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159 Skipton Road
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Grape Focus: Sauvignon BlancDate published: 28/07/17

Sauvignon Blanc is still Majestic Wine's best-selling grape variety at the moment.  Offering flavours of nettles, capsicum, citrus and gooseberries, it is normally unoaked and it makes a refreshingly dry white wine.

Brief History:

Sauvignon Blanc was first planted in the Marlborough region in New Zealand in 1973, but traditionally has beenfrom the Loire Valley and Bordeaux in France. It is now planted all around the world; in addition to France and New Zealand you can find it in Australia, Chile, South Africa, Spain and Italy. 

Can you age it?

Generally speaking, Sauvignon Blanc is not a wine made to last. Its attraction is its youthful freshness and zest, and if kept for more than a couple of years it will fade rapidly and lose its aroma. Top Sancerres and Pouilly-Fumes can develop in the bottle, developing flavours of honey and toast to replace those of fresh fruit and herbaceous notes. 

Matching with food:

This grape makes wines with enough bite and sharpness to accompany quite rich fish dishes as well as being an obvious choice for seafood. The characteristic acid intensity makes a brilliant match with dishes made with tomato, but the best match of all is white Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume with goats' cheese from the Loire Valley. With their strong, gooseberry-fresh taste Sauvignons make good thirst-quenching aperitifs. 

Our Top Sauvignon Blanc Picks:

Sancerre Crezancy 2016 Loire, France:

Produced by a small family run estate, this Sancerre is a cracker.  Crisp acidity with flavours of lime, gooseberry and mineral on the palate - all of the hallmarks of a traditional Sancerre.  Enjoy with moules marinieres. 

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Western Cape, South Africa:

This Sauvignon Blanc has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend. The wine undergoes 2-3 months' lees ageing which adds to the texture and intensity of flavour. Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes. Great with salmon and fish dishes, or simply on its own on a hot day.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough, New Zealand:

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

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough, New Zealand:

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.

Tips for matching food and wineDate published: 21/07/17

Top 5 Food and Wine Matching Tips

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food.
A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines.

2. Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish
A full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence than the main ingredient itself.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes
See this rule of thumb in action with paella. All those rich, flavour-packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine.

4. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish
Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours.

5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region
This is especially true in Europe. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes.

Try out these tips at home. Stay in, cook at home, and spend the same on a bottle of wine as you would in a restaurant. Better food, better wine. Win win!

Cellar CircleDate published: 14/07/17

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 but that's where Cellar Circle come 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.

Alongside building your dream wine cellar, belonging to Cellar Circle brings exclusive benefits and rewards; Enjoy free shipping to mainland England and our best cellarage rates. Receive exclusive access to limited parcels and new wines. Work with an advisor to buy, store, sell and enjoy fine wine. Enjoy a 10% discount at Majestic Wine.

To find out more information feel free to ask any of us here in Harrogate to find out about it or visit the Cellar Circle website: www.laywheeler.com/cellar-circle

Rose Magnums - Twice as good!Date published: 12/07/17

As the Summer is upon us what better time than to crack open the rosé? And if you're holding an event then you'll need plenty to go around! That's where our range of rosé magnums can come in handy.  These large format bottles deliver all the quality and twice the quantity that you would expect so there's no danger of running short at your big occasion.

Domaine La Chautarde 2016 Coteaux Varois en Provence 150cl magnum - £19.99*

From a vast 245ha estate of pine and oak forests, olive groves, and vineyards covering 32ha. Strawberry, red cherry flavours accompany more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshing rose. 

AIX Rosé 2015 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum - £24*

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! Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. Also available in Double Magnum - £53.99*

M de Minuty Rosé 2016 Côtes de Provence 150cl Magnum - £25*

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.

Miraval Rose 2015, Cotes de Provence. Magnum - £35.99*

In 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 acclaimed. 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.

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

We are open 7 days a week, and we 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.

See you soon!

*mix 6 price

New to Majestic?Date published: 09/07/17

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

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

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

Mixed case offers - select any 6 bottles of wine and receive a minimum of 10% off the standard prices. You can mix and match with wines, spirits and fortified wines.

No quibble policy - if you find that your wine isn't delicious, you can bring it back to us for a different bottle or your money back.

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

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

Learn about wineDate published: 09/07/17

Ever stood gazing at a row of wines wishing you could tell the difference by reading the label? Never know what wine to order in a restaurant? Just fancy learning a few wine facts to impress your friends and family? If so, then the Tasting Club: Introduction to Wine session is for you!

The Introduction to Wine session is an informal tasting where the team will hand hold you and a small group of others through the sometimes overwhelming subject of wine. You will learn how the taste wine like a professional, learn about different grape varieties and how regions of the world have an impact on the final style, learn how Champagne is made and experience some fantastic food and wine matches.

We know wine can seem complicated at times, but we are passionate about passing on our knowledge so the next time your looking for that special bottle, you do so with confidence!  And the best bit . . . the session only costs a £5 donation to our charity of the year!!

So why not sign up for our next Wine Course, and come and explore with Majestic Wine Harrogate.  You can find our next date on our Events Calendar here on our webpage.


One of our most popular promotions, 25% off ALL New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is like a shooting star; you're lucky to catch it, and before you know it, it's gone. This rare and EXTREMELY good offer is only on until the end of Monday 12th June, so be sure to catch it while you can and grab some of your favourite wines from us in Harrogate.

25% off Champagne until Monday 15th MayDate published: 09/05/17

If you're having a party or wedding this year, now is the best time to buy your champagne!

With exchange rates going crazy, and weather variations in the champagne region causing price squeezes, it could be wise to stock up sooner rather than later.

The deals include the following: (prices quoted include the 25% discount & VAT, when you buy 6+ bottles of wine, any mix)

Veuve Clicquot is £29.99

Bollinger NV £33.73

Oeil de Perdrix £19.49

Laurent Perrier Brut NV £24.99

We have 25% off all wines from Rioja for this week only!Date published: 26/11/16

Cune Reserva £8.99 (mix 6 price)

Definition Rioja Reserva £ 8.99 (mix 6 price)

Riscal Magnums £22.49 (mix 6 price)

Make sure you do not miss out on this fantastic deal. Offers end Monday 28th November.

Order online www.majestic.co.uk or by phone 01756 795005

Our now famous Peroni offer is back for this weekend only!Date published: 26/11/16

£24.96 for a case of 24 bottles, that's just £1.04 a bottle!

25% off New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 26/11/16

Time to stock up for Christmas!

This week only 25% off all NZ Sauvignon Blanc!

Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 (mix 6 price)

Blind River Sauvignon £8.99 (mix 6 price)

Cloudy Bay Sauv’ Blanc £18.74 (mix 6 price)

Make sure you do not miss out on this fantastic deal. Offers end Monday 28th November.

Order online www.majestic.co.uk or by phone 01423 566866

Peroni £1.04 a Bottle!Date published: 18/11/16

We are currently running a limited time offer on Peroni at £1.04 per bottle! That means a case of 24 costs only £24.96. 

We are aware of a mis-type in a recent e-mail sent to customers regarding this offer. The e-mail stated that there was a maximum purchase of 2 cases per customer. However, this is not the case, and there is no maximum purchase - so it's the perfect time to start stocking up for Christmas! 

Offer ends Monday 28th November.

Oktoberfest at Majestic Wine 15-16th OctoberDate published: 12/10/16

We're hosting our very own Oktoberfest here at Majestic! 

This weekend 15th - 16th October we're holding The Majestic Beer Battle:  Einstok Toasted Porter vs Abita Purple Haze Raspberry Lager and you are the judge!

We will have a selection of great beers from around the world open to try. So if you would like to get to the know the difference between Wheat beer and Pilsner, Pale Ale and Belgian Blond then head on down to Majestic Harrogate.

If you have any questions please call 01423 566866 or e-mail us at har@majestic.co.uk

Free November Showcase Tasting Evening Date published: 12/10/16

On Thursday 10th November we'll be holding our Free November Showcase Evening in store. This will be starting at 6:30pm, going on till around 8pm. You'll be greeted with a glass of fizz on arrival before having a browse around the store to sample a whole host of reds, whites, beers and spirits!

Maybe book a taxi or find a personal chauffeur though...we do free delivery on any 6 (or more) bottle purchase, so leave it with us and you can make your way home afterwards.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, please do give us a call on 01423 566866, drop us an email at har@majestic.co.uk or even better, pop in and see us! Bring friends along too - the more the merrier! 

We hope to see you soon!

Best BuysDate published: 14/08/16

Best Buys

Smooth, mellow Rioja Reserva… Super-fresh Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc… Customers’ favourite Provence rose… What’s not to love at this month’s prices?

Rioja Reserva, Vina Eguia - Mix Six £6.99

Smooth, mellow, intensely fruity, toasted vanilla-scented Rioja Reserva aged in French and American oak for 24 months. What’s not to love at this price?

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc - Mix Six £7.99

On better form than ever, Villa Maria’s medley of fresh gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit make it a must for Sauvignon Blanc fans.

M de Minuty Rose - Mix Six £9.99

‘Crisp, savoury and tangy, with a colour that’s closer to a white than a red, this is a delicious drink.’ Tim Atkin MW, Woman & Home

Great BBQ Summer RedsDate published: 12/08/16

Stop glancing at your weather app! It’s the food, the company and what’s in your glass that really matter…

Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon - Mix Six £6.99

High Altitude, sun soaked vineyards mean ripeness and elegance. In Mendoza, Catena is synonymous with quality.

La La Land Malbec - Mix Six £7.99

Dr Phil Spillman’s reputation as a gifted winemaker is further enhanced by this icely rounded red’s bold fruit and dark chocolate intensity.

Wakefield Estate Shiraz - Mix Six £8.99

Aussie BBQ staple from revered Clare vines with a rich potpurri of black fruit and spice.

Freshen up for SummerDate published: 10/08/16

Perfect whites to relax with in the shade or for light lunches and suppers.

Pazos De Ulloa Ribeiro - Mix Six £6.99

Exclusive, deliciously summery blend from just north of the Portuguese border in Spain. Aromatic white peach and apple with mineral freshness.

Domaine Ferrandiere Riesling - Mix Six £6.99

French Riesling is unique to Alace, right? No - this rare example comes from an unusual micro-terroir in the south, in a limey, almost Australian style.

Yalumba Y Series Viognier - Mix Six £7.99

Yalumba all but monopolises high quality, great value Viognier in Oz and the Y series has oodles of stir-fry friendly peach and apricot fruit.

The Best Italian Wines for al fresco DiningDate published: 08/08/16

Italy’s winning formula for outdoor entertaining mixes family, friends, home cooking… and terrific wines like these.

Brichetto Trebbiano - Mix Six £4.99

The whites of Emilia Romagna are particularly food friendly. Drink with dressed salads or creamy pasta.

Cortese Araldica - Mix Six £5.99

A clever way to enjoy the famous Gavi style for a whole lot less. Great with stuffed courgette flowers, risotto primavera and more!

Corolla Nero d’Avola - Mix Six £6.99

Made from Sicily’s most fashionable black grape, Corolla is full of blackcurrant flavour. A roaring success with barbecued sausages or lamb cutlets.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Masciarelli - Mix Six £8.99

The family run Masciarelli winery specialises in super supple Montepulciano. Cherry scents mingle with fresh tobacco, violet and liquorice notes, making it a winner with any tomato-rich Italian dish.

Bordeaux-beating Cabernets? You Decide…Date published: 07/08/16

The French connection with Chile comes very upfront with Cabernet Sauvignon, the grape at the heart of Bordeaux. Like Carmenere it travelled to Chile in the 1800s, and it also does extremely well thanks to the exceptionally grape-friendly climate. If you like your Cabernet genuinely, reliably ripe, look no further than these two:

Cousino Macul Cabernet Sauvignon - Mix Six £6.99

Here’s a tastebud-tingling example of fully ripe Cabernet. There’s abundant blackcurrant and plums made smoother and rounder with oak-aging. Bring on the beef or lamb.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon - Mix Six £7.99

This nicely mature Cabernet is a long-running Majestic favourite. The black fruit has a touch of menthol and toasty, vanilla-scented oak - this is serious stuff at a very easy-to-enjoy price.

Ancient Vines for Modern TimesDate published: 06/08/16

For centuries it’s been largely unloved, but Morande are leading the revival of the Pais grape. Brought to Chile by 16th century Spanish conquistadors, this is a juicy and enjoyable summer red.

Morande Reserva 1 to 1 Pais - Mix Six £6.99

The Reserva 1 to 1 is full of fresh, ripe red berries with a touch of spice. It’s a delicious, original choice for BBQs and charcuterie.

The Mighty Red OriginalDate published: 05/08/16

This is the story of the survivor that’s great news lovers of full-flavoured traditional reds.

Carmenere is a Bordeaux grape from the old days which was all but wiped out in the 1860s by the rampant phylloxera bug. But… vines had been taken to Chile before devastation began, and Carmenere has flourished here ever since.

The team at Santa Rita hand pick the cream of the crop from their vineyards in the steep-sided Colchagua Valley, where Carmenere ripens perfectly. They then treat it to the kind of loving attention that you’d see in an ambitious Bordeaux chateau.

The result is a barrel-aged red with a classic character. There’s plenty of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, with intriguing hints of coffee and smooth dark chocolate. The full rich flavours means it goes well with steaks and game dishes too. Definitely worth getting to know at this month’s price!

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere - Mix Six £7.99

Wake up to Chile’s Unique WhitesDate published: 04/08/16

Morande 1 to 1 Gewurztraminer - Mix Six £6.99

Morande make one bottle of wine per vine (hence the name!), when two or even three bottles of wine per vine is the norm. They use careful pruning to concentrate more flavour in fewer grapes. Soft and fresh, it has exotic lychee and melon flavours - a brilliant partner for Thai dishes.

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc - Mix Six £7.99

Sauvignon thrives in the Casablanca Valley, which is kept cool by the ocean mists from the Pacific Coast. This yields a pure, crisp wine that’s a match for refreshing as any of the world’s more famous Sauvignons.

Santa Ema Sauvignon Gris- Mix Six £6.99

If you like Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of extra richness this comes highly recommended. Sauvignon Gris isn’t famous but deserves to be. Here you’ll find fuller tropical flavour, but it’s very fresh too. A great white to discover this month.

Single Vineyard Exclusives from a Hero WinemakerDate published: 03/08/16

No one has done more to put quality Chilean wine on the map than Aurelio Montes, and we’re delighted to launch two new wines, available exclusively from Majestic, from carefully tended single vineyard plots. Both are harvested by hand in the cool of the morning to ensure the grapes are in perfect condition and perfectly fresh, and a very careful use of oak aging elevates them into wines with complexity and serious character.

Montes Single Vineyard Chardonnay and Merlot - both £8.99 when mixing six or more bottles

The Chardonnay is wonderfully fresh with tropical fruit flavours in harmony with soft, toasty oak. The Merlot has stand-out flavours of rich, ripe cherry and warm spice with a smooth texture from 12 months in oak barrels. Both are first class examples of great winemaking.

Discover the flavours of ChileDate published: 02/08/16

Discover the flavours of Chile

New wines, innovation and adventure - and somehow, still at low prices. This week in stores we are focussing on Chilean wine, so check out our web page every day for more info, and pop in to store to see what we have available to taste!

For today, a quick bit of history: Wine came to Chile with the Spanish conquistadors, but French influence resulted in plantings in the mid-1800s of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and other ‘noble’ grapes. Come the 1990s, wine took giant steps forward. Right now, the quality and variety - and lots of ambitious winemaking - make Chile a priority destination for all wine lovers.

25% off all Prosecco!Date published: 16/07/16

If you love your Prosecco this is the weekend to pop down and stock up. Buy any 6 bottles or more and receive 25% off all our Proseccos, offer ending Monday.

With prices starting at £6.99, what's not to like?

The Definition of DefinitionDate published: 08/07/16

The Definition Project began two years ago. The aim was simple - to bring definitive examples of the world's greatest wines to Majestic customers.

Our team started conversations with like-minded, 'best-in-class' wine makers. The commitment they made was that they would produce exclusive, superior wines which matched the ambitious standards of the Definition label. 

Like all new projects, the results were never certain - until the wines started reaching our shelves a year ago. Customer feedback and critics' reviews built up a hugely positive picture.

So when the demanding judges at the 2016 International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards pinned a total of 21 (and counting...) medals on Definition wines, the range and the concept had an official seal of approval.

So take a look at the 13 wines in our current Definition range. It's a perfect way to explore new wines, and find new favourites. And because the range is all about definitive versions of each wine, you'll have a very clear idea of what you like and, just as importantly, what you don't. 

Enjoy exploring!

Majestic PresentsDate published: 04/06/16

Bosman White @ £9.99 

A wine to love, not just because it lures you in with an old world subtlety or because its Chenin vibrancy is the perfect warm weather refresher, but because of Bosman's fair-trade ethics. Now you can indulge and feel good about yourself too!

Montenovo Godello @ £8.99 

This wine has the hallmarks of a warm climate white. Tropical unctuous and mouth coating, but with a racy backbone to keep the palate refreshed. If you've not tried this niche variety, now's your chance!

AN EVENING OF GIN TASTINGDate published: 01/06/16

Majestic Wine Harrogate would like to welcome you to our first ever gin tasting evening.

On Friday 24th June 2016 we shall be hosting an evening of insight, information and the tasting of a whole selection of different gins from around the UK.

From Harrogate's very own local gin, Whittaker's, through to craft examples from nationwide, we shall have a number of products open to sample with the perfect accompaniments. 

Only £10 per ticket, with a free £10 voucher for you to redeem against purchases on the night.

This is an event not to be missed, so reserve your place today.

Contact the store on 01423 566866 or pop in to purchase your ticket.

Tasting EveningsDate published: 29/05/16

During June we'll be hosting 3 different tasting evenings:

Thursday 9th June @ 6.30-7.00: A taste of New Zealand, showcasing the best New Zealand has to offer! Free to attend

Friday 17th June @ 6.30-8.00: Fine Wine Showcase, giving you an opportunity to try a range of our very best wines side by side! £20 a ticket with a £20 voucher to spend on the evening

Friday 24th June @ 6.30-8.00@ Gin Showcase, where our range of gins will be put to the test by the best judges, you! £10 a ticket with a £10 voucher to spend on the evening

To book onto any of the tastings just call us on 01423 566866.

Final OffersDate published: 29/05/16

For this weekend you'll still find great deals on the following wines! Don't miss out!

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc @ £7.99

Prosecco Zonin @ £7.99

Veuve Clicquot NV @ £29.99

Macon Lugny Louis Latour @ £8.99

Guigal Cotes Du Rhone @ £8.99

Order online. pop in to see us or call 01423 566866.

Majestic Wine Summer Party Service Date published: 10/05/16

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery

Free Glass Hire

Ice and Chiller Bin Hire

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

Free tastings

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

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

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

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

Definition ChiantiDate published: 30/04/16

New Definition Chianti Classico

Come and taste our brand new Definition Chianti Classico the weekend!

The definition wines are first ever own label series, focussing on premium quality and classic styles from around the world. The Chianti joins a long list of reds, whites and prosecco in this exclusive range, with many of the wines winning great acclaim in the national press.

Our free tasting counter is full of new and exciting wines, spirits and craft beer so why not pop in and discover something new!

The Chocolate BlockDate published: 15/04/16

Chocolate Block, the powerhouse  red wine made by Boekenhoutskloof winery, has a cult following amongst wine lovers. A range of grapes are used in the make up of the wine; a majority of Syrah with additions of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsualt and Viognier. The ratios are determined by the growing conditions of each vintage which allows the winemaker Marc Kent to use his expertise and flare to create the best possible wine.

Boekenhoutskloof use vines in the Swartland, north of Capetown. Swartland is a dryland farming area which allows for better growing conditions as it creates deep rooted vines. This added pressure on the vines creates intense quality grapes for this powerful wine. Many seductive flavours are produced by Marc Kent for the 2014 vintage. Dominant dark fruit flavours are prominent in the Chocolate Block, such as blackberry and blackcurrants. With addition to the fruit flavours you will receive notes of coffee, game and the marquee dark chocolate. Added to that the peppery and spicy notes which shows why this wine has such a cult following.

Each bottle is protected by the lady figurehead of Boekenhoutskloof, the Svelte lady. She carries the Dove of peace and love and represents true quality. Off course this wine can be enjoyed young but will also age for a number of years under the watchful eye of of the Svelte lady.

The Current mix six price for Chocolate block is £22

Summer Showcase Tasting Evening - 12th May 2016Date published: 14/04/16

Want to try some of our fantastic wine range and see what we will be drinking this summer? 

We're holding a free tasting evening on 12th May starting at 6pm. We will have lots of new wines open to try just in time to find a new favourite before summer officially begins.

As an extra little treat we will be offering 10% off ALL purchases made on the night!

Give us a call on 01423566866 or sign up in-store to reserve your place for the evening. We look forward to seeing you.

Jacks Tipple for AprilDate published: 14/04/16

Kumeu River Pinot Gris

Kumeu River are one of the best Chardonnay producers in the world.

This wine is made with the same care and attention but with a different grape variety.

I tried this with sushi and it was amazing, try it!

Single Bottle: £11.99

Mix 6: £9.99

New Arrival: Pazos de Ulloa 2015Date published: 13/04/16

This week for Majestic Presents we are showcasing the Brand New Pazos de Ulloa 2015.

A little bit about the wine...

This gem of a white wine was blended and selected in house by our Head Buyer Matt Pym! It is named after a novel by the same title written in the late 1800's by Emilia Pardo Bazan. The novel was written in a naturalistic style and was essentially about showcasing true beauty of the Galician countryside with rich characters and dramatic scenery. With Pazos de Ulloa ("pathos day oojoa"), the winemaker believes that they have created a wine in perfect harmony with the countryside as such it is the perfect showcase for Galicia... hence the name!

Where does it originate?

The wine originates in DO Ribeiro, one of the oldest appellations in Spain which was established in 1932. The grapes come from the best slopes (costeiras) of the valleys which helps produce the wines ripeness and mineral character. It is produced by Vitivincola del Ribeiro the largest winery in Galicia. 

What does it taste like?

This typically fresh and crisp Spanish white has stone-fruit and minerality in abundance. The addition of Torrontes to this predominantly Palomino blend adds a touch of florality on the finish. 

What foods does it go best with?

A wide array of fresh seafood dishes!

Single Bottle: £7.99

Mix 6: £6.99

Make yours a Majestic Wedding...Date published: 12/04/16

Need to get your wine, beer, spirits, sparkle and soft drinks for your wedding? But dont know where to start?

Feel free to come in store and speak to a member of staff. They will be happy  to give guidance on:

- The best wines to please your guests

- Help you choose the best wines that will compliment your food choices

- Quanities of wine that you will need

- The best 'sparkling' deals: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava

Other services we provide to make planning your day hassle and care free:

- Free Delivery 

- Free Glass Hire, Chiller Bins and Ice Buckets are also avalaible (deposits are required)

- Sale and Return

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The No Quibble GuaranteeDate published: 08/04/16

The No Quibble Guarantee

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

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

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

Tasting NotesDate published: 07/04/16

We can provide the tasting notes for all your wines at the till. Whether you want to impress your friends, run a tasting or learn a little bit more about each wine you try then our concise notes offer a few details about where the wine comes from and what it should taste like. Come and explore!

Back In Stock: Porta 6Date published: 06/04/16

Not heard of Porta 6? Everyone at Majestic has! Last year James Martin (of Saturday Kitchen fame) described it as one of the best Red Wines he has ever tasted while presenting the show. From then on it was pretty difficult to find, with each delivery selling out almost immediately. Luckily this month we have managed to get hold of enough for everybody to try!

So why not pop down to store today and try it on the Tasting Counter and see what all the fuss is about? Or simply remind yourself how fantastic it is. 

For those who have never come accross this wine, here is a little bit of information...

The area around Lisbon is a hive of winemaking activity, making uniquely styled wines primarily from blends of native Portuguese grapes. This wine comes from vineyards in the Alenquer and Cadaval regions, in the mountains to the north of Lisbon. Quintessentially Portuguese red, offering plenty of warm, jammy forest fruit flavours combined with heady aromas of violets and touches of spice. Supple, chewy tannins provide texture and length. Perfect with minted lamb chops.

Take home today for only £7.49 a bottle when you Mix 6 (£8.99 Single Bottle Price)

Back in Stock - Cline Ancient Vines ZinfandelDate published: 05/04/16

Good News! One of my all time favourite Californian Zinfandels is now back in stock after a long period of absence. You may have heard of the name before? That is because this wine actually features in our February "Drink Less, Drink Better" Brochure!

For those who don't know about or have never tried the Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel - here is a little more information...

Cline Cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yeilding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino. Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla. Great with barbecued steaks, well-seasoned pork chops, or venison.

Judging by that information I'm sure you can see why it is not only my favourite Zinfandel, but one of my favourite Red Wines of all time!

Take yours home today for only £15.99 when you Mix 6 bottles from store (£17.99 Single Bottle Price)

New Wines: De Bortoli The Astronomer Chardonnay & ShirazDate published: 04/04/16

De Bortoli The Astronomer Chardonnay & Shiraz

New into our range for Spring are the De Bortoli Astronomer Chardonnay and Shiraz. DB have always focused on high quality vineyards and modern winemaking and viticulture techniques to produce a wide range of wines and styles. One of the most well known is their Noble One, a complex and balanced dessert wine. Bertoli are proud to introduce their new Astronomer Wines, named after a Australian pastime of star gazing after a glass or two.

The DB Astronomer Chardonnay:

Vanilla Oak Peach Straw Chardonnay Lemon Apricot Creamy

The DB Astronomer Shiraz:

Blackberry Oak Plum Warming spice Shiraz Black Cherry Red Cherry White Pepper

£6.99 or Mix 6 and Save = £5.99

New Wine: Triplica Greco Di TufoDate published: 03/04/16

Green Apple Lime Flint Pear Peach Stone Fruit Apricot Greco Melon

Triplica is made entirely from the Greco grape grown near Trufo in Campani, a beautiful region in Southern Italy. The area is famous for it's beautiful beaches and colourful seaside towns, while further inland the rolling vineyards give us wines such as this excellent example of a Greco di Tufo.

This is a wine with soft fruit flavours matched with crisp citrus and an enjoyably mouth watering acidity. Aromas of green apple and pear are followed by apricot, stone fruit and lime on the palate. This has a lovely refreshing acidity and a flinty minerality that leaves a tingling on the tongue.

A great wine to enjoy with creamy cheese or a perfect match for pate. We suggest duck pate on toast as it's perfect partner. The fruit flavour and mouth watering acidity will balance really well with the richness of the pate. Delicious!

£9.99 or Mix 6 and Save = £8.99

Definition ProseccoDate published: 02/04/16

The Majestic Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemaker...Prosecco. Made using Glera, a late ripening grape variety from The Veneto region of nort-east Italy.

Our Prosecco, from the best vineyards around the village of Valdobbiadene. A pale straw colour with typical fruit characters of apples, ripe pears and richer notes of pineapple. Perfect as an aperitif or with antipasti.

If you love it so much you take can it home for only £9.99 when you Mix 6! (£12.99 Single Bottle Price)

Definition Pouilly FumeDate published: 01/04/16

After the initial 12 Definition wines we are excited to announce a 13th!

The Definition Pouilly Fumé

Lots of fresh citrus, and smoky notes to this wine with a lively and elegant finish! 

Open to try this weekend

Yours for £14.99 or mix 6 £12.99

On taste: RM NicholsonDate published: 13/03/16

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 

This was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 mths for good integration.

This Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah-Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc offers flavours of Blackberry, Plum and Spice. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins. 

Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.

Currently priced at £9.99 (mix six price)

Buyers ChoiceDate published: 12/03/16

Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir & Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Errazuriz is a fantastic producer from the Aconcagua Valley of Chile. They have been recognised on a number o occasions as one of the top Chilean producers and this quality can be seen from their entry level wines all the way up to their flagship labels. They create wines with complexity and balance that are excellent value for money and this especially applies to these two wines. With pedigree far beyond their price point they are an excellent option for those looking for quality without breaking into premium price points.

Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Lemon Grass White Peach Gooseberry Tropical Lime Zingy Sauvignon Blanc Fresh

£10.99 or Mix 6 and Save! £8.99

Estate Series Pinot Noir

Raspberry Oak Plum Warming Spice Strawberry Red Cherry Pinot Noir White Pepper

£9.99 or Mix 6 and Save! £6.99

The Definition RangeDate published: 23/01/16

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

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

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

Having a Wedding?Date published: 22/01/16

Here at Majestic we offer lots of help and advice if you are planning a wedding or party.

We have a great a great range of wine, beer and spirits, with great offers throughout the year.

