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Welcome to Majestic

Oxford Summertown

Contact Information
T: 01865 292 987
F: 01865 292 987
E: sum@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
Unit 1
280 Banbury Road
Summertown
Oxford
OX2 7ED
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Wine Courses
  • Free local delivery
  • Free glass loan
  • Free parking
  • Free tasting every day
Store News(446)

Burgundian Style PN at a price to make you look twice!Date published: 08/08/17

Are you fed up of Red Burgundy Prices crepping up and up all the time, with availability getting ever worse?

We may well have the answer for you with the Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine 2014 from Louis Latour. 

A Burgundian-style offering produced by Maison Louis Latour, the grapes for this wine are sourced from the Vars region near the south-eastern Mediterranean coast, at similar altitudes to Latour's own vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. Candied cherry fruits with a spicy perfume on the nose, a velvety textured palate brimming with ripe cherry and strawberry fruits laced with vanilla, leading to a rounded finish. Try alongside pork belly or roast partridge.

From today, for a fortnight, it is only £9.99 on the mix six (Finishes on 21/08).

Buy now before we run out!

Sulphites in WineDate published: 06/08/17

With an ever growing consumer awareness we are often asked about the use / purpose of sulphites in wine. Sulphur has been used as a cleaning and wine preservative since antiquity. It was only in 2004 that legally wine labels had to express the 'Contains Sulphites' now seen on almost all bottles in the EU. The use of sulphur is common to many of the products that we buy on a regular basis, from food to fruit-juice. In wine it is used in the vineyard to protect wines from Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew and is then used in the wine making process as a preservative and to kill unwanted bacteria and stem oxidisation. All but 1% of wines contain sulphites, those that don't - often called Natural Wines - can be prone to oxidisation and off-flavours, many having to be pasteurised to stem this. It is worth noting that it is impossible to produce a wine completely free of sulphur as it is a naturally occurring by-product of the fermentation process. However, some wines will contain more than others, this is especially true of sweeter wine as sulphur is used to arrest fermentation and allow the wine to retain sugars. If you find you are affected by sulphites - this can be especially true of asthmatics - then it is prudent to avoid the sweeter wines, and on a wider scale usually wines of a higher price tend to contain less as the wineries try to limit the use as much as possible.

Pecorino - It's not just a cheese!Date published: 06/08/17

Our wine of the week is the Contesa Pecorino 2016 Colline Pescaresi IGT.

This fantastic wine has a really interesting palate, feeling full in the mouth with a good hit of acidity. Lots of citrus flavours and minerality come through.

Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape which is native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape resembling a sheep's head; this is said to be the reason for the grape's name. The Pecorino grape was relatively recently rescued from near-extinction. A grape variety from Abruzzo, it is capable of making dry sappy wines of considerable complexity.

Pop in store to have a sip of this beautiful offering from our tasting counter.

Find it through the below link.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-pecorino/product-is-13153


A love letter for ProseccoDate published: 02/08/17

Anyone mulling over the comprehensive range of champagne, cava and prosecco at any Majestic store will have noticed is the colourful label adorning the excellent Prosecco Romeo & Juliet. The label refers to the graffiti on Juliet’s Wall in Verona, Italy - a collection of love letters and poems, outpourings from the heart, and messages to and from lovers adorning the walls of Juliet’s House in the city.

The proliferation of messages of affection combines to form an unmissable, multi-coloured collage. However, visitors to Juliet’s House now have to write their passionate prose on panels placed in the entrance vault, such was the scale of the graffiti decorating the building’s walls.

So, the next time Prosecco Romeo & Juliet’s vibrant label catches your eye, allow yourself to be transported to picnics under the warm Italian sun perfectly accompanied by the pear and apple flavours of a chilled prosecco, and perhaps the musings on love from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.



Buried TreasureDate published: 31/07/17

Delicious sauvignon blancs from the Marlborough region at the tip of New Zealand’s South Island have become a popular choice for summertime barbecues in the UK... however the Kiwis do it differently.

The traditional New Zealand barbecue is the hangi. Favoured by the Mauri, food is cooked using heated rocks buried in a pit. Sounds counterintuitive for a tasty meal? However, the results are succulent meats retaining maximum flavour.

Though the hangi has been superseded by the modern charcoal and gas barbecue, it is still used on occasion for an unparalleled sense of theatre and the unmistakable aroma as the food is slowly revealed from its subterranean oven… and what else could you serve with such a sumptuous feast but a Marlborough sauvignon blanc, chilled to perfection. Delicious!



Your guide to RoséDate published: 15/06/17

This time of year sees everyone drinking the pink stuff- but where do you start?

Here's a rundown of the major styles we see going out through the doors:

The afternoon in the sunshine: Definition Provence Rosé - dry as they come and delicately blossomy peachy delicious. Swimming pool and sunhat not included.

The BBQ's best friend: Route 88 White Zinfandel. It's a classic medium sweet rosé. Chill it right down and enjoy with lamb koftas and burgers.

The early evening drinks party: Aix rosé magnum. Celebrate 9pm sunsets with friends in style. Contains 12 servings.

The best of the bunch: what makes a rosé worth £30? Is it all just hype? With our Domaine Ott, the answer is categorically no! Extraordinarily complex, with a black olive and herby bassline underpinning a melody of redcurrant and strawberry.

What's your pick?

It's Masterclass Week!Date published: 24/05/17

We're two down and two to go for our Masterclass Week at Summertown! So far Graeme and Will have taken groups of enthusiasts through the South of France and explored all that rose has to offer. Tonight James will be showing off the Modern Alternatives; how winemakers are recreating the joy of the world's favourite wines in different territories and often at a fraction of their famous forebears' prices. And on Friday it's the Italian Odyssey, where Michael will be choosing his favourites and giving a guided tour of the produce from this varied and magnificent country.

There are still spaces left if you're quick - give us a call to book your place, and come along at 6pm to join in the Masterclass.

Bank Holiday Opening HoursDate published: 22/05/17

Spring bank holiday is fast approaching and we are open 10-5 on Monday 29th May

We're open Bank Holiday Monday!Date published: 15/04/17

Majestic's hardworking staff will be taking a break on Easter Sunday, eating chocolate and/or contemplating the infinite in church. But fear not, we'll be ready with bottle in hand to help you find your favourite wines on Monday. Happy Easter!

Majestic open 10-8pm Good FridayDate published: 13/04/17

Have you finished your bubbles a day early? Realised you've forgotten the Rioja to go with your Easter roast? Only just remembered how important port is? Don't worry! We're open for all your needs 10-8pm on Good Friday, 9-7pm Saturday and 10-5pm Easter Monday. See you soon!

Great short term offers until Monday 3rdDate published: 29/03/17

Great new set of offers for this week only!

Ned sauvignon blanc £7.99 when you mix six

Macon Lugny £8.99 when you mix six

Guigal CDR £8.99 When you mix six

Minuty Provence rose £9.99 when you mix six

It's not just wine at Summertown...Date published: 08/03/17

With Spring approaching, and the sun beginning to make some gains against the greyness overhead, the urge is growing for a slightly longer, tasty and refreshing drink. It's time to cast an eye over the Majestic beer range; we've got old favourites, modern classics and a few rare and interesting brews to try...

The Tasting Counter in Summertown is where wine lovers meet to explore the best of our wines before they buy, but we're also fully stocked with beer to sample. As we move into the sunnier months, why not try out our range of summer ales? Golden, refreshing, and produced to suit the most discerning palate, these are beers to be enjoyed with the same relish we normally reserve for a fine wine. 

This week, Majestic is featuring the Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta IPA, a powerful, hoppy beast which is enhanced with Blue Flower Earl Grey tea to produce a complex, dry and refreshing drink. Make sure you give it a try when you're in store.

Spring Showcase TastingDate published: 23/02/17

Our favourite tasting events are back!

Come in and try a range of wines, perfect for Spring, some craft beer and craft gin!

When: 23rd and 24th March

Where: In store

Time: 6.30-7.45

RSVP

We look forward to seeing you then!

Short Term OffersDate published: 15/02/17

Starting today until Monday 20th we have the following two Mix Six offers:

Oyster Bay Sauv Blanc £7.49

Cotes du Rhone Guigal £8.99


Champagne Open!Date published: 11/02/17

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

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

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


Pinkster GinDate published: 05/02/17

Gin. We love it. We especially love pink gin, with tonic and a garnish of mint. Fortunately, Pinkster has it covered...

Have you seen our upcoming tastings?Date published: 27/01/17

Here at Majestic - we love a tasting! If you check the events tab of our webpage, that will keep you up to date with all upcoming tastings. Tickets are either £10 or £20 but that will get you a voucher for the same value to spend in store (so they are basically free!).

Only a few days left!Date published: 27/01/17

7pm Monday, all of our fab xmas offers finally end.

Veuve Cliquot £30

Oyster Bay £7.99

Beronia £9.99

And many many more!

Montagny 1er Cru @ £9.99 mix sixDate published: 21/01/17

This weekend, grab some tasty white Burgundy at the bargain price of £9.99, and find out why 93% of customers voted to buy it again!

New Year Deals, 40% off while stocks lastDate published: 28/12/16

A lovely January sale, with many products 33% off, and a few even 40% off, but only while stocks last.


Highlights include:

Villa Nueva Malbec at £4.99 mix six (33% OFF)

Villa Maria Chardonnay at £7.19 mix six (40% OFF)


PERONI £25 A CASE - NOW!Date published: 23/11/16

Get your Peroni before its too late!

25% off NZ SB & RiojaDate published: 22/11/16

We've saved the best till last! This week we have 25% off all our NZ Sauvignon Blancs and Rioja's. Perfect wines for this time of year, old favourites such as Ned and Villa Maria, Riscal and Vina Egiua, all on special offer. Its set to be a crazy week!

NED £6.99 MIX SIX NOWDate published: 22/11/16

Hurray - offer ends 5th December - get our best seller now!

Peroni& Porta 6 Flash DealsDate published: 16/11/16

WOW

Starting today for 11 days only, we have Porta 6 at only £6.99 on the mix six and Peroni for an awesome £25 for 24 bottles!


25% off Prosecco Date published: 15/11/16

Having a Party? Need an excuse to celebrate? Well now's your chance. For this weeks special offer, there is at least 25% off ALL Prosecco. The offer ends Monday, make sure you dont miss out

25% Off All Bordeaux until Monday 14th NovemberDate published: 09/11/16

25% off All Bordeaux Wines (Under £50) when you buy six, meaning some cracking offers. 


In fact, we can confidently say that these will be our best prices before Christmas!!

There a some great offers:

Chateau Recougne 2014, Bordeaux Superieur @ £7.49

Chateau Caronne St Gemme 2011, Haut Medoc @ £11.99 (Unsplit wooden cases of 6 @£71.94)

Chateau Beau-Site 2006, St Estephe @ £14.24

Charmes de Kirwan 2011, Margaux @ £20.99 (Unsplit wooden cases of 6 @£125.94)

Chateau Haut-Batailley 2011, Pauillac @ £29.99 (Unsplit wooden cases of 12 £369.88)

There is no maximum purchase on these unlike other retailers and these are some of the very best offers we will see before Christmas.
If you would like to order any, please do not hesitate to get in touch either online via www.majestic.co.uk or through the phones 01865 292987

Party ServiceDate published: 02/11/16

Looking for wine for a party? Make things easy by getting in touch with the team at Majestic Wine Summertown. Take advantage of our free glass hire service: put down a deposit of £1 per glass (they come in dozens), and get that back when you return the glasses clean. Don’t rush to return them, you have as long as you want, as long as you’re on the customer list or have a valid receipt. Don’t have the car room for all those wines and glasses? Let us come to you, with our free delivery across the UK.

We know that planning an event can be daunting. Speak to us for some informed advice about picking your wines and beers - we don’t bite! We have a fully stocked, free tasting counter where you might find something unusual... or let us know ahead of time and we can get something chilled down we think you’d love to try. Not sure how much to order? Let us know how many people are coming and we’ll help you figure it out, and we can offer a sale-or-return service that means you needn’t be afraid to over-order, because you can return unopened bottles of wine or unsplit cases of beer.

For more information, please do come in and say hello, or give us a call on 01865 292987.

25% off all Champagne* - 01/11Date published: 01/11/16

Starting today - for one week only, we have 25% all our Champagne (under £100). That means all your favourite names are at their best price, a perfect time to stock up for the festive period. The offer ends Monday, make sure you dont miss out!

Want access to 1500 wines with next day delivery...Date published: 27/10/16

3). Want access to 1500 wines with next day delivery
We have listened to our customers this year at Majestic. You told us you wanted access to our full range all of the time. And so, we have launched our new web store. Order online through www.majestic.co.uk and you can access our full range. Whats more, order by 6pm and you can select Next Day Delivery (£6.95 or Free if you spend over £120). We have made it so much easier to get any wine - any time!

New OffersDate published: 25/10/16

Today marks the start of our November (Already...I Know!) offers. This time of year is fantastic for bargains, great wines, and a great range. If you needed any encouragement to pop in, nows the time!
www.majestic.co.uk has the latest !

WIGIGDate published: 25/10/16

Heard us talking about WIGIG in store recenty? Wondered what an earth we were on about.....Well it stands for 'When its gone, its gone!'.
This is our new fresh section of special one off parcels. Some will be funky new wines we havent seen before, some will be old favourites returning, but whatever they are, the idea is they are quirky, they taste great and they are reasonably priced! Ask staff to recommend you a good one or two and no doubt, some will be open to taste!

Southern French Tasting WeekDate published: 19/10/16

We have a bit of a French theme to our TC this week. Each day we will have at least 2 Southern French wines to taste.

The South of France can offer superb value for money with wines starting at £5.99

Last Week of some fab offersDate published: 18/10/16

As we approach the end of October, we have just 7 days left of these fab deals when you Mix Six:


Mumm NV Champagne : £20

Torres Vina Sol: £4.99

Waimea Estate SB : £8.99

Argento £5.99Date published: 05/10/16

We have a special offer this week on Argento Malbec:

Buy 1 = £8.99 per bottle

Buy 6 = £5.99 per bottle

November Showcase tasting - SAVE AN EXTRA 10%Date published: 05/10/16

Come in and try a range of Fab Wines, chat to the team and meet some of our suppliers. These are the best tastings all year...and they are free!

And we have an additional 10% off all purchases made on the evening for those who attend!

New look in storeDate published: 29/09/16

Pop in and see our snazzy new store design, featuring a lighter, more airy layout!

Treasury Wine Estates ParcelDate published: 29/09/16

Majestic has bagged another great parcel of wine at bargain prices that we're passing on to our customers! From weekday wine to rare and special finds, this parcel offers great value from a whole range of new world producers. Come in and try a selection of them on our tasting counter, and watch your inboxes for alerts of web exclusives, because these limited availability wines are expected to sell out quickly. If you don't yet receive email alerts and would like to hear about our web exclusives and other special deals, let us know in store!

End of Offers, Monday 7pm!Date published: 22/09/16

Looking for a final Summer bargain before Autumn closes in? Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Gavi Toledana are £7.99 (mix-six) until close of play Monday, while the silky-smooth Beronia Rioja is just £9.99 (mix-six). And why not celebrate with Veuve Clicquot, at the mix-six price of £29.99?

Cune Reserva @ £8.99 (mix-six)Date published: 14/09/16

Calling all Rioja fans! When it comes to Cune, expect a very classic aged Tempranillo with silky-soft vanilla spiciness - the perfect wine for these balmy September days.

Macon-Lugny @ £8.99 (mix-six)!Date published: 14/09/16

For all the lovers of white Burgundy, we bring you the Louis Latour Macon-Lugny at £8.99 on the mix-six! Excellently paired with roasted poultry and the perfect wine for evening drinks receptions, this versatile wine slips down a treat!!!

September Showcase Tasting EveningDate published: 01/09/16

Following the great success of our summer tasting we will be holding instore a September showcase tasting event

We will be sampling some great new wines from the Majestic range along with some old classics and staff favourites.

Kicking off from 18:00 on the 13th of September please rsvp in store or contact us either online or over the phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

What was Elvis' favourite wine?Date published: 29/08/16

Rioja 'n' Roll

Sam Adams on Taste....£24 per case of 24 !Date published: 23/08/16

Come on down

Summer Sale - come on down!Date published: 17/08/16

We've just launched our very exciting Summer Sale! Lots of bargains in store, with many open to taste!

Come and grab yourself a deal!

Majestic's Party ServiceDate published: 16/08/16

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.


Last Day of Peroni at £1 a bottle!!Date published: 15/08/16

Thats just £24 for a case of 24. Get it while it lasts!

Chase Marmalade VodkaDate published: 14/08/16

Come in and try it today, ice cold from the freezer. Prepare to be stunned!

Peroni - 24 bottles for £24!Date published: 04/08/16

It's back! Peroni at just £1 a bottle.

Majestic's favourite larger is a staple of many a fridge. Clean, crisp and refreshing this is the perfect after work beer.

Selling fast so don't miss out!


What happend when the grape got squashed?Date published: 31/07/16

He let out a little wine

Chronic Cellars - Purple ParadiseDate published: 28/07/16

Life is a gamble, just roll with it.

Wishes in one hand.

Chronic in the other.


This is the motto of funky Californian wine maker Chronic Cellars. Their Purple Paradise (£12.99) is a fantastic wine - one my favourites!
Mostly Zinfandel but with lashings of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache this wine combines classic Californian fruit with beautiful hints of vanilla.


Just roll with it!

Party white wine @ £3.99Date published: 27/07/16

La Serrana Macabeo

Are you planning a party? Looking for a crowd-pleasing number with light fruit-flavours and a clean finish? Look no further. The La Serrana is perfect as an aperitif or paired with light appetisers. And at £3.99 for a limited time only, it won't break the bank!

Sauvignon Blanc TastingDate published: 22/07/16

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

Love your Kiwi Sauvignon but want to branch out? Don't understand the fuss about Sancerre? Think you don't like Sauvignon?
Our Sauvignon Blanc tasting is for you!

Starting at 6pm on Friday 29th July we'll be tasting and comparing a range of Sauvignon Blancs from around the globe.

Tickets cost £10 - which gets you a £10 voucher to spend in store!

We anticipate demand to be high so please RSVP.

What's a horses favourite wine? Date published: 20/07/16

Chardon-neighhhh

Marvellous Malbec!Date published: 18/07/16

Over the last few years Malbec has shot from obscurity to many peoples' go to red wine - but how much do you know about this great grape?


Did you know that whilst Malbec has found its home in Argentina that it originated in France? L'instant Truffier Malbec (£7.49 on the mix 6) is a great example of French Malbec from Cahors just south of Bordeaux. Be prepared for a much earthier style!


It blends! Not content to enjoy it on its own, wine makers often experiment with blends featuring Malbec. Try the Vinalba Malbec/Touriga Nacional blend ( £9.88 on mix  6), by blending with a variety often used to make Port, this Malbec is a supercharged full bodied delight.


It can also come in light and fruity styles. Malbec doesn't have to be enjoyed with steak - try the Santa Ana Malbec (£5.99 on mix 6) for a fresh and fruit driven version. 

Prosecco PromotionDate published: 15/07/16

Prosecco weekend is finally here! 

We are giving our customers a chance to save 25% on all Prosecco range. 

There are some fantastic deals until Monday:

Prosecco Fizzante Tori @ £6.74*

Prosecco Rivamonte @ £6.99*

Prosecco La Marca Treviso @ £8.99*

Prosecco Zonin @ £8.99*

Prosecco Romeo & Juliet @ £8.99*

Prosecco Salatin @ £8.99*

Prosecco Salatin Valdobbianede Superiore @ £10.49*

Definition Prosecco @ £9.99*

Prosecco La Marca Conegliano £9.74*

Prosecco La Marca Cuvee @ £9.99*

Prosecco Gioiosa DOCG @£9.99*

You can try selection of our Prosecco range until Monday. Every day different bubbly, so even more reasons to visit us this weekend!



Great Chablis AlternativeDate published: 14/07/16

Love Chablis but hate the price tag? Want to support the English Wine industry? Maybe you just want to try something new? 


Well pop down to Majestic Summertown, we have the stunningly good Chapel Down Chardonnay open on our tasting counter! Smooth and creamy with just enough zing on the palate to excite your tastebuds.


At £11.68 on the mix 6 deal, this wine a fantastic alternative to Chablis - perfect for some weekday indulgence.

Prosecco - Did you know...Date published: 13/07/16

Did you know that when looking at prosecco "extra dry" in fact means off dry?


If you are wanting a drier style of prosecco look out for the word "brut" - such as on the Prosecco Zonin currently £9.99 on the mix 6.

Summer Tasting - 26th MayDate published: 06/05/16


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


Our expert wine guru's will be on hand to tell you all about the wines and help you discover something new! Our event begins at 18:30 but the wines will be open to taste all evening.


This is a free event and everyone is welcome, so to reserve your spot please call 01865 292 287 or email sum@majestic.co.uk, we look forward to seeing you on the 26th!

Team Summertown

Come in and try our Rhubarb Fizz!Date published: 23/04/16

Like gin? Like prosecco? Why not try our delicious irresistible Rhubarb Fizz! Come in and try - Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin with Rivamonte Prosecco... a marvellous mix!

Rivamonte Prosecco - £6.99Date published: 21/04/16

Majestic's best selling Prosecco is available at a price to good to miss!.

Just £6.99 for this lovely bubbly - whether your celebrating the Queen's birthday or relaxing after work - Rivamonte will surely delight

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - Lowest Ever Price!Date published: 12/04/16

Great news!

The Mud House New zealand Sauvignon Blanc is now available at is lowest ever price!

Just £6.49 when you mix six!

It's already flying out the door so make sure you grab this bargain while stocks last!

Porta 6 Selling Fast! Don't Miss Out!Date published: 07/04/16

Majestic cult favourite Porta 6 is flying the out door! Don't miss out on its lowest ever price £6.49 a bottle!

Order now to avoid disappointment! 

So many great offers not to be missed!Date published: 05/04/16

If you prefer red, white, rose or sparkling, we have some incredible offers on right now!

Ever tried a Portuguese red? Porta 6 is a red wine from Lisbon, bursting with flavour and at an unbeatable price of £6.49 per bottle on our mix six deal!

Or how about an Argentinian sparkling brut or rosé? Both our Chandon brut and rosé is down to £12.99 per bottle on our mix six deal! 

As it's Spring, why not bag yourself a bottle (or 6!) of Rosé! We have a great selection stretching from France to New Zealand, a style to suit everyone!

See you soon!

Last Chance to get your Oyster Bay at £7.49!Date published: 04/04/16

Pop in to Summertown and grab your self Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot for £7.49 per bottle on our mix six deal!

FREE DARTINGTON GLASSES! OFFER ENDS TODAY!Date published: 21/03/16

Want to bag yourself a couple of lovely, elegant Dartington glasses, for FREE?! Then hurry on down to our Summertown store! 

All you have to do is choose yourself any 12 bottles of wine and/or spirits and you will get 2 free glasses!

But hurry, the offer ends today, Monday 21st March!

Fantastic deals on Ned Sauvignon Blanc and Russian Jack Pinot NoirDate published: 17/02/16

For just one week only we are running some fantastic deals on two of the most popular wines.

The Russian Jack Pinot Noir is down to £9.99 on the mix six deal with the single bottle price of £13.99. Also the ever popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc is down to an unbelievable £6.99 on the mix deal with the single bottle price of £10.99 

This deal will be running until Monday the 22nd of February so pop in store and don't miss out! 

Celebrate Valentine's Day with some pink bubbles!Date published: 12/02/16

If you feel like drinking something a little bit special this Valentine's Day, why not try Oeil de Perdrix NV Rosé Champagne?

It is on sale now for 17.99 (on the mix six deal) or £19.99 for a single bottle. This is a great offer, especially for a champagne of such elegant and pink style!

We hope to see you soon in store!

Special Parcel has begun!Date published: 03/02/16

Love new world wines? Love new world wines at amazing prices? Then visit Majestic Wines Summertown!

We have a great selection of Special Parcel new world wines at unbeatable prices... 50% OFF!

Don't miss out! Visit us in store now!

Buyers Choice from Italy! Date published: 26/01/16

Warm up this January with Barbi... a lovely Italian blend of Merlot and Sangiovese from Umbria! Great with a comforting lasagne or spaghetti bolognese!

Sunshine in a glass from New Zealand!Date published: 21/01/16

Warm up this winter with a bottle of fantastic New Zealand white or red: Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot. Both at an INCREDIBLE offer price of £7.49 a bottle on our mix six deal!

Pop in today and try before you buy!

DRY JANUARY? NOT US!Date published: 16/01/16

Our bin end sale is still going strong! But if that can't entice you, then maybe our huge selection of world wines with the WOW factor can!

BIN END SALE! DON'T MISS OUT!Date published: 08/01/16

Visit the Majestic Summertown store and browse our fantastic bin end sale! A great selection of wines available and must not be missed! Come and see for yourself!

LAST DAY! 33% OFF CHAMPAGNE!Date published: 14/12/15

Get your fizz in before Christmas at a great deal! 33% off ALL Champagne... Taittinger, Bollinger, Veuve Cliquot... The list goes on!

A Chilean themed weekend!Date published: 03/12/15

Come in to Majestic Summertown and try some of our cracking Chilean wines! From Friday 4th to Monday 7th December!

33% off New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Rioja!Date published: 27/11/15

Come on in to our Summertown store to try some gorgeous varieties of new world sauvignon blanc's and old world Rioja's!

33% off All Argentinian MalbecDate published: 19/11/15

This weekend only (19/11 to 23/11) all our Argentinian Malbec, the perfect antidote to the very seasonal weather!

Staff Highlights are:Vinalba Malbec Reservado at £8.66

33% Off All Sparkling WinesDate published: 05/11/15

From today until Monday 9th there is 33% off Prosecco, Cava and Sparkling Wine, get stocked up for Christmas!!!

Free In Store Tasting: Beer Tasting and South Africa TastingDate published: 09/10/15

Two free and informal tastings will be running from today, Friday 9th to Sunday 11th, just pop in and ask a member of staff about either the Beer tasting or the South Africa Tasting and we'll be happy to pour you a glass or two!!

Argentinian SpotlightDate published: 18/09/15

We've got an Argentinian Spotlight over the next few days, there will be plenty of Argentinian wines open to try on the tasting counter. We've also got a 33% off Malbec weekend, so come down and have a try!!

Like your riesling? Look no further.... Date published: 26/08/15

Ferrandière Riesling ­ Pays D’Oc


Riesling. ­ A favourite amongst wine enthusiasts.

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

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


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


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


£8.99 buy 2 save 25% = £6.74


Like your riesling? Look no further.... Date published: 26/08/15

Ferrandière Riesling ­ Pays D’Oc


Riesling. ­ A favourite amongst wine enthusiasts.

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

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


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


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


£8.99 buy 2 save 25% = £6.74


Hey Malbec! — Argentina Black Forest Gâteau in a glass!!Date published: 26/08/15

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 buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Wine of the Week: Cormack & Co. Chardonnay 2014 Adelaide HillsDate published: 26/08/15

Wine of the Week: Cormack & Co. Chardonnay 2014 Adelaide Hills

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

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

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

Single bottle price £11.99, buy 2 save 33% £7.99

Wine of the Week Date published: 30/07/15


Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Central Valley

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillion

Origin:Santa Rita's 120 range places the emphasis firmly on lively, up-front fruit flavours, and great value. Maximum fruit character is obtained by hand-harvesting and cold fermentation of the Sauvignon grapes, and the addition of 2% Semillon helps keep the blend well-rounded.

Taste:Crisp and refreshing, this wine offers an abundance of grapefruit and lemon fruit flavours, delivered in a softer, more tropical fruit texture.

Enjoy:A great party wine, endlessly gluggable on its own, or alongside seafood

Now just £5.99 a bottle in store! (33% promo)


Cellar CircleDate published: 22/07/15

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.

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, Vinothèque. 

- Free case delivery to any Majestic store for ease of collection. 

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

The online form will also give you the chance to choose the level of assistance you want, and to answer a few short questions to help us appreciate your palate.  Sign up at cellarcircle.co.uk


Join our customer listDate published: 22/07/15

Over 90% of our customers are on our list... here's why!

1) Ever bought a bottle of wine you really enjoyed and then forgotten what it was? Well here we keep a history of what you buy, so we can look up all your previous purchases for you.

2) As we have your sales history, you don’t even need to bring a receipt with you should you wish to return or exchange your wines (or faulty bottles).

3) We offer free delivery in the local area, 7 days a week. We are very flexible with our delivery service, and can offer evening and weekend slots too, so we can always find a time to suit you best.

4) You can receive e-mails about all of our latest offers, web exclusives and short term flash deals, so you are always up to date and will never miss out on the very best reductions we can offer.

5) You will receive a voucher worth £10 for your next visit, just buy 6 bottles and you can get a 7th on us - if you need a recommendation, we’ll even help pick it out for you!


Storing WineDate published: 22/07/15

For long term storage, it is recommended wines are kept at a cool and constant temperature, between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. Wine should ideally be stored on its side to ensure the cork remains in contact with the wines, this is due to the cork drying out if it loses contact with the wine. However wines that are sealed with a screwcap can be stored vertically without any risk.

Bear in mind, the storage of wine in rooms controlled by air conditioning or and central heating can affect the wines. If wines are stored for long period above 18 degrees Celsius they can lose their freshness. The gentlest way to warm red wines is to allow the bottle to warm up slowly or by holding the bowl of the glass in your hand. Do not shove reds on to stoves or radiators, as this exposure to extreme heat can cause irreparable damage to the wine.

For parties, Ice buckets or wine coolers are used to keep white, rose or sparkling wines cold. Remember to fill the ice bucket three-quarters full with water and ice so that the wine is fully surrounded by iced water.



Not a Chardonnay lover? Well why not? Date published: 18/05/15

1. Unoaked Chardonnays like Chablis are crisp, elegant, and very refreshing! #Burgundydoesitbest #terroir

2. Some Chardonnays made in an oaked style are creamy and rich and yummy #buttery

3. Chardonnay is a versatile grape - easy to drink on its own or great with lots of different dishes! #nosh

4. It grows all over the world so there are SO many choices of styles and winemaking stories out there #globetrotter

5. It is generally a very important grape in Champagne and other sparkling wines! #popthatcork #WhoThoughtTheyHatedChardonnay

Why not try our Bourgogne Chardonnay "Les Chenaudières" - a fabulous introduction to Burgundy Chardonnay without the hefty price tag! Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case! 


Wine FactsDate published: 17/05/15

Impress your friends with some interesting wine facts!

Did you know...

... that Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most grown grape variety. 20 or so years ago, this title belonged to Airen. This grape variety, little known internationally, was mostly used for brandy distillation. Merlot closely follows in 2nd place. 

...that nearly 60% of the entire vineyard area of New Zealand is planted in two adjacent estuary valleys; Wairau, which is the largest, and Awatere. 

...that wine grapes rank number one among the world's fruit crops in terms of acres planted!

...the smell of a young wine is commonly known as its "aroma", whereas a more mature wine exudes a "bouquet"!


Did you know... USA wineDate published: 16/05/15

USA Wine - Did You Know...

... that California is the 4th largest producer of wine in the world behind France, Italy, and Spain!

... that Carneros means sheep in Spanish and many can be found along the rolling hills of Los Carneros in California!

... that the influential wine critic Robert Parker has his nose and palate insured for $1million!! 



Veuve Fun Facts!Date published: 16/05/15

While many of you may refer to the famous Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne as "Veuve", the eagle-eyed amongst you may have seen it's not the only 'Veuve' Champagne! 

Veuve is actually the french word for widow, and it is actually Madame Clicquot Ponsardin that gave her name to the eponymous fizz! 

Known as the "Grand Dame of Champagne", Madame Clicquot was a French businesswoman who took on her husband's wine business when widowed at 27. Under her ownership, and her skill with wine, the company developed excellent early champagne and has continued to use her name ever since! Many other champagnes have also been created and developed by widows - go girls! 

If you pop into the store or order online before Tuesday, you can still pick up a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow label for £29.32 as part of a mixed case of 6 - a fantastic deal not to be missed! 

