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Welcome to Majestic

Gidea Park

Contact Information
T: 01708 755 311
F: 01708 755 311
E: gid@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
107 Main Road
Romford
RM2 5EL
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(704)

25% all RIOJADate published: 15/03/17

Enjoy Rioja at 25% off!

Quite possibly one of my favorite week long offers that we do at Majestic Wine. 25% off the entire range of Rioja when you mix & match any six or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz. 

If, like me me you are a great fan of Rioja, then I urge you that this is the week you'll need to pop in and see us! Whether you like the pocket friendly Eguia Crianza (£6.74*, this week only) or like to enjoy the decadence of Vina Ardanza (down to £17.99*) you are sure to pick up a great Rioja at a brilliant price... I'll certainly be taking advantage! We've even got some of our favorites open to taste this week, so you can try them for yourself.

Don't forget, dare I say Easter is not too far away, and with the traditional Easter Roast of Lamb, Rioja is the classic wine pairing, so stock up now! The quintessentially traditional Rioja Vina Ardanza is my top tip.

Click on www.majestic.co.uk for all our fantastic offers & range of wines. 

See you at the Tasting Counter.


Some of the best champagnes dealsDate published: 07/02/17

Take a look at some of the best champagne deals we have for you this week!

25% off all ChampagnesDate published: 07/02/17

As of today we have 25% off all Champagne (under £100) this offer will run until 13/02/17 So do stock up for Valentine's Day!!

Gin Master class coming soon..Date published: 07/02/17

The craft gin craze is still going strong with new distilleries and expressions popping up like snowdrops at the start of spring. While gin cocktails are great ways of exploring the different flavour profiles of each new bottle on the block, nothing beats the grace and ease of a well made gin and tonic, especially in the comfort of your own home.  The tonic’s bubbles lift and open up the palate to help you appreciate the nuance of flavour brought into play by the botanicals each producer chooses.

The formula is simple. Highball or fishbowl glass + loads of ice + gin + wedge + tonic = Delicious.

When we’re discussing craft gins in store, a question that we often get is, ‘yeah, but what would I serve in it?’ Gone are the days when a skinny slice of lemon clinging limply to an ice cube was the only colour in your glass. Salt and pepper, celery, cucumber and apple all grace a G&T on occassion.

We have a literal bucket load open to try in store, so why not pop in and let us guide you through the best Majestic has to offer.

La Gioiosa CartizzeDate published: 07/02/17

La Gioiosa Valdobbiadene superiore Cartizze


Most Prosecco wines are produced in a dry, brut style. However, due to the grapes’ fruity flavors of green apple, honeydew melon, pear, and honeysuckle, it usually seems sweeter than it is. Even though brut is the most popular sweetness level of Prosecco sold in the market today, you can find styles that are sweeter if you seek them out. Here is how Prosecco is labeled for sweetness:

Brut 0–12 g/L RS (residual sugar) – Up to a half gram of sugar per glass

Extra Dry 12–17 g/L RS – Just over a half gram of sugar per glass

Dry 17–32 g/L RS – Up to 1 gram of sugar per glass

By the way, if you haven’t had an Extra Dry Prosecco yet, this style offers a great balance between Prosecco’s fruit, tingly acidity, and subtle sweetness.

Just for a moment, take yourself into the steep slopes of Veneto, North East Italy. The sun touching and warming the vines as they reach out for new life. We now looking into a new Majestic wine on our WIGIG(When its gone its gone) from Cartizze. The backbone behind this wine is the Glera grape. Grapes blended with Glera, here, include Verdiso, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Nero(maximum 15%). La Gioiosa Cartizze, Valdobbiadene superiore di Cartizze. A Prosecco produced from the highest, steepest of slopes, made from only the ripest grapes. The region lies just north of the Piave river. Made from the Tank method(Charmat method), the moose(little wine foam in glass) is surprisingly soft and delicate, showing similarities in wines made from the Traditional method(Champagne). The Cartizze has volumes of ripe pear and peach and a lovely long finish that sits silently on your palate. Wonderfully integrated alcohol and acidity that holds its flavours consistently throughout. I am highly impressed with this wine and regard it a top, if not the very top Prosecco we sell in our range, this is because of its beautifully rounded flavour characteristics and delicate mouth feel.

How should you serve The Cartizze?

The Cartizze should be served cold (38–45 °F / 3–7 °C) and most will agree that the best glass to serve Prosecco in is a sparkling tulip glass. The tulip glass is ideal because it’s tall and slender, which helps preserves the bubbles’ finesse for a longer period of time, while the larger bulb at the top helps collect more of the wine’s floral aromas.

Cartizze Food matching

Prosecco is surprisingly versatile and pairs well with a wide range of cuisine genres and dishes. It’s one of those wines that can be served as an aperitif (before food) but also works well alongside the main entrée. The ideology behind pairing Prosecco is to use it as a palate cleanser alongside medium-intensity foods (chicken, tofu, shrimp, or pork dishes). Because of its sweet aromatics and bubbles, Prosecco matches well with spicy curries and Southeast Asian fare such as Thai, Vietnamese, Hong Kong, and Singaporean cuisine.

We would love to see you soon in the store to try this new wine and have a taste on our free tasting counter.


Definition Tasting - 03.02.17 Friday and 04.02.17 SaturdayDate published: 04/02/17

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

It is everything about Nelson's GinDate published: 31/01/17

We are tasting a new gin, please come to the store and get few ideas for a new cocktails and how to change your daily G&T in to something new, refreshing and....romantic???

SALE SALE SALE UP TO 40% 0FFDate published: 16/01/17

Villa Nueva malbec and Torrentes only £4.99 on a mix six = Bargain

Te Hua Sparkling wine, which is a lovely gentle kiwi, sparkles at only £6.59

These are just two of the wines in the sale we have many more in the Gidea Park store. 

Come on down before the deals are all gone. 

Upcoming Tastings!Date published: 14/01/17

We will be running several tastings over the next few weeks, with limited spaces available. The first of which will be an Introduction to Wine tasting on Friday 27th January and a Gin Masterclass on Thursday 9th February.

For more information on both of these evenings take a look at our events page. If you would like to attend then either come in to the store or give us a call and we will book you on. Be quick as there are only 8 spaces available for each event!

Tickets are £5 for the Introduction to Wine, which is donated to our charity Headway and £20 for the Masterclass, which you get back in the form of a voucher to spend in store.

Hope to see you soon!

When it's gone, It's gone!!!!Date published: 12/10/16

Earlier this year we secured a parcel of Australian and Californian wines from one of our suppliers.  We sold through this in record time.  Our buyers have worked their magic again and have secured a further collection of their wines at silly prices.


There are some bargain prices on Aussie wines, from Lindeman's, Wolf Blass and Seppelt ranging from £4.49 to £9.99. These wines are priced way, way below market prices, sometimes more than 50% below, once they’re gone, they’re gone!



Cool it! Give the wallet a break with these exceptional deals! Date published: 23/09/16

Do not despair, the summer may be coming to a sweltering end, but here at Majestic Wine the deals just keep getting better and better!! How about spending your last few nights in the garden with a bottle of the nation's favourite (and possibly a jumper): Oyster Bay now £7.99. Either that or pour a glass of vibrant Gavi Toledana and be whisked away to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. For those who've been patiently waiting for some cooler weather, why not pop a bottle and celebrate its arrival (better late than never) with a bottle of Vueve Clicquot, now £29.99. Hurry though, these offers end on Monday: 

Veuve Clicquot @ £29.99. Its distictive style: bright fruitiness atop a cheescake biscuit base means this champagne is always a favourite. No need for a special occasion either, we insist! 

Gavi, La Toledana @ £7.99: Fresh and vibrant: see above! 

Osyster Bay @ £7.99: Cheaper than Tesco, cheaper than Sainsbury's, need I say more? Oh alright,  its crisp, refreshing, and bursting with goosberries - a classic Sauv Blanc from Malbrough. Great for any occasion. 

Rioja Reserva 2011, Beronia @ £9.99: Listen in, this is complex stuff: aged in American and French oak, it's got great balance between sweet vanilla and a light smokiness. This Rioja is full of sweet spice and dried fruit flavours and for this price is an absolute STEAL

Capia Merlot Cabernet @ £7.99: This South African take on traditional Bordeaux is to be taken seriously. Bold flavours and a bold price tag - not a wine to miss. 

September Showcase tasting on the 8th Septemeber from 6PMDate published: 30/08/16

Welcome one and all. 

We are hosting another of our famous showcase tastings on the 8th of September, We shall have numeorus wines open for all of you to try. We should also have the delecious food from Leon once again. All of this is at no charge, plus as always an extra 10% off on the night. 

Hope to see you all on the 8th. 

Adam 

Summer Tasting Date published: 07/05/16

On Thursday 12th May we are holding our free Summer Showcase tasting event. A wide range of new and exciting wines, spirits and beers will be open to taste and some nibbles to accompany them. We are also offering 10% off everything purchased on the evening!!
Our expert wine gurus will be on hand to tell you all about the wines and help you discover something new! Our event begins at 18:30 but the wines will be open to taste all evening.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome, so to reserve your spot please call 01708755311 or email gid@majestic.co.uk, we look forward to seeing you on the 12th

Team Gidea Park 


Free Dartington Glasses Date published: 23/03/16



Our Dartington Glasses offer has been extended to the end of the month! Pop in and get yours when you get 12 of any bottles (while stocks last).



Our Best For Easter!Date published: 23/03/16

We've got some amazing offers on this Easter! All our specially chosen wines go perfectly with whatever you may be eating this weekend. 

1. Mumm Cordon Rouge, Champagne - Brilliant with canapes

2. Domaine La Chautarde Rosé, Provence - Superb with Salads

3. Blind River Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - Perfect for Shellfish

4. Montagny ‘Les Millières’, Burgundy - Ideal with Fish 

5. Ch. Tour du Haut Moulin, Bordeaux - Lovely with Lamb 

6. Hey Malbec, Argentina - Wonderful with Beef




Hurry up Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 Date published: 23/03/16

The nation's favourite Sauvignon - nay - wine is on this incredible offer at the moment, but hurry, it won't be this price forever! 

Easter opening hoursDate published: 23/03/16

Our Easter opening hours are as follows: 

Friday 25th March: 10am-8pm

Saturday 26th March: 9am-7pm

Sunday 27th March: CLOSED

Monday 28th March: 10am-5pm. 

If you have any queries please feel free to call us on 01708755311


Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 04/12/15

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

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

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

Web Exclusive Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer CalcaireDate published: 15/10/15

Web Exclusive

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Calcaire


I am sure many of you will know of the quality of Domaine Zind Humbrecht’s wines from previous web exclusives.


The winemaker Olivier Humbrecht was France’s first master of wine and is a leading light of Alsace, something that can be easily seen in the quality of his wines.


The Gewurztraminer Calcaire comes from a severely sloping vineyard near Wintzenheim, a renowned village which translates to ‘village of the winemakers’. The calcareous soil on the slope (hence Calcaire) is perfect for making wines with incredible mineral freshness.


This classic Gewurztraminer is rich and complex with sweet exotic fruits, spices and a delightfully refreshing minerality.


Gewürztraminer Calcaire 2011 Domaine Zind Humbrecht  (11070)

6x75cl bottles

£79.92

Equivalent to £13.31 per bottle



Web Exclusive Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 ChampagneDate published: 15/10/15

Web Exclusive

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 Champagne


This week we have a superb offer of Moët Vintage 2006 at the equivalent of £30 a bottle.


this is a market leading price and a fantastic opportunity for anyone to pick up a very good quality vintage Champagne at a non vintage price.


Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 Champagne

6x75cl bottles

£180.00 per case

Equivalent to £30.00 per bottle



Web Exclusive Catena Alta Malbec Vertical CaseDate published: 15/10/15

Web Exclusive

Catena Alta Malbec Vertical Case


We have an incredibly small parcel of Catena Alta Malbec Vertical Cases. Each contains two each of 2009, 2010 and 2011.


Nicolas Catena specifically endeavoured to make an age worthy Malbec with the Catena Alta and this case is the ideal opportunity to experience the fantastic ageing potential of top quality Malbec.


They have been made up at the winery in impressive Catena wooden boxes and would be ideal gifts.


As we only have a small number available we will only be emailing customers who have purchased Malbec from Catena before to offer them this exclusive opportunity.


If you have any customers who may be interested make sure you let them know asap as we don’t expect these to last very long.


Catena Alta Malbec Vertical Case (1x40900)

6x75cl bottles

£170


 

Einstök White AlleDate published: 19/09/15

Einstök White Alle

A craft beer from the north of Iceland modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

Alhambra Reserva 1925Date published: 19/09/15

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.

The Lakes Gin Date published: 19/09/15

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! 

Peter Lehmann 'Art & Soul' rangeDate published: 19/09/15

Peter Lehmann produces so excellent wines and here are 2 more to add to his portfolio. 

Peter Lehmann 'Art & Soul' Shiraz 2012 South Australia

Peter Lehmann's winemakers have unrivalled access to a plethora of vineyards allowing them to present shiraz in all it's guises. 'Art & Soul' shows the varieties most appealing and approachable characteristics.

Deep red with a powerful bouquet of dark forest fruits with just a hint of chocolate. The flavours are rich with a velvety mouth feel and a long soft finish.

Try this with a steak, sausages or Cheddar.

Peter Lehmann 'Art & Soul' Chardonnay 2014 South Australia

The fruit for this wine is sourced from all over the Barossa; from the Valley floor to the cool high Eden Valley. The philosophy is to make delicate, refreshing wine that lets the natural fruit flavours come to the fore.

Delicate pale lemon in colour with a stylish bouquet of white peach. The palate is fruity yet dry with a lingering finish. Delicious now but ageing for 3 to 5 years will add a nutty complexity.

Perfect with a butter roasted chicken

Both wines are £11.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

Both wines are also available to try on our tasting counter


Fine Wine of The Week Date published: 19/09/15

This family owned Domaine is located in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail at an altitude of between 300m and 500m. The vines have an average age of 50 years and are farmed organically. The winemaking is traditional and the grapes of Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Carignanare are hand harvested.

The wine has loads of dark fruit on the nose specifically plum and blackberry. The palate is again dark fruit but also pepper and cinnamon. The tannic structure suggests this wine could age well for a number of years.

Big robust flavours will work best such a venison stew, sausage casserole or roast beef.

fine wine deal at £14.99 (Single bottle £19.99)


BeST pARTY SERVICE EVRER!Date published: 14/09/15

Whether your having bbq with friends or a late summer wedding we offer the best party service. 

1. Sale and return - The worst thing at a party is to run out of wine. So we let you buy more than you need then bring the rest back. This way you only pay for what you actually drink with no fear of running out. 

2. Free delivery - Our delivery is free from 6 bottles of wine or more. Even if you want 6 bottles of wine and the rest is beer, we'll do that too. Then our friendly delivery drivers will put exactly where you want it. 

3. Free glass and chiller bin loan - Not enough glasses to go round your guests. We hire them out for free. Wine, flutes, pints and Hi-Balls. We also rent ice buckets and big chiller bins. All free. 


'Duval-Leroy' Non VintageDate published: 14/09/15

As you know we are introducing lots of fantastic new wines into our range. 

This includes a new champagne 'Duval-Leroy' Non Vintage. This is a fantastic party Champagne at £15.99 per bottle when you buy two or more bottles from the 33% off deal. It offers elegance and fresh citrus amd floral notes in abundance. The soft fine bubbles give the Veuve Duval Leroy a light refreshing texture. 

Drink now to appreciate the freshness, it will match well with smoked salmon. 

£24.00 per bottle or £15.99 when you buy two or more bottles from the 33% off deal. 

Minimum purchase 6 bottles. 


Wine of the week Mud House Pinot Gris 2014, NelsonDate published: 12/09/15

Mud House Pinot Gris 2014, Nelson

2014 was a perfect year for growing Pinot Gris in New Zealand. Flowering was unhindered by frost, rainfall was low but fell at the right time. A cooler March enabled the grapes to ripen slowly creating a great balance of acidity and intensity of flavour.


This is a full and rich wine. The nose has aromas of red apple, pear and orange blossom. The palate is has richly flavoured fruit and a complex spicy finish.


This is a perfect match for all dishes with Asian flavours.


£10.49 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.99


Definition Sancerre 2014Date published: 09/09/15


Definition Sancerre 2014

A beautiful hilltop town in the eastern part of the Loire Valley, famed for its pioneering Sauvignon Blanc.

We have a fool-proof way of testing how good a Sancerre is - what happens when you have a sip with a piece of goat’s cheese? If the cheese jumps up and sings then we have a winner. Simple.

Our Sancerre is from the superb 2014 vintage. Find zingy blackcurrant leaf freshness with lime and stone fruit flavours.


Definition Provence Rosé 2014Date published: 08/09/15

Definition Provence Rosé 2014

A uniquely pale style of rosé made upon rolling hills above picturesque Medieval villages in the sunny Provence region of Southern France.

When we asked our buyer Chris why he’d chosen this wine, he said that when he tried it on a drizzly afternoon in Watford it had transported him straight back to the South of France eating lunch by the Med.

Our Provence Rosé, a classical Provençal blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Find flavours of ripe strawberries, with floral and citrus notes.


Definition Pinot Grigio 2014Date published: 07/09/15


Definition Pinot Grigio 2014

A grape variety of high quality, known as Pinot Gris in many countries. A speciality in Italy, where grapes are picked at the perfect moment to produce fresh wines with finesse.

We challenged our Italian buyer, Suzie, to find a wine that pushed the boundaries of Pinot Grigio, a wine with more flavour, more texture and more oomph than anything she'd seen before. Challenge accepted.

Our Pinot Grigio, from Fruili, the spiritual home of Pinot Grigio. Taste lemon, peach and minerality, and a lovely steely finish.


Definition Côtes Du Rhône 2014Date published: 06/09/15

Definition Côtes Du Rhône 2014

A typically easy drinking wine from the Rhône Valley, France. A warm and sunny region where Le Mistral, a strong wind, blows through the vineyards cooling the vines.

We think a great Côtes du Rhône should be plush, fragrant and luxurious - the perfect match to a log fire, a comfy armchair and good company.

Our Côtes du Rhône, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. Discover perfume, blackcurrant and pepper.


Definition Chardonnay 2014Date published: 05/09/15

Definition Chardonnay 2014

Known as a 'blank canvas' for winemakers due to the number of different styles it can produce, Chardonnay is a versatile grape variety grown around the world..

We asked our buyer, Chris, to find the best Burgundian Chardonnay he could. He returned from his travels with this one, and guess what? It’s not from Burgundy!

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


Sparkling Saturday Graham Beck RoseDate published: 05/09/15

Come and join us today to taste the Graham Beck Rosé, an elegant, soft sparkler from South Africa, bursting with red fruits and a creamy mousse.  It's only £10.49 on our 25% Off deal too as if you needed another reason to come and see us.....

Sam Adams Boston Lager - £1 a bottle!Date published: 05/09/15

It's that time again. The time when we can boast of a truly amazing deal on Sam Adams Boston Lager, now at just£1 per bottle or £24 per case. You know where to come....

Riesling Vieilles Vignes 2013, Cave de Hunawihr - Store Managers ChioceDate published: 04/09/15

Riesling Vieilles Vignes 2013, Cave de Hunawihr

We recently held a tasting for all our Store Managers where they were given the opportunity to choose a new wine for our range. This wine was an overwhelming winner.


Our Managers really know their stuff. This fragrant wine has intense citrus and pear aromas and powerful flavours of lemon, lime and pear. The fruit is pure and lingers on the well balanced finish.


This wine will be great with sole in a creamy sauce, Japanese fish dishes, roast pork belly or even try it with Mexican food.

£12.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £9.74

Mud House Pinot Gris 2014, NelsonDate published: 04/09/15

Mud House Pinot Gris 2014, Nelson

2014 was a perfect year for growing Pinot Gris in New Zealand. Flowering was unhindered by frost, rainfall was low but fell at the right time. A cooler March enabled the grapes to ripen slowly creating a great balance of acidity and intensity of flavour.


This is a full and rich wine. The nose has aromas of red apple, pear and orange blossom. The palate is has richly flavoured fruit and a complex spicy finish.


This is a perfect match for all dishes with Asian flavours.


£10.49 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.99


Definition Chablis 2014Date published: 04/09/15

Definition Chablis 2014

Chablis is a relatively cool, cloudy town in northern France where Chardonnay is grown and made into a truly unique style of wine. Top chefs love Chablis with food.

The brief was to find a wine that went amazingly with smoked salmon, as any great Chablis should. That meant a creamy, lively, savoury, rich wine - not too many boxes to tick then.

Our Chablis, a classic example of this famous wine. Find crisp citrus fruits, a hint of white flowers and a touch of oatmeal.


New Wine Definition rangeDate published: 04/09/15

Our Wines

The Majestic Wine Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world’s greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world’s greatest winemakers.


Bank Holiday MondayDate published: 29/08/15

We will be open on Bank Holiday Monday between the hours of 10am and 5pm.

Sparkling aturday Prosecco Salatin Valdobbiadene Superiore NV DOCGDate published: 29/08/15

Prosecco Salatin Valdobbiadene Superiore NV DOCG Extra Dry


The Salatin family have lived in and around the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene just north of Venice since at least 1528. The wine business was founded in 1947 and is today run by the grandchildren of the founders.

Soft and full with fine persistent bubbles. Flavours of apple, peach and rose petals make this a fruity and intense Prosecco.

Anytime as an aperitif or match with delicate fish or poultry dishes.


'Porta 6, Lisboa, 2012' - James Martin favorite tipple Date published: 29/08/15

'Porta 6, Lisboa, 2012'

£9.99 or but 2 and save 25% = £7.49 

With a glowing reference from Celebrity Chef 'James Martin', The 'Porta 6' managed to sell out of the whole company in 3 hours, Amazing, I know!

After working hard we have managed to get more in stock and it's ready for you to come and get your hands, and taste buds on.

It originates from the area around Lisbon, which 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.

Why not pair it with lamb like 'James Martin', and see if it really is as good as he says, we think it is! 


Buyer's Choice - Hey MalbecDate published: 29/08/15

Date published: 27/08/15

Hey Malbec! 2013 Matias Riccitelli, Mendoza

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 enjoyable on its own.


With all grilled or roasted red meats.

£14.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Now available to try on our tasting counter


add bit of sparkles to you life...Date published: 22/08/15

Not like. Not appreciate. Love.

There’s been a lot of talk about Prosecco’s popularity in the press, but why do we love it so much? The gentle fizz, the touch of sweetness, the Italian name, the easy going, a sense of fun, occasion, celebration and everyday.

That’s it’s trick – it works on every level. It doesn’t pretend or aspire to be Champagne. It’s Prosecco and we’re not ashamed of it. We don’t shy away or lower our voice in embarrassment when ordering at that fancy restaurant.

It’s Prosecco and we know it’s good. We love it.

Here are three of the best at majestic.co.uk and your local store.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC - £7.99 when you buy any 2 from the 33.3% deal
A Prosecco for any occasion personified. Zonin hits the mark. From dinner parties to a bit of fizz with a light lunch. Versatile.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG - £9.99 when you buy any 2 from the 33.3% deal
This is my go to Prosecco. Drawn in by the yellow label, it never disappoints. Exactly the wine when Prosecco springs to mind.

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV - £8.66 when you buy any 2 from the 33.3% deal
This Prosecco is worth it’s place amongst the ranks. Persistent and refreshing. Perfect for wining and dining.



My favorite Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/08/15

You know your favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh, lively, grassy, passion fruit – all the usual characteristics of your preferred Kiwi, Chilean or French Sauvignon. We think it’s time for you to change. Did you know about these, and why they’re a little bit different…?

This is a picture of the bright Reuilly neighbourhood in Paris that colourfully introduces the first wine…

Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie, Nathalie Lafond
This is a great little go to wine if you like Sancerre but don’t want to splash out quite as much. Reuilly is just next door to Sancerre in the Loire valley in France and you get equally good quality from this wine as you would from a more expensive Sancerre. Look out for Reuilly on restaurant menus too.

Cloudy Bay Te Koko, Marlborough
An iconic wine from New Zealand’s most iconic winery. Atypical for Kiwi Sauvignon, the Te Koko is fermented using indigenous ‘wild’ yeasts, and subjected to batonnage as it ages in oak. Released as a three year old wine, this is unlike anything else from New Zealand! Give it a go.

Sancerre Blanc, Vacheron
Fabulously aromatic nose, concentrated gooseberry fruit flavours, all carefully balanced by a rich smokiness and steely dry palate. A mineral, elegant and long finish. A must try treat for Sauvignon fans!

Remember, Sauvignon Blanc and other wines are always open to try at your local Majestic. What was the best Sauvignon you tried recently?

Majestic No Quibble GuaranteeDate published: 22/08/15

We all know that choosing the perfect wine can be a tricky business - even with the expert help of our friendly Majestic staff. That's why we've introduced the Majestic No Quibble Guarantee.  Quite simply, if you buy a wine from us and don't enjoy it, for any reason, just let us know and we'll be happy to replace it with one that we think you'll love.

You don't even need the bottle.

bin ends!!!!Date published: 22/08/15

In order to make room for some new gems in our range we are delisting and clearing out some wines we currently have.

That means a whole heap of them are now 33% in order to get them out the door.

I have already helped myself to a host of them. 

Ask a member of staff for our favourite picks!


Clos Saint-Jacques Gewürztraminer — France Date published: 22/08/15

Clos Saint-Jacques Gewürztraminer — France 

A little about the wine... 

Clos Saint-Jacques comes from Domaine de la Ville de Colmar. It is right in the heart of sunny Alsace and the vineyards were planted in 1895. The wine has a little sweetness which gives it a rich, luxurious feel. It is aromatic with plenty of tropical fruit and floral notes and has just a hint of spice. A great wine with smoked salmon. 

£17.99 buy 2 save 33% = £11.99

Perfume. Fragrant. Violet. Classic. Alsace. Tasty. Fresh. Blossom. Rose Petal. Grapefruit. Tropical. Silky. Floral. Gewürztraminer.  Honeysuckle. White pepper. Luxurious. Turkish Delight.


Buyers choiceDate published: 22/08/15

Maretti Langhe Rosso — Italy 

What makes this wine fabulous? 

The producer has taken two of Italy’s most famous red grapes Barbera and Nebbiolo, to create wine with both power and subtlety. 2013 was a great vintage with a long, slow growing season, dry with cool nights producing wines with depth and flavour The structure of the wine would allow it to be aged for a few years, but frankly why bother when it is drinking beautifully now? 

Great with roast meats! 

£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99 

Strawberry. Savoury. Herbal. Hedgerow. Warming. Tasty. Powerful. Jam. Pepper. Clove. Blackberry. Raspberry. Italy. Tannin. Oak. Meaty. Plum.


Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014 MarlboroughDate published: 20/08/15

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

Marlborough has been at the heart of a wine making revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.


Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.


Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.

£11.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

Marlborough has been at the heart of a wine making revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.


Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.


Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.

£11.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

The biggest ever sale is now on!!!!Date published: 20/08/15

From 18th August we have our Bin End Sale beginning where over 100 lines have been reduced to clear. The wine start from £3.66 but only while stocks last. Here are a few highlights:

Piedtanque Blanc & Rouge - £3.66

Matua Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66

Vega de la Reina Sauv Blanc - £6.66

Killka Chardonnay - £7.99

Gran Vendema Crianza - £6.66

Porupine Ridge Merlot - £6.66

Portillo Malbec - £6.66

Peter Lehman Shiraz - £6.99

And loads more..... Drop in and pick up a bargain but be quick as stocks won't last long.


Georges Duboeuf’s Top Fleurie - on- line only Date published: 20/08/15

Georges Duboeuf’s Top Fleurie.


This is truly a massive step up from Duboeuf’s regular Fleurie and well worth the extra £2 a bottle.


Ideal for any Beaujolais lover to see the best the region can offer,  it is also more than comparable to quality Red Burgundy.


A truly stunning wine - everyone who tried it  was really taken aback by its depth and quality. It certainly takes Fleurie to another level.


Fleurie Cuvée Prestige 2011 Georges Duboeuf

6x75cl bottles

£71.94 per case

Equivalent to £11.99 per bottle


more about amazing Dominio de MorfeoDate published: 15/08/15

We couldn’t be happier to present this absolutely outstanding wine, for the frankly ridiculous price of £6.66 per bottle!

In fact, we’re lucky to have it at all. Winemaker Ricardo Sanz originally intended it to be sold as three individual, limited production, old vine, boutique wines. They were his own little side project - for people in the know.


Then the Spanish financial crisis happened, demand for premium wine disappeared overnight. Ricardo had no buyers for his wines selling at €18 to €22 per bottle, so decided to blend the best of the three together, creating a mature and full flavoured wine - the Dominio de Morfeo. It’s an absolute beauty.


A blend of three different regions means the Morfeo has to be classified as a ‘Vino de la Tierra’ - making it unbelievable value considering its provenance. Old vine Prieto Picudo from Léon, Tinta de Toro (the name for Tempranillo in the Toro region) and Garnacha from Cebreros - this is a densely hued wine brimming with black cherry fruit. Aged for 18 months in Allier French oak gives the wine a delightfully smooth texture.


But name isn’t everything. Just like you, we’re more interested in quality and value for money and this is certainly a winner there.



£6.66 when you buy any 2 bottles on 33% Off or £9.99


New Spanish Parcel! Dominio De Morfeo 2010 Castilla Y LeonDate published: 15/08/15

This is a fabulous example of a mature, full flavoured blend of grapes from old vines. Dense and brimming with black cherry fruit balanced by refreshing acidity and integrated tannins.

Made by three brothers using grapes from three vineyards in three diverse areas of Castilla Y Leon. The three varieties used are traditional to the area including the little used Prieto Picudo, which is similar to tempranillo but is perhaps a little lighter.

£9.99 or £6.66 when you buy as part of your six mix.


Hey Malbec! 2013 Matias Riccitelli, Mendoza IS BACK!!!Date published: 15/08/15

Hey Malbec! 2013 Matias Riccitelli, Mendoza

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 enjoyable on its own.


With all grilled or roasted red meats.

£14.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Now available to try on our tasting counter


Click and Collect!Date published: 15/08/15

Not sure when you'll be in for delivery? Order online today and collect your order FREE from one of our 200+ stores at your convenience!

Our stores are open 7 days a week, and almost all have free parking right outside. You can tell us online when you'd like to collect and we'll have everything ready for you when you arrive.

To make sure you're choosing wines that we have in stock, you can tailor the website to browse the wines available locally:

Just click on: Find your local store for collection

When ordering for collection you can pay using Paypal or credit or debit card online - the Paypal account holder must collect, and we'll ask for photo ID when you collect. For debit and credit card payments you must present the payment card as well as photo ID when you collect. Alternatively, choose any other payment option and we will arrange payment when you collect.

You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and order cubed ice (although we can't arrange orders for just these products online).

We go above and beyond; we're flexible enough to cater for most special requests. You can enter instructions online which are sent to the team with your order.


AIX THE GRATDate published: 15/08/15

You might have seen the incredible looking magnums and double magnums that we have in store the AIX magnums, which are incredibly popular because it is a great wine.

An award winning wine from Aix en Provence, this wine is from one of the regions largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Seouve, who have established IAX as perhaps the definitive Provence rose. Boldly brought to you in a party ready magnum!

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

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

£19.99 for a magnum

£50 for a double magnum


This week our buyers have chosen Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay Viognier Date published: 15/08/15

This week our buyers have chosen Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay Viognier as their pick of the week.

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

The Chardonnay gives flavours of apple and citrus while the Viognier in the blend adds notes of spice.

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

£9.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

Now available to try on our tasting counter



Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24x330ml bottles now £24.00 per caseDate published: 15/08/15

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24x330ml bottles now £24.00 per case

Only ever made and bottled in Italy at our breweries in Rome, Bari and Padova, Peroni Nastro Azzurro is brewed using the creativity and flair of Italians; blending the finest hops with two-row spring planted barley and a quarter of Italian maize which produces its uniquely crisp and refreshing taste.

Sold only in packs of 24 x 330ml


Web Exclusive Hawke’s Bay 2013Date published: 25/07/15

Web Exclusive Hawke’s Bay 2013

Our latest Web Exclusive is a parcel of two reds from the superb 2013 Hawke’s Bay vintage.

Selaks Reserve Merlot Cabernet 2013 Hawke's Bay

Te Mata Estate Syrah 2013 Hawke's Bay


2013 was a one of the best vintages ever in Hawke’s bay and after a comprehensive tasting Matt Pym picked out these two as the best of the best. Te Mata Syrah in the elegant style of Côte-Rôtie and a lip smacking Cabernet Merlot from Selaks.

Two classic old world blends dialled up with new world flair.

This is a great opportunity for customers to get their hands on a couple of the best reds from New Zealand in recent years.

Selaks Reserve Merlot Cabernet 2013 Hawke's Bay

6 x 75cl bottles

equivalent to £11.99 per bottle

Te Mata Estate Syrah 2013 Hawke's Bay

6 x 75cl bottles

equivalent to £12.49 per bottle

(This was one of Jane MacQuitty’s Top 100 Wines in The Times on Saturday 18 July)


BEER OF THE WEEKDate published: 25/07/15

Ever tried a wheat beer, unsure of what kind of beer you like? Come and sample some of our beer on the moment - a Germanic offering in keeping with a thoroughly European theme this week!

Open to taste this weekend.


Nicolas Feuillatte NV ChampagneDate published: 25/07/15

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne

This Champagne continues to increase in popularity and at this great price will attract a bit more attention.

Made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay  it is light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

£22.50 or buy 2 save 33% = £14.99


Minuty Cuvée Prestige 2014 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 25/07/15

Minuty Cuvée Prestige 2014 Côtes de Provence

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.


On its own in the sunshine or with the cuisine of Provence such as salad Nicoise

£22.50 or bur 2 save 33% = £14.99

This week our buyers have chosen the Feudo Dei Tari's Negroamaro Date published: 25/07/15

This week our buyers have chosen the Feudo Dei Tari's Negroamaro red from Italy as their Wine of the week. 

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

An intense ruby red colour, with youthful purple highlights. The fruit character is led by cherries and forest fruits. The palate is juicy and supple, accented by bitter cocoa-like tannins.

Enjoy with a generously topped pizza or any tasty tomato-based meat dish.

£9.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 red from Italy as their Wine of the week. 

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

An intense ruby red colour, with youthful purple highlights. The fruit character is led by cherries and forest fruits. The palate is juicy and supple, accented by bitter cocoa-like tannins.

Enjoy with a generously topped pizza or any tasty tomato-based meat dish.

£9.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Hey Malbec! 2013 Matias Riccitelli, MendozaDate published: 25/07/15

Hey Malbec! 2013 Matias Riccitelli, Mendoza

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 enjoyable on its own.


With all grilled or roasted red meats.

£14.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Now available to try on our tasting counter


New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs 33% offers. Date published: 25/07/15

Until Monday 27th July we have added our entire range of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs to our 33% offers. Top up now for the school holidays now! Here are some highlights of the deal.

The Ned Sauv Blanc, Marlborough 2014 - Now just £7.10

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.

Matua Sauv Blanc, Marlborough 2013 - Now just £7.33

A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.Now available to try on our tasting counter.

Russian Jack Sauv Blanc, Marlborough 2014 - Now just £7.99

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

Jackson Estate 'Stich' Sauv Blanc, Marlborough 2014 - Now just £9.76

Elegant and vibrant nose of passionfruit, ripe citrus and hints of elderflower, a resonant palate with gooseberries, rhubarb and mineral notes, great texture and long finish.

St Clair Reserve Sauv Blanc, Marlborough 2014 - Now just £16.66

Displaying subtle fragrances of honeysuckle, powerful passion fruit and gooseberry flavours on the nose, which develop into blackcurrant leaf, lime and ripe nettles on the palate. Full, rich and firm.


The Lakes GinDate published: 10/07/15

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! 

Pilsner Urquell - the original Pilsner from the Czech Republic Date published: 10/07/15

Pilsner Urquell - the original Pilsner from the Czech Republic 

Since their beginning in 1842, Pilsner Urquell was fermented and lagered in large wooden barrels in the cellars beneath the brewery. The cold temperature down there was key to brewing pilsners and before artificial refrigeration this underground space was the best place for the beer. In fact, to ensure the temperature remained cold they carved ice from lakes which became the original form of refrigeration.
The lager is described by Urquell as having  “a uniquely rewarding taste, intensely hoppy, with a balance of subtle sweetness & velvety bitterness, wrapped in a gloriously crisp body”. 

Here are some great ideas  from Pilsner Urquell for your BBQ this Summer.

How about some salads and snacks to start? Try tomato bruschetta brushed with garlic and olive oil or serve up a classic Caesar salad – the dressing has a great creaminess to go with the beer. A really great match for Pilsner Urquell comes when you put somecorn on the cob on the grill then drizzle with butter and chilli.

Onto the meaty main event and the char that comes from the barbecue’s flames gives some great qualities for Pilsner Urquell, where you get caramelised flavours which are a super match for the caramelised flavour in the beer, all while the bitter hops share similarities with the seasoning on the meat. Some of the best combinations we’ve had include skewers of lamb, rosemary and honey, or steak topped with garlic butter and a potato salad on the side.

Grilled salmon or pork with chilli and lemonare both excellent, or have some chicken wings where that nice charred skin goes really well with the beer’s subtle sweetness. And we don’t need to say how good sausages are with Pilsner, especially with a good Czech mustard or horseradish. A vegetarian option that works wonderfully is herb and olive oil dressed kebabs ofaubergine and mushroom.

Now just £1 per bottle* until 16th March, this is a great offer on a tasty beer. 

*Sold only in packs of 24 x 330ml.



Pink MagnumsDate published: 10/07/15

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!)

Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise Zinfandel 2013, Paso RoblesDate published: 10/07/15

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.

£16.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £12.74

History of Samuel Adams Boston Lager Date published: 10/07/15

History of Samuel Adams Boston Lager 

The original recipe for this lager was written back in 1860 by Louis Koch, it was brewed in St Louis, Missouri and was called The Wooden Shoe Brew. The brand survived prohibition and was made up until the 1950s.

In 1984 - six generations of Kochs later - Jim Koch found the recipe in his parent’s attic, and brewed his first batch in his kitchen. The beer is named after Samuel Adams an American patriot who played an important role in the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party. Jim Koch hoped his beer would start an American beer revolution, thus the Boston man was an obvious inspiration.

How is Sam Adams made?

The old 1860 recipe calls for Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops, these are rare, fragile to grow and require constant attention by farmers. However Jim Koch convinced farmers to grow them for him. Sam Adams Malts are the brand’s own two-row pale malt blend along with Caramel 60.

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

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

What does it taste like?

It’s a lager but not as you know it.

Deep golden in colour and very full-bodied.

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

Bitter-sweet and slightly nutty.

Now just £24 per case equivalent to £1 per bottle


Curious IPA 12*330ml 5.6% abvDate published: 10/07/15

Curious IPA 12*330ml 5.6% abv

A powerful yet hoppy Indian Pale Ale.

Created by Chapel Down, England’s leading  wine producer, who have branched out into  producing craft beers.
They’ve learned that great wines such as  Champagne and Côtes du Rhône use three great grape varieties working in harmony to create better balance and depth. 
They have used this idea and their winemaking know­how to combine three types of hops...
1. traditional English Golding; the fresh, sweet, delicate king of English hops
2. Bramling Cross; a forest fruity beauty
3. punchy, spicy, aromatic Chinook...to produce this balanced yet powerful IPA.

This beer received 4 out of 5 stars from our own customer’s online reviews.

Take home a case for £17.99 (£1.49 btl)

Now available to taste in store


Torres Vina Sol Date published: 12/06/15

Torres Vina Sol is one of the most recognised wines from Spain and we have it on a great  offer for the month of June.

Torres Viña Sol 2014, Catalunya

Grape: Parellada

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.

This wine is made from the Parellada grape. It is fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine.

A wine suitable for drinking anytime - pre or post siesta! Superb with rice, fish and shellfish.

£7.49 or buy 2 save 33% = £4.99

Now available to try on our tasting counter



Wine of the weekDate published: 12/06/15

This week our 2 Wines of the Week are:

Cortese 2014 Araldica, Piemonte - New arrival

Araldica Castelvero is a cooperative cellar based in the village of Castel Boglione, in Asti, Piedmont. Cortese is one of the principal white grapes here. 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.

Partners beautifully with spaghetti genovese.

£7.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £5.99

Ben Marco Malbec 2013 Dominio del Plata, Mendoza - Staff favourite

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

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

This rich full bodied wine would be a great accompaniment to lots of red meats, such as wild boar, rib-eye steak or cassoulet.

£17.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £11.99

Both now available to try on our tasting counter


BEER OF THE WEEK The Hawthorn IPADate published: 12/06/15

Award winning brewery!
The Hawthorn Brewery came to the attention of our buyer, Matt Pym when they won the prestigious title of “Supreme Champion Brewer” at the International Beer Challenge in London; an award that encompasses breweries from over 30 countries.Award winning beer!
Recent awards include:2015 – Silver Medal, Australian International Beer Awards2014 ­ Silver Medal, Australian Craft Beer Association Awards2014 ­ Silver Medal, International Beer Challenge, London2014 ­ Bronze Medal, Australian International Beer Awards

Why should you buy this beer...

Majestic is the exclusive UK importer of the Hawthorn Brewing Company, so you can’t buy it anywhere else!Hawthorn Pale Ale is a unique interpretation of the classic and popular style. It has a rich and complex malt character, derived from a bold blend of five different types of grain. Hawthorn Pale Ale is an all malt beer with no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives. With citrus and spice, fruit flavours, it’s crisp and fresh and will perfectly compliment spicy Asian food.
£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99


Cellar Circle - for all your Fine Wine needsDate published: 31/05/15

Cellar Circle - for all your Fine Wine needs

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 launch 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.


BEER OF THE WEEK - Hawthorn PilsnerDate published: 31/05/15

Hawthorn Pilsner

Hawthorn Brewery Supreme Champion Brewer

What was it that brought the Hawthorn Brewery to the attention of our buyer, Matt Pym? Simply that Hawthorn was awarded the prestigious title of “Supreme Champion Brewer”at the International Beer Challenge in London. The awards encompass breweries from over 30 countries and Hawthorn beat the UK, North American and European Champions to be crowned Supreme Champion Brewer. Hawthorn also collected a gold medal and three silver medals at the awards for individual beers. The Hawthorn Pilsner was one of their silver medal winners. Majestic is the exclusive UK importer of the Hawthorn Brewing Company. 

Hawthorn’s Ethos

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

Why buy this beer

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

So, how much does it cost...? 

£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99

Now available to try on our tasting counter


2 Wines of The week!Date published: 31/05/15

We have 2 Wines of the Week on offering until Monday 1st June.

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. Haut Vol is made from Grenache and Carignan.

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.

£9.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Vacqueyras 'Les Hauts de la Ponche' 2013 Domaine Font Sarade

Domaine Font Sarade's vineyards lie along a plateau known as La Ponche, to the north of Vacqueyras, where the wines are typically characterised by body and power. This wine is matured in vat without oak contact, and bottled unfiltered.

A classic southern-Rhône structure of black and red fruit flavours, firm, sinewy tannins and invigorating aromas of white pepper and heathland shrubs.

Enjoyable now, but will reward maturation in bottle for a further 4-6 years.

£19.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £14.98

Both wines are now available to try on our tasting counter


New in stock - Prosecco Romeo & Juliet NV Treviso, PasquaDate published: 23/05/15

New in stock - Prosecco Romeo & Juliet NV Treviso, Pasqua


Although located around 100km west of Treviso, the romantically inspiring city of Verona is where Pasqua was founded in 1925, as well as having provided the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

A pale, lightly aromatic and easy-drinking sparkling wine, with a soft mousse and an off-dry feel. Gentle flavours of pear, clementine and white apple are lifted by soft acidity.

Enjoy on its own at any informal celebration, or as an accompaniment to summery salads and antipasti.

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £8.65


Cotswold Gin 70cl Bottle £35 To create this Gin, Juniper, coriander, oris root and lime peel, botanicals were chosen that echo the Cotswolds and unique nature of the brewery! Hops are a reference to the brewing process, hawthorn berries to the brewery sitDate published: 23/05/15

Cotswold Gin 70cl Bottle £35

To create this Gin, Juniper, coriander, oris root and lime peel, botanicals were chosen that echo the Cotswolds and unique nature of the brewery! Hops are a reference to the brewing process, hawthorn berries to the brewery site which is surrounded by hawthorn bushes and lemon balm because it grows out of control in the garden! Serve with a slice of lime.

OPEN TO TASTE


Breaking News - 33% off Champagne all weekend!Date published: 23/05/15

Breaking News - 33% off Champagne all weekend!


Grab a few bargains on this bank holiday weekend, celebrate in style with our glorious Champagne at glorious prices!

Bollinger - £29.98 #WOW

Moet & Chandon - £26.65 #WOW

Taittinger - £26.65 #WOW

Laurent Perrier Brut - £24.99 #WOW

To name but a few..

Grab a bargain whilst you still can! Clock is ticking....TIC TOC TIC TOC!


New and exciting! Hey Malbec! 2013 Matias Riccitelli, MendozaDate published: 23/05/15

Hey Malbec! 2013 Matias Riccitelli, Mendoza


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 enjoyable on its own.

With all grilled or roasted red meats.

£14.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Improved offer - Louis Latour Macon Lugny Date published: 23/05/15

Improved offer - Louis Latour Macon Lugny 

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.

Now only £8.99

New Arrival - Belmont Pinot Noir 2014, Nelson NZDate published: 23/05/15

Belmont Pinot Noir 2014, Nelson NZ


Made from parcels of Pinot Noir grapes from Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand. The grapes are processed with minimum crushing and some carbonic maceration to retain maximum fruit flavour. The resulting must is then cold-soaked to add colour and character.
Deeply coloured with concentrated red and black fruit flavours. Subtle oak adds depth and complexity without dominating the fruit.
With roast duck and other game birds.


£11.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

Wine of the Week - Domaine De La Ferrandière RieslingDate published: 23/05/15

Wine of the Week -  Domaine De La Ferrandière Riesling

Riesling - ­ A favourite amongst wine enthusiasts

Riesling is not a grape variety that you’ll find on all restaurant 
menus, but amongst wine enthusiast, including many Majestic 
staff, Riesling is a favourite.


Riesling can be happily consumed as both a young fresh wine 
or once it has spent a few years in bottle. As a young wine 
Riesling tends to have aromas and flavours of citrus and 
apricot. As a Riesling ages in bottle the fresh fruit softens and 
can be replaced by honeyed flavours.
In style, Rieslings can range from dry and crisp to sweet and 
luscious, which is maybe helps explain why wine lovers are 
fascinated by it.


Domaine De La Ferrandière

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


Why should I buy it...?

This a great wine. Fresh with aromas and flavours of lemon and lime, the wine is crisp 
and refreshing. It also has that lovely hint of minerality associated with quality Riesling. 
Fantastic with grilled sardines! 
£8.99 buy 2 save 25% = £6.74


Brooke's Fruit CupDate published: 23/05/15

This week, the focus of our new arrival turns momentarily away from wine to focus on our ever-growing spirits section!

Brooke's Fruit Cup is a quintessentially, British grown and made Vodka based fruit mixer.

Made with only the finest ingredients possible, this is a delicious fruity drink, perfect for those long Summer nights. 

For the perfect serve, add lemonade and fresh fruit!

The Brooke's Fruit Cup provides good quality at an excellent price, only £9.99!

(6 Bottle Minimum still applies when ordering online and instore)


Beaujolais spotlight tasting!Date published: 23/05/15

Beaujolais is an important wine region of eastern France, famous for its vibrant, fruity red wines made from Gamay. It is located immediately south of Burgundy, of which it is sometimes considered to be a part, despite being within the Rhone administrative region.

The widespread plantings of Gamay here make Beaujolais one of the few regions of the world to be so focused on a single grape variety!

We have the following open this weekend for you to taste...

Beaujolais-Villages,  Chanson - £9.74 on 25% Multibuy 

Beaujolais Lantignie, Louis Jadot - £8.99 on 25% Multibuy

Chateaux Des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent, Louis Jadot - £11.99 on 25% Mulitibuy

Julienas, George Duboeuf - £8.99 on 25% Multibuy 

Fleurie, Chanson - £9.74 on 25% Multibuy 


hot potato - Minuty Cuvée Prestige 2014 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 17/05/15

Minuty Cuvée Prestige 2014 Côtes de Provence


GrapeMourvèdre, Cinsault, TibourenOrigin

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.

Taste

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.


Sunshine means.. Time for Provence RoséDate published: 17/05/15

Sunshine means.. Time for Provence Rosé

At this time of year, as it starts to get warmer, even the most hardened red wine drinker begins to reach for a cooled bottle of Provence Rosé after a hot day in the sunshine.

Provence Rosé differentiates itself from other Rosé  styles in two key ways:

1. The blend of grapes - Provence Rosé is generally made from Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren. Grenache and CInsault are used in many other Rosé's, but Tibouren is a local variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

2. The style of wine -  Provence Rosé is a incredibly dry wine. This makes it  a perfect foil for the garlic and olive oil that dominate the local cuisine.

To Try - M de Minuty Rosé 2014 Côtes de Provence @ £9.99


New Arrivals: Brooks Summer CupDate published: 17/05/15

New Arrivals: Brooks Summer Cup

Great for BBQ's and summer drinking this is a 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.

Currently £9.99 a bottle


Domaine Ferrandière Riesling 2014 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 17/05/15

Domaine Ferrandière Riesling 2014 PGI Pays d'Oc

This domaine's vineyards are located on a maritime lagoon which must be flooded for 40 days each year to moderate the salt content of the soil. The unique terroir is able to support varieties such a Riesling that are otherwise highly unusual in the hot South of France.

Bright and youthfully aromatic, this is a dry style of Riesling with a firm, crisp lemon-and-lime profile, carried by well-balanced acidity and accented with subtle mineral notes.

A great match for the savoury flavours of oriental cuisine.


Viña Mayu Dry Pedro Ximenez 2014, Elqui ValleyDate published: 17/05/15

Viña Mayu Dry Pedro Ximenez 2014, Elqui Valley

Pedro Ximenez is known worldwide primarily as the grape of Spain's rich dessert sherries, and in Chile as the basis of pisco, the local brandy. However it is also capable of being crafted into this intriguingly aromatic and crisp dry white.

This wine has an appealing citrus backbone combining aromas of lemon and lime zest with subtle floral and mineral hints. Crisply acidic and refreshing on the palate.

A great partner for all manner of fresh seafood dishes.

£10.49 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.99

Now available to try on our tasting counter


Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24x330ml bottles now £24.00 per caseDate published: 17/05/15

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24x330ml bottles now £24.00 per case

Only ever made and bottled in Italy at our breweries in Rome, Bari and Padova, Peroni Nastro Azzurro is brewed using the creativity and flair of Italians; blending the finest hops with two-row spring planted barley and a quarter of Italian maize which produces its uniquely crisp and refreshing taste.

Sold only in packs of 24 x 330ml

Offer valid until 1st June 2015



Provence rosé tasting week - Fri 15th - Thurs 21stDate published: 17/05/15

Join us in store this week to try a selection of Provence rosé wines. Just in time for summer. 

Sparkling Saturday - Prosecco La Gioiosa EtamarosaDate published: 08/05/15

This weekend we have 33% off all of our prosecco in store. Prosecco La Gioiosa Etamarosa is a particular favorite of mine and at £7.99 it's an absolute bargain! It comes from one of Italy's leading prosecco producers and their expertise is clear to see. This wine has a lovely, fine and persistent moose which go alongside delicate flavours of apple and blossom. It has an off-dry finish which makes it remarkably easy to drink. 
We'll have a bottle open to try in store on Saturday so if you want to try it for yourself why not pop in.

1/3 on ALL Prosecco for this weekendDate published: 08/05/15

From Thursday 7th until Monday 11th May (inclusive!) we have a third off our entire range of Proseccos! Starting at just £6.66 (down from £9.99) we have both the ever popular Rivamonte and the new kid on the block 'Soffio No. 3'. If you're looking for something a little drier then the Zonin could be for you (£11.99 down to £7.99).

Our biggest seller remains La Marca Conegliano Valdobbiadene (£14.99 down to £9.99) an absolute must at this price! So whatever you're doing this Summer, make sure you stock up on some great value fizz to make sure it goes with a pop!


Peroni - Only £1 a bottle!Date published: 08/05/15

Our best selling beer just got better - Peroni Blue Ribbon only £1/bottle.

Cheaper than supermarkets.

24 beers. £24. 24 hours in a day. It can't be a coincidence.

Free delivery on two or more cases.


Wine of the week Bienbebido Queso and PulpoDate published: 08/05/15

Bienbebido Pulpo y Bienbebido Queso - Spain

Available to taste!


What is Bienbebido…


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


The inspiration...


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


Join in the fun...


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


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


£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66


Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/05/15

Bourgogne Les Chenaudières - Burgundy

Available to taste!


Burgundy…


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


The ABC club...


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


Why buy this wine...


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


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


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



£10.65 buy 2 save 25% = £7.99



Click and Collect!Date published: 06/05/15

Click and Collect!

Not sure when you'll be in for delivery? Order online today and collect your order FREE from one of our 200+ stores at your convenience!

Our stores are open 7 days a week, and almost all have free parking right outside*. You can tell us online when you'd like to collect and we'll have everything ready for you when you arrive.

To make sure you're choosing wines that we have in stock, you can tailor the website to browse the wines available locally:

When ordering for collection you can pay using Paypal or credit or debit card online - the Paypal account holder must collect, and we'll ask for photo ID when you collect. For debit and credit card payments you must present the payment card as well as photo ID when you collect. Alternatively, choose any other payment option and we will arrange payment when you collect.

You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and order cubed ice (although we can't arrange orders for just these products online).

We go above and beyond; we're flexible enough to cater for most special requests. You can enter instructions online which are sent to the team with your order.


Summer tasting 14th of May!Date published: 06/05/15

Summer tasting

Join us on Thursday 14th May for our Summer wine tasting. We will be tasting a range of new arrivals and some old favourites on the night. We also have our Provence Rose tasting week starting that day so in all there should be a few dozen wines open to sample. The evening runs from 18:00 until about 20:00 and is free. All we ask is that you call and reserve your place today on 01708755311 or email us at gid@majestic.co.uk. You are encouraged to bring friends and family that may not have shopped with us before. As an added incentive we will be giving you and additional 10% discount on all purchases on the night. Hope to see you here.



Want £10 Off Your Next Purchase?Date published: 06/05/15

The Majestic App

Want £10 Off Your Next Purchase?  Download our new app for the first time and you'll get a £10 voucher to use straight away!  

Got an iphone? https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/majestic-wine/id978682418?mt=8

Got an android? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.majestic.android



Amazing!!! Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne £29.31Date published: 06/05/15

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne

Grape Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

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.

Now only £29.31 as part of the 33% off deal!!


Peroni - Only £1 a bottle!Date published: 06/05/15

Our best selling beer just got better - Peroni Blue Ribbon only £1/bottle.

Cheaper than supermarkets.

24 beers. £24. 24 hours in a day. It can't be a coincidence.

Free delivery on two or more cases.


All Malbec is 33% off until Monday 20th!Date published: 18/04/15

Hurry, All Malbec is 33% off until Monday 20th!

Catena Malbec at £8.66!

Parilla at £7.99!

Santa Ana at £5.99!


Wine of the week Parrilla Malbec - Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 18/04/15

Parrilla Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina

Available to taste!


Argentinian Malbec…

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


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


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


Parrilla…

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


What makes this wine different...

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


Why buy this wine…

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



£11.99 buy 2 save 33% = £7.99


Ned at £6.99! Great news!Date published: 18/04/15

Ned at £6.99! Great news!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is currently in a short term promotion bringing the price down to £6.99 a bottle! This is an absolute steal for a great wine so, if you like your New Zealand Sauvignons make sure you don't miss out! 

The promotion has been extended until Monday 27th April 2015!


Beer of the Month : Samuel Adams Boston LagerDate published: 16/04/15

Beer of the Month : Samuel Adams Boston Lager


Recreation of a 19th century American recipe - rich and satisfying.

Only £1 a bottle

£24 for 24x330ml Bottles


Love Argentinian Wine ?Date published: 16/04/15

Love Argentinian Wine ?

Then do we have a treat for you …

Thursday 16th April 18:30-19:00 : FREE SPOTLIGHT TASTING

We are throwing the spotlight on wines from Argentina. Join us in store to try 6 wines in 30 mins and sample the delights of this country. Please RSVP to confirm your place.

Friday 17th April – Thursday 23rd April: ARGENTINA TASTING WEEK

All this week we will have a selection of wines from Argentina open on our tasting counter. You might have discovered Malbec but what about Torrontes or Tannat? Everyone welcome.

Want to know whats open to try before you come into store ? Just head to the website www.majestic.co.uk/gideapark to see whats open to try.

OR want to know about future tasting events just ask a member of staff for more information,



Ned Sauvignon Blanc back on offerDate published: 16/04/15

We currently have a short term offer on the biggest selling wine in Majestic.