Our staff are here to help and can offer lots of handy advice on our best deals and also how to work out how much you need. The best thing is we also offer sale or return so whatever you don't use you can bring back.

We also provide FREE delivery to the venue and FREE glass hire too.

If you think you need some help, feel free to contact us here in store on 01423 566866 Har@majestic.co.uk

Grape Focus: MalbecDate published: 21/01/16

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

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

Parrilla MalbecDate published: 20/01/16

Due to incredibly high demand (thanks to the wine winning a Decanter Gold Award!), we now have back in stock the Parrilla Malbec at the incredible price of £7.99 a bottle when you Mix 6 (£11.99 Single Bottle Price).

Yes, that's only £7.99 for a wine that won a Decanter Gold Award in 2015. And as Damian Barr from the Sunday Times says...

"A parrilla is an Argentinean grill, perfect for steak, and that’s exactly what this is. Lose yourself in damson depths."

Here is a little more information on the wine and winery that created it...

This wine is made by Bodegas Fabre, makers of the original single-varietal Argentine Malbecs, and is sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile. A deep ruby colour, this Malbec is crammed with damson, blackberry and plum flavours, accented by touches of oak toast. Smooth, ripe tannins offer a silky finish. Pair with juicy steaks or sausages 'a la parrilla', or straight off the grill.

We do have a limited amount available so don't forget to pick up a bottle before it's all gone..

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole 2009 Gold Top Champagne = £19.99Date published: 19/01/16

Fancy a glass of Vintage Champagne while you shop? Pop down to store any time today where you'll be welcomed with a glass of Heidsieck & Co. Monopole 2009 Gold Top Champagne - one of our most popular Champagnes!

Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes.

Now only £19.99 when you Mix and Match any 6 bottles of Wines or Spirits (£30.00 Single Bottle Price)

BrewDog Punk IPADate published: 18/01/16

BrewDog Punk IPA

January marks the welcome return of Beer of the Week, and for this week (especially after all the alcohol of the Christmas Period!) we have gone for a light and refreshing beer! Luckily for us they don't get any more refreshing than the Punk IPA by BrewDog.

This beer is light in colour and has amazing fresh fruit flavours of tropical fruit and grapefruit, with just a hint of caramel in the background - making what we call in the drinks business as an "all-rounder" - however that means to no extent that it is boring - this beer is anything but.

All week we will have a sample of this beer open on our in-store tasting counter -  so why not pop down, say hello and grab a glass!

Currently the Punk IPA is priced at £10.99 for a pack of 6 - an amazing price of only £1.82 per can.

Bin End SaleDate published: 17/01/16

We've de-listed a few products (just so we can make room for some lovely new ones!) but that does mean for a limited time, they're on an amazing deal - with some up to 40% off!

Click this link here https://www.majestic.co.uk/bin-end-wine-sale - and then just click on your local store at the top to view exactly what is on our Bin-End sale! 

Happy shopping

Marisco WinesDate published: 16/01/16

hen you think of some of the best New Zealand wines that we sell here at Majestic, you may throw some names about including Ned and the Kings Series. Well behind those great names is a vineyard, also known as Marisco!

Therefore it can be argued that Marisco are truly modern day pioneers of style and quality in New Zealand. So for those that haven't yet tried the truly magnificent Ned Sauvignon Blanc, or the brilliant Kings Legacy Chardonnay - here is a little bit of information to get your tastebuds going...

The Kings Series

"Amongst the twisted vines of our ancestry were the de Marisco families, who in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries inhabited the island of Lundy off the South-West coast of England.

Families from their stronghold on the island, maintained a tempestuous relationship with the English Monarchy - at times receiving royal favour, and yet ultimately - for the activities of piracy and treason, incurring the full and tragic vengeance of the King's displeasure.

These days the descendant Marris family have achieved acclaim for their success in the pursuit of making fine wines, being amongst the pioneering wine-making families of the world renowned Marlborough Region. We hereby honour our glorious ancestors by naming a series of wines after the stories of our scandalous ancestors."

A selection of wines include...

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge. At its best with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough 37.5cl Half bottle

Enticing and expressive on the nose, which offers ripe peach and lychee and fig, alongside subtle nutty notes. Intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine with a citrus lift. Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years for more flavour development. Partner with summer fruit puddings.

The Ned Series

Nothing else needs to be said about the Ned Series apart from the fact that included in them, is one of the best selling wines in Majestic's history, and that wine is of course the...

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.

For these wines and many others from the Marisco Vineyards, come down to Majestic Wine Durham and learn even more about these fantastic wine producers.

How to Decant Your WineDate published: 15/01/16

Did you know? How to decant your wine

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

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

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

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

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

Wine AccessoriesDate published: 14/01/16

A fantastic new range of accessories which will include the following:

Foil Cutters

Wine Stoppers 

Wine Aerators 

Corkscrew Twister 

Wine Savers

Champagne Stoppers

Fantastic as gifts or handy to have in the kitchen cupboard!

Buyers Choice: Lastarria Merlot, ChileDate published: 14/01/16

Lastarria Merlot, Chile

Following on from our fantastic Buyer's Choice from last week - we're revisiting a producer who gave us the fantastic Lastarria Malbec in mid December.

This time we've got their Merlot offering and normally not a huge fan of this versatile grape - I've got to give this one the thumb up!

It's made by VLFE or Luis Felipe Edwards to you and me using grapes grown on loamy clay soil in the Cochalqua Valley. The wine is matured in second and third use French and American Oak barrels, so doesn't impact too much flavour onto the fruit.

Cracking on it's own or give it a go with a beefy canneloni.

New to MajesticDate published: 13/01/16

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

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

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

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

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

New to MajesticDate published: 02/12/15

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

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

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

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

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

Party SeviceDate published: 01/12/15

Take all the hassle out of planning a party by letting us help you, services we offer:

- Guidance on the wines and the quantity you require

- Free delivery 

- Free Glass Hire, Chiller Bins and Ice buckets (deposits required)

Pop in store today to get your summer party sorted, or if you already know what you want why not place an order online or check majestic.co.uk/parties for further information.

Party ServicesDate published: 04/11/15

Glass, Chiller Bin & Ice Bucket Hire-

All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them. We have a full range of glasses available to hire.

Chiller Bins - £15 refundable deposit

18-24 bottles of wine or Champagne or 2-3 cases (48-72 bottles) of lager

Ice Buckets - £10 refundable deposit

 4-5 bottles of Champagne, wine or water 

Beer, Cider & Spirits-

We stock a wide range of real ales, lagers, craft beers and locally produced beers. All of our beers come in cases, and if you need to return any just make sure the case is unsplit. Check out our range of beers in store or online.

Soft Drinks & Water- 

You'll need soft drinks for mixers, as well as for drivers, non-drinkers and younger guests. Schweppes, Coca-Cola, sparkling water, lemonade, orange juice and tonic water are must-haves, but you could also consider a grown-up alternative like cranberry juice or sparkling elderflower.

Sale or Return-

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.

New to MajesticDate published: 03/11/15

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

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

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

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

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

IPADate published: 31/10/15

India Pale Ale is a hoppy style of beer. Hops come in both male and female forms, with the male hop cones being used in the breeding process of the plant, and the female cones from the plant are used in the brewing process. 

They often distinguish themselves from pale ales by having slightly more hops and higher alcohol levels

IPA's were created in the 18th century to overcome the problems associated with shipping beer from the UK to the British Indian Colonies which often received sour beer. The hops and high alcohol levels added to the beer prevented bacteria from growing and causing a sour taste within the beer. 

We have many beers available to taste at Majestic Harrogate including Lagunitas IPA,Punk IPA from BrewDog & Einstok Pale ale and Einstok White ale (A lovely blend infusing coriander and orange peel). 

What is the Difference Between Ice Wine and Noble Rot Wines?Date published: 30/10/15

Even though both of these wines contain a high concentration of sugar and would both be classed as sweet, they achieve this end result in two completely different ways and are two completely different styles of wine.

With the wines affected by Noble Rot or 'Botriytis Cinerea' the fungus pierces the skin of the grape creating microscopic holes, from which the water evaporates out of the grape. What is left is a high concentration of sugar and the grape showing raisin like qualities. These wines often portray caramel, honey and marmalade flavours.

With Ice Wine (as it is known in Canada, Eiswein in Germany) the conditions must be cold enough (-8) so that the grapes freeze on the vine. After this has occurred the grapes are picked and crushed and the frozen juice collects in the press and what is left is a liquid highly concentrated in sugar. This wine has a much more pure fruit character. 

How Champagne is made / The Traditional MethodDate published: 29/10/15

The Production Champagne

Whilst some of you were sipping your bubbly over the festive season maybe you wondered how this marvellous wine was made. Well never fear because this is what I will be addressing today! There are 8 stages along the way from grapes to glass!


The are three primary grapes used in Champagne. These are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The grapes are pressed very gently in a pneumatic press to to as not release the bitter tannins contained within the stems, skins and pips of grapes. Pinot Noir traditionally red wines and this gentle pressing prevents the release of the red pigments within the grape skin.

Primary Fermentation

The three different grape juices are fermented to produce base wines ready for blending. These 'still wines' you would not want to drink however, as they will be very highly acidic and low in alcohol. This is due to the cold climate of Champagne and high latitude.


The producer will take these base wines and blend them in a way that best suites the style he or she is trying to achieve. In non-vintage wines a producer can use 'reserve wines' that may have been stored for many years with different characteristics to achieve a consistent style. Vintage wines can only have wines blended grapes grown in the same year.

Secondary Fermentation

This blended wine has no sparkle and the secondary fermentation is where the magic happens. A liquid called tirage is added to the wine. This contains yeast, sugar and other nutrients. The bottle is sealed with a plastic cap similar to a beer bottle top and is stacked horizontally. The bottle is left to ferment for six to eight weeks and the alcohol content raises slightly. As the bottle is sealed the carbon dioxide produced has no where to go and dissolves into the wine. Once fermentation is complete the pressure within the bottle is as high as six atmospheres.

Yeast Autolysis

Once the fermentation is complete the yeast die and form a sediment known as the 'lees'. These cells begin to break down and release proteins and other compounds. This influences the flavour of the wine with such characters of bread, biscuit and toast notes. This process typically last four to five years but can last as long as ten. In wines that are aged longer, typically vintage Champagnes, the lees keep the wine fresh and can be left for decades.


After a producer has aged the Champagne on the lees for long enough, the remaining yeast sediment needs to be removed from the wine. The process of riddling is when the bottle is slowly tilted forward and twisted to collect all the sediment. This used to be carried out by hand and was very labour intensive and time consuming lasting as long as eight weeks. A hydraulic arm is usually used for tilting taking only eight days and riddling up to 500 bottles a time.

Disgorgement and Corking

The neck of the bottle is submerged in very cold brine which freezes the wine in the neck. The cap is removed and the pressure ejects the frozen wine from the bottle. The bottle is then topped up with dosage, a mixture of wine and sugar is then added, and the cork is then placed on the bottle. The sugar added at this stage will determine the style (ie. Brut, Demi-sec).

Bottle Ageing

The bottle is then aged for a further few months to allow the dosage to fully integrate and for further flavour development sand that is how Champagne is made.

Cellar CircleDate published: 28/10/15

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 and Wheeler, who spent 160 years building up relationships with the worlds greatest producers, and Majestic Wine, with 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 with full benefits 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. 

Alongside building your dream wine cellar, belonging to Cellar Circle brings exclusive benefits and rewards, including.....

10% discount at Majestic Wine, for all your everyday needs.

A year's free professional wine storage at our bonded warehouse,Vinotheque.

Free Case delivery to any Majestic Wine store for ease of collection.

A cases of wine, individually chosen for you by the Cellar Circle team, on the first anniversary of your membership.

How to sign up?

Having decided on a monthly subscription, fill out our quick and easy online form. Pay your first month up front, we'll then get a trouble free direct debit set up for you, and you can start enjoying all those Cellar Circle benefits.

If you have any questions please call, email or pop in the store.

Why Majestic?Date published: 27/10/15

Why would a customer want to shop with us? This is one of the questions we need to make sure is constantly in the forefront of our minds. This is why we offer various incentives to do so. From our customers with a new-found love of wine to our vineyard veterans, we believe that if your serious about wine, there is only one clear choice. In this article I will look to explain why we believe this.

We have a huge range of products, vast, extending through your favourite French regions to New World Australia and New Zealand. We have a price range starting from £4.99 all the way through to bottles of Champagne and fine wine costing hundreds of pounds. Whatever wine you want, we're confident that as a company we will be able to provide you with your perfect match. We train our staff to understand what it is you want and bestow them with the expertise to identify this for you. As well as this we offer a free tasting counter which we constantly rotate to offer you the opportunity to try new wines every week, without having to commit to a potentially risky purchase.

The vast majority of our stores offer car parking facilities, enabling you to make large purchases without worrying about transfer. As a little bonus we'll even carry your wine to the car for you. We offer a sale and return policy, meaning that for big events you can buy in bulk with the confidence that we will refund all the unopened bottles that you didn't need. We even offer free glass and chiller bin hire which can be a great help for expensive weddings and parties.

One of my favourite things about Majestic is that we don't just sell a product, we look to educate you, the consumer, to get you as excited as we are about wine. This is why we offer free wine tasting courses, seasonal tastings and even external tasting events. 

Look at what we offer and ask yourself the question 'Where else can I find all of this?'. This is why you shop with Majestic wine.

Jack's Winter Warmer: Montes TwinsDate published: 26/10/15

This is a very interesting wine from the Valle de Colchagua in Chile. It is made up of a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Malbec is a thin skinned, inky dark colour grape, with robust tannins, which ripens mid-season. The grape is said to have been named after a Hungarian peasant who first spread this grape variety throughout France.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a small thick skinned black grape with high tannins. Arising from a chance crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, in South-West France in the 17th century, it is a relatively new variety of grape. Its flavour characteristics vary according to where it is grown. In new word countries it is fruitier than in the old world.

Whilst blending grapes it not uncommon, a 50/50 mix of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is unusual.

This full bodied rich wine has been matured over 10 months. 60% of the blend spent this period in new French oak.

Deep ruby in colour, with aromas of oak, black olive and blackcurrant, it is dry on the palate and possesses flavours of oak, blackcurrant, blackberry and black cherry.

It should be drunk now.

As far as good food pairings are concerned, the Twins tell me that they enjoy organic steak, particularly sirloin.

Offer Price £8.99 a bottle

Red Leg Spiced RumDate published: 25/10/15

Red Leg Spiced Rum 

This Caribbean spiced rum gets its name from the Redleg hermit crab as it perfectly captures the laid back spirit of island culture – the crab always feels at home wherever it is! It is left to rest in old oak barrels and delivers a sweet smell of vanilla followed by a warming ginger aroma. The combination of sweetness and spice leaves a smooth, warming mouth feel.

Only £19.99 a bottle! 

Majestic for Restaurants, Pubs, Bars & HotelsDate published: 24/10/15

Did you know that Majestic Wine has a commercial department dedicated to dealing with on-trade sales?

There's more to Majestic than just our retail organisation. If you've recently opened a new business in the local area and are not entirely sure what wines you should be selling to your customers we can help. Not sure where to source wines from? We can help with that too. If you're an established business, maybe you are feeling restricted by your current suppliers' order and delivery deadlines? Perhaps you're simply fed up of the long and labour intensive journey to the Cash N' Carry every week? Maybe the new year is time for a fresh look at your wine range?

If any of the above ring true, then Majestic Wine Harrogate is here to help! Whatever your requirements we are experienced in looking after on-trade and retail customers alike.

We provide a dedicated service to business customers including:

Trade Only Wines - Specifically produced for the on-trade

FREE delivery - 7 days a week, arranged at a time to suit you, by you.

FREE tasting - try products before you buy!

We also offer staff training and credit terms.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff who are on hand to provide advice on what to buy and help you form the perfect wine list for your business

Interested in opening an account with us? Simply contact us using any of the following methods:

Telephone: 01423 566866

Email : Har@majestic.co.uk

or pop in 169 Skipton Road, HG1 3EX

In-Store Winter Tasting Evening: Thursday 12th NovDate published: 24/10/15

In-Store Winter Tasting Evening

Thursday 12th Nov

Our biggest event of the year is just around the corner.  

With 10+ different wines open in store it's a great opportunity to come and explore the world of wine – for free!

The event runs from 6.00pm on-wards on Thursday 12th November 2015.  It is a free informal event that you can drop into at anytime, but leave enough time to sample everything!  

We're also offering 10% off anything you buy on the night!

If you like the sounds of that and fancy calling in, let us know by calling 01423 566 866 or emailing Har@majestic.co.uk

Don't forget to Invite your Friends!

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Team Harrogate

Chris, Jack, Laura and Jimmy

Decanters - What's the point?Date published: 23/10/15

Decanters - What's the point?

"what is the point on spending £70 on a top quality decanter?" - well, read on and find out!

In modern times the need to decant wines has significantly reduced. Now days the decanting of wines is for one of two reasons, removal of sediment or where a host may chose to decant a wine for aesthetic reasons. The decanting of day to day wines is no longer necessary due to the advancement in filtration techniques. The exceptions to this, are aged wines, young wines that require opening up or where a wine has been produced to to age in bottle and should be left for a number of years before being drunk.

A basic method to identify if a wine needs decanting, without the use of a decanting cradle or decanting machine, stand the bottle up for a least an hour, and the sediment will fall to the bottom. Once it has been established that a wine needs to be decanted, allow the bottle to rest as long as possible, so that all the sediment collects at the bottom. Once the sediment has gathered, slowly and gently pour the contents into the decanter. Ensure the bottle is backlit to allow you to see the sediment, the sediment should gather in the bottom shoulder of the bottle. As soon as the sediment reaches the neck of the bottle, stop pouring. If you wish to maximise the amount of liquid from a bottle, a muslin or coffee filter can be utilised for filtration.

Free Glass HireDate published: 22/10/15


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

Food Match: Pinot NoirDate published: 21/10/15

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir pairs well with a wide range of foods,

fruitier versions make a great match with salmon

or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes;

bigger, more tannic Pinots are ideal with duck

and other game birds, casseroles or,

of course, stews like beef bourguignon.

Pork often goes well with Pinot Noir because

its a leaner meat than beef,  Just avoid the fattier cuts.

Pair salmon with Pinot Noir because of its strong,

distinctive flavour and heavier oil content,

other fish to try include mackerel and mullet.

Majestic AppDate published: 20/10/15

myMajestic has launched! For the first time ever you can now browse your full order history, both online and across all stores. You can also scan bottles to access all the information we have about it online, plus keep personal notes on the wines you have bought and find handy food and wine matching tips. You will also receive all your local stores news updates from your store page on the app. By downloading the app and signing in to your majestic app you will receive a £10 voucher off your next shop! Well worth doing :)

It is available for iphones at the Apple store and Android devices via the Google Play store.

If you want more information on the app just ask a member of staff.

Spain !Date published: 19/10/15

A Little about Spain

Spain, located on the Iberian Peninsula, is well known for its wine production. It has over 2.9 million acres of vines planted; making it the single most widely planted wine producing nation. Despite this, due to stresses of heat and water availability, Spain is only the third largest producer of wine in the world. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout the country, however, around 80 percent of the country's wine production is from only 20 grape varieties including: Tempranillo,Garnacha, and Monastrell for the reds. Albarino, Airen, Viura and Verdejo for the whites wines; and the three cava grapes: Parellada, Xarel·lo, and Cariñena.

There are a number of major wine regions in Spain, which include the upper ebro (navarra, rioja, calatayud and Carinena), Catalonia (Catalunya, Penedes and Priorat), The Duero Valley (Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro, VdlT Castilla y Leon), North west Spain (Rias Baixas, Bierzo), Levante (Valencia, Jumilla, Yecia) and Castilla-La Mancha (La Mancha, Valdepenas, Vinos de Pago, VdlT de Castilla).

In terms of winemaking, Spain, for many years, was known for its very rustic and steeped approach. This included the prudent use of oak with both red and white wines, spending as much as two decades ageing in the barrel. This created distinctly identifiable flavours that were internationally associated with the wines from regions such as Rioja. However, in saying this, Spanish wine has undergone a revolution over the last twenty years and is now producing a diverse range of brilliant red, white and rosé wines. Modern fermentation with temperature control and use of stainless steel tanks has allowed for fresher, fruitier, unoaked styles of wine – particularly the whites. With reds, winemakers started to rediscover the use of French oak, with shorter periods of maturation. Most will require a minimum period of barrel ageing which will be stipulated on the wine label by the designations-Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva depending on how long it spends in the barrel. Nonetheless, the tradition of long barrel and bottle ageing has meant that most Spanish wines are ready to drink once they hit the market.

Pilsner Urquell £1 a bottle!Date published: 18/10/15

This months  £1 a bottle beer is the Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic. We the classic Pilsne style and refreshing acidity this is an ideal session beer for the winter months. It has an added complexity over the supermarket brands, but still at a cracking price. 24 bottles for £24. I think its time to get the beers in.

Enjoy :) 

Grape Focus: MalbecDate published: 17/10/15

Malbec is a french grape, known in France as Cot, but now more associated with Argentina. Malbec has seen a surge in popularity lately due to it's easy drinking smooth texture, and juicy red fruit flavours. Malbec is a full-bodied red wine, typically with aromas of ripe plum, damson, and chocolate, and is famously the perfect partner to steak.


Beefsteak Malbec 2014 Mendoza, Argentina - £6.99

Deep and vibrant Malbec. Lush and layered on the palate, with well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins.

Catena Malbec 2013 Mendoza, Argentina - £9.74

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.

Definition Provence RoseDate published: 16/10/15

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.

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

This wine is best matched with the Summery food of the region; anchovies, ratatouille or a seafood platter.

Offer Price = £9.74

Taste Like A Pro! Date published: 14/10/15

Open mouth, insert liquid, swallow, enjoy. Right? Not entirely.

There's a big difference between drinking wine, and tasting it objectively. When we drink wine, we certainly enjoy it, but we're not really considering the full qualities of the wine or analysing why we are enjoying it; it tastes nice, we might swirl it around the mouth a bit, but we're more interested in the next sip and the next glass than we are about deconstructing the experience.

Wine tasting brings its own pleasure, and also helps us work out why it is we like certain wines more than others. This understanding can then be applied to our decision-making when picking out other wines to titillate our tongues and tease our tonsils. By considering the wine objectively, we can recognise that some wines are fabulous quality, but not to our personal preference; other wines are very simple, but we enjoy them for that, or not, as the case may be.

Next time you crack open a bottle to enjoy, rather than pouring a full glass right away, pour a small (50ml-ish) measure in to the glass and follow these steps to evaluate the wine before you get stuck in to the enjoying:

Appearance: How does it look? It should be 'clear' (not cloudy), and if it has a colour change between the core and the rim this can help indicate that the wine is developing with age. White wines 'gain colour', and red wines 'lose' colour with age; both become more orange/brown over time.

Smell: Swirl the liquid so it coats the inside of the glass, increasing surface area. Pop your nose in and smell! It shouldn't smell like cardboard (this is usually a fault), but think about the aromas. Is it fruity? What kind? Is it nutty? Woody? How intense are the aromas? Do they jump right out or do you really have to get your nose right in?

Taste: Open mouth, insert, then swirl it all around. Suck some air through to oxygenate it and release the flavours. It is sweet, or dry? Does it feel light or full? If it's red, does it dry out your gums? That's the tannins. Now, how fruity is it, and what kind of fruits? What other flavours are there? Vanilla and cedar? Gooseberry and elderflower? How intense are the flavours? Does it make your mouth water, or your lips pucker? That's the acidity - very important to ensuring that a wine is refreshing, but it's also one of the trickiest things to balance well.

Swallow/Spit: Some see spitting as anathema. It isn't! On longer tasting sessions it's crucial or you'll end up drunk and unable to taste as well. After one of the two, how long do the flavours hang around in your mouth? That's the finish. Did it feel 'hot' or leave a light burning sensation? That's the alcohol.

Evaluate: Finally, think about all the different elements you experienced. A good wine should be nicely balanced, so the alcohol shouldn't feel prominent - the flavours and body of the wine should match it, and the tannins should feel 'right' for the wine. For example, if it's really tannic and really fruity, it's probably too young, but it might come alive when you pair it with food. This is the stage where your judgements can help you decide it it's a really good quality wine (that you either like or don't!), just nice 'drinking' wine, or so badly made that you wouldn't inflict it even on your bolognaise.

After this, you can pour yourself a proper glass and get with the drinking! Believe it or not, taking a few moments to think about the wine really does enhance the experience, and and helps enjoy good wine even more. Thinking about why you enjoyed a wine means you'll be better informed about what you like in a wine for next time you're shopping for it, and makes trying new wines even more exciting.

Next time you're in-store, ask one of the team to talk you through tasting one of the wines on the tasting counter; we'll be happy to guide you through and show you how it's done. If you want to find out even more about wine, you can sign up to the next in-store Wine Course, a 90 minute introduction to tasting wine, food matching, and wine regions of the world; best of all, it's free!

Majestic StaffDate published: 13/10/15

Staff Expertise!

Here at Majestic we cater for everyone, whether you are buying a gift, having a party or just topping up your wine collection.  Ask any member of staff for help, with their expert knowledge they can suggest the perfect bottle to suit your needs and tastes.   With an extensive range, competitive prices and a tasting counter where you can try before you buy, why shop anywhere else for your wine?  We also stock a fantastic selection of craft beers, ales and lagers and we have some great unique spirits.  There are regular tasting events happening all the time and they all all free!!  Oh and I have not mentioned we also offer a free delivery service!

So don't delay and #comeandexplore at your local Majestic today!

Open 7 days a week!!

Free Delivery!Date published: 12/10/15

Did you know that we offer free delivery on any order of 6 bottles or more? Well we do!
You can order online or call us in store and your delivery will be with you within 7 days!
So what are you waiting for? Get ordering your booze!

Majestic On TradeDate published: 11/10/15

Majestic for Restaurants, Pubs, Bars & Hotels

Have you recently opened a new business in the local area? Not entirely sure what wines you should be selling to your customers? Or where to source them from? Perhaps you're simply fed up of the long and labour intensive journey to the Cash N' Carry every week? Or do you feel restricted by your current suppliers' order and delivery deadlines?

If any of the above ring true, then Majestic Wine Harrogate is here to help! Whatever your requirements we are experienced in looking after on-trade and retail customers alike.

We provide a dedicated service to business customers including:

FREE delivery - 7 days a week, arranged at a time to suit you.

On trade exclusive lines and trade discounts.

FREE tasting - try products before you buy!

Friendly, knowledgeable staff who are on hand to provide advice on what to buy and help you form the perfect wine list for your business

FREE Staff training – so your whole team are able to match wines to food and your customers tastes, a fabulous selling tool.

Interested in opening an account with us? Simply contact us using any of the following methods:

Telephone: 01423 566866

Email: Har@majestic.co.uk

Tasting NotesDate published: 10/10/15

Here at Majestic Wine Harrogate we love drinking wine, but we also think drinking wine should be an experience. Why not enhance that experience by learning about the wine your drinking?

Now with your order, we can print off the Tasting Notes for the wines purchased if you wish. These tasting notes detail all about the grape, origin of the wine, taste and also what food it goes well with.

So next time your in store, why not ask for the tasting notes to go with your wine?

The Lakes GinDate published: 09/10/15

The Lakes Gin

Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, sits the perfect home for The Lakes Distillery. The River Derwent provides ideal water with its source high up in the fells, with perfect conditions for creating outstanding spirits and a team steeped in distilling experience.

The Lakes Gin has won a silver medal in the International Spirits Challenge and has yet to reach its first birthday! Local Juniper is used and is the very heart of this gin. Using classic gin botanicals with some that are native to The Lake, including bilberry, heather and meadowsweet, this artisan gin is complex, intriguing and delicious.

Crisp, clear citrus fruits and floral characteristics. A complex and vibrant gin that is defined and unfussy with a great balance of botanicals.

Enjoy with a cube or two of ice or for those partial to a gin and tonic, the suggestion is mix at a ratio of 1:1 with no added fruit!


Asahi Super DryDate published: 08/10/15


Asahi was founded in Osaka in 1889 as the Osaka Beer Company. During the First World War German prisoners worked in the brewery.

In 1987 Asahi introduced Asahi Super Dry a product that transformed the modern beer industry in Japan. Asahi Super Dry is described as a highly attenuated lager without the heavier malt flavors of competitors products, with a crisp, dry taste reminiscent of some northern German beers. This highly successful launch led to a significant rise in consumer demand for dry beer and in turn to a dramatic turnaround in Asahi's business performance, surpassing Kirin in terms of both sales and profitability.

Being a rice lager, Asahi Super Dry has a distinct grainy aroma, a light body & fine carbonation and a dry, grassy, slightly hoppy finish.

