it’s swathes of tropical fruit and toasty oak elements. In recent years there has been somewhat of a backlash against high oak wines, with many consumers believing the toasty/burnt flavours of some Chardonnay is an inherent characteristic of the grape. A lot of producers in decades past would use oak chips rather than the traditional method of cask ageing to add the oak flavours to a wine, and whilst this is not exclusive to Australia, the association has stuck.

In recent years producers have been trying to adjust consumers opinions on Australian wine to include a lot of the more premium wines produced. Many of the microregions are protected by strict labelling laws, such as Barossa Valley and Clare valley. Wines from these regions are very typical of certain styles, such as Barossa Valley shiraz being full of flavour and sweet spice, or Clare valley Riesling being fruity yet lean.


We’ve got plenty of Australian wine in stock, from budget to premium lines. So why not pop in and give an Aussie a go!

Pelorus!Date published: 02/03/15

From the Cloudy bay producers come these fantastic sparkling wines. Made in the same method as Champagne and utilising the same grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Grapes are grown in the Wairau valley of Marlborough. Because the grapes are sourced from various plots of land within the Wairau Valley the producers can control the quality keeping vintage variation to a minimum. This also creates complexity within the wine.


These sparkling wines are a fantastic alternative to Champagne, especially if you’re craving something with a richer fruit body.


Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2009

£19.98 When you buy any two from our 33% promotion

Aromas of apple and citrus fruit, with baked bread, brioche and nutty characters. A full, creamy mid palate that leads in to an elegant long. As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon. But being slightly fruitier, this could partner Asian cuisine or goose.

Welcome back an old friendDate published: 01/03/15

Ok, I grant you today feels like a spring day and thoughts of dining outside with a glass of rose in hand come to mind. In reality it is still winter but we have just had our most popular of Rose come back into store.

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

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

Perfect as a pre supper tipple.

Robert ParkerDate published: 01/03/15

Arguably one of the most influential people in wine outside of the winemaking process, this U.S. wine critic has been the face of en primeur Bordeaux for over 30 years. Parker’s influence is said to be so strong that if he declares a vintage or producer favourably, prices can be guaranteed to rocket, though this also works negatively on the flip side.

One of the best known features of Robert Parker’s reviews is his 100 point wine rating system, 100 being the perfect wine. The rating system was developed to allow for an easier understanding by consumers by reducing room for error or misunderstandings that may occur with typical qualitative rating systems. The rating system is based upon the different factors, i.e. alcohol, acidity and body, that allow for a wine to be independently judged regardless of individual preferences. The score is often accompanied by a written description which Robert Parker describes is one of the most important parts to helping a consumer decide if that wine will be to their tastes.

Vino Pinot GrigioDate published: 01/03/15

Vino Pinot Grigio


This fantastic take on the Northern Italy staple from Washington is the creation of Charles Smith, band manager turned winemaker. What many people do not know is that Washington state is the second largest wine producing area in the US after California. The cooler climate is suitable to wines such as Pinot Grigio that benefit from careful growing.


Tropical fruit takes the forefront followed closely by lime and a stunning minerality. The complexity is what I love most about this wine which really shows that it’s from a climate with a big variance in climate. The wine is intense yet not over the top.

Super Tuscans!Date published: 01/03/15

Tuscan wine is primarily made from the Sangiovese grape variety, however this is often blended with the more typically french grape varieties of Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot to produce the almost self admiring name of Super Tuscan! Sangiovese typically has a very vibrant and easy to spot red cherry character. When aged in barrel the wine readily takes up the oak characteristics and can develop secondary characteristics such as tea and tar.


The original Super Tuscan was developed by the producer known as Sassicaia, who’s first commercially available big hit Super Tuscan was the widely known Tignanello.

Their second wine to the celebrated Sassicaia is the Guidalberto. This wine truly shows how much quality can still be found in second wines, despite large price differences. In the Guidalberto the varieties are vinified separately before blending and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.


£28.00 when you buy two or more from our fine wine promotion


Brand new, old ClaretDate published: 28/02/15

Recently we have received some brand new Bordeaux wines into our shelves, so to help you decide which ones you’d like to give a go we’ve done the research for you!

Manoir de Gay 2008 Pomerol

This is the second wine from the prestigious Chateau le Gay producer. Rated on average 91.5 points by the users of Cellartracker.com. This wine is an earlier maturer, and thus would be ideal to drink now. The 2008 vintage gives us ripe plum and raspberry fruit with the quintessential earth and forest floor characteristics that can be expected from Pomerol. A great entry point for top end Pomerol.


Prelude a Grand-Puy Ducasse 2007 Pauillac

Another second wine, this time from the left bank appelation of Pauillac. Grand-Puy Ducasse has made a name for itself as a high quality producer from the 5eme cru classe. With a beautiful richness and core of black fruit with the classic Pauillac hallmarks such as Blackcurrant and dried herbs, this wine could be enjoyed now or left to age a further 3-4 years.



Picpoul and Fish!Date published: 28/02/15

What is it about us Brits that makes us so scared about cooking fish? The main piece of advice I can give you is do not overcook it!Where I live we still have a fishmonger who has no given stock so it really is lucky dip as he only stocks fish from day boats.
This week he had some lovely looking gilthead bream so we had a good 2lb fish and instead of taking the fillets off I cooked it whole (I got him to descale though!) Cut slits through the fish. Marinate with olive oil, lemon, thyme, rosemary, garlic and a touch of chilli.Season then roast in a high oven for 20-30 mins until the flesh comes off the bones cleanly. Serve with a herb butter, simple new potatoes and some asparagus.
This calls out for a fresh white and something like a Picpoul de Pinet would be perfect.

The Jourdan family have been growing grapes for several generations, but have only been making wines under their own family label since the early 1980's when they created this particular domaine, which overlooks the Bassin de Thau.

Light lemon-green in colour, this is a crisp and youthful white wine full of fresh citrus fruit flavours, accented with subtle hints of fennel, green pepper and lime zest.


Great value RiojaDate published: 27/02/15

As a company we have done Concordia wines for many years and they have always been great value. I even remember them giving away free hotel night's when you made a purchase of their wines. Actually if you are ever over there I can thoroughly recommend staying in them. They all are housed in historic buildings and are truly luxurious. Couple that with great restaurants and good wine you will have a great time.  Marqués de la Concordia is named after one of Spain’s most eminent historical figures. Don Jose Abascal was granted this prestigious title in 1812 after his work unifying the New World with the Old in the Americas, during his position of viceroy of Peru.

A dark ruby-coloured wine brimming with ripe blackberry and strawberry fruit flavours. The palate shows lashings of vanilla and spicy oak, giving a rich, lingering finish.

Great with grilled lamb and on offer at a bargain price of only £7.99!


GSM blendsDate published: 27/02/15

GSM

No, it isn’t a food additive. You may have seen some wines referred to as GSM’s or even seen it featured on wine bottles from Australia or the Rhone. GSM stands for three grape varieties, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, that are often blended to create a balanced and well rounded wine. The characteristics of these three grapes are quite notable when in single varietal wines, but when they are blended they produce a wine that is at once fruity, structured and aromatic. Here is a breakdown on the different characteristics of these grape varieties:

Grenache: Grenache brings the fruit into the mix. Known for being a sometimes overly fruity grape variety in hot climates it is characterised by deep flavours of red fruits and often a brambly nature.

Syrah: Syrah brings the acidity and delicate aromatics. Often seen in single varietal wines that are brilliant for red meat food pairings because of it’s acidity, this wine can also bring black fruit and secondary characteristics such as leather.

Mourvedre: Mourvedre brings structure to the table. Dense black fruit, weighty tannins and earthiness, the amount of Mourvedre added to a wine is not proportional to it’s effect on the wine.

These wines are suited to hotter, arid climates due to the difficulty to bring the vines to ripen fully. This is why they are very popular to grow in the Rhone and Australia.

Alhambra 1925 Reserva - New craft beer open to taste!Date published: 27/02/15


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

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

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

£9.99 When you buy any two or more craft beer packs

Saint Claire Estate SelectionDate published: 26/02/15

I'm really getting into the Saint Claire range from Marlborough, New Zealand. Finding them really easy drinking wines, taste delicious and have a great look about them. 

The Saint Claire Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc is my current favourite. It offers a palate of ripe gooseberries and herbs, whilst being overwhelmed with aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrent and more gooseberry. It has crisp acidity balanced with a nice bit of minerality.  It is a great Sauvignon Blanc to accompany a summer salad or seafood dish. 

The Saint Claire Estate Selection sauvignon blanc is exclusively made for Majestic and this award winning winery is sure not disappointing us yet. 

Come and pick yourself up a bottle for just £9.99 on the 33% multibuy deal, you wouldn't want to miss out on this offer!


Muriel Reserva RiojaDate published: 25/02/15

Recently we got the Muriel back in stock and there was my opportunity again to get a bottle to try. I've wanted to try it for a while and last time it was in store I missed out on my chance. 

I am sure glad I did now. This beautiful dark ruby red is a classic Reserva with a firm body and smooth tannins. There were subtle herb notes with the classic rioja traits of leather, wood and those all important black fruits. 

The winemaker themselves create this fabulous wine by leaving it for 2 years in French and American Oak and 2 years in the bottle before release. No wonder the leather and wood traits are so apparent. 

A very inviting wine if I say so myself and the price tag isn't to bad either on the 25% multibuy deal at £7.98.Come down, grab yourself a bottle and see for yourselves.

Chenin BlancDate published: 25/02/15

Chenin Blanc


Chenin Blanc is known for it’s richly fruity white wines from South Africa. Here it is used to produced wines with tropical fruit, pear, honey and nutty characteristics. These wines are often intense and refreshing due to their acidity. Chenin Blanc is also often grown in the Loire Valley where the cooler climate encourages a lighter intensity and the higher acidity makes it ideal for sparkling wines, known as cremant de Loire.

From South Africa we have the lovely Rachel’s Chenin Blanc. From one of South Africa's original wine farms, this wine is named after Rachelsfontein, the estate's water spring. This wine's fullness of flavour is a result of weekly lees stirring in a process called 'battonage', which produces a wine of greater depth and texture.

Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey. Try this wine with rich seafood dishes such as seafood stew!

£6.74 when you buy any two wines from our 25% promotion


From the Loire valley we have the delicious cremant de Loire, Bouvet. The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method.

Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant. Surprisingly good with fish and chips!

£8.99 when you buy any two wines from our 33% promotion

We're all about the English SparklingsDate published: 24/02/15

The Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvee is a fine English sparkling wine from a small vineyard near Alresford. They use the blend of the classic three grapes used in champagnes and sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. 

Their Cuvee is partially fermented in old Burgundy barrels and then spend a minimum of 36 months on lees in the bottle. 

 This is a refined and elegant sparkling wine with an abundance of classically toasty, biscuit notes and a backbone of incisive yet temperate citrus and white stone fruit. Perfect for any fine traditional English party or celebration of the sorts.  

TokayDate published: 24/02/15

Tokaji!


Tokaji is a wine region that can be found in the North east of Hungary, just touching the border between the country and Slovakia. This region is famed for it’s Aszu wines, the wonderfully sweet yet surprisingly fresh dessert wine. However, it’s dry white wines are becoming increasingly popular.


From the company that gives us one of the most famous Tokaji wines, The Royal Tokaji company is their dry Furmint. The name Furmint is derived from 'froment', the Hungarian word for the wheaten colour of its wines.


Well-defined aromatics comprising rich honey notes and stone fruits on the nose. Plenty of acidity gives the palate crispness and bite, with mineral tinges accenting the fruit-laden, exotic feel. Partner with strong creamy cheeses or rich poultry dishes.

Why not give this up and coming region's wines a go?

£7.99

Hattingley Valley Blanc De BlancsDate published: 24/02/15

I was lucky enough to visit the Hattingley Valley Vineyard last month. It is located close to Alresford down a picturesque country lane. When there we got a tour of the winery, an explanation into how they produce their different sparkling wines and the good part, got to taste their Classic Cuvee, Blanc de Blancs and Kings Cuvee. We were not disappointed, they were all a delight to drink and brought us back to our British roots and made us appreciate what British sparkling wine has to offer. 

The Blanc de Blancs was my personal favourite. Made from 100% Chardonnay grape it is partially oak-fermented and matured in the bottle for three years before release. It has a crisp white fruit backbone lifted by layers of gentle brioche and blossom notes, with a lovely creamy finish to end. 

Even better news is after our visit, we are now stocking it in a number of Majestic Wine stores around the local area. We have the Blanc de Blancs and the Classic Cuvee now in the Farnham store! 


Open this weekendDate published: 23/02/15

This has long been a favourite wine of mine and also Jansis Robinson is very fond of it. Good Pinot is very hard to find under £10 so at current offer of £7.99 it has to be one of the bargains of the month.

Puy de Dôme is a commune within the Auvergene region to the south of Loire, and is named after the large volcanic dome that is the local landmark. The granitic soils and 350-550 metres of vineyard elevation are ideal for production of this cool-climate-style Pinot.

This Pinot Noir is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a softness and harmony from a year's maturation without oak.

Great as a light red for summer time or partner with a simple roasted duck.

New In!Date published: 23/02/15

The Basedows of Barossa Shiraz!

The winery originated in the mid 1800s, first spending time under corporate ownership, it was then reacquired by the Basedow family's 5th generation where they put as much love into their vineyard as they did before. 

To create this wine they've blended the Syrah and Shiraz grape, which has produced a lovely deep cherry red Shiraz. It has a thick juicy backbone of plum jam and cocoa characters. There are also hints of sweet spice and black pepper and lovely thick tannins to accompany a juicy piece of meat. 

Definitely worth a taste!

De Morgenzon Chenin BlancDate published: 22/02/15

We have a special little chenin on the tasting counter this week and it sure did not disappoint.

The De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc is truly delicious and is on the fine wine, buy two bottles save £10 offer, making it £16

Situated on slopes stretching from around 200-400 metres above sea level, 'The Morning Sun' vineyards are so named as they are the first parts of the Stellenbosch valley to receive the sun's light each day. 

This Chenin is gloriously rich, with fermentation in barrel and lees ageing, adding notes of honey on top of the rich oak and tropical fruit. 

This is a powerful and full-bodied white so ideally needs food like a hearty pork belly!

One of my favouritesDate published: 22/02/15

I probably buy more Spanish wine than any other country and when you see what you can get for under £10 no wonder. This Cune reserva is one such bottle.

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

A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.

Couple this with the fact it has a third off until 16th March this is possibly the best value to quality wine in the shop. Perfect with roast lamb.


Trubuchet winesDate published: 21/02/15

As part of our South African spotlight tasting week we have both Trebuchet wines open to taste. 

The Chardonnay is a great example of an unoaked style. A pale lemon yellow with youthfully green flashes, this wine has characteristic aromas of lime and tropical fruits. Gently crisp on the palate, providing plenty of refreshment. 

The Trebuchet red is a Bordeaux blend with a twist; the addition of Malbec. Deep garnet-purple colour, offering flavours of ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by earthy undertones. Firm tannins provide ample weight and structure, smoothed by gentle oak.

Both these wines are £6.66 on our 33% off deal.


Back in stock: Bellingham ViognierDate published: 20/02/15

Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact.

Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish.

Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

Currently £12.99

Wines of the Week!Date published: 20/02/15

This week we have two wines of the week; both from South Africa. 

Our first wine is the Bellingham Pinopasso. This wine is unique! The grape variety in Pinopasso is Pinotage, a well known South African grape, but what makes this wine special? It’s been made using a technique known as Ripasso. This is an Italian technique where the wine is passed back over the grape skins from which the juice was extracted, adding more complexity and intensity to the wine. The wine is big and full-bodied. It has flavours of cherry and plum and hints of chocolate and spice. Just £7.49 if you buy two or more. 

Secondly, the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc. This is a firm favourite amongst the Farnham staff and our customers. The current vintage of the wine available at Majestic is the 2014. The 2013 vintage, which was the latest vintage to be assessed, won a Bronze Medal at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards. Rustenberg are certain of more success when the 2014 vintage is tasted in May this year. Rustenberg take time and care with their wines. Unlike most Sauvignon Blanc the wine is allowed to rest on its lees (the yeast left over from the fermentation process). This helps to add flavour and body to the wine. Currently £8.99 if you buy two or more!

Veggie Italian SupperDate published: 19/02/15

This evening I am opting for a yummy Spinach, ricotta and pesto Lasagna. It is so simple to make (just sub the meat aspect of your traditional lasagna with spinach. I add the pesto instead of tomato sauce but tomato sauce would work too!) and perfect when you need some comfort food. Serve with a nice chunk of crusty garlic bread and you are sorted.

A traditional wine match would obviously be an Italian red. The Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011 La Casetta is one of my favourite Italian reds. With an abundance of cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints it would match the Lasagna wonderfully. The finish is smooth and lingers, demonstrating the sheer top quality of this wine. Currently £13.49 if you buy two or more.

A Must TryDate published: 19/02/15

Having tried the Cotes Du Rhone Guigal the other night and now that it has come on a fabulous offer, I had to write a little something about it. 

Guigal is one of the most well known producers in the Rhone Valley. Founded in 1946 they have just grown and grown. 

Their Cotes Du Rhone really highlights the effort and love that they put into every wine. This full bodied wine offers a robust taste of dark fruits that explode with a savoury white pepper note, which brings a little more depth and interesting taste to the wine. 

This makes a superb food wine, as well as a perfect red for the sofa. 
Currently on offer at £7.99 you'd kick yourself if you didn't try it

Half Price mulling syrupDate published: 18/02/15

Now I grant you we are getting away from mulled wine season but there are other thing you can use the mulling syrup for. For instance you could make a mulled wine jelly.

Make your preferred mulled wine recipe. For me take a southern French blend, a splash of ginger wine, a nip of cognac, some mulling syrup and a slug of port. bring to simmering point and then let cool until lukewarm. Add a couple of sheets of soaked gelatine and pour into martini glasses. When starting to thicken immerse some winter berries in to the wine so suspended. Take this to the next level by serving with a saffron cream. Heat some double cream with a pinch of saffron until you get a gentle simmer then turn heat off. Let it infuse until cold then strain. Whip with a little icing sugar until softly whipped. Spoon on top of jellies.

Graham Beck WinesDate published: 18/02/15

With our spotlight on South Africa this week I thought I would get the ball rolling by talking about Graham Beck wines.

Graham Beck are a very highly regarded wine producer with vineyards in the Robertson and Stellenbosch regions of South Africa. They produce everything from dry white wines to sparkling rosés. They put a lot of time and investment into their vineyards, ensuring that they produce the highest quality grapes possible to produce consistently high quality wines.

Their philosophy can be seen in their Sauvingon Blanc; which is made from grapes sourced from 8 different vineyards. Fantastically fruity, with gooseberry fruit accompanied with citrus fruit and a profound minerality.

Their Bordeaux style blend, called ‘Anthony’s Yard’ is has aromas of fruitcake and spice, with red and black fruits on the textured palate and the oak-ageing lending hints of cigar box. A balanced structure and good length.

Finally, their sparkling wine is amazing and such fantastic value for money. Made using the traditional method it is full of all of the characteristics you expect from a NV champagne without the champagne price tag. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.

We currently have all of these wines in stock. Come in and add a bottle to your mixed case today!

Special offer Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 17/02/15

Lets face it we as a company stock many Kiwi sav blancs and as customers you love them. Not all are the same though and I think that some of the smaller producers often will produce finer wines than the big boys. Take for example St Clair.

Saint Clair is one of Marlborough's largest family-owned and operated wineries. Their commitment to viticulture has led to a number of award winning wines and a brand that is growing throughout the world.

Made exclusively for Majestic by one of our favourite wineries, this mouth-watering Sauvignon has aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and gooseberry and a palate of ripe gooseberry and herbs.

It also happens to be a third off so coming in at under £10 a bottle makes this somewhat of a steal.

Try with a simply tomato and goats cheese tart.


Why I love Spain!Date published: 17/02/15

When I first started learning about Spain I believed it would be a straight forward wine region. After all, what more is there to know other than Rioja or Sherry?

How I was mistaken. Spain is a country with such a vast range of climates, soils and grapes! Even within the region of Rioja, there are a variety of soils and climates making different areas suitable for different grapes. The West of the Region has chalky and limestone based soils with a cooler climate making it great for Tempranillo. To the East you will find heavy clay soil more suitable for the Garnacha grape. This type of regional variation is common throughout other areas of Spain, allowing producers to take advantage of different climates and create the perfect blends for their wines. 

The quality of Spanish white wine is outstanding too. Gone are the days of heavy oaked whites! With the use of modern equipment and anaerobic winemaking, whites from regions such as Rias Baixas, are crisp and refreshing. I personally adore the Albarino by Marqués de Cáceres!

Finally... Cava is a HUMONGOUS success story and offers a really affordable alternative to other sparkling wines of the world. Again, with investment and modern technology, Cava has been allowed to flourish in a world where it could easily be overshadowed by other wines of the world. 

Why not have a little Spanish wine tasting for yourself and see the best that Spain has to offer?


Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Date published: 17/02/15

Muscadet is made from the little known grape called Melon Blanc. You can find it grown in the West of the Loire valley in vineyards which lie relatively close to the coast in comparision to Sancere and Pouilly-fume. Although it is often described as a neutral wine there is something about the refreshing mineality of Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie which I am particularly fond of. 

This particular style of Muscadet is bottled as soon as possible after the wine is made in order to minimise oxidation and preserve the freshness of the wine. It also spends time on lees (time in contact with the yeast sediment) after fermentation, giving it a richer character. 

Majestic currently stock the Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013 Domaine de la Tourmaline. With ripe fruit aromas, a pleasant richness and fine minerality, this is a classic Loire white. Bottled with a slight natural spritz to help retain freshness. Currently on a special offer at just £6.99 a bottle. 

Paso CreekDate published: 16/02/15

Slowly i'm starting to take a bottle of Californian wines home more regularly. Their fruitful reds and crisp whites are really appealing and Its ticking the boxes for me. 

Yesterday at our wine course in store we tried the Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The Paso Creek ranch lies in a lovely area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. You couldn't get more hands on then this vineyard where vinification and barrel ageing is carried out in small lots before blending. 

Now onto the main thing the taste. It had a lovely well-rounded yet dense black fruit, primarily cherry taste with slight vanilla essence to it. A hint of black pepper really brought it to another level of complexity and to me, made this a lovely drinking partner for an evening. 

I will be buying myself a bottle for the household, especially with 33% off at £9.99 


Cracking Carmenere Date published: 16/02/15

Last night I tried the Santa Rita Medalla Carmenere and was pleasantly surprised!

Unlike the majority of its wines which are very modern and fruit-driven, Santa Rita's Medalla Real wines are made in a more classic style, with a little more in the way of secondary, savoury characters. 

This Chilean Carmenere is full bodied and offers an array of blueberry, plum and oak-softened cassis fruit, accented with intriguing coffee and dark chocolate aromas.
An interesting wine at just £7.99 (multibuy) - highly reccomend 

New: Soffio No.3 Rose!Date published: 15/02/15

Soffio No.3 Rose

Raboso is effectively the red 'sister grape' of Prosecco, extensively used for making a similarly light and fruity rose version of northern Italy's signature sparkling wine, and is grown throughout the Veneto region. This example is made in Calmasino near Lake Garda.

A gentle rose colour with salmon pink hues. The nose is gently floral, with hints of cherry blossom intermingling with fresh summer fruits. Gently fruity and approachably off-dry.

Currently on offer with 33% off at £6.66 down from £9.99!

New: Pinopasso PinotageDate published: 15/02/15

Bellingham Pinopasso Pinotage 2013, Coastal Region

Taking their inspiration from the 'ripasso' wines of northern Italy, which owe their exceptional richness to the addition of partially dried grapes to the blend, Bellingham have created this quintessentially South African adaption of the style using their signature grape.

Dark, fleshy and muscular, this wine offers the smoky and sinuous black cherry profile of classic Pinotage, with added richness and sweet spice notes, and a smooth, voluptuous texture.

Best enjoyed with rich mushroom risotto or osso bucco.

Currently on offer with 25% off at £7.49 down from £9.99!

Meerlust RubiconDate published: 15/02/15

As many of you know I'm a massive fan of red wines from South Africa but some wines I can force down and this wine from Meerlust was one of the very best I have ever dad from there.

A classic Bordeaux-style blend, this wine has an intense, opaque deep ruby colour. Bright and vivacious in the glass, with deep, dark fruit, cassis, plum and black cherry. There is a pronounced minerality on the nose with graphite, cedar smoke and cigar box bouquet. The perfectly formed, ripe tannins are densely packed and tightly woven but remain lithe and almost powdery, giving the wine a generous opulence even at this early phase of its development. Drink with red meat and would match the recipe below with aplomb. Will age well for  10-15 years in the right conditions.

Ox cheeks are now getting more and more available in supermarkets or ask your butcher for them. They really are amazing value with a couple of them serving four people but only costing a couple of pounds each.
Cut cheeks into sixths so pieces are pretty big and toss in seasoned flour. Brown well in a hot casserole pan and remove. Add a couple of sliced onions, two finely chopped carrots and celery. Sweat in the pan adding two finely chopped garlic cloves and a minute or two. When softened add them meat, a bundle of thyme, rosemary, bay and parsley stalks. Then a tin of good tinned tomato's, a pint of good stock and a bottle of good red wine. You can cook on top of the stove but I prefer to cook in a slow oven. Say 150 for around 3 or 4 hours checking and stirring even hour or so. You will end up the the most sumptuous casserole ever. So tender and full of flavour. Serve with a buttery pomme puree and a hearty green veg like wilted cavelo nero.

Bargain RedDate published: 14/02/15

Looking for a great red under £7 well here it is; Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier.

From top South African producer Boekenhoutskloof, located in Franschhoek, comes this fashionable blend of Syrah and Viognier. Fraschhoek is northeast of Cape Town and winemaking there was very much influenced by the Hugenots.

Slightly perfumed with aromas of ripe juicy plum and black berries, rich and smooth on the palate with rich plum flavours, some spice and floral notes.

Perfect with a slab of beef or dare I say a good burger.


Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion RumDate published: 14/02/15

If you popped in to store over the Christmas period you may have noticed that we had a range of new craft spirits. A lot of them sold out (so count yourself lucky if you quickly snapped a bottle or two up). However, we have two of the firm favourites back in stock and open to taste! 

The Bathtub Gin is the first creation by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth and is inspired by combining by-gone eras with modern technology. The aim is to make the best gin possible, whilst also preserving the flavours of the botanicals. The key botanicals, include juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. The palate shows clean fresh flavours of these botanicals with a surprisingly creamy finish. It’s so complex you could enjoy it neat over ice but it will also make a superb G&T.

The Rumbullion rum based on the rich, full-bodied rums enjoyed by seafaring folk centuries ago. Creamy Madagascan vanilla is added to the finest high proof Caribbean rum and a zesty orange peel note adds a distinctive freshness to this rum.  A secret recipe was followed and is then finished with a handful of cinnamon and cloves and a hint of cardamom. Best enjoyed neat or with a little fresh lime and ice, this rum can also be an excellent cocktail component.


We've popped open a bottle of fizz!Date published: 14/02/15

We've opened the Soffio No.3 Rose on the tasting counter today!

Raboso is effectively the red 'sister grape' of Prosecco, extensively used for making a similarly light and fruity rosé version of northern Italy's signature sparkling wine, and is grown throughout the Veneto region. This example is made in Calmasino near Lake Garda.

This sparkling Rose has a gentle rose colour with salmon pink hues. The nose is gently floral, with hints of cherry blossom intermingling with fresh summer fruits. Gently fruity and approachably off-dry.

Perfect for your Valentines evening or day-to-day enjoyment, especially at £6.66 on the multibuy

Wine Of the Week: Pouilly Fume La Chataigneraie Date published: 13/02/15

Pouilly-Fumé is known for producing some of the finest classic Sauvignon Blanc. As hinted at by the name, the wines often display smoky aromas said to be a reflection of the gravel, flint and limestone in the region's soils.

This Pouilly-Fume is an inviting wine with aromas of grass, fresh fennel and citrus, giving a lovely fresh feel to the wine. On the palate it provides a ripe grapefruit taste with a zesty acidity, which makes the wine crisp and refreshing. 

This wine is a great alternative to your classic Sauvignon Blanc and is available to taste today!

Currently at £9.74 on the 25% promotional discount. 


Back in stock: Pizarras de Otero Date published: 13/02/15

Ever heard of the Mencia grape? I wouldn't be surprised if you hadn't. It is a grape variety from the North-East of Spain and is little known outside of Spain itself.

The Pizarras de Otero is the only wine we stock made from this grape. This wine comes from an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo. 

A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins. Definitely one to try if you are after something new. At an extremely affordable price too: just £6.66 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal. 

Chianti wait to try this one Date published: 11/02/15

The Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori is one i've been looking at since it arrived on our shelves. 

Being a blend of 90% Sangiovese supported by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it is just bursting with red fruit and spice aromas. On the palate again these red fruits are apparent and It has lovely hints of oak in its long and lingering finish. The tannins are supple but present making it an approachable yet elegant Chianti. 

If you like your Italian reds this is one to try, I know I had to!