Majestic Blog!Date published: 16/05/15

Check out the Majestic Blog for a whole range of interesting articles and ideas from the whole Majestic team!

http://blog.majestic.co.uk/



Ribera del DueroDate published: 07/05/15

Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) located in the country's northern plateau and is one of eleven 'quality wine' regions within the autonomous community of Castile and León.[1] It is also one of several recognised wine-producing regions to be found along the course of the Duero river.

The region is characterised by a largely flat, rocky terrain and is centred on the town of Aranda de Duero, although the most famous vineyards surround Peñafiel and Roa de Duero to the west, where the regional regulatory council or Consejo Regulador for the denominación is based.


The Use Of Oak in Bordeaux WinesDate published: 07/05/15

The Use Of Oak in Bordeaux Wines

Use of Oak

The producers of premium wine from Bordeaux use oak to age their wine. Oak flavours are part of the profile and the winemaker is unlikely to cut corners in his use of oak. Most use 225L barriques, small barrels made of high quality, air dried, French oak. The small size of the barrel means that more wine is in contact with its surface, so more flavour is imparted. The use of French oak (as opposed to American) imparts cedar and cigar notes, rather than coconut and vanilla (American). As French oak is tightly grained, the oxygenation process is very slow, so the wine matures steadily, producing a more stable wine. Newer barrels impart more flavour than old, so 1-3 year old barrels are likely to be used. Lightly toasted barrels impart more flavour than heavily toasted, so again this will be factored into the decision making process.


McLaren Vale wine region Date published: 07/05/15

McLaren Vale wine region 

McLaren Vale is a wine region approximately 35 km south of Adelaide in South Australia. It is internationally renowned for the wines it produces. The region was named after either David McLaren, the Colonial Manager of the South Australia Company or John McLaren (unrelated) who surveyed the area in 1839. Among the very first settlers to the region in late 1839, were two English farmers from Devon, William Colton and Charles Thomas Hewett. William Colton established the 'Daringa Farm' and Charles Thomas Hewett established 'Oxenberry Farm'. Both men would be very prominent in the very early days of McLaren Vale.

Although initially the region's main economic activity was the growing of cereal crops, John Reynell and Thomas Hardy planted grape vines in 1838 and the present-day Seaview and Hardy wineries were in operation as early as 1850. Grapes were first planted in the region in 1838 and some vines more than 100 years old are still producing. Today there are more than 88 cellar doors in McLaren Vale. The majority are small family-run operations and boutique wineries.

In February 2011, South Australian Premier Mike Rann announced that special legislation would be introduced to protect the unique heritage of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. 

McLaren Vale has a Mediterranean climate with four clear seasons. With a dry warm Summer, the area has dry weather from December through to March or April, giving an easy change between summer and winter. It is gentle with long warm days and short cool nights. Winter rains of 580-700  mm per annum flow into a fresh spring. The region rarely experiences frost or drought due to its close proximity to the sea. The region is bounded to the south by the Sellicks Hill Range and to the west by the waters of Gulf St Vincent. 

The McLaren Vale region is well known for its dry red wines, especially those made from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are also grown. White wine varieties in the region include Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon blanc and Riesling.

In recent years innovative wineries have begun using less common varieties such as Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Barbera, Cinsaut, Vermentino and Viognier.

Notable for producing Shiraz, the grape is by far the most important variety for the region, accounting for about 50% of the total crush. The area's thin soils, limited water, and warm summers harness Shiraz’s natural vigor and produce intense flavored fruit, and wine with a deep purple color that can last decades in the bottle. McLaren Vale wines are distinguished by their ripeness, elegance, structure, power and complexity. McLaren Vale has 3,218 hectares of Shiraz under vine. Other major varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon with 1,288 ha planted, Chardonnay with 722 ha planted and Grenache with 402 ha- much of this dry-grown (non-irrigated) bush vines. 


Summer Tasting!Date published: 07/05/15

On Tuesday 12th May we're hosting our big summer wine tasting - we'll have lots of wines open to taste and you'll get 10% off any purchases made on the evening.

It all starts at 6:30pm, and as with all our tastings, its completely free! All you have to do is let us know you're coming along either by calling on 01494 511715 or emailing us at wyc@majestic.co.uk.

See you then!


Spanish Vintages- a quick guide!Date published: 21/04/15

Here's a little info on recent vintages from Spain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Focus on Picpoul!Date published: 20/04/15

The Picpoul grape variety is grown in Picpoul de Pinet of the Eastern Languedoc, France, and is situated between Pezenas and the lagoon behind the port of Sete. The majority of Picpoul is used to make white wines, however small amounts of rose and red wines are produced. Picpoul is one of the oldest Languedoc grape varieties and can be dated back to 1618. It grows best in dry, warm climates where the humidity helps to ripen grapes at the end of the growing season. The wine itself is a light lemony-green colour, with notes of citrus, acacia and green herbs and is best drunk at a young age. It pairs beautifully with fish dishes, especially shellfish.

Staff Choice: Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2014 MarlboroughDate published: 11/03/15

Staff Choice: Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

Winemaker David Clouston spent a number of years working at wineries in the USA, France, Spain and Chile before returning to his native Marlborough, and now lives in a black-painted wooden cottage in the Wairau Valley after which the winery is named.

Bright, pale yellow, with lime green tinges. Offers aromas of gooseberries with a hint of lychee and a leafy complexity. Tropical and herbaceous characters continue on the crisply acidic palate.

Drink with mildly pungent cheeses such as feta or chêvre, or with a crayfish salad.

Single bottle price £12.99, buy 2 save 25% - £9.74.

1/3 off Oyster BayDate published: 04/03/15

We have a superb new short term deal on all our still Oyster Bay wines.

This means that the Sauv Blanc is available for £7.99 as is the Merlot. Whats better, they are open to try on our tasting counter. Pop on down!

Wine of the Week - Rustenberg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/02/15

Wine of the Week - Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 

£13.49 or Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £8.99

The Rustenberg Estate is based in Stellenbosch, often claimed to be one of the prettiest wine growing region in the world. Rustenberg has vineyards in Simonsberg, Helderberg and Nooitgedacht. The vineyards for Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc are at 550m above sea level against the Simonsberg mountains, whilst most vines in Stellenbosch are planted about 100m above sea level.

This Sauvignon Blanc has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend. Free-run and gently pressed juice is used to minimise the presence of bitter tannins, and 2-3 months' lees ageing adds to the texture. Not only does lees ageing add body and flavour, it also gives the wine more structure. Many recommend keeping Rustenberg Sauvignon for four or five years, which wouldn’t be possible with most Sauvignon Blancs.

Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes providing a layered feel.

Pair this up with any seafood dishes.


Staff Choice - Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. GuigalDate published: 23/02/15

Staff Choice - Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. Guigal

Grape - Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz

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

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

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

This is wine is currently on a fantastic offer at only £7.99* a bottle! 

We also have this available to taste on our tasting counter, so come on down and give it a try for yourself.

*Usual price - £11.75

Wine of the Week: Bellingham "Pinopasso" Pinotage 2013, South AfricaDate published: 23/02/15

This is a very exciting new addition to the Majestic range. Bellingham have always been innovative and forward-thinking in their wine making, and this wine is no exception. Never afraid to try new things; Bellingham have taken South Africa's signature black grape, Pinotage, and employed the ripasso technique in the wine making process (hence the name "Pinopasso"). This technique is traditionally used in the production of some wines from the Valpolicella region in northern Italy. It involves passing the wine over the skins of grapes used to make stronger wines such as Amarone, which adds an additional richness and complexity to the wine. 

Why have they done this? The head winemaker at Bellingham spent some time in northern Italy, where he became familiar with the ripasso technique and the unique quality it adds to a wine. He believed that the muscular Pinotage grape of South Africa would lend itself perfectly to this style, and so Pinopasso was born. It also pays tribute to the Italian prisoners of war who helped replant the vineyards in the 1940s.

This wine is not one for the faint of heart. It has body and intensity of flavour in abundance. The rich, dark cherry and plum notes are accented by sweet spice and savoury farmyard character. Enjoy with rich stew, mushroom risotto or lasagne.


Was £9.99....... Now £7.49 Save 25%


What does it mean? AOCDate published: 22/02/15

AOC Abbreviation for Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, (English: Appellation of controlled origin), as specified under French law. The AOC laws specify and delimit the geography from which a particular wine (or other food product) may originate and methods by which it may be made. The regulations are administered by the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO).

Lots of Deals!!Date published: 21/02/15

It may be February but that doesn't mean we don't have some great deals to tease you with....

How about.....

Cotes du Rhone Guigal for £7.99 or....

Veuve Clicquot 2004 Vintage for £33.31?

These are deals just too good to miss, if you can't make it to store why not order online or give us a call in store?

And don't forget its our South Africa tasting week is currently on!!


Matt's Farewell to the Summertown CrewDate published: 19/02/15

Where to start...

Well, five and a half months have flown by and it is finally time for me to set sail and head to a new branch. I will be joining the Stow-on-the-Wold team at the beginning of March and today is my last day with the Summertown team. Currently sitting at the top of my favourite wines list would have to be the Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon which I have been fortunate enough to taste. This wine is definitely reserved for a treat as it racks up a cost of £55.00 a bottle!! But very delicious none the less. A few other, more affordable wines to make the list would have to include the Clos Du Bois Pinot Noir which I had at our work Christmas dinner, the Surani Costarossa Primitivo which is mine and my old man's fav, and of course the Ben Marco Malbec which is just a fantastic drink!

I started in Oxford in September and have met many fun and exciting people! For that, I would like to say thank you to everyone who I have worked with over the past few months and who have made starting this new venture an ease. Walking into the door not knowing the difference between a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pinot Noir was a daunting prospect but everyone here has taken me under their wing and taught me a lot and really made this a really enjoyable place to be working. Again, thank you so much to all the Majestic staff I have met and especially the Summertown team who have been a dream to work with, we have had some great times here!

All in all, I've had a great beginning and am looking forward to the future!

Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 11/02/15

We have a superb short term deal just started on the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto. Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

£11.99 Buy 2 Save 33.33% = £7.99

Focus on Fine WineDate published: 11/02/15

Over the last couple of weeks we have had some really interesting fine wines come in. Here is a pick of our favourites!

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa Valley £55

Caymus produce some of the most desirable Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. With powerful aromas of ripe blackberry and dark cherry, and notes of vanilla, cocoa and rose petal this is a fabulously decadent wine. The palate shows incredible structure and finesse with fine-grained tannins. Drink it over the next ten years.

Château Pavillon Figeac 2006 Saint Emilion Grand Cru £20

This is the second wine of Château La Grave Figeac, and is made from the fruit of the estate's younger vines, which produce a more supple wine for earlier drinking. The vineyards enjoy an enviable location close to the celebrated estates of Cheval Blanc and Figeac. A fine, soft and approachable claret with a well rounded texture and excellent structure. Ripe bramble fruit is accompanied by hints of dates, forest floor and tobacco leaf.

33.33% off all Rose FizzDate published: 11/02/15

To celebrate Valentines day, we have 1/3 off all our Rose Fizz (under £100).

Some of the highlights include:


Unduragga Rose @ £6.66

Graham Beck Rose @ £9.99

Oeil de Pedrix @ £16.66


Cloudy Bay Chapter 3: Pinot Noir Date published: 04/02/15

Continuing with New Zealand's premium wine producer Cloudy Bay, they grow a fantastic Pinot Noir. This grape is not universal as it prefers milder conditions making places like New Zealand favourable for harvesting; Burgundy being the famous home of Pinot Noir. This grape variety  generally creates light to medium bodied wines and should be served at a slightly lower temperature than that of most other red wines, a little under room temperature. 

This 2012 vintage Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir has a full nose of ripe plum with aromatic spices. This wine tastes of dark cherries and strawberries with a long finish of silky tannins. There is also a minerality in the wine which comes from New Zealand's soil. It is recommended that this wine should be matched with BBQ pork ribs or confit of duck leg to bring out its full potential.

Currently priced at £35.00, however on the fine wine deal buy 2 and save £10.00 making it £30.00

Dry JanuaryDate published: 31/01/15

It is officially the final day of dry January and time to start filling up the wine cellar in preparation of the year ahead. We still have all our fantastic deals from this month including some wines which are up to 40% off. We also have a whole new range of products to be discounted which will start at the beginning of February with plenty of new and exciting bargains. All these deals can be found on our website and in our monthly brochure as always. 

Allumea GrilloDate published: 21/01/15

Come in to Majestic Wines Summertown and try a litte Allumea Grillo which is currently on the tasting counter and will be for the next few days or so! It is a Sicilian wine which is indigenous to Southern Italy and widely planted in the Trapani provenance. It has been increasingly common as a base for dry white wines however has a hint of sweetness. It is a fruity grape that offers pineapples and citrus fruits with a nicely rounded palate. Easy to drink and definitely refreshing with a clean finish. Best to serve with soft cheeses.

£8.99 down to £6.74 on the buy 2 bottles and save 25%

Keep It Local - Cotswold GinDate published: 17/01/15

Before Christmas we were happy to announce the arrival of some brilliant craft spirits ranging from Texan vodka, Filipino rum, Californian gin and many more. However, we wanted to take this opportunity to look at a product much closer to our Summertown home and that is Cotswold Gin.

This is the first and only gin to come from the Cotswolds and reflects everything about this beautiful part of the world. It is a family run business and they go to every length to ensure this gin is top quality and all natural.  They use a German Holstein copper still for the distillation and use plants and wildflowers from the Cotswold themselves. 

This is a smooth, well balanced, subtle gin that makes the perfect G&T or just drink it neat over some ice. 

So support the local market and come and try a bottle or give it a go on our tasting counter in store!

Price: £35.00

Region In Focus - The Loire ValleyDate published: 16/01/15

The Loire is not always the first place people think of when shopping for wine, often the names of Bordeaux and The Rhone come to mind more easily. However, as a region is produces a wonderful array of whites, reds, roses, sweet and sparkling, pretty much a wine for any occasion.

The region is split into four main areas. Starting from the West where the River Loire meets the Bay of Biscay you have the Nantais, then Touraine, Anjou Saumur and finally The Central Vineyards where the famous Sancerre and Pouilly - Fume are found.

The Nantais region is best known for its Musacdet wine, one of the most interesting being Muscadet Sur Lie (literally 'on lees') which means the wine rests on its fine lees during the winter and then is bottled directly from the vat/cask into the bottle giving the wine extra depth and body. Our recommendation@  Muscadet Sur Lie only £6.99!

The next region moving eastwards is Anjou Saumur, the heartland of the Loire. The whites are made from Chenin Blanc and range from dry to sweet, the reds are normally Cabernet Sauvignon with the most renowned being Saumur Champigny AC. Saumur also produces lovely sparkling wines, cremant de loire. Rose is another key wine produced in this region and last but not least you have the sweet wines from Coteaux du Layon with their recognisable botrytis flavours. Our recommendations? Treat yourself to some sparkle this January: Bouvet Saumur £8.99 on the 33% offer

Moving on we have Touraine. This is half way between Muscadet and Sancerre. Its white wines are often made from Sauvignon Blanc and its reds mainly Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Merlot. One of its most popular wines overseas is probably Vouvray, this is always made from Chenin Blanc and can be dry or sweet , still or sparkling, whichever you like! Our recommendation? La Grille Touraine Sauvignon £8.99

Finally we arrive in the Central Vineyards! This is where the chiefs of the Loire reside. We are talking Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. Both made from Sauvignon Blanc, both sit on opposite sides of the Loire on soils rich in marine fossils not unlike Chablis further down the map. High acidity, crisp, gun-smoke and citrus all come together to make some of the world's finest whites. Our recommendation? Roger Neveu Sancerre: £12.99 and Pouilly Fume Les Cascadelles £9.32 on the 33% offer.

HAPPY DRINKING!

New Arrival! Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon BlancDate published: 14/01/15

The Summertown team are happy to welcome a new kid on the New Zealand block. Introducing Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc!

Another New Zealand Sauvignon you say? Yes, but this comes with the reputation to back it up. Another wine from the Giesen Family producers, the grapes for this particular tipple are grown in the Wairu Valley in the Marlborough region of the country. Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc go together like a horse and carriage, like Stilton and Port, like Ant and Dec.... 

If you like your NZ Sauvignons then you will like this, vibrant, citrussy, herbal with hints of lime and subtle tropical fruit flavours in the background. Dry, crisp and fresh, what more could you want?

All this for the bargain price of £6.66! when you buy any 2 or more bottle on our 33% offers (of which we have PLENTY this month, so come and check them out).



Cloudy Bay Chapter 2: Chardonnay 2005/2013Date published: 13/01/15

Moving on from the classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and to a lesser produced grape in the region; we come to Chardonnay. New Zealand offers a mild yet sunny climate makes for a long and slow ripening process. The 2005 vintage offers a dynamic complexity coming from the age of the bottle. The drink itself shows a diverse range of figs to lemon butteriness with a hint of butterscotch. While delicious now, for the patient of you it will benefit for 3-4 years further aging. Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2013 is crafted using grapes from four different subregions in Marlborough district. Considering the youthfulness of this wine, it is an impressive vintage. The characteristics of this wine show layers of white peach,spring florals with well a integrated smokiness. This Chardonnay is mouthfilling with a sharp acidity giving it structure and balance. This is a fantastic wine with a long, lingering finish.

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005: Currently on the 33% off promotion, Normally £30.00 down to £19.99 when you mix and match 2 bottles from this promotion.

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2013:Currently on the 33% off promotion, Normally £27.50 down to £18.32 when you mix and match 2 bottles from this promotion.

Cloudy Bay, Chapter 1: Sauvignon Blanc 2014Date published: 10/01/15

The New Zealand wine trade has been continually growing for decades and Cloudy Bay has been a part of this progress. The Marlborough region in New Zealand is situated to the North of the South Island and produces the most famous wine from the country which have become the biggest sellers in the United Kingdom. Cloudy Bay have played a pioneering role in the development of New Zealand wines and for this month only, these fine wine products can be found at up to 40% off. 

New Zealand is particularly famous for its Sauvignon Blanc wines and Cloudy Bay produce one of the finest around. The first thing to note is that this Sauvignon has the potential for aging due to its level of natural acidity. Normally a Sauvignon Blanc would be drunk soon after bottling, however it is recommended that this wine should be kept for 6 - 12 months to allow the characteristics to mellow. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon offers a bright taste with plenty of grapefruit, kaffir lime and ripe citrus fruits along with lemongrass and stone fruits on the pallet. This 2014 vintage offers a long, rich finish making this a delicious, well rounded example of the brilliant wines grown in this region of New Zealand. 

Currently on the 33% off promotion, Normally £27.50 down to £18.33 when you mix and match 2 bottles from this promotion.

40% OFF!!!Date published: 10/01/15

We have some seriously ridiculous deals this January!! Things like......

Laurent Perrier Brut NV was £37.50  NOW £22.49!!

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 was £100 NOW £59.96!!

Perrier Jouet Rose NV was £45.00 NOW £26.99!!

Louis Roederer NV was £45.00 NOW £26.99!!


Not to mention things like Cloudy Pelorus NV for £14.99 or Pelorus Vintage for £17.08!!

So why not pop in and grab a bargain whilst you can! They are simply too good resist!!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager Date published: 06/01/15

Today marks the exciting start of the Samuel Adams Boston Lager, £1 a bottle, promotion! Sam Adams is crafted by the Boston Beer Company which was founded in 1984 with the brew itself being a recreation of a 19th Century American recipe which is rich, full and satisfying. The beer weighs in at 4.8% and is a great all round lager, perfect for an occasion. This is a fantastic beer at an even better price and will stay on this amazing deal until the beginning of February, so make sure you come in and grab a case!

Beer of the Week - Vedett Blond!Date published: 04/01/15

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

6 X 330ml £12.99 or buy any 2 cases on the craft beer deal

£9.99 per pack 


Wine of the Week Trebuchet Red 2013 Western Cape, South AfricaDate published: 02/01/15

This Bordeaux blend comes from the Gabb family's vineyards, and has been named to commemorate the installation of a working Shropshire-built trebuchet at the estate, to serve as a showpiece and as the centre of fundraising activities for local causes.



Deep garnet-purple colour, offering flavours of ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by earthy undertones. Firm tannins provide ample weight and structure, smoothed by gentle oak.

This is an easy quaffing wine, great with a beef stew or perhaps a lovely pork loin and oven roasted vegetables.

Grab a glass and enjoy!

£6.66 when you buy any two wines from the 33% off deal!!


Wines you Adore with Savings Galore!Date published: 31/12/14

This January sees not only the start of the New Year, but also the beginning of some fantastic offers which will be showcased in Majestic stores throughout the country. Many of our products will be changing deals so keep an eye to see what great wines you can purchase for a fraction of its original price. All these new deals will begin at 10am on the 5th of January and these can be seen on our website and in the new brochure which will also be released on the 5th of January. 

Callia Bella Malbec - Wine of the WeekDate published: 31/12/14

Argentina produces some amazing wines and is the leader in creating some of the finest malbecs in the world. This wine is grown in the town of San Juan in the Valle De Tulum region with a vineyard of 241 hectares in size. Callia Bella has a great wild berry character with a rich purple colour. Callia Bella is a great with pasta and red sauce, and is very reasonably priced for the high quality it displays. This is a great drinking wine, full of flavor and an all round winner showcasing why Argentina is a fantastic malbec producer and why it is our wine of the week.

Happy New Years!Date published: 31/12/14

Good morning to all,

It is that time of year again, the last day of the year and the last party of 2014. You can never have too much wine and the Summertown team will be here until 5 o'clock if you need any last minute stock ups for your festivities. We still have all our fantastic deals which you have seen this month with plenty of fizz and champagne at 33% off, perfect for that New Years toast!


Pre Christmas Delivery Slots STILL AVAILABLEDate published: 21/12/14

We still have a few pre Christmas delivery slots available. If you need a delivery - give us a ring on 01865292987

BEER OF THE WEEK! Brooklyn LagerDate published: 20/12/14

In the late 1800’s when Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favourites. Brooklyn Lager is a direct descendant of the Vienna style, displaying an amber-gold colour and a firm malt centre supported by refreshing bitterness and a floral hop aroma that give way to smooth caramel malts in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by dry hopping, the addition of fresh hops as the beer undergoes its long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavourful beer: smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. This wedding of British-inspired dry hopping and Viennese-style lager brewing results in a true American original. Whether it was your first craft beer or about to be your hundredth, you’ll find Brooklyn Lager as robust and inviting as ever.

6 X 335ml £12.99 or buy any 2 cases on the craft beer deal

£9.99 per pack

If you fancy a try, just grab a member of the team!


Magnums galore!!Date published: 19/12/14

What better time of year to share a magnum with friends and family? Here at Majestic Summertown we have a great selection to choose from including still wines and Champagnes......

Picpoul Ormarine - £19.99

Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons, Louis Moreau - £40.00

Chateau Musar 2007 - £48.00

Clos du L'Oratoire, Chateauneuf du Pape - £48.00

Chateau Labegorce Margaux - £55.00

For the fizzy stuff...

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2002 Vintage - £45.00

Laurent Perrier NV - £70.00

Veuve Clicquot - £75.00

Bollinger NV - £80.00

Moet and Chandon Brut - £80.00

Ruinart NV - £75.00

Ruinart Rose - £100

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs - £100


We definitely have something for everyone.....and lets face it popping open a magnum is always fun!!

Festive Friday!! Date published: 18/12/14

Friday 12th is officially FESTIVE FRIDAY at Majestic Wine! You can expect to see a few Christmas jumpers...maybe a mince pie or two and lots of festive cheer!! So come in and say hello....even better wear your best Christmas jumper and join in the fun. 

'Tis the season to be jolly after all!!

Washington WinesDate published: 18/12/14

Everybody has heard of the Napa Valley and Sonoma County, but a little further north is Washington State and the wines that are produced there are gaining notoriety.

Washington state is the second largest wine producing state in the USA. The climate is much cooler than in the largest producing state, California, and as such, the wines are a little more restrained, elegant and subtle than the fruit bomb blockbusters that you may have tried before.

One such wine is the No Bull Merlot by Charles Smith. A ripe and straightforward wine, full of classic plum and blackberry Merlot characters, enhanced by inviting notes of cocoa, cedar and red cherry. A great addition to our range, I think!


Wine of the Week: Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011 La CasettaDate published: 17/12/14

From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

Grab a glass and enjoy!

£13.49 when you buy any two wines from the 25% off deal!!


Planning a party need to hire some glasses?Date published: 17/12/14

GLASS HIRE

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

Just £1 deposit per glass*

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

Chiller bins and ice also available

*Glasses must be returned clean and unbroken


For the person who has everything....Date published: 16/12/14

It comes to this time of the year where you're burnt out from work and 1300 different Christmas parties have started to take their toll. Then you realise it's time to buy those Christmas prezzies, after the usual pair of festive socks and box of chocolates you start to scratch your head as we all have that friend who is impossible to buy for as they have everything! 

Fear not that is where we come in, we have a great selection of boutique craft spirits that I bet they have never tried! We have mixed gift cases of wine which are great presents too! 

So don't panic, take a deep breath and give us a ring or pop into our store! 

Majestic's very own Santa



Pedros SherriesDate published: 15/12/14

The sherries come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices. They are all authentic and traditional in style.

20% of the Fino blend is from an aged fino solera (average age around 15-20 years), which gives it impressive extra depth. It is a different proposition from the clean but lean styles of fino such as Tio Pepe, and that should be explained to customers (though it should still be served cold). The Fino is a great upsell from the

Pedro Dauthieu is a local man who helped us bring the whole concept together. He proved such an invaluable asset we decided to name the range after him.

Pedro knows everyone in Jerez. He is a one-man sherry institution with contacts in every bodega, bar and restaurant in the city. Critically, he understood what we were after and knew exactly where to find it. He opened doors on family bodegas that could have easily remained closed.


The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's; they are as authentic as the wine inside. Their colour and vibrancy have fantastic stand out value. The wines and labels are absolutely exclusive to Majestic.

Fino - £8.99

This Fino is selected from two different Bodegas in the centre of Jerez; the first provides fresh youthful stock, the second, Almacenista provides the older wine which ensures the wines complexity and secondary characters. Bone dry, the intense flor character is complemented by almond and fresh apple notes giving a fresh finish. An excellent match for all types of tapas, especially olives, nuts, smoked hams and shellfish, as well as Asian or Indian cuisine. Serve at 6-8ºc and consume within two weeks of opening.


Amontillado - £10.99

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado is selected from the family Almacenista Garcia Jarana, who has dedicated his time to ageing and treasuring over 400 butts of old Sherry. This Amontillado is one of the true wines of Jerez. The subtle and delicate bouquet, suggests notes of hazelnut on the nose, yet with light reminders of yeast but smooth on the palate giving a fresh finish. This is an excellent match for soups and consommés, tuna, wild mushrooms, hard cheeses like manchego or cheddar and as Japanese/Asian influenced dishes


Palo Cortado - £14.99

Very rare style of sherry that falls between the elegance of Amontillado and the richness and complexity of Oloroso. From the cellar of Cayetano del Pino, this is a truly magnificent example of the style. Richer than the Amontillado with caramel, coffee and toffee notes, fresh citrus and dried apricot aromas. On the palate the Palo Cortado is nutty and intense with hints of bitter caramel and a rounded mouth feel. Match with game and roasted meats.


Oloroso - £12.99

This wine has an average age of 20 years. Exquisite and full of complexity, with intense aromas of toasted walnuts and autumn leaves. Warm and expansive on the palate - an excellent match for red meats, casseroles and chicken and Vegetable paellas.


Drappier 1er Cru - £19.99Date published: 14/12/14

The Drappier vineyard covers 100 hectares and constitutes the House’s essential trump card. Since 1808 our family has used its skill to select parcels of land which are particularly well exposed and extremely rich in limestone. For the most part they are located around Urville, where Pinot Noir, the predominant grape variety, finds its loveliest expression and allows the production of very elegant, aromatic wines.

The grapes come only from Grand Cru and Premier Cru: Cramant, Ay, Chouilly, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Coulommes la Montagne and Pierry with 30% reserve wine from older vintages.Vinification of Drappier Premier CruOnly Cuvées are used (1st press, low pressure). From the press to the tanks without pumping only gravity is used. Natural decantation. Racking and malolactic fermentation straight away at the temperature of 18°C. Fining at a low temperature in the winter (5 to 8°C). No filtration.The three generations of DRAPPIER who are making the wines are sulphure allergic, thus very little sulphites or no sulphites at all is used. Champagne DRAPPIER deliver more expression and natural aromas accented by the fact that it is not filtered.Maturation during 3 years on the lies. Disgorgement with an addition of a liqueur matured in oak barrels for over 15 years. After disgorgment, the cuvees rest for 3 months in the cellar before shipment so that dosage is fully integrated.Dosage: 8 g/l

Tasting notes Elegant and fresh on the nose. Firm and intense, pear, spices, vanilla and a hint of acacia honey. Toasty bread, long on the palate with a light hazelnut aftertaste.Food pairingIdeal as an aperitif. The perfect accompaniment for seafood, sashimior even soft goat’s cheese.Serve at 7°C.


New To Majestic Wine?Date published: 13/12/14

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!


BEER OF THE WEEK: PUNK IPADate published: 12/12/14

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

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

6 X 335ml £12.99 or buy any 2 cases on the craft beer deal

£9.99 per pack

If you fancy a try, just grab a member of the team!


FREE DELIVERY!Date published: 12/12/14

On every order, delivery is FREE! One of the many free Majestic services for our customers, our delivery service is unique.

Not only is delivery FREE on a minimum of 6 bottles (any mix) they're fulfilled by the local Majestic store team in their very own Majestic van. We deal with your order from the moment you place it to the moment we deliver - and all at a time that's convenient to you.

For an internet order we'll contact you within 24 hours to confirm the details, and arrange delivery. We're flexible enough to cater for most special requests - you can use the checkbox labelled 'I would like to enter delivery instructions' on the online checkout to include a message for us with your order, or just let us know when we ring to arrange the delivery.

We turn around many orders within two to three days, although in some cases this may be longer (a maximum of 7 day).

You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and order cubed ice.


Pilsner Urquell and Peroni both £1 a bottle!!Date published: 11/12/14

For the month of December we have two great beer deals for you!!

Both Pilsner Urquell and Peroni 24pks are on offer at £24 per case.....thats an amazing £1 per bottle!

Ideal for family get togethers or a big New Years' Eve Party with friends. 

Come and grab your case today!!

Mulled wine recipeDate published: 10/12/14

An easy mulled wine recipe for the festive season, brimming with Christmassy spice and a kick of sloe gin.

Ingredients

1 bottle red wine (Mont Saint Jean Corbieres) 

60g/2oz demerara sugar

1 cinnamon stick

grated nutmeg

1 orange, halved

1 dried bay leaf

60ml/2fl oz sloe or damson gin (optional)

Preparation method

Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bayleaf and the spices.

Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste to see if you want the wine sweeter, and add more sugar to taste.

Off the heat, stir in the sloe or damson gin if you are using it.

Strain into heatproof glasses and serve at once.

We recommend using our Mont Saint Jean Corbieres at £4.99 a bottle. 

Spotlight Tasting: Rhone and BurgundyDate published: 09/12/14

Our last spotlight tasting of the year.....Rhone and Burgundy! A quick half hour of interesting wines and a few facts too! We shall be kicking off at 6.30pm on Thursday 11th, we have spaces left if you would like to join us. From the classics to the more unusual its a great opportunity to try some wines which may surprise and may even be the perfect partner to your Christmas lunch!

