Welcome to Majestic

Weston-super-Mare

Contact Information
T: 01934 417 977
F: 01934 417 977
E: wsm@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
13 Phillips Road
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 3UZ
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(609)

Wine Maker Series - a great range of gorgeous wines you're sure to love...Date published: 13/08/17

Have you met the new Wine Maker Series yet ?

We've challenged a few of our favourite wine makers to create some unique wines just for you. If you love M de Minuty then you really need to try the Wine Maker Series Rose at only £8.99 on the mix 6 price. A gorgeous fresh and fruity Provence style pink that will make you the toast of your BBQ guests. From Marc Kent we can introduce the Swartland Red - a mini version of the iconic Chocolate Block - a big, fruity, robust and bold South African red that will stand up to any red meat, and only £9.99 on the mix 6 deal. Finally we have the Wine Maker Series Shiraz from Kevin O'Brien - the maker of those great Ozzie reds from Kangarilla Road, at £8.99 on the mix 6 price.

Go on, try them - you're sure to love them as much as we do, and there's always the No Quibble quarantee, so even if you just don't like these wines, you can have the confidence to bring them back and we'll exchange them for something that you do love.

Come and meet the Wine Makers Series at Majestic Weston today !!

Closed Easter SundayDate published: 15/04/17

We are Closed on Easter Sunday but re-open on MOnday from 10 am.

March Showcase Tasting!Date published: 01/03/17

Our Brilliant Showcase Tasting is back! On the 31st March from 6-8 we are going to have a spectacular array of wines open for you t try a long with Warner Edwards who will be showing off their Gin range for you. We will even have an array of craft beer for you to try!

It doesn't matter if you are a Master of wine or a beginner our showcase is for everyone.

What's not to love? Book your place now by contacting the store on 01934 417977 or at wsm@majestic.co.uk

1 week only dealsDate published: 21/02/17

Everybody loves a bargain and we have some real winners for you this week! 

Peter Lehmann Art and Soul Shiraz for just £6.99

Villemarin Picpoul at £6.99 and 

Zonin for just £7.99


A pair of each of these would set you up nicely for parties or events that you might have coming up.

Oyster Bay for just £7.49!!Date published: 16/02/17

One of the true classics from New Zealand this ever popular wine is currently an absolute steal at £7.49 in any mix of six.

Famous for its great acidity and mouthwatering gooseberry and lime quality this wine is a surefire winner for the weekend or to share with friends at a party!

Cabernets of the WorldDate published: 16/02/17

Do you want to learn about Cabernet Sauvignon? We have just the thing! All week we will have a selection of Cabernet's open for you to taste so you can compare and contrast them and hopefully find your perfect style!

Cabernet sauvignon is one of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world and is responsible for some of the most long lived wines ever. It is also very versatile and capable of great complexity.


See for yourself with our free tasting!

Just 2 days left to grab some bargain Champagnes!Date published: 12/02/17

Our fantastic 25% Off* Champagne deals are ending on Monday 13th Feb at 7pm!

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV at £24.99*...Pol Roger Reserve NV at £30.73*...Mumm Cordon Rouge at £24.73*!!

Pop in and see us, order over the phone or online.


*when you mix six bottles or more

Duval Leroy Blanc de Blanc 05!Date published: 11/02/17

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

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

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

King of Hops Pale Ale at £6.60!Date published: 08/02/17

Hurry! We have six packs of craft beer King of Hops Pale Ale for only £6.60!

This Majestic exclusive is made by Chapel Down, the home of Curious Brew craft beers. We love the fruity citrus flavours and freshness.

We have it open to taste in store so pop in for a sample.

25% off champagne!Date published: 06/02/17

It's time to celebrate! All Champagne is 25% off from Tuesday the 7th to Monday the 13th of Feb!

We love our fizz and can't think of anything better to give as a gift or to share with friends. Why not buy a box of Champagne and that is 6 Birthdays, easter presents or Wedding gifts sorted in one! How efficient is that?

Or you could keep them to yourself and share 6 special moments with someone.

However you want to do it now is definitely the best time to make savings on one of the greatest drinks in the world.


 

Rose is BACK!Date published: 22/01/17

We are starting to see many of our favourite rose wines coming back into stock now!

Our current recommendations are:

Whispering Angel £19.80* - Summer berry fruits, peach and orange blossom

M de Minuty Rose £9.99* - Fresh acidity with subtle floral notes

Haut Vol £6.99* - Light bodied and delicate

Pop in, order online or over the phone!

*mix six price

Challenge Time!Date published: 22/01/17

We love it when you set us a challenge, so why not decide what it is you want to eat this coming week and we will pick you the perfect wines for each meal!

It will be a voyage of discovery for all of us! Not to mention having fun with wine and food!

Marlborough Ridge at £5.99!Date published: 22/01/17

We have an offer for you that is just too good to miss! For a limited time only, Marlborough Ridge SB is just £5.99 in the mix six! 

This NZ Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with citrus fruit, kaffir lime and gooseberry. It makes the perfect accompaniment to many seafood dishes.

Pop in, order over the phone or online!

Opening Hours for 22nd & 23rd January 2017Date published: 22/01/17

Due to our annual staff party, we will be closing at 1.30pm on Sunday 22nd January and re-opening at 12.30pm on Monday 23rd January.

Please still place orders online or leave us a phone message and we will process them on Monday afternoon.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

See you soon,

Kim, Tom & Molly

WIGIG winesDate published: 21/01/17

We still have an amazing range of small and unique wines from all over the world which are sure to delight the palate of enthusiasts and beginners alike!

Why not mix one in with your next shop and discover all sorts of amazing new wines.

See you soon!

Definition rangeDate published: 20/01/17

Have you decided that you would like to be more adventurous with your wine drinking this year? We think the best place to start is the definition range of wines, You can be sure that these wines represent quality and are classic examples of the style that they represent.

We even added a Prosecco, a Champagne and a Gin to our range!

My favourites are the definition Malbec from Argentina and the Cotes du Rhone.

Try some for your self! 

January sale still on!!Date published: 19/01/17

Amazingly we still have some real bargains for you to snap up! We have Tu Meke Chardonnay at £4.99, Pazos de Ulloa at £5.99 and plenty more besides!

Once they are gone they are gone!

GadgetsDate published: 18/01/17

Don't want to finish a whole bottle in one sitting? Then the Vacuvin pump and stopper set is for you. With this clever little gadget you can keep wine fresh as the day it was bottled.

A must have in any wine lovers kit!

Tired of blunting kitchen knives trying to get the foil off of a bottle of wine? Use a vacuvin foil cutter, perfect for saving precious seconds when you really want to open that bottle and don't want to cut your thumb off!

Love Beer?Date published: 17/01/17

Did you know that we sell beer too?

We have everything from classic lagers to pale ales, local to global beer and we have something different open to taste every week!

Why not pop along after work and try something new today?

Tu Meke Chardonnay at a silly price!Date published: 16/01/17

Yep this lovely little Chardonnay from the Kiwi's is a wonderfully soft fruity wine that is sure to be a real crowd pleaser.

Nectarine and peach with a good dash of lemon predominate the flavours with a nice crisp finish. This is a real bargain at just £4.99 on the mix six.

We even opened it for you to taste! 

Ever feel like you are missing something?Date published: 16/01/17

Here at Majestic we love Craft beer and spirits, we try to keep up with everything that's going on but it can be tricky to keep up with all the innovation.