Perfect with Japanese food including Teryaki and sushi.

Currently available on our fantastic summer deal of only £27.84 (24 bottles in a case)

Jack's Top 3 Craft BeersDate published: 07/10/15

Craft beers are really taking off at Majestic and we have tried quite a few here in Harrogate. Here are my Top 3;

Flying Dog Easy IPA 4.7% ABV

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 flavourful, beer.


Lagunitas IPA 6.2% ABV

With bready & sweet caramel at the forefront followed by citrus and tropical notes. An easy drinking IPA with a hoppy-sweet finish and lingering hoppiness. At a hefty 6.2% ABV, a great benchmark IPA.


Einstök White Ale 5.2% ABV

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.


For our full range, check out the Craft Beer section of the website or pop to sample some in-store.

Last Chance To Buy: Killka Chardonnay 2013, Bodegas SalenteinDate published: 06/10/15

Killka Chardonnay 2013, Bodegas Salentein

Chardonnay, One Of The Best!

Chardonnay is one of the best grapes in my opinion - mainly due to the reason that it can differ so much between different climates. So if you hear someone say they don’t like Chardonnay, what type of Chardonnay? There’s a plethora of different styles!

The Winery…

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.

What Does It Taste Like?

Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful vibrant wine. Displaying flavours of ripe citrus fruit, gentle hints of vanilla and ripe tropical fruit - this is a slightly oaked Chardonnay that is hard to disappoint even the most discerning wine-drinker.

£7.99 Bin Offer Price

Last Chance to Buy! Finca Carelio TempranilloDate published: 05/10/15

Finca Carelio Tempranillo

With less than 30 bottles left in-store, this really is your last chance to buy this fantastic example of a Tempranillo from Spain!

The grape, Tempranillo, which is the grape best known as the dominant grape of Rioja, Spain's most famous wine. 

This Spanish Red is a special parcel bought by our buyers that are always reliable for picking out a a bargain and they didn't disappoint here. Although this red is from Spain it does have a touch of Bordeaux about it. It has less of the Vanilla sweetness you would associate with a Rioja and more savory notes.

You can really get the red berries in this wine that come from the hot days and cool nights in Castilla y Leon that really concentrate the flavours. This wine has also been aged for 30 months in French and American oak giving the smooth texture and spice that are more typical of the region. Tobacco and eucalyptus are brought through that give it that hint of Bordeaux. This is why we would recommend this wine with a great cheese board.  

A special treat for all... Only £6.66

Definition RangeDate published: 04/10/15

Definiton Range


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Introducing our first ever own label range of 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!

Below are a few examples of the styles in our range.

Definition Prosecco Brut

We discussed what qualities would make our perfect Prosecco. The answers: it must be dry, it must have tiny frothy bubbles, and it must taste great with the trickiest of food matches, Prosciutto.

Definition Chablis 2014

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.

Definition Côtes Du Rhône 2014

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 Provence Rosé 2014

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 Sancerre 2014

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.

Why not get all of our own label wines in one easy and convenient case for you! 

The Definition Case (12x75cl Bottles) 

Only £120.63 (Total Saving £40.25/ Average bottle price £10.05)

White Wines - Chablis, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sancerre and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Reds - Côtes Du Rhône, Pinot Noir, Claret, Rioja and Mendoza Malbec.

To complete this definitive case we have a Provence Rosé and our signature Prosecco.

Follow the link to order yours now!


Does Champagne Age?Date published: 09/09/15

 Champagne doesn’t age.

It’s true that most champagnes are Non-Vintage, which means that they are a blend of wines made in different years to maintain a consistent style.  These are released ‘ready-to-drink’, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be kept for a while.  Many, such as Bollinger and Louis Roederer, will continue to mature over 3-5 years.  They’ll develop richer, nuttier and honeyed notes and the fruit character will go from zippy-fresh to ripe.  Vintage-dated champagne, similarly, can be consumed on release, but the best years can be kept for decades.  They may lose some of their effervescence, but they make up for it in flavour and texture

No QuibbleDate published: 08/09/15

If you buy a wine from us and don’t enjoy it, for any reason, just let us know and we’ll give you another to replace it that we think you’ll really love.

We think that you deserve complete confidence when you buy a wine from us.  That’s why we offer you our no-quibbles guarantee.  All you need to do is pop and in and let us know if you're not happy with a wine, or just think it's not the wine for you, and we’ll replace it for you with a bottle you’re sure to love.

Whether you’re trying something completely new, or just deviated slightly from a favourite, you can buy a wine from Majestic safe in the knowledge that we’ve got your back.

ChardonnayDate published: 07/09/15

Yes, Chardonnay. The love it or hate it grape of the wine world! Why? We're not quite sure. Sure, it's a little different to other, fresher grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc - but in my opinion it's just as yummy (if not more!). So if your not a fan of Chardonnay, get ready to become a lover.

There's many reasons why Chardonnay is my favourite grape, and therefore want everybody in the world to love it as much as me. The main reason is its versatility between different climates. For example, if it is from a cooler-climate such as Burgundy, France; it has a very fresh character, along with notes of stone fruit and blossom. However, from a warmer climate such as Chile or Australia - it can be much riper, with flavours of pineapple, melon and other ripe tropical fruits. 

Furthermore, Chardonnay can go through what is called Malolactic Fermentation - which converts the tart Malic Acids (found in apples and other acidic fruits) to the softer Lactic Acids (like that found in milk). Subsequently, if Chardonnay doesn't go through Malolactic Fermentation it stays very fresh, but if it does it takes on a whole other dimension - with flavours of butter and more often than not, a lovely hazelnut nuttiness. 

Lastly, Chardonnay can be oaked or un-oaked. Once again, without oak it is very fresh - and with oak tends to have a more spicy character, which also works very well with the buttery-ness of the Malolactic Fermentation.

As you can see, by talking very simply in three short paragraphs, there is a whole range of styles of Chardonnay from fresh to ripe, acidic to buttery, oaked to unoaked and a mixture of all of them to create a whole range. 

So in future when you say you hate Chardonnay, which kind? There's a whole range in this world!

Oakham Ales CitraDate published: 05/09/15

Oakham Ales Citra

A little bit of background info...

Citra is named after the American hop used to brew the beer. Originally made as a seasonal beer by Oakham based in Rutland, it proved so popular that it became one of their more successful beers. Citra has won many awards culminating in being awarded the Champion Golden Ale at the CAMRA Great British Beer Awards in 2014.

The green man...

The label is based on the green man, with the face being created from hops. The green man has many interpretations in folklore, but is held to be a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring. 

What does it taste like...?

The beer is light with aromas of grapefruit, lychee and gooseberrry. It is refreshing on the palate leading to a dry, bitter finish. A multi-award winning beer demands to be sampled!

How much is it...?

£27, or buy 2 or more cases = £24 per case (£2 per 500ml btl)

Punk IPADate published: 04/09/15

Punk IPA, BrewDog

The Brewery

BrewDog was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie. The brewery is based in Aberdeenshire. In its short history BrewDog has been very successful, establishing itself as one of the leading craft breweries in the UK. Punk IPA is the flagship brand, but BrewDog offers a wide choice of beer and has laid claim to producing the highest strength ABV beer on more than one occasion, including Tactical Nuclear Penguin at 32% ABV which received a lot of media attention at the time. 

Punk IPA

BrewDog are incredibly proud of the quality beer they produce. In comparison with generic beers, BrewDog state that they use more than twice as much malted barley and 40 times more hops in a 5,000 litre batch. The beer contains no additives and spends 30 days maturing as opposed to an average of 7 days.

BrewDog's Statement:

"We make the beers we want to drink ourselves, regardless of the cost of the ingredients or how arduous the process. Everything we do enhances the flavour of our beers to provide an encapsulating, awesome experience for the drinker.

Only £10.99 when you buy any two selected craft beers, £13.99 single pack price.

Staff Expertise Date published: 03/09/15

Staff Expertise!

Here at Majestic we cater for everyone, whether you are buying a gift, having a party or just topping up your wine collection.  Ask any member of staff for help, with their expert knowledge they can suggest the perfect bottle to suit your needs and tastes.   With an extensive range, competitive prices and a tasting counter where you can try before you buy, why shop anywhere else for your wine?  We also stock a fantastic selection of craft beers, ales and lagers and we have some great unique spirits.  There are regular tasting events happening all the time and they all all free!!  Oh and I have not mentioned we also offer a free delivery service!

So don't delay and #comeandexplore at your local Majestic today!

Open 7 days a week!!

New Arrivals Villa Nueva RangeDate published: 02/09/15

We've got two brand new Argentinian wines in stock... and they're absolutely delicious!

Villa Nueva Torrontes 2014


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

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

Villa Nueva Malbec 2014 Mendoza


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


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

Both wines are just £5.99

Free Delivery!Date published: 01/09/15

Did you know that we offer free delivery on any order of 6 bottles or more? Well we do!

You can order online or call us in store and your delivery will be with you within 7 days!

So what are you waiting for? Get ordering your Summer booze!

Dominio de Morfeo, 2010, Castillo y LeonDate published: 31/08/15

Our buyers love finding a bargain, so we couldn’t be happier to present this absolutely outstanding wine, for the frankly ridiculous price of £6.66 per bottle - Dominio de Morfeo, 2010, Castillo y Leon!

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.


Minimum Purchase 6 Bottles

Corks!Date published: 30/08/15

Even with the modern prevalence of Screw Cap Bottles - Corks are still the favourite seal of many wine drinkers (including myself). 

Not that there is anything wrong with a screw cap, sometimes they are just easier. But that feeling of popping the cork of a bottle of wine after a day at work cannot be beat by a screw cap.

So here are some facts about wine corks:

Wine Corks are harvested from the bark of the Cork Tree.

They are the most environmentally friendly wine closure, as the bark is only stripped from the tree - which means the tree survives. On the other hand, screw caps are plastic, so as well as not being biodegradable like corks they are also not environmentally friendly to produce.

The bark to produce the cork can only be harvested every 9 years from the tree - once the tree is 25 years old.

Cork trees can live up to 200 years old.

There are 2.2 Million Hectares of Cork Forests Worldwide.

33% of the worlds Cork Forests are located in Portugal - making them the leading producer of wine corks. 

Before corks were made as a wine closure, oil soaked rags were stuffed into bottles to keep the wine fresh - naturally they weren't as effective as corks. 

PecorinoDate published: 29/08/15

Pecorino is a light-skinned wine grape used in Italy's eastern coastal regions. It is most notably used in Marche and Abruzzo to produce dry, mineral-scented wines. A classic Pecorino-based wine is straw-yellow in color and has an elegantly floral bouquet of acacia and jasmine, sometimes spiced with a faint hint of licorice. As a blending component, the variety's most common partners are Passerina and Trebbiano.

The name Pecorino is perhaps more widely associated with Pecorino cheese, which is made from ewes' milk (the word means "little sheep"). Quite how the grape variety came to be named as such is not clear, although there are various folk etymologies. Pecorino cheese is, coincidentally, a surprisingly good food match for Pecorino wine.


Contesa Pecorino 2014 - £7.49

Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity. Try with nutty cheeses, such as the wine's sheep's milk cheese namesake, or with simple cod dishes.

Buyers Choice = Hey MalbecDate published: 29/08/15

Hey Malbec! — Argentina

 Why we love it... It tastes like Black Forest Gâteau in a glass - what more do you need to know? It is a rich, full wine, made exclusively for Majestic from quality vineyards in Mendoza. 

Take it to a BBQ this weekend and you’re bound to impress your friends.

£14.99 or mixed 6 = £9.99

Cellar CircleDate published: 28/08/15

If you love fine wine and have been waiting for the right time to start your own collection, listen up! We have just launched 'Cellar Circle' and it is the perfect time to join and begin your own wine cellar. 

With the experts at our sister company 'Lay and Wheeler', this is no longer the daunting task that it may seem. All you do is pay a chosen amount once a month and your wine will be stored in bond until you need it - the more you spend, the faster your cellar will grow!

How you choose your wines can be done in three ways:

1) You're in charge: You have full control and chose wines from an extensive list, with the Cellar Circle team on hand should you need them

2) Guided choices: Choose your wines with help and guidance from your personal wine advisor, who will help you decide with your favourites in mind. This gives a fully bespoke and individual experience

3) Putting us in control: Based on a combination of your tastes, and their expert knowledge, the team will select wines on your behalf. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy!

So far so good, but there are extra benefits too!

1) 10% discount on your purchases at Majestic (we don't expect you to tuck in to your cellar everyday!)

2) Free delivery of your wine to your local Majestic, for collection at your convenience, when you wish to take it out of bond

3) Free storage for the first year, at our bonded warehouse, Vinoteque

4) On your first anniversary, you will receive a gift of a free, hand-picked case; as a token of our thanks

So, there is no excuse not to begin building your dream cellar now. We love fine wine too, and we all have our favourites here in store. If you have any more questions or need some advice, there is always someone in store to help out: we definitely bring our passion for wine to work with us and are more than happy to share it with our customers. 

Whittaker's GinDate published: 14/08/15

Whittaker's Gin is a family business run in the heart of Nidderdale at Harewell House Farm.

Their aim is to produce an artisan small batch, handcrafted spirit which reflects the Yorkshire countryside in a bottle.

Predominantly juniper with notes of coriander and angelica root. Bilberries are used for sharpness, whilst hawthorn berries bring background sweetness. Bog myrtle from the Moors has a spicy aroma.

Distilled using the London Dry Gin process to produce a truly first class gin. After distillation the gin is diluted using the natural Harewell water source.

The gin is hand bottled, batch numbered and labeled producing a truly authentic handmade gin.

Why Ian loves MencíaDate published: 11/08/15

Mencía is a grape found mainly in the north west of Spain. There are some 9,100 hectares of Mencía planted in the Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras regions.

With Mencía we typically have a broad spectrum of aromas emanating from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish.


Craft Beer TastingDate published: 03/07/15

We will be holding a craft beer tasting on Friday 31st July at 6.30pm.

It is a great way to explore our range and find a few new favourite beers.

If you would like to come please let us know.

You can contact us on 01423 566866/ har@majestic.co.uk

International Sauvignon Blanc Day!Date published: 13/06/15

To help you celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day (because why on earth wouldn't you??) on the 21st of July; we have a 3rd off all of our New Zealand Sauvignon this weekend only!!!

A great oppotunity to grab some real bargains form the summer and to find something new.

Our top picks are:

Blind River Sauvignon - £8.66 (open to taste)

Saint Clair Estate - £9.99 (open to taste)

Get something really special with the Cloudy Bay Te Koko £24.99 - a real bargain and a superb wine you won't regret, you will regret not getting more!!

Happy Shoppping!

Local BeersDate published: 08/06/15

We stock a great selection of Local beers, as well as international and craft beers!

Black Sheep Ale

12 pack £25.20 or £22.20 if you buy 2 packs of ales

We have also recently started stocking two other beers from Black Sheep:

Golden Sheep Ale

8 pack £18.80 or £16.80 when you buy 2 packs of ales

Riggwelter Ale

8 pack £19.20 or £17.20 when you buy 2 packs or ales

We also stock Tether Blond from Warfebank Brewery at £17.60 for 8 or £15.60 if you buy 2 or more packs.

Alongside those we also stock a range of the Copper Dragon ales. 

With sale or return on unopened packs were are a great choice to come to for parties. 

Wines for summerDate published: 07/06/15

Torres Viña Sol 2014 Catalunya

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

£4.99 on the 33% deal, bargain

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. The wine has classic flavours 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. Great for barbeques

£9.99 on the 33% deal

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

£9.99 on the 33% deal. Or get yourself a Magnum for only £25! Perfect summer treat

Sparkling Saturday - Codorníu Selección Raventós NV Spain CavaDate published: 06/06/15

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style.

Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

£11.99 down to £7.99 on the 33% offer.

Open to taste this weekend!

Wines of the week!Date published: 06/06/15

Aglianico del Vulture 2012, Cantina di Venosa

Mount Vulture is an extinct volcano in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. The Aglianico grapes used to make this wine are grown on the volcanic soils on the slopes of the mountain.

a full bodied, powerful wine with flavours of blackcurrant, violet and spice with hints of oak. Enjoy a smooth and long finish with elegant tannins. Perfect wine for mature cheese, roasted meats and braised game.


Nord est Vermentino 2014, Cantina del Vermentino

This wine comes from the hills of Northern Sardinia around the town on Monti. The vines are planted close together at and elevation of between 300 and 450m and surrounded by dry stone walls typical of the area.

This is a light, refreshing and dry wine. Straw in colour with flavours of lemon and almond. Great with grilled fish and lighter meats such as chicken and pork.


Both of these wines are available to try on our tasting counter!

Summer Celebrations - 14th May hidden deal!!!Date published: 12/05/15

We are hosting our annual summer wine event on the 14th May from 6.30pm until 8pm.

During this event there will be an extra 10% off anything bought in store! A fantastic opportunity to grab an extra bargain and save yourself some money.

We will also be opening lovely wines and fizz that evening so if you let us know that you would like to attend it may well help give you some inspiration!

The discount is only applicable on products purchased that evening and will not be able to be applied at a later date so don't miss out.

If you would like to get in contact with us to find out more just email us at har@majestic.co.uk or call us on 01423 566 866

Haut Vol Rosé 2014 Pays d'Oc Date published: 12/05/15

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

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

Perfect for your summer barbecue, pairing well with grilled meats or dressed salads. - even if the weather isn't co-operating at the moment it is definitely good to have everything on hand for the fleeting moments when there is a British summer!

£9.99 or £6.66 when you buy any two bottles on the 33% offer so add a couple of bottles to your trolley next time you pop in and see us!

Having a party??Date published: 11/05/15

At Majestic Harrogate, 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 and sale or 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 we 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.

Peroni on offerDate published: 10/05/15

Peroni at £1/bottle in the packs of 24. 

We love Peroni - and especially when the sun shines. This offer is on for a limited time so stock up!

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 09/05/15

La Gioiosa Prosecco Treviso - Open to taste in store on Saturday the 9th - £7.99 on the 33% off prosecco deal this weekend!

Very pale straw yellow in colour with a fine and persistent mousse. The aromas are lightly floral and fruity, with hints of blossom intermingling with ripe apple. It’s off-dry and really refreshing leaving your taste buds wanting more!

Chill well and enjoy on its own, as an aperitif, or with steamed fish and shellfish dishes. Ideal as an crowd pleasing party fizz.

A few Prosecco facts..

-We enjoy nearly 50 million bottles of Prosecco in the UK each year!

-The history of Prosecco goes right back to ancient Rome when people believed drinking it gave them longer life.

-Italians still treat Prosecco as a wine for all occasions, not just celebrations… and we agree!

Summer Wine Evening- 14th May at 6.30pmDate published: 08/05/15

We will be hosting our annual summer wine evening on Thursday 14th May starting at 6.30pm.

We will have a lovely selection of wines to try, including some brand new arrivals to Majestic. 

There will also be an extra 10% off anything purchased on the night, throughout the whole store, not only those available to try. This is a perfect time for anyone planning a party or wedding to grab a bargain!

Please call us on 01423 566 866 or email us at har@majestic.co.uk to reserve a place.

THIS WEEKEND ONLY...Date published: 08/05/15

33% OFF ALL PROSECCOOOOO! Come in and stock up on the fizz! Perfect for a sunny afternoon!

Exciting New Spanish WinesDate published: 08/05/15

We have two new Spanish wines open at the moment here in Harrogate, one white one red. Here's everything you could possibly need to know about them...

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

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

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.

Both are in our 33% promotion and cost just £6.66 when you buy any 2 or more from the range.

33% off ALL Argentinian Malbec!Date published: 18/04/15

There is a flash deal of 33% off our entire range of Argentinian Malbec, and given the lovely weather at the moment you can grab some real bargains to go with your barbeque.

Our choice is the Parilla Malbec at £7.99. Parilla actually means barbeque in Argentina so it is rather fitting!

If you fancy trying something a bit special, the Mendel Malbec is only £15.99 down from £24

You can come in and try a selection on our tasting counter.. or if you prefer shopping online it is free delivery!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc: This weekend only.. £6.99Date published: 18/04/15

The Ned sauvignon has come down in price from £7.33 to £6.99 on the 33% deal this weekend only.

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.

Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc: Flash deal £4.92Date published: 18/04/15

Robertson Chenin is on brilliant short term deal and is perfect summer drinking! 

The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency.

Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity.

Enjoy with seafood or roast chicken

Sparkling Saturday Date published: 04/04/15

Sparkling Saturday! 4th April 

We've opened up the Chandon Brut NV Argentina and Chandon Rosé NV Argentina to celebrate the Easter Weekend! Be sure to pop down - we are open between 9am and 7pm!

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

Chandon Brut NV - £16.57

A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centring on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length. Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, pairing with seafood canapés.

Chandon Rosé NV - £12.99

Rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas a predominantly of citrus and stone fruit, accented by hints of cherry and fresh pie crust. The strawberries-and-cream palate is carried by a voluminous mousse. A wonderful aperitif-style rosé for any special occasion.

Happy Easter!

Easter WinesDate published: 04/04/15

Are you looking forward to a lovely Easter bank holiday weekend relaxing with friends and family? If so we have some lovely wines guaranteed to impress open to taste at Majestic Harrogate!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - £7.33

An absolute classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! A nose of nettles and grass leading to gooseberry and a lovely minerally finish. One of our best sellers this would be a great one to serve to your Easter guests either on it's own as an apertif or with seafood starters.

M De Minuty Rose 2014, Cotes De Provence - £9.99

A beautiful elegant Provence Rose in a beautiful elegant bottle! From vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean, pale honeysuckle pink offering a nose of citrus offset by subtle floral and candied notes. This would make a lovely gift for non chocolate lovers or would make the perfect partner to mozzarella salad.

Rioja Reserva 2010, Marques De Riscal - £9.99

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak. The perfect wine for your Easter roast Lamb!

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 03/04/15

Please find below our opening hours over the Easter weekend:

Good Friday  10am-8pm

Saturday  9am-7pm

Easter Sunday  CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday  10am-5pm

Short term offerDate published: 24/03/15

If you like classic old world reds, you're in for a treat, we've got the Vieux Remparts and the Cune reserva joining our 33% off offer for one week only from this morning

The Vieux Remparts is £7.99 and the Cune Reserva Rioja is £8.99, but be quick these offers are for a limited time and while stocks last.

Pop in, call us or order online to get your hands on some!

Beer Feature: AlhambraDate published: 25/02/15

Alhambra 1925 Reserva 6*330ml Bottles, 6.4%
£12.99, buy 2 packs save £6 down to £9.99!

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!

Guigal & Lagunilla Gran Reserva both £7.99Date published: 19/02/15

Two classic wines at the cheapest price in years. Not much else needs to be said really. If you love a bargain, you should come in and grab these while they last. One week only at this price!

Chablis and beyond!Date published: 16/02/15

Join us on the 12th March for our first themed wine course. We'll be looking (and tasting of course) at the wines of Chablis, and a couple of alternatives that you may enjoy! 6 wines will be open for an informal tasting where you can ask all all the questions you've ever wanted to ask about this fantastic wine! Sign up now either by phone on 01423 566866, email har@majestic.co.uk or instore! 

Ravenswood ZinfandelDate published: 15/02/15

This Californian beauty is a real favorite amongst both Majestic staff and customers. The winemakers at Lodi have a motto, 'No wimpy wines' and the sumptuous full body and flavour of this wine live up to that motto. Not that its without it elegance though, using grapes from older wines gives this wine an elegance, a finesse, that many wines at this price point can only hope to have. 

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.

Currently a bargain at £7.99 on the 33% off deal, be quick though this offer ends at close of play on Tuesday 17th!!

New In!Date published: 14/02/15

The McGuigan Handmade Shiraz is back! The 2010 vintage was a belting vintage in Langhorne Creek and this wine is one of the best examples from that area. Rich, velvety and full on the palate the wine shows little in the way of tannins, just lashings of black fruit! A definate steal at £20 down from £25!

Wine of the Week - Pierre-Jean Sauvion Chenin Blanc 2013Date published: 13/02/15

Pierre-Jean Sauvion Chenin Blanc 2013

Available to taste  all this week in store!

Where’s this wine from …?

The Loire region of France is the homeland of Chenin Blanc, where a variety of styles are produced, from dry to sweet dessert wines.

This is an off-dry Chenin made by the owners of Château du Cléray, one of the major wineries in the western Loire. The cooling breeze from the nearby ocean adds a certain crispness to the wines from here.

So what does it taste like...?

It’s a light style wine with a lovely flavour of sweet apples balanced by a grapefruity acidity.

It’s open on our tasting counter so try it for yourself!

Why should I buy it...?

A lighter style Chenin like this works really well with seafood, but would also make a great aperitif. At only 10.5% alcohol it’s great for lunchtime.

£8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2009Date published: 11/02/15

A brilliant wine from an excellent producer and from a great vintage plus the cheapest price seen in forever equals a no brainer to stock up on this wine. 22 months in brand new French oak plus a further 24 months aging in the bottle has lead to toasted aromas, red and black berries, luscious fruits and spices with a rich, layered body of spicy black fruits and succulent red fruits with integrated tannins and fresh acidity. If this was from Bordeaux you would be paying 3 times the price. At £9.99 it makes sense to buy this by the case. Some to drink now and some to keep for later. 

Chateau Laulan Ducos 2009Date published: 10/02/15

From the highly praised 2009 vintage comes this small parcel of brilliant value Claret. For under a tenner you get flavours of blackcurrants, cassis and vanilla. A third of this wine is aged in oak while the other 2 thirds remain in the tank giving freshness and making it extremely approachable. Perfect with a Sunday roast. Hurry while there is still some left.

Paso Creek Cab Sauv 2012Date published: 09/02/15

The Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is very scarce but if you can get your hands on some I would highly recommend it. With 33% off bringing it down to £9.99 it makes it an absolute bargain. From the highly rated 2012 Californian vintage it has everything you would expect of a New World Cab without the excessive alcohol, coming in at a very restrained 13.5%. Flavours of dark cherry, spice and black pepper all intermingle with grace and precision. Highly recommended with a lamb shank. Enjoy!

Sparkling Saturday Date published: 07/02/15

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose 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 Rose is aged on its lees for two years prior to disgorging. Well chilled this is a cracking partner to crab pasta or for any special occasion. 

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 07/02/15

New to Majestic, the Natalie Verga Pinot Grigio is a fantastic example of how good Pinot Grigio can be! From a great producer, this wine shows hints of lemon, lime and apple with an all round aromatic finish that will not disappoint. Awarded 84 points by Wine Spectator, this just shows what a great buy this is at £5.99. 

Beer Feature: Flying Dog Easy IPADate published: 06/02/15

Flying Dog have been brewing in Aspen, Colorado since 1990, and produce some of the best American craft beers with innovative and quirky labels. These are down to the friendship between the comedian Hunter S. Thompson, illustrator Ralph Steadman and brewery founder George Stranahan. 

Easy IPA falls under the 'Session IPA' style, which describes a category of beers marketed for their hop-dominant flavour profiles at "sessionable" levels of alcohol, lower than typical IPAs of around 6.0% and higher. This class of beers arose in 2010 out of the Craft Beer Tradition as a reaction to the trend of increasingly strong beers and greater public appreciation for hoppier profiles around the globe. It is also differentiated from American Pale Ale by typically being lower in alcohol and usually having more hop-dominant profiles. 

Flying dog describe the beer thus...
"Aromas of grapefruit and subtle spice meld into lemon and pine hop notes balanced with crisp cracker malt. Pair this American IPA with barbecue, Mexican or spicy Asian dishes or just have on hand for mowing the lawn and anything else that calls for a light, yet flavourful, beer."

Having a light yet flavourful style, this is right up my street and would be perfect with a curry. What a treat!

Wine of the Week - Natale Verga Pinot GrigioDate published: 04/02/15

New! Natale Verga Pinot Grigio from Italy.

Available to taste this week in store

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

Beer Feature: Alhambra 1925Date published: 03/02/15

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

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

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

It is Aussie Alex's favorite beer, he like rich flavours, complexity and his booze to pack a punch. We've got it open to try, so come down and see if you agree with him!

Wine of the week: Domaine de Fabrègues 2011Date published: 02/02/15

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?

French OffersDate published: 21/01/15

Domaine Durieu. Plan De Dieu, 2012Only £8.24 Per Bottle, When You Mix And Match At Least 2 Bottles From The 25% Off Promotion!

Plan de Dieu is a small appellation in the centre of the southern Rhône, between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, originally cultivated in the middle ages. Domaine Durieu was created in 1976, owning vineyards established in the early 1900's, and more recent plantings.
The wine's 70% Grenache provides a backbone of warm, bright red, jammy fruit, while the addition of other traditional varieties gives a firm tannic structure and a spicy uplift.
Drink now or within the next 3-5 years, with rustic French or English cuisine.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 21/01/15

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere


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.
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.
Enjoy with simple pasta dishes, grilled lamb chops or simply on its own.