Aussie CabDate published: 10/02/15

When you think of iconic wine producing areas Coonawarra in Southern Australia particular evokes thoughts of top quality Cabernet Sauvignon. You find many great producers and wines from this area but they usually aren't the cheapest but this wine from Hamilton Block on offer at only £8.99 is I think a bit of a bargain.

This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium-bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.

Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant and plum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins.

Delicious with a plain grilled piece of beef.

Valentines Day fizzDate published: 10/02/15

Spoil you're loved one this Valentines Day with one of these special bottles to say I Love You. All of the Rose Champagne's are on the 33% offer:

Oeil de Perdrix at £16.66

Nicolas Feuillatte at £19.99 

Veuve Clicquot Rose and Ruinart Rose at £39.98 

Bollinger Rose at £44.31 

Laurent Perrier Rose at £44.97

(All apply to the Multibuy purchase)


New FavouriteDate published: 10/02/15

This weekend I visited London and went to a steak and wine bar - my two favourite things in one place, could not have been happier. 

Looking at the extensive wine list, the Roaring Meg Pinot Noir caught my eye. I have always wanted to try it and lucky for me the special occasion called for a bottle!

This wine is made by the boutique winery Mt Difficulty in the area of Central Otago and I can definitely agree the quality stood up to its name.

It had a lovely mix of black and red fruits and complexity gained from oak spice. It is a very balanced wine, with gentle tannins, good acidity and a delicious fruit driven finish.

I will definitely be purchasing another very soon!

La La Land Date published: 10/02/15

Giving Australia some love here with their La La Land Malbec.

It comes from the Red Cliffs vineyard near Mildura in the north-west of Victoria, and are made in a deliberately up-front and early-drinking style by Dr Phil Spillman. Allowing you to enjoy this red straight away or with potential for short-term storage. 

It is a very approachable and fruit-driven wine, filled with bold forest-fruit flavours and a supple feel, supported by subtle hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. An explosion of complex flavours to go perfectly with some meaty BBQ pulled pork.

currently at £8.99 on the multibuy and available to taste on our tasting counter today! 

Gavi!Date published: 09/02/15

This wine, oft described as the Italian answer to Chablis, is enjoyed all along the Ligurian coast due to it’s affinity for seafood. Grown around the town of Gavi the closest vineyards to the town produce the wine known as Gavi Di Gavi. The actual grape variety that goes into the wine is known as Cortese

This white wine has a crisp character with a beautifully aromatic notes that can be found in the higher quality wines. Lime, Fennel, stone fruit and nut are an example of the characteristics that can be found in these great wines.

For food matching, fuller flavoured fish or shellfish makes an ideal match, simple prawns with garlic and coriander just beg to be plated up next to a bottle of Gavi.

We currently have two Gavi wines in stock:

Gavi Araldica £7.49 When you buy any two from our 25% promotion

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Gavi Montiero £7.64 When you buy any two from our 15% promotion

A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.

Ravenswood Zinfandel - Back in stock!Date published: 08/02/15

Ravenswood lodi ZInfandel


The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!


Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

Back in stock: Passimento Date published: 08/02/15

Just in time for valentines day too... the Passimento is back in stock! The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour. 

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish.

I adore this wine, If you are after a big, jusicy red that has a hint of sweetness then look no further. 

Currently just £7.99 on our 33% off deal. Grab it before it sells out again!

Back in stock: Curious Brew Lager Date published: 08/02/15

Chapel Down is one of the leading winemakers in England. Their sparkling wine is absolutely delicious and on a par with some of the big Champagne houses. As well as producing wine, they also produce beer! 

Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer. It is completely unique as it uses the same yeast used in Chapel Down sparkling in the beer too, as well as the addition of East Anglian malt and Cascade hops.

Currently £17.99 a case. Well worth a try if you fancy delving into different and unique beers!

Classy CabDate published: 08/02/15

I uncorked a bottle of this last night and I have to say what a cracking wine it is. Californian cab's can cost the earth but this wine has 33% off at present making it a very affordable £9.99!

Just a short drive outside the small town of Paso Robles, the Paso Creek ranch lies in a picturesque area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. Their production is very hands-on, with vinification and barrel ageing carried out in small lots before blending.

Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins.

The is a wine for beef. So think a thick slab of rib-eye cooked to medium rare and a bottle or two of this. Perfect.

Great value RiojaDate published: 07/02/15

When it comes to a everyday wine I often choose a wine from Spain and this Lagunilla reserva is a perfect example of what great value you can still get under £7.

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

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

A great match for some simply grilled lamb chops.


Gruner Veltliner Date published: 07/02/15

Gruner Veltliner is a grape variety native to Austria, but is also seen in countries such as Alsace, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Unlike a lot of wines from around the Austrian/Hungary region, Gruner Veltliner is a refreshing and dry wine, with grapefruit and lemon-peel tang and often quite aromatic in style. A classic Austrian-style can be found in the wine made by Weingärten Weissenkirchen. . Well balanced acidity and citrus fruits leading to a spicy, lively wine of minerality and elegance.

Although most varieties come from Austria, this little-known variety has been creeping its way into the New World. Waimea, from New Zealand, have just introduced a Gruner Veltliner. The wine is made deliberately off-dry to achieve the perfect flavour balance. An inviting golden colour, this is a fresh and crisp wine with a little extra richness. Stone fruit and pineapple flavours are accented with nuances of fennel, white pepper and a lingering minerality.

Why not give them both a try and have a Gruner Veltliner tasting?

What I drank last night: Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie 2014Date published: 07/02/15

A simple dinner of fresh fish cakes and vegetables were on the menu last night. I decided to partner it with the Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie 2014, Nathalie Lafond: a sauvignon blanc from Loire without the Sancere price tag! 

Nathalie Lafond has now taken over the running of the domaine from her father, Claude. This is her signature cuvée, made from a selection of the best parcels of vines.

Classic Loire aromas of lime and gooseberry characterise the intense nose. The crisp fruit, mouthwatering acidity and touches of minerality, all sit harmoniously on the well-structured palate.

stunning pinot noirDate published: 06/02/15

When you think of wines from the States you often are faced with high prices and particularly when choosing a Pinot Noir. This wine somewhat bucks the trend. At £24 still not cheap but pound for pound this is a belter. 

Meiomi is a native American word for 'coast', and it is along California's coastal areas where winemaker Joseph J. Wagner has sourced his fruit, from a range of vineyard sites that each add specific elements to the blend. Fruit from Sonoma is said to offer plenty of round fruit and lush texture, while fruit from Santa Barbara and Monterey are employed for more earthy, spicy characters. Unified by 9 months in French oak barrels, the result is an opulent, complex and luxurious Pinot.

This is quite a small parcel so get it whilst you can. Would be perfect with simply roasted duck.

33% off Pink Bubbly Date published: 06/02/15

Just in time for Valentine's day, we have a fantastic promotion on all of our pink sparkling wine. Here are my top picks: 

- Graham Beck Brut Rosé: If you are looking for something that is fantastic value for money then look no further. This sparkling rosé from a very well-known producer in South Africa is made using the traditional method, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit. Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours. £9.99 on the 33% multibuy deal

- Cloudy Bay Perlorous Rosé: Again, this wine is made using the traditional method and can definitely stand up to the big houses in Champagne. Fine bubbles and a pale pink colour. The aromas are of strawberry and cranberry, with subtle pot pourri and flint. The palate is explosive and abundant, with lashings of cherry fruit and sweet spice. Just £18.98 on our 33% multibuy deal. AMAZING! 

- Perrier-Jouét Rosé: Aiming to REALLY impress this valentines day? The Perrier Jouet Rosé should do the trick. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are abundance. Currently £29.98 on our 33% multibuy deal. 

Blind River Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/02/15

Think you know New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Think again...

Barry Feickert is a former marine engineer who, along with his wife Dianne, turned to wine production as a retirement project. Today, they cultivate just over 11 hectares of vines, both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and their wines have been received by the world's press to great acclaim. Barry and Dianne's two daughters now run the estate, taking responsibility for both winemaking and commerce. 

Blind River is a small river that flows into Clifford Bay from the lower end of the Awatere Valley. Awatere has a slightly later and longer ripening period than the rest of Marlborough, and coupled with the free-draining nature of the alluvial soils, the grapes here tend towards lower yields and offer enhanced richness of flavour. 

Unlike the majority of Marlborough Sauvignons, which are made with a view to maximising the primary fruit impact, 10% of this wine has been fermented in aged French oak barriques, while the remainder has undergone the typical cool fermentation in stainless steel. After fermentation, the wine is reblended and kept on lees for four months. The result is a wine that combines vibrant fruit character with an involving complexity and textural finesse

Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, green apples and a fresh herbaceousness lead to intense flavours - the barrel ferment portion adds complexity while mineral characters provide backbone.

Currently just £9.74 on a 25% off multibuy deal. A great price for such a complex wine!

Rose FizzDate published: 05/02/15

After an exhausting few days of research on spotting the best value wine whilst on a recent trip to Thailand we found that either the hotel had made a mistake in its pricing or they got a seriously good deal on the Chandon rose from Argentina. I had only once tasted this wine prior to our trip but I have to say I am a real devotee now.

Moët & Chandon have created this complex sparkling rosé by combining the fruit of several vineyards of varying altitude, using a traditional method of blending the juice with a controlled portion of Pinot Noir base wines, and 18 months' lees aging in bottle.

Rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas a predominantly of citrus and stone fruit, accented by hints of cherry and fresh pie crust. The strawberries-and-cream palate is carried by a voluminous mousse.

Couple this with it being one third off at present makes it a difficult wine to pass by.


Beer of the Week! Flying Dog IPADate published: 05/02/15

Welcome to the wonderful world of craft beer

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


Why should you buy Flying Dog IPA?

Flying Dog IPA is great beer from Aspen, Colorado which has been brewed since 1990. Unlike many American IPAs the ABV is 4.7%, as opposed to usual 6%+, making this what the brewery term a “sessionable beer”.


Great Design!

The brewery owner is close friends with the journalist Hunter S. Thompson and the illustrator Ralph Steadman, who collaborated to come up with the funky designs on the labels.


What does it taste like…?

The beer is light and citrussy, with subtle hints of spice and an underlying hoppiness. It is a great accompaniment to Mexican and Asian food.


So, how much does it cost...?

£12.99 Buy 2 or more packs = £9.99



Mud House Pinot Noir Date published: 04/02/15

This isn't your usual Mud House Pinot Noir, this is an award winning Pinot Noir.

The Mud House Claim 431 Pinot Noir has won the highly acclaimed 2014 International Wine challenge and the overall New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy. 

This delicious Pinot Noir has aromas of plum and boysenberry give way to subtle aromas of oak toast and spice. The palate offers intense fruit yet an elegant structure with fine tannins and acidity. 

This will definitely the one to go with a slow-cooked pulled chipotle beef or even just settle down by the fire with

at £14.99 on the 'Buy 2 Bottles Save £10' you would not want to miss out on this deal 

Oeil de Perdrix!Date published: 04/02/15

There's not much I love more than Champagne... except pink Champagne! The Oeil de Perdrix, meaning Meaning 'eye of the partridge', is pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif.

What's more... this Champagne is on a fantastic offer this month. If you buy two or more bottles on the 33% deal, it is just £16.66. A perfect tipple for Valentines day or Mother's day and it makes a fantastic gift. Pop in and stock up today!

10 Wine FactsDate published: 03/02/15

Here are 10 fun facts about the world of wine and some history to classic traditions we still use in this day and age: 

1. There are 1,368 confirmed wine varieties in the world

2. Cabernet sauvignon is the most planted grape variety in the world

3. In 2010, the world produced enough wine for everyone to have 5 bottles.

 4. The average bottle of wine contains 520 grapes.- About 5.5 bunches of grapes go into a bottle of wine

5. The custom of bumping glasses with a 'cheers' came from Roman times where they used this method to make sure no one was trying to poison the other.

6. If you own a collection of bottles, do not keep them standing up, this can cause the cork to dry and shrink and the oxygen might get into the bottle. 

7. There are actually people with a phobia of wine. It is called Oenophobia and can cause people a lot of suffering especially when going out to a restaurant. 

8. The world's oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D 325 and was found near the town of Speyer in Germany.

 9.California is the fourth leading wine producer in the world - after France, Italy and Spain. 

10. In ancient Egypt, the ability to store wine until maturity was considered alchemy and was the privilege of only the pharaohs.

New to MajesticDate published: 03/02/15

If you are a fan of spicy reds from the south of France then this new wine could be just the ticket.

The 45th Parallel is the line of latitude that signifies the halfway point between the North Pole and the Equator. Passing just a couple of kilometres from Jaboulet's cellars, it is also seen as the unofficial boundary of the South of France.

Made from 60% Grenache, this wine has the Southern Rhône's classically warm, ripe feel, with plenty of blackberry and raspberry fruit, hints of peppery spice and taut tannins.

Perfect with a winter stew or dare I say a curry!


Wine bottle shapesDate published: 03/02/15

Wine bottle shapes.

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.

Everday White BurgundyDate published: 02/02/15

This is a wine we used to do about 6 years ago and I swear it didn't cost much less than it is now! This isn't a fat style of Chardonnay but a subtle wine that is only slightly richer than a village Chablis. 

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

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

Perfect for a reception drink or to accompany white fish like bream, bass of grey mullet. 


Marlborough's HistoryDate published: 02/02/15

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.

Domaine de FabreguesDate published: 01/02/15

 Domaine de Fabrègues 2011, AOP

This wine is from the Languedoc, situated in the south of France, not far from the Southern Rhône. It’s not a highly regulated region like a lot of France, leading to exciting innovation and styles of wine more common in New World wine producing areas. The wine is a blend of four varieties (Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault) which are grown across the Languedoc in vineyards ideal for each grape

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

The robust Languedoc grapes within the blend this is a rich and spicy wine. It has bold blackberry and cherry flavours, is smooth and leaves a long warming pepper and dark chocolate flavour in the mouth.


£11.99 Buy 2 Save 25% = £8.99

Perfect for cold weatherDate published: 31/01/15

The other day whilst looking in the freezer trying to find something for supper and found some beef shin that had been in there for some time so decided it was just the weather for a stew/casserole. Instead of the traditional French route I decided to give it an Asian twist. I browned pieces of the shin really well until dark brown and then removed. To the casserole pan I added about four sliced shallots, four cloves of chopped garlic, a thumb sized piece of ginger, one whole stick of lemon grass and one finely chopped, two chopped birds eye chillies and a couple of cms of chopped coriander route. Cook until soft then add back the beef. Cover with beef stock then add a tbsp of hoisin, a couple of star anise, juice of half a lime, tsp of palm sugar and a couple of tbsp of dark soy. Bring to a boil and put in a low oven, 160 ish for about 2 hours. Check every half hour or so. Adjust seasoning and if still a little thin reduce over a high heat or use a little arrowroot dissolved in water. Serve with some simply cooked Jasmine rice and steamed pak choi dressed in sesame oil and light soy sauce.

Back in Stock!Date published: 31/01/15

We have the bath tub and Rumbullion back in stock!
These really were top spirits over the Christmas period, both having great distinctive flavours. Producer Professor Cornelius Ampleforth has really done a good job

Rumbullion:

the finest Caribbean rum has a zesty orange peel note and added to it is a creamy madagascan vanilla to create a a distinctive freshness to this rum. Those who have tried it have been back for more and believe me it lived up to expectations if you love a punchy good old Caribbean rum. 

Bathtub Gin:

The aim with this gin was to make it the best gin possible whilst preserving the flavours of the botanicals. The highly traditional infusing technique of cold-compounding and the use of quality copper pot stills encourage the integration of flavours from the key botanicals. These include juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. It is very clean and fresh with a surprisingly creamy finish. 

New to MajesticDate published: 31/01/15

A brand new wine to us the delicious Domaine de Fabregues from the south of France.

Based at a former chapel, this domaine is located a short distance to the north of Pézenas, in the foothills of the Cévennes Mountains. It was acquired in 2005 by owner Carine Despinasse whose aim is to create wines 'between classicism and surprise'.

This is a rich and spicy wine in the classic Languedoc style, with an intense, jammy blackberry and morello cherry backbone balanced by supple tannins and notes of pepper and dark chocolate.

This has real depth and would match a winter stew of beef shin. 




Waimea Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 30/01/15

The Waimea Gruner Veltliner has just arrived back in store!

Just three rows of vines known as the 'Railway Reserve', owing to their following the path of a disused railway line, within Waimea's Annabrook Vineyard are planted with Gruner Veltliner. The wine is made deliberately off-dry to achieve the perfect flavour balance.

An inviting golden colour, this is a fresh and crisp wine with a little extra richness. Stone fruit and pineapple flavours are accented with nuances of fennel, white pepper and a lingering minerality.

Best enjoyed with seafood or poultry dishes.

Currently on the 33% off offer at £9.99 down from £14.99!

On the tasting counter tomorrowDate published: 29/01/15

We're bringing you a new selection of wines to the tasting counter tomorrow. The Fabregues is a new southern French red that I had to take home last night a try. 

It has such a rich and spicy style, bursting with intense blackberry and cherrys. The best thing about it is its supple tannins and notes of pepper and dark chocolate that really make this red a lovely complex mixture. 

Perfect having this with something that is full-flavoured and meaty.

And the best thing is you can come and try it tomorrow for yourselves! 

New to Majestic Date published: 28/01/15

If you want to try something new and interesting come by and pick up a couple of the Russian Jacks Pinot Noir or the Sauvignon Blanc if you're more of a white wine fan. 

The wine is named after the merchant sailor from Latvia who found himself in New Zealand and became a legendary travelling fruit picker living a wonderfully nomadic life for over 50 years. 

Thus came some beautiful wines, the Pinot Noir offering ripe red berry fruits and ripe, supple tannins, a subtle spice which produces a lovely balanced Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon Blanc offers a palate of gooseberry and passion fruit, with lovely lime and elderflower aromas. Due to the citrus acidity you are left with a very clean finish.

Come and explore at Majestic Wine 

Such good valueDate published: 27/01/15

Looking for an in expensive fizz that really punches above its weight then look non further than this fantastic wine from Kiwi producer Lindauer.

Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle.

A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish.

Put this together with 33% off this really is a great deal!


UnexpectedDate published: 26/01/15

I have just got back from a couple of weeks in glorious Thailand and whilst you always pay through the nose for the wine food is not only delicious but so reasonable in even the top places. Now if you decide to go local you can have a serious meal with drinks for easily less than a tenner a person!

We have been before but had always stayed away from their wine produced by them but after tasting the rose, chardonnay and shiraz from Monsoon Valley in Hua Hin I have to say they are surprisingly good. I just thought it could be a little hot but it seems not. If you are going out there I can recommend you try them. 

Waimea Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/01/15

Vibrant florals and cool tropical notes punctuate the nose. The
generosity you are led to expect from the aroma follows through 
on the palate. Great concentration makes this a very mouth-filling 
wine which is stretched out to a long finish by a chalky minerality 
typical of the Waimea Plains. Combined with a pleasing acidity it 
makes a scrumptious and refreshing aperitif and an excellent 
companion to light fresh meals. 


Traditional proteinaceous fining agents have not being used in this 
wine, it is therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Enjoy 
now and until our next release.

£8.65 When you buy two or more wines from our 33% promotion.

Friday night dinner: Mushroom StroganoffDate published: 23/01/15

It's Friday! I always plan ahead and really look forward to my Friday night dinner. Tonight I am having mushroom stroganoff with. I like to use a mixture of mushrooms and, when I can, I love using wild mushrooms to add a real complexity of flavour. 

There are a few wine choices that can stand up to this dish. A creamy and rich Chardonnay could do just the trick. The Alamos Chardonnay (at just £6.66 on a 33% multibuy deal!) displays a stunning array of ripe peach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with toasty oak.

The mushrooms offer for an earthy style red too. A New Zealand Pinot Noir such as the Mud House. Full of ripe cherry flavours with a hint of earthiness on the finish. Currently £9.99 on a 33% multibuy deal 

Personally though, I am going to opt for the Dogajolo. 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. Currently open to taste on our tasting counter so a perfect time to give it a try. £8.99 on a 25% off multibuy deal.  

New in and open to taste: Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/01/15

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region with an international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. This wine is a blend of grapes grown across vineyards in the Wairau Valley, an area which produces distinctively aromatic wines.

Why should you buy this wine…?

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

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

What does it taste like…?

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

So, how much does it cost...?

£9.99 Buy 2 Save 33% = £6.66


4 reasons to love the South of FranceDate published: 21/01/15

I have developed a soft spot for the South of France when it comes to wine. Often overshadowed by its powerful superiors such as Bourdeaux and Burgundy, it is actually a delight of a wine region. Here's why:

1. Bordeaux blends without the price tag! In terms of red wine the Bordeaux grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot etc.) flourish in the South. The Château de Pennautier 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2011 Cabardès is a fantastic example of the true value for money you can find. a classy and well structured wine: deep garnet red in colour, with a power and harmony to the flavours and aromas of blackcurrant, with spice and chocolate notes. Currently £10.99. A fantastic price for such a brilliant wine. 

2. Interesting blends! The South of France are not as restricted by rules, laws and regulations as to what grape varieties they can and cannot plant there. As a result, winemakers in the South of France can experiment a little bit more and some extremely interesting blends are given a lease of life. Try the Croix Saint Adel Blanc 2013 PGI Coteaux du Libron. The blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier offer A fruit-filled and eminently gluggable white wine,  white apple, grapefruit, peach and orange zest flavours. On a special offer at the moment at £7.99. Result!

3. Picpoul! Since starting at majestic I think the Picpoul grape has been one of my favourite finds and is only found in the hidden hubs of the South of France. Albeit more of a summery drink, it is light, refreshing and full of citrus zest. I often advise customers if they are looking for an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or a match for seafood to give picpoul a go (and they are rarely dissappointed). The Domaine Felines Jourdan 2013 Picpoul de Pinet  is a crisp and youthful white wine full of fresh citrus fruit flavours, accented with subtle hints of fennel, green pepper and lime zest. Currently on our 33% deqal at £8.99 if you buy two or more. 

4. The Price! Not only does South of France produce quality wines that stand out from the crowd. If you are after a genuine bargain for a quality wine it is the place to look. 

Back in stock: Alamos Chardonnay Date published: 20/01/15

In nearly every wine-making country you will find Chardonnay. In my opinion the Argentians do it incredibly well and the Alamos Chardonnay is a great example of the fantastic value for money you can get. Alamos is produced by Nicolás Catena, Decanter Man of the Year 2009. As well as producing fantastic malbecs, he produces a chardonnay which 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.

Currently £6.66 if you buy two or more wines on the 33% off deal. A bargain not to be missed!

Roger Groult Réserve CalvadosDate published: 19/01/15

Roger Groult Réserve 3-Year-Old 70cl Bottle - £30.00

Jean-Roger Groult is the 5th generation producer of this esteemed Calvados, which was awarded Best Calvados in the World at the 2014 World Drinks Awards. Made from hand-sorted cider apples from the Pays d’Auge area, this Calvados has been aged and blended in old French casks and is three years old. Fresh and fruity notes of Granny Smith apple on the nose with a hint of cream are complimented by nuts and a touch of menthol on finish resulting in a round and complex taste.


A selection of our January offersDate published: 19/01/15

This month sees some amazing offers, here are just a few of our many MANY exciting offers.

1. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc £18.33 from £27.50

A favourite Sauvignon!. It's the original Marlborough Sauvignon, and comes with a ton of prestige. Don't think we'll ever see it cheaper.

2. Louis Roederer Brut Premier £26.99 from £45

That's right less than £27 for Roederer, a Goliath 40% discount on this. One of the best brand Champagnes around. It's Pinot Noir dominated so expect a full body, fresh, red fruit and some toasty brioche notes. Huge bargain, I don't expect this to last long.

3. Berberana Rioja Gran Reserva £9.59 from £15.99

 Berberana is a great Rioja producer. Their style is classic and old fashioned so in the Gran Reserva you can expect plenty of mature flavours like smoke and pencil lead. This is coupled with some superb raisined red fruit.

4. Bollinger Grande Anée 2004 £59.96 from £100

Bollinger is one of the best Champagne houses and my favourite brand. It's James Bond's favourite as well, as if you needed more reason than a vintage Bolli.


Dinner This Evening Date published: 19/01/15

I'm having a few friends over this evening and for ease i'm serving a big pot of slow-cooked chilli con carne. Food decided now allowed me to get to the fun part - choosing the wine! Immediately I thought of a Rioja. The tempranillo grape and aging in american oaked barrels would be the perfect match!

Thus, the Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero is the one for the table this evening. 

Having spent 12 months in 50% french and 50% american oak before bottling, the Emillio Moro brings smoke and ripe tannins that is needed to match my spicy chilli. 

Along with layers of concentrated blackberry, toasted herbs, smoke and vanilla, the Emillio Moro will not disappoint tonight!

And if it isn't all drunk tonight I can store it away for a later date or age it for 6-8 years to soften the fruits and spice. 

ProseccoDate published: 18/01/15

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.


We currently have the delicious Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene at £8.99

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.



Sam Adams Boston LagerDate published: 18/01/15

Samuel Adams Boston lager is on such a fabulous offer I've decided to write a whole article about it!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager has used only the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.

Following Jim Koch’s great-great grandfather’s recipe, Samuel Adams continue to use traditional brewing processes, including decoction mash (a four vessel process) and krausening (a secondary fermentation), which allows the ingredients in Samuel Adams Boston Lager to come together and form layers of complex flavour. Boston Lager is also dry hopped using the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops for an enhanced hop signature in the aroma and finish.

Samuel Adams is now only £24.00 for a case (24 bottles). That's just £1.00 a bottle!

Food and wine pairing: a breakdownDate published: 18/01/15

It is a well known fact that there is a correlation to food and wine, I am going to give you a quick crash course in what things to look out for when ordering wine at a restaurant.

Acidity in food:

This increases the perception of the body, sweetness and fruitiness in the wine.

Decreases the perception of acidity in the wine

Some acidity in food is generally a good thing for food and wine pairing as it can be very high acid wine e.g. (Reisling) into balance and enhance the fruitiness. However if the level of the acidity in the wine is low, high levels of acidity in foods can make the wines seem flat and sometimes flabby.

Sweetness in food:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and the burning affect of the alcohol in the wine

Decreases the perception of body, sweetness and fruitiness of the wine

Sweetness in a dish can make a dry wine lose its fruit and be unpleasantly acidic. With any dishes containing sugar, a good general rule is to select a wine that has a higher level of sweetness e.g. a dessert wine

Umami in food:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and alcohol burn in the wine

Decreases the perception of body sweetness and fruitiness in the wine

Umami is the savoury taste, the Japanese call it the flavour of "deliciousness". Many foods that are considered difficult to pair contain high levels of umami without salt to counteract the hardening effects on wine. These include asparagus, eggs, mushrooms and ripe soft cheeses. Other foods that tend to be high in umami tend to be high in salt, which can counteract the impact of umami on  the wine, these foods include cured or smoked sea-food and meats as well as hard cheeses such as parmesan.

Remember that bitterness comes form the tannins extracted from the grape skins or oak. This therefor means if you have a food which is high in umami and low in salt you should go for a wine that has a low amount of tannins and a relatively low acidity content e.g white wine Frascati or red wine Pinot Noir

Salt in food:

Increases the perception of body in the wine

Decreases the perception of astringency, bitterness and acidity in the wine

Salt is wines friend when it comes to food and wine paring. 

Bitterness in food:

Increases bitterness in wine

Sensitivity to bitter taste varies from person to person. Generally, bitter flavours add to each other, so bitterness in the food alone may be at a pleasant level and the bitterness in the wine may be balanced but together the bitter levels may combine to reach an unpleasant level. If you have a food that is high in bitterness then avoid overly oaky wines or wines that are high in tannins.

Chilli heat in food:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and alcohol burn

Decreses the perception of body, richness, sweetness and frutiness in the wine

This is one of the most commonly asked questions too us, what would you pair with a curry. The simple answer is there isn't a perfect match. The heat will make tannic wines very bitter and acidic wine overly so, the only comprimise is to go for an overly aromatic white wine such as a Gewertztraminer, the floral properties and the slight amount of sweetness allow the wine to stand up to the chili heat. If not that then a good old fashioned beer. 

One rule that is quite useful to remember is, if you are eating food from a certain region or country then pick a wine from the region or country, they normally get it right!


Feeling cold this January? We have the solution!Date published: 17/01/15

Want to bring back the excitement of Christmas? The feel you got walking into a warm pub with festive cheer and spirit? 

Christmas doesn't have to be long gone and you can get rid of the January blues with one thing - a nice warm glass of mulled wine. Yes I said it, mulled wine and mulled cider in fact, it can be enjoyed at any time of the year and warms you up on these cold January evenings. 

Here are some recipes, they're quick and easy: 
Mulled wine:Using the gourmet mulling syrup - mix 1 part syrup with 8 parts dry red wine, heat and serve! remember, do not boil you don't want to spoil the batch. The wine i'd reccomend to use would be the Mont Saint Jean Corbieres.