Drop us an email or give us a call to book your place now!

sum@majestic.co.uk

01865 292987

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 09/12/14

Below are our opening times for the Festive Season:

Monday 8th – Friday 12th December 9am-8pm
Saturday 13th December 9am-7pm
Sunday 14th December 10am-5pm


Monday 15th-Friday 19th December 9am-8pm
Saturday 20th December 9am-8pm
Sunday 21st December 10am-5pm


Monday 23rd-Tuesday 23rd December 9am-8pm
Wednesday 24th December 9am-5pm
Thursday 25th-Friday 26th December CLOSED
Saturday 27th December 9am-7pm
Sunday 28th December 10am-5pm


Monday 29th-Tuesday 30th December 10am-7pm
Wednesday 31st December 10am-5pm
Thursday 1st January CLOSED
Friday 2nd January 10am-8pm
Saturday 3rd January 9am-7pm
Sunday 4th January 10am-5pm


Christmas Hours have BEGUN!!Date published: 08/12/14

The Christmas period is upon us.....and from now until the big day we are open 9am-8pm every weekday!! So come in and see us and more importantly pick up your festive tipples whilst it is still quiet!

Wine of the Week: Rustenberg R.M.NicholsonDate published: 08/12/14

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

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

A great wine to enjoy with a rich venison stew or maybe a lovely roast dinner.

£9.32 when you buy any two wines on the 33% off deal


Great £4.99 WinesDate published: 08/12/14

£4.99 Spanish wines

We have some truly great value new wines in the store for the winter season, and I have picked a couple to tell you about from Spain, and more specifically the DO of Valdepenas!

El Torito Merlot 2013, Valdepeñas

The southerly location of Valdepeñas gives it a very warm, arid continental climate, which particularly suits robust red grape varieties that benefit from the abundant sunshine and lengthy ripening season that this affords.

Cool fermented for a youthful, fruit driven style, this is a soft and plummy Merlot with supple tannins and a juicy palate full of ripe cherry and berry flavours.

El Torito Chardonnay 2013 Valdepeñas

Valdepeñas is one of Spain's more southerly wine regions, and is located entirely within the larger La Mancha region. Its reputation for quality and value has led to an increasing array of grapes being cultivated, including international white varieties.

A soft, fruity and easy-drinking Chardonnay, full of golden apple and ripe peach flavours, complemented by gentle tropical notes. Light and refreshing yet lush and delicately creamy on the finish.


Bordeaux Tasting Week is Underway!Date published: 07/12/14

Bordeaux Tasting Week is Underway!

Nothing says Christmas quite like a classic claret! And this week, until Thursday 11th, it's our Bordeaux Spotlight week!

So why not pop down and see what's available to try! You can always view our virtual Tasting Counter to see what's open and when!


New Opening HoursDate published: 07/12/14

For the next week we will be open:

Monday - Friday 9-8

Saturday 9-7

Sunday 10-5

See you soon!

Summertown's Staff Christmas CaseDate published: 07/12/14

Summertown's Staff Christmas Case

Want the perfect mixed case for your family to enjoy this Christmas – then we have all picked a favourite wine to enjoy on the big day!

Mark – Wake up and let the celebrations commence with a lovely bottle of Heidsick Monopole 2007. Lovely rich vintage champagne and currently only £19.99

Graeme – Love a white wine with the Turkey then Chardonnay is your grape. Look no further than Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2012. Although reknowned for their Sauvignon Blanc I think that the Chardonnay is their best wine. Full of tropical fruit flavour with a lovely buttery finish. Currently £22.50 a bottle

Catriona – If you prefer a red with the Turkey then go Pinot Noir. I have chosen Domaine De L'Aigle from Gerard Betrand. A nose full of strawberries and cinnamon catches you attention and you will be hooked from there. A bargain at £10.61

Neil – Want a sticky wine to go with the Christmas Pudding then De Bortoli Liquid Muscat at £13.99 is a great wine. In 3 words 'liquid fruit cake'. It goes great with all manner of desserts but perfect with the Christmas Pud!

Phoebe – Settling down for the afternoon and want a nice Red to sip by the fire? Then La Casetta Valpolicella 2011 is the one to go for. One of the best years ever for Valpol this oozes class. Smooth velvety with a lovely cherry characteristic. Great value at £13.49

Matt – Finish off the evening with a lovely glass of Port. For me you cannot beat the Taylor's 10 year old Tawny port. Smooth and silky with a long long finish, its great for £20.

If you like the sound of these – then a case containing two of each is available for £201.14 – ask a member of the team to grab it together for you!

Merry Christmas


BEER OF THE WEEK Chapel Down Curious BrewDate published: 05/12/14

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

East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops are used, then re-ferment using Champagne yeast before adding a "dosage" of the rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop before cold filtering this unpasturised beer into bottle. Full-flavoured and well balanced with aromatic hoppy notes and a crisp refreshing finish!

Fancy a try, just grab a member of the team and we will crack one open for you!

SPECIAL OFFER £14.99 for a case of 12


Brand New Spirits: St George Terroir Gin and Roger Groult Réserve CalvadosDate published: 03/12/14

St George Terroir Gin £38.00


Founded in 1982, St George spirits were a true pioneer in the American craft distilling movement. Produced on the slopes of Mount Tam in California, this forest-driven and earthy gin has a real sense of place, using local botanicals such as Douglas Fir, California bay laurel and coastal sage.


Roger Groult Réserve Calvados £30.00


Jean-Roger Groult is the 5th generation producer of this esteemed Calvados, which was awarded Best Calvados in the World at the 2014 World Drinks Awards. Made from hand-sorted cider apples from the Pays d’Auge area, this Calvados has been aged and blended in old French casks and is three years old.  Fresh and fruity notes of Granny Smith apple on the nose with a hint of cream are complemented by nuts and a touch of menthol on the finish resulting in a round and complex taste.

On the tasting counter right now for you to try!!

Texas meets St Petersburg in our Moscow Mule Cocktail recipeDate published: 03/12/14

Stuck for a nice warming tipple this Christmas or want to offer something different at this year's Christmas party?

Why not try the deliciously refreshing yet festive Moscow Mule using our new Tito's Texan Vodka?

Simply mix the vodka (the quantity is left to your own discretion...) along with the ginger beer,we suggest Fever Tree Ginger Beer for the best blend, add a slice of lime, plenty of ice, and a sprig of mint then kick back and enjoy!

And should you have any gluten intolerant guests then fear not as this particular vodka is gluten free! Fun for everyone!

Tito's Vodka: £28.00

Fever Tree Ginger Beer: £2.59 for 4x200ml pack

Wine of the Week: GAVI ARALDICADate published: 02/12/14

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast.


Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

This is a great wine to enjoy with a few canapés and a big group of friends! Perfect for the festive season!!

Grab a glass and enjoy!

£5.99 when you buy any two wines from the 33% off deal!!


PortDate published: 30/11/14

I love Port! And this is a corker..

Made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages, Tawny Port is aged in large wood casks for almost all their life and takes on a brick-red, tawny colour. Taylor's 10 year old Tawny is an average of 10 years old.

Aromas of ripe berry fruit with a delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish.

So very easy to drink I always make sure there is a bottle at home!

Only £19.99 per bottle. 

Top Fizz Offers: Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne - £14.99Date published: 30/11/14

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne - £14.99 when you buy 2 or more

Grape - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.


Wine and Food Matching TipsDate published: 30/11/14

Top 5 Matching Maxims

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


BRAND NEW SPIRITS: Tito’s Texan VodkaDate published: 30/11/14

Created by Tito Beveridge, a geologist from Texas with a background in oil drilling and the mortgage business, this characterful vodka is made from 100% corn and is therefore naturally gluten-free. Produced in Austin at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery, it is micro-distilled by batch 6 times in an old fashioned pot still, a much more complicated and difficult technique to the usual modern column stills and should appeal to connoisseurs and novices alike.

£28.00


BRAND NEW SPIRITS: Aultmore Batch 4 Date published: 29/11/14

Bottled by ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ (who bottle single malts, single grains, blended malts and blends from a variety of distilleries) this limited release whisky is nutty in style, along with fresh citrus, kiwi and a gentle pepperiness. From a series of products with striking graphic-novel style labels this example is no exception, featuring a shark battling a velociraptor, simply for the fact that it’s an interesting and exciting image!

50cl £45.00 


Wine of the week: Muriel ReservaDate published: 26/11/14

Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2008 Muriel

The name Muriel is a combination of the winemakers' family name of Murua, and Elciego, the name of the village where the winery is located, in the chalky soils of the Rioja-Alavesa. The wine spends 2 years in French and American oak, and 2 years in bottle before release.

A beautiful dark ruby red, with the classic Reserva characters of firm body and smoothly polished tannins, with subtle Mediterranean herb notes accompanying the typical wood and leather Rioja traits.

Great with wintery stews or hotpot, or minted lamb chops.

£11.99 Buy 2 Save 33.33% = £7.99


Lagunitas IPADate published: 26/11/14

If you love IPA then this beer is an absolute must! The Lagunitas Brewing Company was founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California, USA. They are known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text and stories on their packaging. The company is the fifth top selling craft brewery in the USA, as of 2014.

If you love IPA then this is a must! It is rich and hoppy with a lovely malty softness that makes this beer an ideal drink to enjoy with food or just by itself with friends!

If you fancy a try just grab a member of the team and we will crack one open for you!

£10.99 on the Craft Beer Deal


BRAND NEW WINE: ANIELLO 003 MALBEC 2013Date published: 22/11/14

Aniello 003 is the second Malbec to join our range from Patagonia. It is a slightly fresher style of Malbec to those from the Mendoza region. The '003' signifies the vineyard the grapes have been grown in, located in the Mainque. This is an area known for its heavy red clay soils on hillsides overlooking the Rio Negro River.

An approachable and delicately fragrant Malbec, characterised by gentle

lavender notes that intermingle with the ripe black cherry fruit. Medium bodied,

with soft tannins and a juicy mouth-feel.

This is an easy quaffing wine, great with a beef stew or perhaps a lovely pork loin and oven roasted vegetables.

Grab a glass and enjoy!

£8.66 when you buy any two wines from the 33% off deal!!


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/11/14

Majestic Summertown – Wine of the Week

Vox Populi Bobal 2011 Utiel-Requena



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

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

Try with stongly flavoured smoked meats.

£11.99 Buy 2 Save 25% = £8.99


Your invitation to our Seasonal TastingDate published: 13/11/14

On November 17th your local Majestic Wine in Summertown will be holding a tasting evening to get us ready for the festive season.

Starting at 6.30pm, this event is completely free of charge and gives you the perfect opportunity to try many different wines with the hope of enlightening your palate with something new and exciting, and also giving you a bit of inspiration for matching wines with your favourite meals as we move ever closer to Christmas.

There will be nibbles on hand to try alongside the wines and, not to mention, some fabulous cheese from the infamous Vallebona deli in London!

We're hoping for a very special guest visitor from Vinalba to come and present some of these fantastic wines (TBC), so if you're a fan of Argentinian wines don't miss out on this!

To sign up, just give us a call on 01865 292987 or send us an email to sum@majestic.co.uk.


Want to build your fine wine collection - cellar circleDate published: 12/11/14

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; 10% discount at Majestic Wine for all your everyday needs, a year’s free professional wine storage for new customers to Lay & Wheeler, at our bonded warehouse, Vinothèque, free case delivery to any Majestic store for ease of collection, and a case of wine, individually chosen for you by the Cellar Circle team on the first anniversary of your membership.

To find out more information feel free to ask any of us here in Summertown to find out about it or visit the cellar circle website.


New Spirit......Broker’s Gin - £19.99Date published: 12/11/14

New Spirit......Broker’s Gin - £19.99        

Produced near Birmingham for over 200 years, Broker's has won more top awards over the past 10 years in International competitions than any other Gin. Ten traditional botanicals are used and quadruple distillation in a copper pot still results in a smooth palate. It delivers rich and creamy candied citrus fruit peel aromas and the finish gives the perfect balance of fresh botanicals.


Marvelous Marlborough OffersDate published: 12/11/14

Marvellous Marlborough Offers!

If you love Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, we've a great selection on our 33% off offer - you're spoilt for choice!

Mud House is fast becoming a cult classic - especially at £6.66 on the deal!

The Giesen sometimes slips under the radar but it's hard to miss at £6.99!

The Ned already has legendary status and it's following will continue to grow when it's £7.33on offer!

Oyster Bay helped kick-start the Marlborough craze and it's still going strong at £7.99!

The King's Favour is the Ned's big brother, outstanding value at £9.99!

We have plenty of other great Sauvignons available, so please contact us to find out more!


Sparkling Saturday!!Date published: 08/11/14

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method.

Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced.

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

Only £9.99 for this weekend only!


Wine of the Week: Purple Angel Carmenère 2011 MontesDate published: 08/11/14

This week's wine of the week award goes to Purple Angel Carmenère by Montes.

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

This is the perfect winter wine. Big and bold enough to accompany all manner of rich stews and meat dishes, but smooth and spicy making it perfect to warm you up on a cold winter's night.

Come and try it on our tasting counter!

Enjoy for just £32.50 a bottle.

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/11/14

Majestic Wine Summertown Wine of the Week

Massey Dacta Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough



Winemaker Ben Glover has been involved in the Marlborough wine industry since the 1980s, and today makes this wine from the fruit of Kerseley Estate, which was planted by his parents on the site of what was previously their own working dairy farm.


Mouthwatering and juicy, this is typical of Marlborough Sauvignon, with its explosive mix of tropical and citrus fruit on the palate, accompanied by intense nettle and tomato vine aromas.

A great match for the zesty, spicy flavours of south-east Asia.

£12.99

when you buy any 2 and save 25%

single bottle price £9.74


Wine of The Week - The Ned SBDate published: 28/10/14

Majestic Wine Summertown Wine of the Week

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013/14 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 salads, seafood or oriental food.

£7.32

when you buy any 2 and save 33.3.%


Your invitation to our Seasonal TastingDate published: 27/10/14

On November 17th your local Majestic Wine in Summertown will be holding a tasting evening to get us ready for the festive season.

Starting at 6.30pm, this event is completely free of charge and gives you the perfect opportunity to try many different wines with the hope of enlightening your palate with something new and exciting, and also giving you a bit of inspiration for matching wines with your favourite meals as we move ever closer to Christmas.

There will be nibbles on hand to try alongside the wines and, not to mention, some fabulous cheese from the infamous Vallebona deli in London!

We're hoping for a very special guest visitor from Vinalba to come and present some of these fantastic wines (TBC), so if you're a fan of Argentinian wines don't miss out on this!

To sign up, just give us a call on 01865 292987 or send us an email to sum@majestic.co.uk.

Your invitation to our Seasonal TastingDate published: 27/10/14

On November 17th your local Majestic Wine in Summertown will be holding a tasting evening to get us ready for the festive season.

Starting at 6.30pm, this event is completely free of charge and gives you the perfect opportunity to try many different wines with the hope of enlightening your palate with something new and exciting, and also giving you a bit of inspiration for matching wines with your favourite meals as we move ever closer to Christmas.

There will be nibbles on hand to try alongside the wines and, not to mention, some fabulous cheese from the infamous Vallebona deli in London!

We're hoping for a very special guest visitor from Vinalba to come and present some of these fantastic wines (TBC), so if you're a fan of Argentinian wines don't miss out on this!

To sign up, just give us a call on 01865 292987 or send us an email to sum@majestic.co.uk.

Benvenuti! Welcoming new Italian wines onto the scene!Date published: 27/10/14

Italy is renowned for being the residence of thousands of grape varieties (if only there were enough time to try them all!) and we are pleased to have a few new arrivals in store ready and waiting to be tried and tested.

Corolla Nero d'Avola 2012 Sicily

Made from one of Sicily's best known grapes, Nero D'Avola, this wine is produced in the variety's heartland.  A medium bodied red full of blackcurrant flavour. Good with any meat dishes especially a nice, warming ragu. Only £6.74 when you buy any 2 bottles on the 25% offer.


Murrina Greco Di Tufo 2013

If you want an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc why not try this lovely little white from Campania. Made from 100% Greco, this is an unoaked wine with delicate floral flavours adne exotic fruits. Brilliant with any shellfish. 

£8.99 when you buy any 2 bottles on the 25% offer.

And there are plenty more where these came from! Come in and try for yourselves.

Food and Wine Matching – Pork ChopsDate published: 26/10/14

Food and Wine Matching – Pork Chops

Now we all like a good Pork Chop and I don't know about you but we tend to eat them quite regularly in our household. So I decided it was time to find the perfect Majestic wine to accompany them!!

After various valiant attempts I decided it was time to try something a little different. The intense berry flavours that you would expect from a Zinfandel lead me to try a Californian Zinfandel.

The result was spectacular, this big alcoholic full bodied wine was full of black cherries, strawberry along with a hint of chocolate matched perfectly my slightly glazed Pork Chops. The match was so good that all four of us that were eating (and drinking!) said we would now always go for this particular grape and wine whenever eating our beloved Pork Chop.

So what is this wine I hear you ask?? Well the one I chose was the 201 Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel. When you buy 2 or more bottles as part of you case here at Majestic it is available for only £8.99, which is a great price given the quality of the wine.

If you want to see more about the wine then just click here:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/category-is-USA/category-is-California/product-is-18641

Happy eating and drinking...  


Did you know...Charmat MethodDate published: 26/10/14

Prosecco is made using the Charmat method. Where as the Champagne method only allows the secondary fermentation in bottle the charmat method uses stainless steel tanks to secondary ferment. This is the prefered method in Italy and allows the Prosecco to have it's light, soft fruited style. Producing in this way makes also has the advantage of being slightly cheaper, a saving passed on to the comsumer.

Silver GhostDate published: 26/10/14

f great value wine is what you're looking for then look no further than two of our newest products in store right now from Chilean wine producer Silver Ghost!  Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon and Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc can be found in store today!

The grapes of these new two wines are sourced from well-known regions of Chile’s Central Valley, which provide ideal conditions for viticulture. Long summers lead to optimum ripeness whilst also promoting the development of more complex fruit characters. The £4.99 price represents excellent value for these two popular and classic varietals.

And if you're still unsure why not pop into the Summertown store, where we currently have the Cabernet Sauvignon, full of rich, red berry fruits, on the tasting counter for you all to try!


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 25/10/14

Majestic Wine Summertown Wine of the Week

Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz


Created in 1960, Bin 2 is a classic Penfolds blend based on Rhône varieties, made from fruit grown in Barossa, McLaren Vale and Padthaway, matured in French and American oak. Mourvedre makes up around 10% of the blend, lending body and structure.



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



Enjoy immediately or cellar for 3-5 years. Best with roasts.


£13.66

when you buy any 2 and save 33.3.%

single bottle price £19.99


October deals ending soonDate published: 25/10/14

Close of play Monday marks the end of our October offers. If you like:

Brancott Estate SB @ £6.66

Callia Bella Malbec @ £5.99

Bollinger @ £33.31

Lagunilla Reserva Rioja @ £5.99

Then you may want to place an order before Monday. Remember we deliver for free and orders can be placed online or over the phone

Pilsner Urquell only £1 per bottleDate published: 11/10/14

Pilsner Urquell is currently just £1 a bottle this month!

The original Pilsner from the Czech Republic is still the classic expression of the style and is an absolute bargain at such a price.  So, if you're planning/attending a party or simply just enjoy a good beer, be sure to give us a call and order or drop in store to grab some for yourself...



Wine of the week: Parrilla MalbecDate published: 04/10/14

If you're a fan of Vinalba wines, this one is worth a go. 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.

Just £7.99! (when you buy any two and save 33.3%, single bottle price £11.99)

Delivery Driver RequiredDate published: 26/09/14

We're still looking for a delivery driver to fill our recent vacancy.

The position is part time working 3 8 hour shifts a week and will work with our team here in Oxford and local areas.

Applicants must be 20 years or over with a clean driving licence.

We are looking for a hard working, energetic and fun individual to deliver wine all around oxfordshire. Ideally the applicant will have knowledge of Oxford's roads and an interest in wine, but this is not essential.

Pay is competitive and there is a bonus scheme

If interested please email a CV to sum@majestic.co.uk


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/09/14

Majestic Wine Summertown Wine of the Week

Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2008 Muriel


The name Muriel is a combination of the winemakers' family name of Murua, and Elciego, the name of the village where the winery is located, in the chalky soils of the Rioja-Alavesa. The wine spends 2 years in French and American oak, and 2 years in bottle before release

A beautiful dark ruby red, with the classic Reserva characters of firm body and smoothly polished tannins, with subtle Mediterranean herb notes accompanying the typical wood and leather Rioja traits.

£10.99 Buy 2 Save 25% = £8.24


Wine of the weekDate published: 07/09/14


Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2012 Mendoza


An intriguing blend of mature-vine Malbec with the traditional Port grape, Touriga Nacional, in a dry and fruit-driven style. Although grown in the Andean foothills, the Douro Valley influence is immediately evident in this blend, with its dark hue and earthy nose.

Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish.

The dense, full nature of this interesting blend make it open to a large array of dishes, but try with rich or spicy casserole.

£11.75 Buy 2 Save 15% = £9.98


Argentinian Tasting WeekDate published: 06/09/14

We are currently promoting an Argentinian tasting week in store on our tasting counter. As of yesterday and up until Thursday 11th September, we will have numerous Argentinian wines available for you to try and compare.

Argentina is the fifth largest wine producing country and is probably most famous for its Malbec. As Argentina is so close to the equator it gets incredibly hot and so the vineyards are located as close to the Andes as possible in order to use Altitude to find cooler sites. Grapes are grown atleast 600m above sea level but in the northernmost regions the vineyards can be located as high as 2,000m above sea level. These cool temperatures gives the grapes the best conditions to achieve optimum ripeness as they receive intense sunlight in the day, and then the cool nights allow them to rest and continue to ripen over night. This creates some really rich, dark and fruity red grapes, and some fresh, aromatic whites.

On Friday we tried 2 chardonnays; the Killka Chardonnay from Bodega Salentein (£8.99),  and the Septimo Dia Chardonnay (£7.99). Both are from Tupungato in the north of Mendoza where there are two soil types; sand and clay. This means that the grapes coming from across the region and very diverse in terms of flavour and this makes for really interesting, complex wines. Both undergo malolactic fermentation to give a more buttery and rich texture, and then are also lightly oaked to add more body and hints of subtle sweet spice. We preferred the Septimo Dio as it is a bit lighter than the Killka and was comparable to a white Burgundy with a slightly oily texture.

We also tried some reds too, and these are still open on our tasting counter if you'd like to pop down!

IPA...?Date published: 29/08/14

Most people love the occasional IPA, but what exactly is an India Pale Ale..??

The term pale ale originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Pale ale started off lightly hopped and quite different from later pale ales. But as brewing processes evolved over the next half century, pale ale was mostly manufactured with coke-fired malt, which produced less smoking and roasting of barley in the malting process, and produced a paler beer.

One such variety of beer was "October beer", a pale well-hopped beer which became popular among a richer audience, and was brewed widely at home and could be cellared for a couple of years.

India didn't come into the story until George Hodgson began selling his "October beer" to the East India Trading Company. Apparently the long sea voyage and ship's conditions benefited the beer. Over the next few decades, due to various new taxes and duties involved in the sale of beer in Europe, many brewers were forced to look at other sources of revenue. Following Hodgson's lead, many brewers began making a similar style and the term "India Pale Ale" starts getting used. With their global trade routes, the British IPAs find their way into America and became very popular and have since evolved into an almost signature style.

An India Pale Ale is a very "hoppy" tasting style that you either love or hate. The flavour is almost citric and bitter, but has a very refreshing palate. Served cold, it is a lovely change from generic tasting lager. 

At Majestic we have a few options that are excellent examples: Goose Island IPA and Brewdog Punk IPA. 

They form part of our "craft beer" selection, all priced at £9.99 for a pack of 6 (when you buy any 2 packs).


Great value Champagne alternativesDate published: 29/08/14

hampagne is the perfect wine for a special occasion (or just a Tuesday night if you're feeling flash), but we don't always want to spend a fortune so we have a great range of Sparkling wines from all over the world, so you can have the fizz without the price tag....

Bouvet Ladubay Samur, NV, France - £13.49 Buy 2 save 33.3% £8.99

The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality. Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant. A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, this also makes a great apéritif.

L'Extra par Langlois Brut, NV, Crement de Loire - £14.99 Buy 2 save 33.3% £9.99 

This is the Loire equivalent of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, having been made from a blend of only the region's white grapes. Made in the traditional method, including 12 months' maturation on lees, this is a fine example of the region's sparkling wines. Pale lemon yellow with a fine, shimmering mousse. The nose is an invigorating symphony of golden apple, citrus zest and subtle biscuit aromas. Clean, dry and elegant on the tongue. Enjoy at any celebration. Will develop for a further 3 years with careful cellaring.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus, NV, New Zealand - £24.99 Buy 2 save 33.3% £16.65

Pelorus NV is produced using traditional vinification techniques, and only the free-run juice is used to ensure maximum softness and elegance. The final blend of Pelorus NV is aged on its lees for two years prior to disgorging. From a Chardonnay-dominant blend of selected vintages, this is a fresh, apéritif style of sparkling wine. Crisp apple flavours are backed up by a nutty, yeasty complexity from its time on lees. Well chilled this is a cracking partner to crab pasta.

Graham Beck Burt, NV, South Africa - £14.99 Buy 2 save 33.3% £9.99

Made from a blend of new and reserve wines from grapes sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch, this is a traditional-method sparkling wine that has undergone secondary fermentation and maturation on its lees in bottle for 15-18 months. An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish. Graham Beck recommend pairing this with warm butternut and gorgonzola bruschetta.

Chandon Brut, NV, Argentina - £19.49 Buy 2 save 15% £16.56

Following two years of exploration, Moët & Chandon identified a fine vineyard location in Mendoza's Uco Valley, planting it in 1959. They have gone on to use their abundance of Champagne expertise to create this traditional-method sparkling wine. A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centring on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length. Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, pairing with seafood canapés.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/08/14

Majestic Wine Summertown Wine of the Week

Château Caronne Ste-Gemme 2009 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc



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

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

£15.99 Buy 2 Save 15% = £13.59


Delivery Driver RequiredDate published: 20/08/14

We're still looking for a delivery driver to fill our recent vacancy.

The position is full time and will work with our team here in Oxford and local areas.

Applicants must be 20 years or over with a clean driving licence.

We are looking for a hard working, energetic and fun individual to deliver wine all around oxfordshire. Ideally the applicant will have knowledge of Oxford's roads and an interest in wine, but this is not essential.

Pay is competitive and there is a bonus scheme

If interested please email a CV to sum@majestic.co.uk


We offer Free Delivery!Date published: 19/08/14

Just passing on foot?

No worries, as long as you make our minimum purchase of 6 bottles of wine or more, we can deliver them right to your door for free! You may even be lucky enough to be offered same day delivery if you live close by, otherwise just state a time to suit you.

Just ask at the counter.


Wine of the week- Santa Ana Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/08/14

This is an award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand-harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience.

Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background.

£5.99 offer price

Q&A: Why do grapes contain natural yeast?Date published: 15/08/14

Funnily enough, the purpose of the grape is not to make wine. Vines produce grapes as part of a lure to transplant their seeds in an attempt to reproduce and increase their population. The sugar content is attractive to birds who eat the grapes, and the grape seeds, and fertilise them using their droppings.

However, just incase the birds do not fall for the wicked trick and don't eat the grapes, the vine wants to re-use the sugar to grow. It has, therefore, developed a unique system to ferment this sugar. The grape has a waxy layer to attract wild yeast. These yeasts are needed to break down the grapes' sugars into alcohol. The alcohol is broken down by one of natures alcoholics; vinegar bacteria. They turn this wild wine into an organic vinegar which drips onto the forest floor and is taken up again by the vine.

Some producers choose to kill these wild yeasts off. They want to create a uniform wine which tastes the same and can easily be controlled during fermentation. Instead of the natural yeast, they will use a cultured yeast. What the natural yeast brings to a wine is character and individuality; something special and unique to that vineyard. 

Be Sparkling Wine Savvy this Summer.Date published: 13/08/14

So, you're planning on having a party this summer and would love to splash out on some champagne to impress your friends. Sadly the purse strings are so tight they are almost fully closed and so you find yourself faced with a £15 a bottle budget and a dilemma; ' to champagne or not to champagne?!' The answer to that is quite simple. Do not champagne. Whilst Majestic have a great offer on the De Telmont champagne at £15.99 (99p over budget) and other places, such as Lidl and Aldi, are offering even more competitive options, I urge you to consider an alternative option... plain old sparkling wine... and here is why...

Champagne is, after all, just a sparkling wine like any other that is made using the Traditional Method of sparkling wine production. The only thing that differentiates it from the rest is that it comes from a place called 'Champagne' in France; an area which over time has become a status symbol and it's own luxury brand. But unless you are able to pay the £45 a bottle plus for a bottle which comes from a producer with some of the best vineyards and production techniques in the area, I would stay away from the cheaper champagne houses as you can get far better value for money from South Africa, New Zealand, and believe it or not, England! (Although this does tend to carry a price tag too).

All you need to look out for is a sparkling wine made using the same main grape varieties; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and then check that it has been either 'bottle fermented' or made using the 'traditional method', or 'methode tradicional'. Your sparkling wine will then have similar depth and flavour characteristics to that of a champagne, but at a fraction of the price. And unless your friends are champagne connoisseurs, I doubt they will be able to taste the difference.

Why not try the following:

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta DOCG

From Italy and at just £14.99 on offer, this is a bargain. Franciacorta is often described as the 'champagne of Italy' and is truly elegant.

Lindauer Special Reserve NV, New Zealand

This sparkling wine has the richness and complexity of a champagne but only costs £10.66 on offer. It even has a slight pink tinge to it due to the dominance of pinot noir in the blend.

Graham Beck Brut NV, South Africa

An incredibly creamy, soft alternative to champagne which has been matured on its lees for 15-18 months. It is only £9.99 on offer and the Rose is fab too!

If budget isn't an option I recommend you try the Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009. Made in England, it has a beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised. This really is the ultimate alternative to Champagne, having won awards and beaten some of the best champagne houses in blind tastings. A single bottle costs £35.99, but it is often on offer.


Bargain New Zealand Sauvignon- For one week only, Giesen at £6.99!Date published: 12/08/14

At Majestic we try our very best to give you some fantastic wines at some bargain prices, but it's not very often we are able to give you bargains such as this one. 

The Giesen Sauvignon Blanc normally retails at £9.99, but we've been able to pull a few strings and give you a one week only promotional offer price of £6.99! From Marlborough, this is a fantastic example of the vibrant and zesty grape variety which the region has become renowned for. This wine is blended from from 32 separate vineyard parcels which gives it a great depth of flavour. It has a richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. The palate is intensely fruity with gooseberry and citrus flavours supported by a zesty acidity.

This wine is great chilled as an aperitif, but the green nature of the flavours means this wine also lends itself perfectly to accompany pesto dishes. Whether it be a simple feta, pesto and chicken pasta dish, or baked salmon in a pesto and breadcrumb crust. 


Enjoy!

Delivery Driver RequiredDate published: 12/08/14

We are recruiting a part/full time driver to work with our team here in Oxford and local areas.

Applicants must be 20 years or over with a clean driving licence.

We are looking for a hard working, energetic and fun individual to deliver wine all around oxfordshire. Ideally the applicant will have knowledge of Oxford's roads and an Interest in wine, but this is not essential.

Pay is competitive and there is a bonus scheme

If interested please email a CV to sum@majestic.co.uk

Click and CollectDate published: 12/08/14

Click and Collect

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

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

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


The perfect prosecco... La Marca Cuvee Non VintageDate published: 11/08/14

This sparkling wine is made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy and, in my opinion, is one of the finest proseccos that Majestic sells. It owes its elegance and delicate flavours and body to the fact that it is made from the cuvee; the free run juice from a very gentle first press. Fermentation takes place in a stainless steel tank, using the Charmat, or 'Tank', method. The absence of oak, little contact with the lees, and shorter period of time characteristic of this method of sparkling wine production produces an incredibly soft, light and fruit driven wine. It has distinctive aromas of apple and apricot which carry on through to the palate along with very gentle citrus flavours.

The bubbles are much lighter than in champagne and this prosecco is a great alternative for those who find some champagnes far too dry and toasty.

Perfect as an aperitif or with fruity desserts. It also makes the perfect celebration drink.

