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Tunbridge Wells

Contact Information
T: 01892 615877
F: 01892 615877
E: tun@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
319 St Johns Road
Tunbridge Wells
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(941)

25% off Italian Wine and Prosecco!!Date published: 11/07/17

Calling all Italian fans!! For one week and one week only we have 25% off all Italian wines and Prosecco!!!! 

That's right! Pop in to see us and grab yourself a bargain! What better time of year for a glass of Aperol Spritz! 

Give us a call in store on 01892 615877 for more details. Or visit www.majestic.co.uk 

Bollinger on offer - 1 week special! Date published: 14/06/17

Great news! Bollinger NV is on offer!

A legendary Champagne with unmistakeable class and now at a not-to-be-missed price for one week only!

Bollinger has created prestigious Champagnes with chatarcter, elegance and complexity since 1829. These outstanding wines are a result of rigorous attention to detail, for Bollinger accepts nothing less than excellene.

As a guarantee of supreme quality, the House lets its wines mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement. This is not out of vanity, but because such luxurious wine needs time to develop its full character. Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Until Monday 19th June you can get Bollinger NV for only £32.99 when you mix six or more bottles! If you would like to make the most of this deal then feel free to call us in store on 01892 615877 or order online at www.majestic.co.uk/tunbridge-wells 

You don't want to miss out!

World Gin Day Today!Date published: 10/06/17

Come get ginspired at Majestic Tunbridge Wells, where we are getting into the party spirit (pun intended) for world gin day. Today we have a store record amount of gin open for you to try before you buy, not to mention reds, whites, rose's, Champagne...and rum for those of you who are a bit gindifferent to our favourite spirit. 

Grab a glass, and join us for some sunny Saturday treats. 

Rosé - Taste of SummerDate published: 27/05/17

With the glorious weather we've had this week it already feels like Summer has arrived. And with the warm weather we have Rose in abundance!

Every week we will have at least one rosé open on our tasting counter to give you all a little inspiration. One new to our range is our fantastic Definition Rosé.

This classic Provence salmon-pink rosé is dry, crisp and delicate, with subtle fruit and herbal flavours coming through. Perfectly matched with fish and other light dishes or on it's own while your relaxing in the sunshine.

It's open to taste in store, so why not pop in and join us for a glass!

Gin Masterclass tasting!! - 7th JuneDate published: 14/05/17


Gin MasterclassTo celebrate World Gin Day, we are hosting a spectacular Gin fest in store. We will be opening several Gins from our fantastic range; including a mixture of classic styles, flavoured gin, local products and of course a few staff favourites.

Wednesday 7th June 18:30pm-20:30pmTickets: £10 per person (Each ticket will also double as a £10 voucher to spend on ANYTHING in store)

Give us a ring or pop in to store to buy your ticket! - 01892 615877

25% off Champagne! One week only! Date published: 11/05/17

For one week and one week only...Chapagne is 25% off! 

There are some absolute bargaisn to be had. Such as the Veuve Cliquot at just £29.99 when you mix 6! 

Pop in and see for yourselves! Don't miss out, offer ends Monday 15th 7pm.

New Spring offers! Date published: 28/04/17

NEW OFFERS – kickstart Spring with superb May offers on wines selected just for you! 

Whilst we’re convinced you’ll love these wines – don’t forget you’ll find plenty of other great offers at Majestic. 

Dive in – and when you find something great, don’t forget to rate it – we love to hear what you think about our wines! Prima Perla Grand Reserve Brut NV £13.99 Mix Six Price Save £3 £10.99 A delicate pale gold aromas of tropical fruit, toast and vanilla are immediately evident followed on the palate by ripe peach, apricot and toast flavours and a creamy texture.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG £13.99 Mix Six Price Save £4 £9.99 A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 07/04/17

Just to let you all know we will be closed on Easter Sunday so we can all celebrate to!

The opening hours for Easter weekend are as follows:

Easter Store Opening Hours::

Friday 14th April - 10AM - 8PM open as normal

Saturday 15th April 9AM - 7PM open as normal

Sunday 16th April CLOSED

Monday 17th April 10AM - 5PM bank holiday

Tuesday 18th April 10AM - 7PM open as normal

Ned at £6.99!!! Don't miss out!!Date published: 06/04/17

 Don't miss out on this amazing offer!! Mix 6 or more and The Ned is just £6.99!

Hurry! This week only... 25% off Rioja!!Date published: 14/03/17

Well we can't contain our excitement here in Tunbridge Wells!

25% off Rioja! Offr ends Monday, don't miss out there are some real bargains to be had! Including the GORGEOUS Vina Ardanza at just £17.99! (Hannah's favourite!)

Visit www.majestic.co.uk or give us a call on 01892 615877

Spring Showcase Tasting - 30th MarchDate published: 07/03/17

Calling all wine lovers!! Spring is here and with that comes one very exciting event! 

Our showcase evenings are so much fun! A fantastic oppertunity to try some gorgeous new wines, spirits and beers and get to know us a bit better. It is a free evening, all you need to do it grab a glass, wonder round and enjoy! The evening will kick off at 6pm till 8.30pm

To book a space please feel free to email us on tun@majestic.co.uk or give us a call on 01892 615877. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

HURRY! ONE WEEK ONLY FLASH SALE ON NOW!Date published: 23/02/17

You’ve just one week to SAVE up to 33% on favourites like Rioja Gran Reserva, New Zealand Sauvignon and more!

Rioja Gran Reserva 2008 Lagunilla £11.99 Mix Six £7.99 Gran Reserva at a fraction of the priceThis Gran Reserva spends 2 years in oak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release. A fine and elegant bouquet, full of trademark aged Rioja. A steal!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough £9.99Mix Six £6.99 £3 off a classic NZ Sauvignon Blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, this is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon. A rich tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs.

Peter Lehmann ‘Art & Soul’ Shiraz 2015 South Australia £9.99 Mix Six £6.99 SAVE 30% on velvet, rich Aussie Shriaz‘Art & Soul’ is what Australian Shiraz does best – deep red with a powerful bouquet of dark forest fruits with just a hint of chocolate. Rich with a velvety mouthfeel and a long soft finish.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC £11.99 Mix Six £7.99 SAVE 33% on the Perfect Prosecco Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy’s largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy’s largest Prosecco vineyards.

But hurry – all offers must end Monday midnight.

Champagne open today! Brush off the snow and get in!Date published: 11/02/17

It's another Sparkling Saturday in store at Majestic this weekend! Today we've popped open the Duval Leroy Blanc de Blancs 2005 Champagne! Part of our infamous WIGIG range (when it's gone it's gone), 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 crisp 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.  When it does make it to the UK this tasty little number is £50+ on the High Street.


It's that time again! 25% off Champagne!Date published: 09/02/17

Calling all fizz lovers!  At Majestic, dry January is well and truly over (not that we bother with that kind of misery anyway) and we're offering the good people of Tunbridge Wells Champagne at an even-more-super-price-than-usual for one week only.

Worth mentioning is a great price on LP Rosé, always the perfect choice for Valentines Day!

As usual, this Saturday (10th) we'll have a bottle of decent fizz open to taste, so pop in, say hello and have a stock-up!

Amazing Tasting Counter - for a special reasonDate published: 26/01/17

So the time has come, after 4 and half years in the company I have decided to spread my wings and take a punt on New Zealand. This weekend is my last at Majestic so I thought I would celebrate with giving all my lovely customers a treat on the tasting counter.

We have some new and exciting things open to taste, for example a Grenache and carignan blend from Montsant, a lesser known region in Spain, as well as a Sauvignon Gris from one of our top suppliers in New Zealand.

If that doesn't tempt you - we are having a Fine Wine Friday and opening something that has always intrigued me, but I have never got around to trying - Bella's Garden - one of the top wines from Two Hands, an exceptional Australian Producer

And of course - as it's my favourite - we will be having a Sparkling Saturday! Pop in and try some local fizz from Tenterden, no it's not champagne - but it's close enough!

Would be lovely to see you all and say goodbye this weekend, so do try and pop in.

Thank you!!


Porta 6 is on an incredible deal ONLY £6.99Date published: 15/01/17

Porta 6 is back on an incredible deal ONLY £6.99

Porta 6 has been one of our best-selling red wines and for good reason. You’ve tried it
and you get it. So we wanted to let you know Porta 6 is just £6.99 – but you’ll need to
grab this deal before we run out.

Don’t take our word for it!

James Martin from Saturday Morning Kitchen is in part to blame for how popular this wine
has become. He really did let the cat out of the bag.“It is one of the nicest reds I have
tasted in 10 years on the show. That is just spectacular,”said James after trying Porta
6. The rest was history (and we do mean history!).

Seriously! We sold out in 3 hours!

Porta 6 became an instant best-seller. In fact, it sold out in three hours and actually broke
our website.
However, this beauty was no one hit wine wonder – it continues to be a customer
favourite. But don’t just take James's word for it – 96% of your fellow Majestic
customers have awarded it our ‘buy it again’ rating.

Why it’s so damn good!

Porta 6 is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Castelão and hails from a wine
region outside of Lisbon called Lisboa. Touriga Nacional is an unsung hero grape from
Portugal that historically been used in Port wine, but more recently has been used to start
producing dry red wines from the country.
The grape has fantastic ageing potential (think Cabernet Sauvignon) and is more full-bodied. The other grapes used in the blend help to round out the tannins.

The result – a fragrant and juicy red wine that is supple, approachable, not too tannic and
balanced with delicious acidity. A little bit of spice and a little warmth is perfect for
warming cold winter nights.

Grab this favourite and you're winter ready. But HURRY – it has a habit of selling out.

Porta 6 2013/2015 Lisboa
Mix Six £6.99

Star of the Sale! - New Zealand Chardonnay..!Date published: 09/01/17

Hailing from the remote East Coast region of Gisborne, Tu Meke Chardonnay is New Zealand in a glass – and only £4.99 a bottle!

With its long sunshine hours, Gisborne is Mecca for Chardonnay lovers, producing wines with ripe tropical fruit and rounded textures redolent of the soft hills rolling down to the ocean.

In this dynamic region, a group of independent grape growers grew tired of seeing their hard work disappearing into the blends of massive wine brands. They decided to branch out and produce wine for themselves. 

At £4.99 it’s an absolute steal. 

Gisborne is where the Maori migratory waka Horouta first landed, and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769. The name, Tu Meke, reflects this history, while the wine itself tastes suitably sun-drenched. 

Packed with flavours of soft yellow fruits: peach, nectarine, citrus – it’s a glass of New Zealand summer-time in the depths of our British winter. 

At this price, you'll kick yourself if you miss out!

Tu Meke Chardonnay, Gisborne 2014
£7.49, Mix Six £4.99 

Happy 2017 from all of us at Tunbridge Wells!Date published: 02/01/17

A very Happy New Year from all of us at your favourite Tunbridge Wells wine store!

As we head into 2017, we've got everything to cater for your drinks needs.  If you're thinking of having a Dry January, before taking such drastic action, consider one of these fabulous Majestic alternatives:

Kent Dry Gin-uary, with Anno!  A local gin packed full of Kentish botanicals incuding hops and samphire; this is wonderful with Fever Tree Regular Tonic and a twist of lime. To buy, type 50896 into the search box.

Dry White Wine-uary, with our fantastic Parcel Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.  So secret that we're legally not allowed to tell you who makes it (they don't tell us poor store staff these things anyway), but the liquid inside normally retails at around £15, and is ultra impressive at £7.99 (mix-six price). To buy, type 37373 into the search box.

Asahi Super-Dry January, with our 24-for-£24 mega deal on everyone's favourite Japanese brew.  To buy, type 28647 in the search box.

OK, so you're dead set on a Proper Dry January. Not a problem. If you fancy a 'grown-up drink', why not try Belvoir Elderflower Cordial mixed with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic. Floral and refreshing, and a perfect alcohol-free pick-me-up after a hard day.

Don't forget your £10 vouchers too (if you were lucky enough to be handed one in December), they're valid until the 31st, use them in good time for your end-of-January stock-up.  Couple these with our January sale and the bargains are some of the best-ever!

See you soon!

New Years Eve is just around the corner...Date published: 28/12/16

Stock up with us, we are open until 5pm on New years eve to pick up all the goodies you need. 

Magnums of Champagne - We've got 'em

Cases of beer - we've got 'em

Mountains of prosecco - we've got it!

Don't forget we can deliver to you for FREE! So order online or call us on 01892 615877

Having a New Years Party - We have a great party service, including free glass hire, free chiller bin hire, supplying ice, as well as doing sale and return!

Click and Collect Orders - CALL US INSTORE!!Date published: 21/12/16


There is still plenty of time to collect orders from us - (a plenty of dleivery slots available) but please please call us at the store and don't place the order online!

We will definitely be able to help you! 

Call us on 01892 615877

Have a lovely Christmas! And enjoy some lovely wine on the day :)

Christmas Delivery Slots Still Available!Date published: 19/12/16

Need last minute gifts? Haven't stocked up the wine rack for the Christmas Period?

Never fear - Majestic Tunbridge Wells are here!! 

We still have lots of delivery slots still available, and we are delivering right up until Christmas Eve. 

Give us a call on 01892 615877 to place your christmas order now

Lay & Wheeler fine wines now available!Date published: 11/12/16


We’ve teamed up with our sister company, one of the finest traditional wine merchants, to bring you six of the very best examples of classic fine wines:

Bordeaux - Pauillac (a declassified very famous name)

Burgundy - Puligny-Montrachet

Rioja Gran Reserva


Brunello di Montalcino

Chablis 1er Cru

Perfect for a gift, or even better for the Christmas table!

£152 for the case of six 

All wines also available individually!

Champagne Fan? Date published: 06/12/16

Who doesn’t love Champagne? And with ALL CHAMPAGNES at least 25% OFF* you can treat yourself to Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot, Laurent–Perrier and more.


We have some fantastic festive offers THIS WEEK ONLY on ALL Champagnes including some of our most iconic producers – with savings of at least 25% off*. And with Christmas and New Year around the corner you’ll want to stock up!

*on champagnes up to the value of £100

Christmas & New Year opening hoursDate published: 05/12/16

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

Monday 5 - Friday 9 December: 9am - 8pm
Saturday 10 December: 9am - 7pm
Sunday 11 December: 10am - 5pm

Monday 12 - Friday 16 December: 9am - 8pm
Saturday 17 December: 9am - 8pm
Sunday 18 December: 10am - 5pm

Monday 19 - Friday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
Saturday 24 December: 9am - 5pm

Sunday 25 December: CLOSED
Monday 26 December: CLOSED

Tuesday 27 December: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 28 December: 10am - 7pm
Thursday 29 - Friday 30 December: 10am - 8pm
Saturday 31 December: 9am - 5pm

Sunday 1 January 2017: CLOSED
Monday 2 January 2017: 10am - 5pm

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

Hurry! The year’s best prices on Ned, Champagne, Châteauneuf & more!Date published: 29/11/16

Hurry! The year’s best prices on Ned, Champagne, Châteauneuf & more!

How’s this for a big splash for December! These are the Majestic Christmas Crackers.

They are the tip of the top – the pinnacle of their style or region. Wines that taste so good we couldn’t imagine our range without them. And for a limited time only – they’re all absolute steals too!

Here are a few to crack open…

Ned Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand @ £6.99

Macon Lugny Louis Latour, France @ £8.99

Chateneuf-du-Pape Capouliers, France @ £9.99


FLASH DEAL - Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc only £6.99Date published: 26/11/16

Offer Ends Monday!

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

£9.99 or £6.99 mix 6 price

Stock up now for Christmas!!

Tesco = £9.50

Waitrose = £9.50

Sainsbury’s = £10

Prices from mySupermarket.co.uk

8am 26/11/16

Treats on the tasting counter!Date published: 23/11/16

We have some delicious wine open for this week! 

A delightful selection of New Zealand sauvignons, ranging from the Ned at just £6.99 for this week only, to the top Saint Clair Sauvignon, a bargain at just £16.50.

Whites not your thing, come and try the infamous Vina Ardanza, a steal at just £17.99 until monday!

We hope to see you in store soon!! 

25% off New Zealand Sauvignon and Rioja! – Black Friday starts here!Date published: 22/11/16

25% off New Zealand Sauvignon and Rioja! – Black Friday starts here!

We know you love Rioja so make the most of this fantastic offer. And whilst you’re at it, why not stock up on some people pleasing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – with both at 25% off – there’s never been a better time to treat yourself!

This is a no-holds-barred offer. It’s on the whole lot. Grab yourself some weekday bargains or pop in a couple of bottles of something really, really special. Add them in with your mix-six or grab a case of something you love – the savings can be huge.

Planning a party or a very special gift? Now’s the time to get ’em!

It’s always worth digging a little deeper and we want you to discover even more. We’d love it if you can join us in-store to sample a great selection from both these ranges. Check out some of the best Rioja offerings below – you’re sure to enjoy.

Oh, and if you find a lower price elsewhere, we’ll match it!

If you find the same wine cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match that price for up to 6 bottles. Simple as that! Just mention the wine you want to match to one of our Wine Gurus in-store or give our Customer Happiness Team a call on 0345 605 676.

Porta 6 is back on an incredible deal ONLY £6.99Date published: 17/11/16

Porta 6 has been one of our best-selling red wines and for good reason. You’ve tried it and you get it. So we wanted to let you know Porta 6 is just £6.99 – but you’ll need to grab this deal before we run out.

Don’t take our word for it!

James Martin from Saturday Morning Kitchen is in part to blame for how popular this wine has become. He really did let the cat out of the bag.“It is one of the nicest reds I have tasted in 10 years on the show. That is just spectacular,”said James after trying Porta 6. The rest was history (and we do mean history!).

Seriously! We sold out in 3 hours!

Porta 6 became an instant best-seller. In fact, it sold out in three hours and actually broke our website.

However, this beauty was no one hit wine wonder – it continues to be a customer favourite. But don’t just take James's word for it – 96% of your fellow Majestic customers have awarded it our ‘buy it again’ rating.

Why it’s so damn good!

Porta 6 is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Castelão and hails from a wine region outside of Lisbon called Lisboa. Touriga Nacional is an unsung hero grape from Portugal that historically been used in Port wine, but more recently has been used to start producing dry red wines from the country.

The grape has fantastic ageing potential (think Cabernet Sauvignon) and is more full-bodied. The other grapes used in the blend help to round out the tannins.

The result – a fragrant and juicy red wine that is supple, approachable, not too tannic and balanced with delicious acidity. A little bit of spice and a little warmth is perfect for warming cold winter nights.

Grab this favourite and you're winter ready. But HURRY – it has a habit of selling out.

Porta 6 2013/2015 Lisboa 

Mix Six £6.99

TWO AMAZING OFFERS!!!Date published: 16/11/16

Our buyers have managed to secure 2 amazing offers for you, our lovelu customers.

1. Peroni is only £25 for a case of 24! Ideal for stocking up for all the Christmas get togethers

2. Porta 6 is only £6.99!! A customer favourite, and also loved by James Martin from Saturday Kitchen.

Pop in now and pick up these fantastic deals!

ALL Prosecco 25% offDate published: 15/11/16

We’ve taken a huge 25% or more off our brilliant range of Prosecco for a very limited time!

We know they must be out there somewhere; but we’ve never met a person whose face didn’t light up when given a cool flute of fizz. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on any face coming through your door!

Prosecco leads the popularity pack; fresh tasting, light, gently fizzy. But with popularity comes problems. And we’re a bit concerned.

We’ve started to notice the odd dodgy bottle sneaking into the UK. And we’re not alone. “I’m taking a stand against the cheap, plasticky Proseccos flooding our shelves” writes Matthew Jukes of the Daily Mail. Here’s his comment on La Gioiosa “I love this wine at the full price, and at a discount it’s even better”. 

Prosecco La Gioiosa Etamarosa NV DOC Treviso £11.99
Mix Six £7.99 
SAVE 33%

Laurent Perrier Vintage only £34.99Date published: 12/11/16

Deliciously rich, balanced vintage champagne from one of Champagne’s finest houses – at a special non-vintage price. Grab it before it’s gone.

WIGIG’s are fantastic wines at superb prices that just don’t stick around for long. This elegantly opulent Laurent-Perrier 2006, at just £34.99 (Mix 6), is no different.

Steered towards greatness by the enterprising former French Resistance fighter, Bernard de Nonancourt, Laurent-Perrier remains one of the very best Champagne Houses at retaining a distinct and elegant character across all its champagnes. The Brut Millésimé perfectly encapsulates the house style whilst communicating a fantastic vintage.

With every drop of this wine coming from Grand Cru vineyards and an aging process that lasted for over eight years the Brut Vintage 2006 is beguilingly complex. Layers of fruit and almond flavour marry with a lively, refreshing and perfectly balanced finish. It’s an impressive treat now, but you could happily keep back a few bottles (or cases!) to enjoy over the next five, even ten years. Be sure to stock up today.

First Time Ever - ALL Bordeaux wines 25% offDate published: 09/11/16

First Time Ever - ALL Bordeaux wines 25% off

Majestic customers are a savvy bunch. They know they’ll always find top quality Claret at honest prices with us. But this week, we’re able to go even further –offering 25% off selected wines in our Bordeaux range, for a limited time!

You know the story with Bordeaux. Merchants and producers trading on names and prestige with prices spiralling ever upwards. But there are still steals to be had; wines with a golden combo of value and quality. The Bordeaux Majestic are proud to stock. 

Now we’re going even further. From thoroughly enjoyable classics from £7.99 right up to the top dollar stuff. It’s easier to go up the price scale as we guarantee you’ll be saving. In Bordeaux that extra £ can go a long way – translating into depth, flavour or agreeability. Just pop any Bordeaux under £50 into your case of six and pocket the difference.

You’ll need to be quick though...This is the first time in the history of Majestic we’ve run this promotion on Bordeaux – so make the most of it while you can!

Fine Wine open to taste... As always!Date published: 05/11/16

Pop in to see us this weekend - Amarone and Champers open to taste! 

When Its Gone Its gone!Date published: 04/11/16

Sometimes good things DON’T come to those who wait.

WIGIG’s are what made Majestic famous – small parcels of really special wines brimming with quality, at fantastic prices that are just too good to miss. However, there’s not that much to go around. So you have to hurry because when they’re gone. They’re gone.

With that in mind, who’d like a warming Southern French rarity or an elegant, little–known Champagne born out of the fires of World War Two.

Brand New Shiny Tasting CounterDate published: 03/11/16

It's worth popping into Majestic Wine Tunbridge Wells this Weekend because of the dleights we have open for you.

Did I hear the word Amarone mentioned! I think so. We have a delicious bourgogne Chardonnay from one of my favouritu Burgundian producers - definitely worth over the pricetag. 

We have something for everyone, whether you love an Australian Riesling, or a Beaujolais. Pop in to sample it ASAP.

(And don't forget, we have 25% OFF ALL CHAMPAGNE!! Until Monday so Don't miss out!)

25% Off Champagne - ONE WEEK ONLY!Date published: 02/11/16

It’s no secret that Majestic customers know a thing or two about good Champagne and Champagne producers take you very seriously too.

That’s why there are always great choices on our shelves – and why this week only there’s 25% off everything (under £100 per bottle). 

There is no better time to stock up. With festive celebrations just around the corner (you can practically hear the corks popping) there are some simply ridiculous prices starting from £14.99 and you can make juicy savings on all the big names…

See some of the best offers below or get down to your local store, you’ll receive a warm welcome – and of course there’s always something open to try!

But pronto please – offers end 3pm Monday!

Shop online now www.majestic.co.uk/tunbridge-wells

'No Quibble' GuaranteeDate published: 28/10/16

'No Quibble' Guarantee

Here at Majestic, we pride ourselves on recommending great wines to our customers to suit all tastes & budgets. Regular customers will know that we always have a great wines open to taste everyday of the week.

If there is a wine that happens not to be open that we recommend, if you buy it, try it & it is not to your taste, then we have our 'No Quibble' guarantee which means you can buy something a little daring and different in complete confidence knowing that we'll refund you if your wine is not delicious, & help you find another wine that we think you'll love.

No Quibble. No Worries.

DRIVER/SALES ASSISTANT wanted this Christmas!Date published: 20/10/16


Majestic Wine are the UK's largest wine specialist and we are looking for lots of great Driver/Sales Assistants to help us deliver the very best customer service this Christmas!

The Driver/Sales Assistant role is to deliver stock to customers using a Company vehicle and to be a helpful member of the store retail team. A Driver/Sales Assistant should be aware that their responsibilities are to provide the highest possible levels of customer service, participate in work in the store whilst not making deliveries and be interested in furthering their knowledge of wine. Working as part of a close-knit retail team, the Driver/Sales Assistant role is crucial in delivering this customer service proposition and to the effective functioning of the retail team.


As a Driver/Sales Assistant at Majestic you will need to be hard working and happy to help out in all areas of the store and have at least 12 months driving experience. You will also need a high level of customer service and the ability to work well as part of a team. Good organisation skills are needed and the ability to work well under pressure. In essence we are looking for friendly, outgoing people who are prepared to go out of their way to deliver excellence.


Tunbridge Wells TN4 9XE


Part time 5 weeks, 22.5 hours pw, w/c 22nd November


Majestic Wine are an accredited Living Wage foundation employer paying £8.25 an hour 

Interested? Pop in store with your CV, email it along with a cover letter to tun@majestic.co.uk or call us on 01892 615877

Awesome value wines!Date published: 14/10/16

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

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

This Saturday 15th October - mark the date because...Date published: 11/10/16

...We'll have CHAMPERS open to taste again!  We really do look after you good folks of Tunbridge Wells.  We're celebrating the fact that we've got Heidsieck Gold Top 2009 on a cracking short-term deal, just £19.99 mix-six price.

Pop yourself down and give it a try this Saturday, 15th October!

Come and Taste some delicious wines with us!Date published: 06/10/16

Fresh and ready to go our tasting counter is stocked full of goodies - from great quality New zealand sauvignon blancs, to classic clarets. We will find something you love! 

Don't delay - pop in today!

Tasting counter new-ness!Date published: 29/09/16

Lots of brand new WIGIGs (our special on-off parcels: When It's Gone, It's Gone) open today, including the stunning Riccitelli Malbec at £19.99.

Drop whatever you're doing (unless of course you're carrying wine bottles in which case please don't) and get down to our store in St. John's Road, and try these limited availability beauties!

Macon Lugny and Cune Reserva Rioja at £8.99!Date published: 14/09/16

That's right folks! We have two of our best-selling, top notch wines on offer this week!

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £8.99 (mix any six)

The go-to for most of us - a very good introduction to Burgundy and fresh Chardonnay. Zesty, clean, yet with a good depth of flavour. Definitely interesting enough to have you coming back for more.

Cune Reserva Rioja - £8.99 (mix any six)

One of my favourite wines, made with love and pride by one of the oldest houses in Rioja. A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice.

This offer ends on Monday 19th September so what are you waiting for?!

September Showcase Tasting - 9th SeptemberDate published: 19/08/16

We have just announced new Tasting Event! Join us on Friday 9th September for our Seasonal Showcase.

We have selected some great new arrivals and we would like to share them with you.  We will have 15 - 20 wines open for you try, and as a bonus we are giving you and extra 10% off everything you buy on the night!! Dont miss out!

As a valued customer your presence is very important to us. We hope you enjoy the wines as much as we do.

Sign up today by calling 01892 615877, emailing tun@majestic.co.uk or visit us in Store.

We  look forward to seeing you there.

Yana, Dom, Tom, Pete, Nick and Keith

Summer Sale up to 50% off - Last Chance to BuyDate published: 18/08/16

Summer Sale up to 50% off - Last Chance to Buy

There are absolute gems this Summer Sale. 

Do not miss out it runs until 29th of August, so perfect to stock up for your Bank Holiday Weekend parties and BBQ's.

Some lines may not be shown on our website due to a low stock, so please do visit our store in Tunbridge wells

Limited stock availability!

Take a look at our new arrivals Date published: 11/08/16

We constantly trying to update our wine list at Majestic and introducing new producers or new products from our current producers we have been working for a long time.

A highlight from 'Inside The Bottle' August magazine:

Leeuwenkuil Shiraz 2014 13.5% £8.99 or £6.99 if you buy mixed six

Leeuwenkuil Chenin Blanc 2016 13% £8.99 or £6.99 if you buy mixed six

Willie Dreyer's forebears bought the Leeuwenkuil (pronounced lew-van-kale) estate back in 1851, but it's under his hard-working ownership, that the wines have flourished. Together with wife Emma, the Dreyers now produce first class varietals. They're big part of the buzz around Swartland as a wine region dubbed 'the new California' thanks to arrival of energetic young winemakers making exciting wines.

Try it this week at Majestic Wine Tunbridge Wells

bollinger only £29.99 until Monday!!!Date published: 29/07/16

Bollinger OFFER not to be missed! ONLY £29.99 saving you £12 per bottle!

Yes, that's right it is only £29.99 with your mix six offer. 

This is the leading market price that you cannot afford to miss.

Hurry up, it's valid until Monday 1st of August, so do not delay. 


It's Ned Weekend!!Date published: 20/07/16

The sun is shining - so what a perfect excuse to top up on those summer reds!

Running from now until Monday we have:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99*
The Ned Rose @ £7.99*
The Ned Pinot Grigio @ £7.99*
The Ned Pinot Noir @ £11.99*
The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc @ £10.99*

*when you buy any six wines or more.

With the good weather due back for Saturday, grab yours now whilst stocks last!


Best Prosecco Offers!Date published: 14/07/16

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!

An interesting fact: "Extra Dry" on your bottle of Prosecco means in fact off-dry, which is slightly sweetish. 

Come to the store and ask your personal Wine Guru for more interesting facts about wine, beers and spirits.

*when you buy mixed six bottles of wine or spirits

Prosecco Mania...25% off until Monday :)Date published: 14/07/16

Pop into store  today, and you'll find that we have 25% off our Prosecco range until Monday 18th July. We will also have a fair amount of it open to taste and enjoy.  

This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on your favourites and to get the drinks in for any upcoming parties and events. 

Awesome Summer OffersDate published: 07/07/16

The sun is finally starting to shine, so we have decided to have a week long special offer on some lovely wines!

Giesen Sauvignon is £6.99 

Jim Barry is £8.99

Heidsieck Bronze Top is £14.99

(When buying any 6 bottles from us) This offer is only on until Monday 11th July and I didn't want you to miss out!

The Giesen and Jim Barry are open to try on our tasting counter with some other tasty wines too, so why not pop along this weekend.

If you have no time to pop in, then give us a call on 01892 615877 or order online  and we can deliver free of charge.
We look forward to seeing you in store soon! :)

End of offers tasting counter open for business!Date published: 23/06/16

There's a very important vote happening today... No, not that one!  It is a vote for your favourite wine on our brand-spanking-new tasting counter. Everything is coming to the end of the special offer price, and are at purse-pleasingly promotional prices until Monday evening.

Click on the "Store Tasting" tab above this article for a sneak preview, then pop into store and taste, taste, taste.

And, unlike in the Referendum where you may not have decided, the choice here is as clear - much better to be in a Majestic than out!

25% off all New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/06/16

For this weekend only, we have a fantastic offer on all New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Pop in to store or order online and you'll save at least 25% off all your Kiwi lovers!

Lots open to taste on the Tasting Counter this weekend: 

Dogpoint Sauvignon @ £14.99 a bottle.

And this week's stand out deal is

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99 a bottle!  This is a great bargain; pop in and stock up for all your summer barbecues!

But hurry - this offer ends on Monday evening. - Thats Monday 13th June!!!

Majestic Summer Showcase 2016Date published: 06/05/16

Our annual summer showcase returns, with over 15 wines available to taste, including some fantastic new arrivals for summer, as well as guest appearances from a couple of local producers. There'll be plenty of nibbles, and an extra 10% off everything on the night!  

We have plenty of spaces left to book so RSVP now to confirm your place!

Sip of Sauvignon, anyone?Date published: 14/04/16

If there was ever a wine to describe Majestic Wine staff, it would be Mad House. Unfortunately however, such a wine does not exist so we're stuck with a cheekily tropical sipper known by the similar moniker of Mud House.

Mud House is Sauvignon Blanc from the most famous of New World regions, Marlborough in New Zealand. Relatively unknown until the 1980's, Marlborough has a fantastic climate for one of the great white wine grapes of the world. Typified by racing zestiness, crisp citrus fruit flavours and notes of passion fruit and pineapple, Mud House is the wine with which to welcome the Spring.

To cap it off, all through this bright and sunny week, Mud House is £6.49 (mix-six price), the lowest it's ever been since we introduced it in 2014.  Think of it as our way of jinxing the weather for you...

PAAANNIICCCCC! Porta6 #sillyprice ends today!Date published: 09/04/16

Time is running out for Porta 6 at the stonking price of £6.49 per bottle. Offer ends today - Monday 11th at 7pm in-store or 3pm online to be exact!

In Tunbridge Wells we've sold out! In fact we are currently holding minus 160 bottles!  This is because more is on the way in a week or two.  So, get in there and give me a call on 01892 615877 before 7pm or order online by 3pm.  This is a genuine £10 quality wine and so so so gluggable. 

Oyster Bay short-term offer!Date published: 31/03/16

Are you a fan of Oyster Bay Sauvignon?  Why yes - practically everybody is.  Good news for you - it's on offer at the cracking price of £7.49 (mix-six price) for a very limited period.  As if that wasn't enough, the Merlot is also on the same offer.

This is very much a 'fill-yer-boots' time, as we're on the latest 2015 vintage and the wine will keep happily all Summer.  If it lasts that long!

Stocks are depleting quickly so give your friendly Tunbridge Wells team a call on 01895 615877 to secure your cases.  The world really is your... *insert obvious pun here*

Eggs-actly what you need to be drinking (sorry)Date published: 23/03/16

It's that time of year again. Dom is at the keyboard and Easter is approaching, which means a shell-load of eggs-tremely tiresome puns. It's almost beyond a yolk.

Anyway! I just wanted to highlight a couple of really cracking (sorry) deals in-store over the weekend.  Some of these are the lowest price I've seen since I started at Majestic two years ago.  These are true Majestic favourites and it's always worth stocking up.

Louis Latour Macon Lugny - £8.99 (all mix-six prices). For those in the know this is an extraordinarily consistent white Burgundy at a bargain price. Perfect with Easter lunch and every other day of the year, thinking about it.

CUNE Reserva Rioja, 2011 - £8.99.  I've never seen this so cheap. It's a genuine £15-quality Rioja, lots of rich spicy rounded fruit, and a must with roast lamb.

Best snap up these while stocks last though, as we don't want any hot cross bunnies in the shop if someone else has poached (sorry) the last bottle!

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 23/03/16

Majestic Tunbridge Wells - Easter Opening Hours

Wednesday 23rd - 10am to 7pm
Maundy Thursday 24th March - 10am to 8pm
Good Friday 25th March - 10am to 8pm **Late night opening**
Saturday 26th March - 9am to 7pm
Easter Sunday 27th March - Closed
Easter Monday 28th March - 10am to 5pm
Tuesday onwards - our normal opening hours.

Delivery in time for Easter

Please be aware that delivery slots are filling up fast. If you'd like delivery please place your order online as soon as possible or call us on 01892 615877.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Peaceful Easter from all of us at Majestic Wine Tunbridge Wells!

Spring is here! Time for Marlborough Sauvignon!Date published: 08/03/16

Finally it's getting warmer and sunnier (apologies for just jinxing it for everybody), the daffodils are out and thoughts turn to a nice chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc to welcome in the Spring.

At Majestic we've got just the thing, Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is down to just £6.99 for a limited period. That's about the lowest you'll find this fantastic little drop for.  On top of that we also offer FREE DELIVERY on all orders of six bottles or more - our friendly driver Keith will be round with your wine before you can get the glasses ready.

Drop us a line on 01892 615877 or follow this link https://www.majestic.co.uk/Giesen-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37010

Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 04/12/15

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

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

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

Need sparkle in your Christmas? Roederer for £24.99!Date published: 03/12/15

It's that time of year when the nights have drawn in and the a little fizz needs to be injected into our lives!

Whether you're enjoying a glass of fizz in front of a roaring fire or stocking up for Christmas, the elegant Louis Roederer Brut Premier is just the ticket.  Not at all a million miles away from Roederer's £150 de-luxe Cuveé, Cristal, in terms of quality, Brut Premier is a classy bottle indeed.

This weekend (from today until Monday) we have a super-special deal where this Champagne is just £24.99 when you mix six bottles around the shop.  Down from £37.50 full price!

Stocks are limited and we expect to sell out so call us now on 01892 615877 to reserve your case, or even better, pop in and taste your way to Christmas with Majestic Tunbridge Wells.

Look forward to seeing you in-store this weekend!

Le Volte dell' Ornellaia - a Super Tuscan to lay downDate published: 12/09/15

If you are looking for a powerful, structured red wine to lay down this really fits the bill, and for under £20.

It's a Merlot, Sangiovese blend with a dash of Cabernet from one of the original Super Tuscans and indeed one of the most respected estates in Italy. Ornellaia was brought to fame by Lodovico Antinori and the top wine sells for hundreds of pounds a bottle so this is a relative bargain for a red of this pedigree.

Aged for ten months in older barriques it lends more than a nod to its Bordeaux rivals with its dense black fruit, firm structure and a touch of spice. If you wanted to drink it now I'd pair it with venison or other meaty casseroles but it would certainly benefit from another five to ten years in bottle if you can find a cool place to stash it.

£19 down from £24 when you buy two or more bottles in the Fine Wine Offer

Fine Wine Encounter DetailsDate published: 01/09/15

Our first Fine Wine Encounter will take place on Thursday 17th September, to tie in with Kelly’s last day here before she jets off to Australia!

We’re super excited about this new event and hope that we can get lots of you signed up to it in order to make it a success and ensure we can host these events again. The idea is to crack open some fine wines and show you why they’re worth the extra money. We’re passionate about our range of fine wines and this is the perfect opportunity to showcase what we have to offer, as well as hopefully convincing you that sometimes no occasion is necessary to splash out on a fine wine - opening and drinking such a tasty bottle is reason enough!

Down to the nitty gritty: tickets are £20 and booking is necessary. You will, however, receive a £20 voucher to spend on the night as well as getting to taste some great wines. Sounds like a perfect evening don’t you think?!

Best of the BIn End's - Tom's PickDate published: 22/08/15

Best of the Bin Ends - Tom’s Pick

Whilst hunting through our wonderful selection of Bin End wines I came across this beauty, a Spanish red, Corimbo 2011.

A project by Bodegas Roda, one of Rioja's leading wineries, to make a top quality modern Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero - an area known for top quality wines and named 2012 wine region of the year. Following four years of research, the La Horra vineyards were identified as Roda's chosen Duero site, and Corimbo was first produced here in 2008. The wine is a dense and multi-layered wine, crammed with black fruit and accented with notes of sweet spice, toast and floral aromas. It is a intense, fairly full-bodied wine and will absolutely stand the test of time - developing nicely over the next 5 years or more!

An absolute corker at £16.66 when you buy 2 or more from our Bin End sale. It’s certainly going straight in my basket!

Best of the Bin Ends - Kelly's Pick Date published: 21/08/15

So my pick of the bin ends comes from Chile - the Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon.

From the Maipo valley, close to Santiago, the grapes are sourced from hillside vineyards where the terrain is hard and ensures lower grape yields. This means the grapes are packed with flavour and create an intense and juicy wine. The classic Cabernet flavours of blackcurrant and plum come through beautifully in this wine, as well as some toasty notes from some time spent in oak. The tannins are meaty yet well integrated, making this a perfect food wine. Think steak or herby barbecued ribs. Alternatively, the Penalolen is the perfect accompaniment for an impressive cheese board!

This is an absolute bargain at £8.65 and worth every penny. Grab a bottle today and remember our ‘no quibble’ guarantee - if you don’t like it, we’ll refund the bottle and replace it with something else that you might like!  

Opening Hours Sunday 23rd AugustDate published: 21/08/15

Opening hours this Sunday will be 10AM-3PM. This is a change from our usual Sunday hours of 10AM-5PM. Normal hours will resume next week.

Buyers Choice: Villa Nueva TorrontesDate published: 01/08/15

Our Buyer's choice this week is the Villa Nueva Torrontes. New to our range, it's about time that we introduced our customers to Argentina's signature white grape variety; Torrontes. If you haven't tried it before, you absolutely should as it's quite unusual. Full of light fruit flavours such as lychee, peach and citrus, along with floral hints, it's refreshing and zesty.

Easy drinking so perfect on its own, but also great with asian dishes - maybe some chilli and lime prawns? 

Open to taste right now and only £5.99! Bargain! 

It's #sparklingsaturday !Date published: 25/07/15

This week we’re treating our customers to 2 different sparklers to try instore - the Oyster Bay Brut and the Oyster Bay Rosé.

I’m sure everyone has tried, or at least heard of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc (which, by the way, is on offer at £7.99 for this weekend only!), but it’s about time we introduced you all to their fizz.

The Brut is made in a ‘blanc de blancs’ style from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which have been specially selected for their flavour intensity giving the wine an impressive fruitiness, with flavours of citrus, and peach. The bubbles are lively and the overall character of the wine is refreshing and elegant. A must try at £9.99!

The Rosé is a wonderful marriage of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The pinot noir gives a subtle pink colour to the wine, as well delicate red berry flavours of cherry and strawberry. Again, the finish is refreshing and crisp and this really is a great example of what can be produced using Champagne grape varieties elsewhere in the world. Only £9.99 so a real bargain!

33% off ALL NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANCDate published: 23/07/15

It has happened again !

 From Thursday 23rd to 20:00 on Monday 27th ALL New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has been discounted by 33% at all Majestic Wine Warehouses. This does not happen very often so we all use these weekends as the perfect opportunity to stock up. My personal favourites from this weekend's offers include:

 Ned Sauvignon Blanc down to £7.10 per bottle from £10.65 *

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc down to £7.99 per bottle from £11.99 *

Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc down to £8.66 per bottle from £12.99 *

I know most of us will be, but maybe you could be tempted to treat yourself with some hugely discounted fine wine such as: 

Saint Claire Reserve down from £25.00 to just £16.66 *

Jackson Estate 'Grey Ghost' down from £22.50 to just £14.99 *and 

Te Mata Cape Crest (my personal favourite) down to just £14.66last month this was £23.00 per bottle, so huge savings to be made. 

Take advantage of these bargains this weekend and enjoy an upgrade in wine for the same price as normal. Please call us in store on 01892 615877, order online or simply pop in store and see us for a recommendation and a laugh !

Many Thanks and best wishes
Your Tunbridge Wells Team !

Third off ALL prosecco this weekend!Date published: 17/07/15

Celebrate this weekend with some fizz - we have all Prosecco on 33% off for this weekend only!

We’re opening the staff favourite - La Marca Cuvee - tomorrow to start the weekend with a bang (or should I say pop?!) It’s a classy and elegant style of prosecco with lovely flavours of pear drops and apricot. It’s the perfect aperitif at only £9.99!

If you want to try something new, why not get a bottle of Aperol? It’s the summer cocktail of Italy - just mix with Prosecco and a slice of orange, find somewhere to sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy!

Soffio No.3 Prosecco - Cheaper than ever !Date published: 13/07/15


A superb value Prosecco made by the Pizzolo family, one of the north of Italy's archetypal family businesses, run by four brothers from a facility close to Lake Garda. This wine is made using the Charmat method, in which it is rendered sparkling prior to bottling.


Apple and pear flavours predominate, while subtle notes of freshly cut flowers lift the nose. Soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style.


Enjoy on its own or with anything from seafood to simple chicken dishes.

Soffio No.3 Prosecco now just £6.49 per bottle when you buy 2 or more from our 33% range

Minimum purchase 6 Bottles in total

Wine of the Week: Magellan Pinot NoirDate published: 03/07/15

The Magellan Pinot Noir is a great summer wine. Light and fresh with aromas of red berries and roses, and flavours of red berries, 
cherries, liquorice and spice. The wine is wonderfully soft and silky and cracking value at only £8.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from the 25% off promotion. 

This wine comes from a relatively young producer. The vineyards were purchased from its previous owner in 1999 by Bruno Lafon and his sister Sylvie Legros. Their brother, Dominique oversees the famous Burgundian estate Comtes Lafon. Bruno and Sylvie both left the wine industry for a while but decided to return and set up in the Côtes de Thongue in the Languedoc. The name of the winery is taken from the village of Magalas, where the winery is located.

Though they haven't been producing wine for too long, there's a lot of potential here; great terrior and vineyards as well as benefiting from the slightly relaxed rules of the Languedoc region.  This affords winemakers the opportunity to experiment and innovate. The result is a great value and super tasty wine that will go incredibly well with summery dishes and nice warm evening out on the patio! 

Come try it now! 

Wine of the Week: Château La Sauvageonne Rosé, Languedoc, FranceDate published: 25/06/15

Wine of the Week: Château La Sauvageonne Rosé, Languedoc, France

La Sauvageonne: La Sauvageonne translates into English as wild woman! The story is not quite what you may think. La Sauvageonne references the untamed and breath­taking volcanic terraces that the Château overlooks.The land is key to the wine. The volcanic influence along with the chalky and clay soils create fantastic growing conditions for vines to produce very good quality grapes.

Gérard Bertrand:La Sauvageonne is the most recent acquisition of Gérard Bertrand, former French rugby player and accomplished winemaker, who won Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge awards in 2012. Since taking over the Château in 2011 Gérard and his team have worked hard and were awarded biodynamic status for the wine in 2013.

What is the wine like? La Sauvageonne is made with the utmost care. Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah are fermented separately and some of the wine is allowed to spend time resting on it lees (the yeast used in fermentation, which adds body and flavour) before a final wine is 
blended. It is light pink in colour with flavours of red fruit, with lovely aromas of roses and violets, with a hint of gingerbread. It is a wine of exceptional quality.

Majestic price = £12.99

Beer of the Week - Paulaner Wheat BeerDate published: 24/06/15

Beer Of The Week: Paulaner Wheat Beer, Germany

Paulaner’s Hefe­Weißbier is the No.1 wheat beer in Germany and one of the world’s favourites. 

History: The name of the Paulaner brewery derives from an order of monks ­ the order of Saint Francis of Paola.The monks started brewing in 1634 and were only allowed to sell their beer on particular holidays. The order eventually disbanded and commercial brewing started in the old brewery in 1799.

Style:The beer may always look cloudy, but this is something that Paulaner have strived to achieve and for which they are very proud. The cloudiness is caused by yeast being suspended within the beer. The suspension of the yeast guarantees the uniform appearance, high quality and unique taste of the beer. The colour of the beer comes from a special mix of the four different malts that are used in the beer 
making process.

Flavour: Paulaner’s Hefe­Weißbier is a complex beer full of flavour. The beer has a yeasty aroma and connoisseurs might detect flavours of banana, mango and pineapple whilst enjoying the balance of sweet and bitter.

£22.99 buy 2 save £6 = £19.99

New Arrival: Chateau Saint Jean Chardonnay 2013, North Coast - CaliforniaDate published: 22/06/15

New Arrival: Chateau Saint Jean Chardonnay 2013, North Coast - California

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

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

Match this with creamy parmesan rich risotto or buttery roast chicken.

New Arrival: Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise 2013, Paso RoblesDate published: 20/06/15

New Arrival: Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise 2013, Paso Robles

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

Purple Paradise has a rich dark colour and intense smoky, vanilla, cherry, chocolate and spice flavours. The tannins are soft and the acidity balanced in this delicious wine.

Enjoy with richly flavoured meat dishes from burgers and steaks to beef and game stews.

Father's Day WinesDate published: 15/06/15

If you are stuck for ideas for Father's Day, we are here to offer help....

You could get him some gift vouchers so that he can choose his own wine; or we could put together a mixed gift- box of 6 for you. If you can't stretch to 6, we can show you our whisky range and you can keep the 5 wines for yourself. Or perhaps he's more of  a beer man - if so we have a fantastic range of ales and lagers, particularly some exciting craft ones. So you see, there's plenty of inspiration here at Majestic when it comes to treating your old man next Sunday!

Beer Of The Week: Hawthorn Pale AleDate published: 12/06/15

Beer Of The WEEK: Hawthorn Pale Ale

The Hawthorn Brewery came to the attention of our buyer, Matt Pym when they won the prestigious title of “Supreme Champion Brewer” at the International Beer Challenge in London; an award that encompasses breweries from over 30 countries.

Award winning beer! Recent awards include:
2015 – Silver Medal, Australian International Beer Awards
2014 ­ Silver Medal, Australian Craft Beer Association Awards
2014 ­ Silver Medal, International Beer Challenge, London
2014 ­ Bronze Medal, Australian International Beer Awards

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

£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99

Wine Of The Week: Ben Marco Malbec 2013 Dominio del Plata, MendozaDate published: 11/06/15

Wine Of The Week: Ben Marco Malbec 2013 Dominio del Plata, Mendoza

Tell me about this wine...?

This wine is from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes. It’s a real expression of dedication to viticulture and winemaking, with a real focus on freshness. 

What does it taste like...?

It’s full bodied and concentrated with aromas of vanilla, ripe red fruits and roasted coffee beans. Smooth and well balanced.

What’s it great with...?
Barbequed/grilled/roasted red meats, strong cheeses and meat-based pasta dishes. 

Our own customers gave this wine 4/5 as part of our online reviews! Read the reviews at www.majestic.co.uk and search ‘Ben Marco’.

£17.99 buy 2 save 33% = £11.98

Top 3 Picks of Current Deals!Date published: 08/06/15

Top 3 Picks of Current Deals!

(all prices based on buying 2 or more third off wines as part of your box)

1) Ned Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) £7.99

Gooseberry, elderflower and freshly-cut grass

2) Riscal Reserva Rioja (Spain) - £9.99

Strawberry jam, leather and vanilla

3) Vina Sol (Spain)- £4.99

Perfect citrus quaff for a BBQ

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel Date published: 07/06/15

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

Only £7.99 when mixed with another wine from our 33% off range!

New to the Range: Laurernt Miquel AlbarinoDate published: 04/06/15

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

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

What's more...it's 25% off!

Beer of the Week - Extra Blond Vedett ­ Date published: 04/06/15

Beer of the Week - Extra Blond Vedett ­ 

History:  ­A Belgian beer brand with a somewhat different attitude.The Duvel Moorgat Brewery was founded in 1871 by the Duvel Moorgat family.
Vedett was created in 1945 by Albert Moorgat. It’s a pilsner style beer. There are now a range of Vedett beers from the Brewery, so the original Vedett was renamed Extra Blond Vedett. The range also boasts Extra Ordinary IPA and Extra White.

Current day:Even though the beer is 70 years old, it has a contemporary vibe. Visit www.vedett.com to upload a photo and the image 
may appear on a label. This label could be produced at any time and sold anywhere in the world, so who knows, if you do upload your photograph, you may be on holiday in the future, order a Vedett and be presented with a bottle with your face on it!

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

£12.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £9.99

Wine of The Week: Aglianico Del Vulture ­ ItalyDate published: 04/06/15

Wine Of The Week: Aglianico Del Vulture ­ Italy

Nestling in central south Italy, roughly halfway between Naples and Bari, is the town of Venosa. The rich volcanic soils that surround it provide the perfect growing conditions for the grape Aglianico. Aglianico may not be the most well­known of Italian grapes, but perhaps it should be. There is a long history of grape growing in the region dating back to at least Roman times. Aglianico wines have been referred to as “the Barolo of the south” which is very high praise indeed.

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

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

£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store: Cormack & Co Chardonnay 2014Date published: 03/06/15

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store: Cormack & Co Chardonnay 2014

Buy any 2 third off wines as part of your box = £7.99 from £11.99

Grapes from Adelaide Hills in South Australia are harvested in the early morning before a fast fermentation with minimal oxygen contact 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.

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

New to the Tasting Counter: Puligny-Montrachet 2013 Domaine Chanzy!Date published: 30/05/15

This young domaine was only founded in 1974 but now holds 32 hectares accross Burgundy. Vinification is traditional but using modern technology ensures that quality is maintained. The wine is aged for 10 months in oak barrels, 20% of which are new, plus 4 months in steel tanks before bottling. We have managed to secure a small parcel of this wine which has elegant aromas of blossom, citrus and toast and flavours of lemon, toast and almonds. The finish is long and defined and the acidity well balanced.

Beer Of The Week - Hawthorn PilsnerDate published: 28/05/15

Hawthorn Pilsner

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

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

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

£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99

Wine Of The Week - Vacqueyras “Les Hauts De La Ponche” Domaine Font Sarade Date published: 28/05/15

Vacqueyras “Les Hauts De La Ponche” Domaine Font Sarade 

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

Domaine Font Sarade

“All my efforts are focused on a single aim: to make ever better 
wine by continuing to use the traditional techniques that draw 
on what I have learned from my predecessors”.
Bernard Burles, Owner and Winemaker ­ Domaine Font Sarade

The vineyard lies just to the north of Vacqueyras on the plateau 
De La Ponche. The 18 hectare site produces wine with a 
strong tannic structure, making the wine ideal for ageing.

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

£19.99 buy 2 save 25% = £14.99

New To The Range: La Croix St Vincent Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Entre-Deux-MersDate published: 27/05/15

New To The Range: La Croix St Vincent Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Entre-Deux-Mers

Buy any 2 or more 25% off wines as part of your box = £7.49 from £9.99

From Entre-Deux-Mers which literally means between two seas, but is in fact a tract of land between the Graonne and Dordogne rivers forming a sub-region of Bordeaux. The grapes are selected from parcels within the region. Skin contact is used to maximise the fruit aromas.

An attractive straw colour, this wine has aromas and flavours of citrus, green apple and gooseberry. Well balanced with a refreshing acidity and a clean finish.

Enjoyable with all types of seafood, this wine will work especially well with spicy or Thai inspired dishes.

New To The Range: Passimento BiancoDate published: 24/05/15

New To The Range: Passimento Bianco

Grape: Garganega

OriginMade from grapes grown in the heart of Valpolicella in the Province of Verona the Garganega grapes are initially dried before vinification. During the drying process the grapes lose 20-30% of their weight concentrating the sugars giving a rich, smooth wine.

TasteIntense tropical and peach flavours. This wine is refreshing yet powerful; buttery yet refreshing with a lingering finish.

Enjoy:This unusual wine will match with all sorts of foods from pungent cheese to buttery chicken and fish dishes.

Price: Save 25%, reduced from £11.99 to £8.99 a bottle.

New to the Range: Hey Malbec!Date published: 23/05/15

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

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

What's more, it's only £9.99 down from £14.99!

Beer of the Week - CoopersDate published: 20/05/15

Coopers Pale Ale 

Where it all began The history of Coopers is not what you might expect. Thomas Cooper had worked as a  cobbler, a stonemason and a dairyman. In 1862 he made his first batch of beer as a  tonic for his ailing wife Ann.  He subsequently wrote to his brother in 1864 stating: “...we use only malt and hops, consequently, ours (beer) being pure,  the doctors recommend it to all their patients”  Whilst we are not recommending the Pale Ale as any sort of health  tonic, we do think it is rather tasty! Thomas Cooper then went on to establish his own brewery.  Coopers Pale Ale The Pale Ale is not the original beer brewed by Thomas Cooper. It is  fruity and floral and is finding a niche with a new generation of ale  drinkers. Coopers only use the finest raw ingredients and traditional brewing  techniques. The result of which is a clean, pure beer. Why buy this beer There are many Australian beers available within the UK market, but few have the  history and quality of Coopers. It is a fresh, fruity beer, which is light in style, making it  ideal for the summer. So, how much does it cost...? 

£15.99 for a case

Wine of the Week - Ferrandière Riesling ­ Pays D’Oc Date published: 20/05/15

Ferrandière Riesling ­ Pays D’Oc 

Available to taste! 

 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

Free Summer Tasting THIS FRIDAY - 18:00 - 20:30 PM!!!Date published: 19/05/15

At least 12 wines open for you to try. Twice a year, we open late for large, informal evenings tasting the most exciting new wines we have in store. There will also be some lovely snacks to nibble on!

Please RSVP to confirm your place!!

Provence Rose Tasting Week!Date published: 15/05/15

Provence Rose Tasting Week!

Come in and join us during our usual opening hours this week and we will have a large selection of Provence Roses open for you to try. Pale, crisp and dry and perfect for the Summer months, roses from this region are all the rage! Here are my top 3 picks:

Minuty £9.99 (when you buy any 2 or more 33% off wines as part of your case)

A Tunbridge Wells favourite, this comes bottled in the classic Provence, tulip shaped flute. Exceptionally delicate with hints of rose and honeysuckle

Peyrassol £ 9.74 (when you buy any 2 or more 25% off wines as part of your case)

Strawberries and cream in a glass!

Vallee des Pins £7.49 (when you buy any 2 or more 25% off wines as part of your case)

This wine takes on the herbaceous 'pine-like' character of the pine valley, backed up by plush raspberry fruit, sherbet and candy-floss


#WOTW Viña Mayu Dry Pedro XimenezDate published: 14/05/15

#WOTW - Viña Mayu Dry Pedro Ximenez

Available to taste!

Who’s Pedro Ximenez...? It’s not a man, it’s a grape variety! 

There are many theories about the origin of the name: 
● A Spanish soldier named Pedro Ximen or a Catholic 
Cardinal named Ximenès who originally transported the 
grapes from the Canary Islands and Madeira to the 
Spanish mainland.
● The village of Jiménez in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, where 
the grapes may have derived from. 
● As Ximénez and Jiménez are common surnames in 
Iberia, another theory is that the grape was named after 
a notable vintner who helped propagate the variety in 
the region.
Pedro Ximenez (aka PX) is Spanish grape variety. It’s mainly 
famous for producing Spain's rich dessert sherries, but also in 
Chile as the basis of pisco, the local brandy. 
It’s a diverse grape which is also capable of being crafted into 
an intriguingly aromatic and crisp dry white, as this example 
The wine is really refreshing and zingy. It has citrusy flavours, 
particularly lemon and lime, and a crisp fruity aroma. Enjoy with 
mussels cooked in white wine (it wouldn’t work with a cream 
Why should I buy it...?
The perfect tipple for summer garden drinking!

£10.49 buy 2 save 33% = £6.99

New Arrival: Mas Du Colombel 2013, FaugeresDate published: 13/05/15

New Arrival: Mas Du Colombel 2013, Faugeres

Buy any 2 or more 25% off wines as part of your box = £8.99 from £11.99

This top quality red is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan. The grapes come from top quality vineyards in the southern part of Faugeres, which enjoy a south-facing aspect, enabling production of wonderfully ripe, intense reds. This wine is aged without oak to preserve maximum fruit expression.

A sweetly spiced nose of ripe blackberry gives way to a fleshy, powerful palate with more lush, cassis-like fruit and ample tannins, providing a satisfyingly mouth-filling experience.

Perfect with spicy sausages served with garlic mash.

Back into store! Chateau Greysac 2008, Medoc, Cru BourgeoisDate published: 12/05/15

Back in store..that old favourite ...

Chateau Greysac 2008, Medoc, Cru Bourgeois

Buy any 2 or more third off wines as part of your box = £9.99 from £14.99

Situated in a gravel estuary in the hamlet of By in the Medoc, Chateau Greysac produces elegant, seductive clarets at excellent prices. The Cru Bourgeois classification represent the only classification of the Medoc since the famous 1855.

This blend is predominant in Cabernet Franc, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. There are aromas of classic cassis, black cherry, plum, vanilla and spice. a medium body consisting of ripe currants, tobacco and juicy plums, fine tannins, elegantly balanced fruits, and a lingering finish.

A young claret that, despite a long future ahead of it, can be drunk now with a steak, Beef Wellington, filet mignons or gamebirds

SPARKLING SATURDAY:La Gioiosa ProseccoDate published: 09/05/15

Who loves Prosecco?...

 We all love Prosecco! 

That's why we have 33% off our entire range this weekend and we have even opened a bottle for you all to taste. Its my personal favourite right now at £7.99 - La Gioiosa! You can be sure of its quality as it is produced in Treviso DOC where they have very special alluvial soil mainly associated with Italy. 

It is a very light straw yellow with tiny persistent bubbles that glide down like a dream on a sunny afternoon. Ideal for a party or BBQ however the Italians believe Prosecco is a wine for everyday, not just a celebration and at this price why not crack open the fizz more often?! 

Super fruity and flowery, this wine has ripe golden apple flavour and a wonderful floral touch. 

If fresh and flavoursome is what you want then this is the one for you! 

33% Off All Proseccos - just for the weekend!Date published: 08/05/15

Just For The Weekend: Third off all Proseccos!

Here are our top 3 staff recommendations:

1) Soffio Prosecco - £6.66

2) Giosa Prosecco - £7.99

3) Salatin Prosecco - £8.66

We will even have some open to taste tomorrow #SparklingSaturday

Wines Of The Week: Bienbebido Pulpo y Bienbebido Queso - SpainDate published: 07/05/15

Bienbebido Pulpo y Bienbebido Queso - Spain

Available to taste!

What is Bienbebido…

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

The inspiration...

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

Join in the fun...

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

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

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Summer Wine Evening Friday 22nd MayDate published: 06/05/15

It is that time of year again! Come and join us in store for our Summer wine evening. It is a fantastic evening and a chance for you to try some of our wines that you might not have tried before! 

Not only will we be opening some GORGEOUS wines for you all to try...for one night only if you choose to make a purchase you will receive a further 10% off your order! 

It is on the 22nd May and starts at 6:30pm and will be a perfect way to end the working week.  It does fill up fast however,  so if you would like to reserve your places feel free to give us a call in store on 01892 615877 or by emailing tun@majestic.co.uk or even pop in and see us!! 

We look forward to seeing you all!

NEW ARRIVAL: Haut Vol Rose 2014, Pays d'OcDate published: 05/05/15

NEW ARRIVAL: Haut Vol Rose 2014, Pays d'Oc

Buy any 2 or more third off wines as part of your mixed 6 bottle case = £6.66 from £9.99

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

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

Perfect for your summer barbecue, pairing well with grilled meats or dressed salads.

A-Z of Fine Wine: WDate published: 04/05/15

William Fevre, Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2012 

The premier cru area of Vaillons covers 104 hectares of vineyards on the left bank of the Serein river. In addition to a wine made from their own 'domaine' vineyards in Vaillons, William Fevre make this wine from fruit supplied by other growers in the area.

Well-structured, classically styled Chablis, offering a crisp citrus fruit backbone, hints of white flowers on the nose, and subtly nutty influence from partial fermentation in old oak barrels.

£28.00 down from £33.00 on the fine wine deal. Now that really is fine...

NEW ARRIVAL - Haut Poitou Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Pierre SauvionDate published: 04/05/15

NEW ARRIVAL - Haut Poitou Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Pierre Sauvion

Buy any 2 or more third off wines as part of your 6 bottle case = £6.66 from £9.99

Covering an area in the north of Poitiers, in the southeastern part of the Loire, Haut Poitou has been a well known wine-making territory for centuries, but was created an AOC as recently as 2011 as a result of its wines' notable levels of quality.

A crisp, dry and well structured white reminiscent of the classic Sauvignons of the central Loire valley. full of incisive citrus fruit character, lifted herbaceous aromatics and cleansing acidity.

Drink with fresh seafood.

NEW ARRIVAL: Maretti Langhe Rosso 2013, DOCDate published: 02/05/15

NEW ARRIVAL: Maretti Langhe Rosso 2013, DOC

Buy any 2 or more 25% off wines as part of your box= £8.99 from £11.99

The Langhe region effectively covers the hilly area surrounding Piedmont's greatest wine-producing appellations. This red is a blend of 70% Barbera and 30% Nebbiolo, sourced from vineyards in the Barbaresco and Barolo production areas.

A deep crimson wine with an expressive nose of ripe red cherries, nuanced with subtle dried herb, forest floor and anise notes. Medium-bodied with supple raspberry and plum flavours and fine tannins.

Drink now with richly flavoured Italian cuisine.

NEW ARRIVAL: Bienbebido Pulpo Albarino 2014Date published: 01/05/15

NEW ARRIVAL: Bienbebido Pulpo Albarino 2014

Buy any 2 or more third off wines as part of your mixed case = £6.66 from £9.99

Perhaps unsurprisingly given the seafood-rich gastronomy of Spain's north coast, Vintae have settled on the region's most famous white, Albarino as their ideal accompaniment for octopus, a typical dish of Galicia and the Basque country.

A fresh and vibrant wine with a pleasant balance between citrussy refreshment and easy-going apple and stone-fruit flavours, delivered on a satisfyingly soft-edged palate.

Will pair well with many flavoursome seafood dishes, but try it with octopus dressed with olive oil and paprika for the full experience.

Beer of The Week - Punk IPA - Brew DogDate published: 01/05/15

Punk IPA - BrewDog

The Brewery

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

Punk IPA

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

BrewDog’s Statement:

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

So, how much does it cost...?

£13.99 buy 2 or more craft beer = £10.99

Wine Of The Week: Bourgogne Les Chenaudières - BurgundyDate published: 30/04/15

Bourgogne Les Chenaudières - Burgundy


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

The ABC club...

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

Why buy this wine...

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

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

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

£10.65 buy 2 save 25% = £7.99

NEW ARRIVAL: Vina Mayu Dry Pedro Ximenez 2014Date published: 30/04/15

NEW ARRIVAL: Vina Mayu Dry Pedro Ximenez 2014

Buy any 2 third off wines as part of your 6 bottle case = £6.99, from £10.49

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

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

A great partner for all manner of fresh seafood dishes.

New Arrival: Negromaro 20134, Feudo Dei TariDate published: 29/04/15

New Arrival: Negromaro 20134, Feudo Dei Tari

Buy any 2 or more third off wines = £6.66 from £9.99  

This wine comes from several vineyard sites around the Adriatic port of Brindisi in Puglia, the Italian homeland of the Negromaro grape, which can trace its origins back to the arrival of the first Greek settlers, who came to southern Italy around 800 years ago.