Mulled cider: Add the mulling syrup to your favourite dry cider, a good one would be Henney's dry cider, to create a delicious drink for everyone to taste!

You can even use it in desserts, Add to the fruit of pies and crumbles, make some tasty poached pears in the mulling syrup, even drizzle it over some ice cream to give it a bit of a kick. 

The good thing about this is that there's a January special and its currently at £3.00 in store (minimum six bottle does not apply) allowing you to create your favourite winter drink all year round!

Our 40% off selection!Date published: 16/01/15

Here's our selection of wines that are a stunning 40% off!

Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 Viña Alarde £9.59

A classic Rioja in style, both full-bodied and meaty, entwined with a smooth richness throughout the palate. Enjoy with roast lamb.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG £8.99

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua £7.19
A bright straw yellow colour, with faint greenish tinges. The nose is gently floral, with a mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes. Lightly off-dry, for a refreshing, easy-going flavour.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2009 New Zealand £17.08

This really is a match for any Champagne. A full, creamy mid palate that leads in to an elegant long finish. Partner with Asian cuisine or goose.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne £26.98
From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.
Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV Champagne £26.98

An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance.

Bollinger Grande Année 2004 Champagne £59.96

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



WINE OF THE WEEK!Date published: 16/01/15

Tournelles Buzet

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

Origin: This wine is the 'second wine' of Château Tournelles, and is a blend of the most common red Bordeaux varieties with around 15% Malbec. Located in

Calignac in the small appellation of Buzet, the estate enjoys a great position

overlooking the Garonne Valley.


Taste: A voluptuous, well-structured, medium-to-full-bodied and approachable red, offering a wealth of blackcurrant and summer berry flavour, surrounded by

rounded tannins for a pleasing sense of weight.

Currently £6.66 a bottle if you buy two or more on our 33% off multi buy deal


Champagne offer ending Monday!Date published: 15/01/15

A lot of people have been giving dry January a go this year. However, this may not be as good for your health as a glass of champagne. In fact, I would go as far to say it is a complete waste of time and energy as it creates a feast vs. famine mentality making people binge in February. Also, alcohol can actually be good for the heart by preventing heart disease! Plus, a glass of champagne is good for the soul in making us feel good. In the words of Winston Churchill, 'a single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration … a bottle produces the opposite.'

Laurent-Perrier is on a sparkling deal at the moment! Their NV is just £22.49 if you buy two or more. That's 40% off the RRP! So say bye to dry January and treat yourself. A glass of Champagne a day may just keep the doctor away...


New year, new wine! Date published: 15/01/15

A lot of people tend to stick to the same styles and types of wine week in week out. If you are looking to try something new, we are more than happy to advise you on what you might like (we have tried our fair sharer). Here are my top swaps! 

1. Swap Pinot Grigio for Gavi: Pinot Grigio is hugely popular for parties and as an easy-drinking lunch wine. It is light, crisp and full of pear and citrus fruit. To me, Gavi is like a Pinot Grigio with a face-lift. It is zesty, crisp and dry and has more character than a pinot grigio. The Gavi Toledana is a great choice at £7.33 on the 33% deal. 

2. Swap New Zealand Sauvignon for Pouilly-Fume: Tired of the overtly tropical nature of New Zealand Sauvignons? Pouilly-fume is a region in Loire which only makes wines from Sauvignon Blanc. Now, I know the article is 'new year, new wine' but you will be amazed at how the same grape can produce a different style of wine if from a different region. They tend to be a little bit more subtle in their tropical and gooseberry flavours and have a fantastic minerality which is unbeatable. Why not try  Pouilly-Fumé ‘Les Cascadelles’; just £9.32 on a 33% off deal. 

3. Swap Rioja Reserva for Chilean Carmenere: Rioja is extremely popular here at Majestic wine Farnham, with customers and staff alike. If you like the spicy flavours accompanied still by fresh fruit characteristics which you find in a reserva Rioja then a Chilean Carmenere is one to try. The Santa Rita Carmenere is jam-packed with savoury flavours with added complexity from oak ageing whilst retaining its ripe fruit characteristics

4. Swap Champagne for an English Sparkling: Champagne has reputation and prestige under its belt but English Sparkling has just had its best vintage in a number of years and the quality you can get from England Sparkling is outstanding! The Nyetimber cuvee was very popular over Christmas and is growing in popularity. It is full of all the characteristics you'd expect from champagne: a lovely mousse with fresh pear and apple flavours. Not bad at £23.98 on our 33% off deal... 


New wine in stock!Date published: 14/01/15

If you are a super fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then you are in luck... we have a new Kiwi Sauv joining our range. 

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. 

Joining our 33% off range at £6.66 if you buy 2 or more. 


Dinner Time Red Date published: 13/01/15

Last night for dinner I enjoyed the Langhe Nebbiolo De Fortville, which accompanied my lamb shank. 

The Nebbiolo had a nose of spice and red fruits. The complexity on the palate was astounding. It had high acidity, was very full bodied and the juicy red fruits and spice were at the forefront of the taste. 

I chose to decant this wine about an hour or so before drinking it with dinner, this allowed it to breath a little and make it the perfect accompaniment with my lamb shank - it also would go great with other fatty meats and cheese. 

Montes Alpha Chardonnay Date published: 13/01/15

During our time at Majestic we have to sit an exam called the WSET level 3. This involves both theory and tasting. So it is always fun to do blind tastings to test our knowledge. 

Yesterday I practiced my tasting and was blown away by this wine and I actually over valued this wine because of its complexity and long finish. Barrel fermented using a mixture of Burgundian and native yeasts this Chardonnay is matured in French oak for 12 months. 

On the nose it is full of tropical fruits such as banana and mango. From its maturation in barrell it resembles elements of vanilla with a buterry, creamy complexity on the finish. 

If you are after a big new world chardonnay full of body and complexity, It would partner poultry dishes or, if you are after an alternative match it could work with spicy dishes because of its rich and fruit-driven flavours. 

Pinot NoirDate published: 11/01/15

Pinot Noir is famously the grape of red burgundy. The pinot noirs from burgundy tend to be delicate but concentrated, silky of texture, full of black or red cherries (depending on the ripeness of the year). Young red burgundies show notes of incense flowers. With age they demonstrate scents of undergrowth and earthiness. 

The problem for the New World is finding a climate cool enough to grow pinot noir. Light intensity also plays a role in making it difficult to grow pinot noir in the New World as the southern hemisphere tends to have more intense light than the northern. Nevertheless there are some great pinot noirs to be found in the New World. 

If you want to compare New World and Old World pinot noirs here are my picks: 

- Bourgone Pinot Noir, 2013, Nicholas Potel, Burgundy.  A restrained nose of berry fruit, principally strawberry and blackcurrant, is followed by a soft-edged palate with lithe and supple tannins. £8.65 if you buy two or more on a 33% off deal. 

- Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, 2012, Marlborough. 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. On a special offer at £13.99.

- Clos du Bois Pinot Noir, 2012/2013, California. This Pinot Noir blend is a lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, made in California's trademark style. Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins. £8.99 if you buy two or more on a 25% off deal. 

Did I mention that these are a perfect match for a chicken, pork or goose sunday roast? Try one today!

What I drank last night: Rustenberg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/01/15

There are some wines that all of us at Majestic Wine Farnham just love. The Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc is one of them and when I found out I was going to be tucking in to some roasted sea bass for tea I could not wait to have a glass of it. 

What is interesting about the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc is that it consists of a small proportion of the Semillon grape too giving it an added complexity and body. Free-run and gently pressed juice is used to minimise the presence of bitter tannins, and 2-3 months' lees ageing adds to the texture.

Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes providing a layered feel.

£9.32 if you buy two or more on our 33% multibuy offer.  

Cloudy Bay Te KokoDate published: 09/01/15

Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2011, Marlborough

An iconic wine from New Zealand's most iconic winery. A typical for Kiwi Sauvignon, the Te Koko is fermented using indigenous 'wild' yeasts, and subjected to batonnage as it ages in oak. Released as a three year old wine, this is unlike anything else from New Zealand!

The taste includes lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat, leading to a crisp yet spicy finish.

Able to age for up to five years, this wine is an ideal partner to tuna, oysters and poached fish.

The Te Koko is currently on a 33% off offer at £23.32 down from £35.00!

Wine of the Week: Vina Alarde Gran ReservaDate published: 09/01/15

The Vina Alarde Gran Reserva is one of our wines on our special 40% off offer this January and is a treat not to be missed!

Grape: Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin: Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle.

Taste: Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.

Currently £9.59 a bottle if you buy two or more on our 40% off multi-buy deal


ChablisDate published: 08/01/15

Chablis

Chablis is the northernmost appellation of Burgundy in France, In fact it is so far north that it is on latitude with cities such as Montreal and Munich where weather like snow isn’t uncommon. Because of this it is often a struggle to get the grapes to ripen fully, and adverse weather such as hailstorms are the bane of every vineyard owner in this region.


One thing that many people don’t know is that Chablis is made from Chardonnay, the same grape variety that makes up a lot of New World oaked wines. Chardonnay is one of the best grape varieties to plant if you truly want a wine that will reflect your terroir. The main difference between Chablis and other vineyard regions of the world is the kimmeridgian soil and low temperatures. One winery measure that is often practiced is the limited use of oak, though many producers opt not to oak theirs at all to retain this fresh style.


Chablis wines often have a fairly high acidity, with lean fruit characteristics like apple and pear. Minerality is a big characteristic in many Chablis, with notes of wet stone and chalk. There can be a buttery or creamy aspect though this isn’t quite as common.

Amber's pick of the new offersDate published: 08/01/15

Our new offers for January have started and there are some lovely wines that have come on to amazing deals.

Tha Gavi Toledana is a great example of a superb quality wines you can find from Gavi (a village in Piedmont, Italy). This wine is made from late-harvest grapes, offering fresh aromas of peach and green fruit with a dash of citrus. The fruit-driven flavours are accompanied with a slight taste of honey with a mineral finish. If you are yet to try a wine from Gavi then you must make this your first! (£7.99 if you buy two or more on a 33%).

The Vina Alarde Gran Reserva is a deal not to me missed too. It is matured for a minimum of 3 years in American oak and a further 3 years in bottle. Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits. To be enjoyed with roast meats or tomato and pasta dishes. (Just £9.59 if you buy two or more… a saving of 40%!)

Finally, as Kiwi Sauvignons are stealing the show in store it would be rude not to include one in my top picks. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc yet you MUST use this opportunity while it is on an outstanding offer to do so. 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. Down from £27.50 to £18.32 on a 33% multibuy deal this January.

And that is just to name a few. Come in store to see our full range of fantastic offers from Vintage Champagne on 40% deals to great value for money £4.99 wines.

Food and BeerDate published: 07/01/15

Some food and wine combos are just classic. I also think that beer suits many dishes really well. We had a hare and morel dish in Modena last year with a chestnut beer which was a fantastic match. One such match I think are chicken wings matched with some of our new craft beers.Firstly marinade your wings in soy, garlic, ketchup, brown sugar, rice vinegar,chilli,paprika and pepper. Basically use whatever you have. Leave overnight then roast in a high oven or bbq for 15 or so mins. My favourite beer thus far has been the pale ale from Roscoes. In fact its what we are having tonight! 

New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/01/15

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.

Get it whilst you can!Date published: 06/01/15

Short and sweet- Laurent Perrier Brut NV Champagne at only £22.49!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Easy Drinking Red?Date published: 05/01/15

From the esteemed producer come this very easy to drink red.

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.

Perfect as a drink alone wine but suits tomato based pasta dishes with aplomb or dare I say a good pizza!


The Chocolate BlockDate published: 05/01/15

The Chocolate Block 2013, Boekenhoutskloof, Western Cape

This wine has an exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boekenhoutskloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. 

Best enjoyed with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef or game dishes.

Currently £20 on the fine wine multi-buy deal!

Back in stock: Domaine de l'Aigle Limoux ChardonnayDate published: 05/01/15

If you are love white burgundy's with depth then you will adore this wine. It is a great example of the quality and finesse you can find in the southern french whites which often get overlooked in favour of more famous regional names such as Pouilly-Fuisse and Chablis.  

On of the Languedoc's highest altitude sites, Domaine l'Aigle sits at 450m above sea level. The cool temperatures here afford the grapes up to an extra month on the vine than in low-lying areas, developing ripeness while maintaining acidity for wines with great finesse.

Oak fermented and aged on its lees, this wine closely resembles quality oaked white Burgundy from the Côte d'Or. White fruit and lemon flavours, nuanced with hints of flowers, hazelnut and almond.

Currently £10.61 with 15% off if you buy two or more

Wine of the week: Domaine de Villemajou 2012 Corbières Boutenac, Gérard BertrandDate published: 05/01/15

Grape: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan

Origin: This domaine was previously owned by Gérard's father, Georges Bertrand, and was run by father and son until George's death. It is one of the premier estates in Boutenac, a part of Corbières recently awarded status as a recognised sub-appellation.

Taste: Aromatically rich and complex, with jammy blackcurrant fruit and hints of roasted coffee bean, leather and soft spice notes. Round and soft on the palate, with supple, well-weighted tannins.

Currently on our 25% deal at £11.24 if you buy two or more


take advantage of your local butcherDate published: 04/01/15

I am lucky enough to still have two butchers in Arlesford where we have lived for the last 14 years. Yes I grant you them are more expensive than most of the supermarkets but often they use rare breeds, know of their source of livestock and probably can tell you the farmers name. This time of year I can buy four Pheasants of Partridge for £10. What a cracking deal that is. It is simple to cook and so quick. It also tends to very wine friendly and lends itself to a good pinot noir. The Ned pinot would be perfect.

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.


Great Wine To Match With Red MeatDate published: 04/01/15

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, Stellenbosch

This wine was named in honor 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.

The taste has a blackcurrant aroma complimented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.

This wine is a great match with red or game meats.

It is currently 33% off the original price at only £9.33!


Spirits of the weekDate published: 03/01/15

St George Terroir Gin. £38

Founded in 1982, St George spirits were a true pioneer in the American craft distilling movement. Produced on the slopes of Mount Tam in California, this forest-driven and earthy gin has a real sense of place, using local botanicals such as Douglas Fir, California bay laurel and coastal sage.

Tariquet VSOP Armagnac Carafe. £35

60% Ugni Blanc, 40% Baco. Aged for at least 7 years in oak barrels in Tariquet’s cellars, this Armagnac shows both fresh characteristics and more mature notes. Very smooth with a lively bouquet of floral and almost fresh minty characters, followed by a further touch of woody spices, hints of vanilla, liquorice and macerated fruits


Beer of the week: Camden Hells LagerDate published: 03/01/15

The Hells Lager is inspired by the German-style Pilsner beers which is then given the gentle hopping of a Helles. This lager is easy-drinking, crisp and dry with a a clean and refreshing dry hop finish. It is made more complex by a long and slow maturation process in tank.

Buy 2 or more packs, pay £5.49 each


Beef StewDate published: 03/01/15

The other day whilst looking in the freezer trying to find something for supper and found some beef shin that had been in there for some time so decided it was just the weather for a stew/casserole. Instead of the traditional French route I decided to give it an Asian twist. I browned pieces of the shin really well until dark brown and then removed. To the casserole pan I added about four sliced shallots, four cloves of chopped garlic, a thumb sized piece of ginger, one whole stick of lemon grass and one finely chopped, two chopped birds eye chillies and a couple of cms of chopped coriander route. Cook until soft then add back the beef. Cover with beef stock then add a tbsp of hoisin, a couple of star anise, juice of half a lime, tsp of palm sugar and a couple of tbsp of dark soy. Bring to a boil and put in a low oven, 160 ish for about 2 hours. Check every half hour or so. Adjust seasoning and if still a little thin reduce over a high heat or use a little arrowroot dissolved in water. Serve with some simply cooked Jasmine rice and steamed pak choi dressed in sesame oil and light soy sauce.
I drank a young Bordeaux with it which seemed a fair match. It was the Chateau Les Tonnelles which at only £6.66 is somewhat of a steal. Chateau Les Tonnelles is a family-owned property in Entre-Deux-Mers, close to the village of Saint-Brice. Its 15 hectares of vines lie on a clay-chalk soil typical of the Right Bank. The wine undergoes modern temperature-controlled fermentation and maturation without oak. A great value mid-weight, everyday claret, with plenty of ripe berry and plum flavour, supple tannins and a long finish.


Continuing Champagne Offers!Date published: 03/01/15

With the Christmas festivities coming to an end, we are keeping many of our champagne offers on for people to replenish their stock at home! With a lot of our 33% off offers continuing into the new year, its the perfect time to top up your champagne for events and celebrations in 2015. A few highlights in the products staying on great offers are Moet & Chandon at £28.98 and Bollinger at £33.31! Great champagne to celebrate with!

Are you dry for January?Date published: 03/01/15

Well not in my household. Can't ever see that happening really! We still have some great offers on with a lot of them carrying through into the next promotional period. Highlights include the always fab Riscal Reserva  @£9.99 which we have just been replenished with but hurry as that one will be changing, both the Heidsieck Gold Top vintage and Nicolas Feuillatte vintage champagne's under £20 (a steal) and Jadots Macon village also with 33% off. Things to cheer your New Year up with and re fill some of those holes that have appeared in your wine racks!

Have Lagunitas with your FajitasDate published: 03/01/15

Food and wine matching with Mexican food can often be a challenge. It is spicy, but not too aromatic which does not lend itself to many wines. A Portuguese red or a nice big Shiraz could work if you like your Fajitas hot. However, I would opt for a craft beer instead. 

The Lagunitas IPA is one of our strongest craft beers. At 6.2% it really does knock your socks off. That being said, taste is not compromised. Brewed using a large number of hops and malts to get the balance just right. It has hoppy-sweet finish and matches spicy mexican food perfectly!

Last chance for Peroni deal! Date published: 03/01/15

This weekend is the last chance to grab one of Italy's top lagers at an outstanding price. Peroni 24 packs are just £24 (yes, that is just £1 a bottle!) If it is one of your favourites then don't forget to stock up. 

Back in stock: Bellingham Chenin BlancDate published: 02/01/15

My favourite South African wine is back in stock (but probably not for long because it is that good). The Bellingham Chenin Blanc is absolutely delicious. 

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. Vanilla spices with honeysuckle, layers of fruit and a lingering finish. Enjoy over the next two years with pan fried fish, pork chops or scallops. It will also go wonderfully with sweet seasonal veg such as butternut squash and sweet potato. 

Descions madeDate published: 31/12/14

So its eventually its  NYE and for us it is a time for a small soirée and an opportunity to drink some great wine. My menu is chosen and we are going reasonably traditional so a classic champagne cocktail to start. A sugar cube with a few drops of angostura bitters on it, a splash of good cognac and topped up with maison Ruinart nv. Couple this with a few canape that include Simon Hopkinson's fantastic cheese biscuit's.
Finding fresh fish can be tricky in the holiday season so I'm using some frozen squid. Some is marinating in a Thai style dressing and will be served ceviche style and with the other half I'm doing salt and pepper squid. Yes Riesling or Sauvignon probably would be best but I'm serving the wondrous Hildegard from Au Bon Climat. A truly great wine that surprises many once tasted.
Fat slabs of ribeye cooked medium rare as a main. To drink I think I'm dusting off couple bottles of Penfolds 707  from2004 that I've had for some time.
Forget dessert. Comte, Beaufort and Keens Cheddar with the remaining red. Some fine 50 year old Grand Marnier to finish with a few of Paul A Young's chocolates. The best in this country!
Of course before this we have to work today and we are open until 5.00 pm for your NYE wines!

Try a new spirit this New Year Date published: 30/12/14

If you've already had the range of spirits on offer and want something new and interesting the Sipsmith Sloe Gin is something to try this New Years Eve!

This sloe gin is bursting with flavours with an offset of tartness, it maintains a lovely balance of the two. The gin is distilled in copper stills and then left to rest on wild sloe berries. You'll smell ripe winter fruits, redcurrant and stone fruits. On the palate the fruit is well rounded with soft cherry hints. 

This will dazzle the guests this New Years Eve and is something to enjoy all together!

New Years Eve Sparkling PicksDate published: 30/12/14

Has the festivities of the Christmas period run your sparkling supplies down? Need some sparkling wine for new year? Here are my top picks. 

If you are after something easy-drinking and fantastic value for money then the Soffio No.3 Prosecco is a no brainer. Apple and pear flavours predominate, while subtle notes of freshly cut flowers lift the nose. Soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style. £6.66 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal.

If a slightly more sophisticated tipple is your drink of choice then the Lindauer blanc de blanc is a delicious choice. It is New Zealand's answer to a blanc de blanc champagne. Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creamines and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain if you are after a slightly lighter version of champagne. £11.99 if you buy two or more on our 25% off deal.

Finally, if the sparkling has to be champagne then it must be Louis Roederer. From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style. £29.98 if you buy two or more on our 33% off deal.

Pop the fizz, it's New Year!Date published: 29/12/14

Starting to stock up our shelves again the La Marca Cuvee is replenished!

This is a perfect fizz for New Years Eve, affordable and tasty! With aromas and taste of apple and apricot, this refreshing and crisp prosecco is pleasing to the palate. It is medium-bodied and well-balanced providing an easy drinking prosecco for celebrating the new year!

at £9.99 on the multi-buy you should really snatch this one

Back in stock: Oeil de PerdrixDate published: 29/12/14

Looking for a celebratory drink for New Years Eve (or just looking for a treat). We have the superb Oeil de Perdrix Rosé back in stock!

Named as its light, delicate colour matches that of the eye of the Partridge, this is a subtly delicious Champagne from Devaux. Coming from the Côtes des Bars in the south of the region, the red Pinot Noir grapes develop an unusual level of ripeness, lending the wine its hue despite a gentle pressing. Although certainly delicate in style, there is a perfect weight of fruit.

Just £19.99 on our 33% off deal. Go on... treat yourself!

Party planning for New YearsDate published: 28/12/14

Having a new years eve party this year? Majestic are here to help! 

Our expert team can help you pick great party drinks to suit everyone: from easy-going whites, to full-bodied reds and even beers and ales! Not forgetting bubbles. We have everything you can think of from great value Prosecco to magnums of Ruinart! 

We also offer a free glass hire service for Majestic customers so there is no need to worry about the embarrassment of not having enough glasses. Not forgetting ice buckets and chiller bins to help you keep your drinks cold. 

Finally... we still have delivery slots before new years eve. Delivery is free of charge, so there really is no reason to shop anywhere other than Majestic for your parties. 

Favourite tipples over ChristmasDate published: 28/12/14

I'm sure like myself you enjoyed some delicious drinks over the festive period. Here are my two favourites.

As a vegetarian my Christmas dinner main was a homemade squash, mushroom and ricotta puff pastry (ok... I didn't make the puff pastry). To compete with the sweetness of the squash I wanted a full bodied, rich white. The De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc did not dissapoint. Full of rich, tropical flavours with hints of honey that complimented the pastry perfectly and a long lasting. The turkey eaters around the table were a huge fan too! Absolutely superb with all the trimmings. 

With an overflowing cheeseboard in the evening I could not resist a smooth rioja. This was the first time I tried the Beronia reserva and it has definitely become one of my top picks out of our riojas. If you are after quite a full bodied rioja which is rich and smoky then you must give this a try!

what was ?Date published: 27/12/14

I know we are only a small way into the festive break but what so far has been your favourite tipple so far. Was it your first glass of fizz on Christmas day (Nyetimber demi-sec for me), the cheeky sharpener before heading into the family that was awaiting (a stiff Martini made with Martin Millers gin a the merest suggestion of Noilly Pratt was my choice) or was it the wine you drank with the bird (I know not exactly traditional but we had a couple of magnums of Vina Ardanza 2004 which was drinking exceptionally well) 

Of course thoughts now move to NYE and we tend to be fewer so drink rather better wines ! What should I go for this year?

fizzDate published: 19/12/14

Only a few days left now before the festivities begin and you still have time to stock up your Christmas vino. Stocks are holding up well at present but will disappear over the next few days very quickly! We have just had a top up of Veuve and its still on its £29.98 multi deal but due to finish any day. We also have a decent amount of the fantastic Heidsieck Gold Top 2007 which has long been a favourite of both staff and wine critics. In addition to that we are open later on this Saturday so you have until 8.00pm to top up your rack or cellar if you're lucky enough to have one!

Pinot NoirDate published: 18/12/14


Pinot Noir

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. 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.


£9.99

Vintage Champagne at £19.99Date published: 18/12/14

Want a vintage champagne without the price tag? The Heidsieck & Co. Monopole 2007 Gold Top is one to grab this Christmas. 

Vintage champagnes are made from blends of an exceptional harvest. It requires being aged for at least three years and the careful process of picking and pressing is necessary during the short completion period. 

Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. Made with the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape, this vintage champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla.

At £19.99 per bottle on the multibuy deal it would be rude to not consider it as the perfect fizz for those Christmas canapes and New Years Eve parties that are lined up!

moulin riche 2008Date published: 18/12/14

This is always a cracking wine and when you look at the cost of its big brother (Leoville-Poyferre which is currently trading at £60 a bottle) On offer at only £25 when buying two or more this is great value and would be absolutely perfect with a nice fat rib of beef.

Moulin Riche is actually vinified from the fruits of a separate 20-hectare vineyard, lying adjacent to Château Talbot. Traditionally a Cabernet-Merlot blend, today the wine employs a small percentage of Petit Verdot for a firm, age-worthy structure. Aged for 18 months in 70%-new oak, the wine is elegant and round, with great aromatic complexity.

Also open this weekend to taste!

Christmas fizz cocktailDate published: 18/12/14

Although champagne is undoubtedly delicious on served on its own it can also be used to make a fantastic cocktail. A delicious one to impress your guests with over Christmas is the Rummy Dazzler! The addition of the rum and sugar in this cocktail reinvents champagne into a sweet aperitif and would make for an interesting drink to start an evening of entertaining. 

Just take 1/2 a flute of your favourite champagne (I like Perrier-Jouet brut in this cocktail), a dash of a rum from our new spirit range (the vanilla and sweet spices in the Don Papa works tremendously) and a small spoonful of sugar. Stir, serve and enjoy!

Flat IronDate published: 17/12/14

I'm quite a fan of the cheaper cuts of beef that over the last few years have become more available and whether its cheek, brisket, short rib, bavette or flat iron I love them all. Last night we had a flat iron steak and this is how I treated it. Being reasonably lean but a working joint it needs a little help to be shown at its best. I put them in a mixture of dark soy and shaoxing wine with a little grated garlic in. After 30 minutes I seared in the hottest pan I could get until well coloured all over. Cook only to rare. Rest and when cold wrap tightly in cling film and put in fridge. Make a dressing using the cooking juices from the rested beef, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, palm sugar, coriander root and a pinch of course sea sat. Pound all of the ingredients together adjusting how you feel fit. Then add fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil and a little olive oil. Make a big salad of raw vegetables. I used carrot, shallot, celery, roasted corn, green papaya, chili and cooked noodles. Slice the chilled beef as thin as poss and mix everything together. Top with pounded peanuts and some slivers of crispy fried garlic. To drink think a bottle of Pinot Gris and we have a great example from Kings Thorn.

Something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles. Delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.


Vavasour SauvignonDate published: 17/12/14

This Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is the one for me at the moment. It has a great mixture of old and new world Sauvignon tastes and is well rounded with a citrus feel and dry, crisp taste. This preserved flavour and freshness is aquired through harvesting the fruit at night, the winemakers have truely taken care with trying to retain this vibrant fruity flavour to the Vavasour. 

On the nose it has an array of tropical fruits, melon and citrus. Whilst on the palate you will experience some minerality, whilst maintaining a dry and crisp taste. A very satisfyingly refreshing Sauvignon from New Zealand. 

There's no argument this, this Sauvignon will match perfectly with whitebait or chargrilled squid, but in all honesty I think this could be the Sauvignon you enjoy easily by itself, surrounded by the best of company of course. 



Cheese board wineDate published: 17/12/14

Everybody (well, everybody who loves wine) loves a good cheese board. My perfect match for a cheese board is a smooth and spicy rioja. A crianza works very well as it is full of ripe berry flavour with ample levels of tannin and a hint of sweet spice to compliment a variety of cheeses. Why not try the Vina Pomal Crianza...?


Viña Pomal is the flagship wine of Bodegas Bilbaínas, one of Rioja's oldest estates, and has now been produced for over 100 years. This deep cherry red wine is full of black fruit and liquorice notes, with hints of cocoa and toast from 12 months' ageing in American oak barrels. With ample tannins and a smooth elegance it is a delicious rioja not to be missed. 


On our 33% mix and match deal, the Vina Pomal Crianza is just £7.33. Definitely snap up a bottle if a cheese board is on the menu for you over Christmas!

Rustenberg Straw Wine Date published: 16/12/14

Rustenberg Straw Wine 

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.

This is a great dish for rich desserts or enjoy the complex characteristics on it's own!

£12.99 per bottle or 2 bottles save 33% = £8.65


Pedro Ximenez Triana HidalgoDate published: 16/12/14

We have a lovely sweet sherry in store that is THE ultimate sweet wine for this time of year and works perfectly as an after dinner treat or as an accompaniment to a delicious mince pie and cream. 