If this article hasn't made you super excited to try it, maybe the price will. Normally £14.99 a bottle it is currently on offer as part of our save 33.3% promotion, meaning you can pick up a bottle for just £9.99 as part of your mixed case.

If you prefer a slightly sweeter prosecco, then I recommend you try it's brother; The Conegliano Extra Dry. You may recognise the yellow label on the bottle from in store, and this prosecco is full of similar flavours yet has a slightly fuller body and slight sweetness to it. (£11.24 down from £14.99 if you save 25%).

Enjoy!

Q & A: What are Sulphites?Date published: 10/08/14

What are sulphites?

‘Sulphites’ is essentially a blanket term for a range of common sulphur compounds, several of which are found in food and drink. The one most commonly found in wine is sulphur dioxide (SO2) which has been used in winemaking for several hundred years.

Why are there sulphites in wine? Tiny amounts of sulphites occur in all wines as a natural result of the winemaking process, but most of the sulphites present in wine are those which have been added intentionally. Sulphites are commonly used for sterilising wine-making equipment such as barrels and tanks, which can lead to trace amounts being transferred to the wine. Later, SO2 is often added to the juice to control the fermentation process. For example, once the desired alcohol level has been reached, SO2 can be used to kill the yeast and thereby stop fermentation. It also kills other microbes, preventing the wine from spoiling due to bacterial activity. Sulphites are also highly effective at preventing oxidation, and the majority of winemakers (even those who have made the wine using natural processes with little or no SO2 throughout) will add sulphites at the bottling stage to help prevent oxidation and therefore improve the wine’s shelf-life.

Do they affect the taste? Sulphites are most easily detectable on the nose. Most people can identify sulfurous odours (often referred to as a ‘struck match’ smell) at SO2 concentrations as low as 50ppm (parts per million), especially in wines sealed by screwcap, which tends to preserve aromatics very effectively. The aromas are usually present for a very short time after the wine has been opened, and fade once the wine has received exposure to the air.

Are sulphites harmful?

At the low concentrations found in wine, sulphites cause no harmful effects in the vast majority of people. A very small number of people have a high sensitivity to sulphites, and may suffer symptoms such as chest tightening or wheezing (particularly in asthmatics), headaches or skin rash. Sulphite sensitivity is thought to affect only around 1% of the population, and the above symptoms are likely to require much higher doses than those typically found in wines or foodstuffs. Other foods which may contain sulphites in various amounts are beer/cider, fruit juice, tinned foods, processed vegetables, dried fruit, jams/preserves, biscuits and cakes, cured meats and many others.

What are the legal limits on the amount of sulphites in wine?You will find that the vast majority of wines now have ‘contains sulphites’ printed on the back label. EU regulations require that all wines with more than 10mg/lt (or only 10ppm) of sulphites display this warning, and wines with concentrations lower than this are extremely rare. The maximum levels of sulphites permitted in wines sold within the EU are 160mg/lt for red wine, 200mg/lt for white/rosé wine, and 400mg/lt for sweet wine.

How can I find a wine that’s low in sulphites?

Producers do not have to specify the actual level of sulphites in their wine on their labels, meaning they are of little help in finding which wines are the lowest in sulphites. For example, two white wines both labelled as containing sulphites could legally have sulphite concentrations of 10mg/lt and 200mg/lt respectively; a difference of 20 times the minimum amount. There are no hard and fast rules, but there are some general pointers which you may find helpful.Red wines, especially those rich in tannins, contain high levels of antioxidants and are therefore naturally more resistant to oxidation, requiring little or no added sulphites at bottling. Most producers will still add a small amount anyway, to ensure that the wine maintains its condition. White wines do not contain these antioxidants, and easily suffer discolouration or loss of freshness due to oxidation, and therefore require higher sulphite doses to keep them fresh. Sweet wines generally have much higher sulphite levels because their high sugar content makes them prone to bacterial spoilage or secondary fermentation. Sparkling wines may also have higher sulphite levels because they are often bottled with some yeast residue still present.As a general rule, wines produced in large volumes will have more added sulphites. Air exposure and yeast/microbes are harder to manage in volume production, and therefore the amounts of sulphites cannot be managed as finely. Many mass-market wines are also made with primary fruit flavours and fixed alcohol levels in mind, both of which may be managed using sulphites. Also, wines packaged in bag-in-box format, or shipped in bulk are more susceptible to air ingress and therefore benefit greatly from added sulphites to inhibit oxidation. This obviously suggests that cheaper wines will tend to have higher sulphite levels than premium or boutique wines, which is true to an extent. However, the mere fact that a wine is expensive is not a guarantee that it is low in sulphites.



Summer BargainsDate published: 10/08/14

Bargain Wines Under £6

Here we have some great value wines for under £6 a bottle which means you can enjoy your midweek treats without feeling guilty about the cost. Choose from these French, Spanish and Chilean favourites:

Cuvee Sainte-Genevieve Blanc - £4.99

La Serrana Macabeo - £4.99

Cuvee de Richard Blanc - £5.99 £5.49

Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 £5.49

Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99 £5.99

La Serrana Rose - £4.99

Mountain View Rose - £6.99 £5.49

Cuvee de Richard Rouge - £5.99 £5.49

Reales Vinedos Vendimia Seleccionada - £7.99 £5.99


Peroni - 24 bottles for £24Date published: 10/08/14

For the month of August, we have a special offer on Peroni where it works out at £1 per bottle!


Wine of The Week - Montval Syrah Vin de paysDate published: 06/08/14

Majestic Wine Summertown Wine of the Week

The Pays du Gard is an area to the southern end of the Rhône Valley, nestling between Côtes du Rhône and the Languedoc, a location reflected in its wine styles. This wine is therefore a supple, Mediterranean-influenced take on the classic Rhône red.

Vin de pays is a French term meaning "country wine". Vins de pays are a step in the French wine classification that is above table (Vin de table) classification, but below 'Appellation d'origine controlee (AOC)'.

This wine offers a softly textured, ripe, plush Syrah full of blackcurrent and cherry fruit. The wine has an almost savoury finish with essences of heather and a touch of oak.

So why not give this a try and see what you think! It's a staff favourite and we would love to hear your verdict on this Southern French red treat.

Summer Selection Price £6.66


The Magic of MatsuDate published: 03/08/14

The Magic of Matsu

The youngest wine is El Picaro; the Tempranillo grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile. Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this cheeky little wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. In the glass, the colour is a vivid crimson-purple and on the nose there are bucket loads of aromas of ripe blackberries and raspberries and a suggestion of cocoa. The palate is meaty and enjoyable, with spicy tannins. Enjoy with BBQ or boldly flavoured pasta dishes. £8.49 (save 15%)

The middle wine is El Recio is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest Tempranillo vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. It receives 14 months in new French oak to provide a rich and rounded wine. The name translates as 'the tough guy', which I think is reflected in the flavour...It is very Intense with 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 smooth tannins. A great match for roast lamb. It would easily stand up to a further 2 years of ageing. £12.74 (save 15%).

The eldest of the 3 wines is El Viejo which is made only in the best years from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. The name translates as 'The Old One' and with this wine you can tell. On the nose the wine is immensely powerful and complex, with aromas of tobacco, slightly sweet floral/herbacious aromas and graphite nuances against a backdrop of concentrated cherry and black fruit. This wine would stand up to perhaps a couple of years of careful cellaring, but I say enjoy it now with a big hunk of red meat. £20 (buy 2 save £10).


Sweet Wine Part IIDate published: 03/08/14

Another method used is the Concentration of Grape Sugars.

The best sweet wines come from grapes that are incredibly rich in sugar, this can be achieved in a number of ways but all lead to concentration of acids and flavours at the same time.

1) Noble Rot - This is used in the production of some of the finest sweet wines such as Tokaji in Hungary and Sauternes in France.  As the name suggests, the grapes are infested by a form of fungus when in moist conditions, if they then dry out they become much sweeter (think dried fruit!).  This method produces wines with distinct honey and dried fruit aromas.

2) Drying grapes on the vine - This is often referred to as 'passerillage', once the grapes have reached full sugar ripeness the begin to dry out and turn to raisins on the vine, this in turn increases the sugar concentration of the juice.  Conditions must be dry and warm for this to happen and if well executed leads to wines with over-ripe tropical fruit flavours with a rich texture.

3) Drying grapes after picking - This causes healthy grapes to dehydrate.  Conditions must be dry and warm in order for success, moreover care must be taken to remove all rotten grapes to prevent the rot from spreading.  This technique is used to create PX Sherry and the Passito wines of Italy.

4) Freezing grapes on the vine - When the grapes are picked and pressed, ice remains in the press and the sugar content of the resulting must is increased.  This technique is used to make Eiswein in Germany and Icewine in Canada.



Sweet Wine Date published: 03/08/14

Wines vary in sweetness from dry such as a NZ Sauvignon, all the way through to sugary sweet like many dessert wines.  Many wines also lie somewhere in between, for example Riesling's and Gewurtztraminer's from regions such as Germany and Alsace can be 'off-dry' and hold an element of sweetness, these aren't dessert wines but are best consumed with spiced foods as they clean the palate perfectly!

Most wines are fermented until they are completely dry, the yeast consumes all the sugars in the must until no sugar remains.  Sweet wines contain unfermented sugar which give it its sweet flavour and they can be made in various different ways!

There a number of different ways in which a sweet wine can be created, one of them is: 

Interrupting the Fermentation

Fortification (addition of wine spirit) is the traditional way of stopping fermentation with sugar still present within the wine, this kills the yeast and therefore stops fermentation in its tracks, however it does significantly alter the structural balance of the wine.

An alternative way of interrupting fermentation is to add a high dose of sulphur dioxide or by chilling the must.  The wine is then filtered to remove any remaining yeast, once this is done it is vital that no yeast comes in to contact with the wine as this will result in fermentation beginning again

Adding a Sweetening Component:

In some countries, particularly Germany, medium-sweet wines can be created by the addition of unfermented grape juice or Süssreserve.  This is a sterile product made by filtering must before fermentation begins or by dosing it with sulphur dioxide.  Süssreserve is added t dry wines when they are ready to be bottled.

Rectified Concentrated Grape Must is a pure sugar solution extracted from grape juice, this can also be used to achieve a similar result and is often added to high volume, New World brands.




Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 02/08/14

Sparkling Saturday!

Chandon Brut NV Argentina

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

Taste: 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.

Enjoy: Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, pairing with seafood canapés.

£12.99 when bought with any other wine on the summer selection


Fine Wine Friday- Le Volte dell' OrnellaiaDate published: 01/08/14

Fine Wine Friday!

Le Volte dell' Ornellaia

Tuscany, Italy

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese

This super 'super-Tuscan comes from the producers of one of Italy's most celebrated Bordeaux-inspired wines, Ornellaia have created Le Volte as an approachable, early-drinking blend, marrying Bordeaux varieties with the local Sangiovese over 10 months in old oak barriques.

A rich black fruit core is surrounded by fine-grained tannins, giving a firm structure and a sense of opulence, with concentration and weight lifted by fresh red fruit acidity. This wine is a great match for the rich gamy flavours of a venison casserole, and any other rich, meaty Italian inspired dishes. It's not overly heavy either, making it a more indulgent choice on a cool summer's evening.

Even better, it's currently on offer where if you buy and 2 of our selected fine wines and/ or spirits, you save £10!

£18

(single bottle price £23)


Are You on Facebook?Date published: 31/07/14

Are you on Facebook? We are! Just search 'Majestic Wine Summertown' and give us a "Like" and we will reward you with exciting updates on new wines, great deals and other wine gems!

Japanese Whiskey Now In!!!!Date published: 31/07/14

We have had an influx of new spirits arrive into store! Of special note is the new Japanese Whiskey which have just arrived.

We have the Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey. This is made from the purest natural ingredients and made with Japanese skill and craftsmanship. The Whiskies are hand crafted at Japans oldest distillery, built in 1923 by Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii.

If you like fine Whiskey's, or Tequilla, Vodka, Gin or Rum for that matter, why not pop in to store and have a look around?

Fine Wine Plan - The simplest and most affordable way to build your fine wine cellar!Date published: 31/07/14

Majestic have recognised the fact that time constraints, hassle and the administration involved in owning fine wine can put off otherwise enthusiastic potential collectors.

So in partnership with our en primeur specialists Lay and Wheeler, The Majestic Fine Wine Plan has been introduced - the simplest and most affordable way to build your fine wine cellar.

The Financial price starts from as little as £100 a month, benefits of this include;

Access to knowledge and in depth expertise from a team of dedicated fine wine specialists.Lay and Wheelers ability to access great, high demand wines en primeur, plus you will gain full use of the perfect storage conditions, found in our industry leading Vinotheque. Free six bottle case of Claret  - added immediately to your cellar when you sign up to a monthly direct debit of £100 or more Regular great value offers - exclusive to Fine Wine Plan membersFree delivery - when you withdraw a case of wine anywhere in mainland UK.


For more information then pop into the branch, call the Fine Wine Plan team on 01473 313330 or visit majestic.co.uk/finewineplan.


Pinot Noir in all its formsDate published: 31/07/14

Pinot Noir is grown in many wine producing regions across the globe, but is more famously associated with the wines of Red Burgundy - where it produces some of the finest, most expensive red wines in the world. 

Pinot Noir is traditonally a very difficult grape to grow, it's thin skin makes it susceptible to rot and it is extremely sensitive to wind and frost in the vineyard. It takes bucket loads of Tender Loving Care to get this varietal to flourish. It's highly sensitive nature also makes it extremely reactive to terroir, meaning Pinot grown at certain sites can lead to very specific characteristics in the wine. Thus, it is common for people to have a certain preference to appellations within Burgundy itself, be it Nuit-Saints-George or Gevrey-Chambertin, despite the wine being made from the same grape grown relatively close to one another.

Certain areas in the New World have also gained notoriety when it comes to producing Pinot. The USA has stamped its mark, producing quality Pinot Noir in California's Sonoma County and New Zealand showing that it's about more than just Sauvignon Blanc, producing some fruity, yet meaty Pinots, with strong examples coming from Central Otago.

Pinot Noir is also a permitted varietal in Champagne production - where it has more plantings than any other region in France. Its addition to the blend provides a fruity character and element of body and structure.

A truly versatile varietal, requiring devout love and attention, but when done well, can produce truly stunning wines.


Bollinger Classic Cuvee Champagne now only £25.50Date published: 31/07/14

An amazing offer on Bollinger Champagne has just been launched, only £25.50 (our cheapest price in 6 years!!) Limited stock, when it has gone it has gone!! So hurry, what are you waiting for...call 01865 292987 to get yours now!

4 days left...Date published: 31/07/14

Only four days left for many of our current July offers. (ending 4th August) Make sure you don't miss out on many of your favourites such as Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Mont Saint Jean Corbiere and Picpoul Villemarin. 

Enjoy a cider in this warm weather...Date published: 31/07/14

Cider to quench your thirst.

If you've been out on a nice long walk or a good bike ride, I personally think there is nothing that quenches the thirst like a cold cider. And, after all that excersise I like to tell myself I deserve it! We'll, we've got plenty in store to choose from to make sure that your fridge is never empty. Here are a couple of the great offers that we have to choose from, but with more in store why not pop in, give us a call or check out our website if you would like to find out about the others we stock

Aspalls mixed case 6 x 500ml

£10.99

When mixed with any other cider or craft beer on the buy 2 save £6 offer.

Individual case price £13.99

If you can't decide on which cider too choose then why not get this fantastic mixed case. Inside you will find 2 bottles of each of the Organic Suffolk, Draught Suffolk and the Premier Cru Suffolk Cyder.

Burrow Hill Cider 8 x 500ml

Only £16 per case

From the Somerset Cider Brandy Company, this is made from all home grown apples. A great quality traditional style of cider. This was being served at Glastonbury and I must say it was brilliant mulled on a slightly chilly day!


Wine of the Week - La Garnacha 2012 Salvaje del MoncayoDate published: 30/07/14

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

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

This wine is light enough to be perfect for summer, but the acidity and and intensity of flavour will stand up perfectly to any BBQ meats.

Special Offer £8.49

(when you save 15%, single bottle price £9.99)


Bargain Alert! Bollinger £25.50.Date published: 29/07/14

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV £25.50!! 


We've announced some fantastic offers recently, but none can beat this. Best price since 2008, Bollinger NV at just £25.50 when you buy any other 15% off wine. Somewhat of an icon among non-vintage champagnes, the Special Cuvee is the result of the delicate blending between harvest grapes and a majority of reserve wines.


It is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meurnier. Over 85% of the grapes used are from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in Champagne.


In appearance it is a golden colour - distinctive of black grape varieties and has very fine bubbles.

One the nose you get beautifully aromatic complexity with ripe fruit and spicy aromas. There is a hint of roasted apples and peaches. The palate offers a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity. The bubbles go down with a velvety smoothness and has flavours of pear, brioche and fresh walnut.


This Special Cuvee can be drunk right away, or you could choose to age it.


On this offer, you need only get one bottle of Bollinger if mix and matched with at least one other bottle of wine within the same offer!


This is just a one week offer if you would like to take advantage of this fantastic price do pop into store or call the branch to arrange local free delivery of 6 bottles of wine on 01865292987.

When it's gone, it's gone.


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/07/14

Majestic Wine Summertown Wine of the Week

Dry Furmint 2011 Royal Tokaji

The name Furmint is derived from 'froment', the Hungarian word for the wheaten colour of its wines. More commonly associated with the super-sweet dessert wines of Hungary, the Furmint grape is employed here in a dry white, to stunning effect.

Well-defined aromatics comprising rich honey notes and stone fruits on the nose. Plenty of acidity gives the palate crispness and bite, with mineral tinges accenting the fruit-laden, exotic feel.

Partner with strong creamy cheeses or rich poultry dishes.

Special Offer £7.99


10 Days left of current dealsDate published: 25/07/14

Have you been enjoying Oyster Bay SB at £7.99 or Veuve Cliquot at £30?

On 4th August, we have a big price change where a lot of our special offers are ending so if there is anything you particularly love then you have 10 days left to order.


Remember we deliver free of charge!

Boschendal RoseDate published: 21/07/14

Boschendal Rosé 2014 Coastal Region

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon,Pinot Noir, Syrah

Origin

From one of South Africa’s original wine estates. The Boschendal vineyards are situated along the Groot Drakenstein Mountain. The planting of noble red grape varieties is relatively new to this region.

Taste

Showing ripe cherries and strawberries on the nose and a crisp, fruity palate that is clean and refreshing on the finish.


Welcome Emma!Date published: 16/07/14

Allow me to introduce myself, I'm Emma and the new Assistant Manager here in Summertown. 

I joined Majestic in November 2012 having graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in German, and not a clue about wine. Whilst my degree came in handy when reading German wine labels, I quickly learnt that there is more to the world of wine than Pinot Grigio! My first post was in the Banbury store, so not too far away, before moving to Milton Keynes. I then enjoyed a stint in Head Office in the E-Commerce team over Christmas, making sure all our customers received their Christmas gifts on time. So if you have any questions regarding the internet, gift solutions, or multi destination orders, I'm your girl.

Originally from Amersham, Buckinghamshire, the city of Oxford is completely Alien to me. I'm looking forward to getting to know it and our customers better and finding out just what sort of wine the population is into. My palate appears to be constantly changing, but at the moment I am partial to aromatic and/ or lightly oaked whites... something full bodied! I'm always wanting to try new wines and increase my wine knowledge, so if you've got any suggestions of wines which you think I might like, I'd love to give them a go. And maybe my recommendations will become your new favourites.

See you in store soon,

Emma 

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/07/14

Majestic Summertown's Wine of the Week

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum

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.

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

£19.99


Callia Bella Malbec - The perfect party red wineDate published: 27/06/14

Callia Bella Malbec - The perfect party red wine


If your'e new to Malbec and looking for a classic light style this summer, then do try the Callia Bella Malbec, currently on offer at £5.99 on our Summer Selection.


The Bodegas Callia Vineyard lies in the Valle de Tulum. 150 km north of Mendoza, this valley is almost completely surround by the Andes at a cooler climate altitude of 630 metres.


This cooler climate results in a lighter and fruitier style Malbec. This lightness also offers hints of spice and the ‘moorish’ plummy malbec finish that makes you want to keep going back for another glug is ever present.


This is a perfect party wine that will impress if you are looking for something light but where fruity character is not compromised. Drink on its own, or match with pasta and meatballs in a rich tomato based sauce.

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV £33.31Date published: 27/06/14

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV £33.31


With the end of the month comes the end of our current fantastic offer on Bollinger Special Cuvee NV. Somewhat of an icon among non-vintage champagnes, the Special Cuvee is the result of the delicate blending between harvest grapes and a majority of reserve wines.


It is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meurnier. Over 85% of the grapes used are from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in Champagne.


In appearance it is a golden colour - distinctive of black grape varieties and has very fine bubbles.

One the nose you get beautifully aromatic complexity with ripe fruit and spicy aromas. There is a hint of roasted apples and peaches. The palate offers a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity. The bubbles go down with a velvety smoothness and has flavours of pear, brioche and fresh walnut.


This Special Cuvee can be drunk right away, or you could choose to age it.


On the Summer Selection, you need only get one bottle of b

Bollinger if mix and matched with at least one other bottle of wine within the same offer!


This is the final weekend of this offer if you would like to take advantage of this fantastic price do pop into store or call the branch to arrange local free delivery of 6 bottles of wine on 01865292987.


Wine of the Week : Ned Pinot GrgioDate published: 23/06/14

The Ned Pinot Grigio 2013

Marisco Vinyards 'The Ned' Sauvignon Blanc is somewhat a household name amongst Majestic Wine Oenophiles. If you are looking for a more tropical alternative for the glorious sun-baked weekends in the garden then perhaps try this Pinot Grigio.

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

Enjoy this wine with a fresh garden salad or a home made pasta carbonara!

Wine of the week fact: Two Karearea's (native New Zealand falcons) 'Maggie and Austin' hover high over the Waihopai River vineyards acting as pest control.

£7.99 when you buy 2+ as part of a mixed case


Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV, Franciacorta DOCGDate published: 18/06/14

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, and is responsible for some of Italy's best. Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went onto become the region's largest sparkling wine producer. With its Chardonnay-biased blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate. Generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and citrus character.Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.

Only £14.99 when you buy two or more wines on the £33% off deal.


Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG, ItalyDate published: 18/06/14

Last month i'm sure we all enjoyed drinking lots of our delicious La Marca Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco, well this month how about a bit of change and extra treat for yourself. 

Our Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG is now on an amazing offer of £9.99 on a buy two offer, this Prosecco is the cuvee of La Marca and is made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. The wine is made for 100 percent Prosecco grape and is harvested from very selected Vineyards

The Wine is made using the Charmat Method this is when the wine undergoes secondary fermentation in bulk tanks and is then bottled under pressure.You should taste a delicate and elegant wine with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced.

This is a great sparkling to enjoy in the garden with friends in the sunshine on any night of the week. Otherwise its a great aperitif to enjoy with a light starter or a fruit salad. 

Riscal Reserva 2008 -Summer Selection £9.99Date published: 18/06/14

Any fan of Rioja should be well acquainted with the Marques de Riscal Rioja reserva. This Spanish classic is a senior player on our Majestic Rioja team sheet and for good reason.


This is a full bodied yet muscular number with toasty oak aromas that offer that classic vanilla nose you look for in a glass of reserva. This does not compromise the summer fruitiness offered with hints of red cherry supporting its firm structure.


Set this wine aside for up to five years or enjoy now with the classic rioja match of lamb on the bbq.


£9.99 on our summer selection.

Majestic Summertown's Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/06/14

Majestic Summertown's Wine of the Week

Campofiorini Masi


Grape

CorvinaMolinaraRondinella

Origin

The Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine along with some partially dried grapes, to create rich and complex flavours.

Taste

Dark ruby red with subtle violet tinges. Aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon. Rich and mouth-filling, with soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish.


Enjoy

Drink with a selection of matured cheeses, black olives and Parma ham.

London Wine Fair - Part 2Date published: 15/06/14

As we moved from stand to stand, we managed to spot a vertical Corton Charlemagne tasting. We currently sell 2007 in store but got to try 2009-2012. Maison Louis Latour see their Corton Charlemagne as their flagship wine, it is considered one of the finest examples to come from this celebrated Grand Cru vineyard. With a complex nose of buttered corn, grilled nuts, white peach and vanilla, the palate is dense, rich and multi-layered with lovely harmony between fruit, structure and oak. It will drink well over the next 6-8 years, perfect with roast chicken.

Last but by absolutely no means least, we found Metzendorf, who amongst others, import Bollinger and Taylors Port. The star of the show there was the 2004, Bollinger Grand Annee. Only produced in exceptional years from exclusively Grand Cru rated grapes. Rich, biscuity and yeasty, this wine carries the ultimate expression of the house style. Until 30th June, this is available at a wonderful price of £66.66


London Wine Fair - Part 1Date published: 15/06/14

Two weeks ago saw the London Wine Fair return to Olympia, Kensington. For those of you that do not know, the Fair is a chance for producers and importers all over the world to showcase their wines, beers and spirits. For those who work in the trade, it is a great chance to try wines from all over the world.

I thought I would share some of the Majestic range that we managed to try. We started off at the Gonzalez Byass stand where we tried some lovely crisp aromatic whites. The best white that we tried however, was the Vinas Del Vero Gewurztraminer. A beautifully floral, off dry Gewurz, this was just what the doctor ordered to start us off as the sun shone through the glass roof in Olympia. You can grab it from us for £8.49 per bottle.

Second up was the superbly intense Matarromera Crianza. Bodegas Matarromera are one of the finest producers in Ribera del Duero, having 80 hectares of vineyards on some of the best slopes, around Olivares and Valbuena del Duero. This wine has been matured for 12 months in oak and 12 months in bottle before release. Although not currently in stock, we could get hold of some for £20 per bottle.

As we moved from stand to stand, we managed to spot a vertical Corton Charlemagne tasting. We currently sell 2007 in store but got to try 2009-2012. Maison Louis Latour see their Corton Charlemagne as their flagship wine, it is considered one of the finest examples to come from this celebrated Grand Cru vineyard. With a complex nose of buttered corn, grilled nuts, white peach and vanilla, the palate is dense, rich and multi-layered with lovely harmony between fruit, structure and oak. It will drink well over the next 6-8 years, perfect with roast chicken.

Last but by absolutely no means least, we found Metzendorf, who amongst others, import Bollinger and Taylors Port. The star of the show there was the 2004, Bollinger Grand Annee. Only produced in exceptional years from exclusively Grand Cru rated grapes. Rich, biscuity and yeasty, this wine carries the ultimate expression of the house style. Until 30th June, this is available at a wonderful price of £66.66

La Bella Vita Date published: 13/06/14

Our Italian tasting week kicks off today and we will be showcasing the wealth of styles they have to offer. With 337 grape varieties in commercial production it is easy to feel a little over-awed by the choice, so now is your chance to delve beyond the pub Pinot Grigio.

From the rolling hills of Soave Classico to the Tuscan coastal town of Bolgheri and the warm plains of Puglia, each pocket of winemaking production is distinct and delivers new flavours. With our selection on the tasting counter we hope to introduce you to at least some of these.

And if that's not enough, we will also be holding a spotlight tasting at 3pm this Saturday, giving us ample time to enjoy their wares before Italy becomes public enemy no. 1 for 90 minutes in the evening.

BBQ WinesDate published: 08/06/14

With the Great British summer seamingly in full swing, no doubt we will all be getting the BBQ out!

Here is our perfect mixed case to kick start the evening:

1). Aix Coteaux de Provence Magnum £19.99. Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. A fantastic Rose to get you on your way.

2). Taittinger NV £25. Until June 30th we have a great deal on Taittinger, available at only £25! From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish

3). Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough NZ £6.66. A true Kiwi SB at a great price - this is sure to be a favourite with everyone!

4).The Ned Pinot Noir £9.99 Im sure you have all come across their SB but the Pinot is equally as good value when on special offer! For a tenner you are getting layers of red fruit and bramble. Lovely with Chicken kebabs straight of the BBQ

5). Laurent Miquel L'Artisan 2012 Faugères £7.64.  Best enjoyed decanted 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavours to open fully. Drink with barbecued meats

6). Lunta Malbec 2012 Mendel Wines, Mendoza £10.49. A real showstopper to finish. Full to the brim of Plum fruits followed by smooth vanilla notes. Great with Lamb or a nice juicy steak.

So, invite everyone round and we will deliver the wine, free of charge, at a time convenient to you!


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/06/14

Majestic Summertown's Wine of the Week

The Ned Pinot Noir 2013 Southern Valleys, Marlborough



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

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

This wine will develop more smoky character if aged, but is great now with roast chicken, duck or turkey.

£14.99 or £9.99 if you buy 2+


Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/05/14

Following suit to the Marlborough Sauvignon trend, we welcome our newest member... Mudhouse!

Interestlingly the producers were very keen on focusing on a sustainable viticulture and for this reason just over half of the fruit is produced in their own Woolshed Vineyard which can be found in the Upper Wairau Valley.

 The wine shows a pale straw like colour and also lends itself to the typical style of many of the other Malborough sauvignons showing aromas of fresh grapefruit,guava and hints of nettles. It's crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combing citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones. Chill it right down and enjoy wityh rice, pasta dishes or just enjoy it on nice warm, sunny day...if we see anymore!! 

£9.99 a bottle or an amazing £6.66 for two or more!!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 21/05/14

Majestic Summertown's Wine of the Week

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough



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

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

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes

£9.99 or £6.66 if you buy 2+


26th May - Bank Holiday HoursDate published: 19/05/14

Just a quick note to say that next monday, Bank Holiday Monday, we will be open 10-5 as opposed to our usual 10-7

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/05/14

Majestic Summertown's Wine of the Week

Famille Abeille Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence



This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate.

A delicate and refreshing rosé typical of Provence, with a pale dahlia pink colour, and gentle flavours reminiscent of fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry.

Enjoy as a refreshing picnic wine, or with soft pink fish such as poached trout.

Special Offer @ £9.99


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough NZDate published: 10/05/14

A recent addition the the Majestic New Zealand Sauvignon line up, the Mud House Sauvignon is from vineyards in the Upper Wairu Valley. 


It offers an elegant nose of elderflower with a tropical guava twist. This fuller stone fruit edge gives a clean nose as these flavours balance beautifully with the vibrant acidity you expect from a marlborough sauvignon. The palate has green notes and you still get a divine concentration of grass and nettles.

At £6.66 on our summer selection, this is a great buy and is a summery match for pasta or rice dishes.


So why not give it a try?!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/05/14

Majestic Summertown's Wine of the Week

Gavi 2012/2013 La Toledana



The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.



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

£11.99, Buy 2 bottles save 33.33% = £7.99


First Class Pinot Noir -All aboard!Date published: 06/05/14

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a new Chilean Pinot Noir come into our range at £5.99. A Pinot Noir at an every day drinking price?! I had no option but to give it a go. To be honest, at that price my expectations were not too high. However after cracking into a bottle with my Duck and Hoi Sin pancakes, I was astounded by what a well balanced, light and fruity treat it was. I find this combination of structure and present red fruit that lingers is what I really enjoy about Pinot Noir.

With a Summertown Summer fast approaching, it is definitely worth giving this a go. If you are a new world Pinot Noir fan it is an absolute essential.


(£5.99 with 2+ wines from our summer selection)

Focus on ChileDate published: 06/05/14

So as we are in our Chilean tasting week, I thought I would share a little on one of my favourite wines! Casa Lapostolle 'Cuvée Alexandre' Pinot Noir 2012 Casablanca Valley available at £15.98 has a fantastic nose full of red cherry, with some smoky notes.


Casablanca Valley was always considered too cold for making high quality wine until late in the 20th century when Concha y Toro discovered they could produce lovely crisp whites. Since then, the strength of the region has grown exponentially, and now produces top reds.

The Pinot Noir for this wine have been sourced from 'Atalayas' vineyard in Casablanca, located on slopes facing different directions, which gives great diversity in maturation and a great complexity once all the different parcels have been assembled into the final blend.


Sound ?good....we have just opened it on our tasting counter so come in and try it yourself!