We need your help! If you see a local craft beer or spirit that you think we should take a look at then let us know by email and we will do some investigating and who knows we may even stock your suggestion!

wsm@majestic.co.uk


Wedding and Party ServiceDate published: 16/01/17

Are you getting married or having a party this year?

Sorting out the alcohol and the glasses and the chiller bins can be very stressful not to mention all the other details that go into preparing such big events. Let us do the work on this one!

We can provide you with free glass hire, free chiller bin hire, free delivery and we will even do you a personal tasting so that we can find the perfect wines for your event! 

What's more we offer sale or return too so you can buy with the confidence that you are only going to end up paying for what you use.

Come and visit us anytime! 

Tasting Courses for January and FebruaryDate published: 16/01/17

Check out our events page for a list of upcoming tasting courses!

Ideas for tastingsDate published: 16/01/17

Ever thought that you would like to learn about specific wines? Maybe Malbec or Bordeaux or even why is Chilean Sauvignon so different from New Zealand Sauvignon which is so different from French Sauvignon? Send us your ideas for a tasting and if you can get a group of people together then we will try to arrange the tasting that you want to see!

So get creative and email us your ideas at wsm@majestic.co.uk

Our £1 a bottle beer offers are TOO GOOD to miss!Date published: 09/01/17

We have a large selection of beers here in store and every month a select number are £24 for 24 bottles...yes that's right...£1 A BOTTLE! 

Currently this fantastic deal applies to Corona Extra, Pilsner Urquell, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Asahi Super 'Dry' AND Estrella Galicia!

Pop in, order over the phone or online to snap up some top January deals!

Our Favourite £7.99 SauvignonsDate published: 09/01/17

Here at Majestic, we love our New Zealand Sauvignons just as much as you do, so we thought we'd share our current favourites priced at £7.99 (mix six price):

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

Parcel Series: A very well-rounded Sauvignon, the wine is pale and straw-like in colour, and is bursting with vibrant citrus and lemongrass aromas. The palate is clean and focused, with juicy acidity and good length. This will be stunning with oysters of other shellfish.

Mud House: 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.


Vodka...made from cow's milk?Date published: 08/01/17

Black Cow Vodka is the world's first pure milk vodka, made entirely from the milk of grass grazed cows. The use of fresh whole milk gives the vodka an incredibly smooth and creamy character. Black Cow separate the milk into curds to make cheese and whey to make the vodka. What's even better is that Black Cow are a very local company to us, based in West Dorset. 

We are lucky enough to stock this unique product so pop in for a sample!

JANUARY SALE LINES MUST GO!Date published: 08/01/17

Our sale stock is flying out the door but we still have a few gems waiting to be snatched up!


Tu Meke Chardonnay: deliciously refreshing with flavours of peach, nectarine and lemon. £4.99 Mix Six Price

Stella Alpina Chardonnay: beautifully balanced and bursting with tropical fruits. £7.19 Mix Six Price

Chateau Fourcas Dupre: a classic Claret, blackberry, blackcurrant and spice. £9.99 Mix Six Price


Pop in, order online or over the phone!

Bathtub Gin - have you tried it yet?Date published: 07/01/17

We always have a number of different spirits open to taste in store. One of our favourites this week is BATHTUB GIN. This gin is made in ultra-small batches of only 30-60 bottles at a time. This extraordinary gin is lightly tinted by the botanicals, and has a flavour which is both bold, and perfumed all at once. Sure to be a hit with amateur and professional mixologists alike!

100% of Majestic customers would buy this product again and at £33.75 in the mix six, it's worth getting your hands on!

Pop in for a sample!

Exciting wines at exciting prices! Date published: 03/01/17

If you want to blow those January blues away and spice things up a little, why don't you call in and pick up some of our January sale bargains! Three standout options for me are listed below:

The Stella Alpina Chardonnay is down to £7.19 from £11.99! A saving of 40%

Chardonnay isn't a well known grape variety from Italy but don't let that put you off! This is a very complex and elegant Chardonnay. Lots of tropical fruit with a buttery texture. Delicious! 

The La Cana Albarino £8.99 down from £14.99. 

The Albarino grape is becoming more and more popular, this bottle will show you why. 

Villa Nueva Malbec £4.99 down from £7.49. 

Argentinian Malbec at £4.99, a fruity, medium bodied example of why they are storming up in the red wine world. 


ENJOY EVERYONE - CHEERS TO A TASTY JANUARY 

January Sale aka Lots of wine must go!Date published: 27/12/16

Okay okay so it's not actually January yet but we thought we would let you in on the deals early! We have reduced wines from across our range to silly prices so that we can make room for new great wines which we think you will love.


As an example the Don Armando Malbec is no only £5.99, Graham Beck Sauvignon £5.24 Te Hua sparkling  just £6.59!


Come and find some more brilliant deals, and as always we have lots open for you to try!!

New Year Party time!!Date published: 27/12/16

Yup it's the party season as we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017!

So lets's do it in style, we have a real Majestic customer favourite La Gioiosa Prosecco at just £7.99 and  the ever reliable Rivamonte which goes just great with a dash of Sloe gin or Mulling Syrup (we have both!).

Champagne more your style? We have Veuve Cliquot at just £29.99 and De Telmont Grande Reserve at just £14.99


We also do free glass hire, chiller bin rental and can deliver wines for your party for free! Party Time?

Look no further for your Christmas Party needs! Date published: 30/11/16

Throwing a work Christmas party? Having some friends over for a dinner party?

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

We offer the ultimate party service:Free DeliveryFree Glass HireIce and Chiller Bin HireSale and Return on all wine and un-split cases of beer or ciderFantastic range of wine, beer, cider, soft drinks and waterFree tastingsWhether it’s a casual drinks bash or a full scale knees-up we will make sure your party is one to remember.

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

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

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

Our Fantastic Christmas Offers Are Here!Date published: 28/11/16

December is just a few days away and we have some cracking offers for you this Christmas! As of tomorrow morning (29th Nov) Taittinger Champagne is just £24.99* a bottle. We have also got Veuve Vintage Champagne 2008 for only £34.99*. If you're in need of some Christmas Day reds, why not try Chateauneuf-du-Pape Capouliers or Beronia Rioja Reserva both at £9.99*? We also have a large selection of dessert wines, ports and sherries, with the Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc (£9.99) being on of our favourites.

In store we have plenty of wines and spirits open to try, as well as ports and beers! Pop in and say hello!

*Price per bottle as part of the mix six

Subject : Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc is now £6.99 a bottle in store as part of the mix 6 pricing!!!Date published: 25/11/16

Fill your boots before close of play Monday.........
Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer with an unwavering dedication to excellence. A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate. A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.

https://www.majestic.co.uk/Villa-Maria-Private-Bin-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37063?tracking=%7Csearchterm:

25% Off Rioja AND NZ Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/11/16

25% Off Rioja AND NZ Sauvignon Blanc

This week we have two incredible offers for you that are perfect for the festive season, yes…we can now mention Christmas. 


Red Riojas make a wonderful accompaniment to Christmas parties and the dinner thanks to their gorgeous red fruit flavour and medium tannin levels. A lot of the range that we have are aged in French or other European oak which gives the wine a gorgeous subtle spice. 

Our favourites are:

Crianza: Rioja Crianza 2012 Marqués de Cáceres £8.24 a bottle in the mix six

Reserva: Rioja Reserva 2011 Beronia £11.24 a bottle in the mix six

Gran Reserva: Rioja Gran Reserva 2007/2008 Viña Eguía £9.74 a bottle in the mix six


New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular wines we stock. With its powerful aromas of gooseberry, citrus and tropical fruits it is the perfect party wine. 