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

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

New Arrival: Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise 2013, La BuxynoiseDate published: 28/04/15

New Arrival: Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise 2013, La Buxynoise

Buy any 2 third off bottles as part of your 6 bottle case = £8.66 from £12.99

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

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

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

A-Z of Fine Wine: VDate published: 25/04/15

Vergelegen ‘The White’ 2013 Stellenbosch

Vergelegen's reputation as one of the best New World wineries around is more than justified. "The White" is their take on top white Graves - 23% Sauvignon and 77% Semillon from some of their best vineyards. The grapes are fermented and matured in new French oak.

A powerful and complex nose of greengage, fresh herbs, lime and hot buttered toast, the palate is rich and layered with real polish and terrific balance.

A superb match to seafood or wild mushroom risottos.

£25 down from £30 on the fine wine deal!

NEW ARRIVAL: Cotes-du-Rhone 2014, Les Fustiers!Date published: 24/04/15

NEW ARRIVAL: Cotes-du-Rhone 2014, Les Fustiers!

A typical Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre; this wine is made using grapes from the Vacluse, Gard, Ardeche and Drome districts of the Southern Rhone Valley. Winemaking is overseen by Armelle Barbanson who also makes wine for the more famous Ogier.

Long fermentation and ageing in stainless steel tanks preserve intense red fruit flavours with classic notes of white pepper and moorland herbs.

Match this wine with roast lamb flavoured with thyme or rosemary or a herby rabbit stew.

Just £6.66, when you buy any 2 or more third off wines as part of your box

English Fizz Deals For St George's DayDate published: 23/04/15

English Fizz Deals For St George's Day!!

Here at Majestic, we have an impressive range of English 'Champagnes', which is particularly nice for St George's Day!

Chapel Down Wines (Tenterden in Kent)

Brut - £15.99 (when you buy any 2 or more 33% off wines, as part of your box)

Pinot Reserve - £22.49 (when you buy any 2 or more 25% off wines, as part of your box)

Rose Brut - £23.98   (when you buy any 2 or more 25% off wines, as part of your box)

English Rose - £20.24 (when you buy any 2 or more 25% off wines, as part of your box)

Nyetimber Wines (Chilttington in Sussex)

Brut - £23.98 (when you buy any 2 or more 33% off wines, as part of your box)

Rose - £35.68 (when you buy any 2 or more 15% off wines, as part of your box)

Demi -Sec - £33.13 (when you buy any 2 or more 15% off wines, as part of your box)

Balfour 1503 Wines (Hush Heath, Kent)

Brut - £19.98 (when you buy any 2 or more 33% off wines, as part of your box)

Rose - £19.98 (when you buy any 2 or more 33% off wines, as part of your box)

Wine Of The Week - Allegrini Bardolino Rosso - ItalyDate published: 23/04/15

Allegrini Bardolino Rosso - Italy

Available to taste!

Explore Italy...

Italy is not only a beautiful country, but one that is steeped in great wines and winemaking history. When it comes to choosing wine, Italy is one of those countries where many might understandably feel less comfortable as the wines are defined by the region they come from rather than the grape variety used to make the wine.

All Majestic staff are very knowledgeable about wine and are here to help. So if you have any questions please just ask.

Bardolino: the area and the wine...

Bardolino is a small town located on the Eastern shore of Lake Garda in the region of Veneto. It is a beautiful walled city which is now a popular tourist destination.

The wine is a blend of three indigenous grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara.

Why buy this wine...

Our Buyer Suzie said: “This is a perfect summer wine. It has vibrant red fruit characteristics and could be lightly chilled.”

This wine is a great introduction to the fascinating wines that Italy has to offer and would be great with pizza or pasta.

£9.99 £8.81 buy 2 save 15% = £7.49

A-Z of Fine Wine: TDate published: 22/04/15

Trimbach Riesling 'Cuvée Frédéric Emile' 2007 Jean Trimbach


'Cuvée Frédéric Emilie' is only produced when the Trimbach family believe the vintage is good enough to produce grapes of sufficient quality to make this top wine. The clay-limestone soil and 40-year-old vines add complexity and minerality.


A superbly concentrated nose of pineapples, lime, lemongrass, green apples, blossom and minerals. The palate emulates the nose, with the intensity of the fruit building in the mouth.

With Several years of bottle ageing behind it, this wine is already truly wonderful, yet it could age and develop for another 10 years. 

A-Z of Fine Wine: SDate published: 21/04/15

A-Z of Fine Wine: S

Chateau Senejac 2005, Haut-Medoc £28.00

An attractive, reasonably priced offering, the 2005 Senejac exhibits subtle aromas of roasted herbs interwoven with scents of cedar, fruitcake, black currants and cherries. Medium-bodied and slightly tannic, it will provide savoury drinking over the next 10-12 years. 88 Parker Points (The Wine Advocate, 2008)

FREE TASTINGS THIS WEEK - BOOK NOW!!Date published: 21/04/15

Hi there!

We currently have spaces on the below tastings this week. Please contact a member of staff to book your free place!

English Sparkling Spotlight: Thurs 23rd 18:30-19:00
6 English Wines in 30 minutes with nibbles..especially for St George's Day

The Wine Course: Fri 24th 18:30 -19:45
A comprehensive introduction to wine: Grape varieties, wine making and wine and food matching. A great introduction to all things wine!
We look forward to hearing from you!

Sauvignon - The Summer must-have!Date published: 20/04/15

Why We’re Drinking Sauvignon This Summer?

It’s a world-wide phenomenon - Sauvignon Blanc is grown all over the world, from the Loire and Bordeaux in France, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand.

Sauvignon comes in many styles - From steely dry and flinty in the Loire, a bracing  tropical-fruit laden delight in New Zealand to the zesty and fresh South African wines.  Try the Sauvignons from La Grille (Loire), Rustenberg (South Africa) and Villa Maria (New Zealand) and see which style you like best.

It’s refreshing by nature - Sauvignon is naturally high in acidity and ripens early, so it’s easy to make it full of flavour and keep it super-fresh.

It’s Food-Friendly - Amazing with chevré, brilliant with sushi, and cracking with seafood.

You don’t need to wait to enjoy Sauvignon - It tastes best when it’s young, so you don’t need patience, just chill it down and pop it open whenever you need refreshing.

...But not always - There are one or two really special styles which can stand the test of time, like Cloudy Bay’s Te Koko.  Ask us in store and we’ll tell you all our secrets.

A - Z of fine wine - RDate published: 19/04/15

A-Z Of Fine Wine: 

Grape: Pinot Noir

Origin: Mount Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the petulant Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy.

Taste: This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

Enjoy: This is a cracking, complex wine to be enjoyed over the next five years. Enjoy with pork loin and peach chutney or rabbit casserole.

Price: £18 on the fine wine deal, £23 single bottle 

A-Z Of Fine Wine: QDate published: 18/04/15

A-Z Of Fine Wine: Quinta de Terra Feita

Grape: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Francesa

OriginQuinta 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.

TasteA 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.

EnjoyDue to large amounts of sediment be sure to decant before serving. Super with walnuts, dried apricots or blue-veined cheeses

Price: £30 a bottle

A-Z of Fine Wine:'Piedlong' Chateauneuf-du-Pape' 2011Date published: 17/04/15

A-Z of Fine Wine:'Piedlong' Chateauneuf-du-Pape' 2011

Part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by our sister company Lay and Wheeler. A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. With the majority of the grapes previously destined for this cuvee now going into the Telegramme, the fruit for L'Accent de la Roquete now comes from the best vineyard areas on the estate. The quality increase is palpable. Fabulously scented, with notes of wild strawberry, cherry thyme and pepper. The palate is silken with a suave texture, giving this a beautifully juicy mouth-feel. It has excellent balance with a core of bright acidity providing a delightful elegance to accentuate the pretty florals.


A - Z of fine wine - Le Volte Dell'Ornellaia 2012Date published: 16/04/15

A - Z of fine wine - Le Volte Dell'Ornellaia 2012

(blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon)

Producers of one of Italy's most celebrated Bordeaux-inspired wines, Ornellaia have created Le Volte as an approachable, early-drinking 'super Tuscan' 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.

A great match for the rich gamy flavours of a venison casserole

Wine of the week - Parilla MalbecDate published: 15/04/15

Wine of the week - Parilla Malbec, Vinalba, Mendoza

Buy 2 or more third off wines as part of your box = £7.99, from £11.99

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

A-Z of Fine Wine: NDate published: 14/04/15

Barolo 2010 Natale Verga

Natale Verga is the fourth-generation owner of the Verga family estate which was founded in 1895. This wine comes from grapes sourced from an 11-hectare estate owned by the Gomba family, and has been matured for 24 months in French oak casks. An inviting garnet colour, this wine offers a blackberry bouquet, accented with persistent notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke. A warming palate with undertones of spice and graphite. A classic match for osso bucco or other slow-cooked beef dishes.

***£20 down from £25 on the Fine Wine deal***

World Malbec Day - Friday 17th AprilDate published: 13/04/15

With World Malbec day upon us this week we thought we would let you know about all things Malbec:

Malbec is grown in France but has been hailed the cult black grape by Argentina, where it is grown throughout, but particularly in Mendoza.It makes deeply coloured, full-bodied wines that are rich in black fruit and often display liquorice and vanilla notes - perfect with the local steak! Here in store we will have a range open, so if you are a Malbec virgin you will have the ideal opportunity to test some out for size!

A-Z of Fine Wine: MDate published: 12/04/15

A-Z of Fine Wine: M Meerlust Merlot

Grape: Merlot 

Origin: The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757. Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity. 

Taste: Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers generous, ripe and pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality.

Enjoy: Partner with a rich beef bourguignon.

Price: Involved in our Fine Wine offer, reduced from £22 to £17 a bottle, when 2 or more bottles of fine wine are bought as part of a mixed case of 6. 

A-Z of Fine Wine: L - La Reserve de Leoville-Barton 2008, St JulienDate published: 11/04/15

La Reserve de Leoville-Barton 2008, St Julien

(Buy any 2 selected fine wines save £10 =£25.00 from £30.00)

The second wine of this famous St-Julien property provides an earlier drinking version of the grand vin and so offers 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.

New one week dealsDate published: 10/04/15

The following two products are reduced to a third off or better, just for the weekend:

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc: £6.66

Pasqua Treviso Prosecco: £6.99


Wine of the Week - Caixas GodelloDate published: 10/04/15

Caixas Godello - Galicia, Spain

Exclusive to Majestic…

The Caixas (pronounced ky-shash) Godello is only available at Majestic. The wine was created in partnership with the Martin Codax winery. Based in Galicia in the North West of Spain, Martin Codax is one of our key suppliers who give Majestic Staff the opportunity to experience work on the estate during vendange (harvest).

Once the decision was taken to make a wine exclusively for Majestic, we needed a name for it. Caixas are the plastic trays into which grapes are placed once picked and is one of the first words Majestic staff learn when they work at the winery.

The Godello grape and the wine…

Godello is a grape predominantly found in North West Spain and parts of Portugal. Previously it was only used as a constituent part of blends, but has come to be seen as a quality grape variety in its own right.

Our buyer Matt says: “Godello is a grape that I love and I was delighted when Martin Codax told me they would be thrilled to produce one exclusively for us. The wine has flavours of lemon, pear and melon. It feels full and rich in the mouth and finishes with a lovely refreshing citrusiness”

A great match for grilled fish.

Why buy this wine...

Caixas Godello was one of the top three most popular wines bought and enjoyed by friends and family of Majestic staff over Christmas. You don’t get a better recommendation than that!

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 (While Stocks Last)

A-Z of Fine Wine: KDate published: 09/04/15

Kanonkop 'Paul Sauer' 2011 Stellenbosch


This is Kanonkop’s flagship wine - a Bordeaux blend comprising a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In the best Bordeaux tradition this wine is unfiltered.

Deep, ruby red colour - concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with a combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to a dry finish.

£25.00 down from £30.00 on the fine wine deal!

Wine Lessons, Part 33Date published: 08/04/15

Today's wine facts are all about Prosecco - well it is the weather for it!

1) Prosecco is the generic term for sparkling wine from Italy 

2) The grape used to also be called Prosecco but has been changed to 'Glera' to protect its integrity as other countries were making cheap copies

3) It is typically light in style, off-dry and displays boiled sweet and sherbert character

why not come and ask staff which of our range is their favourite?!

A-Z of Fine Wine: JDate published: 07/04/15

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2013 Friuli

Pinot Grigio/GrisFounded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes. 

***Fine Wine at House Wine Prices: £23 down to £18 on Fine Wine Deal***

Spirit Lessons, Part 2Date published: 06/04/15

Today a focus on brandy!

1. Most people know Calvados as apple brandy, however it can made from both apples and pears. 

2. Some Cognac's state they are from Champagne. This has nothing to do with the sparkling wine region as Champagne in French describes a specific soil type.

3. Armagnac used to be more popular than Cognac, but due it not being on a river it could not transport to the coast very easily, allowing Cognac to over take it on the international stage.

A-Z of Fine Wine: IDate published: 06/04/15

A-Z of Fine Wine: Vigneto du Lot Soave Classico 2013 Inama

Grape: Garganega

Origin:Grown in the Veneto commune of Verona, Northeastern Italy, around the city of Verona. 'Classico' is made from grapes grown in the original areas and zones where Soave was initially planted. Inama's vineyards lie on basalt-rich soils in the heart of the Classico region.

TasteThe cornucopia of wild camomile, elderflower and iris and perfumed herbs with subtle vanilla. Rich, almost sweet fruit abounds on the palate, tempered and complemented by minerality and vibrant acidity.

Enjoy: Fantastic drinking now, but will develop over the next four years. A perfect apéritif now, the wine will match soft cheese.

Price: Fine Wine at House Wine prices! Currently included in our buy 2 save £10 offer. Reduced from £25 to £20!

A-Z of Fine Wine: HDate published: 04/04/15

Château Haut-Bages Averous 2006 Pauillac

This Château in Pauillac is located near to Château Lynch-Bages and since 1978 has been used as their second label. Haut-Bages Averous ‘blooms’ earlier than it’s older sibling which allows drinking enjoyment earlier.

Its style is typical of a Pauillac, with fabulous structure and soft, ripe fruit notes with hints of pepper and cassis. A long and silky finish with undertones of fresh herbs.

Open and enjoy over the next 3-4 years with a saddle of lamb or fillet of beef.

Beer of the Week - Trooper - Created by Iron MaidenDate published: 03/04/15

Trooper - Created by Iron Maiden, brewed by Robinson’s

Introducing Trooper

The beer is named after an Iron Maiden song called “The Trooper”, which was inspired by the poem “The Charge of The Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of this beer.

The Brewery

Robinson’s have been brewing for six generations, since 1838.

The brewery is still family run and is well-known in its home county of Cheshire.

How did the beer come about?

When Robinson’s approached Bruce Dickinson about making a beer. Bruce said: “I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinson's are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is TROOPER. I love it."

So, how much does it cost...?

£24 Buy 2 or more cases = £21 per case

Wine of The Week - Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde - PortugalDate published: 02/04/15

Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde - Portugal - NEW!!

Available to taste!

Spring is in the air…

Spring has sprung! The daffodils and crocuses are out in force, the lambs are gambolling in the fields and the evenings are getting longer. Sadly it appears no one has told the weather it’s Spring, but c’est la vie!

As the seasons change from the cold of winter towards the warmth of summer, our drinking habits tend to turn towards a lighter style of wine. Therefore we’d like to introduce our new Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde.

Why buy this wine…?

Vinho Verde is both a style of wine and a region. The range of wines that come from the region can differ considerably.

This example chosen by our Buyer, Holly, is made from one variety rather than a blend of anything up to the 19 varieties permitted in the region.

The wine offers lots of flavour and freshness at fantastic value. The Arinto grape variety gives flavours of peach, apricot and fresh citrus, it has a slight spritz (typical of Vinho Verde) which makes it a refreshing Aperitif, perfect for your summer BBQ’s!

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 02/04/15

Over Easter we will operate the following hours:

Good Friday: Usual Hours 10am-8pm

Easter Saturday: Usual Hours 9am - 7pm

Easter Sunday: CLOSED!!

Easter Monday: Bank Holiday Hours: 10am - 5pm

Happy Easter Everyone!

A-Z of Fine Wine: GDate published: 01/04/15

Greywacke Sauvignon 2014 Marlborough

Greywacke (pronounced 'grey-wacky') is the name given to the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate's vineyard. The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

Intense aromatics of melon, peach and papaya are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and capsicum. The palate is crisp but remarkably mouth-filling, a small portion of the wine having been oak fermented.

And what's more, it's only £17.00 down from £22.00 on the fine wine deal!

Spirit Lessons, Part 1Date published: 31/03/15

A little break from all the wine lessons today as we take a look at some spirit facts with a focus on Vodka.

1. Vodka can be made from anything containing sugars: rye, barley and potatoes are all potential source. 

2. Vodka does not only come from Russia, you can get examples made from all over the world, including London, such as the Sipsmith Barley Vodka.

3. When being produced, vodka is distilled to 96% alcohol in Europe and 95% alcohol in America. It is then diluted down with water, which depending on the source can change the taste. 

Wine Lessons, Part 32Date published: 30/03/15

More wine terms explained:

1) 'oxidised': When oxygen has got into the wine (whether deliberately or not) causing secondary flavours and aromas - e.g. dried fruit caramel (vinegar if not deliberate)

2) 'En Primeur': Buying wine for investment before it has even been bottled (usually in Bordeaux)

3) 'Ripasso' The drying of grapes (raisoning) to produced more concentrated and full flavoured wines (usually used in Italy)


A Closer Look At BeaujolaisDate published: 29/03/15

A Closer Look At Beaujolais

Beaujolais are some of the lightest red wines around which comes about due to the way in which the wines are made. Whole bunches of grapes are taken and placed into a vat which has had all the oxygen removed. This means normal fermentation cannot occur; the lack of oxygen also means that normal respiration cannot be carried out by the cells in the grapes so a process called anaerobic respiration occurs. The cells inside the grape respire but produce alcohol as a by-product. Eventually the grapes split as the volume in liquid inside the skins has increased. The skins are then removed and normal fermentation continues. This process allows colour to be extracted from the grapes without extracting a lot of tannin resulting in lighter bodied reds.

Beaujolais is made up of villages; 10 of which have the right to put their name on the label of the wine. These 10 villages are Saint Armour, Julienas, Chenas, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnie, Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly. Morgon and Moulin-a-Vent produce the most powerful reds of all the villages.

A-Z of Fine Wine: FDate published: 29/03/15

Château Pavillon Figeac 2006 Saint Emilion Grand Cru

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.

Come and explore....

New Prosecco open in store today!!Date published: 28/03/15

New Prosecco open in store today!!

Prosecco La Gioiosa Etamarosa NV DOC Treviso

Grape: Prosecco

OriginLa Gioiosa is one of Italy's leading producers of Prosecco, and takes its name from an ancient local motto 'Marca gioiosa et amorosa', meaning 'Joyous and amorous March', The March of Treviso being an antiquated name for the province in which this wine is made.

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

EnjoyChill well and enjoy on its own or with steamed fish and shellfish dishes.

Price: An amazing third off at £7.99 a bottle, reduced from £11.99!

Wine Lessons, Part 31: Wine terms explainedDate published: 28/03/15

Wine terms explained:

1) 'Corked':  when a wine suffers from cork taint - a fungus called 'TCA' which lives in the cork and creates a musty 'off' aroma

2) 'Diurnal Range' : The difference between day and night time temperature (at the vineyard) - important when it comes to grapes ripening properly and for timing picking

3) 'Chlorosis' - disease of the vine - when vines lack certain nutrients they struggle to photosynthesise and the leaves turn yellow.

New Improved Short-term Deals - Hurry!Date published: 27/03/15

We have a few new really strong 33% off deals for you:

DB Pinot Noir (Australia) £6.66

Cune Reserva Rioja £8.99

Vieux Remparts St Emilion £7.99

Everything you need for Easter!

Wine Of The Week - Château Moulin de Curat - Bordeaux Date published: 27/03/15

Château Moulin de Curat - Bordeaux - Available to taste!

A little about Bordeaux…

Bordeaux is probably the second most famous wine region in the world after Champagne. Wines from Bordeaux tend to be complex due to a blend of up to five grape varieties, ageing in oak barrels, maturation in bottle and a variable climate which means vintages can be distinctly different from each other.

The 2009 Vintage in Bordeaux…

The weather matters to successfully grow grapes and you cannot make good wine without good grapes. After rains in April and May, Bordeaux had a warm, dry summer and a dry harvesting period. The weather resulted in ripe, succulent grapes, full of flavour which were lovingly made into wine by the vignerons of Bordeaux. The vintage was an incredible success with Robert Parker (world renowned wine critic) awarding 19 different wines the maximum score of 100 points.

Château Moulin de Curat...

This wine has aromas of red and black berries. In the mouth the wine is soft, supple and well-rounded. The flavours of berries are clearly there along with hints of earthy mushroom. The 2009 vintage is nice and ripe, so the wine can be drunk by itself, rather than food being a necessity. However, if you fancy a steak for dinner tonight, it deserves to be paired with this wine!

Why you should buy this wine…

Its a one off parcel of wine from an amazing vintage representing amazing value (something our buyers are famous for finding) - snap it up before its all gone.

Majestic price = £9.99

A-Z of Fine Wine: EDate published: 26/03/15

Escarpment Vineyard Kiwa Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough

This wine was grown on the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Street, Martinborough from 29 year old vines, on the combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for. It was open topped fermented in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 17 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 12 months. This is an outstanding example of classic Pinot Noir. It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.

Wine Lessons, Part 30Date published: 26/03/15

Today's facts are all about Portugal:

1) Obviously Portugal is famous for its Port (a fortified red wine - red wine which is fortified with spirit during fermentation, to leave a sweeter product) 

2) Numerous still red wines are also produced, some from the Alentejo region.

3) Vinho Verde or 'green wine' is their white speciality from a blend of grapes (usually Alvarinho) It has a light spritz and is best consumed young and fresh

A-Z of Fine Wine: DDate published: 25/03/15

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

Dog Point is Marlborough's Wairau Valley on the south island. Grapes enjoy a long, cool growing season with little rainfall, enabling the development of vibrant fruit flavours. On the palate is an exciting bouquet of ripe citrus and tropical fruits underlined by a steely minerality. The palate is fresh, concentrated and full bodied with an exciting balance between fruit and acidity. Enjoy with king prawns in a fresh lime dressing on a warm summer's day. 

£17.00 down from £22.00 on the fine wine deal. What are you waiting for!

Wine Lessons, Part 29Date published: 25/03/15

Today's wine facts are all about Spanish white wines:

1) Godello is an upcoming grape which is crisp and Chablis like in character

2) Albarino comes from the Rias Baixas region and is Viognier-like in character - perfect with the local seafood

3) Verdejo is widely grown (Rueda) and displays citrus and melon notes

Wine Lessons, Part 28Date published: 24/03/15

Today's facts are all about South Africa:

1) South Africa have made 'Pinotage' their cult black grape - it is in fact a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault

2) Chenin Blanc is their white speciality, which they call 'Steen'

3) Their 'traditional method' sparkling wines are called 'Cap Classique'

A-Z of Fine Wine: CDate published: 23/03/15

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 Domaine Durieu

Châteauneuf-du-Pape roughly translates to "The Pope's new castle" and, indeed, the history of this appellation is firmly entwined with papal history. There are a whole host of grapes which can go into a CNDP and this particular blend is made up of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Counoise. Domaine Durieu was established in 1976 by Paul Durieu and remains family-owned, now run by Paul's sons, Vincent and Francois. Unusually, Durieu de-stem their grapes to aid fruitiness, relying on fruit from low-yielding vines to provide firm tannic structure.

With typical Chateuneuf power, the wine delivers a fresh and spicy nose of red cherry embellished with notes of sage and wild thyme. The palate is equally powerful, with sinuous tannins and huge length. A game pie would offset this wine beautifully and show it to it's full potential!

***Currently £20 down from £25 on our fine wine deal***

Regions of Australia: Part 1Date published: 22/03/15

As it is Australian tasting week i thought i would tell you a little bit about the geography of the regions under vine within the country. To begin with, the South Eastern Australian Zone. 43% of Australias total wine output comes from here. It is also a Phyloxera free state. and there are strict quarentine regulations to keep it that way. Vineyards are concentrated in the south east of the state. Let's begin with the very famous Barossa valley. 

Barossa: North of Adelaide is the Barossa velley; a 30km long heartland of fine wine production. The soil here is mainly ironstone and limestone . In the hot dry climate bush vines produce outstanding Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvedre and Cab Sauv. A classic Shiraz from here would be  full bodied, soft and mouthfilling with dark ripe fruit complimented by sweet American oak. It develops leather and spice with age. 

A newer style has developed from very ripe grapes that has high levels of alcahol, prominent oak tannins and aromas with baked fruit flavours. An example of this would be 'Gnarly Dudes' from the producer Two Hands.

Australian Spotlight-ChardonnayDate published: 21/03/15

Comparing Chardonnay's

Wynn's Coonawara Estate Chardonnay 2012 £9.74 (25% off) 

Set up by Scotsman John Riddoch, a pioneer in Coonawara, the region famous for its bright red soil (terra rossa) which means honeysuckle in the Aboriginal language. If it were not for Riddoch the area would have continued to grow fruit rather than being turned to vine. The climate is similar to that od Bordeaux and perhaps that is why it is so good for Cabernet. Summer is cloudy and proximity to the sea gives it a maritime climate which is rare in Australia. This is a totally unique region and rare as it only covers 15 square km. 

A peachy nose, creamy, buttery, like apricot fromage frais, Elegant with good intensity and lots of subtle nuances. It is rich and indulgent in the mouth due to well extracted fruit rather than over-oaking. Apricot and Mandarin flavours predominate. Could even be described as having similarities in flavour and texture to orange cheesecake!! Very satisfying and confident, from a producer at the top of their game. Roast chicken or flashy meaty fish dishes would be classic matches. Vintage cheddar is great too! 

Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale 2014 £9.97 (25% off)

Owned by Kevin and Helen O'Brien, The Kangarilla Road winery focuses on expressing the McLaren Vale terroir to its fullest. For fans of Ampleography, or the study and identification of grape vines, each bottle has the leaf of its grape printed on. They also use organic and biodynamic farming methods. This area has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers cooled by ocean breezes. 

The wine smells zesty and alive with a backbone of nutty oak and some peach and a touch of smokiness. 

Like the Wynn's it is subtle with many complex nuances. Australian Chardonnay made in modern methods, however this wine is slightly less rich from oak and more Chablis-esque and elegant. It does have a creaminess on the mid palette with exciting minerality. Excercising such restraint with quality grapes is the preserve of great winemakers. 

Wine Lessons, Part 27Date published: 21/03/15

Today's Facts are all about the  Loire Valley in France

1) Loire is arguably famous for its sub-district of Sancerre, making wines of the same name from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Pouilly Fume is directly opposite and offers similar wines

2) Muscadet wines are found further west at the mouth of the river. When produced 'Sur Lie', they are aged on their dead yeasts to impart flavour. They typically have a bit of 'petaillance' (light spritz from residual Co2), making them the perfect accompaniment to seafood.

3) Though some Pinot Noir is grown, Cabernet Franc has become to cult red grape and is found in wines such as Chinon and Bourgueil

Why not come and ask a member of staff for their favourite Loire tipple?

Wine Lessons, Part 26Date published: 20/03/15

Today's facts are all about Chile:

1) Chile is the long thin country that has almost perfect viticultural conditions - sandy soils, cooling breezes from the Pacific and protection from the Andes.

2) Carmenere has become its cult red grape - (similar in DNA to Merlot)

3) It also grows several international grapes - Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir etc

Wine of the week - Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 18/03/15

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon - Available to taste!

So tell me about the wine…

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

The story of Hamilton Block…

Richard Hamilton started making wine in Australia in Adelaide in 1837. In 1974, Sydney Hamilton founded the vineyard in Coonawarra. Sydney retired in 1981 after his 65th vintage. Sydney was bought out by his nephew, Dr Richard Hamilton who is the great-great-grandson of Richard. Rich family winemaking history of over 175 years is rare to find in France, let alone Australia.

Why should I buy it...?

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon is unashamedly fruity, with dark berry fruit flavours and hints of cedar. It’s a medium bodied wine which has had some oak ageing to soften the tannins that can sometimes be overpowering in other Cabernets. The tannins are soft and ripe which allows the flavours to nicely fill the mouth.

The wine may be rich, but the flavours are subtle which makes this wine an excellent accompaniment to a classic spring dish of roast lamb with seasonal veg.

£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

Wine Lessons, Part 25Date published: 18/03/15

Today's facts are all about Argentina:

1) Argentina has made Malbec its cult black grape, with 'Bonarda' chasing on the heels as its second one

2) Torrontes is its cult white grape - it has a distinctly floral quality

3) Altitude is a key factor to viticulture - the higher you go up, the cooler it is, making grape growing possible. Snow drip from the Andes also aids irrigation

Our staff favourite Argentinian wine is Vinalba Malbec - a third off at the moment!

Brilliant Local Fizz Deals!Date published: 17/03/15

 The south of England has the same soil type as Champagne; in fact it is even the same soil base, it runs from Champagne under the channel to the South of England. We also have a very similar climate which allows England to produce some amazing sparkling wines.

Nyetimber is a local Sussex producer of English sparkling wine. They have been operating for over 20 years with the aim to make an sparkling wine to rival the rest of the world. They have won numerous international awards that have proven the quality of their wines.

We currently have some brilliant deals on all of their wines!

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee
A blend of the 3 traditional Champagne grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) made in the traditional style of fermenting the wine in the bottle in which it is sold. The wine has a nose of citrus fruit and brioche whilst having delicate bubbles which makes it a perfect aperitif. Currently £23.98, that's 33% off, if you buy two or more bottles!

Nyetimber Rose
A blend made from Chardonnay and the very best Pinot Noir resulting in a true pink colour. A fragrant nose containing notes of redcurrant and cherry. A the palate lives up to the nose and adds zingy lime flavours that thoroughly compliment. This would work well with dressed crab or a lightly flavoured pate. Currently 15% off making it a bargain at £35.68

Nyetimber Demi-Sec
This superb sparkling wine is the first of its kind: a truly English interpretation of the classic off-dry Champagne style. Made in small quantities from Nyetimber's 100% estate-grown Chardonnay, bottled with extra dosage. Currently 15% off at £33.13, the perfect breakfast Champagne!

So why not pop in and pick up some amazing English fizz!

Final Day of Current Offers!Date published: 16/03/15

Tomorrow our current offers are changing so make sure you pop in store this evening or give us a ring to secure today's prices on any of your favourite wines which are leaving the 33% off deal, like:

Natalie Verga Primitivo  £5.99

Poggio Ciavetta Montepulciano d'Abruzo £6.66

Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva £9.99

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc £8.99

Laurent-Perrier Rose £44.97

Oeil de Perdrix £16.66

Pol Roger Reserve £29.98

Prosecco La Marca Cuvee £9.99

Villa Maria Marlborough Sauvignon £7.33

Waimea Marlborough Sauvignon £8.99

Santa Ana Malbec £5.99

There will be a whole new set of great offers beginning Tuesday morning but if one of these is your house wine then now is the time! Once the wine is paid for today we will deliver free of charge at a time to suit you, securing you the best deal possible with the least amount of hastle. 

Spotlight on SyrahDate published: 15/03/15

Spotlight on Syrah

Syrah (or Shiraz) makes fashionable spicy, dark red wines all over the world. But the regions where this variety reaches its best expression are the Rhone Valley in France and the Barossa Valley in Australia.

Syrah does not ripen in cool climate. If planted in a moderate or warm climate, it displays black fruit flavours, spice aromas, black pepper and mint.

In hotter climate, Syrah is fuller in body, showing earthy, leathery flavours and liquorice and softer tannins.

In the Northern Rhone, Syrah is the only black grape variety permitted. The most famous appellations here are Cote Rotie (the “roasted slopes”), where 20% of Viognier can be added to give extra aromatic intensity to the wine; and Hermitage, which produces the most full-bodied and age-worthy wine of the region.

In the Souther Rhone, Syrah is often blended with other varieties, such as Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Here the most generic of the appellations is Cote du Rhone, which accounts for more than half of the entire production in the Rhone Valley.

Producer focus: EscarpmentDate published: 14/03/15

Established back in 1998, Escarpment is one of the finest producers of Martinborough Pinot, and in many opinions Kiwi Pinot generally. Larry Mckenna is the chief wine maker and has a very pure attitude to his wines; everything stems from the vineyard and hence they have a range of several single vineyard wines (of which Kiwa is one).
Kiwa 2011: The real hallmark of this wine is how rusticity and thus Burgundian style of the wine. It is not all about the fruit but a much more complex and delicate style. I have always believed this to be one of the best value Pinot Noirs (£35.00)  one can buy at this sort of quality level.This wine was grown on the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Street, Martinborough from 29 year old vines, on the combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for. It was open topped fermented in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 17 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 12 months. This is an outstanding example of classic Pinot Noir. An exciting wine to drink now, however it will continue to develop for a further 10 years. It really deserves a special meal to compliment it so any rich game food with all the trimmings would set this wine off perfectlly. 

A word on 'RipassoDate published: 14/03/15

Those of you who have been lucky enough to sample our tasting counter wines recently may have come across the Pinopsso; a pinotage made in the ripasso style. But what exactly is ripasso?The term "ripasso" sounds like and in fact means "repassed". The term is commonly associated with wines from Valpolicella in the Veneto region of Italy, where this practice is commonplace. Ripasso refers to the production process whereby regular fermented wine is added to a cask containing the skins and lees left over from the production of another wine. In the case of Valpolicella, the left over skins from Amerone are used. The process of repassing the lighter Valpolicella wine over the skins of the more weighty Amerone wine imparts additional colour, texture and flavour.It also induces a second fermentation that increases the wine's alcoholic content. Why not try the Minini Valpolicella Ripasso at just £9.74 (25% off) or Passimento £7.99 (33% off). Come and explore!

Wine lessons, Part 24Date published: 13/03/15

Today's I bring you part 2 about Beaujolais:

1) Beaujolais are typically the lightest bodied of reds, with low tannin and display cherry and strawberry fruit

2) This means they can work well lightly chilled, and are best enjoyed in the Summer. They also partner best as a red wine alternative with fish dishes.

2) They are produced with a very specific method call 'Carbonic Maceration' (or Semi-carbonic Maceration) which means whole bunches of un-crushed grapes ferment under a blanket of carbon dioxide. This can produce bubblegum and banana flavours.

We recommend George Duboeuf Beaujolais to try if you are a novice!

Methods of Rose ProductionDate published: 13/03/15

After the unseasonably good weather we've been enjoying here in Tunbridge Wells recently I thought it would be worth a brief discussion on Rose. So what exactly is Rose and how is it made? 

Rose is a type of wine that incorporates some of the colour from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. However, not all Rose's are created equal and there are in fact several different techniques for producing Rose wine. These techniques are as follows

Direct Pressing – Black grapes crushed and pressed like white wine production. Extracts a little colour and not too much tannin. Delicately coloured rosé wines.

Drawing Off – Black grapes processed as in red wine making. Juice drawn off after 6-48 hours (depending on depth of colour required). Fermentation of juice continues at a cool temperature to retain fruit flavours.

Bleeding (Saignée) – Same process as drawing off except only a portion of the juice is removed. The rest of the juice remains in contact with skins to produce a red wine. Main purpose is to increase concentration of the red wine (colour, tannin etc) and the rosé is a by product.

Blending – small quantity of red wine added to a white wine to produce a rosé. Not permitted in the EU with the exception of rosé Champagne.

Now you're an expert, time to get tasting!

Wine Lessons, Part 23Date published: 12/03/15

Todays facts are all about Beaujolais - as the sun is shining and it's the perfect time for such a wine!

1) Beaujolais is a district in southern Burgundy producing light red wines that take the same name

2) Wines are produced from the Gamay grape, which are grown 'en gobelet' (pruning method) on granite soils

3) There are 10 Beaujolais 'Crus' which are villages that produce better quality wines. These are: Morgon, Regnie, St Amour, Julienas, Brouilly, Cotes de Brouilly, Fleurie, Chenas, Moulin-a-vent, Chiroubles

look out tomorrow for more facts about this fascinating wine region...and some staff recommendations to go with!

Wine of the week - Finca Carelio TempranilloDate published: 12/03/15

Finca Carelio Tempranillo - Special one-off Parcel

Available to taste!

So tell me about the wine…

It’s made from 100% Tempranillo, which is the grape best known as the dominant grape of red Rioja, Spain's most famous wine.

The grapes were hand harvested from old bush vines in Castilla y Leon, where the hot days and cool nights make for super concentrated red berry flavours and precise acidity. The wine was aged for 30 months in French and American oak giving the smooth texture and spice so typical of the region.

What does it taste like…?

It’s certainly a fruit-driven wine, with plenty of red berry and cassis flavours. There are also savory notes of tobacco and eucalyptus making the wine more comparable to that of a Bordeaux in style; it doesn’t have that vanillary sweetness that Riojas can have. We think it would be great with a decent cheese board or some charcuterie.

Why should I buy it...?

Well it’s a bit of a bargain to be honest. This wine should have been given Ribera del Duero DO status (which would sell for over £15), but because a mere 10% of the grapes came from outside the designated area, sadly it didn’t meet the strict criteria.Our Buyers are experts at spotting an opportunity and they swooped in to buy the lot, direct from the producers - it’s a one-off parcel so once it’s gone it’s gone…

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Wine Lessons, Part 22Date published: 11/03/15

Today's wine facts are all about Riesling:

1) Riesling is the number one white grape of Germany, but it is also grown in Alsace and certain parts of the new world e.g. the Clare and Eden Valleys in Australia and various parts of New Zealand

2) It produces wines that vary greatly in levels of sweetness

3) In terms of flavours, it takes on the qualities of the soil (e.g. flinty when grown in the Mosel Valley) It typically displays hints of lime but gets more tropical the more concentrated it is. It can show petrol notes with age

4) Wines pair well with Asian food

Another new fizzy for our collection - Balfour 1503 - Brut NV!Date published: 10/03/15

New!! Balfour 1503 Brut NV Sparkling Wine (the pink one's brother!)

Buy any 2 or more third off wines as part of your box = £19.98 from £29.99

The Hush Heath estate in Tonbridge was planted with vines in 2002, and winemakers Owen Elias and Victoria Ash have been making wines there since 2010. The Brut has been created using traditional secondary fermentation in bottle - just as we saw with their rose earlier in the week!

Refined in structure with a delicate mousse, it displays subtle pink highlights. It is tight in structure, combining crisp apple and citrus fruit with nuances of pepper and thyme.

Enjoy now with light seafood dishes.

Why not celebrate with Mum on Sunday?

Wine lessons, Part 21Date published: 10/03/15

Today's top 3 facts are all about Rioja:

1) Rioja is a valley in Spain which produces red, white and rose wines - although the term 'Rioja' has become synonymous with its reds in particular

2) The key grape for red wines is Tempranillo. Grenache (Garnacha) is also used, amongst others.

3) There are 3 legal levels of minimum ageing for red wines, Crianza (youngest), Reserva and Gran Reserva

New Arrival - Balfour 1503 Rose NV English Fizz!Date published: 09/03/15

NEW! Balfour 12503 Rose NV

Buy any 2 or more third off wines as part of your box = £19.98 from £29.99

This English sparkling rose is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier - the traditional Champagne grapes. It is also made using the traditional Champagne method. The grape are grown on the Hush Heath estate near Tonbridge in Kent. The estate dates from 1503 and is the home of the Balfour-Lynn family.

A delicate and inviting rose petal pink, with a finely beaded sparkle. A lively pink grapefruit character is accented with defined notes of wild strawberry and a subtle herbaceousness.

The winemaker suggests this as the perfect foil for venison sausages.

Wine lessons, Part 20Date published: 09/03/15

Today's wine facts are all about White Burguny

1) The star grape of white Burgundy is Chardonnay, but some Aligote is also grown

2) Chablis is a district with Burgundy which is famous for fresh, citrussy examples of Chardonnay, with good mineral character from the Kimmerdgian clay

3) More buttery examples are produced in Meursault and Pouilly Fuisse

A closer look at MarlboroughDate published: 08/03/15

A closer look at Marlborough

Marlborough is one of the regions of New Zealand, located in the northeast of the South Island. Marlborough can lay claim to starting the modern New Zealand wine industry. In the late 1970s, Marlborough produced Sauvignon Blanc, among other varieties, which led to confidence that New Zealand could produce interesting wine.

Today, the Marlborough wine region represents 62% of total vineyard area in the country. The king varietal here is Sauvignon Blanc, closely followed by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The strong contrast between hot sunny days and cool nights help vintners extend the ripening period of their vines like nowhere else, resulting in unique expressions of their grapes. 

The majority of Marlborough's extensive vineyard plantings are on old terraces around Renwick, Blenheim and Cloudy Bay in the Wairau valley and near Seddon further south in the Awatere valley.

The area is widely considered by many critics to produce the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. Also important is the production of Methode Traditionelle sparkling wines, particularly near Renwick, from Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

New Arrival For The Weekend - Seaview FizzDate published: 07/03/15

New! Seaview Chardonnay/Pinot Noir NV

Buy and 2 or more third off wines as part of your mixed 6 bottle case = £7.99 from £11.99

Seaview were among the earliest Australian wineries to begin making sparkling wines in the mould of Champagne using the classic grape varieties and blending with reserve wines, with the fruit sourced from vineyards in McLaren Vale and neighbouring regions.

Soft and elegant, with a persistent and creamy mousse. subtle fruit characters include white peach and apple, with a lemon acidity that cleanses the palate.

Serve at any celebrations. Will partner well with smoked salmon and other appetisers

Wine Lessons, Part 19Date published: 07/03/15

Today's fact are all about Gin:

1) Gin is a neutral spirit (distilled) which is pale in colour

2) It is flavoured with 'botanicals', the most common one being juniper. Others include: orange peel, coriander, cucumber and lemon

3) The common mixer is tonic, and it is usually served with ice and lemon or lime

4) Famous brands include: Gordon's, Beefeater's, Millers and Hendrick's. However there are more and more exciting craft gins emerging - even one from Tunbridge Wells 'Bath Tub'

Wine Lessons, Part 18Date published: 06/03/15

Today's wine facts are all about Carmenere:

1) Carmenere is a black grape which has found its home in Chile

2) It has similar DNA to Merlot

3) It makes wines which are distinctly chocolately 

Wine of the Week-Waimea Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 05/03/15

Waimea Grűner Veltliner from New Zealand

Available to taste!

Grűner Veltliner

Grűner Veltliner is a white European grape most commonly found in Austria. New Zealand is a relatively young wine making country and whilst it is synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc, winemakers are keen to experiment with other varieties and Grűner Veltliner is proving successful in many areas, including Nelson.

Waimea’s Plantings

The 2014 Waimea Grűner Veltliner is only the fifth vintage of this wine to ever be produced. The vineyard is just three rows wide as it follows the path of a disused railway line. Waimea refer to these vines as the “Railway Reserve”.

What to expect from Grűner Veltliner?

The wine is an inviting golden colour. It’s fresh and crisp with aromas and flavours of stone fruit and pineapple. The wine is quite rich and offers spicy notes of fennel and white pepper. The term “minerality” refers to a flinty, steely character, which has more to do with sensation than flavour. You may be able to experience that sensation with this wine. We think it’s great with risotto.

Why buy this wine?

Waimea are at the cutting edge of experimentation in New Zealand and these richer, spicy styles of wine are the next big thing.

£14.99 buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Brand New Beer! Date published: 05/03/15

Oakham Ales were the first brewery in the UK to use the American Citra hop. This single hop beer was first made as a seasonal special, but proved so popular is has now become one of Oakham's most successful core lines. A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish; this is a very modern version of a classic golden ale. Citra has won many awards since the first brew in 2011, culminating in being awarded the Champion Golden Ale at the CAMRA Great British Beer awards in 2014.

Established in Oakham, Rutland, in 1993, the brewery moved to Peterborough in 1998 where their brewery tap is the largest brewpub in Europe!

Best of all this is open to try on the tasting counter NOW!  

A new arrival! Finca Carelio TempranilloDate published: 04/03/15

It's been a while since I brought you a new arrival, so here's this weeks offering:

Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011, Castilla Y Leon 

Buy 2 or more plus third off wines as part of your box = £6.66

The mature bush vines in the hot, arid climate of Castilla y Leon produce very small bunches of grapes, which have concentrated flavours and fresh acidity due to hot days and cold nights. The wine has mellowed over 30 months' maturation mostly in barrel.

Complex and layered, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla, and is wonderfully plush on the palate. Dry tannins and mature, lightly raisined fruit characters.

Remarkably versatile food wine, great with stews, meats from the grill or a cheeseboard.

Wine lessons, Part 17 'PomerolDate published: 04/03/15

Today's 3 facts are all about 'Pomerol'

1) Pomerol is one of the highest appellation regions in Bordeaux, situated on the right bank of the Gironde/Garonne estuary

2) The region produces red wines blended from Cabernet and Merlot and sometimes Cab Franc - here they are usually predominant in Merlot

3) Two of the most famous and high-end wines from this region are 'Petrus' and 'Le Pin'; which can command prices of thousands of pounds, depending on the vintage quality

Fantastic Deals in the Oyster Bay RangeDate published: 03/03/15

All our Oyster Bay (New Zealand) wines are a third off for a limited time..just the next two weeks. So fill your boots while you can take advantage of this great deal!:

(Prices based on buying 2 or more 33% off wines as part of a minimum 6 bottle purchase)

Oyster Bay Sauvignon: £7.99

gooseberry, grass, elderflower, zesty acidity

Oyster Bay Chardonnay: £7.99

apples, lemon, subtle oak

Oyster Bay Merlot: £7.99

plum, forest fruits, soft and plush

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir: £8.66

cranberry, redcurrant and raspberry with sweet spice

Wine lessons, Part 16Date published: 03/03/15

Today's facts are all about Piedmont:

1) 'Piedmont' means 'foot of the mountains' and is one of the most northern regions  of Italy

2) Most of the highest appellations come from this region, e.g Barolo, Barberesco

3) The only white that is produced in this region is Gavi - from the Cortese grape

A Closer Look At ChardonnayDate published: 02/03/15

Sometimes you hear people mention that they do not like Chardonnay, but they do like Chablis. This highlights how tricky wine labels can be; Chablis is a specific region of France and is made from the Chardonnay grape.

Chardonnay can come in multiple styles depending on the climate where is is grown and how the grape juice is handled after the grapes have been pressed. If grown in a cool climate, such as some regions of France (Chablis and Champagne), the resulting Chardonnay is likely to be medium-light in body with apple, pear or green plum flavours. These wines can also have steely or minerally notes. Moderate climates result in there being more citrus and peach flavours within the wine; whilst hot locations (for example Austrialia) show more exotic fruit characteristics such as banana, mango or fig.

Chardonnay is a grape that can be aged to introduce more complex flavours into the wine. Often the wine is matured in oak barrels. There are 2 main types of oak used, American oak and European oak. The different oaks impart different characteristics into the wine. European oak is often more expensive due to it being a porous wood and therefore it has to be hand-split into staves whilst American oak can be cut by machine. To make the oak staves into barrels the wood is softened by heat . The heat charrs the inside of the barrel which helps to impart the flavours of the wood to the wine. The newer a barrel the more flavour is imparted. American wood develops sweeter aromas in the wine such as sweet vanilla and cocount, whilst European wood imparts more toasty flavours. Not all Chardonnay is oaked and this is one of the many reasons why it creates multiple wines.

Hopefully this shows that Chardonnay can come in multiple forms and just because you didn't like a Chardonnay from one part of the world doesn't mean you should never try it again.

2 Great New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's Under A Tenner!Date published: 02/03/15

2 Great New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's Under A Tenner!

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Nelson

This is one of my all time favourite Sauvignon Blancs. It comes from the Nelson region which is in the very North of New Zealands Southern Island slightly above the Marlborough Region. Waimea were initially an orchard business but have been planting vines since 1993 and today consider themselves a boutique winery producing relatively small quantities of fantastic wines. A direct expression of the terroir this wine is soft and aromatic in style with hints of orange blossom and rose petals amongst the classic flavours of gooseberry, citrus and soft tropical fruits.

Currently in our third off selection, reduced from £12.99 to £8.66 a bottle!

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough

This delicious Marlborough Sauvignon comes from New Zealands second largest producer Villa Maria: a pioneering winery which has been making wines since 1961. Interestingly they were also the first 'cork free' winery in New Zealand! This particular Sauvignon is made from a blend of vineyard sites however each plot is vinified before blending to ensure their individual characteristics are expressed. This wine is crisp and refreshing with zesty citrus, gooseberry, green pepper and elderflower characteristics. These herbaceous characteristics make this wine characteristically Marlborough in style!

Currently in our 25% off promotion, reduced from £12.99 to £9.74 a bottle!

A Closer Look At Cabernet FrancDate published: 01/03/15

A closer look at Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the major black grape varieties worldwide. It is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but can also be vinified alone, as in the Loire's Chinon. In addition to being used in blends and produced as a varietal in Canada and the United States, it is made into ice wine in those regions.

Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright pale red win that contributes finesse and lends a peppery perfume to blends with more robust grapes. Depending on the growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can includetobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, cassis, and violets.

Records of Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux go back to the end of the 18th century, although it was planted in Loire long before that time. DNA analysis indicates that Cabernet Franc is one of two parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, a cross between it and Sauvignon Blanc.

Wine lessons, Part 15Date published: 28/02/15

Today's wine facts are all about the black grape, Pinot Noir:

1) It is one of three grapes that makes Champagne

2) Its original home is Burgundy where it makes some of the finest, age worthy wines in the world; including Gevry Chambertin  and Nuits-st-Georges

3) It is also grown extensively in the New World with great examples coming from New Zealand (Central Otago) and California

4) It is thin skinned and hence is prone to rot and is particularly difficult to grow. Consequently, good Pinot Noir is never cheap

My 3 Top Picks For Mother's DayDate published: 27/02/15

Of course you want to treat your Mum on Sunday 15th March, so here are my top recommendations to make her feel really special:

Black Cottage Rose Magnum (New Zealand) = £19.99

Oeil De Perdrix Pink Champagne = £16.66 when you buy any 2 or more 33% off wines

Pinot Grigio Natale Verga  (Italy) = just £5.99 when you buy any 2 or more 25% off wines

So there you go, no excuses for forgetting!

Wine lessons, Part 14Date published: 27/02/15

Today's wine facts are all about 'Pinot Grigio'

1) It is a white grape that is mass produced in Italy to make neutral, crowd pleasing wines

2) Although white, it has a very pale grey skin, so also makes light style blush roses

3) It is grown in Alsace and the New World as 'Pinot Gris' and has a more complex, often oily stlye - ranging from dry to off-dry

ask a member of staff for their favourite examples!

Wine lessons, Part 13Date published: 26/02/15

Today's wine facts are all about my favourite white grape - Chardonnay

1) Chardonnay is grown extensively in the new world and takes particularly well to oak. Good examples come from Argentina, Australia, Chile and California

2) It originally hales from France and produces fantastic unoaked examples in Chablis

3) It is of course one of the 3 key grapes in Champagne

Beer of the WeekDate published: 26/02/15


Alhambra 1925 Reserva 6*330ml Bottles, 6.4%

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

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

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

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

Wine and takeaway matches for the weekendDate published: 25/02/15

Treating yourself to a takeaway Saturday night? If so, we will tell you which wine would best compliment it:

Chinese : Black Cottage Rose (New Zealand) £9.74 when you buy 2 or more 25% off wines (*always as part of your box)

fresh, strawberry and cherry fruit, candy-floss and sherbet, with a creamy texture

Indian: Waimea Gewurztraminer (New Zealand) £11.24 when you buy 2 or more 25% off wines

lychee, honeysuckle, off-dry, oily, opulent mouthfeel

Pizza: Montepulciano Civetta (Italy) £6.66 when you buy 2 or more 33% off wines

red cherry, sweet spice, smooth and gluggable

Fish and Chips: Champagne - Telmont £16.66 when you buy 2 or more 33% off wines

brioche, apples and pears

Thai: Weisenkirchen Gruner Veltliner (Austria) £9.99

fresh and clean, dry with citrus lemon and grapefruit notes

Kebab: Curious Brew Lager -£17.99 fro a case of 12

exceptional beer made with champagne yeasts

Wine lessons, Part 12Date published: 25/02/15

Today's facts also tell you which grapes make which wines:

1) Prosecco (white) - Glera

2) Prosecco (pink) - Raboso

3) Gavi - Cortese

We know, those labels can be confusing!

Wine lessons, Part 11Date published: 24/02/15

Today's facts are all about food matching

1) Goats cheese is the local match in Loire for their Sauvignon Blanc wines

2) Match high tannins wines with protein rich foods to soften them out - eg. big steaks or hard cheeses

3) Rioja goes famously well with lamb

A-Z of Fine Wine: BDate published: 23/02/15

Château Beau-Site 2007 St-Estèphe

Château Beau Site is a well-established St. Estèphe château that since 1966 has been classified as a Cru Grand Bourgeois Exceptionnel. Nearly 100 hectares of vines are vinified traditionally and then matured in oak casks for 12-15 months. Ripe and straightforward, this is a claret with great all-round appeal. A backbone of blackberry fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of sweet spice and toasted oak. A perfect winter warming red, great with a roast, perhaps some beef or venison for something very special and exciting. Best of all this bottle is on the fine wine deal down to just £14.99! 

A-Z of Fine Wine: ADate published: 22/02/15

Since it is South African Tasting Week I have chosen Ataraxia Chardonnay 2013 Hemel-En-Aarde

The word Ataraxia means a serene state of mind free from worry and preocupation, from Ataraktos: untroubled

Founded in 2004 by husband-and-wife team Kevin and Hanli Grant, Ataraxia are already producing some of the best small-volume Chardonnay that South Africa has to offer, utilising the mild Atlantic climate of the Hemel-en-Aarde to create a wine of purity and fine structure. This handcrafted wine is made from fruit personally sourced from extreme, radical and individual parcels scattered throughout the cape. Matured for 10 months in barrique, the wine has a creamy texture and gentle hazelnut complexity that pervades the citrus and stone fruit core. 

On the fine wine deal currently, this bottle is £27 down from £32. If you are a chardonnay lover this is an absolute MUST! Some of the best that South Africa has to offer. 

Party ServiceDate published: 22/02/15

Are you planning a party, wedding or charity event? Let us help!

We have years of experience in party planning so can take away some of the organisational stress.

We offer the following services:

* Free glass loan (we ask for a fully refundable deposit and that the glasses are returned clean). We have flutes for fizz, wines glasses, half-pint hi-ball tumblers and straight sleeve pints.

* Free chiller bin and table-top cooler loan (again we ask for a fully refundable deposit). The chiller needs 3 to 4 bags of ice and holds around 24 bottles of wine/48 bottles of beer, keeping them cool for several hours. If you require something smarter for the table, the perspex table-top coolers hold 3 to 4 bottles of champagne or wine and need 1 bag of ice to fill.

* Free delivery - we will endeavour to deliver when and where you want.

* Advice on what and how much to buy. We have a well-stocked tasting counter and staff with plenty of expertise and knowledge so can guide you on food and wine matching, popular crowd-pleasers and of course, the best bargains to be had!

* Sale or return - we offer sale or return on large purchases and will accept back single bottles of wine or fizz but only full cases of bitter or lager, so you need never worry about running out!

So do pop in or phone us to discuss your requirements and peruse our extensive range

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2005 La Rioja AltaDate published: 21/02/15

The 2005 vintage of Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from our 30-year-old plots ‘La Cuesta’ and ‘Montecillo’, located in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes come from ancient vines planted at a 600 meter altitude in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), on plots adjoining our ‘Finca La Pedriza’. 

The grapes were selected in the vineyard and taken to the winery in refrigerated trucks. Once fermented, the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was barrel-aged for 36 months in four and a half year-old casks. The Garnacha was aged for 30 months in two and three year-old casks. The wines were manually racked six times. It was bottled in July 2009. 

A note from the producer on the current vintage:

The 2005 harvest was excellent, which enabled us to select only the best grapes to make Viña Ardanza 2005. Our vineyards benefited from very generous weather conditions and the grapes ripened perfectly as a result. Moderate and well-timed rainfall ensured a very good budding. The Tempranillo grape bunches were of average size, whereas the Garnacha vines yielded very loose bunches with small-sized berries, which resulted in highly concentrated grapes. Grape picking started in early October, with mild daytime weather and cold temperatures at night. This temperature drop assisted in both balancing the sugars and achieving phenolic ripeness, which is crucial in producing quality wines. Grapes showed optimal health conditions and very good analytical parameters, which augured well for an extraordinary vintage. 2005 was officially awarded as “Excellent”.

Best of all it's on the fine wine deal! Down to £19.99! 

Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 21/02/15

1) Pétillants is a French word referring to sparkling wine with high levels of Co2 making it fizzy. 

2) Biodynamic wines are made according to the principles of biodynamic agriculture - an organic method which uses cycles of the moon and planets as well as other spiritual and mystical perspectives...Expelliarmus! 

3) The top wine of Penfolds is the Grange which, until 1989, was labelled as Penfolds Grange Hermitage when an objection from the EU forced them to drop the French place-name.

4) AVA stands for American Viticultural Area.

5) The grape Albariño is known as Alvarinho in Portugal where it is the main ingredient of Vinho Verde.

6) Fermentation is a chemical reaction that is brought about by the action of yeast and bacteria.

7) In Occitan, Picpoul means 'lip-stinger'. This is reflected in the wine made with this grape variety; a dry, refreshing and citrusy white. 

8) The Spanish grape variety, Verdejo, was the house wine at the 3 Michelin starred, former best restaurant in the world, El Bulli. This may be where it gained international recognition as a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. 

9) The investigation into the grape Zinfandel's origins was called the 'Zinquest'. Zinfandel is in fact the same grape as the Italian Primitivo.

10) The name of the Italian white grape Falanghina is derived from an old word for the wolves that once roamed through the Irpinia hills where it flourishes. 

M de Minuty Rosé 2014 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 20/02/15

It's the moment we have all been waiting for...Finally Minuty is back! The first sign that Spring is coming! (I'm pining for warmer weather)

This rose is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren. Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. It is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad. 

I know this is a favourite across Majestic but in Tunbridge Wells especially so make sure you pop in and grab some or call us on 01892 615877. We deliver free of charge so why not?

A bit about Lagunilla Rioja Gran Reserva Date published: 20/02/15

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

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

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

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

De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2013 StellenboschDate published: 20/02/15

As it is South African Tasting Week we have opened this amazing fine chenin for you to try! Pop in store and see what you think! On the fine wine deal it is reduced to £16, saving you £5. 

So a little something about the vineyards...Situated on slopes stretching from around 200-400 metres above sea level, 'The Morning Sun' vineyards are so named as they are the first parts of the Stellenbosch valley to receive the sun's light each day.

This Chenin is gloriously rich, with fermentation in barrel and lees ageing adding notes of honey on top of the rich oak and dazzling tropical fruit. There is something quite opulent about this wine and for me it is wonderful to drink on it's own but undoubtedly it would also be a heavenly match for pork belly or pulled pork. Divine! 

Red wine of the week - PinopassoDate published: 19/02/15

Bellingham Pinopasso from South Africa

Available to taste!

This wine is unique!

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

Why have Bellingham made this wine?

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

What can you expect from the wine?

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

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

£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

White wine of the week - Rustenberg SauvignonDate published: 19/02/15

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa

Available to taste!

A wine with pedigree!

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

An award winning wine!

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

Why choose the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc?

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

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

£13.49 buy 2 save 33% = £8.99

Wine Lessons, Part 10Date published: 19/02/15

Today's wine facts are all about pests to the vine..eek!

1) 'Phylloxera' is an aphid which eats away at the roots of the vines. Once there are holes, the vines are more susceptible to disease

2) 'Nematodes' are small worms that also attack vines

3) Winged insects called 'Sharp Shooters' spread  'Pierce's disease', which causes a systematic disease to the vine

Poor wine makers! Often they can graft vines onto American varieties that are immune to some of these things.

2 improved deals for this fortnight! Get them while you can....Date published: 18/02/15

Guigal Cote De Rhone - just £7.99 from £11.75

This fantastic wines comes from a  long standing, reputable producer. It offers bags of bramble fruit, black pepper and hints of spice. The perfect mid-week tipple!

Lagunilla Gran Reserva Rioja 2007- 50% off!! down to just £7.99 from £15.99!!

This beautiful Rioja has bags of age on it and that's resulted in a soft mouth-feel and tons of complexity - stewed red fruit, fig, leather vanilla and cedar. great with roast lamb, Tapas or Paella

Wine lessons, part 9Date published: 18/02/15

Hi all! Today's little snippets of information are all about South Africa (as we have a tasting week starting tomorrow!)

1) A lot of the quality reds come from the Stellenbosch region

2) 'Pinotage' has become their cult black grape - it is actually a crossing between Cinsault and Pinot Noir!

3) They produce a fantastic dessert wine called 'Vin De Constance' which was said to be Nelson Mandela's favourite!

A Closer Look At Viognier Date published: 17/02/15

Viognier has become increasingly fashionable over the last few years. This may be due to the variety offering some of the soft, full-bodied texture of a chardonnay but with more fruit characters present. 

This variety is difficult to grow as it not only needs warm to hot climate to grow in, it tends to offer low and irregular yield. Another difficulty when growing the grape is that it rapidly builds up very high sugar levels which often happens before its delicate peach, pear and violet aromas have had a chance to develop. which can result in unbalanced, high-alcohol wine. However once the flavours have appeared in the grapes, careful handling is required to retain these flavours in the wine. These flavours often appear later on in the season. For ageing the wine new oak is becoming increasingly popular but has to be handled carefully as as the oak flavours can easily overwhelm the delicate aromas of this variety.

The finest Viognier come from the tiny regions of Condrieu and Chateau Grillet in northern Rhone. Due to the low yield and cult following Viognier from this region can command a premium prices. This grape variety express all the delicate perfume, silky texture and mineral flavours that the grape can show. There are other regions and countries that also show great ability in handling this grape variety, such as south of France, Australia, Chile and California. 

Viognier is a wine that is expected to be drunk young though a small number are appropriate to be aged.

Considering Viognier was close to extinction in the 1970's I have great respect for the wines grower as sheer determination and perseverance has been required to maintain this grape variety. So the next time you are in our Majestic store if you haven't already tried Viognier maybe consider the grape as this delicate and fruitful grape will be around for many years to come.

Louise's Top Three Picks From The Third Off SelectionDate published: 16/02/15

So here are my top three picks for this week (prices are all a third off, based on buying 2 or more as part of your mixed 6)

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon  (Chile) £7.99

Zesty, green, fresh, asparagus, gooseberry and grass. Perfect with tomato-based  salads or white fish

Pennaultier Viognier (Southern France) £6.66

ripe peach, apricot, stone and spice. Perfect with pork or as a white alternative with Paella

Rustenberg's RM Nicholson Bordeaux style blend (South Africa) £9.33

coffee, dark bramble fruit, plum, smoky, chocolatey and rich. perfect with lamb Tagine or roast beef 

Wine lessons, part 8Date published: 16/02/15

Wine labels can be very confusing, so which grapes make which wine I hear you ask?

1) Sauvignon Blanc makes Sancerre

2) Chardonnay makes Chablis

3) Pinot Noir makes Red Burgundy

Champagne DecodedDate published: 15/02/15

The four main regions of Champagne are:

1) La Montagne de Reims - This is the most northerly region in Champagne and its northern slopes are planted mainly with Pinot Noir. Here the vineyards snake along the slopes between the plateau and the valleys of the rivers Ardre and Vesle through a National Park. The wines produced here are firm and austere.

2) La Vallee de la Marne - The vineyard slopes flank the Marne River on both sides, following its curves from Ay to beyond Chateau-Thierry. The Marne Valley is the largest grape growing district and is planted with all three main grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, with the latter being the most prominent.

3) La Cote des Blancs - The vineyards here follow the slopes that run from Epernay down to the slopes around the town of Sezanne. This mostly east facing region is famous for producing the finest Chardonnay grapes.

4) La Cote des Bars and Montgueux - Situated south of Epernay, near the city of Troyes in the hills between the river Seine and the river Aube, this is the most southerly and warm region. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape here.

Together, these areas provide the magical combination of terroirs that form the Champagne appellation.

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012Date published: 15/02/15

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World so if you're a zinfandel lover or wanting to try a new grape variety you are certainly looking in the right place! Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils the area produces powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto. Punchy and exciting, this wine is bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish. A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. Lamb or a cheese platter would be ideal!

Food and Wine Matches: Wine + CheeseDate published: 15/02/15

Cheese and Wine 

Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? Here are a few of my favourite pairings!

Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux. This is a great match, which shows off both the food and wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich fruit and savoury characters within.

Goats Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the crisp acidity and aromatics of a sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.

Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate as well for a real treat!

We're always thinking about food and wine here, so if you ever want some recommendations for a particular dish or style of food, just ask!

Spirit of the week - RumbullionDate published: 14/02/15

Spirits of the Week


Produced by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth, the label depicts a hand-drawn image of an old navy grog tub. Creamy Madagascan vanilla is added to the finest high proof Caribbean rum and a zesty orange peel note adds a distinctive freshness to this rum.

Made locally!


Wine lessons, Part 7Date published: 14/02/15

As it's Valentine's Day, today's facts are going to be about all things pink

1) At Majestic, Provence Rose is one of our best sellers - from southern France, it is pale and crisp in style and perfect with seafood.

2) Pinot Grigio Blush is the only rose that is technically not made from a red grape - it is a very pale, grey-skinned grape

3) White Zinfandel is usually a sweeter style of rose from California, which is more mass produced and bright pink in colour.


New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store! Soffio No.3 Prosecco RoseDate published: 13/02/15

Soffio No.3. Rose NV

Buy 2 or more as part of your 6 = £6.66 from £9.99

Raboso is effectively the red 'sister rape' of Prosecco (Glera, extensively used for making a similarly light and fruity rose version of northern Italy's signature sparkling wine, and is grown throughout the Veneto region. This example is made in Calmasino near Lake Garda.