Summer tastingDate published: 06/05/14

On Thursday 15th May, we will be having our Summer Tasting Evening starting at 6.30pm. (although you can come later to avoid the first rush!) It is the perfect way to try a range of wines and sample some excellent cheese to go alongside. We have a local craft beer producer also attending showcasing some beers!  We still have a few places left and have been informing many of you in store, so just let us know if you are able to come! 

Our New DealsDate published: 05/05/14

If you have popped into store recently or had our new flyer through the post, you might have seen that some of our offers have changed around. We now have just 4 different pricing mechanisms for you to explore.

These are: 

Buy any 2 Save 33.3%

Buy any 2 Save 25%

Buy any 2 Save 15%

Buy and 2 selected fine wines & spirits Save £10

Within each category you can pick and mix, so there is no longer any need to buy 2 of the same!


Bank Holiday HoursDate published: 05/05/14

We are open this Bank Holiday Monday 10-5!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/05/14

Majestic Summertown's Wine of the Week

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2013 Leyda Valley


Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring.

Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate.

£11.99, Buy 2 bottles save 33.33% = £7.99


Wine of the Week - VerdicchioDate published: 26/04/14

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

- Monte Schiavo -

2011

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Forget Pinot Grigio this summer, Verdicchio is the wine that should be gracing your garden table this year.

In the same vein as Vinho Verde, the name derives from the Italian for green and points to the light yellow/green colour of the wine. Sourced from the Marche region, which lies to the south of San Marino looking out over the Adriatic, the grapes come from a variety of growers all linked with the Monte Schiavo cooperative.

This is an utterly refreshing glass of vino. Light, zesty with an array of citrus fruit and hints of fresh almond. So, dust off the deck chairs, put this on ice and you’ll be ready to go!


SPECIAL OFFER - £6.99



Bouvet Saumur Rose Brut NVDate published: 19/04/14

Grape: Cabernet Franc

We were excited to see this arrive on our drop even in their overly garish bright pink boxes... although that's besides the point. Coming from the the region of Saumur in the Loire Valley, the grapes are sourced from several local producers and they are vinified using the traditional Champagne method which really does produce a stunning pink sparkling. 

The wine shows a pale salmon pink colour and offers flavours of Mandarin and chalk on the nose, the mandarin flavours shine through also on the palate accompanied by raspberry and peach characters. The mousse is fine and smooth, we think this makes a perfect summer picnic sparkling or something just to enjoy with friends and family in the evening. We found the wine light, approachable and easy drinking and at great price of £8.99 on our buy two offer, we will sure to be putting some in our fridge this summer. 

 

Wine of the Week - Leon Perdigal BlancDate published: 18/04/14

Wine of the Week

Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc  - Léon Perdigal

2011

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The white wines of the Rhône are sorely overlooked if you ask me. I know the reason why and I get it, the reds that are produced up and down the Rhone valley are some of the most characterful in the world.

The whites are more of an unknown factor. Condrieu sits atop the tree, and valley, with its rich, elegant styles of Viognier whereas Marsanne and Roussanne dominate further south.

One common stumbling block is the price, as white Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Condrieu are often in excess of £20 a bottle. Which is where Leon Perdigal comes in.


Leon Perdigal has quickly become a firm favourite here at Majestic. The Côtes-du-Rhône  rouge is a classic blend in an approachable style at a very reasonable price. The overtones of Chateauneuf-du-Pape heritage are inferred as the wine’s namesake is a former cellarmaster for Ogier.

This white Rhôneis also a classic blend, but with grapes sourced from around the Vaucluse, Ardeche and Drome districts. It is a concoction of grape varieties, using a blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Clairette and Bourboulenc.


The result is a lively, aromatic white with bags of character and refreshing style. The balance of varieties means this is a very versatile wine with aromas of stone fruit, honeysuckle and petits-filous (trust me!). Cracking quaffing wine but just as good company with an Easter Sunday roast.


£9.99 or buy 2 SAVE £4 - £7.99

Malbec World Day this ThursdayDate published: 16/04/14

The wine trade's annual steak night is on the horizon.

Once again it is time to charge your glass and shout 'Salud' to the vinous wonder of the Malbec grape.

The roots of Malbec lie in the Cahors region of south-west France, where for some reason they saw fit to christen it 'Cot'. In rebellion, it made the arduous journey across the Atlantic where it found safe haven in South America. It has since gained Argentinian Citizenship and is now considered to be the country's 3rd best export behind Lionel Messi and Gaucho's.

So good is it, that the Chileans began smuggling it across the Andes by night in order to get in on the act.

Don't believe me when I say how good it is? Then why not put it to the test this Thursday when our tasting counter will be awash with the stuff!?

Make sure you're not driving and bring your own ribeye!


Wine of the Week - PecorinoDate published: 15/04/14

Wine of the Week

Contesa Pecorino 2012/2013 IGT Colline Pescaresi

Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. This great example is 30% oak fermented.

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.

£9.99 or £7.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles


Is it Pimms O'Clock?Date published: 13/04/14

The sun is shining, easter and summer are both fast approaching. What better way to relax than a nice Jug of Pimms...

We have a great deal at the moment where Pimms is only £11.99. This offer is on till 28th April.

(Please note - we cannot supply the cucumber or the strawberries!)

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99Date published: 13/04/14

Our offer on the Ned Sauvignon Blanc is proving so popular that we are likely to sell out before the 28th April - when the price increases.

If you love this wine like so many of our customers, now would be the perfect time to stock up on it!! Remember we deliver free of charge and orders can be placed online through this website! www.majestic.co.uk/oxford-summertown.

Alternatively, give us a ring on 01865292987

Free case of Rioja....Date published: 13/04/14

We're running a great competition over on the Majestic blog - where you can win a case of Rioja, perfect with your roast lamb this Easter. Head over there, and answer a few simple questions to give yourself a chance of winning.

http://blog.majestic.co.uk/win-a-case-of-rioja-the-easter-hunt/


What we drank this week....Date published: 11/04/14

I found myself last night, watching the Masters on the tv but with a serious thirst to quench. I thought I would share the wine that accompanied me into the early hours. 

Limoux has a reputation for producing top quality Sparkling wines and still whites very similar in style to the Puligny's and Chassagne's of Burgundy. It was L'Etoile de Begude Chardonnay 2010 Limoux that I picked from the rack. This wine first graced our prescence last year as a small little parcel but we have just taken delivery of the 2012 vintage. (http://www.majestic.co.uk/L-Etoile-de-Begude-Chardonnay-zid10355?tracking=|searchterm:limoux)

Priced at £12.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, this offers unbelievable value for money when you conisider how much you would pay for even an entry level Montrachet. Domaine Begude acheives a wonderful crispness from some well placed vineyards in Limoux at altitude. The nose was citrussy, with hints of honey and blossom, whilst the palate rich with a hint of tropical fruit.

The best feature about this wine though was the finish. It must have been a full 5 minutes after my first sip of the wine and I was still getting little pockets of lemon and honey coming through. I am very happy to have left one glass in the bottle - perfect with the Fish Pie I am cooking this evening.

Wine of the Week - thoroughly good ChapDate published: 10/04/14

El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa

Old Vine Garnacha

Navarra : 2011

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The gnarled old bush vines that inhabit the northern regions of Spain sit perfectly in the rugged landscape. Reminiscent of spaghetti western territory (not a great leap as many were filmed in Spain), this area is where Garnacha still reigns.


Navarra lies to the north-east of Rioja and is typified by sloping vineyards leading down from the Pyrenees into the Ebro river basin. You have to go back 50 years to when Garnacha was in widespread production, but due to its capricious nature, lower yields and susceptibility to disease it has fallen behind Tempranillo in the pecking order. That is until recently.


In the last decade Old Vine Garnacha has been embraced by a new generation of winemakers who prefer the low yields and their high quality fruit from pre-existing bush vines. The El Chaparral is a perfect example of this.


Named after the small oak Chaparros forests that surround the winery, this Garnacha comes from 70 to 100 year old vines. Rich and smoky on the nose with notes of blackberry and raspberry, the Chaparral is delightfully textured on the palate with vibrant fruit and bitter chocolate undertones.


£9.99 or buy 2 SAVE £3 - £8.49


Salud.



Easter opening times.Date published: 10/04/14

Easter is almost upon us, so we thought it only right that we let you know when we're open;

Friday 18th : 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th : 9am - 7pm

Easter Sunday 20th : Closed

Monday 21st : 10am - 5pm



Montecastrillo - Ribera Del Duero (organic)Date published: 09/04/14

One of the wonderful Spanish wines we currently have out to try in store is the Montecastrillo from Ribera Del Duero. Tempranillo is the grape - The same one used for the definitive Rioja reds. Rather than having the american oak influence Rioja offers, this red is a more fruit driven number and these aromas give the wine a fantastic nose. 

The palate is also impressive, young, fresh and fruity but still with a refined smooth finish. Look out for the old man in the red coat on the bottle, This wine is a must try for everyone!



£9.99 single bottle price £7.99 2+

Tequila Tequila...Date published: 07/04/14

Here in Summertown, when not drinking wine, we like to indulge in the odd spirit.

One of the favourite tipples is Tequila, and we thought it time to share a little more about it.

1). The spirit must be made in one of 5 authorised states in Mexico from Blue Agave.

2). The main producers maintain that a lengthened fermentation using uncultured yeasts produces the most complex Tequilas.

3). The Majority of Tequilas are unaged and colourless.

4). Aged Tequila can vary in colour from Pale Gold to Deep Amber and caramel can be added to make the colour.


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/04/14

Here is our latest wine of the week:

Caixas Albariño 2012 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.

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

Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.

£9.99 - Buy 2 Save 25% = £7.49

Planning a party this summerDate published: 06/04/14

Planning a Easter or Summer party?

Look no further than Majestic, we have:

Sale or Return

Free Glass, Chiller Bin, Ice Bucket Hire

Ice

Wine, Champagne, Beer, Water

Along with some very helpfull staff to guide you through the selection process.

We look forward to seeing you soon


Our Free Wine Courses...Date published: 06/04/14

Have you been to our free wine courses before? Ever wondered how we taste wine professionally or recommend which wine to have with your Friday night dinner? Then why not come along to our free 90 minute sessions, where we try a variety of wines, assess their quality and match it with some delicious food.

Dates for our courses can be found under the events tab of our website, we have one this tuesday with 2 spaces left on, or there is one on the 10th June. Courses start at 6pm and go till 7.30.

Easter OffersDate published: 03/04/14

We have some absolutely amazing offers happening in store right at this very moment, why not pop in and see us and see what amazing deals you can get.

Whether it's something sparkly for Easter Sunday (Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top @ £19.99) or maybe something to accompany your Easter Supper (Ned Sauvginon Blanc @ £6.99, Vina Eguia, Rioja reserva @ £6.66)

However it may just be something to enjoy in this (fingers crossed) sunny weather (quinta de Azevedo, Vinho verde) or something just to treat yourself with friends and family.

Whatever it may be you need we have a huge variety of offers on at the moment and we are sure we can find something to suit your wants and needs. 

We look forward to seeing you soon


The Process of Red wine makingDate published: 23/03/14

We all drink and enjoy it but do we actually know how Red wine is made, below i have set out the exact process of it:-

The key to red wine making in the extraction of tannin and colour from the black grapes, this done by disturbing and agitating the grapes during fermentation. 

It is vital that the black grapes are picked when the tannins are ripe and they have not been affected by rot. 

The grapes are then destemmed and crushed, some winemakers prefer to leave the grapes to macerate at a low temperature for a while to allow the fermentation to begin. 

Most wines are now fermented in inert vessels although some oak staves may be used to help stabilise the colour and add tannins. it is difficult to keep the skins and juice in contact at all times, the skins, stems etc will rise to the top and form what is known as a cap. In order to keep the skins and juice in contact, four different methods are used:

These are punching down, pumping over, rack and return and rotary fermenters. The length of time the fermenting juice stays on their skins in dependant on what time of wine is due to be made.

Once the juice is drained of the remaining mass is pressed creating the press wine, wines are rarely sold as are wine in its own right so this the stage that the blending would take place.Sulphur dioxide is then added to stop all fermentation.

The wine will then undergo malolactic fermentation, this is the process of turning the tart malic acid into softer lactic acids, all red wines undergo this process as it softens the wine and reduces the acidity. 

And then our red wine is created, so next time when enjoying a glass of your favourite red wine just think how much effort and time has gone into creating it...trust me it makes you enjoy it all that much more. 

Wine of the Week - Foxen Pinot NoirDate published: 20/03/14

Foxen Pinot Noir

Santa Maria Valley, California

About 20 miles inland from the Santa Barbara coastline lies the Santa Maria Valley, which has been a designated AVA since 1981. The only East-West valley in the region, vines can benefit from long days of sun, with some fantastic south facing slopes, as well as early morning fogs and cool Pacific breezes. One of the most renowned vineyards is Bien Nacido, home to Cali heavyweights such as Au Bon Climat, Qupe and the Foxen brothers.

Foxen winery, located (funnily enough) in Foxen Canyon, was borne out of the friendship between Bill Wathen, a winemaker with European experience, and Dick Dore, whose peripatetic lifestyle had taken him to most of the great winemaking regions worldwide.

Priding themselves on their finely balanced wines with a nod to Burgundy, their Pinot Noir comes from a Pommard clone. Perfectly suited to the Santa Maria climate, this Pinot is bright as a button on the nose with fresh notes of wild strawberry and fruit compote alongside hints of clove. A delicate example, especially considering some of it’s local rivals, this would be a delightful addition to a pork belly dish or sunday roast chicken.


£29 or Buy 2 Fine Wines SAVE £10

£24



The 9 Steps to Making Champagne 7-9Date published: 20/03/14

7). Riddling. The bottle is slowly moved in to an inverted upright position. The yeast sediment slides en masse to the cap

8). Disgorgement – the top of the bottle is dipped into a freezing brine solution, freezing the wine and the sediment is dislodged by the pressure built up in the bottle. Here Liqueur d'expedition is added to top up the bottle and add any residual sugar (Dosage).

9). Bottle Ageing – the liqueur d'expedition is then integrated into the wine through bottle ageing.


The 9 Steps to making Champagne 4-6Date published: 19/03/14

4). Blending – These will now all be blended.

5). Secondary Fermentation – Liqueur de tirage is added to the blend before bottling and a secondary closed fermentation takes place, causing carbon dioxide (the fizz) to dissolve into the wine.

6). Yeast Autolysis - The yeast cells die out and form a sediment of lees. This gives the distinctive biscuity and brioche flavours we associate with some champagnes.


The 9 Steps to Making Champagne 1-3Date published: 18/03/14

1). Harvest – grapes must be hand harvested to ensure that the grapes are undamaged, this is important for the pressing.

2).Pressing – The grapes must be pressed very gently to ensure the colour of the red grapes (Pinot Noir and Meunier) are not imparted on the juice.

3).Primary Fermentation – Each grape variety will now be fermented individually.


Majestic CommercialDate published: 17/03/14

Majestic Commercial

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Well Majestic Commercial is here to help!

We pride ourselves on our competitive pricing, our flexibility and relaibility. Our extensive range of commercial exclusive wines include many award winners and has something for everyone, whether you run a country pub or a specialist wine bar!

Our dedicated account managers will help guide you through the sometimes confusing world of wine and will tailor your list to your specific needs. We even provide staff trainingand offer food and wine matching advice. And by dealing direct with your local store you can be guaranteed the highest levels of service.

Why not contact us today so we can further discuss your needs?

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Oxford

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A Trip to South AfricaDate published: 05/03/14

Bordeaux wines are always a huge favourite for a lot of people, but ever felt like trying something new and don't want to branch too far out of your comfort zone, then why not take a little trip into the wines of South Africa (obviously we are talking red wines here)

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted black variety, it is used for varietal wines and also blended with Merlot for elegant, Bordeaux-style blends. Where there are iron-rich clay soils, Merlot is capable of creating very dark, plummy wines. Syrah is also successfully cultivated and is used for rich, dark-berry scented full-bodied reds that are often very high in alcohol. 

Pinotage is the obvious well known native grape of South Africa, it is a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault that was developed in the country and is hardly grown anywhere else in the world. If your looking for something new and interesting to try then this might be just what your looking for, it is sometimes blended with international varieties as a 'cape blend' or on it's own it gives off chocolate,coffee like flavour's. It can be made in a Beaujolais like style with red berry fruit character or from old bush vines (such as our Bellingham Bernard series Pinotage) where the wines may be very full bodied, with rich, spiced, berry fruits....if we are entirely honest though Pinotages limitations are still very much being explored. 


A beautiful era has begun for Perrier Jouët at MajesticDate published: 04/03/14

Another month, another range of Pick and Mix deals and while there are some excellent bargains to be enjoyed, there is one sparkling price that has stood out among the rest. 

The Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque is the most elegant of Prestige Cuvées, presented in a hand-painted bottle in keeping with the era that the Champagne represents. Due to the higher percentage of Chardonnay in the blend, this is a sparkling with amazing poise and richness of fruit. An amazing bottle to suit or make any occasion special

Usually clocking in at upwards of £100, it is currently at the amazing price of £66 per single bottle.

Sherry - Not just for ChristmasDate published: 28/02/14

Sadly, we all undervalue this stunning and complex wine from the region around the city of Jerez, in south west Spain. 'Sherry' was used as a generic term for a wide range of fortified wines made from white grapes, but in the 1990s, the sherry trade managed to have the name restricted. Within the Jerez DO, there are three centres for Sherry maturation:- Jerez De La Frontera, Sanlucar De Barrameda, and Puerto de Santa Maria, each of which imparts subtle differences to the wines. 

Sherry was initially made to conform to two principal types: pale, dry fino (or in Sanlucar de Barrameda, manzanilla), which ages under the influence of the film-forming yeast flor, and dark, full but dry oloroso.

Below, I have listed the styles of sherries that can be found on labels, in ascending order of body: 

Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Pale cream, Cream

The only exception to this list being Palo Cortado, which is a naturally resulting style between Amontillado and Oloroso. Pedro Ximenez, or PX, is a sweet wine that is usually used for blending, and will normally be found being grown outside the Jerez region.

We currently have a variety of Sherry in stock, why not come and venture into a new type of wine if you haven't tried it before, or revisit an old friend...you know it's worth it!!! 

Pick n Mix additions - MalbecDate published: 26/02/14

Today for 6 days only we have added some great deals to our pick and mix range. We have added over 10 Argentinian Malbecs and here are our top two picks:


Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

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.

£9.99 £6.66 when you buy 2 or more Pick n Mix bottles

Ruta 40 Malbec Selection 2011 Uco Valley

Ruta 40 represent a number of high-quality Mendoza wineries, offering exclusive bottlings of selected small-volume wines. This wine is made by Bodega Antucura, who make this hand-selected Malbec under French winemaker Herve Chagneau.

An intense, deep and brilliant ruby colour with violet reflections. Very expressive nose with notes of roses, dense bramble fruit and back pepper. Good length and juiciness, with a fine tannic structure.

£20 £13.32 when you buy 2 or more Pick n Mix bottles

Brighten up your day with some Cloudy BayDate published: 21/02/14

We have just had a delivery of some rather exciting wines from Cloudy Bay.

Following a hugely successful one off parcel of 2005 Chardonnay, we have managed to secure some more stock. 

A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish. £30 for one bottle or £25 if you buy 2 or more.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough - A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passion fruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish. £27 or £22 if you buy 2 or more bottles.

We can also order in Magnums of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. These fantastic party pieces make a great centre piece at a dinner party and are available for £65

Magnificent MagnumsDate published: 21/02/14

In need of something a little bit special this weekend? We have just taken delivery of some very interesting magnums.


Chateau Labégorce 2002 Margaux - This has an enticing nose of fresh redcurrant and plum, whilst the palate has a lovely weight with sweet currant and red berry character in abundance. This is a fantastic wine from a great vintage and whilst it tasted great now, it will also reward cellaring for a further 3-5 years.

If that wasn't enough to tickle your taste buds, then how about a bit of fizz?

My current pick is Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV. This superb Champagne is in Magnum format for £110 (less than double the price of the standard size bottle.




Wine of the week: Catena Malbec 2011, MendozaDate published: 18/02/14

Catena Malbec 2011, Mendoza

£13.99, Buy 2 bottles save £8 = £9.99

Grape: Malbec

Origin: Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work, and combines grapes from various altitudes, to create a unique profile of aromas.

Taste: 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.


Côtes du Rhône coming and going.Date published: 17/02/14

We've had the Guigal Côtes du Rhône open this week. It's a firm favourite with our Majestic faithful and with it being on a particularly good deal at the moment (down to £7.99 on multibuy) it has been flying out the door. Guigal is an extremely reliable producer with sites throughout the Rhône valley and some elite offerings from Hermitage and Côte Rôtie. They apply the same meticulous attention to the Côtes du Rhône, making it in a classic style that cries out for a roast beef or a hearty casserole. 

The Baron of BordeauxDate published: 16/02/14

Sunday is an excellent day for a Fine Wine chin-wag. With a wide range of wines and interested customers we are often discussing, learning and reacquainting ourselves with the various products on offer. Today, one particular customer expressed an interest in Château Pichon-Longueville Baron; one of Bordeaux's elite and a 2éme Cru Classé (meaning they thought it was pretty blinding stuff back in 1855 and ranked it accordingly!). Having only ever enjoyed their second wine, the Tourelles de Longueville, it's interesting to hear about the bigger brother and whether it is worth the extra dosh. 

The elegant Château holds a commanding position overlooking the Gironde river in the region of Pauillac and produces bold, muscular wines befitting of such a location. In 2000, Brit Christian Seely actually became General Manager of the property, a great example of the strong ties between the UK and Bordeaux market. 

We currently stock a few bottles of the 2006 vintage, which is just reaching it's "drinking window" now, but will improve over the next decade.

Win A February Pick ‘N’ Mix Mixed CaseDate published: 16/02/14

STEP 1 – SNAP AWAY Take a photo of yourself with a glass of wine. On your own, with a friend, your boyfriend, your brother, whoever! – then upload to Instagram or Twitter 

STEP 2 – TAG YOUR PIC Tag your pic: #wineselfie @majesticwine 

STEP 3 – SHARE Share on your Twitter or Instagram PRIZE […]

Want to know when your favourite wines go on special offer??Date published: 15/02/14

Do you like Ned at £6.99 or Bollinger at £30?

No matter what your favourite wine, be sure to ask us to add you to our customer preference file. That way, whenever a special offer comes on your favourite product, you will be the first to know. It is a great way to make sure you never pay more than you have to for your favourite product.

As ever, it is a private file that we don't share with anyone so you dont have to worry about your details being shared.

A special something for someone specialDate published: 14/02/14

Nothing says, "I'm willing to get into the spirit of Valentines Day (by buying something we'll both enjoy) than a bottle of Fine Wine!" With this in mind, we would like to unveil our revamped Fine Wine rack that will make it even easier to come to a decision, which is handy as there isn't too long left! Happy drinking.

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. GuigalDate published: 14/02/14

We have a new addition to our Pick 'n' Mix 33% off range with the Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal.

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

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

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

£11.99 or Buy 2 Save 33.3% = £7.99

Russian River ValleyDate published: 13/02/14

Russian River sounds like it could well be the name of the boardercross course at Sochi, but it is of course a fantastic wine producing region in California. Located in Sonoma County it benefits greatly from the congregation of temperatures; the heat of the mainland and the cool breeze from the Pacific, which creates a perfect environment for growing Pinot Noir. These particular conditions result in morning mists, which give way to warmer afternoons helping the thin-skinned variety ripen in a measured manner.

The reason for this Russian River ramble is my re-acquaintance with an old favourite from the Walter Hansel winery. The Hansel North Slope Pinot Noir hit the shelves today and is packed with a veritable compote of raspberry, cherry and wild strawberry fruit. Medium-bodied with a velvety smooth texture it would partner any game dish or roast chicken with aplomb. It does carry the not insignificant price of £28, but will repay the investment 10 fold in enjoyment!

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 13/02/14

Customer's favourite Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc now on fantastic offer 33% off. Only £6.66 if you buy 2 or more.

Established as recently as 1994, Wither Hills has since become one of Marlborough's best-known wineries. Now owning vineyards spread right across the region, this Sauvignon is blended from a range of parcels, to provide a snapshot of the Marlborough region as a whole. Named after the southern landmark range of Wither Hills that border their vineyards.

Taste: Distinctly Marlborough, this 2012 Sauvignon Blanc captures the vibrant herbaceous, grapefruit and gooseberry characters of the region. Superb weight and elegance combine to complete a wine of remarkable fruit intensity and style.

Enjoy: Superb with goat's cheese, as well as aromatic Chinese food.

Perrier-Jouet Blason RoséDate published: 06/02/14

Opened this absolute delight as part of our wine course last night. It's really well rounded and soft with lovely flavours of strawberries and cream. I'm thinking I might even go as far as to say it's a new top runner for my favourite Rosé Champagne. 

It is currently on our pick'n'mix deals at £29.98 on the buy two price, so with a price that good and a raving review from staff, now would be an ideal time to see what all the fuss is about!


Getting the Beers in for the 6 nations??Date published: 01/02/14

With the 6 nations starting this weekend, I thought it would be prudent to go through some of our special offers.


Doom Bar 8*500ml bottles for £15.60 if you buy 2 or more packs

Paulaner Bavarian Wheat Beer 12*500ml £19.99 if you buy 2 packs

Pilsner Urquell 24*330ml bottles £24

The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/02/14

The Ned is currently available at £7.99 per bottle, however as of Tuesday it will be going up to £10.99. If you love this wine as much as we do then be sure to snap it up in the next couple of days. 

Remember we can deliver free of charge!

What is...Malolactic Fermentation??Date published: 01/02/14

Ever found us talking about Malolactic Fermentation and wondering what an earth we are on about??

Malolactic Fermentation is a process in winemaking where tart-tasting malic acids that are naturally present in grape must is converted to softer tasting lactic acid.


Malolactic fermentation tends to create a rounder, fuller mouth feel. In Chardonnay, it will soften fruit to give halzenut and butter flavours. We currently have Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Chardonnay on our tasting counter available at £8.99 on offer until Monday.



A Dive into SoaveDate published: 30/01/14

The hills of Verona, stretching from Soave west-wards to Lake Garda, have such fertile volcanic soil that the vegetation grows uncontrollably, Veneto is Italy's most productive wine region. High yields are the bane of quality in Soave DOC, in an effort to distinguish 'common or garden' Soave from real Soave, with its insistent combination of almonds and lemon, the authorities devised two superior denominations, Soave Classico DOC and Soave Superiore DOCG. 

The most important grape here is Garganega, which makes wines of intensity and mouth filling texture the brings the meaning of Soave into focus. Garganega grapes are spread out to dry on rush mats, this concentrates the sugars and makes the deliciously revitalizing sweet white Recioto di Soave at Pieropan. Verona is arguably the worlds capital of drying grapes.

The other day we tasted the rather interesting and very delicious 'Soave Classico 2012, Inama' From lower yields and the best slopes in the region the wine is generous. The wine offered tastes such as apricots, honeysuckle, white flowers and an interesting influence of almonds. it was very generous in its acidity levels but still proved to be a very well rounded wine. The finish was long and satisfactory, overall we believed it to be an excellent, interesting wine.  

The Majestic Bargain Hunt - Nearly all gone!Date published: 29/01/14

With just four more days of our Bargain Hunt remaining, time is running out to grab yourself a real bargain. With 33.3% off each wine when you buy 2 or more of any wine from the Bargain Hunt selection, this is a great opportunity to get hold of some wines that you won't be seeing again!

My pick of the remaining wines is the Giesen Pinot Noir, down to just £9.16!

Offers ending soonDate published: 27/01/14

Our Winter prices end a week today on February 3rd.


If you like 20% off Rhone Valley or 20% off New Zealand then buy before next Tuesday to avoid disappointment.


Remember we deliver for free on all orders over £40

Wines from the South of FranceDate published: 18/01/14

This weekend we have some lovely wines from the South of France. We have 6 immensely diverse wines all offering great value for money. 

See whats on taste on our online tasting counter

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/01/14

Here is our new wine of the week:

Laurent Miquel L'Artisan Chardonnay 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc

Laurent Miquel is the eighth generation winemaker in this family estate, which has made wines in the Languedoc since 1791. This wine is made by careful blending of a number of separately-vinified cuvées, both oaked and unoaked, to balance freshness and complexity.

Complex aromas of honeydew melon, pear and grapefruit dominate the nose, which continues on the palate in a cascade of citrus and stone fruit flavours, along with a touch of oaky creaminess.

A delight to drink on its own, or with spicy Thai or Indonesian cuisine.

£8.99 Buy 2 Save £2 = £7.99



Bargain Hunt 33% OffDate published: 17/01/14

Fancy a bargain??

We have a few excellent wines that are a third off at the moment. They are wines that we will no longer be stocking and so once they are gone...they are gone!!

My Favourite is the Fairleigh Estate Pinot Noir which is available for an incredible £7.33 if you buy two or more bottles from the Bargain Hunt. Full of berry, cherry plum and spice its a lovely kiwi Pinot. Perfect with your sunday lunch!!

Rioja Gran Reserva 2006, BerberanaDate published: 07/01/14

Rioja Gran Reserva 2006, Berberana now at an amazing january offer of £8.99!!!

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 the Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum of 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, clothes and dried fruits!

An absolute treat!! 

Brancott Estate Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/01/14

Our Brancott Estate has now gone down to £6.99, another classic example of delicious New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.

This wine shows off New Zealand in glass...Vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.

Enjoy :) 

Free Wine CourseDate published: 04/01/14

Now we are back into the swing of things in 2014, time to announce some wine courses!!

Wednesday 29th January 18:00

Wednesday 5th February 18:00

Come in for a free 90 minute wine tasting session which also involves a bit of food matching!

Louis Roederer ChampagneDate published: 30/12/13

At £27.99 when you buy two or more selected sparkling wines, Louis Roederer Brut NV is the perfect champagne to see out the New Year. 

From the maker of Cristal, this is a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.

We'll be open until 5pm on New Year's Eve, come and grab something fizzy to end 2013 with a bang!

SPECIAL NEW YEARS OFFER!!Date published: 29/12/13

Codorniu seleccion raventos NV, is on special offer until new years at only £6.99!!!

Pale lemon golden coloured, with streams of fine bubbles...the perfect toasting drink to welcome in 2014 ;)

Happy New Year

Perfect after christmas sipping wineDate published: 27/12/13

Ate and drank way too much over the past couple of days?? Yea me too....

Well if you are looking for something to keep you going till the New Year and the storming New Years Eve party that hasnt yet been organised, then come on down and try our Parcel Series Merlot from the Western Cape in South Africa.


This is a special parcel bought from a prominent and well-established Stellenbosch winery, and represents excellent value. The grapes come from several vineyard sites in the Western Cape, and the wine has been matured for 8 months in French oak.

A nose of plum and raspberry fruit, with inviting dark chocolate notes. A smooth and supple palate, bursting with berry flavours, and tinged with subtle, sweet spice.

£8.99 BUY 2 SAVE £6 = £5.99


Whats more...its open to try on our tasting counter!

Merry Christmas!Date published: 24/12/13

We would like to wish all of our wonderful customers a very merry Christmas and we will see you all 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.

Allanor's selection box for under £100Date published: 19/12/13

Christmas is definitely my most favourite time of the year, and not just because of the presents. Being able to gorge yourself without judgement, all the lights, Christmas music and of course the wine. It is the best time of the year to bring out all those wines you've been sitting on over the years and treat yourself alongside the big meal.

However, not all of us have those wines saved up so i have chosen six of my favourite wines that could make up the perfect Christmas box of treats and all for under £100. 

I am going to showcase my chosen wines in the order that I plan to drink them on Christmas day. The day will begin with something bubbly, this year i have chosen the Lindauer Special reserve NV, from New Zealand. This wine really shows of the true elegance and style of New Zealand wine making, it is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. What makes this wine really stand out is its slight pink colour and gentle beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine and black-fruit. Its creamy on the palate with a toasty yet fruity finish. 