Beer feature: Black Sheep AleDate published: 17/01/15

A Yorkshire favorite! The Black Sheep Brewery was set up by Paul Theakston - of Theakston's beers, after Theakstons was bought out by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. Maintaining a base in Masham, where Theakstons had been brewed for over 6 generations, the Black Sheep Brewery wanted to create a new but traditional style of ale. Nearly 21 years later we are proud to stock Black Sheep Ale here at Majestic Wine Harrogate.    

For the uninitiated, Black Sheep Ale is a powerfully flavoured beer that really packs a flavoursome punch! Rich fruit aromas and a distinctive smooth, taste with notes of orange zest and rich coffee, make for a real drinking experience. 

Food match: Great with Wensleydale cheese, and full flavoured down to earth dinners!

Beer Feature: Curious BrewDate published: 17/01/15

Beer from Chapel Down Winery in Kent, Curious?

If like me you are a fan of good beer as well as good wine, then take a tip from us – try Chapel Down Curious Brew

Chapel Down are based in Tenterden in Kent, in recent years they have garnered a reputation for producing some of the best Engilsh wines While they are most famous for their English Sparkling Wine, you'll also find still whites, reds and even pudding wines in their portfolio. They have also turned their hand to lager -  the Curious Brew, and an IPA - the Curious Brew IPA.

The Curious Brew Lager is made of combination of Saaz and Cascade hops, Champagne yeast is used in the fermentation process, finally, it is topped up with a 'dosage' from the rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop.

The resulting beer is crisp, fragrant and brimming with character. 

Chapel Down Curious Brew 12 x 330ml - £14.99  (usually £17.99)

Up to 40% off Champagne! For our best offers read this....Date published: 15/01/15

We have 40% off the following champagne's: -

Laurent Perrier NV £37.50 down to £22.49

Louis Roederer NV £45.00 down to £26.99

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 £100 down to £59.96

Be quick though, stocks are selling fast!

Plan your wedding drinks with Majestic Wine HarrogateDate published: 12/01/15

Getting married this year? 

Our expert staff are always available to discuss your requirements and help you through the process of organising the drinks for your celebration.

- Free advice in-store, over the phone, or by email - please get in touch with us!

- The option to taste wines we have open on our tasting counter in store - check what we have open before you pop in by visiting our website: www.majestic.co.uk/harrogate

- The option to buy a sample mixed case to take home and try

- We sell cases of beer, spirits and selected soft drinks as well as wines

- Free delivery to your venue

- Free glass hire if required (we only ask for a deposit of £1 per glass, refundable upon their return)

- We can sell ice and we also loan out chiller bins for FREE to store your wine / beer (refundable deposit required)

Forget Dry January, expand your wine horizons with 'Try JanuaryDate published: 11/01/15

So it's the time of year where we're feeling a little bit sluggish as we've perhaps over indulged on all things nice, and we're looking to make some resolutions! New year, new me and all that...

We've heard everybody talking about Dry January, but let me put to you the idea of Try January!

This month, why not look at trying something new rather than sticking to your usual? Treat yourself to a special bottle rather than two of something "easy drinking"!

Here at Majestic, our staff have all been busy making suggestions on the website. This means that when you click on your favourite bottle of wine, there's a short list on the right hand side of wines which may tickle your taste buds too! Give one a try and see if you agree with us.

We too will be expanding our wine horizons here at Majestic Wine Harrogate, we've all resolved to try a few new wines over our go to 'safe' bottles'. Join us this month in our 'Try January' quest! 

Stuck for suggestions? visit us at the store and see what we recommend!

Thanks to Majestic Sunningdale for this fab idea - and most of this web article too!!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 06/01/15



These days if you mention Italian white wine, chances are your first thoughts will be Pinot Grigio. One of the first white wines from Italy to really gain an international following though was Cortese di Gavi usually known simply as Gavi. It shares many of the same qualities that make Pinot Grigio so popular, paired with a firm, ripe and steely dry character that makes it reminiscent of fine , so much so that it has earned the moniker ‘Chablis of Italy’. 

Last Chance SaloonDate published: 03/01/15

This weekend is your last chance to grab Ned Sauv Blanc @ £6.99 and Riscal Reserva @ £9.99!. Pop in store or give us a call for free delivery.

Craft Beer of the week: Brooklyn LagerDate published: 20/12/14

Our featured beer this week is Brooklyn Lager. Its open to taste all week! A real American classic and sure to be a favorite with anyone who like a fuller flavoured lager. A great Xmas pressie for anyone with connections Stateside!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 19/12/14

Jackson Gum Pinot Noir 2011Only £25 Per Bottle, When You Buy 2 Or More!

This wine is made by blending grapes of selected vineyards in the Whaiopi area of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to the highest standard to ensure quality.
It is medium bodied with beautifully poised red fruit and very well integrated oak flavours. The crisp acidity and fine grained tannins provide a delightfully clean long finish of considerable finesse.
Serve with rabbit, veal or your Christmas Day turkey/goose! 

Craft Beer of the week: Punk IPADate published: 13/12/14

Our featured beer this week is the Punk IPA. Its open to taste all week! Brewed in Scotland, its bright fresh and funky. leading the way in the UK craft beer market. A great stocking filler!

Craft Beer of the week: Curious Brew LagerDate published: 06/12/14

Our featured beer this week is the Curious Brew Lager. Its open to taste all week! Brewed in the UK using Champagne yeasts its refreshing and delicious, like Peroni? Then we think you'll love Curious Brew!

Xmas and New Year opening hoursDate published: 05/12/14

9am - 7pm Saturday 27th

10am - 5pm Sunday 28th

10am - 7pm Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th

10am - 5pm New Year's Eve  

New Year's Day closed

Normal opening hours resume from the 2nd


Craft Beer of the Week: Lagunitas IPADate published: 30/11/14

Our featured beer this week is the Lagunitas IPA. Its open to taste all week!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 24/11/14

Beronia Reserva 2009


when you buy 2 wines @ 33% off!

£14.99 single bottle price

Beronia is located in the heart of Rioja and only produces wine in vintages deemed to produce Tempranillo at it's most expressive. This Reserva is a 100% Tempranillo that is aged for 18 months in oak and then 24 months in bottle.

A dense and heady nose of toasty oak, bramble fruits and blackcurrant. The palate is packed with luscious red and black fruit with a lingering, spicy finish and a fresh acidity that makes this a great food wine. This would be a perfect accompaniment to roast red meats or a hearty casserole. Although drinking very well now it has the concentration of fruit to age for several more years.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 12/11/14

Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2013 Clare Valley
Only £9.74 Per Bottle when You Buy 2 or More 25% off Wines

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

Wine tasting at Majestic Harrogate this winterDate published: 13/10/14

Wine tasting at Majestic Harrogate this winter

At Majestic we always have wines open to taste, and from time to time we have special tasting events. Whether they be one off evenings or whole weeks dedicated to wines of a certain region you'll be sure of tasting some great wines. All our tastings are free but we do recommend booking in advance – they are usually very popular, and spaces go quick.

Wines of Italy tasting week, Friday 31st October - Thursday 6th November: Our pick of our range of the Italian wines will be open to try all week, no need to book, just pop in!

Winter tasting evening Thursday 20th November. We will have our favorites from the winter offers open, its quite informal with wines open to taste at every corner of the store. Ring us to book your place.

California Spotlight tasting, 6:30 Thursday 27th November. A whistle stop tour through our pick of our Californian wines. Ring us to book your place.

Wines of California tasting week, Friday 28th November - Monday 1st December: More Californian wines open to taste all week. No need to book, just pop in!

Bordeaux and fine wine spotlight tasting Saturday 6th December. A 3o minute sojourn into our pick of our finest Clarets. Ring us to book your place.

Wines of Bordeaux tasting week, Friday 5th - Thursday 11th December. Super Claret open all week, no need to book, just pop in!

Rhone spotlight tasting, 6:30 Thursday 11th December Spicy Shiraz and bounteous blends, find your favorite winter warmer on this 30 minute tasting. Call us to book your place.

Rhone and Burgundy tasting week Friday 12th - Thursday 18th December Classic French wines open all week. No need to book, pop in and escape the Xmas shopping madness! 

New Wines in Stock!Date published: 06/09/14

We've got some fabulous new wines in store at Maejstic Wine Harrogate! 

Here are our top new picks: 

Fish Hoek Malbec 2014, South Africa Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more '33% off' wines

Fans of Malbec need to try this South African one! Fruit driven with plenty of black cherry and plum, this wine is made a bit more interesting with the addition of 10% Pinotage. This adds a bit of smoky spice and would be perfect with steak or a rich casserole. Open to try on the tasting counter at the minute, pop in this weekend before it's all gone! 

Mas La Chevaliere Vignoble Peyroli Chardonnay 2012, Laroche £9.74 when you buy 2 or more '25% off' wines

Located in the western Languedoc, this single vineyard site of Peyroli enjoys ripening conditions similar to those in Chablis. It offers white fruit and blossom characters, su[pported by delicate oak spice and fine acidity. 

Chateau les Tonnelles 2011 £6.66 when you buy 2 or more '33% off' wines

An excellent value claret with plenty of ripe berry flavours and smooth tannins. Perfect for the current autumnal weather, this bottle will go wonderfully with lamb cutlets or coq au vin. 

Trebuchet Chardonnay, Western Cape, South Africa £6.66 when you buy 2 or more '33% off' wines 

This other new Chardonnay to our range boasts fresh lime and tropical fruit flavours backed with a complex, dry and crisp finish. Look out for the Trebuchet Red too, both are fantastic value for money and we're sure they'll become firm favourites.

You can place your order online by heading to www.majestic.co.uk or just give us a call on 01423 566 866 and we can organise FREE home delivery for you.

Tasting Counter WinesDate published: 05/09/14

Ben Marco Malbec 2012, Dominio Del Plata, Mendoza 

(£12.74 when you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the 25% off promotion, £16.99 single bottle price)

A complex red with red ripe fruit notes such as cherry, currants and blackberries. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannin's with hints of vanilla and coffee, giving it a warm lengthy finish. This rich full bodied wine would be the perfect accompaniment for rich casseroles and red meat dishes.

Trebuchet Red 2012, Western Cape

(£6.66 when you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion)

This red displays a deep garnet-purple colour and offers flavours of ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by earthy undertones. A great red to be enjoyed with barbecued red meats. 

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 29/08/14

Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir

2010, Marlborough

£8.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

(£12.99 single bottle price)

This ripe and intensely fruity Pinot Noir has the distinctive Marlborough trademark of strawberry and red cherry on the palate, with subtle savory notes to match the red fruit flavours.

This Pinot Noir comes from the southern valleys of Marlborough and was named after the geological formation that borders its vineyards, which has a herringbone-bone like pattern created by streams of water running down either side of a central ridge.

Tasting Counter WinesDate published: 21/08/14

Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012, Puy de Dome

(£8.99, buy 2 bottles save 25%, single bottle price £11.99)

An extremely well-structured unoaked Chardonnay that displays subtle acidity and light citrus fruit characters. A very well-rounded and profound chardonnay. The perfect white to accompany white fish such as monkfish or halibut.

Fremondo Greco 2013, Sannio

(£8.49, Buy 2 bottles save 15%, single bottle price £9.99)

Though pale in colour and delicate in aroma, this wine has a well rounded texture and structure, with dense apricot and peach flavour and prominent honeysuckle notes on the nose. Enjoy with hearty seafood dishes such as meaty cod or haddock.                             

Wine Of The Week - Parcel series Shiraz, Clare ValleyDate published: 21/08/14

Parcel Series Shiraz

2012, Clare Valley

£6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

(£9.99 single bottle price)

This bright and vibrantly fruity Shiraz has a distinctly spicy aroma that is lifted by a subtle smokiness. Made by a dynamic collective of young wine-makers based in the outskirts of Adelaide, several vineyard plots are harvested and fermented individually before the blending and maturation process for 10 months in French and American oak.

This Shiraz can be drunk now or can be stored another 2-3 years. Best served with charred lamb kebabs or barbecued pork. 

Sparkling Saturday Date published: 16/08/14

Ruinart NV is open and ready to taste this Saturday!  One of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729, Ruinart was the first house to export Champagne. A classic Champagne that was sought-after and hard to come by. Elegant and subtle; one of the jewels in Champagne's crown.

£33.33 per bottle

Craft beers from around the worldDate published: 15/08/14

Brooklyn Lager (6x355ml, 5.2%)

£9.99 (When you buy 2 or more packs of craft beers, single pack price £12.99)

A robust, amber-gold lager that displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. The perfect BBQ lager to be enjoyed with any grilled meats such as pork and or steak. Enjoy it now while the weather lasts!!

Einstok Pale Ale (6x330ml, 5.65)

£10.99 (When you buy 2 or more packs of craft beers, single pack price £13.99)

A smooth malty ale with well balanced hops that displays peach flavors on the palate. A unique beer for those wanting some slightly different. 

Goose Island IPA (6x355ml, 5.9%)

£9.99 (When you buy 2 or more packs of craft beers, single pack price £12.99)

A hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish

Wine course selectionDate published: 15/08/14

Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2012, Adelaide Hills

(£25.00 fixed price)

This chardonnay proved popular on the wine course due to its subtle oak flavor and hints of citrus. The perfect wine for those that enjoy white wine with a bit body and richness on the palate. A great wine to be enjoyed with meaty white fish such as halibut or roasted pork.

Benegas Malbec 2011, Libertad Vineyards, Mendoza

(£14.24 Buy 2 bottles save 25%, single bottle price £18.99)

This deep dark red displays and abundance of cherry, blackberry and oaky spice on the palate, with a lengthy warm finish. A complex powerful wine for those that enjoy heavy reds. To be drunk with rich casseroles or a big juicy fillet steak.

Tasting Counter WinesDate published: 14/08/14

The Lodge Hill Riesling 2013, Jim Barry, Clare valley 

(£10.62, Buy 2 bottles save 15%, single bottle price £12.49)

A fantastic Riesling that has rich and lifted aromas of citrus fruit and nectarine, with firm natural acidity on the palate supported by flavors of peach and mandarin orange. The perfect wine to accompany shellfish such as scallops or oysters.

Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2013, Domaine Paul Cherrier et Fils

(£12.74, Buy 2 bottles save 15%, single bottle price £14.99)

An excellent wine that displays classic passionfruit and mineral characters, matched with well-balanced acidity and structure. 

Wine Of The Week - Fitou Date published: 13/08/14

Mademoiselle Jones Fitou,

2012 Domaine Jones

£13.59 Buy2 bottles save 15%

(£15.99 single bottle price)

Lincolnshire-born Katie Jones bought a small hillside vineyard near the village of Maury and began producing a small range of wine with help from Australian wine consultant David Morrison

This concentrated, full bodied red has a myriad of different characteristics on the palate, with raspberry being the dominant fruit flavor. With its smooth lengthy finish and supple tannins this wine would be perfectly matched with a rare steak or matured cheese.

Short term offers!!Date published: 13/08/14

Calling all bargain hunters! come and explore our short term deals on selected wines from various regions! Chosen specifically to suit all palates and preferences. 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough (£6.99, buy 2 bottles save %33.3, single bottle price £10.49)

Richly tropical on the nose with aromas of lime and lemongrass with distinctive flavors of gooseberry and citrus on the palate. To be drunk with light seafood dishes and canapes.

Montepulciano d' Abruzzo 2013, Grifone (£4.99  buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case, single bottle price £7.49)

A medium bodied wine with plenty of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.A perfect easy-drinking wine to paired with paired light pork dishes.

Focus on...Date published: 07/08/14

Gavi Toledana

Made using the Cortese grape, this Gavi was traditionally referred to as 'Gavi de Gavi'. Slightly late harvested, the wine is rich and opulent with the classic freshness that a good Gavi should display. Try it now in store!

Wine of the day- FridayDate published: 25/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

It's Friday so I'm pushing the boat out and going for one of my all time favourite fine wines.

Amarone Della Valpolicella, Negrar 2010- £19.00 (when you buy 2 or more fine wines or spirits, £24.00 single bottle price). For under £20 this is fantastic value!

This fantastic Amarone is another wine from the Vento region in the northwest of Italy. This wine is a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes, all native to Italy. To increase the sugar concentration the grapes were dried on straw mats before being fermented and then aged in oak barrels.

Tis wine is an intense garnet colour with complex notes of ripe red fruits and spice. It has intense characteristics of Christmas cake, chocolate and cinnamon, along qwith sweet fruits and spice. The wine is as thick texture and offer soft velvety tannins, wonderfully balanced.

Go on treat yourself or your friends if you are having them round for the evening it won't break the bank but it will give you a fantastic taste. Top tip, if you are having this this evening open it an hour before drinking to let the wine breathe and bring out the full flavours.

Treat yourself! 

Wine of the day- ThursdayDate published: 24/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

Everybody love's a glass of Rose and I am no exception, I love a light Provence rose. And the Minuty 2013- £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more, £14.99 single bottle price) is brilliant, it is a blend of grenache, cinsault and tibouren. Little is known about the tibouren grape world wide as it is a variety grown almost exclusively in the Provence.

Located on the St Tropez peninsular the Chateau de Minuty vineyard virtually overlooks the Mediterranean. This rose is quintessential of the local style and is hugely popular, and even more so at the offer price it is a must to try this.

This wine is extremely pale in colour almost honeysuckle pink, on the nose it has hints of citrus fruits offset with a few floral characteristics. The fresh acidity and the fruit flavours give it a well rounded finish.

Again this is another perfect party wine for the great weather we are supposed to be expecting. Or partner with fresh shellfish, or my personal favourite a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad whilst sat in the garden watching the sun.

For those who aren't so keen on rose, give this a try and it will try and convert you to another side of wine you need to discover! 

Wine of the day- Wednesday Date published: 23/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

Argentinean malbec, a perfect easy drinking red. The Mendoza region in Argentina is the perfect terrain for grwoing full-bodied fruity reds due to the steep terrain.

Ben Marco malbec 2012- £12.74 (when you buy 2 two or more, £16.99 single bottle price).

It is slightly more than the previous wines I have chosen for you but with 25% its a bargain in my eyes.

This is made by Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata who started their own project together after finding in 1999 that they needed to express their love and dedication to viticulture and wine making. All the grapes are handpicked in the foothills of the Andes.

This wine is a brillaint dep reep with complex ripe red fruits. The most obvious coming through are cherry, blackberry and currants with a hint of vanilla and coffee. Mixed with the fruit and sweet tannins its gives a delightful finish.

Being such a full-bodied wine this would go perfectly with lots of red meats and especially rib-eye steack for all you meat lovers out there.


Wine of the day- TuesdayDate published: 22/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

This wine has become one of my go to wines after going to the Domaine Sainte Rose tasting with fellow members of staff where we got the chance to try this amongst some other fantastic wines. This really stood out as all three grapes in this wine are in my top 3 whites.

Le Marin Blanc 2012- Marsanne, Roussanne and Viogner- £8.49 (when you busy at least two bottles, £9.99 single bottle price).

This winery is situated in the Languedoc and is owned by a lovely couple who put all their effort into ensuring that they make the best wines possible and give us the best quality to keep their customers happy.

A little knowledge, the 'Marin' is a southern wind that blows into the region from the med, it normally brings the rain along too. However, this wine is suitably named after the 'Marin Blanc' which is far more desirable as it is the same wind just without the rain and far more favorable growing conditions for the grapes.

This wine has great balance between the acidity and the freshness of the fruit, it gives melon, pear and pineapple aromas on the nose and also o the palate. This is a wonderfully, well balanced crisp wine.

This can either be drunk on it's own or with some lovely smoked cheese (perfect!). 

Celebrate With Us!Date published: 22/07/14

To celebrate the 1st Birthday of our new website we have some cracking offers on some great wines for one week only!

Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99

Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent £9.99

Les Galets Cotes Du Rhone £5.66

Vallee Des Pind Provence Rose £6.66

And remember, these are on offer for 1 week only so pop in store, give us a call or go online now to order some of your favourites at celebratory prices!

Wine of the day- Monday Date published: 21/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

Over the next week you will see my favourite wines of the day which will hopefully appeal to you and get you to try something new! They are also on really great offers at the moment.

It's Monday and everyone needs cheering up, so I'll start with one of my favourites. Everyone knows I can't resist a good sparkling, so I have chosen La Marca Conegliano NV. £9.99 (when you buy at least 2 bottles, £14.99 single bottle price).

Prosseco is becoming more and more popular amongst wine drinkers and the weather we are having at the moment only improves on that.

The La Marc winery is located in the well known region of Veneto in Oderzo. This members of this co-operative own about 8,00 hectares both on the hills and the plains giving great choice. Furthermore with the use of advanced technologies it has enabled the wine makers to have a consistent flavour wine and continually improve the quality.

This wine is made using the tank method which has given it a pale straw-like colour with a fine mousse but with the great fruit flavours of apples and pineapples.

This is a perfect party wine, to celebrate all those graduations that are happening at the moment or to be more elegant a light lunch would compliment this perfectly.  

Wine Of The Week - Picpoul VillemarinDate published: 17/07/14

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Côteaux du Languedoc

Only £5.99 When You Buy 2 Bottles & Save 15%!

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

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

Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.

French OffersDate published: 16/07/14

We like to treat our customers to some great deals but this time we have gone one step further!

Mont Saint Jean Corbieres is now £4.99 and Villemarin PicPoul de Pinet £5.99

These wines are a real favourite and great value. Both would be perfect for those summer parties we know you love to have. Or equally just having a glass in the garden on these wonderful summer nights we seem to be having. 

These are on offer until 4th August. 


Free Wine courseDate published: 15/07/14

Always wanted to learn more about wine but worried about the people you may meet?

Then why not come to our free wine course, a beginners guide to the world of wine. We will take you through a brilliant selection of whites and reds and even throw in a sparkling! There will also be a bit of food and wine matching.This is a perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to get into wine in a really friendly open environment (no question is a wrong question). You can take as much or a little information from the evening. but we will do our best to teach everyone something new! 

Say yes now and come and join us in the world of wine. 

To book your place visit us in store, send us an email or give us a call. 

Har@majestic.co.uk or 01423 566866

Tour de France comes to Harrogate!Date published: 20/06/14

We're really excited that the Tour de France is coming to our area of the world! 

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July the tour will be coming through Harrogate and this will affect how easy it is to pop into our store. 

Saturday 5th July

We will be open all day, however, at times it will be difficult to drive to us and we will be unable to offer our usual delivery service. If you don't want to drive, feel free to walk in and explore our great wines or just give us a call.

Sunday 6th July - Store closed

The tour goes directly past the store this day and our road is closed. We have therefore taken the decision to close the store this day. We'll be open as usual from Monday 7th July. If you need to get hold of someone at Majestic on Sunday 6th the nearest store, unaffected by tour road closures, is Ripon - majestic.co.uk/ripon.

Wine Of The Week: Kings Legacy 2011 ChardonnayDate published: 03/06/14

The King's Legacy 2011

Price: £9.99 buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

(£14.99 single bottle price)

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin: Sourced from two vineyards in the Malborough region. One from a mature plot in the Wairau valley and the second from much younger vines in Brancott valley.

Grapes have been fermented in large French oak casks with wild yeasts and then allowed 10 months on lees.

Taste: On the nose this wine has nectarine and lemon notes with a hint of butter and creaminess. This follows on to the palate giving a balanced and complex wine.

Match: This wine can be drunk on its own or for a food match why not try with a creamy pasta dish or a chicken dish.

Last Chance SaloonDate published: 28/05/14

This is your final week to grab our selection of 33% off wines, including Oyster Bay @ £7.99, Gavi Toledana @ £7.99 and Minute Rose @ £9.99! Don't miss out, call or pop in before Tuesday 3rd!

Mud HouseDate published: 27/05/14

We have just received a very small allocation of Mud House Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand! priced at £6.66 it is by far the most popular wine we are stocking at the moment. If you miss out, good news, there is plenty more on it's way to us! Reserve yours now by calling 01423 566866!

Tasting CounterDate published: 27/05/14

Tomorrow see's us open up a fresh selection of wines for the week. Rose's, red's and white's will all be available to taste at any time! Just pop in and see what we have to offer!

Tasting News!Date published: 27/05/14

Don't forget that on Saturday 7th June we have our New Zealand themed tasting at 3pm. Call us now to sign up on 01423 566866!

Wine Of The Week - Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 17/05/14

Pop in store today to try this great value for money sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. This is a steal for £6.66!!

25% off- offers. Date published: 12/05/14

25% Off - Offers

Here are just a few of the great wines we have with 25% off. Here are a selection of fantastic deals and a few staff favorites in there that we just couldn't resist. With a choice of red, white and rose you won't be short of things to try over the summer!

Ben Marco Malbec 2012-  £12.74 (£16.99 single bottle price) 

Passimento 2011- £8.99 (£11.99 single bottle price) 

Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2013- £5.99 (£7.99 single bottle price) 

Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc 2013- £6.74 (£8.99 single bottle price) 

Etoile de Mer Rose 2013- £8.99 (£11.99 single bottle price) 

Mix and match 2 or more of any of these and get the great 25% off!! 


Don't forget to book your FREE place at our Summer wine evening Thursday 22nd May 6.30pm to try a fantastic array of wines!

Speak to a member of our friendly staff to confirm your place!

Wine of the Week - Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 11/05/14

Wave Series

£6.66 (buy two bottles save 33.3%)

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2013

History: This comes from the wine maker and avid surfer Sebastian Labbe, who originally from Chile moved to New Zealand to make the most of both of these skills. The wave series was inspired not only by his love for the waves but also by the Pacific Coast's influence on the Chilean terrior.

Taste: This is a very typical Chilean Sauvignon. A crisp and clean wine, on the nose intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and a hint of refreshing lime. Light and easy drinking, well balanced this is perfect for a glass in the afternoon.

Drink with: This is perfectly suitable for drinking on its own or great with seafood, green salad or goats cheese.  

Upcoming events Date published: 05/05/14

Wine Tastings at Majestic Harrogate

Summer Wine Evening

Thursday 22nd May 6.30pm

Join us for our annual summer party! With an extensive range of reds and whites to taste, this is a great opportunity to try something new and exciting!

Wine Course

Thursday 12th June 6pm

Join us for an exciting evening of wine! You will get opportunity to try a variety of wine; 3 reds, 3 whites and a sparkling. The course gives you the chance to learn about the wines and the opportunity to ask question as well as having a fun evening.

All tastings are FREE but spaces are limited so please sign up for a place to avoid disappointment!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 22/04/14

Miraval Rose 2013


Most famous for being the flagship wine produced at the estate Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased in 2009, the inaugrial 2012 vintage was the first rose to make it into the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines. 

Delitcate strawberry and raspberry flavours give was to a long, lingering finish that only the very top wines of Provence can produce. Strictly limited in quantity, this wine will not be around for long, so please, don't be disappointed! 

Last Chance SaloonDate published: 22/04/14

Currently 33% off our Pick n Mix until 7pm Monday 28th April!

Plus, love the Minuty? Well grab one of the limited edition magnums in store now! £25 each whilst stocks last!

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Friday 18th April - usual opening hours 

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours

Sunday 20th April - closed

Monday 21st April - Bank holiday hours 10am - 5pm)

Spring Wine Evening- 22nd May 6.30pmDate published: 08/04/14

Al;ways wanted a chance to try a range of the fantastic wines we have to offer?

Then why not come and join us for an evening of tasting, food and great company.There will be a selection of reds, whites and sparkling for you to taste along with a few nibbles to compliment the wines. 

It is completely free we just ask that you book to avoid disappointment as places are filling up fast. 

*** 22nd May 6.30pm or 7.30pm*** 

In our Harrogate store. 

To book your place call us on 01423 566866 or email us at Har@majestic.co.uk

Just AddedDate published: 08/04/14

4 fantastic new wines added to the Pick n Mix 33% off! Plus a great parcel of rose wine to get your teeth stuck into...

LFE Gran Reserva Chandonnay @ £7.33

LFE Gran Reserva Merlot @ £7.33

Cune Reserva @ £9.33

Prosecco Corte Alta @ £6.66

All with 33% off, but only whilst stocks last!

Focus On Fine WineDate published: 03/04/14

Focus On Fine Wine

Cune Imperial Reserva 2007

Only £17.00 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Muzuelo

Vintage: 2007

Origin: Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Named Imperial because it was originally exported to the UK in imperial pint sized bottles, this is one of the best Rioja Reservas around.

Taste: Fine garnet colour with terracotta tinge. Vanilla notes on the nose, with sloes, mulberries and spice. Stewed currant fruit on the palate, dry and elegant with great richness and a fine long finish.