A gentle rose colour with salmon pink hues. The nose is gently floral, with hints of cherry blossom intermingling with fresh summer fruits. Gently fruity and approachably off-dry.

Drink with salty canapes or fresh prawns.

The perfect bargain pink fizz for Valentine's

Pol Roger Reserve NVDate published: 12/02/15

This excellent richer in style champagne is at an excellent price of £29.98 down from £45

This Champagne was famously Winston Churchill's favourite brand of Champagne. Upon his death Pol Roger place a black border around the labels around all the NV brut shipped to the United Kingdom. Also there Cuvee Prestige is called the Cuvee de Churchill. 

This Champagne house is based around Epernay in the champagne region of France. They annually produce around 110,000 cases of Champagne. Their historic cellars are 33m below ground level and due to this average notably low temperatures which significantly contributes to the fine mousse on this champagne. Opulence and elegance at it's very best. 

More From Mud House! Date published: 12/02/15

Mud House Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago

Central Otago is the central part of New Zealand's south island, and with its free-draining loam and gravel soils and wide diurnal temperature variation, it has become known for superb Pinot Noir. This is a single-vineyard wine from Otago's sub-region of Bendigo. An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length. There is not too many Pinot Noirs in the range from central otago so this is definately worth a try. It would go beautifully with duck especially, so maybe something to think about for wowing your guests at a dinner party. Or keep it for yourself...im not a fan of sharing either...

Mud House Woolshed Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

The Woolshed Vineyard is one of Mud House's own estate-owned vineyard sites, and was established in 2002 in the upper Wairau Valley, on the combination of hillsides and alluvial flats that characterise classic Marlborough terroir. Bright, punchy and zesty on the nose, combining passion fruit and grapefruit with hints of green peppers. Crisp and mouthwatering on the palate, which overflows with fresh fruit flavour. There is a touch of opulence to this refreshing wine. Mud House recommends pairing with aromatic prawn fish cakes.

New in stock - Black Cottage Rose Magnums!Date published: 12/02/15

An attractive and fresh style of New Zealand Rose. There is bags of red fruit on the palate such as strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant. Also hints of blossom, yoghurt, candy-floss, sherbet and sweet-spice. The texture is creamy yet with a zippy 'lift'. Perfect for drinking when the sun comes back, as an apertif or BBQ wine. Also nice for something pink to share for Valentines! And a bargain price of just £19.99 (for a Magnum bottle!)

Wine lessons, part 6Date published: 12/02/15

Today's little snippets are about all things Port!

1) Port is a fortified wine that comes form the Douro Valley in Portugal

2) The 5 main port grapes are: Touriga Franc, Touriga National, Tinta Cao, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Tinta Baroca.

3) Port is a wine which is fortified with grape spirit during the wines first fermentation - this stops fermentation before all sugars have been converted to alcohol - leaving residual sugar, and often a sweeter finished product

Great Pinot Noir for a shade under a tenner!Date published: 11/02/15

Saint Clair Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2012/2013 Marlborough

Sourced from several vineyards in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, whose clay soils promote the growth of small bunches of small berries, and thus intensely flavoured Pinot Noir. Portions of the wine are aged in French oak barriques before blending with unoaked wine. Rich garnet core with a purplish rim. Aromas of ripe black cherries and currants, with a lifted raspberry note and a hint of vanilla. Fine tannins, medium palate weight, and good fruit concentration. This wine would be amazing with cutlets of smoked lamb. But if you need a red for slightly spicey or asian cuisine this Pinot Noir is perfect! 

£9.99 down from £15-who can say no to a deal like that?

Wine of the Week - Pierre-Jean Sauvion Chenin Blanc 2013Date published: 11/02/15

This week's wine of the week is a light-bodied, fresh and approachable Loire Chenin Blanc, with subtle aromas of white flowers and honey against a backdrop of crisp white apple. Lively acidity provides a mouthwatering experience. Come and explore on our taste counter!

One of this week's new arrivals!Date published: 10/02/15

NEW!! Prelude a Grand-Puy Ducasse 2007, Pauillac, £19.99

The second wine of Grand-Puy Ducasse, Prelude, is made from the fruit of three specific vineyard parcels on the estate with vines of around 20 years of age, that occupy sought-after sites that neighbour vineyards of the prestigious Rothschild estates of Lafite and Mouton. A

A medium-to-full-bodied claret with a pleasing density and richness of fruit such as plum and blackcurrant. Oak ageing of over 18 months has added secondary characters of dried herbs, raisined fruit and toasted wood.

Enjoy now or age for a further 5-8 years. Serve with rich meat dishes or  a cheeseboard

Wine lessons, Part 5Date published: 10/02/15

Today's facts are all about vineyard soils..more important than you might think!

1) The Mosel Valley in Germany is famous for slate soils, which impart flavour to their Rieslings

2) Chablis is famous for its Kimmeridgian Clay, which is white and chalk-like - this reflects sunlight to the vines as well as providing good drainage

3) The Southern Rhone (Chateauneuf-du-Pape in particular) has famous 'pudding stone' soils called 'galets', these absorb valuable warmth for the vines.

So there it is folks - arguably the three most famous vineyard soils

Wine Lessons, Part 4Date published: 08/02/15

Today's wine facts are focusing on the French region of Bordeaux.

Bordeaux is split in half by the river Gironde, which leads us to talking about wines from either the right or left bank of the river.

Bordeaux is one of the most northern places where the Cabernet Sauvignon grape can ripen successfully.

Bordeaux is also famous for making sweet (dessert) wines such as Sauternes and Barsac.

New to the Range: Château Capbern Gascaton 2006Date published: 08/02/15

New to the Range: Château Capbern Gascaton 2006 St-Estèphe

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

OriginCapbert Gasqueton have around 33 hectares of vines in St-Estèphe, comprising, 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. The estate occupies similar terroir, and is under the same ownership as its more famous neighbour, Calon Segur.

TasteDark and earthy, this is typically firm-textured St-Estèphe. The palate has plenty of weight and power, but is nicely balanced, with savoury tones accompanying the ripe bramble fruit.

Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years.

Price: £17.99 

Wine lessons, Part 3Date published: 07/02/15

Today's useful little wine facts all focus around Champagne (just because we have all our pink ones a third off for Valentines!):

1) Champagne is made from three grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay

2) 'Blanc de Blanc' styles are just made from white grapes , i.e. the Chardonnay. Conversely, 'Blanc de Noirs' is made form the black varieties.

3) Vintage Champagnes use grapes all from a single year (vintage) - a good year in terms of weather etc. However, non-vintage Champagnes will use grapes from various years.

New Bordeaux to the rangeDate published: 07/02/15

Chateau Capbern Gascaton 2006, St-Estephe, £17.99

Capbert Gasqueton have around 33 hectares of vines in St-Estephe, comprising, 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. The estate occupies similar terroir, and is under the same ownership as its more famous neighbour, Calon Segur.

Dark and earthy, this is a typically firm-textured St-Estephe. The palate has plenty of weight and power, but is nicely balanced, with savoury tones accompanying the ripe bramble fruit.

Drink now or cellar for a further 2-3 years. Enjoy alongside Beef Wellington or a cheeseboard.

Today's new arrival to the storeDate published: 06/02/15

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Chardonnay 2012

Buy any 2 or more 25% off wines as part of your box = £9.74 from £12.99

Wynn's first produced this estate Chardonnay in 1981, and it has become something of a benchmark for Coonawarra Chardonnay, showing off the fine structure and varietal character that results from this region's long ripening season.

Lifted white peach and nectarine aromas, complemented by subtle nut and nougat aromas. Soft stone fruit, citrus and poached pear flavours linger on the fresh, lightly creamy palate.

Enjoy within the next couple of years. Best paired with roast poultry or creamy pasta dishes.

Wine lessons, Part 2Date published: 06/02/15

I know you've all been waiting with baited breath, so without further ado - here are today's 3 wine facts

1) Phylloxera is a louse that is a pest to vines. In fact, it wiped out most of European vineyards in previous decades, so that there are very few ancient vines. Vines now often have to be grafted on to American root-stocks that are resistant to the disease, but not good enough to produce wine making grapes in their own right

2) Chile remains Phylloxera free as the sandy soils inhibit it.

3) 'nematodes' are another pest to the vine - little worms. Yuk!

Wine lessons. Part 1Date published: 05/02/15

Everybody wants to know more about wine,so I thought it would be fun to bring you 3 interesting wine facts each day. So to kick off:

1) 'Viticulture' is the term that describes everything that goes on in the vineyard - that is to say the process right from growing the grape, up until it arrives in the winery

2) 'Vinification' on the other hand, refers to the actual wine making process - from grape to bottle

3) The species of grape that is viable for wine-making is called 'Vitis Vinifera'

Found this interesting? look out tomorrow for part 2!

Beer of the Week - Flying Dog IPA - NEW!!Date published: 05/02/15

New! Flying Dog IPA! Open to taste

So what is all the hype about 'craft beer'? The term craft beer originated in the UK in the 1970s and is loosely defined as a beer brewed on a relatively small scale by an independent brewer. The trend for craft beers has really taken off in the last few years and Majestic is proud to bring a range of craft beers to a wider audience.

This particular example is from Aspen, Colorado and has been brewed since 1990. Unlike many American IPAs the ABV is 4.7%, as opposed to usual 6%+, making this what the brewery term a “sessionable beer”.

The brewery owner is close friends with the journalist Hunter S. Thompson and the illustrator Ralph Steadman, who collaborated to come up with the funky designs on the labels.

Most importantly, what does it taste like? The beer is light and citrussy, with subtle hints of spice and an underlying hoppiness. It is a great accompaniment to Mexican and Asian food.

..and it's a bargain: £12.99 Buy 2 or more packs of selected craft beer = £9.99

Wine of the week - open to try!Date published: 04/02/15

New! Natale Verga Pinot Grigio from Italy.

What is important to know about Pinot Grigio?

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

Why buy the Natale Verga Pinot Grigio?

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

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

What does it taste like?

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

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

£7.99 buy 2 save 25% = £5.99

A final new arrival for you ...for now!Date published: 04/02/15

Russian Jack Pinot Noir, 2013, Martin borough vineyards - New Zealand

(Yes, Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc's Brother!)

Buy any 2 or more 25% off wines as part of your box = £11.99 from £15.99

Russian Jack was a merchant sailor from Latvia, who found himself in New Zealand and became a legendary travelling fruit picker, living a nomadic life for over 50 years in the Wellington area. A statue dedicated to his memory now stands in the town of Masterton.

A finely balanced Pinot offering ripe red cherry and cranberry fruit underpinned by a fresh crunchiness and savoury notes. Tannins are ripe and supple, polished and spice-infused by 9 months barrel maturation.

The perfect wine to accompany smoked duck

Another new arrival for February!Date published: 04/02/15

NEW!! Mud House Claim 341 Pinot Noir 2102, Central Otago

Buy 2 or more selected wines as part of your box and save £10 = £14.99 from £19.99

This is a single-vineyard wine from Central Otago, arguably the home of new Zealand's finest Pinot Noir. The Claim 341 vineyard is planted with specially selected Pint Noir clones with different ripening characteristics, which lends complexity and structure to the blend.

Aromas of plum and boysenberry give way to subtle hints of oak toast and spice. The palate offers intense fruit yet an elegant structure with fine tannins and acidity.

Mud House recommends serving with slow-cooked pulled chipotle beef. Also delicious as a red wine alternative to accompany meaty fish like tuna.

Black Cottage Rosé 2014 MarlboroughDate published: 03/02/15

Rose season is fast approaching and we already have this Majestic staff favourite back in stock. In normal bottle size and Magnum! 

Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rosé from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World. Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.

Interestingly, this wine is made using Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, giving it a rather different and individual edge. This wine is currently £9.74 with 25% off anbd the magnum is a bargain too at £40! A real party starter! 

German Wine Labels ExplainedDate published: 03/02/15

Understanding German Wine Labels and Sweetness

Germany's law states German wines must indicate a Pradikat (sweetness) level on bottle labels. The styles outlined below are only appropriate for white wines, and follow in ascending order:

Kabinett are the most delicate Pradikatswein wines and often make great aperfitis. The sweeter styles will have an alcohol level of between 8-9% abv whereas drier styles can reach 12% abv. 

Spatlese indicates a 'late-harvest' wine. These will have more concentrated flavours, and Riesling wines will have a little more body compared to those of a Kabinett style. Spatlese wines will also have a higher abv than Kabinett. 

Auslese wines are made from individually selected extra-ripe bunches of grapes. This category offers the greatest styles of Rieslings. Some producers treat this as a slightly richer, riper Spatlese in a dry or sweet style, and some Auslese wines have a overt botrytis character (Botryis is used in the production of sweet/dessert wines). It is also the highest Pradikat category that can produce a dry wine. 

Beernauslese (BA) indicates a rare, expensive sweet wine that will have been made from individually selected grapes, ideally those with flavours enhanced by the effect of noble rot. 

Eiswein (ice-wine) is made from grapes that have been left on the vines until the weather is cold enough to freeze them. When the grapes are pressed the frozen water remains in the press resulting in a highly concentrated grape juice. The end wine is intensely concentrated pure fruit flavours with very high levels of acidity. 

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) are sweet wines that are produced in minute quantities, in only the finest vintages, from individual grapes that have undergone noble rot to such a degree they have shrivelled to tiny raisins. The end product rarely has more than an 8% abv. TBAs are amongst the world's most expensive wines. 

Pinotage explained...Date published: 02/02/15

Pinotage is a red wine grape that is South Africa's signature variety. It was bred there in 1925 as a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (Cinsaut was known as "Hermitage" in South Africa during that time, hence the portmanteau name of Pinotage). It typically produces deep red varietal wines with smoky, bramble and earthy flavors, sometimes with notes of bananas and tropical fruit. Pinotage is often blended, and also made into fortified wine and even red sparkling wine. The grape is a viticultural cross of two varieties of Vitis vinifera, not a hybrid. The first recognition came when a Bellevue wine made from Pinotage became the champion wine at the Cape Wine Show of 1959. This wine would become the first wine to mention Pinotage on its label in 1961, when Stellenbosch Farmer's Winery (SFW) marketed it under their Lanzerac brand. This early success, and its easy viticulture, prompted a wave of planting during the 1960s. 

Why not try...Kanonkop Pinotage 2011 Stellenbosch

Kanonkop is undoubtedly one of the top estates in South Africa and their highly sought after Pinotage shows this South African variety, at its best. Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana. Whilst drinking well now, this wine will benefit from a few years of bottle age. Pinotage is a good match for stews or barbecued meat.

Yet another new arrival into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 30/01/15

Waimea Estate Gruner Veltliner 2014, Nelson

Buy any 2 33% off bottles as part of a mixed 6 bottle case and get it for £9.99 from £14.99

Just three rows of vines known as the 'Railway Reserve', owing to the fact that they follow the path of a disued railway line, within Waimea's Annabrook Vineyard are planted with Gruner Veltliner. This wine is made deliberately off-dry to achieve the perfect flavour balance.

An inviting gold colour, this is a fresh and crisp wine with a little extra richness. Stone fruit and pineapple flavours are accented with nuances of fennel, white pepper and a lingering minerality.

Pair with special seafood dishes or light poultry meals

Yet another new arrival into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 30/01/15

Pouilly-Fumé 'La Chataigneraie' 2013, Dominique Baud

Buy 2 as part of your mixed 6 and get 25% off = £9.74 from £12.99

Along with neighbouring Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé is known for producing some of the finest classic Sauvignon Blanc. As hinted at by the name, the wines often display smoky (Fumé) aromas said to be a reflection of the gravel, flint and limestone in the region's soils.

An inviting pale lemon-gold, with subtle aromas of grass, fresh fennel and gunflint against a backdrop of citrus. A ripe grapefruit palate with refreshing, zesty acidity.

Perfect with oysters or scallops

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 29/01/15

NEW!! Bellingham Pinopasso Pinotage


Taking their inspiration from the 'ripasso' wines of northern Italy, which owe their expectational richness to the addition of partially dried grapes to the blend, Bellingham have created this quintessentially South African adaption of the style using their signature grape.

Dark, fleshy and muscular, this wine offers the smoky and sinuous black cherry profile of classic Pinotage, with added richness and sweet spice notes, and a smooth, voluptuous texture.

Will stand up to rich mushroom risotto or osso bucco.

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 29/01/15

Domaine de Fabregues 2011, AOP Languedoc

Buy 2 save 25% = £8.99 form £11.99* (as part of a minimum 6 bottle purchase)

Based at a former chapel, this domaine is located a short distance to the north of Pezenas, in the foothills of the Cevennes Mountains. It was acquired in 2005 by owner Carine Despinasse whose aim is to create wines 'between classicism and surprise'.

This is a typical Southern-French blend of Grenache, syrah, Carignan and Cinsault varietals. In the classic Languedoc style, it is rich and spicy, with an intense jammy blackberry and morello cherry backbone balanced by supple tannins and notes of pepper and dark chocolate.

Drink alongside full-flavoured casseroles or roasts.

My favourite Malbec!Date published: 28/01/15

Malbec is definitely one of the most popular grapes at the moment, and for a reason! But with so many different Malbecs available to choose from, which ones should you try? To help you out a bit, here is my favourite Malbec: Vinalba Reservado

Sweet like chocolate, or at least dark chocolate on the palate, and with both its Decanter and International Wine and Spirit Competition quality awards, it comes as no surprise when I say that this is absolute stunner of a Malbec. The Malbec is sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, and grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity. On first sight it is a thick, dark purple – 'rich' springs to mind. And the taste? Ripened juices are foremost on the palate, against the intense flavours of dark plum fruits, dark chocolate and mocha. It is full-bodied wine, pairing perfectly with peppered steak and other red meats, but is equally enjoyable on its own.

Luckily its on our 33% off offer at the moment, so is available at just £8.66. Bargain! 

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 28/01/15

New!! Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Giesen

Buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 from £9.99

A great value Sauvignon Blanc from Giesen, a family winery still owned and run by the three brothers who founded it. This wine comes from 47 different vineyard sites in the Wairau Valley, cultivated by partner growers but vinified at Giesen's winery.

Typically vibrant, citrussy and herbal Marlborough Sauvignon, with kaffir lime and blackcurrant leaf notes against a backdrop of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours. Dry and mouthwatering.

Drink with freshly prepared cold seafood dishes.

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 28/01/15

NEW!! Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc - New Zealand

Buy 2 save 25% = £8.99 form £11.99

This wine is made by Martinborough Vineyards, who have branched out from their home in New Zealand's North Island, sourcing their Sauvignon grapes from certified sustainable vineyards across the water in Marlborough's Wairau Valley.

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

Drink with spicy oriental salads

Wine of the Week Date published: 27/01/15

The Lodge Hill Shiraz, Jim Barry – Clare Valley

Buy 2 save 33% = £9.99 (from £14.99)

The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.

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

Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit,matching it to grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles

The Beaujolais Crus Pt.3Date published: 17/01/15

Welcome back! In part 2 we learned about the characteristics of wines from Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Saint-Amour; the crus which generally produce a medium bodied style of Beaujolais. In part 3 we will lean about the characteristics of wines from Chenas, Julienas, Morgon and Moulin-a-Vent. These last 4 crus produce the fullest bodied examples of cru Beaujolais and are usually meant to be consumed between four to ten years after harvest.

*Chenas- The smallest of all the cru Beaujolais. Wines from here are notable for their aroma of wild roses.
*Julienas- Wines from here are notable for their richness and spice with floral aromas reminiscent of peonies.
*Morgon- These wines are generally the richest and deepest in colour of all the cru Beaujolais. Notable for aromas of apricots and peaches.
*Moulin-a-Vent- Very similar to the nearby Chenas. This region produces some of the longest lasting examples of Beaujolais, with some wines lasting over ten years. Some producers age their Moulin-a-Vent in oak which gives these wines more tannin and structure than other Beaujolais wines.

So now you can confidently navigate the world of Cru Beaujolais, all that's left is to visit your local Majestic and try some of these unique and intriguing wines!

New Charity of the Year: Prostate Cancer UKDate published: 17/01/15

As a company we get behind one charity each year in an effort to make a real difference. During 2014 had an excellent year in which we supported Dogs for the Disabled. This year the Majestic staff have voted to support Prostate Cancer UK.

One man dies every hour of prostate cancer in the UK, and 1 in 8 men will develop the disease. It is currently the most common cancer in men in the UK, but is predicted to become the most common cancer overall in the UK by 2030. Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. They support men and provide vital information. They find answers by funding research into causes and treatments. And they lead change, raising the profile of the disease and improving care. They believe that men deserve better. 

We'll be having lots of charity events over the course of the year as well as having charity tins in store, so every Chupa Chup lolly sold goes to an amazing cause! More details about Prostate Cancer UK are available online at www.prostatecanceruk.org

Wine of the week - La La Land Malbec - NEW!!Date published: 16/01/15

NEW!! : La La Land Malbec, Australia

Buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

La La Land wines come from the Red Cliffs vineyard near Mildura in the north-west of Victoria, and are made in a deliberately up-front and early-drinking style by Dr Phil Spillman, who has made wines for some of the most prestigious wineries of the Antipodes.

Approachable and fruit-driven, this is a wine filled with bold forest-fruit flavours and a supple feel, supported by subtle hints of vanilla and dark chocolate.

Ready to drink now or after short-term cellaring. Recommended food pairings are pulled pork sliders or barbecued ribs

Ribera del DueroDate published: 16/01/15

The Ribera del Duero is cut off from any maritime influence by a ring of mountains. The vineyards of the Ribera del Duero are situated in the highest part of the Meseta, with some Vineyards planted as high as 850 meters. It is this altitude that mitigates the continental climate by ensuring cool night time temperatures throughout the year. The region has had an association with fine wine production dating back to the nineteenth century and is a D.O for red wine and rose wine only. Tempranillo is the dominant grape variety and is a single varietal for some of the best red wines. The local name for it is Tinto fino. Other grapes used include Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. Garnacha is grown too and is mostly made into dry rose. Wines of the Ribera del Duero are naturally darker in colour with more powerful and astringent tannins than tempranillos from Rioja, although the ageing requirements are exactly the same for crianza, reserva and gran reserva. A lot of these differences are to do with the different terroir. Ribera has a schistos sub soil with a different micro climate to Rioja. A young Ribera will be vibrant and brambly and when they age they gain vanilla notes from the oak as well as sweet spice and polished tannins. Vega Sicillia was the original big producer in Ribera but Pasquera has in more recent years brought wide aclaim to the area with the help of wine critic Robert Parker. 

The Beaujolais Crus Pt.2Date published: 16/01/15

Welcome back! In part 1 we learned about the characteristics of wines from Brouilly, Regnie and Chiroubles; the crus which generally produce the lightest wines of all the Beaujolais crus. In part 2 we will lean about the characteristics of wines from Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie and Saint-Amour. These crus generally produce a more medium style of Beaujolais. 

*Cote de Brouilly- Wines from here are more concentrated and less earthy than Brouilly wines.
*Fleurie- Noted for their fruity and floral bouquet. These wines often have a velvet texture.
* Saint-Amour- Noted for their spicy flavours with aromas of peaches.

In part 3 we will learn about the four Beaujolais crus that produce the fullest bodied wines of all the crus. in the meantime, come and explore our range of Beaujolais wine in store...

The Beaujolais Crus Pt.1Date published: 15/01/15

Beaujolais...Love it or hate it you certainly can't ignore it. This short series will explore the main differences between the ten appellations that have been awarded cru status. All ten of the Beaujolais cru differ noticeably in character. However, the following three crus produce the lightest bodied cru Beaujolais and are typically meant for immediate consumption:

* Brouilly- This is the largest cru in Beajolais. The wines here are noted for for their aromas of blueberries, cherries, raspberries, and currents. 

* Regnie- Noted for its redcurrant and raspberry flavours.

* Chiroubles- Noted for its delicate perfume that often includes aromas of violets.

In the next part of the series I will explore three of the more medium bodied cru Beaujolais. In the meantime, come and explore all the Beaujolais we have on offer! To be continued....

Intro to Champagne VintagesDate published: 15/01/15

The climate in Champagne presents many challenges for growers. It has a cool maritime climate meaning they often have to contend with spring frosts and winter freeze, making the grapes high in acidity and low in sugar – completely unsuitable for still wine but perfect for Champagne. 

There are two main styles of Champagne:

Non Vintage: This is the most commercially important wine to most producers. This is their bread and butter. The styles can vary from full bodied and yeasty to light and fruity, however each house's style will be the same year on year. In order to maintain this consistency the producer will use grapes from the current vintage and can blend in up to 40% of reserve wines which are kept over from previous years.It takes a huge amount of practice, skill, knowledge and even natural talent to do the job of deciding what the blend will be each year. 

Vintage: These wines are only made in exceptional years. The wine should be an expression of one year and one vineyard and offer a real contrast to the house's Non Vintage wine. Vintage champagne is an exciting trade up from NV without the premium price tag of a  Prestige Cuvée. 

A bit about some specific vintages...

1998: An extraordinary year in terms of weather, a sunny winter, rainy April, frost in late May and a heat wave in August. However despite this extreme weather it was an outstanding vintage. Wines from this vintage just get better and better with age and most are at their peak now so don't hesitate!

Veuve Clicquot 'La Grande Dame' 1998
Named after the “Grand Lady” as a tribute to Madame Clicquot. This is a true expression of Veuve Clicquot's style. A rich golden colour with delicate fruit and excellent balance.

2002: An excellent year producing graceful wines. The best of the early 21st century. Rainy and cold during August however the warm September redeemed the crop. Excellent Pinot Noir and rich Chardonnay.

Bollinger Grande Année 2002
One of Bollinger's “great vintages”, produced from grapes exclusively from Grand Cru sites. Rich, complex and biscuity this is truly a beautiful wine.

2004: This harvest produced a rare combination of quality and quantity. Well structured and elegant Chardonnay. Keep these wines and there is every chance that they will develop into similar quality to the 1998!

Dom Perignon 2004 

At first mild and delicate, then strongly, confidently mineral, persistent, precise, with a refined bitterness, and an iodine, saline tang. A classic accompaniment to any stylish celebration. The label of the bottle in the accompanying picture you might notice is not the standard DP label.  In this vintage there was an alternative design released with a vivid and iconic special edition label from modern artist Jeff Koons.

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay is one to try this month!Date published: 14/01/15

There is 33% off all the cloudy bay wines including their sparking Pelorus. Everyone knows the name Cloudy Bay. In essence it has become somewhat of a cult wine. However, behind the name in the case of Cloudy Bay Chardonnay there really is a fabulous wine which is well worth the price tag. You will be pleased to know that this month though, the price tag is a whole lot smaller! 33% off brings it down to £19.99. 

So why is it so good? Well, a cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay. The grapes are hand picked from selected vineyards in good vintages to produce a wine full of charm and character and bags of flavour. It has 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. Sumptuous yet elegant...exactly what a Chadonnay should be in my book! 

The Lodge Hill Shiraz Jim Barry 33% offDate published: 14/01/15

This is a stunning example of just how good Australian Shiraz can really be. The Lodge Hill Shiraz Jim Barry, Clare Valley is down from 14.99 to £9.99 and i promise this wine is a lot of bang for your buck! 

Jim Barry is a fab producer; The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley in fact. The late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz. 

The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.It has a great white pepper kick to it, giving elegance to the full bodied and spicy style. A nice winter warmer for the colder months, it is great with grilled meats as you would expect, any rich casserole or a home-made lasagne. 

This is definitely worth a try whether you are a Shiraz lover or want to explore something new.  Pop in store and mix and match one bottle as part of your mixed case...I guarantee you will be coming back for more! 

Pink Deals In Time For Valentine's DayDate published: 13/01/15

Perrier-Joet  Rose Champagne - 40% off = £29.99*

Oeil De Perdrix Rose Chapagane - 33% off = £19.99

Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne -  33% off = £44.97

Veuve Rose Champagne - 33% off = £39.97

Ruinart Rose Champagne - 25% off = £44.98

With deals like this, why not treat your special someone?!

*prices valid now for a limited time only, based on 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case

New to the Range: Glenelly Glass Collection Blend 2008Date published: 12/01/15

New to the Range: Glenelly Glass Collection Blend 2008 Western Cape

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah-Shiraz

OriginGlenelly Estate is located in the Idas Valley, Stellenbosch. It was owned by a British family for the 92 years up until 2003, when it was purchased by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, winemaker and owner of Pichon-Lalande, the famous Pauillac grand cru classé property.

A classy and well-structured wine that doffs its cap to Bordeaux with its aromas of cigar box, liquorice and spice, over a background of robust yet voluptuous blackcurrant fruit and weighty tannins.

EnjoyAt its best when served alongside roast beef or similar.

Price: Currently on our 33% off offer, reduced from £17.99 to £11.98 a bottle.

New to the Range: Macon-Verzé 2013Date published: 11/01/15

New to the Range: Macon-Verzé 2013

Grape: Chardonnay

OriginThe Thibert family have owned their estate for 7 generations, and is now managed by the brother-and-sister team of Christophe and Sandrine. They have a total of 29 hectares of mainly village-appellation vineyards across the Pouilly and Mâcon districts.

TasteFermented in steel except for 10% of the blend which is fermented in oak, this is a crisp and fruity Chardonnay with very subtle suggestions of nutty oak influence and an enduring minerality.

EnjoyPartner with all poultry dishes, or delicate white fish such as baked cod.

Price: Currently a steal at £11.99 a bottle.

New to the Range: Allumea GrilloDate published: 10/01/15

New to the Range: Allumea Grillo 2013 Sicily

Grape: Grillo

OriginThe Grillo grape is one of southern Italy's indigenous varieties, widely planted in Sicily and in particular the Trapani province, the source of this example. Once mainly viewed as the staple grape of Marsala, it has become increasingly common as a base for dry whites.

TasteA fruity and fragrant wine offering a refreshing pineapple, tangerine and lemon fruit profile. Nicely rounded on the palate, it has an easy-drinking feel and a clean finish.

EnjoyServe chilled with soft cheeses such as cambozola.

Price: Currently on a saving of 25%, reduced from £8.99 down to £6.74. What a bargain!

Wine of the Week - Belleruche Cotes-du-RhoneDate published: 09/01/15

Belleruche Cotes-du-Rhone, Chapoutier

Buy 2 save 33% = £7.33


The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.

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

Best wines for under £6??Date published: 09/01/15

It is question that has no doubt puzzled the greatest minds since the dawn of time; what is the best wine at Majestic for under £6?? Whilst this question can never be answered definitively, allow me to put forward my own suggestion. The Santa Rita 120 Carmenere from Chile's Central Valley is a lively and juicy representation of this grape variety. It has a soft and supple texture, bright brambly fruit, subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf, and a hint of vanilla from 6 months in French oak. It is currently on our 33% off deal at £5.99 down from £8.99 and at this price is definitely worth stocking up on. Get it whilst stocks last

New to the Range: Massey Dacta Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/01/15

New to the Range: Massey Dacta Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: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.

TasteMouthwatering 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.

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

Price: Currently on our 25% off promotion, reduced from £12.99 to £9.74 a bottle.

Amazing 40% off offers!!Date published: 08/01/15

As it is January we have decided to improve some of our offers to their strongest ever. The following range of products have an amazing 40% discount on them!!

Chateau Simmard 2004: £19.99 save 40% to £11.99
Berberana Gran Reserva: £15.99, save 40% to £9.59
Louis Roederer Brut: £45, save 40% to £26.99
Moet and Chandon 2006 Vintage: £50, save 40% to £29.98
Bollinger Grande Annee 2004: £100, save 40% to £59.96
Laurent Perrier Vintage: £50, save 40% to £29.98
Prosecco Pasqua Treviso: £11.99, save 40% to £7.19
Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage: £28.49, save 40% to £17.09
Prosecco La Marca Conegliano: £14.99, save 40% to £8.99

Get these deals whilst we've still got the stock! Offer is available, when any two 40% off wines are bought as part of a mixed case of 6, online and in store.


Wine of the Week: Fremondo GrecoDate published: 08/01/15

Wine of the Week: Fremondo Greco 2013 

Grape: Greco

OriginAs the name suggests, the Greco grape is thought to be of Greek origin, the ancestor of grapes first brought to Italy in around 700 BC by the ancient Greeks. This example comes from a winemaking cooperative based in the south of Italy close to Naples.

TasteThough pale in colour and delicate in aroma, this wine has a full texture, dense with apricot and peach flavour, and heady honeysuckle notes on the nose, and a long mineral finish.

EnjoyGreat with rich seafood. Try with monkfish in a creamy herb butter.

Price: Currently on our 15% off promotion, reduced from £9.99 to £8.49 a bottle.

500 lines a third off!Date published: 07/01/15

As it's January and we have all spent lots over Christmas, we thought we would be kind and bring you some January bargains. In fact, we have more than ever! We have around 500 wines that you can mix and match within our third off offer. Today I bring you my top 3 picks:

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay (Chile) £7.99

rich, buttery, tropical fruit, baked-apple - perfect with roast chicken

Gavi Toledana (Italy) £7.99

honeyed, almonds, pears, mellow - perfect on its own or with fish dishes and light salads

Beefsteak Malbec (Argentina) £6.66

Meaty, black fruits, liquorice, vanilla - the perfect mid-week bargain. Enjoy with sausages or steak

Craft Ale of the Week: Lagunitas IPADate published: 03/01/15

Craft Ale Of The Week: Lagunitas IPA

The recipe was formulated with malt and hops working together to balance it all out on your ‘buds so you can knock back more than one without wearing yourself out. Big on the aroma with a hoppy-sweet finish that’ll leave you wanting another sip.

New Years Date published: 31/12/14

I'm afraid we are closed New Year's Day. We are re-open on Friday 2nd, usual hours: 10am until 8pm

Delivery Slots Still Available Before New Year!Date published: 30/12/14

We still have some delivery slots available for tomorrow, so get your orders in quick. You can either buy online or give us a call on 01892 615877 if you'd like to chat about the wine first!

£1 A Bottle Beer! Date published: 30/12/14

With New Year just round the corner, you might want to stock up on some beer. Well worry not, we currently have Peroni and Pilsner Urquell at £1 a bottle in cases of 24 bottles. So pop on down for a stock up. Or if you want some wine as well, why not tag some beer onto your delivery for ultimate party experience!

Spirits of the WeekDate published: 27/12/14

2 news Spirits of the Week on the counter for you to try!

Don Papa Rum

Produced on the isle of Negros Occidental - the sugar capital of the Philippines due to the perfect combination of climate and rich volcanic soil. Its name comes from Don Papa Isio, one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution. This rum has a light and fruity nose with a rich-textured finish of vanilla, honey and candied fruit.

Langtons No. 1 Lakeland Gin

A celebration of the Lake District, Langtons use local ingredients where possible amongst their 11 botanicals, including Lake District Oak Bark. Slate-filtered water is extracted via a borehole from an ancient aquifer found under the mountain of Skiddaw, Keswick and Derwent Water. Fresh citrus characters dominate with a light touch of sweetness, followed by a smooth finish.

Both bottles are an even £30 a the moment, so be sure not to miss out.

New to the Range: Porta 6 2012Date published: 22/12/14

New to the Range: Porta 6 2012 Lisboa

Grape: Castelão, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional

OriginThe area around Lisbon is a hive of winemaking activity, making uniquely styled wines primarily from blends of native Portuguese grapes. This wine comes from vineyards in the Alenquer and Cadaval regions, in the mountains to the north of Lisbon.

Quintessentially Portuguese red, offering plenty of warm, jammy forest fruit flavours combined with heady aromas of violets and touches of spice. Supple, chewy tannins provide texture and length.

EnjoyPerfect with minted lamb chops.

Price: Currently on our third off offer, reduced from £9.99 to £6.66 a bottle

Top Christmas RedsDate published: 21/12/14

The red of choice will very much depend upon your food of choice. Below are some classic Christmas matches that work a treat.

Turkey: With this classic bird you will want a light and fruity affair. A old school red Burgundy or a New World Pinot Noir would both work well. Personally I'd either choose the Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, £16.99 a bottle reduced from £19.99, or the Nicolas Potel Pommard, £20 a bottle, reduced from £25. Both these are stella wines that will blow your minds.

Beef: Either a Argentinian Malbec or a Bordeaux partner really well. The firm tannins give good structure that can stand up to the beef flavours. Prime candidates are the Benegas Malbec, £14.23  bottle reduced from £18.99 or Château Cap de Mourlin 2005, currently £19.99 reduced from £30 a bottle.

Lamb: Think Rioja or Cabernet Sauvignon, Marquis de Riscal Reserva 2009 is currently a third off at £9.99, what a bargain.   

Why not pop into store to see our full range of amazing Christmas deals. 

Laurent Perrier Rose (LPR) Open In Store Today!Date published: 20/12/14

As it is the final Saturday before Christmas we thought we should celebrate in style. Hence today we are having a sparkling Saturday and are opening up Laurent-Perrier Rose in store today.  It is on a storming offer, a third off, down to £44.97 a bottle. So pop a long and give it a try! 

New to the Range: Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon 2014Date published: 20/12/14

New to the Range: Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon 2014

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

OriginThe San Antonio Valley is located just a short distance inland of the Pacific and as such it is among the most coastal-influenced vineyard districts in Chile. Matetic manage their vineyards using organic and biodynamic techniques.

TastePale yellow with green flashes, this is a youthful and fresh wine, full of lush grapefruit flavour, supported by softening hints of tropical fruit and aromatic herbs.

EnjoyEnjoy well chilled with fresh goats' cheese salads.

Price:A bang for your buck at only £7.99 a bottle. On our third off deal down from £11.99 

Deliveries Date published: 19/12/14

We regret to inform you that we cannot fulfil any more deliveries at all before Christmas.

Please let a member of staff know if you would like a collection prepared

New to the Range: Château Malescasse 2003Date published: 19/12/14

New to the Range: Château  Malescasse 2003

Grape: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Melrot

OriginLocated a short distance to the north of Margaux, Malescasse occupies the highest-altitude vineyard site in the commune of Lamarque. France experienced unusually high temperatures in 2003, and consequently this wine is a fleshy, powerful and ripe example.

TasteFully mature and ready to enjoy now, this rustic, ruby coloured claret is packed with ripe bramble and plum fruit, accompanied by heady aromas of cigar box, cocoa and clove.

EnjoyDecant before serving. Best enjoyed with mature cheeses.

Price: Currently on a bargain offer,. reduced from £20 to £13.33 a bottle!

Top Christmas WhitesDate published: 19/12/14

With us being in the final week, I thought I'd give a run down of some perfect Christmas wines.

You can't go wrong with a classic and at £9.99 a bottle Macon-Lugny, a brilliant match with turkey on Christmas day. Or for something a little but oaky, why not try a St Aubin with excellent examples starting from £23.

If you fancy something more Sauvignon Blanc based, then why not go for a Sancerre, my personal favourite is the Sancerre Vacheron £17.99 a bottle. Or for something with more zing a bottle of New Zealand, such as the classic Oyster Bay, currently on a third off down to £7.39  a bottle.

For something a little different I'd look in Italy and Spain to find some grapes you wouldn't find anywhere else. A great example is the Falanghina from Italy, with rounded hints of nut accompanying citrus and apple, this matches perfectly with turkey.  

If you're still not sure, why not pop in and talk to one of us, we are always happy to help!

Deliveries before ChristmasDate published: 16/12/14

We are no longer guaranteeing delivery before Christmas so please discuss with a member of staff..remember we can always have collections ready for you in advance

Wine of the weekDate published: 16/12/14

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2013 M.Chapoutier

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.

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

Spirit of the WeekDate published: 09/12/14

Roger Groult Réserve 3-Year-Old 70cl Bottle

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

Wine of the Week - Château Beau-Site 2007 St-EstèpheDate published: 09/12/14

Château Beau-Site 2007 St-Estèphe

Château Beau Site is a well-established St. Estèphe château that since 1966 has been classified as a Cru Grand Bourgeois Exceptionnel. Nearly 100 hectares of vines are vinified traditionally and then matured in oak casks for 12-15 months.

Ripe and straightforward, this is a claret with great all-round appeal. A backbone of blackberry fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of sweet spice and toasted oak.

Spirit of the WeekDate published: 09/12/14

Tito's Texan Vodka 70cl Bottle

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. 

New to the Range: Pouilly-Fumé 2013 Jonathan Pabiot, OrganicDate published: 06/12/14

New to the Range: Pouilly-Fumé 2013 Jonathan Pabiot, Organic

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

OriginJonathan is the latest in a long line of winemaking Pabiots, and since his first vintage in 2005 has become a real star of the Loire, making some brilliantly pure Pouilly-Fumés. This example comes from a certified organically-farmed portion of his domaine.

TastePale and refined, this is classic Pouilly-Fumé, with brooding mineral notes intermingling with the citrus fruit core. The palate is pithy and complex, supported by fine acidity and leafy undertones.

EnjoyPerfect with a chicken and fresh goat's cheese salad.

Price: Currently involved in our third off offer! Reduced from £19.99 to £13.32, what a  bargain! 

Christmas Opening Hours 2014Date published: 04/12/14

As we enter further into December we extend our opening hours for your convenience.

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

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

Monday 22nd December - Tuesday 23rd December: 9 am - 8 pm
Christmas Eve: 9 am - 5 pm

Chistmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Saturday 27th December: 9 am - 7 pm
Sunday 28th December: 10 am - 5 pm

Monday 29th December - Tuesday 30th December: 10 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 31th December (New Years Eve): 10 am - 5 pm

New Years Day: Closed
Friday 1st January: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday 2nd January: 9 am - 7pm
Sunday 3rd December: 10am - 5 pm

Wine of the week - Saintsbury ChardonnayDate published: 03/12/14

Saintsbury Chardonnay

Chardonnay accepts and reflects the terroir of the Carneros region and the fingerprint of the vintner. Fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged sur lie for eight months. During the ageing process, the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact.

Notes of pears, apricots and melon with toasted spicy oak characters are complemented on the palate by stone fruit, vanilla and hazelnuts. Full bodied and creamy, with a balanced and powerful finish.

Pick of the new third off offers!Date published: 02/12/14

Here are my top 3 picks of the new third off offers:

Serena Banfi Pinot Grigio - £6.66*

Macon Roches Blanches, Jadot - £8.66*

Laurent Perrier Champagne  NV - £24.99*

*when you buy two or more as part of your box

Californian Tasting WeekDate published: 29/11/14

This week is our Californian Tasting Week and we have plenty of wines from the USA open to taste and explore in store now. Here is a little bit about some of the delights we have on offer:

Nettie Viognier 2013 McManis

Located near the small town of Ripon, around 2 hours' drive from San Francisco, the McManis Family Vineyards winery is considered one of the smaller wineries in Central Valley, and they are able to create quality wines by careful vinification of small lots. Intense and inviting aromas of peach and apricot introduce a palate of more lush stone fruit flavours, along with hints of pear and a textural minerality. Fruity, fresh and unoaked.An interesting alternative white, and a great match for pulled pork with roasted shallots or roast pork and apple sauce. The intense fruit may also be a match for Asian cuisine which is notoriously difficult to match. This wine is 25% off down to £7.49 from £9.99. 

Vino Pinot Grigio 2012 Charles Smith

This is an Italian-inspired Pinot Grigio from Charles Smith, former rock band tour manager turned winemaker and is brand new to Majestic  Three vineyards in the central parts of Washington State provide the fruit, which benefits from this region's cool climate, promoting crisp acidity. Aromatically complex, this wine has a backbone of guava-like fruit accented with subtle hints of lychee, passion fruit and summer hay. Gentle minerality and crisp acidity support the palate. Charles Smith recommends pairing this with oysters, grilled halibut or seared scallops with wilted leeks. This is in our 33% off promotion so is £9.99 down from £14.99. Bargain. 

No Bull Merlot 2013 Charles Smith, Mattawa

Another new one from the same producer. This time a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet from vineyards in the Wahluke Slope and Yakima viticultural areas of Washington State, some of the most northerly vineyards in the USA, which also enjoy high altitudes that help this region to produce excellent cool-climate styles. Bright violet-red in colour, this is 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 wine to pair with hearty meat pies or rich pasta dishes. With 25% off this wine is down to £11.24 from £14.99. 

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012

A real staff favourite...Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto. Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish. A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years. With 25% off this is down to £8.66 from £11.99

Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2012 

Edna Valley is one of the few valleys in California to enjoy an east-west orientation. This allows Pacific mists to drift inland and cover the whole length of the valley, cooling the vineyards, thereby creating a longer ripening season ideal for temperamental Pinot Noir. Aromatically complex, offering subtle notes of rose petal, cola and earth against a backdrop of bright cherry fruit. Fine yet ample tannins provide a mouth-filling texture and plenty of length. On the 33% off deal this is £8.66 instead of £12.99.

New to the Range: Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013 Reserve de CapouliersDate published: 28/11/14

New to the Range: Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013 Reserve de Capouliers

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Mourvedre

OriginThis cuvée is made by Ogier, one of the southern Rhône's most well-established producers. It has been created by blending fruit from four different village vineyards of subtly different terroirs all within the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.

TasteA powerful, savoury-sweet bouquet of ripe black fruit and peppery spice, along with pungent herb notes redolent of thyme and rosemary. Fine tannins and hints of liquorice provide great length.

EnjoyDecant an hour before drinking. Great with venison casserole.

Price: Currently on our 25% deal, reduced from £19.99 a bottle down to £14.99.

New to the Range: Muscadet 2009 Le PalletDate published: 27/11/14

New to the Range: Muscadet 2009 Le Pallet

Grape: Melon de Bourgogne

OriginMade by Les Dix du Pallet, a cooperative of 10 growers based in Le Pallet, a 'cru' village in the south-east of the Loire region between the rivers Sevre and Maine. This is a rare, high-quality example of a mature, partially oak-fermented Muscadet.

TasteA unique style that shows plenty of evolved characteristics, including subtle nut, brioche and caremelised pear aromas that mingle with Muscadet's typical citrus and mineral backbone.

EnjoyDrink with fine fish or seafood.

Price: Currently a third off! Reduced from £14.99 to £9.99

New to the Range: Warre's Otima 10-Year-Old TawnyDate published: 26/11/14

New to the Range: Warre's Otima 10-Year-Old Tawny 50cl

Grape: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Cão

OriginA lighter, more approachable and versatile style of Port, made from grapes grown in Quinta da Cavadinha and Quinta do Retiro Antigo. Blended from a selection of cask-matured wines averaging 10 years of age. Winner of a Decanter Gold Medal in 2014.

TasteOtima's inviting translucent mahogany colour belies a luscious Port full of dried fig, honey and roasted nut flavours, delivered with elegance and well balanced sweetness.

EnjoyServe lightly chilled alongside a dessert cheeseboard.

Price: A bargain Christmas price of £13.49 a bottle. 

Wine of the Week Date published: 25/11/14

Two Hands, Angels Share 

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.

Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

New to the Range: Murrina Greco di Tufo 2013Date published: 25/11/14

New to the Range: Murrina Greco di Tufo 2013

Grape: Greco

OriginCampania in the south of Italy is home to the Greco grape, although as suggested by the name, it is believed to have originated in Greece. This example comes from vineyards in Campania's Avellino province, and is an unoaked wine that has undergone a little lees ageing.

TasteAn interesting alternative to Italy's more common dry whites, this Greco offers a delicate floral aromas along with hints of sage, acacia and exotic fruit. The palate is fine and persistent.

EnjoySuperb with shellfish.

Price: 25% off, reduced from £11.99 to £8.99.

New to the Range: Jaboulet 'Parallel 45' 2012 Côtes du RhôneDate published: 24/11/14

New to the Range: Jaboulet 'Parallel 45' 2012 Côtes du Rhône

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz

OriginThe 45th Parallel is the line of latitude that signifies the halfway point between the North Pole and the Equator. Passing just a couple of kilometres from Jaboulet's cellars, it is also seen as the unofficial boundary of the South of France.

TasteMade from 60% Grenache, this wine has the Southern Rhône's classically warm, ripe feel, with plenty of blackberry and raspberry fruit, hints of peppery spice and taut tannins.

EnjoyPair with a range of meat dishes, either grilled or served with hearty red sauces.

Price: £9.74, saving 25% from £11.99

New to the Range: Vox Populi Bobal 2011Date published: 23/11/14

New to the Range: Vox Populi Bobal 2011 

Grape: Bobal

OriginLittle 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.

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

EnjoyTry with strongly flavoured smoked meats.

Price: Currently in our 25% off promotion, £11.99 reduced down to £8.99

Wine of the Week-Stag's Leap 'Karia' 2012Date published: 22/11/14

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 'Karia' Chardonnay 2012 Napa Valley

The word Karia is derived from the Greek word meaning 'graceful', and this sums up the style that has been aimed for in the making of this Chardonnay. Around 70% barrel fermented, with 30%-new French oak maturation for 9 months.

Generous and complex on the nose, which abounds with notes of lemon, orange blossom, fresh apples and toasted brioche. Mouth-filling and delicately spicy, but supremely elegant and refreshing. This is a fabulously opulent wine. 

Best of all this is open to taste! And it is on the fine wine deal at £24 down from £29! 

New to the Range: Château Sénéjac 2006Date published: 22/11/14

New to the Range: Château Sénéjac 2006 

Grape: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

OriginLocated on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels.

TasteWith a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence. Polished tannins and good balance make it immediately approachable.

EnjoyNow fully mature and ready to enjoy. Decant before serving.

Price: Involved in our Fine Wine at House Wine Prices Promotion, currently a bargain at £17, reduced from £22.

New to the Range: Saint-Véran 2013Date published: 21/11/14

Saint-Véran 2013 Les Vignerons des Grandes Vignes

Grape: Chardonnay

Saint-Véran is in the southern part of Burgundy overlapping the Mâconnais and Beaujolais districts. This wine is produced by an outstanding co-operative.

TasteThis is a lively wine showing delicious aromas of peach and acacia blossom. Fantastic when young, it has the potential to develop a more honeyed, complex palate with age.

EnjoyThis delicate and elegant wine would be a great match with seared scallops or mushroom ravioli.

Price: Involved in our 25% off promotion, currently £9.74 down from £12.99

All Argentinian Malbec 33% off!Date published: 21/11/14

From today through to Monday our entire Argentinian Malbec range is 33% off! And best off all we have 3 of them open to taste. 2 of them are brand new to our range and the other is a classic Majestic favourite, so pop in and try them with us!

On our tasting counter we have...

Portillo Malbec - This multi-award-winning wine comes from Bodegas Salentein, one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, who have 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec grapes are grown at an average of around 1050m.

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.

San Huberto Malbec -  This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate.

An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak.

Aniello 003 Bodega Malbec - The '003' in the name signifies the vineyard from which the grapes are sourced, one of two sites owned by Bodega Aniello. 003 is located in Mainque, on an area of heavy red clay soils on the hillsides overlooking the Rio Negro river.

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.

Come in and try them for yourselves!

Want a great value Rhone red...try the Vidal FleuryDate published: 20/11/14

Established in 1781, Vidal-Fleury is the Rhône Valley's oldest continuously-operating winery. It should therefore comes as no surprise that in that time they've learnt a thing or two about making great wine. The 2012 Cotes du Rhone Vidal-Fleury is a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah-Shiraz, and Carignan. It is brilliant garnet in colour, with a classic Rhône nose of bramble fruits and heady spice. The medium-bodied palate has fresh and snappy red fruit surrounded by firm and persistent tannins. It will stand up to hearty dishes such as cassoulet or roast beef. What's more, it's 25% off at only £7.98! Get it whilst stocks last!

Sherries to tasteDate published: 20/11/14

In the build-up to Christmas we have a large range of ports and sherries open for you to come in and try. If this picture doesn't whet your appetite then I don't know what will!

New to the Range: Brouilly 2013 Pierre PonnelleDate published: 20/11/14

New to the Range: Brouilly 2013 Pierre Ponnelle


OriginThe Pierre Ponnelle brand is named in honour of one of the leading figures of 19th-century Beaujolais. The wine is a traditionally-made example from the southernmost and largest of the Beaujolais 'crus', renowned for its soft, fruity style of wine.

TasteVibrantly coloured and with good concentration, this is a typically supple, raspberry-and-redcurrant-flavoured wine, with soft tannins and an elegant, friendly mouth-feel.

EnjoyPerfect partner for pork.

Price: Currently 25% off! Discounted from£12.99 to £9.74 a bottle

New Craft Spirits!Date published: 19/11/14

We've had a brilliant re-vamp of our spirits range at Majestic and there are some absolute gems in our new craft range. Best of all every single one is open to try! We are getting more in week on week but they are perfect for Christmas gifts as some are pretty special and unusual products which you won't find elsewhere. Pop in store to see whats what and a member of our team will be happy to help. Here is a list of our new range:

'The One' British blended whisky

Bathtub Gin-distilled locally at TN6!

Moskovskaya Osobaya Vodka

Blackwoods 5XD Vodka

Tito's Texan Vodka

Brokers Gin

Red Leg Spiced Rum

St. George Terroir Gin

Rumbullion! -second spirit in Cornelius Ampleforth's range along with Bathtub gin

Aultmore Batch 4 from the Boutique Whisky Company 

Don Papa Small Batch Rum 

Langton's No.! Lakeland Gin

Darnley's View Spiced Gin 

Roger Groult Reserve 3 year old

Tariquet VSOP Carafe Armagnac 

Tariquet Legendaire Armagnac

The Hive 12 year old blended malt

Phew! Long list but if there is anything that takes your fancy let us know for more information. Each week we will be featuring 2 of these in store so keep your eyes peeled for informative news articles. 

Wine of the weekDate published: 18/11/14

Wakefield Chardonnay

Eden Valley

The Clare Valley is a series of elevated valleys, rolling hills and wide open valley floors. It extends for 35 km and is divided into five sub-regions. A continental climate slows the ripening process and explains why aromatic whites flourish alongside intense, rich reds.

White peach, nectarine and citrus fruits leap out of the glass, preceding a ripe, mid-weight palate of peach, pineapple and a subtle cinnamon note.

What we are drinking this week!Date published: 17/11/14

My top 3 picks from our latest additions to our range:

1) Murrina Greco di Tufo, Italy (£8.99, *when you buy any 2 or more 25% off wines as part of your box)

Honeyed, almonds, refreshing, citrus, mineral  and herbal notes. Enjoy as an aperitif or with seafood pasta

2) 003 Malbec, Argentina (£7.99, *when you buy any 2 or more 33% off wines)

Juicy, plum, blackcurrant, liquorice and vanilla. Enjoy with steak or roast beef

3) Vino Pinot Grigio (£9.99, *when you buy any 2 or more 33% off wines)

zesty, pear, lemon, grapefruit, aromatic, crowd-pleaser

An exciting new rum in stock!Date published: 16/11/14

Don Papa Small batch rum takes its name from Don Papa Isio, one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution. It is produced on the isle of Negros Occidental - the sugar capital of the Philippines due to the perfect combination of climate and rich volcanic soils. This rum has a light and fruity nose and with a rich-textured finish of vanilla, honey, and candied fruit. Perfect to warm you through on a cold winters evening!

Weekend Champagne Deals...until 7pm Monday!Date published: 15/11/14

In the second of our weekend spectaculars we are continuing the fizz theme from last week's Prosecco event. This weekend all Champagne which is under £60 has been out onto our third off deal. Hence there are lots of lovely savings to be had. Some of my favourites:

Laurent-Perrier Rose reduced from £67.50 to £44.97

Mumm Cordon Rouge NV reduced from £30 to £19.99

Pol Roger Reserve NV reduced from £45 to £29.98

Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose from £45 down to £29.98

And there are many more online at www.majestic.co.uk 

Second Spirit open for the week! Bathtub GinDate published: 15/11/14


This is the first creation by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth. And is inspired by combining by-gone eras with modern technology. The aim is to make the best gin possible while preserving the flavour of the botanicals. The highly traditional infusing technique of cold compounding (currently the only known entirely cold-compounded gin available) and the use of quality copper pot stills encourage the integration of flavours from the key botanicals which include juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. The palette shows clean fresh flavours of these botanicals with a surprisingly creamy finish. It has the complexity to be enjoyed on its own over ice but would make a blinding G&T as well!

Spirit of the weekDate published: 13/11/14

RED LEG SPICED RUM - new!! £19.99

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

New to the Range: Vigne Il Giardino Pinot Grigio 2013 Date published: 12/11/14

New to the Range: Vigne Il Giardino Pinot Grigio 2013 

Grape: Pinot Grigio/Gris

Origin: Friuli Venezia Giulia forms the north-eastern corner of Italy, bound by the Swiss and Austrian Alps to the north, Slovenia to the east and the Adriatic to the south. Abundant sunshine and moderate temperatures create a great environment for cultivating white varieties.

Taste: Refreshing and palate-cleansing, this is a delicately fragranced white wine, combining citrus, tropical and floral characters on the nose and palate, with gentle acidity.

Enjoy: A lovely summery aperitif or accompaniment for lightly creamy pasta.

Price: Currently £7.49 a bottle, reduced from £9.99, that's a saving of 25%!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/11/14

Montes Twins 2012 Colchagua Valley

The twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America. A 50/50 blend of the two grapes, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak. This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances.  A fabulously intense wine, ideal as a winter warmer!  

Interesting fact:The bottle label is designed by the artist Ralph Steadman!

Beer of the week Camden Pale AleDate published: 12/11/14

Beer of the week Camden Pale Ale

This American style pale ale is a mix of the easy-drinking tradition of British brews with the bold hop flavour of American pale ales. Bright gold, big hops and white foam, it’s packed with citrus and tropical fruit, there’s a round body and a drink-me-faster bitterness.

Best of all it's open to taste so come and try before you buy!

Just £9.99 when you buy any two craft beers from our range

New to the Range: Château Beau-Site 2007Date published: 11/11/14

New to the Range: Château Beau-Site 2007 St-Estèphe

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Origin: Château Beau Site is a well-established St. Estèphe château that since 1966 has been classified as a Cru Grand Bourgeois Exceptionnel. Nearly 100 hectares of vines are vinified traditionally and then matured in oak casks for 12-15 months.

Taste: Ripe and straightforward, this is a claret with great all-round appeal. A backbone of blackberry fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of sweet spice and toasted oak.

Enjoy: Drink this approachable style with braised beef or roast venison.

Price:Currently involved in our Fine Wine At House Wine Prices, £14.99 down from £19.99, a saving of 25%!

Christmas is coming..Date published: 10/11/14

It's that time of year again..only about 7 weeks to go!

Here a Majestic, we aim to make Christmas shopping that bit easier. 

So, if you are organising an office party, or perhaps one for your friends and family, we offer a full party service: We do glass hire, sale or return, free delivery to name but a few of our services

Furthermore, staff are always on hand to recommend something for gift ideas (we can even gift-package for you)

If you are still stuck for inspiration, we also offer gift vouchers for that special someone

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any Christmassy questions..we are always happy to help!

New to the Range: Xarel-Lo Castanyer 2013Date published: 10/11/14

New to the Range: Xarel-Lo Castanyer 2013 

Grape: Xarel-lo

Origin: Rarely seen in the UK as a varietal wine, Xarel-Lo is more commonly found as a constituent of cava and other Catalan blends. This example has been fermented and matured in chestnut barrels, produced locally to the winery from wood cut from the Monseny forest.

Taste: Intense golden yellow. The nose is unendingly complex, combining tropical fruits with ripe apple, subtle balsamic nuances, vanilla and an intriguing nuttiness. Smooth, fresh and lingering on the finish.

Enjoy: Pair with poultry or fish cooked in creamy mushroom sauces.

Price: Currently involved in our Fine Wine at House Wine prices promotion, on offer at an amazing £17, down from £22 when bought with any other offer fine wine. 

New to the Range: El Torito Merlot 2013 Date published: 09/11/14

New to the Range: El Torito Merlot 2013 Valdepeñas

Grape: Merlot

Origin: 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.

Taste: 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.

Enjoy: Enjoy with barbecued ribs or sausage casserole.

Price: A bargain at £4.99 a bottle!

Wine of the week-33% off!Date published: 09/11/14

Casa Lapostolle 'Cuvée Alexandre' Merlot 2012 Colchagua Valley

Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, the dynamic young French founder of this innovative Chilean winery, produces wines of spectacular quality. This fine Merlot comes from one of Casa Lapostolle’s low-yield single vineyard sites. Ruby in colour with aromas of red fruit, rosemary, white pepper and sweet spices on the nose. Rich fruits and notes of vanilla and nutmeg on the round palate, finishing with fresh and lasting sensation. This wine can be drunk now with rich meat but can be cellared for several years.

Best of all this wine is open to taste and is £13.32 down from £19.99...bargain for a sumptuous top quality Merlot!

Kangarilla Road Scarce Earth Project Shiraz 2011 McLaren ValeDate published: 08/11/14

The Scare Earth Project is an effort by a group of McLaren Vale producers to showcase individual terroirs by making single-vineyard wines from 100% Shiraz. 

Kangarilla Road's delegate comes from a site overlooking Maslin Beach, with soil rich in marine fossils and limestone. They have a cooler climate than Barossa so while they still make incredible powerful wines, they have an enduring minerality which is quite unique.  The wine is an intense and complex mix of mocha, pepper, earth and black fruit characters, bound together by muscular but well integrated tannin. 

This has quickly become a new favourite amongst staff and customers at Tunbruidge Wells so why not jump on the bandwaggon and treat yourself...you won't be disapointed with this showstopper.

Best of all on the fine wine deal you can get this new bottle and an old favourite with £10 off, making the scarce earth £18. 

New to the Range: El Torito Chardonnay 2013 Date published: 08/11/14

New to the Range: El Torito Chardonnay 2013 

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin: 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.

Taste: 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.

Enjoy: Enjoy on its own or with lightly spiced chicken dishes.

Price: A bargain at £4.99 a bottle.

Chassagne Cheney Colin, Premier Cru, 2011Date published: 07/11/14

Part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler. Philippe Colin’s Chenevottes has to be one of the best value 1er Cru whites found anywhere in Burgundy, with near Grand Cru levels of concentration and fabulous balance. It has an alluring, complex nose with notes of lime, white flowers and chalk-like minerality. Really impressive density on the palate, with incredibly pure and precise flavours of lemon and lime, supported by spine-tingling acidity and a mineral edge.

A snip at £35! A special one for Christmas day

New to the Range: Corolla Nero d'Avola 2012 SicilyDate published: 07/11/14

New to the Range: Corolla Nero d'Avola 2012 Sicily

Grape: Nero d'Avola

Origin: This wine is made by a cooperative founded in 1969, now having nearly 500 member estates, totalling over 1000ha of vineyards across several towns close to the south coast of Sicily. This area is very much the heartland of the Nero d'Avola grape.

Taste: Made in a modern style, with an emphasis on fruit. Full of blackcurrant flavour, with subtle accents of black pepper, and middleweight tannins providing a pleasing texture.

Enjoy: Perfect with any beef ragu.

Price: Currently in our 25% off offer, reduced from £8.99 to £6.74 a bottle!

New to the Range: Blind River Tekau Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Date published: 06/11/14

New to the Range: Blind River Tekau Sauvignon Blanc 2013 

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: Produced in limited quantities, Tekau is the product of fermenting selected Awatere Valley fruit in French oak barriques, using a naturally occurring vineyard yeast, effectively prompting a carefully controlled version of a 'wild ferment'.

Taste: Lemon and lime fruit are accompanied by hints of apricot on the nose. The palate offers great depth, combining the citrus fruit with subtle brioche and hazelnut, and has a creamy finish.

Enjoy: Enjoy with soft goat's cheeses. or pair with a grilled seafood dish.

Price: Involved in our Fine Wine at House Wine prices offer, this superb Sauvignon Blanc is £20 when bought with another bottle of Fine Wine

Louise's Top picks of the Autumn SelectionDate published: 06/11/14

1) Legacy Chardonnay, New Zealand - Buy 2* save 33.3.% = £9.99

Nutty, rich, rounded-fruit, baked-apple - perfect with creamy dishes such as carbonara or tarragon chicken

2) Rustenberg Sauvignon, South Africa - Buy 2 = £8.99

Green, gooseberry, elderflower - perfect aperitif

3) Cune Rioja Reserva, Spain - Buy 2 = £9.99

strawberry, leather, vanilla - perfect with Paella, tapas or roast lamb

* as part of your 6 or more bottle minimum purchase

Affordable LuxuryDate published: 05/11/14

Is good Champagne expensive Champagne? Well often, but not always! Introducing...The Oeil De Pedrix NV. This translates literally to 'Eye of the Partridge' and has long been a Majestic staff favourite. This salmon pink rose Champagne exhibits exciting complexity. It is delicate in style but with a perfect weight of fresh fruit. This makes the perfect aperitif. What's more, at 33% off its only £16.99! Stock up early for Christmas and get it whilst it lasts!

Katie's top 5 Champagne picksDate published: 04/11/14

There are so many great deals on Champagne this month it's hard to decide what to settle on so here are my personal top 5 picks for special occasions that have a huge 33% discount. It might even be a good time to think about Christmas bubbly as we have some exciting things in store with big discounts!

5. Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV-Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes. This is a light and refreshing style but oh so elegant. Down to 24.99. 

4. I have to sneak this one in because of course Nyetimber Classic Cuvee is produced in Sussex and that is why we love it! In blind tastings it has beaten many a champagne so this is certainly not to be overlooked. You have to give this a chance because you many never want to go back! 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.The very best homegrown! At £23.98 you have to try it! 

3. I can't fail to mention the iconic yellow label of Veuve Clicquot on this list! They age their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse. At £29.98 you have yourself another bargain for a big brand. For another tenner you can have the Veuve Clicquot Vintage which is richer and creamier so it depends what you're after!

2. Pol Roger NV is a my number 2 on the offer. Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse. This was also Sir Winston Churchill's very favourite Champagne of which he apparently drank a bottle per day! At £29.98 also this is going to be a favourite for manyof you I'm sure! 

1. Bollinger Grande Annee has to be number one as usually is is £100 so this knock down price of £66.62 for is exceptional. There are limited numbers so if you, like me, cannot resist this offer don't put of making your purchase. Only produced in exceptional years  (this being the 2004) from exclusively Grand Cru rated grapes. Rich, biscuity and yeasty, this wine carries the ultimate expression of the house style.