My second wine of the day would be the Striking French Viognier 2012, from the Pays D'Oc area in the South of France. I have chosen this as I think its a really interesting wine that people may not have thought about trying before. The Viognier grape comes from a vineyard in the Coteaux du Limousin. Like the other white in my selection box this wine is slightly oaked, which gives it a very approachable richer style. It is full of peach and apricot flavours with a lovely vanilla and warm toasty finish. A perfect way to begin your christmas meal.

Personally it wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of oak in my Chardonnay (not that I'm biased at all). I have chosen the 'Pouilly-Fuisse Terroirs Rares 2012 from Christophe Cordier'. This is one Cordier's top wines, made from the three most famous terroirs of Fuisse. It gives of light creamy textures alongside ripe apple and lemon fruits.

The Giesen Brother's Pinot Noir is one of my absolute favourite New Zealand wines, it is a typical example of a new world Pinot and I absolutely love it. The Giesen Brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel came to New Zealand from Germany and began making wines in Marlborough in 1981. The wine shows intense aromas of black cherry and cassis in addition to spice, earth, brambles and a touch of warming mocha. The palate is beautifully balanced with elegant tannin providing a lovely taut structure. This is a fantastically smooth wine.

Chateau de Sainte Gemme 2002 from Haut-Medoc. Until 1962 it was effectively part of Lachesnaye but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estates wine as a brand in its own right. An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core of ripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast and vanilla notes, providing complexity and length. This wine is mature and ready to drink now, a delight for christmas day.

Finally Christmas would definitely not be Christmas without Baileys. This year why not make it extra interesting and exciting and try our Chocolate Baileys... go on you know you want to :)

Merry Christmas 

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 16/12/13

As we are now well and truly in the run up to Christmas, I thought I would let you know our opening hours!


Mon 16th - Sat 21st 09:00-20:00

Sunday 22nd 10:00-17:00

Monday 23rd 09:00-20:00

Christmas Eve 09:00-17:00

Christmas Day - CLOSED

Boxing Day - CLOSED

Friday 27th - Monday 30th As Normal

New Years Eve 10:00 - 17:00

New Years Day - CLOSED


Neil's Night-time Tipple #4 Date published: 16/12/13

Hi all,

Neil has had a little break recently from his Night-time Tipples. He has come back with a bang, and would like you all to experience what he has described as the 'best American Chardonnay' he has tried this year. 

Ramey's Russian River Valley Chardonnay is his showpiece return to the wine sampling world. Last night, it was drunk alongside some country style creamy chicken, and he described it as 'a mouth sensation'. 'Rich, and buttery, it's the kind of wine that grabs you by the tonsils and throws you against a wall'. Big, powerful, oakey Chardonnay, a traditional Russian River Valley Chardonnay. 

He says 'great for your Christmas turkey, even better on your own. Try not to share, enjoy it yourself'.

Merry Christmas, one and all.

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/12/13

Majestic Summertown bring you our latest wine of the week...

Premier Vin du Château de Pitray 2008 Côtes de Castillon

Pitray is located on 'the plateau' of one of the leading properties in the Côtes de Castillon. “Château de Pitray, the appellation’s Premier Estate, produces a deliciously smooth, round and generous wine that delivers immediate gratification.” Robert Parker.

Beautiful garnet-red robe with aromas of cassis fruits coupled with subtle vanilla tones.

Enjoy with anything from roast turkey to lamb dishes.

£8.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case


Want a Really Special bottle this Christmas...Date published: 06/12/13

Want a REALLY special bottle this Christmas...

LVMH Super Icons

We can order in any of these bottles especially for you this Christmas...

Krug Clos du Mesnil £700 per bottle (2nd wine of Krug)

Krug Clos D'Ambonnay £1700 per bottle (1st wine of Krug)

Hennessy Paradis Imperial £1430 per bottle

These extra special bottles are available this Christmas for us to order in specially for you...ask a member of staff for more details.


The NedDate published: 04/12/13

Everyone who is anyone now knows and loves our hugely popular wine known as 'The Ned'. After partaking in a little tipple of the wine just the other day i have to say i am still so impressed and why wouldn't be. On the nose the wine gives off a lovely fresh, crisp gooseberry and passion fruit scent. On the palate the vibrant passion fruit tastes really shine through and leads into an excellent finish. The 2013 vintage is definitely my favorite but don't let me judge for you... why not pop in for a taste with us as we have it open on the tasting counter as we speak and at £6.99 on our buy two offer, i'm sure we will be seeing you soon. 

Mix and Match 33% off coming to an endDate published: 01/12/13

Close of play monday sees the finish of our Mix and Match 33% off.

With bargains such as Villa Maria SB at £6.99 or Perrier Jouet NV @ £25 per bottle buy now to avoid disapointment. We can take orders over the phone or the internet www.majestic.co.uk  and then deliver out free of charge.

Call 01865292987 for more info.

Chocolate Block 2012Date published: 01/12/13

We have just received our latest shipment of Chocolate Block 2012.

This South African cult favourite is a blend of 5 grapes from innovative winemaker Marc Kent.

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

£27 or buy 2(or more) and get this beauty for £22 per bottle

Peroni - 24 bottles for £24Date published: 25/11/13

We are into the last week of the fantastic offer on Peroni. 

24 bottles = £24 running through to 2nd December. 

Want a Really Special bottle this Christmas...Date published: 19/11/13

Want a REALLY special bottle this Christmas...

LVMH Super Icons

We can order in any of these bottles especially for you this Christmas...

Krug Clos du Mesnil £700 per bottle (2nd wine of Krug)

Krug Clos D'Ambonnay £1700 per bottle (1st wine of Krug)

Hennessy Paradis Imperial £1430 per bottle

These extra special bottles are available this Christmas for us to order in specially for you...ask a member of staff for more details.


Seasonal DisplayDate published: 19/11/13

Anyone for a little bit of Port....

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/11/13

Majestic Summertown bring you our latest wine of the week

Leyda Riesling Reserva 2011 Leyda Valley

From vineyard to bottle, all aspects of this Riesling's production are geared towards creating a fresh and incisive New World style. Grapes are picked in the cool of the early morning, hand-sorted and whole-bunch pressed, before cool-fermenting to dryness.

Pure and clean on the nose, with well-defined aromas of mandarin orange, green apples and touches of stone and florals. Precise and slim on the palate, with a refreshing acidity and mouthwatering finish.

At its best with simply-prepared, fresh seafood such as oysters, lobster or seared scallops.

£9.99 Buy 2 Chilean Wines Save 20% = £7.99


Tastings this WinterDate published: 12/11/13

Free Spotlight Tastings this Winter

Come along and try 6 wines in 30 minutes. The themes are as follows:

Wines of Rhône and Bordeaux - Saturday 23rd November

Christmas Wines - Saturday 7th December

12pm & 3pm


Wine of the week: Striking French Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 11/11/13

Origin:

Known for his tongue-in-cheek references to French stereotypes, Jean-claude Mas has been hard at work behind the picket lines, creating another southern French varietal wine, in this case a full-bodied Merlot from the Côteaux du Limousin.

Taste:

Deep purplish ruby red, this Merlot is typical of the plush, ripe style of southern France. Rich and smooth on the palate, which is crammed with blackberry and sweet spice.

Enjoy:

Best served with a rich sausage casserole, roasted red meat, turkey or goose.

Price: £9.99 single bottle or 2 for £7.99 per bottle.

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/11/13

Wine of the Week

Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Carefully crafted to reflect the character of the Napa terroir, this radiant, fruit-forward Cabernet exudes ripe dark fruits, accentuated by hints of cedar and dark chocolate aromas. The mouthfeel is dense and lush, with juicy red and blue berries and a rich structure.

£24 if you buy 2 or more bottles

Blind TastingDate published: 06/11/13

With my WSET imminently arriving, blind tasting is an imperative part of my preparation. yesterdays tasting threw up a few curve balls in the form of a malolatically fermented Nicolas Potel Chardonnay. This type of chardonnay gives off all impressions of being oaked such as the buttery toast and almond characteristics, however in fact it actually hasn't seen any oak. it is well worth a taste and is now on our tasting counter, a very interesting wine if you are looking for something a bit different to try. 

The second wine was a delicious new world Pinot noir (villa maria cellar selection) this wine gives off plenty of fresh fruit such as red berries and black berries... a pure delight and very different to the old world style of pinot noirs. You can still receive hints of earthly tastes however the wine includes a lot more vibrant fruity characteristics. Definitely worth a taste, again its open on our tasting counter right now so pop in! 

Free Spotlight TastingDate published: 05/11/13

This Saturday we have another of our fantastic Spotlight tastings at 12pm and 3pm. We will be showcasing some of our new Winter arrivals.


If you would like to book a place please email us on 01865292987 or email us sum@majestic.co.uk

Neil's Nightime Tipple #3Date published: 04/11/13

Neil has had a little break recently from the sampling of the Majestic Range, however we did receive a new shipment of Sherries. Being our resident Sherry expert, he took it upon himself to sample a few bottles of the range.

The stand out according to Neil is the Olorosso. This rich nutty style of Sherry has a very long and complex finish on it. 

Neil suggest to try it alongside some dry cured ham. He also quotes 'great with Mongolian Yak' but where you source your Yak from is something we cannot help you with.

Best wishes as always.

Summertown  

Peroni - 24 bottles for £24Date published: 01/11/13

Yes you read it correctly. We currently have this great offer on packs of 24 Peroni - Only £24!

Mix and Match offers open to tryDate published: 01/11/13

To go with our fantastic new Buy 2 Save 1/3 Mix and Match offer, this weekend we have 10 of these fabulous wines open to try. All are listing on the tasting section of this website so come along, pop in and say hi and get tasting!!

Port and Sherry Offers this WinterDate published: 29/10/13

Today we launched some new special offers on these seasonal favourites.

Why not try Manzanilla La Gitana from Hildago, for only £7.99 (was £9.99) - perfect with freshly cooked seafood

Alternatively give Taylor's LBV 2007 Port a try for £11.99 (was £14.99) - perfect with a nice powerful Oxford Blue Cheese after dinner.

We have many more in our range so feel free to ask us any questions.




Exciting November offersDate published: 29/10/13

Starting from today you can find really exciting new offers for November. You will be able to pick and mix between ca 50 wines and sparklings with 33% off the normal price. For example, you can choose a single red wine and a single champagne among the 50 (as part of your mixed case of 6) and still get the discounted price. 

Additionally, we have all of the Australian, New Zealand, Chilean and Cotes du Rhone range 20% off.

Come and choose your favourite wines.

Grape on spotlight: ViognierDate published: 26/10/13

In simple terms, it may be thought of as a variety that offers some of the soft, full-bodied texture of Chardonnay, but with more aromatic fruit character. It needs warm to hot conditions to ripen and expresses delicate peach, pear and violet aromas. The finest Viogniers come from the tiny regions of Condrieu and Chateau Grillet in the northern Rhone. These would have all the delicate perfume, silky texture and mineral flavours that the grape can show. There are many fine examples of this variety being made in the south of France, Australia and California. Generally, these are wines to drink young, though a small number can age.

Try Gérard Bertrand Viognier (£ 8.99, buy 2 = £7.99) from South of France. Excellent example of French Viognier with intense aromas of white flowers and palate of peach, dried apricots, hazelnuts and honey.

Or the pioneer of Viognier in Australia Yalumba winery. With more than 26 years of experience with this variety, Yalumba today is one of the most influential producers of viognier in the world. Excellent example would be their 2012 Eden Valley Viognier (£14.99). Pure aromas of apricot nectar, honeysuckle and orange oil. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense stone fruit flavours and finishes with an aromatic citrus freshness.

Winter Tasting 21st NovemberDate published: 11/10/13

On the 21st of November from 6pm onwards we are hosting a winter wine tasting showcasing a large range of Christmas wines. The idea behind the evening is for you to pop along and sample different wines from around the store. About 20 wines will be open ranging from party classics to the Christmas day specials. 

If you can make it we highly recommend the evening, they are always busy and always well attended, what's more they are FREE  

Neil's Nightime Tipple #2Date published: 10/10/13

This morning Neil shared last nights tipple with us. He went all out this time on a Wednesday night the store had been hectic for the last week and he was looking forward to unwinding with one of his favorite grapes. His favorite grape is the Riesling grape. So he decided to have the Zeltinger Deut Spat Berr as an aperitif as this wine is best enjoyed on its own.  He described the taste as 'honeyed with fresh fruit hints of melon and lime' 

We think that alone is worth shouting about. A wonderful wine to enjoy at anytime and always such a treat. 

Single bottle price of £9.99


Autumn OffersDate published: 03/10/13

Quick update. 

We have some 2 week wonders to offer our customers. 

We have Serena Pinot Grigio at £5.99, Award winning Portillo Malbec for £6.99 and Louis Roederer NV for £27.99. Many more can be found instore or the website so happy browsing and stock up for Halloween and the colder and darker nights.


 

Discovering new grape varieties: MalbecDate published: 27/09/13

Hello, my name is Hanna. I am very new in wine trade, just started my Majestic journey a few weeks ago. However, I have been enjoying wines longer than this. I'm on a mission to discover and revisit better and lesser known grape varieties and would like you to share my discoveries with you. 

I have chosen Malbec as the first grape to introduce because I think it's an excellent wine for autumn and I have recently tried couple of really good Malbecs. Malbec was originally mainly used as a blending grape in Bordeaux adding body and tannins. It was brought to Argentina in 1850 where it was so clearly at home that it has become the country's most popular red grape. It makes gloriously velvety, concentrated, lively wines high in alcohol and colour. Generally, the wines made from fruit ripened at lower altitudes are fuller-bodied, with more black fruit. Those from higher altitude vineyards tend to be more elegant, displaying fresher, more floral aromas. The most well-known Malbec region in Argentina is Mendoza which is a high altitude province. 

I have tried Alamos Malbec (£9.99, buy 2 for 6.99 per bottle) and Tucumen Malbec (10.99, buy 2 for 7.99 per bottle) which were both very delicious, fruity, medium intensity wines and I absolutely loved them. If I had to compare, I would say Alamos has stronger blackberry flavour and in Tucumen Malbec you would taste more plums and cherries.   

 

Neil's Nightime Tipple #1Date published: 24/09/13

This morning Neil shared last nights tipple with us. He went all out on a Monday night as the day in store had been busy and tiring. His wife had put some fish in the oven so he went to his wine rack and pulled out a bottle of Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage. He described the bubbles brilliantly, and i qoute, 'like the feeling of the sherbert lemon centre tickling your tongue, just stonking'. 

We think that alone is worth shouting about. A wonderful celebration fizz.

Price £24.99 when you buy 2.

Neil's Nightime TippleDate published: 20/09/13

Welcome to Majestic Summertowns new wine story based on the habits of our long standing staff member Neil. Neil has a brilliant knowledge of wine and is always our go to wine guru for great vintages, wine drinking windows and quirky wine facts. He is also known to discuss his enjoyable drinking moments over a fresh coffee. We thought we would share these stories with you. Neil likes to experience the everyday wine all the way to the luxury. Over the coming months both staff and Neil will contribute to the stories and hopefully keep you interested up till Christmas. 

Cheers 

Brilliant Spotlight Tasting FREEDate published: 19/09/13

Join us this Saturday 21st for a FREE tasting on Sauvignon Blanc from around the world. Its a great chance to expand your knowledge on this famous grape, and whats more try some tasty wine. 

It will be run by Jamie instore at 12pm and 3pm. 

I'm new... so heres my story (if your interested?)Date published: 16/09/13

i have recently moved to the summertown branch from the reading branch. my love for wine has only grown and with this my knowledge has developed. i am in the middle of doing my WSET level 3 so with this i hope to develop my knowledge even further (still need to grasp the understanding of German wines, amazing wines but such complicated names! ) 

My favourite wines have to be oaky chardonnay, set me up with the cloudy bay or brown ranch saintsbury Chardonnays and i will be one very happy lady. i also have a huge love of Malbecs (the Luca is outstanding if you get the chance to try it). I am always looking for new wines to discover and i feel as though my palate is always developing and changing (i think this is because of the amazing guidance i was given from my wine loving and hugely knowledgable old assistant manager and manager).

I am very much looking forward to settling into the summertown store and learning new wines and seeing what the new team can give to me and alternatively what i can offer to my new team.

If you have drank anything exciting recently or just want to meet the new member of staff pop in for a chat with me :) I am very much looking forward to the new adventure.

Craft BeersDate published: 12/09/13

Those craft beers keep on coming into Majestic. 

We now have Atlantic Lager from the brilliant Flying Dog brewery in Maryland USA. This is a full strength, full flavoured lager. It joins the collection alongside, Anchor Steam (US) , Brooklynn (US) , Dixie beer (US) , Moosehead (CAN), Coopers (AUS), Chapel Down Curious Brew (UK), Chapel Down IPA (UK) , Sagres (POR) to name a few.


Tasting Spotlight SpainDate published: 12/09/13

If you are free on Saturday pop instore at either 12 or 3 for a focus tasting on Spain. around 6 wines open to taste, designed to showcase what the wonderful wine producing country of Spain has to offer. 


Morning Summertowners!!!!! New BargainsDate published: 12/09/13

We have loads of new offers in store. To name one, Giesen at £5.99. Get in whilst it's in stock!

Amazing Italy to end soon!Date published: 30/08/13

With only a few days to go until the sensational 25% off ends in Italy, now is the time to stock up on all your Pinot Grigio needs. Or why not try a tuscan? Or why not experiment? The world (of wine) if your oyster!

Peroni offer ends soon!Date published: 30/08/13

Our Peroni 24 packs are on the incredible offer of only £24 per pack! This offer ends on the 2nd September so for all you cultured larger drinkers out there, pop in this weekend to grab a bargain! Enjoy a taste of Italy this weekend!

Pellegrino Limonata and AranciataDate published: 30/08/13

We have recently started doing these drinks and their popularity has been rapidly picking up momentum. These drinks have a high percentage of actual fruit juice, over 15% each, and are for the discerning alcohol free. Great as mixers or chilled soft drinks, pick yours up today!

Waimea get the gold!Date published: 30/08/13

Waimea are celebrating the fact that after a recent win for their Trev's Red, all of their wines have won gold awards in recent years. 122 Gold medals and 21 trophies covering eight different wine styles. This includes their Sauvignon Blanc, which is on offer at 20% off until 2nd September. Why not buy some today to see what all the fuss is about?

wine of the week: Barbera d’Alba Sucule 2010 Lo Zoccolaio Date published: 25/08/13

Barbera d’Alba Sucule 2010 Lo Zoccolaio


Grape


Barbera

Origin

The Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps, is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety. Alba is one of the few areas in which Barbera is planted on the best sites and producing wines capable of challenging Barolo and Barabaresco's crown.

Taste

Intense and concentrated nose of black cherries, plums, spice and liquor cherry. A palate with high acidity, exhibiting flavours of brooding dark fruits, liquor spices and firm tannins with a long finish.


£10.49

Buy 2 save 25%

£7.86

Wine of the week: Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2009 Frescobaldi 25% off ItalyDate published: 20/08/13

Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2009 Frescobaldi

Grapes:Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangieovese, Colorino, Malvasia Nera

From a large estate located in the Rufina sub-region, around 30km north-east of Florence. Making this Riserva style wine involves ageing the wine in oak barriques for a total of 24 months. The barrels are housed in the cellars of the Castello di Nipozzano.

Deep and vibrant ruby red. The nose is a concentrated mixture of blackcurrant, raspberry, blueberry and black cherry, with intense cinnamon and leather spice. Firm tannins provide texture and grip.

£18.74

New 25% off Italy!!!!

£14.04


Staff Fine Wine Evening Date published: 17/08/13

One thing all Majestic Staff have in common is an unadulterated love for wine, especially the Wine priced over the £20 mark. These wines either take there place on the ever so appealing wooden fine wine shelf, or dotted around the cave of wonders. In order for us (staff) to try, taste and analyze as much as we possibly can without going bankrupt too soon, we have fine wine evenings. These usually take place at a lucky member of staffs house, when the partners, flat mates and family have agreed to put up with the sound of slurping and pretentious wine language. You now get the up most joy of reading about the wines we tasted, the price and what came out on top.

No 1: Oyster Bay Sparkling Brut £9.99

As an aperitif this Blanc de Blanc was actually too rich and creamy. It has the crisp green apple and citrus note, with a nose of blossom from the mid April air. Moderate bubbles and a adequate finish makes this New World sparkling fine for the money.

No 2: Petaluma Chardonnay 2009 £20

Aussie Chardonnay had to come to the table this evening. This is a wine made with the up most care and quality taken into consideration. The nose is full of the slight creamy and buttery scent, both due to the malolactic fermentation and it's use of oak aging. The palate if full of fruit and the finish is never ending. Just as good as a a top draw Burgundy with huge potential for aging.

No 3: Nuit-st-George, Chaliots 2006, Domaine Michel Gros £27.00

This wine is unfortunately out of stock in the company, a real pleasure to taste though. The lieu-dit of Les Chaliots lies towards Prémeaux and is renownedfor an earthy mineral vein and well-structured wines. This cuvée is noexception, with a meaty, savoury nature and a firm, assertive tannicframe. A substantial core of fruit is present with good length anddefinition. A classically styled nuits.

No 4: Guidalberto 2006, Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana £26.00

My pick of the evening was this super tuscan. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and the 'little brother' of the famous Sassicaia. Vinified seperately and blended before maturation in French and American oak. It's is silky smooth with lots of sweet spice, red fruit, intense violet colour. Superb.

No 5: Pleiades 22 Old Vine NV, Sean Thackery £30.00

The Lone Ranger of the wine world. The Californian maker had blended Rhone varietals, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir. Producing dark red brick colour, perfumed aromas of red fruits combined with black cherry fruits on the palate. Smooth and enticing with sheer elegance throughout – fantastic value!

We ended with the Castelnau Suduraut 2009 £11.99

Great value sauterne, luscious but with great freshness. A perfect way to end a very tasty evening

Wine of the week!!Date published: 29/07/13

Beaujolias Villages Domaine des Nugues 2011

Beaujolais Village is a hugely varied wine, which many people disregard due to having had one or two bad examples. Let me assure you that this wine is not such an example.

Founded in 1976 in the tiny hamlet of Lancie,Domaine des Nugues produces many excellent wines. The marriage of Gamay and the granite soils of the region provide many excellent, harmonious wines which just cannot be ignored. Luscious fruity aromas give way to a light palate of spicy blackcurrant flavours. More medium bodied than ultra light, this wine is pleasant and light without being watery. Enjoy over the next 18 months with mushrooms, pate or even steak tartar!




Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/07/13

Our wine of the week, despite the sudden storms, is a Rose.

Today we have chosen a rose from Provence. Chateau Barthes Rose from Bandol, a small appellation in provence. Bandol is known for its very high quality wine, often very expensive too. This little beauty is £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles of more. So pop in and try it and see what you think. 

Wine of the Week, Montenovo Godello Date published: 04/07/13

Grape

Godello

Origin Valdeorras is an appellation in an inland area of Galicia in northern Spain, which has become known for its quality white wines from the little-known Godello grape, which does very well in the region's moderate maritime climate and rocky slate soils.

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

 Enjoy Perfect with Spain's simple fish tapas dishes, such as grilled sardines, octopus or calamares.

10.99

Buy 2 save £2

£9.99

Wedding wines!Date published: 02/07/13

Having just got married this weekend and being often asked what wines would I pick for a wedding, I thought I would share first hand what was decided by someone in the know! LFE Gran Reserve Merlot at £6.99 on special offer is a delicious amalgamation of blackcurrant and subtle oak. For a white, it is difficult to find a safer option than Brancott Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99. For the bubbles I went celebratory and mixed up Bollinger NV at £30 (6 or more) and Pelorus Vintage, non-Champagne but deliciously crisp, fresh and with a full body! On a side note, as the groom I had a snifter (or 2) of delicious Delamain XO pale and dry brandy (bought by my lovely team for me as a present which unfortunately means I have to be nice to them!). All in all a rather glorious day!

Do you want to take a leaf out of my book?


*Prices valid until 22nd July 2013



Wines of ChileDate published: 02/07/13

From the 12th July - 18th July we are running a wines of Chile tasting. This is an excellent time to try some full bodied, fruity reds and fresh, tropical whites. Dare I say it, I am even excited by their *whisper* big oaky Chardonnays... If you want to see what all the fuss is about, why not pop in, any time that week, for a little taste of South America. See you there!

Improved offer!!Date published: 02/07/13

Macon Village "Les Roches Blanches Louis Jadot" - £7.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more! For a limited time only, get it while it lasts!

Rose Tasting Saturday 29th JuneDate published: 27/06/13

Well we have seen a little sunshine in the month of June, better than last year anyway! 

As a result Majestic have decided to roll out a Rose tasting on Saturday 29th June. Its free to attend and Sam has decided to use his personal experience educational trips to Provence to showcase some of the best we have.

If you fancy learning a little bit about these great wines, and also fancy tasting them, then pop in to the store at 12pm on Saturday.


Fine Wine New Arivals Date published: 22/06/13

Last week our leader, manager and friend was sent on an imminent and important mission. His mission was to take the Majesticmobile to the Fine Wine Center at St Johns Wood London, with the sole intention of swapping fine wine for fine wine. A tall order to take, but one that must be completed with the up most care and respect

We sent back aged Rioja from our Summer parcel, interesting Australian Shiraz and a number of other elusive and rare wines from the old and new worlds. In return an array of refreshing and big named finewine, including aged Bordeaux, Super Tuscan, Sauterns and Sean Thackery Pleiades

My Personal pick of the bunch was Chateau Montrose 1986, St-Estephe, 2eme Cru Classe. From a vintage of mega proportions, the largest of Bordeaux vintages since the war and a year when Cabernet Sauvignon was particularly good. Montrose 1986 has been made in an era when they were toying with the idea of making a lighter style, this is one of their better efforts. The wine is fleshy, muscular and powerful, with the hall mark aromas that erupt from this style of Bordeaux, red and black fruits, earth and spice. Delicious. It still has another 10 years maturity but drinking with ease now. An absolute pleasure to have a wine of such age and value on out Fine Wine Shelfs. 

A wine our shelves couldn't be without is the ever stylish and sophisticated Tignanello 2008 P. Antinori. A famous Super Tuscan following the likes of Sassicaia to provide a bench mark of Italian wine inovation. The term 'Super Tuscan' came about when a relative of Palazzo Antinori blended Bordeaux Grape Varieties with the traditional Sangiovesse Grape, therefor making the wine a Super Tuscan. Tignanello consists of 85% Sangiovesse, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5%Cabernet Franc. The palate is weighty, dense and vibrant with complex structure thanks to support of the acidity. Long and lingering with hints of chocolate, coffee and marmalade in the aftertaste. Beautifully handled tannin makes this wine very complex.


Hot Offers!Date published: 03/06/13

The sun is out, and we have some gorgeous offers to enjoy in the sunshine!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough - Buy any 2 New Zealand wines save 20% £5.99
A zesty little number! Plenty of gooseberry and citrus.

Fleurie Flower Label Georges Duboeuf - Buy 2 Beaujolais wines save 20% £7.99
Frangrantly floral, classic beaujolais, lots of fresh cherry flavour.

These offers only run untill Monday 10th June, so don't miss out!

Bank Holiday Specials!Date published: 21/05/13

As the bank holiday approaches, and the sun has a small chance of making an appearance, we have cut some of our prices to help you celebrate in style. Whether you are having BBQ's in the garden, topping up the cellar, or even celebrating a wedding; we have it all!


Taittinger NV - A well established house, producing a Champagne with key characteristics to please both vintage and non-vintage lovers. Firstly a slight richness of brioche, followed by the crisp stewed apple notes that brings the Champagne out of the glass.

Full price £40, Offer price £25


Macon Lugny Louis Latour - A favourite at Majestic to young and old, a classic Burgundian style by a prestigious producer.

Single bottle £10.99, buy 2 save £6 = £7.99


Chapoutier Cotes Du Rhone – A gorgeous, Grenache/Syrah blend, delivering spicy notes, with lovely jammy undertones.

Single bottle £9.99, Buy 2 save £4 = £7.99


Brancott Estate Pinot Noir – This complex kiwi Pinot expresses strong berry aromas which carry on through to the palate and combine with soft tannins and tart acidity to give a brilliantly balanced light wine.

Single bottle £10.99, 20% off any 2 NZ wines = £7.99


Pimm's No. 1 Cup – The quintessential British summer beverage, perfect mixed with lemonade, fruit and mint!

Single bottle was £18.00, now only £13.00!


Pimm's Elderflower & Blackberry – A refreshing new twist on Pimm's perfection, it is a mix of the Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup with blackberry and elderflower.

New to Majestic Wine at the special introductory price of £13.00!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 11/05/13

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2011, Ramón Bilbao

Grape: Grenache & Tempranillo

Origin: In 1924, the Bilbao bodega was founded by Ramón Bilbao Murga, a pioneer in the art of aging Rioja. Making use of the privileged location of Haro, in Rioja Alta, vines with an average age of 40 years are used to produce their grapes.

Taste: A classic Rioja with aromas of berries and sweet spice. An intense, yet soft and supple wine that is easily approachable with a long pleasant finish.

Enjoy: Pairs perfectly with red meats stews, or enjoy with some Spanish cheese such as Manchego as part of a light tapas lunch.

Tasting Week: Wines of PortugalDate published: 19/04/13

Friday 19th April - Monday 22nd April

We will be trying a selection of wines from Portugal, so come and explore what we have to offer on the tasting counter!

Wines to watch out for:

Churchill Estates Douro - £11.49

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011 Lisboa - £7.49

Planalta Douro White Reserva 2011 - £7.99

Buy 2 Portugese wines and save £3!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 16/04/13

Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Western Cape Price £9.99 Buy 2 bottles, save 20% and pay £7.99

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: The grapes for this premium Sauvignon Blanc were all from Vergelegen’s own vineyards, planted in granite or clay based soils 200-230 metres above sea level.

Taste: Pale straw in colour, the nose shows passion fruit, green fig, guava and lemon/grapefruit.  The wine is fresh, beautifully balanced and lively on the palate with a long finish.

Enjoy: This versatile wine could be paired with anything from a pan seared fillet of fish, to shellfish or pork, and should be enjoyed in the next two years.  

Wine of the Week!Date published: 09/04/13

Falabella Bianco 2012, Tenuta Ulisse, Terre di Chieti

Price £9.99 Buy 2 bottles, save £4 and pay £7.99

Grape: Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Pecorino & Cococciola

Origin: In the early 20th century, this vineyard was established by the Ulisse family near Crecchio in Abruzzo, yet it was only recently transformed into the commercial winery that it is today, vinifying grapes from three family owned estates.

Taste: This exciting blend of grape varieties gives a crisp citrus nose with tropical notes, overlaying a touch of minerality on the palate.

Enjoy: This versatile wine can be enjoyed with a wide variety of food, from cheeses to seafood pasta dishes.  

Awsome Austria Date published: 06/04/13

Awesome Austria

For many years Austria has been seen as a producer of quality wines, with strict production limits ensuring that this will be the case for many years to come. The majority of Austria's wine is produced by small companies that have invested heavily in winemaking equipment and education, in order to ensure success. As the Alps cover the western and southern parts of Austria, the majority of its wine is produced in the east of the country. There are four generic PDO appellations in Austria which are Niederosterreich (Lower Austria), Weinviertel DAC, Burgenland and Mittelburgenland DAC. In general, a moderate continental climate with cooling northerly winds helps to ensure a long autumn ripening season, and the possibility of noble rot.

By far Austria's most significant grape variety is the white Grüner Veltliner, which accounts for thirty percent of all vine plantings. It gives a variety of flavours including green grapes, green apple, salad , white pepper and subtle mineral notes in its youth, which develop to flavours of honey and toast as the wine ages.

Welschriesling is Austria's second most planted grape variety. It produces good but simple wines, but with the effects of botrytis can produce some stunning desert wines. Riesling is not planted in any vast quantities, but Austria does produce some high quality dry Rieslings with full body and peachy fruit aromas.