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is back on at £6.99

This is the lowest price you will ever see this wine! Hurry while stocks last!  

An Introduction to Syrah/Shiraz.Date published: 16/04/15

Syrah is deemed as one of the oldest grape varieties, its style is typically deep in colour with black fruit and spice aromas. The name Shiraz derives from the ancient city of Shiraz in Iran. Syrah is the predominant red grape variety of the Northern Rhone. Shiraz is the most widely planted grape variety in Australia, where it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. It is also gaiing popularity in other regions, particularly South Africa and the Hawkes Bay region of new Zealand.

People often confuse Syrah and Shiraz and ask what the differences are. The answer is simple, they're the same! A wine referred to as a Syrah usually refers to an old world, french style of wine. Such as the great reds of the Northern Rhone and plantings in the south of France. In this moderate to warm climate, tannins are generally high with a palate of blackberry fruit and notes of black pepper and mint. Shiraz is a term predominantly used in the new world for hot climate Syrah. This style is more full bodied with soft tannins and earthy, leathery flavours with hints of anise and liquorice.

In general, a wine labelled as a Syrah will indicate a more delicate, elegant style of wine, whilst those labelled as a Shiraz are fruitier, full bodied and high in Alcohol.

We Currently have plenty of Syrahs and Shiraz's to choose from. Why not pop in and explore what we have to offer?



Malbec DayDate published: 14/04/15

On Friday 17th April it is world Malbec day. 

To show our appreciation of this glorious and versatile grape variety we are celebrating by reducing our Argentinian Malbecs to 33% for this weekend only!!

We will also be conducting a tasting on Argentinian wines to coincide with this holiday on Thursday 16th (the evening before), so all you Malbec lovers please sign up. We can share our love of all things Malbec.



Peyrassol Rose!Date published: 13/04/15

The sun  is out. The only other item required is Peyrassol Rose, a beautifully delicate Provence rose and enticingly pale. Aromas of strawberry and cream with a surprisingly intense flavour of raspberry on the palate. 25% off at £9.74 I'd really recommend this addition to your first, of hopefully many, summer barbeques.

NEW - Wine of the week Date published: 11/04/15

New Wine of the Week (The official one has sold out already!)


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough


£6.66 when you buy any 2 or more 33% off wines


The Giesen family proudly state that they believe two things characterise an outstanding bottle of wine: the passion of the winemaker and the actual customer who opens it.


The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.


A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.


This is a short term offer only, so stock up while you can!



Wine of The WeekDate published: 10/04/15

Caixas Godello

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish.

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas.


Wine of the week - Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde.Date published: 03/04/15

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.


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



BEER OF THE WEEK: Iron Maiden TrooperDate published: 03/04/15

Fan of Iron Maiden?

Trooper is a deep golden ale with citric hop notes and dominating malt flavours with a subtle hint of lemon. Real depth of character with complex hop notes using a combination of Goldings, Bobec and Cascade Hops.

Pop in store to taste it this weekend guys.

Wine of the week Chateau Moulin de Curat, 2009Date published: 29/03/15

Our new Wine of the Week is the Chateau Moulin de Curat, 2009 from Bordeaux

This wine is a Saint-Emilion-style blend from neighbouring Puisseguin made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Before becoming a vineyard operation around the turn of the 20th century, the owners of this estate were millers, and some remains of the original mill are still visible on the site today.

Dense crimson in colour, this is a medium-bodied wine with a plush, rich feel. Good ripeness on nose and palate, with soft spice, dried pine needle and leaf tea aromas.

Perfect with roast shoulder of lamb.

Majestic price - £9.99

Now available to try on our tasting counter


Reminder....Date published: 29/03/15

Don't forget to look out for at least 25% off our Australian range next time you shop. While most of the range is on 25% discount we also have a handful of 33% deals going on as well as 'buy any 2 selected fine wines and save £10'. We are also running a competition where one lucky couple will win a 10 night adventure to Australia. There are 2 itineraries to choose from which are exploring the country side and vineyards near Adelaide and Perth or touring through my neck of the woods around Melbourne and Sydney. Simply fill in an entry for next time your in the store or enter on our website. Some great deals to look out for are:

Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz, Clare Valley - £14.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra - £14.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise blend - £9.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz, Barossa - £23.00 or buy 2 save £10  = £18.00


ALL Prosecco 33% Off!Date published: 29/03/15

ALL Prosecco 33% Off!

This weekend we are offering a staggering 33% Off ALL our Proseccos. If you're a fan of the bubbly stuff then now is the time to stock up for your summer parties or for something a little special for Easter. This offer ends on Monday 30th March so hurry !

Here's a look at what's included:

Soffio No.3 Prosecco - £6.66

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry - £8.65

Prosecco Rivamonte NV DOC - £6.66

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG - £9.99

Prosecco La Gioiosa Etamarosa NV DOC - £7.99

Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV - £8.65

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - £7.99

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG - £10.65


Cune Reserva Rioja - £8.99!Date published: 29/03/15

Cune Reserva Rioja - £8.99!

You can now take home one of our favourite Riojas for a stunning new reduced price! theCune Rioja Reserva 2010 is now just £8.99 per bottle when you buy any 2 wines from our 33% Off offer.

It is 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.

What's more we even have it open to taste for free on our in-store tasting counter, so come in and give it a try!


Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco La Gioiosa Etamarosa Treviso DOC NVDate published: 29/03/15

Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco La Gioiosa Etamarosa Treviso DOC NV

Why choose Prosecco…

A shift has taken place in our drinking habits over the past 5 years. For decades, Champagne has been our go to bottle of fizz but in the last year alone, Prosecco sales in the UK have increased by 74.6%! It's easy to see why; Prosecco is incredibly good value, has a unique delicate flavour profile and very drinkable on a Saturday.

A little about La Gioiosa…

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.

So how does it taste...

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

Drink this wine well chilled and enjoy on its own or with steamed fish and shellfish dishes.

Why you should buy this wine…

Its the latest addition to our Prosecco range and, with it being a 33%, offers great value for money. It has a soft sherbet flavour that will appeal to drinkers who are turned off by Champagne's sometimes harsh acidity.

£11.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £7.99


Beer of the Week - Sam Adams only £1 a bottleDate published: 29/03/15

Beer of the Week - Sam Adams only £1 a bottle

One of our favourite bottles of lager here in Majestic Sudbury, the Sam Adams Boston Lager arguably helped cement the United States as a major player in the craft beer 'revolution'. We're very lucky to be able to offer it at only £1 a bottle in packs of 24 and are currently the cheapest place you'll find Sam Adams by a Suffolk mile!

It's deep golden in colour and very full-bodied, with a great balance of a typical refreshing lager character and the maltiness of a British ale. On the palate it's bitter-sweet and slightly nutty, perfect with or without food.

£24.00 per case of £24


Sipsmith London Dry Gin 70cl BottleDate published: 21/03/15

Sipsmith London Dry Gin 70cl Bottle

Floral summer meadow notes followed by mellow rounded juniper and zesty, citrus freshness. The gentle mouthfeel combines with a lemon tart and orange marmalade flavours, ahead of a spicy juniper finish.


£28

Cotes du Rhone 2013, Leon Perdigal 3L bag in boxDate published: 21/03/15

This is a classic Rhone blend of: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre sourced from sites throughout the Southern Rhone.


The wine has strong aromas of red fruits and spices with subtle notes of pepper and garrigue. The palate is medium in body with a good length to it. The flavours match the nose with intense red fruits and spicy highlights.


The 3 litre bag in box also makes this the perfect wine for all occasions and can be enjoyed for up to 30 days.

This is the first wine in a box in UK Majestic, and holding four full bottles, works out to a bargain £6/bottle for a cracking Cotes du Rhone!

£24.00


New Arrival Château Montviel 2004 PomerolDate published: 21/03/15

Château Montviel 2004 Pomerol

A special parcel of this fully mature Pomerol, which is medium-bodied, elegant and well balanced, and offers a ripe cherry fruit character and subtle notes of wood, dried herbs and earth. Drinking well now.


£33.00

Buy 2 bottles save £10

£28.00

Fine WineDate published: 21/03/15

Fine Wine 


Majestic are the specialists when it comes to fine wine. Most of our stores have dedicated fine wine shelving and you can now browse the local range online. Our Fine Wine Centre in St John's Wood, London has many more lines available for you to buy, but as we have to distribute these wines to your local store before your delivery we ask that at least 6 'Special Distribution' wines are ordered at a time, and that you allow a few extra days for delivery.

Time for bit of pinkDate published: 21/03/15

Domaine La Chautarde is located near the city of Brignoles in Provence, and is a vast 245ha estate of pine and oak forests, olive groves, and vineyards covering 32ha. The soil type here is known as 'argilo-calcaire', which is a limestone-rich clay.

A light, dry and fruity rosé, with strawberry, red cherry flavours accompanying more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshed palate.

Great on its own, or as a refreshing foil for 'pissaladière' (Provençale onion and anchovy tart).

£9.99 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% = £6.66



Win trip to AustraliaDate published: 21/03/15

http://www.majestic.co.uk/australia-competition

Majestic Wine are offering the choice of two itineraries to discover Australia and the wine it produces.

To enter just click the link above or fill out an entry form in store.

Good Luck!!!


 


New Wine - Casal de Ventozela 2014 Vinho VerdeDate published: 21/03/15

Casal de Ventozela 2014 Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde is made in the north-western corner of Portugal, and is a category of young wines that can be made from a range of grapes. This example is made from the indigenous variety Arinto, and undergoes a period of maturation on fine lees to achieve a richer flavour.

Crisp and dry, with delicate flavours of soft citrus fruit, melon and green apple, and aromatic hints of blossom and white pepper. The palate offers refreshing sherbet suggestions.

A great match for prawns with an aromatic, spicy dressing.


History of Samuel Adams Boston Lager Date published: 21/03/15

History of Samuel Adams Boston Lager 

The original recipe for this lager was written back in 1860 by Louis Koch, it was brewed in St Louis, Missouri and was called The Wooden Shoe Brew. The brand survived prohibition and was made up until the 1950s.

In 1984 - six generations of Kochs later - Jim Koch found the recipe in his parent’s attic, and brewed his first batch in his kitchen. The beer is named after Samuel Adams an American patriot who played an important role in the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party. Jim Koch hoped his beer would start an American beer revolution, thus the Boston man was an obvious inspiration.

How is Sam Adams made?

The old 1860 recipe calls for Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops, these are rare, fragile to grow and require constant attention by farmers. However Jim Koch convinced farmers to grow them for him. Sam Adams Malts are the brand’s own two-row pale malt blend along with Caramel 60.

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

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

What does it taste like?

It’s a lager but not as you know it.

Deep golden in colour and very full-bodied.

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

Bitter-sweet and slightly nutty.

Now just £24 per case equivalent to £1 per bottle


Party, Wedding?? we can help Date published: 21/03/15

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery

Free Glass Hire 

Ice and Chiller Bin Hire

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


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

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

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

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



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

Wine of the Week

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon - Available to taste!

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

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

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon is unashamedly fruity, with dark berry fruit flavours and hints of cedar. It’s a medium bodied wine which has had some oak ageing to soften the tannins that can sometimes be overpowering in other Cabernets. The tannins are soft and ripe which allows the flavours to nicely fill the mouth. The wine may be rich, but the flavours are subtle which makes this wine an excellent accompaniment to a classic spring dish of roast lamb with seasonal veg.


£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99 

Australian Tasting!Date published: 17/03/15

This Thursday at 6:30, we will have a tasting of all things Australian! With red, white and even fizz! 

Nibbles included. 

Completely free

If you can't make it, don't worry, Australian wines will be on the counter for the next week anyway!


New Arrival - Balfour 1503 Brut NVDate published: 10/03/15

New Arrival - Balfour 1503 Brut NV

Made from the 3 Champagne grapes, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, this superb quality English sparkling wine is produced at the Hush Heath Estate in Kent, which was planted with vines in 2002. Winemakers Owen Elias and Victoria Ash have been making wine at the estate since 2010, and create 1503 Brut using traditional secondary fermentation in bottle.

Refined in structure, with a finely beaded mousse and pale pink highlights. Tightly structured, combining crisp apple and citrus fruit with nuances of pepper and thyme.

Enjoy immediately. Best with light seafood.

£29.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £19.98

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml Bottles for £24 only!!!Date published: 10/03/15

Pilsner Urquell - the original Pilsner from the Czech Republic 

Since their beginning in 1842, Pilsner Urquell was fermented and lagered in large wooden barrels in the cellars beneath the brewery. The cold temperature down there was key to brewing pilsners and before artificial refrigeration this underground space was the best place for the beer. In fact, to ensure the temperature remained cold they carved ice from lakes which became the original form of refrigeration.
The lager is described by Urquell as having  “a uniquely rewarding taste, intensely hoppy, with a balance of subtle sweetness & velvety bitterness, wrapped in a gloriously crisp body”. 

Here are some great ideas  from Pilsner Urquell for your BBQ this Summer.

How about some salads and snacks to start? Try tomato bruschetta brushed with garlic and olive oil or serve up a classic Caesar salad – the dressing has a great creaminess to go with the beer. A really great match for Pilsner Urquell comes when you put somecorn on the cob on the grill then drizzle with butter and chilli.

Onto the meaty main event an


Majstic budget wines Date published: 10/03/15

At Majestic, we have a great range of wines at only £4.99 a bottle! These offer tremendous value for money without breaking the purses strings. 

The range includes:

El Torito Chardonnay from Spain - Lovely citrus and tropical flavours.

El Torito Merlot - Soft and fruity.

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc from Chile - A burst of tropical fruit. 

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon - Smokey with great fruits taste.

La Serrana Macabeo  from Spain - Aromatic with floral notes.

La Serrana Tempranillo - Dark fruit flavours with a hint of spice.


Breaking News!!!! Oyster Bay on 33% discount!!!Date published: 07/03/15

The Oyster Bay range of wines is joining our 33% off selection this week for just short period, these highlights include: 

Oyster Bay Sauvignon is £7.99 down from £11.99

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir is £8.66 down from £12.99

Oyster Bay Chardonnay is £7.99 down from £11.99

Oyster Bay Merlot is £7.99 down from £11.99


If you would like to take advantage of these offers, orders can be placed via our website, or give us a call on 01708755311 or if you're passing pop in store and see us.



New exciting on-line only parcelDate published: 07/03/15

Gewürztraminer Calcaire 2009 Domaine Zind Humbrecht 6x75cl Bottles

Grape

Gewürztraminer

Origin

Domaine Zind Humbrecht is a family owned domaine of the best terroir to express Alsatian grape varieties. Ripe grapes with a touch of noble rot were hand harvested from the Goldert Grand Cru and the "lieu-dit" Heimbourg vineyard to create this prestigious 2009 vintage.

Taste

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

We're distributing this wine to stores specifically to cover web orders. Availability for delivery or collection will be delayed beyond our usual delivery guarantees. Your local team will keep you up-to-date on when the wine becomes available, expected between 13 - 24 March.

Waimea Estate Grüner Veltliner 2014 NelsonDate published: 07/03/15

Grape of the Day - Grüner Veltliner

This is the most important wine grape in Austria, where it commonly produces fresh, well-balanced wines, with a light, fruity, somtimes slightly spicy, flavour. Top-quality Grüner Veltliner from the Wachau can have a penetrating ground white pepperiness. A number of unoaked Grüner Veltliners from the finest sites can have a beautiful minerality that some times verges on Riesling in character. It is also a grape variety that they are experimenting with in New Zealand, to good effect.

To Try - Waimea Estate Grüner Veltliner 2014 Nelson

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 Grüner 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.

£9.99 on the 33% deal


BEER OF THE WEEK - CitraDate published: 07/03/15

Oakham Ales were the first brewery in the UK to use the American Citra hop. This single hop beer was first made as a seasonal special, but proved so popular is has now become one of Oakham's most successful core lines.


A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish; this is a very modern version of a classic golden ale. Citra has won many awards since the first brew in 2011, culminating in being awarded the Champion Golden Ale at the CAMRA Great British Beer awards in 2014.


£22.20 when you Buy 2 cases

Single case price £25.20 


Your favourite Rose is BACK in stock ....Date published: 04/03/15

FINALLY, IT'S BACK

The M de Minuty Rose, this beautiful wine screams summer. 

A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren

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.

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

This little favourite sells very fast! Pop in to store today or give us a call on 01708 755 311 to get hold of some before it goes! Don't forget we offer free delivery! 



Wines of The WeekDate published: 04/03/15

Russian Jack Wines from New Zealand


Who was Russian Jack?


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


The Russian Jack Pinot Noir


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


£15.99 buy 2 save 25% = £11.99


The Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc


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


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


£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99


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



Amazing weekend offers!Date published: 27/02/15

Mâcon-Lugny 2013 Louis Latour

Grape

 Chardonnay

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

£9.99 Special Offer  £8.99



Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2014

 Côteaux du Languedoc

Grape 

Picpoul

Origin

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.

Taste

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.


Special Offer £7.99 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 25% 

£5.99

New Arrival: Finca Carelio, TempranilloDate published: 27/02/15

New Arrival: Finca Carelio, Tempranillo

£9.99 for one, £6.66 when you buy it along with any other wine on the 33% off deal

I'm pleased to introduce this new and different Spanish offering to the Majestic range. This is not a run-of-the-mill Rioja, in fact, it comes from a completely different area - Castilla y Leon, an area far to the west of Rioja, lying at altitude in land of Galicia.

This wine is made from 100% old vine Tempranillo - these mature vines, coupled with the hot and arid climate produce very small bunches of grapes with very concentrated flavours.  Complex and layered, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla. 

An absolute belter with beef stew and also the perfect red for the cheese board............it also has a very pretty label! 



Russian Jack Wines from New ZealandDate published: 27/02/15

Russian Jack Wines from New Zealand


Who was Russian Jack?


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


The Russian Jack Pinot Noir


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


£15.99 buy 2 save 25% = £11.99


The Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc


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


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


£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99


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



Beer of the week! Alhambra 1925 Reserva 6*330ml Bottles, 6.4%Date published: 27/02/15

Alhambra 1925 Reserva 6*330ml Bottles, 6.4%


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

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

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

In the words of Alex de Cata, Majestic BDM whose mum hails from Granada, this is an "Epic" beer!

Perfect Gift Date published: 21/02/15

Wine rack full of wines!!!

Spring Party any one? Date published: 21/02/15

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free DeliveryFree Glass HireIce and Chiller Bin HireSale and Return on all wine and split cases of beer or cider

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

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

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

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

Simply complete the form below and one of our friendly staff from your local store will be in touch to discuss your particular requirements.

Get in touch with your local store... Gidea Park 01708755311 

Cellar CircleDate published: 21/02/15


Cellar Circle

Starting a wine cellar of your own is an incredibly exciting prospect. With thousands of wines to choose from, you can build a collection perfectly suited to your own tastes. But this plethora of options can also feel daunting - we understand that working out where to start can hold you back.That’s where Cellar Circle comes in. A partnership between Lay & Wheeler, who have spent 160 years building up relationships with the world’s greatest producers, and Majestic Wine, with over 30 years experience inspiring people to discover and explore the fantastic world of wine, Cellar Circle is all about providing a bespoke, individual experience, giving you all the support and advice you need to create the cellar of your dreams.Membership of Cellar Circle starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. You may wish to make a lump-sum payment to give your collection a push, and the more you put in, the faster you’ll see your cellar grow. You can amend your subscription at any time.


Benefits & Rewards

Alongside building your dream wine cellar, belonging to Cellar Circle brings exclusive benefits and rewards.10% discount at Majestic Wine, for all your everyday needs.A year’s free professional wine storage for new customers to Lay & Wheeler, at our bonded warehouse, Vinothèque.Free case delivery to any Majestic store for ease of collection.A case of wine, individually chosen for you by the Cellar Circle team, on the first anniversary of your membership.

Sparkling Saturday Graham Beck Brut NVDate published: 21/02/15

Graham Beck Brut NV

Grape Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Graham Beck recommend pairing this with warm butternut and gorgonzola bruschetta.

14.99
 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33%   £9.99

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml Bottles for £24 only!!!Date published: 20/02/15

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml BottlesThe creation of Pilsner Urquell marked the world's first golden beer, still brewed in Plzen, Czech Republic with an unchanged recipe since 1842. Its caramel front of mouth sweetness is balanced with a pleasing bitterness in the mid-mouth. As the taste fully expands, it accelerates away to reveal a stunning clean finish - a perfect balance of fuller flavours.

Bellingham Pinopasso from South AfricaDate published: 20/02/15

Bellingham Pinopasso from South Africa

Available to taste!


This wine is unique!


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


Why have Bellingham made this wine?


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


What can you expect from the wine?


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


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



£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49 

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc from South AfricaDate published: 20/02/15

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa

Available to taste!

A wine with pedigree!

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

An award winning wine!

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

Why choose the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc?

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

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


£13.49 buy 2 save 33% = £8.99 

50% on amazing Rioja Gran Reserva Date published: 20/02/15

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

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

Lovely with roasts or game, or try with the winery's own recommendation of baked cod.

Don't miss out on this fantastic offer. This gorgeous wine is currently on offer at 50% off - £7.99 (usually £15.99)


Amazing Web Exclusive: Veuve Clicquot Vintage £33.31 a bottle!Date published: 20/02/15

Amazing Web Exclusive: Veuve Clicquot Vintage £33.31 a bottle!

We have just released an amazing new web exclusive offer on our Veuve Clicquot 2004 Vintage Champagne, which sees it reduced by 33% to just £33.31 a bottle!  This wine can only be ordered online at www.majestic.co.uk and requires special distribution which means that it might take a couple of weeks to reach us in-store.

Don't miss out on this amazing deal and head over to the website to get your order in!


Sparkling Saturday - Undurraga RoseDate published: 13/02/15

Undurraga Rosé NV 

Chile

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin

The grapes for this wine are grown in Undurraga's Codigua Estate. Situated along the Maipo river, behind the Leyda Valley. Cool temperatures here create an ideal environment for producing Pinot Noir of delicate colour and fresh acidity, perfect for sparkling rosé.

Taste

Delicate watermelon pink, and with subtle aromas of cherries, strawberries and flower petals. Persistent, uniform bubbles and zesty acidity provide an uplifting palate.

Enjoy

Great for parties, as an apéritif, or with lightly spicy chicken skewers.


Say that with wine - 'Sexy BeastDate published: 11/02/15

Why not say words with wine and give a bottle of 'Sexy Beast' Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale to your loved one £18.00 down from £22.00 on our fine wine offer too.

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012 - for on week only £7.99Date published: 11/02/15

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012

Grape Zinfandel

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

£11.99 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% 

£7.99

Web Exclusive - Jackson Estate Somerset Pinot Noir Date published: 11/02/15

Web Exclusive
£132.00


Jackson Estate Somerset Pinot Noir 2011 Waihopai Valley,

 Marlborough 6x75cl Bottles

Grape Pinot Noir

Origin

Jackson Estate's Somerset Vineyard is located on the Waihopai Valley road, and is a planted on a classically Pinot-friendly area of loam, gravel and clay. This small hand-harvested vineyard yielded only 228 cases in 2011. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

Taste

An intense and concentrated red fruit character forms the backbone, while perfumed aromas of violet and rose petal accompany hints of spice on the nose. Refined and silky on the palate.


Valentine's Special Offer!!Date published: 09/02/15

Thinking about staying in for Valentine’s day? 

Here at Majestic we are making it easier for you to show your appreciation of your loved ones. ALL PINK FIZZ is now 33% off - so why not say thanks for a great year and toast to many more with a glass or two of pink.

Some of our strongest offers include;

Ruinart Rosé NV dwon from £60.00 to £39.98

L'extra Langlois Crement de Loire Rosé down from £14.99 to £9.99

Oeil de Perdrix NV down from £25.00 to £16.66

Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV £14.99 to £9.99

Or if Fizz isn't your thing come check out some of our fine wines at house wine prices!

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in NZ is down from £22.00 to £17.00 when you mix it with other fine wine on the offer. 

Why not say words with wine and give a bottle of 'Sexy Beast' Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale to your loved one £18.00 down from £22.00 on our fine wine offer too.

(Offer ends 16th February)





BEER OF THE WEEK New! Flying Dog IPA!Date published: 06/02/15

New! Flying Dog IPA!


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.



Wine of the week - New! Natale Verga Pinot Grigio from Italy.Date published: 06/02/15


New! Natale Verga Pinot Grigio from Italy.

Available to taste!


What is important to know about Pinot Grigio?


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


Why buy the Natale Verga Pinot Grigio?


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


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


What does it taste like?


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


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



£7.99 buy 2 save 25% = £5.99

A - Z on Wine: E is for...Date published: 03/02/15

Eden Valley.

The Eden valley is location in Southern Australia, overlooking the Barossa Valley. It has a moderate to warm climate that varies with altitude. The region is well known for producing quality Rieslings that can age for over ten years with flavours developing from acidic citrus dy / off dry to marmalade toasty characters. Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are also grown here with much success.

We sell Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier at £9.99 on the 33% offer, however we will no longer be stocking it, so grab some before it goes! 

A - Z on Wine, C is for..Date published: 01/02/15

Chenin Blanc. 

This grape variety is found in great quantities in the Touraine and Anjour-Samur regions of the Loire Valley, Spain. It is an extremely versatile grape producing wines that are still, sweet and sparkling. One unique thing about this grape is that even in one bunch the different grapes can all have different levels or ripeness. This means producers have to be careful in selecting grapes, else if the bunch contains quite a few unripe grapes it can pass on a grassy flavour into the wine, which may not be desired depending what style of wine it is they are producing. 

Though quite commonly it is used to produce wines that are fruity with some herbaceous tones that are best drunk fresh, it can also produce extremely complex wines, that due to their high acidity can age for 10 or more years. This can be done through a method much similar to Amarone, through allowing the grapes to over-ripen so that some water is extracted out of them concentrating the flavour more.  

A - Z on Wine, B is for..Date published: 31/01/15

Bierzo.

Bierzo is a predominantly red producing region in Spain, lying in the mountains that mark the boundary between Galicia and Meseta. This geographical location gives it a hotter climate, but also a cool maritime influence in the climate. The area was known for producing average wines of little to no mention, however a group of young aspiring winemakers took to the region and used their combined knowledge and new techniques to produce some complex and full bodied wines.

We sell Petalos, J.Palacios which uses the regions predominant grape, Mencia. The winemaker is the 8th Generation of the Palacios family and is thought to be one of the top winemakers of Spain using unorthadox practices to create complex and powerful wines. It is currently £13.87 on the 25% deal. 


A - Z on Wine, A is for..Date published: 30/01/15

Aligoté. This is a grape grown in Burgundy known for making Bourgogne Aligoté and sparkling wines. Historically it is known for producing thin, high acidic wines. Recently the quality has noticable improved. Production accounts for no more than 5% of the total vineyard area in Burgundy. 

callar circleDate published: 29/01/15

ay & Wheeler's Winter Sale is now up and running, with some discounts exceeding 40%! Laid out by region, the sale will only run for 5 days (until the end of Saturday) and all of the wines are in very limited supply. You’ll have to be lightning fast if you’re going to take advantage of these superb deals!

Head to: https://www.laywheeler.com/january-sale-2015-bordeaux to start browsing the deals!

Not a member of the Cellar Circle? Head to https://www.laywheeler.com/cellarcircle to find out more!


Wine factsDate published: 29/01/15

Even organic wines may contain sulphur. However, the specifications followed by organic wine producers impose much lower levels of sulphur anhydride than in conventional viticulture. Some producers have totally banned its use. This is not without its risks because there are two potential dangers with an untreated wine: either premature ageing, even maderization (this is especially the case for white wines, displaying the yellow colour and taste similar to Madeira); or an instability making them unsuitable for shipping, exposure to light and heat. This can lead to re-fermentation or the serious fault in wine called acetification.  

£1 a bottle for Samuel Adams Boston Lager, just £24 per case!Date published: 29/01/15

...exactly what the title says!

£1 a bottle for Samuel Adams Boston Lager, just £24 per case!


last chance!!Date published: 29/01/15

For those of you who don't know The Ned (Where have you been?), The Ned Sauvignon is Majestic's number 1 most popular wine and now is the time to stock up with 33% off when you buy 2 or more making it £7.33 a bottle and prices due to go up early February!

Marisco Vineyards, the home of The Ned, are situated in the Waihopai Valley between the Delta Hills and the Waihopai River in Marlborough, New Zealand. The river runs the length of their 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle based soil that gives The Ned sauvignon its subtle flinty minerality.

On the nose you should find fresh, vibrant and aromatic notes of lemongrass, nettles and kaffir lime zest while on the palate there is a sturdy background of mandarin and yellow grapefruit with a smoky herbal twist providing complexity, and mouth-watering acids creating a refreshing, easy-drinking wine, perfect with seafood and salads. No wonder it's a bestseller!


last chance!!Date published: 29/01/15

For those of you who don't know The Ned (Where have you been?), The Ned Sauvignon is Majestic's number 1 most popular wine and now is the time to stock up with 33% off when you buy 2 or more making it £7.33 a bottle and prices due to go up early February!

Marisco Vineyards, the home of The Ned, are situated in the Waihopai Valley between the Delta Hills and the Waihopai River in Marlborough, New Zealand. The river runs the length of their 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle based soil that gives The Ned sauvignon its subtle flinty minerality.

On the nose you should find fresh, vibrant and aromatic notes of lemongrass, nettles and kaffir lime zest while on the palate there is a sturdy background of mandarin and yellow grapefruit with a smoky herbal twist providing complexity, and mouth-watering acids creating a refreshing, easy-drinking wine, perfect with seafood and salads. No wonder it's a bestseller!


new arrival!Date published: 29/01/15

Russian Jack was a merchant sailor from Latvia who found himself in New Zealand and became a legendary travelling fruit picker, living a nomadic life for over 50 years in the Wellington area.

A finely balanced Pinot offering ripe red berry fruit underpinned by a fresh crunchiness. Tannins are ripe and supple, polished and spice-infused by 9 months in oak.

The perfect wine to pair with smoked duck.

Priced at £11.99 each when you buy 2+ wines from the 25% off selection


Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005Date published: 29/01/15

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005

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.

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.

A rare opportunity to buy a mature Chardonnay from an excellent producer.

On an outstandingly strong 33% deal at just £19.99 (down from £30)


CRAFT BEER OF THE WEEKDate published: 29/01/15

CRAFT BEER OF THE WEEK

CURIOUS BREW LAGER,

CHAPEL DOWN

GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2012

Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer.

Two fermentations take place take place to make this lager. A 'dosage' of champagne yeast is used to kick start the second fermentation process, and a dash of Nelson Savin hops are added which provide an intense aroma.

The result is a golden lager, with floral and stone fruit aromas. Citrus and biscuit flavours are complimented by a refreshing bitterness, much like a good champagne.

Try drinking this lager with grilled or barbequed meats and fish.

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE:

£14.99 per twelve-pack

(£1.25 PER BOTTLE)


Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon BlancDate published: 29/01/15

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region with an international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blancwine is a blend of grapes grown across vineyards in the Wairau Valley, an area which produces distinctively aromatic wines.

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 Bbuyers have personally selected a blend specifically for our customers.

This is a great value, dry style of wine; perfect for everyday drinking or parties. Typical of it’s style, this Marlborough Sauvignon has vibrant fruit and heady herby flavours and a fresh, zippy finish. Drink now and over the summer months while the wine is still young and all the zesty flavours are at their best.

It’s available on our Tasting Counter now so give it a try; and at just £6.66 per bottle in our33% Off promotion you might just take some home too!


wine-in-a-box Côtes du Rhône, Léon Perdigal. Date published: 29/01/15

As you may have discovered, we here at Majestic love our wine. However despite this infatuation, we are never ostentatious about wine, and that is why we all love our new wine-in-a-box Côtes du Rhône, Léon Perdigal. 

It has everything the bottle version has, vibrant red fruits, exhilarating spice, hints of white pepper and a brilliant length. The bag-in-a-box is very easy to use and aesthetically pleasing. The most fascinating aspect of this product is the fact that the bag can be removed from the box and placed within the inside pocket of any jacket! Very ideal for picknics, festivals and well....all occasions! 

Currently selling at £24, this product is a must-buy.    


New! Domaine de Fabrègues 2011, AOPDate published: 29/01/15

New! Domaine de Fabrègues 2011, AOP

Available to taste!

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

This wine is from the Languedoc, situated in the south of France, not far from the Southern Rhône. It’s not a highly regulated region like a lot of France, leading to exciting innovation and styles of wine more common in New World wine producing areas. The wine is a blend of four varieties (Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault) which are grown across the Languedoc in vineyards ideal for each grape.


Why should you buy this wine…?

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

What does it taste like…?

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

So, how much does it cost...?


£11.99 Buy 2 Save 25% = £8.99

Tariquet VSOP Armagnac Carafe £35.00Date published: 23/01/15

Tariquet VSOP Armagnac Carafe £35.00

http://www.tariquet.com/default_uk.

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.



New Craft Beer Flying Dog Easy IPADate published: 23/01/15

Flying Dog Easy IPA

£13.99 / £10.99

Aromas of grapefruit and subtle spice meld into lemon and pine hop notes balanced with crisp cracker malt. Pair this with tailgates, mowing the lawn, and anything else that calls for a light, yet flavorful, beer.



New: Wine of the Week, Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014 GiesenDate published: 23/01/15

New: Wine of the Week, Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Giesen

Only £6.66! down from £9.99 on the 33%off offer!!

Grape Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Drink with freshly prepared cold seafood dishes.



Langtons No.1 Lakeland Gin 70cl BottleDate published: 23/01/15

Langtons No.1 Lakeland Gin 70cl Bottle - £30.00
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.

Weddings!!!Date published: 23/01/15

Weddings

Do you have a wedding come up? Finding choosing your wines confusing? Need glass hire?

Do not fear, here at Majestic Wine we have the staff to help with you all your weddings needs, whether it be choosing what wine you want and the quantity needed or wanting to hire out glasses.

We have a very wide range of red wines, white wines, sparkling wine and of course the champagne for the toasts.

We also give you the option of hiring glasses (medium wine, hi-balls, champange and pint glasses), chiller bins and ice buckets from us. All you need to do is put down a deposit down for hiring out and when you return the glasses clean, we will refund you the money back (except any broken glasses).

We also offer delivery to the venue.

So why not pop in store or call us on 01708 755311  and start planning your big day today.


Who doesn't love fizz?!? Yes, even in January!Date published: 22/01/15

Who doesn't love fizz?!?

There's nothing better to celebrate a special occasion than enjoying a lovely glass of fizz amongst friends and family. No matter what your taste there's something for everyone, so why not use the following guide to help select the bottle that is perfect for you....

Prosecco

Prosecco is an Italian grape and is extremely popular at the minute. It commonly has flavours of peach, apricot, pear, honey and even floral notes and is a fantastic light, delicate and fruity option for refreshing drinking. 

Cava

Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine that commonly combines the following three grapes: Parallada, Xarel-lo and Macabeo, but can use Pinot Noir as with Reina Cristina Vintage. The typical flavours here are a variety of citrus fruits, baked apples and occasional nutty or brioche notes. There are plenty of fantastic high quality Cava's about at the minute so why not ignore the common misconception that Cava is a lower quality sparkling wine and give it a go?

Champagne

Champagne is a fantastic way to celebrate in style. Non vintage generally tends to be slightly lighter and fruitier with plenty of citrus fruit and acidity where as vintage tends to be richer in style with more complex flavours of toast and brioche. The style of a Champagne does vary dramatically between different producers (champagne houses) so I would always recommend chatting to a member of staff at Majestic to find a bottle to suit your palate.


What are appellations?Date published: 19/01/15

The idea of appellations was born in response to the vast amount of fraudulent and adulterated wines that became available in France as a result of the phylloxera crisis. The first to come up with the idea of strict rules and regulations for winemaking was Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which established a very rigorous set of regulations for viticulture and vinification. This then provided the model for all further appellations. 

Appellation laws cover the following areas:

Production area (defined in great detail, even to specific plots of land permitted), permitted vine varieties (sometimes the proportions of each permitted are also specified), ripeness and alcohol strength, viticultural practices (this specifies planting densities as well as training and pruning methods permitted), yields (maximum yields, measured as hectolitre per hectare are specified), and winemaking practices (including methods of production used and minimum aging requirements).

Did you know...Date published: 18/01/15

In parts of Argentina, including the renowned wine-growing area Mendoza, summer hail is a major worry for viticulturists. It can damage grapes and vines and, in the most extreme cases, it can destroy an entire crop. 

In Mendoza, netting is generally erected to protect the vines, but in some other areas, aircrafts and rockets are used to seed potential storm clouds with chemicals. This ensures that the water from the clouds falls as rain rather than hail.

What is Phylloxera?Date published: 17/01/15

Phylloxera is an insect that attacks vines. It was first brought to Europe in the mid-1800s via transatlantic trade in plant material. It caused widespread destruction among the vineyards of Europe, mainly due to the fact that it cannot be treated or controlled by chemical sprays. Since then, phylloxera has been a significant problem in most areas of the globe, with the exceptions of some parts of Chile, Argentina and South Australia, where strict quarantine regulations are in place. 


How is it dealt with?


The issue is usually solved via a process known as grafting. This essentially involves joining the desired grape vine to a hybrid root-stock that has natural defense mechanisms against the pest. Most of these root-stocks are of American origin, and are not affected by phllyoxera.

Random wine fact...Date published: 15/01/15

There are 13 permitted grape varities allowed into Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Beer of the Week – BrewDog Punk IPADate published: 09/01/15

Beer of the Week – BrewDog Punk IPA

This 5.6% trans-atlantic fusion IPA is light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose. The palate soon becomes assertive and resinous with the New Zealand hops balanced by the biscuit malt. The finish is aggressive and dry with the hops emerging over the warming alcohol.

This fresh, full flavour natural beer is a tribute to the classic IPAs of yester-year. The post modern twist is the addition of amazing fruity hops giving an explosion of tropical fruit flavours and a sharp bitter finish.

Try today on our Tasting Counter, or pick some up for just £9.99 per 6 pack in our Craft Beer Deal!


....And you thought our deals couldn't get any better!Date published: 09/01/15

40% savings...And you thought our deals couldn't get any better!

To chase away the January blues, we're bringing you our biggest range of offers yet! As well as an extended selection of wines within our 33% saving, we have an amazing 16 wines in our exclusive 40% offer that are sure to keep your wine racks looking healthy this month.

Chateau Chauvin 2006 Grand Cru Classe £35.00 buy 2 save 40% £20.99

Vina Alarde Gran Reserva £15.99 buy 2 save 40% £9.59

Hardy’s HRB Chardonnay £25.00 buy 2 save 40% £14.99

Hardy’s HRB Cabernet £25.00 buy 2 save 40%  £14.99

Louis Roederer NV £45.00 buy 2 save 40%  £26.99

Laurent Perrier NV £37.50 buy 2 save 40%  £22.49

Moet and Chandon 2006 £50.00 buy 2 save 40%  £29.98

Bollinger Grand Annee £100 buy 2 save 40%  £59.96

Laurent Perrier 2004 £50.00 buy 2 save 40%  £29.98

Canard Duchene Charles VII £40 buy 2 save 40%  £23.99

Perrier Jouet Rose £45.00 buy 2 save 40%  £26.99

Prosecco Treviso Pasqua £11.99 buy 2 save 40%  £7.19

Pelorus 2009 £28.49 buy 2 save 40%  £17.09

Pelorus NV £24.99 buy 2 save 40% £14.99

Prosecco Conegliano £14.99 buy 2 save 40%  £8.99

Pelorus Rose £28.49 buy 2 save 40%  £17.09

There's sure to be something here for everyone, and remember, we can deliver for free! 


New 40% off deals!!!Date published: 09/01/15

 Fizz At 40% Off!

From Cloudy Bay Vineyards in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, Pelorus Vintage is made in the style of Champagne, by the same production method, from the free-run juice of hand-picked grapes. With 3 years of lees-ageing, this really is a match for any Champagne. 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 finish.

As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon. But being slightly fruitier, this could partner Asian cuisine or goose, and only £17.09 per bottle in our40% Off promotion!


Wine of the Week - Finca Resalso Emilio MoroDate published: 08/01/15

FINCA RESALSO 2013, EMILIO MORO,RIBERA DEL DUERO

Grape: Tempranillo

Lighter than the signature Emilio Moro, the Finca Resalso is definitely still one to try for those Ribera lovers out there.Find aromas of mulberry, cherry and dark forest fruit along with a little tinge of liquorice and spice.

£8.99 on the multibuy deal!

(Single bottle price £11.99)

A - Z on Wine, D is for..Date published: 03/01/15

Destemming.

Like most plants, grapes have stems fixing them to the bunch. If grapes are harvested mechanically these are never contained as the machine knocks the root of the plant, forcing the grape to fall off from the stem. This loses out on extra flavour and tannins  ( for red wines). Therefore if you want a complex wine, it is worth reading to see if it is hand harvested or machine harvested, just as extra quality is taken to get the most of the grapes in hand harvesting. 


Beer of the Week - Brooklyn Lager (5.2%abv)Date published: 27/12/14

Brooklyn Lager (5.2%abv)

Straight in from the USA, this is an amber-gold lager with a firm malt centre, refreshing bitterness and an enticing floral hop aroma. The Americans have used the British technique of dry hopping in a Viennese-style beer with the result giving a smooth and versatile beer, great if drunk alone or with food.

Sold as 6x355ml - £12.99 now £9.99 if you buy any 2 packs of craft beer.



Louis Latour WineryDate published: 24/12/14

Louis Latour Winery

Louis Latour has been a family run business since 1797 and over that time has built a reputation and tradition for innovation. It is the largest Grand Cru property in the Cote d’Or with a total of 28.63 hectares.

The Latour domaine has a total of 50 hectares; 33 hectares of this are in Aloxe – Corton, where Chateau Corton Grancey is found. This is the first purpose built winery in France built in 1834 and is a great example of the creative use of the landscape. The landscape here is split into five levels, which allows cuvage to be carried out by gravity. The cellars are also embedded in the rock of Corton ‘Perrieres” which provides perfect ageing conditions. Louis Latour also owns 10.5 hectares of Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru in Aloxe – Corton; this is one of the most famous white wines of Burgundy.

When going through the wine making process Louis Latour strives to embed the conditions of the terroir into their wine. Harvesting is carried out mid September, the key to picking the grapes is ensuring they are at the right ripeness and condition before they are picked. The winemakers believe that 80% of the finished quality is a result of the work done in the vineyards. All Red grapes are picked manually and harvested as late as possible.

Red wines of Domaine Louis Latour are still vinified and ages at the Winery Corton Grancey. They still respect Burgundian traditions for vinification from the harvest to the end product. They us only the finest grapes, which are selected and placed into traditional French oak vats for a short fermentation period. Once complete the wine is then drained this is called free run wine. All the grape skins and pips are then removed manually and pressed gently by pressing machines. The press wine is then blended with the free run wine and aged in barrels for 12 months. Examples of red wines from Louis Latour are: Domaine de Valmoissine, Pinot Noir and Bourgogne Gamay 2012

White wine vinification differs as the grapes from harvest go directly into the press. The pressed juice known as must then undergoes rapid fermentation in stainless steel tanks, it is then transferred into French Oak barrels where they are aged for 12 months. Examples of White wines from Louis Latour are: Macon Lugny, Pouilly – Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’, and Grand Ardeche Chardonnay.


Christmas...Date published: 23/12/14

Is upon us! Pop in to top p with one more bottle of Bordeaux, maybe an extra couple of fizz just in case, and some Pedro Ximenez sherry to pour over your mince pies. Sounds decadent? Yes it does.

TerroirDate published: 22/12/14

A Majestic Guide to Terroir

Terroir is a much debated term for the total natural environment of any viticultural site. No precise English equivalent exists for this quintessentially French term, which both underpins and defines the French appellation contrôlée system. Discussion of terrior is central to philosophical and commercial differences between Old World and New World approaches to wine.

The major components of terroir are soil, local topography, together with their interactions with each other and with macroclimate to determine mesoclimate and vine microclimate. The holistic (overall) combination of all these is held to give each site its own unique terroir, which is reflected in its wines more or less consistently from year to year, regardless of variations in methods of viticulture and wine-making. Thus every area may have a distinctive wine-style characteristics which cannot be replicated elsewhere. The extent to which terroir effects are unique is, however, debatable, and of course commercially important, which makes the subject controversial.

Screwcap or cork?Date published: 21/12/14

Screwcap or cork?

We are now seeing ever more wines bottled under screwcap. They certainly provoke debate, with many displeased with their appearance as well the loss of the ceremony of opening a bottle sealed with a cork. A myth that immediately needs dispelling is that wines do not age under screwcap as it is a perfect seal. This is untrue, a screwcap is far from a perfect seal and does allow some oxygen ingress. More expensive screwtops are even designed to allow a prescribed amount of oxygen transfer into the bottle. What's more, after trials by many wineries, wines are said to age better under screwcap and certainly more consistently than under their natural counterparts. It is estimated that 1-3% of bottles sealed by cork suffer from the dreaded cork taint. Admittedly very long term aging of wines hasn't been completed under screwcap and screwcaps often can give 'reductive' aromas and flavours in younger wines; where sufficient oxygen hasn't entered the wine to prevent sulphur compounds forming. Many screwcap advocates will, however, say that this can be easily dealt with if the wine is treated correctly at the winery. 

In all honesty it is hard to present a case for corks. They are a natural, renewable resource and cork forests do support a huge and diverse ecosystem and harvesting the bark of the cork trees is actually essential to sustaining this. That is probably the best I can say for them. I think that it is very telling that when the Plumpjack Winery of Napa Valley put half of its $150 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon under screwcap and half under cork, the screwcapped wine sold out first. I certainly know which closure I would prefer my most precious bottles to have.

Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2011 MarlboroughDate published: 20/12/14

Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2011 Marlborough

An iconic wine from New Zealand's most iconic winery. Atypical for Kiwi Sauvignon, the Te Koko is fermented using indigenous 'wild' yeasts, and subjected to batonnage as it ages in oak. Released as a three year old wine, this is unlike anything else from New Zealand!

Lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat, leading to a crisp yet spicy finish.

Currently in stock at your local Gidea Park store

Nearly there...Date published: 20/12/14

Time for presents...


BEER OF THE WEEKDate published: 20/12/14

Beer of the Week


Brooklyn Lager


Hailing from Brooklyn, the most populous of all the New York boroughs, Brooklyn Lager was established in 1987 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter.

An amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

Why not live the American dream and buy a pack!


Only £9.99

(When purchased alongside another Craft Beer)


Wine of the weekDate published: 20/12/14

WINE OF THE WEEK 

The Chocolate Block 2012 Boekenhoutskloof 

Grape

Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier

Origin

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 Boukenhoutskoloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

Taste

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Powerful on the palate, offering notes of violets with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

Enjoy

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


£20

In the 'Buy 2 Save £10' Offer


Christmas CrackersDate published: 19/12/14

Wouldn't you love to pull open a Christmas cracker and out falls a beautifully packaged bottle of Hendrick's Gin with it's very own dainty little sipping cup? ...

Me too...

We are Majestic WineDate published: 18/12/14

We're now slap bang in the middle of our Christmas promotions, so we thought it would be a very good time to tell you about, or remind you, what Majestic is all about. 

Majestic specialises in selling brilliant wine by the case. We believe wine – whether you’re buying it or selling it, and especially when you’re drinking it – should be full of fun.

There are plenty of places where you can buy decent wine. What gets us really excited is interesting wine – the wines you taste that are just a little special. They’re difficult to find in the supermarkets but we’ve got hundreds of them for you to explore, and we don’t want you to pay over the odds to find them. Majestic makes interesting affordable, so everyone can enjoy it.

We live and breathe wine, and we taste our fair share too. We love to share our knowledge with people and help them to discover and explore new wines, and we always tell it straight. None of us could ever recommend a wine we didn’t believe in.

Naturally, we think experimenting with wines is a good idea. We’ve never fallen in love with a wine so much that we’d stop trying new ones. And it’s how we run our business. Majestic doesn’t stand still; we’re always trying new ideas and looking for the next big thing in wine. That’s how we stay one step ahead of the competition.


GLASS HIREDate published: 18/12/14

GLASS HIRE

If you're just having a few friends around over the festive season and need a dozen or so extra glasses – just borrow them from us!

Just £1 deposit per glass*

No need to buy cheap glassware and have it cluttering up your cupboards for months or worry about your friends breaking your finest crystal! Just return the glasses to us when you're finished with them.

Chiller bins and ice also available

*Glasses must be returned clean and unbroken

What does the Bishop of Seville have to say about wine?Date published: 17/12/14

"I have enjoyed great health at a great age because every day since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles."

- Attributed to an anonymous Bishop of Seville

Value wines!Date published: 16/12/14

We have added a number of new lines to our range, at £4.99. We've tasted them and they represent super value, just goes to show you don't need to spend a fortune to get eminently drinkable wines!

Perfect for large events e.g. Christmas parties and corporate gifts or just when you are hosting at home!

Choose from:

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc, Chile

El Torito Merlot, Spain

El Torito Chardonnay, Spain

Cuvee St. Genevieve red and white blends, France

Come in today to check them out.


Mulled WineDate published: 16/12/14

Mulling Syrup - Christmas in a glass!

When I think of Mulled Wine the words ‘cosy’, ‘winter’ and ‘warming’ come to mind! There is nothing better on a cold winter’s night than a glass/mug of mulled wine to warm the cockles!

Instead of buying a pre-made mulled wine however, try your hand at making your own with our mulling syrup! It’s extremely easy and delicious - all you have to do is add red wine, and we have you covered on that front!

Making mulled wine couldn't be easier with Majestic's Gourmet Mulling Syrup. There's no need for additional fruit or spices – just mix 1 part syrup to 8 parts red wine and heat gently. 

Also, a benefit of buying mulling syrup is that it has more than one use - try drizzling some over vanilla ice cream or with fresh fruit for a delicious dessert! Or even to a Sunday roast for added flavour - the possibilities are endless!

A little bit about...Chateauneuf-du-PapeDate published: 16/12/14

As we come into Christmas, Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC wines always go down a treat. 

Ever wanted to know a little more about them?

The winemaking region takes it's name from the village at it's heart, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The region itself lies on the East Bank of the Rhone river, just north of the town of Avignon. It is by far the largest "cru" winemaking region in the Rhone Valley. It is a key appellation of the Southern Rhone.

INTERESTING FACTS: 

- Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC was the first area to gain modern Appellation Controlee status in France in 1923.

- Phylloxera hit Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC in 1871, earlier than most other European regions

- Prior to World War 1, much Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine was sent to Burgundy as "vin de Medecine" to boost the strength and alcohol levels of the Pinot Noir-based Burgundy wines of the time.

HISTORY:

The term Chateauneuf-du-Pape translates as "New Castle of the Pope". The town of Avignon, and the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, have historically had strong connections with the Papacy. For centuries in the early middle ages the vines in the area were maintained by the local bishops and priests. In 1308 Pope Clement V moved the Papacy to the Avignon area to start a period of what became known as the "Avignon Papacy". His successor Pope John XXII then had a castle built for him on the highest hill in the village of the now named Chateauneuf-du-Pape so he could reside there. The castle is now sadly ruined, but still dominates the village's skyline and character. The village has had several different names over the centuries but settled on the current format in 1893. And thus the name Chateauneuf-du-Pape was born.

THE WINE:

The vineyards are distinctive because of the flat landscape, the free standing bush vines, and large flat stones known as "galets" which keep the heat in the soil at night. Unusually for French AC's, a large variety of grape varieties can be used to make Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 13 in total, although they tend to be Grenache dominated with Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault blends - rarely some can be 100% Grenache. 

They are typically very high in alcohol and power with distinctive full bodied gamey savoury flavours. Some even have a rich red fruit complexity and a lovely spiciness. The best examples can be aged for 20 years or more and often command high prices.

Sadly, not all Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC wines are of excellent quality as sometimes the fruit flavours aren't good enough to balance the high alcohol and some cheaper ones can seem diluted or overly alcoholic. However the more quality conscious producers have portfolio's of excellent, age-worthy, almost legendary strong robust red wines. The obscure whites of Chateauneuf-du-Pape (often Roussane based) are gaining popularity but still only account for a tiny minority of current production.


What's so special about the millennium?Date published: 15/12/14

The year 2000 signaled, rather than the end of the world or too much cyber bug activity, record highs for the pricing of Bordeaux wines sold en primeur. (En primeur is a term that essentially means pre-bottled).According to Graham Harding in his 'A Wine Miscellany'. "An anonymous letter circulated at the trade show Vinexpo by merchants from London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles accused the first growths of committing 'retail genocide' with such extraordinary price rises.' What a way to phrase it...

Tasting notes available with every purchaseDate published: 15/12/14

Tasting Notes

Here at Majestic we are happy to offer you free tasting notes with every purchase. These informative and easy to read notes are designed to guide you through the wine tasting experience. Furthermore, each note is accompanied by a food and wine match suggestion for you to try out at home. 

What to drink with your turkey...Date published: 14/12/14

What to Drink with Your Christmas Turkey

After cooking a big Christmas dinner its important to get the wine right. The prime choice of wines with turkey are whites that are a full, fruity and oaked. The creaminess complements the poultry's texture to give a buttery and often nutty finish. If you'd rather go for a red, its best to stick to something not too heavy with Pinot Noir being the best option. Here's a few wines that would match perfectly.

1) Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2010 - A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acacia aromas. Soft and rich on the palate. £12.99 or Buy any 2 Selected wines save 25% = £9.74

2) Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2012 Marlborough - 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. £27.50 or buy any 2 Selected wines save £10 = £22.50

3) Meursault Narvaux 2012 Louis Jadot - Les Narvaux is a vineyard area adjacent to Genevrières and Poruzots, and has very shallow soils and a southerly aspect, which promote both low yields and excellent ripening. This wine exhibits the typical Meursault roundness and approachability, with a pleasing crispness and nutty accents. £35 or Buy any 2 Selected wines save £10 = £30

4) Pommard Vieilles Vignes 2011 Nicolas Potel - Deep garnet in the glass, and offering a bouquet of redcurrant jelly, toast and subtle smokiness. Full and amply textured on the palate, with dense, savoury-sweet fruit and tightly wound tannins. £25 or Buy any 2 Selected wines save £10 = £20


Weeken offersDate published: 14/12/14

.of our short term deals.

Which include Veuve at £30 - hurry up and stock up before 7pm tomorrow, Monday 20.10.14


Christmas opening hoursDate published: 14/12/14

Morning all,

Here's a list of our opening hours from now until New Years Eve. Our delivery schedules are starting to fill up too, so make sure you order in good time! 

Monday 8th December - Friday 12th November - 9am - 8pm

Saturday 13th December - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 14th December - 10am - 5pm

Monday 15th - Saturday 20th  - 9am - 8pm

Sunday 21st December - 10am - 5pm

Monday 22nd December & 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 01st January - CLOSED

Friday 2nd January - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 3rd January - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 4th January - 10am - 5pm


Spirits of the weekDate published: 14/12/14

Spirits of the week

Broker's Gin 70cl Bottle

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.

Open to taste and just £19.99

Tariquet VSOP Carafe Armagnac 70cl Bottle

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 fresh mint characteristics, followed by further hints of woody spices, hints of vanilla, liquorice and macerated fruits.

Open to taste and just £35.00

Broker's Gin 70cl Bottle

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.

Open to taste and just £19.99

Tariquet VSOP Carafe Armagnac 70cl Bottle

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 fresh mint characteristics, followed by further hints of woody spices, hints of vanilla, liquorice and macerated fruits.

Open to taste and just £35.00


Christmas Eve is coming!Date published: 14/12/14

Yes it's exactly 2 weeks to the day for Christmas Eve! ...

Don't panic we've got a selection of wines that are second to none. Our competitors may try to woo you with 'managers specials' but at Majestic we always focus on quality... so why scrimp this Christmas to have average wine when you could pop in to Majestic and get a thoroughly comprehensive selection?


Craft Ale of the Week - Punk IPADate published: 14/12/14

Craft Ale of the Week - Punk IPA

Love craft beer? Of course you do, who does not! We currently have the Punk IPA by Brewdog open to taste in store. This beer is everything that is great about craft beer. Expert brewing matched with high quality ingredients have created a stunning beer that is great all year round.

Brewed using American hops, and dry hopped with them as well, this beer has a nose dominated by wonderful citrus and tropical aromas. In particular grapefruit notes. The palate has refreshing carbonation to go along with a wonderful hoppy bitterness and just a touch of malt sweetness to balance it out. The 5.6% abv is warming without being intrusive. Quite simply, this is a barnstormer of a beer!

This would make a wonderful match for your curry, but is a delight drunk on its own. Why not pop in store and give this a try? You might be the next convert to the craft beer revolution!

Punk IPA - £9.99 (When you buy any two selected craft beers)



The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2014 MarlboroughDate published: 14/12/14

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

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

Open to taste and back down to £6.99!!!


Peroni - Only £1 a bottle!Date published: 14/12/14

Peroni - Only £1 a bottle!