Marisco WinesDate published: 01/11/14

Following a lovely visit from a Marisco Rep we have opened a few of the wines from their range on the tasting counter so come in and see what you think! They produce the Ned Sauvignon Blanc which im sure many of you are well acquainted with! The Ned Pinot Grigio however is certainly worth a try! It is a very original take on the grape; fuller flavoured than your usual Italian variety and with a trademark salmon pink tint which comes from the naturally dark skin of the grape. The Pinot Noir is also bursting with fruit flavour and at £11.99 it punches above its price point! 

Marisco also make The King's range which is inspired by the Marris family ancestry. The stories found in the pages of the history books ultimately inspired the brand. Each wine story tells a piece of history which also in turn relates to the characteristics of the wine it is matched to. 

First off we have the King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc...Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour. The wine itself is lively and intense, with a focused nose of fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge. This is a quality drop and and an elegant example of NZ Sauvignon. 

Secondly, The King's thorn...something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles. In relation to the story, the family became a thorn in the side of the King far more than they held his favour. I really like this aromatic style which is delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz. 

Next up is my personal favourite from the range (although im biased)  is the King's Legacy Chardonnay. To fit in with the story it was originally called The King's Ba***rd, but toned down to Legacy instead! An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

Finally, the dessert wine in the range...It all came to A Sticky End! The end of the story and the end of the meal...this is a versatile dessert wine, not too clawingly sweet. Made from Botrytised Sauvignon Blanc i think this is a cracker! 

The King's range are currently all on our 33% off offer so for a shade under a tenner you really can't go wrong! 

A little something Spanish..Date published: 30/10/14

From the Rioja Alta region, the Ramón Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja is a great and easy drinking Rioja. A blend of tempranillo (which grows brilliantly in this sub-region of Rioja) and Garnacha, the fruit for this wine comes from old vines ageing in average of 40 years. 

this makes for a beautifully concentrated wine with aromas of cherry and blackberry as well as the typical vanilla notes of a Rioja. Medium-bodied and soft, this wine really comes alive with food and would go brilliantly with the chicken and chorizo stew that I make. What could be better?

It's only £6.66 when you buy 2 wines from the 33% off range!

Wine Course WinnerDate published: 27/10/14

We had the pleasure of hosting a wine course yesterday, an informal afternoon of tasting wine and trying to learn a bit more about the process of producing wine, the differences that climate and terroir can have etc. It’s very informative and a great way of trying some new wines!

The highlight of the show yesterday turned out to be the Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley in Chile. It’s £9.74 when you buy 2 wines from the save 25% offer. The wine comes from one of Chile’s first hillside vineyards, on a site chosen specifically for the hard terrain and the lower grape yields that that ensured. This means you can expect a wine with concentrated flavours of blackcurrants and plum. It’s a got lot going on, with toasty oak notes and a herbaceous menthol character too! Pretty full in body and with well-integrated and smooth tannins, this will go beautifully with a Sunday roast beef or a meaty stew.

Come have a taste of it, it’s open on the tasting counter right now!

Fancy Zinfandel Date published: 26/10/14

One of the wines we tried at our most recent Fine Wine night was the Cline Zinfandel, £14.99 on the fine wine deal. We all love the Ravenswood Zinfandel and the Italian Primitivos (same grape variety but under a different name) so thought we would give this one a try and it didn't disappoint!

Made from old vine fruit sourced from different regions (Oakley, Lodi and Mendocino) in California, this is a bold and concentrated wine. With flavours of ripe strawberry and cocoa, along with touches of vanilla, this is quite a full-bodied and juicy red with a warming finish. A great one to try if you’re looking for a fancy alternative to the much-loved Ravenswood Zinfandel. 

End of Offers: Part 2Date published: 25/10/14

So part 2 of my end of offers shopping list will consist of whites and Champagnes. These are all part of the current 33% off selection and so can be mixed and matched with any other wine in that selection in order to make your mixed case of (minimum) 6.  

My top buy has got to be the Pouilly Fumé Jean Vincent at only £9.99! If you love Sauvignon Blanc but want to try something from outside of New Zealand, this is the one you should go for. Intense and aromatic, this has the gooseberry character typical of a sauvignon but with added mineral and flint notes expected from a Pouilly Fumé. A great wine, drinkable on its own or to accompany shellfish and other seafood dishes.

For something other than sauvignon, I might get a few of the 120 Chardonnay which are only £5.99 on the current offer! Santa Rita is a reputable producer in Chile and owns many vineyards throughout the country, meaning the blends created benefit from fruit grown in different climates and soils. This Chardonnay therefore benefits from the acidity of grapes grown in cooler vineyards by the sea as well as tropical fruit flavours from grapes grown further inland, where the temperatures are warmer. Refreshing with flavours of melon and ripe apple, this is perfect for when you just want something simple and easy to drink.

Looking at fizz, it’s definitely not too early to stock up for Christmas and make the most of the current deals. This for me, means Bollinger! It’s only £33.31 so it’s definitely worthwhile getting some in advance.  The still base wines for this Champagne are fermented in oak, giving it a much richer texture. With rich, toasty, brioche aromas, and baked apple flavours complemented by rich patisserie like notes on the palate, Bollinger is everything a classic Champagne should be. It really is the perfect fizz for special occasions.

And if you want something pink, it’s gotta be Laurent Perrier Rosé at £44.97. Not only is this a great rosé Champagne, but it is also an interesting one as it is unusually made using the saignée method. This method is used to produce intense and concentrated red wines, with the rosé wine being a by-product. After some colour has been imparted from the skins, some of the juice is removed and fermented as a rosé, with the rest of the juice left to gain more colour and intensity. This does not mean that the champagne is in any way a lesser product, however! Easy-drinking, full of strawberry flavours, it’s refreshing and simply tastes fancy!

So there we go, gonna be an expensive month for me! 

End of Offers: Part 1Date published: 23/10/14

It’s almost that time again, when our current offers come to an end and we get lots of exciting new wines at great prices. I always stock up just before the offers change so I don’t miss out on my favourites and always have a great stash of wine at home. This cold and windy weather has meant I’m very much in a red wine frame of mind, so the first part of my shopping list contains the ones I’ll be stocking up on:

Barbera d’Alba Sucule, £7.99

This is a definite go-to wine if you’re looking for something to accompany pizza or pasta. Made from the Barbera grape, this wine has intense and concentrated flavours of black cherries, plums and spice, with high acidity, firm tannins and a long and satisfying finish. Seriously good for mid-week dinner drinking, but will impress at dinner parties and could even be stored away for a couple of years (though I think this is unlikely, it’s too tempting!)

Vina Pomal Crianza, £7.32

I’m a big Rioja fan and love the Vina Pomal range, so naturally I will be buying some while it’s at this great price! 12 months of oak ageing means the deep cherry and black fruit flavours are complemented with lovely vanilla and toast notes. It’s medium bodied with smooth tannins - the perfect match for lamb and other grilled meats.

Parcel Series Clare Valley Shiraz, £6.66

A relatively new wine to our range, this Australian Shiraz is cracking value. Grapes are harvested from several vineyard plots and fermented individually before being blended together and matured in French and American oak for around 10 months. It has all the spicy notes you could want from a shiraz, as well as vibrant and concentrated blackberry and cherry flavours. If you love your Southern Rhone reds, then give this a go, you’ll love it.

Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir, £8.65

From Marlborough’s Southern Valleys, this is quite an interesting Kiwi Pinot Noir as it’s already had a bit of age (it’s a 2010 vintage). Imagine a cross between a rich and fruity New Zealand Pinot Noir and a slightly savoury Burgundy Pinot Noir and you’ve got an idea of what the Herringbone Hills is like. It’s light and fruity, easy drinking and will go well with a selection of hard cheeses.

Prices are all valid until close of play Monday. 

Riesling at 33% off! Date published: 22/10/14

The Clos St-Jacques Riesling is a new arrival to our range and on an introductory offer of only £9.99*.

This Riesling comes from Alsace, one of the driest wine-producing regions of France, where Riesling thrives due to the stony soils found here. I think many people are slightly reticent when it comes to trying Riesling because of the sweetness that often comes with German examples. However, Alsace Rieslings tend to be dry and fuller-bodied than their German counterparts, so this is a great one to try if you’re not too keen on sweetness but want to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to Riesling.

The Clos St-Jacques offers citrussy, apple and honey flavours, along with gorgeous mineral notes that give it complexity and depth. It’s perfectly balanced, structured and mature and really good value on this current deal! It's also open to try on the tasting counter! 

*when you buy any 2 wines from the save 33% selection, as part of your mixed case.

Laurent-Perrier Tasting!Date published: 21/10/14

Last night after work I went up to London's oldest French Restaurant (established in 1927), L'Escargot, which is in the very heart of Soho. We were taken to the top floor of the beautiful Georgian town house to the Grand Siecle Room which is currently being used for functions but will soon be launched as a members club! I highly recommend checking out this fab venue as  a really luxurious and relaxing atmosphere is created through stunning dim lighting and elegant yet decadent décor; perfectly exemplifying what the Grand Siecle Cuvee is all about! The Champagne's character is reflected in every detail of the room and just being there was an experience in itself. Our gracious hosts made the evening exceptionally fun and informative at the same time and told us not to analyse the wine to heavily but rather to enjoy freely. This is clearly a big part of Laurent-Perrier's culture, as they release their cuvees when they are ready to drink and not necessarily to be cellared or saved, but rather savoured in the moment. 

To kick the evening off we started with the Brut Non Vintage which i have tried many a time before and it never fails to impress me with its notable consistency and refreshing deliciousness. This comes from the Chardonnay dominated blend which LP were really pioneers of way back when Champagne was heavier and sweeter in style, typically drunk after the meal. Seems strange now as i can't think of a more ideal aperitif than a glass of bubbly! Right now we have an amazing offer on the LP Brut NV at just £24.99 instead of it's full price of £37.50. 

Secondly, we had the opportunity to try LP Ultra-Brut which a certain supermodel chose as the Champagne she would sip to see in her 30th birthday. This is made in much smaller quantities but is tipped to become ever more popular as drier wines with more minerality seem to be the well-loved trend. Now is very much the time for this style to shine. It is a must try. The Ultra Brut blend combines a small majority of Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and is made exclusively from very ripe harvests. This leads to high sugar and low acidity, which are necessary to create a finished Champagne that has the required balance without any dosage.

Next up was something I  had been looking forward to...LP Rose NV, with its iconic shaped bottle it is riddled which adds a wonderful touch of romance to an already inspiring product and the wine itself is made, unusually, through the saignée method is another point of difference for this Champagne house. It was again an easy drinking fresh style encapsulated by the description "a basket of summer berries." I have to say this lives up to my high expectations and at £44.97 down from £67.50 you can't go wrong! 

The highlight of the night for many people was of course. This Non-Vintage Deluxe Cuvée is a blend of a number of vintages and is a beautifully elegant, fresh, creamy style. Gloriously fine bubbles and a slight nuttiness complete a sophisticated experience all-round, especially in such fitting surrounds. 

The highlight of my evening however was our final treat...The 1997 Vintage! This had a creamy cheesy loveliness which i wasn't expecting and finished off my evening on a real high! 

NEW! MUSCADET 2009, LE PALLETDate published: 21/10/14

This weeks must try! with 33% off at £9.99 this is a winner for me and here's why...

Made by Les Dix du Pallet, a cooperative of 10 growers based in Le Pallet, a'cru' village in the south-east of the Loire region between the rivers Sevreand Maine. This is a rare, high-quality example of a mature, partially oakfermented Muscadet. Basically this example has an added dimension from oak ageing and is infinitely more complex than your average Muscadet. In my opinion this is a welcome and exciting addition to our range. As nice and fresh as Muscadet can be when fermented in steel and drunk young this one is a completely different style which will stand up well to fine fish and seafood dishes. The wine has plenty of evolved characteristics, including subtle nutty, brioche and caramelised pear aromas that mingle with Muscadet's typical citrus and mineral backbone.  I'm always looking for something unique and exciting and this fits the bill perfectly. 

Grand Ardèche ChardonnayDate published: 18/10/14

It's South of France week here in store, so we have lots of lovely wines open to try. A personal favourite is the Grand Ardèche Chardonnay, £9.99. If you're a fan of white burgundy, this is a great alternative produced by the Burgundian experts that are Louis Latour. 

A subtle nose of vanilla and a palate of ripe apples and peach fruits, this has the buttery texture of some of the more premium Burgundy styles. It's beautifully complex and great value and will pair nicely with creamy chicken dishes. 

We have it open to taste now!

Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 1989Date published: 17/10/14

Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 1989

We've recently had a shipment of what should be the best dessert wine we've ever had in store. Chateau Suduiraut is arguably the second best Sauternes producing Chateau. 1989 is arguably one of the best vintages in Sauternes ever. Decanter give the vintage 5 stars, and say it was "An excellent vintage of power and concentration". They even say that you should still keep it but I think it would be an excellent addition to a Christmas Dining table this year. Sauternes is classically served with Foie Gras or Roquefort, so if you fancy a special food and wine pairing this Christmas, this is perfect. It's pricey: £75 for a full bottle, but I actually think this represents great value for what should be a superb wine. Stocks are very limited so get in soon to make sure you get some.

Vigneto du Lot Soave Classico 2011 InamaDate published: 16/10/14

Grown in the Veneto commune of Verona, Northeastern Italy, around the city of Verona. 'Classico' is made from grapes grown in the original areas and zones where the Garganega grapes to make Soave were initially planted. Inama's vineyards lie on basalt-rich soils in the very heart of the Classico region. The cornucopia of wild camomile, elderflower and iris and perfumed herbs with subtle vanilla. Rich, almost sweet fruit abounds on the palate, tempered and complemented by minerality and vibrant acidity. Fantastic drinking now, but will develop over the next four years. A perfect apéritif now, the wine will match soft cheese.

Soave is something a little different and has wonderful minerality when young and aged in steel, developing into honeyed notes when ages in oak barriques. Du Lot uses 30% new french oak and 70% used so the wine is still fresh and retains its wonderful floral charcter which is its real point of difference. 

Barbera d’Alba Sucule 2010/2011 Lo ZoccolaioDate published: 16/10/14

A wine that we have all missed greatly is now back in stock and on a fantastic deal at £7.99 (that's 33% off). If it is an old favourite you are very much on my wavelength and if you have not tried it before now is the time! 

It originates from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps. This is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety-Barbera. 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, so you get real value for money here! 

The wine has 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 and satisfying finish. It excels when paired with strongly flavoured food such as red meat, tomato based sauces or strong cheeses and can be enjoyed over the next five years.

Another must try in my book! 

XAREL-LO CASTANYER 2013, PENEDÉSDate published: 15/10/14

A brand new Fine Wine to Majestic that immediately caught my eye. Rarely seen in the UK as a varietal wine, Xarel-Lo is more commonly foundas a constituent of cava and other Catalan blends. This example has beenfermented and matured in chestnut barrels (very intriguing!), produced locally to the winery from wood cut from the Monseny forest.Intense golden yellow. The nose is unendingly complex, combining tropicalfruits with ripe apple, subtle balsamic nuances, vanilla and an intriguingnuttiness. Smooth, fresh and lingering on the finish.Pair with poultry or fish cooked in creamy sauces. An interesting grape, ages in a material i haven't seen used before with deliciously rich sounding flavours...this is my must try wine of the month!

Matsu El Picaro 2013 ToroDate published: 15/10/14

Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic and the age of the gentleman (or 'rogue') on the label represents the age of the vines. 

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile. Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip. Enjoy on its own or with boldly flavoured pasta dishes or spicy meat skewers. Delicious! 

This wine is open to taste TODAY so don't miss out! Its a favourite here in Tonbridge Wells! 

New: Vox Populi Bobal Date published: 14/10/14

It's still Spanish tasting week and we have a tasting counter absolutely bursting with Spanish wines. We've just opened up the Vox Populi Bobal, only  £8.99 when you buy 2 or more from our 25% off promotion.

Brand new to our range, it's pretty eye-catching  thanks to its unusually shaped bottle. The intrigue doesn't stop there, however. Bobal is an almost unheard of grape outside of Spain, yet it actually the country's third most planted grape variety! Grown in the region of Utiel-Requena, west of Valencia, the climate is very hot, producing fleshy and powerful red wines.

And the Vox Populi doesn't disappoint on taste either. It's a weighty and muscular red, full of forest fruits and a subtle floral character. The tannins are pretty bold but smooth nonetheless, making this a great partner for smoked meats. 

Come and have a taste! 

10 more wine factsDate published: 11/10/14

It's that time of the week again! Another instalment of 10 wine facts to whet your wine appetite and help you along your way to becoming a wine expert. 

1. Biodynamic wines are wines that are produced using the principles of organic agriculture, as well as working their harvesting schedule around the cycles of the moon

2. Malolactic fermentation is a process whereby Malic acids are turned into Lactic acids

3. All red wines go through the Malolactic fermentation process, but it is also an option for white wines, adding creamy qualities to the flavour

4. Sauternes, a dessert wine made in Bordeaux, is made using grapes affected by Botrytis Cinerea, also know as Noble Rot

5. Noble Rot causes the affected grapes to become partially raisined, concentrating the acids and sugars of the grape

6. Sauternes was supposedly George Washington's favourite wine

7. Tokjaji wine is of Protected Designation of Origin, and so is used to label wines from the Tokaj region in Hungary

8. Tokaji wines are also affected by Noble Rot, giving it its sweetness

9. The 'nectar' that comes from the grapes in Tokaj is mentioned in the Hungarian national anthem

10. The oldest known winery is the Areni-1 winery found in the Republic of Armenia, known to be over 6000 years old

There we go for this week. The last fact is my personal favourite, so next week will include some more general facts about the history of wine to keep you interested.

Finca Resalso vs Emilio MoroDate published: 11/10/14

So it was our Spanish Spotlight Tasting on Thursday night and all the wines went down an absolute treat. One of the comparisons that I particularly enjoyed was between the Finca Resalso and the Emilio Moro. Both from the Emilio Moro estate in Ribera del Duero, the Finca Resalso is their newest wine and comes from the younger vines of the estate, whilst the Emilio Moro is their more premium wine and the wine that best represents them as a producer. 

The Finca Resalso, £8.99 (when you buy 2 wines on the save 25% offer) is 100% Tempranillo and spends 4 months in new French oak. Designed to be drunk young, this is a fresh, fruity wine, with lots of charm and complexity. Oozing blackcurrant, cherry and vanilla flavours with a bit or bramble too, this wine will go perfectly with smokey meat dishes. 

The Emilio Moro, £14.99 (save £10 when you buy 2 fine wines) is, again, made from tempranillo but has seen a much longer period of 12 months oak ageing, both in French and American oak. The oak used, however, has only been lightly toasted in order to provide a softening effect rather than big, bold oaky flavours. Again the flavours are predominantly blackcurrant and vanilla with a bit of a spicy element in there too, but it's got body, well-intergrated tannins and a firm structure. This is a wine that opens up with time, so will benefit from decanting before drinking. In contrast to the Finca Resalso, it has been designed to age beautifully, so it's one to keep and drink within the next 10 years or so. 

Both of these wines are open on the tasting counter, so pop in and compare them for yourselves! 

Must try: Ravenswood Zinfandel Date published: 09/10/14

Open on our tasting counter is the super popular Ravenswood Zinfandel (£8.99 when you buy 2 save 25% wines).

If you're a fan of Italian Primitivo (and I know a lot of our customers are) then the Ravenswood is a must try. Primitivo and zinfandel are in actual fact the same grape variety - they're simply known as different things in different places.

This Zinfandel comes from the Lodi region in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, which has built itself a solid reputation for this grape variety. Mature vines, planted in well-drained sandy soils, produce bold and powerful wines which in this particular case give you great value for money.

The Ravenswood is absolutely bursting with fruity flavours of blueberry, blackberry and plum. It’s also got a spicy edge to it and great oaky flavours of vanilla that add to the richness and finish. It’s super smooth and balanced, and will go amazingly well with a duck cassoulet. 

Just what I need when coming home in the dark after a hard day at work!

Treat yourself.. Date published: 08/10/14

Did you know that we have some fine wines in our third off selection? It's a great way of indulging but at only a fraction of the price!

The Chateau Simard 2004, Saint-Emilion is only £12.65 down from £18.99. From the right bank of Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion's tend to command premium prices. This is cracking value for a well rounded wine with dark fruit flavours, an earthy edge and hints of violets. This wine is absolutely perfect in this chilly weather and should be accompanied by something meaty and rich.  

If you prefer your white wines, the Jean Pabiot Pouilly Fumé is on offer at £13.34 from £19.99. This proved very popular when we opened it this weekend. A refined sauvignon blanc from the Pouilly Fumé region opposite Sancerre, it's got subtle elderflower and herbaceous notes as well as a minerally edge due to the flinty soils. Again, this is great value for an extremely versatile wine that can be drunk by itself or to accompany salads, fish or poultry dishes. 

Give these a go while they're on offer, everyone needs a little treat now and then! 

For 2 weeks only! Date published: 07/10/14

Once again we have decided to treat you to some two week only offers! 

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2013, M.Chapoutier £10.65 £7.99 Buy 2 bottle save 25% 

 Serena Pinot Grigio 2013, Banfi £9.99 £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV £45.00 £29.98 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Cava Calamino NV, Spain £8.99 £5.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Prosecco Rivamonte NV £9.99 £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV, DOC £11.99 £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Gestos Malbec 2013, Finca Flichman, Mendoza £9.99 £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33%

We don't want you to miss out so feel free to give us a call in store on 01892 615877 to arrange free delivery, or pop in and see us! 

More wine facts!Date published: 04/10/14

So we come to the 5th edition of the 10 wine facts article you've all been waiting for. This week we start with some more general wine facts, including some advice for cooking with wine, a personal favourite. Enjoy!

1. Storing wine on its side keeps the cork wet, reducing the chance of the wine going bad

2. Serving sparkling wine cold keeps the bubbles smaller and helps them last longer

3. When cooking with wine, be careful marinating for longer than a few hours as the acid in the wine can dry out the meat

4. Too much bright light can affect the quality of the wine, especially white and sparkling wines. Keeping them in the dark helps maintain quality and freshness

5. Rosé accounts for the majority of Provence's wine production

6. Riesling tends to develop a petrol-like taste as it ages

7. Sancerre can also be a red wine, made from Pinot Noir grapes

8. Monastrell is a synonym for the Mourvèdre grape

9. Gavi, the Italian wine made in the Piedmont region, is made from the Cortese grape

10. The Nebbiolo grape makes Barolo wine

There we are for now, look forward to next week for some more interesting wine facts!

Guest Ale: Proper JobDate published: 03/10/14

As you may have noticed, craft beers have become all the rage here at Majestic. We've just received a new guest ale, which means it is only available while stocks last. 

The Proper Job Cornish IPA (5.5%) at £24 when you buy 2 cases of ale on the multibuy deal, is a powerfully authentic IPA with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported hops, Cascade, Chinook and Willamette for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for a classic IPA. Stylistically, this is somewhere between a traditional English IPA, and the new wave American IPAs. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013, you have to try it while stocks last! 

We will be opening some tomorrow, so feel free to pop in for a taster! 

Sherry: A whistlestop tourDate published: 02/10/14

Sherry: A whistlestop tour

Sherry is one of my favourite wine styles. There is such a broad variety and there really is no better pair for a lot of Spanish food. The old styles of cream sherries are disappearing, and being replaced by the more authentic styles that the Spanish drink. Because of this Sherry is undergoing something of an image polish. No longer is it the domain of old dears in their wingbacks. It is now seen as a stylish drink, and growing in popularity in the excellent Tapas bars of London. The following is a brief guide to the wide world of sherry.

The Wines:

Palomino is the grape used to make most dry sherry styles. The base wines Palomino produce are simple and have basic, citrus characteristics. What makes Sherry and defines it's style is the ageing process. The base wine is fermented to 11-12% abv. The wine is aged in 600L sherry butts, filled 5/6ths to enable the various styles to develop. A layer of yeast develops on the surface, this is called Flor. Flor is different to fermentation yeasts in that it feeds on alcohols rather than sugars. The Flor protects the wine from oxidation and instead ages the wine biologically by producing a substance known as acetaldehyde. This produces flavours of salinity and nuttiness.

A healthy Flor is what is needed to make Fino sherry. To maintain the Flor, the wine is fortified to 15.5-16.0% abv. If the Flor is not developing correctly then the winemaker will fortify to 17-18% to kill off the Flor. This results in an oxidative ageing process creating an Oloroso style with flavours of caramel, toffee, coconut, coffee and chocolate. These are the two most basic style of Sherry. Between these is a style called Amontialldo where a Fino sherry is blended with an Oloroso and further aged. Amontialldo posseses characters of both styles. Furthermore, between Amontillado and Olorosso is another style called Palo Cortado it is not clear to most people how this is made as the Bodegas keep their methods secret and simply attribute it to the Flor failing in a mysterious way.

The method for ageing Sherry is very particular and is designed to maintain a consistent product year on year. The system is called Solera. A Solera system consists of several layers or Criaderas. The easiest way to describe it is to start from the end. The finished wine comes from the final and oldest butt called the Solera. Not all of the wine is drawn off, and what is drawn off is replaced by wine from the 1st Criadera. The 1st Criadera is topped up from the 2nd Criadera and so on, up to as much as 14 Criaderas. The youngest Criadera is topped up from the Sobretabla butt, which is the base wine which has just been fortified.

The Region:

Sherry or Jerez is in South West Spain on the coast. The centre of the industry is the town Jerez. But the most important town for ageing the wines is the port town of Sanlucar de Barrameda. Here you find the perfect pair of winds to maintain humidity levels in the Bodegas. The humidity levels are important because without them alcohol or water would evaporate from the barrels unevenly causing an imbalance and the Flor will die. The two winds are the Poniente from the Atlantic which is cool and damp, and the Levante from the south east which is hot and dry. Sanlucar is most famous therefore for producing a particular Fino called Manzanilla. Manzanilla has fantastic elegance but well balanced pungency.

The Soil:

The most important soil in Jerez is Albariza; a limestone soil. Limestone is great because of it's impressive drainage. But on it's own it contains too much chalk. Too much chalk causes a discoloration of vine leaves known as Cholorosis. So the best sites also have Baros-clay soils which hold water and nutrients better, and Arenas-sandy soils which are easy to maintain. This combination of soils provides the perfect conditions to make the simple fruity base wine for Sherry production.

William Fevre Domaine Chablis Premier Cru VaillonsDate published: 01/10/14

William Fevre Domaine Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons

I'm very happy that we have recently received this wine in store. Chablis is one of my favourite styles of wine, for me it's Chardonnay in it's greatest expression. The best examples like this are not just aged in steel but also partially in oak, to soften the wine and give it some lees characteristics.

Primary fruit flavours are apple, you get some steely freshness from the steel ageing. Minerality comes from the Kimmeridgian soils that Chablis is known for. The oak ageing on lees gives the wine a slight creamy softness and yeastiness reminiscent of a great Blanc de Blancs Champagne.

The grapes for this particular wine come from William Fevre's personal estate or Domaine. Because he has more control over the grape growing you know that the finished wine will be more punchy and complex.

Bargain Viognier! Date published: 30/09/14

I'm a big fan of Viognier, so it's great to see that some have come on our third off offers! 

The Paul Mas Viognier is now just £6.66. This is a super fresh Viognier, with the characteristic peach and floral notes that you'd expect from a viognier. Only 15% of the grapes are fermented and aged and oak, so the oak is by no means overpowering. It just lends a slight vanilla and honeyed edge to this lovely wine. Definitely one to try! 

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 27/09/14

To celebrate the fact that it is Saturday and we have a third of selected Proseccos, we have a new one open for you to try today:

Soffio No.3 Prosecco NV

A superb value Prosecco with a soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style.

Down from £9.99 to just £6.66 when you buy any two third off wines as part of your mixed case

End of Offers!Date published: 24/09/14

It's that time again, the last week of our current offers! Once again, I've got my shopping list ready, full of deals that I do not want to miss out on! Given the weather today, the reds are seeming a lot more appealing but it's always good to stock up on everything when the offers are good. 

Bearing that in mind, my white of choice is the Caixas Godello at £6.66. A slightly unusual grape variety, Godello is grown throughout the north-west of Spain and deserves more recognition. Full of citrussy, pear and melon flavours, and having tried this with paella this weekend, I couldn't recommend it enough. 

Red wise, the Cote du Rhone Saint Esprit, also £6.66 is a must buy. A syrah-grenache blend, the cuvée "Saint-Esprit" comes from a small valley which nestles in the northern part of the Ardèche. This oozes black fruit flavours with hints of spice and pepper from the Syrah. Super smooth and delicious this will get you through the winter months, so buy now while it's at a great price! It's also on our tasting counter, so come in and try before you buy!

I also cannot stop myself from stocking up on the Marques de Riscal Reserva while it's at £9.99. This has to be one of my fave Rioja's with plenty of red fruit and vanilla flavours. It also has a coconutty edge which reminds me of Bounty Bars which I loovee! Another perfect wine for chilly months ahead. 

That's me sorted for another month (I hope!).

Sparkling Offers! Date published: 23/09/14

This week is all about sparkling wine, we've got some great deals on for one week only! Here are just a few from that selection:

La Marca Cuvee, £9.99*: one of the most delicate proseccos from our range, this is absolutely lovely, with lots of crisp apple flavours and a velvety mousse. The perfect aperitif. 

La Marca Treviso Extra Dry, £8.65*: another great one with pear and melon characters and just a hint of sweetness. Crisp acidity and a persistent fizz, mix this with a little bit of peach purée and you've got yourself the perfect bellini. 

Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne, £44.97*: a classic option if you're looking for a pink champagne, this is a lot of peoples favourite. Refreshing, with some lovely strawberry flavours, at this price it sells itself!

Offers last until close of play Monday. 

*when you buy 2 or more bottles from the 33% off selection. 

1 month of wine facts!Date published: 21/09/14

Today officially marks the end of my first month with Majestic - wow it's gone quickly! It's incredible to think how much I've learnt since I started here. So why not mark the occasion with another 10 facts about the world of wine..

1. The colour of a wine can be influenced by how long it is kept in contact with the skin of the grape; the longer it stays in contact, the darker the wine

2. The tempranillo grape tends to ripen earlier than most Spanish red grapes. It's more neutral flavours mean it is great for ageing or blending

3. Wine can be produced with the use of animal-derived products such as gelatin to remove organic particles, meaning some wines are suitable for vegetarians and others are not

4. Similarly, some wines are grown organically without the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, while others are not

5. Prosecco is partly fermented in stainless steel tanks, meaning it is less expensive to produce that Champagne

6. The top 3 wine producing countries (in order) by volume of wine are Spain, Italy and France

7. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) is the organising body who deals with the technical aspects of viticulture and wine making

8. Malbec is now the most widely planted red grape variety in Argentina, followed by bonarda, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and tempranillo

9. Madeira wine is now matured in 2 ways which replicate the hot maturation conditions in the hulls of ships as it was exported.

10. French people on average drink more wine than the people of any other European country

There we go for this week. Look out for the next update in a week or so! 

It's all about Argentina this weekend! Date published: 20/09/14

With a third off ALL Argentinian wines this weekend, this is an offer you cannot miss out on! Here's our short-list of must-haves:

1) Parrilla Malbec, £7.99*: A new addition to our range, this is the new malbec from the Vinalba range. Supposed to be more fruit-focused and with the aim to perfectly match barbecued food, this is a great malbec for the price. Bursting with damson and plum flavours, the tannins are smooth and the finish impressive. Come and try it for yourselves, it's open on the tasting counter! 

2) Catena Malbec, £8.65*: A firm favourite amongst the team, this malbec is more meaty in style. Showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice,  this is one to drink over the next 5 years, maybe accompanied by a nice big steak. 

3) Alamos Chardonnay, £6.66*: A great, oaky chardonnay with ripe peach, pear and apple flavours. While the oak influence is clear, it is not overwhelming and gives it a great richness perfect for creamy dishes. Also open on the tasting counter to try! 

* All offers last till close of play on Monday 22nd.

#Cellar Circle : our favourite fine wines..Date published: 19/09/14

In honour of the #cellarcircle launch, we thought it would be nice to share our favourite fine wines. 

Although it's hard to pin point one favourite wine, the Mcguigan Handmade Shiraz at £20 on the fine wine deal, always makes it onto Louise's short-list. Drawn in by the waxy-seal on the Aussie bottle, it's great to report that the contents are also outstanding. This is a big wine full of rich bramble fruit. It is complex with a long finish, leaving you with eucalyptus and menthol notes - it could also be described as Black-Forest Gateau in a glass This is a show stopper for a dinner party to accompany a Beef Wellington or some venison. Perfect for those rich autumnal dishes that are soon to be making their way onto our dinner menus! 

I want to recommend a white fine wine, but I have to admit that I haven't tried half as many whites as I have reds. However, I tried Blind River's new Sauvignon Blanc Tekau, also at £20 on the fine wine deal. This is an unusual style of sauvignon, as it is fermented in oak barriques, making it a much richer style. They also use a naturally occurring yeast to make what is essentially a wild ferment. Whereas with normal, unoaked sauvignon's you'd expect lots of gooseberry flavours, this is much more tropical with flavours of pineapple, citrus and apricots. You also get subtle brioche and hazelnuts notes from the oak, along with a creamy finish. This is a great one to try if you're looking for something a little different from your run of the mill New Zealand sauvignon blancs. 

Hope you enjoy our recommendations and have yourselves a Fine Wine Friday! 

#cellarcircle is here!Date published: 19/09/14

If you love fine wine and have been waiting for the right time to start your own collection, listen up! The launch of 'Cellar Circle' has started today and it is the perfect time to join and begin your own wine cellar. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, there is no excuse not to kick of your dream cellar now. As you tell from our photo below, we are so excited about the new Cellar Circle, and look forward to you joining us! If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask in store.

Visit to Chapel DownDate published: 17/09/14

With a rare weekend off, I decided to take myself to Chapel Down in Tenterden to have a wander round their vineyards and try some of their wines! It was a beautiful day and it was great to see the grapes so close to harvest. 

The stand out sparkling for me was the Pinot Reserve 2008, currently at £22.48 when you buy two wines from the save 25% promotion. A blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, it has a minimum of 5 years ageing on its lees and is a real rival to a Champagne. It is of a more balanced and reserved style, with the palate displaying citrus fruit, particularly lime and mineral and brioche elements. A subtle but rounded mousse makes this a great aperitif, to be enjoyed over the next 5 years. 

Next time you're in, add a bottle to your mixed case and try some Chapel Down wines for yourselves! 

Even more wine factsDate published: 13/09/14

This is the third instalment of my weekly wine facts article that you've all been waiting for - a couple of gems in here! 

1. Carmenere is one of Chile's most popular red grape varieties

2. Sauvignon blanc is not normally oak-aged, however there are a few exceptions, such as the Californian Fumé Blanc

3. Madeira, a fortified wine, is traditionally aged in heated lofts to help oxidise the wine

4. Wine is sometimes oxidised in order to maintain quality through  the transportation process

5. Meursault is one of the more buttery styles of white Burgundy

6. Pradikats German wine is classified by its 'must' weight

7. 'Must' is the technical term for unfermented grape juice, including the skins and seeds of the fruit

8. Sussex sparkling wine may soon have PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status

9. Torrontés is the cult white grape of Argentina, with distinct fruity and floral flavours 

10. Brut, meaning dry, refers to the level of sweetness of a sparkling wine. The other classifications are demi-sec and sec

There we go for this week, look forward to some more fun facts next week.


The Star of the Show..Date published: 12/09/14

Our spotlight tasting on South Africa went down a storm last night, but one particular wine stood out above the rest. We did a Chenin Blanc comparison, comparing the Robertson's Chenin Blanc at £5.94 vs Bellingham's Bernard Series Chenin Blanc at £12.29

Whilst the Robertson Chenin is an easy drinking wine, full of tropical flavours, the Bellingham Chenin offers a much more complex example - one that went down a treat last night! This a much richer style of chenin, having matured in oak, with flavours of apple pie, caramel, vanilla and honeysuckle and a powerful and rounded finish. 

I'm very tempted to pair this with some roasted pork on Sunday! 

Mud House Pinot NoirDate published: 10/09/14

I think it's safe to say that the Mud House Sauvignon has become a firm favourite amongst Majestic customers. But how many of you have tried the Mud  House Pinot Noir

I love New Zealand pinot noir and this is a great example at £9.99 (save 33%). From a single vineyard in the Central Otago region, this is an intense and powerful Pinot. It's full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, with subtle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length, making this a fantastic wine for any occasion. Drink on its own or with meats such as lamb or duck. 

Be sure to try it while it's still on offer! There's no reason why this shouldn't be as popular as the Mud House Sauvignon. 

Matua at £6.66! Date published: 07/09/14

The Matua Sauvignon Blanc is perhaps slightly less well-known than the Oyster Bay or the Giesen, which is a real shame. If you haven't tried it yet, but are a fan of Kiwi Sauvignon's, then you must get hold of some of this! 

It's a perfectly balanced wine, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum. It's refreshing, zingy and simply delightful as an aperitif! 

A cracking bargain at £6.66 when you buy two bottles within the 33% offer. 

Wine of the Week - Vinalba Fifty 50Date published: 06/09/14

As it's Argentina tasting week, I thought I'd give you the low-down on the Vinalba Fifty 50. Made from 50% malbec and 50% cabernet sauvignon, this is an intense and vibrant wine, full of inky violet colour. With a juicy damson and blackcurrant backbone and a touch of complexity from the oak influence, this is a great wine that packs a punch. As with any malbec, this is the perfect accompaniment for steak, or roasted lamb shank with all the trimmings. Proof that there's more to Argentina than Lionel Messi!

It's open to try now on the tasting counter, and great value and £8.99 (when you buy two wines from the save 25% offer). 

Beer of the week - Lagunitas IPADate published: 05/09/14

Beer of the week - Lagunitas IPA

Lagunitas is a microbreewery based in Petaluma California. According to a podcast I listen to, they like to encourage great storytelling with beer. Their motto is "Beer Speaks, People Mumble".

The IPA is a big hoppy beer with a sweet finish, it has enough fruit and sweetness to balance out the 6.2% ABV, meaning you can have more than one without destroying yourself.

It will be open to try tomorrow (Saturday the 6th).

10 more wine facts!Date published: 04/09/14

Week 2 in my training is now over and my head is filled with new things I've learnt along the way, so I thought why not make this a new tradition and do 10 wine facts every week! It's a great way to learn more about the world of wine, and you never know when it might come in handy (every little helps when trying to win a pub quiz or for passing your WSET!). 

1. Gewürztraminer wine beautifully compliments Asian cuisine

2. The region of Burgundy has been ravaged by hail storms in the last couple of years and so has produced a low yield of grapes

3. A 'youthful' wine will not have any tertiary flavour characteristics, i.e.. those not attributable to the grape or fruit, for example leather or petrol 

4. A 'fully developed' wine typically will not have any fresh fruit characteristics left

5. There are 3 levels of ageing in Rioja red wines: Crianza (2 years), Reserva (3 years) and Gran Reserva (5 years)

6. Blanc de Blanc means the champagne is made from just white grapes (chardonnay), while Blanc de Noir means the champagne is made from just black grapes

7. Chablis - made in the Burgundy region - is made with the chardonnay grape 

8. Elderflower, grapefruit, grass and green bell pepper are some of the principal flavours associated with a sauvignon-blanc

9. Pale appearance, cranberry, redcurrant and sweet spice are characteristics associated with a pinot noir 

10. Ruby colour, full body, high alcohol and high flavour intensity are characteristics associated with a shiraz

So there we go for week 2, look forward to the next update!

Wine of the Week - Parcel Series Shiraz, Claire Valley Date published: 28/08/14

This week has seen a few new and exciting products enter our stores but this beauty is by far the Wine of the week! 

It is a special parcel carefully selected by our buyer, by a collective of young winemakers based in the outskirts of Adelaide. Several vineyard plots are harvested and fermented individually, before careful blending and maturation for 10 months in French and American oak. The cooler climate allows for a more delicate style of Shiraz.

Bright and vibrantly fruity with good concentration, delicate black fruits and gentle layers of spice.

Especially good when enjoyed with a BBQ! (In the sun or under and umbrella!) 

It is priced at just £6.66!! saving 33% £9.99

Cracking Reds on the tasting counterDate published: 26/08/14

We just updated our tasting counter today, and as I was checking the wines to make sure they weren't faulty I discovered that they are all fantastic and really good value. We'll start with the lightest and work our way up.

Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir, 2010.

New in but I swear we used to stock this years ago. My colleagues can neither confirm or deny it. This presents in the glass as a very pale ruby going to garnet colour, quite suprising for a Marlborough Pinot Noir but it has some age on it. On the nose I immediately get some confected, almost dried fruit, Strawberry and Raspberry chief among them. The palate is oddly intense, still getting those dried fruits, with a hint of spice and maybe some softness from oak or Malo-lactic fermentation. A bit of ripe and silky tannin lends the whole thing some pleasant structure. It's only ruddy £8.66 a bottle when you buy two or more on the 33.3% deal. I think this is tremendous value for such a high quality Marlborough Pinot Noir.

Barbera d'Alba Suculé, lo Zoccolaio, 2010

This is an old favourite amongst Majestic staff. I particularly prefer the expressions of Barbera from the Alba HIll as opposed to Asti. They tend to have a crisper acidity and that rich cherry fruit that make them a perfect pair with a classic Ragu. This is no exception, ripe cherry, crisp acidity, soft and smooth. Text book Barbera d'Alba. £7.99 on the 33.3% offer, bingo.

Finca Resalso, Emilio Moro, 2013

Emilio Moro is a big dog in Ribera del Duero, and Ribera - to me at least - is the new Rioja. The same winemaking techniques are used as in Rioja and mostly the same grapes, this one being 100% Tempranillo - the key grape of Rioja. The difference is that Ribera is usually a bit more punchy and spicy. But it still has that classic, rich, black fruit and a nice firm tannic backbone. It's £8.99 on the 25% offer and offers a comfortable, everyday step down from Emilio Moro's first wine.

10 Wine Facts in my first Majestic weekDate published: 23/08/14

As a good way of learning more about wine, I thought it would be a good idea to do an article on 10 wine facts I have learnt in my first week working at Majestic. So here we go:

1. Red Bordeaux is made with more than one type of grape -a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc

2. Importance of the Left and Right bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux, with the left bank more associated with Cabernet and the right with Merlot

3. Pinot Gris is different from Pinot Grigio! Pinot Grigio coming from Italy and being a more neutral style; whereas Pinot Gris comes from Alsace and the New World

4. There is a numbered 'Growth' grading system for wines in Bordeaux, from 1st to 5th according to the 1855 classification

5. Some dessert wines are made by the infection of a fungus called Botrytis Cinerea which leads to a form of rot in the grape that helps to concentrate the sugars

6. The colour in red wine comes from the skin of the grape - In rosé making, juice is left in contact with the skins for less time than in red wine making, hence the more pale colour

7. In Champagne sometimes red and white wines are mixed together to make rosé

8. The fizz in Champagne is caused by CO2 as a by-product from the yeast turning sugar to alcohol

9. Chablis is made from the Chardonnay  grape variety

10. Old World is the name for France and the more traditional European wine-making countries, while New World is the name for the more recent additions such as Chile, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina

Hopefully these are the first of many more to come!

New NZ Pinot NoirDate published: 22/08/14

The Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir is brand new to our range and on offer at £8.33 when you mix it with any other bottle on the save 33% deal. Named after the herringbone-shaped geological formations bordering the vineyards in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough. 

This Pinot Noir is intensely fruity, full of strawberry and red cherry flavours. Some savoury notes can also be found due to the use of some mature vine parcels. This is a great wine if you're looking for something light and summery that still packs a punch! 

Chocolate Block WineDate published: 21/08/14

Yes it's back! Blended with 5 specially selected grape varieties, Chocolate Block's complex taste is harmonious on the palate and definitely leaves you wanting more. This wine is often sold out due to its high popularity, so pop down to your nearest Majestic store to grab yourself a bottle (or a few) before it goes!

Beer of the Week - Roscoe's IPADate published: 16/08/14

We have another Craft Ale treat for you in store today. Open to taste is the delicious Roscoe's IPA! 

Spicy hip character blended with smooth malt flavour for a balanced rich finish. 

Priced at just £1 a bottle £12 a case it is an absolute bargain! So come on in and have a taste of it today. 

Craft Beers!Date published: 14/08/14

Craft beers are all the rage at the moment. We have a fantastic new selection, whereby you can mix and match any two and they work out from just £9.99 for 6 bottles. 

We have:

Goose Island IPA

Camden Pale Ale

Camden Hell's Lager

Meantime Lager

Meantime Pale Ale

Brew Dog

Brooklyn Lager

Anchor Steam

...to name but a few

We are also tasting a different one each week. So if you aren't a wine lover, there is something for you too! Pop down and ask a member of our team for their personal favourites!

Kelly's Wine of the Week - Sancerre Clemence Pinard Date published: 12/08/14

Kelly's Wine of the Week

Sancerre Clemence Pinard

£22.00 £17.00

when you buy any two fine wines on the buy 2 save £10 offer

This Sancerre really sets the bench-mark. It has a typical 'Sauvignon' nose of grass and elderflower. On the palate it has refreshing acidity, underpinned by delicate gooseberry notes and a hint of minerality

Try with the local food match of goats cheese. Will equally partner delicate salads or white fish.

2 week offers!Date published: 12/08/14

Hello Tonbridge, 

We have ten fabulous products going on to two week deals from tomorrow until 25th August. These products are amazing value so if you're having a party, needing to stock up or just love a bargain now is the time to pop in store. We will even have a few of these wines open to try on our tasting counter. So, what are the wines on short term offer?

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.9907.

Fleurie Duboeuf 'Flower Label' - £11.75 buy 2 save 25% = £8.81

Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo - £7.48 buy 2 save 33% = £4.99 

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Cava Calamino NV - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Codorniu Brut NV - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Prosecco Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 buy 2 save 33% = £6.99 

If any of this takes your fancy, come and see us or alternatively give us a ring to place an order on 01892615877 :)

A New Local Gin!Date published: 11/08/14

NEW IN! - Bathtub gin! £33.00

It is local and lovely being made in our very own Tunbridge wells! It is a delight so come in and pick up a bottle, treat yourself!!!

Back in 2011, Professor Cornelius Ampleforth fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he released his extraordinary Bathtub Gin. Not content with this highly successful experiment, he proceeded to lock himself back inside his laboratory and set about on all manner of additional, exciting projects! 

The result was an entire range of original and re-imagined spirits inspired by by-gone eras and modern technology alike! Whether it’s cold-compounding or distillation under vacuum, the madcap professor does whatever it takes to produce the finest libations and retain the freshness of the wonderful botanicals he uses.

Bathtub Gin is produced in small batches using a traditional method called cold compounding, with botanicals such as juniper, coriander, clove, cinnamon, orange peel and cardamom being left to infuse in high quality pot-distilled grain spirit. The botanicals lend a tint to the final spirit as well as wonderfully clean, fresh flavour and the finished product is packaged in a way worthy of any Victorian apothecary; it's wrapped in brown paper and string, then wax-sealed by hand. 

Waimea Estate Pinot Gris - 33% offDate published: 10/08/14

Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2013 Nelson

Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating Maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the New World.

Bursting with aromas of pear, honey, apple, spice and even a hint of cream. Hints of sweetness partner the pure fruit flavours and are complemented by clean acidity, good length and soft texture.

Gorgeous on its own as a fuller bodied apéritif or with Thai and Asian foods. At its best when enjoyed over the next eighteen months. 

Buy any 2 bottles save 33.3% = £9.99

Like Pinot Grigio?Date published: 08/08/14

If you like Pinot Grigio, you should definitely try Gavi - also nick-named the Chablis of Italy. The grape (Cortese) offers refreshing whites with a mineral edge.

La Toledana Gavi is currently part of our summer selection and an absolute steal at £7.99. Made from late-harvested grapes, it is bursting with ripe peach and pear flavours. A hint of honey, citrus, minerality and refreshing acidity makes this a great accompaniment for seafood dishes and salads, as well as being perfect simply on its own!

It's currently open to try on our tasting counter, so come in and have a taste!


Wine of the Week - Pouilly Fume GrebetDate published: 07/08/14

Wine of the Week

Pouilly Fumé Grebet

£12.74 when purchasing two or more purple ticket bottles.


Alain Grebet owns a 14 hectare estate in Pouilly, and this firm traditionalist attributes his quality wine to the calcareous soil, minimum 15-year-old vines and modern vinification techniques.


Aromas of gunflint and freshly cut grass mingle with a fruity undercurrent of gooseberries culminating in a crisp balanced finish.


The complex yet refreshing finish is beautiful to appreciate without food, yet equally capable of being matched to seared fish.

Ruinart offer! Don't miss out!Date published: 06/08/14

We have got yet another treat for you!

Ruinart Champange is on a fantastic offer at just £33.33 a bottle! Not only do we have the delicious Brut NV on offer the Blanc de Blancs and the Ruinart rose are also on fantastic offers of just £45 a bottle!

We wouldn't want you to miss out so feel free to pop in, or for free delivery give us a call on 01892 615877. 

Pick of the Late Summer SelectionDate published: 05/08/14

We have started a new set of third off offers to see the Summer out (prices based on any two or more bottles from the Summer Selection, as part of your 6 bottle purchase) Here are my top picks:

Gavi Toledana (£7.99) Italy

Honeyed, rich yet crisp, citrus and versatile

Food Match: Fish, light poultry dishes or risotto verde) 

Truffier Malbec (£6.66) Southern France

Liquorice, black fruit, vanilla, silky mouthfeel

Food Match: steak, sausage cassoulet, confit of duck)

Laurent Perrier NV Champagne (£24.99)

Classic, zesty with brioche notes 

Food Match: fish and chips

LFE Viognier (£5.99) Chile

Peach, apricot, blossom

Food Match: pork beely, light curries or lobster

Paella Time! Date published: 03/08/14

Given the weather, we thought we'd get together and have a paella tonight. To go with this, we've treated ourselves to a bottle of the Organistrum Albariño (£20 when you buy two wines or spirits on the save £10 deal). 

This spectacular Albariño comes from a selected south-west-facing plot, which tends to ripen earlier than the rest of Martin Codax's vineyards. Fermentation begins in stainless steel under temperature control, and is completed with a brief period in French Allier oak. The wine has a medium-intensity nose that is subtle and complex, with notes of stone fruit, vegetal tinges and nuanced with spice. Excellent roundness and enduring acidity provide a firm and characterful palate. 

This will compliment the seafood we're having perfectly! Why don't you give it a go? 

End of Offers! Date published: 02/08/14

The end of our current summer selection is near, so I thought I'd share my shopping list:

The Medalla Real Carmenere is currently only £7.99 which is an absolute steal for such a great wine. For those of you that don't know, Carmenere was, for a long time, sold as Merlot as nobody realised that some of the imported vine cuttings from France were actually Carmenere. This grape variety is now one of Chile's flagship varieties, and this particular example is a must-try. Plush and full bodied, this wine offers blueberry, plum and oak-softened cassis fruit, accented with intriguing coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Gorgeous!

My white of choice is the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. With an added 5% of Semillon and a couple of months of lees aging, this wine has extra complexity and body than your standard 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. This goes amazingly with seafood and only £8.65! We've got this open on the tasting counter so feel free to try before you buy!

Finally, I have to get some Salatin Prosecco - only £8.65. I love prosecco and would happily drink it all the time. The Salatin is one of my faves, absolutely bursting with apple and pear flavours. It's wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a persistent mousse that lifts and refreshes the palate. What more could you ask for?!

Offers end close of play on Monday, so hurry! 


Kelly's wine of the weekDate published: 31/07/14

Kelly's Wine of the Week

Berne Grande Recolte Provence Rosé

£10.49 £8.92

when you buy any two wines on the save 15% offer

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault


Château de Berne has 110ha of vines, and has been producing wine since 1750. Today it is both a winery specialising mainly in rosé, and a rural leisure resort, promoting wine tourism and sustainable viticulture in the Côtes de Provence.


This cool-fermented rosé has a vibrant rosy colour, and a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.

Cocktail of the week 'Aperol SpritzDate published: 30/07/14

How to make the cocktail that the Venetians made famous:

(Aperol is a Vermouth with citrus infusion)

1 part Aperol (£11.99)

3 parts Prosecco (various prices/styles available)

a splash of soda

ice cubes

slices of orange and lemon

Serve in a large wine glass.

This is my new favourite..goes down like an alcoholic Tizer. yum!

Kelly's Wine of the Week - Etoile de Mer RoséDate published: 25/07/14

The Etoile de Mer Rosé is back in stock, and open to try on the tasting counter! 

From the Luberon region in the northern part of Provence, the Etoile de Mer rosé is a fairly typical blend of grenache and syrah.

Dry in style, but slightly fruitier than some other Provence rosés, this is a beautiful rosé with a fresh and clean finish. Lovely strawberry and red berry flavours make this perfect for summer drinking. Enjoy it with salads or simply on its own. 

At only £8.99* there's really no reason not to get some! 

*when you buy any two wines on the save 25% offer

The Season For Sauvignon!Date published: 24/07/14

The sun is shining and it is hot hot hot! So lets take advantage and enjoy it while it lasts with a large glass of something delicious, fresh and fruity! 

We have some fab offers on some rather lovely Sauvignon Blancs. 

Santa Ana  - Argentina - just £5.99 

Ned  - New Zealand - just £6.99 (for one week only)

Mud House - New Zealand - just £6.66

Greywacke - New Zealand - just £16.99

Errazuriz single vineyard - Chile - just £7.99...

...and many many more!!! Pop in and see us or give us a call and enjoy this weekend with a glass of Sauvignon in hand!

The perfect Bbq wines..Date published: 23/07/14

So I'm having a bbq tomorrow, as I'm lucky enough to have a day off in this glorious weather! If I had to choose a red, white and rosé, these are what I would go for:

The Portillo Malbec at £6.99* is a great malbec, full of rich plum and dark cherry flavours. Full and enticingly smooth, this wine will go amazingly with a  big ol' barbequed steak, or beefy kebabs. 

To go with some asian-style marinated chicken - I'm thinking citrussy and chilli flavours, go for the Waimea Pinot Gris at £9.99*. This is a slightly sweet option, that will complement the spicy flavours perfectly. Bursting with pear, apple and honey flavours, this is a great wine with good acidity and a long finish. 

Rose wise, I'll be buying some Black Cottage Rosé at £10.61 when you buy two or more wines from the save 15% offer. A style reminiscent of Provence, this is a great dry and refreshing rosé. The red berry flavours are delicate and the finish elegant. Perfect for this kind of weather!

Finally, no bbq is complete without a glass of Pimm's to begin the whole proceedings. Currently at £11.99, there's nothing better than Pimm's with all the trimmings - strawberries, cucumber and mint!

Hope you all get to enjoy a barbeque soon and try out these recommendations!

*when you buy any two wines from our summer selection. 

For One Week Only!...Date published: 22/07/14

To celebrate the 1st birthday of the new Majestic website, we have decided to treat you all to some AMAZING offers for this week only!

Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 buy any 2 save 33% = £6.99
Pouilly Fumé Jean Vincent - £14.99 buy any 2 save 33% = £9.99
Les Galets Côte-du-Rhône - £8.49 buy any 2 save 33% = £5.66
Vallée Des Pins Provence Rosé - £9.99 buy any 2 save 33% = £6.66

Dont miss out! They are only on offer for a week so pop in and see us!

Kelly's wine of the weekDate published: 22/07/14

Vallée des Pins Coteaux d'Aix Rosé

£9.99 £6.66

when you buy any two wines on the save 33.3% offer


The vineyards of Vallée des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditional 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style.


Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters.

Oh I Do Love A Cocktail!Date published: 20/07/14

Last night was Mojito night, so I thought I'd share with you our winning recipe for the night!

You will need:

50ml of Bacardi Rum at £15*

17.5ml of lime juice

50ml of soda water

A few mint leaves

1 tbsp sugar

Begin by muddling the mint leaves with the sugar in a cocktail shaker if you have one (if not, just use a glass). Next add some crushed ice, the rum and the lime juice. Shake it up until well mixed - girls this is a great bingo wing workout! - pour into a glass and top up with the soda water. Then sit back and enjoy your gorgeous mojito in the sun! 

* when you buy two bottles of selected spirits/fine wine

Celebrating the Sunshine...Date published: 18/07/14

With summer well and truly here, we're celebrating the sun with some champagne! We have some great offers on Champagne at the moment:

Perrier - Jouet Grand Brut NV £40.00  £26.65*

This Champagne has just won a silver medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, and deservedly so. One of my old manager's faves (and not just because he shares the same initials!), this is a zesty little number with gorgeous baked apple flavours, a soft mousse and a refreshing finish. 

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV  £42.00   £27.99*

A classic choice, this Champagne is peachy, refreshing and citrus notes. A nice and elegant finish and a bargain at £27.99! It also comes in a lovely box, so it's the perfect gift for any last minute parties you might attend! 

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 £35.99   £23.98*

Not actually a Champagne, but an English sparkling instead, this is a must-try! It is good enough to rival any champagne and has in fact beaten some top names in blind-tastings. With a citrus notes and brioche on the nose, soft mousse and long finish, this is a great alternative to Champagne and a fantastic way to support a fantastic local wine-maker. 

A Burgundian TempestDate published: 17/07/14

A Burgundian Tempest

Many regular drinkers of Burgundian wines, white and red, will have noticed a slight rise in prices over the last twelve months or so. Burgundy has suffered from two poor vintages – 2013 was marked by heavy rains and floods, whilst 2012 was equally bad. The Bourguignons, therefore, were hoping that the 2014 vintage would alleviate the stock and price difficulties somewhat, although two excellent vintages would be needed to completely reverse the stock issues.

Unfortunately on 28th June this year a terrific hailstorm ripped through the Cote de Beaune, shredding the vines and leaving hopes for a plentiful vintage in tatters.

Here at Majestic we are lucky that we have been able to avoid passing on too much of the price increases to our customers. We have been able to avoid such elevations as much as possible thanks to our good relationships with key suppliers, and maintain healthy reserves of various products. For example, our Macon-Villages from the Cave de Lugny is only £8.99 currently, whilst the Bourgogne Chardonnay from Nicolas Potel is a bargain at £8.66.

Sometimes wine isn't always good news. We just have to hope that Chablis, the Maconnais, the Challonais and Beaujolais aren't subject to the same tempestuous conditions. Fingers crossed...

Kelly's Wine of the Week - Villemarin Picpoul de PinetDate published: 16/07/14

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, is now on a great offer at only £7.05 £5.99*!

Made from the slightly rare Picpoul grape, this wine comes from the warm Languedoc region, known for its reds. Just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet offers a crisp and zesty white wine that is the perfect accompaniment for fish and shellfish, as well as summery chicken-based dishes.

This wine is a pale lemon yellow and bursting with citrussy lemon and lime notes, as well as an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Some green apple fruit on the palate with a dry and acidic finish. This is a great summer refresher – in fact, the origins of the name 'picpoul' means 'lip-stinger' and describes this wine's finish perfectly! 

*when you buy any two wines on the save 15% offer

It's still rosé season!Date published: 15/07/14

I can't get enough of rosé at the moment, there's just nothing better when the sun is shining! One of our most popular rosés  has to be the M de Minuty. Its' pale pink colour, along with citrus and subtle confected fruit notes make it the perfect accompaniment to the sunny days we've had recently. It is currently on offer at £9.99, meaning it's the perfect opportunity to stock and be prepared all summer long. 

Picture the scene...Date published: 12/07/14

Picture the scene...

...A warm summers day, afternoon tea in the garden. Out comes a magnificent Victoria Sponge, gloriously light, moist, laden with whipped cream and sweet, juicy strawberries. You're slightly parched from the warm weather, but a hot drink doesn't seem quite right, what to have?

Someone hands you a glass of something fizzy, what's this? Champagne with cake, surely not. Oh no no this isn't Champagne, this is Nyetimber, Nyetimber Demi-Sec. One of England's finest offerings. You take a sip, delicate mousse fills your mouth, a soft creamy apple note, with tones of brioche and toast, and to round it off, a little extra sweetness. A bite of cake with it this time and your palate is racing with pleasure. A small sigh and a smile in appreciation of this combination. Life is pretty good sometimes.

Come in today to give this amazing wine a try and see for yourself what I'm waxing on about. Currently on our 33.3% off deal for £25.98  bottle

Kelly's Wine of the Week - Turkey Flat Butcher's Block White Blend 2012, BarossaDate published: 11/07/14

Kelly's Wine of the Week Turkey Flat Butcher's Block White Blend 2012, Barossa

£14.99 £12.74

when you buy any two wines on the save 15% offer

Made from 44% Marsanne, 41% Viognier, 15% Roussanne

Turkey Flat was born in 1847, it takes it's name from the name of the vineyard property where lots of native bush-turkeys can be found. The 2012 vintage in Barossa was ideal for ripening these white varietals; a pleasantly cool, long and dry summer. This wine spent 6-months on it's lees and 50% of the wine went through oak treatment for 6-8 months. This has lent the wine some longevity; it could go on for 6-7 years.

This blend of Rhone grapes bursts with apricot and orange blossom on the nose. The palate has some more stone fruits like nectarine and peach. Malolactic fermentation has given the wine a soft, creamy finish and full mouthfeel.

Try it with baked Camembert and Crudité

Australia TastingDate published: 10/07/14

Our Australia tasting starts this Friday (all week we will have an extended range open on the tasting counter)

We will be exploring Shiraz, arguably their cult red. But also Pinot Noir and Merlot for the reds. Whites will include Sauvignon. Chardonnay and an interesting blend. These will include wines at various price points - so something for all palates and pockets!!

Why not come down and see us?!

Remember ..it's free!

All things sweetDate published: 08/07/14

If you are having a dinner party this weekend and need some inspiration for dessert wine here are my top 3:

Royal Tokaji, 5 Puttonyos, 2008 (Hungary) £19.99

This is the best of the best and beautifully luscious. It s full of citrus-peel, marmelade, honesuckle and blossom notes. It will accompany the stickiest of desserts like Treacle tart; but also strong cheeses

Elysium Black Muscat, 2012 (California) Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £9.99

Unlike most sticky wines, this looks like a red wine in the glass, but serve chilled. It boasts a pallet full of delicate red fruit, underpinned with rose and violet character. This will be nice with Summer-fruit based puds, all chocolatey ones; as well as zingy lemon tart

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling, 2007 (New Zealand) Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £16.99

Rich and honeyed, this is a bit of a staff favourite. It is very varsatile and will accompany many desserts. Why not try with a tropical Pannacotta or baked pears

Louise's Top Twenty All Time Favourite Wines - (Part 2, 10-20)Date published: 05/07/14

We have an amazing range of over 800 wines here at Majestic, but there are a few that I buy time and time again; so I thought I'd spread the joy and share these with you all (*prices valid until 30th July)

1)  Vina Ardanza Rioja, 2005 (Buy 2 or more selected fine wines = £17.00)

An outstanding Rioja full of strawberry jam character, underpinned with cedar, pencil shavings and vanilla; the wine has enough age that the tannins are nice and supple - perfect with a rack of lamb

2) Kiwa Pinot Noir, 2011, New Zealand (£35.00)

This Pinot Noir is slightly more meaty than your average example, but has layers and layers of flavour. Spicy red fruit is underpinned by notes of nutmeg and white pepper. A perfect accompaniment to a big, char-grilled tuna steak

3)  Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon/Semillon blend (Buy 2 or more selected fine wines £18.00)

This Kiwi take on a white Bordeaux blend, is absolutely outstanding. The greenness from the Sauvignon is supported by melon and white peach from the Semillon. The acidity is balanced by a silky-smooth mouth-feel and yeasty character. Enjoy with any chicken or light seafood dishes

4) Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc (Buy 2 or more 33.3 % off wines = £8.65)

I like a South African Sauvignon as they display more ripe, green character; such as asparagus and pea. This also benefits from some 'lees' character, making it really creamy in texture. A great wine with tomato-based salads and Primivera risotto

5) Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon  (Buy or more 15% off wines = £11.89)

California make fantastic Cabernet. This is big, bold and full of black-fruit; with menthol notes on the finish. Enjoy with any hearty beef dishes

6) Ver Cras Pouilly Fuisse - Christophe Cordier  (£27.00)

Cordier is my all-time favourite white- Burgundy producer. This Pouilly-Fuisse is nutty, buttery and full-flavoured. However, it is well-balanced with crisp acidity and clean minerality. There is plenty of ageing potential. I served it alongside a smoked-mackerel pate at a special dinner party - stunning!

7) Barbera d'Asti Forville (Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £11.89)

In my opinion, Italian wines can be very under appreciated. Typically high in acidity, they are always best paired with food that also has a bit of bite. This is my pizza/pasta wine, but also compliments a nice cassoulet. It is very soft, with cranberry and redcurrant character, leading to more tertiary notes such as leather and game - bags of complexity for the price

8) Prado Enea Rioja, Muga ( £30.00)

Yes I know, anther Rioja! But this one can't go unmentioned. Ideally, search for a 2001 or 2004. I can only describe it as a silk kiss! If you are a die-hard Rioja fan like me then this is a must try!! As ever, try with Paella or lamb, or perhaps some Manchego cheese

9) Clois de Bois Merlot (Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £15.29)

Now I'm not usually a fan of varietal Merlot, but this one really shone. It is a full-flavoured and hearty, full of stewed plum and damson character. Enjoy with roast beef this weekend

10) Krug NV Champagne (£125.00)

This is probably a once in a lifetime treat for most, but is the best Champagne I've ever had the privilege of sipping! Though it sounds cliched, it can be whatever you want it to be - light and elegant or big and toasty. Why not treat yourself for those life milestones - top table at your wedding? A graduation perhaps? Or just because..

Provence Rosé Spotlight tasting!Date published: 04/07/14

Whilst the sun shines, why not pop in to try a range of Provence rosés all this week. 