We are loving:

Gooseberry: The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Malborough £6.99 a bottle in the mix six

Citrus: The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough £9.99 a bottle in the mix six

Tropical: Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough £7.99 a bottle in the mix


You can order online, over the phone or pop into store!

Porta 6- down to £6.99! Date published: 19/11/16

Porta 6- down to £6.99! 

Cast your mind back to July 4 2015. A little known humble Portuguese wine called Porta 6 appeared on BBC's 'Saturday Kitchen' and with the wholehearted endorsement from Chef James Martin, quoted as saying "One of the nicest reds I've tasted in ten years on the show" it very rapidly became a cult wine & in Majestic Wine circles, a household name. 

Since then, it has by far been our best selling Portuguese wine- and with good reason. Robust, juicy and fruit driven, produced with classic Portuguese grape varieties Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional & Castelão. Perfect with lamb chops.

Porta 6 is currently on a short term offer until  at £6.99 when you mix & match any 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. If you've not tried it, we of course have it open to taste.

Offer is valid until November 28th, Click on www.majestic.co.uk/havant or call 01934 417977 to place your order now!! 


25% off Prosecco- this week only!Date published: 15/11/16

25% off Prosecco- this week only!


This week at Majestic Wine we are getting in the party mood for the Festive Period by putting all of our range of Prosecco on 25% off!


There’s never been a better time than right now to stock up in time for your Christmas Party fizz or if you just need a top up for those indulgent evenings when still wine just won’t do!


Top buys this week include:


Definition Prosecco- £9.74*

La Marca Treviso- £7.99*

Rivamonte- £7.49*


Please click on www.majestic.co.uk to see our complete range of Prosecco & other fantastic current offers.
*As always, you'll get the best prices when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz.

2 days left of our 25% off Bordeaux saleDate published: 13/11/16

These wines are among the most popular and complex in the world and as such represent great value and exceptional flavour.

We really think that you should add a bottle or two of Bordeaux to your Christmas table. It will go well with everything from the main to the cheese board.

At 25% off the delightfully smooth Chateau Meaume is just £7.49 a bottle on the mix six. If you are still not convinced then come and try the Bordeaux on our tasting counter. 


See you at the tasting counter!

25% off ALL Bordeaux this week! Date published: 08/11/16

We have a fantastic opportunity this week to get 25% off all Bordeaux wines here at Majestic. What more could you want in the run up to Christmas?

We also have a good selection of Bordeaux wines open to taste on our tasting counter this week, to help you make the right decision and discover new favourites. 

This incredible offer does end next Monday on the 14th if we haven't already run out by then. Don't be the one to miss out. 


WIGIG winesDate published: 04/11/16

What's a WIGIG? When it's gone it's gone! Every month we have a brand new range of limited time only wiines with everything from Classic bordeaux to Hungarian Gruner Veltliner. These wines are really unique expressions of styles from all over the world and offer top quality at good value prices.

Come and discover a new wine today.

25% off All ChampagnesDate published: 04/11/16

Celebrate in style with Majestic this Christmas as we currently have 25% off all of our champagnes!


Some of our stand out favourites are the Veuve Cliquot at £29.99, Bollinger £31.84, Heidseick Monopole Bronze Top £14.99, Nicolas Feuillate NV £15.99.


These prices are valid until Monday the 7th at 7pm..


 

Amazing wines at bargain prices!Date published: 13/10/16

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



Oktoberfest!Date published: 09/10/16

Come and celebrate Oktoberfest at your local Majestic store! Over the weekend of the 15th & 16th October, we'll be opening a fantastic range of beers from around the world for you to try. You can even cast your vote for your favourite beer & you could be in with a chance of being invited to Majestic's very own customer tasting panel! 

Whether you like super hoppy craft IPA or prefer a more classic bitter, there will be many different styles of beer open to taste. If you would like to learn more about beer, we'll be running a beer masterclass on Saturday 22nd at 17:00 hrs. For further information regarding our Oktoberfest celebrations or to learn more about the Beer Masterclass, please contact us on 01934 417977

Winter ShowcaseDate published: 09/10/16

That's right its winter showcase time! This is where we bring some of favourite winter wines to the table and give you some inspiration for great wines for your Christmas table this year. To make things even more interesting we are hosting our showcase over two nights (the 17th and 18th of November) and on both nights there will be an additional 10% off of 6 or more bottle purchases! Did we mention our showcase is also free?

We really love the atmosphere and fun at these events so to keep that going we ask that you let us know if you would like to attend and choose a time slot for entry either 6:00, 6:30 or 7:00pm on either day.

You can RSVP to our email wsm@majestic.co.uk, by phone 01934 417977 or in person in store.

End of offers for SeptemberDate published: 22/09/16

It's that time again where we look to change our top offers for the month and bring in some new deals just for you. So stay tuned for what's coming up next month, but for now get a load of these last minute offers. We have Beronia Reserva Rioja at £9.99 (roast lamb anyone?) on the mix six, Veuve Cliquot (for that special birthday or anniversary maybe?) at £29.99 on the mix six or the delightful Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc at £7.99 (a sunny afternoon sipper) on the mix six.


Plus a whole lot more! Come and see for yourself!

Cune Reserva RiojaDate published: 16/09/16

Looking for a great red to savor in the evening as the nights draw in and Autumn gets under full swing? We heartily recommend the Cune Reserva Rioja, it is full of ripe blackberry and smooth tannins and some great oak character to round out the body of this wine. 

Currently this gem is £8.99 on the mix six. 

Delicious Macon Lugny Date published: 16/09/16

It's a great week for Burgundy fans, here is your chance to grab some of the most popular french wine we have ever had. It is a true classic with great acidity and a clean lemon character that compliments so many fish dishes and it also makes a great table wine for Christmas day.

Of course i'm talking about the incredible Macon Lugny! Currently we are offering this at £8.99 on the mix six. Still not convinced? We even have it open to try! So pop in and experience this classic for yourself.

USA! USA! USA!Date published: 15/09/16

Well, the politics of our friends across the pond may be one of madness and disfunction. But I tell what isn't madness and disfunctional: The drinkable delights of California.

Right now we have the exclusive Cline cool climate syrah at £15.99 in a mix of six. With it's Rhone-like qualities, this beauty is packed with fresh blackberry, cherry, clove and white pepper. Its Chateauneuf with a bit more 'hey dude'. This month, our resident Napa cab the Paso Creek is at a whopping £9.99. With its plush Cassis, black cherry, Violet and vanilla finish this is big velvety complexity at the best price ever. If you are feeling a little braver, maybe go the whole hog and pick up a Frog Prince Napa Red. As a bordeaux blend grown in Napa this wine will offer up loads of ripe fruit, licquorice like spice and a wonderful perfumed nose. All for £17.99.

So come on, Grab a bottle. Crack it open. Pour yourself glass in front of the TV and lets see who Donald Trump insults next.

A superb season of drinkingDate published: 13/09/16

For all of you who may be in a period of mourning with the loss of our Great British summer, don't despair. The nights may be drawing in, the leaves may be turning brown, the wind may even carry a slight chill but here at Majestic Wines Weston Super Mare we have a huge selection of seasonal specials to keep the summer spirits high.

Summer = Sauvignon, and thats why right now we have both the Russian Jack Sauvignon and the Oyster bay Sauvignon at £7.99 in any mix of six wines. Maybe you are partial to a glass of reserva Rioja, whilst pretending your in the southern Spanish sun. Well, to help you on your way we have the deliciously velvety Beronia Reserva at £9.99. A STEAL! Why not try the latest edition to our Picpoul de Pinet range - the Cabrol Prestige: With notes of fresh green apple, white jasmine and lemon peel this little french beauty is a bargain at £7.99. 