This crisp refreshing beer is down to an outstanding £24 for a 24 pack. That is a mere £1 a bottle, undoubtedly cracking value. But make sure you hurry before stock levels run out.



SherryDate published: 14/12/14


 Quick  quid to Sherry

Fino - The driest and palest of all the Sherry varieties. The wine is aged in barrels under a cap of flor to prevent oxidization. 

Manzanilla -  A light version of Fino Sherry made around the port of Sanlucar de barrameda. 

Manzanilla Pasada -  A Manzanilla which has oxidized slightly and therefore has achieved a richer, nutty taste. 

Amontillado - a style which is first aged under flor but then given exposure to oxygen, the style is darker than a fino but lighter than an Oloroso. These wines are naturally dry. 

Oloroso - The most alcoholic of all the Sherries. These wines are aged extensively longer than Amontillado and Fino and the result is a darker, richer style. These wines are still naturally dry however sweetened versions such as 'Cream Sherry' are also available. 

Palo Cortado - A wine which is made and aged like an Amontillado however at some stage the flor is killed and the wine is allowed to oxidize

Pop in store to see our range of Sherries and if you want anymore information or advice on them! 

We have some open to taste too!!


When did champagne become what it is today?Date published: 13/12/14

Modern champagne technique was discovered, we believe, in the early nineteenth century by Veuve Clicquot's team. It is thought that Monsieur Bone, Madame Clicquot's best salesman, came up with the technique of remuage around 1814. This technique involves gradually collecting and then releasing the yeasty sediment that builds up during the secondary fermentation inside a champagne bottle. it is achieved by periodically turning and lightly shaking the liquid in the bottle, and produces a clear bottle of fizz, free from sediment - just as we like to enjoy it today!

Beer of the weekDate published: 13/12/14

Punk IPA by Brewdog

With so many new and exciting beers coming in, we thought it would be prudent to offer some up to taste. Try before you buy, if you will.

This week we have the Punk IPA by Brewdog

A Scottish take on a West Coast IPA, the Punk IPA is all about hops - and lots of them! This beer epitomises the craft beer culture that began in the US and has spread to the UK and Europe. It is, in fact, the beer that turned me onto super hoppy beers.

£12.99 per 6 cans, but buy any 2 packs of craft beers and you save £6 making them just £9.99!

A little bit about...PortDate published: 12/12/14

A little bit about... Port

Where

The trade in port is centred around the twin cities of Porto, and Vila Nova de Gaia, which lie on opposite sides of the mouth of the river Douro.

Grapes - Top 5 black varieties:

Tinta roriz (tempranilo), Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Barroca.

Selected white varieties:

Sercial, and Malvasia plus numerous others for White port production.

Styles

Ruby Port – Deeply coloured and fruity. These are bottled ready to drink. They do not need decanting.

Reserve Ruby Port – A blend of higher quality wine, from one or more vintages, that are cask matured for up 5 years before bottling. Richer fruit, better integrated alcohol. Do not need decanting.

Late bottled Vintage Port (LBV) – A ruby port from a specific year that has been aged for between 4 and six years before bottling. Modern LBV is the most common, and it is filtered before bottling making it ready to drink. Bottle Matured LBV is less common. It continues to improve in the bottle, and is bottles unfiltered. This will need decanting.

Tawney Ports.

These are paler and browner than ruby ports, showing some complex aromas associated with oxidative ageing.

Reserve Tawney Ports are the result of at least 7 years maturation in wood. They are far more complex.

Tawney Port with and indication of age. The age on the label is the average of wine in the blend. They are the finest of all the Tawney Ports.

Vintage Port – These are intended to be aged in bottle. They are typically a blend of the finest wines from the producer'sbest vineyards. They throw a heavy deposit, and as such should be decanted.


A little bit about...ProseccoDate published: 11/12/14

Prosecco, often regarded as an imitation of Champagne, is in fact produced in a wholly different style, using a different production method. The 'Charmat' method sees the wine undergo a secondary fermentation in a large tank, as opposed to in the actual bottle (like Champagne). This secondary fermentation gives the wines their characteristic fizz, and, when done in the bottle, a biscuity character. Secondary fermentation in tank ensures that Prosecco retains more of its primary fruit flavours. Another point of difference is sweetness; generally you can expect Prosecco to have an 'off-dry' character, where as Champagne is completely dry (there are of course exceptions).

Who made blanc de blancs popular?Date published: 10/12/14

It is quite possible that Ian Fleming's James Bond was responsible for making popular not only the 'shaken not stirred' vodka martini, but also the blanc de blancs, 100% chardonnay, champagne. His penchant for this fizz in Fleming's books and movies has inspired the British public to develop a taste for it too. 

We have a couple of our own blanc de blancs down at your local Majestic. Maybe try a bottle of the Ruinart non vintage. It's currently on a 25% multibuy deal, bringing it down to a mouth-watering £44.98...

The world's smallest vineyardDate published: 08/12/14

It is rumoured that the world's smallest vineyard is the Africus Rex vineyard near Toronto. It measures 7 foot by 11 foot and grows Cabernet Franc bonsai vines, which can reach about 13 inches in height. And you can get other varieties of bonsai, including chardonnay, zinfandel, and cabernet sauvignon.

A show of BordeauxDate published: 06/12/14

Did you know...?

Bordeaux produces around the same volume of wine as the whole of Australia. We all know that Bordeaux wines are classic food matches and can go well with hard cheese and Sunday roasts in particular. And 'tis the season for Bordeaux these days! We'll even be having a spotlight tasting session on the wines of this region between the 5th and 11th of December, and we hope to see you there!

Currently in our 33% off deal:

Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin 2007,

Chateau Simard 1996, St-Emilion,

Chateau Malescasse 2003,

Chateaus Guillot 2007, Pomerol

Come along to our Gidea Park store and take your pick. We'll see you soon.

Top picks for Christmas treats!Date published: 06/12/14

1. Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage Port (open to try in the shop today!)

2. Pedro's Oloroso sherry at £12.99 - It's not just for Santa!

3. Marques de Riscal Rioja currently on a great deal at £9.99. With a lovely golden netting, it makes a beautiful present for a special someone.

4. Hiedsieck Gold Top Monopole. also on a fab offer, only £19.99 on the multibuy deal. And who doesn't fancy a little fizz at this time of year?

5. Red leg spiced rum, to warm your insides. £19.99. 

6. Macon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013, Louis Jadot. A beautiful chardonnay to complement your turkey dinner. Grab one now and have it with your office Christmas lunch. A bargain at £8.66


... And we'll be back with more hot tips soon!

Wine of the weekDate published: 05/12/14

WINE OF THE WEEK


Château Beau-Site St-Estèphe


Origin

Château Beau Site is a well-established St. Estèphe château that since 1966 has been classified as a Cru Grand Bourgeois Exceptionnel. Nearly 100 hectares of vines are vinified traditionally and then matured in oak casks for 12-15 months.


Taste

Ripe and straightforward, this is a claret with great all-round appeal. A  backbone of blackberry fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of sweet spice and toasted oak.


Enjoy

Drink this approachable style with braised beef or roast venison..

19.99 Buy 2 bottles save £10 

£14.99


Majestic's Wine Fridays!Date published: 29/11/14

To fit in with the general trend of things, we've got some fantastic deals on at the moment. 33% off ALL Rioja and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! Can't argue with that...


Try a drop of Matua to spruce up your weekend. Or perhaps some Christmassy Marques de Riscal Rioja - comes with a lovely golden netting that means it is practically a pre-packaged Christmas gift for someone... could even be for yourself!

Discover California wines Date published: 26/11/14

Discover California wines 

If you are a fan of California wines, then pop down between Friday 28th November and Monday 1st December as we are running a Californian tasting weekend. 

And to kick start this we will be holding a spotlight tasting on Thursday 27th November at 6.30pm. This is a great chance to come down and try 6 great wines in 30 minutes and sample the fantastic wines California has to offer! And it's absolutely free! To book a place just give us a call or email.



New promotions starting this TuesdayDate published: 26/11/14

As a reminder our current promotions are due to Change close of play Monday.

So don't miss out on this months great offers such as Laurent Perrier Vintage for £30/bottle.


Why not to say thank you with a wine..Date published: 26/11/14

Why not treat your staff or collegues for all the hard work they've done for you. What better way than a nice gift of a few bottles of wine to say '"Thank You" for a good years work?

We've plenty of present ideas here at Majestic Braintree that won't whack the wallet! We have a massive selection of wines at £4.99 which would be perfect for thirsty mouths! Just a few to choose from are:

El Torito Merlot - A rich, tasty Merlot from Spain with good fruit character and a soft mouthfeel.

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc - A zesty Sauvignon from Chile, showing all the crisp freshness that you'd expect from that countries great whites.

Mont St Jean Corbieres - A spicy red from the south of France, all black fruit and earthy notes make a wonderful sausage casserole wine.

All at £4.99 a bottle! 

We also do gift packaging for 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 bottle cases, so they will look the part aswell!



tomorrow......Date published: 26/11/14

We've only got a one day to go until our annual winter tasting - on Thursday this week from 18:30 - 20:30.

The wines are picked and ready to go, and we've got a great selection of things for you to try including some winter warmers and a few ideas for Christmas. 

And if that wasn't enough, we've also got a great selection of cheese for you to nibble on as well. 

And did we mention everything is FREE??

So if you would like to join us please get in touch and book your place!


New look for ChristmasDate published: 26/11/14

... improved tasting counter!

With Christmas fast approaching, Majestic have refreshed our tasting counter experiences. You can now try/taste our lastest offerings in artisan spirits and craft ales/beers/ciders

Go on, excite the taste buds and make some properly informed Christmas present choices!


Spirit of InnovationDate published: 26/11/14

New Spirits- Bath Tub Gin 43.3% ABV £33.00

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 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.

Tariquet VSOP Armagnac Carafe £35.00

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.

@majesticalton #spiritofinnovation

Both are open to try! 


All New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Rioja are a 1/3 off this week- offer ends Monday 1st DecemberDate published: 26/11/14

Welcoming the new Sauvignon Blanc/Rioja of the week...

Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc (SB of the Week)

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

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

£14.99 Buy two save 1/3 = £9.99

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva (Rioja of the Week)

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.

£14.99 Buy two save 1/3 = £9.99

All New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Rioja are a 1/3 off this week- offer ends Monday 1st December 


Something newDate published: 26/11/14

Porta 6, 2012, Lisboa

Brand new to the Majestic range this wine is a blend of 3 grape varieties, 2 of which are also used in the production of Port (Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz). Lisbon, the Capital City of Portugal, has a lot of wine producing activity and they are often quite unique to Portugal in their style.

This wine has a nose predominantly filled by red berries and forest fruits, but also displays fragrances of sweet spice, aniseed and violets.

The taste is very juicy and fruity and whilst there are tannins present, they are not overpowering. This would be a fantastic wine to go with lamb, whether that's as your Sunday roast or lovely minted lamb sausages.

Currently priced at £7.49 when you match it with any other wine from our range in the 25% off promotion.

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Wine of the week - Kangarilla Road Scarce Earth Project Shiraz, 2011Date published: 22/11/14

Wine of the week - Kangarilla Road Scarce Earth Project Shiraz, 2011

Grape: Syrah-Shiraz 

The Scare Earth Project is an effort by a group of McLaren Vale producers to showcase individual terroirs by making single-vineyard wines from 100% Shiraz. Kangarilla Road's delegate comes from a site overlooking Maslin Beach, with soil rich in marine fossils and limestone. The wine is a powerful and complex mix of mocha, pepper, earth and black fruit characters, bound together by muscular tannin and an enduring minerality.

Only £18 if you buy two bottles of our fine wine!

Single bottle price £23

All about RumDate published: 20/11/14

We're getting in some new spirits leading up to the festive season, and this includes some exciting new rums. So a quick break-down before a quick tipple:

Main categories: White, golden, and dark. 

White rums general retain more of the sugar cane characteristics than their counterparts, including a fragrant, grassy character. They are often a popular cocktail ingredient. 

Golden rums are usually more complex. They can be either sipped or used as a cocktail ingredient, and they sometimes have some caramel added to enhance or adjust their flavour. They can range from grassy and fragrant to deep, dark and spicy. 

Dark rums are blended from various distillers and can be intensely aromatic. It is often said that they taste of burnt treacle! 

Take your pick and enjoy!

BEER OF THE WEEKDate published: 19/11/14

BEER OF THE WEEK

VEDETT BLOND 6 x 330ml

£12.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £9.99

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 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.



Annual Tasting 27th of NovemberDate published: 19/11/14

We've only got a week to go until our annual winter tasting - on Thursday 27th from 18:00 - 20:30.

The wines are picked and ready to go, and we've got a great selection of things for you to try including some winter warmers and a few ideas for Christmas. 

And if that wasn't enough, we've also got a great selection of cheese for you to nibble on as well. 

And did we mention everything is FREE??

So if you would like to join us please get in touch and book your place!


Thanksgiving treat!!Date published: 19/11/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012


Grape

Zinfandel

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

£11.99 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33%

£7.99

Argentina - a whistle stop tourDate published: 11/11/14

Why can Argentina grow good wine grapes even so close to the equator? - Because so many of its vineyards are at a high enough altitude to avoid most of the equatorial heat. The temperatures in these places are ideal. 

What are Argentina's main grape varieties? - Malbec, of course! We all knew that one. But Argentina's second most planted grape - Bonarda - is much less well known. It is tipped to be an important grape in the region for the future. Also grown in this country are torrontes, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, chardonnay and, increasingly, viognier. 

What are Argentina's main provinces? - North to South, they are named Salta, Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan, Mendoza, Uco Valley, Lujan de Cuyo, Nequen, and Rio Negro. They all run along the Western border with Chile.

Why not try a Majestic malbec sometime soon? Or for something slightly different, try one of the others we've mentioned above!

Champagne QuotationDate published: 09/11/14

"I drink Champagne 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 the stuff - unless I'm thirsty." - Mme. Lily Bollinger

Wine of the Week - Rioja Reserva, BerberanaDate published: 08/11/14

Wine of the Week

Rioja Reserva, Berberana

This typical grenache-tempranillo blend from Spain's Rioja region has been matured in American oak barrels for a minimum of 2 years. It is a deep ruby red colour and carries aromas of sweet vanilla and ripe strawberries. It's full-bodied and a great winter warmer! A perfect complement to a good Sunday roast or meaty stews.

£6.99 on the multi-buy offer!

Single bottle price £10.49


Wine quotesDate published: 06/11/14

As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Wine quotesDate published: 05/11/14

Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.
John Keats

The best prices of New Zealand Sauvignon BlancsDate published: 05/11/14

We have some fantastic new offers this month in our 33% off promotion, and this includes a wide choice of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand!!  All prices shown are when you buy at least two bottles from the promotion.

Here are some of the New Zealand highlights:

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough     £7.33

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough                            £6.66

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough                             £7.99

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013/2014, Marlborough                           £6.99

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Nelson                                 £8.65

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough               £9.99


New In! Picpoul Ormarine Magnum 150cl £19.99Date published: 05/11/14

New In! Picpoul Ormarine Magnum 150cl £19.99

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

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



Bonfire night Date published: 05/11/14

It really wouldn't be Bonfire night without a cheeky cup of Mulled Wine making an appearance. We stock the wonderful Gourmet Mulling Syrup which will help you achieve Mulled wine perfection, and it's really simple....

Ingredients : Red wine, would recommend Silver Ghost Cabernet at £4.99

some gourmet mulling syrup at £5.99

An orange

Nutmeg

Cinnamon sticks

Method; In a pot mix 1 part Mulling syrup to 8 parts win.

Put the mixture on a low heat, allowing the mix to heat up but not boil.

Cut up the orange, no need to worry about size, lets keep a rustic feel to things!

Add the orange and spices to the mixture, gentle mixing in until the mixture has become warm, but not boiling!


Oktoberfest BeerDate published: 05/11/14

Oktoberfest Beer

This is a superb opportunity to grab some authentic Oktoberfest beer from one of the only 6 registered breweries, Paulaner. This beer is extremely traditional. The brewery has been supplying the beer since 1818. The beers are brewed in March allowing fermentation to take place over the summer, leading to a golden style of beer. Paulaner is one of the 6 registered Breweries that makes up the 'Club of Munich Breweries,' demonstrating the best styles of beer Germany has to offer.

£40

£2.00 per bottle



Heidsieck & Co. Bronze Top Brut nv NOW £15.99Date published: 04/11/14

Improved Offer: Heidsieck & Co. Bronze Top Brut nv NOW £15.99 (was £27.00, now £24, but buy 2 save 33.3%)

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

Hurry, this improved offer is ends Monday 10th November.


Proper Job, St Austell, CornwallDate published: 04/11/14

Proper Job, St Austell, Cornwall

£24 per case of 12 when buying 2 or more cases of bottled ale

Bottled conditioned, this is a powerfully authentic IPA

with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend

of imported hops, Cascade, Chinook and Willamette

for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for

a classic IPA. Stylistically I would put this 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. 

Keep an eye out for more interesting guest ales at Majestic from all over the UK!


Cellar CirlceDate published: 04/11/14

Cellar Cirlce

Cellar Circle gives Majestic and Lay & Wheeler customers a modern and compelling way to build your fine wine collection by a subscription service.

Four key benefits:

● 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

We are sure you will all agree this is an exciting prospect and If you would like more information, please come into theGidea Park store and we'll be happy to answer any of your queries.



Fine Wine of the Week; Nautilus Pinot Noir, MarlboroughDate published: 03/11/14

Nautilus Pinot Noir, 2011, Marlborough:

A delicate and refined brush on the tongue, this pinot noir comes with a highly aromatic bouquet that gives notes of raspberry and plum but also warming winter spices. Drink now or leave to rest to further develop its eloquence and complexity.

Pair with: duck breast, goose, basically your less punchy meats!

£22 per bottle

Wine quotesDate published: 26/10/14

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.
Paulo Coelho, Brida


Beer of the Week - Dead Pony Club, BrewdogDate published: 25/10/14

Beer of the Week - Dead Pony Club, Brewdog

Part of the Brewdog family this Californian pale ale is light with citrus and mango notes. Brewdog are a well respected brewer within the craft beer world, with a series of beautifully well fitted drinking establishments within the London area, as well as further a field such as Birmingham. I particularly recommend the Camden branch. Before you give one a visit, how about coming into the Chislehurst store and sampling the Dead Pony Club on our tasting counter.  

Enjoy at the discounted price of £9.99 (6 pack) as part of our mix and match craft beer offer.


New budget wines from ItalyDate published: 25/10/14

Bricchetto Sangiovese and TrebbianoThe Bricchetto wines come from a large, quality minded cooperative in the central Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Comprised of fifteen smallerwineries, it is one of the most awarded companies in Italy. Over 85% of theirwines are at IGT level or above which is quite a feat given their scale. It is precisely because of this scale that we are able to buy at such good prices -both wines really do deliver at their modest £4.99 price points and represent excellent value for money.

Bricchetto Sangiovese - This is lovely bright, varietally pure Sangiovese. Typically red cherry on the nose, it is fruity and balanced on the palate with just the right amount of tannin.

Bricchetto Trebbiano - This has a delicate, fresh fruity nose and a soft citrussy palate. Made without any oak it is crisp and clean and very drinkable.


PENFOLDS BIN 2 SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE 2012,SOUTH EASTERN AUSTRALIADate published: 25/10/14

PENFOLDS BIN 2 SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE 2012,SOUTH EASTERN AUSTRALIA

Grapes: Shiraz, Mourvedre

Created in 1960, Bin 2 is a classic Penfolds blend based on Rhône varieties,made from fruit grown in Barossa, McLaren Vale and adthaway, matured in French and American oak. Mourvedre makes up around 10% of the blend, lending body and structure.  A backbone of ripe blackcurrant, cherry and quince, overlaid with notes of liquorice, winter pudding and dark chocolate. Plush tannins provide an expansive mouth-feel.

Enjoy immediately or cellar for 3-5 years. Best with roasts.

£19.99 SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE

OR

£13.32 WHEN YOU MIX AND MATCH AT LEAST 2 BOTTLES FROM THE 33% OFF PROMOTION


Own a restaurant, hotel or bar?Date published: 18/10/14

Own a restaurant, hotel or bar?

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? For any restaurant, pub, hotel, golf club or all other business owners looking for a fantastic new wine list stocked with award winning wines delivered free, look no further than Majestic Wine Gidea Park.

Both our commercial and Bangor store teams are on hand if you want a chat about any requirements and to let you know what we can offer your business!

We offer:

- Large selection of wines which are EXCLUSIVE TO YOU!

- Competitive prices

- Well informed staff

- Free and flexible delivery

- Your own personal account manager

- Free wine tastings

- and much, much more......

Call us on 01708755311 or e-mail us on gid@majestic.co.uk if you would like any more information!


Own a restaurant, hotel or bar?Date published: 18/10/14

Own a restaurant, hotel or bar?

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? For any restaurant, pub, hotel, golf club or all other business owners looking for a fantastic new wine list stocked with award winning wines delivered free, look no further than Majestic Wine Gidea Park.

Both our commercial and Bangor store teams are on hand if you want a chat about any requirements and to let you know what we can offer your business!

We offer:

- Large selection of wines which are EXCLUSIVE TO YOU!

- Competitive prices

- Well informed staff

- Free and flexible delivery

- Your own personal account manager

- Free wine tastings

- and much, much more......

Call us on 01708755311 or e-mail us on gid@majestic.co.uk if you would like any more information!


Any one for Sherry?Date published: 18/10/14

 Hidalgo Manzanilla Pastrana

This Manzanilla comes from the heralded Hidalgo family's 'Pastrana' (old) vineyard situated in the Miraflores district near Sanlúcar de Barrameda. All Hidalgo sherries have been aged in American oak for several years before being blended by the ‘Capitaz’ (head) Antonio Sanchez. To acquire such knowledge as a Capitaz requires a lifetime of dedication, as they must be familiar with the taste of every cask in the Bodega.

An intense nose of apple skins and nuts leads on to a palate characterised by classic notes of almonds, orange peel and a salty twang. A prolonged finish marks this out as a wine of real quality.

This Manzanilla should be served chilled as a stunning apéritif, sure to make any occasion at just £12.99 per bottle!


Proper Job, St Austell, CornwallDate published: 18/10/14

Proper Job, St Austell, Cornwall

£24 per case of 12 when buying 2 or more cases of bottled ale

Bottled conditioned, this is a powerfully authentic IPA

with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend

of imported hops, Cascade, Chinook and Willamette

for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for

a classic IPA. Stylistically I would put this 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. 

Keep an eye out for more interesting guest ales at Majestic from all over the UK!


Fine Wine of the Week; Barolo Natale VergaDate published: 18/10/14

The Barolo grape, nebbiolo, is named for the nebbia, a distinctive autumnal mist that blankets part of the Barolo region in Northern Italy.

£20 when you mix and match at least 2 bottles of selected spirits or fine wine

Single bottle price £25

This fine wine has a distinctive orange rim and tawny garnet colouring. Its blackberry crumble scents mix with lighter rose petal aromas and the palate bears spicy undertones. Perfect with slow-cooked beef dishes!

Barolo has, over time, come to be known as “the wine of kings, the king of wines” for its association with a local royal estate.


Cellar CirlceDate published: 17/10/14

Cellar Cirlce

Cellar Circle gives Majestic and Lay & Wheeler customers a modern and compelling way to build your fine wine collection by a subscription service.

Four key benefits:

● 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

We are sure you will all agree this is an exciting prospect and If you would like more information, please come into the Gidea Park store and we'll be happy to answer any of your queries.



Exciting new product on a great deal! - Pouilly Fumé 2013, Jonathan PabiotDate published: 16/10/14

Exciting new product on a great deal! - Pouilly Fumé 2013, Jonathan Pabiot

Jonathan is the latest in a long line of winemaking Pabiots, and since his first vintage in 2005 has become a real star of the Loire. He makes some brilliantly pure Pouilly-Fumés. This delicious wine comes from a certified organically farmed portion of his domaine. Pale and refined, this is classic Pouilly-Fumé, with brooding mineral notes intermingling with the citrus fruit core. The palate is pithy and complex, supported by fine acidity and leafy undertones. Perfect with a chicken and goats cheese salad. 

£19.99 or buy any two on the 33% off deal £13.32



Mumm ChampagneDate published: 13/10/14

Mumm Champagne

History

It was founded by three brothers, Jacobus, Gottlieb and Phillip Mumm, Germanwinemakers from the Rhine valley and G. Heuser and Friedrich Giesler on March 1, 1827 as P. A. Mumm Giesler et C°. P.A. stood for the initials of Mumm senior (Peter Arnold Mumm), a successful wine merchant from Solingen. Mumm's label is famous for its red ribbon (Cordon Rouge), patterned after and resembling the French Grand Cordon of the Légion d'Honneur.

The French confiscated all of the Mumm's property, although they had lived in Champagne for almost a century before World War I, because they had never become French citizens.

G.H. Mumm is an official sponsor of Formula 1 since 2000 and provides the champagne bottles for the podium celebrations after each race.

Foujita chapel

In 1964, René Lalou, the head of the Mumm Champagne House, and Léonard Foujita(1886–1968), a Japanese painter belonging to the Ecole de Paris school of art, decided to build a chapel in the gardens belonging to the Champagne house. Begun in 1965, the Foujita chapel was entirely designed by Foujita in the romanesque style, who drew the plans and designed the ironwork, stained glass and sculptures. He supervised the building and interior decoration. The chapel is decorated with frescos, remarkable for their freshness, soft lines and curves inspired by oriental art, in colours of blues, golds, yellows and greens, as well as very subdued reds verging on brown. The chapel was consecrated on 1 October 1966 and handed over to the City of Reims on 18 October 1966. The chapel was designated an historic monument in 1992.

Foujita also gave G.H. Mumm a fresco depicting “The Virgin in the Vines”. The rose featured in the painting became the cuvée’s emblem and appears on the metallic cap on top of the cork of the rose Champagne.


Serena Pinot Grigio £6.66Date published: 13/10/14

Serena Pinot Grigio

From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown in the hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakabe delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact for delicate colour and lightness of body.

The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.

A lively yet easy-going wine, which can be enjoyed on its own, or with white fish or light poultry dishes.

Enjoy for a limited time at just £6.66 when you buy any 2 or more wines from our 33% off mix and match selection. 

Cheers! 


New wine of the week!Date published: 07/10/14

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2013, Poggio Civetta

As it turns to more distinctly autumnal weather and the reds start to go down more easily, we'd love you to try our newest wine of the week. An approachable medium-bodied Italian, this montepulciano bears aromas of cherries and berries with a little hint of earthiness that makes it a great food companion. Try with Italian pasta dishes or cured meats.

£6.66 on the multibuy offer

(single bottle price £9.99)


Two new Argentinian Malbecs!!!!Date published: 06/10/14

We have just received two new Argentinian Malbecs in store the Parilla Malbec and the San Huberto Malbec.

The Parilla Malbec 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. 

The San Huberto Malbec is made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate. An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak.

Both wines are currently 33% off at £7.99 when you buy any two bottles from our 33% off promotion.


Brancott Estate Terroir Sauvignon Blanc CompetitionDate published: 06/10/14

Brancott Estate Terroir Sauvignon Blanc Competition

Brancott Estate have created the Terroir Series to showcase the individual characteristics displayed by Marlborough's diverse sub-regions. Here at majestic we have 5 cases of this fantastic wine to give away to our customers as prizes.

Follow this link below for more details on how to enter.
http://blog.majestic.co.uk/brancott-estate-terroir-series-give-away

This Sauvignon demonstrates the style produced by Awatere Valley's cool, windy climate and very free-draining soils. Displaying remarkable restraint and subtlety, this Sauvignon offers layers of citrus zest, flint and freshly cut herb aromas in fine balance. Refined and mineral-rich on the palate.



Where are grapes grown?Date published: 28/09/14

A (very) brief summary:


There are two latitudinal bands around the globe where wine grapes can be well grown: between 30 and 50 degrees in the Northern hemisphere and, similarly, between 30 and 50 degrees in the Southern hemisphere. There are, however, a few exceptions to the norm, including Brazil, Kenya, and the United Kingdom. 


Climate affects grapes in a number of ways and has an impact on alcohol levels, acidity and taste.  As you might expect, sunshine is one of the vital ingredients to a successful cultivation and to ripen well, grapes need at least 1500 hours of sunshine throughout their period of growth!

Saturday 27th September - Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 25/09/14

This Saturday we are celebrating our Prosecco savings week by opening our newest addition on the tasting counter for you to try.

Soffio No. 3 Prosecco. 

Now, I'll be honest, I don't know much about it yet, but once its open I'll be able to help. Come and join me in trying this exciting new wine. 

Below is a link to a clip from ITV's This Morning. Skip to about 4:30 and you can see Olly Smith talking about what a great wine this is at only £6.66. 


http://www.itv.com/thismorning/food/last-taste-of-summer-wine-tasting-olly-smith

See you Saturday!

10 Fun Wine FactsDate published: 20/09/14

1) There are four ways of producing Rose - Direct pressing, Drawing off, Saignée (French for "Bleed"), and Mixing.

2) The famous wine producer Gérard Betrand also used to play international rugby for France.

3) In 1855 five 'first growths' were classified following the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris - these were Château Mouton-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Lafite Rothschild, and Haut-Brion.

4) Cortese is an Italian white grape grown mainly in the South-eastern areas of Piedmont. My favourite Cortese wine is the Gavi La Toledana.

5) Tiny crystals at the bottom of a wine are not a bad thing! They are caused by tartaric or oxalic acid and mean the wine has a good level of acidity.

6) Straw wine is made from grapes that have been dried to concentrate their juices, this results in a much sweeter wine. The classic method is to dry bunches on straw mats out in the sun.

7) Constantia is a South African dessert wine made from Muscat from the Constantia region, south of Cape Town. First made and exported to Europe in the 1660's they have been made famous by the literature of Austen, Dickens and Baudelaire. Try our Vin de Constance 2008 - a fantastic example and the late Nelson Mandela's favourite!

8) Store your wine glasses the right way up,  keeping them upside down may keep out the dust  but also can give them a stale 'cupboardy' smell which may affect the wine.

9) Hippocras is a very ancient form of spiced wine (named after the Greek physician Hippocrates) and is made with white wine, port, cinnamon and cloves.

10) Three basic rules to the order of serving wine - Drink dry wines before sweet, young wines before old, and lesser quality before fine ones.


Argentinian Wines all 33% off!Date published: 19/09/14

Until the end of Monday 22nd September all Argentinian Wines are 33% off! That's right - all of them! My choices are these beauties;

Catena Malbec £12.99 DOWN TO £8.66 - superb producer and my favourite wine that we sell for under a tenner

Callia Bella Malbec £8.99 DOWN TO £5.99 - a perfect every day wine, not too full but lovely fruit

Vinalba Torrontes - £10.99 DOWN TO £7.32 - light and blossomy, lovely for the last of the sunshine

Alamos Viognier - £9.99 DOWN TO £6.66 - floral and fruity, leave Sauvignon behind and give this a try.


We have loads more as well, and they are all 33% off until Monday!

Vintage Champagne!Date published: 18/09/14

Great offers on at the moment on some of our vintage champagnes! If you've got a special gift idea or just fancy treating yourself, don't miss out on:

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007.  £19.99 on our buy two get 33% off offer. (Single bottle price £30.)

Laurent Perrier 2004. 15% off and down to £42.49 when you buy two in the deal.

! Moet and Chandon Grand Vintage 2006. A fantastic champagne special offer from £50 down to £30 !

Veuve Clicquot 2004. Down from £60 to £33.33 on this excellent vintage.


Get into the mood for the weekend with a bit of bubbly and enjoy the last of the hints of summer weather!

Beer of the Week!Date published: 15/09/14

Beer of the Week!!


Brewdog Punk IPA


This is India Pale Ale from the chaps at Brewdog in Aberdeen is a great example of a more traditional style of IPA.


Traditionally IPA’s were designed to be rich and robust in order to survive the journey from England to India.


This style is certainly rich and robust with plenty of lovely hops to give it a real citrus and grapefruit character.


Full flavoured and full bodied this is a beer that can be enjoyed on its own but equally it will stand up to hearty pub-style grub!


£12.99

buy any 2 craft beers

£9.99

Wine of the week - Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2013, Famille NegrelDate published: 13/09/14

Grape blend: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz and Cinsault

To enjoy the last few glimmers of the year's Indian summer, try this dry, crisp rosé. With a distinctive salmon pink colour, this wine is typical of the fresh but warm Provence style. Its summer fruit and floral notes will complement those soft, warm nights in the garden. A delicate flavour and full texture.

Priced at £10.99


Syrah and Shiraz?Date published: 13/09/14

Syrah and Shiraz - Are they the same?

Yes.

However, it isn't quite that simple, they are the same grape but a bottle labelled as Syrah will rarely taste the same as one named Shiraz.

In France they tend to use the word Syrah and produce a very elegant wine with a real focus on the spicy and peppery edge of the grape. A fantastic example of this is the Hermitage region in the Rhone valley where there is a pronounced peppery note on the wines.

Conversely in Australia, arguably the home of Shiraz, they produce big beefy wines with much more emphasis on the fruity and meaty aromas of the variety. But in Australia, and in other New World sites, the word Syrah is used to denote a more restrained (French) style of wine.

Keep an eye out for the different styles we have and maybe try a selection next time you pop in!



Viña Eguía Gran ReservaDate published: 12/09/14

Viña Eguía Gran Reserva 2004

£8.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

From Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa sub region, Bodegas Eguia have 50 acres of vineyards, with vines averaging over 40 years old. The Gran Reserva is aged for 30 months in barrel (6 months longer in barrel than the minimum ageing requirements in Rioja), and 3 years in bottle before release, leading to a wonderfully mellow and mature style of Rioja.

Showing its maturity with raisin fruit notes, vanilla, caramel and cloves, this wine would be a perfect match for slow-cooked lamb or mature cheeses


Why Use a Decanter?Date published: 11/09/14

Why Use a Decanter?

For those of you who are unsure, a decanter is a vessel that is used to hold the decantation of a wine which may contain sediment. Decanters are commonly made from glass and vary in shape and design. The need for using a decanter has been up for debate for a very long time now, as some argue that their use improves the wine, but not all agree.

Commonly, the reason for decanting wine is to aerate it, or to allow it to "breathe". The decanter is designed to mimic the effects of swirling the wine glass to stimulate the oxidation processes, which trigger the release of aromatic compounds. In addition, it is thought to benefit the wine by smoothing some of the harsher aspects of the wine (like tannins). Many experts advocate decanting for the purposes of aeration, especially with highly tannic wines like Barolo, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, and Rhône wines. They also note, however, that decanting could be harmful for more delicate wines such as Pinot Noir.

The effectiveness of decanting is a topic of debate, with some wine experts claiming that the prolonged exposure to oxygen actually diffuses more aromatic compounds than it stimulates, in contrast to the effects of the smaller scale exposure and immediate release that swirling the wine in a drinker's glass has. In addition, it has been reported that the process of decanting over a period of a few hours does not have the effect of softening tannins. The softening of tannins occurs during the winemaking and oak aging when tannins go through a process of polymerization that can last days or even weeks. Decanting merely alters the perception of sulfites and other chemical compounds in the wine through oxidation, which can give some drinkers the sense of softer tannins in the wine

What is an India Pale Ale?Date published: 08/09/14

The term pale ale originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Pale ale started off lightly hopped and quite different from later pale ales. But as brewing processes evolved over the next half century, pale ale was mostly manufactured with coke-fired malt, which produced less smoking and roasting of barley in the malting process, and produced a paler beer.

One such variety of beer was "October beer", a pale well-hopped beer which became popular among a richer audience, and was brewed widely at home and could be cellared for a couple of years.

India didn't come into the story until George Hodgson began selling his "October beer" to the East India Trading Company. Apparently the long sea voyage and ship's conditions benefited the beer. Over the next few decades, due to various new taxes and duties involved in the sale of beer in Europe, many brewers were forced to look at other sources of revenue. Following Hodgson's lead, many brewers began making a similar style and the term "India Pale Ale" starts getting used. With their global trade routes, the British IPAs find their way into America and became very popular and have since evolved into an almost signature style.

An India Pale Ale is a very "hoppy" tasting style that you either love or hate. The flavour is almost citric and bitter, but has a very refreshing palate. Served cold, it is a lovely change from generic tasting lager. 

At Majestic we have a few options that are excellent examples: Goose Island, Curious IPA and Punk IPA. 

They form part of our "craft beer" selection, all priced at £9.99 for a pack of 6 (when you buy any 2 packs)


New in: Fish Hoek MalbecDate published: 08/09/14

NEW ARRIVAL : Fish Hoek Malbec 2014 Western Cape

The Fish Hoek range of wines was the brainchild of Bruce Jack, founder of Flagstone Winery, which is famously housed in an old dynamite factory on the outskirts of Cape Town. This wine is a blend of Malbec with 10% Pinotage.

A dark ruby colour with purple flashes, this is a deeply fruit-driven wine that offers an abundance of ripe bramble, plum and black cherry fruit, with hints of smoky spice.

Pair with char-grilled steaks, or cream of sun-dried tomato soup.

£8.99 or buy ANY 2 bottles from the 33% offer = £5.99

Beer of the Week, Lagunitas IPADate published: 04/09/14

Lagunitas

Indian Pale Ale

£10.99

(£1.84 per bottle)

When buying 2 packs or more.

A golden, well balanced Indian Pale Ale from Petaluma, California. Citrus aromas as well as hints of pine and floral tones. Lightly refreshing. 96 points on ratebeer!

£13.99 Single Pack Price

(£2.34 per bottle)


Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough - £6.66Date published: 03/09/14

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

From the modern winemakers of New Zealand who began making Sauvignon Blanc in the 1970s.

A refreshing dry Sauvignon Blanc with light, zesty fruit flavours. Hints of lighter grapefruit and passion fruit give the tropical sense of the New World and are tempered by a crisp acidity.

Beautiful well chilled.

£9.99 each or

£6.66 if you buy 2 and save 33%


Last Two Days of Summer!Date published: 31/08/14

Our Summer deals only have two days left! One day really, as Sunday is almost over.

Free Delivery, Packed Tasting Counter. why spend your Monday anywhere else!

Pale Ale - a Crash CourseDate published: 28/08/14

The term pale ale originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Pale ale started off lightly hopped and quite different from later pale ales. But as brewing processes evolved over the next half century, pale ale was mostly manufactured with coke-fired malt, which produced less smoking and roasting of barley in the malting process, and produced a paler beer.

One such variety of beer was "October beer", a pale well-hopped beer which became popular among a richer audience, and was brewed widely at home and could be cellared for a couple of years.

India didn't come into the story until George Hodgson began selling his "October beer" to the East India Trading Company. Apparently the long sea voyage and ship's conditions benefited the beer. Over the next few decades, due to various new taxes and duties involved in the sale of beer in Europe, many brewers were forced to look at other sources of revenue. Following Hodgson's lead, many brewers began making a similar style and the term "India Pale Ale" starts getting used. With their global trade routes, the British IPAs find their way into America and became very popular and have since evolved into an almost signature style.

An India Pale Ale is a very "hoppy" tasting style that you either love or hate. The flavour is almost citric and bitter, but has a very refreshing palate. Served cold, it is a lovely change from generic tasting lager. 

At Majestic we have a few options that are excellent examples: Goose Island, Curious IPA and Punk IPA. 

They form part of our "craft beer" selection, all priced at £9.99 for a pack of 6 (when you buy any 2 packs)


Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc - Get it Quick!Date published: 27/08/14

 I've just been informed that from 2nd September the Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc will be going up in price. I don't want you to miss out, so get it now while it is still at £6.66 a bottle. It's been our biggest seller and is a great all-rounder.

Don't take my word for it, here are some quotes about the wine.

Kevin 'My wife won't be happy about this, I'll be stocking up on this to keep her happy. Tasty and good value for money'

Kour 'You can see why this flies out, perfect for a party'

What are you waiting for!

£6.66 until Monday 1st September.

Order online, in-store or call us on 01708 755311. Remember, we have free delivery!

Craft Beer of the Week: Roscoe's IPADate published: 27/08/14

Roscoe's Hop House India Pale Ale.

This is an easy drinking craft beer. It boasts a spicy hop character, blended with smooth malt

flavour for a balanced finish. Pale, Crystal and Caramel Malts gives this beer a rich flavour profile,

while the combination of four different hops - CTZ, Chinook, Willamette and Golding – offer a

distinctive, spicy aroma and long hoppy finish.


Carménére?Date published: 27/08/14

Carménére is originally a Bordeaux grape variety that was abandoned due to pests attacking and ruining the crops. Due to this the grape moved location to Chile, with a lot of wines combining it with Merlot in the 19th century. 

The grape was identified in 1994, originally thought to be Merlot, it is very similar in terms of being a light, low tannin wine. Much investigation has undergone trying to seperate Carménére from Merlot, however so far there have been no major notable differences to be found. It is a late harvesting grape that is more successful in hotter climates with more sunlight. Therefore the grape has been a lot more successful after being cultivated into Chile than when it was originally planted in Bordeaux. The wine benefits from a full bodied, deep black fruit characted and is known to have slight hints of tobacco, oak and a slight smokiness which adds a little complexity to the wines taste. 



Food and Wine Match!Date published: 25/08/14

Food and wine match ideas
Today I am recommending Etoile de Mer Rosé from Provence (£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99). This is a classic Provence blend of Syrah and Grenache, it has a very delicate skin-pink colour, with pronounced aromas of ripe red berry fruits and a fresh minerality on the finish.

Try this with a Mediterranean style barbecue of grilled aubergine parcels (grilled slices of aubergine, wrapped around slices of tomato and mozzarellla, held together with a cocktail stick, drench in seasoning and oil olive and re-bbq until melted) with rosemary and garlic lamb skewers and fresh crusty bread.

Bank Holiday MondayDate published: 21/08/14

Make sure you pop in this weekend to pick up your wine for the Bank Holiday.

We are open on Monday 25th, but we are closing early, at 5pm.

We don't want you to miss out so give us a call on 01708 755311 for free delivery!

Summer Sauvignon SavingsDate published: 21/08/14

A bright day calls for a crisp, fruity, white wine for a lot of us. And a lot of us have Sauvignon Blanc as our go-to grape.Here are my choices on great deals right now.

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - An old classic, £10.65 down to £7.98

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina - Party style wine, £8.99 down to £5.99

Pouilly Fume Jean Vincent, Loire, France - Crisp and flinty, £14.99 down to £9.99

Panamerica Sauvignon Blanc, Chile - Fruity and light, £8.99 down to £5.99

Of course we have many more too! Don't forget, it is completely free delivery on any 6 bottles.

Rose Season Drawing to a CloseDate published: 18/08/14

While there is an ever-increasing number of people who enjoy Rose all year round, a lot of people only want it with some sunshine! As we approach the last days of Summer, be sure to snap up some rose for any ray we get.

Vinalba Rose at £7.99 - Malbec Rose is fruity, and dry. This is perfect for a BBQ.

AIX Magnums at £19.99 - Party on with this beauty. Big bottle, but delicate flavour

Pinot Grigio Rose Breganze at £5.99 - This blush is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. And at this price, you can see why.


Don't forget we also offer free delivery!

Bonterra Vineyards Red Zinfandel 2010, Mendocino CountyDate published: 14/08/14

Bonterra’s belief that organically grown grapes make wines “simply taste better” has fuelled their quest to become one of the world leaders in organic viticulture. Dry farmed, 35-40 year old vines, at 240-800 metres above sea level are blended together in the wine.

Brooding aromas of bramble, dark and red berries, white pepper and toasted oak. Powerful rich flavours of sweet plum, blackcurrant and black pepper are rounded by soft, sweet tannins and hints of vanilla.

£13.99 each or buy 2 save 25%

£10.49 


10 New Promotions!! 2 Weeks Only!!Date published: 12/08/14

We currently have a special 2 week promotion starting today!

1. Macon Lugny Louis Latour      £9.99

2. Fleurie Georges Duboeuf        £8.81

3. Pinot Grigio Rose Breganze   £5.99

4. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo       £.4.99

5. Ramon Bilbao Rioja               £6.66

6. Cava Calamino                      £5.99

7. Codorniu Brut NV                  £6.66

8. Prosecco Corte Alta              £.6.66

9. Raboso Corte Alta                £6.66

10. Giesen Sauvignon Blanc    £6.99

Offers end on Monday 25th August!!

Not Just Wine - Best Beer BuysDate published: 11/08/14

No party is complete without beer, and it is something we have an ever-expanding range of here at Majestic. My picks at the moment are as follows:

Peroni Nastro Azzurro - £24.00 for a case of 24. At £1 a bottle, this is cheaper than anywhere else. A great all rounder.

Curious Brew Lager - £17.99 for a case of 12. Made with Champagne yeast in Kent, this is crisp, clean and refreshing. An English classic

Einstock White Ale - £9.99 for a case of 6 in our mix and match craft beer deal. Coriander infused Icelandic ale, not many people can say they've tried that! Creamy and delicious.

Goose Island IPA - £9.99 for a case of 6 in our mix and match craft beer deal. Malty and rich. This is a fantastic American IPA.

And many more lagers, crafties and ales I could mention!

Loire and Beaujolais Tasting Week!Date published: 08/08/14

Join us from today until 14 August when the tasting counter will be laden with summery whites from the Loire Valley and light, fruity reds from Beaujolais - perfect for summer sipping.

Some nibbles will also be available to pair with them will also be available on Saturday!

My Picks from 'The Last Days of SummerDate published: 07/08/14

Summer is fading away (well it isn't really, but I like to be dramatic) so we have some offers for you!

White - Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay at £8.66/bottle. Peachy and fresh, perfect garden wine.

Red - Has to be Malbec. Soft fruity and perfect with grilled meat. Santa Ana at£5.99 or Argento at £6.66. Both fit the bill perfectly.

Rose - Safran Malbec Rose  at £6.66/bottle. Slightly off dry and with lashings of cranberry, this is a great BBQ wine

Fizz - Only one choice here, Lanson Black Label NV at £23.32/bottle. This is the biggest selling champagne in Britain and at this price you can try for yourself and see why it is!

All prices when you mix and match in our Summer Selection.

Free delivery on any mix so order online, in-store or call us on 01708 755311 now!

I look forward to hearing from you.

New to the Range: Camden Hells LagerDate published: 03/08/14

New to the Range: Camden Hells Lager 6x330ml 

Cans 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

Currently involved in our craft ales offer! Just £10.99 when bought with any other pack of craft ale



1 Day Left!!!Date published: 03/08/14

Hurry... there are only a day left to get your hands on some great offers from the July Summer Selection.

Don't miss out on these cracking deals;

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc at £7.99

Gavi Araldica at £6.66

Portillo Malbec at £6.99

Santa Rita 120 Merlot at £5.99

Prosecco Conegliano at £9.99

Plus many more!

Call, email or pop in-store to grab yours before Monday 4th August at 7pm!


GRAPE: AlabarinoDate published: 03/08/14

Alabarino, or Alvarinho in Portugal, is primarily grown in the North West of Spain and is fast becoming a particularly fashionable grape variety. With it's thick skin, it is well equipped to resist fungal disease and is the dominant variety in the Rias Baixas area of NW Spain. An aromatic grape with typically peach and apricot flavours, balanced with a naturally high acidity with a crisp, refreshing finish. Albarino is typically best drunk in it's youth but some are made in a richer style trhrough the use of oak and often these styles benefit from some ageing.

Caixas Albarino 2012, Martin Codax, Rias Baixas

An excellent albarino, zesty, citrussy and lots of stone fruits back up this light, fresh and youthful wine. The crisp and refreshing style is topped off with a rounded finish. This wine would be perfect with Seafood dishes

Buy 2 bottles save 25% . . .£7.49 or £9.99 single bottle price


Last Weekend of Our Summer Selection!Date published: 01/08/14

Just one weekend remains of our Summer Selection! But don't worry, we will have other offers starting 5th August!

Last chance though for things such as Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Alamos Malbec, Prosecco Conegliano and Veuve Cliquot NV.


Don't miss out. See you this weekend!

NED Savignon Blanc at £6.99!!!Date published: 22/07/14

For the next few days the ever popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc is on a 33% discount offer. This means as part of the multi-buy deal it will cost you just £6.99 a bottle

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.

If you are new to Ned Sauvignon Blanc (where have you been!?!) then drop  in to the Gidea Park store- we have it on our tasting counter so you can try before you buy.

Be quick though, folks- this offer is only on for a few days!


Best wishes, 

The Gidea Park Team

Fine Wine of the Week; CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE!Date published: 19/07/14

This weeks fine wine on the tasting counter we have an iconic red from the the south of France. A personal favourite of mine, this Chateauneuf Du Pape Domaine Durieu delivers a fresh and spicy nose of red cherry embellished with notes of sage and wild thyme. The palate is equally powerful, with sinuous tannins and huge length.

Domaine Durieu was established in 1976 by Paul Durieu and remains family-owned, now run by Paul's sons, Vincent and Francois. Unusually, Durieu de-stem their grapes to aid fruitiness, relying on fruit from low-yielding vines to provide firm tannic structure.

It will be on the tasting counter here at Gidea Park for next couple of days, so this is the perfect opportunity to try this wonderful, old world wine. It is also part of our £10 off two bottles offer, ensuring great quality can also be affordable. 

As part of the offer the Chateauneuf Du Pape Domaine Durieu is just £20 per bottle.

Two brilliant new offers!Date published: 17/07/14

We have two brilliant offers that have joined the July promotion until the 4th August.

Mont Saint Jean Corbières, £5.87 Buy any 2 save 15% = £4.99

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, £7.04 Buy any 2 save 15% = £5.99

Make sure you do not miss out on these fantastic deals!


Like beer? Drink some home brew!Date published: 17/07/14

Like beer? Wanna try something different?

Gold Medal Winner at the International Beer Challenge 2012. Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer. Produced from yeast used in Champagne production, the result is a richer, more classy style of lager beer for the discerning palate. 

Just £17.99 for a case of 12x 330ml bottles.


Sparkling Saturday 19th of July - Prosseco Corte Alta!Date published: 16/07/14

Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC

 Italy


Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.

Taste

Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish.

Enjoy

Enjoy on its own as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to canapés.


Extra additions to our Summer great deals!!Date published: 16/07/14


Summer is in a full swing, time for parties, bbq  or just relaksing with glass of wine in you garden.

Picpoul Villemarin 2013 – Buy 2 get it for £5.99

 Wonderfully light and crisp, this is perfect for Sauvignon or Pinot Grigio lovers who want to explore something else. The citrus nose follows through on the palate, with a dry finish.

Mont St Jean Corbieres 2012 – Buy 2 get it for £4.99

This is probably the most versatile wine that we sell. Fresh blackberries on the nose, and dollops of dark cherry on the palate. With a nice, subtle hint of spice this is perfect for barbeques, the sofa or if you have a restaurant – a house wine!

Both of these are open to try today!



Stress free weddingDate published: 12/07/14

I know from my own experience how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

-Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

-Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day

With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £15.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget


Bring a friend to Majestic!Date published: 12/07/14

f you have been in store lately or had a delivery form us you have probably received a purple bring a friend to majestic voucher.

This is a great incentive to introduce your friends to the wonderful world of wine. Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you.

So why not bring a friend with you next time you come in!


Deal of the week!! Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV £43.31Date published: 12/07/14

Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV

£75.00

Special Offer £65.00

Buy 2 bottles save 33%

£43.30


 Champagne

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.

New beers for tomorrow finale!!Date published: 12/07/14


Camden Hells lager, £10.99 when you buy any 2+: 

Inspired by Germany, delivered for London. Combining two of our favourite beer styles into one, we take the crisp, dry body of a German-style Pilsner and give it the gentle hopping of a Helles to create the beer we really want to drink – wanting this beer is the reason we decided to start a brewery.

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.

Pilsner Urquell Limited edition cans £5.99: These are not vintage cans, but rather a series of cans designed with elements from Pilsner Urquell‘s past. Each can references specific instances in the brewery’s long history.

Camden Pale Ale £10.99 when you buy 2+: 

We crash together the easy-drinking tradition of British brews with the bold hop flavour of American pale ales for beer made here in London.

Like the Queen wearing dirty sneakers, it’s traditionally British with a rock star twist of American hops, giving citrus and tropical fruit, a round body and a drink-me-faster bitterness.


Wine of the week - 'Angels Share' Shiraz.Date published: 12/07/14

'Angels Share' Shiraz.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.

Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

This 2012 vintage is drinking well now, but could be happily aged 5-10 years!

£23 Buy any two Fine Wine Save £10 = £18 a bottle


The July Summer Selection: Rustenberg RM NicholsonDate published: 07/07/14

Rustenberg RM Nicholson: £9.33 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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



Times Top 100 Wines 2014: The RedsDate published: 07/07/14

Jane MacQuitty has published her Times Top 100 Reds today in the Times newspaper. There has been some fantastic wines and some of our great offers have been involved including:

Under £6.50

Con Amigos Malbec- £5.99- "A gorgeous Chilean malbec"

Under £8

Mocha Java Merlot - £6.37- "just the ticket with barbequed meats"

Under £12

Errazuriz Pinot Noir- £7.99- "the next best bargain-buy thing"

Under £25

Crozes-Hermitage, Les Saviaux- £11.99- "easily the best of of the sub-£12 crozes-hermitage reds"

All of these fantastic wines are currently available to buy. Come in and explore!


July deals!Date published: 07/07/14

July deals

Here are a few of the highlights of July's deals...

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc just £7.99 (multibuy price)

Gavi Araldica £6.66 (multibuy price)

Errazuriz single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 (multibuy price)

Edna Valley Chardonnay £8.66 (multibuy price) STAFF FAV!

Errazuriz Pinot Noir £7.99 (multibuy price)

Marques de Concordia Reserva £8.66 (multibuy price) STAFF FAV!

Portillo Malbec £6.99 (multibuy price)

Salantin Prosecco £8.66 (multibuy price)


Wine of the Week Miraval Rosé (£17.99)Date published: 07/07/14

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.  Back in 1979 they launched a critically acclaimed wine called Pink Floyd, after the band wrote part of 'The Wall' there...

But the wine deserves celebrity status in its own right, with abundant, delicate fruits blending in perfect harmony on the creamy palate. This is rosé winemaking at its best!

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.


Abeille Rose open to Try!!Date published: 29/06/14

Every now and again I fancy a glass of Rose and this is a particularly fine example of Provence rose and so easy to drink.  

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.

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.

Think sat in garden with friends and a spread of cured hams, cheeses and home pickled summer vegetables. 



Chateau: The meaningDate published: 29/06/14

Most vineyards in Bordeaux are not known by names attached to specific plots of land but rather by Chateuxs. These are estates under single ownership and are generally attached to a substantial house. Over the years a Chateux may vary in size by the purchase or sale of vineyard plots. Therefore a chateau name is more of a brand than a designation of a specific vineyard.

The changing style of BordeauxDate published: 24/06/14

There was a very interesting article in one of the latest editions of Decanter recently, remarking upon the disappointing 2013 vintage and asking whether this signifies the future for Bordeaux. Certainly, as a Majestic employee I see most customers opt for new world over old world wines, with only the more seasoned wine drinkers interested in Claret. This I think shows a trend towards bolder styles of red forcing Bordeaux producers to adapt their wine styles for the market and maybe contributing to some of the disappointment recent vintages have bought. 

But are we losing sight of the subtleties and elegance a great Claret can give or is it that now we look for wines with both power and complexity. 


Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012 on the Tasting CounterDate published: 22/06/14

New to the tasting counter Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012, and good news; it's part of our 33% off offer!

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.

New Craft Beer Now in Stock - Brooklyn Summer AleDate published: 21/06/14

NEW - Perfect for the Summer - BROOKLYN SUMMER ALE

Refreshing and flavourful without being too heavy.English barley malt gives a fresh bready flavour while German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma.

£9.99 for a pack of 6 when you buy any 2 packs of selected craft beers.


Wine of the Week Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de VargasDate published: 20/06/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Vargas


£19.99

Buy 2 bottles save £10

£14.99



Grape

GarnachaTempranilloMazuelo

Origin

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

Taste

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


New on the tasting counter!Date published: 16/06/14

Just added as part of the spotlight on Italy is the Primitivo 2013. Natale Verga. It's an approachable medium bodied wine from the 'heel' of Italy's boot. Full of red berry flavours, with hints of prune. Violet on the nose, Great with pasta cooked with tomato based sources. Pop in and give it a try this week.

Fathers Day!!!Date published: 15/06/14

If you are still stuck for gift ideas why not get him a 6 pack of mixed wines! So it's just the price of the wine that you pay for and with wines starting at £4.99 what's not to like!



Lords Tribute from Louis LatourDate published: 13/06/14

In tribute to the first test at Lords this summer we have on our tasting counter:

Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine 2012,Louis Latour, PGI Côteaux du Verdon

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 lacedwith vanilla, leading to a rounded finish. Try alongside pork belly or roast partridge.

Louis Latour serve their wine in the Lords pavilion, and as a tribute to the 200th year of cricket at Lords, we would like to toast the continuing success at the home of cricket, for both Louis Latour and cricket. So, why not come and join us in and have a taste.

Currently £9.99. 