For a more structured tasting, drop by at 3pm tomorrow for a spotlight on Provence Rosé. Call us on 01892615877, email us or tweet us to book your place!!!

Tom's weekly Tipple - Waimea Sauvignon BlancDate published: 02/07/14

Tom's weekly Tipple 

Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Nelson

£12.99 £8.66 when you buy any two wines on the Summer Selection deal

Waimea is a cracking producer located in Nelson, just north-west of Marlborough, on the coast. The more maritime climate here results in wines with more layers of complexity and firmer, yet well integrated acidity. The 2013 vintage in New Zealand was ideal. A hot, dry summer gave a long growing period, which was compensated by a wet autumn.

This 100% Sauvignon Blanc has, at it's core, the classic citrus fruit that New Zealand Sauvignon is known for. But on top are layers of tropical fruit, grass and nettle. Keeping it all structured is a crisp acidic backbone, which is well integrated with the fruit. Super-refreshing on a hot-summer's day.

Try it with a goats cheese, onion marmalade and thyme tart.

Giants of the Wine World - Penfolds GrangeDate published: 26/06/14

Giants of the Wine World

Penfolds Grange

A few of the team here were fortunate enough to visit the London Wine Fair a few weeks ago, and we ended the day unanimous in our conclusion that the standout wine tasted was Penfolds Grange 2009. Where better to start a series on 'Giants of the Wine World', therefore, than with this megalith of Australian wine.

Penfolds Grange was first produced by winemaker Max Schubert in 1951, as an experimental attempt to match the quality of top Bordeaux. Its early years were less than auspicious, marked by poor reviews and patchy (at best) commercial success. Schubert was forbidden from producing Grange in 1957, but he persisted until 1959 when the aging potential of the early wines was realised and production was relaunched.

Rare amongst such premium wines in its providence from numerous vineyards across a large area, Grange's composition changes from year to year, relying upon winemaker skill to maintain the 'Grange style'.

So what of the '09? Silky and voluptuous on the palate, with vanilla oak from American barrels, bramble fruit in abundance, and a delicious black-pepper spiciness, this is a serious wine!

If you like the idea of the Grange, but aren't sure of the price tag, why not give something from our range a go?

From Penfolds:

Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012, Coonawarra (£22.00)

This wine shows off the unique terroir of Coonawarra spectacularly. With ripe fruit and soft French oak, this is a complex, complete style of wine.


McGuigan Handmade Shiraz (Buy 2 or more selected fine wines = £20.00)

This is a big wine full of rich bramble fruit. It is complex with a long finish, leaving you with eucalyptus and menthol notes – Black Forest Gateau in a glass anyone?

Louise's Top Twenty All Time Favourite Wines - (Part 1, 1-10)Date published: 25/06/14

We have an amazing range of over 800 wines here at Majestic, but there are a few that I buy time and time again; so I thought I'd spread the joy and share these with you all (*prices valid until 30th June)

1) Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja (Buy 2 or more 33.3% off wines = £9.99)

An outstanding Rioja that hasn't been this cheap for years. Full of strawberry jam character, underpinned with cedar and vanilla; this wine has a really silky mouth-feel. Enjoy alongside paella, tapas, or roast lamb

2) Montes Alpha Chardonnay (Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £9.99)

This Chilean Chardonnay is big and bold, and full of juicy tropical fruits like papaya and banana. Even if traditionally you haven't enjoyed barrel-fermented whites, this one is a must try. It is distinctive and unforgettable. Enjoy alongside roast chicken or creamy dishes like spaghetti carbonara

3) Black Cottage Pinot Noir Rosé (Buy 2 or more 15% wines = £10.62)

This New Zealand take on Sancerre Rose is the only rose that I've ever really raved about it. A beautiful pale, salmon pink in the glass, it is full of red fruit character on the palate, boasting a creamy and mellow mouth-feel

4) Bollinger NV Champagne (Buy 2 or more 33.3% off wines = £33.31)

Bolly has always been my house Champagne (when it's on a good deal like it is now!) Being one of the few Champagne houses that ferment their base wines in oak, it creates a house style that is rich and mouth-filling with bags of brioche character and toasty notes - you can't beat it for a celebration, and I treat myself every Christmas day as a matter of tradition! It is also cracking with fish and chips

5) Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere (Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £9.99)

This Chilean cult grape is deliciously chocolatey with hints of coffee bean, and is my default wine if I'm having a chilli-con-carne

6) McGuigan Handmade Shiraz (Buy 2 or more selected fine wines = £20.00)

I'm a sucker for the waxy-seel on this Aussie bottle, however, I'm pleased to report that the contents are also outstanding. This is a big wine full of rich bramble fruit. It is complex with a long finish, leaving you with eucalyptus and menthol notes - it could also be described as Black-Forest Gateau in a glass This is a show stopper for a dinner party to accompany a Beef Wellington or some venison

7) Stag's Leap Artemis Cabernet 2011 (Buy 2 or more selected fine wines = £37.00)

So you can see by now I have expensive tastes..but you get what you pay for, and this wine keeps up with all the top Bordeaux big guns; and will cellar for  a good few years! It has many layers of fresh black and red fruit, dried figs, cedar, leather..need I go on? This is great with a cheese board or any special meal where red meat is the star of the show

8) Chateau Batailley 2007 (£33.00)

This 5th growth Pauillac could be mistaken for a Rioja if had blind. It is soft and supple with cigar box and liquorice character. This is the Bordeaux that I recommend to all our customers; and is indeed the one that opened my eyes to old world wine

9) De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc (Buy or more 15% off wines = £16.99)

South Africa do Chenin very well, and this oak-aged example is no exception. It is not a wine to be drunk without food as it is buttery and plush in the mouth, and a little heady on the alcohol. But the tropical fruit is lifted by floral notes, making for an interesting and unique wine. Try alongside pork belly

10) Ferreol Viognier (Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £10.62)

Viognier excites me almost as much as Chardonnay. It is jam-packed with stone fruits such as apricot and peach, but also has an underlying mineral character leading to a clean finish. This would also be great with pork or rich fish dishes like Bouillabaisse, seared scallops or lobster

Tom's weekly Tipple - Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/06/14

Tom's weekly Tipple Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Hawke's Bay

£23.00 £18.00

when you buy any two wines on the Fine Wine and Spirit deal

Made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sauvignon Gris

Not your average Kiwi Sauvignon by any stretch of the imagination, this offering from Te Mata is an absolute crackerjack of a wine. Co-barrel-fermented with small amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, giving the wine added texture and aromatics, this is a classy New Zealand interpretation of classic white Bordeaux.

Rich and creamy, with buckets of tropical fruit, a complex nuttiness and an exquisitely elegant mouthfeel, this is a serious wine. It would be the perfect foil for some barbecued salmon, or drink it as an aperitif, outside after a hard days work! Cheers!

St AubinDate published: 23/06/14

St Aubin

St Aubin is a small village in the Cote de Beaune district of the Cote d'Or in Burgundy slap bang between Meursault and Puligny Montrachet. These appellations tend to over shadow St Aubin but it produces some terrific wines which tend to be a bit cheaper than their neighbouring counterparts. Two thirds of the region's production is Pinot Noir, the remaining is Chardonnay, and these are the ones that get me excited. They tend to be similar to Puligny thanks to almost two thirds of the appellation being Premier Cru vineyards. Good examples have nut and honey characteristics, some spice, minerality and apple or peach notes.

We've just had a new St Aubin come in from Vincent Prunier, a 2010 vintage no less, one of Burgundy's best years. It's £28 a bottle, and for a wine you could happily lay down for years to come I think that is a bargain.

Still too painful to talk about Italian wines?Date published: 20/06/14

I hope not as we've got some great wines open on the tasting counter! A new personal favourite is the Contesa Pecorino at £7.49*. A great alternative to Pinot Grigio, it has an intense nose of citrus, and apple and pear flavours on the palate. It's also had 30% oak fermentation, giving it some body and texture. It's the perfect accompaniment to nutty cheeses. Yum!

common liqueurs and their ingredientsDate published: 19/06/14

Ever wondered what that flavour is in your liqueur?..fear not, here is a list of the most common ones:

Blackcurrant - Creme de Cassis

Sloe - Sloe Gin

Apricot - Apricot Brandy

Cherry - Cherry Brandy, Maraschino

Orange - Curacao, Cointreau, Grand Marnier

Peach - Archers

Multi-herb - Galliano, Benedictine, Drambuie

Seed - Kummel

Mint - Creme de Menthe

Coffee - Kahlua, Tia Maria

Chocolate - Creme de Cacao

Toffee - Dooley's

Nuts - Amaretto (Almond) Malibu (Coconut)

Egg - Advocat

Cream - Bailey's Irish Cream

..get your cocktail hat on!

Tom's weekly Tipple - RavenswoodDate published: 18/06/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012

£11.99 £7.99

Grape: Zinfandel

Origin:Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Taste:Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

Enjoy:Perfectly enjoyable on it's own or with lamb, duck and even cheese dishes. Enjoy over the next four years.

Anyone for Gin O'Clock?Date published: 14/06/14

In honour of World Gin Day, we thought we'd tell you about Tanqueray Ten. This gin is distilled with 10 different botanicals, such as juniper, orange peel, coriander, cucumber, lime, white grapefruit, chamomile, angelica, orris root and rose petal.These give the gin complexity and flavour.  It is also distilled 4 times, making it one of the purest gins around! It's currently £35

Serve with ice, tonic and lemon or alternatively try making a Negroni:

25ml shot Tanqueray Ten (or other gin)

25 ml Vermouth Rosso

25 ml Campari

and a twist of Orange

Enjoy World Gin Day!

Father's Day WinesDate published: 13/06/14

So Sunday is Father's day, which means family get togethers, roasts and bbqs! If you haven't yet planned any wine to go with your Sunday meal, or if you've forgotten to buy your old man a present, we've got some great suggestions for you. 

I tried the Chateau Saint Gemme today and think it's a perfect option. Lovely red berry notes, with some spice and vanilla flavours from the oak. The tannins are well integrated and smooth, making this wine a great match for a Sunday roast. It's currently on our tasting counter and available at £9.99 when you buy two wines from our summer selection as part of a mixed case.

If you're looking to spend a little more, an old personal favourite is the Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose, 2009 is an absolute treat from St-Emilion. Predominantly Merlot, it tastes of rich black fruits along with vanilla spice and smoky notes. Another one to eat with a roast, this will put you in Dad's good books for sure! Only £18 on the fine wine deal! 

In order to get the fine wine deal, you'd need to buy a spirit or another fine wine so we're also recommending the Cuvée Diane - a Malbec/Merlot blend from the Viñalba winemaker's in Mendoza. A rich and inviting wine full of dark fruit and spice aromas, and has a wonderful palate complexity, offering a plum and damson backbone bolstered by smooth tannins and spicy oak. An absolutely phenomenal wine at £28 on our fine wine deal.

 Have a lovely weekend and happy Father's Day to all the Dad's!

Kelly and Tom

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

1) Pétillants is a French word referring to sparkling wine with high levels of Co2 making it fizzy. 

2) Biodynamic wines are made according to the principles of biodynamic agriculture - an organic method which uses cycles of the moon and planets as well as other spiritual and mystical perspectives...Expelliarmus! 

3) The top wine of Penfolds is the Grange which, until1989, was labelled as Penfolds Grange Hermitage when an objection from the EU forced them to drop the French place-name. Try the Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz, from the Clare Valley, Australia, at £22.

4) AVA stands for American Viticultural Area.

5) The grape Albariño is known as Alvarinho in Portugal where it is the main ingredient of Vinho Verde. Although not made from albarino, try the Quinto de Azevedo Vinho Verde, at £6.92 when you buy two wines within the 'save 15%' offer.

6) Fermentation is a chemical reaction that is brought about by the action of yeast and bacteria.

7) In Occitan, Picpoul means 'lip-stinger'. This is reflected in the wine made with this grape variety; a dry, refreshing and citrusy white. Try the Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, from the Langedoc region. At £6.74, it is the perfect accompaniment for seafood dishes. 

8) The Spanish grape variety, Verdejo, was the house wine at the 3 Michelin starred, former best restaurant in the world, El Bulli. This may be where it gained international recognition as a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Try the Vega de la Reina Verdejo. Another great summer wine, it goes perfectly with paella! Save 25% and get it at £7.49 when you buy two bottles within the save 25% deal.

9) The investigation into the grape Zinfandel's origins was called the 'Zinquest'.Try the Ravenswood Zinfandel, a cracking red, with abundant plum and spice flavours. It's in our summer selection and only £7.99!

10) The name of the Italian white grape Falanghina is derived from an old word for the wolves that once roamed through the Irpinia hills where it flourishes. Try the Falanghina Terredora at £8.99, again in the save 25% deal. It is fruit driven, light, zesty - what more could you want?

Tom's weekly Tipple - First Class Pinot NoirDate published: 03/06/14

Tom's weekly Tipple 

First Class Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca Valley

£8.99 £5.99

Grape: Pinot Noir

Origin:This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley in Chile. Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with selected yeasts, and matured without oak for a fruit-focused character.

Taste:Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints.

Enjoy:A great partner for tender pork loin. 

Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 29/05/14

1) Tokaji is the name for the sweet wines grown in the Tokaji region of Hungary, they are traditionally made using the noble rot method. 

2) In Champagne, the term Blanc de Blancs refers to Champagnes made only from Chardonnay grapes.

3) As vines get older the yields usually decrease but the quality of the remaining grapes increases.

4) Valpolicella is a viticultural zone of the province of Verona, Italy, east of Lake Garda.

5) Valpolicella is typically made from three grape varieties: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara.

6) Rolle is a white grape variety from France which is thought to be identical to the Vermentino of Italy.

7) DOC, found on some Italian wines, stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata (controlled designation of origin), DOCG is Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed).

8) Semillon is the most widely planted white grape in Bordeaux, due to it's thin skins and affinity with noble rot it is used widely for sweet wines.

9) The majority of wines in Burgundy are made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay though other grape varieties like Aligote and Sauvignon Blanc.

10) Olorosos are deep brown sherries that are dominated by aromas of toffee, leather, spice and walnut.

New Zealand Spotlight WeekDate published: 28/05/14

New Zealand Spotlight Week

If you're a fan (as so many are) of the wines of New Zealand you'll definitely want to call in from 6-12 June because our tasting counter will be heaving with fantastic kiwi wines.

Sam AdamsDate published: 23/05/14

Sam Adams

Sam Adams is a brand of beer with a long history. The recipe was made in 1860 in Ohio by Louis Koch, back then it was called The Wooden Shoe Brew. The brand survived prohibition and was made up until the 1950s. In 1984 - six generations of Kochs later - Jim Koch found the recipe and brewed his first batch in his kitchen. He sold it and later that year after accruing various business degrees from Harvard he founded Samuel Adams Beer.

The beer is named after Samuel Adams an American patriot who played an important role in the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party. The beer itself is sort of a cross between lager and British ale. Refreshing like lager but with a bitter-sweet maltiness. The beer is supposed to be drunk very young, and being brewed across the Atlantic it takes about 8 weeks for it to get to our shores. So last year Shepherd Neame, the oldest brewery in Britain and perhaps the world, won the license to brew the beer for British customers.

Did I mention it's currently on offer at £1 a bottle when you buy a 24-pack?

Wine of the Week - La Grille Touraine Sauvignon 2013, Paul BuisseDate published: 21/05/14

Wine of the Week - La Grille Touraine Sauvignon 2013, Paul Buisse (£7.64)

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: The result of a partnership between Paul Buisse and a number of leading Loire winemakers. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are sourced from vineyards in the central Loire valley, and are cool-fermented to preserve the delicate aromatics.  

Taste: Loire trademarks of gooseberry and blackcurrant leaf characterise the nose. The palate is nicely balanced, with a soft-edged acidity, yet a snappy citrussy zing.

Enjoy: Partner with a light Oriental stir-fry, or of course, seafood.

10 Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 18/05/14

1) Wine called 'Gavi di Gavi' refers to wine produced close to the small town of Gavi in Piedmont, Northern Italy.

2) Grüner Veltliner is a grape varietal that comes from the Wachau region of Austria.

3) Picpoul is a fairly rare grape varietal produced in the Rhone Valley and Languedoc region of Southern France.

4) Until the 1980's the wine-growers of Champagne used gadoux, the leftover trash from Paris, as a fertilizer on their fields.

5) Sherry is produced in and around the town of Jerez where there are three grape varieties permitted - Palomino, Pedro Ximenez (PX) and Muscat of Alexandria.

6) There are also three soil types in Jerez - albariza, barros and arenas.

7) Palomino is used to make the dry wines of Jerez.

8) PX and Muscat are used to make the sweet wine of Jerez.

9) Sherry is fermented in stainless steel, but it must be aged in 600 litre oak barrels called butts. 

10) Sherry is also famous for it's maturation system called the solera system.

Top five drink and takeaway matchesDate published: 17/05/14

If you aren't lighting the barbecue this weekend and are deciding to have a takeaway instead; here are my beverage recommendations!

Pizza -  'Barbera Sucule' - Buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

Thai Curry -  'Villa Maria Gewurztraminer' - £9.99

Chinese - 'Miraval Rose' - £17.99

Fish and Chips - 'Nyetimber NV' - Buy 2 save 33% = £23.98

Indian Curry - Asahi Beer = £25.92 (for a case of 24)

Sparkling Saturday: Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009Date published: 17/05/14

Sparkling Saturday: Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009  (£23.98, part of the Summer Selection 33.3% off)

We have Nyetimber open to taste today, pop in and get your Saturday evening fizz fix!

Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier

Origin: Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

Taste: 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.  

Enjoy: The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.  

Open to Taste: Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec, 2011Date published: 16/05/14

Open to Taste: Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec, 2011  £13.59!!

Grape: Malbec

Origin: This fine Malbec comes from Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo region, and is the flagship wine in the Viñalba range. Created by Hervé Fabre, one of the first Bordeaux-schooled winemakers to come in to Argentina, and to recognise Malbec's potential in its high-altitude terroirs.

Taste: A generous nose of warm plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are muscular, yet smooth and voluptuous, providing a blockbusting mouthfeel and long finish.  Decant first for maximum effect. 

Enjoy: Enjoy with steak or venison.

Rosé-Time!Date published: 15/05/14


We have a brand new rosé open to taste in-store, perfect for long summer days in the garden and and barbecues!

Grape: Cinsault, Carignan

Origin: This rosé is made from grapes sourced from the Hérault region of the Languedoc.  It is similar in style to many of the light and delicate rosés from the more famous, premium regions across the south of France and as such, represents amazing value.

Taste: A pale and delicate rosé, offering a straightforward nose of ripe red berry aromas and a light, gently off-dry palate that is rounded and soft in texture.  

Enjoy: Great with salmon steaks or any barbecued fish.

Tom's weekly Tipple Date published: 14/05/14

Tom's weekly Tipple

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011 Marlborough

£14.99 £12.74

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin:This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, a more mature one in the Wairau Valley, and younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes are then fermented in French oak and allowed 10 months lees ageing.

Taste:A very enjoyable Chardonnay with a combination of apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

Enjoy:A great match with seafood. Try seared scallops served with black pudding.

When cooking with wine...Date published: 12/05/14

When cooking with wine...

I'm a big fan of cooking with wine and I am a great believer that there is not such thing as 'cooking wine'.  Only cook with wine that you would be prepared to drink - invariably if you choose a good wine to cook with, you will also enjoy drinking it as an accompaniment to the meal.

Here's my top tip: When cooking with wine, use stainless steel or enamel pans.  The acid in the wine will react with materials such as aluminium or untreated cast iron to produce an unpleasant taste.  With aluminium this can also be dangerous to your health.

Get cooking!

New addition to the Tasting Counter!Date published: 12/05/14

New addition to the Tasting Counter!

Verdicchio de Matelica 2013, Poggio alle Rondini, £7.64 

Grape: Verdicchio

Origin: Founded in 1971, the cooperative who make this wine are today the largest producer of Verdicchio in Matelica, a small commune in Italy's Marche region.  Located inland of Jesi, its more famous neighbour, Matelica, lies at higher altitudes yet experiences a warmer climate.  

Taste: A pale lemon colour, suggesting lightness and youth.  The nose offers hints of acacia honey against a backdrop of citrus fruit.  Dry and crisp, with a persistent finish. 

Enjoy: Try this with the lightly spiced fish and seafood of the Adriatic coast.

Sparkling Saturday: Chandon Brut, ArgentinaDate published: 10/05/14

Sparkling Saturday: Chandon Brut, Argentina, £12.99!

It's that time of week again - we are opening Moet's brand new sparkling wine: Chandon Brut.  Launched just last week, it is a brand new alternative to Champagne! 

Moet uses vineyards in the Uco Valley in Mendoza, a region more noted for its Malbec.  Made using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, Chandon is produced using the traditional method (Methode Traditionale). 

This sparkler has a fresh and elegant style, with a nose centred on citrus, pineapple and white peach aromas.  There are subtle hints of sweet toasty brioche and the finish is fantastic.

A great party fizz and genuine alternative to Champagne - a perfect match for seafood canapés.

A New Zealand Sauvignon, under £7!!!!!!Date published: 09/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc – The Next Big Thing

Looking for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc under £7.  Look no further than Mud House - it's £6.66!!

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin. 

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.


Rosé (Magnum) Time!Date published: 08/05/14

Rosé (Magnum) Time!

At Majestic we have a great range of Provence rosé available in both bottle and magnum sized at Majestic. If you're having a party this summer, then these are a great addition to any table, definitely bringing the 'WOW' factor!

In the photo, we have:

Miraval Rosé - £38 in magnum

Château de Berne -  £27.50 in magnum

M de Minuty - £25 in magnum

AIX rosé - £19.99 in magnum or £50 in double magnum (3 litres!)

The Miraval estate is owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who have teamed up with a renowned local producer to create this critically acclaimed wine. Snap it up while you can, it is strictly whilst stocks last.

10 Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 08/05/14

1) Brouilly is one of the 10 crus in Beaujolais and also happens to be the largest.

2) Puttonyos is the name given to denote the level of sweetness in a Hungarian dessert wine, measurement goes from 3 to 6 Puttonyos with 6 being the sweetest.

3) The primary grape used in wines from Rioja is Tempranillo.

4) Pouilly Fume is a Sauvignon Blanc from Loire.

5) Pouilly Fuisse is a Chardonnay from Burgundy.

6) The Barossa Valley in Australia is famed for it's Shiraz.

7) The term 'Blanc de Blancs' on a sparkling wine label means that only white grapes have been used.

8) The term 'Blanc de Noirs' on a sparkling wine label means that only the black grape Pinot Noir has been used.

9) Lirac is a wine-growing Appellation in the department of Gard situated in the low hills along the right bank of the Rhône.

10) Bacchus is a white wine grape, as well the name of the Roman God of Wine, praise be!

Summer Tasting - 22nd MayDate published: 07/05/14

Hey everyone..don't forget that we have our Summer tasting coming up in less than 2 weeks!! It will be a fantastic FREE evening, showcasing our Summer selection of wines. All accompanied by a lovely selection of cheeses. Book your place now!

Wine of the week - Villa Maria GewurztraminerDate published: 06/05/14

Villa Maria Private Bin Gewürztraminer 2013, East Coast

£10.99 £9.99

Grape: Gewürztraminer

Origin:Villa Maria is New Zealand's most awarded winery, and this spicy Gewurz lives up to the bill. Made from fruit sourced in Marlborough, Gisborne and the Hawkes Bay this is a fantastic example of an aromatic varietal taking the world by storm.

Taste:A classic nose of lychees and spice, which continue onto a full-bodied, fruity palate. The finish is rich and soft, almost off-dry, resulting from the low acidity levels.

Enjoy:Drink now or over the next couple of years, partnering aromatic Asian dishes (rather than chilli spice). This is a fantastic new world alternative to an Alsatian classic.

Rosé-Time!Date published: 06/05/14


We have another scrumptious rosé open to try at our Tasting Counter - why not pop in to store and give it a try with us!

Calima Rosé 2013, Catalunya £5.99 (if you purchase two or more bottles)

Grape: Garnacha

Origin: Calima means 'mist': something of a common occurrence in the vineyards of Catalunya.  Garnacha is the principal red grape here, and its red berry character and low tannins make it the ideal grape for making a fruit rosé such as this.

Taste: Inviting aromas of fresh strawberries dominate the nose, while the palate leans towards flavours of ripe peach and apple, supported by refreshing yet soft-edged acidity.

Enjoy: Lightly chilled, this makes a great aperitif wine or accompaniment for mixed salads and flavourful tapas. 

Bank Holiday Barbecue Hot PicksDate published: 05/05/14

As the sun is shining, I'm sure you will all have your barbecues out for the bank holiday. Here are my top 5 bargain picks - all under £7:

1) Calima Grenache (£5.99*)

sweet-spice, cooked fruit, heady

2) Callia Bella Malbec (£5.99*)

liquorice, black-fruit, vanilla

3) Gran Vendemia Rioja Crianza (£6.66*)

vanilla, cedar, strawberry

4) Ondine Sauvignon Blanc (£5.99*)

gooseberry, grass, elderflower

5) Serena Pinot Grigio, Banfi (£6.66*)

mellow, citrus, pear

*2 or more bottles as part of a mixed 6 bottle case

10 Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 03/05/14

1) Mencía is the primary grape of the Bierzo region in Spain and can be used to make fruity wines with supple tannins and succulent fruit, as well as more concentrated, powerful styles with an exotic earthiness, and smooth tannins.

2) Prosecco is made using the method 'asti'.

3) Zinfandel is California`s most distinctive red grape and is extremely versatile, it can produce light, jammy, almost Beaujolais-type wines, through to full-bodied, robust, oak aged wines brimming with ripe, peppery, cassis-like fruits. 

4) Champagne is the only region in the EU which can produce a Rosé from a blend of red and white grapes.

5) Valençay and Cheverney are rare blends of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

6) Cotes de Provence is the largest appellation of the Provence wine region in south-eastern France.

7) Dosage, during second fermentation, is used to add sweetness to Champagne.

8) Barolo is an Italian red wine produced in the northern region of Piedmont and is made from the Nebbiolo grape.

9) En Primeur is a way of buying wine whilst it is still in the barrel, thus offering the opportunity to invest in a wine prior to bottling.

10) Verdicchio' is a white grape grown in the Marche and Umbria regions of Italy. It produces fresh, dry, crisp wines with a slightly herbaceous character. 

Exploring Fine Wine - L'Esprit de PennautierDate published: 02/05/14

Slowly but surely I'm finding myself drawn to the fine wine shelf, pursuing the selection and inevitably picking up the odd bottle or three. My favourite at the moment is a southern French choice from the Languedoc which I thought I'd share with you all because, quite frankly, it is awesome! 

This wine comes from the Lorgeril family estate and is a blend of the classic Bordeaux grapes, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and of old-vine Syrah grown on the south facing slopes of La Montagne Noir close to Carcassonne - a stunningly beautiful part of France if you ever get the chance to visit.

The Chateau de Pennautier has everything I look for in a red wine - a powerful nose of black fruits, full-bodied and rich with noticeable tannin but not too over-powering. It also has a mellow, toasty wood influence which comes from the oak ageing. Perfectly drinkable now but will keep for up to 10 years or so. It's also on for £14.99 when you buy two or more, so I might just treat myself tonight!

Tom's Weekly Tipple - Calima Garnacha Tinto 2013, CatalunyaDate published: 02/05/14

This week's choice is a fine example of Garnacha from the Marqués de Monistrol winery, located around 40km south-west of Barcelona. 

Fresh and ripe in feel, this wine has Garnacha's typically bright, lightly confected berry fruit surrounded by moderate, supple yet involvingly chewy tannins.

This wine would go down well at a summer barbecue with some spicy pork ribs, and is currently available for £5.99 when you buy two or more.  

Rosé-Time!Date published: 01/05/14


We have a brand new rosé in-store - how exciting! Now all we need is the weather to improve and we'll be sipping our way into summer. It's open to sample at the tasting counter as well, so pop in and give it a try!

Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, Luberon,  £8.99 when you purchase two or more bottles. 

Grape: Syrah, Grenache

Origin: Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the Southern Rhone, whose high altitudes create a milder climate.  The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours.

Taste: A Provence Rosé with a little extra fruit density.  The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish.  

Enjoy: Serve chilled on its own, or pair with grilled fish and salads. 

A Guide to the Regions of South France Part 4: ProvenceDate published: 01/05/14

A Guide to the Regions of South France Part 4: Provence

Ah Provence, the weather, the food, the lifestyle and more importantly the wine. For a while it was very bad, over-extracted Rosé and nothing much else. But as with the rest of the South West, new winemakers have come in to revitalise the wine culture of the area. Most of the Rosé is now more elegant, perfumed, crisp and - as Rosé should be - refreshing, this makes it a great match with the local garlic-heavy cuisine. The key grapes in classic Provence Rosé are Grenache, Syrah and occasionally Cinsault, with a smattering of grapes grown only here like Tibouren.

However Cotes de Provence is the largest single appellation in all of France, so wines carrying this title can vary a great deal. The real gems are to be found in the smaller enclaves within Provence. Montagne Ste Victoire is a great one, sheltered on almost all sides by mountains except for a little influence by coastal breezes. Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence has less rugged landscape, which sometimes leads to less stunning wines but if you're looking for a summer barbecue party wine then look no further than a magnum (or dare I say double magnum) of AIX Rosé.

Along with the classic Rosé there is also a new wave of red and white wines. Reds are made with similar grapes to the Rosé rather than bringing in interlopers like Cabernet Sauvignon to the region which might corrupt the firm identity of local wines. Bandol is probably the best area to find high quality red and whites though they do produce the staple as well. Reds are made almost entirely with Mourvédre, while whites are made with grapes usually found around Gaillac and Congac like Ugni Blanc, Bourbolenc, Clairette and for poops and giggles they sometimes throw in some Sauvignon Blanc.

That concludes my guide to the South of France, in summary it's my favourite wine region in the world. The wines can be of immense quality and are almost always great value for money in comparison to the rest of France. It's also where some of the most exciting developments in old world wine making happen.

If you would like to request a guide to another part of the winemaking world then please get in touch and I'll endeavour to get one written.

Always time for a Dessert Wine!Date published: 26/04/14

Always time for a Dessert Wine!

I love a good dessert wine, and I don't intend to wait for Christmas to indulge. We have a lovely Chilean sweetie open to taste this weekend!

Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel 2012, Limari Valley, Half Bottle. £6.49!!

Grape: Pink Moscatel

Origin: This dessert wine comes from Limari in northern Chile, where the long ripening season produces wines with great fruit concentration.  After harvesting, the grapes are partially sun-dried, reducing their water content and thus concentrating the sugars.

Taste: Straw yellow in colour, with golden highlights.  Aromas of white flowers, peach, apricots and quince carry through to a palate of more ripe stone fruits and dried fig flavours.  

Enjoy: Match with sticky toffee pudding, sweet fruit cheesecake, or rich blue cheeses.  

10 Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 26/04/14

1) Champagne is typically a mix of three grape varieties - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

2) Burgundy is divided into six main regions - Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, the Maconnais, and the Beaujolais.

3) Roussanne is one of the most important white grape varieties in the Rhône Valley and is typically blended with Marsanne to produce the white wines of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and St-Péray.

4) California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world. My favourite is the Ravenswood Lodi (Zinfandel Capital of the World)  - £9.49 when you buy 2 or more.

5) Noble rot is a type of grape fungus that can actually sweeten some types of wine.

6) Wines that are darker in colour (deep reds and golden whites) are usually from warm climates, lighter colours come from cooler climates.

7) The phrase to "drink to ones health" comes from ancient Greece where the dinner host would take the first sip of wine to prove to prove it was not posioned...lovely!

8) When ageing red wine it tends to lose it's colour, white though can gain colour becoming more golden.

9) The Bergerac region in south-west France has been producing wine since Roman times. 

10) Striking a good balance is the key to making a great wine.

Like Chilean Wine??Date published: 24/04/14

Like Chilean Wine??

Why not come to our Spotlight Tasting event, all about Chilean wine?

This is an informal, 30-minute or so tasting around our tasting counter in-store, where we'll give you an in-depth tasting of 6 Chilean wines, along with a few dinner party facts.

Best of all, like all our tastings, this is totally free!

The Chilean Spotlight Tasting is on Saturday 3rd May at 3pm, do let us know if you would like to come along.

Either call 01892 615 877, email tun@majestic.co.uk, or contact us on Twitter, we're @majestictun.

Rosé-Time!Date published: 24/04/14


Sometimes an off-dry rosé is just what you need on a hot summer's day sitting in the garden with a good book!  Here's one that I can't get enough of...

Château La Gravette 2013, Minervois Rosé  £5.99!!

Grape: Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan

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

Taste: A fabulous bouquet of vanilla flowers and stewed strawberries follow through to a light and fresh palate of red fruits, mineral acidity, with an off-dry finish.

Enjoy: Enjoy on its own or with seafood and lightly spiced dishes.

10 Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 19/04/14

1) Grenache is one of the most widely planted red grapes in the world and is dominant in most southern Rhône wines, it also happens to be Stuart's favourite!

2) Cabernet Franc is the red grape used in Bouvet Rose, on our Easter pick 'n' mix for £8.99

3) Rioja Alta is known more for its "old world" style of wine - higher altitude makes for a shorter growing season and more intense fruit flavours.

4) 2009 was a fantastic year in Bordeaux, and in fact all over France with a spectacular summer, and conditions just right during harvest to produce a cracking vintage. 

5) The Conde de San Cristobel on our tasting counter comes from Ribera del Duero, a valley in Spain, which produces similar style wines to Rioja. Lovely stuff!

6) The Douro, a wine growing area of the Douro Valley in Portugal, traditionally transported wine in boats down river to be stored in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto.

7) Pinotage is South Africa's trademark black grape created by Professor Perold in 1925 by crossing Cinsault and Pinot Noir,

8) The famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape (roughly meaning "The Pope's new castle" ) is a wine that, since the 2009 version of the AOC, allows 18 different grape varieties.

9) Sangiovese is a black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti.

10) Muscat refers to a family of grapes of which there are around 200 different branches and can produce a range of wines from pale, bone dry whites, through to golden yellow, rich, sweet wines.

Rosé-Time!Date published: 17/04/14


Open to taste today is one of my favourite Provence rosés - The Minuty!! And at £9.99 it's a right bargain!

M de Minuty Rosé 2013, Cotes de Provence.

Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren

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

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

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

Happy Malbec Day - “To the sound of MalbecDate published: 17/04/14

Happy Malbec Day everyone! That's right today is April 17th which means it is officially World Malbec Day, so in honour of that fact let's dive into the wonderful world of Argentina's signature grape.

Officially World Malbec Day was created to commemorate the date, April 17th 1853, when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina took it upon himself to transform Argentina's wine industry. It is now a day that's celebrated around the world with events to promote Argentinian culture, food and of course magical Malbec.

So why not come down and get yourself some Malbec to celebrate, we have cracked opened some Viñalba Reservado 2012 (£7.99 when you buy 2 or more) on the tasting counter especially!

Stuart Gushes About GrenacheDate published: 16/04/14

Stuart Gushes About Grenache

Hello, I'm Stuart and I'm a Grenache addict. I believe that Grenache is the greatest and most important grape variety in the world and I'm about to explain why. Firstly it's delicious, on it's own it has gloriously rich fruit, often plummy, raisiny, a bit pruney. Good examples have some interesting spice notes like pepper and sometimes vanilla if aged in oak. The best ones have great tannic structure as well, starting out almost fizzy in the youthful examples and softening with age. So you've got complexity, intensity, structure and length, literally high quality.

They can also be varied, Grenache is popularly grown in a bush vine method, which adds warmth and richness to the finished wines. While some are grown on carefully trained and treillised vines, showing as more elegant and fragrant in the finished wine.

However Grenache is usually found in famous blended wines, Chateauneuf-du-Pape (probably the most famous wine appellation in the world) and equally most of the southern Rhone valley produces red wines where Grenache is the most significant part of the blend along with Syrah and Mourvedre. Grenache also plays an important role in some of the best Spanish wines, including Rioja (probably the best-selling red wine style in the UK), Ribera del Duero and the vineyards of the eastern coast.

My favourite example comes from the South of France and a little appellation called Tautavel. Gerard Bertrand owns about 90% of this part of the world and clearly agrees with me on Grenache: He produces a fine wine from here which is 100% Grenache. The first time I tried this it blew my mind. It was the 2008 vintage, which I tried in 2011. This one had tannins so lively they felt like popping candy, and despite it's high alcohol content, it had almost no burn as it had been well integrated with the abundant fruit. I'm currently laying down a bottle of this to try in the next year or so. More recently I have tried the newer 2010 vintage, which felt a little more sophisticated despite being only a year older.

In short, give Grenache a go, a lot of wine critics and producers agree with me and I think it's woefully undervalued.

Wine of the Week - Leyda Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012Date published: 16/04/14

This week we have gone for a Chilean Pinot Noir from wine producers Viña Leyda, who were established in 1997, on a small cluster of vineyard sites in the San Antonio part of Leyda Valley.

This wine is 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. 

We have this at £8.99 when you buy 2 or more and would be a good match with the delicately gamy flavours of guineafowl or pheasant.


A Guide to the Regions of South France Part 3: Languedoc-RousillonDate published: 15/04/14

A Guide to the Regions of South France Part 3: Languedoc-Rousillon

Languedoc and Rousillon wines were - for most of the 20th century - considered quite poor, thin wines, blended with Algerian imports and not exported much at all. But by the end of the 90s the area had found its identity. All-be-it an identity somewhat shared with the Rhone Valley. However where the Rhone is tightly constrained by viticulture rules, Languedoc-Rousillon is a bit more free and easy. The grapes tend to be the same. Reds are Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre among others. The whites are more typical Rhone fair; Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier, with a sprinkling of more international varieties like Grenache Blanc, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Vermentino.

What makes this area so exciting is the variety of appellations, all with their own identity. The broadest appellations for quality wine are Coteaux du Languedoc and Cotes-du-Rousillon, both producing mainly reds in the classic Rhone style with a GSM (thats Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend. Next you have big appellations like Minervois, Costieres de Nimes, Corbieres and Fitou, again producing Rhone-style wines.

Look, let me put it this way, red-wise it's basically Rhone blends for the entire region. The key is finding the smaller appellations and best producers, who will vintage after vintage produce cracking wines, on par quality wise with some of the best that the Rhone valley can offer. Big names include Gerard Bertrand, who, other than producing consistently great wines from the bottom of his range to the top also owns most of one particular appellation. This area is called Tautavel, and here he produces one of his premium wines, made from 100% Grenache which is spectacular. Paul Mas is a big name here producing lots of simple, varietally labelled wines (a rarity for France) which are always quintessential of the varieties used and of a high quality. Alain Grignon and his co-op is a company we do a lot of work with, they produce bargain-priced wines, which are of astounding quality for the price. Beyond this I would recommend Hugh Johnson's vintage guide pocket books. He has a list every year of wine-makers from this area that he recommends to keep an eye on. 

Next time we look at Provence...

10 Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 12/04/14

1) There are four ways of producing Rose - Direct pressing, Drawing off, Saignée (French for "Bleed"), and Mixing.

2) The famous wine producer Gérard Betrand also used to play international rugby for France.

3) In 1855 five 'first growths' were classified following the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris - these were Château Mouton-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Lafite Rothschild, and Haut-Brion.

4) Cortese is an Italian white grape grown mainly in the South-eastern areas of Piedmont. My favourite Cortese wine is the Gavi La Toledana. (On for £10.99 when you buy 2 or more).

5) Tiny crystals at the bottom of a wine are not a bad thing! They are caused by tartaric or oxalic acid and mean the wine has a good level of acidity.

6) Straw wine is made from grapes that have been dried to concentrate their juices, this results in a much sweeter wine. The classic method is to dry bunches on straw mats out in the sun.

7) Constantia is a South African dessert wine made from Muscat from the Constantia region, south of Cape Town. First made and exported to Europe in the 1660's they have been made famous by the literature of Austen, Dickens and Baudelaire. Try our Vin de Constance 2008 - a fantastic example and the late Nelson Mandela's favourite!

8) Store your wine glasses the right way up,  keeping them upside down may keep out the dust  but also can give them a stale 'cupboardy' smell which may affect the wine.

9) Hippocras is a very ancient form of spiced wine (named after the Greek physician Hippocrates) and is made with white wine, port, cinnamon and cloves.

10) Three basic rules to the order of serving wine - Drink dry wines before sweet, young wines before old, and lesser quality before fine ones.

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Friday 18th April - usual opening hours  (10am - 8pm)

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours (9am - 7pm)

Sunday 20th April - all stores are closed

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

Wine of the Week - Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Ara, MarlboroughDate published: 10/04/14

Our wine choice this week is finally a Sauvignon Blanc! It is a classic example of New Zealand Marlborough wine from Ara winemaker Jeff Clarke who was among the first wave of producers in Marlborough, establishing an early understanding of the local terroir alongside the Marlborough Research Institute. He has twice been named International White Winemaker of the Year.

This wine's single-estate source is evident in its purity of fruit, with defined gooseberry and grapefruit flavours delivered with vigour and ripeness, and a refined, dry finish.

We currently have this available for £8.99 when you buy 2 or more, and is perfectly enjoyable on it's own or with seafood dishes such as fresh haddock or monkfish.

Charles Taylor Wines: London TastingDate published: 09/04/14

Charles Taylor Wines: London Tasting

Last night, went to a wine tasting in London hosted Charles Taylor, who imports many of the lines we stock in Majestic. We tasted lots of yummy wines and here are my highlights:

The Classic: Pouilly-Fumé 2012, Jean Vincent (£9.99 when you purchase two or more bottles)

Jean Vincent produces classic, crisp 100% Sauvignon wine from a variety of chalk and flint soils.  All are fermented and aged in stainless steel vats to give maximum freshness and aroma.  2012 was a dry year and therefore produced intensely flavoured grapes, leading to the production of a wine which punches far above it's £9.99 weight.

Great Value: St. Aubin 1er Cru 2012, Domaine Gérard Thomas et filles. (£19.99)

White Burgundy for under £20. WOW! Saint Aubin nestles in the hills just above Puligny and Chassagne-Montrachet.  In the capable hands of Gérard Thomas and his daughters Anne and Isabelle, it is a fine source of classy white Burgundy at a sensible price. This wine is 100% barrel fermented, exhibits a smoky nose with a palate that is crisper and fresher than the wines of the Montrachets.

The Wild Card: Savigny-Les-Beaune Blanc 2012, Domain Jean-Jacques Girard (£19 on the Fine Wine Deal)

90% of the production of Savigny is red but the upper slopes have a higher proportion of chalk in the soil and are better suited to the growing of Chardonnay and the production of white wine.  This is barrel-fermented (20% new oak) and the old vines give a rich, concentrated wine of great class and character.  Exhibiting a tropical nose, this is one I would recommend to lovers of new world chardonnay.

The Red: Crozes-Hermitage 2011, Domain Yann CHanve (£15.99 when you purchase two or more bottles)

This 20 hectare domaine is certified organic situated in the southern part of the appellation where the famed galets roulés abound.  Made from 100% Syrah, Yann picks his grapes late in order to achieve optimal ripeness, then treats the wines with a light touch to avoid over-extraction or heaviness.  The resulting wines are supple and rich but with freshness and vibrancy alongside the classic Northern Rhone aromas of pepper and earth.

10 Facts about RoséDate published: 08/04/14

Let's will on the Easter weather and talk about rosé!

1) Rosé is usually made from red grapes where the juice has 2-4 weeks contact time with the skins, to extract the pink colour

2) Rosé Champagne is the only exception, where red and white wines can be blended

3) Pinot Grigio Blush is the palest as it comes from 'grey' skinned grapes

4) Provence rosés from the south of France are all the rage, and are pale, crisp and refreshing

5) We stock Magnum sizes of Provence rosé!

6) White Zinfandel is a sweeter style from California

7) Generally, the darker the rosé is in colour, the more red fruit character it will have

8) Sancerre rosé  (made from Pinot Noir grapes) from Loire,is very limited in production and can command premium prices

9) Rioja Rosé from Spain is often made from Grenache and is aged for a small amount of time before release

10) Rosés make nice aperitifs and are also the perfect accompaniment to a picnic

My current favourite is the 'Black Cottage' Rosé from New Zealand and also the 'Vinalba' from Argentina (coming soon!) Why not ask other members of staff for their recommendations?

Sian's Favourite Spanish Wine!Date published: 05/04/14

Siân's Favourite Spanish Wine!

Pétalos Bierzo 2011 Descendientes de J. Palacios

£15.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Alvaro Palacios is one of the world's greatest winemakers. He searched high and low for the perfect plot in Bierzo.  High up on the rocky hills he found his site, 300 hectares of difficult, old, gnarled vineyard, perfect for making epic wine!

The vineyards are farmed biodynamically, with very little vineyard intervention.  Crop management and precise handling in the winery are hallmarks of Palacios' winemaking. 

This wine is an incredible concoction of flavour, it's savoury like herbs and olives, with sweet rich fruit on top, a little oak and a silky mouthfeel.  And to think this is his 'village' wine!!

Come in-store and taste it today!

Wine of the Week - Montecastrillo 2012, Ribera del DueroDate published: 04/04/14

Wine of the Week!

Montecastrillo 2012, Ribera del Duero

£7.99 when purchasing two or more bottles.

Grape: Tempranillo

Origin: This wine is made by Finca Torremilanos, a family-run estate located at the eastern end of Ribera del Duero. Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old.

Taste: A fruit-focussed and easy-drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa.

Enjoy: Best enjoyed with barbecued chops. 

Ice Wine - 10 facts!Date published: 03/04/14

On the back of my recent trip to Torronto..thought I'd share a little bit about the delight that is ice wine:

1) Ice wine is a dessert wine

2) It is primarily made in Canada, though also in a few other places such as Germany

3) It is produced by freezing the grapes on the vine so that they become small, frozen raisins that are concentrated and high in sugar

4) It is generally expensive due to quality and high production costs

5) Sparkling varieties are also produced

6) Grapes used include Vidal, Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon

7) Oak-aged examples are produced

8) They make fantastic cocktails and slush-puppies!

9) Birds are a major pest to the vine in Canada

10) We currently don't stock one, but have many dessert wines that are of equivalent quality..ask a member of staff for details

10 Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 29/03/14

1) Lodi is a Californian wine region most famous for it's old vine Zinfandel, but also produces Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 

2) Primary characteristics of a wine come from the fruit, for example the Tempranillo grape is characterised by full red fruit flavours.

3) Secondary characteristics arise chiefly during the fermentation process and also if the wine has been aged.

4) Tertiary characteristics of a wine, such as flavours of leather and wood, come as a result of ageing. 

5) Vintage Wines contain grapes all from one 'good' year.

6) Non-Vintage wines will contain a blend of grapes from different, earlier, reserve years to achieve the right balance.

7) Chablis is a village in Northern Burgundy which gives it's name to the famous French wine which is made with Chardonnay. The grape grow particularly well in this region.

8) Christopher Merret (1614/5 - 1695) is the Englishmen credited with the discovery of adding sugar to wine before bottling to make sparkling wine.

9) Ice wine is a form of dessert wine that is made from grapes picked whilst frozen, the water in the grape freezes solid whilst the sugars do not. This results in a more concentrated, sweeter wine when the grapes are pressed. It is an extremely hard thing to do and incredibly risky for the wine producer.

10) "There is no such thing as a bad year, just a bad producer".

Wine of the Week - Testimonio 2011 Luigi BoscaDate published: 29/03/14

This weeks offering is from Argentina and comes from the family run estate of Bodegas Luigi Bosca which, established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, is over three generations old.

Testimonio is a deep, dark and dense blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah-Shiraz and Tannat, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla which would match well with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak.

This wine is on for £8.66 when you buy two or more and we have just opened a bottle on the tasting counter, so coem down and give it a try! 

Wine of the Week - Matsu El Viejo 2011 ToroDate published: 22/03/14

This weeks selection is another fantastic Spanish wine which comes from the fully organic Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years old, the wine is aptly named El Viejo - 'The Old One'. 

Matsu El Viejo is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit. The word Matsu is also Japanese for 'wait', and is a philosophy that is fully embraced by the winery; one of patience and environmental harmony. 

El Viejo is perfectly enjoyable immediately with good quality steak or rare roasts, but will also reward cellaring of 5 years or more.

We currently have this available for £20.00 when you buy 2 or more, and have just opened up a bottle on our tasting counter for you to try.

Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 21/03/14

1) Phylloxera is a pest that was brought to Europe in the nineteenth century via trade across the Atlantic. Once here it decimated vineyards as the European vines possessed no natural resistance. This pesky louse was finally dealt with when the vines were grafted onto American roots which were resistant to the bug.

2) In 1998 roughly 8 million hectares of the entire Earth's surface was planted with vines and this number has only continued to grow.

3) The Rioja wine-growing region of Spain, famous for it's Tempranillo grape, is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja.

4) The world's most planted grape (2010) is Cabernet Sauvignon followed by Merlot in second place.

5) Aside from the vine itself the second most important ingredient in wine is...the weather! Without enough rain or warmth the grapes will not ripen and too much of either will adversely effect the wines quality. Weather and climate of a wine region are crucial!

6) Tannins in wine (usually only in red) are extracted from the grape skin and oak; they contribute to the richness of a wine.

7)The single most planted grape variety in Argentina is Malbec.

8) Marlborough is the premier wine growing region of New Zealand where Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant grape.

9) Sur Lie, meaning 'on lees' in French, refers to wine that is bottled from the lees - lees referring to deposits of dead yeast. This can give a wine more depth and complexity.

10) Wine is best drunk from plain glasses with wide bowls and narrow openings thereby concentrating the bouquet on the nose. We don't want to lose that precious aroma!

10 Wine Facts about New ZealandDate published: 20/03/14

1) New Zealand is divided into north and south Island, each having there own famous wine regions

2) The Marlborough region is famous for Sauvignon Blanc

3) Demand for Sauvignon from Asia is driving prices up

4) Hawkes Bay is famous for Chardonnay

5) Central Otago makes amazing Pinot Noir

6) Pinot Grigio is grown and sold as 'Pinot Gris', arguably a more interesting style

7) Cloudy Bay is one of the original iconic producers of Sauvignon

8) Grimblett Gravels produce their take on a Bordeaux blend

9) Riesling and Gewurztraminer are also grown

10) Our best selling New Zealand wine is 'The Ned'..ask a member of staff for details

Wine of the Week - Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña EguíaDate published: 18/03/14

This weeks choice is swiftly becoming a favourite of mine, its an absolutely stunning Rioja and thoroughly deserves to be our Wine of the Week.

The winemakers of this fine Rioja, Bodegas Eguía, are located in the village of Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion of Spain. 

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length. To achieve this the wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

This stunning wine is available at the moment at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case. We have also got a bottle open on our tasting counter so come and try it for yourself!

A Guide to the Regions of South France Part 2: The South-WestDate published: 17/03/14

A Guide to the Regions of South France Part 2: The South-West

Next up is the South-West, the border with Spain. South-East of Bergerac, on the River Lot is the region of Cahors. Cahors is known for producing wines made with grapes now more commonly associated with Argentina. Grapes like Malbec and Tannat. These produce bold wine in the climate of Cahors, significantly warmer than Bordeaux. Usually the blend is softened by the addition of Merlot. Merlot blends well with the fruity flavours of Malbec and helps calm down the high tannin of Tannat, no prizes for guessing where the name of that grape comes from.

Further south and east you find the region of Gaillac, sitting on the river Tarn. Gaillac was once known for its sweet wines, replicating those of Sauternes but using different grapes like, Mauzac, Len de L'el and Ondenc. My experiences of modern Gaillac though are dry wines using the same grape, sometimes with a slight spritz in their youth. Flavours are somewhat reminiscent of Picpoul; pear and citrus. Reds are also produced here using more local varieties such as Braucol and Duras, though Syrah has been making an appearance on it's weekend breaks from the Rhone valley.

Next is Cotes de Gascogne. This area chiefly produces grapes made into the brandy Armagnac. But it has a burgeoning industry producing crisp, dry, white wines of reasonable quality from the same grapes used to make Armagnac. For the most part this is Ugni Blanc, but there are a few other varietals chucked in for good measure.

Bordering Cotes de Gascogne is the superb region of Madiran. While they do produce some sweet wines, the real gems from this region are the dry reds made chiefly from Tannat. Winemakers in this part of the world are incredibly talented and innovative, using techniques like oak ageing and partial deliberate oxidation. They produce wines on par quality-wise with some Bordeaux, and the best can be aged for 7 or 8 years to show some real flare.

Finally Jurancon is so far south-west it's almost in Spain. Manseng is the name of the game/grapes here. Gros Manseng is used to make dry, early-picked wines, with refreshing acidity and bursting with citrus fruit. While Petit Manseng, with it's significantly smaller berries and thinner skin, is often left on the vine for ages to intensify acidity and sugar to produce a sweeter wine. This is closer in style to a Molleux Vouvray than a Sauternes and is drunk locally at the start of a meal with Foie Gras.

Next time: The wines of Languedoc and the surrounding environs.

All Vina Eguia on the Pic 'n' Mix.Date published: 13/03/14

All Vina Eguia on the Pic 'n' Mix.

Vina Eguia Crianza £6.33*

Vivid cherry red in colour.  The aromas show off the wine's oak ageing, with vanilla, coconut and balsamic notes coming to the fore.  An elegant palate of ripe fruit framed by soft, polished tannins.  The definitive accompaniment to tapas, especially those of red meat or cured cheeses.  

Vina Eguia Reserva £6.66* Offer ends Monday

Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim.  The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas/  The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.  Match with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego.  

Vine Eguia Gran Reserva £8.99* Offer end on Monday

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim.  The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather.  Silky mouthfeel and good length. Drink with slow-cooked lamb-dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

*when purchasing any other Pic 'n' Mix wine as part of your mixed case of 6.  

Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99!Date published: 13/03/14

With only 5 days left  to get the Ned Sauvignon at £6.99 when you buy any two bottles from the March Pick 'N' Mix I think it's high time I let you all know what you're missing! 

This New Zealand Sauvignon carries all that glorious gooseberry flavour you know and love in your new world Sauvignon but with the added complexity of subtle mineral notes from the stony terroir. You can also enjoy notes of nettles and grass on the nose, enhancing the flavour on the palate. 

In the time it has taken me to write this 6 boxes have gone out the door! I cannot emphasis this great and limited offer enough - waste no time in coming and getting some or make an internet order or phone us on 01892 615877!

10 Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 13/03/14

This week we are focusing on grape varieties, so here is a bit of info on a select few:

 1) Gewürztraminer is a popular aromatic grape grown throughout Europe, the New World, New Zealand, it also does well in the Mendoza region of Argentina.The nose brims with the classic aromas of lychee and spice and is fantastic when matched with Asian cuisine -  a Thai curry would go perfectly.

2) Chardonnay takes its name from a village in Mâconnais, Burgundy, but is now planted around the world. Cooler climates give wines with apple, pear or green plum fruit notes whereas warmer climates tend to be more exotic.

3) Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are made from the same grape, however the former is found in France and the latter is Italian in origin. The two differ very much in terms of style. Pinot Gris displaying notes of ripe, exotic fruit and Pinot Grigio being generally lighter and more neutral in character. 

4) Viognier is a grape that is becoming increasingly popular, the finest being found in northern Rhône but also in Australia and California. It generally needs warm conditions to ripen and develops delicate flavours of peach, pear and violet.

5) Riesling is planted around the world and produces wines in a range of styles. In cooler climates it has characters of fresh grape and apple, whereas warmer regions tend to give more citrus and peach flavours. They can age fairly well and can develop notes of honey and smoke.

6) Merlot is one of the two famous grapes found in Bordeaux, but is also emulated successfully in the New World, and usually tends to be in one of two styles. Some are harvested as late as possible giving intense flavours of plum, blackberry with a rich, full body. You can also harvest early to get a medium body with a fresh red fruit character.

7) Cabernet Sauvignon is the second of the classic Bordeaux grapes and is widely planted also in the New World. They are full-bodied, respond fantastically to oak ageing, and can display notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, as well as black cherry.

8) Tempranillo is considered to be the leading variety of red grape in Spain and is the majority grape found in the best Riojas. Fruit flavours of strawberry and plum can develop and is best when blended with other varieties and oak aged.

9) Pinot Noir is most well known as being a Burgundy grape but can be found all over the world, and being thin-skinned usually has soft, light tannins with fruity flavours of cherry, raspberry, and strawberry.

10) Syrah and Shiraz are another variety which come from the same grape. Syrah is thought to be one of oldest grape types and typically is deep in colour with black fruit and spice aromas. It can be found in the best wines of the Northern Rhône whereas Shiraz is the most widely planted grape of Australia and are generally more full-bodied, fruity and higher in alcohol.

Wine of the Week - Barista Pinotage, 2013, Western CapeDate published: 12/03/14

This weeks wine choice is from the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the Western Cape wine region in South Africa, where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape - Pinotage.

Intense on the nose with aromas of chocolate, coffee, plum and cherry. On the palate the tannins are ripe and enhance the flavours of plum and mulberry fruit.

This wine would be perfectly enjoyable on it's own or with a lamb stew.

It's currently on offer for £7.49 when you buy 2 or more, and best of all it's currently open on our tasting counter.

9 new and improved 'corking' deals - for a week only!!Date published: 11/03/14

1) The Ned Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) - £6.99*

Gooseberry, green, punchy, nation-wide favourite

2) Chateau Meaume Bordeaux Superieur - £6.66

soft, plummy, damson, good with cheese or lamb

3) Gavi Montiero (Italy) -£5.99

honey, pear, green apple, aperitif or good with white fish

4) Rioja Gran Reserva Eguia (Spain) -  £8.99

strawberry jam, cedar, mellow, good with lamb or paella

5) Rioja Reserva Eguia (Spain) - £6.66

pencil shavings, red fruit and vanilla, serve with Manchego cheese or sausage casserole

6) Nicholas Feuilatte NV (Champagne) - £16.66

excellent value, brioche, biscuit and baked apples

7) Veuve Clicquot NV (Champagne) - £29.98

yellow label, iconic, crisp and clean, quality!

8) Prosecco Corte Alta (Italy) - £6.66

pear drops, sherbert, grapefruit, perfect picnic fizz

9) Villa Maria Cellar Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) - £8.33

crisp, minerality, elderflower, lemon and green-bell pepper

*all prices are based on 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed 6 bottle case

A Guide to the Regions of South France Part 1: The DordogneDate published: 10/03/14

A Guide to the Regions of South France Part 1: The Dordogne

The regions of France south of the powerhouses of Bordeaux and Rhone have been and still are some of the most exciting and up-and-coming wine producing parts of the world. Historically, as you will see, these regions produced very bland table wine, down-trodden and crestfallen as they were by the more famous wine regions of France. But a revolution of sorts has happened, and big names and big wines have emerged from the area. To start with we'll look at the regions just south of Bordeaux, surrounding the Dordogne river.

Bergerac is the most important region. The wines from here are almost identical to those of Bordeaux in both red and white. The grapes are the same; Cab Sauv, Merlot and Cab Franc are the reds, while Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon dominate the whites. Where the region differs from Bordeaux is its distance from the moderating and quite considerable body of water known as the Atlantic Ocean. As such, temperatures tend to be more extreme than Bordeaux. This results in wines with more intense and riper flavours. But also provides new challenges to the vintner, namely more chance of ground frosts, and trickier canopy management to protect the grapes from the hot sun.

Montravel produces mainly white wines. The dry wines are Sauvignon Blancs aged in oak, much like the Californian style Fumé Blanc, but with the old-world savoury flavours. Semillon is also used to make sweet wines, with a Botrytis influence, similar to the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Finally here we have Monbazillac where they produce chiefly, sweet whites to rival the quality, but maybe not the prestige of Sauternes. The grapes are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and sometimes Muscadelle, and again Botrytis gets a look in to help sweeten the wines. Botrytis can be fickle though, especially in Sauternes, too much and you get grey rot, which me-no-likey. But if the weather isn't right then you don't get enough. Monbazillac has it made though, it lies right on the Dordogne, and gets both fogs and breezes from the river, helping develop the noble rot and keep them free of the more extreme grey rot.

Next time we'll look further south.

Pick of the Pick 'n' MixDate published: 10/03/14

Gavi Araldica - NEW! just £6.66* 

(*when you buy any 2 wines from our Pick 'n' Mix selection, as part of your box of 6)

This is one of my favourite wines from our March Pick 'n' Mix selection. If you are dubious about rising alcohol levels in wine, this one is just 11.5%. Made from the Cortese grape, this wine comes from the Piedmont (foot of the mountains) region of northern Italy. It is crisp, light and clean. Displaying aromas of honey and pear, it leads to herbaceous notes of fennel on the palate. The ideal aperitif, but will also go nicely alongside light salads or white fish, such as grilled seabass

10 Facts about BeaujolaisDate published: 10/03/14

As it's getting a bit sunnier, it may be time for a lighter style of red such as Beaujolais; so here are 10 little snippets about it:

1) Beaujolais wines take their name from the region they come from in southern Burgundy, France

2) Wines are made from the Gamay grape

3) Vines are trained 'en gobelet', where they hang below the leaf canopy

4) The grapes like granite soils

5) Beaujolais villages wines can source the grapes from any of the villages in the region

6) There are 10 cru, which are the best villages. If one is stated on the label, the grapes must come exclusively from there

7) Those cru are: Fleurie, Morgon, Regnie, Brouilly, Cotes de Brouilly, Julienas, St Armour, Moulin a Vent, Chenas and Chiroubles

8) Wines are often 'carbonically macerated' - that is to say that whole bunches of uncrushed grapes ferment under a blanket of carbon dioxide

9) This means that little tannin is released or colour, so wines are very light in body and low in tannin

10) They often display character of banana and bubblegum, underpinned by lots of red fruit 

Top Champagnes on the March Pic 'n' Mix!Date published: 08/03/14

Top Champagnes on the March Pic 'n' Mix!

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV  £28.98

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moet embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours.  An excellent apéritif.  

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV £24.99

Produced in the Epernay region, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouet consistently produces excellent Champagnes.  The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse.

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV £27.99

From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and beautiful, elegant finish. 

Laurent Perrier Brut NV £27.99

A lighter house style.  Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 £19.99

This vintage cuvée combines freshness with a subtle yeastiness from extended ageing on the lees. Great as a party wine, or as a match with antipasto and cured meats.  

Heidsieck & Co Monopole Brut NV £16.66

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house-style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.  

Come in and explore the range!!

Rhone 2012 En Primeur: Lay and Wheeler TastingDate published: 07/03/14

Rhone 2012 En Primeur: Lay and Wheeler Tasting

I recently poured wines at a Lay and Wheeler En Primeur tasting of the Rhone wines from the 2012 vintage.

I particularly enjoyed the selection of Condrieu I had at my table from the producer Francois Villard.

Francois Villard is a young winemaker, whose portfolio spans an astonishing array of wines.  With exceptional vineyard plots up and down the region's appellations, a tasting here can take a few hours! This is a man who knows and understands his individual sites and consistently strives to extract the very best from each terroir.  It is his Condrieu for which he is most revered; they are focussed, pure and mineral and are among France's most sought-after white wines.

Condrieu, Les Terrasses du Palat: Nicely ripe apple fruit dominates the bouquet.  On the palate this is full and round, impressively intense and conentrated with once again the hint of spice on the finish that runs through all the wines from this domaine this year.  Very long on the finish, this is an excellent Condrieu in a rich, fruit-dominated style.

Condrieu Le Grand Vallon: Extremely complex and intriguing with its cocktail of mineral and saline notes, with freshly cut white flowers and white peach, the nose of this wine if delightful.  The palate does not disappoint; savoury with excellent weight and power, the core of stone fruit character is followed on the finish by spicy notes. 

Condrieu DePoncins: An absolutely huge wine, but at this early stage it is still a little shy and muted on the nose, however the palate is an explosion of powerful flavours; apricot, clove, pepper, butterscotch and citrus notes on the finish, that goes on and on - very impressive.  

10 Wine Facts in my first Majestic weekDate published: 06/03/14

1) The Bordeaux region is naturally divided by a river - the Gironde Estuary, the right bank is dominated by Merlot and the left Cabernet Sauvignon. 

2) The Loire Valley in France is most famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, as in Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.

3) Wine from the Rioja region in Spain is divided into three age groups: Crianza being the youngest, followed by Reserva and Gran Reserva.

4) The principal grape of Rioja is Tempranillo.

5) Gavi, produced in northern Italy - the region of Piedmont (foot of the mountains), is made from a local grape; Cortese.

6) White wine from Burgundy is predominantly made from Chardonnay (a small amount of Aligote is also produced). 

7) Red wine from Burgundy is made from Pinot Noir.

8) Syrah and Shiraz are actually one and the same grape, where they differentiate is in their growing regions, Syrah being produced in France and Shiraz in Australia.

9) Pinotage is a cult South African grape which is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

10) The difference between Vintage and Non-Vintage Champagne is that all the grapes in a Vintage bottle come from the same year.

First Wine Tasting - Vergelegen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/03/14

Hello all! 

Tom here, a new member of the Majestic team at Tunbridge Wells. My first day yesterday so I'd thought I'd share my first official wine tasting with you all. How exciting!

The wine in question is a South African Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc, a beautifully clear lemon-green what struck me immediately was it's fruity intensity both on the nose and palate, with clear flavours of green apple, lemon and gooseberry. A dry white wine, it would match splendidly with a fish dish. Not bad for a first go!

Normally on for £10.99, you could grab it now for £7.33 when you buy 2 bottles in a mixed case, and is available on our tasting counter, so come down and give it a try yourself!

Hello Tunbridge Wells!!Date published: 03/03/14

Hello Tunbridge Wells!!

If you pop in to store, you'll notice that we have a new team member!!

My name is Siân and I join Tunbridge Wells after my stint in our Sevenoaks store. I will often be found browsing the Fine Wine shelves as I like to treat myself...

My tastes are rather diverse ranging from Italian Chardonnay to Alsace Gewurztraminer, and who doesn't like vintage champagne??

My all-time favourite is Vigneto du Lot Soave 2008 - AMAZING!