Wines of SpainDate published: 03/04/14

With the Spanish tasting week between 4th and 10th April, there has never been a better time to explore the wines of this diverse country. 

Whilst Spain is well known for it's Tempranillo based wines from famous regions such as Rioja, more up and coming regions such as Toro and Ribera del Deuro are not to be missed out on. Spanish whites are in fact more commonly planted than red varieties, with a range of native varieties such as Macabeo, Verdejo and Albariňo now also growing in popularity with the international market.

With wines ranging in style from easy drinking inexpensive styles to more expensive age worthy wines, there is something to suite all palates and occasions!

Wine of the week: Vinalba Malbec ReservadoDate published: 02/04/14

Vinalba Reservado

£7.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case (£11.99 single bottle price)

Grape: Malbec

Vintage: 2012

Region: Mendoza

Taste: With its ripe dark plum fruits, dark chocolate and mocha with soft tannins. The flavours in this wine linger for a long time.

Food match: Try with peppered steak or lamb for an ideal match.

Wine Tastings at HarrogateDate published: 01/04/14

Pop in store from Friday 4th April until Thursday 10th April for our Spanish themed tasting week, where the wines on display here, plus many more, will be open for you to taste!

Plus, always wanted to know a little bit more about the wines we have open to taste? Well why not come along to our FREE tasting counter tutorial being held this Saturday at 3pm here in store. One of the expert staff will guide you through all that is open to taste and answer any of those questions you've always wanted to ask.

Sign up in store today and don't miss out!

Party PlanningDate published: 22/03/14

Don't forget, we offer a full party service for all your gatherings! Free glass hire, free chiller bin hire, ice and free delivery to your doorstep or location of party! Call us now on 01423 566866 to take the strain off your party planning. 

Fine Wine FocusDate published: 21/03/14

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a fine wine tasting by Lay and Wheeler, an area of Majestic that deal primarily with en primeur and classic fine wine. The tasting consisted of a vertical of Ch Langoa Barton (96, 98, 00, 05 and 08 vintages) along with a horizontal of Domaine Montille, consisting of Beaune 1er Cru, two Volnay 1er Cru's, a Pommard 1er Cru and a Corton Grand Cru, all taken from the much underrated 2006 vintage. 

An eye opener to say the least, the tasting really showed off what you can experience in your glass with the right advice and a little patience. 

Here in Harrogate we aim to deliver on this everytime, whether your looking at wine for drinking now or laying down.

Pop in store to experience what we have on offer and what we have on our tasgting counter, which is always stocked with wines for your pleasure. 

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 19/03/14

Peter Lehmann Shiraz



(as part of the 33% off Pick n' Mix)

Known as the 'Baron of Barossa', Peter Lehmann is one of Australia's most well loved winemakers. A man that has tried his hand at all grapes, it's his Shiraz that still shows off why he is so well regarded.

The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich. 

Ned @ £6.99Date published: 14/03/14

Until Tuesday 18th March you can get hold of everyone's favourite New Zealand Sauv Blanc at the bargain price of £6.99! Call us now on 01423 566866 or pop in store to avoid disappointment! 

Focus on...Date published: 10/03/14

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Grifone 2012


Grape: Montepulciano

Country: Italy

Taste: Fresh cherry and blackcurrant with a soft finish and very smooth tannin


Short Term Offer!Date published: 28/02/14

Portillo Malbec 2011Only £6.66 Per Bottle, When You Buy 2 Or More

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 multi award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.

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

Try this with a lightly spicy lamb and date tagine.

*Available 33% off on ALL Malbec until 03/03/14

Wine of the week: LFE Seleccion Especial Malbec Date published: 25/02/14

Luis Felipe Edwards Seleccion Especial Malbec 2012


When you buy at least two bottles

(£8.99 single bottle price)

This Chilean Malbec due to its unique climate and terrain allows it to rival its neighbouring region of Argentina which usually takes the limelight for Malbecs. Chile is less reliant on a altitude for it's cool growing conditions for the grapes, due to the persistent sea breezes to moderate temperatures.

With its intense violet colour and its strong aromas of blackberries and plum, with some subtle undertones of vanilla. The palate is smooth and juicy, again with blackberries, plum and blueberries. Giving it a weighty and satisfyingly long finish.

This would be a great match with many red and white meats., or for something a little different match with sweetly spiced Mexican or Cajun dishes.

Special Parcel!Date published: 22/02/14

A great new parcel from New Zealand. The Delegat wines come from the fantastic 2009 vintage and is offered in a traditional Bordeaux blend of Cab Sauv and Merlot and also as a straight Merlot. Order online to get this one off wine now, before it runs out!

Getting Married?Date published: 19/02/14

We here in Harrogate Majestic know how stressful planning your big day can be! Trust me, we've been through it ourselves! That's why we're on hand to make sure things can go as smooth as possible when it comes to your drinks reception. We all know that everyone loves a glass or two, but what do they like, how much should you get and when's best to get it? Well, we have the answers to all your questions. Just pop in at any point to speak to us or you can give us a call on 01423 566866 and tick another job off that big list! 

Focus on...Date published: 17/02/14

Producer: Rustenberg Winery

Country: South Africa

Vintage: 2011 (Good growers got the best results, with careful production methods yielding the best results)

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Price: £8.99 (under the 33% Pick n Mix offer)

Open to taste from tomorrow until, well, until it's gone!

Wine Of The Week- Wither HillsDate published: 11/02/14

Wither Hills

Sauvignon Blanc 2012

£6.66 when you buy 2 or more

(£9.99 single bottle price)

Wither hills winery has only been established for 20 years but has fast become one of Marlborough's best known wineries. Owning vineyards right across the the region it gives them a chance, especially in this Sauvignon to give us a snapshot of the whole region, being blended from a range of parcels.

On the nose it gives the typical intense aromas of gooseberry, guava and passion fruit. The palate gives a well-balanced feel and elegance with a mouth watering acidity with some some lovely grapefruit notes leading to a long finish with great intensity.

Match with goats cheese or fresh oysters for a fantastic combination.

Wine Regions of ArgentinaDate published: 07/02/14

Wine Regions of Argentina


By far the most famous and important region in Argentina in terms of wine production. The total area under vine exceeds that of Australia and New Zealand combined. The most famous wines coming from Argentina are those made using the Malbec Grape variety, Famous examples from this region being Vinalba and Catena. Mendoza being situated in the West of the country is amongst the foothills of the Andes. This allows many of the vineyards to be planted at high altitudes enabling a high amount of sunshine whilst still maintaining a cool temperature.

Example: Tucumen Malbec £10.99 (buy 2 save 33%) £7.32

Uco Valley

A sub-region of Mendoza it shares many of the similar characteristics as Mendoza, The high altitude along with A large variation in day and night temperature. These climate and geographical elements come together to provide excellent fruit ripening and concentration, developing colors, aromas, flavors and textures resulting in wines that are deep in color, intense in aromas and rich in flavours.

Example: Rusta 40 £20 buy 2 save £10 = £15

Lujan de Cuyo

Another sub-region of Mendoza situated to the west of Mendoza. It was the first delineated appellation in Argentina for the purposes of wine production in 1993. famed for it's Malbec there are also some other great wines coming out of the region such as wines produced from the Torrontes grape. producing fresh, aromatic wines with moderate acidity, smooth texture and mouthfeel as well as distinctive peach and apricot aromas on the nose.

Example: Vinalba Torrontes £9.99

San Juan

The second largest production area in Argentina. The climate in San Juan is semi-desert so relies heavily on irrigation. Some of the best wines from this region are the Viognier's that display a rich stone fruit character and a strong floral edge.

Example: Las Moras Viognier £7.99

Wine CourseDate published: 06/02/14

Interested in wine? Want to learn a bit more?

Then why not come and join us on one of our free wine courses. You will get to try a great mix of reds, whites and sparkling wines and hopefully learn something you didn't know whilst in great company. 

**Thursday 13th February** 

Places are filling up quickly, so give us a call on 01423 566866 to avoid disappointment.

Pick'N'MixDate published: 05/02/14

Come in store and take a look at our February Pick'N'Mix wines. Get 33% off two or more of the wines in our selection. 

We have a great choice, ranging from Argtentinian Malbecs, Regional French reds, Rioja's, to Chardonnay's from around the world. Also we have great offers on sparkling wines and champagne. So we have something for everyone!

The Pick'N'Mix wines start from £5.99, so why don't you come and take a look at what we have to offer you. Either visit us in store, order online or give us a call. 

Offers ends 3rd March.

Tasting News!Date published: 05/02/14

This Friday see's the start of our Argentinian tasting week. On Saturday at 3pm we'll be running a 'Spotlight Tasting' for 30 mins in store, details of which can be found in our events section. Feel free to pop along though anytime to sample what Argentina has to offer!

This Year's Fashion...Date published: 03/02/14

Long has Sauvignon Blanc been the fashionable grape of the white wine world, but all the time the red side of the vineyard has struggled to match it's popularity with one grape. Merlot has always been popular, shiraz the same, but at last there seems to be a new kid on the block. Malbec has been around for a long, long time. Only in the last few years have the South American Malbec's become popular. But it seems that their popularity is to reach a whole new level this year. More and more consumers are turning towards the grape for reliability, taste and, of course, value for money. Want to know why? Well pop in store now as we have a huge selection of Malbec's from around the world with 33% off! And I'm sure we'll have a few open to taste as well... 

Great Alternatives!Date published: 01/02/14

Lots of supermarkets and grocers are pushing the 'Money Save Idea' at the moment. How to make your roast go further etc have got the country thinking...how can you have meals just a good but at less cost? Well, why can't the same be adapted to wine? It got us thinking, if we had to have an alternative to our favorite's, what would they be?...

Chablis: Why not try a Gavi? Currently starting at £6.99 a bottle, this 'Chablis of Italy' will give you those great characteristics of Chablis but a a fraction of the price!

Champagne: A well documented alternative is Prosecco, which, with it's fresh fruit and light body, can be a fantastic fizz. But, if it's those champagne characteristics you desire, why not try the Lindauer range from New Zealand? Starting at £9.33, they come in pretty much half the price!

Stay tuned for more of our recommendations of how to drink like a king on a jesters budget!

Last Chance SaloonDate published: 31/01/14

Until 7pm on Monday you can still get your hands on this years Bargain Hunt wines! After that it's bye bye until next year I'm afraid! Pop in or give us a call on  01423 566866 to secure your stock!

Bargain of the Year?Date published: 31/01/14

We've just opened the Arrowfield Chardonnay and Semillon. Talk about a real steal! They both drink like wines far beyond their price tag (£7.99 and £6.99 respectively). Not convinced? Pop in and try them over the weekend!

Ned Price Increase!Date published: 30/01/14

This is your last chance to get Ned Sauv Blanc on offer at £7.99. From next Tuesday Ned will go up in price and no longer be on offer. Order yours today b y calling us on 01423 566866.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 23/01/14

Berberana Gran Reserva 2006£8.99 Special Offer!

Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle.
Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.
Enjoy with roast meats, pastas, tomato dishes, barbecues and game.

Wine Of The Week - Black Cottage Pinto GrisDate published: 15/01/14

Black Cottage Pinot Gris 2013, New Zealand.

£12.49 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines and get 20% off, £9.99

Winemake David Clouston sources this Pinot Gris from several selected plots in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The grapes are harvested at night, this preserves the wine's freshness and pure fruit characteristics. This fresh fruity style is further supported by a long, cool fermentation.

This is an off dry style of wine, with a delicious honeyed aftertaste. The nose displays aromas of grapefruit and a crisp minerality, with a fruitier edge of melon and pear on the palate. The honeyed sweetness makes this an ideal wine to partner spicy Asian dishes or soft ripe cheeses.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 08/01/14


Berberana Reserva 2008£6.99 Special Offer - Down From £10.99

 Founded in 1877 by Don Miguel Martínez Berberana, this is now one of the best selling Riojas. The Reserva is matured for a minimum 2 years in American oak cask and only released when it is ready to drink.

Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours. Round and full, well balanced, long and elegant.

A good choice for roasted red meats such as lamb, or with stews and casseroles.

Majestic Bargain Hunt!Date published: 02/01/14

From tomorrow the Majestic Bargain hunt starts, its like our January sale, with a third off selected lines. 

These lines our our 'bin ends' and we have to clear them before the new lines come in for spring. With a third off when you buy any two (or more) of the selected bottles, perk up your January with some of these great wines. 

We love the Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc and the Banfi Sangiovese, but at these prices we suggest you try them all!  

Stocks are limited so get in quick and make the most of these bargains.

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 12 - Merry Xmas Everyone from Majestic HarrogateDate published: 23/12/13

To totally spoil yourself this Christmas we recommend Krug, Martel XO and the Jim Barry Armagh, super-prime examples of fantastic wines!

In this festive season, as always, we have fantastic wines to wow every palate and please every pocket. 

The team here in Harrogate would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new year, and we hope to see you very soon.

Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

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

Twelve wines of Christmas Wine 11 - a digestif!Date published: 21/12/13

When the melee of christmas day ebbs and all is left is your favorite family members and a stack of pressies its time to reach for something comforting and contemplate 2013. For quiet fireside drinking we love the Masi Amarone, deep, complex and raisiny it is the perfect antidote to a busy Christmas morning and the perfect settler after dinner. It would be great at fighting off the January chills and fantastic as a gift. 

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 10 a sweet treatDate published: 20/12/13

The best drink to compliment dessert has a sweetness to match the pudding. For a well balanced wine this sweetness should be matched by a good level of acidity which will keep the wine crisp and complex. We have a range of sweet wines to match all manner of different desserts.

Classic dessert wine match is Sauternes with Tarte tatin, but here's some more festive suggestions...

With chocolate log, we love the Elysium Black Muscat

and with Christmas Pudding we love the Triana PX; super sweet, with delicious raisin notes.  

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 9 - A red for TurkeyDate published: 18/12/13

To match turkey and all the trimmings I would recommend a fruity  Pinot Noir. For the fruitiest try one from New Zealand or Chile but for a true classic red wines from Burgundy would be the best, and if you find them to austere we have a few with Gamay in the blend, which brings fruitiness.

Try the Ned Pinot Noir or for a real treat we love the Beaune Premier Cru.

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 8 - Super with a Salmon Starter Date published: 17/12/13

If you are having smoked salmon (or any of oily fish) as your starter on Christmas day we recommend pairing it with a zingy, fresh and fruity New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Why? Because the fresh flavour will work well with the smoked flavour and the zingy acidity of the wine will cut through the oily fish - just like a squeeze of lemon would!

We love the Vavasour Sauvignon or for a real treat the St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon. 

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 7 - Start the big day in styleDate published: 14/12/13

Start the big day in style with Champagne

We love the Pol Roger Reserve £34. A rich style of champagne with a soft mousse.

Ruinart Rose, £45, if you love rose this is delicious.

We have  a wide range of styles, branded champagne and we should be able to fine you the perfect bottle for seasonal celebrations! Pop instore or visit our website majestic.co.uk  

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 6 - The dinner party starDate published: 13/12/13

Wine number six is perfect to delight your guests at a dinner party, or great if your having beef for Christmas dinner. 

The Angel's Share Shiraz not only has an extremely festive name but would be delicious with a rare beef wellington. It's a true Aussie shiraz; it is full of flavour and packs a real punch. Great for sharing with friends. 

DeliveriesDate published: 10/12/13

We're still running our normal schedule at the moment. To remind everyone below is a list of the postcodes we cover and the days we deliver there. Any further queries give us a call on 01423 566866.

HG1, HG2, HG3 - Daily basis

Any BD postcode and LS21, LS17, LS29 - Tuesday and Thursday

Any YO postcode and HG5, LS22, LS23 - Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 5 - The hangover cure!Date published: 06/12/13

So not actually a wine, but you can pick up most of the ingredients here at Majestic. Worth keeping the ingredients to hand to bring you round after partying hard the night before!

The perfect Bloody Mary is a hotly debated topic. Tweak ingredients to taste and add your own garnish -whether its a retro celery stick or a basil leaf. 

It's great as a hangover cure because tomato juice is packed full of vitamin C and the spice of the Tabasco sauce encourages the brain to release endorphin for instant feel good!

To make the perfect Bloody Mary stir together 2 ice cubes, a good measure of Vodka, the juice of half a lemon, 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 3 dashes Tabasco sauce (or more to taste) and 150ml tomato juice. To finish add your garnish of choice, a god grind of Black pepper and - to make it extra special - a small tot of dry sherry.

We stock the Big Tom tomato Juice, a rich and spicy tomato juice, £2.99 a bottle

As for a Vodka, we love the Sipsmith Barley Vodka, super smooth to offset the sharp cocktail, £27 per bottle

We also love the La Gitana Manzanilla, super dry with a slight saltiness, it would really make your Bloody Mary special! £7.99

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 4 - Perfect Party ProseccoDate published: 05/12/13

Planning a party over the festive period? Whether its a midweek gathering  or a massive party for many friends. We've got some excellent fruity prosecco to bring the bubbles to any gathering.

We love the La Marca Conegliano Valdobbiadene, which is £9.99 in our save 1/3 on selected fizz offer. Dry but still bursting with peachy fruit. 

Fancy something with a little sweetness? The Prosecco Zonin, £7.99 in our save 1/3 on selected fizz offer. 

For a really special occasion we also have a great selection of Champagnes (see later in our Twelve wines of Christmas for more details of these)    

Wine of the Week - Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 04/12/13

This is a fine example of Spain's flagship red wine. Made from the Tempranillo grape and aged in French Oak for 24 months, being left for a further 36 months in bottle prior to release.
This wine is ruby red with a brick rim. Mature fruit flavours of raisin, prune and caramel complimented by sweet spice flavours of vanilla, clove and leather. A sumptuous silky mouth feel and a good length make it a very pleasant wine indeed.  
Ideal with slow-roast lamb

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 3 - Gifts for far away friendsDate published: 02/12/13

Are you missing friends who are far away this Christmas? Our stores offer free delivery to any UK mainland address, you can order online, call into your local store or phone their local store to arrange gift box delivery. 

We provide pre-mixed cases like our Festive Favorites which includes a great mix of 12 bottles of old world classics or our Winter Classics 12 bottle case which its brimming with our favorites and top sellers at this time of year. Our friendly, knowledgeable teams can also suggest wines based on what you know your friends love and help to put together a unique, hand-picked case just for them. 

So whoever you might be missing, share the seasonal spirit with a Majestic Christmas gift! 

Wine of the Week - Yalumba Y series ViognierDate published: 28/11/13

Yalumba Y Series Viognier is a pale gold with green hues. The aroma offers intense white flowers and honeysuckle, with hints of apricot nectar. The palate is rich and very long and ripe, with citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Typical of this grape variety it has a delicious complexity but is still finely balanced with fruity flavours and a creamy texture from lees aging.

The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world and is home to Yalumba, founded in 1849. Yalumba has had considerable success with the rare and aromatic Viognier grape.

This would match slightly spicy food, Moroccan Tagine or a creamy curry.

£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy with any other Aussie wine

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 2 - Celebrate your decked halls!Date published: 28/11/13

What better to welcome Christmas into your house than with tinsel, lights and a large glass of Viognier. We love this grape, its peachy soft and delicious, with just enough acidity to give it freshness.

The Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier is a real treat, a good slice of South of France sunshine in a glass. It's great as an aperitif and also great with grilled chicken dishes.  

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 1 - To revive the tired Xmas shopperDate published: 25/11/13

After a hard day battling through the packed city center, nothing is better than putting one's feet up with a delicious glass of wine. 

We recommend the Tucumen Malbec, it is fruity and delicious with warming notes of aniseed. Perfect to melt away those winter chills.

Lots of malbec is at its best when paired with beef, but this one sings quite happily on its own.

Christmas opening hours!Date published: 22/11/13

With only four Fridays left til the big day we thought we'd give you the nod as to when we will be open over the Christmas period.

From the 9th of December through to Christmas Eve we will be opening at 9am -except on Sundays when we will open at 10am 

On weekdays we will shut at 8pm, Saturdays we shut at 7 and Sundays we shut at 5pm.

Do be sure to get your Christmas shop in early on Christmas Eve; we will be shutting at 5pm.

We will be closed on Christmas day and Boxing Day, reopening on the 27th from 10am -8pm.

From the 28th until New Years Eve we resume normal hours.

On New Years Eve we will open at 10am shutting at 5pm. 

We are closed on New Years Day.

Normal opening hours will resume on 2nd January - ready to restock your cellars for 2014.

Don't be confused! You can call and leave us a message when we are closed or order online anytime of day or night at www.majestic.co.uk

Hope you have a super run up to Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at our store soon. 

Wine of the week : LFE Gran Reserva MerlotDate published: 15/11/13

LFE Grand Reserva Merlot 2011



When you buy two Chilean wines

Single bottle price £9.99

Originating from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, this red varietal is a great example from one of Chile's most celebrated vineyards. Made with only the best hand picked Merlot grapes, this wine has been aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels contributing to a soft and rounded, long lasting finish.

Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone of its taste, whilst subtle notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf overlay its soft ripe tannins.

Do try and utilise this wines great sense of volume and food match with a rich aubergine lasagna.....we do it all the time!

Cool Californian winesDate published: 08/11/13

It's Californian Tasting Week instore and we've got some great wines open to taste. 

Californian wines are as diverse as the state itself. Cool climate grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir suit the northern regions of the state like Carneros and Sonoma; while the hotter regions like Paso Robles have the heat to make super ripe and fruity Cabernet Sauvignon.

We love the McManis Viognier, their vineyards are east of San Francisco - from a town called Ripon - surely worth a visit if only to compare to our fine Yorkshire city! This Viognier is bursting full of fruit with a great oaky smoky kick and a subtle hazelnut note on the aftertaste. 

For a red we love the super smooth Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, typical for a Zinfandel this is bursting with blueberry, plum and black cherry flavours with a touch of sweet spice and vanilla flavours. A super wine for enjoying as these autumn nights roll in.   

We've got these two and others open to taste right now*! So pop in if you fancy trying them!

*they'll be open to taste til the 12th Nov - or while the bottle lasts!

Xmas shoppingDate published: 07/11/13

With the festive season fast approaching, it's worth remembering a few things that can make your shopping a little easier at Majestic!

We offer free delivery on orders over £40 should you be short on time. We also provide free glass hire for all your festive parties as well as wine, beer, soft drinks, water and ice! What more could you need (apart from a few guests)?

Just drop in or give us a call on 01423 566866 to add that touch of magic to this years festivities! 

Thirsty Thursday: An Autumnal RedDate published: 07/11/13

With Halloween and Bonfire night out of the way we can officially say it's autumn! Whether its delightfully crisp, blowing a gale or pouring down with rain here's a wine to enjoy while cozying up by the fire. It's the Cune Reserva 2008.  

From the family owned Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España or CVNE this wine has a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. It's oak aging gives caramel and coffee flavours over the rich autumn fruit flavours. 

Wine of the Week: Oxford Landing ChardonnayDate published: 07/11/13

This week's wine is a full flavoured Chardonnay bursting with tropical fruit with a delicious oaky complexity, bringing a nutty honeyed flavour. It features on our 33% off November Pick and Mix offer and is only £5.33 when bought with any other bottle from the selected lines. Despite it's low price tag its a great example of an Aussie Chardonnay, great for weekday drinking it would match well with a wide range of creamy or slightly spicy dishes, we suggest a wild mushroom and sage risotto. 

Fine Wine of the weekDate published: 01/11/13

Chateau Berliquet 2006, St-Emilion Grand Cru Classe

£19.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

£30.00 (Single bottle price)

Located just a few hundred metres from the old village of St.Emilion, Berliquet is situated on the magnificent limestone plateau and is one of the area's oldest estates. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet-Franc this wine manages to encompass a delicacy and finesse synonymous with the producers heritage and terroir.
This is a classic St-Emillion, offering a dense core of blackberry and cherry fruit, overlaid with notes of earth and underbush. Grippy minerality and firm tannins provide texture and length. This wine could be joyfully consumed now or over the next 3-4 years. Why not indulge this winter and try with varying game dishes fresh from our stock full countryside! We here are rather found of its accompaniment with game pie.

November Pick n MixDate published: 01/11/13

Now it's hit the beginning of the 'silly season', why not try something a little different! To shake things up a bit, on top of our 20% off New Zealand, Chile, Australia, California and Rhone, we have a selection of wines with 33.3% off. Best still, you don't have to buy 2 of the same, you can literally, Pick n Mix! So whether it's a Gavi at £5.99, Villa Maria at £6.99 or a Brunello at £19.99, your sure to find something that wkill get you through the cold dark winter! 

wine of the Week: Caixas AlbarinoDate published: 30/10/13

Caixas Albarino £9.99 or £6.66 as part of our November Pick and Mix deal

This light, fresh and youthful offering is bursting with zingy citrus flavours, coupled with aromas of stone fruits and nectar. it is crisp and refreshing, whilst still being well rounded and enduring on the finish. It will match well with shellfish or other light fish dishes, but would be delicious on its own too. Try some today and find out why it is Galicia's signature white wine.

Magic of Fine Wine!! Amarone NegraDate published: 25/10/13

£23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

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.

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. 

Magic of Fine Wine!! Ch SenejacDate published: 19/10/13

Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois  £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

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.

FOOT MATCH: Roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce.

Wine Of The Week: TestimonioDate published: 13/10/13

Testimonio 2011 Luigi Bosca

Only £9.99 Per Bottle, When You Buy 2 Or More!

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'.

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.

Drink with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak.

Wine Region: ArgentinaDate published: 13/10/13

Argentina's wine making history stretches back over 450 years and is now currently the 5th largest wine producing region in the world. With an ever-growing international market, we are always seeing new wines coming from Argentina and if you pop in store until Thursday the 17th October there will be a varied selection of whites and reds open to taste so you can explore the magic of Argentinian wine. 

The Malbec grape variety has made a name for itself but actually originates from Cahors in France, with Bonarda being the second most grown varietal. Torrontes can be considered the traditional white varietal but its history is not fully understood. Varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are now widely planted. Here at Majestic Harrogate we have a good selection of Argentinian wines for all discerning tastes and budgets, ranging from £4.99 upwards. 

Fine Wine of the weekDate published: 07/10/13

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet

£19 when you buy with any other selected fine wine

Close to beign one of the best Chablis I have tasted. 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. A fantastic length and clean minerality really does boost this Chablis into a league of it's own! 

Winery Focus - RustenbergDate published: 07/10/13

Rustenberg Winery, South Africa

Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from the Rhine, Germany recognised the superb growing potential. They have been growing ever since, producing powerful reds and beauiful elegant whites.The vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg wines climb the rich red slopes of Simonsberg and Helderberg, in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. 

Our Reds.

Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman £13.99Tasting Note: Plum and Cigar box aromatics prelude a multi-layered palate with an elegant tannin structure. A bordeaux blend that typifies Rustenberg terroir with good ageing potential. 10-15 years

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Syrah 2008 £14.39Tasting Note: Deep purple, inky hues characterise the wine. The aromas are initially savoury and meaty, developing into a very concentrated and complex perfume with prominent spicy notes of cloves, cinammon and violets. The palate is really concentrated with a gratifying length. It can be enjoyed for the next 10 years.

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2009  £9.99Tasting note: Blackcurrant aromas are complemented by scents of dried herbs and notes of black pepper and spice, followed by a palate with serious structure from the Bordeaux blend with a soft finish from the Syrah. Named after the former charismatic owner-winemaker, Reg Merriman Nicholson. 

Our Whites.

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay  £11.99Tasting Note: A well balanced Chardonnay with hints of flint, beautiful mineral notes and excellent oak integration. Apricot & orange peel aromas are followed by flavours of almond and marzipan.

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc £8.99Tasting Note: The hallmark flavours of Sauvignon, green pepper, asparagus and gooseberry, wikth underlying tones of pineapple and passionfruit, are sustained on fresh, crispy and well balanced palate.

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Roussane 2010  £11.99Tasting note: Fragrant flinty minerals, peach & apricot fruit characters with complex flavours of green apple and sweet pineapple, classy wine, elegant finish.

Rustenberg winery consistently produce a fantastic range of wines which are hugely popular with both Majestic customers and staff alike. Make the most of these fabulous wines at 20% off until the 28th October.
Prices shown include discount

New wine offersDate published: 01/10/13

New Wine OffersWe have some cracking new wine offers for two weeks only (until 14/10/13)

Macon Blanc Roches Blanch – Buy 2 save £8 ~ £7.99 each
Serena Pinot Grigio – Buy 2 save £8 ~ £5.99 each

Beaujolais-Villages Georges Duboeuf – Buy 2 save £8 ~ £5.99 each
Portillo Malbec – Buy 2 save £6 ~ £6.99 each

Prosecco Corte Alta – Buy any 2 and save 33.3% - £16.66
Moet & Chandon Brut - Buy any 2 and save 33.3% - £27.99
Louis Roederer Burt - Buy any 2 and save 33.3% - £27.99

External tastingsDate published: 27/09/13

External Tasting Myself and Brendon hosted a wine tasting last night for Arkendale Wine Society were we featured some lesser known, more unusual grape varieties. The tasting was a roaring success and below is a list of the wines we tasted so why not try a few yourself.