The Pedro Ximenez Triana Hidalgo is produced by the Hidalgo Family bodega, established in 1792 in Sanlúcar. Made using grapes dried on straw mats, fermented and fortified, then aged under the solaria system. One of the sweetest wines in the world, PX is about as sweet as things can get! 

Aromas of raisins, molasses, figs, toffee, caramel, nuts, the palate is incredibly thick, dense, with an oily texture, massive concentration and unsurpassed sweetness and prolonged length. 

Don't forget our extended opening hours!Date published: 16/12/14

Monday 15th-Friday 19th December 9am-8pm

Saturday 20th December 9am-8pm

Sunday 21st December 10am-5pm


Monday 23rd-Tuesday 23rd December 9am-8pm
Wednesday 24th December 9am-5pm
Thursday 25th-Friday 26th December CLOSED
Saturday 27th December 9am-7pm
Sunday 28th December 10am-5pm


Monday 29th-Tuesday 30th December 10am-7pm
Wednesday 31st December 10am-5pm
Thursday 1st January CLOSED
Friday 2nd January 10am-8pm
Saturday 3rd January 9am-7pm
Sunday 4th January 10am-5pm


Lirac Vignobles Abeille 2012 Date published: 16/12/14

This Lirac is a single blend, part-matured in French oak for 18 months. A classic southern-Rhone blend and the stony, pebble-covered soils echo those of nearby chateauneuf-du-pape. So if you're looking for something similar but with a better value price tag this is the one.

It has a nose of raspberry and blackberry, with subtle hints of thyme and liquorice to bring another level to its taste. It is quite robust with weighty tannins - a lovely full bodied Lirac.

Perfect for this Christmas season!

Gnarly Dudes ShirazDate published: 14/12/14

Two hands have really produced a delicious full bodied red here. Having been aged in a mixture of new and old French oak hogsheads for 12 months, it has helped to create an array of flavours.

It is Intense and complex on the nose, which offers an variety of fruit accented by notes of chestnuts, burnt toffee, chocolate and lavender. Full and lush on the palate, with a supple texture and good length.

This can be enjoyed immediately or left to age. 

You will not be disappointed with this Shiraz, if you don't trust my judgement come in store and taste it on our tasting counter this week!

Brown Brothers Orange MuscatDate published: 13/12/14

This late-harvested Orange Muscat is one to look out for! A beautiful cross between Semillon and Gewürztraminer, with the Flora giving this dessert wine a distinct frangrance.

With aromas of orange blossom, fresh citrus and spice, it has a rich palate with crisp acidity. This balances the sweetness of the palate and leads to a zesty finish.

This would go perfectly with your Christmas chocolate treats or a delicious cheesecake and at only £6.74 a bottle within the multibuy deal it's a real steal for Christmas time.


Torres Vina EsmereldaDate published: 13/12/14

I was very intrigued when I saw this particular wine back in stock... An invitingly interesting blend of Moscatel and Gewurtztraminer from Spain. I was expecting a wine dominated by typical flavours of the Moscatel grape however the influence of the Gewurtztraminer allowed for a fragrant accompaniment to my chargrilled vegetable salad with a spicy mango glaze. 

Aromas of honey suckle, ripe pear and custard apple intermingle with sweet vanilla spice. Fresh and lively on the palate with an aromatic richness that finishes with nuances of cinnamon and cloves.

As well as a mediterranean salad this delcious find would work well as an accompaniment to all sorts of fish dishes or as an unusual (but fantastic!) aperitif. 

Christmas is comingDate published: 13/12/14

With just over 10 days until the big day one really should be thinking about what one will be drinking over the festive period. For me it has to be the fantastic Nyetimber demi sec as a perfect start to the day. It's so soft it pops down a treat in the morning. I'm tempted by the Leflaive St Aubin but will probably have the Maltroie Chassagne from Gagnard. This of course will be proceeded by a classic Champagne cocktail. A sugar cube with a couple dashes of angostra on it, a splash of Delamain Pale and Dry Cognac topped up with Ruinart nv. The wondrous 904 gran reserva will feature somewhere as will Tollot Beaut's Corton. I have a real soft spot for Moscato d'Asti which is alot lighter than most sweet wines and then I managed to smuggle a bottle of 20 year old tawny back from a stay at Vallado last year. Roll on the 25th!  

Champagne QuotesDate published: 13/12/14

To celebrate 33% off of all our Champagnes and sparkling wines under £70 I have arrayed a few of my favourite quotes on that famous bubbly liquid.

"In Success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it," Winston Churchill or Napoleon Bonaparte depending which side of the English Channel you are.

“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” Dom Perignon

“Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired” Brigitte Bardot

“Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life” Charles Dickens

“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.” Lily Bollinger

“I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not” – Coco Chanel

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Mark Twain

“My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne” John Maynard Keynes

Turkey and wine MatchingDate published: 12/12/14

Turkey and wine Matching


So here it is, the big honcho, the big boss, the Christmas dinner turkey! If there’s one meal a year that you want to get right, then it’s probably this one, and no meal is complete without some good wine to match. Because Turkey is a little more flavoursome than Chicken it can be a bit more challenging to choose a wine to match, especially on Christmas day when the bird is accompanied by all sorts of rich side dishes.


The first question you have to ask yourself is a simple one, Red or White? (Although I personally think when there is a big group it’s quite fun to have a bottle of both so that you can play around).


White


Because you are having a meal with rich and varied flavours you generally want something with a bigger body than Sauvignon Blanc (though that does make a great before meal aperitif). The classic choice is a white Burgundy but I’ve gone a little off piste with these two.


Grand Ardeche £9.99


Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.


Or


Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay £7.99 when you buy any two bottles from our 25% offer.


Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

Red


You really can’t go wrong with a Pinot Noir for this, it’s smooth and medium bodied, which often gives you a wine that is velvety and intense in it’s flavour profile but not too heavy. My personal recommendations are:


Macon Rouge, Louis Jadot £8.65 when you buy two bottles from our 33% offer

An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish.


Or


The Ned Pinot Noir £9.99 when you buy two bottles from our 33% offer.

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.


Small parcelDate published: 11/12/14

Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and, clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay.

We have sold through our allocation of the current vintage but have managed to source a little of the excellent 2005 vintage.

A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish.

Think top end fish or shellfish to accompany this. Turbot, Brill or Lobster would do nicely.

Rumbullion is the Rum for me Date published: 11/12/14

On our tasting counter we have the Rumbullion at £34.00, which brings another level to rum. 

What gives this rum its special touch is the creamy Madagascan vanilla that is added to the finest high proof Caribbean rum.

There are some great zesty orange peel notes and a distinct aroma of vanilla and cinnamon, which adds a freshness to this rum that I have yet to find in some others. Its smooth finish allows for it to be an easy drinker by itself or over ice. 

I sure recommend this rum as a must have, if you're not sold come and taste for yourself!


Casa Lapostolle 'Cuvee Alexandre' SyrahDate published: 10/12/14

This Chilean wine is produces with spectacular quality and from ungrafted vines, grapes are vinified in a gravity-fed winery. This helps to produce its splendid taste that you will want to try this season. 

Its deep purple colour shows off the powerful intensity that this wine has. Blueberries, blackcurrants and spices are the three flavours that are evident in this wine, alongside a note of toasted nuts and hints of oak linger on the finish for you to marvel in the long lasting taste.

Enjoy with your Christmas beef, game or boar and decant an hour prior to drinking if possible to make the most of the beautiful flavours that develop. 

Don't miss out on this wine at £19.99, for something special this Christmas!


Pedro’s Almancenista Selection Oloroso Date published: 10/12/14

I’ve never really tasted a sherry that made me think ‘mmmm, I would definitely like to drink that’ or ‘yes, that would go down really nicely’. My palate has just never really taken to sherry no matter how hard I try. However, after tasting the Pedro’s Oloroso Sherry I think I can finally drink sherry and enjoy it this Christmas.


Perhaps it is because the must selected for an Oloroso is always more fragrant and robust. It is a highly pure Oloroso because it has not been blended with anything other than Oloroso from near identical butts.


Exquisite and fully of complexity, with intense aromas of toasted walnuts and autumn leaves. Warm and expansive on the palate - an excellent match for red meats, casseroles and chicken and Vegetable paellas. I think this would go down perfectly with a delicious, warm mince pie too!

Rustenberg Straw wineDate published: 09/12/14

Some wine/food matches that are classics and this wine from Rustenberg would match Roquefort fantastically well. Dare I say it would also match a fine chicken liver parfait of foie gras terrine with aplomb.

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.

It also happens to be our 1/3 off deal as well!

Wine and food matching: The geographyDate published: 09/12/14

Many wine producers when creating their wines tend to keep local food and tastes in mind. Many producers begin this way so that they have a better chance of doing well in the local market. When the wine becomes popular the producer has a bit more freedom to branch out and try their hand at creating different styles of wine. So if you were a producer growing and creating a white wine near the sea you might go for a white wine which would match seafood. This phenomenon can be seen throughout the wine making world. Italian wine is a great example of this but here's one of my favourites:

Sancerre and Goats cheese -  Many people theorize that this brilliant match is the product of the soil of the region. The soil gives it's nutrients to the vines which go on to produce the wine. It also gives it's nutrients to the grass which the goats feed on, who then go on to produce their milk; the vital ingredient in goats cheese. 


Langton's NO.1 Lakeland GinDate published: 09/12/14

Looking for an alternative to your everyday gin that is clean, crisp and smooth? The Langton's NO.1 Lakeland Gin is perfect for all sorts of gin lovers. 

A celebration of the Lake District, Langtons use local ingredients where possible amongst their 11 botanicals, including Lake District Oak Bark. Slate-filtered water is extracted via a borehole from an ancient aquifer found under the mountain of Skiddaw, Keswick and Derwent Water. Fresh citrus characters dominate with a light touch of sweetness, followed by a smooth finish.

Perfect if you want to try something new over the festive period or are looking for a present for that hard-to-buy-for relative. Open to taste on our tasting counter if you wish to try before you buy. 

Currently £30. 

Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 09/12/14

Ravenswood lodi ZInfandel


The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!


Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.


£8.99 when you buy any two bottles from our 25% off promotion.

Vino Pinot GrigioDate published: 08/12/14

Vino Pinot Grigio


This fantastic take on the Northern Italy staple from Washington is the creation of Charles Smith, band manager turned winemaker. What many people do not know is that Washington state is the second largest wine producing area in the US after California. The cooler climate is suitable to wines such as Pinot Grigio that benefit from careful growing.


Tropical fruit takes the forefront followed closely by lime and a stunning minerality. The complexity is what I love most about this wine which really shows that it’s from a climate with a big variance in climate. The wine is intense yet not over the top.

Christmas dayDate published: 08/12/14

Its that time of year when we are at our busiest and the thought of Christmas day seems a long way away but it doesn't stop me thinking about it!
 In an ideal world we would have the day to ourselves and this is how it would play out. Morning would start with a bottle of the delicious Nyetimber demi sec and something light. Maybe a small omelette Arnold Bennett. We always go to and feed the ducks and horses in our town that seem to get forgotten on Christmas morning. Back to open the presents with the other half bottle of fizz then have an early lunch of the best smoked salmon you can afford. My favourite is Hansen and Lyderson. With this we would have a bottle of JJ Prum Kabinett. After a little nap in front of the queens speech i would start to think about supper. Turkey would not be my choice. Instead we would have a slowly roasted rib of aged beef. We would start the evening with a stiff Martini made with Martin Millers gin closely followed by a bottle of the sublime Dom Ruinart. These both would accompany some of Simon Hopkinson's excellent cheese biscuits and a few tempura of oyster. A very simple lobster salad to start would allow me to open a bottle of the sumptous Ridge Montebello Chardonnay. With the beef we would crack open a magnum of the epic 707 Cabernet from Penfolds that I've been saving for a special occasion. We wouldn't do pudding. Some good Comte, Beaufort and Keens Cheddar would be suitable to finish off the magnum. I would finish with a large glass of my favourite digestive the wondrous 150 year old Grand Marnier special release. Unfortunately that in the whole isn't going to happen as we are with the family clan for supper but the breakfast and lunch is on the cards. I have snaffled a couple of Ardanza magnums to take with me but the 707 will stay safely in my cellar for a bit longer!

DB Family Reserve ChardonnayDate published: 08/12/14

Looking for an approachable Chardonnay that will even please those who dislike Chardonnay? The DB family chardonnay is absolutely perfect. It is only lightly oaked, and the oak is very well integrated adding some almond and vanilla aromas on the nose and on the palate without being in your face and obviously there. Full of lovely peachy flavours with hints of citrus too this really is a lovely winter white.

Why not try with your favourite poultry dish or with some baked white fish? At just £6.33 when you buy two or more at the moment on a short-term deal, it would be rude not too... 

Great offersDate published: 08/12/14

There are many things I admire about Waitrose and invariably if I am buying outside of Majestic its where I will buy. There are a number of wines and fizz that we both list so I always keep an eye on their offers. Yes on occasion they do have a couple of wines better priced than us but on the whole really we, as a company, do offer some great deals. Often our wines are seriously cheaper and fizz wise we can sometimes be £10 plus better priced. Why would you buy Bollinger at £45 when we have it at £33.31 when you buy any 2 wines from our 33% deal. You maintain to retain my food custom but I sticking in house for my wine!

Pink BubblyDate published: 07/12/14

If you're looking for some pink bubbles this Christmas I recommend the Langlois Rose NV. 

It is very delicate and peachy in aroma with light summer berrys and gentle leafy notes in flavour. It is a fresh, clean and easy-drinking fizz for Christmas and is only £9.99 on the multibuy deal. 

Alternatively if you're not a rose, pink fizz fan, the Langlois brut NV is perfect. The aromas you will take in are a mixture of golden apple, citrus zest and subtle biscuit aromas. It is clean, dry and elegant on the tongue. And this special little number is on the multibuy price of £11.24

Come down to majestic and explore!


Super Tuscans part 2Date published: 06/12/14

However, for someone after even more of a bargain is Le Difese, Sassicaia’s third wine. Now don’t think that because this is the third wine it’s quality is lacking! This is still a delicious red with plenty of character.


Here’s what Monica Larner from The Wine Advocate had to say:


"This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018".

£16.00 when you buy two or more

Super Tuscans part 1Date published: 06/12/14

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

Warre's Otima 10-year-old tawny Date published: 06/12/14

'Tis the season to drink port... so why not try the Warre's Otima 10-year-old tawny to warm you up on this chilly winter evening?

This port is great for lover's of port and for those who are new to port and looking for a introduction. It is a lighter, more approachable and versatile style of Port, made from grapes grown in Quinta da Cavadinha and Quinta do Retiro Antigo. Blended from a selection of cask-matured wines averaging 10 years of age. 

Otima's inviting translucent mahogany colour belies a luscious Port full of dried fig, honey and roasted nut flavours, delivered with elegance and well balanced sweetness. 

Currently open to taste on our tasting counter and flying out the door fast: don't miss out on trying some for yourself at the amazing price of £13.49.

It's the time for mulled wineDate published: 06/12/14

If you don't have grandmas secret mulled wine spice recipe in the cupboard then this is the bottle for you. Our Gourmet Mulling Syrup is perfect to add to your mulled wine this Christmas. Mix one part syrup with eight parts dry red wine, heat and serve! This syrup is made with sugar, water, cinnamon quill, extract of spices, caramel and citric acid - the perfect combination to spice up you're mulled wine! 

We also have a selection of £4.99 red wines from Italy and France that will go along nicely with the mulling syrup. Don't miss out on this winter warmer!

Wine of the week: Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin 2007Date published: 05/12/14

Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin


Situated in the heart of the Haut-Medoc, this Chateau has been owned by the Poitou family since 1870.

Many people think of the 2007 vintage in Bordeaux as an average vintage, but this only applies to the ageing potential for wines. Many 2007 vintage wines are set to mature earlier than other vintages might, making them great wines to enjoy now.

Now showing a good degree of maturity with its deep garnet colour, mellow bramble fruit and gentle notes of cedar and dark spice. Ripe tannins and soft fruit flavour provide a smooth texture on the tongue.


Perfect for a cheese board!

£9.99 when you buy two or more


Spirits of the weekDate published: 05/12/14

If you haven't had a chance to pop in and try some of our new craft spirit range you are missing out on some delicious bespoke spirits. Our spirits of the week this week are the One British Blended Whisky and the St George Terroir Gin. 

The St George Terroir Gin is produced on the slopes of Mount Tam in California. This forest-driven and earthy gin has a real sense of place, using local botanicals such as Douglas Fir, California bay laurel and coastal sage. It really does have a lovely herbaceous character and is perfect if you're looking for something a bit different. At £38 a bottle it is the perfect treat or gift for Christmas 

The One British Blended Whisky is a unique blend of exceptional British Isles whiskies, each with its own distinctive characteristics, have been blended with great care and passion, resulting in a whisky of intriguing complexity. The ONE is the first British Blended Whisky with a taste slightly smoky, sweet and fruity, nutty, with hints of spice. Simply delicious at £30 a bottle. 

Why not come and try these (or more) on our tasting counter this weekend?

Beer of the week: curious brew lagerDate published: 05/12/14

The Curious Brew lager is a gold medal winner at the international beer challenge 2012. It is brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher lager beer.

It is truly a premium lager beer. 

This will surely be the best to add to your Christmas lager collection, especially with it being at only £14.99 for 12x330ml


Christmas has arrived!Date published: 04/12/14

Wondering what wine to have with your Christmas dinner? We've got a great selection for you 

For roast turkey lovers we recommend either the Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges' which has a fruity well balanced palate, with silky tannins and a fresh cranberry-tinged finish, surely pairs well. Or the Macon Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' which has a flavour of green apple and pear and is fresh with a pleasant mineral-laden finish. 

If you're going for roast beef we recommend either the Wakefield shiraz or the Barolo. Both support a nose of blackberries and have undertones of spice and ripeness. Perfect with rich gravies!

Everyone will be catered for this christmas! 

Christmas opening hoursDate published: 04/12/14


Monday 8th – Friday 12th December 9am-8pm
Saturday 13th December 9am-7pm
Sunday 14th December 10am-5pm


Monday 15th-Friday 19th December 9am-8pm
Saturday 20th December 9am-8pm
Sunday 21st December 10am-5pm


Monday 23rd-Tuesday 23rd December 9am-8pm
Wednesday 24th December 9am-5pm
Thursday 25th-Friday 26th December CLOSED
Saturday 27th December 9am-7pm
Sunday 28th December 10am-5pm


Monday 29th-Tuesday 30th December 10am-7pm
Wednesday 31st December 10am-5pm
Thursday 1st January CLOSED
Friday 2nd January 10am-8pm
Saturday 3rd January 9am-7pm
Sunday 4th January 10am-5pm


morning fizzDate published: 03/12/14

Its about the time one should be thinking about what to be drinking at Christmas. First off Christmas morning. Traditionally it has to be fizz and my choice last year and this will be the gorgeous Nyetimber demi sec.

This superb sparkling wine is the first of its kind: a truly English interpretation of the classic off-dry Champagne style. Made in small quantities from Nyetimber's 100% estate-grown Chardonnay, bottled with extra dosage.

Treading a fine tightrope between sweetness and freshness, this wine is at once crisp, citric, elegant, refreshing and satisfyingly rich, with heady brioche aromas perfectly complementing the palate.


Sausages!Date published: 02/12/14

In the wintertime is there a better midweek meal than the humble sausage. There are now so many great varieties out there full of top quality meat and little rusk. A punchy garlicky Toulouse is still my choice. When I get back from work I don't really have the time to do a full blown cassoulet so this is a sort of hybrid. Over a high heat cook sliced onions, peppers, garlic, a little chopped chorizo, a tsp of smoked paprika and chilli until soft and some golden colour to them. Then add 4 chopped plum tomatoes and a tin white beans. Add a little stock and let it gently cook until reduced to a thick cassoulet consistency. Season well and finish with chopped parsley. Serve this with your sausage of choice and uncork a bottle of something rustic like the this Pic st Loup.

Pic Saint-Loup is within the Coteaux du Languedoc DOC in the south of France. For more than 5 generations, Domaine Haut-Lirou has been a family vineyard. Grapes for this wine come from densely planted vines. Syrah is the dominant grape in this blend.

Crimson red in colour, intense and complex aromas of baked red fruits, spices and notes of 'garrigue' leap from the glass. Well rounded with silky tannins and a gentle long finish.


Christmas spiritsDate published: 30/11/14

Christmas isn't just a time for wine... we have some fantastic spirits which are perfect for the festive period. 

Why not try the Darnley's spiced gin? It's unique infusion of nutmeg and cinnamon make it a perfect tipple for December.

Named after Mary Queen of Scots’ husband Lord Darnley whose marriage produced the heir that eventually united England and Scotland. This gin unites the best of English and Scottish distillation and focuses on key botanicals of juniper, cinnamon and nutmeg, giving a smooth palate of warm and comforting spice.

Darnley's is £32.50 making it a lovely treat over Christmas or a thoughtful gift for that gin-loving family member. 

Last chance for November offers!Date published: 30/11/14

Tomorrow will be your last chance to take advantage of some of our November offers you would have seen in our flyer and our emails. There are some cracking deals not to be missed so make sure you pop in if your favourite wine is on a spectacular deal. 

Not only that but our week long New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Rioja spectacular is coming to an end too! With the likes of Oyster Bay, Vina Pomal and other lovely wines on the 33% off deal there really is no better time to start thinking about your Christmas wines and gifts!

GameDate published: 29/11/14

I'm lucky enough to live in Alresford where we still can support the luxury of 2 butchers which we try to use as much as possible. This time of year they have a constant supply of pheasant and partridge and at four for ten pounds they are somewhat of a bargain.

I like to drink Pinot Noir with both of those and I think for around the £10 this is one of the best we do.

A Burgundian-style offering produced by Maison Louis Latour, the grapes for this wine are sourced from the Vars region near the south-eastern Mediterranean coast, at similar altitudes to Latours own vineyards in the Côte de Beaune.

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.

I often put the partridge in a tandoori marinade and the pheasant pot roast. Both are very lean so just don't overcook them!


Bathtub GinDate published: 29/11/14

This is the first creation by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth and is inspired by combining by-gone eras with modern technology. The aim is to make the best gin possible, whilst also preserving the flavours of the botanicals.  

The highly traditional infusing technique of cold-compounding (currently the only known entirely cold-compounded gin available) and the use of quality copper pot stills encourage the integration of flavours from the key botanicals, including juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. 

The name itself came from the fact that cold-compounding gins used to be topped off with any remaining water available, be it from rivers, wells or even bath tubs! Thankfully this practice isn't continued, or at least not in this marvellous Gin! 

The palate shows clean fresh flavours of these botanicals with a surprisingly creamy finish. It’s so complex you could enjoy it neat over ice but it will also make a superb G&T.

Vina Ardanza 33% off!Date published: 29/11/14

With 33% off Rioja this weekend there are some amazing discounts to be had. The Vina Ardanza is a Majestic favourite and is a true gem of a wine. 

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

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

Enjoy now with lamb or over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck. Or, if you are looking for something special to open over some lovely Christmas Cheeses this is perfect. 

Usually £24, you can get the Vina Ardanza this weekend only for just £15.99. 

Most popular wine at our tastingDate published: 28/11/14

We had our tasting last night and the star of the night was this little gem. I first tasted it when it arrived in September and what a beguiling wine it is.

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.

Not a wine to drink by itself but partner with a strong meat. Slow roasted shoulder of wild boar would be perefct.

Beer of the week: Lagunitas IPADate published: 28/11/14

Lagunitas IPA




Hailing from the town of Lagunitas, California, the Lagunitas IPA has been a good staple for many a craft beer connoisseur. This producer, which has been brewing since 1993 is the fifth selling craft beer brewery in the U.S.

Inspired by the new wave of India pale ales with more hops than a bunny rabbit, this has a refreshing burst of fruit to match the gooseberry lead. 

 
Enjoy this great craft beer with a bit more oomph any time of the year!

£10.99 when you buy two or more on our craft beer deal


Wine of the week: Cline ancient vines ZinfandelDate published: 28/11/14

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel


Sourcing their grapes for this wine from a number of old vine parcels, this wine is a classic example of the effects of vine plant age on wine character. The parcels are sourced from Oakley, Lodi and Mendocino.

Old vines tend to produce less grapes, making the ones that are, a lot more concentrated. Rustic characters that bely the terroir are also a lot more noticeabe.

Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.


Great with barbecued steaks, well-seasoned pork chops, or venison.

£14.99 when you buy two or more


Spirits of the week!Date published: 28/11/14

Spirits of the Week

Broker's Gin 70cl £19.99

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


Roger Groult Réserve 3-Year-Old 70cl £30

Jean-Roger Groult is the 5th generation producer of this esteemed Calvados, which was awarded Best Calvados in the World at the 2014 World Drinks Awards. Made from hand-sorted cider apples from the Pays d’Auge area, this Calvados has been aged and blended in old French casks and is three years old. Fresh and fruity notes of Granny Smith apple on the nose with a hint of cream are complimented by nuts and a touch of menthol on finish resulting in a round and complex taste.


Red Leg Spiced RumDate published: 27/11/14

From our brand new Craft spirits range we have definitely found a new customer favourite! The Red Leg spiced rum has been selling like hotcakes. This spiced rum from the Caribbean is eminently drinkable either on it's own or in a Cuba Libre (the fancy name for a rum and coke). 

The inspiration for the name is pretty brilliant as well: This Caribbean spiced rum gets its name from the Redleg hermit crab as it perfectly captures the laid back spirit of island culture – the crab always feels at home wherever it is! It is left to rest in old oak barrels and delivers a sweet smell of vanilla followed by a warming ginger aroma. The combination of sweetness and spice leaves a smooth, warming mouth feel.


£19.99

Californian dessert wine for thanksgivingDate published: 27/11/14

Celebrating thanksgiving? We have the delicious Californian dessert wine which is perfect for the occassion: Elysium Black Muscat 2013 Andrew Quady

Black Muscat, an under-appreciated Muscat variety, one of the very few black-skinned Muscats. Elysium is Greek for Heaven, a fitting association for this excellent wine made by Andrew Quady.

Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit. It is also, supposedly, Jamie Oliver's favourite dessert wine!

One of the few wines that can stand up to chocolate puddings. Or try it poured over ice cream for the ultimate after-dinner treat

Adam's Rioja caseDate published: 26/11/14

I'm fairly certain that some of Majestic wines best customers are it's staff, we're always available to snap up on a short term deal! 

So to make the most of this week's 33% offer on all Rioja I'll be grabbing up the following:


2  X Lagunilla Reserva 2008 £6.66 

Wow, what a fantastic Reserva Rioja for the price. Lesser known than the Vina Eguia Reserva this lagunilla wine has always been a bit of a staff favourite. 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. Ripe blackberry and wild strawberry is followed by clove and vanilla. This is smoother and lighter than the Eguia Reserva (also at £6.66). 

2 X Marques de Riscal Reserva 2009 £9.99

If you've tried a few Rioja's before or know someone who is a big Rioja fan, chances are you may have heard of this Bodega (Spanish equivalent to Chateau). This is a big and meaty Rioja with lashings of Blackberry and dark fruits. Vanilla and a toasty oak element would make this ideal for a hearty casserole of chicken and chorizo or choice tapas dishes. 

2 X Muga Selection Especial 2009/10 £16.66

Formerly at around £20 on our fine wine offer, this amazing wine is really on a great price. After being wined and dined by one of the Muga family at a majestic event recently, I was able to try this stunner. The wine is concentrated and dense but deliciously smooth. Black cherry, Blackberry and red Berries take the fore on the fruit front. These are matched by clove and cinnamon. Well worth a try.

Vina Pomal Reserva Date published: 26/11/14

Added to our tasting counter today is the Vina Pomal Reserva. It is currently part of our 33% off on all rioja so would be a shame not to give it a taste before buying.

This Rioja Reserva is bursting with blackberry and raspberry fruit. The palate is clean yet intense. Perfectly balanced with soft velvety tannins it is delicious from start to the long finish. If you like a strong red rioja this is the one for you.

Match this perfectly with a charcuterie board with an array of delicious meats.

But don't just take my word for it come in store and try! 

Multibuy price is at £8.66 but only untill Monday 1st December



New in: Porta 6 2012 LisboaDate published: 25/11/14

The area around Lisbon is a hive of winemaking activity, making uniquely styled wines primarily from blends of native Portuguese grapes. This wine comes from vineyards in the Alenquer and Cadaval regions, in the mountains to the north of Lisbon.

Quintessentially Portuguese red, offering plenty of warm, jammy forest fruit flavours combined with heady aromas of violets and touches of spice. Supple, chewy tannins provide texture and length.

Perfect with minted lamb chops.

Currently £7.49 when you buy two or more in the 25% deal!

33% off Rioja AND NZ Sauvignon Date published: 25/11/14

Yes... you read correctly... there is currently an amazing 33% off all Rioja AND New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for 1 week only. My picks to take advantage of are the Eguia Crianza and the Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc.