Come in and tell me what your favourites are.


It's all about Portillo MalbecDate published: 02/03/14

We are fresh out of the Vinabla Malbec Reservado so here is a great alternative: the Portillo Malbec!

The recent winner of Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' award, the Portillo comes from the largest cool-climate estate in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines. Their Malbec is grown 1050m above sea level. The Portillo has an intense red-purple colour and a rich nose of plum and bramble. This great Malbec fills the mouth with lush fresh black fruits and is just crying out to join your lamb tagine for dinner tonight!

Open on our tasting counter and only £6.66 down from £9.99 when you buy two!

St. David's Day DelightsDate published: 01/03/14

Celebrate St. David's Day with something extra special to go with your traditional lamb. Our choice is 'La Réserve de Léoville-Barton 2007' St-Julien. Grown in the gravelly dunes of Léoville-Barton's vineyard, this wine is great value for money. Smoky blackberry fruit and pencil lead on the nose typical of the left bank style. Enjoy ample fruit on the palate with tannin enough to stand up to the shoulder of lamb.

Happy St. David's Day all!

Viñalba Reservado MalbecDate published: 01/03/14

As this is proving so popular in store I thought I would share it quickly with the online Malbec lovers.

The Viñalba Reservado Malbec is truly one of the best Malbec's I think we offer, Second to its big brother the Gran Reservado!

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.

This wine 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.

Down from £11.99 to £7.99

Last Chance for these 33.3% offers!Date published: 01/03/14

Last Chance for these 33.3% offers!

The end of our current Pick'n'Mix offers are heading out on the 3rd of march, this weekend being the last chance to grab these amazing offers!

Here is a pick of the White, Red and the Sparkling I would personally Grab


Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay, Originally £11.99 now £7.99

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.


Rustenberg RM Nicholson,  originally £13.99 now £9.32

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.


Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007, Originally £30.00 now £19.99

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

Make sure you come and find your favourites before the offer run out!


Malbec MadnessDate published: 28/02/14

A quick tasting guide on one of the best Malbecs we have to offer!

The Vinabla Malbec is a glorious deep purple colour offering liquorice, black cherry and blackcurrant on the nose and all this with a kick of black pepper on the palate. This is an exceptional wine for the current offer price of £7.99 each when you buy two which can boost of a refreshing finish and well-rounded tannins. Perfect with your lamb or beef steaks this weekend!

Best of all it is open on the tasting counter in store! Come on down and get it quick though, I foresee a mad rush this weekend!

10 Facts about LoireDate published: 27/02/14

1) The Loire region, takes its name from the long river that runs through it

2) It is so long that there are varying micro-climates in the different vineyards that run along it, thus many grapes varieties are successfully planted

3) At the mouth of the Loire, where it meets the Atlantic, it is 'Muscadet' land

4) Muscadet is a white wine that is well-paired with seafood. Typically, it has some residual CO2 resulting in a slight spritz

5) Muscadet can also be produced 'sur lie' which is when it ages on its dead lees (yeasts) to give a more creamy, distinctive character

6) Half way along the Loire red is found, such as Chinons from Cabernet Franc

7) Chenin is also successful and can produce wines of varying levels of sweetness, i.e. Demi Secs such as some Vouvrays

8) At the east end of the Loire, it becomes Sauvignon Blanc country - Here lie the famous regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume

9) Sancerre also produces a small amount of rose from Pinot Noir

10) Sauvignon here is paired with the local goats cheese - yum!

Wine of the Week: Gavi MontieroDate published: 27/02/14

The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, Italy by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape from which this wine is made. This dry wine has glorious zesty qualities of lime and grapefruit accompanied by hints of fennel. A clean and refreshing finish – lovely! Perfect as an apertif or with some simple fresh white fish.

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 4: South Italy and the IslandsDate published: 24/02/14

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 4: South Italy and the Islands

This last bit concludes our tour of Italy. South Italy is dominated by Puglia in the wine world. Negromaro is the grape of choice for the most part. Negromaro comes from both the Latin (Negro) and Greek (Marvo) for black, this mirrors the clash of civilizations that you find in this part of the world. It is used to produce the reds of the two key regions Copertino and Salice Salentino, which produce wines with bramble fruit, and a bitter-sweet edge. They're of very high quality for the price you pay and I highly recommend them. The other wine of note from Puglia is Primitivo di Manduria, also known as Zinfandel in the USA, a wine thought to originate in Greece, the Greek name of which I cannot possibly recall. Primitivo produces rich, smooth, and full-bodied wines, with pleasant black and red fruit notes and a hint of sweet spice.

Campania and Basilicata are best known for producing a wine called Aglianico or Aglianico del Vulture in Basilicata. Aglianico is a version of the Italian word for Greek, Ellenico, but the word is as corrupted as the famous crime syndicates from this part of the world. Starting to see a pattern of Greek stuff here. Aglianico is somewhat similar to Nebbiolo in flavours and structure, cherry fruit, crisp acidity and firm tannins. This comparison has been taken to the point that Aglianico is sometimes referred to as the 'Barolo of the South'. Fiano, is a soft white produced in some quantity here with apple flavours. And finally Greco, another Italian word for Greek, because that's where it's from (they're imaginative with the names aren't they?) Greco is fairly nondescript, perhaps filling the niche that Pinot Grigio would fill elsewhere in Italy.

Sardinia we'll ignore, sorry Sardinia but we don't get much of your wine here. Sicily on the other hand is quite interesting, wine has been produced here with the same grapes and in the same way for over a thousand years. The reds come in the shape of Nero D'avola, medium bodied, black fruit, and gentle yet noticeable tannin. Grillo is the white, ripe citrus, and refreshing acidity. Both of these are very cheap and very good value, although they are starting to see a fashionable revitalisation raising prices from a few boutique wineries.

And that is small onion (shallot - the lot).

Next we will look at Spain.

10 Facts about BordeauxDate published: 24/02/14

1) Bordeaux is divided by an estuary into what is termed as left and right bank

2) All reds are a blend of red grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc

3) Right bank wines are predominant in Merlot, and left bank in Cabernet

4) There are 5 first growths (top Chateaux that were classified in 1855): Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Latour, Lafite, Haut-Brion

5) 'Entre-deux-mers' is the region between the two rivers which specialises in white wines: Sauvignon and Semillon

6) Sauternes is the region's famous dessert wine,which is made from nobly rotten grapes

7) The top Chateau for dessert wine is Yquem

8) Investors can buy 'en primeur', that is to say before wine is bottled

9)Top wines can fetch thousands at auction

10) Top regions/wine types include: Pomerol, St Emilion, Medoc and Pauillac amongst others

Hungary for dessert?Date published: 21/02/14

Hungary for dessert?

In the spirit of puddings I'm taking a look at one of the best dessert wines around; the Tokaji from Hungary. This was one of the first wines to be systematically classified and legally protected in Hungary in the 18th century. 

Tokaji is made mostly from the Furmint grape which gives a delicious apple flavour when young and a combination of honey and nuts on the palate when aged. The grape is late-ripening and susceptible to botrytis (noble rot) which makes it the perfect choice for a dessert wine. The affected grapes are called "Aszu" and the wines made from them are called "Tokaji Azsu", though this is typically shortened to just "Tokaji". The Tokaji region is ideal for growing Furmint; located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in far north-east Hungary close to the Slovak border. The vineyards here benefit from warm southerly exposures which give long dry autumns (I wonder what that's like...) This combined with the misty mornings created by the rivers Bodrog and Tisza encourages noble rot further. 

While botrytis is essential for Tokaji it is more of a fickle rot than a noble one, affecting the grapes at different rates which means the pickers must pass several times through the vineyard to harvest the grapes at the optimum moment.

The production of Tokaji starts with a base wine made from grapes which have not been affected by noble rot, then either during or after fermentation (producer's choice) the Aszu berries are macerated in this base wine for up to 36 hours. This mixture is then pressed and matured for at least 3 years, 2 of those must be in oak. The amount of Aszu grapes added determines the ultimate sweetness of the wine. The unit is measured in "puttony" and ranges from 3 to 6 puttonyos. The sweetest wine using Aszu berries is the Aszu Eszencia, these are very rare and expensive and are only made in the best years from the very best vineyards. Sweeter even than this is the Tokaji Eszencia which has at least 450g of sugar per litre of wine! You can probably just have that one as the dessert!

Classic Tokaji is deep amber and has marmalade, apricot and honey flavours and yes remains refreshing. All round yumminess! 

Wine of the Week - Pizarras De Otero 2012 BierzoDate published: 21/02/14

This wine comes from an 18th century vineyard which had lain dormant for many years until, luckily for us, it was revived by Bodegas Martin Códax in 2003. In Spanish 'Pizarra' means slate and the soils of Bierzo are mineral-rich and rocky. Full of deep fruit flavours of red cherry and plum with subtle notes of violet which lift the fruit. On the nose the fruit notes also include strawberry and blackberry. An elegant red all round.

This would go great with lamb cutlets or a fresh home-made bolognese. 

Best of all it is on offer down to £7.49 from £9.99 when you buy two and open on the tasting counter!

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 3: Central ItalyDate published: 20/02/14

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 3: Central Italy

Central Italy is quite a broad - or should that be long - region. The spine is made by the Apennines, making this a very varied place terroir-wise. To illustrate this I'd point out that the average altitude of vineyards in Tuscany to the west is just 130ft, compare that to the average altitude of the more central Umbria of 1673ft and you can begin to see the opportunities available for a diverse wine-culture. However this also creates the problem of finding somewhere practical to plant vines. As you will see, the main character of the story of Central Italy is Tuscany.

Tuscany is a beautiful part of Italy with lots of rolling hills and pretty cities like San Gimignano - the city of towers and Firenze, known to us as Florence. The big thing happening in Tuscany at the moment is Supertuscans. Supertuscans are a style of wine that does some of that DOC trashing that has been so common in these articles. They use lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blended with the native Sangiovese to produce wines of power, yet refinement and complexity. You may well have heard of Sassicaia, one of the biggest names, the current vintage of which sells for somewhere in the region of £130 a bottle! Also popular is the house Antinori, who, among a multitude of other styles, produce a blend of Grechetto and Chardonnay called Cervaro. This is reminiscent of a great Montrachet, and is currently a pinch at £45 a bottle from us!

With regards to red wine, the rest of Tuscany is over-run by Sangiovese, and whatever they happen to call Sangiovese in the local town. Around and south of Florence, Sangiovese is called Chianti. This is a vast area, who's supposedly better Classico zone, keeps expanding, to the point that it barely means anything anymore. I'm not a big fan of Chianti, it does present some pleasant, soft, cherry notes with perhaps a hint of spice. Unless you're pairing it with human liver and fava beans, I wouldn't really bother! West of Florence you will find the aforementioned San Gimignano, where you get the white wine Vernaccia. This was once thought of as 'the plonk we give to the tourists'. But thanks to the work of some decent winemakers, who are restraining the yields of their vines a little, this wine is now seeing a renaissance of sorts, and is a very pleasant, summery wine.

Further south, in the Siena hills, you'll find a town called Montalcino, where, in the late 19th Century, a chap called Clemente Santi was getting a bit fed up with all the attention Barolo was receiving. He said, "Right, that's it! Something must be done!" I'm paraphrasing from the original Italian, and I've made it up entirely. So he decided he was going to clone Sangiovese and call it Brunello. But he might as well not have because it is Sangiovese for all intents and purposes. This a hefty style to compare with Barolo, with lots of black fruit, and rich in tannins. The best examples I've had, have come from Banfi, the big American-owned winery.

Further south still you get a town called Montepulciano, which certainly looks very nice in the picture I have in front of me! This is not to be confused with the grape Montepulciano which I don't think is even from here, and even if it is, isn't grown here but elsewhere that I will mention later. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is again Sangiovese dominant, and a style somewhere between the elegance of Chianti, and the weight of Brunello. A winery of note here is Avignonesi, who are dabbling in the Supertuscan style. Their Rosso is fantastic, and just £7.99 a bottle. I've got two bottles left, except, no I don't because I've just bought them. Vin Santo, a traditional style of sweet wine made with sun-dried grapes is also from here, but we don't see much of it unfortunately.

Even further south, yet again, you'll find Scansano, where they call Sangiovese Morellino, thus Morellino di Scansano. This is a style of tremendous quality for the price, due to the cheaper vineyards in the south of the region. Also near here you find an abundance of the in-vogue Vermentino. A white grape producing refreshing wines with a light pear characteristic, try with a Waldorf Salad.

That just about covers Tuscany. As for the rest, here it is: In Umbria you'll find mainly Orvieto, a now well thought of white wine in both dry and off-dry styles. This presents a crisp citrus flavour and is excellent with shellfish. In Marche you find a style or red wine called Rosso Piceno, a blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano, which is all of the following, inexpensive, delightful, soft, voluptuous, good with tomoatoey (is that how you spell tomatoey?) pasta, good with pizza. Also a style called Verdicchio, a white made with a grape by the same name, which can vary in quality but is generally citrussy (again is that how you spell citrussy?) and grassy. Lazio, the area surrounding Rome produces mainly Frascati, a wine synonymous with Rome and everything Roman (not Abramovich) which is very appley (appley?), floral and easy-drinking. Finally, almost in southern Italy is the region Abruzzi, really known for producing just one thing; Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. This is the grape not the region. And although generally being inexpensive, can also be of high quality, especially the wines of Masciarelli who says "Non vendo vino, vendo emozioni" meaning "I don't sell wine, I sell emotions" NICE!

That was quite big one. Next time is Southern Italy.

10 facts about ChileDate published: 18/02/14

Yesterday we explored Argentina, so today we shall look at its neighbour..Chile:

1) Chile is often called 'the long thin country' at the tip of South America

2) As such, vineyards cover 900km from north to south, but no more than 100km from east to west

3) Its sandy soils mean that it remains phylloxera free (the louse that caused an epidemic, destroying millions of vines worldwide) 

4) It benefits from protection from the Andes in the east (the back-bone between Argentina and Chile), as well as a moderating breeze from the Pacific ocean in the west

5) The 'Humbolt current' also blows up from the Antarctic, further moderating the otherwise Mediterranean climate

6) All the above factors arguably create a near perfect growing environment for grapes!

7) Carmenere has become its cult red grape (which has very similar DNA to Merlot)

8) The country is broadly defined by four regions: Coquimbo in the north, Aconcagua, The Central valley, and the Southern region

9)There are sub-regions of each of these above, each suited for growing different grape varieties

10) Casablanca (sub-region of Anconcagua) produces good whites such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Pinot Noir

10 Facts about ArgentinaDate published: 17/02/14

Following the success of our Argentinian tasting week and my pending visit to Mendoza, I though I would share some pearls of wisdom about this fascinating country:

1) Malbec is the cult red grape

2) These wines are best paired with a  nice steak (the perfect BBQ wine!)

3) Nicholas Catena was one of the original iconic wine producers here

4) 70 % of production comes from the Mendoza region

5) It is all about the altitude...grapes are planted higher than almost anywhere else in the world, otherwise the climate would be too hot

6) Higher altitude gives a wider diurnal range (difference between day and night-time temperature)

7) Bonarda is another red varietal that is consistently being explored

8) The cult white variety is 'Torrontes', which has a distinctively floral quality; reminiscent of white blossom and rose

9) International varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are also planted successfully

10) Water for irrigation is plentiful due to the snow-drip of the Andes

Wine CourseDate published: 16/02/14

Wine course - an inspiring introduction to wine!

This 90 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine from your meal. Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries, so you never need feel tongue tied in front of a surly waiter again! There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way... and did we mention that its FREE!

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 3: Northeast Italy - 3 Veneto and Friuli-Venezia GiuliaDate published: 16/02/14

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 3: Northeast Italy - 3 Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia

The last regions of Northeast Italy to be discussed are quite large. Veneto and Venezia are home to the increasingly popular Prosecco. Prosecco was historically made only in the area known as Conegliano-Valdobbiadene (pronounced "Konn-Elly-Arno Val-Dobby-Addin-Ay") near Treviso. Back then the grape was called Glera. But the demand for the Spumante (proper fizzy) wine made with this grape has become so great that they have expanded the area to include Treviso and the surrounding environs. And because the still wines made from Glera are so boring and insipid they gave up on them and renamed the grape Prosecco, to make it clear what it is mostly used for.

Other than Prosecco, not a lot else of note is produced in this region. More inexpensive Pinot Grigio and some Pinot Bianco, which has a nice, soft Melon or Pear characteristic.

Next time we look at Central Italy.

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 3: Northeast Italy - 2 Trentino and Alto AdigeDate published: 15/02/14

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 3: Northeast Italy - 2 Trentino and Alto Adige

The next region in the Northeast is Trentino, coupled with Alto Adige. These regions follow the valley of the Aldige river. This is quite a large place but the valley is so steep that only 15% of it can be used for growing grapes. The surrounding roads form an important north-south link and consequently are very busy. However if you were to step off the track into the valley you'd find tranquillity with vines taking up every available spot on the lower slopes and other fruit crops on the valley floor.

Trentino is the area in the south and Alto Adige is to the north. Trentino has pretty much always been Italian, and produces for the most part cheap Pinot Grigio, and a lesser known red wine called Teroldego, which we don't really see any of. Alto Adige on the other hand was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and is an autonomous state now. German is the first language of this Alpine region, as such, varieties of grapes usually associated with Germany, Austria and Alsace are dominant here. Red wise we don't see much of the production of Schiava and Lagrein. But when it comes to the whites we do see a bit. Riesling, Sylvaner, Gruner Veltliner and most importantly Gewurztraminer are all grown here. Gewurztraminer is actually from this region, namely the town Traminer or Termeno in Italian. Most of this stuff is exported to Germany and us.

Next time we will look at the huge area of Veneto.

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 3: Northeast Italy - 1 VeronaDate published: 14/02/14

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 3: Northeast Italy - 1 Verona

Northeast Italy is home to the capital Milan, the financial powerhouse of Italy. Much like the financial competition that happens in this part of Italy, the land is heavily competed for by winemakers for vineyard sites. It is home to some of the most famous appellation names in Italian wine. Here the vintners have shrugged off the old DOC classification system I discussed in the introduction to these articles, more than anyone else in Italy. Being so packed full of important names in Italian wine I'm dividing this region up further, to start with, Veorna:

Home to Romeo and Juliet and the famous Lake Garda. White-wise we have Soave, made with the grape Garganega, which has found a beautiful expression here after being blended with cheap Pinot Grigio for ages. The best examples have a fresh, crisp acidity, herbaceous notes and soft citrus characteristics. It goes particularly well with fish caught from the lake! Next we have the young-drunk Bardolino, so light, it's almost Rosé. They use the grapes Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. This is fresh and fruity and ready to be drunk almost as soon as it is fermented. Finally and most importantly is Valpolicella, which is where it gets complicated. All Valpolicella is made with the previously mentioned Corvina. Basic Valpolicella is made in a very normal way, but then you have Ripasso and Amarone styles. Amarone is made using grapes, partially sundried on straw mats, producing rich, intense wines with heady coffee and chocolate notes. They can be very pricey though, to get a decent example you'll be spending about £30 a bottle. Ripasso is mid-point between Amarone and Valpolicella, utilising the left over grape skins from the Amarone production. This style is rich, but not quite as expressive as Amarone, none-the-less it's a staff favourite, at half the price of an equivalent Amarone.

Wither Hills Sauvignon..back in stock!!Date published: 12/02/14

If you have been a fan of 'Wither Hills' New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the past, we are re-stocking it for a limited time only. What's more, it's at the bargain price of just £6.66!  (when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed 6 bottle case)

Fill your boots while stocks last!

A-Z of grape varieties - 'Z is for ZinfandelDate published: 12/02/14

Zinfandel is a red grape,  primarily grown in California, making full-bodied wines which are very high in alcohol (sometimes up to 15/16%) They are full of black fruit and liquorice character. Wines range from budget to premium.

White Zinfandel on the other hand, makes cheaper, quite sweet roses, such as 'Fetzer'

Zinfandel is also rumoured to be the same grape as Primitivo from Italy.

Why not try one today? Our personal favourite: 'Lodi Ravenswood' Curently buy 2 save £5 = £9.49 from £11.99

Wine of the Week: Luigi Bosca MalbecDate published: 12/02/14

Bodega Luigi Bosca was founded in 1901 in Vistalba as part of the original Italian winemakers to settle in Argentina. Located 990m above sea level, the vineyard is now in its fourth generation of family ownership.

A perfect example of a Malbec this full-bodied wine is full of luscious dark, juicy fruits and a subtle note of vanilla and will go beautifully with venison. Best of all it's only £12.99 when you buy two and open on our tasting counter!

Sweets for your SweetsDate published: 11/02/14

With the sweetest day of the year approaching (that's Valentine's Day this Friday people!) I'm taking a look at one of the best dessert wines: Sauternes.

Sauternes are from the west bank of Bordeaux where the river Garonne creates lovely misty autumns - perfect noble rot growing weather. The noble rot or botrytis creates grapes rich in sugar with distinctive honey and dried fruit aromas. The chief grapes used in Sauternes are Semillon - perfect because its thin skin is more susceptible to botrytis; and Sauvignon Blanc - used to create those delicious fruit aromas and refreshing finish. 

Should the autumn not be misty enough to create those ideal noble rot conditions, producers will allow  Passerillage to occur to help concentrate sugars. This is when the grapes are left on the vine to dehydrate and essentially become raisins. This combination of growing techniques and the difference in rates which they take effect on individual grapes means pickers must pass through the vineyards repeatedly during a harvest period which may last several weeks. The best Sauternes are from Chateau d'Yquem and will deliver marmalade, apricot, honey and vanilla and although rich are not cloying in the mouth. Enjoy twice this Valentine's Day with your foie gras and chocolate fondant! 

Happy loving everyone!

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 2: Northwest ItalyDate published: 10/02/14

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 2: Northwest Italy

For the most part, Northwest Italian wine production is in a region called Piedmont or Piemonte to the natives. The name means literally, at the foot of the mountains, and as such is quite a hilly place. The area used to be part of the Kingdom of Savoy, the Duke of which appeared in an episode of The Musketeers last night (I do love a sword fight)!

The region is best known for producing red wines, the most noble grape in the Northwest arsenal is Nebbiolo, famous for producing Barolo and Barbaresco outside Piedmont, among others like Langhe and Dolcetto in Piedmont. Nebbiolo can express itself as a big, meaty, complex and somewhat tannic wine as with Barolo or as a softer, fruitier style as with Dolcetto.

However the grape that produces the most wine in the region is Barbera which is grown in vast quantities around the towns of Asti and Alba. Barbera d'Alba is a staff favourite round these parts, packed full of ripe cherry fruit, a soft, creamy, yet full texture and a crisp acidity making it a great pair with tomato-based pasta dishes.

White wine production, while certainly on a smaller scale than the reds is on the rise in the region. Moscato is used to make sparkling wines in Frizzante (slight bubble) and Spumante (proper fizz) styles, Moscato d'Asti produces wines with very floral notes, reminiscent of an Iced Tea on a hot summers day. Cortese is used to make the ever-increasing-in-popularity Gavi. Gavi produces wines somewhat similar to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, hence the popularity. They have zingy citrus fruit like gooseberry and lemon, crisp acidity, but a slightly softer mouthfeel.

Next Time: Northeast Italy

Wine of the Week: Catena Alta Chardonnay Date published: 07/02/14

This week we are celebrating the best of Argentina. i.e lots of Malbec

But there are also lots of delicious white wines produced in Argentina and therefore...

our Wine of the Week is Catena Alta Chardonnay:

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina. The grapes used to make this wine were sourced from the best rows in two of the Catena family's vineyards. 

Taste: Expect tropical mango and pineapple with notes of ripe pear and fig. Sweet spice and minerality enhance a rich palate with a long lasting, fresh finish.

Enjoy: If you are feeling fancy then match with lobster. However for me it's very drinkable on its own or with roast chicken. 

It's part of our 'Fine Wine at House Wine Prices' range, which means buy 2 save £10!

Reduced from  £23 to £18

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 1: IntroductionDate published: 07/02/14

A Guide to the Regions of Italy Part 1: Introduction

Italy is renowned as being one of the most complicated wine-making countries to understand. I'm not sure anyone could claim to completely understand it, but we thought we'd make your wine choosing a bit more easy by briefly describing its most famous regions.

Historically DOCG is the most prestigious classification, it stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. In sensible terms this means that the wine has been made in the traditional and legally defined way, using the legally defined grapes, and the wine has been tasted by a panel of authorities to make sure it is of high quality and representative of the style of the region. DOC comes next and then IGT, standing for Indicazione Geografica Tipica. This was traditionally thought of as the least of the classifications, but is undergoing a revolution: There is a new wave of young winemakers who are throwing off the shackles of the old classification system which for the most part limits innovation and variety, and stifles creativity. These new winemakers make the wine they want with the grapes they want to use, regardless of whether they are Italian or not. Among the wines they produce are some of the highest quality in the country, which sell for the highest prices. So all in all the current appellation classification is slightly useless when looking for quality wines. Instead the tactic is to look for quality producers regardless of appellation.

Next time will be the regions of Northwest Italy.

Pinotage: A GuideDate published: 07/02/14

Pinotage is a black grape variety grown almost exclusively in South Africa. It is a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault and is made in a range of styles; the variety is still being eagerly explored by producers.

You may find some Pinotage similar to Beaujolais in style with red berry fruit characteristics. In contrast, wines from old bush vines may show characteristics of rubber, bonfire, coffee and tobacco along with spiced berry fruits and are full in body. Currently open on our tasting counter is one such example, Barista from the Western Cape. Look for burnt rubber, smoke, plum and mulberry on the nose with plum, white pepper, smoke and coffee on the palate. Perfect with your lamb tagine this evening and only £7.49 when you buy two bottles! That's the weekend set up nicely I think!

Ella's Pick of the Pick 'n' MixDate published: 06/02/14

Here are a few of my favourites from our February Pick 'n' Mix:

Don't forget you can mix and match across everything that's on the promotion!

Montes Reserve Malbec: £9.99 £6.66

We were lucky enough to try this at our Winter tasting back in November and were all very impressed. I know that typically you think Malbec...Argentina. But, Chile are producing some great value Malbec and this one in particular is definitely worth a try!

This wine comes from some of Chile's oldest Malbec vines, some of which are about 100 years old. Overflowing with rich, ripe black fruit with vanilla and spicey notes from 6 months in French oak. Honestly just amazing value...

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay: £11.99 £7.99 

I love an oaky Chardonnay, New World in particular. This wine is barrel fermented and has undergone lees stirring. Plenty of baked apple, citrus and stone fruit flavours. Great body and a creamy finish.

As a fairly rich wine it can easily stand up to porky belly or roast chicken. Yum. 

Perrier Jouet Blason Rosé: £45 £29.98 

Perrier Jouet is one of my favourite Champagne houses, this rosé is consistent with their style and absolutely delicious! 

Intense pink in colour, with lovely flavours of strawberry, raspberry and floral notes, namely rose petal (how romantic) 

P.S this would be a great choice for Valentines Day...

New in stock - HOGSTAR LagerDate published: 05/02/14

New in stock - HOGSTAR Lager

If you're looking for something a little different to a regular lager the why not try the HOGSTAR by Hogs Back Brewery, it is an amazing new English Craft Lager. This is cold matured for a month to create a deep flavour. Not too heavy at 4.5% ABV.

A rich, golden yellow colour with a distinctive gently hopped aroma. A fuller taste with good balance between sweetness and bitterness.

12 x 330ml bottles is just £21.60.

Brancott Sauvignon just £6.66!!!Date published: 04/02/14

If you are already missing our 20% off New Zealand deal, fear not! The Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon is just £6.66!!

We wouldn't let you go without :)

A-Z of grape varieties - 'X is for Xarel-loDate published: 04/02/14

Xarel-lo is a white grape producing powerful sparkling and still wines in the Catalonia region of Spain. It is particularly important in the Penedes region where it pairs with Macabeo and Parellada to make Cava; contributing a very distinctive aroma. The vine is vigorous and hence productive, but buds early making it prone to spring frost damage

End of Ned at £7.99 Date published: 31/01/14

This is the last weekend of Ned at £7.99...

If this is one of your favourites it's going up to £10.99 on Monday 2nd so now is the time to stock up! 

Stuart's End of Offers SelectionDate published: 31/01/14

Stuart's End of Offers Selection

Continuing Ella's selection, here's my pick of the bunch from the offers ending on Monday the 3rd of February.

Louis Roderer Brut Pemier NV: £42 £27.99 - Save a Third on selected fizz

This is one of the staff favourites when it comes to Champagne; most of the company is split between Roederer and Bollinger. Roederer is characterised by a slightly fuller body than Bollinger and tends to emphasize the red fruit flavours derived from the Pinot Noir. This comes with a pleasant yeastiness, and brioche notes to finish.

Portillo Malbec: £9.99 £6.99 - Buy 2 bottles save £6

Nothing to do with the former Tory politician come railway enthusiast, this is a delightful offering from Argentina, especially when one considers the price. Full of rich blackcurrant and plum fruit. This one comes with some impressive yet smooth tannins, which gives you a slight chewiness and the backbone to stand up to a hearty steak or three!

'Angels Share' Shiraz, Two Hands, McLaren Vale: £23 18 - Buy any two selected fine wines save £10

Angels Share refers to an old winemaker's superstition, when you leave wine to ferment or age in oak, because it is not an airtight container, some of the wine inevitably evaporates. In ye olde times, this was inexplicable so they used to say that it was the Angels taking their tax for making the wine. Two hands are a superb producer, specialising mainly in Shiraz, and showing off it's expressions from different parts of South Australia. This example from the McLaren Vale is packed with Plum and Bramble fruit flavours, complemented by some nutty, creamy notes from the oak ageing.

Ella's End of Offers SelectionDate published: 30/01/14

As some of you may know our current offers (20% off Chile, Australia, New Zealand and Rhone) come to an end Monday 3rd. 

So, here are three of my favourite wines, on great deals that I think should not be missed! 

Bollinger Special Cuvee: £45 £30 - buy 6 bottles save £90

We are still using our Christmas offers and therefore still have some great reductions across our fizz range. In my opinion the best deal is Bollinger for sure, their signature style is rich and toasty, simply delicious! Why not treat yourself?

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva: £14.99 £9.99 - buy 2 bottles save £10

This is one of our most popular Rioja's and with good reason! A classic Reserva style, it's full-bodied, smooth with flavours of dark summer fruits, vanilla and hints of oak. I know many of our customers are loyal Riscal lovers, so if this is you...now is your chance. 

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay: £9.36 £7.49 

I am a big fan of an oaky Chardonnay and this wine ticks all the boxes. Luscious baked apple and stone fruit flavours, undertones of vanilla and lemon. Personally I think this wine offers amazing value for money and compares to some of the white Burgundy's we have in stock! 

A-Z of grape varieties - 'W is for WurzerDate published: 29/01/14

'Wurzer' is a crossing of Gewurztraminer and Muller-Thurgau. It was invented in Alzey in 1932, then planted in the 1980s, peaking in 1995 at a mere 300 acres in Rheinhessen. Wines are heady and concentrated and grapes yield well.

Passimento 2011 PasquaDate published: 29/01/14

Passimento 2011 Pasqua

The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.

on the palate,

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish.

Buy 2 bottles save £6 down to £8.99 from £11.99

A-Z of grape varieties - 'V is for VerdicchioDate published: 28/01/14

'Verdicchio' is a white grape grown in the Marche and Umbria regions of Italy. It produces fresh, dry, crisp wines with a slightly herbaceous character. They are best served with white fish.

Why not try one of our classic examples:

'Rondini'  - currently buy two save £4 = £6.99 from £8.99

New: Gavi AraldicaDate published: 25/01/14

New: Gavi Araldica

Grape: Cortese

Origin: 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.

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

Enjoy: Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

New Zealand snapshotDate published: 24/01/14

I was lucky enough to go to the New Zealand tasting evening in London this week, it was a great evening with lots of delicious wines to taste. So here is a snapshot of the night with only the best bits.

The largest wine producing area in New Zealand is, you've guessed it, Marlborough! They have 19, 024 hectares of vineyards, outstripping the second largest area, Hawkes's Bay by 14, 031 hectares! The smallest is Waikato/Bay of Plenty with only 147 producing hectares.

By far and away my favourite grape of the night (and now favourite full stop) was the Riesling. 90% of the Kiwi produced Rieslings are grown in the South Island, the climate there is ideally suited to the grape with cool, long, sunny autumns and low humidity. Top try of the night for this grape was the Main Divide Riesling. Some botrytized grapes are added to this wine to create a honeyed richness. Enjoy the ripe apricot, lime and honeysuckle on the palate balanced by a zip of acidity. Great with some chinese duck or just glass after glass on its own - delicious and only £10.99 when you buy another Kiwi wine!

My favourite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, The Jackson Stich, was not toppled by any of the others, delicious crisp gooseberry on the palate, never a disappointment and only £9.99 in the New Zealand offer.

The great surprise for the night was a late harvest Chardonnay from Waipara West. Think apricot tart and believe me when I say it was heavenly! Unfortunately not currently stocked by Majestic, so I hereby start the petition to get it in! Join me - you won't be disappointed.

A-Z of grape varieties - 'U is for Ugni BlancDate published: 22/01/14

Ugni Blanc is actually a synonym for Italy's 'Trebbiano'. In actual fact, it is the most commonly planted white grape in France; its plantings even outnumbered that of Chardonnay 5 to 1 in the 1980s. You wouldn't know it as the grape has a poor reputation and as such wines are not labelled according to its variety. Though wines are relatively thin, it is perfect for making Cognac and Armagnac, thus commonly sees brandy stills (as Airen in Spain)

Australia day! Sunday Jan 26th!Date published: 20/01/14

As I am sure some of you are aware this Sunday brings Australia day!

Whether you're having a BBQ, playing cricket or just using this as an excuse to have a few Australian beverages then it's essential that you come down and check out the current offers in store.

We have 20% off Australian wines at the moment, this means you can mix and match  any Australian wines to get the 20% off price, allowing you to explore the wonderful selection the Aussies have to offer. 

Here are a few that I would grab:

Peter Lehmann Shriaz - Plenty of spice on the palate, with concentrated blackcurrant and bramble fruit as well as hints of mocha and dark chocolate. Full bodied and rich, a classic Aussie Shiraz. Originally £10.99 down to £8.79.

Heggies Chardonnay - Careful handling of oak means this wine has a subtle toasty character which mingles well with the ripe apple and pear fruits. A creamy roundness completes the finish. Originally £18.74 down to £14.99

Also we have the Coopers Pale Ale on offer, saving £10 when you buy two cases!

A crisp fruity refreshing traditional Aussie beer, Its left with some hoppy yeast in the bottle to add complexity and richness so you have to roll it on the bar top to wake it up! In the glass it looks a cloudy golden colour, the perfect refreshment and an absolute beauty of a beer... Single case price is £20.99, when you buy two it comes down to £15.99

I hope you have a cracking Aussie day!



Beaujolais Nouveau down to £6.99Date published: 18/01/14

Beaujolais Nouveau down to £6.99 * while stocks last

From the famous house of Duboeuf comes this Beaujolais Nouveau; a style of wine released only weeks after harvest. Traditionally the maturation would happen in barrel during transportation to the market. It is released on the third Thursday in November each year.

Southern French Tasting WeekDate published: 18/01/14

We are currently enjoying our Southern French Tasting week. Here is a run down of my favourites on the tasting counter today.

Domaine de Montval Syrah: £9.99 £6.99

This is a fairly soft, medium weight style of Syrah. A core of blackcurrant, blackberry and cherry fruit. A peppery finish with hints of dark cocoa.

Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay: £10.99 £9.99

A nice, buttery wine. Flavours of baked apple and peach with notes of almond and vanilla. Would be perfect with a roast!

Wedding Consultation Day, Sunday March 9th!!Date published: 18/01/14

Firstly, congratulations on your engagement! Pop down on this date and we will have a range of reds and whites plus some fizz open for you to sample; all of which are tried and tested for wedding requirements. We can advise on quantities, menu matching, budgets etc and draw you up a quote. Book a 30 minute appointment for this bespoke one-to-one service

Check out our events page for more details...

A - Z of grape varieties 'T is for TorrontesDate published: 18/01/14

Torrontes is the white grape that Argentina have hailed as their own. Its natural high acidity and strong flavour mean that it adapts well to the arid drying conditions. It is unusual in that it is very aromatic and floral, with notes of honeysuckle, rose and white blossom, underpinned by tropical fruit.

Wine of the Week: Picpoul de Pinet VillemarinDate published: 17/01/14

Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin - £7.99 £6.49

Origin: one of the named crus of Coteaux de Languedoc, producing white wine exclusively from the rarely used Picpoul grape.

Taste: A youthful and zesty wine. Bundles of lemon and lime, crunchy green apple and hints of white blossom.

This would make a great option for Sauvignon Blanc drinkers who perhaps fancy trying something different... 

A-Z of grape varieties - 'S is for Sauvignon BlancDate published: 17/01/14

There's so much to say about the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc, so here are my top 10 facts:

1) It is grown extensively in the Loire Valley in France, making up all their important wines such as Sancerre and Pouilly Fume

2) The food match in Loire is local goats cheese

3) It is 'the grape' of New Zealand, making up the majority of the plantings in the Marlborough region

4) It blends well with Semillon, particularly in dessert wines

5) It is high in acidity

6) Wines are full of gooseberry and elderflower character

7) South African Sauvignon is very green and displays notes of pea, grass, raw green bell pepper and asparagus

8) It is aged in oak in California - 'Fume Blanc'

9) prices range from bargain £5 wines to high end for the best Sancerres

10) It shares a certain quality with the red grape 'Cabernet Sauvignon' in that it is quite herbacous

A-Z of grape varieties - 'R is for Riesling Date published: 16/01/14

Where do I start with Riesling?! A white grape originating in Germany, it got a bad press in the 80's in the era of 'Blue Nun' and the like (which isn't even made from this grape, it's just unfortunate enough to come from the same place!) The Mosel and Rheinhessen make great examples, of varying levels of sweetness. Typically it has lime character and can develop petrol and mineral notes with age. Good new world examples, which are often drier, are also made (particularly in the Clare and Eden valleys in Australia) This grape has good acidity which means it partners oriental food perfectly.

Where do the bubbles come from?Date published: 16/01/14

Fresh back in store from my Head Office visit, one of the most interesting things I learnt about was the production of Champagne. So I am here to share the magic with you now!

Not as straightforward to make as it is to taste, Champagne starts life as still wine which is given a mixture of sugar, yeast and clarifying agents to produce a second fermentation, which is when the alcohol level is increased and the bubbles begin appearing! The bottles are stored horizontally on the rack and slowly turned over time until the bottle is bottom up. As this turning process, known as 'riddling' is taking place, the yeast is dying off and slowly settles in the top of the bottle. The top is then frozen and removed with, thankfully, all the dead yeast too. Luckily for us the missing volume in the bottle is now topped up but in the past producers would simply disguise the missing liquid with the foil around the neck of the bottle - whilst the foil remains, the cheekiness does not!

Those beautiful little bubbles are now all set to whizz their way up your flute glass and tickle your tongue! And I promise this information will further sweeten the great deal which Bollinger is on at the moment - £30.00 each when you buy 6!

A - Z of grape varieties 'P is for PicpoulDate published: 15/01/14

A - Z of grape varieties 'P is for Picpoul'

Picpoul or Piquepoul is a grape variety grown in the Languedoc, Southern France. The word Piquepoul means 'lip stinger' it can come in the form of Picpoul Noir, a light coloured young drinking wine and not very commonly found (can also be found hiding in Chateauneuf-du-pape) Picpoul Blanc also a hard to find type, mainly used in a blend for white wine, used to create a strong element of crispness!

However, the most common that you might find is the Picpoul de Pinet - A named Cru of Coteaux du Languedoc, producing a green gold white wine with strong lemon flavours; something that has been crafted for the market that differs from the typical Picpoul white wine of this region.

The best way to drink this would be sat in the evening sun in the South of France eating Oysters and sipping the  Picpoul! alternatively we offer a good substitute in store that you can enjoy anywhere you see fit!

Here is a great one we currently have in store, Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet.

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

Buy two bottles and save £3.00 - down to £6.49! 

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, £6.99Date published: 15/01/14

Heads up to all our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc lovers!

Brancott Estate is now just £6.99 (down from £8.74)! on our 20% New Zealand offer. 

For those that haven't tried this before its a beautiful clean and crisp white with vibrant aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.

Perfect to slap along side a nice fresh fish dinner!

This white is featured on-line as a January money saver, and to be honestly I think its unbeatable at that price! 


Two Old Rioja's!Date published: 15/01/14

Currently we have some super savings to be had with our Bargain hunt collection.

However two that really stand out are two Riojas, both from 1991! Now this isn't what you can call a young wine, but for something a little different this may just be a nice treat for someone. Now an old Rioja can be quite opposite to the fuller Rioja you find commonly in store - the older reds seem to be a little lighter in colour but still have that classic Rioja charm Usually the older the wine, the more focused it will be on the secondary flavour characteristics,(something like the spice might be more evident) 

Here is a little information about both of these, in no particular order!

The first one is the 100% Tempranillo, Monte Real, Reserva. This was made to cellar, driven by a 24-30 month age in american oak barrels and cellared at the famous Bodegas Riojannas. It invites you in with a powerful nose showing aromas of dried fruit, herbs and vanilla. The complexity continues on the palate, which is mellow and soft, yet savoury and enduring.The second Vina Albina Reserva, is a blend of Tempranillo (80%), Mazuelo (15%) and just a touch of Garaciano (5%)! Aged for up to 30 months in American oak casks, where it develops that sweet spice typical of Rioja. This is an elegant style with a strong structure and complexity focusing on the secondary flavour characteristics such as the spice!

Both of these wines are currently at the amazing price of £12.66, this is however whilst stocks last!


A - Z of grape varieties 'O is for OndencDate published: 14/01/14

Ondenc used to be an important variety in southwest France, particularly in Gaillac. Nowadays it is scarce as it is a winemaker's nightmare, yielding poorly and being prone to rot. In the 19th century it must have been popular in Bordeaux, where it was taken over to Australia - in Great Western it was named 'Irvine's White' and in the south it was called 'Sercial'. Plantings have also fallen away there.

A-Z of grape varieties - 'N is for NégretteDate published: 13/01/14

A-Z of grape varieties - 'N is for Négrette'

Négrette is a wonderful unknown grape variety. It is most commonly used in wines from Cotes du Frontonnais north of Toulouse or Fronton for short, here it has to dominate the blend of the wine. In nearby Vins de Lavilledieu it must make up at least 35% of the blend.

Négrette is somewhat similar to another lesser known variety; Tannat. However Négrette tends to be more delicate and aromatic. It is often described as having a 'barnyard' flavour, which sounds confusing but makes sense when you try it, it's slightly 'animally'.

To paraphrase the famous French lyric, 'Je Négrette rien' does not apply to us, I do have some Négrette in stock in the shape of the delightful Château Jouaninel Fronton, currently £6.99 when you buy two or more bottles as part of your mixed case.

A-Z of grape varieties - 'M is for MenciaDate published: 11/01/14

Mencia is a black grape that makes the wines of the Bierzo region of northern Spain. It produces light, pale, fragrant wines that are best consumed early. It is thought to be identical to the Portuguese grape 'Jaen'

January Wines under £6Date published: 07/01/14

I think it's fair to say that some of us are feeling the pinch after the festive season... 

Never fear though, here at Majestic we have plenty of great wines under £6 to fit in with your January budget!

Here are a couple of my best buys:

Yali Sauvignon Blanc, Chile: £7.49  £5.99

A fresh, fruity bouquet of zesty lime and grapefruit. This follows through onto the palate alongside crisp gooseberry flavours.  An easy drinking wine, either on it's own or with some fish (perfect if you're trying to be a bit more healthy this year)

I know that New Zealand tends to be many peoples country of choice when it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, but this wine is an absolute steal and definitely worth a try.

Santa Ana Malbec, Argentina: £8.99  £5.99

Lots of juicy black fruit characteristics such as blackcurrant, plum and cherry. A medium-bodied, soft style of Malbec which would pair well with beef or a chunk of cheddar.

Bodegas Santa Ana is one of Argentina's oldest wineries, this is their benchmark Malbec and offers great value for money!

A-Z of grape varieties - 'L is for Len de l'ElDate published: 04/01/14

Len de l'El is like Manseng in that it is the pride of South West France. Previously a major component of the white wines of Gaillac, it still plays a part in their blends. Wines are powerful and concentrated, but can be flabbby if poorly made. Its name is taken from local dialect for 'loin de l'oeil', meaning 'far from sight'. The vine itself is vigorous, requiring a well-ventialted site with good drainage so that it escapes rot in poorer vintages.

A little insight to our Bargain hunt collection!Date published: 03/01/14

As you may be aware we currently have 33.3% off selected end-of-line wines. These offer fantastic value for money and a good chance to get hold of some old favourites before they disappear. 

There are a few however that i would really recommend grabbing before it all disappears!

Firstly I would definetly grab one of the Alsace Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris, its a slightly off dry style with melon, honey and a grapefruit crispness! A must have with a nice terrine! Now just £9.99!

The next one I would grab would be the Australian Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon blend by Cape Mentelle, a bone dry typical Sauvignon with a uplifting lemon blossom aroma, complementary of the friendly Semillion grape! down from £18.74 to just £12.49

Now another that I would not hesitate to pick up would be the KC Cabernet Merlot. A very typical south African red wine packing loads of deep ruby colour, with a massive finish perfect bunked up next to beef casserole, but just £7.33!

Remember that all this is a clearance of end-of-line wines so it is whilst stocks last; every store has different stock levels and different products.

Just pop in and see what we have - these are just a few of the cracking offers to be had!

Bargain Hunters are you ready?Date published: 02/01/14

Currently we have the Christmas collection still in full swing, offering great value on some selected lines over the Christmas collection, this offer ends 2nd of February. 

But as of tomorrow morning we will have the 'Bargain Hunt' collection, a selection of end-of-line wines at a super discount (33.3%)! These are whilst stocks last and I don't expect many of them to hang about!  You can mix and match within your six to get the offer price, with a wide range of products to choose from from Spanish Rioja to Chilean Sauvignon! Each majestic store will have different selections so make sure you pop down early to make sure you get hold of the bits you want!

New Year New Knowledge!Date published: 02/01/14

Some facts I have picked up during my first festive Majestic!

Ageing in Spain is as follows: Crianza - reds aged for a minimum of 24 months, 6 of which are in oak barrels
                                                                white and rose aged for a minimum of 18 months

                                                Reserva - reds aged for 36 months minimum, 12 at least in oak barrels
                                                                 white and rose aged for 18 months, 6 at least in small oak barrels

                                                Gran Reserva - reds aged for 60 months minimum, 18 of which in oak barrels minimum
                                                                          white and rose for 48 months, including 6 months in oak barrels. These wines are only                                                                                       produced from exceptional vintages.

Carmenere and Merlot have been playing switch-a-roo in Chile - Carmenere most likely arrived in Chile with some Merlot cuttings in the nineteenth century but was only spotted in 1994 as a Merlot imposter. Good examples of Carmenere have black fruit characteristics with herbal and red pepper aromas. A great offer on a Chilean Carmenere is the Santa Rita on offer at £6.39!

In Australia dessert wines are known as "Stickies"!

And lastly you can choose from a Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, a dry fruity rose or a Zinfandel to go with a lamb kebab!

New Year Fizz!Date published: 30/12/13

As 2013 comes to a close, and those January Blues feel like they have come in earlier with the wind and rain, a glass of something sparkly is the best way to raise the spirits for 2014! Here at Majestic we have the bottle to complete your celebrations whether you are having a huge gathering of family and friends, or just a quiet New Year cuddle on the sofa with a loved one at home!

On a great offer at the moment is the Lindauer Special Reserve at £9.99 when you buy two bottles - the nose boosts of peach and nectarine, while the palate is creamy with a lovely fruity clean finish.

Another perfect celebration fizz is the J de Telmont Grande Reserve at £16.00 when you buy two bottles - a lovely medium bodied, fruity and yeasty Champagne from one of the few remaining family-owned Champagne houses.

Pretty in pink is the Oeil de Perdrix Rose with an amazing £10 off when you buy two at £19.99 - this salmon-pink coloured Champagne is complex and fruity, a delicious choice.

For a truly British New Year the best choice by far is the Nyetimber Classic Cuvee at £23.99 when you buy two bottles - this elegant sparkling stands up against Champagne offering citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread on the nose, and is nothing short of glorious!

To really get in the celebratory mood we have the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV on special offer at £45! A really wonderful Champagne that will give an extra something special to your Midnight toast!

Or if you really want to see the New Year in with style we also have Champagne and sparkling magnums ranging from £40 to £100!

Happy New Year!

DeliveriesDate published: 17/12/13

Unfortunately we are now only able to deliver a few local deliveries (within 5 miles) on Christmas Eve morning. However, should you want us to get something ready for collection please give us a call!

DeliveriesDate published: 14/12/13

We currently only have slots available for delivery before Christmas on:

 Saturday 21st, Monday 23nd and Tues 24th(am only) 

Bollinger..get it while you can!!Date published: 11/12/13

My personal favourite champagne, Bollinger, is currently at the incredible price of £30 !! (based on a purchase of 6 or more bottles)

However, stocks are going fast, so if you fancy this to accompany your turkey on Christmas day give us a shout to avoid disappointment!

Christmas Spotlight TastingDate published: 07/12/13

Well I am sure you all have heard that we had our spotlight tasting today, an informative talk through what to eat with your Christmas lunch!

This is a little information for the unlucky few that couldn't make it. 

First up we had the Jermann Pinot Grigio (2012 Friuli), a world away from the enormous yields and charmless production associated with most Pinot Grigio from Italy. In fact this is far more similar to an Alsatian Pinot Gris, as it is macerated on the skins for a long period of time, a process that gives the wine it’s rich body. Lees ageing, but no oak leads to  minerality and complexity.

Perfect to prep the taste buds for the Christmas pallet assassination...

Next up we have the Meursault 2011 Nicolas Potel, Meursault is arguably the most famous white name in Burgundy. Commonly thought of as the most powerful expression of Chardonnay in the world. There is always a lot of oak involved in Meursault, as the powerful grapes can take it. This wine is cold settled after pressing for 24 hours, which allows the juice to oxidise slightly. This is then fermented in oak, aged in oak; and it also undergoes malolactic fermentation (lactic acid turns to malic - think apples versus milk).Thus it is much softer and creamier. 10 months later it has a year in stainless steel which means it retains freshness also. 

This is the ideal white to pop with your turkey; a robust, buttery structured white to stand up against all the trimmings...

But what about a red with the turkey? well we have the Viña Ardanza, Rioja Reserva 2004.

One of the very best of Riojas produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas. Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body with spicy tannins and layers of flavour. Super with the turkey and sprouts!

Now what about the cheese board?? well today we recommended the Château l'Hospitalet 2011 Grand Vin.

Chateau l’Hospitalet is a luxury hotel as well as a winery. The whole estate revolves around the southern French philosophy l’art de vivre, the art of life, which promotes an active healthy lifestyle, full of imagination, good food and good wine. This muscular wine displays an intense blend of firm tannins, inky black fruit and lifted spice and floral aromas, smoothed and integrated by the influence of over a year in French oak Barriques. 

Perfect to stand up against the hard cheese on the wooden board!

So there you have it, a little information to bare in mind when selecting your Christmas wines!

A-Z of grape varieties - 'K is for KardarkaDate published: 05/12/13

Kardarka is arguably the most famous red varietal of Hungary, due to its production of 'Bull's Blood'. However, in recent years it has largely been replaced by the more robust 'Kekfrankos' and 'Kekoporto'. It is still grown on the great plain and just across the Danube in Szekszard, to the west. It causes problems for the winemaker as it is susceptible to grey rot.

Fully ripened it is capable of producing well-structured, tannic reds that can be maturated.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 03/12/13

#7WordWineReview - 'Belleruche Cote de Rhones'- Buy 2 save 20% = £7.99 from £9.99

#pepper, blackberry, leather, vanilla, plum, herb and violettes

Fine Wine of the Week The Chocolate Block 2012Date published: 29/11/13

Fine Wine of the Week

The Chocolate Block 2012,

Boukenhoutskloof, Western Cape

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

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

Was £27.00



*Any 2 selected Fine Wines.

Anybody for bubbles?Date published: 27/11/13

As Christmas comes a-calling many of us will be toasting our turkeys with a bottle of fizz. As part of my training for the festivities I have been learning all about sweetness classifications for champagne and sparkling wine - handy knowledge not just for Christmas but for New Year's also! 

The sweetener added is called dosage and a medium amount will be added to a 'Brut' champagne or sparkling wine, setting the standard level of residual sweetness. If your sweet-tooth is satisfied on mince pies alone, you may prefer an 'Ultra Brut' which has a minimal amount of dosage added. If, like me, you find all the choccy selection tins are empty but you've still got a craving for something sweet a 'Demi-sec' is the one for you. My favourite demi-sec sparkling wine (so far!) is the Nyetimber Demi-Sec, currently on special offer at Majestic for £25.99!

Feeling charitable?Date published: 23/11/13

I'm sure most of you are aware that we support a chosen charity each year, this year it's Children with Cancer UK

This weekend we are donating £1 to Children with Cancer for every bottle of Champagne sold.

So if you're looking to treat yourself or just top up your collection for Christmas then what better excuse than to pop in this weekend and make a easy donation. 

Some of our best offers at the moment are:

Nicolas Feuillatte NV, Currently on the 33% Pick 'n' Mix JUST £16.99

Veuve Clicquot NV, Also on out 33% Pick 'n' Mix -  £29.99 (a saving of just over £15)

But if you miss it this weekend there is always a change pot by the tills in your local majestic, with a llollipop for every donation!

The Holidays are on their way!Date published: 22/11/13

With less than five weeks until Christmas to go you may be finding gift ideas and shopping opportunities are thin on the ground; help is at hand at Majestic! New in this week are our mixed cases which offer a selection of wines to make the perfect (and hassle free!) presents this Yuletide.

Included in the 'Festive Favourites' case is the Oxford Landing Estates Cabernet Shiraz 2011 Yalumba, South Australia as part of a delicious easy-going mix this Christmas.

Included in the 'The Seasonal Selection' case is Rioja Reserva 2008 Berberana. This wine has lovely vanilla overtones and softer juicy notes, a cheering combination on the long winter evenings.

Included in the 'The Discovery Case' is Mountain View Merlot 2012 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley. If the traditional turkey is not on the menu this Christmas this wine can be enjoyed with meaty dishes such as a lasagne.

Full details of the wines included in all the mixed cases are available on the website or come and see us in store - we may even have started the Christmas songs!

Delivery schedule over ChristmasDate published: 21/11/13

Coming up to our busiest time of year, we regret that we cannot always offer next day delivery. Therefore, in order to avoid disappointment and help you plan your orders we thought we would publish details of what days we are in your area.

Mondays and Thursdays: Crowborough, Wadhurst, Heathfield, Hailsham, Bexhill-on-sea, Eastbourne, Hastings

Tuesdays: Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Rye, Winchelsea and Camber

Wednesdays: Tonbridge and surrounding areas such as Hildenborough, Leigh, Paddock Wood

Fridays: Tunbridge and local deliveries

NB: local Tunbridge Wells deliveries can be built into any day, usually in the morning or evening on our way to/from other areas

Please book early, particularly if we are only in your area on one day, as our vans have a maximum capacity

New stores may be open in your area, so we will keep you up to date with this as well as any other changes to our delivery fulfilment in the coming 6 weeks

Wooden BoxesDate published: 20/11/13

Hi Everyone.

We receive daily requests for wooden boxes. Unfortunately we won't have any more until the new year as they are being utilised for our displays. Please feel free to pop in in January and ask!

A-Z of grape varieties - 'J is for JaenDate published: 18/11/13

'Jaen' is a widely planted red variety in the Dao region of Portugal. It ripens early and is know for alcoholic wines that lack acidity, thus it is often blended with Touriga National and Alfrocheiro Preto. It is also thought to be identical to Galicia's Mencia.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 16/11/13

#7wordWineReview - eucalyptus, blackcurrant, plum,silky, structured, spice, delicious

Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon - buy any 2 Californian wines save 20% = £11.99 form £14.99

My first wine facts after just a week at MajesticDate published: 16/11/13

My first week at Majestic in the Tunbridge Wells store is coming to a close and it's been a lot of fun and a lot of learning!

Our Winter Tasting evening on Thursday proved to be a great opportunity to learn about - and taste - a wide variety of wines. I had no idea that Lebanon made wine, evidently they have viticultural roots going back 6000 years! We had the Chateau Musar and the Hochar Pere open, both from the same estate. Initially I found them both to be far too acidic for my taste, however a piece of hard cheese made all the difference and I found I really enjoyed the combination. I had some idea that partnering food with wine could affect the taste of both, but I did not know the extent and it will now be something I am really interested in learning more about. In that vein, the most helpful partnering I have learnt about so far is that you can't go wrong with a Chardonnay and a delicious roast chicken. Vital information now I am in charge of Sunday lunches at home!

I have been spending as much time as possible on the tasting counter to really get to grips with the different grape varieties. I now know to look out for the peach notes in a French Viognier as well as some fresh green apple and citrus flavours.

As we hurtle closer and closer to the festive season I have also been learning about champagne. I was surprised to hear that it is typically made of a mix of three grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. I was surprised that two red grapes are used yet champagne is not red - this is because the skins of the grapes, which provide the colour, do not come in to contact with the juice during a maceration period. There is also champagne which only uses Chardonnay and is called Blanc de Blancs.

My favourite wine from this week has been the Jackson Riesling from Marlborough. This dessert wine comes from the oldest vineyard of the Jackson estate which is overlooked by their iconic gum tree stands. This dessert wine is made from grapes which have been allowed to develop noble rot (Botryitis) and it is this which gives the intensely sweet flavours. This wine was also open at our tasting evening and the best tip of the night came from a customer who recommended a cheeky early mince pie alongside the Jackson, the spices and the currants in the pie went perfectly with the citrus blossom flavours and acidic note at the end of the Jackson - pure Yuletide heaven!  

Winter Wine EveningDate published: 14/11/13

Winter Wine Evening

As voted for by a select panel of the people who work here, tonight sees Tunbridge Wells' premier wine event of the year. The Tunbridge Wells Majestic Wine Winter Wine Evening or TWMWWWE for short. We'll have cheese and nibbles and lots of great wine to try. Plus samples of Sipsmith spirits.

Here's a rundown of what we're opening:

Prosecco Salatin, Italy Buy 2 save 33.3% = £19.99 from £14.99

Fevre Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru, Burgundy Buy 2 save £10 = £25 from £30

Torres Vina Sol, Spain Buy 2 save £3 = £6.49 from £7.99 until the end of today 14/11/13 Then buy 2 save £4 = £5.99 until 03/02/14

Ned Pinot Grigio, New Zeland Buy any 2 New Zealand Wines save 20% = £7.99 from £9.99

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, Central Otago New Zealand Buy any 2 New Zealand Wines save 20% = £16.80 from £21

Lirac Vignobles Abeille, Rhone Valley Buy any 2 Rhone Wines save 20% = £12.79 from £15.99

Chateau Lynch Moussas, Pauillac, Bordeaux £26

Chateau Musar, Lebanon £19.99

Hochar, Lebanon £11.99

Jackson Estate Late Harvest Riesling, New Zealand Buy any 2 New Zealand Wines save 20% = £15.99 from £19.99

Also a selection of wines from PLB and Nyetimber.

We're all terribly excited! Hope to see you tonight.

new!! 'Montes Twins' #7WordWineReviewDate published: 13/11/13

Montes Twins, #7WordWineReview - Cabernet, Malbec, inky, powerful, well-structured, juicy, meat-friendly!

Buy 2 save 33.3% = £7.99 from £11.99

A-Z of grape varieties - I is for 'InzoliaDate published: 13/11/13

Sometimes spelt 'Insolia', this white varietal is mainly grown in Sicily; and to a lesser extent in Tuscany. Synonyms are 'Ansonica' and 'Andzonica'. It was planted in Italy in the 1990s on a total of 13,000 h/a, though plantings are currently declining.

It is mainly used in western Sicily where it adds an aromatic quality when blended with Catarratto, to produce crisp, dry wines. Good examples can develop nutty character, though the worst lack acidity and concentration.

It is also potentially related to the Maltese grape 'Ghirghentina'

The Molly Dooker ""Shake"Date published: 12/11/13

The Molly Dooker Shake, apparently the best way to prepare this massive Shiraz for drinking! The reasoning behind it is to mix in the nitrogen that the Dooker guys and girls use to protect their wines!

They use Nitrogen to replace the as much of the sulphates other producers can use to protect wine in the bottle. Unfortunately the Nitrogen has a reaction on the wine, it basically compresses all the flavours, using the "shake" will push the nitrogen into the wine! This then opens up this delightful red pushing all the flavours out preparing the wine perfectly for immediate drinking!

So the SHAKE...

Step 1 - Open the bottle and pour a small sample out, until the wine has come just below the shoulder of the bottle (keep this to one side)


Step 3 - Turn the bottle over, and SHAKE!!

Step 4 - Now you should be able to see fine bubbles of nitrogen rise up to the top! 

Step 5 - Let the nitrogen out... (open the cap)

Step 6 - Repeat steps 2-5, then open and drink!

Bonus Step  - Try a glass of both the shaken wine and the original - Taste and compare! You will be amazed!

This is a pukka red to chuck out on the table at Christmas and even more appealing when you show everyone the SHAKE!!

Very deep garnet-purple coloured. Warm blackberries and blueberries with nuances of menthol and ome spice cake. Concentrated, big, rich and ripe, it offers a very spicy palate with some cumin seed coming through, finishing very very long. Drink it now to 2017+

 Currently at £25, worth every penny, scoring an impressive 91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown from The Wine Advocate!

A-Z of grape varieties - H is for 'HeroldrebeDate published: 11/11/13

'Heroldrebe' is the German Crossing of two grapes, Portugieser and Limberger,  to which August Herold of the Weinsberg in Wurtemberg put his name. It is high yielding (140 hl/ha) bur ripens very late, making it only suitable for Germany's warmer regions. It therefore flourishes in Pfalz.

Commercially it has been relatively unsuccessful, but did contribute to the spawning of the more viable 'Dornfelder'

A-Z of grape varieties - G is for 'GrunerveltlinerDate published: 09/11/13

'Grunerveltline' is the most widely planted white grape variety in Austria, taking up well over half of it's plantings. It is also grown in Eastern Europe, but for the most part ripens too late to grow successfully in other countries.

It is productive(giving great yields) and hardy; flourishing particularly in the Weinviertel and Wachau regions.

Wines are typically dry and crisp with good minerality and a hint of pepper. Good examples can benefit from some time in bottle and are reminiscent of good white Burgundy.

They work well as apperitifs or with Asian cuisine

My particular favourite is from Domaine Wachau - the 'Weisenkirchen' (currently buy 2 save £2, down to £8.99 - based on a minimum mixed 6 bottle purchase)

A-Z of grape varieties - F is for 'Furmint' Date published: 08/11/13

'Furmint' is a white Hungarian grape that is used to make their most prestigious dessert wines - 'Tokaji'

It is also grown Austria in the Burgenland, where it is known as Mosler, and also in Slovakia.

As a grape, it is highly susceptible to noble rot (hence ideal for sweet, concentrated wines) When botryitized in this way, the berries are know as 'Aszu'. It also has high acidity to balance the sweetness; typically underpinned with rich tropical fruit character and floral notes.

We stock various examples to go alongside your Christmas pudding or cheese board this year..why not come down and ask staff for their favourites?

Christmas part-time delivery driver needed!Date published: 07/11/13

We are currently searching to fill the above position for our new branch in Lewes. This is likely to encompass the last 3 weeks of December. Please contact us if you yourself are interested, or if you know anyone that is. Candidates should be over 21 and with a UK license.

email tun@majestic.co.uk

call: 01892 615877

Californian Tasting WeekDate published: 07/11/13

Californian Tasting Week

Starting tomorrow we are hosting a Californian tasting week in store. California is renowned (other than for Burgundian Grapes) for it's variety of wines and styles. It is often said that almost every single grape varietal is probably being grown somewhere in the state. Hopefully in the coming week we can open your eyes to some interesting things you may not have seen before.

The other thing to say about Californian wine is that it is well known - at least in this country - for being a bit pricey. While we will have a couple of pricier examples open to try we will also have some examples open at the lower end of the scale which are perfect for parties and mid-week drinking.

Keep an eye on our online tasting counter and our tweets for details of what is open each day.

A-Z of grape varieties - E is for 'EzerjoDate published: 07/11/13

'Ezerjo' is a relatively unusual white grape grown almost solely in Hungary. Most of the wine it produces is quite nondescript, however Mori Ezerjo grown in the vineyards surrounding the town of Mor, has a good reputation for producing light, refreshingly crisp wines. Equally, crop grown in the northwest of the country also yields zesty,dry whites which are designed for early consumption

Trivia: Ezerjo means 'a thousand boons'.

Though we currently don't stock this grape, we do have  a good range of Hungarian dessert wines for you this Christmas, so why not #comeandexplore!

A-Z of grape varieties - D is for 'DolcettoDate published: 06/11/13

Dolcetto is an Italian grape produced predominantly in the northern region of Piedmont in Italy.

It is an early-ripening, low-acid grape, producing light, fruity reds with cherry and liquorice character. The wines are designed for early drinking, with the exception of good quality 'Dolcetto d'Alba' from the heart of the region; which will keep for up to 5 years.

The perfect accompaniment to antipasti, meaty pizzas or spaghetti bolognese

We stock a great example by 'Forville' - a fantastic producer..why not come down and give it a try?

A-Z of grape varieties - C is for 'ChardonnayDate published: 02/11/13

Chardonnay is arguably one of the most famous, internationally grown white grapes. It made it's home in Burgundy (France) and is the base for all their iconic wines, i.e. Chablis, Meursault, Montrachet, Macon, Pouilly Fuisse, St Veran

It is also one of the 3 Champagne grapes

It is grown extensively throughout the New World - Australia arguably gave it a bad press in the 80's when they mass produced examples that were poorly oaked (often with oak chips), hence the 'ABC or anything but Chardonnay era.'