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina - £9.99
An aromatic, dry white wine with lots of stone fruit and tropical fruit flavours. Great with slightly spicy food such as Thai curry.

Valençay 'Le Clos du Château' 2012 Claude Lafond, Loire - £8.99 (For 2/more)
From the heart of the Loire Valley, comes this Sauvignon/Chardonnay blend which has been lee aged to create a wine with an intriguing complexity. 

Montenovo Godello 2012 Valdesil, Valdeorras, Spain - £8.99 (For 2/more)
Galicia in northern Spain is becoming known for it's quality white wine production yet the Godello grape is barely known. Full of grassy, pear and tropical notes this wine is well worth as try.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009, Leyda Valley, Chile - £8.99 (For 2/more)
Full of lots of dark fruit alongside the classic coffee and chocolate notes, this Carmenère is a real beauty of a wine.

Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2010 Mendocino County, California - £13.99
Organically grown, this Zinfandel is a powerful mix of red and black fruit flavours and toasty oak notes. Soft, sweet tannins make it the perfect match with grilled meats.

Finca Las Moras Tannat 2012 San Juan, Argentina - £7.99 (For 2/more)
The perfect wine to enjoy with steak, full bodied with luscious tannins and notes of blackberries, mint and vanilla. 

 If anyone is interested in holding an external tasting, please get in touch with us on the below details.

01423 566866

St. Clair Pioneer's Block Sauvignon 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 27/09/13

St. Clair Pioneer's Block Sauvignon 2012, Marlborough

Buy 2 save £8 ~ £15.99 each
or £19.99 single bottle price

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the first wines that comes to mind when thinking of New Zealand and Marlborough is one of the most significant areas for producing this vibrant wine. Saint Clair began growing grapes in 1978 yet they didn't open their own winery until 1994 when they begun to produce wines that represent the terrior of their many vineyards.

This Pioneer's Block Sauvignon is incredibly intense and powerful on the nose with notes of limes, gooseberries, capsicums and green herbs. The intense fruit backbone continues in the palate where a steely minerality and lingering finish lead to an exceptional, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.

Enjoy with Seafood or spicy Asian cuisine.

25% off Spanish WinesDate published: 24/09/13

From 24th September - 1st October there will be 25% off Spanish Wines. Pop along to store or go online to grab yourselves some bargains!!

25% off Spanish Wines for a limited timeDate published: 24/09/13

With 25% off Spanish wines for one week only, there has never been a better time to explore the wines of this diverse country.

Whilst Spain is well known for it's Tempranillo based wines from famous regions such as Rioja, more up and coming regions such as Toro and Ribera del Deuro are not to be missed out on. Spanish whites are in fact more commonly planted than red varieties, with a range of native varieties such as Macabeo, Verdejo and Albariňo now also growing in popularity with the international market.

With wines ranging in style from easy drinking inexpensive styles to more expensive age worthy wines, there is something to suite all palates and occasions!

Magic of Fine Wine!!Date published: 19/09/13

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir


Buy 2 save £10! Now £18

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!

Open all weekend, so pop in and give it a try!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 19/09/13

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2012 Western CapeOnly £8.99 Per Bottle, When You Any 2 South African Wines!

 Winemaker Niël Groenewald's exceptional pocket of old, low-yielding Chenin bush vines produces a wine deserving its own unique identity. 

The Bernard Series celebrates the legend of Bernard Podlashuk, the founder and the original winemaker, and is matured in French oak.

Tropical fruit and citrus, limestone and oak aromas give way to a refreshing, powerful and rounded palate. Vanillin spices with honeysuckle, layers of fruit and a lingering finish.

Enjoy over the next two years with pan fried fish, pork chops or scallops.

South Africa 25% OffDate published: 19/09/13

If you want to try the various wines from Robertson Winery or Rustenberg, then make the most of the fantastic 25% off offer on all South African Wines.

Well known for Cabernet based Bordeaux blends, and single varietal Chenin Blanc locally known as 'Steen', the varied climate, soils and moderating factors such as the Cape Doctor make South Africa an exceptionally diverse wine region to explore.

Withe a great many top producers, styles and grape varieties there is a wine to please everyone, so grab yours now while the offer and stocks last

Curious BrewDate published: 16/09/13

Love a good lager? Curious for something different? Why not try Curious Brew, created by England's leading winemaker, this dry, fresh, aromatic beer is brewed using the finest pale malt and Soaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare fragrant Nelson sauvin hop. No taste of corporate cardboard. No whiff of market research. Just modern lager beer made to refresh and delight.

For something of this quality $17.99 for 12 bottle is a real bargain! So what are you waiting for?

Love a good lager? Curious for something different? Why not try Curious Brew, created by England's leading winemaker, this dry, fresh, aromatic beer is brewed using the finest pale malt and Soaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare fragrant Nelson sauvin hop. No taste of corporate cardboard. No whiff of market research. Just modern lager beer made to refresh and delight.

For something of this quality $17.99 for 12 bottle is a real bargain! So what are you waiting for?

Love a good lager? Curious for something different? Why not try Curious Brew, created by England's leading winemaker, this dry, fresh, aromatic beer is brewed using the finest pale malt and Soaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare fragrant Nelson sauvin hop. No taste of corporate cardboard. No whiff of market research. Just modern lager beer made to refresh and delight.

For something of this quality $17.99 for 12 bottle is a real bargain! So what are you waiting for?

Love a good lager? Curious for something different? Why not try Curious Brew, created by England's leading winemaker, this dry, fresh, aromatic beer is brewed using the finest pale malt and Soaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare fragrant Nelson sauvin hop. No taste of corporate cardboard. No whiff of market research. Just modern lager beer made to refresh and delight.

For something of this quality $17.99 for 12 bottle is a real bargain! So what are you waiting for?

Fine Wine FridaysDate published: 16/09/13

You may have heard that Majestic have started doing Fine Wine Fridays where each week we open a bottle of Fine Wine throughout September and October. So far we've enjoyed Jermann Pinot Grigrio, crisp refreshing and well rounded. We've also tried Pasquera Crianza from the up and coming Ribera del Duero in Spain. Made from 100% Tempranillo, spending 24-30 months in oak this wine displayed rich dark fruits and fantastic length at a great price. Next week we'll be looking at Quartz Reef Pinot Noir an incredible example of what the mineral rich New Zealand soils can do to a wine. Don't miss out!

Why buy fine wine? I hear you say! Did you know that when you buy wine in a restaurant you're probably paying three times the price you should so why not spend the same amount in Majestic and get something that little bit special?

It's Fine Wine at House Wine Prices!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/09/13

Pesquera Crianza

Ribero Del Duero


From one of the most up and coming areas in the wine world, Alejandro Fernandez has produced a sublime crianza from the Ribero Del Duero. Situated more southerly than Rioja, these wines certainly pack a punch! Made from 100% tempranillo, this has seen around 24-30 months in oak, much more than you would get in a crianza from Rioja. Rich dark fruit and a fantastic length set the Pesquera apart from anything else this region has to offer!

In order to get the most out of this wine, open with a well aged piece of red meat and just enjoy!

Short Term Deals!!Date published: 16/09/13

Pop in and grab a bargain! New short term deals just announced! Call in or give us a ring on 01423 566866 to place your order today!

Giesen Sauv Blanc @ £5.99

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo @ £4.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV @ £15.99

Heidsieck Gold Top 2007 @ £17.99

Piper Heidsieck NV @ £19.99

All when you buy any two bottles!

New wines for AutumnDate published: 03/09/13

Here at Majestic, we're always looking to bring you great value, new and exciting wines and this season is no exception.

Here's some of the new wines that we think deserve a special mention;

Heidsick & Co Monopole Brut NV - £17 each
(save 1/3 off selected fizz or £25.50 single bottle price)

Heidsick's Brut is a Pinot-dominant blend which results in a crisp fruit backbone with a satisfying brioche note. This harmoniously balanced wine had an abundant mousse and at £17 a bottle (offer price) is the perfect autumn fizz.

Montes Twins 2011, Chile - £8.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £11.99 single bottle price)

The 'twins' in this wine are the two constituent grape varieties: Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Using a 50:50 blend of the two grape varieties, maturing the wine for 10 months and oak ageing 60% of the blend creates a big, bold wine that matches perfectly with prime cuts of beef. A smooth texture and raisin-like notes has been gained from the Malbec, whilst intense bramble fruit and a firm structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon balances the wine out.

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Argentina - £7.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £10.99 single bottle price)

A deliberately youthful Malbec with minimal oak contact which has produced a soft textured, fruity Malbec. Approachable in style with lots of cherry, plum and blackberry fruits. A well-balanced acidity alongside round tannins result in an easy-drinking Malbec that will pair well with a meaty pizza.

Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir, 2012, New Zealand - £14.99
(Buy 2/more and save £8 or £14.99 single bottle price)

The Giesen brothers started making wine in Marlborough in 1981 and there range is now one of Marlborough most recognised brands. This Pinot Noir has an intense nose of cherry, bramble, cassis and spice with an earthy undertone. The palate is perfectly balanced with elegant tannins and a taut structure. Cellar for up to 5 years to allow the wine to further develop and enjoy with duck or game dishes.

Montecastrillo 2011, Spain - £7.99
(20% off Spanish Wines when you buy 2/more or £9.99 single bottle price)

Made organically by a family-run estate in Ribera del Duero, this wine is a firm favourite of the newcomers amongst the Majestic Harrogate staff. Very fruit-focused with a blackcurrant and raspberry core a hint of cocoa. Easy-drinking despite the medium-weighted tannins, this is the perfect autumn red.

Côtes-du-Rhône, 2012, Rhône - £6.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £9.99 single bottle price)

A classic southern Rhône blend with an intense nose of red fruits, spice, pepper and garrigue. Medium bodied on the palate with a pleasing length, perfect with Mediterranean dishes.

Chardonnay Saint Roch 2011, Loire - £8.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £11.99 single bottle price)

From a specific parcel of vines, located to the south of Clermont-Ferrand, this Chardonnay is tank fermented and lee aged for 15 months. Unoaked yet with an intriguing nutty complexity and a profound minerality, soft acidity and a citrus fruit character. Enjoy with white fish dishes.

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012, New Zealand - £7.99
(Buy 2/more and save £4 or £9.99 single bottle price)

Matua translates to 'head of the family' and is appropriate for this winery which was one of the first wineries to start making great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc back in the mid-1970's. Full of tangy grapefruit, gooseberry and passion fruit with an explosion of refreshing acidity. A good all round kiwi Sauvignon at a great price.

Los Boldos Chardonnay 2012, Chile - £8.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £11.99 single bottle price)

Established in 1991 with the aim of producing quality wines using traditional French wine-making methods, Los Boldos are a well established and reputable winery. This is a very fruit driven Chardonnay, with lots of citrus, green apple and pear notes along with an added honeyed edge and a delicate buttery finish. Perfect with creamy fish dishes.

New Offers!!Date published: 03/09/13

We now have 20% off both Spanish and South African wines. Both offers have prices starting at £4.99 upwards and there will be plenty open to taste over the coming months. Come And Explore!!

Wine of the Week: Campofiorin, MasiDate published: 30/08/13

Campofiorin, 2009, Masi

Buy 2 still Italian wines and save 25% ~ £9.37 each
or £12.49 single bottle price

I bring to you another Italian gem for this weeks wine of the week.

Made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine with a portion of dried grapes, this wine is rich and complex in style. Dark ruby with a violet tinge and aromas of ripe cherries, vanilla, cinnamon with a medicinal hit, this wine is ever so inviting. The palate is full of cherries and sweet spice with a savoury edge and a velvety finish.

Enjoy with a selection of matured cheeses and Italian cured meats.

A Taste of ItalyDate published: 21/08/13

Amarone della Valpolicella

From £18 a bottle

This is a wine I fell in love with at a very early age (not too young to be drinking of course!). It was the nose that first hooked me in! How could a wine smell so rich, vibrant and powerful I thought? It's true, even though I was new to the wine industry, you could tell that this wine was special. If ever the term fine wine was to be used, it was when describing Amarone. To help I'll give you a little history of it...

Made in the Valpolicella region of north east Italy, Amarone is made a little bit different. The garpes (Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella) are harvested as usual, but then left through winter on straw mats to dry out. Like any grape that dries. it becomes more like a raisen. Now the above mentioned grapes are not left long enough for that to happen, but, nevertheless, the do shrink in size and concentrate all those sugars, juices and flavours ready for the next step. The wines are then pressed and left to ferment, over a long period of time (around 80 days), with the skins intact. The wine is then aged in oak barrels before being bottled.

The result is a wine that diplays characteristics of christmas cake, dried fruits, chocolate and spice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a wine that deserves your full attention. Not one of your midweek sippers, or something to open because you fancy a glass, Amarone should have the full treatment. So, visit the local butcher and deli, treat yourself to either a beautiful cut of beef or the finest mature cheeses you can find, and just enjoy, as it's not often that a wine is this magnificant! 

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 17/08/13

Zonin- Italian Sparkle at

a great price!!

Only £7.99 when you buy

2 or more!!

Who are they?

One of our more recent arrivals, this Prosecco is surely not to be missed. 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.

What is it like?

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas.

What shall I drink it with?

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Hot Off the Press!!Date published: 16/08/13

Decanter Sept 2013

2012 Callia Bella Malbec £5.99* - Fantastic value red. The ever increasing popularity of Malbec makes this a must try!
2011 Caixas Albarino £6.99* - Made by Martin Codax just for Majestic, this fantastic Spanish white will please all wine lovers

The Guardian

2012 Ned Pinot Noir £9.99* - We all know about the sauvignon, but why not try their red! Soft subtle and bursting with fruit, this represents real value for money when it comes to NZ Pinot Noir!

The Observer

Paulett's Polish Hill River Riesling £10.99* - Direct from the Clare Valley, this dry riesling is clean and crisp and begging to be drunk with your next spiced dish!

Sunday Express

Laurent Perrier NV £25* - What weekend would be complete without a few bubbles to help you on your way. From on eof the finest champagne producers, this NV displays a fresh richness only found in the best champagnes!

*when you buy 2 or more

Free TastingsDate published: 16/08/13

Tastings at Majestic Harrogate

The Wine Course;

Thursday 22nd August, 6pm Start

The Wine course is a free introduction to wine for all those wanting to learn a little more about it. We'll guide you through a selection of white and red wines, including a Fizz. There will also be a demonstration on food and wine matching. Sign up today as places are limited.

Spotlight Tastings;6 wines in 30 minutes - Focused tastings where we compare and contrast different wines from the same area or grape.

Saturday 7th September,12pm and 3pm Start;
It's influence on international styles

Saturday 14
th September,12pm and 3pm Start;
Rioja and beyond

Saturday 21
st September,12pm and 3pm Start;
Sauvignon Blanc:
Exploring styles and interesting alternatives

Saturday 28th September,12pm and 3pm Start;
It's influence on international styles

Sign up for a place today

Wine of the Week: Montecastrillo, Ribera Del DueroDate published: 14/08/13

Montecastrillo 2011, Ribera Del Duero

Buy 2 save £4

£7.99 (£9.99 Single Bottle)

Something a little different this week, hailing from Ribera Del Duero, this beauty is everything you lovers of big reds will enjoy! Bursting with blackcurrent and cherry, the finish is rounded and a smooth as it comes! With Ripe rich tannins to match I know what some will be asking...why pay this amount when you can get a fantastic Reserva Rioja for the same price? Well, bearing in mind that is Organically produced on a small vineyard with some of the vines reaching 100yrs old, I can't see this wine staying at this price for long. It's a safe bet that this wine will reach the high standards expected from Spanish lovers all over the world!

Wine of the Week: Caixas Albariňo 2011, Martín CódaxDate published: 07/08/13

Caixas Albariňo 2011, Martín Códax, Raís Baixas

Buy 2/more and save £6 ~ £6.99 each
or £9.99 single bottle price

Martín Códax is one of the most famous producer's in the Galicia region of Spain and this Albariňo is made exclusively for Majestic by Códax.

Light, fresh and youthful in style, this Albariňo is a zesty dry white that is well worth a try by those who have yet to come across it. The nose is full of citrus fruits with added stone fruit and nectar aromas. A crisp, refreshing acidity adds to the fruit backbone on the palate which lasts for an enduring finish.

The perfect accompaniment to fish and shellfish dishes.

Wine of the Week: Royal Tokaji Dry FurmintDate published: 31/07/13

The Royal Tokaji Wine Company was set up by the legendary wine writer Hugh Johnson in 1990. His aim was to bring Tokaji to the forefront of sweet wine production and he succeeded in a massive way. Royal Tokaji are now one of the most world renowned Dessert Wine producers in the world the most iconic being the Essencia which can take 6-8 years to complete it's fermentation and requires 100kg of grapes to produce just one 50cl bottle.

Less well known is the Dry Furmint produced by Royal Tokaji made from the same Furmint grapes but a million miles away style wise. It is an early budding, late ripening variety and is particularly susceptible to noble rot. Its high acidity gives the wine longevity. Furmint's characteristics are clear, apricot and a hint of honey on the nose. The depth of fruit is balanced by its mineral backbone. Furmint is becoming one of the most demanded new exotic white grape varieties. Enjoy within 4 years of production.

Sauvignon's of the World join hands start a wine train!!Date published: 30/07/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc

From the same area as Ned this wine offers up a delightful palate

of Gooseberry, passion fruit and a hint of citrus. Displaying similar fruit characteristics and balance as this Ned with perhaps a little acidity and only £6.99 a bottle!

Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc

This wine takes us completely away from New Zealand all the way to Chile and this family owned vineyard dating back to 1870. Their experience shines through this bottle where the cool breeze and abundant sunshine help create fresh, crisp wines. Familiar tropical fruits are clearly present but added to this apple and herby tomato leaf give a little more complexity than many of the Marlborough Sauvignon's.

Domaine de Villargeau Sauvignon Blanc

Our last offering comes from very near Sancerre, the home of Sauvignon Blanc itself. A Quality wine displaying the familiar tropical

notes of a New Zealand Sauvignon aswell as tomato, grassy and herbal characteristics, balanced with the unique minerality found only in these soils. A very special wine at a great price and a brilliant introduction to the confusing wines of France.

Fine Wine of the Weekend: Château de Tracy 2011, Pouilly-Fumé Date published: 26/07/13

Château de Tracy 2011, Pouilly-Fumé

Buy 2 any two selected Fine Wines and save £8 ~ £18.00 each

or £22.00 single bottle price

Château de Tracy have been crafting wines since 1396 and is still run as a family business today. Overlooking the Loire river, the Château lies near the village of Pouilly-sur-Loire and produces an elegant and complex Pouilly-Fumé

Pale gold in colour with an open and intense nose of citrus, blackcurrant and a slightly vegetal hint. The fruit continues into the palate where the citrussy attack meets a seductive minerality.

Treat yourself to a bottle or two for the weekend, the weather like this its the perfect choice! Team with a goat's cheese salad or some fresh seafood.

Wine of the week: Invivo Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/07/13

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Awatere Valley, Marlborough

Buy 2 still New Zealand wines and save 20% ~ £9.99 each
or £12.49 single bottle price

Invivo wines are produced in both the Marlborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand by two Kiwi school friends, Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron. With an extensive experience in winemaking, the school friends released Invivo wines back in 2008 and they have since gone on to win various awards for their wines including twice being named NZ producer of the year.

The nose of this Sauvignon Blanc is very expressive and richly scented with aromas of tropical fruits, bell peppers and a floral lime zest. The vibrant fruit bouquet continues into the palate where evidence of lees contact adds a textural dimension and complexity to the wine.

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc is the official wine of the Graham Norton show, why not enjoy this wine yourself in a similar fashion, chatting with friends.

Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc Date published: 19/07/13

We English may not be used to this sort of weather but Southern France is certainly well accustomed to it so we've turned to their wines for drinking inspiration this week. This incredibly aromatic and full flavor Viognier has a long well established history.

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

Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. The palate carries on the stone fruit theme, combining glassy freshness with a mature, dried apricot complexity. Enjoy Drink now or keep for 3-5 years. Try with teriyaki-glazed chicken.

Get Yourself Booked in for the Next Harrogate Wine Course new date added due to popular demand!!Date published: 14/07/13

Love Wine but ashamed of how little you know? Then Majestic are here to help!

If you are looking to broaden your knowledge of wine, try some new food and wine matching or simply want to have to bit of fun, then the wine course is perfect for you.

Our next course will be held on Thursday the 22 of August at 6pm, interested?

A Week in ChileDate published: 14/07/13

This week we're exploring the incredible wines of Chile from the full bodied and fruity to the grassy and complex, this region has a whole lot to offer and this small article will hopefully give you a taste of what is to come this week.

First off it's worth talking about the unique Geography; the vineyards are protected on all sides by oceans, desserts and mountains making the wine growing area one of the most protected in the world. It still remains one of the only places free from the root infecting Phylloxera that affects so many of the worlds vines today and almost destroyed Bordeaux in the 1920's.

It's not your typical New World region either, Chile is well known to produce wines that offer both the fruitiness of the New World and the complexity of many of the best Old World wines. It's Sauvignon Blanc's for example express many of the gooseberry notes found in a typical Marlborough Sauvignon but all bring in the grassy and mineral characteristics found in places like Pouilly Fume and Sancerre in France.

Lastly this region produces some of the world's best Carmenere, a grape previously used in the Bordeaux blend but which now dominates Chile. Expressing dark chocolate notes and smooth tannins this grape is certainly unique. Costing anywhere between £6.39 for the 120 or £30 for the outstanding Purple Angel this one is certainly worth a try.

On the tasting counter this week we have some of the best Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons this region has to offer so why not pop in and try and few!? You know where to find us!

The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/07/13

If you've been in store recently, or tried to order this product online, you may have found it missing from our otherwise well-stocked shelves.This is because we have sold out of the current vintage and are awaiting our next shipment. It is due back in our store week commencing 22nd July; however our current offer ends before then. If you would like to reserve some at the current special offer price of £6.99, do not hesitate to ring us on 01423 566866 or email us har@majestic.co.uk, and we will deliver the new vintage to you FREE as soon as it arrives.

Wine of the week: Halcon ReservaDate published: 11/07/13

Halcon Reserva 2010, Tamaya, Limari Valley

Buy 2 Chilean Stil
l Wines and save 20% ~ £9.59 each
or £11.99 single bottle price

It's Chilean tasting week this week and this expressive red is a great wine of the week to show how diverse Chilean wines are.

Using a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine undergoes just 50% barrel maturation which helps maintain a youthful, fruity profile.

Vibrant purple in colour, this wine is bursting with lots of cassis, strawberry and plum both on the nose and following through to the palate. Earthy and meaty undertones add to the fruity palate where fine tannins provide weight and depth.

Enjoy with BBQ'd food this weekend!!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/07/13

Chablis 2011 Boudin

Summer is here so why wouldn't you want to crack open a bottle of fine Chablis, the home of Chardonnay. We've chosen for you something a bit special for a great price.

The Boudin family own some of the oldest vines in the appellation of Chablis, resulting in wines that are much richer than typical Chablis. The older vines focus the kaleidescope of flavours into fewer grapes so you're only drinking the best they can offer.

Hints of green apple, lime and citrus as well as warm ripe stone fruits, almost moving into tropical aromas. A weightier palate than usual as the same flavours carry through with a hint of minerality from the famous Chablis soils.

Enjoy on a warm sunny eve as a an aperitif or with seafood

Chose by Chris jnr `

A Few of Our Favorites From the Top 100Date published: 06/07/13

Not only does this wine appear in the top 100 but Decanter have given it a bronze award. From a high-quality cooperative this classy Pouilly-Fumé provides a benchmark performance, with plenty of mineral characters and a crisp gooseberry zestiness. Accompanied by a hint of smoky gunflint that defines this fine region.

Mlle Jones Fitou 2011 Domaine Jones

This incredible value one off parcel is certainly not to be missed. Langeudoc is certainly well know to produce some of the best wines and this one demonstrates what ca be done. This wine is elegant and sophisticated (a little like Miss Jones), red fruits dominate with a pleasing oaky balance, Perfect with roasts, steak and mature cheeses.

An interesting blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard at a brilliant price. The Gascony region is perhaps France's best value white wine region, fruity on the nose with a hint of cut grass aromas, ripe grapefruit on the crisp palate and a fresh finish.

Love the Ned Sauvignon Blanc then we know you'll love these...Date published: 01/07/13

Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Made exclusively for Majestic in the Marlborough region of New Zealand are the fantastic Fairleigh Estate wines. Expressive of their varietal character and extremely elegant in style, these wines are definitely not to be missed.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand in a glass... vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of chalk with a reviving fresh finish.

La Grille Sauvignon Blanc

Lastly for something equally as brilliantly priced with a French style why not try this? Loire trademarks of gooseberry and blackcurrant leaf characterise the nose. The palate is nicely balanced, with a soft-edged acidity , yet a snappy citrussy zing.

Garb any of these wines for a stonking £6.99

Fine Wine of the Weekend: Domaines Ott RoséDate published: 28/06/13

Château Romassan Rosé 2012 Bandol, Domaines Ott


Bandol have been producing wine of the highest order from the Provence region and this Rose from Domaines Ott lives up to that reputation. This is a Rosé of the highest standard, produced from the 'Coeur de Grain', a very fine and light pressing that releases the finest and richest elements of the grape. The Coeur de Grain then goes through fermentation without the addition of any chemicals ensuring the balance and subtlety are preserved.

This wine exudes elegance with every drop. It dances on the palate with the cheek of a naked nymph filled with the joy of summer. You could add an extra zero on the end of this price and it would still be an absolute steal, so grab some now before the Police catch you!! I'm calling them now! 9..9...

Wine of the Week!Date published: 27/06/13

Commanderie de Peyrassol
Cotes de Provence


Buy 2 save £2


Seen as we're having what some may call a 'summer', I thought I may as well bring you a rose for this week. In my (well respected some may say) opinion, if your going to
drink rose, go for Provence! The original home of rose, they generally blend a selection of different red grape varieties together (Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault to name a few) to produce a pale coloured, delicate and subtle wine. Peyrassol has beena personal favourite of mine since we started stocking it a couple of years ago, and it has never disappointed! A fantastic palate of strawberry gives way to a long, lingeing finish that goes on and on and on and...!

Normally I would suggest the perfect food for this, but given the time of year, put your feet up, pop the latest match from Wimbledon on and substitute your strawberries and cream for this ace! 

A guide to Rosé wine makingDate published: 25/06/13

Rosé wines

Summer is finally here and there hasn't been a better time to enjoy a glass of chilled Rosé.

But how is this classic summer tipple made?

There are four different ways to make Rosé;
1) Direct Pressing – To produce the most delicately coloured Rosé wines, a technique called drawing off is used. Black grapes are gently crushed and pressed in order to extract as little colour and tannins as possible and the juice is run off.

2) Drawing off – Red grapes are processed as to make red wine, then juice is drawn off while fermentation occurs. The longer the wine remains in contact with the skins, the deeper the colour of the final Rosé.

3) Bleeding (Saignée) – A similar technique to drawing off, except that only a proportion of the juice is drawn off and the rest remains in contact with the skins to produce a red wine. This produces an intensely concentrated red wine and the Rosé is essentially a by-product.

4) Blending – When a small proportion of Red wine is added to White wine, producing a Rosé. This method is not permitted in the EU except in Champagne, other than that it is mainly used to produce inexpensive New World Rosés.

Want to learn more about Rosé wines and more importantly, try some? Well, we have a tasting tutorial on the 29th of June in store at either 12 or 3pm. To book a place, call 01423 566866 or email har@majestic.co.uk

Open as Usual!Date published: 25/06/13

You may have noticed that we're in the process of bringing you a fantastic new car park! Whilst this is ongoing there is a little disruption outside the store, but, nevertheless, we are still open 7 days a week! If you do find it difficult to get in to see us, don't forget that we offer FREE delivery on all orders over £40 (6 or more bottles) so give us a call on 01423 566866 where one of the team will be more than happy to provide that in store service in the comfort of your own home!

Looking for a New Wine Supplier?Date published: 21/06/13

Dedicated Account Manager

Strong customer relationships are at the heart of our business. That’s why we give you a key point of contact, based in your region, who’s on hand to offer the support, advice and information you need, when you need it. Our people combine commercial experience with industry-leading Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications, giving them the knowledge to guide you through the world of wine and everything in it.