If you have any questions regarding any of our delightful offers this season, then please don't hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to helping you make the most of a so far grey September.

All New 'When its Gone it's GoneDate published: 12/09/16

For all of you after that extra special bottle, pop it and browse are new and exclusive WIGIG wine section!

 In this display you will find all the rare and limited release wines that our buyers have searched long and hard for. Or maybe you want to snap up some old favourites that we might not be stocking anymore. It would be a shame to miss out.

Right now we have some real gems like the Cline cool climate syrah at £15.99. Or the Monster wine that is the Tarima Monestrell - only £7.99. For all you Cote du Rhone lovers, why not give the new Famille Perrin Reserve Vinsobres a go: Gentle Black Fruit and fragrant herb finishing with a lovely peppered kick. 

As lovely as these may sound, the sad truth is when they sell, we will not be getting them back. So stock up whilst you can. We look forward to seeing you soon.



Gin Glorious GinDate published: 25/08/16

This weekend, it is our pleasure to invite you all too a huge free gin extravaganza. Over saturday and sunday we will have all our gins open to try with tonics and garnishes. If you want to learn a little more about these beautiful craft creations pop in and let us whisk you up some G & T's; both traditional and novel.

For any questions give us a buzz in store. We look forward to hearing from you.




This Years Bin EndsDate published: 25/08/16

Are you up for some wine bargains like no other? Right now, in store we are having a huge summer sale on existing lines and lines we will no longer be stocking. Whether its french elegance, Argentinian boldness, Spanish complexity or Italian zing we have it all. Hidden gems include; The laurent Miquel Albarino, The Potel Maranges Premier Cru and the Vincent Pinard Sancerre.

Pop in a see for yourself.  

Summer saleDate published: 20/08/16

The summer bonanza is here! We have reduced the prices of wines across the store from some of our favourite lines. We're really excited about the Paul Mas Sauvignon @ £7.49, the Tucumen Malbec @ £7.49, Pernand Vergelesses @ £16.66, Cune rioja rose @ £5.99 not to mention laurent miquel albarino @ £8.66 plus many more!

What a great time to stock up on classic wines and maybe get ahead for Christmas wines?


September Showcase Tasting on the 15th SeptemberDate published: 19/08/16

On the 15th September between 6 and 8 pm  we are inviting everyone to come in and try a wide selection of our Autumn wines. We love these events as we really get to show off some great products to you and they are always lots of fun.

The event is completely informal and we encourage everyone to attend no matter your level of wine knowledge. Its a fun relaxed experience where you can learn if you want to or you can just enjoy the tastings!

If this isn't enough to entice you along, then I am sure this next nugget of information will be! We are offering EVERYONE an extra 10% off their whole shop on the evening. Perfect excuse to stock up. 

We hope to see you there! Please do RSVP if you would like to attend.

A July to RememberDate published: 27/07/16

July is a cracking month for all things boozy. Offers at majestic wines are no exception. With the sun shining (emmm some of the time) now is the perfect time to grab that clean crisp Sauvignon or those bottles of bubbly.

Until Monday you will find both Oyster bay and Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc at £7.99 in the mix of six. We also have to champagne legends that are Veuve Clicquot and Bollinger NV at £29.99 in any mix of six. Maybe your more a Prosecco Connoisseur - let us know you thoughts on the delicious La Gioiosa DOC at £7.99 in any mix of six.

This prices will be changing as of Monday evening on the 1st August so give don't hesitate to get in touch a bag yourself some bargain wines.


  


The Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99 until the end off Monday the 25th of July. Date published: 22/07/16

The famous Ned is £6.99 when you mix 6 bottles or more until the end of Monday! An absolute bargain I am sure you can all agree, with the 2015 vintage being very impressive. 

If you would like to get your hands on some, order online, give us a call on 01937 417977 or pop in to store and see us and have a sample before you buy. 

Cheers to that 

Majestic's Party service! All you need to worry about is the guest list.Date published: 20/07/16

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery

Free Glass Hire

Ice and Chiller Bin Hire

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

Free tastings

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

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

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

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



Prosecco Tasting Saturday the 16th of JulyDate published: 13/07/16

Free tasting of Prosecco!

Yup that's right from 5:30 til 7:00 on Saturday we will have bottles and bottles of Prosecco open for you to taste as well as 25% off all Prosecco that is part of a mixed case of 6 or more. 

Prosecco is perfect for summer garden parties or as an aperitiff or even for a wedding reception, come along and try some for yourself!


Gin CourseDate published: 13/07/16

Love Gin? Want to try lots of different styles, need help with garnishes? Then we have the perfect course for you, we are conducting a tasting session here in store for a group of up to 12 people this Friday the 15th of July. We have spaces available and would love to see lots more people enjoying Gin.

Gin may not be your first love but it has come a long way in recent years and offers an exciting range of flavour and characters that will delight most any palate.

Hope to see you soon gin lovers!

10% off beer when you buy 12 bottles of wine or more! 20% off beer when you buy 24 bottles of wine or more Date published: 08/07/16

THE perfect excuse to stock up on beer and wine this weekend!

 If you come in and buy 12 bottles of wine/spirits/sparkly, you get 10% off the beer you also purchase! 

If you buy 24 bottles or more, you get 20% off your beer!  

Don't miss out on this fantastic deal. 


Stronachie 10 year old whiskey lost in time but not in spirit!Date published: 17/06/16


Stronachie (Pronounced Stron - a - key) is a 10 year old single malt highland whiskey that has been recreated nearly 100 years after the closure of the distillery.


This highland gem has a nose of honey, heather and earthy notes. On the palate it is very smooth, with a honeyed, biscuit finish and lingering pepper notes.


Stronachie is a perfectly balanced, smooth highland whiskey from another age, best enjoyed straight up.

Ramon Bilbao single vineyardDate published: 02/06/16

From a Bodegas situated in Rioja Alta this single vineyard wine is an absolute stunner blending Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes to produce a medium bodied, supple wine with plenty of blackberry and red fruit notes. As part of a mixed case of 6 or more we offer this at £6.99

This would be perfect with slow cooked beef or to accompany a good cheese board!

Macon Lugny £8.99 on the mix sixDate published: 25/05/16

Yep you read that right, one of the classic white burgundy wines and Majestic house favourite is just £8.99 on the mix six until Monday night.

This is a crisp white with great citrus notes and a refreshing acidity and 100% elegance. Get some before its all gone!

We even have it open to taste.....

The Ned at £6.99Date published: 22/05/16

Quite possibly the most famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc around; the Ned ticks all the boxes for those wanting a big bold citrus driven mouthful. Layered with notes of herb, tropical fruits and gooseberry, this wine is perfect for those looking for something to open on a sunny evening.

Currently, the Ned is at £6.99 in any mix of six wines. However, this will be finishing on Monday evening. So Hurry!!! You can give us a call, an email or pop in a visit.

  

Special offers on Craft BeerDate published: 19/05/16

Like us, you may have been grabbed by the recent surge in delicious craft beers. Right now, We are offering £2 off craft beer purchases when you by any two selected packs of craft beer. 

We have craft beers of all styles, if its good crisp aromatic pilsner you like, or a bitter fruit driven heavy-hopped IPA then come by and try some. We often have craft beers open to taste every day. As always, our range its getting bigger and better, with new lines from America, Germany, Belgium and the UK alike.