Minini Valpolicella RipassoDate published: 13/06/14

Wine of the Week

MININI

VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO 2012

Do not 'pass' this wine by!

Ripasso wine literally means 're-passed', a technique that adds extra flavour and alcohol by re-fermenting the young wine on unpressed skins of Amarone wines after the dried grapes have finished their fermentation in the spring.

Minini Ripasso is enriched by 10 days in contact with Amarone pressings.

This vibrant ruby red wine has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas.

Medium-bodied, good balanced acidity and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured.

This wine will match well with tomato based dishes but is delicious on its own.

A beautiful quaffer and a great start on route to its bigger brother Amarone but at a far more friendly price!

£9.74

Buy 2 save 25%

£12.99 single bottle price


Pilsner Urquell - 24 x 330ml - Was £27.84 Now just £24.00Date published: 11/06/14

Fire up the barbecue and crack open the beers this Summer with our top lager and ale of the month...

Pilsner Urquell - 24 x 330ml - Was £27.84 Now just £24.00

In 1842, the world's first pilsner was born, Pilsner Urquell, which literally translates to 'The Original' that defined a whole new beer category. Visionary brew master Josef Groll created the world's first clear golden beer, with a delicately balanced taste of noble hop bitterness and unique caramel sweetness. It marked the dawning of a new era, a beer that would change the world.

Spitfire - 12 x 500ml - Was £22.88 Now just £15.96 when you buy at least 2 cases

This Kentish ale was first brewed in 1990 to celebrate the Battle of Britain which was fought in the skies above Kent 50 years earlier. Named after the legendary Spitfire aeroplane, this beautifully balanced, blood-orange tinted British bitter boast hints of marmalade, red grapes and pepper against a backdrop of warm, mellow malts. The fruity finish signs off with a smidgen of spice and strawberry.


Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido, on the Spotlight Tasting on 14th of June!!Date published: 11/06/14

Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido, on the Spotlight Tasting on 14th of June!!


From the producer of Sassicaia - one of the best Super Tuscans (if not the best) on the market. This wine really lives up to the name of the producer. Really nice cherry and blackberry notes with good amount of acidity and tannins. When it opens up a bit more, you will taste leather and hints of tea leaves. The finish is long and carries the same lovely fruit notes. 

2011 was their best vintage since 2000 with a nice long ripening season and cool nights ensuring the fruit didn't get too ripe. It has just reached its maturity and drinks nicely over next 5 years.

Price: £21 or £16 if you get 2 selected Fine wines or spirits (save £10)



Italy Spotlight Tasting 14 June 2014 (15:00 - 15:30)Date published: 11/06/14

Italy Spotlight Tasting

14 June 2014 (15:00 - 15:30)


For a more in-depth exploration of Italian wines, join us for a FREE 30-minute tutored Spotlight Tasting. It's just a few hours before England play Italy in the World Cup, but football colours are welcome!

Mix and Match now even easier with new price system!Date published: 11/06/14

One thing our customers love is our great prices. We always offer great discounts on our wines and now we've made it even easier to mix your cases here at Majestic Wine. We now have 3 main discounts in which you can pick any wines from the same range.

Buy two bottles save 33%

Buy two bottles save 25%

Buy two bottles save 15%

As long as you get two bottles with the same discount then you will get the offer price. This applies across our wines and champagne range. We've also included a number of spirits in our Fine Wine multibuy offer of buy two bottles save £10.

We've here to help so if you have any questions please call in store, email us or tweet us!


1 week offers! End Monday 16th June!Date published: 11/06/14

1 week offers! End Monday 16th June!


Marquis de Belleville 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur
 £6.99 buy 2 save 15%  £5.94

Bordeaux Supérieur can be made anywhere within the AOC Bordeaux appellation, but must be matured for at least 12 months prior to release. The blend was made by negociant house Sovex-Woltner, who sourced the grapes from several Petits Châteaux. A middleweight claret with a good balance of ripe plum and berry flavours, with plenty of concentration. Tannins are fine-grained and provide a smooth yet ample feel.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012/2013 Grifone 
£6.65 Buy 2 save 25% = £4.99

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains. Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.

Torres Viña Sol 2013 Catalunya
 £7.99 Buy 2 save 25% = £5.99

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.


Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne for £14.99Date published: 11/06/14

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne

£27.00Special Offer £22.49Buy 

2 bottles save 33.3%£14.98

 Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

New Wine Alert: Mud House Pinot Noir 2013Date published: 09/06/14

Mud House Pinot Noir 2013

The Mud House Pinot Noir is another new wine to Majestic and we hope that it will prove to be every bit as popular as it's Sauvignon sister! It originates from the Central Otago in New Zealand's southern island, a region renowned for excellent Pinot Noir. The name Mud House was selected by the producers in order to reflect the roots of the wine, the earth from which the grapes were grown. They have carefully crafted the wine to ensure that they capture the essence of the Central Otago.

On the nose it is a lively wine, full of punchy red cherry and bramble fruits. The juicy embrace continues onto the palate with added complexity through hints of spice. All in all a well-balanced wine with fine acidity backed up by oak tannins, continuing on to a lengthy finish.

I would enjoy this with a nice bit of sunshine and a rack of lamb on the barbecue!

Try it now for just £9.99!

when you include any 2 wines in the summer collection

Remember minimum purchase 6 bottles - any mix


Award Winning Wines!Date published: 09/06/14

The results of the International Wine Challenge were announced a couple of weeks ago. The competition, now in its 31st year, attracts around 14,000 entries, which are tasted by a line-up of Masters of Wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers. 

After vigorous rounds of judging, the top wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.Majestic entered a number of wines into the competition, as did some of our suppliers.

Below are some of our stand out Gold awards:

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - Also awarded ‘Great Value White between £7 - £12’ Trophy

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - Also awarded ‘English Sparkling’ Trophy

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Natale Verga Barolo 2009 & 2010 (both vintages won Gold!)

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2012 

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso NV

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado NV

Pop in store and grab yourself some of these award winning wines!

Winners winesDate published: 06/06/14

Last week, the results of the International Wine Challenge were announced. The competition, now in its 31st year, attracts around 14,000 entries, which are tasted by a line-up of Masters of Wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers. After vigorous rounds of judging, the top wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Majestic entered a number of wines into the competition, as did some of our suppliers. Below is a list of our favourites that won gold this year....

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - Also awarded ‘English Sparkling’ Trophy

Nyetimber is now established as one of England's finest sparkling wine producers, and it continues to do well in international competitions such as the IWC.  The 2009 Classic Cuvee has 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.  It is also open to taste today!

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Mud House if one of several great sauvignon blancs we stock from New Zealand.  This wine has a pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.  If you like The Ned you'll like this!

Natale Verga Barolo 2009 & 2010

This wine comes from grapes sourced from an 11-hectare estate owned by the Gomba family, and has been matured for 24 months in French oak casks. An inviting garnet colour, this wine offers a blackberry bouquet, accented with persistent notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke. A warming palate with undertones of spice and graphite.  

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2012

The 2011 won bronze but they have gone two better this year with the 2012 and won gold.  This has not yet reached our store but will be with us shortley.  and is the flagship wine in the Viñalba range. Created by Hervé Fabre, one of the first Bordeaux-schooled winemakers to come in to Argentina, and to recognise Malbec's potential in its high-altitude terroirs.



Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV £14.99 onlyDate published: 06/06/14

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV

This wonderful Champagne has found its way onto our Pick N' Mix selection. You can enjoy this beauty for just £14.99

This wine is Pinot dominated which leads to a rich, yet very approachable house style. 

Expect crisp golden fruits, brioche flavours, and a satisfying mousse like texture that will fizz in the glass for as long as you allow it to stay in there!



Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml BottlesDate published: 06/06/14

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml Bottles

This fantastic beer is on an amazing offer at just £24 a case, that's just £1 per bottle!!

An excellent lager from the Czech Republic at an impressive price!

An ideal partner to watching the World Cup


Natalia's favorite sparkiling wineDate published: 06/06/14

 Bouvet Saumur Brut

So the summer is (almost) upon us. Can't stretch to Champagne... why not try this sparkler from France.

Made by the one and only Taittinger, made in the same Champagne method and bottled/fermented along side their Champagne (the oldest Champagne cellars in the world)... only they can't call it Champagne because it is made using Chenin Blanc grapes sourced from the Loire region. 

A light soft fruity style of sparkling wine sure to get your party off to full swing!

£13.49 Buy two save 1/3 = £8.99 a bottle


Party wines under £6 - available to taste this weekendDate published: 06/06/14

Santa Rita 120 Carménère 2013 Central Valley

£8.99Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£5.99P

Grape

Carmenère

Origin

Santa Rita's 120 range has been named in tribute to 120 freedom fighters who sheltered at the Santa Rita winery during Chile's war of independence in 1814. The Carmènère is sourced from a range of vineyard sites throughout Chile's Central Valley.

Taste

A lively and juicy representation of this variety, with a soft and supple texture, bright brambly fruit and subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf, and a hint of vanilla from 6 months in French oak

Gavi Montiero 2013 Rocca

£8.99Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£5.99

Grape

Cortese

Origin

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 success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.

Taste

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.


New offers!! Date published: 06/06/14

Tried everything on our current deals? Want to try something new? Then we have good news for you!

From Tuesday the 3rd of June we will have a whole new range of wines on offer for a whole month! While we can't give out any info yet, take our word for it that there are some juicy bargains to be had! So make sure you pop in on Tuesday or check out our website, www.majestic.co.uk and see what takes your fancy! 


don't you just hate when you miss one of our short offer?Date published: 06/06/14

Don't you just hate when you miss one of our short offer?

If you would like to be the first to know when we release new tasting dates then why not add your email to our private list. 

Send us a quick message to gid@majestic.co.uk stating that you want to be notified of future tastings then we will pop you in our VIP email list, easy as that!! 
All of our tasting events are free so it is a great way to explore the wonderful world of wine.


Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough for £20 onlyDate published: 06/06/14

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough


£27.50

Special Price£25.00

Buy 2 bottles save £10

£20.00


Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

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

Taste

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

Laurent–Perrier Rose NV again at great priceDate published: 22/05/14

Laurent–Perrier Rose NV (£49.97 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%)

Unusually made by the saignee method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing aperitif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.



Know your wine terms: SpanishDate published: 21/05/14

Blanco: White

Bodega: Winery

Cava: Sparkling wine made using the traditional method (ie. the same method used in Champagne)

Crianza: DOC Spanish wine that has satisfied certain minimum age requirements for aging in cask and bottle. Younger than a 'reserva'.

Dulce: Sweet

Elaborado (por): Produced (by)

Gran Reserva: A wine that gas seen long aging in cask and bottle. Minimum periods are set by the law and vary from one region to the other.

Granvas: Tank-fermented sparkling wine.

Reserva: For Spanish this term indicates time spent aging in cask and bottle for legally defined periods somewhere between a Crianza and a Gran Reserva. For other wines, such as those from Chile, it has no legal meaning.

Rosado: Rosé

Vendimia: Vintage

Vina: Vineyard

Vino Generoso: Fortified wine.


Bussola!!!Date published: 21/05/14

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca' del Laito 2010 Tommaso Bussola - £22 or buy 2 save £10 = £17

A new one into the range, some of you might recognize the name "Bussola"?
We previously stocked the Valpolicella Classico wine by this incredible Italian producer, and now we've got a new one!
Made in the Ripasso style, where the fermentation is enhanced by grapes whose skins are dried out or "raisined" in the sun after harvest. This evaporates the water, concentrating the sugars and flavour compounds. This style is very similar in the way that the Italians make Amarone, so if you like your big, bold, concentrated wines, then this one is definitely one to try.

An immensely concentrated, full-bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends up to 18 months in wood. The result is an immensely rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours. 


Drink now or over the next 5 years. In store now!

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV FranciacortaDate published: 21/05/14

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Origin

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, having been made a DOC in 1967. Ten years earlier, Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went on to become the region's largest sparkling wine producer.

Taste

With its Chardonnay-biased blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate. Generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and citrus character.

Enjoy

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.



Bring a Friend SchemeDate published: 19/05/14

Pick up one of our Bring a Friend vouchers in store and you can receive an amazing offer!

Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle specifically chosen for you*

The only thing better than wine with friends is when it comes free.

Come and Explore!

*up to the value of £10.



Great beer offer - Sam Adams £24 for case of 24 bottlesDate published: 17/05/14

If you like a bit of American craft beer then you won't want to miss out on our great Sam Adams offer...

A 24 bottle case is now just £24... that's right, £1 per bottle!!!

This beer is a recreation of a 19th century American recipe - rich and satisfying. So make sure you add a case to your next order!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Samuel-Adams-Boston-Lager-zid28472?tracking=|searchterm:adams


All new tastings for you in storeDate published: 17/05/14


If you would like to attend the Wine Course or Spotlight Tasting you will need to book your place in advance.

FREE WINE COURSE 23rd of May at 6pm until 7.30pm 

A free 90 minute introduction to wine, including how to taste, how wine is made and some great food and wine matching tips! Please RSVP to confirm your place.

NEW ZEALAND SPOTLIGHT WEEK 6 June - 12 June
If you're a fan (as so many are) of the wines of New Zealand you'll definitely want to call in from 6-12 June because our tasting counter will be heaving with fantastic kiwi wines. Everyone welcome.

FREE WINE COURSE 12 June 18:30-20:00
A free 90 minute introduction to wine, including how to taste, how wine is made and some great food and wine matching tips! Please RSVP to confirm your place.

ITALY SPOTLIGHT WEEK 13 June - 19 June
Call in and join us to experience la dolce vita from 13-19 June, as we'll have a range of Italian wines open on the tasting counter all week. Everyone welcome.

ITALY SPOTLIGHT TASTING 14 June 15:00-15:30
For a more in-depth exploration of Italian wines, join us for a FREE 30-minute tutored Spotlight Tasting. It's just a few hours before England play Italy in theWorld Cup, but football colours are welcome! Please RSVP to confirm your place.


Sparkling Saturday - Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV FranciacortaDate published: 17/05/14

Sparkling Saturday - Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta

£22.49 buy 2 save 33% = £14.98

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, having been made a DOC in 1967. Ten years earlier, Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went on to become the region's largest sparkling wine producer.

With its Chardonnay-biased blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate. Generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and citrus character. Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.

And open to taste today in Majestic Gidea Park

New for SummerDate published: 17/05/14



Piedtanqué Blanc, 

Vin de France 2013  Piedtanqué Blanc is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Terret and Ugni Blanc from both the Languedoc and the vineyards of South West France. It’s a refreshing, easy-drinking white with lots of citrus characters and crisp acidity

£5.49 all Summer

Piedtanqué Rosé, 

Vin de France 2013  The first of a range of three new entry level Vins de France wines retailing at £5.49. The striking modern label is a pun on the original name for Pétanque or boules – Pied Tanqué meaning “planted foot”. Made from a blend of Carignan with a little bit of Cinsault, this wine is a fresh, easy-drinking Rosé bursting with red summer fruits. 

£5.49 all Summer

Piedtanqué Rouge,

 Vin de France 2013  The Piedtanqué Rouge is a blend of Carignan and Merlot from vineyards in the Hérault valley. Vinification is a mixture of traditional and thermo-vinification which enhances the ripe, juicy character of the wine. Attractive aromas of red fruits on the nose give way to concentrated dark berry fruits on the palate, refreshing acidity and a long juicy finish. 

£5.49 all Summer

Wine of the week - AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl MagnumDate published: 17/05/14

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum

£19.99

GrapeGrenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Origin

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. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

Taste

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


New Wine! Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand. 2013.Date published: 12/05/14

A wonderful new Marlborough Sauvignon at a great price. Mud house wines was started in 1996 and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

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

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes.


New wine - Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012Date published: 12/05/14

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012

This vibrant and fruity red originates from the famous Valpolicella viticultural zone of Veneto, north-eastern Italy.

Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella are the three grape varieties used and contribute to the typically fragant style. This particular example has distinct notes of cherry and bramble, with a chocolatey finish. It is a medium-bodied wine and accompanies most red meats well, in particular venison and beef.

The term 'ripasso' refers to the winemaking technique whereby used Amarone skins are added to the fermenting grape juice. If you've previously enjoyed our Valpolicella La Casetta, the Minini is a great (and cheaper!) alternative.

£12.99 Buy 2 bottles, save 25% :£9.74


Do not miss our Summer Tasting, 15th of May!!!Date published: 10/05/14

Come and join us this May for one of the most popular in store tastings of the year....Summer tasting. With a wide range of wines at every price and some great nibbles this is not one to miss. Call or email the team at Gidea Park to secure your space.

Why to chose Fine Wine Plan with MajesticDate published: 10/05/14


The Fine Wine Plan is a simple and effective way to build a personally tailored fine wine collection - join now from £50 per month.

 

With access to a vast range of fine wines from some of the greatest producers in the world, Lay & Wheeler’s Fine Wine Plan is designed to be completely flexible. Whatever your tastes and budget, your personal wine consultant will be able to select and advise upon the best wines to suit your requirements.

You don’t even have to worry about the best place to keep your wines, as they can be stored at Vinothèque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse, which is designed to provide the perfect conditions for the maturation of fine wines.

All you need to do is decide where and when you would like to enjoy your next delicious bottle of fine wine.

*Your FREE case will be added to your reserves in bond after your first subscription payment has been received. Free case when you subscribe £100 or more per month. Free wine is available for withdrawal after 12 months of continued membership and will be subject to delivery, UK duty and VAT. Free Cases also attract cellarage at your normal rate.


New and exciting!Date published: 10/05/14

 Miravel Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence

£17.99

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 stonefruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.

And open to taste this weekend!

Also available in magnum format for £38!


Wine of the week - Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/05/14

News for you all you Ned fans out there..... we have a new contender! MUDHOUSE SAUVIGNON BLANC is now part of our Summer Selection, £6.66 when you buy any 2 from our 33% offer. 

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. Packed full of guava and passion fruit, with a steely fresh finish, this is a great Kiwi Sauvignon and perfect for a summer BBQ. 

Don't forget, you heard it here first!


New way of pricing at Majestic!Date published: 10/05/14


 We've changed the way some of our deals work. Now you can truly pick and mix accross the range. It is simply as follows...

Summer Collection 33% off - Buy any two wines in this deal to save a third! (Orange)

Buy two save 25% - that's right any two on this deal and save 25% (Blue)

Buy two save 15%- save 15% when you buy any two of the selected wines (Light Purple)

Happy shopping folks!!!



Langlois L’Extra Crémant de Loire Date published: 09/05/14

Langlois L’Extra Crémant de Loire 


 This is another new addition to the sparkling range. Langlois is part of the Bollinger empire. Only made using hand-picked grapes, the final blend is 60% Chenin and 40% Chardonnay, with a minimum of twelve months on the lees. A modern style of sparkler, this is well priced at £9.99 on the 33% offer ongoing.

Available to taste on Saturday 10th of May

New to the Range: Killka ChardonnayDate published: 05/05/14

Killka Chardonnay: £7.99 when you buy 2

From the same producer that brings us Portillo Malbec, a consistent favourite amongst malbec lovers. Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay.

Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.


Sam Adams £1 a bottle!Date published: 05/05/14

We have an amazing deal on Sam Adams Boston Lager at the moment. Just £24 for a case of 24.


New to the Range: P15 MalbecDate published: 05/05/14

P15 Malbec: £11.99

'Picada 15' is the name of the old highway that runs alongside the vineyards of San Patricio del Chañar, Neuquén province, where this wine is made from the fruit of relatively young vines. At 39º latitude, Neuquén is Argentina's southernmost wine region.

A fresh and youthful Malbec, with a focus on ripe cherry and plum flavours. The nose is lifted and expressive, with heady violet and subtle vanilla. Middleweight tannins give harmony and structure.



Spaces still avaliable: Chilean Spotlight tastingDate published: 30/04/14

We still have a few space left for our Chilean Spotlight tasting on Saturday the 3rd of may starting at 3:00pm and lasting for 30 minutes

Just speak to a member of staff if you are interested.

Hurry though spaces are nearly taken.


Wine of the Week Portillo Malbec 2013!Date published: 30/04/14

This week the Portillo Malbec has dropped in price to £6.99 as a one month special! So what better time to stock up on this staff and customer favourite!

With 200ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level, Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina. The multi-award winning Portillo Malbec proves an extremely popular choice, and recently won Decanter's “Best Argentinian Malbes under £10” trophy.

Giving an intense red-purple colour, the Portillo offers an equally intense nose of plum and brambles. This is followed by ripe, fresh black fruit on the palate, held together by lush tannins and a round, fulsome body.

Drink now with lightly spiced lamb or date tagine.

ONLY, £6.99

When you buy 2 or more wines on the “save 33.3% offer” (£10.49 single bottle price)


Wine of the Week - Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 28/04/14

Origin: This Marlborough sauvignon blanc is a classic of it's kind. From the heart of the wine-making revolution, Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats at a cool temperature in order to release every ounce of flavour, helping the grapes achieve their full potential.

Taste: This sauvignon is crisp and elegant with a nose of gooseberry and tropical fruits which follows through in the taste. A subtle herbaceous flavour balances the wine perfectly.

This wine is a classic choice for aperitifs, a crisp salad or fresh seafood, but it will of course drink beautifully on it's own.

£11.99 or £7.99 when you buy any 2 wines from our April pick 'n' mix offer!!


Wine of the Week - Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 28/04/14

Origin: This Marlborough sauvignon blanc is a classic of it's kind. From the heart of the wine-making revolution, Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats at a cool temperature in order to release every ounce of flavour, helping the grapes achieve their full potential.

Taste: This sauvignon is crisp and elegant with a nose of gooseberry and tropical fruits which follows through in the taste. A subtle herbaceous flavour balances the wine perfectly.

This wine is a classic choice for aperitifs, a crisp salad or fresh seafood, but it will of course drink beautifully on it's own.

£11.99 or £7.99 when you buy any 2 selected wines


the best beer prices in EssexDate published: 19/04/14

we have some great value on cases of beer... lasting from 1st-28th April

Peroni Nastro Azzuro 24 pack only £24.00 (£1 per bottle)

Pilsner Urquell 24 pack only £24.00 (£1 per bottle)

Becks 24 pack only £22.80 (92p per bottle)

Budweiser 24 pack only £26.40 (£1.10 per bottle)

Orchard Pig Reveller Cider 12 pack only £19.92 (£1.66 per bottle)

So whether it is a family BBQ, watching the snooker,football, darts or Horse Racing there's always value to be had at Majestic



we are here to help with organizing your party...Date published: 19/04/14

Are you having a party but don't know where to start? At Majestic, not only are our staff enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, we can advise on wine to suit every budget and can offer advice through personal recommendations (one of the perks of this job is trying lots of different wine!) 

Not only this, we have a great range of soft drinks, beers and spirits, so we really are your one-stop-shop for party drinks. On top of this, we stock ice, and offer a free glass hire service, as well as chiller bin & ice bucket hire. 

We can even deliver your goods to you for free too. For the best, unrivaled advice pop in to the store or call us on 01708755311 to have a chat with one of our friendly team members, who can help you choose and fulfill all your drinks requirements!


Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 19/04/14


This week it's the brand spanking new L'Extra par Langlois Brut, NV, Cremant de Loire...

Grape: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay

Origin: This is the Loire equivalent of a Blanc de Blancs Champagne, having been made from a blend of only the regions white grapes. Made in the traditional method including 12 months maturation on lees, this is a fine example of the region sparkling wines.

Taste: 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. 

Enjoy: At any celebration (especially Easter Sunday). Will develop for a further three years with careful cellaring.

£14.99 Buy any 2 wines from our Easter Pick n mix, save 33% £9.99


Lunta Malbec 2012 Mendel Wines, MendozaDate published: 18/04/14

£12.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £10.99


Much of the fruit used in this wine comes from some of Argentina's oldest Malbec vines planted in 1928 in Luján de Cuyo. Winemaker Roberto de la Mota is one of the country's most respected, and has worked with several top producers of France and Argentina.

Deep and inky, the wine exhibits ripe raspberry, plum and bramble on the nose, followed by vanilla and toast from 12 months in French oak. Voluptuous tannin and lush forest fruits fill the palate. Drink now or over the next 3-4 years. Try with rich pasta dishes, or grilled lamb kefta.


M de Minuty - the best selling rose wine in Gidea ParkDate published: 16/04/14



M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren

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.

£14.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% 

£9.99

All this week we're celebrating Malbec World Day!Date published: 15/04/14

All this week we're celebrating Malbec World Day!
Now in it's fourth year Malbec World Day is a celebration of delicious Argentine Malbec and the unique culture of Argentina. On this page http://www.majestic.co.uk/argentinian-malbec-wine you'll find an unrivalled range of top Malbecs from across Argentina. All these Malbecs are characterised by their deep intensity and inky richness - the perfect foil for red meats, especially the famous Argentinian steak.



Fantastic Provence Rose - on line exclusiveDate published: 15/04/14

Provence Rose - on line exclusive

This parcel makes it easy to add the glamour of the south of France to all your summer celebrations – from Miraval Rosé, from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, to Majestic favourite M de Minuty newly available in stunning magnums – this parcel is not to be missed! Be quick though – most of these wines aren't all easy to find in the UK, especially the party perfect magnums. And you certainly won't find them anywhere else with FREE delivery or click–and–collect.


Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 6x75cl Bottles £107.94 

Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Rolle

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 complexity, with herb, citrus and wet stone notes joining layers of berry fruit.


M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 3x150cl Magnums £75

Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren

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.


Château de Berne Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 3x150cl Magnums £82.50

Grenache, Cinsault

A stunning property and landmark of Provence, Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars. This is their 'prestige cuvée' rosé in an impressive magnum version of the iconic square bottle.

An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate.




Smashing Value! Cloudy Bay Pelorus NVDate published: 14/04/14

Continuing our look at great deals on the new Pick 'N' Mix offer today we are exploring a great alternative to Champagne in the Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV. As part of the famous Cloudy Bay estate this wine has great pedigree, particularly since being taken over by LVMH ( Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) who own most of the greatest Champagne houses such as Krug, Dom Pérignon and Ruinart.  The Pelorus is made using the same grapes as they use in Champagne, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and using the same traditional method of a second fermentation in the bottle before lees ageing to give the wine rich, toasty flavours. The use of only the highest quality free-run juice also ensures that the wine is superbly elegant and soft in feel. Flavours of crisp apple are backed up by nuttiness and the yeasty complexity of the lees ageing.

If you are looking for a great value sparkling wine in the Champagne style this is the one for you. It has all the flavour and quality of a Champagne but comes at a fraction of the cost.  For a comparable Champagne you would be looking at £30 or more yet with the 33% off for being in the Pick 'N' Mix when you buy two or more bottles the Cloudy Bay Pelorus costs just £15.99. Really worth trying.


Fine Wine - Brunello di Montalcino BanfiDate published: 14/04/14

Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy's most famous and expensive wine regions.  Indeed Montalcino was praised for the standard of its wines as far back as 1831 by the future Prime Minister of Tuscany above all other Tuscan wines, including those of Chianti and Montepulciano.  The wine is made with a clone of Sangiovese that evolved locally which creates a fuller and more tannic wine.  Two years ageing in Slavonian oak helps to develop the wine and its structure without overpowering it with oak flavours.

Full of concentrated cherry flavours with chocolate and liquorice, violet and blackberry in support and framed by an excellent tannic structure and a good, full body this wine does give you plenty of long lasting flavour and a good mouth-filling feeling.  However this wine is still fairly young by Brunello standards and will definitely benefit from ageing for up to ten years to fully develop the flavours and refine the tannins further.  Lamb is an excellent partner to this wine and together they will really highlight their flavours and heighten the enjoyment of both.

With this wine you are getting a good example of one of Italy's most prestigious wines. Often costing high prices this Brunello is just £25 when you buy two or more selected Fine Wines (£30 for one) and so is more accessible and a great price for a wine of this style and potential.


Something for the weekendDate published: 13/04/14

Weekend WInes

Here are 4 wines we believe to be the ideal accompaniment to your weekend activities. All are from the Pick 'N' Mix selection, and the prices listed show the 33% saving as already deducted

Côtes-du-Rhône 2012 Léon Perdigal

The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length. Enjoy with Mediterranean lamb dishes or barbecued meats such as pork.

£6.66 

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 Mendoza

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Great with steak and venison.

£7.99

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Casablanca Valley

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

£7.99

Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012 DOC Alto Adige

A supremely poised and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.

£9.32


Hope to see you in store this weekend! 

April Pick 'n' Mix favorites - Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOCDate published: 13/04/14

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC

Grape

Prosecco

Origin

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Taste

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.

Enjoy

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

£11.99 

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£7.99

Grilled aubergines recipe, to go with our wine of the weekDate published: 11/04/14

Grilled aubergines 

4 midium sized aubergines 

1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

handful parsley leaves, finely chopped

5-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

 sea salt and black pepper to taste

150g feta cheese

lemons, for serving

Preheat the grill to maximum


Make four shallow cuts along the length of aubergine right down to the end.

Grill the aubergines for about 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so, until evenly cooked with charred skin, and until the aubergine feels soft, but not too collapsed within. Transfer to the serving dish and let rest for 2 min.

Peel  the aubergine skin in four long, narrow sheets using a small knife. Without cutting right through the stalk end, cut the aubergines in half lengthways and gently prise apart until you have two horizontal halves remaining attached at the top end.

Mix the garlic and parsley with the olive oil until well combined and spoon the mixture over the aubergine. Season lightly with salt and pepper, and crumble the feta cheese over the top. If liked, trickle over more olive oil to finish.

Serve warm, or at room temperature with lemon squeezed over, crusty bread and bowl of mix salad.


April Pick 'n' Mix favorites - Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012 DOC Alto AdigeDate published: 11/04/14

Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012 DOC Alto Adige

£13.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £9.32


Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering the Alps and Dolomites. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude.


A supremely poised and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.


Wine of the week - Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013, Côteaux d'Aix en ProvenceDate published: 11/04/14

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013,Côteaux d'Aix en Provence

£9.99

 BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £4

£7.99

Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards of Vallée des Pins are located just to the north of Aix enProvence. 

The wine is made by traditionnal 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefullyblended to achieve the desired style.

Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth offlavour and aroma. 

Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combinewith more exotic guava-like characters.

 Try with gratinated aubergines or other simple Mediterranean cuisine

April Pick 'n' Mix favorites - Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/04/14

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

£6.99

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.

Taste

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


Cocktail Wednesdays: Summery prosecco cocktailDate published: 09/04/14

Cocktail Wednesdays:  summery prosecco cocktail


Because of the sun today I am really felling summery hence this recipe:

1 bottle prosecco ( Zonin for £7.99)

4-6 tbsp rose syrup 


Pour the prosecco into flut glasses and then drizzle the rose syrup gently on top, allowing it to trickle down to the bottom.

And done!!!


Enjoy


April Pick 'n' Mix favoritesDate published: 09/04/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE

Grape

Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

£13.99Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.33 £9.32

We say olé to the Pétalos Bierzo 2011 Descendientes de J. PalaciosDate published: 06/04/14

As you may have guessed from the flags that are proudly hanging over the tasting counter, its Spanish tasting week here at Majestic! Currently on the tasting counter we have an exquisite wine which our weekend customers have certainly rated - the Pétalos Bierzo 2011 Descendientes de J. Palacios.

We thought we'd give you little profile on this boutique wine produced by Alvaro Palacio who's holdings in Bierzo total only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites.

At £15.99 on multibuy (£18.99 for single bottle) the Petalos Bierzo offers a broad spectrum of aromas that gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. It has smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish. Being a middleweight red, its an ideal match with full-flavoured pasta dishes, charcuterie and hard cheeses or game.

Overall, a must try for any lover of Spanish wine!

Special Offer Wine FeatureDate published: 06/04/14

If you're on our mailing list, you've probably received our Spring pic n mix promotion leaflet, or even popped in store already. Whilst we have some inviting Easter offers (particularly the Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99 on multibuy), we also have a separate 'special offer' display just around the corner from the pic n mix stand.  

These 'special offer' wines range between £4.99 - £5.49 and serve as an ideal option for easy drinking, party wine / larger purchases. The products involved are:

Rose Wine: Chateau La Gravette @ £5.99

White Wine: Muscadet Jean Sablenay @ £5.99 (Loire), Cuvee de Richard Blanc @ £5.49 (south-west France), Cuvee Genevieve Blanc @£4.99 (French Regions), Pasqua Pinot Grigio @ £5.99 (Italy) and Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc @ £5.49 (South Africa).

Red Wine: Cuvee de Richard Rouge @ £5.49 (south of France) and La Serrana Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra la Castilla @ £4.99 (Spain).

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For us at Gidea Park, we would recommend the Muscadet Jean Sablenay which at £5.99 is a fantastic price! 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.

In terms of taste, this classic Muscadet  is a clean, crisp, refreshing wine, with a backbone of lemon and lime flavour. There's even a hint of minerality, fresh acidity and a delicately herbaceous edge. With this in mind, its best enjoyed with simple white fish and seafood dishes.

What would you like to taste? Date published: 27/03/14

Send us your suggestions and we'll do our best to open the bottles on tasting counter. If they are a reasonable request and within our budget. We could have it open.

We are on twitter: twitter.com/majesticgid

email: gid@majestic.co.uk

phone: 01708755311

or just pop in and tell us what you would like to try and we'll add it to our suggestion list.


Wine of the Week - Testimonio 2011 Luigi BoscaDate published: 26/03/14

We've chosen our wine of the week! Its on the tasting counter ready to be opened, so pop in store and tell us what you think.

Here's a brief profile on the Testimonio 2011, Luigi Bosca - 

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah-Shiraz, Tannat

Origin

Bodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, and the Arizu family still own and run the estate today, three generations down the line. Testimonio is a blend of fruit from selected estate vineyards, designed as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'.

Taste

A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.

Its currently priced at £12.99 for a single bottle OR £8.65 when you buy at least 2. Its also part of our spring 'pic n mix' 33.3% savings! 

Happy Wednesday people.

Can you bring back unopened bottles?Date published: 25/03/14

Can you bring back unopened bottles?


It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a party or event and you certainly don't want to run out. Our staff will be happy to offer advice on quantities but to put your mind at ease we also provide a sale-or-return policy.

All we ask is that you arrange sale-or-return in advance when you are placing your order and that everything comes back in a saleable condition – we cannot refund bottles with labels peeling off, or beer in opened or incomplete cases.

We do not offer a collection service so you would be responsible for returning the items to the store from which they were bought.

Sale-or-return is at your local store manager's discretion, and should always be arranged in advance with your local store.


Last Week of Pick N' Mix Offers!!Date published: 25/03/14

Don't forget we have one week to go on our superb March Pick 'N' Mix 33% off promotion! Featuring an amazing selection of whites, reds and sparkling wines from around the world. A full mix and match with boundless choice, you can choose 6 completely different bottles – a great way to try something new. Add a bottle of something special to your cellar, or compare and contrast different styles of wine. With wines from this promotion open throughout the month, there's never been a better time to explore both old and new world wines.

Offer ends 31st March



You have a corked bottle, what should you do?Date published: 24/03/14

You have a corked bottle, what should you do?

Unfortunately, cork taint is an inevitable problem when sealing wine under natural cork, however at Majestic it needn't cause you too much hassle.

The easiest thing to do is for us to credit the value of the bottle against your next order. If ordering online, simply put a note in the delivery instructions space to say that you have a bottle you'd like to return due to it being corked; if you shop by telephone just mention it when ordering. The delivery store will then arrange this credit and collect the offending bottle when delivering.

If you prefer, we can arrange the replacement or refund sooner; you can either return the bottle to the store that carried out your delivery, or you can contact your local store to arrange an exchange the next time the van is in your area.

We ask that you keep the bottle, and preferably some of the contents so that our store staff can record the nature of the fault, helping us to assist our suppliers in their quality control.


Why do you have to buy six bottles with us?Date published: 23/03/14

Why do you have to buy six bottles with us?


At Majestic we pride ourselves on the fantastic range of services we can offer, free wine tasting, free delivery and over 1000 wines available in each store, along with some of the most knowledgeable and helpful staff in the business.

It is this that really sets us apart from the supermarket experience and it is for this reason that we retail wine and spirits with a minimum in-store purchase of six bottles of wine, spirits or Champagne, mixed by any style or price.


Majestic Gift List ServiceDate published: 22/03/14


Majestic Gift List Service

Choosing a gift list for a wedding, civil partnership or other special occasion can be incredibly difficult. Couples may already have many of the items found on a traditional gift list. Wine makes an exciting alternative to the usual choice of toasters or crockery and can be enjoyed in many years to come.

Together with the help of our trained staff we can help you create a personal wine list that offers your guests a fun and interesting gift to choose from. What could be better than your own wine cellar to greet you home from your honeymoon?

What Majestic offers

A highly personal service tailored to your requirements

Free expert advice from our knowledgeable staff

Choose from fantastic wines from around the worldYour own individual

 Gift List web page (see our main web site for example)

Free delivery to your door arranged at your convenience

Web Exclusive - Veuve Clicquot 2004 6x75cl Bottles Date published: 22/03/14

Web Exclusive  - Veuve Clicquot 2004 6x75cl Bottles 

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay


Made only in exceptional years this is a classic expression of the Clicquot style. The strength and body, due to two-thirds of black grapes, is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay.

Wonderfully golden in colour with mouth-watering lemon and baked apple flavours. This vintage boasts fine bubbles to give a creamy mouth-feel.

An excellent companion to fish or white meat.

£199.86

Villa Maria! A Marlborough Classic!Date published: 19/03/14

Always a fantastic favourite in Majestic - and now with 25% off!

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 

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.


A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.

£7.99 when you buy two or more...!

Hurry while the offer lasts!! 

There's more to Iceland than the volcanic activity of Eyjafjallajökull...Date published: 16/03/14

Iceland are definitely on to something and it involves coriander and orange peel.

Seeing as its a beautiful sunny day, it only seems right to dust off the barbecue and heat those coals. Yet as you make these preparations, what better way to the pass the time than with an ice cold, craft beer? If this has a certain resonance with your fine self, then maybe you should give the Einstök White Ale a real chance.

This craft beer from the north of Iceland is somewhat modeled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Its made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, producing a highly refreshing, citrus zing on the palate. It's full textured yet also light on the palate, thus making it an ideal beverage for a day like today.

It's currently priced at £12.99 for a case (6 bottles), or £9.99 when you buy at least 2 cases.

Enjoy!

Wine of the week - Black Cottage Rosé 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 14/03/14

Looks like the sun is back!! Soooo we've chosen a rose for our wine of the wine

Black Cottage Rosé 2013 Marlborough

£12.49 Buy 2 bottles save £5 £9.99

Origin

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.


New to the Range - Stella Alpina ChardonnayDate published: 11/03/14

NEW TO THE RANGE

We've made some great new additions to the range this Spring. The Stella Alpina Chardonnay is one that sticks out. Here's a tasting note to wet your appetite.

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering the Alps and Dolomites. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude.

A supremely poised and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.

Perfect with feta-stuffed breast of chicken.

£13.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.33


Mum's the WordDate published: 11/03/14

30th March is Mother's Day, therefore we have some exceptional offers for you!

One of the best deals on Champagne in our current offers has to be Taittinger Brut N/V - down to £27.99 (from £42.00 - 2+ P'n'M wines).

A blend of 40% Chardonnay, with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier making up the rest of the blend, it is aged for 3 years (where the minimum requirement for a non vintage is only 15 months).  This ageing gives a balanced, delicate champagne with peach and honeyed notes and a long elegant finish.  

There are obviously alternatives, and we have the Graham Beck sparkling Rose down to £9.99 (from £14.99), or the favorite Lindauer Rose down to £8.99 (from £13.49) amongst others.  These are all on the Pick'n'Mix promotion, so you could buy one of each and get the cheaper price on them all! One for the Mum's in your life and one for you to keep!  


Extra additions to Pick "n" Mix , one week only offers!!!Date published: 11/03/14


These are the wines being added to the Pick and Mix:

This offer end 18th of March so hurry up!!! 
Chateau Meaume £9.99 down to £6.66

 Gavi Montiero 8.99 down to £5.99

 Vina Eguia Reserva £13.49 down to £8.99

 Vina Eguia Gran Reserva £9.99 down to £6.66

 Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25.00 down to £16.66

 Veuve Clicquot NV £45.00 down to £29.98

Prosecco Corte Alta £9.99 down to £6.66

The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc £10.49 down to £6.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc - £12.49 down to £8.33

Saturday Kitchen recommendationsDate published: 09/03/14

Saturday Kitchen - 8th March

Olly Smith has selected these wines for the Heaven and Hell dishes: Paul Mas Estate Viognier 2013, Leyda Reserva Syrah 2011 

Paul Mas Estate Viognier 'Nicole Vineyard' 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc

The vineyards of Paul Mas account for nearly 100 hectares around the town of Pézenas near the Mediterranean coast. With only 15% of the grapes fermented and aged in oak, this Viognier places the emphasis firmly on freshness of flavour.

The characteristic peach and floral notes take centre stage and the oak's vanilla and honey touches adding very subtle embellishments.

Leyda Reserva Syrah 2011 Leyda Valley

This Syrah comes from a plot of relatively young vines, planted on a northeast-facing slope. Consequently it is one of Leyda's warmer sites, ideal for ripening this thicker-skinned red grape. The wine undergoes 14 months maturation in new and old French oak.

An expressive and open nose of blackberry and redcurrant, with the trademark tinges of black and white pepper and heady spiciness. The palate has good concentration and enduring mocha notes.


Jancis Robinson - recommends DB Reserve Chardonnay 2011Date published: 09/03/14

Jancis Robinson - Wine of the Week - Published 7th March


Lots of leesiness and freshness. Much, much better and more interesting than most SE Australian Chardonnay...Doesn't taste as old as a 2011 either…? Good Value...16 points out of 20 and recommend drinking it any time this year. 
As you can tell, I was really impressed by how tense and sophisticated this is considering that Majestic are selling it at £6.66 a bottle if two bottles are bought....this wine really is a bargain. 

Cocktail Saturday - Hendricks MartiniDate published: 08/03/14

Cocktail Saturday - Hendricks Martini


As Josephine is on Holiday, lucky her, I thought I will share with you my favorite cocktail:

Hendricks Martini

It need to be gin, forget about tasteless vodka martini. 

You need to use good gin, the better alcohol you use for making cocktail the better outcome.

My favorite is Hendricks - very unusual gin, with delicate rose petal aroma follow by even more sublime cucumber.

25ml/1fl oz gin

25ml/1fl oz dry vermouth

cucumber to garnish

Pour the vermouth, into a cocktail shaker and shake hard with ice then strain the vermouth out and pour gin over the ice, shake for few seconds -do not let the ice to melt and make you gin watery.

Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cucumber!!.



Spring courgette and goat cheese salad to go with Greywacke Sav BlancDate published: 08/03/14

Courgette and goats cheese salad


4-6 small young courgettes

1  chicory, make sure is very fresh

handful of baby tomatoes

soft  goats' cheese - the one with rim is the best

2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

4 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

salt and black pepper


Cut up all the vegetables into good sized chunks, I like to make courgette ribbons with potato peeler . Cut the goats' cheese into 0,5 cm discs. 

Mix olive oil with lemon - you can add some fresh herbs  (mint or oregano) 

Toss well. Sprinkle over the pine nuts and serve.


Fine Wine Greywacke Sauvignon 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 08/03/14

Greywacke Sauvignon 2013 Marlborough


Greywacke (pronounced 'grey-wacky') is the name given to the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate's vineyard. The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

Intense aromatics of melon, peach and papaya are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and capsicum. The palate is crisp but remarkably mouth-filling, a small portion of the wine having been oak fermented.


£19.99 buy save £6

£16.99


Extra ordinary beers at MajesticDate published: 06/03/14


Extra ordinary beers at Majestic


Buy Any 2  of Craft Beers, Save £6

Mix and match your craft beers and save £6 

Anchor Steam 6x355ml Bottles - A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

Brooklyn Lager 6x355ml Bottles - A amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog 6x330ml Can - A light and refreshing lager brewed with rye and wheat.



How to invest in wine with MajesticDate published: 06/03/14

How to invest in wine with Majestic


The Fine Wine Plan.

Ever thought about buying wine Fine Wine En Primeur?  Many fine wines are offered "En Primeur" (before they have been bottled by the producer and are still resting in barrel) and "In Bond" (exclusive of duty and VAT). 

Majestic's partner company Lay & Wheeler offer a fine wine plan which is a simple and effective way to gradually build your own fine wine collection for as little as £50 per month.  Some of the benefits of buying En Primeur with Lay & Wheeler include:

•  Storage at Vinotéque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse.

•  Expert advice from knowledgeable and passionate staff.

•  An exciting and ever-evolving range.

•  Bordeaux and Burgundy En Primeur and fine wines from Champagne , Rioja, Tuscany and Piedmont in good vintages.

For more information please visit http://www.layandwheeler.com


New Pick "n" Mix for March ...Date published: 06/03/14


New Pick "n" Mix for March ...

We've refreshed our Pick 'N' Mix selection for March, including some fantastic deals on Champagne, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanc, and South African wines. Listed below are just a small representation from our range, all at an unbeatable 33% off! For a full listing check out our website www.majestic.co.uk/alton and don't forget to follow us on twitter @majesticalton

- Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66

- Macon Village Roches Blanches - £7.99

- Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne - £24.99

- Heidseck Monopole NV Champagne - £16.66

- Eguia Crianza Rioja - £6.33 

- Boschendal Chenin Blanc - £5.99

Over the next week we shall be reviewing these wines on our home page, so make sure you check them out! 



Hurry up Offers Ending 3rd MarchDate published: 01/03/14

Offers Ending 3rd March

Our current selection of February offers will be ending on the 3rd March. Don't miss out on some great bargains, including our additional Argentinian Malbec offers. With great buys such as Macon Lugny , Latour at only £8.99 and Rioja Crianza, Gran Vendema at £5.99 there really is plenty for everyone!

#ComeandExplore


Beer for weekend - Paulaner Original Date published: 01/03/14

Paulaner Original 12x500ml Bottles

A classic Bavarian lager from one of the most famous of Munich's many breweries.

 Established in 1634 in Munich by the Minim friars of theNeudeck ob der Au cloister. The mendicant order and the brewery are named afterFrancis of Paola, the founder of the order. Paulaner is one of the six breweries who provide beer for Oktoberfest, the German beer festival dating from 1810.

Paulaner ranks number 8 among Germany's best selling breweries.


Gift vouchers - perfect giftDate published: 28/02/14

 Gift Vouchers!

Majestic Gift Vouchers are the perfect gift for a wine lover, and are available in £10, £20 and £50 denominations.

Gift Vouchers can currently only be purchased or redeemed in person at one of our stores across the UK, and are not available online.

If you need to grab a quick gift for a loved one pick up your vouchers in store today!

Vouchers can be redeemed at Majestic Wine Warehouses in the UK for wines, Champagnes, spirits and other products (excluding deposits for loan of glasses and other items). Our minimum purchase of 6 bottles, mixed by any style or price, applies to all purchases using vouchers. 6-bottle orders  are delivered free of charge, anywhere in mainland UK. Deliveries must include wine, Champagne and/or spirits.

Wine of the week - Surani Costarossa 2011 Primitivo di ManduriaDate published: 28/02/14

Surani Costarossa 2011 Primitivo di Manduria


Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. This wine is made by over-ripening the grapes on the vine, then harvesting and fermenting them over a lengthy 20 days, then oak-ageing to create a rich style.


Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish.


California, new and old Date published: 28/02/14

Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2012 North Coast Chardonnay

£12.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 £11.99

In partnership with several local growers throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of Califonia, Clos du Bois has access to almost 800 acres of vineyard spanning a diverse range of microclimates. Their aim is to emulate the classic wine styles of France

A richly fruity Chardonnay, full of ripe pear, apple blossom and lemon notes, complemented by subtle oak toast and a creamy texture from oak ageing around one-third of the blend.


Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah-Shiraz, Petite Syrah

£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 £11.99

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.

Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

£32.00

Saintsbury have recently replaced their Reserve series of Pinot Noir with single-vineyard bottlings. This Stanly Ranch Vineyard wine is an example of this, expressively showing the subtle nuances imparted to a wine by a specific vineyard site.

"... showing rich blackberry and blueberry fruit, with pretty loamy, earthy shadings. Gains traction and depth, ending with firm tannins and a pleasing mineral edge." 92 points - Wine Spectator.


Foxen Pinot Noir 2012 Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara

£29.00 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 £24.00

This small Santa Barbara winery produces highly individual Pinot Noir wines quite unlike those from Napa and Sonoma. It offers aromatic flavours of herb, black cherry and spicy new oak scents with a ripe tannic structure. Excellent with duck, goose or turkey.

delivery service now free for ANY order of six bottlesDate published: 26/02/14

Our outstanding delivery service is second to none because everything is managed here in Gidea Park, from the moment you order until the moment our Majestic van arrives at your door. We'll give you a call to arrange delivery at a convenient time for you, including evenings and weekends.

Now this remarkable service is free for ANY order of six bottles or more on mainland UK. There's no longer a delivery charge for orders under £40. That means you can choose any wines you like, including our most budget friendly wines under £6(http://www.majestic.co.uk/wines-under-six) and benefit from this unbeatable service. Isn't it time we came to yours?



Malbec on 33.3% discount - one week only!!!!!Date published: 26/02/14


Just when you thought we can not do better than 33.3% on our Pick "n" Mix, we  are giving you another humdinger of an offe

 33.3%  OFF MALBEC! 

This is a cracking promotion, with every Argentine Malbec included, from the outstanding value ofCalli Bell Malbec £5.99,to premium level wines at strikingly reasonable prices, like the Catena Zapata Malbec at £39.98, down from £60. 

Here are your favorites:

Callia Bella Malbec 2012, San Juan - Was £8.99, Now £5.99!

 With this offer, the Callia Bella immediately becomes one of the five best buys in our range. I buy it when it's £8.99 and consider it good value. So for less than £6, this is quite staggering value for money. The fruit is incredibly fresh; blackberry and black cherry most prominent. Fine acidity and plush tannin and a lovely structure.

Catena Malbec 2011, Mendoza - Was £13.99, Now £9.33!

From the Catena Winery, Argentina's foremost Malbec producer, come the Catena Malbec. Also on the fresher side, the blackcurrant fruit is accompanied by a beguiling vanilla spice and hints of nutmeg. Robust but not overwhelming, this is an ideal artner for more robust beef dishes. The classic partner being char-grilled steak.

Malbec Luigi Bosca 2011 Vistalba  - Was £15.99, Now £10.66!


Bodega Luigi Bosca was started in 1901, when the original wave of Italian winemakers had settled in Argentina, and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Vistalba is an important sub-region of Lujan de Cuyo, located at 990m above sea level.Deeply ruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtle vanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.


Japanese chilli prawn, something to go with Pelorus RoseDate published: 26/02/14

Japanese chilli prawn something to go with Pelorus Rose


Ingredients:

20 large  prawns, cooked and peeled

2 limes, zest only

1 red chilli, seeds removed, very finely chopped

For the Japanese mayonnaise

100g/4oz good-quality mayonnaise

2-3 tsp ready-made wasabi paste, or to taste

2 spring onions, finely chopped

1-2 tbsp Japanese rice wine

1 lime, zest only, plus juice from ½ the lime


For the prawns, mix the prawns with the lime zest and chilli and set aside, covered, to marinate in the fridge for at least one hour.

In the mean time mix all the Japanese mayonnaise ingredients together and transfer the mixture to a serving bowl.

And.... get dipping

So easy but delicious!!!

Pick'n'mix 33% favorites Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NV New ZealandDate published: 26/02/14

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NV New Zealand

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Origin

An excellent rosé from New Zealand's masters of top quality sparkling wine. Vinified in the traditional method, from 80% Pinot Noir, selected from a number of parcels in the Wairau Valley, blended to create a defined yet delicate style..

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Drink with smoked salmon or charcuterie canapés, sashimi or Peking duck.

£26.99Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£17.98

Wine of the week - Passimento 2011 PasquaDate published: 26/02/14

Passimento 2011 Pasqua

Grape:  Merlot, Corvina and Croatina

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

Available to try on our tasting counter today

£11.99 Buy two save £6 = £8.99


External TastingsDate published: 24/02/14

Have a group of friends who love wine? Have a birthday coming up? Part of a wine circle/society? 

Well good news.. We do external tastings! We can come to a venue of your choice and let you taste some of our amazing wines.

All you have to do is let us know the amount of people attending and the wines you want us to bring. We can do wines from a certain country, wines containing the same grape or food and wine matching. You would have to pay for the wines yourselves, but we do everything else. 


Greywacke 2013 is now available in storeDate published: 24/02/14

This fantastic Marlborough Sauvignon is now available at Majestic Gidea Park, on multibuy at £16.99 (full price £19.99). 



Badger Mixed Case NEW!!!Date published: 23/02/14

Badger Mixed Case 12x500ml Bottles mixed case of ales from the fabulous Hall & Woodhouse brewery in Dorset.

The brewery traces its roots to 1777, when Charles Hall founded the Ansty Brewery (Ansty being a village near Blandford). The Hall & Woodhouse partnership dates from 1847, when Charles' son and successor went into business with George Woodhouse.

The case include four of the most famous beers from this brewery:

Flyer (formerly Blandford Fly) - a dark bottled ale flavoured with ginger and spices

Hopping Hare - a light coloured cask ale available between February and May

First Gold - a fairly dark ale with orange and spices

Tanglefoot  - is a premium bitter, 4.9% as a cask ale, and 5% as a filtered beer in bottles and cans. According to a story presently written on the bottle, it was given its name when the Head Brewer drank "several tankards" and "fell on" a name for the beer


Timothy Taylor Landlord NEW!!!Date published: 22/02/14

Timothy Taylor is a regional brewery founded in 1858 by Timothy Taylor. Originally based in Cook Lane, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England they moved to larger premises in 1863 at Knowle Spring, where they remain to this day.

 Landlord, a pale bitter, 4.1% when sold filtered in the bottle. It was created for miners, to compete against local rival Barnsley Bitter.

Landlord was four times Champion Beer of Britain at the 'Great British Beer Festival.

 The brand attracted media attention when Madonna said in an interview with Jonathan Ross that it was her favourite beer.

Pick'n'mix 33% favorites Casa d'Aragona 2010/2012 Salice SalentinoDate published: 22/02/14


Casa d'Aragona 2010/2012 Salice Salentino

Salice Salentino is a small town in the middle of Puglia, Italy's 'heel', and was recognised as a DOC as recently as 1976, although wine has been made in this region since Greco-Roman times. This wine is a blend of the two principal native local red grapes (Negroamaro & Malvasia Nera)

Vibrant cherry red with a garnet tint acquired through ageing. A ripe red fruit character and round texture are accented by dry spice and tobacco notes, and supported by sinewy tannins.

£8.99 Buy two bottles save 1/3 = £5.99

Delegat's Web ExclusiveDate published: 21/02/14

Delegat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 Hawkes Bay 6x75cl Bottles  £41.94

Made from the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this Delegat's Web Exclusive wine is a New World winner! Bursting with lush black fruits, its vibrancy really shines through. Have this soft and velvety wine with steak or your weekend roast.

Delegat Reserve Merlot 2009 Hawkes Bay 6x75cl Bottles  £41.94

This Merlot from the Delegat's Web Exclusive is made from the very best fruit in Hawkes Bay. Packed with ripe, juicy, dark fruit flavours and a full bodied richness; this wine is great with tomato pasta dishes and red meats.

Burrow Hill Cider NEW!!!Date published: 21/02/14

 Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.  Owner, Julian Temperley, (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist with no interest in selling his cider through major supermarkets. This is a Majestic exclusive line.  All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style.  In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to offer them to our customers. 

bargain bouquet! Date published: 21/02/14

bargain bouquet! 

We have a great selection of wines at unmissable prices. Two cracking deals include the Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc and Cuvee Genevieve Blanc 2012

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2012 Central Valley £5.99

A medium-bodied, ruby red wine, offering aromas of ripe red berries, wild herbs and tomato leaf. The palate delivers ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with both fresh acidity and rounded tannin.

Cuvée Geneviève Blanc 2012 Vin de France £4.99

Light and straightforward, with an up-front nose of citrus fruit, tinged with a subtle leafy character. Crisp and dry on the palate, with plenty of refreshing acidic bite. A very versatile wine that can be enjoyed on its own or partnered with pasta salads, or simple white meat and fish dishes.

If you like a good bargain then come and explore our bargain bouquet! 



Pick'n'mix 33% favorites L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal, Date published: 20/02/14

L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal, 

£6.66


Grape

Malbec

Origin

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.


Taste

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.

Fine Wines: Walter Hansel Pinot Noir & ChardonnayDate published: 19/02/14

California's Sonoma County is perhaps one of America's most prolific wine making regions. What differentiates Sonoma from the equally famous Napa County is its unique climate, and thus its ability to grow far more grapes in more varied conditions. Within Sonoma, lies the Russian River Valley which is one of the county's coolest areas, often heavily affected by fog generated by the valley's proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Due to this regular fog shroud, the acidity levels are somewhat refreshingly pronounced in Russian River Valley wines.