The most widely planted black grape variety is Zweigelt (a crossing of Blaufrankisch and St Laurent), which gives deeply coloured reds with soft tannins and brambly fruit flavours. However it is rarely exported as far as Britain, as the majority of Austria's wine is used to meet the demands of its own market.

My Austrian Favourite!

The Grüner Veltliner Kamptaler Terrassen 2011 Weingut Bründlmayer is a clean and crisp wine with lime, green apple and a subtle hint of pineapple on the nose. These materialise on the palate with superb structure and length, accompanied by prominent mineral notes and a delicate influence of wood. Drink with smoked salmon or goats cheese for a delicious drink. Natural fertilisers and sustainable viticultural practices exercised by the producer serve to protect and enhance the pure flavour of this great grüner! Only £9.99 a bottle!

Tasting Week: Wines of SpainDate published: 03/04/13

Friday 5th April-Thursday 11th April

We will be trying a selection of wines from Spain so come in and sample something interesting.

Wines to watch out for:

Vega de la Reina Verdejo £6.99

Cune Vina Real Reserva £13.99

Corimba Ribera del Duero £19.99

All Spanish wines are 20% at the moment so this is a great opportunity to try before you buy!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 03/04/13

Château de Pennautier 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2009, Cabardès

Price £10.99 Buy 2 bottles, save £4 and pay £8.99

Grape: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache & Malbec

Origin: Cabardès is the only French appellation in which this combination of grapes can be used, resulting in an interesting Bordeaux/Languedoc hybrid. Vinified seperately, the different varieties are then blended and aged in oak for 12 months.

Taste: This blend of grape varietals gives a complex nose made up of dark currant aromas, with overtones of spice and chocolate. On the palate, the flavours are intense and voluptuous, with the spice from the Syrah clearly identifiable.

Enjoy: Partner with hearty stews, cassoulet, or grilled or roasted meats.

Alsace, my love interest. Date published: 02/04/13

Alsace is a small region sandwiched between its neighbours Germany and France but is separated from them by the Vosges Mountains to the West and the River Rhine to the East. This unique location has greatly influenced the type and styles of wines produced in the region, which is known for its rich and aromatic white wines.

Most of the vineyards in Alsace are tiny, the average size being less than three hectares. These are sheltered by the Vosges mountains from high winds and heavy rainfall meaning Alsace is one of the driest wine growing regions with just 500mm of rain per annum! Such conditions ensure the grapes ripen well giving high sugar concentrations which make excellent wines. The soil types range from granite, limestone, sandstone, clay and loam which give a great range of diversity and complexity to the wines produced and help them to achieve their luscious character.

There are four noble grape varieties in Alsace: Riesling, Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris, however there are also plantings of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Sylvaner.

Cave de Turckheim Pinot Gris 2011. Rich, full bodied, pale golden in colour and high in alcohol. On the nose this wine is aromatic with blossom and floral aromas. These materialise on the palate and are accompanied with rich peach and apricot flavours, and a hint of white blossom. A well balanced dry wine with a superb fresh finish. Makes the perfect accompaniment to a range of foods including smoked fish and crisp summer salads.£8.99 a bottle, or buy two bottles save £2 so only £7.99 a bottle!

Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2010. This wine is made by one of the most prestigious producers in Alsace who have been making wines since the 1600s! Dry and restrained in style this wine is delicate and exotic in style. lychees, roses and sweetly baked spices dominate the palate leaving a refreshing and clean finish. The grape skins have a light pinkish tinge which gives this wine its beautiful golden colour. The spicy and aromatic nature of this wine make it the perfect partner to Chinese and Thai dishes, or rich cheeses. Currently priced at just £12.99 a bottle this wine is a must try!

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2009. The Humbrecht family have been producing wines since 1620 although the modern domaine was established in 1959 consisting of a range of single vineyards and Grand Cru sites. Dry and elegant this fantastic Riesling is moderate in alcohol making it easier to drink. It oozes typical Riesling characteristics of citrus and apple with a crisp and refreshing minerality and subtle herb notes. This style is in stark contrast to the medium-sweet German Rieslings. Serve with seafood such as mussels and scallops, or with delicate fish dishes. £14.99 a bottle or buy two bottles save £6! So only £11.99 a bottle!

The unique geographical location of Alsace ensures that she produces some superb wines that are not atypical of their grape varieties. The three wines described above are a great example of this confirming that Alsatian wines occupy a relatively small but important niche in the global wine market! They are definitely worth a try if you like rich and aromatic wines!  

New Opening HoursDate published: 02/04/13

We will now be open:

Monday - Wednesday 10am-7pm

Thursday - Friday 10am-8pm

Saturday 9am-7pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am-5pm

 

These new hours see us closing an hour earlier on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/03/13

Turkey Flat 'Butcher's Block' Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre 2010 Barossa

Price: £14.99 Buy 2 bottles, save £6 and pay £11.99

Grape: Shiraz, Grenache & Mourvèdre

Origin: Shiraz vines were first planted on the banks of the Tanuda Creek in 1847, in an area well known for its large population of wild turkeys. This gave the vineyard its name, Turkey Flat. The winner of a Decanter Bronze award for its high quality, the Butcher's Block is a perfect example of a Barossa Valley blend.

Taste: A complex nose gives this wine a variety of floral aromas, with hints of spice, currants & stone fruits. On the palate, juicy fruit flavours are easily identifiable, whilst still maintaining an element of restraint and elegance, and culminating in a velvety finish.

Enjoy: The Butcher's Block would be paired perfectly with any red meat or sausages, or could ideally complement a game pie.

Easter ApproachingDate published: 19/03/13

Our Easter offers are already in full swing but don't worry, they run until 29th April.

Watch out for:

South Africa, buy any 2 wines save 20%

Spain, buy any 2 wine save 20%

Some great deals on Champagne and sparkling wines

Hot Deals:

Alamos Malbec - buy 2 bottles save £6 £5.99 each

The Ned Sauvignon Blance - buy 2 bottles save £6 £6.99 each

Rioja Reserva Berberana - buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20% £5.99 each

Wine of the Week!Date published: 19/03/13

Viñalba Malbec Reservado 2011 Mendoza

Price £10.99

Buy 2 bottles save £6 £7.99 *

* This product was awarded a Bronze from IWC

Grape

Malbec

Origin The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.

Taste This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.

Enjoy A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions.

Party wines for a special birthdayDate published: 13/03/13

Working here in busy Summertown I often get asked for recommendations for party wines, whether it is something cheap and cheerful for a large event or something a little more expensive that will be popular with the majority of guests.

It is always difficult to please everyone at a party and if it is something you are organising I think it is best to stick with what you know you enjoy and usually most of your guests will enjoy it too.

Being the resident wine buyer in our family I have been given the task of choosing the wines for my Grandma's 90th birthday party. This great responsibility was quite daunting at first but I have kept things simple, opting for one sparkling wine, red and white.

Oeil de Perdrix Champagne is currently on a great offer at £15 a bottle. This pink champagne will be the perfect sparkling to toast the birthday girl. It is light and delicate with just a hint of raspberries and one of my all time favourite rose champagnes for special occassions.

For the white I have opted for Pouilly Fume Griottes at £11.99 on offer. Sauvignon Blanc is a grape variety that many people enjoy, so this classic french style is sure to be a winner. Coming from the Loire valley this expression of Sauvignon Blanc is much more restrained than its New Zealand counterparts. It has a refreshing minerality to it, whilst not being too austere, with hints of gooseberry and elderflower.

My chosen red wine is the Sancerre Rouge Paul Thomas also at £11.99 and from the Loire valley. Most people are aware of white Sancerre but these slopes also have small plantings of Pinot Noir. I wanted something light in body for the red as it is a lunch party with a buffet of salads and quiches, the sort of food that does not require anything too overpowering or heavy. This wine is fruity, full of redcurrants, forrest fruits and earthy aromas.

I will also be taking full advantage of Majestic's free glass hire service. I hope the wines will be popular at the party, I think I've chosen the perfect celebratory selection for a 90th birthday!

Fine WineDate published: 13/03/13

We have had a little spruce of our Fine Wine shelves, come and see our exciting range of Fine Wines from around the world. With wines from both Old and New world producers we'll be happy to help you find a special bottle. If you can't find something you are looking for just ask, we have many other wines merchandised around the store and can always try to obtain particular bottles from our Fine Wine Centre in London.

Argentina and Chile wines openDate published: 13/03/13

Last few days of our Argentina and Chile tasting, come in to see what is hot from these South American wines. With some great deals on at the moment you can find a nice warming red to enjoy in this cold weather.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 13/03/13

Leyda Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010/2011 Leyda Valley

Price £12.49

Buy 2 bottles save £5 £9.99

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin Viña Leyda were established in 1997, on a small cluster of vinyard sites in the San Antonio part of Leyda Valley. Each site is said to exhibit its own 'micro-terroir'. Selected Oregon Pinot Noir clones are grown on a slow-ripening, southwest-facing plot of clay soils.

Taste Supremely fresh in aroma, with an intense and vivacious raspberry and cherry nose, accented by hints of green herbs. The palate is nicely refined, with an elegant shape and very direct fruit.

Enjoy Will complement the delicately gamy flavours of guineafowl or pheasant.

 

A Wine Country you may never of thought about, MacedoniaDate published: 12/03/13

This region is perhaps most famous for being the homeland of the legendary Alexander the Great and traditionally the members of the Macedonian Royal family were notorious as heavy drinkers ! Macedonia is less well known for its winemaking industry and yet Macedonia possesses some good modern vineyards that are producing some good quality wines.

Located slightly above what was once the spectacular Ancient Greek Civilization today Macedonia is located between modern Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Greece. The climate here is hot Mediterranean and the terrain is mountainous with fertile soils and regular earthquakes. These conditions (bar the earthquakes) are very favourable for the cultivation of vines and vineyards occupy around 74,000 acres of table grapes and a further 55,000 acres mostly dedicated to the production of red wine.

The most important Macedonian red grape variety is the indigenous Vranac: a deeply coloured rich red with a bitterness on the finish, although Kratosija, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also grown. The leading white grape variety is Smederevka: a dry wine high in acidity and alcohol, followed by Laski Riesling (Welschriesling), Zilavkia, with a little Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc also being produced. The winegrowing regions are split into three: Povardarie, eastern Pcinja-Osogovo and Pelagonija-Polog.

Wine of the week; DMZ Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch 2011Date published: 06/03/13

DMZ Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch 2011

This Sauvignon is made by DeMorgenzon, and comes from some of the cooler slopes of the Stellenbosch area. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed for more delicate flavour, and a small percentage of the wine is fermented in two- or three-year-old French barriques.

Pale, bright gold with green reflections. Extremely youthful and exuberant, with a grassy, citrussy bouquet. Acidity is brisk, giving an intense, mouth-watering experience.

Drink now or keep in the rack for a few months to allow it to mellow. Best with fresh seafood. £10.99 Buy 2 save 20%

£8.79  

Wine of the Week; Plan de Dieu 2010, Domaine Durieu Date published: 20/02/13

Plan de Dieu 2010 Domaine Durieu 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 Syrah, Cinsult and Carignan 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.

£10.99

By 2 save £4

£8.99  

Wine of the Week, Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot 2009Date published: 13/02/13

A winery of epic preportions, known and decorated for it's complex Bordeaux blends and level of perfection they strive to hit when producing each bottle. The success of this wine comes down to a number of factors, the North West vuineyards of Vergelegen sit on Granite, Hutton and weathered shale. 2009 growing season was long and mild, leading to full phisological and even ripeness, also expert wine making skill make this wine a winner from the off.

On the nose this South African Bordeaux blend is full of dark forest fruit, figg and almost a medicinal edge. The palate is smooth, plenty of spice, tobbaco, and that unmistakable Bordeaux savory note. Tannins are relitively soft and the finish long. A truly brilliant buy to get through this very snowy Febuary.

Game and beef stew would be a perfect accompanyment to this Bordeax away from home.

Normally £10.99

20% off South Africa

£8.79

 

New Zealand Tasting week starts on Tuesday 12-18 FebDate published: 10/02/13

Come in on Saturday at either 11.00 or 3.00 for a tutored tasting with our in store professinal!.....Not too sure who that will be,but probanly me!

Tasting Weeks for February and MarchDate published: 09/02/13

Our new wines and promotions have got off to a flying start these last few days! 

Over this weekend we have plenty of Spanish and Italian wines to try on our tasting counter, then we move onto:

New Zealand Tasting Week: 12th - 18th February

Classic France Tasting Week: 26th February - 4th March

South American Tasting Week: 5th - 11th March

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 01/02/13

Duckhorn Decoy Zinfandel 2008/2009 Napa Valley

Price £22.00

Buy 2 bottles save £4 £20.00 * Grape

Zinfandel

Origin Duckhorn Vineyards was established in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, originally focusing on Bordeaux varieties. They have since embraced other grapes such as Zinfandel here, and grown to incorporate seven estates, representing the Napa Valley's various microclimates.

Taste A generous and straightforward wine, with a defined nose of blueberry, cherry and loganberry fruit, accented by soft vanilla oak. The palate is more robust, with the lush fruit framed by firm tannins.

Enjoy A great accompaniment to the savoury flavours of game, venison or duck confit.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 01/02/13

The Parcel Series Sauvignon Sémillon 2009 Margaret River

Price £7.49

Buy 2 still Australian wines between £5 - £19.99 save 20% £5.99 * Grape

Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon

Origin A superb quality white blend from Margaret River, bottled exclusively for Majestic, and available at a staggeringly low price. From fruit sourced mainly from the cooler southern half of the region, fermented at cool temperatures and blended following three months on lees.

Taste Explodes with citrus and tropical notes on the nose, with nuances of passionfruit and jasmine. Peachy on the palate, backed up by refreshing guava and grapefruit flavours and a subtle creaminess.

Enjoy Perfectly drinkable on its own, but will easily stand up alongside oily fish like roasted seabass or salmon steaks.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 26/01/13

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2011 Friuli

Price £19.99

Buy 2 bottles save £8 £15.99 * Grape

Pinot Grigio

Description

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.

Sparkling WinesDate published: 26/01/13

Celebrating in January? Or just want to ditch those January blues with some fizz? We have a great range of Sparkling wines perfect for any occassion. From Undurraga Brut at £5.99 to Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2003 at £34.99 We also hire flute glasses so your party can be organised with the minimum of fuss.

tasting counterDate published: 26/01/13

Two lovely regional french reds on our tasting counter at great offer prices. Or splash out with our whites, Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc and Jermann Pinot Grigio. We'll find you something to enjoy in January, whatever the price point.

A Quick Reminder!Date published: 24/01/13

The 4th of February sees the end of our current deals, so if there is something in paticular that takes your fancy then it will be worth popping in or placing an order via the phone or internet before the 4th of Feb.

Just a couple of recommendations to take advantage of;

Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011/2012 Marlborough

£8.99

Special Offer £7.49

Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20% £5.99 * Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin Produced exclusively for Majestic from the heart of the Wairau Valley in New Zealand's Marlborough region, now as famous for Sauvignon Blanc as Sancerre is in the Loire.

Taste Crisp, balanced and fruit driven, with lots of gooseberries, passion fruit and a fresh, citrus finish.

Enjoy A good partner for lightly spiced Asian cuisine and sushi.

 

Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage 2007

£28.00

Special Offer £19.00

Grape Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Description

Deliciously soft and rich with subtle vanilla hints and bags of elegance.

 

Free delivery!Date published: 16/01/13

Remember we do free delivery on 6 bottles on orders over £40. If you have your fire burning and you're tucked up on the sofa with a good book, let us come to you! Look out for the Majestic Bargain Hunt wines on our website or call us on 01865 292987 to see what great deals we have available.

Port!Date published: 16/01/13

Just before Christmas I mentioned some of the Ports that we stock and went through the various different styles. Everyone seems to love having a bottles of Port over Christmas, it is a perfect accompaniment to the cheese board or on it's own to sip after dinner.

It is still feeling very wintery this January and with more snow scheduled to arrive before the weekend why not treat yourself to a warming bottle of Port. We still have a pretty good selection of ruby, LBV, tawny and vintage.

Whether you're looking for a bottle of Taylor's First Estate £7.99 or Croft 1991 Vintage £60, we'll find you something to enjoy over the cold period. If you would like to brave the weather then pop in and see our range, otherwise order online from the warmth of your home!

Classic ales availableDate published: 15/01/13

Don't forget that whilst we have hundreds of exciting wines here at Majestic, we also stock a great range of British ales and lagers from around the world. Currently on our tasting counter are the Hopping Mad ales that come in delightful mini casks, perfect for parties!

Bargain Hunt continuesDate published: 15/01/13

Bargain Hunt wines are flying from the store, we've already sold out of a few lines. To ensure you're not disappointed please come into Summertown Majestic and ask what our favourite Majestic Bargain Hunt wines are. We'll make sure you leave with something new and exciting.

Bargain Hunt WinesDate published: 12/01/13

Many of you will remember last year's bargain hunt which had some fantastic bin ends and offers. This year we have some great wines from all over the world on excellent offers. Come and explore in store to find some bargains and sample some on our tasting counter. Hurry, once they are gone that's it! Some lines are already on their last bottle!

Shortened Opening Hours on Sunday/MondayDate published: 04/01/13

We will be closing early on Sunday 7th January at 4:30pm and re-opening late on Monday 8th January at 1pm. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Oeil de Perdrix Rose Champagne £18Date published: 15/12/12

Named as its light, delicate colour matches that of the eye of the Partridge, this is a subtly delicious Champagne from Devaux. Coming from the Côtes des Bars in the south of the region, the red Pinot Noir grapes develop an unusual level of ripeness, lending the wine its hue despite a gentle pressing. Although certainly delicate in style, there is a perfect weight of fruit, developing fine biscuity characteristics as the wine matures.

Open this weekend!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 15/12/12

Craggy Range Te Kahu 2010 Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay

Price £17.99

Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20% £14.39 * Grape

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

Origin The Gimblett Gravels vineyard's unique location creates the warmest vineyard area in New Zealand, This blend of 58% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec gives a modern and unique take on a classic Bordeaux assemblage.

Taste Lots of dark brambly fruit and a dark cherry core, ripe tannins add structure and added complexity is available in the form of sweet spice, vanilla and white pepper.

Enjoy This wine possesses enough concentration and tannin to withstand 8 years ageing, and is a perfect accompaniment to roast dinners.

Annabel's Christmas Day winesDate published: 13/12/12

So the time has come to begin choosing the wines for Christmas. In my family this task has been handed down to me now as the resident wine expert (not my term). As a child I recall my father showing us the dust covered bottles he had unearthed from the cellar ready for Christmas day. We were always allowed a little sip from the choosen bottle and much to my disppointment it never tasted quite like the perfect nectar I had imagined it would. Of course as I became older and wiser I realised and appreciated just how special these Christmas wines were and how lucky I was to be able to try them.

I'm sure my passion for wine was greatly influenced by my parents and it is now always an exciting time of year when I get to choose the special wines we will be having at Christmas, hoping to pick something that will really impress my family of wine lovers.

In the morning after we have opened all our presents and have manged to all get in the shower and are finally ready for the day we will crack open the champagne. This year I'm opting for Veuve Clicquot 2004 Vintage. Their house style is delicious but the 2004 is just that bit more zippy and fresh. It has a perfect balance of acidity and richness with hints of brioche. I always think that vintage champagne is for really special occasions and for me Christmas is the perfect excuse to share this with my family. I may even get a magnum just to impress but also because one bottle never really quite goes around everyone.

With our starter, which is always smoked salmon with a bit of white pepper and bread and butter, we will most likely have Chablis to accompany it. Chablis produces clean, fresh, palate cleansing wines which will be a great match with the salmon. Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu' 2010, Domaine Pinson is excellent. It has steely dry minerality but slightly more richness than you might expect due to the exceptional vintage.

We always have turkey on Christmas day and it is always enjoyed with a glass of white Burgundy. I'm not sure what the choice will be this year, something rich, creamy and buttery with hints of vanilla and well intergrated oak. The best Chardonnay's are so easy to drink when partnered with a superb home cooked meal. As this wine has to stand up to my mother's culinary expertise it must be something fabulous. I'll probably only fix on this bottle a couple of days before.

Christmas pudding made by my grandmother's secret recipe is what follows. After many years of arguing about what dessert wines everyone likes I will simply just get the one I like the best and hope it pleases the majority. We had one disasterous year when I took the Royal Tokjai, a delicious Hungarian dessert wine made from noble rot that is fantastic with any pudding (in my opinion only apparently). This year I'll be sticking to France and having Chateau Climens 2006. I picked this up at Majestic's Notting Hill Gate store but Summertown has some equally impressive sweet wines. If you are looking for a special treat why not buy a full bottle of Chateau de Fargues 2005. This Sauternes is the next closest thing to Chateau Y'Quem but is half the price. Well worth it for my grandmothers Christmas pudding!

Then comes the cheese board choosen by my dad, he has already got out a 1977 vintage port but I will also get a Taylor's 10yr old Tawny Port. I love the dried fruit flavours and berry fruit that give this such a lusious mouth feel.

Also available over the whole festive period will be a selection of other drinks for anyone stopping by. My father really loves proper English ales. I've bought some of Hopping Mad's mini casks for him. They contain 9 pints each and remain pressurised so can last for a few weeks once open. Chase Fruit Liqueurs are also fantastically festive, I love the Raspberry flavour for Christmas. Sip them neat or use in cocktails if you are more adventurous.

Christmas would be great without any of these wines as it is the one chance we have to all get together as a family and really enjoy those few relaxing days before we all go back to work and start leading our busy lives. These wine will just make it extra special and hopefully my choices will go down well this year!

Gift VouchersDate published: 09/12/12

Did you know... we also sell gift vouchers here at Majestic that are redeemable at any one of our 180 stores across the country? If you're stuck trying to find the perfect bottles for a wine lover's Christmas present for then worry no more! Our vouchers come in £10 £20 and £50 denominations. Let them have the fun of choosing their own selection and know that you'll be getting them a fantastic gift they'll definately enjoy.

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 08/12/12

Still open over the weekend is the Benegas Meritage on a special offer at £25

This Argentinian wine is a Bordeaux inspired blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Although still a young wine it shows great ageing potential whilst also being approachable enough to drink now. It is full of black berry fruit and sweet spice such as clove and cinnamon. It does not have the cedar wood notes commonly found in Bordeaux wines but can more than hold it's own against them. It is deep, complex, rich and spicy. Cellar for 10-15 years or enjoy now with a seared steak.

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 08/12/12

Chapel Down English Rose £17.99 on special offer!

Made from Pinot Noir, Reichensteiner and Rivaner this sparkling wine is made in the traditional method that Champagne is produced. The Chapel Down winery is based in Kent where the cool climate makes it perfect to grow these grapes. This is a delicate wine with subtle hints of strawberries and rosehip.

Saturday Sparkle!Date published: 08/12/12

With the Festive season fast approaching we have decided to open the Chapel Down English Sparkling Rose! This is on a special offer at £17.99 and is perfect for Yule Tide celebrations!

Grape Varieties you Need to try this Christmas!Date published: 08/12/12

Grape variety number 2!

Viognier

The origin of Viognier is presumed to be Croatia, and then bought to Rhone by the Romans.Viognier is responsible for the fine white wines of Condrieu and has excelled in Australia.

The Viognier I recommend is the;

Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier Reserva 2012 Rapel Valley

Special Offer £7.49

Buy 2 still Chilean wines under £20 save 20% £5.99 *

Grape

Viognier

Origin Luis Felipe Edwards is the largest family-owned winery in Chile, and have developed a wide range of markedly Chilean-style wines, from classic grape varieties. This Viognier is pressed in a protective atmosphere and spends only 2 months in oak, for maximum freshness.

Taste Light and fresh, yet intensely aromatic. Flavours of peach, apricot and ripe pears cascade across the palate, finishing with a refreshing acidic lift and gentle mineral grip.

Enjoy A great partner for mild spicy dishes, such as cajun chicken, Thai red curry, or sweet chilli and garlic prawns. Perfect for Xmas snacks and entertaining.

Port - Which one to choose for ChristmasDate published: 07/12/12

Port, not something many of us drink any other time of the year but it somehow seems so right at Christmas. But which one do you choose? LBV, Tawny, Crusted... How do you know which one is right for you? Well worry not because I'll talk you through our selection and you can make up your own mind which bottle is right for you this festive season.

Taylor's First Estate NV £7.99

Taylor's is over 300 years old and still family owned. The First Estate is a ruby port, and is named after the first property acquired by Taylor's in 1744. Deep garnet in colour and with a rich concentration of dark berries and Christmas cake hints delivered in a warming, satisfying style. A ready to drink style, no need to decant.

 

Fonseca Bin 27 £8.99

Bin 27 is a reserve Port, made using the same approach to making a late-bottled vintage, with extended wood ageing making the wine ready to drink upon its release. This wine, however, is blended from several vintages to achieve a consistent house style. A deep and youthful ruby colour, with an intense, fruity nose crammed with blackberry, cassis, cherry and plum aromas. The palate is full bodied and round, with a lusious velvety texture. Pair with a rich dessert such as a raspberry and chocolate fondant.

 

Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage 2007 £9.99

The 300 year old Port House of Taylor's, based in Oporto on the Atlantic coast, one of the greatest names of Port. Produced from one vintage, from the same constituent wines as the Vintage, Late Bottled Vintage is aged for 4 - 6 years in cask and released ready to drink. Dark fruits and beetroot notes with spicy undertones and hints of violets on the nose, with powerful tannins, firm acidity and rich, concentrated red and black fruits. A long finish of spice and fruit. Drinking well now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing. Partner with cheese or as an after dinner treat.

 

Fonseca Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage 2007 £14.99

Fonseca is one of the most important Port houses. The grapes are sourced from Fonseca-owned vineyards. Late Bottled Vintage Port is wood matured from a single vintage. A deliciously fruited and softly structured port. Full of plum and raisin aromas with a deep and long finish, this style of Port is ready to drink now. It needs to be decanted but makes a great after dinner drink.

 

Fonseca Crusted Port NV £14.99

Crusted is a rare, traditional style of Port that doesn't carry a vintage because it is a blend of different years that are bottled unfiltered, This means that it will improve in the bottle, therefore providing the whole Port experience at a bargain price! Intenesely sweet, with firm but ripe tannins and a deep, concentrated core of dark plums, blackcurrant, mocha and sweet spice. Can be drunk early but will improve over the next 5 years, during which time the fruit will soften. Be sure to decant!

 

Deladorce Quinta da Corte 1991 £18.99

This single-vineyard vintage Port, released in a non-declared year, has matured quicker than a vintage port from a declared year. From Delaforce's prestigious Quinta da Corte, this is the next best thing to a mature vintage port at a fraction of the price. This superb port has a powerful, intense bouquet of blackcurrant, cherry and cedar. The palate is beautifully balanced and structured, with plenty of spice and evolved fruit present. It is almost fully mature and drinking well now and over the next couple of years. Decant before use.

 

Taylor's 10-year-old Tawny £18.99

Made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages, Tawny Port is aged in large wood casks for almost all their life and takes on a brick-red, tawny colour. Taylor's 10 year old Tawny is an average of 10 years old. Aromas of ripe berry fruit with a delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish. Partners most desserts, particularly those with berry fruit or dark chocolate. It is also a good partner to rich, blue veined cheeses.

 

Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita 1999 £22

Quinta de Terra Feita's vineyards are perfectly placed on south facing slopes and have been supplying Taylor's with grapes for nearly a hundred years. Since the beginning of the century, small amounts of Terra Feita wine have been bottled as single-quinta vintage Ports. A beautifully concentrated Port with lush aromas of violets and tarry black fruit flavours redolent of figs, plums and spice. The full flavour really comes through on a palate of ripe cherries and plums. Due to large amounts of sediment be sure to decant before serving. Super with walnuts, dried apricots or blue-veined cheeses.

 

Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha 1996 £25

This single-quinta vintage Port from Warres is not from a declared year but made exclusively from the Quinta do Cavadinha vineyard in the Douro Superior. The main grape planted here is Touriga Nacional, with several other classic Port grapes making up the blend. Rich and powerful, this wine is starting to really open up, with a blueberry jam core revealing more in the way of sweet spice and pepper on the palate. Ripe and juicy tannins beef up the mouthfeel. Enjoy this wine now, or over the next 6-8 years, when it will deliver more spice and more mature fruit character. Decant this wine.

 

Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas 2001 £25

The 300 year old Port House of Taylor's, based in Oporto on the Atlantic coast are owners oft he Quinta de Vargellas vineyard, based high up in the Douro valley. Vines of over 75 years old make up 60% of the vineyard, produces wines that age as long as vintage Port. Concentrated spicy aromas of raisin, spices, and currant. Exceptionally rich, with layer upon layer of fruit, a chewy, unctuous texture, firm structure and tannin and a finish lasting in over a minute. Decant well in advance and enjoy anytime over the next decade (or two). Serve with a full cheese platter, or just savour after dinner.

 

Ramos Pinto 20-year-old Tawny NV £30

Founded in 1880, Ramos Pinto is one of the pioneering Port houses of the Douro Valley. This Tawny is a single-estate wine, blended from a selection of vintages, averaging 20 years of age. The older wines contribute to the characteristic tawny colour and mature fruit flavours, while the younger wines add freshness and vigour.

Perfect Christmas GiftsDate published: 04/12/12

If you are looking for a special bottle to give as a gift this Christmas then let us give you some inspiration. The following are some great wines at fantastic prices that are sure to impress even the most avid wine collector.

La Reserve de Leoville-Barton 2006, St-Julien £20

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

 

Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Clos de L'Oratoire £45

For those that think 'bigger is better', we're now offering this superb Châteauneuf-du-Pape in magnums. This wine is from an historic Rhône estate whose winemaking straddles the traditional and modern, combining temperature-controlled fermentation with ageing in old oak foudres to create superb wines exhibiting the classic regional hallmarks. A gift with a real 'wow factor'.

 

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 £60

Bollinger's stunning vintage wines are highly sought after. Following the house style, this is a richly fruited Champagne with bold yeasty notes, yet with an elegance and finesse that is typical of superior vintage wines. To quote Mme Lily Bollinger: 'I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it when I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty of course.'

FREE glass hire and chiller bin serviceDate published: 04/12/12

Don't forget that we offer a FREE glass hire and chiller bin service. You pay a deposit when you buy your wine from us which is fully refundable when you bring the glasses back to us, you simply pay for any breakages.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 03/12/12

Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Clare Valley

£13.99

Special Offer £13.74

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Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin On the southern boundary of Coonawarra is the old Penola cricket ground, which first saw a ball bowled in anger and the flashing cover drives of the local champions in 1950.

Taste This wine is dark garnet red in colour with high clarity. The nose is very fragrant with intense cassis and cedar dominating the aromas. There is some underlying nuances of fennel and damson plums. A generous, medium bodied palate with lovely succulent tannins which carry the flavours of blackcurrant, sandalwood, liquorice and morello cherries.

Enjoy As with previous releases of ‘The Cover Drive’, the wine displays harmonious balance and can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for 5 years.

Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 03/12/12

December is a very busy time for deliveries, and we will be keeping this page updated on a daily basis with our current turnaround times and schedule.

Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 02/12/12

Please be aware when placing online orders that delivery is guaranteed within 7 days. Do not expect your order to be ready for delivery next day as is so often the case at quieter times of the year. As Christmas approaches our delivery schedule will be tightly packed and we will fit you in where best we can. Please keep checking this web page for updates. Make sure you order in plenty of time and try to beat the last minute rush. We anticipate we will be extremely busy in the next three weeks but all staff will be available to help you choose some fantastic Christmas wines, whether it's over the phone, via email or in store.

Grape Varieties you Need to try this Christmas!Date published: 02/12/12

Grape Variety Number 1!

Carignan

Carignan is believed to have originated in Carinena, Aragon and later transplanted to Sardinia. It also used relatively widely in Rioja before being replaced by the well known Tempranillo grape. Up until the late 20th century it was the most widely planted and grape variety used in France before being overtaken by Merlot in the late 20th century.