Come in for a chat, we would love to here about your beer stories.

Majestic PresentsDate published: 19/05/16

This week majestic wines are presenting a brand new white Rhone from Pierre Henri Morel : The Laudun Cote Du Rhone village.

This wine comes from a partnership between Pierre Henri Morel and Majestic favourite Michel Chapoutier. The white wines of the Rhone valley are somewhat under the radar and, as in this example, can represent amazing value. It is rare to find a wine with this much flavour and complexity at £8.99. Thats right! £8.99 in your mix of six wines.

Made from Grenache Blanc, this wine boasts big flavours of apple, peach and flint with a rounded spice finish. Perfect with a herb heavy roast chicken...Bring on Sunday.

Pop in a find out for yourself; we have it open to try along with many other gems.

   

Ramos Reserva a great BBQ wineDate published: 14/05/16

Need a great red wine for a BBQ that doesn't cost the earth and will definitely get people talking? The Ramos has got you covered, this delicious wine from Portugal is ripe with dark cherry flavours and a blend of sweet spice on the finish that sets your mouth to watering and leaves you wanting another bottle.

Absolutely brilliant with steak or even Pizza this is an absolute must at £6.99 as part of a mixed case of 6 or more! Still don't believe us then pop in and try it for yourself at our tasting counter.

New Arrival - Prosecco La Gioiosa DOCGDate published: 11/05/16

So what's the story?

Based in Treviso in the heart of
Prosecco country, La Gioiosa is one of Italy’s leading 
family producers. Owned by the Moretti Polegatto 
family, La Gioiosa represents the tradition of 
winemaking which has been passed through 
generations of the family. The company is at the 
forefront of innovation. The winemaker freezes the 
Prosecco must prior to fermentation to ensure 
maximum freshness.
The La Gioiosa name pays tribute to the old definition 
of the province of Treviso, "Marca gioiosa et 
amorosa" (Joyous and Amorous March) underlining 
the sociable lifestyle of its inhabitants.

A sense of place

The D.O.C.G. of Conegliano 

Valdobbiadene lies in beautiful hilly countryside, 
which seems made for producing prosecco. Situated 
50km from Venice this appellation has a long and 
proud history of sparkling wine production, dating 
back to the 18th century. The light sparkling wines of 
the area complement the sociable and artistic nature 
of its people.

A sense of taste

The high quality of Conegliano 
Valdobbiadene’s grapes means this prosecco can be 
made in a relatively dry style. Typically apple on the 
nose, the fine bubbles and fresh palate produce a 
very uplifting wine, great for any occasion. 

Great with

As with all prosecco this wine is a terrific 
aperitif. But the class of this wine means it 
complements shellfish perfectly as well.

Single bottle, £13.99. Mix six price = £9.99

Planning a party? We can help!Date published: 10/05/16

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

+ Free Delivery

+ Free Glass Hire

+ Ice and Chiller Bin Hire

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

+ Free tastings

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

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

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

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

24 Peroni for £26.88Date published: 08/05/16

Yep you read that right! £26.88 for a case of Peroni which works out at £1.12 a bottle. This is an excellent deal for a premium lager, snap some up before its all gone!

25% off all Chilean wineDate published: 07/05/16

Great news all of our Chilean wines are at least 25% off! There is so much to discover in Chilie so to help you out some we have opened lots of different Chilean wines on our tasting counter so you can try lots of different styles!

Come and explore Chilie with us!

English FizzDate published: 07/05/16

Who wants to celebrate? Don't have anything particular to celebrate today well just opening one of these bottles is an occasion all by itself!

Presenting.... The Nyetimber NV! This stunning English sparkling wine has a beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. It is an absolute show stopper and frequently beats Champagne in blind tastings.

Balfour 1503 rose NV is our second Sparkler with lots of value for money.  Invitingly rose petal pink with a  lively pink grapefruit character and defined notes of wild strawberry and a subtle herbaceousness. Truly awesome to savor in the garden on a sunny evening!

The Nyetimber NV can be yours for £24.99 on the mix six and the Balfour 1503 rose NV for £19.99 on the mix six.

Reserve Summer Showcase date - Friday 27th MayDate published: 06/05/16

If you can't make it to our Summer Showcase on Thursday 26th, don't despair! Due to high demand, this year we're putting on a reserve date on Friday 27th from 5 pm to 7 pm too.

Loads of our favourite wines for the season to taste, nibbles to enjoy and another full house with advice from you favourite wine team. What more could you want?

Book your place for Thursday or Friday by ringing us on 01934 417 977 or email us at wsm@majestic.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you.

Our Craft Beer CrazeDate published: 04/05/16

Craft beer? at a wine shop? That's right, we have a huge range of local and global beers, ranging from fresh pilsners of Germany through to the chewy heavy hopped ales of the Pacific Northwest.

Whether its for a sports match, poker or just a lovely lazy evening in, it is always a treat popping the cap on a cold bottle of well made beer. Here at Majestic wines Weston Super Mare we have a great number of american recipe inspired ales both from the USA and from artisan beer makers here in the UK - perfect for those who want something a little rare.

The King of Hops Pale ale is no exception. Brewed for us by Chapel down, this little gem boosts big hoppy flavours of grapefruit, orange zest and malt. At £9.99, this is the perfect bottle for those looking for typical of this craft ale craze. As always come and visit our tasting counter and find out for yourselves.


The Russian Jack SauvignonDate published: 03/05/16

When newcomers pop into the store looking for a big bold Marlborough Sauvignon, the Russian Jack often steals the show.

Named after one of Marlborough's most intriguing characters, Russian Jack (1878-1968) was a much loved 'gentleman of the road', seen carrying sacks of possession over his shoulders, moving from town to town. During the fruit havesting season, this stranger was warmly welcomed onto the farms to help with the picking: Something that he continued to do well into his old age. Today, his legacy is remembered in two forms - A bronze statue and a delicious Marlborough wine.

At £7.99 in a mix of six this Sauvignon boast big flavours of gooseberry, lime zest, and passionfruit. The fresh acidity and rounder tropical notes allow for a wonderfully clean long finish. Perfect for those hotter summers evenings.

Pop in and give it try from our tasting counter. We be fascinated to hear what you think.  

Definition Chianti ClassicoDate published: 30/04/16

Definition Chianti Classico

The Legend: 

Chianti Classico is nestled in between the two ancient 
towns of Siena and Florence and ownership was the source of 
contention for years. In the early 1200s, it was decided that the 
matter of rule would be settled by a race. 
It was decreed that two horseman should set off at cock’s 
crow on a designated day, one from Siena to the south, and the 
other from Florence to the north. Wherever the riders met would 
decide the boundaries of each territory. 
So the fate of the region was significantly dependant upon 
the early waking of a rooster! 
The Sienese selected a fat, pampered white rooster. The 
Florentines chose a scrawny black one. The tricksters from 
Florence also decided to lock theirs in a pen, with no sunlight 
and no food, for days. 
On the morning of the race, the white rooster awoke 
lazily at sunrise. The black rooster however was so out of sorts 
from captivity that it began crowing like crazy as soon as it was 
let out of its pen. The Sienese rider only traveled about 8 miles 
before he was met by the other horseman. Florence’s new 
boundary was drawn at the meeting spot, near Croce Fiorentina.
Thanks to a scrawny starved black rooster, the majority of
the region fell under the jurisdiction of Florence. In 1384, the 
Lega del Chianti (Chianti League) chose a black rooster set 
against a golden background as the emblem for the area.