Chardonnay was arguably the most planted grape within Sonoma and was easily the most celebrated variety. However it was the richness of the Russian River Pinot Noir (particularly its distinctive red berry fruit characteristics) which has drawn considerable critical attention to the region. 

Here at Gidea Park we've recently introduced the Hansel North Slope Pinot Noir, 2011 and the Hansel Estate Chardonnay 2010 to our fine wine shelf. These two incredible wines from the same the producer, demonstrate the unique qualities of Russian River Valley. Hansel's Pinot Noir offers a smooth and silky texture on the palate with flavours of ripe raspberries and cherries, mixed with sweet spice and earthy notes, beautifully balanced with a long elegant finish. Its a fuller style of Pinot Noir, making it a great match with roast duck breast or roast guinea fowl. It's currently priced at £28.00.

The chardonnay offers huge complexity and depth, particularly a popcorny richness and intelligently used expensive French oak. It's currently priced at £23.00


Cocktail Wednesdays: The GodfatherDate published: 19/02/14

'We're gonna make you an offer you can't refuse.'

Who doesn't love the classic Godfather films? The same could be said for this sweet, sharp cocktail which is dangerous easy to make, let alone drink. 

We're half way through the working week, so why not treat yourself to some cocktail times? Because lets be honest, you completely deserve it (maybe?). The method is simple, and the ingredients are conveniently few. 

All you need is 2 parts (35ml) of scotch whisky, 2 parts amaretto, some ice and for pure style a classic whisky glass. For those interested in a slight variation, you can swap the scotch whisky for cream, thus transforming the Godfather into the Godchild cocktail.

Scotch whisky and Amaretto at Majestic Wine Gidea Park:

1. Disaronno, amaretto @ £15.00 flat price.

2. Monkey Shoulder, scotch whisky @ £30.00 or £25.00 when you buy at least 2.

3. Teacher's Highland Cream. scotch whisky @ £18.00 flat price.

4. Bell's original @ £19.00

5. Famous Grouse @ £20.00

Pick 'n' mix red wine of the day: Rioja Crianza 2010 Gran VendemaDate published: 17/02/14

Rioja Crianza 2010 Gran Vendema

Grape: Tempranillo

Origin

A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year-old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Supremely versatile, this can be drunk on its own or paired with cured meats, pork chops, and all Mediterranean cuisine.

Price

Currently @ £8.99 for single bottle or £5.99 when you buy at least 2! Its also on our tasting counter today, so come and pop in to Gidea Park.


Pick 'n' mix white wine of the day: Ondine Sauvignon BlancDate published: 17/02/14

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Darling, Western CapeGrape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style.

Taste

Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture. 

Currently in our pick 'n' mix special promotion. Single bottle price @ £8.99 or @ £5.99 when you buy 2! It's also on our tasting counter, so pop in store today.

Pick'n'mix 33% favorites Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Western CapeDate published: 14/02/14

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Western Cape

GrapeSauvignon Blanc, Sémillion

Origin

This Sauvignon Blanc has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend. 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.

Taste

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.


Pick'n'mix 33% favorites Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. GuigalDate published: 12/02/14

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal

£7.99

Grenache, Syrah

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


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


a- z of wineDate published: 11/02/14

american oak

a type of wood originating from forests on the east side of the USA, which is used to make oak barrels. popular in both North and South America, Spain, and Australia, American oak barrels tend to to impart a more powerful flavor then their European counterparts.



bits and bobs about wine - Barrels and ChipsDate published: 11/02/14

"Oak aged" and "age in a oak" do not mean the same thing. 

"Aged in oak" means that the wine was aged in a oak barrels.

"Oak aged" means that  no barrels been used in maturation process, but the wine has had oak chips added to the vat - or that oak essence has been added to the wine.



Pick'n'mix 33% favorites Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 11/02/14


Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc

£5.99

This is a great quality Chardonnay from Domaines Paul Mas, one of the greatest modern domaines in the Languedoc. 20% of this wine is fermented in American oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel, for a great balance of flavour and textural characteristics.

A bright golden wine, offering aromas of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and subtle toasted bread notes. Soft on the palate, with good acidity in the background and a persistent finish.


Pick'n'mix 33% favorites - Rioja Reserva 2008 LagunillaDate published: 10/02/14

Rioja Reserva 2008 Lagunilla

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.

£6.66

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amontiliado

a full nutty flavored sherry, which can be dry or medium in style

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amarone

a DOC red wine made in Valpolicella (Northeast Italy) from dried (passito) grapes


Pick'n'mix 33% favorites Alamos Malbec 2013 Catena, MendozaDate published: 09/02/14

Alamos Malbec 2013 Catena, Mendoza

£6.66

Oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast beef. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 …

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ageing

most wines are designed to be enjoyed as as soon as they are released. However, a proportion will improve in bottle if stored in a cool, dark place. Full - bodied red, sweet whites, and fortified wines can all benefit from aging - however, if in doubt, it is better to drink wine to young than to old.

Arrowfields Show Semillon and Reserve ChardonnayDate published: 08/02/14

We have been fortunate to receive a small allocation of the Arrowfields Semillon and the unwooded Chardonnay. This fantastic winery is found in the Hunter Valley where some truly amazing whites are produced and particularly the Semillon. These mature parcels offer a great opportunity to try some wines at a great price and without the hassle of ageing them yourself.

The Show Reserve Semillon works out at £6.99 if you buy two or more, delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints. The palate is soft textured yet lightly crisp, with a long, lemony finish.

The Show Reserve Chardonnay comes from the original plantings on the Arrowfield Estate Vineyard in the Hunter Valley. These old low cropping vines produce an intensely flavoured Chardonnay, the best parcels of which were fermented wild in new and one year old French barriques and given extended lees contact prior to blending and bottling. With added bottle ageing, these are now drinking beautifully and are incredible value. £6.99

While stocks last!


Pick'n'mix 33% favorites Brancott Estate at £6.66Date published: 08/02/14

 Brancott Estate at £6.66 

This stunning wine produces all of the wonderful flavour profiles typically associated with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; gooseberry and lime, backed by a superbly balanced acidity. At £6.66, Brancott offers excellent value for money and a mouth watering wine, from one of the world's most famous wine regions!


Pick'n'mix 33% favorites Ondine Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/02/14

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Darling, Western Cape

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style.

Taste

Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture.

£5.99

The February Pick 'N' MixDate published: 07/02/14

The February Pick 'N' Mix

You will all be pleased to know that the Pick 'N' Mix offer has returned! We have an array of great wines that you can pick and mix from saving 33.3%. Whether its an old world red or a new world white you will find some excellent choices! To give you a little taste of what's on offer below are some of the selected wines you will find on the February Pick N Mix.

Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Bry NV DOC Italy £8.99

Alamos Malbec 2013 Catena Mendoza £6.66

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013 £5.99

Rioja Reserva 2008 Lagunilla £6.66

Paul Mas Chardonnay £5.99

If you fancy treating yourself to a Pick 'N' Mix pop in and explore the rest of our selection!



Argentina Tasting WeekDate published: 07/02/14

Argentina Tasting Week

From today we start the Argentine tasting week. Many of us will be familiar with the current trend towards big silky Malbec wines which have been made famous by Argentina. However don't dismiss the other grape varietals which this region produces. In the whites we have lovely crisp Sauvignon Blanc (See the Santa Ana), beautiful Chablis style Chardonnay (See the Vinalba) and the interesting aromatic Torrontes (Also see Vinalba).

From the red section we have of course the Malbec (See the Tucumen), Interesting Syrah/Shiraz blends (See the Testimonio) and rich ripe Cabernet Sauvignon (See Catena). And if your preference is Rose then they've got it covered too (See the Alamos


Sparkling Saturday Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOCDate published: 07/02/14

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC

Grape

Prosecco

Origin

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Taste

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.

Enjoy

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.


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acacidity

All wines contain various acids, including tartaric, malic and citric. Acidity is an essential element in wine, helping to maintain freshness and ballance - too much and it can taste unduly sharp and acidic, too little and a "flabby" cloying wine will result.


Wine of the week - Malbec Luigi Bosca 2011 VistalbaVVeDate published: 07/02/14

Malbec Luigi Bosca 2011 VistalbaVVe

Grape

Malbec

Origin

Bodega 

Luigi Bosca was started in 1901, when the original wave of Italian winemakers had settled in Argentina, and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Vistalba is an important sub-region of Lujan de Cuyo, located at 990m above sea level.

Taste

Deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtle vanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.


Try this with seared venison loin.


Superbowl Sunday!Date published: 02/02/14

So the six nations are well and truly underway, but for our neighbours across the pond, today marks one of the biggest events in the American sporting calendar: The Superbowl! Take a slightly adapted rugby ball, add some yards on the pitch, plus an angry entourage of coaches, ALONG with a series of complicated rules which often interrupts continuous play and ey presto you have American Football. Well, after studying in the US for a year, this was my experience of the sport...

Tonight the Seattle Seahawks will play the Denver Broncos at New Jersey's MetLife stadium, and should y'all decide to host the ultimate Superbowl Sunday party, Majestic Wine is here for you! To put it simply, Superbowl Sunday would not be the same without beer/lager. Here at Gidea Park we've currently got in stock the usual go-to party beers :

Peroni @ £31.92 (24x330ml bottles)

Budweiser @ £30.00 (24x330ml bottles)

Corona @ £33.60 (24x330ml bottles)

However if you're up for trying some different products, specifically from American breweries, we recommend the following:

Brooklyn Lager @ £12.99 for a single pack or £9.99 when you buy 2.

Anchor Steam @ £12.99 for a single pack or £9.99 when you buy 2.

Finally, if you're feeling a bit quirky and willing to cut all American ties (a la american revolution of 1775) to opt for something a bit closer to home - its all about:

BrewDog's Punk IPA £12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2. 

Chapel Down's curious brew lager £17.99 for a pack.

Remember we also offer a free glass hire service and have got plenty of ice in stock! Now all you need is a big tv, some nachos and spicy buffalo wings, so you can truly embrace the crazy spectacle that is Superbowl Sunday.

Wine of the week - Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 MendozaDate published: 23/01/14

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Mendoza

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand-harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience.

Taste

Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background.


Perfect with all light seafood dishes or soft cheeses.


Sunday Funday: The Sidecar CocktailDate published: 19/01/14

Just because its Sunday afternoon, that doesn't mean you have to feel like its the end of the weekend. Because we rather neglected our #cocktailthursday campaign, here's a little suggestion to ease yourself into the week ahead!

Today we'll be drinking a classic when it comes to old school cocktails - 'The Sidecar'. This cocktail has somewhat glamorous origins, supposedly being inspired from the decadence of the roaring twenties and the jazz age. Whilst the Ritz Hotel in Paris has laid claim to creating The Sidecar, there are two approaches to constructing this cocktail; 'the French school' and 'the English school' tradition. According to the French system, you should use equal measurements to your cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice. The English method however calls for 2 parts cognac and one part each of Cointreau and lemon juice. Obviously this is completely up to you, depending on your own taste, but for a well balanced cocktail you may want to side with the French approach. Just a mere suggestion...

Preparation:

Mix your three ingredients in a shaker half full of ice. Strain and serve in a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a strip of lemon rind. Simple.

Whilst you sadly can't buy lemons at Majestic, we have Cointreau and Cognac in stock here at Gidea Park. In terms of Cognac, we currently have: Remy Martin VSOP @ £35.00 and H by Hine VSOP @ £30.00. 

Happy Sunday all!


Wine of the week - Mont Saint Jean 2012 CorbièresDate published: 17/01/14

Wine of the Week

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières

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

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

This mid bodied wine is great to drink by itself but equally goes great with shepherd's pie or a banquet of cheeses.

At just £5.99 when you buy two or more this is an excellent value for money wine, and definitely one of my favourites!!

Open to try! 


Wine of the week - Viña Mayu Malbec 2012 Elqui ValleyDate published: 14/01/14

Viña Mayu Malbec 2012 Elqui Valley

Grape

Malbec

Origin

Underdogs to neighbouring Argentina, Chile's wineries are still weighing into South America's battle of the Malbecs, with increasingly impressive results. This top-quality hand-picked, cool-fermented example from Viña Mayu is a real contender.

Taste

A vividly coloured, muscular yet sophisticated wine, offering layers of nutmeg and clove amid a swathe of lush bramble fruit. Full-bodied with a long, silky finish.

£13.99

Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20%

£11.19

Food Match Saturday: Chinese Date published: 11/01/14

For those still recovering from the Christmas party season, the 'Saturday Nights' of January usually involve sofa-telly heaven accompanied with a prompt phone call to your reliable, go-to-takeaway food establishment. If you can't relate to this certain situation, well good for you!

Anywho, seeing as its Saturday we thought we'd provide some suitable wine choices to match your typical Chinese take-away. Because there's a tendency to pick a variety of dishes with Chinese food, suggesting only one suitable wine match proves a little tricky. With this in mind, here are two suggestions - one red and one white.

1. White Wine Option: La Plata Sauvignon Blanc, currently £6.99 or £4.66 when you buy at least 2.

This pale, green-tinged lemon yellow sauvignon blanc offers a dry and crisp taste with a ripe grapefruit flavour. On the nose, you can really detect hints of melon, lime and mango. These refreshing characteristics make it an ideal match with sweet and sour chicken, or even a fish dish such as lightly spiced king prawns with green pepper. 

2. Red Wine Option: Errazuriz Carmenere 2011, Aconcagua Valley, currently £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy at least 2.

For those who love a richer dish with red meats such as beef in black bean sauce, this medium-bodied wine with big, mouth-filling tannins is the one for you! Black bean sauce in general has a distinctive smoky taste, and the Errazuriz Carmenere certainly compliments this. With spicy notes that linger on the palate as well as hints of dark chocolate and coffee, its an ideal match with sizzling steak strips.

Both of these wines are on our tasting counter today at Gidea Park! So pop in and tell us what you think.

Natalia' s favorite red wines from Bargain HuntDate published: 09/01/14

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011 Lisboa

GrapeAragones, Castelão, Tinta Miuda

Origin

A blend of traditional local grape varieties, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos, to the north of Lisbon. The grapes are fully de-stemmed, lightly crushed and following fermentation, the wine is matured for 6-8 months without oak.

Taste

A fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust and persistent tannins.

Gouguenheim Malbec 2011 Mendoza

GrapeMalbec

Origin

Situated in Tupungato in the Andean foothills south of Mendoza, the Gougenheim winery enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year, allowing the grapes a lengthy period of ripening. Mineral-rich soils and drip-irrigation provide the ideal conditions for viticulture.

Taste

Mulberry and plum dominate the palate, but sweet-spice aromatics suggest a touch of sophistication. The finish is rounded with ripe fruit that lingers in the mouth.


KC Cabernet Merlot 2010 Klein Constantia, Coastal Region

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Origin

Klein Constantia lies on the narrow Cape Peninsula, only 20km from the centre of Cape Town, where there is exposure on all sides to the maritime influences of the southern Atlantic and the False Bay area, which moderate the tempratures within the Constantia Valley.

Taste

Typically South African in style, with a deep ruby core of ripe fruit and spicy aromas from 20 months' barrel ageing. Weighty and richly textured, with plenty of fine tannins providing a lasting finish.



Natalia' s favorite white wines from Bargain HuntDate published: 09/01/14

Do you want to take advantage of the 33.3% saving on our bargain hunt promotion but are struggling to decide which wines to choose? Here is a quick run down of a selection of the wines we have here at Majestic Gidea Park

Finca Alcayata Pinot Grigio 2012 Mendoza

GrapePinot Grigio/Gris

Origin

Finca Alcayata is located in the Uco Valley in Mendoza, and is owned by François Lurton, the fifth-generation of Bordeaux's famous Lurton family, who now makes wines throughout the world. This Pinot Grigio is night-harvested and cold-fermented for maximum fruit character.

Taste

A bright lemon green colour, this is a youthful and fruit-driven wine. Aromas are of ripe grapefruit, pineapple and pear. Good concentration on the palate, with soft fruit yet plenty of persistence.

Mâcon-Cruzille 'Le Chanay' 2009 Cave de Lugny

Grape Chardonnay

Origin

Cruzille is a tiny village about 3 miles north of Lugny, where this producer is based. Cave de Lugny is one of the largest AOC producers in France, having 250 member growers across 21 villages in the Mâconnais. This is a great example of the region's unoaked Chardonnay.

Taste

Crisp and elegant, this wine is awash with apple, pear and citrus characters on nose and palate. Firm acidity and a mineral streak, reminiscent of the limestone soil of the Mâconnais.


Danie de Wet Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Robertson

Grape Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

This Sauvignon comes from the De Wetshof Estate, 10 miles south-east of Robertson where lime-rich soils, coupled with the cooling effect of coastal breezes creates a great environment for slow and measured grape development.

Taste

This is an elegant white with aromas of gooseberries and a hint of capers on the nose, a crisp herbaceous palate with zesty fruit and a fresh finish.



What's in a Malbec?Date published: 08/01/14

With the return of the Alamos Malbec (a favourite here at Gidea Park Majestic) we've been inspired to write a little bit about this popular grape variety. This very grape produces a wine that is distinctive in its full-bodied, black fruit, spicy taste and therefore serves as a perfect match with heavy red meats, ideally a big fat juicy Argentinean steak.

The Malbec grape is an intriguing variety in the sense that it can show regional differences that reflect the climatic conditions in which it was grown. For example, if you're looking for a fuller bodied Malbec wine which has specifically pronounced black fruit characteristics, you would ideally be looking for grapes grown at a lower altitude. Vineyards producing Malbecs from a higher altitude however reflect fresher, even more floral aromas. This differentiation largely reflects the grape's level of ripeness.

So whether you're a fan of Alamos or loyal to the Vinalba guys, come in and see all the other Malbecs we're currently selling. You could even be brave and break with the Argentinian Malbec tradition and try a french alternative....

Who doesn't love a good Bargain?Date published: 07/01/14

With the start of a new year, 2013 is well and truly history. In other words, out with old and in with the new! Such a mantra certainly rings true when it comes to our current stock here at Majestic Wine.

For those feeling the post Christmas pinch (the wallet kind not the waistline/jean sitch) you'll be pleased to know we're running a special Bargain Hunt offer on the wines that won't be available for 2014. 

Here's a quick list of the Bargain Hunt wines we're selling in our Gidea Park store RIGHT NOW:

- Fairleigh Estate Chardonnay, 2010 @ £8.74 or £5.83 when you buy 2.
- Vina Pomal, Rioja Reserva @12.49 or £8.33 when you buy 2.
- Macon-Cruzille 'Le Chanay', Cave de Lugny @£10.99 or £7.33 when you buy 2.
- Danie de Wet, Sauvignon Blanc @£8.99 or £6.00 when you buy 2.
- Rayuela Cabernet Sauvignon @ £7.99 or £5.33 when you buy 2.
- Rayuela, SB @£7.99 or £5.33 when you buy 2.
- Argento Chardonnay @£8.99 or £6.00 when you buy 2.
- Mandrielle Sangiovese, Banfi @£9.99 or £6.66 when you buy 2.
- Finca Alcayata Pinot Grigio @£9.99 or £6.66 when you buy 2.
- KC Cabernet Merlot 2010 @£10.99 or £7.33 when you buy at least 2.

Grab these great wines and prices before they go!

Happy New Year from Majestic Wine Gidea Park.

What fizzzz to open ???Date published: 30/12/13

Cracking Fizz Deals to see in the New Year!

why not toast the year in style?

If you not sure  what to open we've got the solutions. 

Whether your after a decent Champagne, a lighter Prosecco or a classy CAVA- we are well stocked!!! Some of our deals at a glance... 

Heidsieck Monopole NV @ £24 Save 1/3 when you buy two= £16... A lighter style of Champagne with citrus notes and green apples 

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top Vintage @ £30 Save 1/3 when you buy two= £19.99...More biscuit and slighly softer fruits 

Prosecco Treviso Pasqua Extra Brut @ £13.49 save 1/3 when you buy two =£8.99 ... Dry fruity style of sparkling from Italy

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee @ £35.99 save 1/3 when you buy two = £23.99 ... England's answer to Champagne and its fantastic!

CAVA Cordorniu Seleccion Raventos SPECIAL OFFER =£ 6.99 ...Very classy Cava with a very similar style to Champagne- Class in a Glass ... a must try this new year!!!

Many more in store... pop in @majesticgideapark



Last Minute Party this New Years?...Date published: 30/12/13

Last Minute Party this New Years?...

If you fancy seeing out 2013 in style and need to organize a party last minute, then look no further than Majestic Gidea Park

So as mentioned in previous articles we've plenty of choice when it comes to wine. But did you know we also have a selection of cracking Ales (Local and National), Lagers (Local and International) and World Beers. 

We also have a selection of soft drinks, waters, mixers and Ciders.

Best still we offer a free glass and party bin hire to all our customers. There really isn't a better time to pop down to us or give us a call 01708755311or even order on line www.majestic.co.uk


Deliveries before New YearDate published: 30/12/13

With only a few days before the New Years celebrations we are still able to offer free delivery on  Monday. On Tuesday we can also make local deliveries within a 10 mile radius.

Our minimum purchase is just 6 bottles (over £40 spend).

If you require glasses we also offer free hire on wine glasses, flutes & hi-balls.

To place an order call 01708755311 or go online majestic.co.uk


Wine of the week - Surani Costarossa 2011 Primitivo di ManduriaDate published: 30/12/13

Surani Costarossa 2011 Primitivo di Manduria

GrapePrimitivo

Origin

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. This wine is made by over-ripening the grapes on the vine, then harvesting and fermenting them over a lengthy 20 days, then oak-ageing to create a rich style.

Taste

Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish.


Try with venison, or pan-fried calves' liver.


Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2006Date published: 29/12/13

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2006

There's never been a better time to try England's answer to France's finest fizz, with great reductions on the Chapel Down range of sparkling wines.  

Looking for the perfect sparkly to open on Christmas morning? This well balanced, fruity and refreshingly full English sparkling is the ideal companion to a smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast. Or alternatively, just a little something for the adults to enjoy whilst the children open their presents! 

Based in Kent, the up and coming Chapel Down winery has recently won a number of awards from Decanter and IWCS, proving that England can hold its own against the rest of the wine world. 

Maturation in the bottle has allowed complex, toasty aromas to develop complementing a background of redcurrant and light floral notes. 

£19.99, down from £23.99.



Marvellous MagnumsDate published: 29/12/13

Magnificent Magnums!

Magnums are bottles that hold 1.5 litres of wine - twice the size of a normal bottle! They are great for dinner parties and special occassions as something a bit special. And also great for keeping and aging, a magnum being the optimum size bottle to lay down, as it has the same ullage size as a normal bottle, but more wine so the ratio of air to liquid is better.

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta  - A new addition to our magnum collection, this is one of our best selling wines in 75cl format, and will age superbly as a magnum. Complex, with flavours of fruits, spice and earth, well balanced and elegant.

New Years Eve Fizz DealsDate published: 29/12/13

Sparkling Deals for New Years Eve

To help with your New Years Eve festivities we've got some fantastic fizz deals!

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV £25

Pol Roger Reserve NV only £30!

Codorniu Seleccion Reventos £6.99

and Lindauer Brut Cuvee NV £8.99

We wish you all a great New Years Eve and all the best for 2014!



Caixas Godello 2012 Martín CodaxDate published: 29/12/13

Caixas Godello 2012 Martín Codax

Buy 2 bottles save £4: £7.99

Single Bottle Price= £9.99

The Godello grape has long been used as a constituent in blends, but has recently gained popularity as a single varietal in its own right.

Plenty of fruit flavours on the palate – crisp melon and pear with some subtle floral notes. Refreshing acidity with a zesty citrus twist on the finish.

This wine will pair excellently with any seafood dish, but try matching it with grilled sardines or salt cod for a real treat!


Yalumba bush vine GrenacheDate published: 29/12/13

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2012, Barossa Valley

Lovely, juicy, red berries on the nose, with a smidge of spice.

The body is a little bigger than that of a Pinot Noir, overflowing with fresh red berries again, a pleasing acidity, which is always good to help cut through any fattiness. The length is long and merry.

Food for thought

Roast beef with all the trimmin's. Simple.

£10.99

(When you buy two or more Australian)

£13.74

(Single bottle price)


Natalia's choice - Segla 2006 MargauxDate published: 21/12/13

Ségla 2006 Margaux

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Origin

Ségla is the second wine of the famous Margaux second growth Château Rauzan-Ségla. More accessible than the first wine, this is does not receive as much new oak, so tannins are riper and smoother making the Ségla ripe and ready for drinking.

Taste

It is a wine with excellent concentration and poise. Showing fragrant notes of ripe fruits, violets and cedar with beautiful length and delicate tannins. With great structure and balance and a long finish


A great example of good value Margaux drinking well now, this wine will also soften further and improve over the next 7-8 years


Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2012 Cave de HunawihrVVeDate published: 21/12/13

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2012 Cave de HunawihrVVe

GrapePinot Grigio/GrisOrigin

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.

The perfect partner for the classic choucroute garnie, or for ripe soft cheeses.


opening hoursDate published: 21/12/13

The opening hours over the festive period will be as follows:

Monday 9th to Friday 13th: 9am-8pm

Saturday 14th: 9am-7pm

Sunday 15th: 10am-5pm 

Monday 16th to Saturday 21st: 9am-8pm

Sunday 22nd: 10am-5pm

Monday 23rd: 9am-8pm

Tuesday 24th: 9am-5pm

Wednesday 25th to Thursday 26th: Closed

Friday 27th: 10am-8pm

Saturday 28th: 9am-7pm

Sunday 29th: 10am-5pm

Monday 30th: 10am-7pm

Tuesday 31st: 10am-5pm

Wednesday 1st: Closed



we still can deliverDate published: 21/12/13

It's Saturday!! One of the last weekends before Christmas is anticipated to be one of the busiest weekends across the whole retail sector, I think it would be well worth avoiding the trek out so remember you can order with majestic online for free delivery! We deliver 7 days a week and delivery is free for orders over £40!!

Just call us on 01708755311 to discuss your requirements.


port any one?Date published: 18/12/13

A Christmas guide to Port

There can be no wine that is more British than Port, it was created by the British for the British due to a trade embargo with France back in 1678. So port was discovered from Portugal. Port is the product of a wine with added alcohol (brandy) to halt the fermentation process. The resulting product is generally sweet.

There are a different classifications within port;

Ruby Port

is a young, non vintage, full-bodied, deeply coloured wine.

Taylor's First Estate Reserve Port was £11.99 now £8.99

Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV)

is a wine from a specific year but not a “Declared Year”. It will have been aged in cask for between 4-6 years before bottling and filtering. It has rich complex flavours

Taylors LBV 2007 was £13.99 now £11.99

Tawny Port

is a blend of White and Red Port and has spent at least 7 years in cask aging. Tawny Port is often labelled with an age indication of 10, 20, 30 or even over 40 years. These are the finest of tawny ports, and offer flavours of walnuts, coffee, chocolate and caramel, to accompany faded and developed berry fruit.

Taylors 10 year old tawny port was £25.00 now £20.00

Crusted Port

is a high quality ruby wine of one or more vintages, bottled young and unfiltered. It throws a heavy sediment, hence the name crust.

Colheita Ports

are wines of a single vintage that have been aged in cask until just before bottling. Effectively, they are fine old Tawny ports and do not need decanting.

Vintage Ports

are exceptional wines from one particular year, typically from the best vineyards only, they are bottled at two years old. They mature in the bottle very slowly, until they reach their peak at 20 years or more. They will throw a heavy deposit so need decanting. Not every company declares the same year a vintage. Flavours are rich and complex fruit flavours, syrup and nut.

Delaforce Quinta da Corte 1991 £18.99 


Great Wines on a great dealDate published: 17/12/13

The second wine of Ornellaia, Le Serre shares a similar Bordeaux-inspired blend to the flagship wine, but is produced mainly from the estate's younger vines, resulting in a softer, fresher style that can be enjoyed at full maturity with less time in the cellar. It combines rich black fruit with silky tannins and a firm, well-structured feel, enhanced by a diverse aromatic profile, offering cedar, dried herb and tobacco leaf nuances.

It is included in our ongoing Fine Wine at house wine prices promotion and is reduced to £35 when you buy two fine wines and save £10



Presents ideas???Date published: 17/12/13

Stuck for present ideas?

We have a great selection of perfect presents in store. From Martin Millers gift packs complete with a beautiful glass, to stunning champagnes in fabulous boxes. Or why not treat someone to one of our great magnums, or even treat yourself. If your stuck for inspiration, have a chat with one of us and I'm sure we can help you on your Christmas shopping mission.


Wine of the week - Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Date published: 11/12/13

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 FriuliGrapePinot Grigio/GrisFounded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.Dry 123456789 Sweet

Natalia's favorite Rhone winesDate published: 11/12/13


Chapoutier Cotes-du-Rhone Belleruche, 2012 - £7.99 - A quality-conscious producer and a fantastic price; this has plenty of black cherry and blackberry notes supported by hints of spice and liquorice. 


Gigondas Bastide St Vincent, 2011 - £15.99 - A massive wine. Big bold fruit flavours with an inky-smooth body and lots of complexity, an excellent alternative to a Chateuneuf-du-Pape. 


Crozes-Hermitage Cave de Taine L'Hermitage, 2010 - £8.99 - A bit different in that it is from the Northern Rhone, where Syrah is often used on its own, as with this wine. Plum-like fruit with a pleasing smoky finish. 


All prices are with the 20% off when you buy any 2 wines from the Rhone as part of a mixed case.

Christmas planningDate published: 11/12/13

Need help planning for Christmas gifts or that perfect party wine. Give the store a call, and take advantage of our years of experience in selecting the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas celebrations.

Contact us on 01708755311


Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007Date published: 08/12/13

Looking for a full flavoured Champagne without a premium price tag?

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007

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 classic patisserie cream, vanilla and brioche flavours ending in a fine mousse.

Fantastic value at only £19.99 (down from £30) on the multibuy deal!



Party Time!!Date published: 08/12/13

t is that time of year again so it may be helpful to remind you that we offer a great party service!

We do free glass and chiller bin hire when you order your wine with us. Whether it's wine, flutes or hi-ball tumblers we ask for £1 deposit per glass which is all completely refundable when you bring them back to us! Glasses must be returned clean and you only pay for any breakages. Chiller bins and ice buckets work the same way, you pay a deposit of £15 or £10 for them which is refundable when they are returned. We also sell ice so can supply everything you'll need. 

Did we mention we also do free delivery!



Christmas opening hoursDate published: 07/12/13

Over the next couple of weeks our opening hours will be changing slightly - 

Monday 9th-Friday 13th: 9am-8pm

Saturday 14th: 9am-7pm

Sunday 15th: 10am-5pm

Monday 15th-Friday 20th: 9am-8pm

Saturday 21st: 9am-8pm

Sunday 22nd: 10am-5pm

Monday 23rd: 9am-8pm

Tuesday 24th: 9am-5pm

Christmas day and boxing day CLOSED

From Friday 27th we will be back to our usual working hours.


Chocolate Block 2012 now in stock!Date published: 06/12/13


Chocolate Block 2012 now in stock!

One of South Africa's most popular red wines is not back in stock!

The wine is made from an exciting blend of 5 grape varieties - Syrah, Grenache, Cab. Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier - from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate,fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity. Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

It is currently part of our Fine Wine offer, so goes from £27 down to £22 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Order yours now before it sells out again!


Christmas Spotlight tasting Date published: 06/12/13

It's our first Christmas Spotlight tasting on this Saturday, we will be opening for the following wines to taste and talk about:

Jermann Pinot Grigio £18 when you buy 2 or more

Paul Thomas Comtesses Sancerre £14.99 when you buy 2 or more

Nicolas Potel Meursault £22

Vina Ardanza £17.50 when you buy 2 or more

Bertrand Chateau l’Hospitalet £16.99 when you buy 2 or more

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling (half bottle) £15.99 when you buy 2 or more

This is a fantastic selection of wines, including things we don't get to try very often!

The tasting will be at 12:00 in store, and will last half an hour.

If you would like to attend please get in touch!


Guadium from Marqués de Cáceres Date published: 23/11/13

Technically a Rioja Reserva, in order to achieve the best possible wine that they can produce Marqués de Cáceres play outside of the regulations that apply to Rioja when making Guadium. The wine is only made in vintages classified as very good or excellent by the Rioja Control Board, from fruit sourced from the oldest vineyards in the estate and with very limited yields. A ‘modern’ style Rioja; aged for 18 months in French oak barriques, with a dark and dense body of black fruits and ripe, spicy tannins. The 2005 vintage was officially rated as excellent, with the potential to age for over ten years.

£40 per bottle

Pétalos Bierzo 2011Date published: 23/11/13

For those of you looking for an interesting alternative to your usual favourites - Bordeaux, Rioja, Argentinian malbec etc - I'd like to point you toward the reds of Bierzo in Northern Spain, just east of Galicia. 

The main grape here is mencia which produces refreshing, medium bodied wines of real verve and excitement. Think fresh, silky fruits with a touch of licorice and spice.  We have a couple in our range - the Pizarras de Otero (currently £8.99), which is a great easy-drinking, every-day kind of affair, great with pizza or by itself - but the real star is the Pétalos Bierzo 2011,Descendientes de J. Palacios which, at £15.99 is not the cheapest, but I think offers fantastic value for such a quality wine.  


Beaujolais Nouveau!Date published: 23/11/13

We now have in stock this year's brand new Beaujolais Nouveau!

Every year the Beaujolais Nouveau is released on the third Thursday of November, it is the first wine to produced from the harvest that year, and traditionally a competition would ensue to see who would be the first to bring it across to the UK. Now we've done the hard work for you, all you have to do is come in store or order over the phone to get your first taste of this year's wine!

The Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf is £8.49 when you buy 2 or more, limited stocks available!


Châteauneuf-du-Pape - The Pope's new castleDate published: 09/11/13

Unlike other towns in Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape permits 13 grape varieties in its blend: Grenache (the main grape used), Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cournoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir, Vaccarese, and white grapes Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picardan, Roussanne and Picpoul.

In recent years the trend has been to include fewer varieties in the blend, or even produce single-varietals. They rely heavily on the trio of main grapes Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The trend towards fewer constituent varieties could be a response to international vogue for simpler, more rustic wines with broader appeal.

In the past 10 years or so the price of CNDP has risen almost fourfold, largely due to promotion by Robert Parker - before this they were considered somewhat rustic and of limited appeal. For promoting their wines, the Winemakers Union has since made Robert Parker an honorary citizen of the village.


New Sherry RangeDate published: 09/11/13

Majestic has introduced a new range of sherry's by 'Pedro Almacenista'. Their beautifully designed labels are taken from posters for the traditional Sherry harvest festival. 

The Fino is the driest style and has almond and fresh apple notes complementing the traditional 'flor' characteristics. Perfect match for tapas or even alongside Asian cuisine. The Amontillado is light and smooth on the palate with a gentle hazlenut flavour. Drink alongside wild mushrooms or with hard cheeses. Oloroso is aged sherry that is most popular among the people of Jerez. Intense aromas of tosted walnuts and providing a beautiful mouth feel it is perfect alongside red meats or game. Then we have the rare style of Sherry that is Palo Cortado which is somewhere between Amontillado and Oloroso. Its pungent on the nose with a soft, round and long lasting finish. A great match for hard cheeses or even alongside a pot roast. 

 


Best Pick 'N' Mix Offers Date published: 09/11/13

As our current Pick 'n' Mix promotion is in  full flow let us remind you of some off the best current offers involved...

Reds

Rioja Reserva 2008 Vina Eguia - £6.66on the pick 'n' mix offer.

As a producer I think the Eguia range is excellent. With each of their wines being a perfect examples of the different styles. The Reserva is beautifully deep ruby colored, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. I really enjoy this with a selection of Spanish meats such as Chorizo or Cecina.

Whites

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - £9.32 on the pick ' ' mix offer.

A wine from the producer of the Majestic favorite Ned, the back story alongside this range of wines is as interesting as the wines themselves. Named due to Brent Marris being descendant from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge. A great match for delicate white fish or try it with soft and goats cheeses.

Sparkling


Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC - £7.99 on the pick 'n' mix offer.

Fairly new to the Majestic range and a Prosecco I am fairly impressed by. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts. 



Wine of the week - Mister Shiraz 2012 Colchagua ValleyVVeDate published: 06/11/13

Mister Shiraz 2012 Colchagua ValleyVVe

Grape

Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.

Taste

Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length.


Enjoy

At its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak.


Crazy Offer! Date published: 06/11/13

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough - £6.99 !!!! 

(£6.99 when you buy any wines from our Pick 'n' Mix wines)*

We couldnt help but raise attention to a ridiculously good offer at the moment. 

This wine has all the classic flavours and aromas of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a strong lean towards tropcial fruits such as passionfruit as well as a hit of gooseberry.  This 2013 Vintage is a refreshing, dry white wine that would suit most occasions. 

Stock up while you can! 



My pick of the Mix...Date published: 06/11/13

My pick of the Mix... 

The White: Saintsbury Chardonnay 2010 Carneros £13.32*

A beautifully creamy white, with body and a smooth texture provided by the 'lees ageing' (otherwise known as 'sur-lie'). This is such an interesting oaked Calafornian chardonnay because it represents how elegant and refined wines from this region can be - breaking through the typical sterotype. On the palate you find nutty and toasty flavours and a long decent length. 

The Red: Côtes du Rhône 2011 Vidal-Fleury £6.66*

A spicy, heart warming red with red fruits and spice. Perfect with herby sausage or rustic casserole.  A classic blend of syrah, grenache, carignan and mouvedre. 

Why not give them a try ? 

*when you buy any 2 of the Pick 'n' Mix wines. 


Great Offers on Beers!Date published: 06/11/13

We've currently got some fantastic deals on our range of lagers, ales and craft beers. Here are a few of our highlights:

Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Sam Adams Boston Lager - All currently just£1 a bottle as part of 24 x 330ml cases! 

Mix and match any 4 packs of craft beers and save £12! - Includes Flying Dog Underdog, Anchor Steam Beer, Brooklyn Lager, Einstok Icelandic White Ale and Brewdog Punk IPA. (Single pack prices all normally £12.99, just £9.99 each as part of deal!) 


Under Dog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog, Denver USADate published: 02/11/13

Under Dog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog, Denver USA

 6x330ml cans £12.99

 Buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99

Yes, it’s in a can, but premium cans are probably the future of craft beer. The beers taste extremely fresh and are cheaper to transport and recycle; cans also fit with the rebelliousness of the craft beer movement. In a sense, Flying Dog invented the craft revolution. They are one of the most important craft brewers of all, not just because of their great beers; without them, the craft beer industry would look and feel a lot different. Their style and rhetoric has inspired a generation of craft-brewers, not least Brewdog from Scotland. Flying Dog began as brewbar in Aspen, Colorado, in 1990. The Rockies back then were a destination for people who found California too mainstream and thought a bit differently. George Stranahan, an astrophysicist with a passion for beer, started the business. The name came from a painting of a flying dog he saw in a hotel in Pakistan, halfway up a failed ascent of K2. George’s close friend was the ‘outlaw journalist’ Hunter S Thompson who famously endorsed the brewery; he was a former Hells Angel who became a biting political journalist and highly-rated sports writer. Author of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, he was outspoken, brilliant and strongly anti-establishment. His influence on Flying Dog and the burgeoning craft beer movement was to set it out staunchly in the face of the dominant commercial brewers. The artwork was created by British artist, Ralph Steadman. The colour and scratchy, confrontational designs are embedded in the culture of the brewery.

“There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says "Good People Drink Good Beer." Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public bar-room and you will quickly see: Bad People Drink Bad Beer. Think about it.” Hunter S Thompson


Free Delivery!Date published: 02/11/13

When you shop on line, over the phone or even in store we offer free delivery on 6 bottles of wine or more over the value of £40*.  

What are you waiting for?  #comeandexplore today

*There is a £5 delivery charge for 6 bottles under £40


Pick'n'mix 33% off!!!!!Date published: 02/11/13

It's here! 

The fantastic opportunity to buy a delicious selection of wines and receive 33.3% off the selected individual bottles.

Eye catching and one you do not want to miss out on.

Some of your favourites may include,

Malbecs, Prosecco, Sparkling wines, Claret, American Chardonnay, Chilean reds, Riojas and many more.

Next step is find your closet Majestic Wine and shop!


Sparkling Saturday - Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV New ZealandDate published: 02/11/13

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV New Zealand

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Origin

Pelorus NV is produced using traditional vinification techniques, and only the free-run juice is used to ensure maximum softness and elegance. The final blend of Pelorus NV is aged on its lees for two years prior to disgorging.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Well chilled this is a cracking partner to crab pasta.


Wine of the week - Gavi Montiero, 2012, RoccaDate published: 02/11/13

Gavi Montiero, 2012, Rocca

Origin: The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont in North-Eastern Italy and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.

Appearance and nose: A light golden colour with greenish highlights. A citrus dominated nose with strong lime and grapefruit scents.


Taste: A very dry white wine with moderate acidity. Citrus flavours are largely noticeable with hints of fennel. The clean and refreshing finish means it is perfect as an aperitif or with delicate white fish dish.

Price: £5.99 
(when you buy any 2 wines in the pick 'n' mix offer)


Amarone NegrarDate published: 26/10/13


Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around one third of their weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish between the sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter. 

 FACTS: Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which was formed in 1933 when a group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes. The group realised that by joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.  

TASTE: Very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a powerful fruit driven finish. 

 FOOD MATCH: Slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese. 

£23 buy 2 save £10 = £18 

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2013 - Thursday 21st NovemberDate published: 25/10/13

From the famous house of Duboeuf comes this Beaujolais Nouveau; a style of wine released only weeks after harvest. Traditionally the maturation would happen in barrel during transportation to the market. It is released on the third Thursday in November each year.

Beaujolais Nouveau day began in the early 1960s, springing out of chic Paris cafe society.

Traditionally, the Beaujolais region of France produces the best early drinking wine of the new vintage.

As soon as the wine had been fermented it was bottled and sold in Paris and the occasion led to large celebrations.

Since then the quality of the wine has increased markedly as manufacturing techniques have improved.

As soon as more details become available we shall let you know! 


Catena Malbec, Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 25/10/13

Catena Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

£9.99 a bottle when you buy two or more

Single bottle price £12.99

Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key micro-climates 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.

The complex character, tannins and acidity help suit this wine to further ageing and it will comfortably last five years.


Sparkling Saturday Graham Beck Brut NVDate published: 18/10/13

This week's selection for Sparkling Saturday is the NEW Graham Beck Brut NV Cap Classique, from South Africa. From £14.99 down to £9.99 when you buy 2. 

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

The wine has an inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh,gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.Graham Beck recommend pairing this with warm butternut and gorgonzola bruschetta.

Try it and let us know what you think!


Matsu Magnums - online exclusive offer!Date published: 18/10/13

Matsu Magnums - online exclusive offer!

As of today we have a parcel of magnums from the excellent Spanish producer Matsu. You will have seen them in store, the labels are eye catching with the faces of various winery employees on them!

The wine come from the Toro range of Spain, and are biodynamically farmed and great value!!

Also, you can now buy gift packs with one of each of the El Picaro, El Recio and El Viejo through our gift solutions service.

Find all of the offers on our website - www.majestic.co.uk


Great Tasting Event in November!!!!! Date published: 18/10/13

21st of November from 6pm to 9pm.

Sample a variety of wines as you discover the labels to look out for this season. Call us to book a place. Natalia, Kour and Josephine will be on hand to offer tips and advice., as well Leon the vegetarian caterer  will be with us offering samples of his great food., and we will serve selection of cheeses form Italy.So great wines, great food and company, how can you miss that!!! 

We've got some great new deals on Autumn Wines.Date published: 18/10/13

We've got some great new deals on Autumn Wines. 

Offers valid until 7pm on 28th October

M. Chapoutier Cotes Du Rhone £7.99 (When you buy 2)

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde £5.99 (When you buy 2)

Wakefield Estate Shiraz £8.99 (when you buy any 2 Wakefield wines)

Wakefield Estate Cabernet £8.99 (when you buy any 2 Wakefield wines)

Wakefield Estate Chardonnay £8.99 (when you buy any 2 Wakefield wines)

Wakefield Estate Merlot £8.99 (when you buy any 2 Wakefield wines)

De Telmont Grande Reserve Champagne £15 (when you buy 2)

Louis Roederer Champagne £27.99 (when you buy 2)

Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne down from £67.50 to only £50 per bottle

Or why not treat yourself to a Laurent Perrier Rose Magnum for only £100

and last but not least the fantastic Zonin Prosecco is on offer at only £6.99 (when you buy 2)



Wine of the week - Belleruche, Chapoutier, Cotes du RhoneDate published: 18/10/13

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 M.Chapoutier

Grape Grenache, Syrah-ShirazOrigin


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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes.


Orchard Pig RevellerDate published: 18/10/13

I know that we are called 'Majestic Wine' but that doesn't mean that is all we do. We love to celebrate new products and here we have a fine example.

We have just started stocking Orchard Pig Reveller, and for a limited time the offer is £12 a case. You did read right £12 a case. As I mentioned this is a short term offer so snaffle it up while it's here.

What better way to describe it tan from the makers themselves:

"Reveller is a party for the senses - hold the glass up to the light as you pour the straw-coloured cider and listen to the bubbles gently break the surface. Then the revels really get going, with the cider’s rich, savoury aroma sparking thoughts of dishes such as baked apple and apple sauce. The taste is lighter than the aroma suggests, helped by the gentle sparkle. Reveller is light, crisp and refreshing with a tangy note of freshly squeezed lime in the finish.

A palate-cleansing counterpoint to a hearty roast pork dinner or crispy pork belly - or sup with a bag of crunchy, salty pork cracklings."

There you have it, if that does not sway you then pop in to try a sample. Just ask a member of staff.


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting - Chateau Senejac, Haut-MedocDate published: 18/10/13

Hansi Baumann introduces the seventh wine in our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting season…  

Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois 

£23 buy 2 save £10 = £18  

INTRODUCTION: Great Claret should be more than just a good drink, but should reflect and represent the flavours and style of the appellation from which the wine comes, and the vintage characteristics. The wines from the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines a perfume and structure. The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing.  FACTS: Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification. Since the acquisition of the estate by the family who own the 4th Growth St. Julien Château Talbot, and the wine making team of Pontet Canet began making the wines, Château Senejac's quality has improved year on year. The Château dates to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.  

TASTING NOTE: Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.  

FOOD MATCH: Roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce

WINE TERMINOLOGYDate published: 14/10/13

COMMONLY USED WINE TERMINOLOGY

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

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

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

Development: The development of a wine can be assessed by noting the progression from primary and secondary to tertiary characteristics:

Primary: Fruity or floral characteristics obvious in young wines.

Secondary: Characteristics that result from treatment at the winery, such as oak aging e.g. buttery or yeasty notes.

Tertiary: These result during the aging process and are any characteristics that are not immediately fruity or floral, e.g. Leather, coffee, mushrooms, toast etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Santa Ana Malbec 2013 MendozaDate published: 14/10/13

Santa Ana Malbec 2013 Mendoza

£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £5.99

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

Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

Ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting - Angel's Share Shiraz Date published: 11/10/13

Hansi Baumann introduces the sixth wine in our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting season… 


 Angel's Share Shiraz 

 £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18  


INTRODUCTION The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region.  

FACTS Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names; the Garden series named after the proprietors' children and the Picture series, with names such as Angel's Share, Gnarly Dudes and Fly By Nighters. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation, and Fly By Nighters is a tongue in cheek reference to the criticisms aired when the winery opened.  

TASTING NOTE Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.  FOOD MATCH Steak is an obvious choice, although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce. 

Wine of the week - Portillo Malbec ArgentinaDate published: 09/10/13

Portillo Malbec Argentina

£7.99

(when you buy 2 or more) £9.99 for one

This juicy and plump little number is something slightly special at an affordable price.An intense red-purple colour. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. It has also collected Silver Decanter and Bronze IWC awards in other categories.This is a bold and full but not over the top wine which is why is makes a great BBQ accompniament.

The bodegas, Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This is where the lift and retention of acidity comes from in the wine.

Open to taste all weekend :)


Planning a Wedding? Date published: 06/10/13

Are you or is anyone you know getting married in 2013 or 2014?  Did you know that here at Majestic we have many years experience in helping to plan weddings for a wide range of clients?  Our bespoke service includes:

Advice on the best wines to suit your food choices and perhaps most importantly, your budget
Advice on quantities required 
Free wine tasting 
Full sale-or-return
Free glass loan 
Free chiller bin/ice bucket loan 
Ice 
Free Delivery

If you wish to find out more about our wedding service or about any of our party services please come and see us instore or give us a call on 01708755311


Are you Pub or Restaurant owner?Date published: 06/10/13

Do you own or manage your own business? Are you looking to change supplier? Do you want more flxibility?

If the answer is YES then you might want to consider a Majestic Wine account facility.

Majestic Wine opened a year ago in Berwick-upon-Tweed and we are looking for independent restaurants, hotels, pubs & bars in the surrounding areas. Majestic have years of experience looking after our business customers and understand meeting their needs is paramount.

Benefits include:

Unrivaled expertise and competitive pricing

An extensive range

Exclusive labels for the on-trade

Staff training

Food and wine matching advice

Wine list production service

Flexible delivery 7 days a week

Friendly and helpful staff

Are you interested or need more information?


Majestic Wine Warehouses Ltd
107 Main Road
Gidea Park
Romford
Essex
RM2 5EL

Tel: 01708 755311


For a Sherry enthusiasts!!!Date published: 05/10/13

For a while now our Sherry shelves have looked rather barren and forlorn. Finally I can joyfully proclaim this situation has at last been rectified. Without further ado, let me introduce our brand new exclusive range of 'Pedro's' Sherries. The sherries come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices. Our range includes a Fino, Amontillado, Palo Cortado and Oloroso that are all authentic and traditional in style. 20% of the fino blend is from an aged fino solera (average age around 15-20 years), which gives it impressive extra depth making it a different proposition from the clean but lean styles of fino such as Tio Pepe. Nevertheless serve it chilled! 

Pedro Dauthieu is a local man who helped us bring the whole concept together. He proved such an invaluable asset we decided to name the range after him. Pedro knows everyone in Jerez. He is a one-man sherry institution with contacts in every bodega, bar and restaurant in the city. He opened doors on family bodegas that could have easily remained closed.The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's; they are as authentic as the wine inside. Their colour and vibrancy have fantastic stand out value. It was not straightforward getting permission to use the labels from the Consejo di Regulador, but as usual, our man Pedro knew the right man who was able to make it happen. It is a privilege to stock these wines and we look forward to working our way through the range very soon!

Pedro’s Fino £8.99, Pedro’s Amontillado £9.99, Pedro’s Oloroso £11.99, Pedro’s Palo Cortado £14.99


Great Wines from South Africa Date published: 04/10/13

Our Tasting Counter theme for the next week is South Africa.

Throughout this week you'll find a selection of these wines open on the Counter for you to taste

Look forward to seeing you!



Wine of the week - Parcel Series MerlotDate published: 04/10/13

The Parcel Series

On occasion Majestic manages to get hold of special parcels of wine from premium wineries around the world, which are extremely good value and if bottled under the producer's label would command a much higher price, snap them up before they're gone!



Parcel Series Merlot 2012 Western Cape

Origin

This is a special parcel bought from a prominent and well-established Stellenbosch winery, and represents excellent value. The grapes come from several vineyard sites in the Western Cape, and the wine has been matured for 8 months in French oak.

Taste

A nose of plum and raspberry fruit, with inviting dark chocolate notes. A smooth and supple palate, bursting with berry flavours, and tinged with subtle, sweet spice.


Great with roast duck.


October great offersDate published: 04/10/13

For 2 weeks only (offer sstartedn on 1st of October), we have some fantastic offers on your midweek wines and your celebration fizz!

Take a look at our website for great offers on well-made wines and sparkles like:

Castello Banfi Pinot Grigio at £5.99 a bottle

George Dubouef Beaujolais Villages at £5.99 a bottle

Portilllo Malbec at £6.99

Louis Jadot Macon Villages Blanc at £7.99 a bottle

Prosecco Corte Alta at £6.99 a bottle

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne at £16.66 a bottle

Moet & Chandon Brut NV Champagne at £28

Luis Roeder Brut NV at £28

Give us a call  or simply place an order online to grab these fantastic deals whilst they are still in stock!


Grape of the Day - BarberaDate published: 04/10/13


Barbera was the third most widely planted dark grape variety in Italy, after Sangiovese and Montepulciano, in 2000.  The grapes origins can be traced back over many centuries and whilst its origin is disputed, there are records from the cathedral of Casale Monferrato which show leasing of vineyard land between 1246 and 1277 and the contracts stated that Barbera must be the grape variety planted.

Barbera ripens relatively late and is renowned for its naturally high level of acidity.  This high acidity makes it very appealing in warmer countries.


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting - Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet Date published: 04/10/13

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet   24 buy 2 save £10 = £19

INTRODUCTION: All over the New World wines have been made and labelled as Chablis, but very few ever come close to the original. The concept of Terrior, or specific attributes of geography, topography soil and climate have a significant impact on the character and style of the wines of Chablis. After Champagne and Alsace, Chablis is the most northerly wine making region in France, the cooler temperatures results in fresher and lighter bodied wines than the regions further south. The cooler climate and Kimmeridge clay soils and chalk sub-soils extend through Chablis and the Loire Valley to the White Cliffs of Dover results in a unique expression of Chardonnay. The Romans introduced vines to the region in the first century AD, but the fame and desirability of Chablis stems from the 15th and 16th Century; the proximity to Paris and ease of transporting barrels via theYonne River led to sales of Chablis flourishing. Amongst the longest lived of White Burgundies, Chablis can age for decades in the case of the Grand Cru wines. The Chablis style of Chardonnay is characterised by vibrant green apple acidity, flinty and mineral aromas with floral undertones.

FACTS: The family Domaine of Seguinot-Bordet can be traced to the 1590's from the Maligny commune on the outskirts of Chablis. The wine making philosophy is exemplified by the work in the vineyard, with a rigorous program of de-budding, pruning, harvesting and selecting the best quality fruit in order to allow the terrior to express itself. The vines are very densely planted, with the vines aged between 45 and 60 years old (in contrast to 'old' vines in New Zealand, where many have not even made it to 30 years old). The wine is fermented and aged in temperature controlled tanks to maintain freshness and vibrancy.

TASTING NOTE: Powerful aromas of white florals, wet river stones, gun flint, and green apple leads to a body of fresh and racy vibrancy, minerality and ripe citrus fruits.

FOOD MATCH: Oysters in the half shell, seared scallops or king prawns in a chili sauce.


Shiraz/Syrah and Pinot Noir Tasting Week!!Date published: 29/09/13

Our Tasting Counter theme for the next week is Shiraz/Syrah and Pinot Noir.

Throughout this week you'll find a selection of these wines open on the Counter for you to taste

Look forward to seeing you!


DEALS DEALS DEALS!!!Date published: 23/09/13

WOW Check out our incredible short term deal!

Griffone Montepulciano only £4.99 when you buy 2 or more

Giesen Sauv Blanc, New Zealand only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

Prosecco Zonin only £6.66 when you buy 2 or more!

Nicolas Feuilliatte NV Champagne Only £15.99 when you buy 2 or more

All this along side our existing offers of 20% off Spanish and 25% off South African wines!!

Dont miss out!!

Offer ends tonight!!!!!


Magic of Fine WineDate published: 23/09/13

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2010, Martinborough

£23 (Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10)

£18

Grape: Pinot Noir

We've cracked open Coney's Pinot Noir here in Gidea Park and we really recommend that you pop in to try it! Some lovely flavours and very approachable, this wine can be enjoyed in its youth, or over the next five years.

Facts: Martinborough was formally a service town for the sheep farms in the Wairarapa, before being identified by studies in the 1970s as ideal for quality grape growing.

Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the country and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.

Taste: A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries with sweet spice, vanilla and smoky overtones, this Pinot has a vibrant body, soft tannin and a long savoury finish.

Food Match: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with roasted game, or wild mushroom risotto. 


Wine StylesDate published: 21/09/13

Wine Styles

There are thousands wine styles made around the world, no two wines, even made from this some grape variety, ever exactly alike due to the influence of climate, geology, and wine makers approach in a vineyard and winery.

All this components when combine together make what the French call Terroir. 

In a next few articles we will talk about different styles and give you best examples of wines representing this particular style.

Storing and serving wine - Serving orderDate published: 21/09/13

Serving Order.

There are a number of generally accepted rules for serving wine:

- Always serve white wine before red, but if you serving light Pinot Noir and heavy oaky Chardonnay - the red would go first.

- Dry wines before sweet, if you do other way round the dry wines will taste very acidic.

- Generally lighter wines before heavier, as the lighter wines will taste thin after heavier wines.

- Lower quality before the gem of the evening.

There is no clear agreement on whether young or old wines should be consumed first, that much depends from personal  preferences and type of wine.


Storing and serving wine - serving Date published: 21/09/13

Storing and serving wine - serving wine


There are many rituals around serving wine. Most are based on sound logic, while a few more a matter of tradition, with little scientific basis. In a next couple of weeks we will guide you through this procedures and rituals. 