Great examples do come from Australia; as well as Chile, California, Argentina and New Zealand (Hawkes Bay in particular)

It blends well with Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne and, less commonly, Sauvignon.

When un-oaked and produced in a cool climate it displays green apple character and good minerality. When barrel-fermented it shows more tropical fruit, baked-apple and toasty vanilla notes.

In summary, it is perhaps one of the most versatile and  interesting varietals. With some classic representations on our tasting counter at the moment, why not come down #comeandexplore!

Dinner with Direction!Date published: 01/11/13

Tonight's choice for dinner is the Hawaiian variety of Pizza, now we need a little direction for the selection of the perfect wine!

Breaking down the pizza is key to selecting the right wine for the job, looking at the sweeter element of the pineapple covered Hawaiian. We will want something that will compliment this and not overpower any of the flavours.

The first grape that comes to mind would be a Gewurztraminer, a wine that can be semi-sweet. This will play on the sweeter element of this style of pizza hopefully perfectly complementing this doughy delight. This will pair up lovingly with the pineapple as well as the ham, and is also maybe a little controversial to the Italian Vino that some people may choose to go with a pizza...

My personal selection would be of course the Kuhlmann-Platz Gewürztraminer, with its off dry style, aromas of peach and white flowers with a good acidity structure to combat that ham!

Currently on the buy 2 bottles and save, just £8.99.

A-Z of grape varieties - B is for 'BarberaDate published: 01/11/13

A-Z of grape varieties - B is for 'Barbera'

The third most planted red varietal in Italy, it's dominant characteristics are high levels of acidity, a deep ruby colour and intense fruit flavours. Barbera is believed to have originated in Monferrato in Piedmont. The grape accounts for well over 40% of all wine produced in Piedmont. It comes in a range of styles from, youthful and forward drinking to powerful wines that need cellaring. 

Eat with: Tomato based dishes, especially Tomato sauces as the high acidity matches with the acidity in the tomatoes.

A-Z of grape varieties - A is for 'AlbarinoDate published: 31/10/13

'Albarino' is a white grape from the Rias Baixas region (Galicia) in Spain. This is in north-west Spain and is a coastal region, benefiting from cool, moderating wind off the tide. It is also ideally paired with seafood as they do locally. It is famously matched with lobster and langoustines.

In terms of what it tastes like, it is much like the Viognier grape in fruit character - that is to say, full of stone fruit such as apricot and peach. This is underpinned with a light, floral character and notes of honey. It typically has good acidity, some minerality from the local chalky soils and good concentration of flavours.

If you fancy trying a good example, we currently have the 'Caixas' by Codax down to a bargain price of £6.66 (save a third when you by two or more as part of your case - down from £10)


#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 30/10/13

#7WordWineReview - Eucalyptus, black-cherry, vanilla, smooth, full, liquorice, yummy

This is 'The Scribbler' from Yalumba, a great addition to our range - currently £11.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines as part of your mixed case (20% off it's full price) This classic blend of Cabernet and Shiraz is the perfect accompaniment to you roast beef this weekend! A new staff fave for sure..

Christmas Tasting Evening - 14th NovemberDate published: 29/10/13

With only about 9 weeks until Christmas, it's time again for our annual tasting extravaganza!!

We will have a range of about a dozen wines for you to try, all with a festive feel. So if you don't know what red to have with your goose, white with your turkey, or dessert wine with the Xmas pud, then come down and explore! We also have great ideas for party wines and gifts for all your relatives.

It is an informal evening, so you are free to wander around and try whatever takes your fancy from our selection; all accompanied by a fantastic range of cheeses and other nibbles. You might even see some of our suppliers exhibiting their wines.

Book your slot now as spaces are going fast!! Please call  on 01892 615877 or email tun@majestic.co.uk.

Remember, it's FREE!!

Looking forward to seeing you all :)

End of Offers! Date published: 28/10/13

20% off South Africa

Eikendal Chardonnay, Stellenbosch: £9.99

Lots of citrus fruit with undertones of vanilla from it's 7 months spent in oak. A classic style of Chardonnay and a favourite of mine. An excellent partner for chicken. 

Porcupine Ridge Merlot: £6.99 

A lovely, easy drinking red. Soft red fruit flavours, hints of oak and smooth tannins. Bargain at £6.99!

20% off Spain

Marques de Caceres Reserva: £12.79

A complex wine, full of red and black fruit with layers of spiciness. For a classic food and wine match - go for lamb.

Marques de Caceres Blanco: £6.99

Full of of apples, pears and white blossom, floral characteristics. An excellent example of an unoaked white Rioja. Drink well chilled on it's own or with fish.

Heidseick Cuvee Prestige: £17

A great value Champagne. Apple, brioche and lots of bubbles! Perfect for any parties or celebrations. 


These offers finish today at 11.59pm. Don't miss out!

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 27/10/13

Cuvee Diane by Vinalba!

Named after the wife of Viñalba winemaker Hervé Joyaux Fabre, thisis a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, grown in high quality massal-selected vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. A rich and inviting wine that hints at Hervé's Bordeaux background, this blend is full of dark fruit and spice aromas, and has a wonderful palate complexity, offering a plum and damsom backbone bolstered by smooth tannins and spicy oak.

Weekend Wines Under £10: SundayDate published: 27/10/13

Portillo Malbec £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy two!

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000 ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe,fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.Try this with a lightly spicy lamb and date tagine.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 27/10/13

#dark #fruity #liquorice #aged #blackberry #spice #length

Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye,but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13 ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle. 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 satisfying complexity and length.Mature and ready to drink. Pair with red meat.

Magnificent Muga Wines!Date published: 27/10/13

Rioja Reserva 2009, Muga 

Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. After fermentation the wine is aged for 6 months in large traditional vats, before 24 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle before release.An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.This wine can age for up to seven years but is eminently drinkable now.Enjoy with roasted meats, Moroccan lamb or soft cheese. 

Rioja Blanco 2012, Muga

The grapes are planted on clay and calcareous soils at the foot of the Obarenes mountains, which are100% barrel fermented in new oak, from the winery's cooper.Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanill in toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and are freshing spicy finish.Enjoy over the next three years with full-flavoured fish dishes, such as Paella

Rioja Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2005, Muga

Terraced plantings on the clay and alluvial soils at the foot of the Obarenes mountains at the Western edge of Rioja Alta form the basis for Prado Enea Gran Reserva. The wine spends 6 months in vat, 36 months in small barrel and the same period in bottle before release. An elegant, perfumed and complex nose with violet, wood-smoke, vanilla and red berry aromas. A rich, rounded palate of sweet red berries, wood spices and fresh acidity and a long and complex finish.A wine that can age for up to 5 years or be enjoyed right now,particularly with game, grilled meats, soft cheeses.

Fine Wine EveningDate published: 27/10/13

At Majestic it's common for staff to get together occasionally, pool together some money and try some fine wines that we wouldn't normally have the occasion to try. Last night was just one of those evenings. The idea is to try some great wine and have a good time with your colleagues.

We started with a glass of Louis Roederer NV Champagne which is always a favourite among us majestic lot, especially now, when it is on an offer at £28 a bottle! We then moved on to a Condrieu called Les Chaillets Vielles Vignes produced by Yves Cuilleron. Condrieu is a classic Rhone wine made with Viognier. Les Chaillets is the name of a vineyard home to some of the oldest vines (vielles vignes) on Yves Cuilleron's estate. We had the 2011 vintage (£45 a bottle), so it's still quite young but it was full, rich, subtly oaked and a hint of white pepper with the classic peach overtones.

Next up came a big, buttery Chardonnay from California called Rincon (£34 a bottle). Again a 2011 vintage, youth presents a tighter wine, but with a bit of swirling the flavours soon began to jump out the glass, Apple, cream, butter, nuttiness and interesting floral notes made this a complex wine with a long finish.

To finish the whites, James Huzzey, former manager here and current manager of our St Johns Wood branch (home to our fine wine centre) pulled out a mystery wine for us to guess the identity of. It turned out to be a white Pinot Noir from a region well known for its Pinot Noirs; Central Otago. This proved impossible to identify as nobody had tried anything like it before. There were some guesses of Chardonnay, Rousanne and even a Sauvignon Blanc in the American oak-aged Fumé Blanc style. The wine presented with quite a full body, softened by a little oak ageing, and vibrant citrus fruits, definitely worth trying if you come across it (sadly we don't have a listing...yet).

To finish we had a Spanish wine called Pintia (£45 a bottle) from the region Toro which is just next door to Ribera del Duero. The winery is owned by the famous Ribera winery Bodegas Vega Sicilia. It is made from 100% Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto de Toro, literally Toro red. It is aged in 100% new French and American oak. The result is a complex wine abundant in tertiary notes of wood, smoke and earth with hefty black fruit flavours.

We love getting new and exciting fine wines in to our shop, so if there's something in particular you are after we will do our utmost to track it down for you.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 26/10/13

#silky #structured #Italian #aromatic #flavoursome #amazing #fruity

The second wine of Ornellaia, Le Serre shares a similar Bordeaux-inspired blend to the flagship wine, but is produced mainly from the estate's younger vines, resulting in a softer, fresher style that can be enjoyed at full maturity with less cellarage. It combines rich black fruit with silky tannins and a firm, well-structured feel, enhanced by a diverse aromatic profile, offering cedar, dried herb and tobacco leaf nuances.

Thought for the day on ...Date published: 26/10/13

Dessert wines!

Many are made in different ways, with botrytis often the most commonly used method of concentrating the sugars in the grape. 

Rustenberg's Straw wine is made in a slightly different way, with the grapes being dried on straw beds after being picked. 

And at £8.99 when you buy any two South African wines, this is an absolute steal! 

Weekday Wines Under £10: SaturdayDate published: 26/10/13

I keep saying it, but the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc really ticks the boxes for me!

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.Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passion fruit notes providing a layered feel. Equally adept as a partner for shellfish or lobster as it is for roasted sea bass.

£11.24 or £8.99 when you buy two South African wines!

Clocks going back - Winter warmer time!Date published: 26/10/13

The annual mood of sadness and depression is due to settle over the UK, as the clocks go back on Sunday morning to give us all a well-deserved lie-in! Long-term, however, we all know that it means shorter days, darker evenings and the need for a good, hearty bottle of red wine to get us through the re-runs of Top Gear on Dave and the various pre-Christmas programs (well, that's my plan anyway!).

Here at Majestic Wine, Tunbridge Wells, we have a great many suggestions for your winter warmers. In the interests of time and patience span, below are each of the staff choices for their own comforting wine to while away the evenings!

Stu: "Intense blackberry and blueberry, toasty oak and a long finish..." 

            Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Syrah £19.99 or £15.99 when you buy two.

Chris: "Powerful, full bodied, certainly a wine that will warm your innards!"

Jim Barry Cover Drive £14.99

Ella:  "Really smooth, full bodied, with a spicy warmness. Perfect for a night in by the fire."

            Cuvee Des Antique (CNDP) £17.99 or £14.99 when you buy two.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 26/10/13

#oily #residual-sweetness #perfumed #fantastic #must-buy!

Heimbourg Gewürztraminer 2008, Domaine Zind Humbrecht £19.99 or £14.99 when you buy two!

Zind Humbrecht is one of the most famous and best producers in Alsace, we have stocked some of their wines before and the parcels in particular always sell out quickly. This wine comes from one of the finest 'lieu dit' sites in Alsace. A 'lieu dit' site is a single vineyard without it's own legally authorised appelation. For example Chassagne Montrachet is an appelation, but there may be sites near Chassagne Montrachet that are just as good but do not have the official prestige. This promises a complex and long wine, definitely worth trying

Weekday Wines Under £10: FridayDate published: 25/10/13

New Arrival - 'Santa Ana Malbec' (Argentina)

 just £5.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case!

#7WordWineReview - liquorice, smooth, vanilla, blackberry, red-fruit, easy-drinking, versatile

Perfect on its own or alongside any rich meat dishes such as roast beef, chilli con carne, sausage casserole or steak (as the Argentinians do!)

Wine and cheese matchingDate published: 25/10/13

Two of my favourite things are wine and cheese,so here are my top 10 recommendations:

1) Cheddar/hard cheeses - Cabernet Sauvignon/left bank Bordeaux

2) Goats Cheese - Sancerre or New Zealand Sauvignon

3) Gorgonzola/Stilton- Sweet wine such as Sauternes

4) Brie/Camembert - Beaujolais or white Burgundy

5) Gruyere - Blanc de Blancs Champagne or Alsatian Gewurztraminer

6) Roquefort - Port

7) Parmesan - Barolo or Amarone

8) Mozzarella - Chianti or Greco di Tufo or Gavi

9) Boursin or cheeses with herbs - Gewurztraminer

10) Smoked Cheese - Shiraz or Zinfandel

Masianco: Masi 2012Date published: 25/10/13

This is an unusual wine, a blend of 75% Pinot Grigio and 25% Verduzzo. Described as a "super-premium" Pinot Grigio by some, it has amazing complexity, a far cry from a typically light Italian Pinot Grigio.

The late-harvested Verduzzo grapes undergo the Appassimento process, whereby they are partially dried. This results in greater concentration of flavours and sugar and gives this wine it's richness and layers of aroma and taste characteristics. 

Aromas of tropical and stone fruit flavours: pineapple, apricot, and white peach. Dry, crisp and citrussy on the palate. This is a lovely wine and definitely worth a try if you like Viognier or unoaked Chardonnay.


*when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case

10 facts about TaittingerDate published: 25/10/13

Having just returned from a  fantastic trip to Taittinger in Champagne, I thought I would  share a few things that I learnt:

1) Taittinger is the 2nd most visited Champagne house

2) It has the 3rd largest vineyard holdings in Champagne after Veuve and Moet (who are essentially part of the same company)

3)Their top wine (prestige cuvee) is the 'Comte de Champagne' which is 100% Chardonnay

4) There are currently about 3 million bottles of this in their cellars at Reims

5) they only produce around 10,000 of their rose equivalent

6) The rose is made by the 'addition' method - that is to say the blending of white and red wine before 2nd fermentation

7)These bottles are 'riddled' (turned to encourage yeast autolysis and invert the bottles to expel yeasts), by a team of only 4 men!!

8)The chalk caves in which the bottles are maturated create the perfect, porous conditions for ageing

9)Two pests to the vineyards are rabbits and red spider mite

10) Taittinger remains one of the few family owned Champagne houses

Lastly, their whole range is delicious, their 'Prelude' (a non-vintage blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir) being my personal favourite.

Why not come down and ask staff for their recommendations?

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 24/10/13

Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, and sits in a picturesque location in the Alexander Valley, overlooking Geyserville and the Russian River. They have around 100 acres of estate-owned vineyards, as well as access tot hose of several partner growers in Sonoma and Mendocino.A bright and vibrant style of Chardonnay, with a soft, tropical fruit character typical of Californian examples. Medium palate weight, with a pleasing mix of racy acidity and buttery softness.Drink with a chicken or beef stroganoff.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 24/10/13

#fruity #fresh #intense #oaky #malbec #butterscotch #spice

Fattori Soave £8.99

This wine comes from some of Chile's oldest plantings of the Malbec grape, some of which are around 100 years old, in Colchagua Valley. It has been matured for just 6 months in French oak barrels, to add complexity and softness while maintaining the fruit character.A dark and intense ruby red, this wine brims with blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a subtle layer of vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice aromas. Smooth and lightly savoury.Great with spaghetti bolognese.

Weekday Wines Under £10: ThursdayDate published: 24/10/13

Montes Reserve Malbec - £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy two!

This wine comes from some of Chile's oldest plantings of the Malbec grape, some of which are around 100 years old, in Colchagua Valley. It has been matured for just 6 months in French oak barrels, to add complexity and softness while maintaining the fruit character.A dark and intense ruby red, this wine brims with blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a subtle layer of vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice aromas. Smooth and lightly savoury.Great with spaghetti bolognese.

Fine Wines open this weekendDate published: 24/10/13

On Saturday we will be opening two fine wines for you to come in and try on our tasting counter:

Heimbourg Gewürztraminer 2008,Domaine Zind Humbrecht

Zind Humbrecht is one of the most famous and best producers in Alsace, we have stocked some of their wines before and the parcels in particular always sell out quickly. This wine comes from one of the finest 'lieu dit' sites in Alsace. A 'lieu dit' site is a single vineyard without it's own legally authorised appelation. For example Chassagne Montrachet is an appelation, but there may be sites near Chassagne Montrachet that are just as good but do not have the official prestige. This promises a complex and long wine, definitely worth trying.

Was £19.99 now £14.99 per bottle when you buy any two selected fine wines.

Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’2010, Cantina Negrar

Amarone is a style of wine based on Valpolicella. The key difference is that Amarone is made using grapes that are dried on racks to intensify their flavours and sugars. The result is a dry wine with rich chocolate and coffee characteristics, complemented by sweet spice notes.

Was £23 now £18 per bottle when you buy any two selected fine wines.

Back into store!Date published: 24/10/13

Sancerre Chavignol 'Les Comtesses' 2012, Paul Thomas

The top cuvée from this excellent producer, Paul Thomas. The Sauvignon grapes are sourced from older vines from the best slopes around the village of Chavignol, the village producing perhaps the finest Sancerres. With vibrant aromas of gooseberries, grass and minerals, this is a rich tasting wine with ripe fruit, a lively citrussy finish and complex mineral characters.Superb when matched with goat's cheese or shellfish.

Brewdog: The lowdown!Date published: 23/10/13

Brewdog is part of the wave of new craft beers. The brewery is owned by Jura. Their idea is to make unpretentious, flavoursome and quirky beers. The punk IPA is their flagship beer. It combines the traditional flavours of an Indian pale ale, with vibrant fruit and hop characters. We've just started stocking it - come into store and grab your pack!

Punk IPA 6* for £12.99!

Have some bottles from a party left over?Date published: 23/10/13

It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a party or event and you certainly don't want to run out. Our staff will be happy to offer advice on quantities but to put your mind at ease we also provide a sale-or-return policy.

All we ask is that you arrange sale-or-return in advance when you are placing your order and that everything comes back in a saleable condition – we cannot refund bottles with labels peeling off, or beer in opened or incomplete cases.

We do not offer a collection service so you would be responsible for returning the items to the store from which they were bought.

Sale-or-return is at your local store manager's discretion, and should always be arranged in advance with your local store

Free Glass Hire Service!Date published: 23/10/13

 Our glass hire service includes wine glasses, flutes and hi-ball tumblers.

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

You can request glasses when you order online, by choosing the 'I would like free glass loan' option and entering how many wine glasses, flutes or hi-ball tumblers you'd like, in multiples of 12. The £1 per glass deposit is added to your online order.

When you're done with the glasses, you'll need to return them to the Majestic store that delivered them (or that you collected from) - unfortunately we are not able to offer a collection service for glasses. If paying the deposit by debit or credit card you will need to bring the card with you when returning the glasses. All we ask is that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready to re-use - the good news is they are dishwasher-safe so there's no need to wash them all by hand! A deduction of £1 per glass will be made to cover any breakages or losses.

Glass loan is at your local store manager's discretion, is subject to availability, and only available to customers purchasing wines, spirits and beers in quantities proportionate to the number of glasses requested. Glass loan is only available in areas where we deliver direct from store, and not by courier.

The best wine to have with a sumptuous tomato pasta is ...Date published: 23/10/13

The Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps, is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety - Barbera. Barbera d'Asti has the most vines, with many of the vineyards planted on the lower slopes and in sheltered areas resulting in fresher styles.Intense aromas of red cherries, vanilla, rose petals and spice leap from the glass, with the intense, powerful palate exhibiting an elegant balance of fruit and tannin to a long, smooth and crisp finish. Drinkable now, matched with salumi or antipasti, or aged for up to 6 years. The wine will benefit from being decanted before drinking.

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 23/10/13

Santa Ana Malbec - £8.99 or £5.99 when you buy two!

Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards.Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied,with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish. Ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.

Your Majestic guide to vintages - White Burgundy!Date published: 23/10/13

Mixed weather produced wines that are generally early-drinking, ranging from light and straight forward Villages wines to aromatic yet elegant Cru wines.

2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but good overall conditions produced wines with both weight and acidity.

2009:Cool and mild throughout summer, with a late pre-harvest mini-heatwave. Wines are fresh,well balanced and cellar well in the short term.

2008: Yields were low but very good quality overall, and the wines are generally intense and firmly structured, with good acidity and ageing potential.

2007: A late improvement in the weather led to some ripe, pure and rich whites by patient producers who picked later.

2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and relatively forward wines. Chablis is also excellent with particularly refreshing acidity.

2005: One of the best vintages of recent years, with low yields of outstanding wines across the board.

Weekday Wines Under £10: WednesdayDate published: 23/10/13

Marques De Caceres 2009, Rioja Crianza

Located in Cenicero, in the heart of Rioja Alta, Cáceres was founded by Enrique Forner in the late 1960s. Aided by a fresh micro climate, the Tempranillo grapes attain their expressive best, before the wine is aged for 12 months in oak and up to 14 months in bottle.Cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits,cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky and spicy finish.Enjoy over the next three years with grilled vegetables, paella, ham, chorizo and cheese.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 23/10/13

#peachy #fruity #crisp #layered #different #apple #pear

This wine comes from a wine making collective in Cers-Portiragnes, a locale between Béziers and the Mediterranean coast. The wines here are typified by bold varietal characters, and are often created by blending unusual combinations of grapes.A fruit-filled and eminently gluggable white wine, offering a lively mixture of white apple, grapefruit, peach and orange zest flavours with a soft and friendly acidity.A great partner for gammon steaks or roast ham.

A new arrival!Date published: 22/10/13

Croix Saint Adel - £7.99 when you buy two!

This wine comes from a wine making collective in Cers-Portiragnes, a locale between Béziers and the Mediterranean coast. The wines here are typified by bold varietal characters, and are often created by blending unusual combinations of grapes.A fruit-filled and eminently gluggable white wine, offering a lively mixture of white apple, grapefruit, peach and orange zest flavours with a soft and friendly acidity.A great partner for gammon steaks or roast ham.

Your Majestic guide to vintages - Spain!Date published: 22/10/13

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

2008: A long, cool summer in Rioja produced many bright and supple reds, and whites with good acidity. A particularly good vintage for the Duero.

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: Drier than 2003, with drought in many places during the ripening season leading to an early harvest and low yields. Quality from northern regions(Rioja, Navarra, Aragon and Catalunya)ranges from good to excellent.

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. Rioja: The best recent vintages for Gran Reserva and Reserva are 2004, 2001, 1998, and 1996.

Looking for a white wine that will blow the cobwebs away?Date published: 22/10/13

If you haven't tasted the Chateau Musar white wine, then this is a must if you want to broaden your horizons and try something uniquely different!

Produced in one of the most inhospitable areas for wine making, not jus tdue to weather or topography, Serge Hochar has to contend with shelling and troop movements. The picturesque Bekaa valley produces intense and powerful reds along with rich and perfumed whites.Deep golden hues from a glass that exudes baked apple, almond,brioche, apricot and vanilla aromas. A buttery, rich, honey textured and wine with vanilla, butterscotch, roasted stone fruit and spice.A difficult wine to match with food due to the intensity and the rich characteristics. Try with soft and rich cheeses.

Looking for a slightly different big red?Date published: 22/10/13

Then look no further than the Lebanese wines that we have in stock! From the well-known Chateau Musar, these wines aptly convey the terroir of the Lebanese country and style!

Chatea Musar 2005 - £19.99

Lebanese wine might seem obscure, but viticultural roots in Lebanon go back over 6000 years. Château Musar is a uniquely different wine from in the Bekaa Valley, produced by master winemaker Serge Hochar. Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body, vibrant and fresh with streaks of cedar and cinnamon. Long finish.Château Musar will last for decades and can be enjoyed with everything from French-style roast lamb, to North-African cuisine.

Chateau Musar: Hochar Pere & FiIls - £11.99

This is the second wine of the famed Musar estate, made in a lighter,more easy-going style. Partially aged in oak vats for 6-9 months, the wine undergoes a further 2 years' cellaring prior to bottling .An intense burgundy colour with a complex nose of black fruits backed up by figs, dates and spices. The palate is well integrated with good acidity, fine tannins and a good length. This wine's great structure bestows it with excellent ageing potential.Partner with saddle of lamb or Moroccan cuisine.

Weekday Wines Under £10: TuesdayDate published: 22/10/13

Gran Vendema - £5.99 when you buy any two Spanish wines!

A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year-old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release.

Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel.

Supremely versatile, this can be drunk on its own or paired with cured meats, pork chops, and all Mediterranean cuisine.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches 'ZDate published: 22/10/13

'Z is for Zabaglione' (Italian whipped custard made with Marsala wine)

Sweet food needs sweet wine to match.

Ideally pair it with Marsala to mirror the flavours, otherwise try the following:

Moscato d'Asti

Beaumes-de-Venise or equivalent Muscat

Vin Santo (Italian dessert wine)

Recioto di Soave (as above)



Dry or sweet fizz

Madeira (especially Malmsey - sweet)


Any sweet Riesling

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 21/10/13

Turkey Flat Butcher 'Marsanne, Roussane, Viognier blend'

#7WordWineReview - Almond, pear, peach, papaya, camomile, rich, long

This great addition to our range comes from the Barossa Valley in Australia; and at Buy 2 save £6, it is down from £14.99 to just £11.99. This is a stunning, interesting, food-friendly wine; from a brilliant producer - a definite new staff favourite! Why not come and try some?

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches 'YDate published: 21/10/13

'Y is for Yams'

Yams are a bit like sweet potato and are undoubtedly best paired with Californian Chardonnay. Why not also try the following:

Off-dry Riesling

Off-dry Gewurztraminer


Sparkling wine that has a bit of sweetness to it

Ginger Ale

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches 'WDate published: 20/10/13

W is for 'Wasabi'

An off-dry Riesling would be by far the best match for this spicy little number. Otherwise why not try:

New World Sauvignon


Champagne or Sparkling wine

Zinfandel Rose

Avoid: Big, high tannin reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon

Thought for the day on ...Date published: 20/10/13

... pairing wines for vegetarian menus!

Starting off, a sensible place seems to be the use of unoaked white burgundy. As Chardonnay goes, its production untainted by oak can provide a really crisp, refreshing start to any meal, especially as an apertif! In this respect, I would heartily recommend the Bourgogne Chenaudiers -fermented in tank, this is the epitomy of a great unoaked white wine!

Rose also lends itself well to veggie meals, with an assuming character and subtle tastes providing the best partner to a beautiful pasta or risotto. It works especially well next to a variety of what you could call nibbles ... chickpea hummus, for example. The M De Minuty Rose is a fantastic wine in a stunning bottle, and perfect for these food types!

Finally, if you want a season suggestion for something like a winter soup, look at something unusual like a Maderia. Whilst a lot of people would choose Chardonnay or Viogner, this can render the wine flat and not contributing much to the food at all.

A new Fine Wine of the week approaches!Date published: 19/10/13

Kanonkop 'Paul Sauer' 2009,Stellenbosch - £23.99 when you buy any two South African wines!

This is Kanonkop’s flagship wine - a Bordeaux blend comprising a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In the best Bordeaux tradition this wine is unfiltered.Deep, ruby red colour - concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with a combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to a dry finish.Capable of at least a decade of bottle maturation and needs decanting.

Tasting note: Ruby on the eye, with an inviting deep colour promising great things to come!

On the nose, this wine jumps out at you, presenting varied red and black fruit, spice and subtle oaking aging.

Flavours abound as soon as it hits the tongue; a very rounded acidity holds the wine together, along with 4 years of aging. 

Could certainly benefit from further aging, but drinking well at the moment - #comeandexplore our tasting counter this weekend!

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches 'VDate published: 19/10/13

'V is for Venison'

Any big, full-bodied red will work, with some good structure and tannin to work through the protein. Good concentration will balance the rich flavour. Try The following (the ones in bold being preferable)




(Hermitage, Gigondas, Chateau-Neuf-Du-Pape and Cote-Rotie)

Cabernet Sauvignon



Pinot Noir (especially with mushrooms on the side)

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches 'TDate published: 18/10/13

T is for 'Tapenade' (Provencal paste of olives, capers and anchovies)

The best match is a dry (Provence!) Rose..as they do in France!

Otherwise,why not try:

Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Sauvignon Blanc (especially form Loire)

Dry Sherry


Your Majestic guide to vintages - Red Burgundy!Date published: 18/10/13

We get asked about the style, taste, aromas and origin of the wine; but so rarely does the vintage seem to play any part in the decision making process at all!

Red Burgundy 2010: A challenging vintage with much rain in midsummer. Top estates managed yields well and harvested late, making ripe, well-balanced wines.

2009: Superb weather and lengthy ripening produced reds that are expressive in their youth yet capable of ageing well.

2008: A difficult growing season was rescued by good weather before the harvest. Good producers made good wines from reduced yields.

2007: Fairly dry and warm in early summer,cooling in autumn, resulting in an early harvest.Wines show good ripeness and purity and are forward drinking.

2006: Patchy with a few problems with rot in the Côte de Beaune. But some fruity yet forward reds from the Côte de Nuits.

2005: One of the best vintages in years, producing rich and concentrated wines. Those from the Côte de Nuits are particularly good.

2004: A fine September helped growers who had controlled yields and avoided rot. In general the Côte de Nuits performed better than the Côte de Beaune.

The Magic of Fine Wine 'Chateau SenejacDate published: 17/10/13

Hansi Baumann, our Fine Wine Manager, introduces the seventh wine in our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting season…Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois

£23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

INTRODUCTION: Great Claret should be more than just a good drink, but should reflect and represent the flavours and style of the appellation from which the wine comes, and the vintage characteristics. The wines from the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines a perfume and structure. The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing.FACTS: Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification. Since the acquisition of the estate by the family who own the 4th Growth St. Julien Château Talbot, and the wine making team of Pontet Canet began making the wines, Château Senejac's quality has improved year on year. The Château dates to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.

TASTING NOTE: Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.

FOOD MATCH: Roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce.

Come down and try some this weekend!

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches 'SDate published: 17/10/13

S is for 'Sushi'

Sparkling wine or Champagne is best, otherwise check these suggestions out:

Japanese beer


Fino Sherry

Sauvignon Blanc



Riesling (especially off-dry)

Avoid: high alcohol, tannin or oaked wines.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 17/10/13

#honeyed #luscious #smooth #more-ish #amazing #musthave

This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. They are then pressed for 4-5 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation.Concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.Partner with tarte tatin or a fruity sponge pudding.

£8.99 when you buy any two South African wines!

Your Majestic guide to vintages - South Africa!Date published: 16/10/13

SOUTH AFRICA 2010: Very changeable weather tested vignerons,but low yields appear to have produced good quality wines for many.

2009: A tricky vintage due to cool, wet weather.Thicker-skinned red varieties suffered, while whites are crisp and well structured.

2008: A solid year overall, although variable weather conditions have benefited whites more than reds.

2007: On a par, or perhaps even better than 2006 with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay excellent. Reds have ripe fruit and early accessibility,although top wines are keepers.

2006: White wines are generally excellent,especially Sauvignon Blanc. Reds are also good but more variable.

#3wordwinereview ...Date published: 16/10/13

'#fruity #fresh #young

A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release.Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel.Supremely versatile, this can be drunk on its own or paired with cured meats, pork chops, and all Mediterranean cuisine.

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 15/10/13

Château Recougne 2010, Bordeaux Supérieur £9.99

Château Recougne is an early-17th-century estate located around 10km north of Libourne, and is among the most well established of Bordeaux Supérieur properties. It is planted with around 75% Merlot, 15%Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.Fleshy and robust, full of ripe black fruit accented with hints of mocha,smoke and toast. Plenty of fine-grained tannins providing prodigious grip and savoury texture.Drink now or over the next 5 years. Best with beef.

Château Coufran 2004, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur £19.99

Located in the Haut-Médoc part of Pauillac, Coufran is notable for its unusually high proportion of Merlot, which forms around 85% of the blend. Being a more typical feature of right-bank wines, this has earned Coufran the nickname 'Pomerol of Haut-Médoc'.This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture.Ready to drink now, with firm cheeses.

Dates For Your Diary at Majestic Tunbridge Wells ...Date published: 15/10/13

Wine Courses:

This is a FREE 90 minute appetiser that gives an introduction on how to taste wine as well as food and wine matching, helping you choose the perfect wine for your meal!

Upcoming Date:

Sunday 27th October at 2.30pm

Places are limited so give us a call, e-mail us or pop in to book your place!

Tasting Weeks

FREE informal tasting weeks. We will have a selection of wines open over the week on the tasting counter and will be happy to guide you through them and answer any questions you may have.

Wines of Argentina

11th-17th October

New Arrivals

9th - 15th November

319-323 St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9XE

(01892) 615877 | tun@majestic.co.uk

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The arrival of a wonderfully priced white wine ...Date published: 15/10/13

One of my all-time favourite 'quaffers' has just been put on offer at a simply unbelievable price! Quinta de Azevedo 2012, Vinho Verde is at £5.99 when you buy any two Portuguese wines!

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

Your Majestic guide to vintages - Bordeaux!Date published: 15/10/13

We get asked about the style, taste, aromas and origin of the wine; but so rarely does the vintage seem to play any part in the decision making process at all!

Bordeaux 2010: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best vintages of modern times, with quality generally outstanding from all communes.

2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produced one of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.

2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance,enjoyable in the medium term.

2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some under ripe and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb. 

2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully.However, whites are delicious and sweet whites very good.

2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds are balanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautiful aromatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.

2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets. 

2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly.Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.

2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September.Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc. 

Older top vintages: 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1995

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches "SDate published: 15/10/13

'S' is for the slightly-unusual setting of Salt Cod! Good wine matches include:





Gruner Veltliner

Pinot Grigio





Sparkling Wine

And the star wine for this food match is ...

Fattori Soave - at a stunning £6.99 when you buy two bottles!

Winemaker Antonio Fattori and his brother Giovanni are the third generation owners of the Fattori winery, having taken over from their parents in 1970. Since then, they have modernised the operation, adding new vineyard plantings and the latest wine making equipment.A pale, light-bodied wine, with a core of citrus and white apple fruit. The bouquet is enhanced by subtle hints of sage and nettle, while the palate is fresh, crisp and gently mineral textured.Drink with pasta alle vongole.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 15/10/13

#crisp #fresh #fruity #herbaceous #green #delicious #tempting!


Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc = £8.99 when you buy any two South African wines!

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.Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passion fruit notes providing a layered feel. Equally adept as a partner for shellfish or lobster as it is for roasted sea bass.

Weekday Wines Under £10: TuesdayDate published: 15/10/13

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva - £8.99 when you buy any two Spanish wines!

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion,where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length. Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches "RDate published: 15/10/13


'Aged' Bandol Rose

Barberesco (stewed Rabbit)




Chateau Nuef Du Pape







and the star wine for this match is ...

Galarej Barolo 2009,Fontanafredda! £15.99

The Fontanafredda estate is owned and run by a bank, the Monte dei Paschi di Siena. Whilst owning 70 hectares of land, surplus grapes are ordered in from local growers. The producer makes many wines in Tuscany and Piedmont, with this Barolo one of their best.This is a robust, full bodied wine packed with structure and fully capable of standing the test of time. The bouquet is clean and intense, with typical Barolo characteristics of wild roses and tar.Due to the full-bodied nature of Barolo, full-flavoured dishes such as Bolognese and spicy meatballs are required.

And the use for the wine box was ...Date published: 15/10/13

... holding crisps and general snacks at The Oast Theatre (Tonbridge Theatre and Arts Club)! Located in Tonbridge, the theatre kindly sent in photos of their use of the six-bottle wooden wine box - adding a rustic air to proceedings!

Currently showing 'Flare Path', the theatre has recently introduced online ticket ordering, meaning that you can effortlessly organise your night of culture and enjoyment!

(We also approve of the choice of crisps; Tyrells are a Majestic favourite too!

Another use for a wine box!Date published: 15/10/13

Here is the teaser picture of the box and its occupants - can anyone guess its use, location and even what wine may have been held within it? 

As a bit of background, here in Tunbridge Wells we have been asking people who take advantage of our free wooden wine boxes to provide us with a picture showing us the uses that they put the receptacle to!

Last month we had a photo sent in from the chap at Churchill Tanks, who uses a six-bottle wooden box to store his tank-fixing tools in ... pretty cool, I'm sure you'll agree!

Everlasting amounts of kudos to those who can identify the location of this box and its place in the grand scheme of the place ...

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 14/10/13

#velvety #fruity #complex #amazing #far-reaching #buyit!

Château La Croix de Gay 2007, Pomerol

£30.00 per bottle

This small estate of 13 hectares only produces around 3000 cases a year and Majestic has snapped up a direct parcel at cracking prices.Comprising 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, these wines are usually dark and direct.With an aromatic nose of raspberries, cherries, smoke and espresso, the palate is rich and opulent with loads of fruit and a plush texture.Drinking well now, this vintage ripened Merlot better than Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy over the next 4-5 years; decant before drinking.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches "QDate published: 14/10/13

'Q' is for Quail!

Recommended grilled or roasted, the various wines that will suit this bird include:

Red Bordeaux

Red Burgundy

Cabernet Sauvignon 


Big, oaky Chardonnay

Cotes Du Rhone

New World Pinot Noir

Rioja Reserva


and the star wine match to go with quail is ...

Rioja Reserva 2008, Berberana - £8.79 when you buy any two Spanish wines!

Founded in 1877 by Don Miguel Martínez Berberana, this is now one of the best selling Riojas. The Reserva is matured for a minimum 2 years in American oak cask and only released when it is ready to drink.Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours. Round and full, well balanced,long and elegant.A good choice for roasted red meats such as lamb, or with stews and casseroles.

Weekday Wines Under £10: MondayDate published: 14/10/13

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013 ... £9.49 when you buy two!

Made from a selection of the best grapes grown throughout Marlborough. During vinification the wine was left on its lees for a brief spell which has given it excellent concentration and added depth.Displays pronounced aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit on the nose. It is fresh and beautifully crisp on the palate while being vibrantly fruity, ending in a long zingy finish.The perfect wine to take along to summer parties. Enjoy on its own or with crab or poached salmon salad.

For me, this Sauvignon just hits you in the face with its aromas, tastes and overall body!

Thought for the day on ...Date published: 14/10/13

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004,La Rioja Alta

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

£17.99 when you buy two bottles!

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches "PDate published: 14/10/13




Spanish Red wine

Ribera Del Duero, especially with chicken and sausage paella.

Fino Sherry



And the star wine for this match is the...

Martin Caixas Albarino, at £7.99 when you buy any two spanish wines!

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, over layed 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.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches "ODate published: 14/10/13

Oysters are a favourite with white burgundy drinkers, going down just so! Champagne is another typical partner. The primary flavour of the oyster relates to its briny character and minerality, which is where a high acid wine comes into play. 

Avoiding oak is essential if you want to maintain a clean, crisp feel to your meal!

Other wine choices include:




White Bordeaux



Chenin Blanc



Star choice for Oysters is the Muscadet Sur Lie ...£6.99 when you buy two!

The term 'sur lie' sorts the wheat from the chaff in the world of Muscadet. An extended period of lees contact after fermentation leads to a greater complexity of flavour and character.With ripe fruit aromas, a pleasant richness and fine minerality, this is a classic Loire white. Bottled with a slight natural spritz to help retain freshness.

Made by night, drunk by day ...Date published: 14/10/13

Taittinger Nocturne!

Taittinger Nocturne is a non-vintage Champagne blend with a higher'dosage', making it noticeably sweeter than the Brut NV, lending a rich roundness and food-friendliness to the wine.

Picked at night, this is a champagne whose grapes will have benefited from the cooler temperatures of the midnight moon!

£45, or £40 when you buy any two sparkling wines. 

Rich, tropical and sumptous!Date published: 14/10/13

Catena Alta Chardonnay - £23 or £18 when you buy two or more!

Catena sources fruit from the best vineyard rows for the Catena Alta wines. This Chardonnay hails from the Adrianna vineyard, located 1,500 metres above sea level, with shallow sandy, rocky soils. Bursting with fruit and minerality. Tropical mango and pineapple alongside ripe pear and fig flavours. Notes of sweet spice enhances the rich palate and finishes with great freshness and a long length.A classy wine deserves classy food. Try with lobster or duck à l'orange.

A new addition to our Bordeaux family! Date published: 14/10/13

Chateau Fourcas Dupre - £15.99

There have been vines planted on the site of Fourcas-Dupré since the early 18th century, but it is only since 1970 that the estate has taken on its modern identity, steadily improving its quality until it was awarded Cru Bourgeois Supérieur status in 2003.A rich and abundantly aromatic claret, full of meaty red fruit, accented by hints of truffle, cedar and perfumed spice. Plenty of body and graphite-like tannins.Drink now or cellar for another 3-5 years. Best served with roast lamb.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 14/10/13

#mocha #chocolate #dark #alluring #tasty #merlot #chilean 

Montes Reserva Malbec!

This wine comes from some of Chile's oldest plantings of the Malbec grape, some of which are around 100 years old, in Colchagua Valley. It has been matured for just 6 months in French oak barrels, to add complexity and softness while maintaining the fruit character.A dark and intense ruby red, this wine brims with blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a subtle layer of vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice aromas. Smooth and lightly savoury.Great with spaghetti bolognese.

My choice for a cracking dessert wine!Date published: 13/10/13

This is the second wine of Château Suduiraut, a premier Cru Classé Sauternes whose vines border those of Château d'Yquem. Crafted after stringent grape selection, this is a well-made and elegant wine.With seductive aromas of fragrant orange blossom, spices and fudge.The smooth initial taste develops into soft sweetness on the palate backed by the delicate aromas that are found on the nose.Savour these great value half bottles as a partner to traditional foie gras terrine or alternatively just enjoy it on its own.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches "NDate published: 13/10/13




Sparkling Wine


And my choice of the star match is ...

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is know as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas.Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity,filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

Only £8.99 when you buy two bottles!

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 13/10/13

#oaky #lees-aged #different #complex #likemarmite!

Dog Point Section 94 - Open to taste today and tomorrow!

Section 94 is a subsection of Marlborough's Hawkesbury Run,identified for its Sauvignon's vibrant yellow fruit. The wine is an unorthodox example of Marlborough Sauvignon, made with native yeast fermentation in old French oak barrels, in which the wine undergoes extended lees ageing of 18 months. The result is a complex, grippy, yet soft and supremely drinkable wine of immense depth and texture.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches "MDate published: 13/10/13

...Moussaka! (Greek eggplant and lamb casserole)

Cabernet Sauvignon


Cotes Du Rhone

Ribera Del Duero


And Louise's star choice for this dish is the ...

R.M Nicholson from Rustenberg!

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

Weekday Wines Under £10: Sunday!Date published: 13/10/13

For this day of rest, Sunday roasts and F1 racing, my pick for the day is the Vinalb Malbec Touriga Nacional! At £8.99 when you buy two bottles or more, this will add some warmth and character to what is a very dull day today!

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.

This Italian Pinot Grigio is so much different ...Date published: 13/10/13

Whenever I hear someone say that Italian pinot grigio is boring, same-ish, has nothing to it and doesn't serve as much more than an aperitif, one of the wines that I always point them towards is the Pinot-Grigio-dominated blend produced by the Masi producers. The same guys who do the fantastic Masi Amarone, their Masianco combines the use of the widely known Pinot Grigio grape with the lesser-known Verduzzo grape. The quantities are 75% to 25%, so bystanders could be lead to believe that the verduzzo influence is overwhelmed by the so-cited 'blandness of the giant variety. Not so!

The verduzzo grape adds some structure, pizzaz, a little bit of complexity which changes the nature of the wine. More than apertif material, this wine could stand up very well to seafood, including mussels and clams!

Below are the notes from our buyers, and it certainly is a great buy at £9.99 (when you buy two bottles or more)

This unique wine is a blend of 75% Pinot Grigio with 25% Verduzzo, a local grape that has been late-harvested and partially dried, before fermentation in steel and wood vessels, adding richness and complexity to the blend.A bright and inviting golden colour, this wine is alive with notes of peach,apricot, pear and pineapple. A lush, generous palate offering good ripeness and a dry, citrussy finish.  

Magnums that are sure to pique your interest ...Date published: 13/10/13

Bollinger Grand Annee Magnums, at £160 or £144 when you buy 6!

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. 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.

Bollinger Special Cuvee (pictured below) is a great step-down from the Grand Anee, at £30 each when you buy 6 bottles.

Looking for a slightly different Italian white?Date published: 13/10/13

Then look no further!

Roero is from the sandy hills in Piedmont in north west Italy. A significant amount of the Arneis grape is grown here. Here is where Marco Porello's estate is located; he is a young winemaker who has an important following in Italy where most of his wine is sold.Aromas of blossom and citrus. It is refreshing with balanced acidity and flavours of lime, grapefruit and green apples. It is beautifully balanced and has an elegant mineral finish.The lightness and refreshing acidity make it an ideal wine to drink on its own but also a great fish and seafood match.

Collectable items!Date published: 13/10/13

This picture is of three great wines from the same producer, each with its own specific characteristics!

Matsu El Picaro: Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile.Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip.Enjoy on its own or with boldly flavoured pasta dishes or spicy meat skewers.

MAtsu El Recio: El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish.Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate,roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty,with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins.A great steak wine, which longs to be paired with rare asado-style beef fillet or sirloin. Drink now or keep for 2-5 years.

Matsu El Veijo: The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tintade Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic.The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit. Enjoyable immediately, partnered with good quality steak or rare roasts,but will also reward cellaring of 5 years or more.

A blend of the Argentinian and Portuguese ... Date published: 13/10/13

The Vinalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional is great in that it showcases both the traditional Argentinian Malbec grape alongside the Portuguese variety of Touriga Nacional, a core constituent of the port wines!

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.

Buy one bottle for £11.99 or buy two for £8.99 each!

Angels are watching over our wine!Date published: 12/10/13

On our tasting counter we have open the Angel's Share Shiraz from the Two Hands producers - so named because the small amount of alcohol that evaporates is given to the angels in payment for watching over the winemaker's good fortune!

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth coating,with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

Beer of the WeekDate published: 12/10/13

Back once again...

This time we will be looking at the beautiful lager from Chapel Down, who are mainly known for their sparkling wines but they have created a small selection of beers including this spectacular lager.

Now, I guarantee this Lager will be slightly different to anything you have tried before. This is down to the way they make it. Once the hops have been gathered they use a second fermentation, using Champagne yeasts and then adding a dosage of a rare hop called Nelson Sauvin. This method creates a cleaner and drier, fresher beer, that just shouldn't be missed.  

Curious Brew won a Gold medal in the 2012 international beer challenge, just proof that this really is one to try!

We have this in store so pop down and grab one!

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches 'LDate published: 12/10/13

'L' is for 'Lasagne'

Any Italy red will work nicely, the best matches being as follows:


Sangiovese based blends 


Pinot Noir (especially with vegetarian lasagne)

As seen on Saturday Kitchen 12/10/13Date published: 12/10/13

Giesen Chardonnay  2012  Marlborough

The Giesen Estate is made up of 13 separate vineyards, most of which are in the Wairau Valley, plus a small proportion in the Awatere Valley. Portions of this wine have been fermented and aged in French oak before blending, followed by several months' lees contact.

Ripe and richly aromatic, offering notes of stone fruits accented by brioche, toasted almond and subtle ginger and spice hints. Fresh, fruity and lightly creamy palate texture.

Buy 2 save £4 = £7.99 from £9.99 (when buying two or more as part of a mixed case)


A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches "KDate published: 11/10/13

K is for ... Kidney!



Light-bodied Bordeaux

Red Burgundy (star match)

Cabernet Sauvignon


Brandy Cocktails (!)

Star Match wine:Macon Roches Rouge - £9.99 when you buy two or more!

The gentle, rolling hills of the Mâconnais region in the south of Burgundymakes fresh and fruity wines accessible in their youth. This wine issourced from several vineyard sites to create a light and supple blend ofaround 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir.An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with afruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish.Best consumed while fresh and young, making the perfect red for whitemeat.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches "JDate published: 10/10/13

J is for....

.....Japanese Food

If you're having sushi or raw fish then a dry white is likely to work best.

- Champagne

- Chenin Blanc

- Riesling, particularly a dry style

- Sauvignon Blanc

If you're a red drinker or are having Teriyaki, a soft, fruity wine will work best.

- Beaujolais 

- Zinfandel

- Merlot

Beer of the WeekDate published: 08/10/13

Hi Boys and Girls!

Lets have a look at some beers... It's coming up to Christmas and everyone needs a few good beers lurking in the fridge, for the moment when the thirsty youths return for their holiday from University, or just a cheeky after work beverage, in these ever darker evenings.

This week we will be looking at Budweiser Budvar. The first point to make is that it is not related to the American Lager 'Budweiser'.

Budweiser is a term used in Germany to describe something that comes from the city, Budvar is the company that produce this magnificent lager. This Czech lager is produced in the city of České Budějovice (Budweis) established in 1895. The beer is easily one of my favourites here at Majestic, it is a typical Czech 'Hoppy' lager: crisp and refreshing with a big old body!

For just £30 you can take a pack (24 x 330ml bottles) home and give it a whirl! Guaranteed enjoyment! I think it is AMAZING...

So remember to grab a case next time you're passing... perfect for that lager moment!


A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches, 'IDate published: 08/10/13

I is for 'Indian'

Spicy food is notoriously hard to match but basically avoid tannin, high alcohol and anything too expensive. Beer is best, but failing that, check out our other recommendations (the ones in capitals being preferable)


RIESLING (especially off-dry)



Sauvignon Blanc (especially from New Zealand)

Vouvray (Demi-Sec)




A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches, 'HDate published: 07/10/13

'H' is for Hummus

The obvious thing to do would be to match it with a Greek White. However the following will also work quite well (the examples in capitals being the more preferable of matches):




White Burgundy


Buttery Chardonnay (particularly a nutty Californian style)


The 5 Golden Rules of Food & Wine Matching: # 1Date published: 05/10/13

Rule # 1: Think Regionally. If It Grows Together, It Goes Together. 

Pairing a dish with a wine native to the same region can take you at least 50% of the way to the perfect match! Obviously many main ingredients, like chicken for example are eaten the world over. However it's the accessories to the main ingredients that will reflect the regional elements and flavour profiles.

Classic pairings are known as that because they work! And have probably been tried and tested many times. An example of a classic pairing is Rioja and Lamb. Spain is full of sheep and well known for the quality of its lamb, especially in Rioja. Rioja wines have sweet spice notes, black fruit and often raisin characteristics in the wines that include Garnacha in their blend. Even more importantly Rioja usually has a decent level of acidity, which is very useful with Lamb, as it is a relatively indigestible meat. Interestingly this is why we Brits have traditionally eaten Lamb with mint sauce.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matchesDate published: 05/10/13

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matches

G is for...

...Gazpacho Soup.

Yes it's not just an excellent reference to Red Dwarf, it's also a delicious cold soup.

Dry Sherries are perfect, especially Fino and Manzanilla styles, you can even pour a little in the bottom of the bowl before adding the soup.

Other two options are...

...Crisp and citrussy like Pouilly Fumé, German Kabinett Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Or...

...Aromatic, like Italian Verdichhio and Soave or Viognier.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matchesDate published: 04/10/13

F is for....

       ... Foie Gras 

- Sauternes

- Gewürztraminer (off-dry to sweet)

- Pinot Gris (Alsatian or late harvest)

I think the main point to take from this is that full-bodied, off-dry styles of white wine work best as they can stand up to the richness of foie gras. 

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matchesDate published: 03/10/13

E is for...

  ... Eggplant

Full bodied red wines such as Tempranillo, Syrah and Zinfandel. 

The bitterness of Eggplant means that can easily smooth out young, tannic wines. 

AKA "the miracle tannin fighter of all time" apparently...

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matchesDate published: 02/10/13

'D is for Dominos (pizza)'


Argentinian Malbec


Sangiovese (especially with Pepperoni!)

Avoid: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel (anything with too much tannin!)

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matchesDate published: 01/10/13

'C is for Clams'

The best matches by far are a good Chablis or Muscadet but try also:

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Sauvignon Blanc (especially New Zealand)



Champagne (especially Blanc de Blancs)


Dry Rose

Vouvray (especially with spicier clams)

Vinha Verde

Avoid: oaked whites;and if you must go red, stick to a light Beaujolais or something equivalent and low in tannin

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 30/09/13

#off-dry #complex #fruity #honeysuckle #glorious #summery


Château St Ferréol is based in a medieval priory, where wines are known to have been made since records began in 1146. Today, although they grow several varieties, the jewel in their crown is this barrel-fermented Viognier, modelled on the fine wines of Condrieu. Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. The palate carries on the stone fruit theme,combining glassy freshness with a mature, dried apricot complexity.Drink now or keep for 3-5 years. Try with teriyaki-glazed chicken.

Matua Sauvignon and Pinot Noir ...Date published: 30/09/13

A relatively new addition to our lines here in Majestic, here is some information behind the brand and the wine!

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.

Matua was started by brothers Bill and Ross Spence in 1974. Beginning as a very small shed-based operation near Auckland, they branched out into Marlborough and other regions, and have become one of New Zealand's most renowned international wine brands.An elegantly structured yet satisfyingly concentrated Pinot Noir, full ofripe redcurrant fruit, delivered with juicy, lipsmacking acidity and subtlehints of wild thyme.Enjoy on its own or with food. Best served with lamb steaks.

This is my promis to you ...Date published: 30/09/13

After a long time, the Promis Gaja has finally come back into the store! This is a fantastic wine that has a dedicated following, and for good reason ...

This modern Tuscan blend is from one of the legends of Italian winemaking. Although making a name for himself in the Piedmont region with his stunning Barberescos and Barolos, this is Decanter Man of the Year 1998's take on a Tuscan IGT, unconstrained by normal DOC laws.Providing an array of aromas on the nose, the palate is dominated by dark plum fruits and cassis, with structure added by soft, supple tannins and a spicy, lingering finish.This will really reward drinkers over the next five years, and will harmonise with spicy pork or pasta dishes.

Grapes dried on straw beds?Date published: 30/09/13

This can only mean the Rustenberg Straw Wine. (Well, it can mean other things, but for my experience last night, this is the wine!). 

This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. They are then pressed for 4-5 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation.Concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.Partner with tarte tatin or a fruity sponge pudding.

A small portion in the glass doesn't last long, especially between two people! I would suggest getting two bottles - one to enjoy that night, and one for its aging potential!

Thought for the day on ...Date published: 30/09/13

Muga Seleccion Especial!

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

Dates For Your Diary at Majestic Tunbridge WellsDate published: 30/09/13

Wine Courses: Sunday 27th October at 2.30pm

This is a FREE 90 minute appetiser that gives an introduction on 'how to taste wine' as well as food and wine matching, helping you choose the perfect wine for your meal! RSVP only

Tasting weeks

We will have an extended range of wines open for you to taste with a specific theme. This is a FREE and informal tasting, where staff will be on hand to guide you and answer any questions you may have.

Themes and Dates:

4th - 10th October – South Africa

11th - 17th October – Argentina

(Anytime during usual opening hours)

Christmas Tasting

This will take place in November so please look out for dates!

St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon BlancDate published: 29/09/13

We've just opened this on the tasting counter and it truly is a fantastic wine. Anyone who loves New Zealand Sauvignon (and I know there are many of you out there!) this is definitely worth a try and now is great time as it's only £15.99*

The St Clair family estate only started producing wine in 1994, but they are quickly becoming one of Marlborough's most reputable wineries. The Pioneer Block range consists of many varietals including: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and some more unusual ones such as Gruner Vetliner and Pinot Gris. The grapes used to make the wines are sourced from various different vineyards with excellent reputations for their individual terroir characteristics. The current "block" we have in stock is Bell Block sourced from a vineyard named Dillon Point. 

The intensity of fruit in this wine is outstanding; overflowing with tropical passionfruit and gooseberry. With undercurrents of herbaceous notes and steely minerality and an extremely long finish. Perfect with some seafood. Love it... 

*when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case.

Need a present for someone?Date published: 28/09/13

Gifts via Majestic stores

If you're looking for a gift of 6 bottles or more you can take advantage of the much wider range of products and offers available in your local Majestic store.

Our normal home delivery service is well-suited to the delivery of gifts. Your order will be looked after by the local team, and delivered in a Majestic van. For businesses we can deliver during normal office hours, but for private addresses we ask for a telephone number so we can call ahead to arrange delivery at a time we know someone will be in.

When you checkout online you'll be given the option of specifying a gift message that we can include with your gift. There is also a box for additional delivery instructions; if you're targeting a particular date like a birthday or anniversary leave us a note here so we can work your requirements in to our delivery schedules.

In mainland UK, delivery is free for orders over £40, or £5 for orders under £40. For non-mainland addresses (Northern Ireland, Scottish Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly) we charge £7.50 for delivery.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 28/09/13

#fruity #complex #personable #excitable #rhone #good-producer...

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley.Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost singlehandedlyresponsible for the regions resurgence over the last fewdecades.This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury whitepepper notes that make it a superb food wine.Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes likemoussaka.

A-Z of weird and wonderful wine and food matchesDate published: 28/09/13

A is for Asparagus:

Asparagus is notoriously difficult to match, so here are a few recommendations (the ones in capitals being the most highly recommended):

CHABLIS/UNOAKED CHARDONNAY (particularly when served with butter or hollandaise sauce)

GRUNER VELTLINER (especially when served with lemon)




Fume Blanc




Avoid: Red wines, high in tannin and oaked whites

The Genius of Wine Apps!Date published: 27/09/13

If, like me, you have trouble remembering that amazing wine you had at a friends, or maybe one you bought before but can't quite visualize the label, then get a wine app. If you have a smart phone then there are loads you could choose from and they really do help. Taking a picture of my favourite wines and making notes of them on my wine app means i can always revisit them, and also recommend them to friends. For example, the Chassagne-Monrechet i had by Gagnard Delagrand (2010), which was awesome! Classy, well balanced, citrusy, good length with subtle, well integrated oak ( i have here noted down on my phone). I even awarded it 95 points in my own version of the Robert Parker, Wine Advocate rating system. Had loads of fun doing that!

Alternatively, once you join the Majestic Customer List, our database will remember anything you've had before, so no more forgetting great wines!

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 27/09/13

Recently re-discovered - 'Muga Blanco' 25% off this week only (£8.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case)

almonds, citrus, pears, rich, individual, camomile, versatile

Treat yourself!

New arrivals into the Tunbridge Wells store!Date published: 27/09/13

Montes Reserva Malbec 2012,Colchagua Valley

This malbec wine comes from some of Chile's oldest plantings of the Malbec grape, some of which are around 100 years old, in Colchagua Valley. It has been matured for just 6 months in French oak barrels, to add complexity and softness while maintaining the fruit character.A dark and intense ruby red, this wine brims with blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a subtle layer of vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice aromas. Smooth and lightly savoury.Great with spaghetti bolognese.

Cousiño-Macul Antiguas Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Maipo Valley

Cousiño-Macul was founded in 1856, and is the only Chilean winery from the 19th century that remains in the hands of its founding family today.This wine comes from vines descended from some of Chile's earliest plantings of Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon vines.An intense and fruit-focused red, full of black cherry and ripe plum flavours, with ample tannins softened by sweet spice notes developed by maturation in small French oak barrels.Ready to enjoy now, with red meats.

Spotlight Tasting Focus on ...Date published: 27/09/13

The 'Belleruche' by Chapoutier!

This is on our tasting counter as a blend of predominately grenache and syrah ...

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice.Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes.

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 27/09/13


#chocolate #coffee #smooth #hot-climate #scrumptious #carmenere

I am, of course, talking about the Medalla Real Carmenere - and not just because it is the manager's favourite red wine!

Unlike the majority of its wines which are very modern and fruit-driven,Santa Rita's Medalla Real wines are made in a more classic style, with alittle more in the way of secondary, savoury characters. This Carménèrecomes from sites in the Marchigüe and Apalta regions.Plush and full bodied, this wine offers the nose and palate an array ofblueberry, plum and oak-softened cassis fruit, accented with intriguingcoffee and dark chocolate aromas.Will stand up well to steaks, as well as something a little gamier, such aspot roasted rabbit or duck.

Syrah vs ShirazDate published: 27/09/13

As I'm sure many of you are aware Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape and the wines are similar in their characteristics. Old world wines from areas such as Rhone tend to use the French origin 'Syrah', whereas New World countries such as Australia often use 'Shiraz'. There are various stories and myths as to where the name Shiraz came from, but it was definitely the Australian usage and Australian wines that made the name popular. 

Here a run down of two of my favourite Syrah/Shiraz's:

Kangarilla Road Shiraz: McLaren Vale: £11.99*

Full, dark, plum and cherry flavours with hints of white pepper and spice. Full bodied, complex and excellently balanced with well integrated oak.

Belleruche Chapoutier: Cote De Rhone: £8.99*

A blend of Grenache and Syrah, this wine represents many of the typical Syrah characteristics. Rich blackberry fruit flavours, with earthy tones and spicy notes. Smooth tannins, with a long finish. Very good for £8.99!

Our Syrah/Shiraz tasting week starts today and we've got plenty of wines open for you to try.

*when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case

The perfect wine for a lamb roast! Date published: 26/09/13

For all those planning their Sunday roasts, this is a perfect wine to go with your lamb dish!

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscalbrought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux andtransformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines,widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polishedand embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak,combined with summer fruit flavours.This wine goes well with lamb, ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

£13.74 for one bottle, or £10.30 when you buy any two Spanish wines.

Thought for the day on ...Date published: 26/09/13

Beaune 1er Cru by Louis Jadot!

Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, thisis an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation ofBeaune. Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays afine balance between tight structure and softness.Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshyredcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkablyapproachable tannins.Drinking now, or cellar for 5 years or more.

£25 for one bottle or £20 each when you buy any 'two fine wines at house wine prices.'

Weekday Wines Under £10: WednesdayDate published: 25/09/13

Normally at £12.99, this fantastic Chardonnay from Nicolas Potel is on offer at a buy two save £8 deal - £8.99!

Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in a number ofdifferent vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côted'Or. Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used inproduction, maintaining the wine's elegance and minerality.The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acaciaflowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, withan almondy complexity on the finish.Serve alongside simple and subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheesetart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté.

Dog Point: Section 94Date published: 25/09/13

This is an absolutely fabulous wine! Section 94 is a subsection of Marlborough's Hawkesbury Run, identified for its Sauvignon's vibrant yellow fruit. The wine is an unorthodox example of Marlborough Sauvignon, made with native yeast fermentation in old French oak barrels, in which the wine undergoes extended lees ageing of 18 months. The result is a complex, grippy, yet soft and supremely drinkable wine of immense depth and texture.

Here in Tunbridge Wells we have had an allocation of just 12 bottles of this fantastic wine; and as you only have to buy one bottle (as part of a mixed case of 6) at £27.50, there is no reason not to try it!

Region Focus: Central Italy Date published: 25/09/13

The wines of Italy are vast and plentiful. Here at Majestic we like to get our heads around the different areas by breaking up the country into its significant sections. Today I'm going to focus on central Italy and its three key wine regions, Tuscany, Chianti and Abruzzo. 

Tuscany: Tuscany has long had the financial resources to remain at the forefront of Italian viticulture. Within its boundaries lie six of the country's DOCGs and it is here that the 'Super-Tuscans' were first created. Viticulture is divided into two bands, north and south. The coastal strip, at a relatively low altitude, enjoys a pronounced maritime influence that is ideal for Bordeaux varieties. Inland a wide variation in day and night temperatures encourages structured reds with firm acidity. The main grape variety planted here is Sangiovese and it has the ability to create the finest wines. High in acidity and tannin with medium alcohol, sangiovese has an affinity for oak and  and complex fruit flavours such as blueberry and sour cherry.

Chianti: This is Italy's most exported wine. There are massive variations between quality and style as up to 20% of other varieties are used in the blend. Chianti Classico DOCG lies between the cities of Florence and Siena and continues to produce the finest examples of this particular wine. However, every satellite within Chianti has been given DOCG status, resulting in uproar among the Classico estates. Ageing, too, has been the subject of much debate with some growers using traditional oak botte and others opting for French barriques. 

Abruzzo: Abruzzo is home to just two varieties, Montepulciano and Trebbiano. Both are more than capable of the odd flash of brilliance. Mntepulciano's pungent gamey nose and naturally high levels of tannin, alcohol and acidity are usually squandered through high yields. Note that the grape Montepulciano has no link with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG from Tuscany. Reliable rather than inspiring, the region's best Trebbiano shows an appealing red apple character. 

Sunday Roast, the fine wine guideDate published: 22/09/13

Sunday Roast, the fine wine guide

Sunday Roast is an important part of the week now we're into the chillier months of the year. Sometimes it's nice to make the meal a little more special with a bottle of fine wine. Over the next three weeks we will give you an idea for a red and white fine wine to have with the three most popular roast meats. Week one is...


Red: Roast Chicken is a hearty style of meal and the "trimmings" that go with it can be quite hefty, so we can afford to forgo the traditional thinking that only a white wine would match chicken. I'd choose the Coney Pizzicato Martinborough Pinot Noir. Martinborough is home to New Zealand's oldest Pinot Noir vines, the age of these vines leads to more earthy notes than the fruit driven styles from Marlborough and Central Otago. This wine has juicy black cherry fruit, some sweet and savoury spice, a hint of soft tannin, and most importantly some crisp acidity to help cut through some of the salty and fatty elements of the dish. Currently £18 on our buy any two selected fine wines save £10 offer.

White: This is an easy choice, it's gotta be Chardonnay and it's gotta be oaky and buttery. My pick of the bunch is the Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay. This wine undergoes ten months ageing in oak, some barrel fermentation and partial malo-lactic fermentation resulting in a rich, buttery, toasty Chardonnay with tropical fruit and stone fruit characteristics. The grapes are hand picked, which while upping the price of the wine also ups the quality of the fruit. £23 a bottle.