A sense of taste: 

Silky‐smooth red with flavours of cherries, prunes and violets.
Great with: Spag Bol, of course!
Single bottle £11.99/£9.99 mix 6

Great New Offers!Date published: 27/04/16

We have just had our monthly price change which means a whole new set of special offers to go at!

Some of the stand out deals for me are;

Prosecco Zonin £11.99 or £7.99 when you buy 6 or more

Beronia Rioja Reserva £14.99 or £9.99 when you buy 6 or more

Corona Lager £1 a bottle in unsplit cases of 24.

Minuty Rosé £11.99 or £9/99 when you buy 6 or more

Fort more information pop in store and see whats on taste!

Staff favouritesDate published: 24/04/16

Recently the team, here in Weston-super-mare, put together a whole new display of our favourites. Who will you agree with? 

This week James has picked the 'Les Grange Des Combes' from southern France and the ever-popular 'La toledana' Gavi. Meanwhile, Tom has taken us down-under with the 'Vasse Felix' Chadonnay and the 'Kangrilla Road' Shiraz. Bridging both the old world and the new world wine, Angus has offered up the 'Cillar D Silos' Crianza as well as the 'Bellingham Bernard Series' Viognier. Or maybe you'll prefer our team pick: The 'Ravenswood' Zinfandel from Lodi, California.  

Come and have a chat with us. We would love to know what you think?

Attention Gin LoversDate published: 24/04/16

For all of those who love a drop of decent gin, we have a brand new entry.

The Sibling's distillery, based in Cheltenham has bought out an award winning gin for you enjoyment this summer. With the G & T season quickly approaching it's always nice to have something a little special. 

On the nose this gin is both smooth and rich carrying aromas of vanilla, citrus and berry-based botancials. Through the process of triple distillation, this gin is able to remain beautifully soft and smooth whilst producing full spirit flavour. On the palette you can expect, blueberry and vanilla refreshingly balanced with juniper and citrus zest. Through both the 'fullers earth' purification method and the vapour infusion techniques used, drinkers can expect a wonderfully balanced gin with a long creamy finish. 

Why not pop in and try some with us.

Wedding PlanningDate published: 23/04/16

Planning a wedding is difficult enough with out all the added complications of trying to match wine to food and not to mention working out the right quantities to make your special day perfect.

Well that's where we come in, we will arrange a time for you to come in to store and we will discuss your plans as well as establish what kind of wines you are most interested in, we will then do a tasting to make sure you are happy with the chosen wines and after that it's all just a case of quantities and times.

We can work out how much you need, what split of white to red, which wines will compliment which foods, what sparkling wine will suit you best and even better we will deliver it all for free to your venue either on or before the big day. Let us handle all of the details so you don't have to stress.

If you have any questions please do pop in or drop us an email and we will do our best to help you.

Top English fizz for St Gerorge's Day!Date published: 23/04/16

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010 England

If you’ve considered English wine a comedy of errors or much ado about nothing, then this is the perfect chance to show that it can be just as you like it. When we tasted it this week, we were convinced Nyetimber can stand up to the very best Champagnes, measure for measure.

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.

Single bottle price - £32.99, mix any 6, save £8 = £24.99

Try something new... Diemersdal Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 22/04/16

A rare grape anywhere,
but especially here!

Now this is a mould-breaking rarity,
made from a seriously refined grape
variety that’s almost never travelled
from it’s Austrian home. But it’s
been adopted by 6th generation
winemaker Thys Louw at his family’s
Cape estate.

When it’s as well made as this, GV
(as Grüner Veltliner is known) reaches
places on the taste map which other
whites cannot reach – kiwi, limes,
melons, pears, and white pepper.

It’s fabulous any time, but especially
when seafood, salads and spicy
dishes are on the table.

Grüner Veltliner 2015, Diemersdal
Estate, Philadelphia, 12%

£11.99 Mix Six £9.99

Open to try in store today!

Win a trip to Hush Heath Manor!Date published: 21/04/16

We’ve teamed up with Balfour to offer you the opportunity to win a luxury stay for two at Hush Heath Manor. All you have to do is buy any two bottles of Balfour 1503 Brut or Rosé to be entered in to the draw. There are also runner-up prizes of mixed cases of Balfour Wines as well.


The competition runs in store from Saturday 23rd April until Saturday 14th May and continues online until Sunday 5th June 2016. Winners will be drawn on Friday 10th June.

My personal favourite is the Balfour 1503 Rosé, 

Good Luck to all those who are entered into the draw!

Majestic Summer ShowcaseDate published: 21/04/16

Every year majestic is known for putting on these fantastic tasting events. We will be offering Champagne on arrival and then an extensive tasting of some of the best bits for summer. There will be at least 10 different wines open, White, Red and Rosé. We will also be supplying some cheese and nibbles for the evening.

This event is FREE and we will also offer an extra 10% off ALL orders placed ON THE NIGHT (6 bottles or more)

These events can get rather busy so we have slots at 18:30, 19:00 and 19:30 so if you would like to come along please do give us a call on 01934 417 977 or email us on wsm@majestic.co.uk


Majestic Presents - Diemersdal Estate Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 21/04/16

This week our buyers have found us a trully unique and interesting wine. Hailing from the Durbanville region from the Diemersdal estate this wine is brilliant. A non traditional grap variety for South Africa, Gruner Veltliner is known better for its Austrian roots, however it has been tipped to be the next grape variety to get global recognition- and with this wine you can really see why.

It is wonderfully fresh and elegant with aromas and flavours of kiwi, lime and melon. Perfect for summer sipping in the garden or a perfect partner for those fishy BBQs!

Only £9.99 as part of a case of 6 and open to taste!!

Mud House NZ Sauvignon - Offer Extended!Date published: 19/04/16

I'm sure many of you will be happy to hear the Mud House New Zealand Blanc offer has been extended for another week! That's a whole seven days more of this offer. Now you don't have any excuse not to cash in on this great deal.

This New Zealand Sauvignon has a classic Marlborough style. Flavours of gooseberry, lime and a touch of guava. A vibrant Sauvignon, great for everyday drinking and summer parties.

We've just opened a bottle up on the tasting counter, come in and give it a try!

ONLY £6.49 on the Mix 6, offer ends Monday 25th April 7pm in store, 3pm online


Malbec end of offersDate published: 18/04/16

Some of our all time favourite Malbecs are at their best prices for just one more day! We have the velvety smooth, San Huberto at £6.99 or the fruity and rich Vinalba reservado at £7.99 and of course not forgetting the great value Argento Malbec at just £5.99.

If you cant make it into store today then you can always call us on 01394 417977 or email us at wsm@majestic.co.uk in order to secure these great wines at their best prices. The deadline for this is by close of play (7pm) on Monday the 18th of April.

See you soon fellow wine enthusiasts! 

Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/04/16

Looking for a fresh Kiwi sauvignon? Then look no further, the Mud House is a classic fresh wine with crisp notes of gooseberry, lime and a smooth tropical finish.

This is the perfect partner for a risotto or light pasta dish or on its own sat in the garden on a summers evening!

All this flavour is wrapped up in a tidy price of just £6.49per bottle on the mix six or £38.94 per case

Kumeu River Pinot GrisDate published: 15/04/16

‘Below the radar’
Kiwi white

While Sauvignons steal the
headlines, other Kiwi whites
remain ‘below the radar’ –
in particular Pinot Gris from
a stellar estate in New Zealand’s
most northerly vineyards.