Grape of the Day - MalbecDate published: 21/09/13

Grape of the Day - Malbec

This gutsy variety, full of spicy red berry flavours, is found in France and widely grown in Argentina, where it makes deep coloured wines with powerful tannins.


Grape of the Day - Chenin BlancDate published: 20/09/13

Grape of the Day - Chenin Blanc


This versatile grape is at its best in Loire Valley where it produces a range of styles, from dry to through to rich and sweet with flavours such as honey, lime and vanilla.


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting - Coney Pizzicato Pinot NoirDate published: 20/09/13

Hansi Baumann introduces the third wine in our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting season…


Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir  £23 Buy 2 save £10 = £18

INTRODUCTION: Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir tells the most stories; the story of the vineyard and the terrior in which the grapes were grown, the story of the vintage and the signature of the vintner. The label and name of Coney's Pinot Noir also tells a story; the treble clef logo on the label (and the names of all the wines Coney produce) heralds from the Coney's love of music and harks back to Tim Coney's days gigging with a band, whilst his wife Margaret danced and helped carry all the gear after the event. The wine making philosophy is one of minimal intervention, in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character as possible.FACTS: Martinborough was formally a service town for the sheep farms in the Wairarapa before the 'Martinborough Terrace' was identified by studies in the 1970's as ideal for quality grape growing. This lead to wineries becoming established in the town and people such as Tim Coney, the elder brother of former New Zealand cricket Captain Jeremy Coney, making the hour long drive from Wellington over a treacherous and narrow mountain road. The Tararua mountain range shelters Martinborough from the winds and weather that buffets nearby Wellington; on days where the rain is horizontal in Wellington it is often balmy and sunny in Martinborough. Although young in comparison with France, Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the country and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.

TASTING NOTE: A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweet spice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, soft tannins and vibrancy

FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck, or wild mushroom risotto.Come and exploreOur wines and producers Back to

Wine of the week - Montecastrillo 2011 Ribera del DueroDate published: 19/09/13

Montecastrillo 2011 Ribera del Duero

£9.99

Buy 2 Spanish wines save 20%

£7.99


Grape

Tempranillo

Origin

This wine is made by Finca Torremilanos, a family-run estate located at the eastern end of Ribera del Duero. Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old.

Taste

A fruit-focused and easy-drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa.

Enjoy

Best enjoyed with barbecued chops.


Garape of the day - Touriga NacionalDate published: 17/09/13

Garape of the day -  Touriga Nacional


One of the finest grapes used in port conventional Portuguese wines, Touriga National offsets its concentration and tannic structure with masses of velvety smoothness and chatm

Storing and serving wine - cellarsDate published: 17/09/13

Storing and serving wine - cellars


A cellar can range from a tiny under stair cupboard to great underground maze. The most important is to keep the right condition for maturation.

The ideal conditions are:

- A constant temperature between 10 and 15 degree , if slightly higher the wine will mature quicker, but large temperature variations can harm the wine.

- Wine dislikes light, so dark rooms or wooden boxes are the best.

Humidity is very important, if to dry the cork will dry out and the wine will have to much contact with air and it will cause oxidation and turning wine in to vinegar. Damp in a cellar will not harm the wine.

Excess movement or vibration can damage wine, so avoid storing wine near fridges, washing machines or other heavy machinery.

Wine should be stored horizontally so the cork is in a constant contact with a wine, that will prevent the cork to dry off. Wines with a screw cap can be stored upright.


If you can not provide all this condition but still like to cellar the wine, there are few options:

wine fridge or cabinet will keep the wine in a perfect conditions and the sizes wary form 20 bottles to 200 – or more.

Or you can pay for dedicated storage with a professional firm.


Spotlight Tasting - SpainDate published: 12/09/13

We still have spaces available on our Spanish Spotlight Tasting this Saturday (14th September). Spotlight Tastings are an informal 30 minute tasting of six different wines, talked through by a member of staff, who will also be able to answer any questions you have bout the wines, or possible food matches. Our Spotlight Tastings are a great opportunity to try lots of new wines that you wouldn't necessarily usually pick up on the shelf to try. This week our Spotlight Tasting is based on wines of Spain.


Oh and best of all they are all FREE to attend! We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Autumn Fine Wine - Jadot Beaune 1er Cru - open on tasting counter this weekendDate published: 12/09/13

Jadot Beaune 1er Cru - £20 - Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

Single bottle price - £25

As part of our Autumn Fine Wine season, we are opening a bottle of this fantastic Burgundy. From the Beaune region, this Pinot Noir is an elegant and delicate red. Pinot noir have a thinner grape skin than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which tends to result in a lighter body. 

There are no Grand Cru sites in the 450ha appellation of Beaune, but 28 Premier Cru which account for 322ha. The wine is a blend of grapes grown across many of the Premier Crus sites, combining the more powerful and darker flavours from the northern part of the appellation and the softer, more silky characters from the southern end. The wine making philosophy endeavours to be as simple and true to the region as possible, so that the wines are able to express the terrior of the vineyards. Very little done in the winery as winemaker Jacques Lardière, who has been making the wines since 1970, believes this removes the vineyard's character and shrouds the purity of the fruit.

All of this care, attention and love of the wine leads to a Pinot Noir with immediate red and black cherries, followed by more savoury spices and a leather note. This is beautifully finished off by the sliky tannins giving a satisfying warmth with sweet fruits.

An amazing 33% off selected wines and Champagnes!!!Date published: 12/09/13

An amazing 33% off selected wines!
We've had some fantastic offers start today, discounting a further 33% on top of our existing prices!



Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99  (Was £8.99)
Grifone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - £4.99  (Was £5.99)

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - £6.66  (Was £9.99)

Nicholas Feuillatte Brut NV - £15.99  (Was £20)

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 - £17.99  (Was £20)

Piper Heidsieck Brut NV - £19.99  (Was £30)


Hurry - these offers won't last long, and are for a limited time only!

Storing and serving wineDate published: 11/09/13

Why Store Wine?

As wines sit in a bottle, a series of chemical reactions take place that changes relatively simple fruity flavours to more developed, complex tastes. In reds, the colour becomes lighter, the tannins get softer, and the wines developes aromas such as leather, forest floor, cigar box.

Whithes on the other hand, deepen in colour, become less fruity and flowery. Typical aromas of mature white wine are, nuts, dried fruits like rasins, apricots, wax and in some examples even petrol.

The effects of oak barrels- touch of vanilla, coconut, and spices - are becoming less prominent with eage.


Storing and serving wineDate published: 11/09/13

Storing and serving wine

The majority odf wines sold today are deisigned to be enjoyed youns. Almost all mid price bottles will survive in a rack for around 12 months, but are likely to go off if left for a longer. Traditionally, most wines worth cellaring were form Old World, but age-worth bottles are now created by the finest producers all over the world.

If not sure it is always better to to drink w wine too young rather than to old

Garape of the day - VerdehloDate published: 11/09/13

Garape of the day -  Verdehlo


A portuguese variety, notable for its acidity, Verdehlo is used in Madeira and white ports. Astralia makes a distinctive, full-bodied, and zesty still wine.

Methods of Dessert Wine ProductionDate published: 09/09/13

Methods of Dessert Wine Production

 

Passito Method: Grapes are dried out in the sun on a bed of straw for 4 weeks so that they raisin. This concentrates the sugars in the grapes leading to a sweeter must when the grapes are pressed.

Majestic Gidea have the Rustenberg Straw Wine from South Africa. Made from Viogner and Chenin blanc it oozes aromas of honey, marmalade and peach fruit. Perfect for alongside citrus desserts.

Noble Rot: Also called Botrytis is a fungus which drains the water from grapes concentrating the sugars inside. This method is used to produce the famous Sauternes and Tokaji Aszu. The best conditions for such rot to flourish is in vineyards where there is early morning mist and hot sunny days. This prevents the rot becoming grey rot which will damage the vines.

Castelnau de Suduiraut Sauternes is an example of a dessert wine made from nobel rot. It displays orange blossom, spice and fudge, a great partner for foie gras.

Ice Wine: Most famous are the German and Canadian Ice wines. The grapes are harvested by hand at night when temperatures are below -7 degrees Celsius. This means that the water inside the grapes is frozen, they are pressed immediately and the ice is separated from the must leaving concentrated sugars.

Masi Amarone Classico CostaseraDate published: 09/09/13

Amarone Classico Costasera, 2007/08, Masi is back in Gidea!!!!

£30.00 each for this famous fanstastic benchmark wine! 


Grape: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

Produced in the Valpolicella Classico DOC region, Amarone is made using Italy's passito tradition which dries the grapes, almost until raisin like on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. This creates a full-bodied, intensely flavoured Amarone that sports an unmistakeable nose of chocolate, dark rum and leather. Origin: Valpolicella Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past 6 generations, and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles. The Amarone style is a direct descendent of the Greeks who, in the Middle Ages, adapted to the Venetian hinterland.

Tasting note: Perfect with any game dish. Masi's Amarone is immensely full bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. Enjoy with cheese and red meat dishes.

Wines of Spain Tasting Week - Friday 13th - Thursday 19th SeptemberDate published: 09/09/13

Wines of Spain Tasting Week

Friday 13th - Thursday 19th September

When someone mentions 'Spanish Wine' the automatic assumption is that they are talking about Rioja however, there is so much more that Spain has to offer.

Here is a brief guide to the Spanish collection at we have in stock at Majestic Gidea...

Albarino Is a white grape variety grown in Galicia in North West Spain. It is known for its distinctive aroma of soft peach and apricot with a citrus undertone. If you enjoy viogner this is definitely a wine to try.

Tempranillo Tempranillo is Spain's premier black grape variety, and is the one you've probably tried more of than the rest. It is a thick skinned grape, low in acidity and is grown best when summer temperatures are moderated by the sea. Tempranillo often produces fresh strawberry scented wines, which are an increasingly popular early drinking style.

Red Rioja Rioja is dominated by black grapes, (typically 75% red, 25% rose) with Tempranillo being the most widely used variety. This forms the heart of most blends. Smooth in structure and texture, Rioja gives deeply coloured, tannic wine with primary fruit and oak ageing characteristics of vanilla, cloves, toast and smoke.

White Rioja Modern white Rioja's are often fermented at low temperature, stored in stainless steel vats and bottled when young which helps preserve the maximum amount of fruit. White Rioja's are typically fresh, vibrant fruit driven, which give way to zesty lime, spicy vanilla and oak flavours.

Rioja Rose Traditionally a blend of Garnacha and Temprenillo, Rioja Rose's tend to exhibit pleasant bouquets of strawberries and raspberries that mingle with fresh, floral notes to create a fresh, long-lasting, fruit driven wine.

Garnacha Garnacha is the Spanish name for Grenache. It gives wine high in alcohol, with a tendency to mature early. It is widely used for Priorat, where low yeilding old vines enable the production of itense, complex, full bodied reds.

So pop in-store and try some of the fantastic Spainish wines we have to offer.

20% off our Spainish range - Marques de Riscal BlancoDate published: 09/09/13

Rueda Blanco 2011, Marques de Riscal

Buy 2 Spanish Wines save 20% = £6.99

Grape: Verdejo, Viura Verdejo originated in North Africa and has long been grown in the Rueda region of Spain. It used to make a sherry like wine but in the 1970s Marques de Riscal began to make a fresh style of wine based on the Verdejo grape. Today wines labelled Rueda must contain at least 50% Verdejo. The grapes are often harvested at night to enter the cellar at low temperatures helping to prevent oxidation and browning of the juice.

Viura is another name for Macabeo, widely grown in the Rioja region of Spain and is mainly used for young white wines for early consumption or blends. It is blended with Parellada and xarel-lo to make cava.

Origin: Rueda (DO) The DO Rueda is centred around the town of Rueda about 170kn northwest of Madrid. The climate is continental, meaning long hot summers and cold winters. The new crisp style of white wine could only be achieved through the use of modern technology to preserve the fresh aromas and flavours of the Verdejo grape.

Tasting Note: A great match for chicken or fish Fermentation for 20 days in stainless steel at controlled temperatures keeps this wine fresh and crisp. Delicate characters of citrus, blossom and fennel lead to a clean and fresh finish perfect for complimenting light dishes such as fish and chicken.  

Majestic's New Arrivals - Montecastrillo 2011Date published: 06/09/13

Montecastrillo 2011, Ribera del Duero

This wine is made by Finca Torremilanos, a family-run estate located at the eastern end of Ribera del Duero. Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old.

A fruit-focused and easy-drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa.

Open this weekend for you to taste, perfect with bbq chops and sausages.

New English Beer & CiderDate published: 02/09/13

Yet another day of blue skies and brilliant sunshine here in Gidea, and what better way to celebrate the long summer than by cracking open a bottle or two of some British Brews, and as chance would have it we have some delicious new options for you to come and taste in store!

Chapel Down Curious IPA
£17.99 for 12x 330ml
This IPA is from Chapel Down winery in Kent is another great beer. It is flavoursome and hoppy with a rich colour and an intense nose. Perfect for any occasion!


Orchard Pig 'Reveller' Cider
£21.60 for 12 x 500ml
Mouthwateringly delicious medium Cider, bursting with appley goodness! This golden gem really is 'something to snout about!', perfect for this lovely long summer we're having!


Don't miss out!

Chardonnay Saint Roch 2011, Date published: 31/08/13

Chardonnay Saint Roch 2011,  Puy de Dome, Auvergne

 £8.99 (when buying two or more)


It’s rare to find white grapes planted in the Auvergne. This Chardonnay comes from the best single parcel of wines that the co-operative has access to. It is also the highest, planted at 570metres. Fermentation is long and slow, with 100% malolactic. The wine is rested on its lees for 9 months before bottling.

All these factors make for an exciting and unique wine which offers a refreshing alternative both to classic, buttery Burgundy and steely, herbaceous sancerre.

Offering a subtle, sweet, fragrant nose hinting at honey dew melon, citrus and an underlying cool minerality this has classic French restraint.

Majestic's New Arrivals - Tucumen Malbec 2012Date published: 30/08/13

Tucumen Malbec 2012 is from Mendoza in Argentina. Made in a deliberate youthful style there is minimal contact with oak giving a soft texture with fruit flavours continuing to be its main character. Medium bodied with cherries and blackberry fruits , this wine is best enjoyed young.

£7.99 (When you buy 2 bottles)

Majestic's New Arrivals - Los Boldos Chardonnay, Cachapoal, 2012Date published: 26/08/13

Los Boldos Chardonnay, Cachapoal, 2012

Los Boldos came to Chile with the aim of bringing Old World techniques to this New World region. As such, this is a finely balanced chardonnay, subtle green apple flavours with a hint of citrus. A hybrid of Burgundian technique and Chilean terroir!

£7.99 when you buy any other Chilean wine.

Majestic's New Arrivals - Date published: 26/08/13

Tucumen Malbec Mendoza, 2012

A stylish new Malbec to Majestic. Deliberately youthful, brimming with blackberry, cherry and plum. The minimal use of oak ensure this wine is entirely approachable. A cracker with a meaty pizza on a Saturday night!

£7.99 down from £10.99 when you buy two or more!

Majestic's New Arrivals - Jose Pariente Sauvignon Blanc, Rueda, 2012Date published: 26/08/13

This week Majestic Wine Gidea Park has seen a few new items hit our shelves, and we would like to take this oppurtunity to highlight some of these really exciting new additions! From reworked classics to some unexpected combinations - we think some of these wines are really worth trying!


Jose Pariente Sauvignon Blanc, Rueda, 2012

With the vast popularity of Sauvignon Blanc, it is hardly surprising that some Old World wine makers are increasingly looking to spoil the Kiwi party. This Spanish white has the tight structure and expressive palate you would expect from a high quality Sauvignon, complimented by exotic fruits and herbal notes.

£9.99 When you buy two bottles & save £5

Garape of the day - NebbioloDate published: 23/08/13

This variety makes fullbodied, intensly powerful, classic wines from Barolo and Barbaresco in Piemonte, with a buquete of red berries, violet and rosesand when fully developed - tar and truffles. Check our wine of the week - Barolo Natale Verga 2009

Wine of The Week - Barolo Natale Verga 2009Date published: 23/08/13

Barolo DOCG, in the west of the Langhe, comprises the five communes of La Mora, Barolo, Monforte d'Alba and Castiglione Falletto, and includes the vineyards of Canunubi, Brunate, La Serra, Monprivato and Bussia.

Barolo is a one of the best examples of winemaking art. The Nebiolo grape is the key.

When young, the daunting amount of tannins and acidity renders the wine impenetrable and aloof but its characteristic perfume is already sublime.

Violet, roses, redcurrant , and Liquorice aromas are prominent. With age  -at least decade- the aromas developing and gaining more spicy,peppery tones, the red fruits turning in to more black sweet berries, and Tabasco and tar aroma start to show.. Nebiolo's great acidity comes its own with extended ageing, it provides focus while the tannins gently soften.

Te best wines easily last 20 years.

Natale Verga is the fourth-generation owner of the Verga family estate which was founded in 1895. This wine comes from grapes sourced from an 11-hectare estate owned by the Gomba family, and has been matured for 24 months in French oak casks.

Italiano!!! Date published: 18/08/13

Italy

Not just famous for their pasta and pizza, Italy is also very famous for the production of wine! Producing almost 5 million litres per year, together with France they are one of the 2 giants of global wine production. In fact the Greeks christened Italy 'Oenotria' or 'land of the vine'.

The vineyards of Italy are mostly defined by the Mountains, since the Roman times when they planted their vines on slopes. The Alps embrace the North with the Apennines running from Emilia-Romagna in the North To Calabria in the South, almost like Italy's backbone.

Grape Varieties

Italy is very much the 'Jurassic Park' of viticulture with many of their roots dating back directly to the Greeks over 3000 years ago. Other grape varieties have adapted over the years to become exceptionally well resistant to drought.

The 2 most famous and important wine regions in Italy are Chianti and Valpolicella.

Chianti DOCG is Italy's most exported wine and there is huge variation in both style and quality. Any grape variety can be added to the blend to account for 20% of the wine. Often it can be varieties such as Colorino and Canaiolo and international grapes such as Cabernet and Merlot.

Chianti classico DOCG is an area that lies between Florence and Siena. This is in Tuscany, an area of history and outstanding beauty. Sangiovese is the most common grape variety planted here and produces some of the finest wines. High in acidity and tannin but with medium alcohol Sangiovese has complex fruit flavours of blueberry and cherry.

Valpolicela is the second most important red DOC after chianti. The vineyards lie just north of Verona. The main grape variety used is Corvina, which is overlaid with intense black fruit flavours with a soft herbal note.

Basic Valpolicella tends to be very light and fruity and best drunk young, however there is also a tradition for passito which is when the wines are made from dried grapes. The grapes are harvested early and only the perfect bunches are used, lied out in the sun on straw mats to dry out. This can take a few weeks or as long as 6 months. This is used to produce a full bodied, intensely flavoured Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG.  Bardolino DOC is also very similar to Valpolicella but it is produced from grapes grown on a glacial moraine between Verona and Lake Garda. Producers also make one of Italys finest Roses here.

Wine estates in Tuscany have usually been in family ownership for over 5 centuries and many of their traditions are passed on to create some beautiful wines that cannot be found elsewhere.

We have a selection of interesting and exciting wines here for you, so come and explore and see what we have to offer. Often some examples of great Italian wines are also open to try on the tasting counter.

Grape of the Day - MerlotDate published: 17/08/13

Merlot comes from Bordeaux, where is is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc. It is in the wines of Pomeral and St-Emilion on Bordeaux's Right Bank that Merlot achieves its greatest triumph. Here, as the dominant variety in the mix, it produces silky smooth, plummy reds that last for decades.

In other parts of the world Merlot is popular as a varietaql wine.

Soft tannins and juicy flavours are characteristic of Calafornian Merlot, although some of the better examples are also capable of aging. Chilie has adopted this grape variety as its own, producing inexpensive light, easy drinking wines.

Typical flavours are plum, black berries and, in bordeaux, an earthy character. If oaked it may have creamy, vanilla notes.

Grape of the Day - Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/08/13

A crisp, dry and intensly aromatic variety with a firm streak of acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is currently enjoying a surge in popularity. The Loire Valley is the heartland of this grape, where it produces medium-bodied, incredibly zesty white wine. 

Malborough in New Zealand is home to the most powerful and aromatic expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, with vibrant goosberry and exotic fruits, like passion fruit, flavours.

The grape is sometimes aged in oak barrels in Bordeaux and California and then called Fume Blanc.

Goosberrys are the signature flavour in Savignon Blanc, alongside green peppers and nettles. The oaking process often subdues these distictive flavours.

Grape of the Day - RieslingDate published: 15/08/13

Riesling is credited by many to be the worlds best grape variety. It typically produces a light, fragrant wine with lively acidity, amazing aromatic flavours, all whilst managing to stay low in alcohol levels.  Riesling comes in a range of styles from bone dry to minerally through to lusciously sweet and beautifully fruity. Germany grows more Riesling than any other country and is responsible for many of the most impressive examples.

Young riesling tastes of lime, apricot and apples. When the riesling gets older aromas of diesel and spice can develop.

Grape of the Day - ChardonnayDate published: 14/08/13

Grown in many different countries, Chardonnay is the world's most popular white grape variety and often considered the best in terms of the quality of wine produced. 

It is the main white grape in Burgundy and it plays a crucial role in champagne. This variety gernerally makes full-bodied, dry white wine, but its flavours change dramatically from crisp and steely to intense and tropical depending on where the plant has been grown and which winemaking technique is used.

The flavours atributed to chardonnay are green fruits in cooler growing climates and tropical fruits is warmer climates. Oak is also a common flavour atributed to chardonnay.

Grape of the Day - PinotageDate published: 12/08/13

A variety created in the early 20th century by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, this grape possesses the berry and sweet flavours of Pinot, and the fruity spiciness of Cinsaut. Widely planted in South Africa, it has not yet found fame elsewhere.

Grape of the Day - CinsautDate published: 11/08/13

This perfumed, spicy variety with pale colour is wiedly grown in South of France and Corsica. Normally used in blends, its also makes an interesting varietal rose.

Wine of The Week - La Casseta, Valpolicella RipassoDate published: 10/08/13

Valpolicella wine is made from three grape varietal:Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. A different types of wine styles are produced in the area, including a recioto dessert wine and Amarone, a strong wine made from dried grapes. Traditionally the grapes – Corvina – ar edried on a bed of straw in a attic. Most basic Valpolicellas are light, fragrant table wines produced in a nouveau style, released only a few weeks after harvest.

Valpolicella Classico is made from grapes grown in the original Valpolicella production zone. Valpolicella Superiore is aged at least one year and has an alcohol content of at least 12 percent. Valpolicella Ripasso is a form of Valpolicella Superiore made with partially dried grape skins that have been left over from fermentation of Amarone or recioto.


A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

My husband favoruite Chicken PastryDate published: 10/08/13

My husband favoruite Chicken Pastry

For 2, easy to double

Half of roast chicken

300 g of chestnut mushrooms

30g butter

2 – 3 leeks, sliced into ½ inch discs

3 tbsp plain flour

4 tbsp of grated matured cheddar

375g/13oz packs of puff pastry

1 egg, beaten, for glazing

Salt and pepper to taste



Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Melt the butter, add the sliced leeks and allow to soften add cut in to quarters mushrooms

When the leek is soft and mushrooms cooked (but not to soft), flake the chicken meat into the pan, discarding the bones.

Add the flour and cook through for two minutes before add bit of water or chicken stock if to thick. Add the cheddar . Stir constantly to make a thick sauce. Cool down.

Roll out the sheets of puff pastry to a rectangular shape at a pound coin thickness. Lay the filling on one sheet and then cover with the second sheet and crimp the edges.

Brush the pie with a beaten egg.

Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes.


We like to drink with this rich oaky Chardonnay, Montes Alpha from Chile.



Grape of the Day - Pinot NoirDate published: 10/08/13

Pinot Noir makes some of the world's greatest wines - medium bodied reds with perfumed aromas that can also evolve with age. It is, however, a fussy grape with demands a cool climate, low yieds, and demmand great care in the vineyards.

The most famous wines are produced in Burgundy, but it is also successfully used in Oregon, New Zealand, Chile, Australia.

These New World wines tend to be more reliable than their French counterparts, although they rarely reach the same heights.

Pinot Noir is also used in champagne and other sparkling wines.

Vina Ardanza Magnums! Date published: 09/08/13

One of our most popular Riojas, the world famous Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004, is now availiable in magnums! This superb wine is full of complex flavours, with cooked red fruits, blackberry and vanilla spice combining on the palate. The finish is perhaps the most impressive part of the Ardanza, allowing you to relish the flavour well after your last sip.

These special bottles are bound to disappear fast so order yours today by ringing us in store on 01708755311!

Grape of the Day - GamayDate published: 09/08/13

Gamay - the grape of Beaujolais, this variety is also found elsewhere in France and Europe. Best known for its bright, cherry - fruit flavours, vivid pink - purple colour, and easy - drinking low tannin style.

Grape of the Day - SemillonDate published: 08/08/13

Semillon is not the most wiedely know variety, but its role should not be underestimated. It features as the main grape in the legendary sweet wines from Sauternes in Bordeaux, wehere its rich, concetrated, and sweet flavours are blended with the acidic charms of Sauvignon Blanc. Semillon is paired with the same grape and often fermented in oak in the white wines od Bordeaux. This variety also makes incredible wines in Astralia - specialy in Hunters Valley. They are made whithout use of oak, when young they are light with crisp acidity but if you age them for 10 -15 years they will develope - honey, waxy and almondy haracter, delicious toasted aromas.

Wine of The Week - Château Sainte Marguerite Grande Réserve Cru Classé Date published: 07/08/13

Provence is the ideal location for organic cultivation . The generally sunny climate and dry, cleansing influence of the mistral wind means fewer problems with insects and fungal diseases in the vineyard, and hence suitability for an organic approch. Organically run domaines can be foud throught the region. 

The Château Sainte Marguerite was created in 1929 and was acquired by the Fayard family in 1977. Situated between Toulon and Saint Tropez, this little seaside village is gifted with exceptional climatic conditions and earth with great soil, to produce top quality wines.

A collection of different grape varieties is planted, but two principal ones are used : Grenache and Syrah.

This organic Grande Reserve displays fresh red berry fruits and delightfukl floral aromas with minerally freshnes.

Garape of the day - DolcettoDate published: 07/08/13

This grape produces deliciously drinkable wines with deep, vivid colour and vibrant, black cherry, red fruit and almond. Normaly made for early drinkig but some more concentrate examples can age for few years.

Wedding 'Drinks' Planner!Date published: 03/08/13

When you're planning a wedding there's so much to take care of, it's important to get help from people you trust. When it comes to the reception drinks, there's nobody better than Majestic – we have over 25 years' experience and a range of services to help make organising the drinks for your wedding as painless as possible...


Free tasting in store: We have wines open to taste in store all day, every day! Speak to a member of staff to arrange a personalised tasting in store or we can put together a tasting case for you to try at home with friends and family.
Majestic Party Planner and Advice: As well as talking to the team in store, you can get a rough guide to quanities and what the best offeres are at our online part planner. .
Free Glass Loan: Wine glasses, champagne flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses all for hire, free of charge!
Chiller Bins and Ice: Need to chill your champagne and wine...? Our sturdy plastic tubs, filled with ice and water will cool your drinks quickly and cheaply!
Sale or Return: Take the worry out of party planning... return what you don't drink on the day and only pay for what you use!
FREE delivery: Majestic Gidea Park will deliver your wedding drinks directly to your home or party venue for free at a time and date to suit you.

Luca MalbecDate published: 27/07/13

Luca Malbec 2009 Uco Valley



£22.99 Buy 2 bottles save £10

£17.99


Grape

Malbec

Origin

Rather than create new vineyards from scratch, Laura Catena persuaded several established growers in the Uco Valley to improve their vineyard management and reduce their yields, providing her with top quality grapes from much sought-after old vines.

Taste

Immensely fragrant, offering a nose of black cherry and bramble, with hints of cigar box , smoke and lavender. Smooth and approachable in texture, with a generous helping of palate fruit.

Body

Light A B C D E Full

Sunny Saturday!Date published: 13/07/13

It's Saturday, the sun is out, so why not come and explore at Majestic Gidea. Whether you need a drop of fizz or rosé to enjoy on the patio, or a spot of Pimms to go with your strawberries and cream as you watch the Ashes, Majestic Gidea can help. Come and explore in store and try some of the delicious wines on the tasting counter, or call us on 01708 755311 for FREE delivery. Remember, our minimum order for delivery is just 6 bottles, so what are you waiting for?

Wine of the Week! Jim barry Cover DriveDate published: 06/07/13

On the southern boundary of Coonawarra is the old Penola cricket ground, which first saw a ball bowled in anger and the flashing cover drives of the local champions in 1950. This wine is dark garnet red in colour with high clarity. The nose is very fragrant with intense cassis and cedar dominating the aromas. There is some underlying nuances of fennel and damson plums. A generous, medium bodied palate with lovely succulent tannins which carry the flavours of blackcurrant, sandalwood, liquorice and morello.

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 05/07/13

Sunny Sparkling Saturday! Come in-store to check what fizz we have on the go! Will it be Champagne? Prosecco? Cava or Sparkling? Who knows? It is a mystery, but one thing is for sure it will it will begin with a bang! Come in-store to sample the mystery fizz. 

Serving up Aces at Majestic!Date published: 04/07/13

This is the two weeks of the year when it seems everybody goes mad for Tennis and I am no exception! Aside from the sporting spectacle itself, one of my favourite elements of Wimbledon fortnight is selecting (and drinking) my beverages to go with the TV coverage.

My first choice would be a nice refreshing lager, preferably British to go with the wave of patriotism which usually goes hand in hand with popular sporting events, this year it has to be Curious Brew which is £17.99 for a case of twelve 330ml bottles. If I feel like a bit of a change from beer however, it has to be Pimm's, an absolute classic, and currently only £13.50 a bottle when you buy two or more.

As the tension creaks up a notch and the matches start to mean more, with only the very best surviving this is when I crack out the Champagne. Sticking with the British theme, I'll probably open up a Chapel Down English Brut which is only £17.99 a bottle right now or for those with slightly more expensive tastes Nyetimber at the low price of £27.99 when you buy two bottles or more. We also have Bollinger Special Cuvee NV (only £30 a bottle when you buy 6) which tends to see me through the smaller celebrations in the quarter and semi finals. However, whilst watching the Final its has to be fizz of class and elegance, out comes the Veuve Clicquot Magnum, at only £70 this is a great way to celebrate whatever the occasion and result! Enjoy :) ! (Come on Murray)

Lodi Ravenswood!! Date published: 01/07/13

Ravenwood's Lodi Zinfandel is currently one of the wines on an amazing summer offer, cheaper than buyinvg it from America itself. Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £7.99 per bottle. This is a world famous 'serious' wine bursting with flavour. 

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is know 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 or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

£7.99, when you buy 2or more bottles. Unit price £10.99

Champagne!Date published: 30/06/13

We'd all like to receive Champagne as a present but how much do you really know about how our favourite gift is made and where it comes from?

In order to be a champagne, this type of sparkling wine must be made in the Champagne region in north east France. This is a basic tenet of wine law in France, throughout Europe and in much the rest of the world.

The best Champagne has a combination of freshness, richness, delicacy and raciness, and a gently stimulating strength that no other sparkling wine from anywhere else has yet achieved. This is not to say that champagne IS the best sparkling wine out there, that is all down to personal opinion.

The secret to Champagne's success is the combination of latitude and its precise positioning. Its proximity to the sea and the temperature means that the relatively early ripening varieties of grapes, grown in Champagne, reliably reach the right levels of sugar and acidity before the autumn sets in.

There are three types of grapes exclusively used in the production of champagne and these are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. The grapes are Pressed in such a gentle way that this allows the remaining liquid to be pale, even from the dark-skinned grapes of Pinots Noir and Meunier. In Champagne there are strict laws on how much juice can be extracted from each batch of grapes. The First Fermentation then takes place, this is when the juice from the grapes is fermented in stainless-steel (or occasionally old oak casks) to produce acidic white wine with moderate levels of alcohol. After this process the liquid is ready for Blending, the vast majority of sparkling wines are made from a combination of grape varieties, grown in different vineyards and, for non-vintage champagnes, from a number of years. This process, in part, originated in Champagne due to the large champagne houses wanting to keep their wines consistent and keeping the taste the same from year to year. However, blending, in the hands of a skilled wine maker can be much more and a range of diverse wines can combine to produce an overall blend far greater than the sum of its parts. Up next is the Second Fermentation where the liquid is bottled with a mixture know as liqeur de tirag, containing wine, sugar and yeast. This initiates a secondary fermentation inside the bottle, converting the sugar to alcohol and producing the carbon dioxide, this is the fizz! A crown cap is also added to seal the bottle. During Maturation a process known as yeast autolysis occurs, where the spent yeast cells 'lees' react with the wine, creating highly desirable ready, yeasty flavours. The penultimate stage in this process is the Removal of Sediment. To allow the lees to be removed after maturation, the bottle is gradually rotated (over a period of six to eight weeks- when done by hand) so the sediment slides down the neck, a procedure known a riddling or remuage. The neck of the bottle, containing the lees, is then frozen and the bottle stood upright with the crown cap removed. The frozen sediment is the expelled under pressure- a process called as disgorgement. Finally we have the Corking. A mixture of reserve wine and sugar, to balance the acidity of the wine, will often be added to replace the small amount of wine lost during the disgorgement process. A large cork is forced in the bottle at considerable pressure to ensure a strong seal and a wire basket is normally fastened on the top to reinforce it.

History of wine part 1 – The Ancient World Date published: 29/06/13

History of wine part 1 – The Ancient World


Wine has been firmly established at the heart of civilisation since ancient times.

The first evidence of domestic agriculture reveals the vine among the crops cultivated.

We know now that the “cradle of wine” was Armenia, Georgia and the shores of Black sea, the first evidence of intentionally cultivated grapes in Georgia comes from 7000BC, very quickly the viticulture spread through Iran, Egypt, Greece into other parts of Europe and become economic, social, dietary and cultural necessity.

Early Egyptian King Scorpion 1 was buried with wine jars around 3150 BC.

In the Code of Babylonian King Hammurabi from 1750 are set of laws regulating the retail trade of wine

In 300BC Greece begins to dominate the Mediterranean wine world and provoke its to spread to Italy, southern France, and the Iberian Peninsula.


In the 1st century AD Romans introduce viticulture to Bordeaux area.

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, destroying Pompeii and its surrounding vineyards, the Romans had to urgently fine new sources of wine and prices sky-rocket.


As at the beginning of AD 92 Italy experienced significant shortfall in grains, Roman Emperor Domitian forbidden planting of any more vines. Edict repealed in 280 AD and vineyards then expanded in France.

From 300 AD wine has become well established as a part of Christian Eucharist. The representation of wine as blood has Greek origins, pre-dating Christianity.. Wine as a blessing is also part of Jewish ritual. Christ's miracle of turning water into wine echoes Roman feasts at which Bacchus was believed to have done the some.

A 350 AD wine was well established around Trier and Mosel Valley in Germany. The Mosel river in Germany and Rhone in France were very important trading route. Wooden barrels began to be used around 300 AD.


TBC....








Mastu for you!Date published: 28/06/13

Have a look at our Mastu range, These wines come in 3 styles suited for everyt taste...

Matsu El Picaro 2010, Toro
El Picaro  meaning young, handsome, made from 100% Tinto de Toro, the grapes come from mature 50 year old vines but only spend 6 weeks in oak, therefore producing a wine which is full of ripe fruit and freshness, red cherries, raspberries and strawberries, are prominant.
£7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Matsu El Recio 2009, Toro
El Recio translates as 'the tough guy' and has seen 14 months of oak, and is from some of the 100 yr old vines.  There are black fruits on the palate but the fruit is joined by vanilla, tomato leaves, and hints of sweet spice.
£12.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Matsu El Viejo 2009, Toro
'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. The wine is powerful and  unbelievably complex.  First launched in 2006, where all 22,000 bottles sold out in Spain, the black fruit is accompanied with sweet spice, cinnamon, and orange peel.  This wine will age further.
£20 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Super Tuscany - SassicaiaDate published: 27/06/13

Sassicaia 2007 Tenuta San Guido

In the 1950s, the Tuscan aristocrat and landowner Mario Incisa della Rocchetta took Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings from Chateau Lafiete in Bordeaux.

He planted them in a vineyard called Sassicaia on his Tenuta San Guido estate at Bolgherito make wine for his own usage only.

In 1960s, Rocchetta's nephew Piero Antinori tasted the wine he was bowled over, and persuaded his uncle to start selling it. He got as well one of the best Italian oenologist Giacomo Tachis to help with production of this wine.

In 1978 took a place historic tasting of world's leading Cabernet Sauvignon wines and wine form Sassicaia vineyards scored top points and since then this wine is arguably Italian's greatest wine.

It's class and longevity make this wine one of the best wine to invest in comparable with with the best Bordeaux.

The first of the renowned 'Super Tuscan' wines, this is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, aged for 24 months in French oak barriques. It displays awesome power, harmony and complexity, with exceptional ageing potential.

The style is silky and discreet, intensely flavoured, dry and long.

It is not a wine for immediate consumption, it need at least five to six years before it starts deliver.

Guidalberto 2010 Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana

This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot, and is the 'little brother' to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. The varieties are vinified separately before belnding 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.

Provence RoseDate published: 26/06/13

Rose is the perfect wine for all occasions, from intimate dinners to parties with family and friends. It's versatility makes it the perfect match for a wide range of dishes and cuisines.

Rose wine originated in Provence but is now produced in a variety of countries and enjoyed worldwide. The different variations of Rose not only differ in colour but also in taste; from those of a very light blush with a delicate touch of red berries on the palate, a wine salmon pink in appearance with notes of strawberry and cream, to almost red with pronounced strawberries, raspberries and cherries.

The quintessentially Mediterranean region has long been regarded as the origin of this high quality wine that is gently made, intriguingly perfumed and dry enough to be the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes from light seafood to spicy Asian food.

It is only the skin of the black grapes that contain the colour pigments required for making Rose as the pulp itself is transparent. For this reason the colour of each wine is determined by the period of time and the type of contact the skin has with the juice of the grape: a process known a maceration. This is an extremely fast process, often taking place in no more than a few hours, which means that real expertise is needed to ensure the wine is indeed a Rose and does not become a light Red.


To find out more about Provence Rose pop to the store this Saturday at 12pm or 3pm for our Tutored Tastings.




Restaurant, Bar or Pub in Essex?Date published: 24/06/13

Majestic Wine may be predominantly known as a retailer, however did you know that we also have a commercial department offering a full and comprehensive service to on trade businesses? We believe in the personal touch and so every business that we work with has their own personal account manager to ensure that everything runs smoothly. We also have a list of over 40 wines that are exclusively available to our commercial customers, thus ensuring there is no overlap with our retail side. Additionally, with our specialist expertise we can help you to draw up a professional list of quality wines. We can also offer full staff training to all of our on trade clients in order to build confidence and strengthen your wine offering. This is in addition to all of the services that we are renowned for, most notably our free 7 day a week delivery (often at short notice), our wide choice of wines, beers and spirits and our outstanding customer service.

If you would like to discuss our commercial offering in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us here at the store on 01708 755311 or by email gid@majestic.co.uk

Provence Tasting Tutorial - Sat 29th Date published: 23/06/13

Forget the miserable weather and get a taste of Southern France, come down and check the tasting counter for our Provence tasting tutorial. This coming Saturday at either 12pm or 3pm. We will have around 6 different Rose open as well as an informative chat about what we are tasting. Please pop in-store or alternatively call us to book a place - 01708 755311. 

Party hit - chicken wingsDate published: 22/06/13

The simplest recipe ever

2-4 people 

2 pack of good quality chicken wings

1 or 2 lemon

2 tbls of black pepper corns roughly crushed ( I'm using plastic bag and meat tenderiser – good for releasing stress as well)

4 tbls olive oil

flaky salt to taste

Marinate the chicken wings with lemon juice, black pepper ,olive oil and salt for at least 2 hours – over night better.

Pre heat oven to 200C (fan) or 220 C and roast for 30 -40 min until gold and almost slightly burned on the edges but still moist and juicy.

Serve with salad of your choice and good bread to mop the little bits that sticked to the roasting tin..

Wash down with glass of rich, oaky Chardonnay or light Italian red.

Codorniu Date published: 22/06/13

Codorniu is the world's largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wine which is known as cava. It is made by the traditional champagne method. Codorniu has over 450 years of winemaking expertise. You can enjoy these two lovely examples for as little as £6.99 when you buy 2 or more.....

Codorniu Brut

A blend of the traditional grapes of Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parrallada which are sourced from mainly DO Cava sights. The grapes are carefully handled from vineyard to winery before undergoing at least nine months aging on lees. This gives a finished wine of fresh citrus and apple character with a subtle hint of almond. It is a great aperitif or works with canapes.

Codorniu Brut Rosado

Rosado is blended from Monastrell (Mouvedre), Granacha and Trepat which have 3-4 hours of maceration to inpart the delicate colour and flavours onto the wine. This wine also spends nine months in the cellars which were built at the end of the 19th century. These cellars were declared 'National monument of Historic and Artistic interest' in 1976. The wine is a delicate pink but full of red berries and a lift of yeast on the finish. Again, an ideal aperitif.

Silvio Jermann, Friuli, ItalyDate published: 19/06/13

Silvio Jermann is currently making some of Italy's best white wines.

This range of wines, which come from the predominantly mountainous Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in the north-east corner of Italy, is consistently excellent. Silvio took over the family business in the 1970s and has raised the quality and grown the range. He now has a sizeable 130 hectares of vines, and two wineries, at Villanova and Ruttars.

The most impressive about these wines is the purity and depth of flavour with huge mineral extract, all perfectly married with superb balance. They are not cheap , but with  this quality they're worth every penny.

Best of British - Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2006Date published: 17/06/13

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2006 - £19.99


Representing England we have the Chapel Down winery from Tenterden in Kent who are regarded as one of England's top producers. Made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, this fantastic sparkler is bottle fermented using the traditional method making it a genuine rival to Champagne albeit in a slightly more reserved style. With a aromas of green apple and citrus fruits, the palate is incredibly clean and fresh with lime fruit and complex nuances of bread and brioche. The good news is sparkling wines from England are only going to get better and Chapel Down will surely be at the forefront of this continuing improvement. For the time being though, this vintage Pinot Reserve is already superb quality and would certainly make Gerrard & Co proud!

What is Decanting? Date published: 17/06/13

Decanting is basically the process of pouring wine from your bottle into another receptacle of some sort. The reason is to aerate (or oxygenate) the wine to make it breathe better. This process opens up the wines, bringing out more in-depth aromas and flavours that otherwise would not show, epically in young wines. So which wines need decanting? Some people say that all red wines should be decanted. Decanting all your red wines sometimes is not an option, especially if you have a large party or you do not have the time.

SEXY BEAST TO TRY!!!!Date published: 11/06/13

Our Fine Wine of the week, Sexy Beast by Two Hands

Wine of the Week - Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet, 2011Date published: 08/06/13

Two Hands source their Cabernet Sauvignon from a range of sites throughout McLaren Vale to make this voluptuous wine. Vinified in traditional open fermenters, the wine is then matured for 14 months in French oak hogsheads.
A deep and lush ruby colour, with an alluring nose of rich fruit, and subtle touches of violet, smoke, and leafy herbs. Fulsome yet elegant, the tannins are smooth and the palate tightly structured. Enjoy immediately or cellar for up to 10 years.

Corked Wine Date published: 31/05/13

If you've ever opened a bottle of wine and noticed an off flavour, the wine may have been corked. Corked wines occur when the wine's cork or storage barrels have been tainted.

It is not easy to discern a corked wine. If the taint is of a low level, it usually means manifests as a flat taste with little or no change in the aroma. When the wine is heavily tainted, it may give off a foul musty smell that will mask the other natural fruity aromas of the wine. It is usually easier to identify a tainted wine if you are drinking a variety that you have previously tasted or which you have substantial familiarity.  


New Zealand TastingDate published: 31/05/13

This is the selection for tomorrows tasting at 12 and 3pm!

5 Reason why screw caps are better than corks!Date published: 15/05/13

As much as screw-tops lack the elegance, tradition and 'appropriate level of ritual' as corks, we all know that they uphold the wine in every way possible. We have come up with five reason as to why screw caps are better than corks.

1. Ease of opening a bottle whenever wherever or whatever the occasion.

2. Complete seal. No chance of oxidisation or leaking.

3. Complete clarity. No more bits of cork floating in your glass.

4. Cheaper to produce. Never pay corkage fees again.

5. Last but least the death of TCA. Never having to experience a 'corked' wine again.

The logic is there, screw caps are better than corks. Substance over style. 100% tamper proof it is a done deal!

My Rose WinesDate published: 08/05/13

I am not one of the “wine snobs” who would not touch rose wine. I do like to have a glass in a sunny afternoon in my garden.

As we have now great weather I though I will recommend few of my favourites rose wines.

Château de Sours Rosé 2011 Bordeaux £9.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4 £7.99

A deep, bright-coloured rosé with rich strawberry and plum fruit flavours and a long lingering finish.


M de Minuty Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence £12.99

Buy 2 bottles save £6 £9.99

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a 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.


Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato 2012 Banfi Special Offer £7.99

£8.99

Buy 2 still Italian wines between £5 - £20 save 20% £6.39 *

A nose of ripe summer fruits, mingling yellow apple with soft pear, banana and white peach. The acidity is soft-edged, for a palate that is easy-drinking and refreshing.


L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2012 PGI Côtes du Lot £8.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4 £6.99

This rosé is vivid in flavour, offering a luscious palate of soft summer berries, accented with hints of spice, while remaining clean and crisp.


Poggioargentiera Rosato 2012 IGT Toscana £9.99

Buy 2 still Italian wines between £5 - £20 save 20% £7.99

A light and dry rosé, with a delicate mouthfeel and fresh acidity, carrying lush flavours of candied cherry and strawberry.

Crafts Beers at Gidea - tastingDate published: 08/05/13

CURIOUS BREW - award winning lager beer form the England's leading winemaker - The Chapel Down.

Premium lager re- fermented with Champagne yeast for claeaner, drier more refreshing beer.

ANCHOR STEAM - from the smallest and most traditional brewery in the world located in sunny San Francisco.

Anchor Steam is virtually hand made with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing.

Deep amber color and thick creamy head with rich flavour.

BROOKLYN LAGER - from the hart of New York  - The Brooklyn Brewery.

Amber goold, with malty body and floral hop character. Brooklyn Lager is a revival of Brooklyn's pre- Prohibition all malt beers.



Last Chance WinesDate published: 27/04/13

As we are changing our prices on Tuesday here are few of our best deals which will end on 29th of April.

The Ned Black Label Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough £6.99 if you buy 2 bottles

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate reminiscent of a well crafted Sancerre.

Greywacke Sauvignon 2012 Marlborough £15.99 if you buy 2 bottles

This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has intense aromatics of melon, peach and papaya which are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and capsicum.

Torres Viña Sol 2012 Catalunya £5.99 if you buy 2 bottles of any Spanish wines.

This is a reliably fresh, fruity and dangerously drinkable white made from the Parellada grape. A wine suitable for drinking anytime - pre or post siesta! Superb with rice, fish and shellfish


Gestos Malbec 2012 Finca Flichman, Mendoza £5.99 if you buy 2 bottles

Technically, this wine is a 'Malbec/Malbec' blend - with 50% of the fruit coming from vineyards at 700m above sea level and 50% coming from 1,100m.


Rioja Reserva 2008 CVNE £9.99 if you buy 2 bottles of any Spanish wines.

A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice.


Robertson Winery Merlot 2012 Robertson

£4.99 if you buy 2 of any South African wines

Rich, dark red in colour with juicy ripe plum flavours on the palate combined with sweet black cherry notes.

World Malbec DayDate published: 17/04/13

World Malbec Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when Argentinian president,Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, officially made his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines. Amongst his selection, was Malbec. Sarmiento went on to become president and Malbec has become Argentina's most known varietal. Malbec grapes are found primarily in Cahors in the South West France region, where it began its production. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentina's varietal wine and is being grown around the world. More than 30 cities around the world (coordinated by the Foreign Affairs Office of Argentina) hosted events around Malbec, Argentinean food and lifestyle. Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The Malbec grape is a thin-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than either Cabernet Sauvignon or merlot to mature. It ripens mit season and can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends.  The wines are rich, dark and juicy.  But if you never tasted them before please come to the store to taste few of our great range.  

THELEMA vineyardDate published: 12/04/13

Thelema vineyard was established in 1983 by Gyles Webb, who changed charming but neglected fruit farm in to one of the most successfully vineyards in South Africa. The first wines were released in 1988 and by the end of 90's Thelema wines sold out within a month after release, making its wines one of the most desirable in SA. Thelema vineyards are located in one of the most beautiful part of South Africa, with spectacular mountain views and surrounded by ancient oak trees, with noisy and colourful peacocks roaming free around the vineyards. Situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass – 370 – 640 meters above sea level with mainly south facing slopes. Cool but sunny climate with red soil is perfect combination for growing premium quality grapes. Grapes for Thelema wines are strictly from their own plots and the wines are bottled on the estate, which helps to maintain the highest quality of the wines. The terroir and wine making skill of Rudi ShSchultz results in flavourful, complex and long – lasting wines. An icon in the South African wine landscape, Thelema was recently rated one of the world's top 100 estates.

Please pop into the store to taste one of the finest Thelema wines – Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. Aromas of blackcurrant fruit with mocha and hints of vanilla, very concentrated dark fruits on the palate along with mint and eucalyptus. A full-bodied wine with a smooth texture and great length.

 

Farewell Sam and Simon Date published: 12/04/13

I am sure all you have noticed that our Gidea Park team is much smaller now. Both of our Assistant Managers were promoted to bigger stores. Sam is now working at the Wanstead store, and Simon moved to Muswell Hill to take up the position of Senior Assistant Manager.

I would like to say big thank you to both of them for running the store in my absence, and say that they will be missed very much. Good luck in your new roles!  Natalia

I joined the company at the same time Simon moved to Gidea to cover as manager. I would just like to say thank both you so much for helping with my training in my first few months of being here. I wish you both the best of luck in your new stores. Nicola.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/04/13

 

Viñas del Vero Gewürztraminer 2012 Somontano

Price £7.99 Buy 2 still Spanish wines save 20% £6.39

Gewürztraminer is one of the hardest wine grapes to spell, but one of the easiest to recognise on the blind tasting. Gewürztraminer is a variety with a pink to red skin colour, which makes it a "white wine grape" as opposed to the blue to black-skinned varieties commonly referred to as "red wine grapes". It is normally fermented dry and produces golden, medium to full-bodied wine with heady aromas of lychees, rose petals and white peaches.

Somontano gets its name from the fact that it lies at the foot of the mountains, in this case the Pyrenees. Viñas del Vero is responsible for around 40% of wine production in this region. This Gewürztraminer comes from a plot known as 'El Enebro'.

Taste An intense, lifted floral nose, with wafts of rose and honeysuckle amid a burst of tropical fruit. Characteristic lychee and peach flavours are delivered with a hint of sweetness and satisfying texture. Enjoy Matches superbly with fragrant seafood dishes such as paella, or with mildly spiced fish dishes.  

Making your own Pizza is very easyDate published: 08/04/13

Making your own Pizza is very easy and you can use any combination of your favourite toppings. My Italian husband is always very impressed with my pizza – must be good then.

For the dough use “00” flour for the very light and crisp base. With 1kg of flour you can have 4 large pizzas, I am normally keeping half of the dough in a freezer for a next occasion.

Ingredients

1 kg Tipo “00” flour 2 x 7g dried east sachets 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon caster sugar 4 tablespoons olive oil 650 ml water

1. Mix water, east, sugar and oil and leave for 20 min. In a meantime combine the flour with salt and sieve on the work surface, form a wheel inside and pure the liquid. Gradually bring the flour to the liquid and keep mixing until all come together.

2. Now the kneading part - knead you dough until smooth and elastic, it will take up to 15 min. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for about 1½ hours, until doubled in size.

3. When the dough has risen transfer back to the work surface and knead again for few minutes. Divide the dough into 4 balls or 8 for a small pizzas and roll each out onto a lightly floured work surface..

4. Spread a little passata or pizza sauce (I am using passata with salt pepper and oregano) and top with mozzarella and your favourite toppings, the combinations are almost endless.

My favourite is with artichoke hearts, black olives and pepperoni sausages. Bake for 10-15 min in a preheated oven at 200 C

And do not forget the most important – wine! Red Italian must be, and my choice is Morellino di Scansano 2011, Poggioargentiera, from very small region in Italy, near Chianti. Medium – bodied wine with cherry and strawberry aromas, light tannins and hint of spices. On a great deal now, discounted from £11.99 to £8.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles.

We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13

Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.

Delicious Dessert WinesDate published: 18/03/13

For some, like me, dessert wines are amongst the most pleasurable, heady and decadent wines around.  For others, perhaps lacking the requisite sweet tooth, they will will always be too sweet.  This is a shame as those unfortunate souls are missing out on some fabulous wines which will stand up to, and compliment, desserts so much better than any 'dry' wine. 

 

The reasons for this relate to the some of the basic principles of food and wine matching - attempting to match the key elements in both wine and food i.e acidity, richness and sweetness.  Therefore, although a tropical new world chardonnay with flavours of ripe mango, pineapple and bannana may seem like the ideal match for fruity desserts such as a pineapple tart, the lack of sugar in the wine will leave it overwhelmed by the pudding.  When this happens you are often unable to taste the flavours of  the wine and are instead left only with a mouthful of bitterness and acidity. 

 

There are a variety of styles of sweet wines from light, refreshing and not overly sweet wines such as moscato and vouvray through to rich and powerful examples like port and rutherglen muscat.  The former work wonderfully with fruit salads and the like, not having too much concentration to overwhelm delicate fruit flavours whilst also having bright, refreshing acidity just like the fruit.  The latter have the required richness to stand up to chocolate, toffee or even pungent cheeses like stilton. 

 

Whilst you may be one of those put off by these sweeter styles of wines it is worth experimenting, particularly as the best examples will still have a balancing acidity to prevent a cloying sensation and also because there is nothing better to wash down a mouthful of pudding or salty cheese. 

 

If you feel inspired and thirsty by any of this then have a look at some of the examples we sell here (this isn't completely extensive, we also have a lovely English one from Chapel down in store, plus ports etc.):  

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/Style-is-Dessert+wines

 

Also, if you need something to eat with one of these lovely wines, and I'd understand if you chose to drink one by itself instead of dessert, then there are some lovely simple recipes here from the always excellent Bill Granger :

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/dessert-storm-bill-grangers-10minute-puddings-8533425.html

Wine ReliefDate published: 12/03/13

Wine Relief (5th February -18th March 2013)

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-wine+relief

Wine Relief, set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa. When you buy any of these selected bottles, Majestic donates to the cause!

Caronne Ste-Gemme - £13.99

Pouilly Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ Louis Latour – £12.99

Lirac Domaine des Garrigues - £8.99

Ch de Pennautier ‘Terroirs d’Altitude’ 2009 - £8.99

Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir - £9.99

Domaine de l’Aigle Chardonnay - £9.99

Dr L Riesling Loosen - £7.99

Bardolino ‘Naiano’ Allegrini - £8.49

Beringer Founders Chardonnay - £10.99

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehmann - £9.99

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot - £14.99

Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010 - £10.99

Between 5th February and 18th March 2013, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold to Comic Relief. Comic Relief registered charity 326568 (England/Wales) & SC039730 (Scotland)

Weddings/ Christenings/ Parties etc...Date published: 11/03/13

As we slowly leave the cold bleak months behind us and look toward wamer, happier times, we inevitably start to think about the events and parties we will plan through the rest of the year. 

 

Here at Majestic Wine we have a comprehensive party service to accommodate all your needs:

 

  • Quality wines and beers at low prices
  • Recommendations from knowledgable staff on wines and quantities
  • Free tastings
  • Free delivery
  • Free glass and chiller bin loan
  • Sale-or-return

    So if you're thinking of planning an event of any type, pop in or call us and we'll be more than happy to help.

  • Grape of the week: ChardonnayDate published: 10/03/13

    Originating from Burgundy, the white grape variety Chardonnay is now widely planted throughout the world. This is mainly because Chardonnay can be grown and ripened almost anywhere, excluding some extreme areas. Cooler climates create a wine with a pronounced mineral/ steely character along with apple and green plum fruit notes. These wines are usually medium to light in body with a refreshing level of acidity. Warmer regions give more citrus fruit flavours, and slightly less acidity. On its own, this grape variety does not have a strong flavour and is often described as non-aromatic. Therefore the winemakers production choices and vineyard characteristics contribute to much of its flavour. Malolactic fermentation and oak fermentation/ageing are often used as part of this process. Malolatic fermentation softens the acidity and fruit character and gives butter and hazelnut flavours, whereas oak ageing gives hints of toast and vanilla.