What shall I drink with my Chinese takeaway tonight?Date published: 21/09/13

Gewurztraminer (Gewurz meaning spice) mirrors some of the spicy chilli notes found in oriental cooking. Usually off-dry, it is packed with floral notes and tropical fruit, including lychee. The slightly oily texture also cuts through the oil in the food well. It doesn't matter that typically it is quite high in alcohol...it is the weekend after all! So if you fancy something a little bit different, why not come down and ask a member of staff for their favourite recommendations?

A Dessert wine like none other!Date published: 21/09/13

On the tasting counter this weekend we have the #cloudybay Late Harvest Riesling! Described as an 8 on our scale of sweetness, this will complete your pudding like few other new-world wines will!

Cloudy Bay make this wine in very small quantities from two vineyardsites late in the growing season, when many of the bunches arebotrytised, although some non-botrytised grapes are included for addedfreshness. 8 months maturation in oak ensures harmony and richness.Richly aromatic, offering notes of honey, nougat, orange blossom andpeach. Indulgently sweet, the palate glows with luscious flavours of ripefig and apricot, all the way through a long finish.Superb with crème brulée.

What is the highest skill level in Wine? Date published: 21/09/13

Customers are often impressed at our ability to talk about wine until the cows come home; this being because we know about both the range of wines and the background behind them all. All Majestic staff work towards attaining the Level 3 award in WSET - the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Some even go on to study for a long two years to earn a diploma - a routine of digging deep into the world of oenology, viticulture, wine marketing and regulations, as well as many blind tastings! 

However, there is a level of education in wine which is currently held by only 300 people in the world - and none of these in China or India, the majority being, surprisingly, from the USA! 
An 'MW' (Master of Wine) is the product of years of research and dedication to the wine cause. With a success rate of 10% and costs of around £8000, this is a vaunted qualification which is attainable only by the most passionate and knowledgeable of students. Developed in 1953 as a method of identifying those with superior knowledge of, among other things, wine transportation processes, it yielded a modest 6 graduates.  

Since then, the world of wine has developed tremendously and so too have the requirements to learn about the production, marketing, selling and consumer practices, as well as the culture and traditions of tens of incredibly unique wine-producing areas. Unlike in the past where graduates of the course would practice a certain air of authority and a tendency not to keep up with developments, today it is essential for successful MW's to be constantly learning and researching as the world of wine follows the changes in consumer preference to influence the style of wine in the global marketplace. 
For our Majestic customers who are interested, we supply wines from a few producers who have as their Chief winemaker a holder of the MW award - now that's a pedigree that you cannot simply buy! The producers are: Villa Maria, Craggy Range and Zind-Humbrecht

Sauvignon Tasting Week Starts Today!Date published: 20/09/13

Below are a selection of the Sauvignons from around the world on our tasting counter today!

Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc - £5.24 when you buy any two South African wines in the 25% offer!

In the warm and dry climate in the Robertson Valley lies this winery withthe same name. It is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa,but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence forthis classic Sauvignon Blanc.With a fresh aromatic nose, this is a crisp, dry wine with plenty of zestygooseberry and green apple flavours.Superb with seafood and creamy pasta dishes.

Sauvignon De Touraine - £8.49 when you buy two!

From a superb small grower in the Touraine region, situated in themiddle of the Loire Valley. Whilst not as elegant as a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé, these wines have lots of fruit and an attractive grassiness.Aromatic, steely Sauvignon just bursting with gooseberry fruit, cut grassand citrus.The perfect accompaniment for seafood, but try with red pepper andtomato based vegetarian dishes or Thai food.

There are plenty more open and ready to open over the next week; differing styles, tastes and prices for everyone!

#7wordwinereview ...Date published: 20/09/13

#saffers #coffee #dark #fruity #full #rich #mysterious

... the Barista Pinotage!

From the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape winelands,where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modernoffering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawingout the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape.Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, withmeaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the roundand mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit.Drink on its own or with red meat dishes. Bertus' recommends a bluecheese-filled brandy snap with chocolate and roasted coffee beans!

Thought for the day on ...Date published: 20/09/13

Springfield Special Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc!

Springfield's vineyards lie set in amongst the mountains and rivers of theRobertson Valley, in South Africa's Western Cape region. Planted byFrench farmers from the Loire Valley in 1688, the vineyards lie on limerichsoil with rocky, clay, and sandy soil outcrops.Distinct minerally undertones are covered with layers of luscious passionfruit flavours, together with gooseberry and citrus fruit flavours and veryfresh, vibrant and crisp acidity to balance the fruit.Drink over the next two years either on its own as an apéritif or withsalads and seafood.

The upshot is that this wine has a very refreshing mouthfeel, and expresses a slightly different feel to the normal Sauvignon Blanc grape variety!

Weekday Wines: Friday Date published: 20/09/13

So tonight's wine is the Main Divide Riesling. At £10.99* it doesn't quite fit into the £10 budget, but it's definitely worth the money! 

As a full-bodied, slightly off-dry wine we think it needs food and reckon that Chinese Duck would go really well. So order in a takeaway and splurge a little bit extra on this lovely wine. 

An extremely potent nose of burnt rubber (in a good way) layered with citrus and stone fruit. On the palate it's floral, with apricot and peach again with some undertones of minerality. They have added in some botrytized grapes, essentially concentrated grapes with lots of sweetness which adds in a honeyed texture to the wine. 


*when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case of 6.

Weekday Wines Under £10: ThursdayDate published: 19/09/13

My pick of the wine for #thirstythursday is the Cune Rioja Reserva 2008. At a good £12.49, this comes down to £9.99 when you buy any two Spanish wines!

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 inand is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Harowinery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'CunéClairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose anda hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over richautumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.

A fantastic, reliable producer with a wine that is guaranteed to raise an eyebrow! 

Weekday Wines Under £10: WednesdayDate published: 18/09/13

Weekday Wines Under £10: Wednesday

Muga Rioja Blanco £9.59*

This wine is made with two classic white Rioja grapes, Malvasia and Viura. The fermentation takes place in new oak barrels, and is then aged in oak barrels, so expect it to have some interesting characteristics of cream, vanilla and toast along with bright, lively fruit flavours of pineapple, melon and peach. Try it with a paella.

*when you buy 2 or more Spanish bottles as part of your mixed case

Wine Alphabet: A is for AcidificationDate published: 18/09/13

Wine Alphabet: A is for Acidification

Acidification is the process of increasing the acidity of a wine...obviously.

First let's discuss why you would do this.


Acidity may sound like an unpleasant quality to a beverage but it is actually very important in wine. The first thing acidity does is to make a wine fresh and vibrant, acidity makes you salivate and brings life to the fruit flavours. Acidity also provides protection for the wine against bacterial infection, and stabilises the colour.

Next, where do they do this.


In cooler climates acidity isn't really a problem. The Malic or Appley acids that we associate with acidity are converted to sugar as the grapes ripen. However in hotter climates where the grapes have been left to develop full, fruity flavours, they may also have very low acidity. In this case the winemaker may need to artificially acidify their wine. This is not a preferable course but is sometimes the only option left.

Finally, how would you do this.


There are three different types of acid that can be added to a wine to acidify it, each has advantages and disadvantages and specific uses. First is Tartaric acid. This is the acid of choice for most winemakers, it can be used early in the winemaking process and is not vulnerable to microbiological attack. However Tartaric acid can precipitate as Tartarate crystals, which are unpleasant in a finished wine and hard to stabilise. Tartaric acid is also the most expensive of the three options.

Malic acid, while being the natural acid type found in grapes is not used much as it is very vulnerable to attack by lactic acids, which would completely change the characteristics of the wine. It is also quite expensive.

Finally we have Citric acid, I'll give you three guesses to figure out what kind of fruit that comes from! This is used most commonly in inexpensive wine as it is the cheapest option and will not precipitate into crystals which would be very off-putting to consumers of inexpensive wine.

Weekday Wines Under £10: Tuesday Date published: 17/09/13

Les Hauts de Castelmaure Corbieres £9.99*

This is a wine I return to time and again. It's ever reliable and the big, plummy, herby flavours it carries with it make it a great match for a heavier dish. It's full bodied and has enough tannin to allow it to stand up to meat. It's also smooth and soft enough to be drunk on it's own. It's full-bodied though, so not for the faint of heart. The label is an interesting issue as well, I personally love it but I think it's a bit of a marmite thing. See what you think by following this link,  http://majw.co/18VPP6J

Why does corked wine taste so disgusting?Date published: 17/09/13

Why does corked wine taste so disgusting?

Everyone knows that feeling in the pit of the stomach as you pull one of your long-awaited wines from the rack, gently uncork and pour a sample that smells and tastes like the dusty, forgotten corner of your attic. This is down to the presence of trichloroanisole that is admitted to the wine through the material of the cork; otherwise known as cork taint. Cork failures are estimated to affect as many as one in ten of all bottles that use corks as the preferred stoppage method. But all unhappy recipients of this chemical in their wine will be relieved to know that it is not the TCA itself that you experience in the aromas and palate! 

A recent BBC article explained that researchers in Japan have found that the presence of TCA inhibits the ability of the nasal senses to detect the natural aromas and flavours of the wine, instead allowing the mind to 'create' a sense of smell in the absence of the expected characteristics. This is termed as pseudo-olfactory, and is applicable regardless of the degrees in which the TCA is picked up by individual consumers. 

Various alternatives have been bought in, with varying degrees of success. The screwcap is the most effective, but still susceptible to sulphidisation (a result of reduced oxygen content leading to the concentrating of sulphur gases in the wine.) The responsibility lies with producers of wine and corks, those who store and transfer the wine, and the final sterilizers in the process.  

So, next time you open a bottle of your favourite Bordeaux and get the wet dog smells in your nose, be consoled by the fact that the wine does not actually smell like that - it is just your mind tricking you! 

We'll leave the debate of cork versus screw cap for another day ... answers on a postcard! 

Weekday Wines Under £10: Monday Date published: 16/09/13

Weekday Wines Under £10: Monday 

Many people enjoy a glass of wine (or two) in the evening, but understandably don't want to splash out for a weekday. Luckily we have some excellent wines within budget for this Monday to Friday dilemma! 

Montecastrillo Ribera del Duero    £7.99* 

This is fairly new in to us at Majestic, I love it and think it's really great value. Aromas of rich almost confected blackcurrant, with hints of spice. Red fruit on the palate, think redcurrant and raspberry with a bit of cocoa. The wine has good acidity and tannin levels, not too much, but enough that it will stand up against fairly rich foods, would pair well with beef. But to be honest we just drank it with a chunk of mature cheddar and it was perfect!

P.S it's organic as well

*when bought with any other Spanish wine as part of a mixed case of 6

20% off Spanish Wines

Jean-Pierre Moueix Right Bank Bordeaux Tasting Date published: 14/09/13

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend a Right Bank Bordeaux seminar for Majestic staff, presented by Edouard Mouiex. A charismatic man, he spoke with great passion about his philosophies and wines. His company refuses to sell to wine funds, instead choosing to sell exclusively to people who will actually drink the wine. 

We started off with three St-Emilion, the most recognisable of which for Majestic customers would be the Château Grand Corbin 2009. These Merlot dominant wines were very approachable with lively acidity. We then moved on to a series of five Pomerol, my two favourites amongst these were the Château Chantoulette 2007 and the Château Hosanna 2004. Both were soft, smooth, juicy and complex. We finished off with Dominus Napa Valley Red Wine 2006, which you would honestly find difficult to pick out as a New World wine in a blind tasting. Dominus is a huge, powerful, fruity, tannic wine and consequently needs ageing to be fully appreciated.

In summary, some of these wines are perfect to drink now, some of them in the slightly distance future. But all are for drinking - not trading!

Sparkling Saturday: Heidsieck & Co Monopole Cuvée PrestigeDate published: 14/09/13

This champagne is new to our Autumn range at Majestic and is exclusive to us in the UK, part of the reason why it's at such a great price!

The grapes are a blend from about 40 different crus all over Champagne, ensuring a consistent house style. Composed of 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier: it is a rich and full bodied Champagne.

Abundant aromas of white peach and brioche, following through on the palate alongside toasty, almond flavours. This is a very elegant sparkling and would go down a treat as an aperitif or for a party!


*when you buy at least two or more as part of a mixed case

Taste and Explore!Date published: 12/09/13

At Majestic, every day is as an occasion to taste, learn and explore. So in all our stores you'll find a tasting counter with open bottles ready to sample. Try them alone, with friends or with some help from us.

We're always on hand to guide you to something that is right for your palate and your pocket. And we're well qualified to do so because all our people are required to pass the demanding Wine and Spirit Education Trust's Advanced Certificate.

Just as the best way to enjoy wine is with others, we think the best way to choose it is to taste with others.

That's why we hold free, regular tasting events that are designed for all levels of knowledge and we keep them all relaxed, informal and social.

Whether you're trying Argentinian wine for the first time or you're a seasoned wine collector, our courses can make your personal wine journey that much more informative and enjoyable

#7wordwinereview on ...Date published: 12/09/13

... see if you can guess from the description!

#creamy #full #rich #lengthy #finebubbles #buttery

It is a champagne that goes by the name of Roederer! My favourite champagne as quoted in the last article, this leave you wanting more. Other styles that are similar to this include the mighty:

Taittinger Brut: 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. Buy 2 save 33% - £28

Bollinger Special Cuvee: Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Buy 6 save 33% - £30 a bottle!

The wine-hikers guide to the ...Date published: 12/09/13

.. magic of champagne!

Here are three of what we think are some of the best Champagnes around at the moment!

The first one comes from ...

Chris - My favourite is the Louis Roederer. One of those champagnes that stays with you throughout the day, tantalising your tastebuds and reminding you to buy another bottle soon. From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style. Definitely the champion of the £30 range, and competes excellently with the higher priced ones as well! Beats any other NV (Non-vintages) into the ground!

£42 single bottle price or £37 when you buy two as part of a mixed case!

Need a New Wine List?Date published: 11/09/13

Need a New Wine List?

For restaurant, pub, bar, hotel, spa and all other business owners looking for a fantastic wine list, stocked with award winning wines delivered for free 7 days a week, look no further than Majestic! Our commercial team are on hand for a chat about your requirements and to let you know what we can offer and how we can improve your business!

We have a large selection of wines that you won't find on our shop floor, wines that are EXCLUSIVE TO YOU!

Fancy hearing more? Just give us a call on 01892 615877 or email us at tun@majestic.co.uk, and leave the rest up to us.

Thought of the day on ...Date published: 10/09/13

Matsu wines! Three different bttles, three different faces - but what do they mean?

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from
mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile. Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip. Enjoy on its own or with boldly flavoured pasta dishes or spicy meat skewers.

El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish.
Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins. A great steak wine, which longs to be paired with rare asado-style beef
fillet or sirloin. Drink now or keep for 2-5 years.

'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic. The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble
fruit. Enjoyable immediately, partnered with good quality steak or rare roasts, but will also reward cellaring of 5 years or more.

The Influence of Place: Puy de Dome Pinot NoirDate published: 10/09/13

Puy De Dome, Pinot Noir

oooh a Pinot Noir from Loire, a wine that rhymes! The cool climate is perfect for the delicate Pinot Noir grape. Puy de Dome is in the Auvergene Region just to the south of Loire, the commune is named after the local landmark - a volcanic dome! The vineyards are at fairly high altitude so this adds to the average temperature of the area. The granitic soils have a part to play in the grape development as well: this soil type warms quickly and retains heat well which reduces acidity levels in the grapes, very important for acidic varietals such as Pinot Noir.

This wine is really excellent value and stands out amongst Burgundys in the same price range. Abundant red fruit flavours such as raspberry and cherry and a softness imparted from a year spent in oak.


*buy 2 save £6 when you buy as part of a mixed case.

P.S. they also do a lovely unoaked Chardonnay!

The wine-hikers guide to the ...Date published: 09/09/13

... awesome world of Blanc De Blancs Champagne!

The first is Ruinart Blanc de Blancs. Grand Cru Chardonnay has been used to make this Champagne. Citrus,peach and white flower aromas evolve into a fresh and supple palate, ideal when married with oysters and sashimi!

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months.
This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance. Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne. Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

#7wordwinereview on ...Date published: 08/09/13

... Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc!

#crisp #dry #grassy #fruity #tropical #balanced #apertif

Although based in Maipo, Santa Ema works with a number of partner growers in Leyda Valley to produce this hand-picked cool-climate

Sauvignon Blanc. Leyda has a semi-arid climate and granite and clay soils, producing wines with excellent acidity and minerality.
An inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, framed by subtle herb and mineral notes. The equally expressive palate has wellbalanced fruit character and acidity. At its best with freshly made citrussy ceviche.

A 4-part introduction to our party service ... Part 4!Date published: 08/09/13

t Majestic we have a wide range of lagers, ales and ciders available by the case.

Quantities depend largely on knowing your guests' likely preference for lager, ale or cider but as a rule it's best to over-order. Majestic will refund any unopened cases of beer or cider that you have left over.

A case of lager generally comprises either 12 or 24 x 33cl bottles (just over half a pint per bottle) although popular brands may come in 27.5cl.

Bottled ales, bitters and ciders usually come in packs of 12 x 50cl bottles (just under a pint a bottle) and at Majestic we take pride in our large and carefully chosen range of Great British beers.

Serving spirits can be labour-intensive, but at Majestic we try and make things easy.

We stock a good range of mainline and speciality spirits from around the world, as well as quality mixers from Schweppes, Coca-Cola and Fever Tree.

We recommend you use a true shot measure, as 'home measures' can lead to you serving drinks much stronger than you intended!

We can also provide hi-ball (tall) glasses for serving spirits and mixers.

Soft drinks are often an afterthought but they can be extremely important.

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

A 2 litre bottle of soft drink will provide approximately 7-9 servings, and a 50cl bottle of tonic will adequately make 3 spirit-based mixer drinks. Remember to enjoy your party safely.

For all-day functions like weddings, you should allow at least half a litre of water per person. It's a good idea to alternate soft drinks or water with each alcoholic drink. Over the course of an evening you and your guests can consume more than you realise.

It's important that your guests enjoy themselves and that they get home safely - keep some information about local taxi services to hand and always encourage your guests not to drink and drive.

#7wordwinereview on ...Date published: 07/09/13

... Clos Du Bois Merlot!

£18.99 or £14.99 when you buy two bottles (as part of a mixed case of 6)

#californian #lush #plump #full-on #fruity #loveable

Clos du Bois own around 500 acres of Sonoma County vineyards, the choicest of which are found in the Alexander Valley. Lots are vinified
separately before spending 18 months maturing in new and old oak. Barrel selection then determines which wines make this premium blend. Lush, round and eminently Californian in style, this blackberry-backboned Merlot offers a core of rich fruit and voluptuous tannins enveloped by hints of mocha, baking spices, cedar and tobacco. Best enjoyed with lamb or beef, slow-cooked with wild herbs and

Thought of the day on ...Date published: 07/09/13

.. Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011!

What an amazing wine this is! It has been open for a couple of hours now, and has the scent of excitment and possibility about it. 

Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and, clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of
sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay. A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish. Eminently drinkable now but it will reward those with the patience to age the wine for a further 3 to 4 years.

A 4-part introduction to our party service ... Part 3!Date published: 07/09/13

Whether you're doing drinks with the neighbours or running a large-scale fundraising event, getting the right quantity of the right wine is crucial. As a general rule, allow half a bottle per person then add a margin for safety.

A standard sized bottle of wine (75cl) will provide 6 small wine glasses (125ml). So one case of wine (12 bottles) will provide 72 glasses. So for 100 guests you'll need 100 x 3 glasses = 300 glasses, or 50 bottles.

Preferences for red and white wines are usually evenly split, but be aware of seasonal variations (warmer weather = more white than red, and vice versa) and don't forget about rosé!

It's often worth considering the corkage option when hiring a venue for a wedding or similar function – with Majestic's great range and prices you can often improve on the venue's house wines and save money. For example, if a house wine costs £17 a bottle but corkage would be £10 a bottle, you can spend up to £7 a bottle at Majestic – and almost certainly improve the quality of the wine you offer.

Make sure you are ordering the right wine by organising a tasting before you order. At Majestic we have an extensive range of wines open to taste on our tasting counters, and can often open specific bottles on request.

Thought of the day on ...Date published: 06/09/13

... the stunning Graham Beck 'Anthony's Yard' wine from South Africa, on offer at £6.99 when you buy any two South African wines.

This is a Bordeaux style, produced from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This is then aged for 12 months in French oak to help integration and impart extra complexities and texture. Aromas of fruitcake and spice, with red and black fruits on the textured palate and the oak-ageing lending hints of cigar box. A balanced structure and good length. Goes extremely well with beef, lamb and strong cheeses.

This is a wine that as soon as you open the bottle, you can smell the impact of well-applied oak aging.

Hazy Hog - New to Tunbridge Wells!Date published: 06/09/13

Hogsback Brewery have bought out a new product this year - the Hazy Hog cider! Made using Thatcher's Apples, this is a naturally hazy cider with added apple juice to give the hint of nature that every good cider has!

In its usual attractive package with a rather snazzy pig, this is a cider that everyone should try - and indeed has the chance to, with free samples available in store!

It is currently at £2.20 a bottle - fantastic value for a cracking cider!

#comeandexplore our NEW beer tasting counter display - featuring the new Chapel Down IPA, Orchard Pig cider and many others! Free to taste, of course!

A 4-part introduction to our party service ... Part 2!Date published: 06/09/13

Champagne and Sparkling Wine

If it's a special occasion, or you want to get your celebrations started with a swing, you can't beat a glass of fizz. At Majestic we're real sparkling specialists and always include a wide range of fantastic fizzes on amazing offers.

A standard sized bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine (75cl) will provide 6 flutes. For a wedding reception or toast you'll need 2-3 glasses per person. So for 100 guests you'll need at least 100 x 2 glasses = 200 flutes, or 34 bottles.

Consider using a big-name Champagne for toasts and a more cost-effective, great tasting sparkling wine for further drinking.

It's always difficult to know how much alcohol you'll need for an event, so it's worth remembering that Majestic offer a sale-or-return option – meaning you needn't be stuck with any excess.

The Influence of Place: Real Compania de Vinos Verdejo Date published: 05/09/13

Real Compania de Vinos Verdejo                                                      20% off Spanish Wines!

This wine is from North-Central Spain, which has a slightly cooler climate. These temperatures suit the Verdejo grape well and as a result the wine is delicate with fresh acidity. The flavours are predominatly citrus and gooseberry with a hint of grassiness.

I would say this grape is relatively unknown to many people but is definitely worth a try if you like crisp, dry whites such as Sauvignon.

A bargain at £5.59* this is perfect for parties or just nicely chilled for an evening in.

*when bought with any other Spanish wines as part of a mixed case

A 4-part introduction to our party service!Date published: 05/09/13


At Majestic, we've been helping our customers plan successful parties for years. Our online Party Planning Guide is a distillation of this knowledge, created to ensure that you have all the ingredients you need to throw a fantastic party - whether it's a casual drinks bash or a full-scale wedding.

You need to decide how many guests you are inviting and the budget you'll be working to – then you can decide on your venue.

If you're holding your 'do' at home, will you need additional seating or tables? Will you need to hire a marquee? Alternatively, if you're hiring a venue it's worth finding out if you can take your own wines and pay a corkage fee.

Always remember to get the date in early, especially in the busier 'party seasons' during the summer and at Christmas. It's a good idea to send a 'save the date' email, text or card as soon as you've finalised the date – you can then follow this up with a more formal invitation if necessary. It's worth checking the date for any major clashes, as you may upset a few people if your party is the same day/night as a must-see sporting event!

Spotlight Tasting No.1Date published: 05/09/13

Free to attend!

This Saturday 7th September, we are showcasing 6 wines in 30 minutes for the first of our spotlight tastings! 

Chardonnay is the flavour of the day, with differing styles on hand to sample. Tastings will take place at 12pm and 3pm on Saturday. Oaked, unokaed, new world or old world, full bodied or light - the variation is immense!

Also open will be our usual fantastic selection of reds and whites!

Ring on 01892 615877 or email tun@majestic.co.uk. Or even tweet us a@majestictun with your name and number!

#7wordwinereview on ...Date published: 05/09/13

... Giesen sauvignon blanc! 

#refreshing #sauvignon #newzealand #grassy #citrus #fantastic!

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

Thought of the day on ...Date published: 04/09/13

... Lindauer Special Reserve!

Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle. A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish Enjoy chilled as an apéritif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken.

The blush colour of this special sparkling is a joy to drink, and will provide many a celebration with the right atmosphere!

The Influence of Place: Thelema Mountain Vineyards MerlotDate published: 04/09/13

Thelema Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2009              20% off South African wines!

The Thelema Mountain Vineyards are, as the name suggests, on the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. The region benefits from it's proximity to False Bay as the water has a cooling influence upon the climate. This, alongside the high altitude at which the grapes are grown results in a uniquely long ripening period, meaning the flavours have plenty of time to develop!

This is a lovely example of a Merlot. Juicy, concentrated red fruit flavours with a smokiness and depth from 18 months ageing in French oak. Drink now with BBQ'd meats or rich pasta. Or save it for a few years to see how the flavours mature...


*when you buy at least 2 South African wines as part of a mixed case

#7wordwinereview on ...Date published: 04/09/13

... Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise!

#cabernet sauvignon blend with shiraz and class!

The Wirra Wirra cellars were constructed in the early 20th century by Robert Strangways Wigley, who also studied law and architecture, and played cricket for South Australia. Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums'. A brilliant crimson with a purple edge, this is a youthful and vibrant wine offering raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, lifted by hints of violet and spicy oak notes.
Drink now or over the next 5 years. Best served with red meat.

Thought of the day on ...Date published: 30/08/13

... fantastic Pomerol with a simply amazing eye-catching label!

This small estate of 13 hectares only produces around 3000 cases a year and Majestic has snapped up a direct parcel at cracking prices.
Comprising 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, these wines are usually dark and direct.
With an aromatic nose of raspberries, cherries, smoke and espresso, the palate is rich and opulent with loads of fruit and a plush texture.
Drinking well now, this vintage ripened Merlot better than Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy over the next 4-5 years; decant before drinking.

This is by far and away my favourite Pomerol. and certainly ranks in my top 3 wines of all time! If you want a soft, fruity and mellow Bordeaux, this is perfect.

Who doesn't like Sparkles?!Date published: 30/08/13

Due to popular demand, the range of New Zealand sparkling wines from Lindauer has come back into store today! Crisp, fresh and appealing, these are some of the best sparkling wines at fantastic prices!

Lindauer Brut

Produced and owned by Montana, and released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary fermentation in tank and secondary fermentation in bottle. A fresh and ripe fruity bouquet exhibiting subtle aromas of toast and black fruits. A fresh and vibrant palate with zingy acidity, crisp citrus fruit characters and a mineral finish. The perfect apéritif, enjoy chilled.

Lindauer Rose NV

Produced and owned by Montana, and first released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from
grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in tank prior to bottling.
Vibrant pink in colour, with a large number of beads of fast rising bubbles and aromas of red fruits, spice, currants and peach. A full
bodied and refreshing wine with ripe red fruit and citrus flavours. Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods and

Lindauer Special Reserve

Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle. A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish. Enjoy chilled as an apéritif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken.

Lindauer Blanc de Blancs

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months.
This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.
Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne. Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

#7wordwinereview on ...Date published: 30/08/13

... the Peter Lehman Shiraz!

#personable #loud #outthere #fruity #brooding #cherry #autumn

Peter Lehmann, known as the 'Baron of Barossa,' selects this classic Shiraz from some of the best vineyards in the region, some of which
remain ungrafted due to an absence of phylloxera. Ageing in French and American oak for 12 months occurs before bottling.
Plenty of flesh and spice on the palate, with concentrated blackcurrant and bramble fruit as well as hints of mocha and dark chocolate. Full
bodied and rich, a classic Aussie Shiraz. A great partner for beef and richly flavoured, peppery meat dishes, drink this over the next couple of years for maximum pleasure.

#7wordwinereview on ...Date published: 29/08/13

... the newly arrived Matua Pinot Noir, hailing from the mighty region of Marlborough!

smooth, fruity, red and black fruit abound!

Matua was started by brothers Bill and Ross Spence in 1974. Beginning as a very small shed-based operation near Auckland, they branched out into Marlborough and other regions, and have become one of New Zealand's most renowned international wine brands.
An elegantly structured yet satisfyingly concentrated Pinot Noir, full of ripe redcurrant fruit, delivered with juicy, lipsmacking acidity and subtle
hints of wild thyme. Enjoy on its own or with food. Best served with lamb steaks.

A typically well rounded New Zealand Pinot Noir!

Thought of the day on ...Date published: 29/08/13

Giesen Brothers Sauvignon Blanc!

The Giesen Brothers' winery is located in the Dillon's Point area of Marlborough, and it is here that most of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes
are grown. A small proportion of the wine has been fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, adding complexity and ageing potential.
A distinctive blend of classic Marlborough aromas – gooseberry, dry grass, currant leaf, ripe pineapple and floral notes that flow onto a
palate of crushed herbs, supple fruit sweetness and crisp acidity. Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years. Enjoy with goat's
cheese tartlets.

Thought of the day on ...Date published: 28/08/13

 the Masi Masianco!

This unique wine is a blend of 75% Pinot Grigio with 25% Verduzzo, a local grape that has been late-harvested and partially dried, before
fermentation in steel and wood vessels, adding richness and complexity to the blend.
A bright and inviting golden colour, this wine is alive with notes of peach, apricot, pear and pineapple. A lush, generous palate offering good
ripeness and a dry, citrussy finish. Enjoy with fresh linguine served with mussels and clams.

One of my top favourite Italian whites!

The weird and wonderful uses for ..Date published: 28/08/13

... wine boxes!

For the next few weeks, we will be publishing the most imaginative and different uses for the wooden wine boxes that many of our wines come in! From the colourful, glittery La Croix De Gay (a delicious Pomerol wine with a label to match the box!) to the more conservative South African Vergelegen boxes. From pet coffins to this week's amazing entry from one of our customers, there are almost unlimited uses for our decorated, sturdy wine carrriers!

For this first week, the last in August, our first photo comes from Nigel, who has the fascinating task of restoring old Churchill tanks! In this picture, he utilises wine boxes (in the foreground) for holding his tools, dwarfed only ever so slightly by the huge tank in the background! The box in question is our Spanish fine wine, the Gaudium.If you would like to see more of Nigel's fascinating work, visit his website at www.churchilltank.co.uk!  

Next week we will have another photograph for you from another enterprising customer, who is looking to smarten his establishment up with the addition of a wine box to add to the decor! If you have any interesting uses for our wooden wine boxes, give us a tweet @majestictun, using the hastag #wineboxes!

Region Focus: ItalyDate published: 26/08/13

Italy, with an annual wine production of nearly five billion litres, is, together with France, one of the two giants of global wine production. Greek settlers introduced the vine to Italy as early as 800BC and it took to Italy's rugged countenance with zeal. Modern Italian wine makers have succesfully coupled centuries of viticultural knowledge with modern technologies so as to create consistantly food friendly wines. Italy is currently on a 25% off offer  for a limited time only, so come and grab yourself a bargain. We have plenty of tasty treats waiting for you on the tasting counter!!

Magnums are the order of the day!Date published: 23/08/13

As we approach the tail-end of summer, and the Aix Rose Magnums reach their last few bottles before 2014, we are looking ahead to some of the more exciting magnums which will tickle your taste buds and tantalise your tongue!

One that many of you will be familiar with are the Riscal magnums. In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal
brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines,
widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished
and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.
This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

My other favourite is the Zonin magnums, a new prosecco to the Majestic range this year! Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.
Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Keep an eye out for more magnums, including some rather exciting Louis Latour ones!

Our new wine of the week is ...Date published: 23/08/13

... the Montes Twins!

The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America.

A 50/50 blend of the two grapes, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak.
This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and
subtle minty nuances. Decant before drinking!

Thought of the day on ...Date published: 23/08/13

... Lasagne! In particular, all things red and made from Italian grapes.

In keeping with our amazing 25% off all Italian red and white wines, and as it nears a natural point of tea time today, my stomach is starting to remind me of a rather good (although I say so myself) lasagne that I am prone to making from time to time. With a homemade cheese sauce, plenty of love and adoration and some quick stirring skills, my lasagne deserves a matching wine!

The one I have in mind is the Barbera D'Asti Forville. Made from the Barbera grape, this wine has elegance, poise and a truckload of taste and flavour! The Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps, is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety - Barbera. Barbera d'Asti has the most vines, with many of the vineyards planted on the lower slopes and in sheltered areas resulting in fresher styles.
Intense aromas of red cherries, vanilla, rose petals and spice leap from the glass, with the intense, powerful palate exhibiting an elegant balance of fruit and tannin to a long, smooth and crisp finish. Drinkable now, matched with salumi or antipasti, or aged for up to 6
years. The wine will benefit from being decanted before drinking.

New in - GlassesDate published: 18/08/13

In store at the moment we have fabulous new wine glasses.

The idea of these glasses is that they enhance every possible type of wine. So instead of having numerous sets and styles of glass, this glass is the only one you need!

Not only that, but they are also pretty 'funky' (Voicing Stu!), they are almost tulip shaped, but slightly more angular.

At the moment these Gabriel-Glas Standart glasses are £10 each. A bargain when you think of the use you will get out of them!

Wine of the Week Date published: 17/08/13

Montes Twins 2011, Colchagua Valley


(when buying 2 or more bottles)

Montes began in 1987, where 4 founding 'fathers' created the first Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon which was respected and gained recognition in over 100 countries worldwide, being the first premium wine to be made in Chile. Montes have since grown and gone from strength to strength.

The twins in question in this wine are the two grape varieties Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, which are more often seen as single varieties in South America.

The wine is a beautiful lively ruby red color. Being young, it has great power. The perfect harmony between the aromas of red fruits from Cabernet Sauvignon and the hint of plums from Malbec makes this wine very elegant and attractive. Sweet, fresh and firm tannins from Cabernet Sauvignon combine very nicely with the velvety and smooth body from Malbec. A seductive lingering in the mouth.

Decant at least 30 minutes before serving and drink with a rare sirloin.

New Additions to Majestic Tunbridge WellsDate published: 16/08/13

Having been away for the hugely long time of 5 days (it was my cousins wedding, it went very well thank you!), I have come back in to the store to see many new wines hiding around the store.

Well I say hiding, because their labels are far from inconspicuous! I feel there must be a fashion for bright 'modern' 'alternative' labels.

Take the Tucamen Malbec for example (£7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles) it has been described to me today by my colleagues as a cereal box, an old holiday poster (from woody the woodpecker no less), a bill board and I myself believe it to look like an old fashioned cartoon!
Now we are not saying this is a bad thing, for the bottle certainly stands out from other malbecs on the shelf, but it is 'different'. The wine itself is made in a deliberately youthful style so is very approachable. It is full to the brim of cherry, plum and black berry fruit. Come in and see the bottle for yourself and please let us know what you think.  http://majw.co/1aceeor

There are 2 new arrivals to the Loire region a Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay. They both originate from the sub region 'Puy de Dome' which is home to the brand of tyres Michelin. This is the where the inspiration for the label comes. The Pinot Noir (£8.99 when buy 2 or more) is characterised by redcurrant, raspberry and cherry fruit, but with a softness that comes from a year in oak. The Chardonnay (£8.99 when you buy 2 or more) is one of the few unoaked chardonnays in store. It has citrus fruit character, with an intriguing nutty character and profound minerality! The label is not very 'loire', but very modern and eye catching. Would you buy a bottle? http://majw.co/1acelQP

A few more have coaught my attention, but will tell you about those tomorrow!

An Even Better Italian Deal...Date published: 15/08/13

Knowing that you everyone loves Italian wines, whether they be big juicy reds or delicate, fresh whites; we thought it best to let you know in advance that Italian wines are coming onto an even better offer!

Instead of 20% off, the wines from this varied region will now be a whopping 25% off!  

This is a short term offer, that starts on Tuesday 20th August until Monday 2nd September.  

Don't miss this Fantastic Deal!! 

A few of our staff favourites to tickle your tastebuds: 

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010, La Casetta:

This wine is made in the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda using Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella. Being a Ripasso wine, it uses a portion of fermented, dried skins from Amarone. This therefore combines the power and class of an Amarone with the bright fruit of a classic Valpolicella. Beautiful plum and berry fruits and hints of vanilla on the nose, on the palate it is fine and rounded, bursting with intense and complex flavours. Perfect for all meats and strong cheeses!      

Campofiorin 2009, Masi

The Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for 6 generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. Again using some partially dry grapes to create rich and complex flavours. A lovely dark ruby red, with aromas of ripe cherries and hints of vanilla and cinnamon. It is a rich and mouth filling wine, with a velvety finish. It is good with all things Italian - Mature cheeses, black olives and Parma Ham    

Falanghina 2012, Terredora

One of Italy's great unsung white wines. It undergoes  3 months lees ageing prior to bottling, which gives the wine added depth and texture. As no oak is used, it still retains a light and fruit driven character. This wine had plenty of citrus fruit, combined with notes of apple and quince on the nose. And the palate offers a hint of nutty complexity that is very more-ish! The balance of crispness and texture allows this wine to accompany a huge variety of foods, from roasted vegetables to fish and poultry!    

This is just a tiny selection of wines that we have to offer from Italy.

So please pop in from the 16th August to 2nd September to make the most of this short term deal!

The wine-hikers guide to the ...Date published: 14/08/13

... lesser known wine countries!

A is for ... Albania!

This country claims one of the longest histories of viticulture. It has been suggested that the Ionian islands of Greece and Dalmatia (which are now known as Bosnia and Hercegovina) may well have been the last known refuge of the lowly vine before the ice age. Though wine making was known to have flourished in as early as the 8th century, by the 17th century wine production diminished considerably under the influence of Islam. However, between the establishment of the first Albanian government in 1912 and 1944, viticulture once again began to flourish. Main grape varieites include traditional shesh i zi and shesh i bardhe, and account for 35% of the Albanian wine crop. However, Albania is known for more recognisable (and pronouncable!) grape varieties including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, and Aligote.

El Classico, quaint, old-fashioned ...Date published: 13/08/13

... all words used to describe the label of the Leon Perdigal CDR! But what of the wine inside the bottle?

This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length. Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats.

Thought of the day on ... Date published: 13/08/13

The Masianco by Masi.

Made by the same producers of the red Campofiorin, this is an Italian white with a litte something added to it to make a provocative blend of classic Pinot Grigio and the addition of a local grape, Verduzzo. This is one of my favourite whites at this price for a number of reasons. Unlike straight Italian pinot grigio, this blend keeps you guessing as the fruit flavours develop in the mouth and on the nose. Whilst the addition of an unkown grape variety may put some people off, for others this is a challenge to explore some of the lesser used grape varieties that Italy has to offer - and they have a veritable range of them!

Stuart's take on the Masianco - This is crisp, pear-like, citrussy, fresh, zingy - and a perfect apaertif for some fresh seafood!

Louise - Peachy, mellow, versatile, fresh! Great as a stand-alone wine for a warm summer's day!

You can do a lot worse than sample this outgoing, mediterranean wine from a country used to producing some of the greats of the wine world!

Thought of the day on ...Date published: 12/08/13

the Roero Arneis by Marco Porello.

A new one for us both, this wine is made from the Arneis grape, and has a particularly pungent quality about it!

Emily - Similar nose to a Gavi or an Albarino, showing lots of white fruit, such as peach and nectarine. Soft and easy drinking wine, perfect for enjoying in the summer sun. Definitely one of the more interesting grape varieties that I've tried so far, this wine will keep you guessing as its favlours develop beautifully in your mouth!

Chris - You will struggle to find a better representation of elegance, poise and balance than this Italian wine from the Piedmont region! Floral characters abound on the nose, chased by vestiges of citrus flavours and entrancing temptations of flavoursome apples. Perfect for enjoying on its own, or a soul-mate for some fresh, tasty seafood!

Some new faces in the crowd ...Date published: 11/08/13

Tomorrow (Monday), we are opening some of our new arrivals and welcoming them to the Majestic family! We are also opening a couple of wines that we personally haven't tried, and that we think you good people of Tunbridge Wells and the South will really take to!

Firstly, the Leon Pedigal CDR! This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate,
which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length. Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats.

Next, the Roero Arneis by Marco Porello. Roero is from the sandy hills in Piedmont in northwest Italy. A significant amount of the Arneis grape is grown here. Here is where Marco Porello's estate is located; he is a young winemaker who has an important
following in Italy where most of his wine is sold. Aromas of blossom and citrus. It is refreshing with balanced acidity and
flavours of lime, grapefruit and green apples. It is beautifully balanced and has an elegant mineral finish.
The lightness and refreshing acidity make it an ideal wine to drink on its own but also a great fish and seafood match.

And lastly in this bunch comes the Los Boldos Chardonnay from Chile. Château Los Boldos was established in 1991, with the aim of making quality wines by applying traditional French winemaking techniques to grapes grown Chile's high-altitude terroirs. Winemaker is Burgundy trained oenologist Stephane Geneste. Bright greenish yellow hinting at fresh citrus fruit, confirmed by the nose, which adds subtle green apple, pear and honey characters. Crisp acidity segues into a delicately buttery finish. Perfect with creamy fish dishes.

#comeandexplore instore and join us on our new #wineadventure!

Which side of the bank are you on??? Date published: 10/08/13

Bordeaux can be split into three broad areas, the Dordogne and and Garonne rivers combine to form the Gironde Estuary that divides the region. To the South of the Gironde lie the districts of Medoc, Graves and Sauternes and this is referred to as the left bank. Bordeaux hailing form the left bank are usually Cabernet Sauvignon dominant. The left bank produces wines that are very structured with high-tannins and acid with a concentrated core of blackcurrant fruit overlaid by flavours of toasted oak. The right bank consists of the districts of St Emilion, Blaye and Pomerol, here, wine is Merlot dominant, so generally softer and fruiter with a body of ripe cooked plums and blackberries. Let us know which side of the bank you favour, we have a great variety of fantastic Bordeaux's and could find the perfect one to suit your tastes!!

Free Wine Course in August ...Date published: 10/08/13

Here at Majestic Wine Tunbridge Wells, we like to talk. Mostly about wine of course, and sometimes the weather! But most of all, we like to discuss the pros and cons of traditional champagne versus new world sparkling, good and bad food matches -  all things that we introduce you to over a 1.5hr sit-down wine course!

Free to attend, these provide a great insight into the wine world, give us a chance to get to know you all and gives you the opportunity to grill us about the most obscure wines you have ever tasted! We particularly enjoy listening to anecdotes about your experiences in wineries and vineyards! But back to the subject ...

If you would like to book onto our wine course, give us a call on 01892 615877 or email on tun@majestic.co.uk!

We look forward to seeing you in store soon! 

Wine Tastes Better in a Bigger Bottle!Date published: 08/08/13

Its true, scientifically proven in fact! No I jest...But it has actually been found that wine ages better in a bigger bottle as there is a smaller glass to wine ratio.

Not only that, but they are to opitomy of cool. If you show up to any social gathering with a magnum of wine, you WILL be the most popular person there.

At the moment  we have red, white and rose all available to purchase


Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £19.99

Yes, yourfavour white burgandy is available in a magnum, it still has the beguiling aroma of fresh apples and lemon curd with butter and peach on the palate and a long, warming finish.


AIX Provence Rosé - £19.99

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


Rioja Reserva 2007 Marques de Riscal - £30

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

Rioja Reserva 2004 Vina Ardanza - £36

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour. 

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011, Clos de L'Oratoire - £46

A complex and aromatic wine, with a spicy nose of leather and ginger, and hints of moss and earth. Powerful yet silky on the palate, with a
freshness of fruit and mineral grip.

Why don't you try one and see for yourself - if wine really does taste better in a bigger bottle!?

We think you deserve a Fine WineDate published: 06/08/13

Feeling like we need to treat ourselves and YOU! We have decided to open a beautiful fine wine from Argentina. No not a malbec, a rich rounded Chardonnay.

Here's what we think:

Emily: baked apples spring from the glass, with a hint of creme brulee. It has a long and rich finish, that would be paried well with a rich creamy seafood linguine,

Louise: It's just yum. My favourite Chardonnay in the 5 years I have worked at Majestic! Definitely worth a try.

Yana: the nose oozes cream and butter, with a touch of toffee and even some minerality. On the palate it doesnt disappoint, its has a beautifully rich mouthfeel. Tropical flavours, mango, caramalised banana shine through, with a hint of sweet spice. This is a devastatingly complex wine, that deserves a brilliant plate of food to accompany it.

This wine is on our fine wine deal, meaning that if you buy any 2 fine wines, you will save £8.

Catena Alta Chardonnay

£20.00 wine buying any 2 selected fine wines.

(£24.00 single bottle price)

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/08/13

As the sun is still trying to shine through the clouds, and many of us are perservering and going ahead with a great british BBQ or two (whether we need an umbrella or not!), I thought it would be best to to tell you about a fantastic wine, at a fantastic price that will match a barbequed steak perfectly.

Gestos Malbec

£6.99 (was £9.99) when you buy 2 or more bottles

This is one of Flichman's top wine, and it combines the unique characteristics of two terroirs withn a single grape variety. Vineyards in Tupungato which is at a height of 1,100m gives freshness and structure whilst vineyards in Barrancas, at 700m altitude, adds colour and
density. The wine is then aged for over 6 months in American and French oak, giving complexity.
An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.

For the chocolate lovers out there, this wine also compliments rich dark chocolate puddings!

This wine is open to taste at the moment, so i'll look forward to seeing you at the tasting counter for a tipple and a chat!

Z is for Zinfandel Date published: 05/08/13

Zinfandel is an exotic black grape variety of European origin and is cultivated primarily in California. Zinfandel took a firm hold of the Californian wine-business for it's ability to produce large yeilds. The grapes typically produce a robust red wine, although a semi-sweet rosé (blush-style) wine called White Zinfandel has six times the sales of the red wine in the United States. The grape's high sugar content can be fermented into levels of alcohol exceeding 15 percent, so while it may be deceptively easy-drinking the night before, watch out for those head-aches in the morning!

Y is for Yquem ( Chateau d') Date published: 04/08/13

Chateau d'Yquem Is the greatest wine of the Sauternes, and according to the famous 1855 classification it is golden, deliciously sweet and practically immortal. It's fame and prestige was even noted as far-a-field as North America where records show that both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington purchased as many as 30 dozen bottles each.

The wine is made using botrytized grapes. Botrytis is a type of noble rot, which has spores that puncture the skin of the grapes , leading to concentration of sugars. This leads to the production of a very sweet wine.

Having never tried an Yquem, it is in the top 3 on my list of wines to try!

If you have tried it, please by all means let me know how good it is and make me feel jealous!

X is for ...Date published: 03/08/13

Xarel -lo is one of three grapes used in the production of cava! Whilst the sun is out and the weather is warm, sparkling wines are enjoying their hayday! Cava is a good alternative to Prosecco, using a blend of Xarel-lo, Macabeu and Parellada - all native grape varieties for Spain.

The characteristics of the Xarel-lo grapes tend to be more aromatic and flavoursome compared to the other two main grape contributants. It is typically the smell of the Xarel-lo grape that distinguishes it from it's sister grapes. It also takes a lot of looking after, due to the vigorous nature of the vine's growth and its susceptibility to spring frost.

One of the Cavas that we do here is the Codorniu Brut NV, a classic blend of the three grapes and displaying characteristics of green apple, brioche, almond and citrus. This will serve perfectly as an apertif, or with a range of seafood dishes and light salads.

At £6.99 when you buy two, this is an absolute bargain!


The lengthy 'Ladoucette' from Loire ...Date published: 03/08/13

Newly open today, a Pouilly Fume that will knock the socks off of your taste buds! Here's what the team thinks of this prestigious Loire Sauvignon:

Yana: To begin with, it has aromas of wet slate, with more complex aromas making themselves known as the wine opens out. There are wisps of honeysuckle. Mmmm, smells good! ... with a lingering finish.

Emily: It smells soft and creamy on the nose, with some minerality evident. Refined and classy. I'll take two!

Chris: Refreshingly crisp, this is the perfect start to a Saturday lunch, try pairing it with a roasted chicken salad, homemade garlic crutons and a light lemon and corriander dressing. Yum! 

This really is a bargain at £24.00 when buying two or more bottles, so pop down and bag yourself a couple today

Sparkling Saturday has arrived!Date published: 03/08/13

Our sparkling wine of choice today is the offering from Samur in France; the Bouvet Ladubet! Owned by the prestigious Champagne House Taittinger, this wine is made from the Chenin Blanc grape, a popular grape in the Loire region from which it hails. With the pedigree of the producers holding the title of the second oldest sparkling wine in the Loire, this is a chance to try a tradtionally produced sparkling wine with the length and structure of a good quality sparkling!

The nose and palate keep you guessing, with acacia, honeysuckle and (somewhat ambiguously!) bruised apples on the palate; when you taste it, you'll see what we mean by the difference between fresh green apples, ripe apples and 'bruised ones'!

Overall, this will go perfectly with fish chips (similar to one of the Champagne greats, Bollinger, in fact!), but also stand alone as a great tasting apertif.

Come and try out #sparklingsaturday wine, at an amazing price of £9.99!

A - Z of Wine: W is for WoodDate published: 02/08/13

Wood has a huge influence on the style and taste of wine.

It has been the most popular storage of wine  for centuries. Although the exact science is still not fully understood, it is known that wooden containers exposes the wine to a certain amount of oxygen, which clarifies and stabilises the wine as well as adding a lot of different flavours


Certain substance in wood are directly absorbed into the wine:

Lactones are responisble for the aroma of oak. Vanillin adds vanilla. Volatile phenols add a clove-like spicy character.

Tannin balances the wine and also can remove unpleasant aromas from the wine.

Wood Type:

There is a strong difference between American and French Oak, American gives much more vanilla and coconut aromas, whereas French gives more of a smokey, cedar-ey woody aroma and flavour.

Age of Container:

Generally the newer the container, the stronger the flavours they impart. This, however, is not always highly regarded in the wine making world, the string flavours can overwhelm the wine. Older barrels are important for wine slow oxygenation but with no oak flavourings wanted, for example in Port, Sherry and sometimes Rioja.

Amazing Short Term OfferDate published: 01/08/13

Giesen....The New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc you all know and love is on a FANTASTIC short term deal.

Now only

£5.99 !!

(when buying any 2 bottles of NZ wines)

Pop in store and get some while this short term offer lasts, no time to come in store? Call us to order some and qualify for free delivery!

V is for...Date published: 01/08/13

Very Old Rioja!

This year, we had a parcel of wine arrive in store which was completely different to anything that I had tasted before ... 

When you mention Rioja to your friends, they will wistfully think about tender lamb, cuts of beef or just enjoying a glass by itself. They may even wonder whether it hails from the Alta, Alavesa or Baja sub-regions of Rioja (which is itself a region in Spain, the main grapes used being Tempranillo and Garnacha for the reds). Almost certainly, black fruits, a certain presence of oak and generally an abundance of varietal flavours will spring to mind.  

But what about raisins, prunes, dusty folio books and that corner of the attic that you never go in? Because these are what the nose and palate detect with this very special bottle of 'aged' Rioja that has waited over 2 decades to be drunk now. Pretty much everything with the 1986 Conde Valdemar has mellowed to the point that it is in the twilight of its bottle life. Tannins are virtually non-existent, and any fresh black fruit that flourished in the beginning of its journey ripened and matured sometime in the 1990's. This is certainly not a wine to be laid down, but one to be opened, savoured and explored.  

It is exactly like marmite in the way that there is no middle ground - this is a wine that you either relish the style of, or never touch a bottle again. The 1995 Conde Valdemar still retains some of its original fruit, and has a little more of the original character of the bottled wine. But if you're going to try an aged rioja, there's no point 'playing it safe' ... 

 The 1986 Conde De Valdemar is a wine that will make you sit up and take notice.

Time to try something new? Definitely. 

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere is back in store!Date published: 30/07/13

One of our staff favourites, this wine is also popular with many customers (so grab some quick before it runs out!).

The wine is made in a classic style, which gives a little more inthe way of secondary, savoury characteristics. This Carménère is plush and full bodied, with a nose that offers blueberry, plum and oak softened cassis fruit.  This is replicated on the palate, and is accentuated with coffee and dark chocolate aromas.

This wine will stand up to steaks as well as something a little gamier like roast duck.

A perfect little treat on a drizzley day like today!

And only £8.79 (when you buy any 2 Chilean wines)

And guess what.......it's open to try on our tasting counter!!

Pop in to try some

U is for ... Date published: 30/07/13

Ugni-Blanc! A grape known mainly for cognac, it also known as Italy's ubiquitous Trebbiano and is a feature in some of our French white wines. Imported from Italy during the 14th century, it not a native of France. It was primarily introduced as a replacement for Folle Blanche grape when the phylloxera virus hit native species. As a resistant to grey rot, the grape became the dominant variety for use in cognac.
Characteristics include citrus fruits and a leafy character reminiscent of summer days and barbecues!

A-Z of Wine: T is for TanninsDate published: 27/07/13

Tannins are the mouth drying part of a wine which is usually young and has not yet had time to soften up.  They come from the skins, stalks and seeds of a grape and are what give the wine it’s structure, like a skeleton holding up a body. They aren’t just present in wine – if you’ve ever had a cup of tea that has just made you thirstier – those are the tannins doing their thing! They can be softened with food; try big, tannic Bordeaux with some strong, hard cheese – magic.

A-Z of Wine: S is for SancerreDate published: 26/07/13

Hello and welcome to the latest installment of the A-Z of wine. Today is sponsored by the letter 'S' (pretty apt really); so let's get stuck into Sancerre!

Sancerre is a French wine AC located in the eastern part of the Loire Valley.  Almost all of the appellation lies on the left bank of the Loire River, opposite Pouilly-Fumé.  It is well-regarded for its production of quality Sauvignon Blanc wines, although (to a lesser extent) Pinot Noir is also grown.  The reds are light and fruity, and their rosés are not unlike Beaujolais in style!

The vineyards of Sancerre lie on soils consisting of a mixture of chalk, flint and gravel.  These reults in wines ranging in style from fruity to flinty!  There really is something for everyone.

Dates For Your Diary at Majestic Tunbridge WellsDate published: 22/07/13

Wine Courses

This is a FREE 90 minute appetiser that gives an introduction on 'how to taste wine' as well as food and wine matching, helping you choose the perfect wine for your meal!


Sunday 25th August at 2:30pm

Places are limited so give us a call, e-mail us or pop in to book your place!

Tasting Weeks

A themed week of tasting, with a number of different wines open from selected regions. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have!

Upcoming Tasting Weeks

Wines from Loire and Beaujolais

Friday 26th July – Thursday 1st August

A - Z of wine: R is for RieslingDate published: 21/07/13

Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany.

Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines.

As of 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world's 20th most grown variety at 120,000 acres, but the once shunned grape variety is starting to make its come back and is gaining ever more popularity.

Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin.

We have many different Riesings from the old world, (Alsace and Germany) as well as many from the new world (Australia and New Zealand to name a few!)

Pop in store to see what is on offer!

Pre Order Ned at £6.99!Date published: 20/07/13

On tuesday 22nd July the wonderful Ned Sauvignon Blanc will be raising in price by £1 to £7.99.

The wine is currently on the way from New Zealand, so f you want to pre order some at the lower price of


and we can the arrange collection or delievery when its in.

Please ask a member of staff for details!

*when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines as part of a mixed case

Sparkling Saturday! Nyetimber Vintage Rose 2009Date published: 20/07/13

It may not be as suny as yesterday, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a nice glass of sparkling Nyetimber Vinatge Rose!

When Nyetimber started in 1988 and was only a diddly 35 acres, but now this has expanded to 400 acres and can produce 1 million bottles every year!

This rosé is made from hand picked grapes of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties, and gives aromas of redcurrants and cherries, with a hint of yeastiness (as a result of ageing on the lees). The palate has great texture, with very fine bubbles so as not to distractfrom the flavours.

This is an english altenative to Champagne (debates are ongoing whether to call it Merritt after Christopher Merritt, the englishman who first documented the production method). And its going to be open ALL DAY on out tasting counter.

I look forward to seeing you at the tasting counter for a tipple and a chat!

A - Z of wine: Q is for QueenslandDate published: 20/07/13

Queensland is the hot north-eastern state of Austrailia, that despite its heat and latitude still manages to produce some fantastic wines!

Since the 1990's the wine producing area has expanded north from the New South Wales border, and now numerous wineries are producing Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Unfortunately we dont have any wines from Queensland in store, but that's because tourists to the area drinkall the supplies!

Talking of Provence...Date published: 18/07/13

We decided that we deserved a treat today, so along with some blueberry and lemon drizzle cake (yum!), we opened a provence rose to try.

But this isn't just any provence rose... This is the Minuty Cuvee Prestige 2010.

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This blend uses the Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

The wine is a glorious honey suckle pink, and offers a nose of cirtus fruit, wth lovely floral hints. The wine is lively on the palate, yet still maintains a rounded feel.

This is the top wine of the Minuty Château, and is definitely worth a try!

Currently £22 Majestic price

Hope to see you at the tatsing counter soon for a tipple and chat!

The A-Z of wine P is for ProvenceDate published: 18/07/13

P is for Provence

Provence in South East France is home to many prestigious Rose's made from a variety of grapes in a blend potentially including 'Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault, Ugni Blanc and Clairette. They are typically very pale salmon in colour with flavours of Strawberry. Raspberry a hint of cream and rose petal in a fresh crisp style.

My favourite of our Provence Rose's is Commanderie De Peyrassol. This has a light fresh flavour that will match seafood dishes or equally as an aperitif with nibbles. Perfect in our heatwave in the sunshine with olives and charcuterie in the garden!

A – Z of Wine O is for OakDate published: 17/07/13

A – Z of Wine O is for Oak

Oak is incredibly important in wine making, from large old oak casks which are used for fermenting wine to the more noticeable oak barriques which affect the flavours of a wine. The two main types of oak used are American and European Oak. European oak interacts with the wine during barrel ageing and produces flavours of soft spice, supple tannins and mouth feel, it also helps the wine to age gracefully. American oak has a bolder structure, texture and flavours of more pronounced vanilla. Each are suited to different styles of wine, Great Rioja, Bordeaux and Burgundy, along with New World wines show the complexity of barrel ageing onto wine and show how a mix of various types of oak, time in barrel and age of barrel can make such a difference to the taste. If you want to see what oak does to a wine, why not try a Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva Rioja (Eguia are a great example) to see how age and oak affect the wine.

A-Z of Wine N is for NebbioloDate published: 16/07/13

Nebbiolo is a black grape variety responsible for some of the finest and longest lived wines in Italy. It is native to the Piedmont region in the North-West and is its most distinguished vine. Nebbiolo is the grape variety used in prestigious wines such as Barolo.

A-Z of Wine M is for Medoc Date published: 16/07/13

Medoc is the most famous red wine district in Bordeaux and possibly in the world. Medoc grows at least three different grape varieties. The majority being Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Franc with possibly a late ripening of Petit Verdot.

A- Z of Wine L is for Laurent-PerrierDate published: 14/07/13

Laurent-Perrier is a globally recognised champagne house founded in 1812. It is one of the world's best selling Champagne house's next to Moet and Chandon and Veuve Cliquot. Light, fresh fruity and crisp in style this is the perfect Champagne for any special occasion and a bargain as only £24.99!!

A - Z of WIne: K is for KirDate published: 13/07/13

K is for Kir

Kir is another name for 'Vin Blanc Cassis'. Blackcurrant Liqueur (Cassis and White Wine). It was named after a hero of the Burgundian resistance movement during the Second World War: Canon Kir the mayor of Dijon. The Cote D'Or grows blackcurrants and makes fantastic liqueurs. The best wine is a simple unoaked white with relatively high acidity.

To make an even more special drink go for sparkling wine or Champagne and make a Kir Royal.

The A-Z of wine: J is for JulienasDate published: 12/07/13

One of the 10 Beaujolais Crus.

Julienas is one of the Northernmost crus of Beaujolais and has a real backbone to its wine. It is named after Julius Ceaser as the Romans reportedly planted their first vineyards in this area. The other crus are Chenas, Brouilly, Cotes De Brouilly, Fleurie, Moulin A Vent, St Amour, Morgon, Regnie and Chiroubles. They each have their own expression of the Gamay grape showing the differences in terroir.

A-Z of wine I is for IsinglassDate published: 11/07/13

A-Z of wine I is for Isinglass

Isinglass is a protein that is obtained out of the most unlikely of places...fish bladders mainly sturgeon and other fresh water fish! This protein has been used to 'fine' wine for centuries – it helps to clear and clarify all the unwanted particles out of wine before bottling.

The isinglass reacts with the excess harsh tannins from young wines and in the clarification of white wines. It is totally undetectable in the finished product but is the reason why some wines are named as not vegetarian!

A-Z of Wine H is for HungaryDate published: 10/07/13

Hungarian wine

Historically highly important in the wine industry with a huge range and depth of styles and flavours Hungary is once again trying to make its name great. Long gone are the days of generic 'Bulls Blood', as Furmint dry and sweet once again put this country on the international wine map. The climatic conditions, mountains, volcanoes and lakes offer a variety of soils and temperatures in which the vines thrive.

Dry Furmint and Tokaj made from the Furmint grape are probably the two most famous on the export market, although more international varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon alongside native varietals: Keknyelu and Kekfrankos are rising in popularity.

The most luxurious Tokaj is made only from the juice that the aszu (botritised) berries ooze as they are waiting to be crushed, this liquid is so complex in flavours and sugars that it hardly ferments at all and the legend that is Tokaj Essencia can be around 7 % and will age for decades commanding very high prices.

Hungarian wines are beginning to appear more in our shops and wine lists, I encourage you to try one if you have the chance!

A - Z of wine: G is for Gewurztraminer Date published: 07/07/13

Gewurztraminer is a pink skinned grape variety, that produces very intensely flavoured, full bodied white wines. It is one of the easiest wines to identify by smell alone due to the exotic aroma (and flavour) of lychees.

Gewurztraminer is most famously from Alsace, here it can produce extremely serious wines capable of ageing for many decades!

New world Gewurztraminers tend to be slightly different, mostly due to higher temperatures which create a fuller more rich and ripe style of wine, they still have a floral nose, with tropical lychee fruit aromas and are a great wine pairing with Thai or lighlty spiced cuisine.

In store, we currently have a few Gewurztraminers from Alsace, Spain and New Zealand (whose cooler climate is able to produce acidity)

I look forward to seeing you in store!

Your favourite beer is back in stock!Date published: 06/07/13

The ever popular larger, made with Champagne yeasts, giving a richer, smoother taste, is back in stock!

Yes, it's true. It's here ready and waiting for you.

It goes perfectly with a hot sunny weekend, You might not be able to find it on the website, so pop down and grab your self a box or call us on 01892 615877!

A - Z of wine: F is for FleurieDate published: 06/07/13

Fleurie is one of the 10 Beaujolais Crus (and we think the appellation in France with the prettiest name!)

Funnily enough, the region does produce wines with a distinctly floral nose. The wines are of very good quality and sometimes can demand very high prices.

In store, Beaujolais is currently on offer, saving 20% when you buy any 2 wines from the region!

We look forward to you popping in to see what we have to offer!

A - Z of wine: E is for EisweinDate published: 05/07/13

Eiswein - German for 'Ice Wine' is a wine that is very highin sugar and acidity, which is a direct result of the grapes freezing on the vine.

The grapes are picked and pressed immediately so that the ice stays in the press and only the sweetest juice is extracted.

In order for the grapes to freeze, temperatures need be below -8 degrees celcius, so picking usually happend very early in the morning.

Due to their acidity they are very easy to drink when young, and are very refreshing.

Even though Eiswein is becoming ever popular in Germany and Europe in General, it is Canada that produces the most.

I was fortunate to try some Canadian Icewine at the London International Wine Fair, and trust me when I say that you NEED to try some at some point in your life!! Its just such a shame its so hard to come by in England :(

Quote from Dan "Ice Wine is Nice wine!"

A - Z of wine: D is for DOURODate published: 04/07/13

Douro is a Portuguese wine region centered on the Douro River in the Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro region. While the region is associated primarily with Port wine production, the Douro produces just as much table wine (non-fortified wines) as it does fortified wine. The non-fortified wines are typically referred to as "Douro wines". Why not give one of them a try? Crasto Duoro at £9.99 a truly delicious and unique wine proudly stocked bt Majestic.

A - Z of wine: C is for ChampagneDate published: 02/07/13

Champagne, delicious, bubbly, perfect for any occassion!

The biggest myth of champagne is that is was invented by a Dom Perignon, this is in fact a lie! The earliest recordings of the production of champagne was by an englishman, Mr Christopher Merritt!

The reason for Champagne's unique loveliness is the method of production, and the grapes used. Champagne is usually a blend of Chardonnay (white), Pinot Noir (red) and Pinot Meunier (red) grapes.

1. Make a still wine from each of these grapes, then blend them together to make one neutral flavoured wine.

2. Ferment the wine in the bottle, the carbon dioxide given off by fermentation has no where to go so dissolves in the bottle forming the bubbles we all know and love.

3.The yeast (from the sugars of grapes) dies at the end of fermentation, and this gives the champagne its unique biscuitey flavour.

4. The wine is then aged in cellar for 15 months if it is non-Vintage, or 36 months for vintage champagne.

5. In order to get the dead yeast cells out of the wine (no one wants to be driningthose!), the wine undergoes a process called riddling. This is where the bottles are slowly twisted around, whilst being moved vertically to an upside-down position. Therefore moving all the yeast into the neck of the bottle.

6. The neck of the bottle is then put into a freezing brine solution, which freezes the yeast cells into a natural cork. This is then popped out (discorgement) and the bottle is topped up with a sweetened wine.

INTERESTING FACT. The long foil neck on Champagne bottles was originally to hide the low filled bottles that weren’t topped up after disgorgement.

Pop in store to see some of the fantastic deal we have on Champagnes at the moment!