Kumeu River is an award-winning
family winery, rated on a par
with top domaines in Burgundy.
Set up in the 1940s, it’s small scale
and absolutely top quality.

The 2014 Pinot Gris balances
richness and freshness brilliantly.
Delicious by itself or with spicy food
– a fantastic wine for modern tastes.


Kumeu River Pinot Gris 2014,
Auckland, 13.5%
£11.99 Mix Six £9.99

Argentina Spotlight Tasting 15th - 21st AprilDate published: 14/04/16

We all know Argentina for it's array of delightfully different Malbecs. In this spotlight tasting week we will of course be looking at some of our favourite Malbecs but also exploring what else Argentina has to offer. White wine such as Chardonnay, Torrontes and Viognier all do very well in the slightly cooler, higher regions.

Do stop by to find a new favourite wine

£1 beers at MajesticDate published: 14/04/16

You all know us for our vast range of wine, and some rather cracking prices on these wines too! But did you know that we also sell a huge amount of beer? Local ales, through to 'Craft Beers' and branded Lagers.

We usually have a £1 a bottle beer of the month - this month we have two! Both the Pilsner Urquell and Asahi are £1 a bottle (330ml bottles in unsplit cases of 24). These cases of beer are sure to keep the troops hydrated for those sunny afternoons in the garden


Capaia Cabernet MerlotDate published: 13/04/16

‘Cru classé’ style Cape
claret — affordable
luxury!

Planted in 1997 in plain view of
Table Moutain, Capaia’s vines were
brought in from Bordeaux, together
with state-of-the-art winery
equipment. And now the owner
of two of the greatest estates in
St Emilion, Stefan von Niepperg,
has invested in the winery.

The naturally benevolent Cape
climate helps to produce pure-flavoured Merlot and Cabernet
grapes that are pretty much as
ripe and juicy as can be.

The luxuriously smooth, rich black
fruit flavours are a real reminder of
fine claret from a ripe vintage. It’s a
steal at the price – buy while you can.

Capaia Merlot Cabernet 2011,
Philadelphia, South Africa 14%
£9.99 Mix Six £7.99

New week long offersDate published: 13/04/16

This week we have some absoloutely corking deals for you at Majestic Wine - just the kind of wines you want for any BBQ you're planning on having.

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - Since it's introduction to the Majestic range this wine has been incredibly popular, and I can see why! This wine is packed full of tropical fruit flavours as well as a reall zingy citrus character. Wonderfully refreshing and just perfect for any outdoor occasion. All this for only £6.49 a bottle this week!

Vinalba Malbec - This wine has been omnipresent since I have been with Majestic and it never disappoints. It is a robust, full bodied Malbec with heaps of dark fruit and notes of elegant sweet spice too, this wine is just perfect with any red meat dish, or to be completely honest, is a cracking sipper by itself. Only very rarely have I seen this wine at this price - and the last time was a few years ago!! £7.99 a bottle

San Huberto Malbec - When this wine is open on the tasting counter, I don't need to say a word, It just sells itself. A bit lighter in body than the Vinalba this is ideal for those lazy Sunday afternoons in the garden with the BBQ fired up. Damson fruit and lovely supple tannins really make this wine what it is. And at only £6.99 a bottle its a complete no brainer!


Porta 6 is £6.49... but only until MondayDate published: 09/04/16

We've been inundated with orders for this phenomenal Portuguese red, but don't worry, more is arriving soon!

Order it now while it's at the silly price of £6.49 and we'll deliver it out for you to enjoy at home.

Pop in over the weekend or give us a ring on 01934 417 977 to order yours.

Grape Guide... GrenacheDate published: 09/04/16

Soft and fruity but also
seriously deep-flavoured
at this level. Works
brilliantly blended with
rich Syrah and spicy
Mourvèdre.

It's grown across the south of France where it's usually blended into seriously food-friendly wines. You also get some great old-vine examples in Spain, where it's known as 'Garnacha'. One of my go-to reds is just such a wine, 'El Chapparral', a rich old vine Garnacha from Navarra.

As in Châteauneuf,
Lirac’s stony vineyards
retain the warmth of the
sun, helping to ensure
ripe grapes

Top Châteauneuf family’s other great redDate published: 08/04/16

The Abeille-Fabre family has been
crafting luscious Châteauneuf for four
generations. But it’s not the only great
red they make.

Across the Rhône river from
Châteauneuf lies Lirac. The stony soils
have an uncanny similarility to their
famous neighbour, and of course the
climate’s the same.

The family’s Lirac vineyards produce
fabulously healthy and tasty grapes
(mainly velvety Grenache, but also Syrah
and Mourvèdre which thrive here).

This is not Châteauneuf ... but it tastes
so much richer and smoother than many
of the big names across the river.

However the family make only a
quarter as much of their Lirac as their
Châteauneuf, so it’s only available in
limited amounts.

That’s all the more reason to buy while
you can – especially at today’s price.
Lirac Vignoble Abeille 2013, 14.5%
£13.99 Mix Six £11.99

New Arrival... Pazos De Ulloa RibeiroDate published: 07/04/16

New Arrival...

Pazos De Ulloa Ribeiro 2015, Spain 

"This Palomino/Torrontes blend is soft, bracing and sublime with shellfish."

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith – 13th March


This wine was specially selected and blended by our head buyer Matt Pym on a recent trip to Spain. The wine is fresh and crisp with aromatic flavours of white peach and apple and a refreshing minerality on the finish.

Worth a try if you like crisp Sauvignon Blanc and are looking for an alternative.

Mix Any 6 Price £6.99


Our best ever price on Porta 6!Date published: 06/04/16

Origin

The area around Lisbon is a hive of winemaking activity, making uniquely styled wines primarily from blends of native Portuguese grapes. This wine comes from vineyards in the Alenquer and Cadaval regions, in the mountains to the north of Lisbon.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Perfect with minted lamb chops.

It's just £6.49 a bottle this week when you include some in your mixed case. At that price, it won't last long!

Try it in store today!

In store Tasting EventsDate published: 05/04/16

Here at Majestic we often hold week long events where we showcase some of our favourite wines from a particular country or region. This means that there will be a series of different wines open on the tasting counter in store which you can drop in and try at any point in the week. 

Would you like to know about these in advance? If so just send us an E-mail stating your interest and we will notify you before each of these events so you won't miss out on trying wines from different places that you may never have considered before.

See you at the tasting counter soon!

Wine coursesDate published: 04/04/16

Ever wanted to learn a bit more about wine? Fancy an introduction to classic wine styles from around the world? Then why not inquire about one of our tasting evenings, and let us walk you through an evening of tasting and food matching as well as a chance to ask us any questions you have ever wanted answered about wine.

If you would like to know more then please drop into store or give us a call.

New World Riesling - a hidden gemDate published: 03/04/16

It is no secret that Sauvignon Blanc has ruled the roost in terms of new world wine. Both Australia and in particular New Zealand in recent years have triumphed in producing consistently good high quality Sauvignon at a remarkably affordable costs for the consumer. This level of winemaking excellence can also be found in many of their dry Riesling's. Carrying lots of zesty citrus flavours back by round stonefruit notes, dry Riesling really is an absolute gem for the summer months. Please pop in and and check out our selection, you won't be disappointed. 

End of offersDate published: 03/04/16

Monday is the end of our cracking deal on the Oyster Bay Sauvignon and the Oyster Bay Merlot both at £7.49 as part of a mixed case of 6 or more.

These wines are really not to be missed at these amazing prices! The offer ends on Monday the 4th of April at 7pm. You can order over the phone, by online ordering or just pop into the store!