Local delivery, local support

Your account will be serviced from the Harrogate Majestic store. Having this local base will give you the reassurance of knowing the people picking, processing and delivering your wines, at the same time as keeping costs to a minimum. What’s more, being open seven days a week makes it quicker and easier to arrange deliveries, even at weekends.

Bespoke wine list design & production

A well-presented wine list with informative tasting notes is a vital tool in promoting and selling wines right across your range. We will produce this list through extensive consultation to make sure this is the perfect list for your venue.

Commercial Exclusives range

We pride ourselves on offering quality and interest throughout the Majestic range. However, as a Commercial customer you also have access to a hand-selected range of key wines which are not available for retail sale to the public.

Sharing our knowledge

Our customers tell us that the most valuable support we can give them is via training of their staff. We offer training ranging from our really successful ‘Confidence in WIne' course that cultivates an understanding of the winemaking process and key grape varieties as well as basic food and wine matching principles. Another recent development is 'Perfect Partner', a bespoke food matching course designed to take wine knowledge to the next level which uses both the food and the wines from each customers menus.

On top of all of this, your account manager can help you prepare your own customer events, such as Gastro Evenings and quiz nights. They may even be able to assist on the night by introducing the wines accompanying the courses you serve.


Fine Wine of the Weekend: Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2004, CVNEDate published: 21/06/13

Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2004, CVNE

Buy 2 bottles and save £16 ~ £20.00 each

or £28.00 single bottle price

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Named Imperial because it was originally exported to the UK in imperial pint sized bottles, CVNE produces some of the greatest wines in Spain.

This Rioja Gran Reserva is made from 20 year old vines and aged in both French and American oak.

Displaying an array of aromas including berries, caramel and sweet spices this Gran Reserva has a complex and expressive nose. The palate is finely structured with plenty of berries, plums and dried fruit flavours along with a toasty vanilla undertone.

Drink now or cellar for a few years to allow the flavours to further evolve.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/06/13

Petit Chablis
Domaine Seguinot-Bordet

Buy 2 save £2


Now, I realise that for years Majestic have been warning people off Petit Chablis. I know I have! But then we started stocking it. Well, my heart just sank. How could we do that! What was the point! And how on earth can we charge £10.99 for it! But then I tasted it. My conclusion...how could I be so wrong! A fantastic producer of all Chablis, this wine is what the very best can do with maybe the very average. A wine with fantastic minerality, subtle citrus fruits and a cracking length, I defy any Chablis lovers to try this and find a better wine at that price.

Now, I'm off to sit in a corner and think about what I've done...

Austrailia- What you need to knowDate published: 15/06/13

In just 30 years this region has arguably become as renowned as France. Many ask why it took so little time to become this popular (now the fourth biggest wine exporter in world) when the French took a few hundred years. Certainly new technology like refrigeration have helped to refine these wines in such a hot climate, ask an Australian and they'll say its because they work harder than the rest of the world, but it probably has more to do with the sheer amount of competition, only the best survive. Producers have been forced to innovate and be the best at what they do in order to keep up.

One of the reasons why people love Australia is the fruit driven style created by the baking heat. The king grape is most definitely the Shiraz, my personal favourite being the old bush vines used in the creation of wines like 'Two Hands'. Other popular Vineyards include Wakefield and Peter Lehman and for something extra special why not try the Armagh by Jim Barry? Only 200 bottles of this are released in Britain every year and you could be the proud owner of one of these for just £90 a bottle.

There are plenty more wines on the tasting counter and many more our friendly staff can suggest so why not 'Come and Explore' in store and learn a whole lot more about this incredible region and many others.

Wine of the week matsu el recio 2010 ToroDate published: 13/06/13

El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish.

Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins.

A personal favourite of mine when accompanied with fillet steak marinated for a day in olive oil mixed with rosemary leaves, lemon skin and garlic ground together in a pestle and mortar and mixed together with mashed potato and mushroom sauce.

Chosen by Chris jnr

Summer Rosé OffersDate published: 13/06/13

Summer Rosé Offers;

We have some great Summer Rosé offers in store including AIX Rosé Double Magnum (£50), Lauren Perrier Rosé NV (£45), Oyster Bay Sparkling Rosé (£11.99 for 2/more), Château Pigoudet Rosé (£8.99 for 2/more) and Domaine La Chautarde Rosé (£6.99 for 2/more).

Father's Day giftsDate published: 13/06/13

Father's Day is this Sunday (16th June) and Majestic have some cracking gifts to make your Father's day!

Why not treat your Dad to James Bond's tipple of choice; Bollinger Grande Année. Rich and fruity with bold yeasty notes, this is the perfect treat. Buy two bottles and save £40 ~ £60 each (or £80 single bottle price)

Or maybe your Father would appreciate a bold Red wine? The McGuigan Handmade Shiraz is bursting with black fruits and vanilla, perfect with a BBQ! Buy 2 bottles and save £10 ~ £20 each (or £25 single bottle price)

For a White wine, try the Au Bon Climat 'Bein Nacido' Chardonnay. With apple, lemon, toast and oak notes, this is a sophisticated and classy Chardonnay at £23.00

For a Whisky loving Father, the Singleton Single Malt Scotch Whiskey at £35 comes gift packed with two glasses. With sweet and fruity notes, this fine Whisky is perfectly balanced, rich and smooth.

Lastly, for a the perfect Port, Taylor's LBV at £9.99 is rich and fruity and ready for drinking now.

Fine Wine of the Weekend: Peregrine Pinot GrisDate published: 07/06/13

Peregrine Pinot Gris 2012,
Central Otago, New Zealand

Buy 2 New Zealand Still Wines and save 20% ~ £17.59 each
or £22.00 single bottle price

Peregrine is a modern Central Otago winery and this Pinot Gris is a great example of the intense varietal character produced by the warm days and cool nights of this region.

Pinot Gris is in fact the same grape variety as Pinot Grigo yet this Pinot Gris shows just how different in style this variety can be. Slightly off-dry, this Pinot Gris is bursting with an array of tropical fruit characteristics, very different from an Italian style Pinot Grigio.

Mango, peach, pear and grapefruit are in abundance both on the nose and on the palate where a hint of sweetness and a firm minerality add to the complexity.

Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years.
Try with chili BBQ prawns this weekend!

Last of the current offersDate published: 06/06/13

Last of the current offers

It's your last chance to grab some cracking deals this week before a mini price-change on the 10th June. Heres a few wines we think are worth stocking up on;

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough
Buy 2 New Zealand Wines and save 20% ~ £5.99 a bottle
Or £7.49 Single bottle price

A fantastic value Marlborough, full of zesty lime and lemongrass along with the characteristic gooseberry. Perfect on its own but also great with seafood.

Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato 2012, Italy
Buy 2 Italian Wines and save 20% ~ £6.39 a bottle
Or £7.99 Single bottle price

Full of ripe summer fruits, with a soft-edged acidity, this Rosé is refreshing and very easy-drinking. Perfect for a hot summer's day!

Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2006, Spain
Buy 2 and save £8 ~ £5.99 a bottle
Or £9.99 Single bottle price

Amazing value for a fantastic Rioja Reserva and sure to sell out. Bursting with dark fruit, toasty oak and sweet spice, this Rioja will partner well with some Summer Tapas.

Prosecco La Marca Treviso, Italy
£8.99 a bottle

The perfect summer fizz, a steal at only £8.99. The light, elegant style with a citrusy backbone makes this Prosecco the ultimate party fizz. Try adding a touch of peach puree for a refreshing bellini.

Undurrage Rosé, Chile
£6.99 a bottle

The best value Rosé fizz out there! With a delicate watermelon pink colour, this fizz is full of strawberries, cherries and floral aromas. Party perfect!

Lauren-Perrier Brut NV
£25.00 a bottle

An elegant styled Champagne with subtle citrus, toast and spice. Try it on a hots summer day with a fish and chip picnic!

Tastings @ Majestic Harrogate - JuneDate published: 06/06/13

Tastings at Majestic Harrogate

Fancy coming along? Sign up today...it's FREE!

June 2013;
Saturday 15th June - BBQ Tasting Counter Tutorial 12pm and 3pm
A 30 minute tutorial on wines that are great BBQ accompaniments. From the classic full bodied Shiraz to a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, come along and explore which wines are great to have with a summer's BBQ and lets all hope that it's actually BBQ weather!

Thursday 27th June – The Wine Course 6pm Start
A free introduction to wine for all those wanting to learn a little more! We'll guide you through a selection of whites, reds and fizz plus a demonstration on food and wine matching! Whats best about it? It's totally FREE! Sign up today as places are limited!

Saturday 29th June - Rosé Tasting Counter Tutorial 12pm and 3pm
Summer wouldn't be complete without fruity, refreshing Rosés. Come along to this tutorial and explore the diverse range of Rosé wines that Majestic have to offer. Whether your preference is fresh and fruity, light and refreshing or a slightly sweeter style, were sure to have something to suit everyone.

Get in touch by calling 01423 566866 or emailing har@majestic.co.uk

Draw a Blank on your Sauvignon Blanc knowledge? This article should help!!Date published: 31/05/13

This particular white grape has exploded in popularity in recent years with New Zealand being by far the favourite. You could spend many a late summer evening sampling the wide variety of vineyards in New Zealand alone, from Cloudy Bay to the Ned but for something a bit different why not try a new country?

Like many other grape varieties the Sauvignon varies depending on soil content and weather. So a French Pouilly-Fume will contain more herbaceous notes as the tropical flavours struggle to develop in cooler conditions as-well as a flinty minerality from the unique soil content found in this region.

Many love Marlborough because the warmer conditions bring out the tropical characteristics but tend to hide the complexity found in many of the French ones. For those who are put off by the grassy French notes or the over fruity Marlborough, both Chile and South Africa produce wines which balance these two characteristics. Why not try the Errazuriz Sauvignon from Chile or the Boschendal Sauvignon from South Africa?

Summer is definitely the perfect time to further explore this variety so pop into store for even more recommendations.

Wine of the Week: Martinborough Vineyards Te Tera Pinot NoirDate published: 31/05/13

Martinborough Vineyards Te Tera Pinot Noir 2011

Buy 2 New Zealand Still Wines and save 20% ~ £13.99 each
or £17.49 single bottle price

Martinborough Vineyard was one of the pioneers that put New Zealand Pinot Noir on the map back in the mid 1980's and is still producing exceptional Pinot Noir to date.

The nose is enticing with plenty of ripe cherries, red berries and plums along with a hint of savoriness and a subtle mocha note. The fruit continues on the palate where fine grained tannins add to the wines complexity.

All in all, this is an elegant and approachable Pinot Noir that could be enjoyed alone or would suit well with a Roast Lamb dish.

Fine Wine of the Weekend: McGuigan Handmade ShirazDate published: 24/05/13

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz, 2008
Langhorne Creek, Australia

Buy 2 bottles and save £10 ~ £20.00 each
or £25.00 single bottle price

This exceptional Shiraz comes from the premium Langhorne Creek region of South Australia, near Adelaide. The vineyard is located on the rich, fertile banks of Lake Alexandrina which makes for an outstanding wine.

Deep crimson in colour with intense ripe berry characteristics and a hint on vanilla on the nose. The palate is a concentrated, yet balanced array of rich black fruit flavours along with a velvety smooth finish.

Treat yourself to a bottle or two of this fantastic Shiraz to enjoy over the Bank Holiday weekend, we're sure it won't disappoint.

Wine of the Week: Domaine La Chautarde RoséDate published: 23/05/13

Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2012,
Côteaux Varois en Provence

Buy 2 bottles and save £4 ~ £6.99 each
or £8.99 single bottle price

Located near the city of Brignoles in Provence, this Rosé is a classic South of France blend made with Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan.

This Rosé has a fruity bouquet of cherries, strawberries, watermelon and nectarines. Light and dry in style, with a soft acidity and a delicate juiciness, this is a perfect Summer's day wine.

Enjoy at a Bank Holiday BBQ or party this weekend. Hopefully the weather will be bright and sunny!!

Bank Holiday SpecialsDate published: 21/05/13

We have some amazing offers on some old favorites and new for the bank holiday weekend so why not pop in store and stock up. With wines such as Louis Latour Macon Lugny & Chapoutier Belleruche on offer at £7.99, and George Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages at £5.99 there is something for everyone.

For something a bit different, we are tasting the new Pimm's Blackberry & Elderflower which is a little treat at £13.00.

Italian Tasting week 17th- 23rd MayDate published: 16/05/13

Italy, not only famous for its leaning towers, Ferrari's and great food but also its incredible selection of wines, producing around 5 billion litres a year.

The break-up of Rome left many scattered regions with vastly different varieties, ranging from crisp and fruity Pinot Grigio and Soave to full bodied and tannic wines like Valpolicello.


We're here to help you make sense of this incredible region by opening some of the many wines they have to offer and delving deeper into them on Saturday during our tasting tutorials, register today for these 30 minute sessions at 12pm and 3pm.

Wine of the Week: Dry Furmint, Royal FurmintDate published: 16/05/13

Dry Furmint 2010/2011, Royal Tokaji, Hungary

Buy 2 bottles and save £3 - £8.49
Or single bottle - £9.99

This week I've decided to open something a little different for Wine of the Week with this Hungarian gem.

The name 'Furmint' describes the wheaten colour of the wine and straight as you pour a glass you know there's something special about this wine. An aroma of honey, peaches and apricots with an aromatic twist leaps out from the glass and follows on in the palate.

The crisp acidity gives this fruit-laden palate some added bite and the tinge of minerality gives this wine an exotic feel. The finish is well-defined with a honeyed fruitiness that lingers on.

Enjoy this wine on its own, at a party or with rich poultry dishes.

Ready to drink Date published: 14/05/13

Wondering which wines to open and drink? Well wonder no more! This fine Amarone is perfect has reached a point of readiness that will excite and inspire the palate.                         

This month we have chosen the Costasera, Amorone classico made from Grapes selected from Vineyards with slopes facing the sunset in the Classica area that benefit from the reflecting of light from Lake Garda and its temperate Cli-mate. Using ancient grape varieties and traditional methods, this is where Ama-rone, a unique modern wine with an ancient heart, has its origins.

Grapes destined to become Masi’s “Costasera” were air-dried (“appssimento” style) in the Masi winery’s state of the art drying rooms, prior to undergoing fermentation in a mix of Slavonian oak and stainless steel tanks. With alcoholic and malolactic fermentation taking the best part of 3 months, this 2008 Masi “Costasera” Amarone was then matured for a further two years in primarily large oak barrels and for around a year in bottle prior to commercial release.

This wine demonstrates impressively intense mixed cherry and damson flavours, layered with prune, raisin and a hint of candied peels and sweet spice all adding complexity.

At only £30 per bottle this stunning Amarone is perfect for now but will also age another 5 years or so.

Party WinesDate published: 12/05/13

Having a Wedding or Party this Summer?

Here at Majestic, we are experienced party planners and with wines starting at just £4.99 we can work to all budgets.

Heres a selection of our great value party wines for under £6.50;

White Wines;
Cuvee de Richard Blanc - £5.49

From Southwest France, this crisp wine is easy drinking with ripe fruit and citrus notes. Remarkable value for money and an excellent party wine!

Torre di Monte Pinot Grigio - £5.59
(when you buy 2/more Italian wines)
From the South of Milan comes this fruity and light-bodied wine that has hints of elderflower, pear and citrus. A very easy-going wine that will go down a treat at any party.

Mountain View Chardonnay - £5.59
(when you buy 2/more Chilean wines)
A very fruit-focused Chardonnay from the Chilean Luis Felipe Edwards vineyards where passion to produce great value wines is key. With plenty of apple, citrus and tropical notes this white is a great all-rounder.

The Parcel Series Sauvignon Semillon - £5.99
(when you buy 2/more Australian wines)
A great quality blend from Margaret river and bottled exclusively for Majestic. Bursting with citrus, passionfruit and tropical flavours along with a subtle creaminess, this wine is perfectly drinkable on its own.

Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc - £6.39
(when you buy 2/more NZ wines)
This classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is excellent value for money and will be a hit at any party. With a crisp acidity and plenty of gooseberry, elderflower and nettle notes this wine is ultimately refreshing.

Red Wines;
Cuvee de Richard Rouge - £5.49

From the Languedoc region in France comes this incredibly versatile red. Blackberry and plum make up the fruit backbone of this smooth and dense wine where subtle tannins add structure.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Grifone - £5.99
(when you buy 2/more Italian wines)
Made with Montepulciano grapes from the Abruzzi region in Italy, this red is a great reliable, medium-bodied wine with plenty of cherry fruit and supple tannins. The soft structure of this wine makes it a perfect party red.

Rioja Crianza Vina Eguia - £5.99

(when you buy 2/more bottles)
A traditional Crianza that has been aged 12 months in American oak followed by 12 months in bottle. Vivid cherry coloured with notes of ripe fruit, vanilla and coconut, this red has an elegant palate and polished tannins.

Santa Rita 120 Merlot - £6.39
(when you buy 2/more Chilean wines)
One of my favourite easy-drinking reds, this Chilean Merlot is medium-bodied with super-soft tannins. Full of ripe red fruit along with vanilla and tobacco notes, this light red is party perfect.

Callia Bella Malbec - £5.99
(when you buy 2/more bottles)
New to Majestic, this Argentinian Malbec is a great value wine. With plenty of berry fruits, baking spices and plush tannins, this Malbec is sure to go down a treat at any party.

Along with a fantastic range of wines, we also offer the following party services;

- Glass hire (Wine glasses, Flutes, Hi-Balls and Beer glasses) - £1 deposit per glass
- Ice Bucket hire - £10 deposit
- Chiller Bin hire - £15 deposit

Any of course, delivery is always free over £40!
(Minimum 6 bottle purchase)

Get in touch on 01423 566866, har@majestic.co.uk or pop into store!

Wine of the Week: King's Thorn Pinot GrisDate published: 12/05/13

The Kings Thorn Pinot Gris, 2012, Marlborough

Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20% - £9.99  Or single bottle - £12.49

Pinot Gris can be somewhat of a thorn in the side for winemakers but this example is exceptionally made by the master that is Brent Marris. You may have come across Brents fantastic wines which include The Ned Sauvignon Blanc already, but don't let this one slip by you.

With a delicate pink tinge, along with a nose of peach, apricot and honeysuckle, this Pinot Gris is ever-so inviting. The fruity bouquet continues on the palate where added acidity and a natural spritz lift the wine.

Try this refreshing Pinot Gris on a hot summers day alone or match with grilled BBQ prawns.

Cellar selectionDate published: 08/05/13

           Looking for something extra special that will age into something spectacular? We’re here to help! Ideal as a gift or for that extra special an-niversary in a few years.

           This superb wine represents a whole new dimension for Carmenère, the long-lost grape variety that recently resurfaced in Chile after being pre-sumed extinct in Bordeaux, its original home. Now considered by many wine-makers in Chile as their ‘signature’ variety calling it the ‘Jurassic Park’ grape that returned from the past.

           Montes were pioneers on the Chilean wine scene when they created their super-premium wines: the Montes Alpha range, and icons Montes Al-pha M and Montes Folly. Montes also led the way to quality by planting vine-yards on steep hillsides.

           Full bodied and concentrated this wine is certainly not for the faint hearted but it has the tannins and acidity that will only enhance in 5 or so years.

           Can also be drunk now but needs to be decantered for a few hours at-least with red berries and dark choco-late on the palate and alluring cigar, blackberries and plum aromas on the nose.

The Highly Palatable Express Issue 2Date published: 07/05/13

Sneak Peak at Tastings

From Friday the 3rd May to Thurs-day 9th May we’ll be looking at new arrivals to majestic with some great ex-amples for you to try, we’ll also be tasting our superb range of Craft beers from the UK and America. Make sure you come along to the tasting on the 9th from 6:30pm.

Then from the 17th - 23 May we will be

looking at wines of Italy with tasting tu-torials happening on the 18th May ask in store for de-tails

Future dates to look forward to: For those who love New Zealand the 31st-6th May is an important date for the diary. Guaran-teed to open your eyes to something a bit different from New Zealand in-stead of your usual choice. Come into the store and give

them a try!

Beer of the Month

As we’re celebrat-ing the world of craft beer, we have chosen Chapel Down this month, made partly from the yeast of Cham-pagne this is cer-tainly a treat!

Fact of the Month

Cold maceration” refers to placing the grapes in a refriger-ated environment for several days be-fore starting fer-

mentation to en-courage color ex-traction. This is be-ing done more and more frequently with Pinot Noir as the skins of this va-rietal don’t have as much pigmentation as other reds.

Quotation of the Month

Beer is made by men, wine by God.”

Martin Luther, circa 1500s

Buy 2 save £8 on selected Fine Wines

Starting this month we have dis-counted some of the best Fine Wines from around the world just for you. Whether it’s a fine Red Burgunday or deep fruity and exciting Australian Shiraz we have something for every pallet.

For the same price as you pay for a bottle of standard house wine in a restaurant, Majestic can offer you some-thing of outstanding quality, you’d be a fool to miss out!

See you soon!

A New and Improved selection of Fine Wine #comeandexploreDate published: 05/05/13

I've spent hours choosing some perfect wines at great prices just for you, including some of the new buy 2 save £8 offer wines and some other wines we've never seen before in Majestic, you really would be a fool to miss out on some of these incredible Fine Wine's at House Wine prices!

Something new for the summerDate published: 05/05/13

There are plenty of new wines rolling in and we've opened just a few for you to try! All below £8

Poggioargentiera Rose 2012

This wine comes from young vineyards in Maremma, in the far south-western corner of Tuscany's Mediterranean coast. Made entirely from red grapes, the wine is vinified like a white wine, with very short skin contact and cool fermentation in stainless steel. A light and dry rosé, with ripe and invigorating aromatics, a soft and delicate mouthfeel and fresh acidity, carrying lush flavours of candied cherry and strawberry. Chill well and enjoy on its own, or with grilled tiger prawns.

Mister Shiraz 2011

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. 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. At its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak.

Callia Bella Malbec

Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area. Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes. An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness. Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc

Although based in Maipo, Santa Ema works with a number of partner growers in Leyda Valley to produce this hand-picked cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc. Leyda has a semi-arid climate and granite and clay soils, producing wines with excellent acidity and minerality. An inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, framed by subtle herb and mineral notes. The equally expressive palate has well-balanced fruit character and acidity. At its best with freshly made citrussy ceviche.

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £8 Date published: 04/05/13

Fine Wine at house prices... there's never been a greater reason to stay in and treat yourself!

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £8

Prices stated below are at the offer price.


- Ch. Guillot Pomerol (£20.00)
- Ch. Grand Faire Larose (15.99)

Red Burgundy;
- Santenay Gatsulards (£20.00)
- Jadot 1er Beaune (19.00)

White Burgundy;
- Chablis 1er Fourchaume (£18.00)
- Meursault le Meurger VV (£20.00)

- CNDP Domaine Durieu (£19.00)
- CNDP Vignoble Abeille (£22.00)

- Guidalberto (£26.00)
- Banfi Brunello (£26.00)
- Le Volte dell’Ornellaia (£18.00)
- Amarone Negrar (£18.00)
- Jermann Pinot Grigio (£18.00)
- Cepazzane Carmignano (£20.00)

- Vina Ardanza (£18.00)

- ABC Santa Barbara Chardonnay (£18.00)
- Mondavi Napa Cabernet (£18.00)

- Angels Share Shiraz (£18.00)
- Sexy Beast Cabernet (£18.00)
- Gnarly Dudes (£18.00)
- Petaluma Shed Block (£18.00)

South Africa;
- Meerlust Merlot (£15.99)
- Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon (£22.00)
- Thelema Shiraz (£18.00)
- Mendel Malbec (£15.99)

Amarone Classico 'Vigneti di Roccolo' 2009Date published: 04/05/13

This week we're treating you to an Amarone Valpolicello situated near the beautiful Lake Garda and of course Venice. Years of experience go into making these wines in the traditional home of quality.

The Amorone Valpolicello is made by first drying the grapes in straw huts to bring out the raisin flavours then they are pressed as normal resulting in a unique traditional blend of characteristics.

Brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice. The concentrated palate offers a thick texture and soft velvety tannins, very rich fruit characteristics. Can age for up to 5 years or enjoy now with wild game, rich tomato pasta or various cheeses.

Best left open with the cork in overnight to really bring out the depth of flavours this certainly is a big wine at a small price!`

Buy 2 bottles save £8 only £18

By Chris jnr

Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco Zonin Brut NVDate published: 04/05/13

For Sparkling Saturday this week we have the brand new Prosecco Zonin open to try.

Zonin has become one of Italy's largest privately-owned winery since its establishment in 1821. This example is light and refreshing making in wonderfully versatile. A palate of pear, dessert apple and floral notes lead to an ultimately delicate Prosecco that would make an ideal aperitif or would partner well with fish courses.

At only £7.99 a bottle, this Italian fizz is a prefect weekend treat to yourself.

Come down into store today and start your weekend off with some fizz!!

Three Kings of Craft BeerDate published: 03/05/13

Brooklyn This American original displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Brooklyn lager is a revival of Brooklyn's pre-prohibition all malt beers and this is the brewery's first and best selling beer brewed only in Brooklyn.

Only £9.99 for 6 bottles when you buy 4 or more cases.

Anchor Steam A deep amber color with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour. Anchor Steam brand beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century when 'steam' seems to have been a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. Today Anchor Steam is one of the smallest and most traditional breweries in the world.

Only £9.99 for 6 bottles when you buy 4 or more cases.

Curious Brew Gold medal winner at the international beer challenge 2012. Brewed by England's leading winemaker with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer, using the finest pale malt, Saaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with Champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop.

Only £17.99 for 12 bottles.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 02/05/13

Gavi La Toledana


(when you buy any 2 Italian wines)

These days if you mention Italian white wine, chances are your first thoughts will be Pinot Grigio. One of the first white wines from Italy to really gain an international following though was Cortese di Gavi usually known simply as Gavi. It shares many of the same qualities that make Pinot Grigio so popular, paired with a firm, ripe and steely dry character that makes it reminiscent of fine , so much so that it has earned the moniker ‘Chablis of Italy’.

Wine of the week: The Parcel Series ShirazDate published: 25/04/13

Parcel Series Shiraz 2011, Western Cape

£5.99 when you buy 2/more South African Wines

This month sees the 20% off South Africa deal come to an end. We wouldn't want you to miss out on some of the best wines this region has to offer, so we've opened this just for you.

This Shiraz is bottled exclusively for Majestic by one of South Africa's most established producers. Grapes from vineyards in Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch are hand harvested before being cool fermented and matured in French and American Oak barrels.

With lashings of berry fruits along with notes of plums and mulberry, this Shiraz has a rich fruit palate. Savoury spice along with hints of pepper and an earthy minerality add to the fruit, increasing the wines complexity. Muscular tannins and a liquorice character, finish this wine off to an excellent standard.

Drink with barbecued meats such as chargrilled venison sausages and spicy ribs.

Majestic Wine Parcel Series and Prestige ParcelsDate published: 25/04/13

Exclusively bottled for Majestic, these wines are full flavored, great value and well worth a try.

The range currently includes two New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, an Australian Sauvignon-Semillon blend and both a South African Shiraz and Merlot.

Starting at just £5.99 why not give some of our exclusive wines a try today!

Tastings @ Majestic HarrogateDate published: 20/04/13

Fancy coming along? Sign up today...it's absolutly FREE!

May 2013

Thursday 9th May - Summer Wine Evening 6.30 till 8.30

Come along to our biggest tasting of the summer! Joining us this year are representatives from Nyetimber, who will be showcasing their Classic Cuvee and thier Rose, and representatives from PLB wines. Sign up today as places are limited.

Saturday 18th May - Tasting Counter Tutorial 12pm and 3pm

Back by popular demand, these 30 min guide through some magnificant wines open to taste for the weekend. This Saturday we will focus on Italy's unique grapes and regions, so grab the opportunity to try something a little different!

June 2013

Saturday 1st June - Tasting Counter Tutorial 12pm and 3pm

The second of our Summer tutorials sees us showcase New Zealands diverse sauvignon's. So all you lovers of NZ sauv (and I know there are plenty of you!) come down and let us guide you through a few you may not know all that well!

Thursday 20th June - The Wine Course 6pm start

A free introduction to wine for all those wanting to learn a little more! We'll guide you through a selection of whites, reds and fizz plus a demonstration on food and wine matching! Whats best about it? It's totally FREE! Sign up today as places are limited!

Portugal Tasting WeekendDate published: 18/04/13

Portugal and Britain have had an amicable relationship since the 12th Century, with wines being shipped to England from Minho in the north of Portugal. Over the years politics, revolutions and phyloxera seriously hindered the production of wine. Over the last 20 years EU policies and legislations have meant Portugal's wine industry has been undergoing transformation to produce better quality wine from the unique array of grape varieties available.