    We have two examples of Chardonnay open to taste in store today! They are:

    Chablis 2011, Vocoret

    From one of the northernmost wine growing regions in the world, the cool climate results in crisp, dry and refreshing wine. This wine has a distinct steely character with undertones of citrus fruits. Enjoy simply on its own or with seafood dishes.

    Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay, 2011 Leyda Valley

    From the northernmost vineyard district in Chile, this wines offers a palate of ripe citrus fruits with a more subtle mineral character. As a result of barrel fermentation there is a distinct rich creaminess along with hints of vanilla. Serve this wine with roasted poultry or an oily sea bass dish.

    Mothers' Day - 10th March - Top 5 GiftsDate published: 09/03/13

    Whilst I'm sure your mum would be more than happy with a card with a nice sentiment, I think we can and should do better to treat her.  So, if you're spoiling her by cooking a meal or helping her to unwind from the stress of being your mother, here are some top ideas:

     

    1)     Sipsmith London Dry Gin £28

    I have spent years observing my own mum's ways of coping with the stress of raising me so I know, for a Fact(!), that there is no better way of relaxing than a nice gin and tonic.  This premium gin from a delightful boutique distillery in West London provides the very best G in the G and T.  Top Tip: Lot's of ice, a good squeeze of lemon or lime and be generous with the gin!

     

    2)     The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £7.49

    Near enough every mum's favourite white wine at the moment.  Refreshing and well balanced this will definitely put a smile on her face and won't break the bank.

     

    3)     Zind Humbrecht Pinot gris  £11.99

    Treat your mum to a real jump up in quality from the cheap pinot grigio she knocks back at the local pub quizz (another reference to my own mum).  This delicious wine even offers an apposite, motherly analogy - Generous, subtly perfumed, a touch of sweetness and all contained in a slender bottle.

     

    4)     Chablis 1er Cru 'Vaillons' Vocoret £13.99

    This high quality wine offers simple shorthand for showing how much you love her - A classy wine for a sophisticated lady.  This will go brilliantly with dinner as well if you're thinking of cooking fish or chicken.

     

    5)     Martinborough Te Tera Pinot Noir  £13.99

    If she prefers red then try this lighter offering from New Zealand.  Heady, voluptuous and packed with sweet red fruits such as cherries and strawberries this is a glass of pure pleasure. 

    Rioja Gran Reserva 2001 Marqués de Riscal Date published: 02/03/13

    We thought we would give you a quick profile of one our favourite wines of the moment and available to try instore.

    Made from grapes (Tempranillo) of over 30-years-old in the heart of the Rioja Alta region. Only produced in outstanding vintages, and selected from the best grapes, the wine is aged for between 30 and 36 months in American oak, with a further 36 months bottle ageing prior to release.

    Complex aromas of fresh red berries and developed aromas of leather, earth and and fermented tobacco leaf. A rounded, warming palate of subtle fruits, oak and spice with gentle tannins and a long finish.

    Drinking very well at the moment but will develop beautifully with a couple of years ageing. Enjoy with lamb, venison and pork.

    Price £30.00 Buy 2 bottles save £10 £25.00  

    Personal Favourites #2Date published: 23/02/13

    Manzanilla La Gitana, Hidalgo

     

    Sherry.

     

    It's about time everyone started drinking Sherry, and NOT just at Christmas.  This fantastic elixir comes in many guises far removed from the sickly sweet, raisiny preserve of grandmothers across the land. 

     

    The best sherrys will always be dry and range from the lightest, fino and manzanilla,  through to dark nutty variants such as oloroso and palo cortado.  These are wonderfully complex wines, rich with heritage and tradition that partner exceptionally well with a vast array of foods which makes them some of the biggest bargains around.

     

    I shan't bore you here with the complex and unique processes that bring these wines in to being (look up 'solera system' if you would like to learn more) but I will extol the savoury and delicious virtues of Manzanilla - I'll maybe talk about richer, nuttier sherry elsewhere.

     

    The keys to Manzanilla, and sherry in general, are the fact it is fortified - alcohol here is 15% and can go higher - and the absence of fruitiness.  The alcohol works in the same manner as acidity, causing the mouth to water and giving the perception of freshness which whets the appetite better than almost anything else. 

     

    The aromas and flavours in Manzanilla are, arguably, an acquired taste - expect apple skins, yeast, nuts, chamomile, crushed seashells and more - which put many off at first (my first experience with Manzanilla was deeply unpleasant but now I count it amongst my favourite wines).  However, these savoury flavours work so well with food, particularly those of Andalucia  - think almonds, Jamon, seafood and olives - and prepare the palate for these flavours too making it the perfect aperitif. 

     

    Some of the best things in life are unpleasant at first and take some getting used to (just ask my wife) but are all the more enjoyable and satisfying for it.  So, buy some Manzanilla and when you inevitably don't like it, buy some more and repeat until you do, I guarantee you'll thank me for it in the end.

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 22/02/13

    Château Caronne Ste-Gemme, 2007 Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux £13.99

     

    Bordeaux is still the foremost 'fine wine' producing area in the world, with headline-grabbing wines from Château Lafite et al selling for £1000s. However, sometimes this causes us to overlook the more modest/affordable side of Bordeaux such as this perennial favourite.  Bordeaux is still very capable of producing unique wines that can compete with the best of the new world and at sensible prices. 

     

    This is a grown-up wine to be enjoyed not with a night in front of the TV, but instead a nice meal with your partner or friends. It won't assert itself, but will instead satisfyingly compliment roast meats or firm, mature cheeses and subtly reveal it's nuances over an evening.  Given a couple of hours to open up, this wine offers sweet red fruit and complex earthy, peppery and smoky notes. It is not a one-dimensional wine and will evolve in the glass providing something different with each mouthful. 

     

    These qualities of subtlety and nuance are features that seem to be increasingly forgotten and overlooked in this flat screen, 24-7, equine-eating, L.E.D. illuminated world.  I'm no stranger to instant gratification and simple pleasures but I feel that it is important we also make room for the considered and thoughtful approach, maturity and tradition and the delicate and ethereal. 

    Grape of the Week: Sauvignon BlancDate published: 17/02/13

    Sauvignon Blanc is the grape variety responsible for the worlds most distinctive and popular dry white wines. Originating from Bordeaux, the green skinned grape variety inherited its name after the French words sauvage and blanc meaning wild and white respectively. To this day the grape variety is still planted widely in Bordeux, as well as in Loire and many other new world regions, particularly New Zealand. Sauvignon Blanc is characterised by its unmistakable intense aroma. This is most notable when the grape is plated on poor soils in cool regions. Typical descriptions include: strong aromas of herbaceous nettles and grass with tropical fruit characters of gooseberries and passion fruit. However in warmer regions, the aroma may be less and harbour only hints of peach. Sauvignon Blanc is designed to be drunk young, as after time the fruity aromas can fade and the wine can begin to resemble vegetal aromas of pea and asparagus. However some oaked aged Sauvignon Blanc sometimes labelled as Fume Blanc and often found in USA wines, may be better if its left to age a year or so.

    Examples of both a new and old world Sauvignon Blanc are open and available to taste in store now!

    New world example: Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Nelson. The wine making philosophy of this particular wine combines old and new world techniques to give gooseberry and tropical aromas with mineral undertones. Crisp citrus and gooseberry flavours on the palate, with a mouthwatering and refreshing finish, this wine is perfect with scallops or simply to be enjoyed by its self.

    Old world example: Domaine de Villageau 2011, Côteaux du Giennois. The wines from Côteaux du Giennois vineyard are often overlooked as they live in shadow of its renowned neighbour Pouilly-Fumé. Classic gooseberry is persistent on the nose, yet restrained in comparison to the new world Sauvignon Blancs. Bursting flavours of lime and herbs lead to a clean crisp finish. Enjoy this wine with all seafood and white meat dishes.

    Food and Wine Ideas.Date published: 16/02/13

    Food and wine ideas.

    After my last article on Mayan Gold potatoes(which was very well received I would Like to add.) I have decided to focus on the merits of Octopus. This is typically something that I would have in a restaurant but never try at home, until now. After seeing some at my local fishmonger for next to nothing I did a little research. The result of this was that I should buy a few smaller Octopus rather than buying one large one. The reason for this is quite simply down to the small ones being easier to cook and slightly more tender.

    Now sitting at home with 3 lovely Octopus I decided on the following method to cook them and the recipe is as follows.

    Ingredients 3 small octopus gutted 1 small onion 2 cloves of garlic crushed Small pinch of cumin 200g chorizo Diced 1 tin of plum tomatoes 1 tin of chickpeas drained 200ml chicken stock Small Bunch of Basil leaves chopped

    Method

    1.Cover the octopus with water and bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 1-2 hours until a skewer easily passes through them. 2.Meanwhile gently sweat the onions and until soft in a large pan. 3.Add the chorizo and cook until the fat starts running out. 4.Add the plum tomatoes, stock and cumin then simmer for 30 mins or until the consistency has reduced and the tomatoes have broken down. 5.When the octopus is cooked simply chop up into bite size pieces add with the chickpeas to the sauce simmer for 5 mins, season add the basil leaves and serve with crusty bread.

    In terms of wine ideas you could go with a soft red such as the Martinborough Te Tera Pinot Noir which is currently £13.99 or a white that would work well is Vega De La Reina, Verdejo from Rueda which is £6.49.

    Focus on New ZealandDate published: 16/02/13

    Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010, Central Otago

    From the most southerly wine producing region in the world, Quartz Reef vineyard lies within the Central Otago sub region of Bendigo located at the heart of New Zealands South Island. The name 'Quarts Reef' originates from the the extensive quartz deposits that lay beneath the vineyards which cover over 30 hectares.

    Rudi Bauer, the winemaker of Quartz Reef Pinot Noir originated from Austria. After working in several wineries around the world, including the sought after Domaine Meo Camuzet in Burgundy, Rudi settled in New Zealand. He is now thought of as a pioneer winemaker of the Central Otago region.

    Taste: Unlike the popular malbrough Pinot Noirs from New Zealand, the Pinot Noirs from Central Otago’s are more complex and powerful with a profound elegance. This wine has aromas of vibrant red cherry, plum and spice, with well rounded flavours of fruit, rich spice and subtle hints of oak and tannin. Enjoy this wine with duck breast or lamb, or if you wanted this wine has potential to be aged for up to seven years to be enjuoyed later.

    At present if you buy 2 bottles or more it is only £15.99 per bottle.

     

    Valentine's Day must have! Pink Champagne for £15Date published: 08/02/13

    There is no celebration of Valentine's Day without something bubbly and pink. Majestic is giving you opportunity to impress your loved one without spending a fortune.  Pop on Saturday to the store to tast it.

    Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne £15

    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, developing fine biscuity characteristics as the wine matures.

    9 February 2013, 11:00 - 15:00 Spain and Italy Tutored TastingDate published: 06/02/13

    A 30minute tutored tasting on 6 different wines from Spain and Italy, one session at 11am and one at 3pm. Please let us know if you would like to attend!

    Spain and Italy Tasting Week 5 February 2013 - 11 February 2013, 10:00 - 20:00Date published: 06/02/13

    All week long we will have classic wines from Spain and Italy available to taste in store!

    Premium wine from Chile on the tasting counter this Friday!!Date published: 31/01/13

    We are pleased to let you know that we have a really excellent wine back in stock - The Montes Purple Angel, £30. 

     

    Perhaps surprisingly, Montes have chosen to make this premium wine from the little known Carmenere grape, as well as 8% petit verdot.  However, this is a decision taken to show faith in a grape once believed extinct (phylloxera in 19th century Bordeaux appeared to wipe it out) but now referred to by Montes as "our Chilean variety". 

     

    Rich, smooth and full-bodied this is well worth trying if you enjoy other South American classics such as Chilean merlot or Argentinean malbec. 

     

    Expect to find aromas of plums, blackberries and cigar boxes on the nose along with red berries and dark chocolate on the palate.  As with malbec this drinks fantastically well with steak or lamb. 

     

    This wine can be cellared for 10 years, if you have the patience, but as it is in very short supply contact us ASAP to save yourself some! 

     

    01708 755 311

    gid@majestic.co.uk

    Personal Favourites #1Date published: 27/01/13

    In the first of this series of posts, I would like to mention my personal favourite white wine for under £10 -

     

    The Montenovo Godello which comes from Valdeorras in Galica, Northern Spain.

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-godello/product-is-14006

     

    This beautiful light golden wine appeals right from it's first appearance in the glass.  Unoaked, it still offers a bright golden luminescence.  

     

    The nose is rewardingly complex, offering fresh citrus and grassy notes, backed up by subtle suggestions of pear and tropical pineapple.  Whilst the nose is, to me, reminiscent of a quality pinot gris, the palate reveals a lighter-bodied wine without the residual sugar. 

     

    The key to this wine that makes it such a steal for under £10 is the purity to the fruit and it's insistence in the mouth in spite of it's light body.  'Purity', I will admit, may come across as semi-pretentious wine-speak but I think it's an important element in quality wines.  Whilst you can now find many enjoyable wines these days for under £10, one of the elements that separates them from the really fine examples is their expression of fruit and other flavours.  In the best wines there is definition to each of the flavours , although even if you struggle to pick out the details, the overall impression is of 'clean' and 'bright' flavours. 

     

    I would happily enjoy this wine by itself, but it would be wrong not to point out it's excellence with all manner of seafood, particularly recipes with a Spanish twist such as these:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/9357507/Stevie-Parles-Galicia-inspired-recipes.html

     

    The fresh citrus twist plus it's persistence in the mouth make it ideal with the sweet, delicately buttery flesh of fish such as bream and turbot or, my favourite, Octopus.

    Personal FavouritesDate published: 27/01/13

    At Majestic, we are all passionate and knowledgeable about wine and we will always endeavour to find you the best value, and most suitable bottle for you.

     

    However, sometimes this comes at the expense of mentioning our personal favourites as they may not be appropriate for whatever reason.  Therefore, we will use this forum to offer you an insight in to our personal buying preferences and when we would ideally serve them.

     

    I will also choose this opportunity to insert the caveat that some of the wines we choose may be in short supply, so we may need a little time to track them down.  In this instance, you may also need to fight off our attempts to get the last bottle for ourselves!

    Food AdventuresDate published: 20/01/13

    This week we thought we would have a an article with a difference and discuss our interesting food adventures.

    As pretty much all of us at the store constantly talk about food and wine we often have fairly unusual discussions. One day we started discussing our favourite method for chips aside from the obvious frying method.  A common method among us was a quick par boil and then an oven roast or deep fry.  As an advocate of this method (or even the triple cook)I did not believe it truly possible to achieve a great chip without a parboil first.  That is until I discovered a unusual variety called Mayan Gold, upon purchase I was explicitly told do not parboil.  After heading home and feeling lazy I decided to go ahead and follow this advice. A quick peel, chop, rub in olive oil and they were in the oven roasting away.  35 mins later I came back to the oven fully expecting to find slightly charred chips with a hard centre but I will admit I was completely wrong. Upon a quick sample I was greeted with a crispy exterior and lovely fluffy centre.

    So in short if you ever stumble across Mayan Gold Potatoes definitely try them and do not par boil.  The only other essential thing is to serve with a big rare steak and a bottle of Malbec such as the Vinalba only £7.99. Enjoy.  

    Roaring Meg Pinot NoirDate published: 18/01/13

    Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2011 Central Otago Vintage 2011

     

    Proper care at all times in the vineyard and winery was the making of vintage 2011. Conditions were difficult but the quality of fruit was very good, provided the right decisions were made. Spring was fantastically settled, which led to excellent flowering and fruit set. Usual spring conditions arrived late, and unsettled weather was the norm right through January and February! Despite this, it was also pretty warm; it was almost too perfect for canopy and bunch development, leading to bigger than normal berries, and higher bunch weights as a result. Finally some semblance of normality arrived in March with conditions settling. These conditions continued through autumn, other than one wet spell which highlighted how tender and thin-skinned the berries were this season. In the winery it was a season where the fruit needed empathy, and the direction of the wine was dictated by the fruit. Winemaking Considerations: The grapes for this wine come from Cromwell basin vineyards managed by our viticultural team. Even though it was an odd-ball summer it was also very warm which meant we started harvesting on the 23rd March and went through to the 27th April. The fruit was all destemmed to enhance the natural fruit characters of Central Otago. The grapes stayed in the fermentor on average for a total of 24 days, with temperatures peaking at 30-320C. The wine was plunged once daily during pre-fermentation and twice daily during fermentation. When the wine tasted in harmony it was pressed off to French oak barrels where it resided on lees for 10 months. It underwent malolactic fermentation during early spring, was racked out of barrel in early summer and lightly fined with egg white prior to filtration and bottling. Tasting Notes: This wine highlights the warm season with lovely perfumed blackberry and dark Stella cherry fruits along with a hint of spice, adding complexity. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine. These are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit-driven finish. Cellaring Potential: Roaring Meg Pinot Noir will improve for 3-5 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.

    Welcome back NataliaDate published: 12/01/13

    Everyone at the store would like to welcome back Natalia after 6 months leave, she is now back managing the store. Natalia is very much looking forward to offering her help and expertise again. Feel free to drop in and say hello.

    Wine Tasting EventsDate published: 03/01/13

    Here at Majestic we like nothing better than to share our delicious wines and also our hard-earned wine knowledge.  Whilst you are free to pop in any time for a free taster - we'll always have half a dozen or more wines open to try - we would also recommend trying one of our more structure, but still informal and free, tasting events.

     

    The Wine Course

     

    This is an unpretentious guide on how to taste wine.  We cover the key fetaures to look for in a glass of wine, a little on how wines are produced and then finish with some food and wine matching advice. 

     

    Wine walks

     

    Here we literally, and metaphorically, take you on a tour of the different wines and regions of a particular country.  We explore the vastly different styles a country is capable of producing and look at how these work with different foods too.

     

    We will try and run, at least once a month, both 'The Wine Course' and 'Wine Walks'.   Both events are free, although we will take a fully refundable deposit of £5pp.

     

    If you would like to know more, or to book a place, call us at the store on 01708 755 311. Tthere are also a few videos to watch on our website here:

     

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/About/WineEvents

     

     

    Fine wine of the weekDate published: 16/12/12

    Fine Wineof the week

    Staff Selection

     

    Jackson Estate 'Vintage Widow' Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough

    £17.59 (when buying two or more from NZ)

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-jacksoin/product-is-37125

     

    Known for it's Sauvignon Blancs, Marlborough also produces some excellent fruit-driven pinot noirs. Packed with ripe red forest fuits this is also delicately balanced and will drink beautifully with your festive roast turkey or cold cuts the day after.

    Wine of the weekDate published: 15/12/12

    Wine of the Week

    Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillion, Hunter Valley, 2005

    £9.99 (when buying two or more)

    £12.49 (Single bottle)

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-elizabeth/product-is-19986

     

    Semillion is a grape that usually turns up in blends so it's a real treat to see it shine by itself in this fine example.

     

    On the nose it has a complex smokiness with hints of sherbetty citrus and tropical notes whilst on the palate it is clean and refreshing. An interesting alternative to Chablis.

    Fine Wine FridayDate published: 07/12/12

    Today we are opening a fine wine offering for you to try. Here is a summary of the wine:

    La Croix De gay 2003, Pomerol Was £32 now £30

    This small estate of 13 hectares only produces around 3000 cases a year. As is typical in Pomerol the blend of grapes used is mainly Merlot with a little Cabernet Franc added. The wine itself displays an aromatic nose of raspberries, cherries, smoke and espresso, the palate is rich and opulent with loads of fruit and a plush texture.

    Feel free to pop in and sample the wine and come to your own conclusions.

    Fine Wine - Staff selectionDate published: 02/12/12

    La Réserve de Léoville-Barton 2006, St-Julien £20 down from £25

    I have always found the second wines of top Bordeaux Chateaux to offer excellent value. This one, from the renowned Leoville-Barton, doesn't require a decade+ in the cellar and is already offering up it's sweet, smoky cassis fruit. Excellent with lamb or beef. Open on the tating counter at the moment and definately worth trying.

    Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 01/12/12

    Here at Majestic wine Gidea Park we like to add some sparkle to the weekends so throughout December we'll be opening Champagne every Saturday.  We'll be picking some of our best offers, but that certainly doesn't mean chepaest.  Expect some delicious offerings from some of Champagnes biggest and best names such as Louis Roederer and Bollinger.

     

    Enjoy a little glass whilst you're browsing the shop or even just pop in for a taste. 

     

    We look forward to seeing you soon

    Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 01/12/12

    Wine is a wonderful liquid. As a social lubricant at a party or an accompaniment to an evening's television it is rarely bested, but it is whilst enjoyed with food that it really excels.

    Food and wine matching is a subject that lends itself to much discussion, interest and also pretension. With the many layers and complexities that exist in fine wine and exotic dishes it can seem bewildering, overwhelming and probably not worth the effort. However, it needn't be a headache - there are a handful of simple rules that will allow you to fully enjoy both wine and food.

     

    The Rules

     

    Weight/body vs richness

     

    The first, and arguably most important, is to match the richness/lightness of a dish to the weight/body of the wine. A light wine such as a touraine sauvignon or simple pinot grigio will be overwhelmed by rich, meaty dishes. In practice, there is nothing 'wrong' with this, it just means you will miss out on some of the subtleties of the wine and perhaps just be left with a mouthful of acidity. Naturally the same is true in reverse, a big, bold red will spoil the simple pleasures of poached fish or salads.

     

    Acidity

    Acidity is a key component in wine, making it fresh and mouthwatering but also serves a useful purpose when enjoyed with food. If the dish has high acidity itself, such as something tomato based or perhaps with a citrus dressing, a wine that doesn't will seem bland and 'flat' in comparison. For this reason Italian reds are generally excellent with tomatoey pasta and sauvignon is perfect with salads.

    Acidity can also be used to compliment through contrast. The high acidity in Italians reds such as Chianit cuts through fattiness well making them an ideal partner for cured meats - think about it acting in a similar manner to pickles or chutney. Equally, a crisp white such as chablis or sancerre is perfect with the subtle butteryness in fish because the acidity is working in a similar manner to a squeeze of lemon.

     

    Sweetness

     

    It's important to match the sweetness in food, such as puddings, with sweetness in the wine or else the wine's flavours can be overpowered leaving you with only acidity and tannin. It may seem natural to match the chocolatey, plummy flavours in a merlot to a chocolate pudding however, without sweetness it just won't stand up. Therefore you would be far better served with a rich and sweet wine such as tawny port.

     

    Sweet wines though needn't always be matched with sweet foods. As I will mention below they can be excellent with spicy foods, but they can also act as an ideal foil to rich, savoury, salty foods. The sugar, and acidity, in a Sauternes makes it a perfect match for fois grois or blue cheeses such as Stilton and Roquefort.

     

    Heat (chilli)

     

    It is often suggested that curries are hard to find wines to match with and you're better going for beer. To an extent this is often true. One reason for this is that chilli heat clashes with the tannins found in red wines and leaves a bitter and sharp taste. It's preferable then to choose low-tannin reds such as beaujolais or pinot noir, or if you have a richer curry perhaps a new world carmenere.

     

    Whites can work as well and this allows us to introduce sweetness to the wine. Sugar helps neutralise chilli heat thus allowing an appreciation of the flavours in both food and wine - a prawn curry with a slightly sweet pinot gris is a wonderful thing.

     

    Flavours

     

    Whilst some of the rules mentioned above offer objective benefits by allowing food and wine to express themselves, considering flavour matching can be more of a subjective consideration.

     

    You can look to echo flavours in both wine and food, so the earthiness in mature Burgundian Pinot Noir can be lovely with well hung game or mushrooms. Alternatively, the bright red fruits such as cherries and redcurrants found in a youthful pinot noir can offer a pleasing contrast in the same way that you would enjoy redcurrant sauce.

     

    I also prefer contrasting the complex spicing in a curry or middle eastern dish with a relatively simple and uncomplex wine. When there is a lot to enjoy in the food, it can almost be overwhelming or tiresome to also have a complex wine like an old gran reserva Rioja or some such competing for attention. Equally, when enjoying relatively simple foods such as hard cheeses, a mature claret can really be allowed to shine.

    These are just guidelines and we mustn't get too carried away with the rights and wrongs, it's supposed to be fun and enjoyable. In that spirit the I recently enjoyed an old vine carignan (red) with pan fried salmon and asparagus risotto, and it was very nice.

     

    Stay tuned for recipes and wine matching.

    Gift Ideas (part 1)Date published: 01/12/12

    As a wine specialist with knowledgeable and experienced staff we can obviously recommend the perfect wines for you or your loved ones.  However, if the recipient doesn't like wine, or you fancy getting something a little different there are plenty of interesting alternatives.

     

    Sipsmith

     

    Sipsmith are a fantastic boutique distillery.  Opened in 2008 and providing London with it's first copper pot still since 1820, they have been producing wonderful artisanal spirits ever since.  Famed for their Gin's (£28) punchy aromatics and Vodka's (£26) smoothness and purity whilst coupled with beautifully designed bottles, these are wonderful treats for anyone - even yourself!

     

    Furthermore, we also have their delicious Sloe gin (£24) and damson vodka (£24).  Both have a delightful purple and crimson appearance with well balanced sweetness and heady fruit.  The sloes provide more nuttiness whilst the damson's have a delightful cherry compote character.

     

    Personally I enjoy both of these unadulterated as a digestif, either at the end of a meal or even curled up on the sofa on a cold winters night. However, you can take the sting out of the alcohol with some soda or tonic and a squeeze of lime, or even with some champagne as an interesting alternative to Kir Royale. 

    Wine of the weekDate published: 16/11/12

    Wine of the week Beronia Reserva 1994 £11.99

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-beronia/product-is-14021

    From a limited, and unique, parcel of mature Riojas that our buyer was fortunate to be offered comes this excellent example.

    This wine may be 18 years young but it still has bags of life in it. Ripe red fruits have taken on a raisiny character and become fully integrated with sweet spices and vanilla. Complex, but thoroughly enjoyable, this will be delicious with nice hams and mature firm cheeses.

    Gift SolutionsDate published: 15/11/12

    We stock a range of gift cartons and gift bags that make that special vinous present a little more special, and saves you the trouble of fiddly wrapping!

    Whilst gift cartons are available online the bags are not but feel free to add them on to your order when we call you to arrange delivery.

     

    Gift cartons

    20% off when buying 12

    1 Bottle 75p  -  60p (When buying 12)

    2 Bottle £1.25  -  £1.00 (When buying 12)

    3 Bottle £2.00  -  £1.60 (When buying 12)

     

    4 Bottle £3.50

    6 Bottle £4.00

    12 Bottle £5.00

     

    Gift Bags

    Standard (red) 50p

    Premium (spotty + gift tag) £1.49

    Fine Wine - Staff selectionDate published: 15/11/12

    Château Labégorce 2000, Margaux £27

    We stock a lovely 2002 from chateau Labegorce which, whilst from a lesser vintage, is a lovely, classic Margaux and pretty decent value even at £19.99.

     

    With this wine from the excellent 'millenium vintage' of 2000, 7 extra pounds get you a more structured wine with a pronounced cassis core along with savoury, spicy tobacco notes.  The quality of the vintage really shines through and whilst this will drink delightfully over the next 3-5 years, I would really recommend drinking this winter. 

     

    Best drunk with roast meats or firm, mature cheeses, this will be excellent at Christmas - if you can keep it that long...

    Wine of the Week - Pouilly-Fume Les CascadellesDate published: 17/10/12

    Think Sauvignon Blanc and chances are the first thing that pops into your head is 'New Zealand'. The huge popularity of Sauv Blancs from New Zealand, and Marlborough on the North island in particular, means that these days people rarely venture much further than Oyster Bay or The Ned when they fancy a crisp, citrussy white. Now there's nothing wrong with this, I'm a big fan of both of these wines, but I feel that sometimes we should look back to the 'old world', to the regions and producers who inspired the new guys to start making wine.

    In this case this is arguably the Loire valley in Northern France, home of Sancerre, Sauvignon de Touraine and the subject of today's rambling; Pouilly-Fume. Each of these wines represents a distinct style, but each is made from Sauv Blanc. Pouilly-Fume is known as the lighter, more perfumed counterpart to Sancerre's richer, fuller bodied style.

    This particular wine comes from a co-operative based in the town of Pouilly-Sur-Loire and is a textbook example of what to expect from a Pouilly-Fume. Zesty and fresh on the nose, but more delicate than its Kiwi cousins. This continues onto the palate where gooseberry, key lime and blossom flavours mingle with crisp acidity and a long length to create an incredibly elegant and refreshing wine.

    This is a wine that you can enjoy on its own in the late Autumn sunshine or pair with oily fish dishes such as freshly grilled mackerel or sardines.

    £10.99 for a single bottle down to £9.99 when you buy 2 or more. Go on, treat yourself!

    Aspall UncoveredDate published: 15/10/12

     

    On a recent trip to Aspall in Suffolk I got to see first hand how great cider is made and learnt the importance of good Apples. The ethos was very simple if you use good apples you get great cider. I was fortunate enough to try their whole range of Ciders. The highlight for me the Aspall Suffolk Draught which had just enough richness and body to keep things interesting followed by a lovely citrus character to keep it refreshing.

    We were then treated to a fantastic 3 course meal and got to experiment with cider and food which was really interesting. To start we were given the Aspall premier Cru to pair with a cheese soufflé which worked really well. To go with a main of game terrine we had the Aspall Imperial, fermented with a little muscavado sugar this had a lovely burnt caramel edge and was great as the dish had a sweet damson reduction. To finish We had Panacotta with a sweet coulis paired with Perronelle's Blush. A slightly different cider in that is sweetened with a little crème de mure but paired flawlessly with the dish.

    All this left me with a new opinion of cider and how versatile as a drink it is and opened the door for a whole host of food and drink pairing.

    It's never too early...Date published: 06/10/12

    Popping into the supermarket the other day I was confronted by stacks of mince pies and enormous tins of Quality Street (other brands are available) which made me realise that even though it's still relatively sunny at the moment Christmas is just around the corner. Time to start thinking about eating until you're stuffed, dozing in front of the Queen's speech and seeing if Steve Mcqueen can finally make that jump into Switzerland in The Great Escape. Oh, and lets not forget the most important thing, planning your wines for the big day. Here's what I'm thinking so far, although I change my mind daily, and I'll get Sam to pop his choices up as well.

    Champagne: One of my favourite parts of Christmas day is having a late brunch with the family washed down with a glass of fizz. I've tried a few different Champagnes over the years but I always come back to Bollinger's fantastic Grande Annee. This is their vintage offering and is absolutely superb being supremely balanced, rich and yet elegant. Terrific stuff.

    White: A glass of white goes excellently with a selection of light starters and this year I've got a bottle of Domaine Jomain Puligny Montrachet 1er cru from the Les Perrieres vineyard. I love Puligny Montrachet and this is one of my favourites; light and refreshing but with a slightly hazlenutty creaminess making it perfect with food.

    Red: We're not big on poultry in my family so rather than the traditional turkey we'll be tucking into a slow-roasted rib of beef. To go with this I've got a couple of bottles of Vina Tondonia Reserva Rioja from our recent parcel of vintage Rioja. I've gone for the 1987 vintage as it's my birth year and is now drinking absolutely perfectly. It's soft and smoky but still has enough body to pair wonderfully with the beef.

    Dessert: The only wine that I think can stand up to Christmas pud is a Majestic favourite with both staff and customers; Hidalgo's Pedro Ximinez Sherry. Rich, dark and raisiny this partners the pud excellently or is equally good poured over vanilla ice cream if you fancy a lighter dessert.

    Port: Rounding up the meal will be a cheese board and that means it's Port time. Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita will be my pick. We've got the 1999 vintage in at the moment so it's really starting to open up into its drinking window and should be perfect with a piece of extra mature cheddar.

    And after that little lot I should just have the energy to drag myself onto the sofa to cheer Steve on, I bet he makes it this year...

    Fine Wine Friday- Chateau Lynch Moussas 2006Date published: 05/10/12

    We will be opening the 2006 Lynch Moussas this weekend for all to try. It is a wine that is just coming to the right maturity but will still age for a few years more. Robert Parker awarded it 89 points, and said the following "A classic Pauillac, this is an obvious major improvement from the proprietors, the Casteja family. Sweet vanilla, tobacco leaf, black currant, licorice, and camphor are all present in this full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic wine, which is still under the radar and fairly priced. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025."


    Currently this wine is down from £28 to £26 and well worth stocking up on for Christmas.
     

    Wine of the Week - Santa Rita 120 CarmenereDate published: 04/10/12

    It's now dark when I get home (the joys of being open until eight o'clock!) and there's a definite chill in the air. As a result I'm no longer looking forward to a glass of zingy, crisp white at the end of the day. No, what I'm really after is the wine equivalent of a nice home-made lasagne. I want something simple, tasty and comfortingly warming. This means it's time to return to one of my favourite everyday wines; Santa Rita's 120 Carmenere. Since we introduced this wine a couple of years back its combination of deliciousness and excellent value for money mean it's been a staple fixture in my wine rack.

    Coming from Chile's Central Valley this is a juicy red with plenty of rich berry and plum fruit that jumps out of the glass. The fruitiness is tempered with hints of vanilla and spice, courtesy of the six months that the wine spends in French oak. These flavours follow through to the palate where they combine with a soft smooth mouth feel and just a hint of tannin.

    This is a wine that you can enjoy a glass of while cooking dinner and then enjoy another glass (or two!) with your meal. It'll go with anything but I think it's best with grilled pork chops or a rich pasta dish, especially lasagne!

    £7.49 for a single bottle, down to £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles, means it won't break the bank and for the quality I reckon it's a bit of a steal. Enjoy.

    Wine of the Week - Ch GuiotDate published: 25/09/12

    As the nights draw in and the evenings become chillier it's unfortunately time to give up hoping for an Indian Summer, dig out your thermals and accept that Autumn is here. Still it's not all bad, now's the time for hearty stews and nights in with the heating on and a glass of red to keep the cold out.

    Winter warmers come in a variety of styles, a big Shiraz from Oz, an Argentinian Malbec or perhaps something from the South of France. Basically we want lots of fruit, lots of flavour and a comforting richness. This week I've gone French with Château Guiot from the Costieres de Nimes. Costieres de Nimes is a Languedoc appellation but its Mediterranean influenced climate produces wines with more in common with those from the Rhone valley.

    Enough geography, what about the wine? Well it's a blend of Grenache and Syrah and this is immediately apparent on the nose, which has plenty of soft berry fruit character with a hint of spice and a slightly herby note to it. The palate has soft plummy fruit and more of the subtle spiciness that makes this wine so drinkable of a chilly evening. The tannins are soft and smooth and there's a good long finish.

    This is my go to red at the moment, smooth enough to have a glass on its own but pairs really well with almost any hearty, meaty dish. A glass of this with a home-made lasagne is heaven. Currently down to £6.99 when you buy two bottles. A steal.

    Fantastic Champagne offers!Date published: 21/09/12

    From today until the 1st of October we will be offering great reductions on the following Champagne:

    Moet NV from £40.00 to £25.00
    Moet Vint from £50.00 to £38.00
    Veuve Rosé NV from £50.00 to £38.00
    Veuve Vint from £52.00 to £38.00
    Ruinart Rosé NV from £55.00 to £45.00
    Ruinart Bl de Bls NV from £55.00 to £45.00

     

    We only have limited stocks of each so please don't hesitate to pop instore or give us a call!

    Spanish musings.Date published: 17/09/12

    If you sat down and played a word association game about Spain chances are it would go something like this;

    Food – Paella
    Football – Barca
    Wine – Rioja

    This is because the wines of Rioja are as synonymous with Spain as the running of the bulls and the Sagrada Familia. I'm a huge fan of Rioja, it's my go to wine and, I think, offers fantastic value for money. However there's a lot of fantastic wine coming from Spain's other wine regions and it's well worth an explore, here's a couple of my favourites.

    'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' – This is a 100% Garnacha (the Spanish for Grenache) and comes from Navarra, located to the Northeast of Rioja. The vines that produce the grapes for this wine are all between 70 and 100 years old. As a vine ages it produces less fruit, but what it does produce is high quality with very concentrated sugars. This generally leads to much richer, more full bodied wines. However the Navarra also benefits from the cooling influence of the Atlantic and as such this wine is incredibly well balanced. This is a big wine, loads of rich berry fruit leads onto a smooth, spicy finish backed up with well integrated tannins. Definitely drinkable on its own but I'd pair this with a steak or BBQ'd ribs to get the very best out of it.
    £9.99 for a single bottle or buy any two Spanish wines and this goes down to £7.99. Bargain!

    Rueda Blanco, Marques de Riscal – If you're getting a bit bored of Sauv Blanc then I'd give this a try. Rueda in Northern Spain produces, in my opinion, some of the best Spanish whites and this is a great example. Made predominantly from Verdejo this is a light, refreshing white and perfect for lunchtime drinking. Slightly floral on the nose, bursting with citrus fruit on the palate and balanced with crisp acidity this is every bit as refreshing as a Sauv Blanc. A perfect match with seafood and salads. Alternatively enjoy it on its own in the late summer sun! £8.11 for a single bottle or buy any two Spanish wines and it's £6.49.

    Of course we can't forget Rioja and at the minute my absolute favourite wine, the Rioja Reserva, Marques de Riscal, goes down to a stupidly cheap £10.99 when you buy any two Spanish wines. This is a textbook take on traditional Rioja, full bodied and smooth with a stunningly long finish and plenty of vanilla and sweet spice on the palate. Try this with your roast lamb on Sunday and then come and thank me on Monday. Alternatively if you've got more willpower than I do you could age this for another 5 years. Buy it before I do!

    Muga Mania!Date published: 12/09/12

    We have a treat on the tasting counter at the moment! Well in fact, two Fine Wine treats! The Prada Enea 2004 and Seleccion Especial 2006 are both shining bright and the latter is on offer at only £19.99 when you buy 2 or more Spanish Wines. This coincides nicely with our Spanish tasting at the moment so don't miss out!!

    Wine of the Week - Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja.Date published: 08/09/12

    One of the perks of working for Majestic is that (far too) occasionally I get to try some really special wines. As a wine nerd this is brilliant, but it does mean that I've developed shockingly expensive tastes and as such I'm forced to spend a lot of my time looking for wines which offer that high end quality without the eye-watering price tag attached. This leads me nicely onto this reserva Rioja for Marques de Riscal. I love Rioja because the wines show amazing character and elegance but at a fraction of the price of an equivalent quality Bordeaux.

    This is no exception, the nose has lots of soft, jammy fruit characters, lifted by subtly clove and vanilla spiciness. On the palate the same soft fruitiness is present before opening into the traditional Rioja finish of vanilla and savoury oak. A massively long finish with lovely soft tannins make this a delight to drink on its own or have it this Sunday with your roast lamb for a real treat (you can thank me later!). An absolute bargain at £10.99, stock up now before it's all gone.

    Can England make good sparkling wine? Date published: 28/08/12

    Most people would laugh if I told them I have found an English wine which rivals some of the bset of French champagne. But its true. Coming from a growing vineyard in West Sussex, Nyetimber is storming the wine world with top its top quality fizz. Nyetimber only produces vintage sparkling wines, and thus only make wines in the best grape years. It was the queens choice of English fizz on her jubilee this year, beat bollinger in blind taste tests, oh yes it really did! I think the french should be worried about Nyetimber taking over there trade. Here is a little more on why England can make good wines.

    The South-East of England offer perfect conditions to grow Chardonnay, pinot nior, pinot menuir - the 3 variety of grapes which are used to make champagne. Firstly the soil - it holds the same type of soil as the champagne region does in France. Which is chalky and green sand soil. Secondly the climate its only 2 degrees colder than the champagne region on average - with global warming this at times can make ther south east of england better for these grapes than the Champagne reason it self. Thirdly majority of vineyards in the south east of England are south ward facing - same as champagnes. This means the grapes can get the right growing conditions - just enough sun, wind, rain and sleep. Everything grapes need to grow good and healthy to make top quality sparkling wine.

    Most regions in England do not have this type of soil - thus its quiet exclusive to the south east of England where it is possible for champagne variety grapes to be grown. The best English sparkling wine at majestic we have found so far is Nyetimber. nyetimber produce 3 types of sparkling wine. Firstly the classic cuvee - 2004 vintage , the IWC award winning blanc de blanc 2003 , and finally the salmon pink princess of the wine world the Rose 2007 vintage. All 3 of these sparkling wines are good enough to rival even the best champagne houses. This is not just our opinion here its fact - according to blind taste tests the 2003 blanc de blanc beats bollinger in blind taste tests - this definetly upset some french champagne houses. First bollinger ..what next. Maybe we're on track to beating Krug? Who knows where english sparlking wine is going?

    Champagne in all but name? Definetly!

    Yes English can make top quality sparkling wine. And I think people should be adventurous and give it a try!

    Wine of the Week - Giesen Sauv. BlancDate published: 27/08/12

    Giesen is a family run business with vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley, in New Zealand's famous Marlborough region. The Sauvignon Blanc is made up of wines from over 30 different vineyards, resulting in a very expressive wine with a real abundance of flavour. The nose is very crisp for a NZ Sauv with notes of lime and lemongrass dominating. The palate is similarly light and crisp with plenty of gooseberry, citrus and Granny Smith apple flavours. While it's perfectly drinkable on its own I think this wine really shines when paired with seafood or a risotto.

    New Zealand is on offer until September the 3rd, which means this cracking wine is just £6.99 when you buy two or more bottles. Bargain!

    Sparkling Saturday - 11th AugustDate published: 10/08/12

    The sun is shining and seeing as that's such a rare event this Summer we're celebrating here at Majestic Gidea Park. Tomorrow we'll have a bottle of our newest fizz - Prosecco Treviso from Pasqua - open to taste. Prosecco comes from Northern italy and is becoming more and more popular by the day and it's easy to see why when you try something like this little beauty. Light and floral on the nose with some peach and peardrop notes. The palate has similar flavours and is a touch off-dry making for a really refreshing, and very easy drinking, Summer aperitif. Perfect for BBQs, parties or just lazing in the garden.

    £11.99 for a single bottle or just £8.99 when you buy two or more. Bargain.

    Wine of the week - Roch les Vignes, Rose de ProvenceDate published: 08/08/12

    Roses from Southern France's Provence region have been on the up and up for the last couple of years and with examples like this it's not hard to see why! Coming from vineyards around St Tropez this 100% Grenache wine really shows off what a good Provence rose is all about, basically being light and refreshing and perfect for an afternoon in the sun with friends, family and a BBQ!

    Lovely and dry, but with plenty of soft red berry fruit on the palate ensuring the wine doesn't come across as crisp or tart. This is perfect for drinking on its own or will go excellently with traditional Mediterranean fare, grilled sardines fresh off the BBQ go amazingly well.

    £7.99 single bottle price, or buy two or more for £6.99 per bottle.

    Exploring SpainDate published: 31/07/12

    On a recent trip to Spain I got to experience all the delights that Spain has to offer.

    The trip commenced with a brief luggage drop at our hotel, the fantastic Hacienda Zorita. Recently converted into a hotel and located in the Duero Valley, this impressive building was a former Dominican monastery and the place where Christopher Columbus stayed on his way to discovering America. It featured a Spa, tasting rooms, chapel and a cellar currently maturing Durius Hacienda Zorita Tinto Arribes del Duero in a selection of American and French barrels.

    Next we travelled to the Hacienda Zorita Organic Farm to learn about the production process for the cheeses they produce. The first was a soft goats cheese and the second a cured cheese. After this we got to sample the cheeses as part of a buffet lunch featuring cured meats, Spanish style omelette and salad washed down with Durius Hacienda Zorita Tinto Arribes del Duero. The highlight of the meal was a fantastically light cheese cake made from soft goats cheese, topped with honey, walnut and passion fruit sauce.

    The next day started bright and early at the hotel's tasting rooms, where we were invited to try a host of different Spanish wines. This featured the full Berbarana range and the Marques de la Concordia range. The highlight was the Durius Syrah. Made from 100% Syrah which was planted after the soil in the area was identified as particularly suited to growing this grape. Of interest was that the Marques de la Concordia range does not have a Gran Reserva but considers the Hacienda de Susar its equivalent. Whilst not labelled as a Gran Reserva it is still classified as DOCa Rioja and is allowed to use Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

    There was just enough time to try the local beer and relax overlooking the river Tormes before heading into Salamanca. We were treated to a guided tour, where we saw the impressive architecture and beautiful town centre and learnt about the symbolism of the Salamacan frog. Then we headed to a local restaurant Casa Paca and enjoyed a host of traditional tapas dishes. The dishes included pigs cheek, blood sausage with melted goats cheese and slow cooked octopus.
     

    Deliveries and orders over the Olympics Date published: 18/07/12

    As I am sure you are aware in central London traffic is being severely effected due to the Olympics. However with our local delivery area not specifically within the radius all deliveries should therefore run as normal.

    On the other hand, from the beginning until the end of the Olympics we will be restricted in terms of which stock we will be able to have access to if we do not have it in store but as always we will do as much as possible to meet any requests.  

    If you any queries in regards the weeks ahead please do not hesitate to contact the store.

     

    Many thanks

    Wines of Chile TastingDate published: 05/07/12

    Starting Friday 6th July we will be having a tasting of selected Chilean wines. At present all Chilean wines have 20% off when you get any 2 and the following price are the discount prices.


    If the sun shines and you fancy some whites we will be opening the aromatic Luis Felipe Edwards Viognier Reserva 2011£6.39 and Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2011 £6.99.


    In terms of reds we will be opening Luis Felipe Edwards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon £4.99 full of blackcurrant cassis and excellent value.

    Our final treat of the weekend is Casa Lapostolle 'Cuvee Alexandre' Pinot Noir 2010 £14.99. Full of ripe red berries smoky cedar notes and long lingering finish well worth popping in to try.
     

    Sherry trip to Jerez!Date published: 27/06/12

    Last week I had the pleasure of going to Jerez in South West Spain to visit the Romate vineyards and winery!

    An unseasonal cloudy and cool morning meant easy viewing at the vineyard, and was an excellent example of the cooler Atlantic winds which adds the necessary complexity to the climate. The real magic is in the winery. We tasted the young Fino out the barrel then onto the aged and highly fortified Amontillado and Olorosso, which were my personal favourites. The rich, nutty and deep flavours opened my eyes to the world of Sherry finishing with a fine PX.

    We were fed well, Sherry with every meal and it match the seafood surprisingly well!

    The sun came out in the afternoon and it hit the mid-30s, meaning a trip to the coast was in order. However the town of Jerez is very historic, with a beautiful old town full of hidden gems, which in itself is reminiscent of the drink it is most famous for. Not a hot spot for tourists ironically working in our favour.

    Wines of Australia still on tasting!Date published: 12/06/12

    Fancy a barby!? We have a great selection of white and reds to try at the moment, from the perfumed and fruity Yalumba Viognier to the big and bold Church Block!

    Fine wine friday today!Date published: 01/06/12

    Its that time of the month! Fine Wine Friday is upon us and we have the wonderful Aloxe Corton 2009, Louis Latour on tasting!

    A classic red Burgunday which displays ripe cherrys on the nose with subtle liquorice and oaky. It provides a smooth finish and at only £28 it is not to be missed!

    Wines of New Zealand to taste!Date published: 25/05/12

    Make the most out of the nice weather this weekend by exploring New Zealand wines!

    Not only do we have the fantastic the Ned Sauvignon Blanc (at 5.99) as our wine of the week to try, we also have more Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs! NZ wines are great value and at 20% off at the moment it is worth a look at.

    Improved offers, results in a special WOTW!Date published: 18/05/12

    Running from the 17th May until the 28th May we have a number of great offers for you to Enjoy!

    My new Wine of the Week is the Vina Eguia Rioja 2007. One reason is it's extremely affordable price but the second is the weight in quality it punches for the value! Bursting red fruit and pungent spice make it a superb lower-end Rioja, and would complement soft cheeses and spanish dishes in general.

    Price: 4.99 when you buy 2 or more.

    We also have a an easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, the Riverlands Run at 4.99 on multibuy, which is a hit displayed the classic Marlborough style of citrus fruit. The Argentinian Vinalba Malbec Reserve is also at 7.99 on multibuy is your in the mood for a hearty red! All of the above are available to taste this weekend!!

    Champagne is not to be missed out, Nicolas Feuillate NV at £15 and Heidsieck Gold Top is down to £18 from 20!

    Come and Explore other great offers!

    Prosecco Treviso £8.99 our Sparkling Saturday wineDate published: 12/05/12

    Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry N

    £11.99

    Special Offer £8.99

    This product was awarded a Bronze from IWC

    Grape

    Prosecco

    Origin
    Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours.

    Taste
    Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.

    Enjoy
    Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.

    Body
    White Wine with of a Body of 1
     

    Focus on ItalyDate published: 10/05/12

    With our Italian themed tasting starting tomorrow we thought we would give you a quick profile of the wines we have available to taste.

    Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry Nv. Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Match with Frutti di Mare. Was £11.99 Now £8.99 Save £3.

    Pasqua Rosato 2011 IGT Veneto. Pale rose pink in colour, with core plenty of red cherry, rosehip and dessert apple. Match with Prosciutto. £5.59 when you buy any 2 Italian wines Save 20%.

    Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2010/2011 A Passoni.An intense wine with lively acidity and lots of pure fruit. The palate is unmistakably crisp with citric and green fruit notes. Match with Grilled Sea bass. £7.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines Save 20%.

    Rosso di Montepulciano 2010,Poliziano. A bright ruby red wine with an emphasis on fresh redcurrant, raspberry
    and sour cherry fruit flavours. Match with aubergine and roasted vegetable lasagne. £11.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines Save 20%.

    Feel free to pop in and try in them.
     


     

    Fine Wine Friday June 1stDate published: 08/05/12

    We have been preparing our next fine wine offering and decided to crack open the Aloxe Corton 2009 by Louis Latour which is currently £28. Produced from the excellent 2009 vintage comprising of 100% Pinot Noir from the esteemed commune of Aloxe Corton in the Côte de Beaune.


    This is unmistakably Burgundian with subtle notes of cherry hints of anise and subtle oak tones. The finish really is the stand out part of this wine, long and elegant leaving you coming back for more.


    Well worth popping in on June the 1st.
     

    Riedel GlassesDate published: 04/05/12

    Riedel Glasses

    Riedel (pronounced REE-dəl), is a manufacturer of high-quality crystal wine glasses and related glass products based in Kufstein, Austria.

    Originally established in Bohemia in 1756, the company has been owned by the same family for more than 250 years. Georg Riedel (11th generation) and Maximilian Riedel (12th generation) currently head up the €265 million per year glass business.

    Riedel is the originator of the concept of having many different glasses with characteristics designed to enhance specific types of wines.
    These range from the short, narrow-mouthed port glass, holding around
    250 ml , to the balloon-shaped Burgundy glass, capable of holding an entire bottle of wine.
    In theory, the different shapes direct the wine to different parts of the mouth, emphasizing the best characteristics of the class of wines. Another characteristic of Riedel glasses is that they are designed to hold a small amount of wine relative to the volume of the glass, allowing the aroma of the wine to collect in the bowl. Typically a normal "glass of wine" will occupy about a third or less of a Riedel stem.
    The handmade mouth-blown crystal wine glass collection, Riedel Sommelier, is regarded as the finest in the world by many wine professionals.
    The critic Robert Parker says, "The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make."
     

    Maybe we will have a party?Date published: 03/05/12


    Maybe we will have a party?
    Maybe we will get lucky with the weather?
    Maybe we will organise barbecue?
    Perfect Reds and Whites for Bank Holiday Celebration.

     

    'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old
    Vine Garnacha 2009, Navarra
    SPAIN £7.99

    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 influenceshere 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.
    Enjoyable on its own, but also benefits from being paired with a big,
    flame-grilled rib-eye steak


    Gestos Malbec 2011, Finca
    Flichman, Mendoza
    ARGENTINA £5.99


    One of Flichman's top wines, combining the unique characteristics of two
    terroirs in a single grape variety. Tupungato at 1,100m altitude gives
    freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and
    density. Aged for over 6 months in American and French oak.
    An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate
    oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where
    it is met with a hint of herbal spice.
    A complex wine and a perfect match with steak or rich sausages.
    Alternatively, at the end of a meal with a chocolate filled pudding.


    Beaujolais-Villages 2010/11,
    Georges Duboeuf
    BEAUJOLAIS £5.99


    Gamay
    Beaujolais-Villages must come from the superior vineyard sites in the
    hillier parts to the north of Beaujolais. Master winemaker Georges
    Duboeuf has created this wine from the best selection of grapes.
    Packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours. A
    bright and youthful wine with a fresh finish.
    Try lightly chilled on its own, otherwise a tuna steak will partner this
    wine nicely.

     

    Vistasur Sauvignon Blanc 2011,
    Central Valley
    CHILE £5.99

    Sauvignon Blanc
    The Vistasur team, under winemaker Eugenia Diaz, are constantly overdelivering
    on price and quality. This zesty Sauvignon comes from the
    fertile Central Valley and demonstrates Chile's affinity with this varietal.
    Very aromatic with zesty citrus and grapefruit, a crisp palate with lots of
    lime and tropical fruits, and a fresh finish.
    Very refreshing on it's own, but matches well with white fish.


    Santa Rita 120 Viognier 2011,
    Maipo Valley
    CHILE £5.99

    Viognier
    Sourced from a number of vineyard sites across Chile's Central Valley.
    Free-run juice and light pressings have been used to maintain a light and
    crisp feel to the wine, with a long 3-week fermentation period followed
    by 2 weeks on lees for softness of texture.
    Lively and crisp, avoiding the big, oily texture of many a Viognier, and
    focusing instead on the flavours of apricot and pineapple, and delicate
    floral aromas. Soft in mouthfeel, with a refreshing finish.
    Drink with Chinese-style chicken or prawn dishes, sushi or a stir-fry.


    Montenovo Godello 2010/11,
    Valdesil, Valdeorras
    SPAIN £7.99

    Godello
    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, such as grilled sardines,
    octopus or calamares.

    Two Fine Wine's in two weekends!Date published: 26/04/12

    Over the next two weeks we are opening both the Prada Enea 2004, this weekend and the Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 for our Fine Wine Friday on the 4th May!

    Two contrasting styles and for Riojo and Pinot Noir fans alike, they are both not too be missed!

    Pop instore and explore!

    A Spring TreatDate published: 18/04/12

    We thought we would kick spring off with a nice seasonal recipe. This is a great recipe, that can easily see the asparagus changed for peas or broad beans as they come into season. The quantities can easily be adjusted if cooking for more than 2
    Serves 2


    Chorizo, Prawn and Asparagus sauté.


    Ingredients


    2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
    1 clove of Garlic finely chopped
    100g Chorizo sliced in 1cm rounds.
    250g Raw shelled King Prawns
    8 spears of English Asparagus cleaned and any woody bottoms snapped off cooked in boiling water for 4 minutes
    1 can of Chickpeas drained and rinsed
    1 tablespoon of Sherry Vinegar
    Juice of half a Lemon
    Handful of fresh Basil leaves finely chopped


    Method


    Step 1-Heat 1 tablespoon of  the oil in a frying pan over a medium high heat and fry the chorizo for 3 minuets stirring frequently until golden and cooked through. Remove from the pan and tip away any excess oil.


    Step 2-Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and add the garlic and cook until just colouring then add the prawns and cook for 2 minuets. Add the asparagus cook for 1min then add the chickpeas and vinegar  and the cooked chorizo.

    Step 3- Gently let the chickpeas warm through. Take of the heat and add the lemon and basil and season to taste.

    Step 4- Serve with one of the wines below and enjoy.


    Matching wines to this dish is a little tricky due to the asparagus but any of the following will work well.
    I you fancy Red we would go with Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vielles Vignes 2010 , Nicolas Potel which is currently £9.99 when you get 2 or more. This has just enough supple red fruit and spice to complement the chorizo, a hint of vegetal notes will work well with the asparagus whilst letting the prawns shine.


    If you fancy a Rose a brilliant choice would be Château de Sours Rose 2010 from Bordeaux which is £7.99 when you get 2 or more. A deep berry rich Rose with refreshing acidity that will complement the chorizo and pick up on the lemon and the fresher elements of the dish.
    As its getting warmer you may well decide upon a white and what better than Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from New Zealand which is down to £5.99 when you get 2 or more until the 23rd of April. Packed with fresh gooseberry, citrus notes and hints of cut grass which will pick up perfectly on the asparagus and basil whilst keeping your palate clean and fresh between each mouthful.
     

    Celebrate World Malbec Day with us!Date published: 13/04/12

    To celebrate this occassion we have a selection of Argentinian Malbecs to taste this weekend, including the Crios Malbec and many more! If you like your steak and BBQ food it is the perfect match with this hearty grape!

    New Cider at Majestic - Henney's CiderDate published: 11/04/12

    Mike Henney is a bit of a character. He is a one man band with a sense of vision, passion and belief. When he came to see me back in November he had come straight out of the orchard and pressing house and was going straight back there. He was literally wiping dirt off his hands before we shook hands.

    He started making cider in his airing cupboard in 1996 while working as an account manager for one of the top drinks companies. He became so good at it that a few years later he quit the day job to focus on it completely and now Henney's is one of the best medium sized cider companies out there. It is still more-or-less just him, working alongside the local farm.