Eguia Crianza - £5.86 when you buy two or more bottles 

From a bodega run by the illustrious Muriel group, this wine comes from vineyards in Rioja's Alta and Alavesa sub-regions. The traditional Crianza maturation sees this wine spending 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release. Vivid cherry red in colour. The aromas show off the wine's oak ageing, with vanilla, coconut and balsamic notes coming to the fore. An elegant palate of ripe fruit framed by soft, polished tannins. The definitive accompaniment to tapas, especially those of red meat, lamb or cured cheeses.

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles

From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture. Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre. Perfect with seafood or salads.

*offers end Monday 1st December

Gold Top ChampagneDate published: 24/11/14

We often get asked to recommend fizz without going to the well known brands there is often some great examples under £20. I such wine is the Gold Top 2007. I have tasted it several times over the last two years and its just getting better and better. Yes you will encounter people who will dismiss it as an also ran but I think they are wrong.

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

Currently down from £30 to £19.99 on our 33% offer. 

Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Date published: 24/11/14

The Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon from Chile is on our tasting counter and is truly sublime. 

This sauvignon is youthful and fresh. It has a strong flavour of grapefruit and has softening hints of tropical fruit and aromatic herbs without being to overpowering. At just £7.99 on a multibuy it is a new affordable sauvignon to try. 

this would be perfect with a fresh goats cheese salad or enjoyed by itself by Sauvignon lovers everywhere!

Dessert wine problems - Solved!Date published: 23/11/14

Whilst having dessert last night, Dr Hermann's Erdner Treppchen Riesling Auslese came out and it matched perfectly. 

The origin of this dessert wine is Erden, where the grapes are grown on the hill of the village and produces a pale yet elegant Riesling. It has Erdener's characteristic of  a lovely creaminess to the palate and oft minerality. Fine acidity conveys fresh citrus flavour amid the moderate sweetness. 

This will pair beautifully with all things sweet and enjoyed with the best of company!

£9.99 multibuy.

Blind River TekauDate published: 23/11/14

I had my first taste of this last night. Beautiful! It's like a subtle Te Koko. We were looking for a wine to match a starter of golden beetroot, goats cheese cream, little nuggets of onion bhaji and a mint yogurt dressing which admittedly was a tad tricky but this was a fine match.

Produced in limited quantities, Tekau is the product of fermenting selected Awatere Valley fruit in French oak barriques, using a naturally occurring vineyard yeast, effectively prompting a carefully controlled version of a 'wild ferment'.

Lemon and lime fruit are accompanied by hints of apricot on the nose. The palate offers great depth, combining the citrus fruit with subtle brioche and hazelnut, and has a creamy finish.


Christmas morning fizzDate published: 23/11/14

This the perfect way to start Christmas day. So gentle but so very elegant. It's how Ellie and I started last year and its how we will this one as well.

This superb sparkling wine is the first of its kind: a truly English interpretation of the classic off-dry Champagne style. Made in small quantities from Nyetimber's 100% estate-grown Chardonnay, bottled with extra dosage.

Treading a fine tightrope between sweetness and freshness, this wine is at once crisp, citric, elegant, refreshing and satisfyingly rich, with heady brioche aromas perfectly complementing the palate.

Stunning quality!


Here comes another spiritDate published: 22/11/14

Another spirit has arrived at the tasting counter family - the Bathtub Gin. This brings all sorts of thoughts of the prohibition days, being secretly produced in a basement where there's a 50% chance it could cause you some problem due to its poor quality. But this gin is nowhere close. I promise you.   

It is inspired by combining by-gone eras with modern technology but still preserving the flavours of the botanicals, whilst making the best gin possible. The highly traditional infusing technique of cold-compounding and the use of quality copper pot stills, encourages the integration of flavours from the key botanicals, including juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. And these flavours sure do stand out, presenting you with a smooth, flavorsome, good quality gin. 

You have to try it!

Adam's updated Argentinian Malbec caseDate published: 22/11/14

We're at it again with our weekend only offers! This time we're doing a repeat of the 33% off all Argentinian Malbec (if you hadn't guessed, we like Malbec). So here's my updated half case list

2 x Catena Malbec at £8.66 multibuy

Well what can I say about this beauty! A deep purple hue, aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant chased by powerful and rich notes of Blackcurrant, black pepper and a pleasant vanilla note. Every drop of this wine holds a deep flavour. 

2 x Lunta Malbec £9.33 multibuy

The purity of crushed raspberry and blackcurrant in this wine is Phenomenal. Though it does take a good 3 hours breathing time to really show it's true colours. This wine has depth, with the pure fruit followed by a spicy warmth and secondary characteristics. My new favourite for under a tenner!

2 x Bodega Aniello 003 Malbec £8.65 multibuy

This is our newest malbec and it has certainly done well so far. We've had it on the tasting counter for 2 days and customers are loving it, and so are we! It probably has something to do with the dense fruit flavours of blackberry, plum and black cherry. This is the dark fruit version of the Lunta, or the oak-less version of the Catena. 


Steak and Wine in the CityDate published: 21/11/14

This weekend I visited the Manhattan Grill in London where they specialize in their steaks. T-bone, Fillet and Rump from either USDA or good old Scottish Aberdeen Angus. I went for an Aberdeen Angus fillet because of it being purely grass fed and dry aged for 28 days. They recommended the Ravenswood Zinefandel due to its sweet blueberry, plums and spiced aromas. I love a good Californian wine and this matched well with it due to its soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity. 

Any full-bodied wine matches well with this kind of meat and it was thoroughly enjoyable! 

Knowing I can buy this wine again at £7.99 means I can now have this experience at home next time

Taylors TawnyDate published: 20/11/14

I'm not much of a fan of spirits after dinner but port is a different story. My preferred style is a tawny be it 10,20,30 or 40 years old.

Made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages, Tawny Port is aged in large wood casks for almost all their life and takes on a brick-red, tawny colour. Taylor's 10 year old Tawny is an average of 10 years old.

Aromas of ripe berry fruit with a delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish.

So very easy to drink I always make sure we have a bottle in the fridge at home.


Spirits of the week!Date published: 20/11/14

Blackwoods 5XD Vodka - £22.50 

Perhaps more famous for its high-quality gin, Blackwoods five-times distilled vodka reflects the quality level expected from this renowned producer. Lightly infused with hand-picked Shetland botanicals such as Meadow Sweet, Sea Pink, Angelica and Marsh Marigold, the resulting vodka tastes exceptionally smooth and rounded with an earthy undertone. 


Red Leg Rum - £19.99 

This Caribbean spiced rum gets its name from the Redleg hermit crab as it perfectly captures the laid back spirit of island culture – the crab always feels at home wherever it is! It is left to rest in old oak barrels and delivers a sweet smell of vanilla followed by a warming ginger aroma. The combination of sweetness and spice leaves a smooth, warming mouth feel.


Cider of the week: Orchard Pig RevellerDate published: 20/11/14

Dry, with a crisp apple flavour and a light sparkle, this Cider is very enjoyable chilled, no ice needed! Cider, during Winter? It may sound a bit odd but cider makes a fantastic match for the pork dishes that are often served this time of year. The zingy flavours of apple can be pleasantly refreshing after a heavy meal. And if that isn't quite up to your taste then why not try mulling cider? Just either combine a bottle or two in a pot with a good couple of pinches of mulling spices or a glug or two of mulling syrup and voila! You have a spicy yet refreshing drink to keep you warm on the cold winter evenings. 

£25.20 per case of 12 X 500ml bottles


What I drank last night: Goldwater Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/11/14

Sauvignon Blanc is rarely my choice of tipple. However, yesterday I was really in the mood for something easy drinking, fruit-driven and refreshing. The Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand ticked all of these boxes and was a perfect tipple over watching a bit of television with my family. If you love Kiwi Sauvignon you should definitely give this a try for yourself!

From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.

Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre.

Currently just £8.99 if you buy two or more.

An oldie but goodieDate published: 19/11/14

I'm not saying this is going to be the finest claret one will ever taste but at under £10 and seeing we are on the the 2010 vintage  which was one of the best years of recent terms this could be considered somewhat of a steal! 

A small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol, Château Méaume has been a Majestic favourite for many years, gaining a reputation for excellent value.

A nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood.

Think a large gathering for sunday lunch. Perfect!


Cracking short term deal: Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel Date published: 19/11/14

If you like big, concentrated, fruit driven reds then you must take advantage of this fantastic deal. The Ravenswood Zinfadel has joined the 33% off deal... £11.99 down to £7.99! 

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

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

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

Great value wineDate published: 18/11/14


With the ever increasing price of village like Sancerre and Pouilly Fume we at Majestic try to source wines from those slightly smaller village like this little gem.

The small appellation of Côteaux de Giennois has only 91 hectares planted with Sauvignon vines, and as it lives in the shadow of its neighbour, the renowned Pouilly-Fumé, its wines often slip under the radar and are hence excellent value.

The classic gooseberry fruit on the nose is intense yet restrained, and leads into a palate bursting with flavours of lime and nettle, delivered with a clean and crisp feel.

Perfect with some grilled sea bass.


We've added new spirits for you to tryDate published: 18/11/14

We've added some new spirits to our tasting counter collection for you to try, the Blackwoods Vodka and Tariquet Armagnac. These are a must have to add to your spirits shelf. 

The Tariquet Armagnac is very smooth and has a lively bouquet of floral and fresh mint characteristics, as well as woody spices, a lovely hint of vanilla and liquorice. These tastes are helped by the 7 year ageing in oak barrels in Tariquet’s cellars. 

The Blackwoods vodka is also smooth and rounded in taste. It is lightly infused with hand-picked Shetland botanicals such as Meadow Sweet, Sea Pink, Angelica and Marsh Marigold helping to create a sensationally delicate tasting vodka. It is five times distilled and the high quality is reflected in the producer, who are also famous for their high-quality Blackwoods Vodka. Perfect with a splash of soda and a slice of lime. 

Introduction to BordeauxDate published: 18/11/14

Bordeaux is probably the most famous wine region in France. It is most renowned for its red wines but is also capable of prodcuing premium dry whites. 

Climate: Bordeaux has a moderate maritime climate that benefits from the warming effect of the Gulf stream which brings warm water from the Caribbean to Northern Europe. The region doesn't tend to suffer from Spring frosts and the growing season is capable of extending into October. That being said, the Atlantic can bring high levels of rainfall which can promote rot, disrupt flowering and dilute the flavours of the grapes.This is why vintage variation is so important. 

Viticulture: The two biggest concerns for vineyards are fungal disease and variable levels of ripeness. With the he of green harvesting and leaf picking, this can be prevented. After the harvest, grapes are sorted and unhealthy grapes rejected. This process is usually done by hand but increasingly sophisticated mechanised versions are being used by the wealthy producers.

Grape varieties: Almost all red Bordeaux wines and most whites are produced using a blend of grapes. It is too risky to rely on one variety of grape due to the unpredictable. The different varieties ripen at different times meaning that bad weather is unlikely to affect the whole crop. 13 grape varieties are permitted under AC regulations. In practice the grapes that dominate are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.  

Popping the bubbles for Christmas Date published: 17/11/14

Every house hold has at least one form of bubbly at Christmas time, no denying it. In my household our champagne of choice last Christmas was Taittinger, which I expect will roll over this year too! 

Taittinger has the perfect citrus fresh taste with a hint of honey on the palate. The aromas of peach and acacia provides a delicious smell to get anyone's  taste buds watering.

If you are looking for a champagne to start your parties this season look at the Heidsieck & Co Gold Top. It is soft and rich and has lovely hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla.

There is a wide selection of champagnes and prosseco at majestic and you will definitely find the perfect one to make your Christmas special and bubbly! 

What I drank last night: Cune Reserva 2009Date published: 17/11/14

Last night after finding out that a completely homemade pizza was for supper I decided upon the Cune Reserva from 2009. Talk of pudding spice and blackberry on the price display sold it to me, and boy they were not lying! The pizza itself was topped with salami, chorizo, olive, pepper, mozarella and mushroom. This sat above a home cooked tomato base and a hand rolled homemade dough. This pizza had a lightly spicy edge to it and needed something with depth and fruit to stand up to the numbing effects of chilli. It was delicious! 

The wine was a beautiful match! The deep blackberry and clove characters matched the rich tomato sauce. Plus the secondary notes of vanilla and leather were lovely. There was a light grip to the tannin but the meat and tomato base soon made this disappear. The nose was fantastic as well! Aromas of clove and a deep pudding spice, akin to the mince of a mince pie came through. 

What I drank last night: El Parador CrianzaDate published: 17/11/14

I absolutely adore Rioja. So I was very intrigued to try the El Parador Crianza because of it's slightly different blend of grapes: Garnacha, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Outside the confines of staunchly traditional Rioja, winemakers are much freer to create wines such as this blend from neighbouring Navarra, combining Spanish grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon. In the Spanish tradition, it has undergone 12 months in American oak. 

Bright cherry red with garnet hues, this is a middleweight wine offering ripe cherry fruit accented with gentle vanilla and spice notes. Clean, smooth and well-integrated palate profile.

Majestic advise that this is the perfect accompaniment for simple lamb dishes, or cured ham. Because of its easy-drinking style I think it also makes a great party wine! At just £6.66 when you buy two or more I will definitely be stocking up on this new favourite. 

Party planning at MajesticDate published: 16/11/14

Christmas and the party season is fast approach. Here at Majestic Wine Farnham we are more than happy to give you a helping hand when it comes to organising drinks for your party. Our expert team can give you advice on different types of wine how much wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks you will need for your party. What's more, we can even deliver to you for free! Plus, we offer a free glass hire service (£1 per glass deposit which is fully refundable when the glasses return clean and intact). So don't suffer on your own... our team is happy to help!

Slow roasted lamb shoulderDate published: 16/11/14

Here's a recipe from Bill Grainger, posted on the Independent website on how to make a fantastic slow roasted lamb shoulder.  


Slow-roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary potatoes and chilli relish

This is a great weekend dish. Perfect for when you have a little more time to be at home to keep an eye on the oven, while it does most of the hard work.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1½kg lamb shoulder on the bone

1 whole head garlic, sliced in half horizontally

1 handful fresh sage leaves

800g potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks

3 tbsp olive oil

2 sprigs rosemary

For the chilli relish

6 large red chillies, seeded and diced

2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 garlic clove, crushed

120ml extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas3. Season the lamb with salt and pepper, and place the lamb, garlic and sage in a baking dish. Add 250ml of water, cover with foil and roast for 2½ hours. Check the lamb from time to time while cooking; you may need to add more water as it evaporates.

After about 1½ hours, toss the potatoes in another roasting tin with oil and rosemary, salt and pepper, and place in the oven.

After another hour, remove the potatoes and keep warm, then uncover the lamb, increase the oven to 220C/425F/Gas7 and roast for a further 20 minutes to brown. The meat should be tender and falling off the bone.

Meanwhile, make the chilli relish. Place the chillies, parsley and garlic in a bowl and stir to combine. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over a medium-high heat. When hot, pour over the chilli mix. Leave for a few minutes for the flavours to develop. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve the lamb and potatoes with the chilli relish on the side.

Wine pairings

To pair alongside this mouthwatering dish I would recommend the age old companion to lamb: Rioja! but not just any Rioja, this would have to have plenty of secondary characteristics such as spice and clove with a good weight behind it, so why not try one of the following:

Vina Ardanza Reserva 2005 

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.

£19.99 when you buy two or more on our Fine Wine offer

or:

Vina Pomal Gran Reserva 2004

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.

£14.99 when you buy two or more on our Fine Wine offer

New In: Corralillo Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/11/14

Say hello to our new Chilean addition - the Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc 

Origin

The San Antonio Valley is located just a short distance inland of the Pacific and as such it is among the most coastal-influenced vineyard districts in Chile. Matetic manage their vineyards using organic and biodynamic techniques.

Taste

Pale yellow with green flashes, this is a youthful and fresh wine, full of lush grapefruit flavour, supported by softening hints of tropical fruit and aromatic herbs.

Enjoy well chilled with fresh goats' cheese salads.


Barolo Milani 2010Date published: 15/11/14

I had the pleasure of joining Majestic Alton for their winter tasting evening on Thursday. It was such good fun and really got me excited for our winter tasting on the 27th November.

One of favourite wines I tasted that evening was the Barolo Milani. Made from the Nebbiolo grape, Barolo is made in several specific zones within the Piedmont region, where slopes of calcareous clay soils provide what is seen as the best terrain for ripening Nebbiolo. This example is aged for 24 months in oak and 12 months in bottle to smooth the ample tannins.

Warm garnet colour with ruby highlights, Complex on the nose, with subtle notes of violet and pencil lead accenting the plum and cherry fruit. Weighty, fine-grained tannins provide prodigious grip.

Best enjoyed with hard, mature cheeses to balance the weighty character of this wine. At just £11.99 if you buy two or more this is a steal for a Barolo which demonstrates the style perfectly!

Vina Pomal FamilyDate published: 15/11/14

Vina Pomal covers all areas of taste and price preference with their Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. On the tasting counter we have the Gran Reserva which provides a taste of rich berry fruit and is full bodied due to its lengthy ageing. It is a powerful red but if this doesn't suit, you have other options within this family which provide a more oaky flavour, they've really catered to everyone's preference. 

No harm in coming and trying this wonderful red rioja that is just £14.99!

Vino Pinot GrigioDate published: 15/11/14

Vino Pinot Grigio


This is a top quality example of Italian-inspired Pinot Grigio from Charles Smith, former rock band tour manager turned winemaker.

Three vineyards in the central parts of Washington State provide the fruit, which benefits from this region's cool climate, promoting crisp acidity.

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

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


£9.99 when you buy two or more


Wine of the Week!Date published: 14/11/14

Our wine of the week that is on the tasting counter is the vino Pinot Grigio at £9.99! You cannot go wrong with this Italian inspired pinot with complex aromas of guava and hints of lychee, passion fruit and crisp acidity. This will pair great with any seafood dish due to its burst of interesting flavours. Come and have a taste in store to find out if this one is for you!

Drappier ChampagneDate published: 13/11/14

One of our newest Champagne's is the Drappier Premier Cru. This great fizz has it's grapes sourced from only Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, the best quality level of vineyards found in the Champagne region. 

Drappier was founded in 1808 and is currently based in the Urville region of Champagne. Drappier is considered one of the finest boutique champagne producers in the world: this is because of the cellars where they store the wine, which are among the oldest and most extensive in Europe. These were also the only cellars that weren't damaged during the two world wars or the fires that raced through the area in the 1950s.

Firm and intense, offering notes of pear, hazelnut and subtle toasty spice.


£19.99 on our 33% offer when you buy two or more


New to rangeDate published: 13/11/14

Our first Californian Pionot Grigio and what a cracker it is.

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

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

Open this weekend to taste.

Portillo Malbec at £6.66Date published: 12/11/14


This multi-award-winning wine comes from Bodegas Salentein, one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, who have 2000 hectares of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec grapes are grown at an average of around 1050m.  This elevation allows for the grapes to develop complexity and stay away from the heat of the region whilst still gaining the sunlight. This leads to a lower alcohol rating and more fruit characteristics. 


An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins. The oak characteristic comes through in a spicy vanillin character, reminiscent of a reserva Rioja almost!

Try this with a lightly spicy beef or a Moroccan lamb and date tagine. The depth of fruit and oak characteristics will match the lamb and date flavour's in the tagine 


Beer of the week: Camden HellsDate published: 12/11/14

Beer of the week


Camden Hells Lager

This brilliant Lager comes from the Camden town brewery, which is built into two of the arches underneath Chalk Farm station. 

 Inspired by Germany, delivered for London. A classic lager that’s exactly what it should be: Easy-drinking, crisp and dry with beautiful bubbles.
Clean and refreshing with a dry hop finish. You can taste the great depth of flavour which comes from the long, slow maturation in tank. This is how a great lager should taste

£10.99 when you buy two or more on our craft beer deal


Grilled Mackerel Date published: 12/11/14

I had some whole mackerel last night for supper so decided to do a marinade for it. I semi dried some halves baby plum tomatoes with a thin slice of garlic and a small piece of anchovy on them. Then I blitzed with a good handful of coriander and parsley let down with a little olive oil and lemon. Slash your fish and rub mixture into fish. Leave for a couple of hours then cook in a hot oven for around 20mins. Serve with a grain of some sort and a crisp white from France. Something like a Reuilly.

Reuilly is situated in the upper Loire close to the vineyards of Sancerre. Beurdin is one of the top Reuilly domaines who produces classic Sauvignon Blanc.Bone-dry citrus and fresh herbal fruit, gooseberry and cut grass on the expressive and fruity palate, and a fresh finish.


Great value wineDate published: 11/11/14

I have long been a fan of the Montes winery in Chile and this might be one of their cheaper offerings but it still is a great wine. It currently is in our 33% off deal which makes it only £7.99 a bottle!

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 a rustic supper. Maybe like a good burger!


Pork Belly wine matchDate published: 10/11/14

There is no denying how good a slow roasted, crisp with crackling slab of pork belly can be but it can be very rich and fatty. Yuo need a wine with good acidity to cut through this and this wine does the job perfectly.

One of the lesser-know grapes of Piedmont, Dolcetto usually produces soft, fruity and early maturing wines. The best come from around Alba, as does this one from De Forville, a family that has been making wine in Piedmont since the 1860's.

A clear and bright ruby in colour, with an expressive nose of youthful fruits. Rich, dark cherries and liquorice on the palate and a fresh finish. It has good acidity so is perfect to cut through the pork belly. 


£4.99 wines!Date published: 10/11/14

Majestic offer a fantastic range of wines at all price points. All of these are just £4.99 each and offer fantastic value for money.

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc: Invitingly fruity, offering a juicy citrus and gooseberry backbone overlaid with notes of fresh green apples.

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon: A fruit-driven style of Cabernet that offers rounded, ripe red berry fruit with a plummy and easy-going feel.

El Torito Chardonnay: A soft, fruity and easy-drinking Chardonnay, full of golden apple and ripe peach flavours.

El Torito Merlot: A youthful, fruit driven style, this is a soft and plummy Merlot with supple tannins and a juicy palate.

Brichetto Trebbiano: Fresh and easy drinking, this wine offers plenty of soft citrus, white peach and pear fruit.

Brichetto Sangiovese: A light and approachable red, with Sangiovese's typical redcurrant and cherry fruit characters.


On the tasting counter: Darnley's Gin and Red Leg rumDate published: 10/11/14

We want our customers to be just as excited as us about our new spirit range. Therefore, in the lead up to Christmas we will have some of our new spirits open to taste. This week we have the Darnley's Gin and Red Leg Rum to try. The Darnley's gin is a botantically infused gin;infused with giner and cinammon giving it a unique, spiced taste. A perfect gin for the winter months. The Red Leg rum is a deliciously the smooth dark rum with flavours of vanilla and ginger. 

Darnley's gin is priced at £32.50 and Red Leg Spiced Rum is £19.99. So, if you fancy trying something new and want to expand your spirit collection these two are simply too good not to try!

 

Characteristics, flavours and aromas of ChampagneDate published: 10/11/14

Apple, pear, citrus, strawberry, cream, vanilla, toast, yeast... these are all characteristics that are common in sparkling wines and champagnes. However different types of champagnes will have different characteristics to the next. Non-vintage champagnes tend to have fresher flavours and higher acidity than their vintage counterparts and each champagne house will have its own individual style.

Malolatic fermentation also alters the characteristics of champagne. Malotaic fermentation tends to create a more cooked apple flavour. Non-malotaic champagnes usually have a greater overall flavour intensity, complexity of flavour and length of favour. 

Most champagne is dry (or brut). The sweetness of a champagne is dictated by the amount of sugar added after the second fermentation:

- Extra Brut = less than 6 grams of sugar per litre

- Brut = less than 15 grams of sugar per litre

- Extra sec = 12 to 20 grams of sugar per litre

- Sec = 17 to 35 grams of sugar per litre

- Demi sec = 33 to  50 grams of sugar per litre

- Doux = More than 50 grams of sugar per litre. 

These are just a few different factors which affect the taste of champagne and illustrates how individual one champagne is to the next!

catena malbecDate published: 09/11/14

I had a bottle of this last night with a fat piece of rib-eye and I have to say even though not on offer so priced at £12.99 it still is I think one of the best of all Malbec we offer.

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.

Beautifully balanced and just the perfect wine for a slab of steak. 

New spirits just in time for Christmas!Date published: 09/11/14

Exciting news! We have just had the drop off of new spirits to majestic! We've expanded our spirits range and yes you can try them in store very soon, on the tasting counter! 

To name a few we have: Titos Vodka, Darnleys spiced gin, Blackwoods Vodka, Calvados and Red Leg rum. 

Two of the most interesting to me are the Titos Vodka and Darnleys spiced gin. 
Titos handmade vodka is produced in Austin, Texas in the first legal distillery in Texas. This vodka has a lot of history behind the brand and is made from yellow corn, this makes an interesting blend as most common vodkas are made from wheat or potato. It surely leaves you with a mildly sweet aftertaste, reminiscing in its distinct flavour. 

Darlney's view spiced gin stands out as one of the gins to try this season. It is made with a selection of carefully selected berries, seeds, peels and roots - otherwise known as botanicals. You will definitely be able to taste juniper, cinnamon and nutmeg, as these make up the spice in this spiced gin. 
Very Festive if I say so myself!

Fizz without the price tagDate published: 09/11/14

If you are thinking about the festive season and what fizz you will be drinking for your parties look no further than Majestic. We have some fantastic sparkling options which will not break the bank. If you are a fan of Prosecco we have some fantastic 33% deals... the Rivamonte prosecco is just £6.66 when you buy two or more and the Pasqua Treviso is only £7.99 on the multibuy deal. 

If you are looking for some sparkling with a bit more depth of flavour and champagne in style there are some fantastic producers from all over the world which provide a cheaper option to champagne and are made using the traditional method without comprising on flavour. The L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire is fantastic and has all the characteristics you'd expect to see in a light champagne due to spending 12 months' maturation on lees. Currently 33% off and only £9.99 when you buy two or more. It is a great choice. 

Similarly, the Graham Beck brut from South Africa offers a palate off fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish. A superb alternative to champagne at the same price as the Langlois too!

Some interesting food and wine combinations...Date published: 08/11/14

Today we have been exploring food and wine matches with the help of our trustee Hugh Johnson handbook, and a few of our tried and tested combinations. General rules of food and wine matching are great to follow most of the time- say, Italian food with Italian wine-, but it can be intriguing to consider very specific foods and dishes too, and try out slightly more 'out there' pairings. Here are a few of our favourites, as discussed (and debated) by the Farnham team.

Lobster ravioli: A customer request to match a wine to this meal, we settled on Gavi, but Viognier or Fiano would also work well

Chocolate desserts: Always a tough done. Skeptical or not, try Orange muscat, or match the richness with a Zinfandel

Chicken Kiev: James explained how to stop the garlic butter seeping out, Amber suggested a lightly oaked Chardonnay would be delicious alongside the butteryness.

Kedgeree: A squeeze of lemon over the top and a glass of Gruner Veltliner on the side.

Cupcakes: Hugh Johnson recommends Prosecco, but, for us, it was the general consensus this may be where to draw the line and stick to a cup of tea!

New to MajesticDate published: 08/11/14

The SCV chardonnay has just arrived and we have just had it open. What a stunning wine it is. Such depth of flavour but really well balanced. We had it open earlier today and have sold all the stock we had but we can source more if needed.

Hints of fresh green apple linger as it opens. The toast and spice components are in the early stages of reaching full integration. There are emerging elements of a crème brûlée richness on the palate surrounded by a silky acid matrix. It is showing zesty lemon and fresh pear with a center core of tropical white fruit and sweet tangerine. The aging potential for this wine should be exceptional given the bright acidity and complex fruit profile. This will age nicely over the next 3-5 years.

Think top end fish here. Wild salmon or grilled dover sole.

Saturday Kitchen FeatureDate published: 08/11/14

In case you missed it, one of our Alsace wines was featured on Saturday kitchen: Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2013 Cave de Hunawihr. 

Origin

The tiny village of Hunawihr is nestled between the more famous villages of Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, in the heart of Alsace. The local cave co-op was formed in 1954 by a group of winemakers who pooled their resources, helping them to survive in a post-WW2 Europe.

Taste

An open, generous and straightforward wine, offering fresh pear and apricot fruit and a lifted smokiness. Gently off-dry, emphasising the soft, ripe fruit, the palate has a pleasing length.

On Saturday kitchen this wine was paired with spicy chicken dish which goes fantastically with an off dry wine.  It is also the perfect partner for the classic choucroute garnie, or for ripe soft cheeses.

New spirit range coming soon...Date published: 08/11/14

Over the next few weeks you will notice our spirit shelves undergo a transformation. Majestic have revamped their spirit range with some really exciting products making their way to the Farnham store. What's more, we will have a selection of these new spirits open to taste over the next month and in the lead up to Christmas. Keep your eyes peeled...

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 08/11/14

We're popping open the La Marca Cuvee for the weekend! As part of the special offer of 33% off prosseco we're opening the Cuvee for you to try on our tasting counter. The Cuvee is only £9.99 and is a delicate and elegant prosseco to please the palate. With aromas of apple and apricot you will not be disappointed. 