For such a small country the climate and terrain varies very dramatically. Wines produced on the coastal plains are strongly influenced by the Atlantic breezes. The temperate maritime climate means warm summers and cool, wet winters.

The Portuguese whites tend to be dry and crisp, whereas Portuguese reds tend to offer blends of many lesser known varieties.

The Portuguese red we have chosen for you this weekend offers a very interesting blend of Aragones (Portuguese term for Tempranillo), Syrah and Trincadira collected from the region of Alentejo, one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe, producing full bodied wines with rich fruits.  

Wine Of The Week!Date published: 18/04/13

To coincide with the Portugese tasting week, we have decided to highlight the Ramos Reserva 2011. Pop in over the weekend to try this robust ruby red wine, with dense aromas of red berries and pudding spice. An excelent match for roast pork loin with a mediterranean herb crust.

Lets Give It a Try!Date published: 15/04/13

This Wednesday see's us celebrate 'Malbec World Day'. So, whether your new to it or you've had it before, why not give this fantastic wine a try. Born in the south west of France, Malbec took on a whole new meaning when it was taken to Argentina and, with their high altitude vineyards, transformed into a full bodied, smooth rich red. Bursting with blackcurrent and licqorice, this is one not to be missed!

Here at Majestic Harrogate we recommend that you give the Joffre Malbec 2011 a try...go on.

£9.99 a bottle or £8.49 if you buy 2 or more (new customers returning for a second time, you can get this as part of your free bottle voucher!)  

Ready to drinkDate published: 13/04/13

Ready to Drink Wondering which wines to open and drink now? Well wonder no more! This fine Margaux has reached a point of readiness that will excite and inspire the palate.

Chateau Lebegorce 2000

Chateau Labegorce is an historic house in Margaux, with its roots in a 14th-century estate named after noble house of La Bégorce. The estate has 30 hectares of vines on a sand, gravel and silt-based vineyard, with an average vine age of around 25 years.

The 2000 Bordeaux is a ripe and fruity claret, with aromas of tobacco, smoke and stewed plum, with soft vanilla influence. Silky and smooth on the pal-ate and beautifully balanced this wine will go down a treat with any well matured cheese.

At only £27 per bottle this stunning Bordeaux is perfect for now but will also age another 5-10 years.  

Cellar selectionDate published: 13/04/13

Looking for something extra special that will age into something spectacular? We’re here to help! Ideal as a gift or for that extra special anniversary in a few years.

Jim Barry Shiraz 'The Armagh' 2006

Jim Barry Wines is one of the leading producers in Australia’s Clare Valley. Jim was only the 17th winemaker to graduate from Adelaide’s Roseworthy College back in 1946 and his sons have continued his pursuit for quality, “Sometimes it takes longer than a lifetime to do a lifetime's work… it's now up to my children." - Jim Barry 1925 – 2004."

Only 1000 cases of Armagh are produced annually; the exact volume is not disclosed. Just 200 bottles reach the UK.

The 2006 Armagh is dense and purple in colour, a rich tapestry of enjoyment and fulfillment, a kaleidoscope of aromas, an abundance of fruit flavours; blackberry, mulberry and blueberry with supporting complexity of mint, eucalyptus and rhubarb. So dense this wine can easily be appreciated alone but is a perfect match with fillet of beef.

Calling all South African wine sessionersDate published: 13/04/13

South Africa's unique topography and range of micro-climates allow for vast differences in their wines, ranging from dense, rich, complex examples to crisp, light and fruity session wines.It is this varied range which has attracted a loyal fanbase across the globe. South Africa is the eighth leading wine producing country on this planet.

Their reds are characterised by concentrated fruit backed up by a smoky, rubbery complexity, whereas their whites generally show an abundance of fresh, ripe fruit, mingling with acidity and minerality. The value of these wines has helped South African wine remain at the forefront of both the economical and top end of the domestic wine market.

Get yourself down and fill your boots whilst we're offering a spine-tingling 20% off.

The Majestic Fine Wine PlanDate published: 13/04/13

Tired of gazing at the stars, counting your abacus beads or digging for precious gemstones? If you are interested in investing your pleasure resources in something a little different, how about fine wine? Lay and Wheeler have been dealing in en primeur, in bond and fine wine sales since 1854 (the year of the Eureka Rebellion) are are now part of the Majestic Wine family. On top of this we now offer the 'Fine Wine Plan', plus a 10% discount card for Majestic when you pay in £100+ a month. What's not to like, we ask you?

Key Benefits

- Being experts in fine wine storage, you can store all the wine you buy from Lay and Wheeler in their own vinotheque at a cost of only £8.40 per case per year (in bond).

- 10% discount at any Majestic (excluding Scotland and France) when you pay in £100 or more a month.

- Expert staff on hand to guide you towards buying the right wine for the right occasion.

- Join for as little as £50 a month.

- Access to a vast array of fine wines from the best producers in the world.

- Free 6 bottle case added to your collection upon joining.

This highlights just some of the benefits of joining the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan. To find out more just ask one of us here in store and we'll be happy to discuss any queries you might have and pass on more information for you to take away.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/04/13

Vergelegen 'The White' South Africa

Buy 2 save 20%


Something a little different this week. To tie in to our South African tasting week, we thought we'd bring you one of their best. Vergelegen (when properly pronounced it sounds like you have something stuck in your throat) produces some of South Africa's best wines, and this is no exception. Made using a blend of 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 77% Semillion, the wines are matured and fermented in new French oak to give a new world style on a classic Bordeaux blend. The nose gives aromas of fresh herbs, lime and that unmistakable new world toastiness.

Normally now we'd tell you the perfect food match for this wine, but as the forcast is so good for this weekend, I would say match with a chair, a garden and some well earned sunshine!

The Highly Palatable Express Issue 1Date published: 09/04/13

The first issue of our new monthly newsletter has hit the counter today! 'The Highly Palatable Express' gives you an insight into what's going on in Majestic Harrogate this month and what we have to look forward to. There's some great articles on Food and Wine matching, what wines to keep and what's best to enjy whilst relaxing. Pick your's up for free instore today!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 04/04/13

The Caracal

20% Off!



This month sees the 20% off South Africa deal come t to an end. We wouldn't want you to miss out on some of the best wines this region has to offer, so we've opened this just for you.

This Bordeaux blend comes from one of the oldest vineyards in the Cape, named after the Caracal, a wild lynx- like cat indigenous to SouthAfrica, which has recently been introduced to the Neethlingshof vineyards as a natural 'Darwinian' form of pest control. So you can be sure these grapes are well protected from vine to bottle, some say the Caracal must approve the wine before it is sold!

12 months maturation in new and old French oak barrels has lent this wine lovely toasty and cedary aromas, and smoothed the ample tannins which envelope the core of juicy blackberry and mulberry fruit.

Drink with slow-braised meats such as oxtail or pork belly.  



Pick Of The Press 02/04/13Date published: 03/04/13

Jordan Chardonnay 2011 - Scotland On Sunday

Try this delicate and lightly oaked chardonnay full of vanilla & apricot notes and refreshing acidity.

Vinalba Reserva Chardonnay 2012 - Sunday Express

Soft in texture and abundant in peach & pear fruit, this chardonnay is a perfect match with any white poultry dish.

Pouilly Fuisse Vignes blanches 2009 Cordier - The Scotsman

For those who like their chardonnays rich, honeyed, spicy, nutty and intense, Cordier’s Pouilly Fuissés are a revelation.

Domaine De l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2011 - The Times

Produced by Gerard Bertrand, this Pinot Noir is authentic yet still very fruit driven. Excellent with duck and lamb alike.

Vinha Do Monte 2010 - Mail On Sunday

Fragrant, enticing, gloriously characterful wine with some dark intense fruit flavours and enough structure to match a hearty game pie.

L'Instant Truffier Malbec 2011 - Scotland On Sunday

Malbec’s spiritual home is south-western France. This soft, juicy example from its French homeland has long, plum and bramble fruit, refined tannins and a spicy chocolate finish.

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.

Pick of the Press 27/03/13Date published: 27/03/13

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2012

One of our best sellers at Majestic, this Kiwi sauv will not disappoint! I dare you to find be a better buy at £6.99...

Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin 2011

Even though this wine has been around for years, it's just starting to gain popularity. Fresh, crisp, a real must for spring!

Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2011

Second week in a row this has come up! Need I say more!

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Clos de l’Oratoire 2007

A fantastic example of CNDP! Rich, full of black fruit. A real treat for Easter Sunday!

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011

The marmite of the wine world. Pinotage prodcues wine full bodied, rustic and a little more savoury than usual. If you want to try the best, look no further!

Domaine de Villargeau, Coteaux du Giennois 2011

If you find NZ Sauvignon a little over the top but arn't a fan of the Fench, try this little beauty. Traditional Loire style with a touch of the new world about it!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 27/03/13

Talinay Pinot Noir 2010 Chile

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Following a recent visit to Chile I cannot think of a country with a more diverse climate for wine growing. Chile, a country where a 2 hour drive can result in a change in temperature by around 15 degrees. It goes from being the driest place in the world to areas where the ground is covered in snow all year round. Which brings me to my point. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow. To much sun, it becomes flabby and flat, to little and there is a lack for real fruit. But those climates in between can see it blossom from an elegant, soft wine to a big fruit driven beast! Now, I do enjoy the latter, but tasting the Talinay, I realised that you can achieve the best of both worlds. Soft, subtle minerality is joined by ripe red fruit. It also displays a fantastic savoury edge, something normally reserved for the finest Burgundian reds.

So rather than travel 11 hours round the world, have your own taste of Chile here (minus the sun).

Wine of the Week!Date published: 20/03/13

Camins Del Priorat

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Something a little different this week, hailing from an area just south of Barcelona, this beauty is everythig you lovers of big reds will enjoy! Bursting with blackcurrent and cherry, the finish is rounded and a smooth as it comes! I know what some will be asking...why pay this amount when you can get a fantastic Reserva Rioja for the same price? Well, bearing in mind that the winemaker learn't his trade working for Chateau Petrus, it's a safe bet that this wine will reach the high standards expected from Spanish lovers all over the world!

Pick of the PressDate published: 20/03/13

Each week we here at Majestic Wine Harrogate we bring you our 'six of the best' press recommendations from the weekend...

The Parcel Series Sem Sauv Australia 2011

Fresh, fruit driven white from Margaret River, this represents fantastic value considering the supplier. Come try it out and we may even drop a few hints...

Lirac Garrigues Lirac 2011

As far as sub £10 red's from France go, you'll struggle to find anything better than this! Bursting at the seams with blackberry and cherry, all it needs is a chunk of red meat.

Vergelegen Cab Merlot South Africa 2009

A traditional French blend with a new world approach, this wine displays all the fruit expected with a hint of tabacco leaf and spice to compliment.

The Kings Thorn Pinot Gris New Zealand 2012

Traditionally known as Pinot Grigio, this is a million miles away. Rich tropical fruit with a hint of sweetness gives a full rounded white like no other!

Vinalba Malbec Rservado Argentina 2011

If there ever was a wine to go with steak, this is it! Lashings of black fruit, a kick of alcohol and a finish to die for! Just add cow.

William Fevre Chablis Chablis 2011

A top quality chablis from a top producer. Fantastic minerality and fresh citrus fruit show you exactly what can be achieved with Chardonnay minus the oak

The Spanish and Portuguese ComparisonDate published: 15/03/13

Spain has a long wine history dating back to the time of the Romans when Iberia was a major supplier for Rome itself, whereas Portugal is relatively new to the table wine market, better known for the beaches in the Algarve, golf and Port. But in recent years many of the small vineyards producing high quality wine have come together to form Quintas and estates big enough to supply more sustainable quantities of wine.

We have chosen a typical selection of both Spanish and Portuguese wines for you to compare. Both countries have similar hot and dry climates but both see differing conditions depending on the sub-regions and the effects of oceans, rivers and altitude.

The Portuguese whites tend to be dry and crisp, whereas as the Spanish ones tend to incorporate more Oak aging. For the reds one of the most common varieties in Spain is the Tempranillo, whereas Portuguese reds tend to offer blends of many lesser known varieties.

The Portuguese red we have chosen for you today offers a very interesting blend of Alicante Bouchet, Aragones (Portuguese term for Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro, Syrah and Trincadira collected from the region of Alentejano, one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe, producing full bodied wines with rich fruits.

So why not come in and give them a try?  

Wine of the Week: Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc 2011Date published: 19/12/12

Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2011

Sancerre is one of France's most iconic wines it carries all the hallmarks of top quality Sauvignon Blanc at it's best with piercing acidity and pungent fruit. Sancerre is a hilltop town in the Central Vineyards of the Loire Valley that has a mineral rich clay/limestone soil that provides the wine with characteristic purity and precision.

Domaine Vacheron is arguably the finest producer of Sancerre and this textbook example demonstrates why it is held in such high esteem. With a fabulously aromatic nose, concentrated gooseberry fruit flavours and a carefully balanced palate between rich smokiness and a steely dry finish. This Sancerre is pure class with a tingling minerality and a delightfully long and elegant finish.

This is the classic partner for creamy, soft cheese (particularly goat's) but is also superb with smoked salmon and baked fish. Not a cheap wine but excellent value for a top Sancerre from such a highly reputed Domaine.


Wine of the Week: Luigi Bosca TestimoniaDate published: 12/12/12

Established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, Bodega Luigi Bosca has a long-standing track record in the winemaking industry. Currently managed by the third and fourth generations of the Arizu family, it is one of the few winemaking firms still owned by its founders. Its reputation, built over the years, has become the paradigm of Argentine wine.

The global expansion of Bodega Luigi Bosca has consolidated its more than a hundred years’ reputation on the basis of the expertise gained and transferred over the years, the sustainable and homogeneous quality of its wines, and the perpetual search for excellence through innovation and state-of-the-art technology. Today, the Arizu family is proud of a tradition of more than a hundred years old, over which the family has worked hard to improve winemaking techniques, while observing and understanding Nature to give birth to its vision of wine. Hence, they made a commitment to grow with each harvest, and to understand those who choose their wines.  

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.

This wine will drink well with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak.

£7.99 (for two or more bottles) Usually £12.99  

Fine Wine Friday: Promis Gaja 2009 Date published: 06/12/12

Promis is a super-Tuscan blend produced in Bolgheri (the Tuscan coast) by Angelo Gaja, perhaps the most famous Italian winemaker alive. Gaja's home territory is Piedmont where he produces some of the world's finest Barolos and Barbarescos. As a side note we have a very small number of bottles of his Dagromis Barolo available over Christmas. This is one of the finest Barolos around and we have a very small allocation so ring for availability or pop in-store.

Promis is a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah following the pattern of the first Super Tuscan, Sassicaia, to partner Bordeaux varieties with the classic Tuscan varieties. It marries the silkiness and power of the French varietals with the characteristic structure and cherry fruit of Sangiovese wines. It is a versatile food wine that would be well matched with roast meats and cold cuts, a perfect wine for the versatile food eaten during Christmas.

This wine is a great introduction to Italian Fine Wines and particularly the normally premium priced Super Tuscans. Pop in-store on Friday and have a taste of this cracking Tuscan beauty.

Single bottle price: £25

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California Tasting WeekendDate published: 06/11/12

From Friday 9th- Monday 12th November we are opening a number of wines from California and would love you to join us in trying what this diverse State has to offer. From big, fruit-laden Zinfandels to precise and subtle Pinot Noirs California has something to offer to all wine drinkers.

The following wines will be open all weekend from Friday 9th:

  • Beringers Founders Chardonnay 2010
  • McManis Viognier 2011
  • Au Bon Climat Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
  • Beringers Founders Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
  • McManis Zinfandel 2011
  • Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
  • Sipsmith Sloe GinDate published: 05/11/12

    Sipsmith are a boutique distillery in Hammersmith producing some of the best homegrown spirits in the UK. Since their establishment in 2009 Sipsmith have gained a deserved following amongst bartenders and spirit enthusiasts for their high quality product and appealing branding.

    This Sloe Gin is a great example of this winter tipple. Wonderfully balanced between sweet cassis, tart sloe and warming alcohol. This is a must for long walks, shoots or a pre/post dinner drink!

    £24 per bottle  

    This Winter in Majestic Wine HarrogateDate published: 05/11/12

    As winter gets into full swing and the festive period approaches Majestic Wine Harrogate has a number of exciting wine tastings and events to soothe the winter blues and get your creative jucies flowing for Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in store soon!

    Wine Courses: An opportunity to try a range of wines and get introduced to different methods of wine production around the world. Thursday 11th November Thursday 18th November

    Tasting Weeks: New Arrivals for Winter 2nd- 8th November Wines of California 9th- 12th November Wines of Chile 13th-19th November Wines of Rhône and Burgundy 20th-26th November Wines of Bordeaux 7th- 17th December Wines of the South of France 18th- 21st January

    Tasting Events: Winter Wine Evening on the 15th November. Join us in store for an evening of free wine tasting and nibbles. Phone us on 01423 566866 to RSVP for the event.

    Recommendations for Winter: As the winter draws in these are our staff recommendations to help you through the winter months: Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2010- a cracking Chianti from one of the best producers in Tuscany. Not cheap but great value at £14.99 for a top wine. Singleton of Dufftown Single Malt- a warming and sweetly satisfying Scotch that warms the cockles. Sipsmith Sloe Gin- the perfect winter tipple made by a boutique distillery. Great as an aperitif or digestif.

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    Fine Wine FridayDate published: 02/11/12

    Clos de L'Oratoire Châteauneuf du Pape

    £25 per bottle or buy 2, save £4, £23!

    Châteauneuf du Pape is the oldest and one of the most famous appellations within France, whilst it can sometimes disappoint this example really excels. 2007 was a superb vintage in the Rhône producing ripe grapes with excellent levels of acidity and tannin.

    The nose is youthful and ripe, a world away from musty and over-oaked CNDP's. Sweet, ripe red berries dominate the nose which is suprisingly perfumed. The palate is full of black berries and sweet spice with an earthy complexity adding layers of flavour. The youthfulness of this wine means that it is enjoyable now but will also age gracefully over the next 10 years.

    Enjoy this wine with roast red meats, a filets mignon would be perfect.  

    Wine of the Week: Catalpa Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2009Date published: 21/10/12

    Catalpa Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

    Single bottle price: £12.99 buy 2 bottles save £5 £10.49

    This is a superb barrel fermented Chardonnay which demonstrates the quality of Chardonnay coming out of Argentina these days. The wine is fermented in new French oak barrels which imparts a toasty richness and creates a full-bodied and flavoursome palate. This complexity is enhanced by 30% of the wine being aged in oak for 10 months prior to the final blending.

    A light golden colour with flecks of lemon. It has an enticing nose of pineapple, red apple and sweet vanilla. The palate is more refreshing than the nose would have you think and a bracing acidity lifts the richness of the wine. Apple, pineapple and a hint of banana dominate the flavours on the the palate, although the background is laden with honeyed vanilla. This is a sumptuous and delicious wine that perfectly balances sweet, ripe fruit with refreshing acidity.

    This wine is great on its own or will partner fish or chicken in creamy sauces. For a more unusual pairing it's worth trying with roast pork.  

    Winter Wine Evening- 15/11/12Date published: 16/10/12

    Join us from 6pm to 8.30pm for a free tasting of wines from across our range. Try some old favourites, some new gems and start getting some ideas for all your festive needs.

    We will be joined by Nyetimber, producers of top quality English sparkling wine, as well as PLB wines.

    Artisan cheese and charcuterie platters will be supplied by Vallebona. Whilst The Dusty Miller caterers will be providing a local touch with various platters of delicious food.

    Our tasting evenings are always great fun and are an excellent opportunity to try a whole range of new wines. Places are limited so please speak to a member of staff to reserve a spot.

    RSVP is required so call us on 01423 566 866, email har@majestic.co.uk or speak to a member of staff to reserve a place.  

    Wine of the Week: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2010Date published: 11/10/12

    Jordan Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

    Single bottle price: £9.99 buy 2 South African wines save 20% £7.99

    It being South African tasting week we thought we'd better try out some of our new range from the country. This wine is brand new in (hence the lack of a picture) and really stands out. Jordan are one of the top producers in Stellenbosch and this Bordeaux imitation offers real quality at a very reasonable price. The perfect balance of juicy fruit, grippy tannin and a toasty finish. The choice wine for the autumn!

    An inviting nose full of blackcurrant, blackberry and ripe plum with an underlying spiciness from some oak ageing. The palate brims with ripe red and black fruit but also has a complex graphite minerality to it. The acidity and tannin are well balanced but noticeable and add a very impressive structure to the wine that stop it being a straightforward New World fruit bomb!

    The fruitiness of this wine makes it eminently drinkable on it's own but it's structure also means that it will partner hearty, meaty dishes well. For £7.99 this wine is a real cracker and incredibly versatile. Enjoy!  

    Wine of the week: Clos de Danzay Chinon 2000Date published: 05/10/12

    Chinon Clos de Danzay 2000
    Pierre-Jacques Druet

    Single bottle price: £11.99
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    Chinon is a relatively unknown French appellation in the Loire Valley that focuses solely on Cabernet Franc and produces wine of elegance and longevity at very reasonable prices. Clos de Danzay is one of the finest plots within Chinon and this example from Pierre-Jacques Druet demonstrates mature Chinon at its best.

    This a superb quality Chinon that is comparable to a mature Bordeaux at a fraction of the price. For lovers of characterful and unusual wines this is a must try. I can think of few other wines at around £10 that give such an expressive representation of their terroir.

    This wine has a light ruby colour with a developing garnet coloured edge that hints at its age. The nose is full of stewed bramble fruit, particularly blackberry, with a spicy, mineral background. The wine is light yet hugely flavourful with a still fresh and zesty palate dominated by strong flavours of blackberry, black cherry and blueberry. This gives way to developed flavours of tobacco, vanilla and slatey minerality. This wine carries its age seamlessly as straightforward fruitness has given way to florality and minerality.

    This wine is crying out for robust game dishes, hard cheese or rich pâté.

    Pinot Noir Tasting Saturday 29th SeptemberDate published: 27/09/12

    Join us this Saturday for an informal, tutored tasting of Pinot Noirs from around the globe. Highlights include:

    • Saintsbury Carneros Pinot
    • Villa Maria Cellar Selection
    • Composite Winegrowers of Marlborough
    • Domaine L'Aigle
    • Louis Jadot Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru

    We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and taking you through the wonderful world of Pinot Noir.

    The Harrogate Team

    New Short Term OffersDate published: 26/09/12

    New offers starting today that will run until Monday 15th October:

    • Louis Latour Macon Lugny Buy 2 SAVE £4  £7.99!
    • Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Buy 2 save £6  £6.99!
    • Serena Pinot Grigio Buy 2 save £6  £5.99!
    • Laurent Perrier Rose £62 down to £45!
    • Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25 down to £15!
    • Greenpoint Sparkling NV £16.99 down to £9.99!

    Wine of the Week: Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008Date published: 25/09/12

    Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008

    when you buy 2 bottles save £10

    £19.99 single bottle price

    Saintsbury are one of California's premium producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They strive for elegance and purity in their wines rather than over-enthusiastic use of oak and over-extraction of fruit and tannin. The philosophy of Saintsbury is to allow vineyard expression in their wines rather than demonstrating the influence of the producer.

    This classy Pinot Noir exhibits a nose of ripe red fruit, cigar tobacco and spicy vanilla. The palate is ripe yet fresh and full of flavours of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. The finish is long and weighty yet has an underpinning acidity that lends elegance to the wine.

    Enjoyable now or over the next 4-5 years this wine is perfect for autumn and will partner both roast duck or game birds.

    Wine of the week: Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011Date published: 19/09/12

    Wine of the Week

    Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    when you buy 2 bottles saving £7
    £17.49 single bottle price

    Saint Clair is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough. They produce some of my favourite NZ wines, in particular their Pinot Noirs and Sauvignons. The Pioneer Block wines are some of the estates premium and are sourced from outstanding vineyards with only carefully selected grapes being used. The result is wines of superb precision and expression.

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

    Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemongrass and fresh coriander often used in these dishes.

    Parcel of mature RiojaDate published: 13/09/12

    At an auction in Spain Majestic managed to get its hands on a parcel of mature and rare Rioja from some exceptional vintages and outstanding bodegas . 'Fernando', a caterer to Spain's high society, had amassed these wines over the past two decades and then decided to auction them to a single buyer upon his retirement meaning that Majestic was lucky enough to secure the whole lot.

    This parcel contains wines from such prestigious names as Contino, CVNE Imperial, Vina Ardanza and Marques de Riscal with the majority of the wines coming from the lauded 1994, 1995 and 2001 vintages. An equivalent parcel from Burgundy or Bordeaux would be near impossible to find, particularly at these prices! None of the wines are over £25 when bought in pairs and they represent an opportunity to try mature fine wine at an unbeatable price.

    Majestic Wine Harrogate has been chosen as one of the hub stores for the North of England and as a result we have direct access to all of the wines in the parcel so do drop in for a browse of them. If your lucky enough we may even have some open, last weekend the CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 1994 and the Vina Ardanza Reserva 1994 were both opened and proved hugely popular.

    For information on what's available feel free to give us a call on 01423 566 866 or drop us an email at har@majestic.co.uk.

    We look forward to seeing you in store.

    The Harrogate Team



    Cobra Beer Half Price!Date published: 13/09/12

    Due to a need to clear out stocks of short-dated Cobra Beer it will now be half price at £6.98 per 12. Only 59p per bottle!

    Stock levels are low so come and make the most of it before we run out!

    The Harrogate Team

    Autumn Tasting EventsDate published: 13/09/12

    This autumn sees the start of several tasting tutorials every Saturday in September. The tastings are informal with wines being opened on the tasting counter and staff  explaining each of the wines.

    Last Saturday saw a very successful Chardonnay tasting with the Leyda Single Vineyard Chardonnay and the Seguinot-Bordet Chablis Premier Cru being the standout wines.

    The tastings for the rest of September are as follows:

    15th September- Spanish tasting

    22nd September- Sauvignon Blanc tasting

    29th September- Pinot Noir tasting

    Come by any Saturday this month and try some old favourites alongside some new and exciting wines.

    We look forward to welcoming you in with a glass of wine.

    The Harrogate Team

    Store Events(5)

    Fine Wine Christmas Feast Masterclass

    1 December 2017 (18:00 - 19:30)

    Struggling to find that perfect wine for your festive dinner? We'll guide you through some of the best wines we have to offer to make the decision that little bit easier. £20 per ticket, refunded in the form of a voucher on attendance.


    Discover Fizz

    17 November 2017 (18:00 - 19:30)

    Do you know your Champagne from your Prosecco, or your Crémant de Loire from your Vino Frizzante? Come along to our fizz tasting evening and sample some of what we have to offer. £20 per ticket, refunded in the form of a voucher on attendance.


    Discover France Masterclass

    9 November 2017 (18:00 - 19:30)

    There's more to France than Claret and Beaujolais. Come along to out masterclass where we'll be opening some choice reds, whites and fizz from some regions you'll know, and some you won't. £20 per ticket, refunded in the form of a voucher on attendance.


    Gin Tasting Masterclass

    26 October 2017 (18:00 - 19:30)

    Back by popular request! Come along to one of our famous gin masterclasses where we'll take you through some choice picks from our extensive range. We'll also show you how to create the perfect gin and tonic, from choosing the perfect mixer to the final garnish. £10 per ticket, refunded in the form of a voucher on attendance.


    Beer-Fest Tasting

    12 October 2017 (18:00 - 19:30)

    Love beer? Come and try some of our fantastic range of Traditional and Craft lagers and ales at this masterclass. £10 per ticket, refunded in the form of a voucher on attendance.


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    Meet the team...

    • Rachel Senior Manager

      Having worked for Majestic for many years now, I've previously managed Leeds Central, Chapel Allerton, Leeds North and the Ilkley branch. I'm WSET Diploma qualified, passionate about wine, and a big fan of all things fizzy, white Burgundy and Malbec. I hope to see you at one of our tastings soon!
    • Joe Senior Assistant Manager

      I have worked for Majestic for nearly two years and becoming the new Assistant Manager in Harrogate is a great challenge. My preferred wines consist mainly of Big and Bold Reds alongside a slab of Beef! I am WSET Level 3 qualified so hopefully my insight will help you discover new and exciting wines. I look forward to meeting you very soon!!
    • Stuart Trainee Manager

      I'm a fan of big, bold Southern French reds, anything Spanish and Italian (with the corresponding charcuterie and cheese) and any off the beaten track whites.
    • Coming soon Trainee Manager

    • Paul Sales Assistant

      Friendly driver and wine enthusiast.

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