The Carignan I recommend is the Alain Grignon 'Vielles Vignes' Carignan; £7.49 buy 2 bottles £5.99 each

Origin An indigenous grape variety of the Languedoc, Carignan produces dark ruby red wines with plenty of body, and are said to be a great expression of the rugged heathland terroir around Carcassonne. This example is from low-yielding vines aged around 40 years.

Taste Deep and inky red in colour, the wine is crammed with black cherry fruit, lifted by subtle vanilla aromas from a touch of oak ageing. Bold, meaty tannins provide satisfying texture and length.

Enjoy Drink with traditional and hearty southern French cuisine like cassoulet and duck confit. Perfect for Christmas lunch!

Rioja RemediesDate published: 01/12/12

At this time of year, the freezing nights, packed town centres, and general Christmas stresses can all get on top of you. But never fear, for Rioja is here! With a variety of different flavours from smooth fruits such as fig, prune, raisin or black cherry, through to more festive notes such as vanilla, clove, cinnamon and cedar; Rioja covers all bases. Come into Majestic Summertown and discover our fantastic range of Rioja - It will warm you up, calm you down, and help you enjoy the festive season.

New Alsace wines!Date published: 01/12/12

Cave de Hunawihr is a cooperative comprising 110 members covering just 200ha of vines. La Revue du Vin de France have ranked them as the best cooperative in Alsace and the third best in all France. They describe themselves as "a human size company" with an unswerving focus on quality. They make wines only from their own grapes using responsible, sustainable methods. We're taking four classic Alsace varieties from them, all of which demonstrate lovely varietal purity, interest and concentration.

Pinot Blanc

Pinot Gris

Gewurztraminer

Riesling

All these are currently priced at £7.99 a bottle when you buy 2 of the same as part of your mixed case.

Wine Events starting in the New YearDate published: 01/12/12

Thank you to everyone who made it to our Winter Wine Evening, we hope you enjoyed the wines. We will start all our wine events again in the new year, look out for the next Wine Course due in January. We will of course still have our tasting counter going every day with enticing wine selections.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 01/12/12

Today being the 1st December we are celebrating by opening a bottle of Veuve Clicquot NV. We will hopefully be opening something bubbley every Saturday throughout December. Make sure you stop by to try some of our favourite festive fizz.

Fine Wine UpdateDate published: 01/12/12

Over the next few weeks we will be getting in lots more Fine Wine. There will be some old favourites and hopefully some new selections that will tempt you. Come and see what we have in store and choose your perfect wines for Christmas or a really lovley gift for someone. We have a full range of Old and New world wines and we'll be happy to talk you through our favourites!

New! Kraken Spiced RumDate published: 01/12/12

Kraken, Black Spiced Rum!

Warm your insides with a drop of this distinctive dark spiced rum. Whether you wish to fuel your piratical desires or simply make some immense tasting cocktails make sure you try this at Christmas! £24

One Week overlap of the flyers.. ends dec 3rd!Date published: 01/12/12

All the very best of the Christmas offers!

Come and Explore in-store, alternatively, give us a call to place your order and we will deliver for FREE!

Heidsieck Gold TopDate published: 01/12/12

HEIDSIECK MONOPOLE GOLD TOP 2007

Deliciously soft and rich with subtle vanilla hints and bags of elegance.

ONLY £19 PER BOTTLE

Proving Cheap Vintage Champagne is Amazing Since 1785!

Online Ordering with MajesticDate published: 01/12/12

If you're pushed for time with Christmas coming up and can't make it in store then let us do the work for you!

Placing your wine order online couldn't be simpler and once you've made and paid for your selection an e-mail pops up in our inbox and your local Majestic team processes your order instore. We'll give you a call to arrange a convenient delivery date for your wine and we'll pop it out to you.

That's it! As long as you meet Majestic's minimum 6 bottle purchase and your order is over £40 delivery is completely free and our friendly driver Chris will be there in a flash!

Why not give it a try!

Martin Miller's GinDate published: 01/12/12

So after all the effort of selecting the best botanicals from around the world, using a copper pot still that is over 100 years old to ensure a symphony of flavour and then a 1,500 mile journey to Iceland to source some of the purest, softest water in the world, how does it taste?

Smooth and delicate, with long lasting citrus notes that are neither too bitter nor sweet, coupled with Juniper notes punching through whilst not overpowering, climaxing in a soft, clean finish. One of the most awarded gins in the world, distilled in England.

So if your looking for a purer Gin and fed up of the usual suspects... Give this Martin Miller's a go with Fever Tree Tonic- which we also stocked here @majesticsummertown ... this Gin is available to taste in store so why not give it a try?

Wine of the Week!Date published: 27/11/12

Peregrine Pinot Noir 2010 Central Otago

Price £25.00

Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20% £20.00 *

Grape Pinot Noir

Description

Peregrine Wines have named themselves after the Peregrine Falcon, a rare bird of prey found in very small numbers in Otago where the winery is based. This superb Pinot Noir is hand-harvested, warm-fermented and matured on French oak barrels for 10 months. An expressive nose of cherry, raspberry and mocha leads into a silky and refined palate of ripe black cherry fruit, nuanced with wonderful spice notes.

Christmas ChampagneDate published: 22/11/12

Champagne is the one thing that almost everyone indulges in over Christmas. It always makes an occasion special and not many people say no to a glass over the festive period! Here at Majestic we have a range of Champagnes for you to choose from this Christmas. Whether your looking for an inexpensive crowd pleaser, your favourite vintage champagne or an impressive magnum to crack open when all the family arrive. I'll be opening Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004, it's on a great offer at £40

Wine of the Week!Date published: 21/11/12

Château Grivière 2004 Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

Price £11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 £8.99

Grape

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

Enjoy Utterly approachable, this is a great match for simple stews or cassoulet.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 07/11/12

Grape Chardonnay

Origin From the village of Charnay in the Mâconnais, this well-made wine is taken from Cordier's top vineyard parcels. Implementing battonage and 9 months ageing on lees before bottling, Cordier has again excelled in making quality wine from a less fashionable appellation.

Taste Lime, pineapple and lemon harmonise with a slight hint of nuttiness on the palate. Refreshing, with some complexity, a balanced acidity leaves the mouth revitalised afterwards.

Enjoy Roast poultry dishes work really well with this style of wine, but also refreshing and crisp by itself as a pre-dinner drink.  

Winter Wine Evening 15th Nov FULL!Date published: 06/11/12

Although we are now full for our Winter Wine Evening it is still worth giving us a call or emailing us your details if you would like to come. We may have a few drop outs as it gets nearer the time.

sum@majestic.co.uk

01865 292987

Corton Charlemagne Louis Latour 2007Date published: 04/11/12

After the ravages of the phylloxera epidemic at the end of the 19th century the Latour family took the decision to tear up the dead Aligoté and Pinot Noir vines and to replace them with Chardonnay. The Corton-Charlemagne vineyard is situated in the prime area of the hillside of Corton where its southeasterly aspect ensures maximum exposure to the sun. The fruit is harvested as late as possible to guarantee maximum ripeness.

With a beautiful golden color, Corton-Charlemagne 2007 displays a lovely nose of toasted notes and stone fruits. A full wine that is very powerful and balanced. It is vinified in traditional oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation. On the palate this wine is perfectly balanced with apricot, peach and vanilla. It has great length and is sure in impress.

£55 a bottle, an excellent accompaniment to the Christmas turkey!

 

Last day of Autumn OffersDate published: 29/10/12

It is the last day of the Autumn Offers:

Some great champagne deals: Jacquart NV £15, Taitinger £26, Bollinger £30 case deal

20% off Spain

20% off South Africa

Buy any 2 Portugese wines save £3

 

Come in today or give us a call to place an order to secure these special prices.

Winter Wine Evening November 15thDate published: 27/10/12

Hello dear customers!

Winter is fast approaching, there is a chill wind blowing through Summertown high street and it is time to scrape the car again as frosty nights set in. To drive away the wintery weather we are putting on a lovely wine tasting to help get you into the festive spirit. Here at Majestic Summertown we would like to invite you all to come to our Winter Wine Evening, a special tasting we put on twice a year for all of you. We always open an aray of wines that we like and hope you do too, and there will be a selection of Italian cheeses and charcuterie. This tasting event is on Thursday 15th November starting from 18:30. We do hope you can stop by for some delicious wine samples and friendly conversation with all of us here. If you would like to pop along please call us on 01865 292987 or email us at sum@majestic.co.uk

Meursault 1er Cru 'Chateau de Blagny' 2009 Louis LatourDate published: 24/10/12

It is time for another Fine Wine recommendation and as we are getting clsoe to Christmas (yes people are already preparing, I've ordered my turkey) I am suggesting a fabulous white Burgundy which will an excellent accompaniment to your Christmas dinner this year.

The vineyards constituting the estate of the Château de Blagny are located high on the hillside overlooking Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. Château de Blagny is the most important domaine in the commune.

This wine has a light oaky aroma with notes of acacia flowers and honey. On the palate is is clean and surprisingly mineral for a Meursault. Citrus flavours mixed with hints of stone fruits and vanilla. This wine has an impressive length and lingers on the palate. It undergoes malolactic fermentaion and is stored in traditional oak barrels.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 09/10/12

Wine of the Week!

Grape
Touriga Nacional
 

Origin
From the upper Douro valley comes this intriguing red DOC, equivalent of the French AC. Essentially a dry, light port, it is made from a blend of local grape varieties, including Touriga Nacional.
 

Taste
A deep plummy red with ripe black fruit characteristics, herbs and spices with unmistakable aromas of fresh earth.

Enjoy
Best enjoyed with full-flavoured meat dishes.

Planeta ChardonnayDate published: 06/10/12

Planeta Chardonnay is a top Sicilian wine which really exemplifies quality and can definately compete with other well known Chardonnays from around the world. Vines from Ulmo and Maroccoli display their unique terroir in the finished wine. The wine is fermented in French oak barrels which produces a rich, powerful wine. Planeta Chardonnay can be drunk whilst young or will keep for 6-8 years. The nose is quite intense, full of stone fruit and vanilla honey. On the palate, it is soft and well rounded, fresh crisp acidity is balanced by nutty oaky characteristics. This wine will match both fish and meat dishes, why not try a typically Sicilian dish such as Cacio all'argentiera (baked Caciocavallo cheese with vinegar and oregano).

£25 a bottle, try something special this week...

Special OffersDate published: 26/09/12

We have some great short term offers that start today. Here in Summertown we know you'll love some of the old favourites that have just come down in price.

Macon Lugny Louis Latour £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Serena Pinot Grigio £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Green Point NV £9.99 special offer price

Nicholas Feuillate NV Champagne £15 special offer price

Laurent Perrier Rose NV £45 special offer price

 

Now is the perfect time to stock up on these wines before the Christmas rush. Call us or come into store today!

 

Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/09/12

Leyda Riesling Reserva 2010, Leyda Valley

Grape
Riesling

Origin
From vineyard to bottle, all aspects of this Riesling's production are geared towards creating a fresh and incisive New World style. Grapes are picked in the cool of the early morning, hand-sorted and whole-bunch pressed, before cool-fermenting to dryness.
 

Taste
Pure and clean on the nose, with well-defined aromas of mandarin orange, green apples and touches of stone and florals. Precise and slim on the palate, with a refreshing acidity and mouthwatering finish.
 

Enjoy
At its best with simply-prepared, fresh seafood such as oysters, lobster or seared scallops.

 

Wine of the Week!Date published: 28/08/12

Morellino di Scansano 2010/2011 Poggioargentiera
£11.99
Special Offer £11.24
Buy 2 still Italian wines between £5-£20 save 20% £8.99 *

Grape
Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo

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

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

Enjoy
Partner with anything from lamb chops to game, either immediately or within the next 5 years.

Yalumba 'The Virgilius' ViognierDate published: 27/08/12

'The Virgilius' is Yalumba's premium Viognier grown in Eden Valley. Hand-picked grapes in whole bunches are pressed directly into barrels where passive oxidation occrus. Fermented with natural yeasts in old French oak barriques the wine develops layers of complexity and richness. After fermentation the wine is aged on its lees for a further 11 months to give extra depth and increase palate texture and flavour. Only the best barrels are chosen to blend.

The 2008 vintage displays aromas of white peach, apricot and ginger on the nose. The palate displays stone fruit characteristics with a slight hint of minerality and sweet spice. This well rounded wine shows great depth and complexity associated with good Viogniers and should cellar for at least 4 years. This is a great food wine, try with something exotic such as a Moroccan tagine.
 

Two Hands Wine TastingDate published: 23/08/12

Last night I was lucky enough to go to a Two Hands wine tasting at the Malmaison in Oxford. Two Hands was established just over ten years ago and has made its name as one of Australia's top producers of Shiraz based wines. The tasting, given by their winemaker Matt Wenk, really highlighted the diversity of Australian shiraz and how the terrior and regional characteristics truely effected the outcome of the wines. We sampled a selection of wines from their Picture Series (their premium collection of varietal wines), the Garden Series (a super premium range of shiraz from 6 of the finest regions),  and one of their flagship wines (the very best example of shiraz).

We began the evening with Brilliant Disguise Moscato from the Barossa Valley. White Frontignac grapes are not what I immediately think of when Barossa Valley is mentioned but I in no way was I disappointed! This is a great aperitif wine and perfect for the summer. It is low in alcohol with a nice spritz and slight sweetness which made it deliciously drinkable.

Next up was the first of many reds of the evening, the Brave Faces, a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro was well rounded with raspberry and red currant fruit characteristics and hints of white pepper.

Angels' Share Shiraz was a big intense red with more concentrated fruit flavours. It seemed to have more blackcurrant and brambley fruit. With grapes grown in the slightly cooler McLaren Vale, this wine seemed to show slightly more finesse.

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz was one of the wines I had tried before and was the wine that first aroused my curiosity in Two Hands. This is a nice meaty shiraz typical of the Barossa Valley. It has lashings of rich berry fruit and black pepper, although this younger vintage was not as spicey as I remembered, this will evolve to be a bottle made for a rump steak!

We then moved on to a Cabernet Sauvignon, the aptly named Sexy Beast was all its name suggested. Lots of blackberry and raspberry leaf characteristics with a slight menthol undertone. Nice grippy tannins that immediately conjured up thoughts of roast beef for a special Sunday lunch.

Samantha's Garden was perhaps my favourite wine of the night, and happily we have some in stock at the moment so I shall be purchasing one for my ever expanding wine collection. This Shiraz was from the Clare Valley, specifically Watervale in the south, and this region seemed produced a really elegant style. It was smooth and almost delicate for a Shiraz, with more subtle fruit and floral aromas.

Lily's Garden was the one other Two Hands wine I had experienced before. This is a big, powerful Shiraz with tons of fruit but balanced with a savoury meatiness, these grapes coming from the McLaren Vale. This wine was totally over the top and packs a real punch, a real star that I am pleased to have in my wine rack at home.

Bella's Garden is perhaps their most well know Shiraz from their Garden Series, with grapes hailing from Barossa Valley. This aromatically complex wine has a tannic finish which suggests great ageing potential. With numerous awards and accolades this is not a wine to pass by.

The evening finished on one of Two Hands' Flagship wines Ares .Named after the Greek god of war it represents the very best parcels of Shiraz Two Hands have tasted from their growers. It is a huge wine, intense with a meaty nose yet surprisingly fruity on the palate. Menthol and sweet spices such as clove and cinnamon along with a pepperiness made this powerful wine a winner with everyone. Jammy with great depth of fruit flavours and all the best qualities of Shiraz in one glassful, you can see why this wine is the best of the best.

I felt extremely priveledged to be able to try all these wines together at one tasting where you can really pick out the differences and certain nuances that each wine has. At the moment we have 3 of the above wines in stock but look out for a few more in the coming months, they are not to be missed!

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz £22 or buy 2 save £8 £18

Angels' Share Shiraz £22 or buy 2 save £8 £18

Two Hands Samantha's Garden £35

Nyetimber English SparklingDate published: 07/08/12

We recently had the rep in from Nyetimber who bought the three Nyetimber wines that we stock to taste.

 

1.Nyrtimber Rose Vintage 2007 £39.99

2.Nyetimber Blanc de blancs 2003 £34.99

3.Nyetimber Classic cuvee 2004 £24.99

 

I am so glad she came.....Having looked at the prices i was sceptical that the quality would warrant the price!

 

How wrong i was.....

 

They are all from various sites in Sussex and made from the classic Champagne blend of Chardonnay,Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.Most importantly all three have plenty of bottle age which gives them a 'fullness' that i normally associate with Bolinger or Louis Roederer Champagne.

If you are looking for a 'champagne' style of wine that really does match the real thing then here it is.

 

Go on treat yourself.You wont be dissapionted

I left my heart in Barcelona...Date published: 03/05/12

I was recently lucky enough to leave the torrential (drought?) weather of England and spend a couple of glorious days in Barcelona! A rapid, quick fire trip but well worth the journey (and a wonderful way to spend a weekend if you are inclined!).

Being the wine enthusiast I am, my trip was predominantly wine orientated, with a brief but vital look around the shops in between activities. I was lucky enough to get in on a tour of the Codorniu base of operations, just outside of Barcelona. Here I was able to see the beautiful old build reception area, which was the old bottling part of the winery. I also got to take a trip of the extensive (13 km sq.) cellar system. I visited the site of the sparkling wine production and once inside the cellars you can see line after line of bottles laid out at different stages of the riddling process. For those not in the know, this is the various increments of turning of the bottle, to get the sediment to filter into the neck of the bottle. Once in the neck of the bottle it is frozen (with either Nitrogen or a frozen brine solution) and this bung is then removed.

I found this visit thoroughly fascinating and as always was a bit in awe by how much effort and expertise goes in to every single bottle that you drink! Having to use a train in order to tour the wine cellar alone definitely gives you some perspective! Codorniu has been making wine for hundreds of years, however it is only since the early 1800’s that they started making sparkling Spanish wines (Cava). At the end of the tour I was able to try 4 white cava and three rose. Some of the best to note were the Raventos NV (£7.49), the Cristina (£9.99) and the Rose brut (£7.99).

After the tour I went back to my hotel, freshened up and went to a spectacular restaurant/cocktail bar. I had that prince of all cocktails...a mojito... Followed by a wonderful meal of Roast suckling pig. To compliment the meal I tried a bottle (glass?) of Vina Pomal Reserva which was absolutely amazing and I can vouch for its effectiveness with suckling pig!

I had a wonderful time on this trip and for those who are inspired by my tale and want an alternative to Prosecco I can thoroughly recommend the Raventos and Cristina vintage to brighten up this summer!
 

Wines to Jam To.Date published: 12/04/12

Here in store we spend a lot of our time chatting about wine, music, food, films, books etc. So this got me thinking. When I go home what matches with the wine I drink, its never just the food I have, but the music I listen to or the film I watch. Its a complete sensory enjoyment, something more than just flavour!

So in this article we will update wines that match more then just your food, but all nature of things. Check it out weekly to keep updated.


Tuesday 10th April. (Will)

"It was my good friends Birthday so we started off with a bit of Taittinger NV to get the celebration started. A bit of fizz always gives me a big grin so we listened to Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits), the bubbles and the bluesy guitar riffs of Mark Knopfler really went well! Next we had to make sure that our homemade Sushi was perfectly matched with the atmosphere. A bottle of 'Les Princes Abbes' Riesling by Schlumberger went beautifully with our badly crafted Maki rolls and was warmed by the tinkling's of Four Tet's 'Circles'. It was a great atmosphere and the wine was a fantastic vehicle of flavour, but it matched more then just my Sushi, it matched my evening"


Wines we had:
 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-shlumburger/product-is-11001

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-taittinger/product-is-22269

 

Tuesday 24th April. (Will)

"Sometimes when its raining outside there is nothing better than an open fire, a bottle of wine and a good book. I am currently reading the Bob Dylan's Chronicles (Volume 1), a man who's music and life has always been a keen interest for me. With the tinkering of rain outside, and the jangling of Blood on The Tracks from the stereo I decided to have a nice heavy red to keep warm and enjoy my read. Bearing this in mind I had my new favourite, the Chilean 'Penalolen' Cabernet Sauvignon. The heady notes of blackcurrant and plum give way to an exceptional bouquet of herbaceous, spicy notes (think clove, cinnamon) with a gorgeous backbone of vanilla oak. My advice, turn off the TV, get out your favorite book and see out this weather until the sun comes out. Trust me, this wine is your perfect partner".
 

Wine Link

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-penalolen/product-is-39277

 

Friday 4th May. (Kit)

"And the rain just keeps on coming! With this cold November-like weather refusing to release us into Summer's warm embrace, I decided it was time to thaw out my frozen limbs and warm the belly with some smooth Motown and even smoother wine. What could be a better match to the soulful melodies of The Drifters than the juicy, fruity, luscious vibrations of the Corvina Rosso Veronese 2009 - an underdog in the Italian arena, as any wine made with the Corvina grape is bound to live in the shadow of the great Valpolicellas .
The artful balance of dark, jammy fruits, smooth, ripe tannins and a moreish, full bodied mouth feel marry perfectly with the soulful, toe tapping tunes of The Drifters. A perfect match to fight of the cold weather blues and warm up body and soul.
Forget food and wine matching, it's all about music and wine - we're hunting down some vinilicious tunes and bringing them straight to you.
The Drifters are touring again, if you were interested. My opinion? Less smooth and more wrinkly nowadays but still jamming up on the boardwalk. The wine, however, remains a smooth, soulful little number."

Wine link: 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-corvina/product-is-13758

 

Will 26.5.12

"The past few days have marked the beginning of summer (at long long last). This got me in the mood for a BBQ with some friends and of course some great wines to go with. With the sun beating down and some greedy friends to water there was only one choice in my mind, a few Aix Magnums. With it's light pink colour, and gentle nose strawberry and watermelon which follows to the pallate with real finess, this is a great summer wine. To go with this wine I wanted some music to ease us through and match the chilled, yet larger then life bottle. There was only one person for this sort of occasion - Mr Bob Marley! With some great tunes, the Aix magnums flowing we all had a great time the sun was shining, the weather was sweet, and trust me, with an Aix magnum everything little ting gonna be alright!"

Wine Link:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-aix/product-is-08181

Are You on Facebook?Date published: 05/04/12

Are you on Facebook? We are! Just search 'Majestic Wine Summertown' and give us a "Like" and we will reward you with exciting updates on new wines, great deals and other wine gems!

The Wine WalkDate published: 28/02/12

Now the Spring is here we will again be holding our ever popular Wine Walks. Wander round the store with staff as we explore new wines to our range, talk about them a bit,  and match some lovely nibbles with them! These are really fun, relaxed evenings for you and your friends. Check our events page for dates of upcoming events and book quickly, these are ever popular!

Hope to see you at one of our future events!

The Wine CourseDate published: 18/02/12

With the busy Christmas period over we are now starting our 'Wine Courses' again. Our relaxed 90 minute Wine Course is the perfect introduction to the very varied & sometimes confusing world of wine. Our friendly & knowledgeable staff will teach a small group how to taste wine like a pro, with plenty of wines to try & some food & wine matching to finish. Fun, informal, completely free, and you're welcome to bring a friend. Demand is high so please reserve a place in advance by contacting the store on sum@majestic.co.uk or 01865 292 987.

Our Next 2 Dates are:

Tuesday 28th February

Wednesday 29th February

The evenings start at 6pm and run for around 2 hours. You are welcome to drive, however, with all the superb things to taste spitting may not be high on your agenda!

The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12

Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!

The Bargain Hunt is store specific. The list below is what we have available today in store and will sell extremely quickly, so hurry down as once they are gone, thats it!

CH LA VICOMTESSE 24
CH MOULIN A VENTMOULIS 1
REGNIE COTES SAINT CYR 14
ANTONIN RODET BEAUJOLAIS 17

CLOS D'YVIGNE LE PRINCE 27
CLOS D'YVIGNE RGE ET NOIR 6
DOMAINE PY MERLOT 1
DOM LES YEUSES LA SOURE 3
BONTERRA VIOGNIER 1
HARVEY`S BRISTOL CREAM 1
TERRUNYO SAUVIGNON 4
COSTERO RIESLING 11
NOVAS CHARD'/VIOG'/MARSAN 1
COSTERO SAUVIGNON BLANC 1
GRAIN DE NOVEMBRE CAZAUX 1

(These amounts are as of now and will not replenish or update).

Have a look at the other local stores Cowley, Abingdon and Bicester as they may have some bargains worth a drive too!

Japanese Whiskey Now In!!!!Date published: 14/01/12

We have had an influx of new spirits arrive into store, perfect for taking the edge off now the winter chill has hit! Of special note are the 2 new Japanese Whiskeys which have just arrived.

 We have the Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey. This is made from the purest natural ingredients and made with Japanese skill and craftsmanship. The Whiskies are hand crafted at Japans oldest distillery, built in 1923 by Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii.

We also have the Suntory Blend Hibikki 17 Year Old Blended Whiskey. Hibiki was first sold in 1989 to commemorate Suntory's 90th anniversary. This premium blended whiskey may be called the pinnacle of the Suntory portfolio.

If you like fine Whiskey's, or Tequilla, Vodka, Gin or Rum for that matter, why not pop in to store and have a look around?

 

Follow us on Twitter!Date published: 06/10/11

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The Store Tasting Counter?
New Arrivals and Great Offers?
Wine Courses?
Fine Wine Fridays?
General Staff Musings?

Then follow us now on: @majesticsum.


 

Unique Hand Crafted Liqueurs by The Chase Distillery, HerefordshireDate published: 26/07/11

We currently have three varietals of the Chase Liqueurs available to try on our tasting counter. They are genuinely outstanding products and are a real treat for any occasion. Perhaps drizzle the elderflower liqueur over some quality vanilla ice-cream for pure indulgence.
 

Chase Liqueur'sDate published: 16/07/11

Our monthly Spirit is the Chase Vodka as articled below. Now we also have the range of Chase Liqueur's to try! These are great as mixers, or just on their own. Come down and try something a bit different. 

English Potato VodkaDate published: 05/07/11

If your a fan of fine Vodka, we have the Chase English Potato Vodka available to try. This luxurious vodka is best served neat and chilled, allowing you to savor the velvety spirit which tastes of buttery mashed potatoes! It is made on a Herefordshire farm using traditional methods and it has won the accolade of 'Best Vodka in the World' in the San Francisco world spirits competition 2010.
 

Exciting One Time OpportunityDate published: 30/06/11

If you look through our news feed you will find a very interesting article regarding our "Fine Wine Plan". This is a fantastic way to build up a Fine Wine collection, in a affordable and convenient format. This alone is an appealing idea, however, tomorrow - for one day only - we will be giving everyone who joins a free bottle of Amarone Masi! Come down and take a look. Even if you don't sign up you can have a taste of a top Amarone by a great producer. Hope to see you then.

Fine Wine Plan - The simplest and most affordable way to build your fine wine cellar!Date published: 30/06/11

Majestic have recognised the fact that time constraints, hassle and the administration involved in owning fine wine can put off otherwise enthusiastic potential collectors.

So in partnership with our en primeur specialists Lay and Wheeler, The Majestic Fine Wine Plan has been introduced - the simplest and most affordable way to build your fine wine cellar.

The Financial price starts from as little as £50 a month, benefits of this include;

  • Access to knowledge and in depth expertise from a team of dedicated fine wine specialists.
  • Lay and Wheelers ability to access great, high demand wines en primeur
  • Plus you will gain full use of the perfect storage conditions, found in our industry leading Vinotheque
  • Free six bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009 - added immediately to your cellar when you sign up to a monthly direct debit of £100 or more
  • Regular great value offers - exclusive to Fine Wine Plan members
  • Free delivery - when you withdraw a case of wine anywhere in mainland UK
  • £25 worth of majestic vouchers at the end of the first year when you pay more than £50 a month into the plan
  • Online access to your fine wine collection

For more information then pop into the branch, call the Fine Wine Plan team on 01473 313330 or visit majestic.co.uk/finewineplan.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/06/11

This week I have chosen the Pouilly-Vinzelles 'En Paradis' 2009 by Louis Latour. This is an excellent example of a Mâconnais wine which displays stone fruit characteristics with subtle hints of honey. Try it with grilled tuna steak for a delightfully simple, but tasty supper.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 22/06/11

I have chosen the 'Chablis La Maladière 2009 William Fevre' as this week's 'Wine of the Week'. For those of you who appreciate an excellent Chablis, or for those of you who are keen to find out more about this elegantly crisp style from Burgundy, come down and give your taste buds a real treat!

Lanson Black Label NV at £19.99, Offer ends Monday 27th June!Date published: 22/06/11

At this amazing price, we have very limited stocks, so ring us before you pop in to ensure we still have some!

Wines of ChileDate published: 22/06/11

We have our 'Wines of Chile' tasting coming up this Friday 24th June to 30th June. Come in and sample what Chile has to offer with its dynamic climate, producing wines of varying styles and oustanding quality .

Fine Wine Friday June 3rdDate published: 29/04/11

Remember to pop in on the first Friday of June 3rd, where we will have Knol Gruner Veltliner

English Rose!Date published: 29/04/11

Come in and be amazed at how good the Chapel Down Rose is for only £6.99 when you buy two or more!

Majestic Wine CourseDate published: 26/02/11

We hold instore wine courses, this is very much an introduction to wine where you will be able to try an array of wines. It is an extremely enjoyable evening with some food matching thrown in for good measure!

If you would like to book on one of these courses then please contact us here in store on 01865 292987 or e-mail us sum@majestic.co.uk

   

Instore Tasting WeeksDate published: 27/01/11

4 - 10 February       New Wines from France

18 - 24 February     Wines of South Africa

4 - 10 March            Wines of Argentina

18 -21 March           Wines of Portugal

25 - 31 March          Wines of Spain

8 - 21 April               Easter Specials

Store Events(6)

Withy King Tasting

2 November 2017 (18:00 - 19:30)

Withy King Private Tasting

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Seasonal Showcase

28 September 2017 (18:00 - 19:30)

Come in and try a selection of our new Autumn Range. Free to attend, just RSVP!

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Wine and Food Matching Evening: The Basics

22 September 2017 (18:00 - 19:30)

Ever wondered how we recommend different wines for different dishes? Wanted to learn more about how to match wine with food? This great introductory course will go over the basics. You will get to try at least 8 wines on the evening, with some different food matches! Tickets are £10 and must be brought in advance of the evening.

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The Tasting Club: Masterclass

20 September 2017 (19:00 - 20:00)

Tasting at their restaurant

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The Tasting Club: Introduction To Wine

14 September 2017 (18:30 - 19:30)

Private Introduction to Tasting Course for auction winner Ben Curnow and friends

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The Tasting Club: Fine Wine Experience

1 September 2017 (18:00 - 19:30)

Champagne Tasting Ever wanted to try those £30+ champagnes but not wanted to part with the money? Now is your chance to try these fab fizzes all on one night! Ticketds are £20

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Store Tasting(8)

What we're tasting today...

Meet the team...

  • 1). Graeme Manager

    Having worked all across the Cotswolds, I have returned to manage the Summertown branch. I love love love my white burgundy, although my bank account doesnt! I'm also a big fan of Italian wine and it was a trip to Sardinia which ignited my passion for vino!
  • 2). Michael Senior Assistant Manager

    A wine lover of many years' pedigree, I enjoy Italian reds, French whites, and helping find the perfect wine for any event, even if it's just a glass in front of your favourite TV quiz.
  • 3). James Trainee Manager

    I have just joined the team here in Summertown having worked in hospitality for a while. I love my spirits and can always advise how to make a good cocktail.
  • 4). Neil Trainee Manager

    Having spent many years in the trade I am still excited about trying new wines and re-visiting old favourites. I have a particular interest in the wines of Italy and Austria. Sherry is a particular fave.
  • 6). Chris Trainee Manager

    Background in hospitality, huge passion for all things wine! Particularly fond of left bank Bordeaux. Recently acquired a new found love for aged Chardonnay. Look forward to discussing wine, spirits or beer matters in store soon!
  • 7). Lee Driver

    I'm the man you'll see dropping your wine off if you place an order online or instore. I'm a beer drinker at heart, but most of all I love setting off with a van full of wine.

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