A great prosecco to accompany you're weekend celebrations! But be quick this offer on particular prossecos ends monday 7pm

Pasta and WineDate published: 07/11/14


Earlier this week I cooked a beef shank for the first time and posted an article on how I got on. I had some left over and this is what I did with it.I softened a couple of shallots then added a chopped clove of garlic, some chopped rosemary/thyme and a little chilli. I then added 12 or so quartered baby plum tomatoes and about 400 grams of chopped beef. I had some left over gravy so I added that and a little water. If you didn't have the gravy add beef stock. Let it simmer until reduced and add some al dente pasta of your choice. I actually made my own (very easy) which elevated it to the next level. Finish with some freshly grated good parmesan.

To drink go Italian. Tomato based sauces go well with Barbara wines so why not try the de Forville Barbara d'Asti.

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.

A great supper dish.

New arrival open to taste!Date published: 07/11/14

We have a new picpoul in stock: The Domaine Felines Jourdan 2013 Picpoul de Pinet. The Jourdan family have been growing grapes for several generations, but have only been making wines under their own family label since the early 1980's when they created this particular domaine, which overlooks the Bassin de Thau. Light lemon-green in colour, this is a crisp and youthful white wine full of fresh citrus fruit flavours, accented with subtle hints of fennel, green pepper and lime zest. Made for fish and seafood. Try it with brandade de morue, Provence's typical salt cod speciality. This wine will also work well on its own as an aperitif!

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

La Marca CuveeDate published: 07/11/14

Today we are bringing to you a four day special! The La Marca Cuvee Prosecco is down to £9.99 for a weekend treat. This fine Italian sparkling is delicate and elegant with an aroma of apple and apricot that cannot be missed. It is well balanced and perfectly suited for a weekend of bubbles!

Spotlight on Chile this weekDate published: 06/11/14

As of tomorrow we will have a spotlight on Chilean wines on our tasting counter with a range of whites and reds from Chile open to taste. For me, Chile offers fantastic value for money and consistently produces high quality wines. We will have everything from Malbec to Sauvignon Blanc making an appearance. So, if you're a huge chilean wine fan or have never tasted a Chilean wine before, pop in and take advantage of our tasting counter!

Sticky StartersDate published: 06/11/14

The kings series sticky dessert wine offers a taste of ripe peach, lychee and fig, alongside subtle nutty notes, Intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine with a citrus lift. Here is a recipe that would go perfectly with this sweet dessert wine. Fig and Almond Fruit Bread. Its perfect for a starter, dessert or even a snack. And yes it is delicious, with empowering tastes that compliment each other!

Method: 

First combine almonds, figs, apricots, cranberries, orange zest, mixed spice, black pepper, flour and salt in a large bowl and coat all fruit in flower. Second, combine the honey and brandy and heat until warm. Third, tip onto the fruit mixture and mix. Fourth, spoon half the mixture into a tin and press firmly. Repeat this with remaining mixture. Fifth step, bake for 30 minutes until golden and you're ready! remember to let it cool before tucking in. The Kings Sticky accompanies this delicious dish, creating an explosion of flavours.

Ingredients:

2 cups of skin on almonds (roasted and roughly chopped), 250g dried figs (thinly sliced), 100g dried apricots (finely chopped), 1/2 cup dried cranberries, grated zest of 1 orange, 1 and a half teaspoons ground mixed spice, black pepper, 1 cup plain flour, pinch of salt, 1/2 cup honey & 3 tablespoons brandy. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and grease and line with baking paper a 6 cup capacity loaf tin. 

Have a go and experience it for yourself! You will not be disappointed 

Kings Legacy ChardonnayDate published: 05/11/14

Thanks to Chris at Marrisco we had a taste of this today. Its my first time tasting this wine and all I have to say is wow! If you enjoy a good white burgundy this will be just your ticket.

This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes were fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months' on lees.

An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

Match with maybe grilled turbot or push the boat out and poach a lobster!

Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/11/14

The Giesen brothers have created this rich and tropical sauvignon to tantalize you're tastebuds. This would go great with a seafood risotto or paella due to its lime and lemongrass aromas. Its taste is very citrus and also leans towards a goosberry flavour but still maintains a dry taste. AND at only £6.99 when you buy two or more bottles, who couldn't resist! Come on down and have a taste at our tasting counter 

Have you heard about our winter tasting event?Date published: 05/11/14

Don't forget we have a fantastic winter wine evening coming up like we do every year. We will have a great range of fantastic wines open to taste around the store to get you in the mood for the Christmas festivites. What's more, there will be a fab range of cheeses to eat with your wines. Come and explore with us on the 27th November from 6pm!

Sunday roastDate published: 03/11/14

Yesterday I tried a new cut of beef for our Sunday supper. Lured by a good offer on it we tried a shank joint. Not sure what to do with it so I seared it on all sides then popped in a 140 degree oven with some chopped carrots, celery, onions, herbs and covered with stock. I gave it 4 hours then removed. I put it back in to crisp up for 30 minutes and reduced the strained cooking stock to form a intense gravy. It was delicious! A cross between brisket and oxtail and so cheap. I have some over which will make a great ragu sauce for some fresh pasta. We drank a couple of bottles and I think because of the richness you need a relatively young wine with a little tannin and the Senejac 2010 was the perfect accompaniment.

Located on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels.

With a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence. Polished tannins and good balance make it immediately approachable.



Great value Claret!Date published: 02/11/14

This brand spanking new Claret is sure to please party-goers and provide for nights in alike. Saint-Jacques is a small property that is essentially a subdivision of Château Siran, making its wine from the fruit of 22 acres of vineyards that lie right on the fringe of Siran's Margaux estate. The wine is a traditional claret style, oak-aged for 10-12 months. 

Made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this is a fruit driven style of bordeaux red. Medium-bodied and fruity, this is an easy-going everyday claret, with a backbone of bramble and plum fruit, and inviting aromas of vanilla and blackcurrant leaf.

Wine for a Sunday nut roastDate published: 02/11/14

Whenever someone is deciding what to eat with their red wine it usually (unless it is cheese) involves meat. However, even with vegetarian meals, reds with a bit of body behind them can be ideal! I am cooking a nut roast this evening and am opting for a smooth, fruity chilean merlot to balance the weight and flavour: the Los Boldos Merlot 2013 Alto Cachapoal. It will also make a great match to a meat roast... a pleaser for veggies and meateaters alike! 

Origin: Alto Cachapoal is located in the Rapel Valley, and is one of Chile's most highly-prized terroirs. Its boasts a Mediterranean climate, free-draining alluvial soils, and altitudes of up to 2000 feet, which combine to produce wines with intense colour and aromatics.

Taste: This dense, vivid ruby coloured wine offers intense aromas of ripe plums and blackberries, and subtle hints of herbs and sweet spice. Plush, round and satisfyingly fruity on the palate.

Currently at just £6.66 a bottle if you buy two or more! Why not try it with your roast dinner this Sunday?

New in: Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013 Reserve de CapouliersDate published: 02/11/14

Woohoo we have a new addition to our Rhone wines! And its a superb choice in the lead up to those cosy winter evenings and the comforting casseroles and warming, hearty meals which are mandatory when the weather chills down.

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Mourvedre

Origin: This cuvée is made by Ogier, one of the southern Rhône's most well-established producers. It has been created by blending fruit from four different village vineyards of subtly different terroirs all within the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.

Taste: A powerful, savoury-sweet bouquet of ripe black fruit and peppery spice, along with pungent herb notes redolent of thyme and rosemary. Fine tannins and hints of liquorice provide great length.

Enjoy: Decant an hour before drinking. Great with venison casserole.


Great steak wineDate published: 01/11/14

If you are a steak lover and you want rich red to accompany look no further than this great example of Shiraz. 

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.

Perfect with a rare rib-eye!


Giesen 'The Brothers' Pinot Noir and Stuffed MushroomsDate published: 01/11/14

Tonight I am having some big, fat, juicy stuffed mushrooms with a generous filling of garlic and cream cheese. One of my favourite speedy meals. A lovely match is the Giesen 'The Brothers' pinot noir (currently open to taste).  Brooding, intense aromas of black cherry and cassis in addition to spice, earth, brambles and a touch of mocha. The palate is beautifully balanced with elegant tannin providing a lovely taut structure. A lovely, earthy wine which will compliment this meal perfectly!

This wine can be drunk now but will benefit from a little further ageing. Currently £14.99 if you buy 2 or more.

Ned Pinot NoirDate published: 31/10/14

Given the temperamental nature of Pinot Noir is often can be very expensive and you seldom see it less than £10. Admittedly this  is £11.99 but reduced from £14.99.

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.

It is a wine that you could drink by itself or due to its acidity would cut through a roasted duck with aplomb!


Wine of the Week: The Ned Pinot Grigio Date published: 31/10/14

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 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. 

Only £7.98 when you buy two or more

New In: Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese 2006 Dr. HermannDate published: 31/10/14

There are lots of new wines coming in to stores lately and we now have a new edition to our dessert wine collection. The Dr. Herman Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese is a single site wine, rich in subtle interplay between fruitiness, sweetness and acidity, made from very ripe Riesling grapes from the best vineyards of the Treppchen. Definitely one I'm going to be trying over the winter season!

Poggio returnsDate published: 30/10/14

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Poggio Civetta is back in Majestic Farnham's stock following it's previous sell-out popularity. This deliciously rustic red is from several vineyards owned by the Rossetti family, located just a few kilometres from Abruzzo's Adriatic coast close to the ancient town of Chieti, which local legend claims was founded by Achilles in 1181 BC. Despite the heavy dose of history, it approachable, medium bodied, and bursting with ripe blackcurrent flavours. Touches of pleasant earthiness and sweet spice add complexity, and alongside the easy-going tannins, complete this distinctively Italian wine. An ideal weeknight choice as it matches well with simple suppers of pasta with ragu and hearty lasagnes. It is also currently great value, with 25% off at £7.49 per bottle when more than one is purchased.

New in: Allumea GrilloDate published: 30/10/14

We have some more new editions to our Italian range. The Allumea Grillo is a white wine from Sicily. Currently at £5.99 a bottle when you buy two or more... (that's an amazing 33% off!) 

Origin

The Grillo grape is one of southern Italy's indigenous varieties, widely planted in Sicily and in particular the Trapani province, the source of this example. Once mainly viewed as the staple grape of Marsala, it has become increasingly common as a base for dry whites.

Taste

A fruity and fragrant wine offering a refreshing pineapple, tangerine and lemon fruit profile. Nicely rounded on the palate, it has an easy-drinking feel and a clean finish.

Enjoy

Serve chilled with soft cheeses such as cambozola.



Food and wine match: Mudhouse Pinot Noir and Mushroom risottoDate published: 29/10/14

I feel risotto has a rep for being a difficult dish to cook... but for me, it is one of my easy, go-to dishes that I can make in sub 20 minutes that is absolutely delicious!

A perfect accompaniment to a mushroom risotto is a fruity Pinot Noir full of red fruits and summer berries! Why not take advantage our 33% deals and opt for the Mud House Pinot Noir? Perfect to drink in its youth, an intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length.

Why not try this wine with my simple recipe?

Ingredients

400g Mushrooms (a mix of varieties is always best!)

1 clove of garlic 

150g Cream cheese with mixed herbs 

400g Risotto Rice 

200ml Veg Stock (and extra hot water just in case)

A splash of milk 

Chopped parsley to garnish 

Salt and Pepper to season 

Method

Heat a large pan with a drop of oil. Add the risotto rice and cook until slightly browned 

Gradually add the stock (and water if needed) to the risotto rice until soft 

Meanwhile... heat another pan with a drop of oil. Cook the garlic and mushrooms. 

When both pans have finished cooking, add the mushrooms to risotto rice. Stir in the cream cheese and add a splash of milk. Finally, add the parsley, season and serve. 

Delicious and super convenient! And easy to adapt and add different types of vegetables to aswell. Give it a whirl tonight!


£1 a bottle beer!Date published: 29/10/14

This month we have a fantastic promotion on Sam Adams Boston Lager. A case of 24 just £24! It is the perfect lager for every day drinking and a particularly good offer if you are hosting an event and are looking to keep prices down. Come in and take advantage of this offer today!

All about PortDate published: 29/10/14

Port was created in the eighteenth century by British merchants. The aim was to create a sweet, alcoholic wine that could better survive long voyages. The longer life of port is created through the method of halting the fermenting by adding grape brandy. France has become the most important export market for port, where the lighter styles are drunk as an aperitif. The UK does still remain an important export market. 

Styles of Port 

White Port - White port, as the name suggests, is made from white grapes. The characteristics of white port include a golden colour, low acidity with some honey and nut aromas as a result of deliberate oxidation. They range from off-dry to sweet. Generally, white port is non-vintage and sold at 2-3 years old, although some benefit from further ageing and some wood ageing can add a nutty complexity. 

Ruby port - Ruby ports are deeply coloured and fruity. When bought they are ready to drink and very few suit further bottle maturation. Basic ruby port is inexpensive, deeply coloured and are full-bodied. They tend to be sweet and simple, with primary fruit flavours.Reserve Ruby Ports are a higher quality variety, from one or more vintages, which are cask-matured for up to five years before bottling. They tend to have better integrated alcohol. Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) is a ruby port from a specific year that has been aged for between four and six years before bottling. These wines should be richer in style and have more complex fruit flavours than reserve ruby ports. Modern LBV's are designed for immediate consumption, whereas Bottle Matured LBV can only be sold after three years of bottle ageing after the initial ageing before bottling. Bottle Matured LBV needs to be decanted before consumption.    

Tawny Port - Despite the name and the paler and browner colour of Basic Tawny Portscompared to Ruby Ports, Tawny Ports are no older than Ruby Port and are matured in bulk like Rubies. They are made from lighter coloured, less extracted, wines that come from the Baixo Corgo. Reserve Tawny Port is the result of seven years maturation in wood. This maturation adds complexity and creates a far more soft and smooth wine.Tawny Port with an Indication of Age can be labelled only as 10, 20, 30 or over 40 years old. The age stated is an average age rather than the youngest component of the blend and the wine must be consistend with the characteristics typical of a wine that age. They are considered the best of the Tawny Ports and are extremely complex and concentrated. Colheita Ports are little known outside of Portugal. They are wines of a single vintage that have been aged in wood until just before sale, the minimum ageing being 8 years. 

Vintage Port - Vintage ports are intended for further bottle ageing as they receive only a short maturation before bottling. They are typically a blend of the finest wines from the producer's best vineyards only. Many young vintages do not reach their peak until they are 20 years old. Although drank at a younger age, they are full, rich, tannic and fruity.Single Quinta Vintage Ports  are made using the same method as vintage ports but they are the product of a single estate, (often the producer's flagship vineyard). They are made more frequentely than vintage ports, but not every year. 


Spirits updatedDate published: 29/10/14

Things are changing on the majestic spirit shelves. Most of our spirit selection are now on individual special offers- making it easier than ever for you to mix up your 6 and add a bottle of your favourite tipple alongside your wines. We stock many of the staples... Absolute Vodka, Jack Daniels, and Pimms to name a few, as well as lots of harder to find options and interesting gifts. Sipsmith's Damson Vodka, made with fresh English Damsons, is a quirky treat, full of rich plummy notes, and the Hendrick's gin gift box is an ideal present for a G & T loving friend. Lots of Ports and Sherries have been included in the one bottle special offer too- Taylor's 10 yr old tawny port is a highlight; reduced from £25 to £19.99. Next time you pop in, have a good look at the updated spirit shelves behind the tills, with Christmas creeping up on us, it may well be time for a stock up!

Cool Verdett!Date published: 29/10/14

Vedett, a new product to Majestic, has been launched as a 'trendy luxury blond lager' by Duvel Moortgat, a brewery in Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium. It is light, well hopped premium beer with 5.2% alcohol content, billed as a new cult label. With cool retro-styling and plenty of attitude, Vedett Extra Blond is brewed using only natural ingredients, and tastes deliciously fresh and zesty, packing quite a kick. Join the craft beer revolution and pick up a pack or two- it is featured in our craft beer deal this month. Chill well and chill out with friends!

Smoked Haddock and wineDate published: 28/10/14

In the ever increasing cost of your weekly shop I always trying to use the most seasonal of foods thus usually paying less and using things when they are in the peak condition.
One such thing is smoked haddock. Actually well priced for most of the year this flavoursome gem is very adaptable in the kitchen.
I often make a chowder which can be whipped up in 20 minutes. Sweat a small dice of celery, carrot and onion until soft. Add some lardons and a little chopped fresh thyme. Add fish stock and some small cubes of a floury potatoe. Cook for 10 minutes then add some inch strips of undyed smoked haddock and a cup of frozen corn. Give it 5 and finish with cream. Watch the seasoning as fish has a lot of salt naturally.

To drink go a richer style of Chardonnay. Ideal would be the fabulous Jordan Chardonnay from South Africa.

Grown on the cooler south and east-facing slopes of Stellenbosch, this Chardonnay is fermented in Burgundy-style French oak barriques, around 50% new oak. After 9 months' maturation, it is blended with a small amount of unoaked wine for added citrus character.

A rich and powerful wine, brimming with glossy, honeyed apple and lemon fruit, with hints of hazelnut. The deft use of oak ageing has added aromas of buttered toast, and a roundness to the palate.

A truly delicious combintion.  


Cvne rioja reservaDate published: 26/10/14

A delicious rioja perfect for perking up drizzly autumnal evenings, this rioja reserva is our wine of the week and open to taste on the counter. A real treat, full of rich dark fruit flavours and a touch of mellow oakiness, sweet spice and coffee hints. 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.

This stunning reserva is a classic example of a high quality rioja from a very well respected producer, and is fantastic value at it's current £9.99 price. Start looking forward to those chilly nights in, pairing with a hearty lamb stew and some cozy slippers.


great value wines pt2Date published: 26/10/14

The red equivalent to the Trebbiano is a soft and supple wine.

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

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


Great value RiojaDate published: 26/10/14

If you ever come to my house for dinner you often get served Rioja because I just love it. I have always had a soft spot for Rioja Alta wines and Ardanza is a regular tipple but up a level is the wondrous 904. It weighs in with a healthy 96 points from Mr Parker.

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.

I know at £36 some will question the 'great value' but I really feel it is epic value. Look at the prices for good Bordeaux and Burgundy!

It has to be some good lamb as a food match.

If you ever get the chance to taste their 890 do. It is on the bucket list for many a wine enthusiast.

New great value wines pt1Date published: 25/10/14

Over the next few days I'm highlighting some of our new range of £4.99 wines. Finding wines at this price point is an extremely difficult task especially when you consider almost £3.00 out of every single bottle is tax! The French pay a measly 2 cents a bottle thus why you can still find some great bottles in their supermarkets. Now I won't kid you these are not the most mind blowing wines you will ever had but they are just great value wines that are just the ticket for larger gatherings/parties/charity events. 

First up is the Bricchetto Trebbiano.

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

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


Mud House Pinot Noir Date published: 25/10/14

A favourite of mine is making an appearance on the tasting counter this week and is definitely worth a try as a perfect between-seasons wine. The Mud House Pinot Noir is classic in style, with abundant red fruit  and subtle darker bramble fruit flavours, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length, powerful and light all at once.

It is produced in central Otago, a region renowned for excellent NZ pinot noir- thanks to it's gravelly free-draining soil- and at its reduced price is wonderfully good value for a sought after red. I think best alongside duck, a classic combination, so why not try a slightly different roast tomorrow? Pair with a plummy, rich sauce and lots of roasted veg... delicious!

Now at £9.99 down from £14.99 and open to try this week in store

Magnificent MagnumsDate published: 25/10/14

At Majestic Farnham we have a range of magnums (bottles which hold 2 standard bottles of wine) which make the perfect wine for a party, a dinner party or a present. 

From Rioja, to Bordeaux, to Rosé, to Picpoul and (of course) Champagne. A favourite of mine has to be the Vina Ardanza Reserva. An amazing, velvety smooth Rioja with a well rounded complexity and a lovely vanilla and oaked finish which is well integrated. 

Moet vintageDate published: 24/10/14

I don't often talk about other wine merchants but I have just received an email BBR regarding their 'remarkable' offer on Moet Vintage (£40). 

They are indeed right in saying it really is a fantastic Champagne but sadly we have had it on offer now at a more remarkable £10 cheaper than them (£30). We have had it at that price since early September and it ends on 27th October. 

This really highlights what great value Majestic can offer and the importance of receiving emails from us about special offers. 

Just let us know your address and you will never miss a special offer again!


Brilliant BouvetDate published: 24/10/14

Looking for a spectacular sparkling without the price tag? Look no further than Bouvet if you're after a champagne style aperitif. It is actually made by Taittinger, explaining it's amazing quality and has even won an award from Decanter wine magazine! The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality.

Taste: Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant.

Enjoy: A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, this also makes a great apéritif.

Currently at £8.99 (a 1/3 off the single bottle price)... its a no brainer!



Stunning value Bourgogne BlancDate published: 22/10/14

If you are lucky enough to ever tasting some of Leflaive's wines before you will know what a fantastic producer he is.

The Leflaive family have lived in the village of Puligny for 18 generations, and all have worked in the vineyards since 1717. Olivier turned the family business into a negociant house in 1984, and Leflaive is now one of Burgundy's most recognisable names

Classic white Burgundy aromas of crisp citrus fruit, yellow apple and white peach. The direct and well-structured palate offers refreshing acidity and a gently creamy finish. 

On offer at only £13.49 multibuy price.

To go along this cracking white burgundy why not choose a free range chicken as a accompaniment. I always buy the whole bird as a lot more economical. I break it down into joints and treat differently. I often poach the breasts in a oriental style master stock and use in either hold or cold noodle salads. With the thighs pop into a marinate of thyme, rosemary, garlic and olive oil. Cook on the stove top, skin down with a weight on top to ensure a ultra crispy skin. Cook for 3/4s of the time this side down then flip over to finish. When cooked remove and de glaze with marsala. Add a little cream and some green peppercorns, correct seasoning and spoon over thighs. Serve with a pomme puree and some steamed cavalo Nero. Perfect with a glass of white burgundy.

just arrivedDate published: 21/10/14

I'm very pleased to welcome this old friend back, Moulin Riche from the 2008 vintage.

The second wine of Léoville-Poyferré, Moulin Riche is actually vinified from the fruits of a separate 20-hectare vineyard, lying adjacent to Château Talbot. Traditionally a Cabernet-Merlot blend, today the wine employs a small percentage of Petit Verdot for a firm, age-worthy structure. Aged for 18 months in 70%-new oak, the wine is elegant and round, with great aromatic complexity.

Anyone who enjoys Claret will know this as a fantastic wine that doesn't break the bank! Currently priced at £23 a bottle this is perfect for all roasted game.

Trebuchet ChardonnayDate published: 19/10/14

Trebuchet Chardonnay 2013 Western Cape

Made by Journey's End winery; a small vineyard estate rennovated, expanded and extensively replanted under the ownership of Shropshire born wine impresario Roger Gabb.

Named to commemorate the recent installation of a working 60ft Shropshire-built Trebuchet at the estate, to serve as a showpiece and celebrate ancient knowledge and modern technology.

A refreshing take on Chardonnay, with a youthful nose of limes and tropical fruit. The palate is very fresh with a touch of spritz, and a gently rounded mouth-feel with a crisp finish. Deliciously easy-drinking.

Drink with: A great match to a classic chicken caeser salad.

£9.99

Or buy any two wines from our 33.3% off range

£6.66


Pilsner UrquellDate published: 19/10/14

Yes you heard correct, Pilsner Urquell is currently just £1 a bottle this month!

The original Pilsner from the Czech Republic is still the classic expression of the style and is an absolute bargain at such a price.  So, if you're planning/attending a party or simply just enjoy a good beer, be sure to give us a call and order or drop in store to grab some for yourself!

This offer ends on the 27th so why not grab a case with your next wine shop before the deal ends!

CellaringDate published: 19/10/14

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

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

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

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

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

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



VintagesDate published: 19/10/14

As more and more people get into wine their eagerness to find the best wine from a particular year becomes a more frequent question for us. We all have our favourite regions and know a fair amount about them but their are just some that even we don't know the answer to.

And so to help, our tasting counter now has various vintage guides from different sources to give you the best idea of whether that 2009 St-Emillion is better than the 2007 (long story short, it is). So if ever you need a little help with getting the right vintage feel free to browse our guides for an informed opinion. 


Rioja!Date published: 19/10/14

This month at Majestic we've got plenty of Rioja's on our 'save 33%' offer and i'm going to share with you my top 3 picks!  I love Rioja, vibrant cherry flavours, sweet spice and the perfect match with my favourite meat...lamb, what's not to love!?

1) Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2008 Muriel - A typical reserva, firm body and smoothly polished tannins, with subtle Mediterranean herb notes accompanying the typical wood and leather Rioja traits due to its time in both French and American oak.  My favourite at its current price of £7.33.

2) Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía - 2004 was an excellent year for wines from Rioja, the Eguia is a high quality Gran Reserva at an affordable price.  It's ruby red in colour with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather.  You can grab a bottle for just £8.99 this month!

3) Rioja Reserva 2008/2009 Berberana - Another Reserva this time, the Berberana is deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours.  It's round and full, well balanced, long and elegant.  This one is also a steal at just £7.33 a bottle!

All of these wines are included in our 'save 33%' offer, this means you can mix and match any of these wines and get them at their cheaper price as seen above, cheers!


Wine of the Week: La Vielle CapitelleDate published: 17/10/14

La Vielle Capitelle, Languedoc

Was £8.99 NOW £6.74


From the stable of renowned winemaking, former rugby player Gerard Bertrand, this is a classically-styled Languedoc red, hailing from the clay and limestone terraces around Narbonne. Hand-picked, destemmed and fermented at controlled temperatures for great fruit purity.

A well-structured middleweight red, offering a supple blend of cassis and mulberry fruit, nuanced on the nose by notes of wild thyme and leathery spice, and softened by a hint of French oak.

Allow to breathe and serve at room temperature with slow-cooked beef or lamb dishes.


Chapoutier Cotes-Du-RhoneDate published: 14/10/14

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Combining tradition with a dynamic, creative approach, they make some of the best wines of the region. Made from a traditional Rhoneish blend of Grenache and Syrah (Otherwise known as Shiraz in many new world countries). The grapes are entirely destemmed to prevent bitter oils and too much tannin from being present in the wine. Vatting lasts around 15 days and provides a well balanced tannic structure. This allows ageing and guarantees a good stability. The vineyards of the Belleruche covers 4 departments (Drôme, Vaucluse, Gard and Ardèche) on varied soils giving to the “Belleruche” an extraordinary richness and complexity.

 A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish. This wine can be enjoyed partnered with most rich meat dishes (especially roasted leg of lamb!) 

£7.98 per bottle when you buy two or more from our 25% offer.


Californian WineDate published: 14/10/14

This vast region contributes over 90% to the US's overall wine production. Were California to suddenly break off from the rest of the USA they would instantly become the world's fourth largest wine producer, above even countries like Australia. Wine was first introduced to this state by missionary monks from Spain who grew the vines to create wine for mass. As more and more settlers began to live in the area due to the Gold rush the demand for wine grew leading to many wineries being set up to make the most of this opportunity. 

The area was damaged by Phylloxera in the international outbreak in the late 19th century, though the practice of grafting rootstocks was already well known and practiced, allowing many vines to escape the damage. Of many wine producing areas, California was able to weather the outbreak fairly strongly, continuing to grow as a distinguished area for wine until the Prohibition in 1919. This was severely damaging to vineyards, as many vines were ripped up and destroyed. 

After Prohibition ended, it took a long time for America to begin producing Wine to it's prior fame until 1976 when California won against many Bordeaux and Burgundy wines in the Judgement of Paris which was hosted by the British Wine merchant Steven Spurrier. To this day the wines produced in California are amongst the best. Many producers from old world countries such as France have operations currently running in California to take advantage of the ideal weather conditions that are present.

Dolcetto!Date published: 13/10/14

This lesser-known grape is cultivated in Piedmont, Northwest Italy; the most common grapes of the region being Barbera and Nebbiolo for the black grapes and Moscato for the white. Also known as Duset or Duzet locally, in centuries past this grape was not permitted to be harvested until after St Matthews day, which falls on the 21st of September. The grape produces an early maturing wine which is fresh and bursting with soft, easy-drinking fruit.

There are certain appelations within the region, such as Dolcetto d'Alba DOC. This is arguably where the best Dolcetto in Piedmont comes from. The wine is clear and bright ruby in colour, with an expressive nose of youthful fruits. The palate is comprised mainly of rich, dark cherries and liquorice and a fresh finish. This wine makes an easy pair for tomato based pasta or pizza dishes! 


TaittingerDate published: 13/10/14

Taittinger is a French wine family who are famous producers of Champagne. Founded in 1734, the Taittinger Champagne house is based in Reims, which is to be found to the north of Champagne. The flagship wines of the house are the Comtes de Champagne, a 100% Chardonnay beauty! Also in their range is their Comtes de Champagne Rose, Taittinger Brut, Rose, Prelude and Vintage. Produced by the Bouvet Ladubay company in the Loire, which is owned by Taittinger, is the Bouvet and Bouvet Rose. 