    The aim is to keep everything as simple as possible, and focus all energy on making the best possible cider. I think that is a pretty good foundation.

    Enjoy."

    Andy Lloyd - Buyer
     

    Spaces still available on Thursdays Wine Walk!Date published: 08/04/12

    This Thursday evening, 12th of April we are hosting our Wine Walk, a free service which allows you to explore the world of wine in our store! Taste some of our new arrivals and have some nibbles to match them. There are only a few spaces left so email Gid@majestic.co.uk or call 01708 755311 to book a place.

    Easter bank holiday weekend opening hoursDate published: 05/04/12

    Friday 6th April Good Friday 10am to 8pm


    Saturday 7th April Easter Saturday 9am to 7pm


    Sunday 8th April Easter Sunday 10am to 5pm


    Monday 9th April Easter Monday 10am to 5pm

    Old vs New World Part 1, ChardonnayDate published: 09/03/12

    Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine . It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to Australia.
    The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France to New World wines with tropical fruit flavors and lots of oak.
    Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne.

    On the tasting counter
    Chablis 1er Cru ' Cote de Lechet' 2010, Vocoret

    Chardonnay was believed to be first planted in Chablis by the Cistercians at Pontigny Abbeyin the 12th century. Today, the Chardonnay made in the Chablis region is one of the "purest" expression of the varietal character of the grape due to the simplistic style of winemaking favored in this region. Chablis winemakers want to emphasis the terroir of the calcareous soil and cooler climate that help maintain high acidity. The wines rarely will go through malolactic fermentationor be exposed to oak (though its use is increasing). The biting, green apple-like acidity is a trademark of Chablis and can be noticeable in the bouquet. The acidity can mellow with age and Chablis are some of the longest living examples of Chardonnay. Some examples of Chablis can have an earthy "wet stone" flavor that can get mustier as it ages before mellowing into delicate honeyed notes.The use of oak is controversial in the Chablis community with some winemakers dismissing it as counter to the "Chablis style" or terroir while other embrace its use though not to the length that would characterized a "New World" Chardonnay. The winemakers that do use oak tend to favor more neutral oak that doesn't impart the vanilla characteristic associated with American oak. The amount of " “char”in the barrel is often very light which limits the amount of "toastiness" that is perceived in the wine. The advocates of oak in Chablis point to the positive benefits of allowing limited oxygenation with the wine through the permeable oak barrels. This can have the effect of softening the wine and make the generally austere and acidic Chablis more approachable at a younger age.

    On the tasting counter
    DB Reserve Chardonnay, 2010, De Bortoil, South Eastern Australia

    Being a rather neutral grape, Australian winemakers first approached Chardonnay in the same manner they were making wine from the similarly neutral Sultana grape. Aromatic yeast were added and macerationwas extended to get more flavors from skin contact.While the style of Australian Chardonnay is mostly characterized by the mass produced products of the hot Riverland region, the cooler climates of Victoria and Tasmania has been creating more crisp, less oaked wines with lime notes. In theCowara region, Chardonnay's citrus notes are emphasized while Hunter Valley examples have more richness and smoky notes. The Yarra Valley produces the most Burgundian style while Mount Barker in theGreat Southern, Western Australia produces Chardonnay that more closely resembles those of Chablis.A rare, isolated clone exist in theMudgeee region that local believe traces its ancestry back to some of the first vines brought to Australia in the 19th century. While the wine made from this clone is not particularly distinguished, it can still be of very good quality. Overall, there has been a shift in style since the 1980s from deep golden, oily wines with melon and butterscotch flavors to lighter, paler Chardonnays with more structure and notes of white peaches and nectarines.

    Press mentions this SaturdayDate published: 03/03/12

    Saturday Times – Jane MacQuitty – 3rd March 2012

    2011 Rioja Blanco, Muga, Spain
    Winter’s still here, so lap up this big food-loving white rioja with
    lashings of refined, oaky, appley fruit.

    2006 Château Romefort, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc
    2006 was a good, not great, Bordeaux vintage and this vibrant
    merlot/cabernet sauvignon, with a dash of cabernet franc, punches well
    above its weight.


    Telegraph – Victoria Moore- 3rd March 2012

    Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2010 Spain
    From the fêted winemaker Alvaro Palacios, this Spanish red combines about
    50% cariñena with garnacha, cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Has less of a
    velvet touch and more firm lines than some Priorats, but a wine of great
    stature and determination. Try it with slow-roast lamb.


    Guardian - Fiona Beckett - 3rd March 2012

    Kaiken Malbec Bonarda Limited Selection 2009
    …a lush, Argentine red made by a Chilean winemaker, comes into the smooth,
    full-bodied category (though I would add that it's plummy). But it might be
    more useful to let you know how it's pronounced – ky-ken – that it's named
    after a goose that migrates over the Andes, and that it would be a cracking
    with steak.


    Independent - Anthoyn Rose - 3rd March 2012

    Lindauer Rosé, NV, New Zealand
    It's a superior classy pink fizz from New Zealand, whose yeasty aromas and
    raspberry ripple-style mousse display a complexity akin to that of
    champagne.
     

    Re-opening Friday 24th FebDate published: 23/02/12

    As I'm sure you will all be aware, our store has been closed for the last 2 months for a major refurbishment. We are now excited to announce that we will be officially re-opening tomorrow (Friday 24th) from 10am. And to celebrate our re-opening (and the return of some warmer weather!) we will have our all time favourite Prosecco di Conegliano open for tasting the entire weekend, alongside a selection of this season's best red and white wines (please see our online tasting counter). So pop in and have a look at some of the spectacular changes that have been made to our store.

    We have new flooring laid out, brighter lights, fine wine shelving, air conditioning (for both our fine wine and our customers), brand new tasting counter, and even our car park is new! Needless to say, the staff here are all pleasantly surprised at the great changes that have been made to our store, and we are sure it will give you all a much more pleasant shopping environment.

    We all look forward to seeing you all back here and sharing the joy of a much cleaner, brighter and modern looking store!

    RefurbishentDate published: 01/02/12

    As you many of you may know by now, our store in Gidea Park is currently closed for a major refit. Fear not however, as we still deliver free of charge, and the friendly staff here are currently residing in our nearby Wanstead store. If you miss us, come and visit us in Wanstead, or if it's too far for you to travel, please call us and we can arrange delivery for you. We can still access your purchase history, so if there were wines that didn't last long enough during Xmas, let us know and we can search up what you bought during Xmas and see if we can get hold of some more for you!

    In the meantime, check out some of the fabulous deals we have going on this season. With the Majestic Bargain Hunt now officially on, time to see if you can snab some last minute deals on some of our now bin-ended wines.

    The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12

    Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!

    The selection is available in-store now - if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain, please call us or email for more details of what's available.

    New Years Eve and Store RefurbishmentDate published: 30/12/11

    As excitement looms with 2012 just around the corner, we would like to let customers know that we will be open until 5pm on Saturday 31st January. As some of you may already know, we will be closing down for a major refurbishment, with some exciting changes being made to the store in the new year. So as of the 2nd January, this shop will unavailable for shopping. However, our phone lines are still running, and will be diverted to our nearest store in Wanstead, and we will still be delivering free of charge for you from Wanstead. If you would like to shop around in store, then we also have branches in Southend on Sea, and Chelmsford or Docklands too.

    We wish you all a happy new year, and best wishes for 2012. Don't forget to make the best of our brilliant Champagne offers and pop some fizz as we go into the new year!

    Christmas/New Year Delivery InformationDate published: 19/12/11

    As we count down the days to Christmas, we would like to inform customers that we can not any more guarantee delivery before Christmas. Please feel free to come into our store and collect or browse our fantastic range, and take advantage of all the wines and Champagne we have to taste (check our online tasting counter and see what lovely wines we have to sample!). Our staff here will be more than happy to offer their recommendations and point you to the best deals this season, and over the coming days we will have some fantastic wines open to taste. If you're rushed for time, feel free to place an order for collection, and we will have it ready for you to collect as soon as you come in. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas from all the staff at Majestic Gidea Park.

    Christmas Opening Hours Date published: 07/12/11

    Christmas Opening Hours

    5th - 11th December
    Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm
    Saturday 9am - 7pm
    Sunday 10am - 5pm

    12th - 18th December
    Monday - Saturday 9am - 8pm
    Sunday 10am - 5pm

    19th - 23rd December
    Mon - Fri 9am - 8pm

    Saturday 24th December
    9am - 5pm

    25th - 27th December
    CLOSED

    28th - 30th December
    10am - 8pm

    Saturday 31st December
    9am - 5pm

    Sunday 1st January
    CLOSED

    Monday 2nd January
    10am - 5pm


     

    Château Lanessan 1998 Haut-MédocDate published: 26/11/11

    Haut-Médoc


    Despite being as visually unprepossessing as the rest of the Médoc (despite its grandiose châteaux) this large red-wine appellation of Haut-Médoc is home to some of the world’s greatest wines. Its 4,500ha of vineyards form a largely continuous strip that follows the Gironde from St Seurin-de-Cadourne, just north of St Estèphe, to Blanquefort in the northern suburbs of Bordeaux.
    All the great communes of the Left Bank fall within its boundaries: Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe, as well as the up and coming Moulis and Listrac. These are labeled under their own more illustrious and expensive appellation names. Châteaux labeled simply as Haut-Médoc rarely reach such heights but nevertheless offer consistently good quality and offer some of the best value in Bordeaux.  
    Haut-Médoc wines tend to be firm and fine with generous fruit and a nice minerality; what many would consider ‘classic Claret’. They come from loftier vineyards and offer higher quality and more complexity than those labeled simply as Médoc. Almost all wines are a blend of the principal varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc - which helps producers hedge their bets if the slightly capricious climate causes one variety to fail. Small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and even Carmenère are also used.
    The higher proportion of sand and gravel to the south tends to produce finer wines while the heavier clay and gravel north of Margaux yields sturdier examples. The best Haut-Médocs are found north of Ludon, a village just below Margaux. These include 5 classified growths - 3rd Growth Ch. la Lagune, underperforming 4th Growth Ch. la Tour Carnet and 5th Growths Ch. Cantemerle, Ch. Camensac and Ch. Belgrave – as well as a number of fine Cru Bourgeois.  Ageing ability varies but the lesser wines are usually delicious after 3-4 years, lasting around a decade, while the Cru Classés have a drinkability window of around 6 to 15 years. 
    Haut-Médoc

    Château Lanessan 1998 Haut-Médoc
    Price £19.99
    Buy 2 bottles save £4 £17.99

    Grape
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
    Origin
    Château Lanessan was owned by the Boutelier family for eight successive generations since the 18th century, coming under new management in 2009. The 45-hectare vineyard is located on a gravel ridge in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, close to the border with St-Julien.
    Taste
    A medium-weight, well structured claret, with a dark purple blackcurrant backbone, accented by notes of roasted herbs on the nose. Good fruit concentration and sweetly defined tannins.
    Enjoy
    Decant and enjoy immediately, or cellar for up to 10 years.

    Press Mentions this SaturdayDate published: 19/11/11

    Another sunny Saturday for November and we are happy to see a large selection of our wines highly recommended by critics:

    TIMES - Jane MacQuitty - 18th Nov 2011

    Party fizz
    Extra Cuvée Codorníu Brut, Spain
    Good, inexpensive, easy-glugging, hangover-free party sparklers are scarcer
    than hen’s teeth. So make certain you scoop up sufficient supplies of this
    jolly método tradicional – or champagne-method – Spaniard to see you
    through until the new year. Serve this crowd-pleasing festive fizz, with
    its simple yet crisp, citrus-stashed fruit, with cranberry juice for a
    zingy Christmas cocktail.

    Christmas morning bubbly
    2005 Heidsieck Gold Top Brut Champagne, France
    Vintage champagne for the same price as non-vintage? Christmas has come
    early for those of you who, like me, have lots of family and friends to
    entertain. What you get is an elegant, ripe, toasty sparkler, roughly one
    third each of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay, with lots of
    distinguished, smoky, yeasty flavours on the finish.


    TELEGRAPH - Victoria Moore - 19th Nov 2011

    Viñalba Reserva Malbec 2009 Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina magnum
    Dried roses, violets, wave upon wave of dark purple berries, a gentle
    pumice-like quality… this is a highly fragranced and blissfully ungloopy
    malbec made by talented Frenchman Hervé Fabre. And the double-bottle size
    feels bountiful. How could anyone resist?

    Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Awatere Valley, New Zealand
    Green blades of grass. Pea shoots and mangetout. Steel and rock. A greener,
    nettly, nervy style of sauvignon blanc from the Awatere Valley, a cool
    sub-region of Marlborough.

    Cotes du Rhône Vidal-Fleury 2009 France
    Suave, well-knit and gently spicy (a third of the grenache, syrah,
    mourvedre, carignan blend is aged in large oak barrels), this is excellent
    value. One to buy by the case and pile under the stairs to get you through
    winter.

    Paul Mas Estate Carignan 2010 France
    Carignan can taste like wisps of dried figs. This one’s different: fresh,
    dense and powerful, with lots of fruit and hints of spice and, all right,
    yes, just a touch of fig but fresh, more than dried. Very festive. Good
    with Lebanese lamb kebabs, smoky aubergine, garlic chicken wings or fat,
    sticky sausages.

    Château Batailley 5ème Cru Classé 2004 Pauillac, France
    Stylish left bank claret that’s not quite ready to drink so you could
    either make sure you decant it well, or give it as a Christmas present to
    put away for another year.

    Blind River Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand 14.5%
    This family-run Kiwi vineyard has two wines in my top 50 (look out for
    their startling sauvignon blanc next week). Aged in French oak, their pinot
    noir is vibrant and piercing.

    Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz Museum Release 2000 Clare Valley, Australia
    “Ah, the howl of maturing shiraz. All mulberries and savagery and big
    horizons.” So reads my tasting note. It’s a good opportunity to buy a
    shiraz with some bottle-age. Also, this is sealed with a cork — so many
    Antipodean reds are now under screw-cap — so has a more old-fashioned,
    leathery maturity.


    INDEPENDENT - Anthony Rose - 19th Nov 2011

    2010 Morellino di Scansano, Poggio Argentiera
    Classic morellino, or sangiovese of the little cherry variety that's a
    little off the beaten chianti track, displaying the authentic Tuscan
    hallmark of bright sour-cherry-fruit concentration balanced by a herby,
    savoury acidity.

    1995 Château Les Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe
    A teenager, but there are no pimples on this classic St-Estèphe claret,
    which boasts a rich core of cassis fruit underscored by succulent vanilla,
    all the while retaining a freshness behind its seductively mellow fruit
    quality. A treat.

    2010 Ramos Reserva, Alentejo, Portugal
    Looking pricier than it is, this typical southern Portuguese blend from
    João Portugal Ramos tastes more expensive, too, with spicy aromatics and
    bright, bold flavours of dark-berry fruits refreshed by a damsony bite.

    2010 Rustenberg Straw Wine, Coastal Region, South Africa
    Intense, orange-scented Cape sweetie oozing lusciously fresh zesty orange,
    apricot and tangerine fruitiness balanced by zesty acidity, this Cape blend
    of viognier, chenin blanc and crouchen is a knockout, not least at £12.49,
    buy 2 = £9.99
     

    Fine Wine of the week - taste in store!Date published: 29/10/11

    This weekend, we are once again opening a bottle of fine wine to taste. The past few weeks we have had some new world Cabernet Sauvignons opened for tasting, specifically, the Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, and the Kanonkop estate Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa. Both wines showed the typical characters of what a new world Bordeaux styled wine should taste like, with lots of ripe fruit structure and ripe, accessible tannins, showing the immense potential to age and keep for at least a decade, yet still drinking very well at present. Tomorrow, we will be going to the old world, and give Bordeaux a little visit. The wine we will be opening tomorrow is the Chateau Labegorce 2002 the Margaux commune in the left bank of Bordeaux.

    Coming from a modest sized estate in the northern part of the commune of Margaux, this Chateau was divided into three seperate estates in the 19th Century before being bought and then reunified by a wealthy industrialist named Hubert Perrodo in 1989. 2002 was the first vintage after the estate was reunified with one of the three divided properties. Although 2002 was a rather difficult vintage, this estate did rather well, and has produced a classic style of Margaux, which is fully mature and ready to be enjoyed. With generous lashings of Blackberries, Cassis and Cedar notes, the mature leather, spice and earthy, savoury characters is very apparent. Without the need to age any further, this is a wine to be enjoyed immediately either with a mature cheddar cheese dish, or a roast joint of beef.

    This wine will be available to taste all weekend, so why not pop in and see what this Chateau can offer. At just £23.00 for such a mature vintage, this is a great value, classic Margaux.
     

    Final week of Spanish and South Africa offers!Date published: 29/10/11

    Our 20% off promotion on Spanish and South is due to end this Monday at 8pm, so this weekend will be the final chance to take advantage of the fantastic deals such as £4.99 for Torres Vina Sol, or the Berberana Rioja Reserva at £5.99. For the weekend we've decided to open some everyday drinking good value red and whites from South Africa and Spain, all priced between £5 - £7. For more information, check the tasting counter part of the website.

    Vintage Champagne Prize DrawDate published: 15/10/11

    How would you like to hear about offers or events tailored specifically to your interests? Would you like to hear about our seasonal wine tasting evenings? Or want to learn more about wine? Why not come along to one of our FREE introduction to wine course, or if you want to try different wines, why not come along to our wine walks where we try some quirkier wines and what types of food they go well with?

    Even better, how would you like to know about all this, AND have the opportunity to win a bottle of Heidsieck Gold Top vintage Champagne 2005? We at Majestic Gidea Park are holding a monthly prize draw for customers who wish to hear about our free events, or would like us to let them know when their favourite products or regions are on great offers. Come in store and fill in one of our quick surveys, and at the end of the month one lucky winner will receive a bottle of this prestigious Champagne which has been praised by many critics alike for it's amazing value and quality alongside its consistent style.

    If you're too busy to come into our store, and normally order through the internet or by phone, then why not fill in the survey online and email us your what you would like to hear from us. All you need to do is email us with your name, telephone number and email address, and tell us which of the following you would like to hear about: Wine courses, Wine walks, or our Fine Wine Club (We will email or call you when we open fine wine for tasting in our store), or what offers on specific products or countries you would like to hear about from us.

     

    Weekend press recommendationsDate published: 15/10/11

    Another sunny weekend, and we see more of our wines being recommended in the press. For great value, we have had Jane Macquitty recommend some of our sub £5 everyday drinking wines:

    SATURDAY TIMES - Jane MacQuitty - 15th Oct 2011

    2011 Aspen Estate Chardonnay, South East Australia
    Mouthwatering sub-£5 Aussie swiggers are back, so lap up this lively,
    lemony, spiced apple and melon-charged white before everyone else does.

    2006 Reales Viñedos Vendimia Seleccionada, Castilla, Spain
    A good fiver’s worth of mature, rich, leafy, leathery, American oak-aged
    tempranillo fruit that needs a big, juicy steak to show it at its best.

     

    and if you're after something a little bit different than what you normally would try, why not try these other wines recommended in The Independent, Guardian and Telegraph:

    INDEPENDENT - Anthony Rose - 15th Oct 2011

    2006 Rioja Reserva Dos Maderas, Beronia
    Beronia uses French and American oak to bring spicy undertones of vanilla
    to the dark fruit concentration of this fine reserva rioja with its
    infusion of gamey notes.


    TELEGRAPH - Victoria Moore - 15th Oct 2011

    Amalaya de Colome Malbec blend 2009 Salta, Argentina
    To reach Colome, in the province of Salta in north-west Argentina, you
    drive past cacti and red rock canyons and into the fringe of the Andes.
    Colome’s vineyards are among the highest in the world (the most vertiginous
    is at 3,111m above sea level) and this blend of malbec, tannat, cabernet
    sauvignon and syrah has rare finesse to its meaty depth.


    GUARDIAN - Fiona Beckett - 15th Oct 2011

    Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro
    Dark chocolate and orange is another spot-on pairing (think Terry's
    chocolate orange). My favourite is the rich, marmaladey Torres Floralis
    Moscatel Oro.

     

    Jane Macquitty recommends this weekend...Date published: 08/10/11

    SATURDAY TIMES - Jane MacQuitty - 8th Oct 2011

    2011 Aspen Estate Pinot Grigio, South East Australia  £4.99
    Crowd-pleasing, zesty and surprisingly fancy Aussie white with, for once,
    only 11 per cent alcohol and a fine, floral, spicy finish.

    2010 Aspen Estate Shiraz, South East Australia  £4.99
    This cracking bargain-basement red partner to the pinot grigio has lashings
    of soft, juicy, berry fruit and again, for Australia, a restrained 12.5 per
    cent alcohol content.
     

    Wines of Argentina Tasting 7th Oct - 14th OctDate published: 06/10/11

    As winter is creeping closer and closer, and the last glimpses of the Summer sun has set, we will be running an Argentinian tasting week, where for the entire week you will be able to sample some of our newest Argentinian ranges, so whether it is a heart warming chunky Malbec to go with your steak dinner, or a nice punchy Chardonnay to go with your fish, we have all the solutions. So why not pop in and ask our staff for their opinions on what to drink during the anticipated cold winter months; a good reason to cosy up together and share your Winter delights with the family this season. If you're after something a bit more special, why not try our newest Argentinian fine wine of the month, the Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon. A full bodied, intensely flavoured wine, with lots of depth, character and complexity. It has all the complexity of an old world Bordeaux, yet all the fruit intensity, and firm ripe tannins of a new world wine. Pronounced flavours of cassis, blackberries,  black cherries intermingle with earthy tobbacco, cedar, spice, leather and wood smoke. This is definitely a food wine, which will go well with your chunky fillet steaks or a roast joint of beef or lamb. A winter warmer! Try it whilst it's still fresh on the tasting counter!

    Free in-store tasting 21st NovemberDate published: 19/09/11

    For those of you who enjoyed our successful tasting back in May, we are pleased to announce we will be holding a pre-Christmas tasting in our Gidea Park store on Monday 21st November, starting at 6.30pm (the tasting will last until 9pm, so feel free to come in anytime between 6.30 and 9.00pm). The format will be similar to our previous tasting where where our knowledgable staff will be here to showcase some of the new wines coming into Majestic, and offer their opinions and advice on the wines tasted, and any queries you may have regarding wine.

    Places are limited, so if you are interested, please email us (gid@majestic.co.uk) to confirm the number of guests you would like to book it for, or feel free to call us on 01708 755311 and our staff will be more than happy to reserve a place for you.

    We look forward to seeing you all in our store.

    Recent press mentionsDate published: 17/09/11

    Independent - Anthony Rose - Sat 17th Sept

    2009 Calicanto, Vina el Principal, Maipo
    With typical Chilean blackcurrant pastille sweetness of aroma and flavour,
    this is a spicy, rich, cassis-centred blend of cabernet sauvignon and
    carmenère. £12.49, buy 2 = £9.99, Majestic


    Telegraph - Victoria Moore - Sat 17th Sept

    Errazuriz Chardonnay 2010 Chile
    Caveat: this isn’t really my personal style of wine but it is very good at
    what it does. It is a sunny, broad, welcoming chardonnay with just an edge
    of oak (6% of the wine is fermented in French oak) for spice and depth and
    structure. It’s not a fake boob job of a chardonnay, and it doesn’t smell
    of barbecued bananas. So worth a try.

    International Trophy Winners

    Cave de Lugny Macon Villages 2010
    Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2010
     

    Laurent Perrier Rosé £45 onlyDate published: 03/09/11

    We are pleased to announce that once again the nations most popular Champagne LPR is on a stunning offer of £45 per bottle. Grab it before the offer finishes again!

    Offers ending, hurry and secure them at the lowest price!Date published: 16/07/11

    Some of our offers are coming to an end this Monday after 8pm, so if you have enjoyed some of the below wines and still want some more, then all you need to do is either come into the store or call us and we will help you secure these wines at the lowest price before they go up.

    Torres Vina Sol, currently £4.99 when you buy 2 or more, from Tuesday onwards this will be £6.99 per bottle

    The Ned Sauvignon Blanc currently £5.99 when you buy 2 or more, from Tuesday onwards this will be £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

    Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc currently £5.99 when you buy 2 or more, from Tuesday onwards this will be £6.39 when you buy 2 or more.

    Lindauer Special Reserve Blancs de Blancs, currently £7.99. This will become £8.99 from Tuesday onwards.

    Prosecco di Conegliano, Valdobiaddane, currently £8.99, but from Tuesday onwards it will be come £9.99 a bottle.

    The beloved Laurent Perrier Rose, currently £45.00 a bottle, will be going back up to £55.00 a bottle from Tuesday onwards. The magnum will also go from £90.00 a bottle back to £110.00 a bottle.

    If you still have some of these wines at home and don't have the space to top up yet, we will be happy to keep them aside for you in the store. As long as you can pay before 8pm on Monday 18th July, then you can still secure these wines at the fantastic price that they are at right now.

    Press MentionsDate published: 02/07/11

    BEST CLARET
    2007 Réserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac
    2 week special (Fri 1st July until Mon 18th July) - £27.00 £25.00
    Another splendid 2007 that shows even in an average vintage with a cool,
    wet spring and summer a great estate such as Pauillac's second-growth
    Château Pichon-Comtesse can make fine wine. I was bowled over by this very
    fine, fat, complex claret with lots of velvety fruit and a wonderful
    chocolate and mocha finish.
    SATURDAY TIMES - Jane MacQuitty - 2nd July 2011

    SUMMER TOP 100

    BEST BUY
    2010 La Vieille Ferme, Côtes du Ventoux, Perrin
    2 week special (Fri 1st July until Mon 18th July) - £7.49 or Buy 2 save £3
    = £5.99
    The Handsomely labelled La Vieille Ferme has had a run of disappointing
    vintages but is now back on top form. This gorgeous, vibrant,
    mulberry-charged crimson-purple 2010 marks a return to some of the finest
    years of the past and I lapped up its mix of 50 per cent grenache topped up
    with a dollop each of syrah, carignan, cinsault and mourvèdre.

    2008 Domaine Tranquillité, Vin de Pays d'Oc, Bernard Magrez
    Tranquillité has popped up before here and the 2008 vintage, a hotchpot of
    syrah, grenache, carignan, cabernet and merlot, is every bit as good as its
    predecessor. What you get from this low-yielding, part-oak-aged red is
    lots of fine, ripe, voluptuous cherry and mocha fruit with an enticing
    truffley finish. Too good to miss.

    2009 Yali National Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley
    2 week special (Fri 1st July until Mon 18th July) - £7.49 or Buy 2 save 20%
    = £5.99
    Discerning wine drinkers might dismiss Yali and their more expensive middle
    level National Reserva offerings like this one as yet another of those
    slickly labelled New World wines with more engineering than taste. Wrong,
    I loved this hearty Chilean red with its creosote scent and big, bold,
    curranty, oak-influenced fruit - and so will you.

    2007 Syrah, Vin de Pays d'Ardèche, Cave Saint Désirat
    I have long had a soft spot for the wondrous single varietal wines
    chock-a-block with fruit and flavour produced by Cave Saint Désirat in and
    around St Joseph in the northern Rhone. So don't pass by this boringly
    labelled bottle as within lies oodles of classy black pepper spice atop
    rich, fat, squishy blackberry and blueberry fruit.

    SAVE £3
    2007 Château Aigues Vives Cuvée Exception, Corbières
    Winemaker extraordinaire Gérard Bertrand makes a wonderful range of
    southern French whites and reds. The Chateau Aigues Vives is on the site
    of Ancient Romans thermal baths so the syrah and grenache that make up most
    of this blend thrive. This robust, spicy red with its velvety fruit and
    gamey, creosote spiked finish makes a great barbecue bottle.

    2009 Gaillard Syrah, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
    There is something about this seductive syrah grape with its big blackberry
    and black pepper spice. Happily, 2009 was one of the finest vintages in
    recent years in the northern Rhone and this robust, black-as-night summer
    syrah jas all these enticing qualities in spades.

    Château La Rose Chatain 2007 Lalande-de-Pomerol
    2007 was an average Bordeaux vintage and this juicy Lalande-de-Pomerol from
    a 15ha estate proves that lesser Bordeaux year can, and do, provide great
    value for money. Enjoy this bold, ripe, merlot-dominated claret with a ash
    each of cabernets sauvignon and franc with its rich plummy fruit and fine
    smoky finish with rosy pink beef or lamb.

    2007 Domaine de Mercey Mercurey Rouge, Côtes Chalonnaise
    Mercurey is the leading red-wine village of the Cote Chalonnaise and
    quality here is improving with every vintage. Matured in new oak barrels,
    this above-average vintage burgundy heaves with the sort of vibrant, zesty,
    red-fruit flavours and earthy, truffley finish that has pinot noir fans
    begging for more.

    2009 Duckhorn Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County
    Duckhorn is one of the great Napa wineries that made a big name for itself
    with its tannic black-as-night merlots. This hefty zinfandel from Decoy, a
    subsidiary company that sourced its grapes from the lesser Sonoma County
    area, is almost as good. 2009 was not a trouble-free Sonoma vintage, but
    no matter, this is still a gorgeous, perfumed
    blackberry-and-blueberry-stashed zinfandel.

    Comics aren't just for kids...Date published: 19/06/11

    A little while back, I posted an article about a Japanese wine comic called "Kami no Shizuku" or "The droplets of God" which is the direct translation. I found out about this comic through an article in the decanter magazine, and was pleasantly surprised at the level of factual detail the comic went into. Unfortunately the comic hasn't officially been published in English yet, but the French copies are available to purchase on Amazon.co.uk. With my rusty A-level French 7 years ago, I still managed to work out what they were saying. But the good news as I said was, there have been unofficial translations available on this website for free:

    http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kami_no_shizuku/v01/c001/1.html

    But I have also taken the liberty of printing this comic out to read in store. So the next time you pop in, feel free to have a peek at this funny, tongue in cheek insight into the world of wine. The creative descriptions and hugely exaggerated metaphors add to the hilarious nature of this comic, but nevertheless is very factual, and the descriptions are accurate, and so are the art work for the wines mentioned. In the actual published French books, they even have maps of the wine regions mentioned, and background information on the producers and winemakers mentioned in the comic too, so it offers a very relaxed and informal way to learn more about wine. I have only printed the first chapter so far, which is still 50 pages long, but I will be aiming to print a new chapter every Saturday.

    And remember, if there are any of the wines mentioned in this comic that you are interested in, let us know and we will certainly aim to source them in for you or recommend similar alternatives. And I realise that a lot of the wines mentioned are classed growth Bordeaux, and can be heavy on the pocket, but that's where our knowledge comes in. We will be able to recommend similar styles of wines at all price ranges, and we stock a lot of second wines of classed growth chateaux, which not only offers exceptional value for money, but a much earlier drinking wine that is very similar in style to their Grand Vin, if you don't have the patience or the space to cellar your wines for 5-10 years. For example, just yesterday (Saturday 18th June), on Jane Macquitty's recommendation in the Satuday Times, we cracked open the Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2001, the second wine of 2nd Growth St Julien Chateau Gruaud Larose. This fully mature St Julien coming from a good vintage overshadowed by the exceptional 2000 vintage, offers the typical characteristics of a good St Julien, with ripe cassis and blackberries, and wonderful bouquet of violets, tobbaco notes, cedarwood and pencil shavings. At £25, this is a great wine at a great price, considering the Grand Vin would easily cost at least double the price.

    Here's what Jane Macquitty had to say about this wine yesterday:

    "Gruaud-Larose is a St-Julien second growth and it’s second wine, Sarget, makes rich, spicy clarets that I have always admired. With a third wine, La Rose de Gruaud, it cannot be too long before the Sarget prices soar. Get in before that happens and buy this elegant, ripe, coffee bean-scented, still tannic claret, from a good, not great vintage, 2001. It’s best now with rosy-pink roast beef, or lamb. Or you could tuck this 2001 away for a few years for the tannins to soften and for rather more of those fine cedary claret flavours to develop."
     

    Father's Day 2011Date published: 08/06/11

    SUNDAY 19TH JUNE IS FATHER'S DAY
    WHY NOT IMPRESS HIM WITH A MAGNUM?

    MARQUES DE LA CONCORDIA, RIOJA CRIANZA 2004:
    A fruit driven Rioja Crianza from the fabulous 2004 vintage; this wine is aged in oak for at least 18 months giving it a nice bouquet of vanilla and spice, with lashings of tinned strawberries and blackberries.
    Only £14.99 for 1.5 litres

    MARQUES DE RISCAL, RIOJA RESERVA 2006:
    A classic Rioja with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak combined with summer fruit flavours. A wonderful wine to have with roast meats and cheeses.
    £30.00 Special offer! £22.00 for 1.5 litres

    CHATEAU MEAUME, BORDEAUX SUPERIOR 2006:
    Matured in barrels sourced from the famous Château Le Pin, his wine has gained cult status in the UK. Improving with every vintage, this merlot-dominated blend reveals a nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit.
    Only £19.99 for 1.5 litres

    AIX Rosé, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 2010:
    An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most
    prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve. Vibrant and summery, with a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

    Only £19.99 for 1.5 litres

    Laurent-Pérrier Rosé Magnum NV:
    A classic pink Champagne, with stylish strawberry fruit and vivacity and easy-drinking charm. Why not let Father's day be shared with mum too?
    £110.00 Special Offer! Only £90.00 for 1.5 litres

    Laurent-Perrier Brut Magnum NV:
    A lighter house style, Chardonnay flavours of apple and citrus zest predominate, giving the wine good food compatibility.
    Only £60.00 for 1.5 litres

    Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Magnum NV:
    An archetypal Champagne from an historic house. Madame Clicquot's wine displays a superb marriage of freshness and power, with a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long.
    Only £70.00 for 1.5 litres

    DID YOU KNOW THAT MAGNUMS AGE SLOWER THAN STANDARD BOTTLES BECAUSE OF THEIR SIZE? PLANNING IN ADVANCE... IDEAL FOR FATHER'S DAY NEXT YEAR PERHAPS...

    Limited offer: Laurent Perrier Rosé £39.99!Date published: 22/04/11

    Until the 2nd May, we are running a special promotion on Laurent Pérrier Rosé champagne, so hurry and buy it whilst the offer still lasts. Why not celebrate the Royal Wedding in style, with a prestigious fizz for a great price.

    Summer in-store tasting 26th MayDate published: 05/04/11

    With the weather getting better and better, and the evenings staying brighter for longer, we would like to take this opportunity to invite customers to our Summer tasting held at our store on Thursday May 26th. It will start at 6.30pm with an opportunity to sample some of our new products and wines which will be included in our Summer promotions. We hope to see you all there for an enjoyable evening. If you are interested, please call our store to reserve a place.

    Fine Wine Friday @ Gidea ParkDate published: 04/04/11

    Those of you who have been following our  "grape to glass" blogs on our website might have seen that last Friday was 'Fine Wine Friday' at designated fine wine stores. Although we are not officially a fine wine store, we thought there is no reason we can't join the fun, and taste some fine wine this weekend either. So, this Friday, we are going to treat our customers to something special. We will open the Promis Gaja 2007 from Italy. A rich full bodied wine from Tuscany, this is a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese, of which the latter is the dominant grape variety found in Chianti. I won't go into detail on the description of the wine, that can be a surprise when you come in and try it this weekend. But at £19.99, it's a steal! This wine definitely cries out for a steak, which I have had on many wonderful occasions and was magnificent.

    If you have any suggestions of fine wine you would like to see us open in the future, please feel free to contact us via email, phone, twitter or why not come in and see the range of fine wine we have available in store. We are always open to suggestions, and if you would like to see the full range of fine wine Majestic stocks, follow the link below to our website where you can also download a full fine wine list.

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/Product+Type-is-Fine+Wine/category-is-Wine

    Asian food and wine matchingDate published: 04/04/11

    Being Chinese, I obviously eat a lot of Chinese food at home. In fact, I even eat Chinese food for lunch everyday. That's the advantage of living with your parents I guess, you have a mother who will cook lunch for you to bring to work the next day, much to the envy of my other colleagues.

    With food and wine matching, European food types tend to get the most limelight, though this is understandable as it would seem that wine originated from Europe, Georgia in fact, with the earliest known production of wine made from fermented grapes occuring around 8000 years ago. Therefore, with wine production originating from Europe, local wines with local food is the traditional match, Chablis with Oysters, Bordeaux with cheese or steak, Sancerre with goats cheese etc... But what about matching wine with Chinese food for example? Chinese food like all cuisines can be quite diverse, but seafood often forms a large part of Chinese cuisine. Lobsters, prawns, steamed fish, are all very often eaten. Although I haven't inherited any of my mother's talent in Chinese cooking, I have at least discovered good Burgundy goes very well with Chinese seafood. When matching wine with seafood, a minerally white wine with high acidity is usually the perfect choice. Seafood can quite often be high in natural oils, and the acidity in these wines can help cut through that oil which will enhance both the flavours of the cuisine and the wine.

    Being mother's day yesterday, I took it upon myself to attempt some cooking for my mother. The result was steamed Tiger Prawns, and steamed Seabass with ginger and spring onion, and soya sauce alongside some plain boiled rice (steaming food is about the simplest method of cooking there is!). The recipe isn't a big secret, just place an entire seabass on a plate, put slices of ginger all over the fish, and steam for about 8 minutes, depending how big the fish is. After 8 minutes, switch off the heat, and put the spring onion all over the fish and let it stand for 1 minute, whilst keeping the lid on. After that, take off the lid and you will notice the fish has some oily water around it. Keep that water, that's just juice from the fish and it adds to the flavour. Pour some soya sauce over the fish and voila. Simple, yet healthy. And with the Tiger prawns, the same method applies, although you don't need the ginger and spring onions unless you want to.

    And with this, I also opened up a bottle of Puligny Montrachet 1er cru 'Les Truffieres', by Domaine Louis Latour, which just came into our store in Gidea Park a few days ago. The grapes in this wine come from the Premier Cru vineyard 'Les Truffieres', which was so named because it was once a truffle bed. It is located high on the slopes of Puligny, close to the small village of Blagny. A gentle use of oak, giving way to a buttery freshness, with lots of ripe citrus and stoned fruit. The palate is rich, with high acidity, and an intense concentration of flavours, vanilla, butter, pears and hazelnuts. This wine was perfect with my steamed seafood and rice dinner. At £32, it is something for a special occasion, but why not try the Puligny Montrachet by Domaine Jomaine, another of my favourites, great value Puligny at £25. Even though it's only a 'Village' level Puligny, the quality of this wine is still outstanding.

    FREE wine course Date published: 02/04/11

    Majestic prides itself in having friendly professional staff with expert knowledge in wine. Everyone within their first year at the company sits an exam called the WSET Advanced Level (Wine and Spirits Education Trust), an internationally recognised qualification within the wine industry, and many go on to study at the higher diploma level.  I have recently embarked on the diploma course myself, and have been surprised by the level of detail that it goes into. Having just passed my first exam, I am already preparing for my next one in June, which will involve a blind tasting test of fortified wines such as Port and Sherry. Hence, we at Majestic are not only very passionate about our wine, but also proud of our expertise in this area, and we are always very eager to share our knowledge.

    And this is where our free introduction to wine course comes in. Have you ever thought about why a wine tastes the way it is? Or what other similiar alternatives to that favourite bottle of wine you like you can try? Or how about what wine to match with that special dinner you’re preparing? Then fear not, our wine course aims to introduce you to the basics of wine tasting, understanding just what it is you're tasting in a wine, what characters you are looking out for and what makes a good quality wine. This course provides an introduction to those who don’t know a lot about wine but have always wanted to learn more about it. We talk you through some of the world’s most famous wine regions and their grape varieties, and how the different regions and their climates can result in each wine’s unique style and character. We try some Champagne, and talk about the different sparkling wines in the world, and how they are made, why some are more expensive than others. And to finish off, we experiment with some food and wine matching, helping you to understand why certain wines match certain types of food.

    This is an exciting and fun filled afternoon and whether you’re a veteran wine drinker who knows his Chablis from his Meursault, or you just drink the odd glass of house white at restaurants, this is sure to be both interesting and entertaining for everyone involved. We at Majestic are very keen to share our knowledge, and even more interested to hear what you like or dislike. And whether you want to come on your own, with a friend or partner, or even as a group, you can rest assured that you will be having a great time, and will be able to go home having learnt something new. It is a great opportunity to meet other wine enthusiasts, and to share with others what you know and like about wine.

    So, with the weather finally picking up, why not join us for a nice sunny afternoon, with some Prosecco and sandwiches to get you into the mood for some wine tasting? Feel free to pop into our store, or call us for more details of available dates and book yourself and some friends onto our free course.

    Wines of Spain tasting weekDate published: 30/03/11

    Just a reminder that we are now onto the last two days of our Spanish wines tasting week, so we highly recommend popping in and trying some of the great wines we have on offer. One wine we highly recommend is the Pétalos Bierzo 2008 Descendientes de J. Palacios, something quite different to what you might usually expect from Spain, or those who have often just stuck to Rioja. Made from the Mencia grape, a not too widely known varietal, this wine displays strong notes of blackcurrent, dark cherries and rich black fruit characters , with savoury notes of licquorice and cloves. Tannins are ripe and well structured, with a lingering finish. 

    A very interesting style of wine. For those who have tried our Chateau Musar from Lebanon, this is definitely a wine to look out for!

    "Wow! For me, this was the stand out wine at the recent Majestic press tasting, an incredible bargain at its two bottle price. Sourced from old vines in the Bierzo region of north-west Spain, it's the best Pétalos I've had from Alvaro Palacios' estate: elegant, aromatic and beautifully balanced, with fine tannins, cassis, and black cherry fruit, subtle oak, refreshing acidity and a hint of the greenness that makes people compare Mencia to Cabernet Franc. 93 points "

    Tim Atkin,
    www.timatkin.com

    Saturday Food and Wine Matching Workshop 3, SpainDate published: 28/03/11

    Spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes

    Ingredients


    2 tbsp olive oil
    12 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
    750g/1lb 10oz baby chorizo sausages (or regular-sized ones cut into 4cm/1½in) chunks
    1kg/2lb 4oz new potatoes, halved
    2 red onions, peeled and roughly chopped
    2 tsp dried oregano
    1orange, grated zest only


    Preparation method


    1.Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
    2.Pour one tablespoon of the oil into the bottom of each of two shallow roasting tins. Place six chicken thighs into each tin. Rub the skin of the chicken thighs in the oil, then turn them skin-side up.
    3.Divide the chorizo sausages and the new potatoes between the two tins. Sprinkle the onion and the oregano over, then sprinkle the grated orange zest over the contents of the two tins.
    4.Cook in the oven for 1 hour, swapping the top tray with the bottom tray after 30 minutes and basting the contents with the orange-coloured juices.

    Tapas-style spicy tomato squid


    Ingredients
    80ml/3fl oz olive oil
    2 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed
    24 cherry tomatoes
    2 tsp smoked paprika
    1 bird's-eye chilli, finely chopped
    2 baby squid, cleaned, body chopped into rings, tentacles chopped
    1 red pepper, very finely sliced
    1 lime, juice only
    1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    crusty bread, to serve


    Preparation method


    1.Warm the oil and garlic in a pan over a medium heat until the garlic begins to colour. Remove the garlic with a slotted spoon and discard.
    2.Add the tomatoes, paprika and chillies and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until the tomatoes have burst.
    3.Add the squid and cook, stirring well, for 2-3 minutes, or until the squid is just cooked through, but still tender.
    4.Add the red pepper, lime juice and parsley and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    5.Serve in small bowls with a basket of crusty bread alongside.

    Japanese Wine ComicDate published: 25/03/11

    Having grown up reading and watching all kinds of Japanese anime and manga comics, I stumbled upon this manga called "Kami no Shizuku" or "Les Gouttes de Dieu", (Literally translated as "The Drops of God") just last year after reading an article on Decanter magazine commenting on how this manga boosted the wine industry in the country when it was published, and was later also turned into a TV series due to immense popularity!

    The story focuses on the exploits of a young boy named Kanzaki Shizuku who is the son of a recently deceased world reknown wine critic Kanzaki Yutaka (In East Asia, the surname appears before the forename). In order to inherit his father's vast collection of wine, he must search for the 13 wines named "The Twelve Apostles" and the one "Les Gouttes de Dieu", wines that his father had deemed the best and had described in his will. Although Shizuku has never drunk a single drop of wine in his life, nor does he have any knowledge of wine, however he has a strong sense of taste and smell through growing up with his father who at a young age made him smell leather belts or lick the side of a knife (don't try this at home!) to get his son to become familiar with certain characteristics of wine. So Shizuku finds himself diving into the world of wine, tasting and impressing people as he goes along, as they all marvel at his talent in wine tasting.

    All the wines mentioned in this comic are factual, and the artwork of the wines mentioned are drawn with perfect accuracy. This manga was featured in a news article in Reuters 2007, explaining that "wine industry experts believe part of the manga's appeal is that it teaches readers enough about wine to understand the drink and impress their friends". 

    The wines featured in this manga are predominantly old world wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, and Italy, although a few famous new world wines such as Opus One have been mentioned too. I was lucky enough to be able to find a translated version of the comic available to read online for free. Just follow this link:

    http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kami_no_shizuku/v01/c001/1.html

    It is also available to purchase on the Amazon website, however it is in French (If you are fluent in French, then I highly recommend reading this as the online versions only go upto the third volume). I recall reading the French version borrowed from an ex-colleague, and it had detailed maps and information about the producers mentioned in the comic, which is great if you're looking for an informal way to learn a bit more about wine without going into too much detail. And for those who purchase fine wine regularly especially Old World, I believe this manga, despite its comical nature, does genuinely offer an insight into the world of fine wine and food matching, and with its facts about the producers, it certainly is a very interesting read! And if there are wines featured in the book that interest you, feel free to pop in to our store or call us to ask if we can source them in for you or offer similar alternatives!
     

    Saturday Food and Wine Matching Workshop 2, PortugalDate published: 19/03/11

    Peri-peri prawns

    Try this with Planalto, white wine from Douro region.

    Dry and delicate, but possessing an interesting aromatic intensity and
    complexity, with overtones of blossom. The fruit is predominantly citrus,
    with soft pear and melon flavours completing the picture.

    Ingredients


    2 tbsp paprica
    2 tbsp mild chilli powder
    250ml/9fl oz lemon juice
    1½ tsp chopped ginger
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 tsp salt
    12 raw prawns
    1 tbsp olive oil


    1.In a bowl, mix together the paprika, chilli powder, lemon juice, ginger, garlic and salt.
    2.Add the prawns to the mixture. For maximum flavour, leave them to marinate for an hour or so.
    3.Heat a griddle pan and add a little olive oil.
    4.Add the prawns to the pan and griddle for a few minutes, turning occasionally until they are cooked through. Serve straight away, with finger bowls.

     

    Lamb hotpot

    Try this with Quinta dos Carvalhais Colheita from Dao region.

    Made from hand-picked local grape varieties, the nose is soft and
    delicate with red berry characters. An elegant, harmonious wine
    displaying ripe red fruits, black plums and hints of vanilla, chocolate
    and spices. The round, soft tannins and complexity of the wine make
    it excellent with game and creamy cheeses.

     


    Ingredients


    4 thick lamb neck chops
    plain flour, for dredging
    good glug fruity olive oil
    3 onions, peeled and cut into wedges
    2-3 large parsnips, peeled and cut into sixths
    6 large, juicy garlic cloves, peeled, cut in half
    salt and freshly ground black peper
    6-8 fresh rosemary sprigs
    6-8 small potatoes, cut in half
    1.Preheat the oven to 170C/350F/Gas 4.
    2.Lightly dredge the lamb chops in the flour. Heat the oil in a shallow ovenproof pan with a lid, then add the lamb chops and cook until browned on both sides. Remove the lamb from the pan and set aside. Add the onions, parsnips and garlic to the same pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and add the rosemary.
    3.Return the lamb chops to the pan, tuck the potatoes around the chops, season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and pour in just enough water to cover the pan contents. Cut out a circle of greaseproof paper the same size and shape as the inside of the pan. Place the paper circle over the lamb and vegetables, then cover the pan with the lid.
    4.Cook in the preheated oven for an hour or so, until the meat is tender.

     


     

    The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is back to Gidea Park! Date published: 18/03/11

    For the fantastic price of £6.49 if you buy 2 or more bottles.
    We will have it open on the tasting counter for the whole weekend, so please pop and try!

    More Awards for Majestic!!!Date published: 18/03/11

    At last night's prestigious Retail Week Awards, Majestic were crowned
    Speciality Retailer of the Year and also picked up the award for
    Customer Service Initiative of the Year for The Wine Course.

    The shortlist for Customer Service Initiative included Argos, B&Q, Best
    Buy, Pets at Home and Tesco. The judges said the course was "a great way of
    reinforcing customer loyalty and demonstrating the strength of the service
    culture and product knowledge of its staff."

    The shortlist for Speciality Retailer included The Car Phone Warehouse,
    Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Pets at Home and Specsavers. The judges said
    "Majestic's focus on high service standards and its inspired change of
    minimum purchase from 12 to six bottles, attracting new shoppers and
    retaining existing ones during tough trading conditions, have allowed it to
    continue to thrive despite cut throat competition."

    Dessert + Wine Date published: 14/03/11

    Following on from Saturday's food and wine matching tips, we've decided to complete it with a simple dessert recipe. So, with no further ado, we introduce to you this easy no bake cheesecake recipe. It will take at most half an hour to prepare, and will be ready to eat in less than an hour. It doesn't get any better than that. And this gives you the perfect excuse to open up a bottle of dessert wine to drink with it. Most desserts are far too sweet and luscious to match any dry wine, so that is why dessert wine with its high residual sugar levels and body make the perfect match for desserts. And the dessert wine we are recommending today is the Essencia Orange Muscat from California. Made from the little known Orange Muscat grape, predominantly found in France, Spain and Italy, this variety unsurprisingly has characteristics of Oranges!

    We won't keep you waiting any longer, so here is this simple cheesecake recipe, and why not get your kids involved too? The ingredients needed are:

    15 digestive biscuits
    6 tbsp butter , melted
    400g curd or cream cheese
    grated zest 3 oranges , save the segments for the decoration
    200g mascarpone cheese
    100g caster sugar
    3 tbsp milk
    184ml pot double cream

    Prep 25 mins, Plus chilling time. No cook Serves 8 - 10

    And the instructions are as follows:

    Crush the biscuits roughly. You can either do this by putting them in a plastic food bag and crushing them with a wooden spoon or you can crumble them with your fingers.
    Put the biscuits into a bowl and mix in the melted butter. Put the mixture into a 23cm cheesecake tin and, using your fingers or the back of a spoon to spread it evenly, press it down in the tin to form the base. Put the tin into the fridge to set. This should take about 30 mins.
    Put the curd or cream cheese, orange zest, mascarpone, sugar and milk into a bowl and mix it well with the wooden spoon. Put the cream in a clean bowl and whisk until it is the consistency of thick custard. Add to the orange mixture and mix thoroughly.
    Remove the cheesecake tin from the fridge. Pour the filling over the biscuit base and spread evenly. Decorate with segments of orange and return to the fridge until ready to serve (at least 1 hour or overnight).

    Simple and easy, eat alongside the Orange Muscat and you will see why this is the perfect marriage! Delicious, scrumptious, and mouth filling. Neither the Muscat nor the cheesecake overpowers each other, they are in perfect harmony and balance and you will realise that even though the recipe says that it serves 8-10, you will end up serving less than that, and with the Muscat being only half a bottle, it might be wise to stock up! Feel free to come in store and try this Muscat for yourself!
     

    Saturday Food and Wine Matching WorkshopDate published: 12/03/11

    With the weather getting warmer, we at Gidea Park have decided to introduce new weekly food and wine matching tips. To start off our Argentinian tasting week, our recipe this weekend have been specially prepared to match the wines on our tasting counter.


    First match, red wine: Catena Alta Malbec

    A big juicy full bodied malbec, intense and powerful. Blackcurrents, cherries, chocolates, cassis and woodspice leap from the glass, with ripe but smooth velvety tannins. This is a wine to match to match all manners of red meats, but we highly recommend it with our recipe this weekend: Rib eye steak with tomatoes and olives.

    Ingredients:

    For the red wine vinaigrette
    300ml/11fl oz olive oil
    30ml/1fl oz red wine vinegar
    For the steak
    2 tbsp olive oil
    30g/1oz butter
    4 x 250-300g/11oz rib-eye steaks
    4 plum tomatoes, peeled and de-seeded, cut into quarters
    20 black olives, pits removed
    2 tbsp caperberries
    splash of red wine
    2 tbsp olive oil
    300g/11oz salad potatoes, cooked
    2 cloves of garlic
    small handful of rosemary needles
    200g/7oz spinach

    Instructions:
    1.Make the vinaigrette with the olive oil and red wine vinegar and leave to one side.
    2.For the steak, heat the oil and butter in a heavy-based frying pan.
    3.Cook the steak should take about five minutes (for medium) turning and colouring on both sides. When ready remove from the pan and allow to rest for a few minutes.
    4.Add the tomato quarters, olives and caperberries to the pan and quickly sauté.
    5.Deglaze the pan with the red wine and add the contents of the pan to the vinaigrette.
    6.Heat a frying pan until hot then add the olive oil and potatoes, garlic and rosemary. Sauté until golden.
    7.Wilt the spinach in a hot frying pan.
    8.Serve the steaks on top of the spinach and potatoes. Pour over a little of the vinaigrette with the tomatoes and olives.

     

    Second match, white wine: Esperanza Sauvignon Blanc

    An exotic but light bodied Sauvignon Blanc from the Mendoza Valley, this wine is full of zesty citrus, lime and pineapple characters, with lingering acidity to match with all manners of seafood, and with this in mind, our recipe for the weekend is Thai Seabass with holy basil rice noodle salad.

    Ingredients:

    For the sea bass:
    4 x 250g/9oz sea bass fillet pieces, skin on
    6 tbsp peanuts, roasted
    10cm/4in piece fresh root ginger, peeled, roughly chopped
    2 cloves garlic, peeled, roughly chopped
    large bunch holy basil, leave only (available from Asian grocers)
    6 tbsp vegetable oil
    For the dressing
    1½ limes, juice only
    2 cloves garlic, peeled, crushed
    1 tbsp finely grated fresh root ginger
    3 tbsp fish sauce
    3 red chillies, finely chopped
    4 passion fruit, pulp only

    For the rice noodle salad:
    250g/9oz dried rice noodles
    ½ fresh coconut, shell removed, flesh finely sliced on a mandoline or using a vegetable peeler
    4 spring onions, finely sliced
    large bunch holy basil, leaves onlyP

    Instructions:

    1.For the sea bass, lightly score the skin of the sea bass with the tip of a sharp knife.
    2.Place all of the remaining sea bass ingredients, except for the vegetable oil, into a mortar and pound with a pestle until the mixture comes together to form a rough paste.
    3.Add all but one tablespoon of the oil to the paste and pound again until well combined. Rub the mixture all over the sea bass fillets, place into a covered container and chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
    4.Heat a frying pan and add the remaining vegetable oil. Fry the sea bass fillets, skin-side down, for 2-3 minutes on both sides, or until cooked through. Remove the fish from the pan and leave to rest on a warm plate.
    5.For the dressing, place all of the dressing ingredients except the passion fruit into a food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in the passion fruit pulp.
    6.For the salad, pour boiling water over the noodles in a bowl and leave to soak for five minutes, or until softened. Drain, then refresh in cold water. Drizzle over two-thirds of the dressing and mix well to coat, then add all of the remaining salad ingredients and mix well.
    7.To serve, divide the rice noodle salad among four serving plates. Place a sea bass fillet on top of each mound of rice noodle salad, then drizzle the remaining dressing around the plate.

     

    Feel free to pop in and try the wines for yourself. We have these recipes printed out aswell if you would like a copy to take home. Let us know how you get along with these recipes and whether you agree that these wines make a good partner!

    Robert Mondavi winesDate published: 29/01/11

    It may be one of the last wine regions to have developed in California, but Napa Valley is now indisputably the most famous. It's success is as much down to the innovative winemakers attracted to its unique terroir, as the massive investment the region has received. The late Robert Mondavi was one of the true pioneers.

    Whilst our website lists the recent bargain parcel wines of Robert Mondavi as being unavailable, they are still very much available in our store. With a good selection of reds and whites open for tasting, why not make your way in and see what tremedous value these wines have to offer?

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    • Natalia Manager

      I have been with Majestic for over 5 years. Over this time I've worked in a number of stores such as Islington, Enfield, Notting Hill Gate. It is not easy to choose my one favourite wine, as there are so many delicious ones out there. I have got a big sentiment for red Italian wines and I would never say no to a glass of champagne – Blanc de Blanc “Comtes de Champagne” Taititnger. In a hot summer light rose is very welcome.
    • Adam Assistant Manager

      Before Gidea Park, I worked in Enfield and Wanstead. I'm a big fan of Champagne and Oaky White wines. I also like collecting magnums, having built up quite a collection during my time at Majestic.
    • Kevin Driver

      Im known as Big Kev.

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