Under the leadership of Claude Taittinger the producer became Internationally renowned. There was a great uproar when an American company bought the Champagne house, as it was seen that the particular company did not have the experience, patience or understanding to successfully carry on the traditions and high quality levels that a Champagne house was expected to uphold. 

I've always felt that the Brut is very underrated and gets unfairly overlooked in favour of the more popular Champagne houses such as Veuve Clicquot. It has a very pleasing balance between fruit and yeasty characteristics. The fruit leads with pineapple and lemon providing the citrus backbone, the yeast character comes through in a light biscuity note that lasts in the mouth. 

£27.99 When you buy two or more on our 33% offer!

Proper Job- Proper Good Cornish AleDate published: 13/10/14

Note: It is essential this article is read in the strongest Cornish accent you can muster.

Proper Job is our selected Ale this month and features on the Majestic bottled ales deal, offering you lovely savings when more than one case is bought. It is a traditional and authentic IPA, with a powerfully hoppy twist. Golden in colour, with aromas of pine resin and even grapefruit, the flavours are boldly citrussy and full of elderflower, and the finish is clean and bitter. It has been brewed using Maris otter malt and three varieties of hops add complexity and depth to the ale. Stylistically this is somewhere between a traditional English IPA, and the new wave American IPAs. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013, we are also big fans of this punchy IPA and recommend you give it a try as autumn sets in. OOH ARRR!


Matsu!Date published: 13/10/14

Whenever asked the question "what is the most interesting bottle design?" the first thought that comes to mind is 9 times out of 10 the Matsu range. This producer has taken the idea of wine age and really found a neat way to signify this in the bottle label. There are three wines which they produce, the difference between them being the age of the vines that the grapes have grown on. 

The youngest, "El Picaro" meaning the young rascal is grown on vines that are over 50 years old. Spending only three months in oak, the fruit characteristics are clear cut and bold, with a nice cocoa character to follow. Think of this as the Crianza of the three. This bottle is graced with the image of a young vineyard worker staring straight out from the bottle label. 

The middle aged, "El Recio" Spanish for the tough guy grows from century old vines, this gives the wine a very structured character of cocoa, coffee, vanilla that is all lead by a deep black fruit profile. This one spends up to 14 months in new French oak. This would be the Reserva. Upon the label we see a tough looking middle aged gentleman, who bears some resemblance, or at least I think so, to Richard Hammond.

The final, eldest of the three wines is imaginatively named "El Viejo" - The old one. The vines of this wine average 110 years of age, some being a good deal older. 16 months in oak helps to give this a smoky backdrop. Concentrated and powerful this wine has heaps of character from it's cherry and bramble to the cigar box like aromas and graphite. The gentleman who peers from this bottle has a slightly creepy appearance, no matter where you stand in relation to the bottle, his eyes seem to follow you. as expected the gentleman is old, though not quite 110!

Perfect for lamb chopsDate published: 11/10/14

This wine comes from the excellent Matsu stable as is known as the 'young man'

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile.

Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip.

Perfect to cut through that delicous lamb fat that has crisped up from the grill pan!

Sauvignon Blanc in FranceDate published: 11/10/14

Sauvignon Blanc is most popular in New Zealand where it is varietally named, brands such as Oyster bay and The Ned have helped to drive this popularity forward. However in the old world wines are often referred to by where they are grown, rather than their grape variety. Sancerre and Pouilly fume are two examples of this, and in fact they are made from the same grape as Oyster bay and The Ned! 

Sauvignon Blanc is one of those grapes that really shows off the area that it is grown in. The soil type, temperature, amount and intensity of sunlight and even the difference in daytime and night time temperature (the diurnal range) all play a part in how the wine tastes, though all of that is without mentioning the myriad of choices that winemakers go through to create the final product. 

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume are two appelations that can both be found in the eastern end of the Loire valley. Masters of wine tasting are said to be able to taste the difference between these two wines, and describe Sancerre as having a more tropical like aroma with Pouilly Fume focusing on nettle. Though the difference is very subtle and most, including myself, wouldn't be able to tell. 

Dead Pony Club Date published: 11/10/14

Dead pony club, from Brewdog has become my new favourite ale. It is intriguing and super fresh with mango, citrus, peach and even caramel notes. Produced by the fast-growing and notorious Scottish brewery, it has the lowest alcohol percentage of all their canned beers and is light, fresh and hoppy with a surprising depth of flavour. Brewdog describe it as a 'rock and roll American session pale ale', pretty epic stuff, but think it's great simply enjoyed well chilled with a gang of good pals. Dead pony club, along with other Brewdog offerings are featured in our craft beer offer...and I urge you to give it a try, as long as you leave some for me. 

Grenache/Garnacha and where it's grownDate published: 10/10/14

After the popularity of the two Garnacha wines at our spotlight tasting I thought I'd do a bit more research into the history of this brilliant grape variety.

 It's most popular in the Rhone valley and south of France where it is known as Grenache, though it also plays a big part in the Navarra region of Spain. In France the grape adds a juicy red fruit character and a bramble note to complement the Syrah that it is often blended with. In Spain however the grape is often seen on it's own as a single varietal. The hot climate allows the fruit to come forward even more so than in France this is usually coupled with a spicy note. 

 Having said that though Grenache is widely grown throughout the world. The hot arid climate of Australia is well suited to growing Grenache as well and here it is becoming increasingly popular as a single varietal or as a Rhone style blend. California has even taking to growing the grape in Rhone style blends and as a single varietal!


33% off!Date published: 10/10/14

One of my favourite Rioja Reserva's is back on a great deal until 27th October. The CUNE reserva.

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.

So soft and easy to drink it makes the perfect mid week wine or for larger gatherings matched with roasted lamb.

Champagne offersDate published: 09/10/14

The start of a new month sees the start of lots of new, tasty offers.  Here are some Champagnes that we currently have on brilliant deals:

Pol Roger NV - £33.31, saving 33%!

Bollinger Special Cuvee - £33.31, saving 33%! 

Taittinger Brut NV - £27.99, saving 33%

Nicolas Feuillate 2006 - £19.99, saving 33%

As all of these Champagnes are included in our 'save 33%' promotion and so you can mix and match with any wines on this promotion (including still wine) and still get the best price!


New In: The SpaniardsDate published: 09/10/14

A wonderful selection of brand new Spanish wines have hit the majestic warehouses and are causing quite a stir. Here is the lineup of our favorites to help you to get to know the new crew:

VOX POPULI BOBAL 2011,UTIEL-REQUENA

Made purely from Bobal grapes, a variety little known outside Spain, this sturdy little number is a muscular and dense red, rich in forest fruit flavours. Its weight is framed to perfection by smooth but abundant tannins, and aromas are surprisingly subtle and floral. Hailing from The region of Utiel-Requena, inland to the west of Valencia, the Vox would be happiest paired with rich smoked meats and serrano hams. A flavour sensation waiting to happen.

XARREL-LO CASTANYER 2013, PENEDÉS

Again, this wine is produced from a grape varietal rarely seen in the UK; Xarrel-lo is more often a constituent in Cava blends. It is an interesting and complex white, with extreme depth of aroma and excellent length. The wine is fermented in chestnut barrels sourced from forests local to the winery, and results in vanilla flavours and persistant nuttiness in the smooth and lingering finish. An intriguing choice, great alongside mushroom dishes; especially our favourite tapas of manchego and red pepper stuffed mushrooms .

EL TORITO MERLOT 2013, VALDEPEÑAS

A stunning value Merlot from the southerly location of Valdepeñas, an area which particularly suits robust red grape varieties thanks to the abundant sunshine and lengthy ripening season. With a juicy palate full of ripe cherry and berry flavours, El Torito is a soft and plummy red, laced with supple tannins. An ideal wine for parties, due to its all-rounder appeal, it would also match an autumnal sausage casserol with ease. At £4.99 it's an essential to stock up on!

Maybe mix in a couple of these new beauties alongside your old favourites from our Spanish section to make up your six and really put them to the test! Pop in and say Hola today...

A third off a Gran Reserva RiojaDate published: 07/10/14

I am a massive fan of Spanish wines and often will buy them for home. This example from 2004 (a truly great vintage in Rioja) is on a absolute giveaway price of £8.99. Think about it, a wine now 10 years old, being aged at the Bodegas for 6 of them and from a great vintage. Cheap as chips!

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

Slow roasted shoulder of lamb and this. Perfect evening!


'No wimpy winesDate published: 07/10/14

Zinfandel is a variety of black skinned grape which makes up a large portion of the plantings in California since introduction in the mid 19th century. Thought to originate from Croatian and Italian vines, Zinfandel is genetically identical to Primitivo, traditionally grown in Puglia. The Californian grapes have become well established and highly regarded thanks to the robust red wine they produce. The high sugar content within them can be fermented into alcohol lecvels exceeding 15%- No surprise the motto of Californian zinfandel  wine producer Ravenswood is 'No wimpy wines'. 

Ravenswood's 2012 Lodi Zinfandel indeed proves it's no pushover on our tasting counter this week. Originating from the Northern part of the central valley where the vines are mature and the soil is sandy and well drained, the resultant wine offers rich and powerful flavours. It is bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. With ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, its lingering finish would match well with roasted duck and braised red cabbage. A punchy autumnal weekend choice, certainly no wimp, even when paired with big flavours.

Fan of Te Koko?Date published: 06/10/14

If you like your sauvignons oaked then this could be just up your street.

Produced in limited quantities, Tekau is the product of fermenting selected Awatere Valley fruit in French oak barriques, using a naturally occurring vineyard yeast, effectively prompting a carefully controlled version of a 'wild ferment'.

Lemon and lime fruit are accompanied by hints of apricot on the nose. The palate offers great depth, combining the citrus fruit with subtle brioche and hazelnut, and has a creamy finish.

This really gives Cloudy Bay's Te Koko a run for its money and is a third cheaper to boot!


Cornish take on IndiaDate published: 06/10/14

Throughout the rural regions of Cornwall, whenever something has been successfully achieved, you will hear the cries of 'Proper job!' ringing out. Popularised by an intrepid bunch of farmers on tv's Scrapheap Challenge it is now also becoming more associated with beer and in particular one from the St. Austell Brewery.

Located in St. Austell and known more for it's award winning (and very tasty) Tribute Ale, the St. Austell Brewery has turned it's attentions to one of Britains most popular styles of beer, India Pale Ale. Coining the name Proper Job it more than lives up to it having won Champion Bottled Beer of Britain by CAMRA (the CAMpaign for Real Ale) in 2011 and coming second in 2013. The unique take on the style comes from the hops used; in addition to the traditional Cascade and Chinook varieties St Austell have included Willamette which brings an unusually zesty, citric flavour to the beer creating a style that has been described as between an English and American IPA.

Proper Job is available as a Guest Ale in Majestic stores now as 12 500ml bottles priced at £27 a case or buy two cases and save £4. That works out at £2 a bottle. Proper Job!!!

One step closer to Formula OneDate published: 05/10/14

Newly arrived and tying in with Lewis Hamilton's sterling drive in the Japanese Grand Prix this morning, is Mumm champagne. While we cannot guarantee that you will reach the heady heights of a Formula One podium we can at least provide you with the fizz that has been exclusively sprayed there since 2000.

Mumm's history goes back much further than that and it is due to three brothers from the land that gave us Schumacher and Vettel that we can now savour this champagne. Jacobus, Gottlieb and Phillip Mumm settled in Reims having previously grown grapes in the Rhine valley seeking fame and fortune in the home of sparkling wines. In 1827 Mumm was established as a recognised champagne house, producing highly regarded wines until the outbreak of World War One when the French authorities seized the property. Sadly for the Mumm brothers, none of them had become French citizens and suddenly found themselves enemies of the Republique. The irony here is that the famous red 'sash' label that each bottle carries is modeled after the French military award; the Grand Cordon of the Légion d'Honneur.

Every year, 77 different crus from the best areas of Champagne are used to create Mumm Cordon Rouge cuvée. Many of the wines originate from Grands and Premiers Crus. Of the three champagne grapes used, Pinot Noir adds structure, the Pinot Meunier fruit and Chardonnay the elegance and finesse for which Mumm is famous for.

Mumm is available in store at £30.00 a bottle when bought as part of your mixed case of six wines.

Late summerDate published: 05/10/14

I grant you it was pretty chilly last night but look what a lovely day today has become. Forget the heavy reds and indulge in the last couple of weeks of rose consumption. This has been our first year of stocking Miraval and we were all expecting a rather over hyped wine but I have to hand it to the Pitts (well the winemaker) it really lives up to its reputation and is a drop dead delicious 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.

Perfect for lunch parties and would match a Tuna Nicosie salad with aplomb.

Belgian Blond in Photo ShockerDate published: 04/10/14

More famous for the legendary Duvel Pale Ale the Duvel Moortgat Brewery also brews a beer called Vedett. Originally a pilsner in style the range has been expanded to include a more traditionally Belgian blond beer. In contrast to Duvel which, while popular, is seen as an older persons drink Vedett has been seen as a younger persons drink and is often to be found in trendy, upmarket bars around the country.

Now you can sample one of Belgium's trendiest craft beers as Majestic welcomes Vedett into our already acclaimed craft beer range. A great example of the blonde beer style, where effervescence is preferred to big bubbles. Smooth and easy drinking, combining a hoppy finish with a light malted primary flavour. 

A quirky part of the packaging are the photos that grace the labels. Each one is taken by a customer with the ones judged the best by the brewery making their way onto the labels. As the company says 'No one ever knows who one might run into one in a bar'.

Vedett is currently available for £9.99 when two packs of six are bought together as part of our craft beer offer.

Rustic Italian WarmerDate published: 04/10/14

There is a group of wines known as the Super-Tuscans that are made in Italy and held in high regard by those who have tried them. Blending centuries old 'typical' Italian grape varieties with varietals that are not used in the Italian appellation system they are distinctive and bold. The greatest of these far transcend the IGT classification that is forced upon them by European wine law (Indicazione Geografica Typica - one step up from table wine and used by any wine that does not fit into a 'correct' appellation). They also transcend them with regard to price. As they have become ever more sort after they have achieved the kind of exclusivity reserved for great Bordeaux. This has enabled canny wine makers to follow the Super-Tuscan lead in the choice of grapes but not in price. These wines have gained the nickname Baby-Tuscan.

One such wine is Carpineto Dogajolo. This is a 'Baby-Tuscan' featuring Cabernet Sauvignon blended with a majority of Sangiovese to create a wine superior aping its bigger brothers. Like those wines it is soft and intensely fruity, combining 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, it somehow manages to capture a rustic taste of small Tuscan villages, the wine living up to the autumnal leaves depicted on the bottle label.

A great wine for any occasion, it will complement a rich Tuscan stew, as well as cold cut meats or even just with pizza.

Carpentino Dogajolo is available in store at £8.99 when two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six bottles.

A finer taste of AutumnDate published: 04/10/14

Following on from my earlier article if you want to go up the scale a couple of notches why not try the amazing Zins that come out of the Ridge winery. If you have never tasted these wines they really are world class and at £32 surprisingly good value as many Californian wines can be very expensive. 

Lytton Springs follows Ridge's traditional 'field blend' approach, whereby whereby the blend is a product of Zinfandel vines having been interspersed with other varieties, in this case around 20% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignan. These components endow the wine with a remarkably firm and age-worthy structure, and a savoury muscularity to complement the backbone of cassis and blueberry fruit. Will reward cellaring of 5-10 years. However get them open and decant a couple of times and leave for a few hours and this would make for most delicious accompaniment to the ox cheeks (see previous article for recipe)  


A taste of AutumnDate published: 04/10/14

Our wine of the week is the fantastic Ravenswood Zinfandel from California. This wine has been a favourite amongst our customers for years now and when down at £8.99 we sell large quantities. Perfect for large gatherings.

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

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

There is no doubting this is a big wine so below is a recipe to accompany it.

Ox cheeks are now getting more and more available in supermarkets or ask your butcher for them. They really are amazing value with a couple of them serving four people but only costing a couple of pounds each.
Cut cheeks into sixths so pieces are pretty big and toss in seasoned flour. Brown well in a hot casserole pan and remove. Add a couple of sliced onions, two finely chopped carrots and celery. Sweat in the pan adding two finely chopped garlic cloves after a minute or two. When softened add the meat back in, a bundle of thyme, rosemary, bay and parsley stalks.Then a tin of good tinned tomato's,splash of lea and perrins, a squeeze of unami past, pint of good stock and a bottle of full bodied red wine. You can cook on top of the stove but I prefer to cook in a slow oven. Say 150 for around 3 or 4 hours checking and stirring even hour or so. You will end up the the most sumptuous casserole ever. So tender and full of flavour. Serve with a buttery pomme puree and a hearty green veg like wilted cavelo nero

Rioja: A guide to the classificationsDate published: 04/10/14


Rioja for many years has been a staple of British wine consumption, in fact the UK is the biggest importer of Rioja wines in the world. It's not hard to see why when the region offers such good value and quality. It isn't rare wines to be a good deal older than one might expect for their price counterparts in other countries. This is down to the minimum ageing specified in the ageing classifications of Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. 

But first a little geographical backdrop

The La Rioja region of Spain is found in the North of the country, along the river Ebro. To the North the Cantabrian mountain range can be found. Harsh Atlantic winds often flow across the North of Spain, however this mountain range provides protection for the vines of La Rioja Divided into three sub areas, these are known as Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. 

A little history

Other than the river Ebro, there is also another river, the Oja, this should start sounding familiar because in Spanish the word for River is Rio, making this river the Rio Oja. The earliest evidence of wine making in this region dates back in 873 C.E. though it is believed that winemaking was practiced in this area by Phoenicians. Tempranillo is the most traditional red grape variety of this area, with Garnacha (Grenache), Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan). Though white wines and Rose are also produced. 

Classification breakdown:

Oak ageing is a quintessential character of Rioja wines, with three of the four ageing classifications requiring a minimum time in oak barrels. It is worth noting that these are only minimum times, and often some producers will age their wine in oak for a longer amount of time, or hold the bottle back for a number of years to allow it to age in bottle. In the past it was not uncommon for Winemakers to hold a bottle for 8 or 10 years before releasing it to the public. 

Rioja Joven: This is the only classification of the four to not have a minimum time in oak. The idea behind this is to create a wine that is as fresh as possible as it is bottled the year following the vintage, for immediate release. A fruity, structured wine is the consequence of no oak ageing, making these wines great for more structured foods.

Rioja Crianza: With a minimum of two years ageing, with one of those years in an oak cask, these wines are often the freshest of the oaked classifications. The oaky character is more present in these wines which holds up to the impressive fruit characteristics. Black fruits and a burnt flavour predominate. 

Rioja Reserva: The most recognisable of the classifications, these wines spend the same time in cask as Crianza, 1 year, but have 2 years in bottle giving them a total of three years minimum ageing before release. The extra time in bottle allows for the fruity and oaky characters to blend, creating more secondary characteristics of spice and vanilla whilst retaining a softer fruity edge. The grapes often go through a more rigorous selection process making the wines often higher quaity than Crianza and Joven. On a slight tangent, recently Argentina was banned from using the title of Reserva so as to protect the ideals of quality that the Spanish use. This lead to Argentinian winemakers coining the eerily familiar name of Reservado. 

Rioja Gran Reserva: Often regarded as the best quality wines that Rioja has to offer these wines spend a minimum of two years in oak and three years in bottle, meaning that every Gran Reserva is already 5 years old by the time you buy it! Made from the best quality grapes that Rioja has to offer, if the quality levels of the vintage are not good enough, then  many producers will not create a Gran Reserva. It is much more preferable for the producers to only create this high quality wine when the vintage allows so as to protect the standard quality of this wine. Often with a jammier or baked fruit characteristic, the secondary characteristics really take the lead in these wines. Vanilla, Clove and a beautiful spice take hold of the glass in these wines. 



Tasting Notes: King's Favour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 04/10/14

Wow, what a big Kiwi Sauvignon this was! I enjoyed this last night with fishcakes and salad but without knowing how big the king's favour was I found that the fish was overshadowed somewhat. 

The De Marisco family have a fantastic history that is detailed with each of their wines. Each wine is named after a certain period of the family's past, the King's Favour being a good time for them.

The nose was so impressive and intense I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle! Big typical kiwi sauvignon notes of passion fruit, guava with a citrussy edge. 

This came through on the palate in the same level of intensity. Here the citrussy edge, comprised of Lemon and Grapefruit. This really helped to drive through the impressive fruityness and gave the wine a fantastic length, you could have one glass over the course of an hour and never stop tasting the wine!

Medieval South African Date published: 03/10/14

Yes, you have read that correctly. Medieval and South Africa in the same headline. Lurking in The Gabb family's wine estate is the towering presence of a fully functioning, Shropshire built trebuchet. This is a serious piece of siege weaponry developed during the medieval period in Europe. It is effectively a large machine used to throw massive boulders, masonry or plague victims at walls and towers of a castle or town that was holding out against invaders. They were devastating; if not by the accuracy of aim, certainly by the sheer tonnage that they could throw. And there in amongst the vineyards is one. It is used by the Gabbs in a more prosaic way; as a centrepiece for the vineyards and as the main focus of their fundraising efforts for various local groups. 

The trebuchet also lends its name to this Bordeaux blend. Deep garnet-purple in colour, Trebuchet offers flavours of ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by earthy undertones. More fruit forward than a traditional French wine there are however firm tannins to provide ample weight and structure, smoothed by gentle oak spiciness

With the weather closing in, this an excellent wine to drink while relaxing in front of a fire but will equally be happy served with food. Great with a flavoursome, marinated rib steak.

Trebuchet is available now at £6.66 when at least two are purchased as part of your mixed case of six wines

Build your dream wine collection with Cellar circle!Date published: 03/10/14

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10% discount at all Majestic Wines within the UK. This 10% comes on top of the great offers that are already in place, including our 33% selection. 

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Verite ViognierDate published: 03/10/14

If you like Viognier this will be right up your street. Produced only in very small quantities it rivals some of the more illustrious wines from Condrieu and is some what of a bargain at only £14.99.

This cuvée is a pure expression of the Viognier grape with aromas of white peaches, apricot and honeysuckle flowers. The palate is generous yet well balanced with well integrated oak that does not mask any of the pure Viognier character but rather adds to the structure. Vérité has a lingering opulent finish with a hint of nuttiness.

Food wise I remember having a really good Condrieu with a plate of the finest and freshest Tuna carpaccio which was a lovely combination.

This is a parcel so will only be around for a limited time so don't delay!

Wine of the Week: Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 02/10/14

Wine of the Week


Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel

Made from Zinfandel, California's popular grape variety, this wine comes from old vines that give an underlying structure to the big dense fruityness that are typical to this grape variety and region. Fun fact: Zinfandel is also known as Primitivo in Italy!

Deeply coloured and with an expressive nose. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, This is a much more fruit forward style than it's Italian counterpart, yet it still managed to retain a slight rustic edge. A toasty vanilla flavour follows these deep fruits.

A beautifully smooth, yet deeply flavoured wine.

Lovely with richly sauced duck or even a cheese board, or just to drink on it's own!

£8.99 When you buy two or more at 25% off

Previously £11.99


Impress your GuestsDate published: 02/10/14

So the stage is set. You have the food, the cutlery and even the music sorted for THE dinner party of the year. It's just the wine that you need to buy. Something not too pretentious, but that is able to have a wow factor. Why not go for a magnum. The Picpoul we offer for you to amaze and delight your guests comes from Cave de l'Ormarine. This 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. 

This impressive magnum will make a wonderful addition to dinner parties, pairing with grilled fish, seafood or freshly prepared salad. Pick up your bottle now for £19.99

Bargain RiojaDate published: 02/10/14

Hot on the heels of Chateau Les Tonnelles as my recommendation as somewhat of a bargain comes the bargain that is Lagunilla Reserva is is a paltry £5.99 at present.

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 with a smooth finish.

A perfect roast lamb wine. On this cracking offer until 27th October.


£6.66 ProseccoDate published: 01/10/14

A new great value prosecco has hit the majestic stacks! 

Soffio no. 3 is made near lake Garda by  the Pizzolo family, one of north Italy's archetypal family businesses, run by four brothers. This wine is made using the Charmat method, in which it is rendered sparkling prior to bottling. It is light and fresh, predominant in apple and pear flavours, with floral hints on the nose. The soft mousse and gentle fruitiness contribute to the easy-drinking nature of this bargain sparkler. It is the perfect opener to any party, and at such a fab price could also brighten up dull midweek evenings. Look out for it's eye-catching bottle amongst our range of sparkling wines. A real treat for under £7 a bottle. 

This prosecco featured recently on 'This morning', and it was a great hit in the studio. Well, if its good enough for Amanda Holden....

Errazuriz Pinot NoirDate published: 01/10/14

Finding good pinot noir under £10 is always a difficult ask but they are out there, they just take a bit of finding. One such is the Errazuriz Pinot from Chile.

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 grape

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.

Down from £11.99  to £8.99 at present.

This is the perfect wine for pork so here is a quick supper dish. 

Take a couple of inch thick free range pork chops, marinate in lemon zest, thyme, garlic and chilli. Then cut through the rind every cm or so. Seal in a hot pan until skin starts to crisp then start to cook the seasoned chops in butter fairly slowly until nicely coloured and just cooked. Remove and de glaze with marsala adding any juices coming from the chops. Finish with with a touch of cream or butter and pop pork back in for a minute or two. Serve with a few saute potatoes with garlic and parsley and some wilted kale.


Great value wineDate published: 30/09/14

Over the years I have found myself gradually shifting back to the old world and I am always on the look for a great value wine and this new arrival certainly fits the bill. 

Chateau Les Tonnelles is a family-owned property in Entre-Deux-Mers, close to the village of Saint-Brice. Its 15 hectares of vines lie on a clay-chalk soil typical of the Right Bank. The wine undergoes modern temperature-controlled fermentation and maturation without oak.

A great value mid-weight, everyday claret, with plenty of ripe berry and plum flavour, supple tannins and a long finish.

At £7.49 this is a wine to buy by the case for those unexpected guests or just as a superb mid week wine. 


Wine and Chocolate. Can we live the dream?Date published: 30/09/14

Chocolate can be very difficult to match with wine. Some say it cannot be done, and convention tends to err towards avoiding chocolate-and-wine combinations. However, following a chocolate brownie success here at majestic farnham (bbc good food recipe with a little added desiccated coconut and 15 mins shaved off the baking time for extra gooeyness), the possibility of perfectly pairing chocolate desserts with our other favourite thing- wine- is once again under scrutiny.

With further research, recommendations tend to advocate either mirroring a certain flavour in the chocolate through a wine choice and thus complementing it, or to complement it through contrast. An example of the latter would be choosing an orange blossom muscat, such as Essencia, a Californian sweet dessert wine. Chocolate and orange is a classic pairing for good reason, the zesty sweetness of orange stands up excellently next to the creamy richness of chocolate. This choice also follows a third idea common in dessert and wine pairing recommendations; sweet foods can only be matched with wines that are sweeter than they are themselves. Jancis Robinson herself advocates port as a good paired with chocolate because 'fortified sweet wines can go very well with chocolate since they are so much richer and more powerful than the chocolate'.

In my mind, achieving the ideal chocolate/wine pairing is surely worth a try- if you have the right wine to complement the right chocolate it could be a match made in heaven!

Italian dish tonight? Date published: 28/09/14

Think Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is an Italian red wine made from the Montepulciano grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. It is typically dry, with soft tannins, and is often enjoyed relatively young compared to other red varietals. Vineyards in the northern provinces of Abruzzo are often considered the most favourable in Montepulciano production; they tend to be cooler, benefitting from their own microclimates, and have less fertile soil. As a result, grape yields are smaller but more concentrated in flavour, and produce a higher quality, deeply flavoursome wine.

Typically richly coloured, with notes of spice and pepper, Montepulciano is a rustic wine which lends itself easily to pairings with food. Fruity and light, it marries excellently with antipasti dishes of cured meats, cheeses and olives. As such, it would also be a great choice of red for a party with italian style light nibbles. It is also good as a partner to weeknight favourites- bolognese, pasta and ragu, and pizza. A very handy wine to have a few bottles of stored away indeed.


Loire Sauvignon - But Not SancerreDate published: 27/09/14

Amongst the many appellations that can be found along the Loire and Cher rivers is one called Reuilly. The vineyards of this particular appellation consist of 150 hectares (370 acres) located in 7 communes: Reuilly and Diou in Indre and Lazenay, Chéry, Lury-sur-Arnon, Preuilly and Cerbois in Cher. 

Although overlooked in favour of their more illustrious neighbours in Sancerre and Pouilly, the soils are made up of the same sandy-gravel and clayey-chalky soil known as Kimmeridgian marl. Also like the previously mentioned appellations, vignerons in Reuilly are also permited to use three different grape varieties: Sauvignon blanc, Pinot noir and Pinot gris. And much like Sancerre, whilst the reds and roses are wonderful they are overshadowed by the whites.

One excellent example of the style stocked here at Majestic is the Cuvee Nathalie. Made by Nathalie Lafond who has now taken over the running of the domaine from her father, Claude, this is her signature cuvée, made from a selection of the best parcels of vines from her estate. It features all the distinct gooseberry and lime flavours that you would expect from a Sancerre and certainly gives them a run for their money. An elegant drink best served chilled it partners superbly with seafood.

Cuvee Nathalie Reuilly is available now for £8.62 when two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six.

Raymond LafonDate published: 27/09/14

I adore sweet wine and often will have a half bottle in the fridge at all times. I often take it as an aperitif or when I have some roquefort. It also is a fine chicken liver parfait such as served by my friend Ashley Palmer Watts's iconic 'meat fruit' at the excellent 'Dinner' nestled in the Mandarin Oriental. 

Raymond-Lafon has 16 hectares of vines, and is adjacent to the illustrious properties of Yquem and Suduiraut, producing one of the best value examples of quality Sauternes available. Composed of around 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon, it is a medium-bodied, balanced and elegant wine, combining tangerine and honey flavours with underlying minerality.

At only £12.50 these are somewhat of a bargain!

New to MajesticDate published: 27/09/14


Having just returned from Umbria I have drank quite a few Grechetto recently. If you fancy a change from the usual Pinot Grigio I would recommend trying this very pretty wine.

As suggested by its name, Grechetto has its origins in Greece, but today it is a principal white grape in much of Umbria, finding fame in the Orvieto sub-region. This example comes from hilltop vineyards in an area known as 'I Poggi di Baschi'.

A pale straw yellow wine with a delicate and freshly fragrant nose, full of aromas of pear, peach, subtle herbs and nectar. Gently fruity on the palate, with a full texture and moderate acidity.

This is a perfect drinks party wine and would suit those early evening aperitifs.

Just a note if you have never been to Umbria before. Think Tuscany but about a third cheaper! Unspoiled, not crowded and some great wines. We often were spending less than 65 euros for 2 of us, 4 courses and a decent bottle of wine. The wines from Montefalco are particularly good but you also get the fine Tuscan wines as well. We drank the always wonderful Tignanello at two different restaurants where is was only £55. It retails over here at £70-£80 and I have seen on restaurants for £140 plus so it seemed rude not to!

We flew into Bologna so pegged an extra  night in Modena to go and visit Osteria Francescana which is definitely worth the detour. Just ask for my thoughts if you are thinking of going! 

Wine of the Week: San Huberto MalbecDate published: 26/09/14

Another great new arrival here at Majestic Farnham is this excellent Malbec from San Huberto. Aiming to be different and set itself out from the rest of the Malbecs available from Argentina this has been made in a 'Reserva' style, where as part of the maturation process the wine spends 12 months in oak barrels to give a more complex flavour.

The fruit in this wine hails from the La Rioja region of Argentina, believed to have been one of the very first areas to see vines planted and renowned for it's semi-arid conditions. This means plenty of sun and with modern irrigation methods means that the grapes ripen perfectly, with intense concentrated flavours that are detectable in this wine. Plum, bramble and blueberries are to the fore, but that extra oak maturation provides a secondary sweet, spicy flavour.

While enjoyable on its own why not try matching this superb food wine with red meats served with roasted vetgetables. It is a great wine for seasoned steaks!

San Huberto Malbec is available in store at £7.99 when two are bought as part of your mixed case of six wines.

Classic food/wine matchesDate published: 26/09/14

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, a little chopped parsley and a little butter. Serve with the delicious chicken.To drink think a too class pinot. Take Dog Point for instance from New Zealand.

Dog Point is a joint venture between James Healy and Ivan Sutherland, respectively former winemaker and vineyard manager at Cloudy Bay, started in 2003. The wines come from selected parcels of old vines, and are made with a minimalist approach, including fermentation by natural yeasts. This Pinot Noir spends 18 months in a mixture of new and old French oak, for a classically elegant, sweet and savoury structure.

£35 down to £30 when you buy two or more. Very limited quantities produced. 

RieslingDate published: 25/09/14

Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. As of 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world's 20th most grown variety at 48,700 hectares (120,000 acres) but in terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the "top three" white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin.

In cool climates, (such as many German wine regions) Riesling wines tend to exhibit apple and tree fruit notes with noticeable levels of acidity that is sometimes balanced with residual sugar. A late-ripening variety that can develop more citrus and peach notes is grown in warmer climates (such asAlsace, parts of Austria). In Australia, Riesling is often noted for a characteristic lime note that tends to emerge in examples from the Clare and Eden Valley inSouth Australia. Riesling's naturally high acidity and pronounced fruit flavors give wines made from the grape exceptional aging potential with well-made examples from favorable vintages often developing smokey, honey notes and aged German Rieslings, in particular, taking on a "petrol" character


Open this weekendDate published: 25/09/14

This is a new early drinking wine coming from the highly esteemed winery Emilio Moro.

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.

This is soft and very drinkable even though its 2013 or match with some grilled lamb chops.

Come on down and have a taste for yourselves this weekend.


A great twist on the classic G&TDate published: 24/09/14

Gin and tonic- nothing can beat this classic combination. Ultimately refreshing and zesty, it is the perfect aperitif to relax with. Adding a twist to such a well established and well loved drink is risky. The flavours are bold and need to be complimented, not contended with. Many have tried to go beyond simply adding a slice of lemon as a finishing touch and failed, however Gordons have toed the dangerous line of adding extra flavor to gin carefully, and in my opinion have joyously succeeded. 

Their 'spot of elderflower' gin offers both the clean and pure taste of Gordons gin, and delicate floral notes of elderflower as an elegant and interesting secondary note. So summer may be nearly over, but what could be better to reminisce holidays gone by over? These September evenings beg to be enjoyed. And here is your excuse- Gordons Elderflower is currently 33% off at only £13.32. A flavour combination epitomising all things Great British... worth a try, surely.

 

Langlois RoseDate published: 24/09/14

Hot on the heals of the brut version comes the rose just in time to catch the last of the summer sun.

Langlois-Château has been owned by the Bollinger family since 1973, and is recognised as one of the Loire's premier producers of sparkling wine. This rosé is made from Anjou-Saumur-sourced grapes, and rendered sparkling using traditional bottle fermentation.

Very delicate peachy pink in colour and similarly delicate in aroma, with light summer berry and gentle leafy notes coming to the fore. Fresh, clean and easy-drinking.

This makes a lovely glass of fizz to start an evening but also would match a red fruit based dessert really well.

Until the 9th September also 1/3 off so that works out to only £9.99 bottle!


Gavi MontieroDate published: 23/09/14

The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The wines from vinyards grown in a more central location to the town of Gavi are know as Gavi di Gavi. This is similar to chianti and chianti classico. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast. As such we recommend Gavi Montiero to be enjoyed alongside a prawn salad and other delicate fish dishes.

A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest, grapefruit, and blossom. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish, with more than a hint of pear and peach flavours.


Party planningDate published: 23/09/14

If you are looking for a great value wine that you can serve to lots of people without offending but not spending too much well how about the Alamos Malbec made by Catena wines.

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec.

This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.

When not on offer £9.99 but until Monday 29th September on offer at only £5.99. We plan to have it open this coming weekend so pop down and try for yourself.


Adam's Spanish selection caseDate published: 20/09/14

Well I started on Argentina yesterday, so here is my selection of wines from Spain that I would personally choose. I love Spanish wine, great value for older wines with Rioja and some brilliant little gems that get overlooked. My dream holiday is a tour of the wineries around the country from North to South, East to West! 


2 x Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2004 £8.99   33% multibuy

For a Gran Reserva from the brilliant 2004 vintage to be less than £10 is pretty astounding. The quality of the wine is far above it's price as well! Secondary flavours really take over for this wine whilst the baked fruit core is still present making this lovely to drink on it's own! Clove and vanilla take the lead in this beauty. 


1 x Garnacha "El Chapparal" 2012 £8.24   25% multibuy 

Known as Grenache in France, Garnacha is a ripe and fruity grape variety in warm climates. This one is from old vines however, and shows a brambly character alongside this fresh raspberry and red cherry palate. Fantastic for a rich spanish stew! I particularly love the smoothness of this one and the balance between fruit and bramble.


1 x "Mo" Monastrell 2012 £7.49   25% multibuy

Hailing from Alicante, you might not recognise this grape variety by it's Spanish name, but it's French counterpart of Mourvedre is a lot better known. On it's own this is a velvety wine, with soft red cherries immediately followed by a slightly leathery structure. I was very pleased when we received this wine recently as I'd only ever had one Monastrell before which was very good. This has not disappointed!


2 x Muga Rioja Blanco £9.99 

From this brilliant premium Rioja producer is this delicious white Rioja. Often overlooked white Rioja can be immensely enjoyable. This is made with a blend of Malvasia and Viura and oaked. The oaky character comes through in a creamy and spicy character which is very enjoyable. Great on it's own or with slightly more structured fish dishes. 

Stunning Short Term OfferDate published: 20/09/14

If you read our news articles on a regular basis you will know I am  somewhat of a foodie and usaully match most wine to a meat/fish/dish. This wine is a perfect steak wine. Lets face it the Argentinians know a thing or two about rearing beef and they also produce great wines to accompany.  

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 level.

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.

This is a beautifully balanced wine and until Monday the 22nd Sept has a 1/3 off which makes it down from £18.99 to £12.65. Enjoy!!!!!! 


Adam's Argentinian Malbec caseDate published: 19/09/14

Having just got back into work this morning from a few days off to find a surprise third off of all of our Argentinian wines I couldn't resist putting together a cheeky little case of my favourites plus a few new wines to try. Here's what I've gone for:

2 x Catena Malbec at £8.66 multibuy

Well what can I say about this beauty! A deep purple hue, aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant chased by powerful and rich notes of Blackcurrant, black pepper and a pleasant vanilla note. Every drop of this wine holds a deep flavour. 


2 x Lunta Malbec £9.33 multibuy

The purity of crushed raspberry and blackcurrant in this wine is Phenomenal. Though it does take a good 3 hours breathing time to really show it's true colours. This wine has depth, with the pure fruit followed by a spicy warmth and secondary characteristics. My new favourite for under a tenner!


2 x A Lisa malbec £19.99 multibuy

I have only tried this once before, and even then it was only a little taster but it really did impress! With a good helping of blue fruit such as plum alongside the rich black fruits. A light Liquorice note follows the immediate fruityness along with a slight aroma of pencil lead. Now normally I wouldn't condone the drinking of pencil lead flavoured wines, but alongside the depth of this wine it comes across brilliantly!



Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc- for warm September eveningsDate published: 19/09/14

The incredible 33% off flash promotion on all Argentinian wines is upon us! Lasting till Sunday, this is your opportunity to stock up on some delicious wines and even more delicious prices. We all know the plethora of Malbecs from Argentina are fantastic, but if this beautiful weather continues, a refreshing white will also be on the menu. We recommend Santa Ana as an alternative to red- a  perfect wine for late summer evenings.

Santa Ana, an award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, hails from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, which is located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience. A bright lemon yellow, this white is youthful and crisp, with predominant citrussy flavours softened by tropical hints.

An easy drinking wine, Santa Ana also matches well with salads and seafood. A bottle with grilled salmon and hollandaise-  we could almost pretend it's July again!

Lauching our new Cellar Circle PlanDate published: 19/09/14

Previously called the Fine Wine Plan we have now enhanced and listed below are the benefits of becoming a member.

Cellar Circle gives you access to the finest wines, expert advice, unrivalled service and exciting benefits. Everything needed to build your dream cellar.

Benefits include - 

● A year’s free storage at Vinothèque for customers new to Lay & Wheeler

● Free collection from any Majestic store

● 10% discount on all purchases from Majestic Wine 

● A free case on the first anniversary of membership

Terms and conditions apply to recieve full benefits

Sign up at cellarcircle.co.uk

#CellarCircle


Stunning Short Term OfferDate published: 19/09/14

We have a great deal on for the weekend. If you love Argentinian wines then come on down as we have a massive 33% off all of them. Yes a third!
We ran this offer a couple of years ago and it was extremely popular selling out of some lines very quickly.
When was the last time you saw the Catena Malbec, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon at £8.33 a bottle!
We have a selection them open this weekend so come on down and explore.
This offer is strictly only on for 4 days so ends on Monday 7.00pm.

Still one of the best!Date published: 18/09/14

We have stocked the wines from Catena for many years but their straight Malbec has long been a favourite of mine and customers. Begining tomorrrow will will have a great deal on it and also open to taste so please come on down and see what you think.

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.

This is the perfect steak wine!


More than BearableDate published: 18/09/14

Noticeably visible on the label of the Pizarras de Otero wine is the paw print of a bear, reminding the purchaser of the heritage of the vineyard as a royal hunting ground, where bear was the prey. It was during the 18th century that vines were first planted in the area, but despite this the vineyard this wine hails from fell into decline and 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. If Rioja is considered a Spanish Bordeaux, then this wine must be thought of as a Spanish Cotes du Rhone, similar in style and complexity. It is a deep cherry red colour and is lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, giving way to a subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate matches the aromas and has elegant and restrained tannins. 

Suitable for drinking as the nights get darker and colder, why not partner with herbaceous lamb cutlets, or pasta dishes with fresh tomato sauces.

Pizarras de Otero is available now for £6.66 when two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six bottles.

The Bargain of the MonthDate published: 17/09/14

We all have our favourite houses I know and usually there are other nv's I would buy before Moet but their vintage is another story. It has always been a kind of secret that the vintage really punches above its weight and at present it is on a spectacular deal of a measly £30 a bottle. This is the kind of offer to buy by the case! 

Grand Vintage 2006 is the perfect embodiment of the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage spirit. It is superbly structured and refined. Blending 42% Chardonnay with 39% Pinot Noir and 19% Pinot Meunier, the character leans towards elegance, with subtle richness.

Expressing the singular qualities of 2006's grapes, this Champagne is creamy and mature.

I have already bought a case so hurry before stock all disappears! 

Mothers Ruin part 2Date published: 16/09/14

During the Victorian age various different styles of gin emerged, the two still recognised today are London and Plymouth gins. London gin, contrary to its name can in fact be distilled anywhere, it is purely a style. It's chief characteristics are its dryness on the palate and the heavy juniper bias of the botanicals. Plymouth gin by contrast can only be produced within the city limits of Plymouth, protected from being copied elsewhere by the same laws that cover wine appellations. Generally this is a more floral style of gin. 

Leaving behind the Victorians and heading into the 20th century, large spirit companies discovered ways of producing gin on an industrial scale using a distillation method known as 'continuous still'. This means that instead of producing what you can from just one pot of base spirit, you can continually produce base spirit and infuse it with flavourings. If needs be these kind of stills can operate 24 hours a day, every day. While strictly speaking these stills produce gin as defined by law, it did provoke debate as to whether it was the essence of gin. Up and down the country people were beginning to think beyond the generic gin that could be found on the supermarket shelves.

Batch produced 'craft' gins began to capture the public awareness as daring individuals acquired distillation licences (the very same that had been created to stamp out the spread of the scourge of gin in the 18th century) and began experimenting with the botanicals that could be used. Hendrick's gin (hailing originally from Scotland) famously uses cucumber and roses amongst its flavours, while other batch producers include Martin Millers, Sipsmiths and William Chase, who decided to experiment with the base spirit and use unused cider apples to produce it.

Gin seems to have finally shaken off its bad boy image and be welcomed by those seeking a genuinely intriguing and complex drink. With so many differing styles, the choice is huge and that's without experimenting with mixers...

Mixing in the right circles: Fever treeDate published: 16/09/14

It's likely that at least 3/4 of your Gin and Tonic is the tonic. You have deliberated at lengths about your gin choice, planned ahead with your ice trays and probably even singled out a lemon as the perfect zesty candidate. So why neglect the mixer? The bulk of the beverage? The toast to the marmite? Destiny's child to Beyonce? Surely it's imperative the mixer is also truly fabulous. 

 But we must not panic. Fever Tree are here to make sure we can use the best every single time. Their award winning products taste clean, subtle and balanced with authentic flavours and champagne-style carbonation, so just as good as the spirits you're pairing them with. As natural as they get, with ingredients sourced from all over the world, its little surprise this this range taste equally as good on their own. 

Majestic stock a range of these little treats to pep up a G + T or spice up a Dark and Stormy. The age of the dismal mixer might finally be over!

Join the KadettesDate published: 14/09/14

Always ones to promote something a little different, pop in and you'll find the Kanonkop Kadette on our tasting counter. This is Kanonkop's 'second wine', similar in ethos to the second wines of the top Bordeaux estates. It is a mix of Pinotage, Caberenet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc yet despite this it is a lighter, more forward version of it's top blends. The dominant grape at around 50% of the blend is Pinotage and the wine is aged for at least 12 months in French oak barriques sourced from the forest of Nevers.

The wine has a deep ruby, red colour. It shows ripe raspberries, blackcurrant and mocha flavours on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate. It features a good length with a dry finish.

A real 'treat' wine, it will partner barbecued lamb steaks with aplomb.

Kanonkop Kadette is available now for £8.99 when two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six wines.

The only way is Oyster BayDate published: 13/09/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an undisputed market leader due to its quality and consistency vintage after vintage. The epitome of a classic Marlborough Sauvignon blanc, it has pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, and also lends subtly green and herbaceous notes. Indeed, it is one of the regions most dynamic and prolific wineries, and has become an extremely popular and recognisable brand. Perhaps the secret to the success of this wine is the process through which it is made; cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes. 

This crisp and elegant wine is a thoroughly refreshing for any occasion. Just chill well and prepare to join the Oyster Bay following. What's more it is currently on the 1/3rd off deal- coming to an ice bucket near you very soon!

CognacDate published: 12/09/14

Cognac is a form of Brandy that is made around the town of Cognac. This town can be found in the Charente and Charente-Maritime departments of western France, just above Bordeaux. Made primarily from the Ugni-Blanc, a Cognac has to adhere to a strict set of rules to be allowed to bear that name. The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wine when aged in barrels, and most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement. To make a Cognac 90% of the wine must be Ugni blanc (known in Italy as Trebbiano), Folle blanche and Colombard. 

After the grapes are pressed, the juice is left to ferment for two or three weeks, with the region's native, wild yeasts converting the sugar into alcohol the resulting wine is about 7 to 8% alcohol.

Distillation takes place in traditionally shaped Charentais copper stills, also known as an alembic, the design and dimensions of which are also legally controlled. Two distillations must be carried out; the resulting eau-de-vie is a colourless spirit of about 70% alcohol.

Once distillation is complete, it must be aged in Limousin oak casks for at least two years before it can be sold to the public. It is typically put into casks at an alcohol by volume strength of about 70%. As the cognac interacts with the oak barrel and the air, it evaporates at the rate of about three percent each year, slowly losing both alcohol and water. Because the alcohol dissipates faster than the water, the alcohol concentration drops to about 40% over time.

The age of the cognac is calculated as that of the youngest component used in the blend. Each cognac house has a master taster (maître de chai), who is responsible for blending the spirits, so that cognac produced by a company will have a consistent house style and quality. In this respect it is similar to the process of blending whisky or non-vintage Champagne to achieve a consistent brand flavor.

Grand ArdecheDate published: 12/09/14

This fantastic white Burgundy style Chardonnay is a real gem. Made by Maison Louis Latour down in the Ardeche, which is to be found to the West of Rhone. Louis Latour's expertise from years of producing celebrated Burgundy wines really shows through in this wine. Close to the Meursalt's buttery and weighty texture this wine is generous with it's secondary characteristics. Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine. Many of our customers come back time and time again for the Ardeche. 

Priced at a very reasonable £9.99 it is easy to see why this has gained such a following, If this were made in a Burgundy appellation it would easily cost near on £15!

KanonkopDate published: 12/09/14

In keeping with our South African theme for this week I've decided to have a look at the wine producer Kanonkop.

Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines. The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover at Cape Town.

Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul & Johann Krige. 

We currenty have four wines from these very prestigous producers


Kanonkop Paul Sauer £25 on our fine wine offer
Deep, ruby red colour - concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with a combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to a dry finish.

Kanonkop Kadette £8.99 At 25% off
The wine has a deep ruby, red colour. It shows ripe raspberries, black currant and mocha flavours on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate. Good length with a dry finish.

Kanonkop Pinotage £20.00 on our fine wine offer
Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana.

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon £22.00 on our fine wine offer
Deep ruby colour, a full bodied wine with spicy mocha, chocolate and tea leaf flavours, with well-defined, chewy blackcurrant fruit and a balanced tannic structure leading to a long and dry finish.

Wine of the week: Graham Beck, Antony's YardDate published: 12/09/14

Graham Beck, Antony's Yard 2013, South Africa


This delicious Bordeaux style South African red is produced from a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend. It is aged for 12 months in French oak to help integration and to impart the rich complexity and texture characteristic of this wine. With a rich nose of fruitcake and spice, red and black fruits come to the fore on the palate. A hint of cigar box is also present thanks to the oak-aging.
The balanced structure and satisfying length of this wine make it a perfect partner to beef pies and other robust gamey dishes. The makers recommend Antony's Yard 'enjoyed in the spirit it was created- with warmth and appreciation'. A tempting offer.

£6.74 when you buy two or more


To enjoy Con AmigosDate published: 11/09/14

Grey early autumn (eeek!) days like this call for lovely roasts and even lovelier wines. If the summer has left you -like us- a little short on pennies, fear not. Grab a your nearest and dearest and catch up con amigos over a glass of... Con Amigos. This delicious malbec is superb alongside a big, well seasoned roast chicken, and better yet is at a third off this month, £6.66 a bottle when you buy two or more.

 A small price tag for big flavours, Con Amigos hails from the Bio Bio Valley; one of Chile's premium wine regions. With its southern location, Bio Bio has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions of France's northern wine regions. It is a vividly purple tinged wine, youthful and fruity, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel. All for £6.66 you say? If you don't tell anyone, we won't either (no promises though). 


Melt in your mouth wineDate published: 10/09/14

One of the key differences between New and Old world wineries is that New world growers are less prohibited to experiment with different varietals and blendings. Appellation rules are far more fluid than they tend to be in Europe leading to some interesting wines indeed. None more so than the luxurious sounding Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof in South Africa. 

This wine features a blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Although dominated by around 67% Syrah, there is also Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Viognier to be found within each drop. The grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on the winery's estate, then fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. 

Key characteristics of this most enigmatic of South African wines is an earthy, rustic nose that gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. On the palate it is both harmonious and powerful, with a cocoa and pepper complexity that is best described as moreish.

This big, broody red is most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

Chocolate Block is available as a magnum (1.5 litres) at £44 or as a double magnum (3 litres) £95 in store now.

Spirits on a third off!Date published: 10/09/14

We've got some great spirits here that we're trying to sell through as quick as possible, to do this we have put them on our 33% offer. Here's a range of what we have on this enhanced deal.


Bushmills Original blended Irish whiskey £14.99 down from £22.50

Grant's Scotch blended whiskey £13.32 down from £19.99

Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey Honey £19.99 down from £30.0

Chivas Regal 12 year old Scotch whiskey £19.99 down from £30.00

Glenfiddich single malt 15 year old Scotch whiskey £24.98 down from £37.50

Remy Coeur de Cognac £29.98 down from £45.00

Tuaca Italian Liqueur £16.66 down from £11.99

Pimms Blackberry and Elderflower £7.99 down from £11.99

Ciroc Vodka £23.32 down from £35.00

Finlandia Vodka £13.33 down from £19.99

William Chase elegant crisp Gin £26.65 down from £40.00

Gordons with a spot of elderflower £13.32 down from £19.99


Plus these work in combination with our regular 33% offers!

Mothers' Ruin part 1Date published: 10/09/14

Gin has a bit of a reputation. The bane of society in Georgian England, where it was cheaper to buy and safer to drink than the water, means that it is forever thought of as a bit of a reckless drink in the British consciousness. If that association took time to shake off, the idea of British colonials in India supping gin and tonics laced with quinine to fend off disease is one that is still much in evidence today.

But where did this drink that to some is the epitome of an English drink come from? As with all good things it is proof of the British way of assimilating other cultures into our own. Following the Glorious Revolution that installed William of Orange on the English thrown there was a craze for all things Dutch and particularly a spirit known as Jenever. A base white spirit was produced that was then steeped with juniper berries giving it a distinctive, tart taste. It was painfully expensive to the average person of the time due to the costs of importation, so ever resourceful, people began to distill the spirit themselves. To make it more palatable it was often made with added flavourings known as botanicals. Over time the botanicals became a key differentiating point between types of gin, but each one had to contain juniper.

Following a government clampdown on home distilling and the drunkenness that ensued from its lack of regulation (conveniently affecting the Scottish Whisky producers and the Jacobites they supported too) gin struggled to find a niche, as suddenly it was subjected to tax and only being sold from licensed premises. Over the next hundred years or so these would become the famed Victorian gin palaces, known as haunts for ne'er do wells of all types.

The total rehabilitation of gins image seemed a long way away...

Sam Adams Boston LagerDate published: 10/09/14

This month our best beer offer is the Sam Adams Boston Lager, at a cracking £24 for 24 bottles. This is one of my favourite beers, It's classed as a craft beer because of it's maltier aspect. Despite many people's opinions of American beer being weak and of poor quality, the Sam Adams Boston Lager has a good deal more flavour than most lagers on both sides of the Atlantic. 

The brand name of Samuel Adams (often abbreviated to Sam Adams, even in advertisements), was chosen in honor of Samuel Adams, an American patriot famous for his role in the American Revolution and the Boston Tea Party. According to tradition, he was also a maltster.

A sherry interesting tippleDate published: 08/09/14

Here at Majestic Farnham we have been doing some serious thinking about the wonderful world of sherry, and have come to the conclusion it is often a thoroughly misunderstood and underrated drink. Three main reasons for our admiration are:

1) Sherry is just a blanket title under which a number of- often wholly different in nature and fermentation technique- fortified wines lie. Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, Manzanilla pasada.... the list goes on. A Sherry type for every occasion and taste. Not just the Bristol cream we all know then!

2) Sherry might be one of the (partly) oldest drinks you ever try. During the blending process, no barrels are ever fully emptied. This means each glass you drink could contain some sherry up to 30 years old. That's pretty old. Nearly as old as Adam R. Anyway, all sherries are wood aged for a minimum of 3 years- and that's good enough for us.

3) Sherry making is a process which transforms some unremarkable wine into a remarkably distinctive and satisfying drink. Funny how a little flor and a lot of time can magically produce a lovely Fino tang, or, when flor-less, delicious full bodied and nutty Oloroso. A 'stars in their eyes' style makeover if ever we saw one. In reality the processes can be pretty complicated and employs a solera system of connected barrels, but all we know is it works, and has done for hundreds of years.

Convinced sherry is incredibly exciting?? We have a great range in store, and would love to share our passion with anyone remotely sherinterested (?!)


Marques de Riscal Reserva Date published: 06/09/14

Marques de Riscal is a famous producer from Rioja and even greater Spain. Well known for their Modern abstract Winery and hotel, This producer has been a big player in the Rioja market for a long time. In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga (What a mouthfull!)  brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja.


The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. It's hard not to see why! Big concentration, Delicious savoury flavours and an impressive use of oak make this a great Rioja. Black fruits and red fruits are intertwined along with a balsamic character. This is fantastic with roast lamb or beef! 


£9.99 When you buy any two bottles from our 33% off offer.

Awesome ChardonnayDate published: 05/09/14

Majestic staff are renowned Chardonnay fiends, the majority of us hanker for a softer Chablis style or a big and brassy Aussie belter. Fitting nicely in between this you will find the Septimo Dia Chardonnay

This Chardonnay comes from the Gualtayary district of the Uco Valley, an area featuring dual soil types of rock and sand, and notable sloped vineyards. The varied soils and altitudes provide grapes of varied characteristics, allowing winemakers to blend to their own desired style. 

This is a lightly oaked Chardonnay, offering a pleasing balance between green apple and tropical fruit flavours, and delicate vanilla and toast aromatics, all supported by fresh and youthful acidity. This is a particularly pleasing wine as the oak integrates with the fruit flavours exceptionally well. 

Whilst not so heavy that it can't be drunk alone, try with a homemade fish pie to really show the flavours to the fore.

Septimo Dia Chardonnay is available to buy now for £7.99 when at least two bottles are bought as part of your mix case of six wines. Also available to try on our tasting counter!

Food and Wine pairing rulesDate published: 05/09/14


1. Wines should complement, not dominate food, vice versa.
A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines. But a Spaghetti Bolognaise will destroy a delicate white wine. 

2. Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish
A full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence than the main ingredient itself.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes
See this rule of thumb in action with paella. All those rich, flavour-packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine. You ideally want to have all the intricacies of the wine or food coming out, which may be hard to detect if you've got two complex things going at each other at once!

4. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish
Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours. Thinking big grilled flavoursome meats? Malbec all the way!

5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region
This is especially true in Europe. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes. Or for a really interesting combination, goats cheese from Sancerre and Sancerre white wine is a match made in heaven.

Try out these maxims at home. Stay in, cook at home, and spend the same on a bottle of wine as you would in a restaurant. Better food, better wine. Win win!


Wine of the week: Invivo Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/09/14

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Awatere Valley,