See you soon wine lovers!

Majestic Presents... Kumeu River Pinot GrisDate published: 01/04/16

Story: 

Founded in 1944 by Croatian immigrants, Kumeu (“queue‐
myoo”) River is still a Brajkovich family operation, producing 
some of the most exciting white wines in the whole of New 
Zealand. A bold move in the late 70’s saw them plant (at the 
time unfashionable) international varietals such as Sauvignon 
Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and their wines 
today are proof that it was a risk worth taking. Key to the quality 
of this estate are the deep‐rooting systems of their vines which 
enable them to farm without irrigating at all which given how far 
north they are is quite something. Their Burgundian style 
Chardonnays have gained international acclaim and this Pinot 
Gris is yet another example of the great wines of which they are 
capable.

A sense of place: 

Despite being situated well north of New 
Zealand’s other viticultural regions, Kumeu’s climate is kept cool 
thanks to its close proximity to the Tasman Sea, just 20km to the 
west and the Pacific Ocean 30km to the east. The resulting 
cloudy conditions help to moderate the climate, keeping peak summer temperatures 
below 30°C. Ideal conditions for early ripening varieties like Pinot Gris.


A sense of taste: 

Delicate floral and apple fruit flavours are emboldened by notes 
of white pepper, fresh apricot and herbs. While slightly off dry this is never cloying.

Great with: Pad Thai

Single bottle £11.99/£9.99 mix 6

The critics love it too!

“If you have never tried these wines, then it is time you see for yourself what New 
Zealand is capable of.”
‐ Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

Australia Spotlight - Wine in FocusDate published: 01/04/16

What's big, red, warming and friendly?

Clifford the Big Red Dog I hear you cry? I was thinking of the delicious red wine we have open for our Australia Spotlight tasting.

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012/2013 Margaret River

Origin

Named in honour of an early seafarer who drowned whilst exploring the treacherous coast, Vasse Felix in the Wilyabrup sub region of Margaret River region of Western Australia, produces award winning wine from ancient soils influenced by the Indian and Southern Oceans.

Taste

Perfumed and leafy aromas along with generous black fruits and berry fruit aromas. A palate rounded by oak, integrated and ripe tannins and warming layers of dark fruits. An integrated complex finish.

Enjoy

This fantastic Bordeaux blend to be enjoy over the next ten years with roasted meats and game.

It's open to try this week so pop in for a taste!

Australia Spotlight Tasting starts today!Date published: 31/03/16

From Friday 1st April we will have a selection of some our favourite Aussie wines open in store for you to try.

My current pick is the Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay, only £11.99 on the Mix 6. A toasty, nutty nose, with peach and tropical fruits on the palate, complemented by nutty hints and a touch of vanilla toast, a full flavoured wine!
I like mine with a creamy carbonara...mmmmmm! Delicious.

And of course we will have some punchy, full-bodied reds open to taste too!

Feel free to pop in and we'd be happy to take you through some of the wines open.

Oyster Bay Merlot and Sauvignon only £7.49!Date published: 31/03/16

Oyster Bay Sauvignon and Merlot are both only £7.49 each on the Mix 6.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

Oyster Bay Merlot

Origin

Oyster Bay has been producing wine of international acclaim since winning the 'Best International Sauvignon' at the 1991 IWSC. A leading example of the 'New Zealand Style', fashioned from fruit grown in Hawkes Bay's Bordeaux-esque climate.

Taste

Plumy, jammy and ripe berry fruits augmented by hints of spice, toasted oak and chocolate aromas are followed by a rich, rounded and fruity palate with subtle oak and spices and an intense finish.

Enjoy

Enjoy over the next three years with everything from pizza to spaghetti bolognese and from roast turkey to pork chops.


Pop in store this week and try them on our tasting counter!

Last of the Easter Offers!Date published: 28/03/16

Hurry! today is the last day of some of the best deals majestic wines has to offer. 

Until 5pm you will still be able to buy Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99. Or if this Easter season has damaged your fizz stocks make the most of our cracking De Telmont Champagne at £13.99 or our famous Prosecco La Marca Congegliano at £8.99. For more infomation on all our brilliant deals on reds, whites, roses and sparkling wines pop into the store or give us a call. 

We would be happy to help you make the most of this easter's bank holiday monday.

Easter Sunday Flash Deal - halfway through!Date published: 27/03/16

This Easter Sunday only, you can £10 off any £60 shop or £30 off any £180 shop.

Just use the code ESUNDAY2 to get £10 off or ESUNDAY3 to get £30 off. Go to www.majestic.co.uk to order for free delivery and enter your code at the online checkout.

If you're a fan of great Rioja, Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva - normally £9.99 a bottle - can be yours for £8.41 a bottle using ESUNDAY3 with 19 bottles in your basket.

Our champagne prices are always good, but we've excelled ourselves here. 12 bottles of Laurent Perrier Brut will work out as only £22.49 per bottle!

Easter Sunday Flash DealDate published: 27/03/16

We've got an awesome Easter treat for you today.

For any online order you place, enter the code ESUNDAY2 to get £10 off any £60 order. Or use ESUNDAY3 to get £30 off a £180 order. 

If you need to stock up on some of our great deals, you can make a great saving.

30 bottles of Ned would normally be £209.70 at £6.99 a bottle, today they can be yours for £179.70, that's only £5.99 a bottle!

If you're a fan of rich, food-friendly reds, 24 bottles of Guigal Cotes du Rhone will be £161.76, only £6.74 a bottle. 

You've got until midnight tonight, so enjoy our online Easter egg hunt!

Who needs Easter eggs when you have £1-a-bottle beer! Date published: 26/03/16

We have great offers on cases of 24 Asahi and Pilsner Urquell this weekend, for those who prefer their Easter accompanied by great beer! 

Hurry though - this is while stocks last!!

Drink in style with your very own Crystal Glasses... for FREE*!Date published: 25/03/16

We have an amazing offer this weekend to help you drink your fabulous wines in style! These Dartington Crystal Glasses come free if you grab yourself a case of 12 wines or more. Hurry though, this offer ends after Easter Monday! 

Majestic Presents....Date published: 24/03/16

... Drumroll please... as Majestic wine Weston Super Mare welcomes into the company, our long awaited Definition Puilly-Fumé. This definitive style of Sauvignon delivers the beautiful and recognisable features of a fresh Sauvignon, overlayed with a smooth smokey texture. If you have never before tried Pouilly-Fumé, then this is a fabulously smooth example of just how good it can be. And at £12.99, it really is priced fantastically for such quality. 

Don't just take my word for it... it's open to try while stocks last on the tasting counter... As you can see James is already a fan! 

Great Easter Offers to Make This Easter Egg-cellent!Date published: 23/03/16

We have a great range of wines open to enjoy, at fantastic prices to help make this Easter the best yet. 

Whether it be a smooth drinking Rioja Reserva from the critically acclaimed CVNE producers, or the amazing value unoaked chardonnay from a producer with fantastic heritage - Louis Latour, we have exactly what you need for every eventuality. 

If you haven't yet seen, we also have this amazing little guide which can help you decide exactly what you need to go with that exciting new dish you have ready just for the inlaws... or better yet come on by and have James, Sam and Angus help you in person. 

Happy Easter! 

Ned Sauvignon Blanc still at £6.99 - Limited Time Offer! Date published: 22/03/16

The nations* favourite Sauvignon Blanc is still down the the incredible price of £6.99! 

Without a doubt, this is one of our shoppers favourite Sauvignon Blancs to date! A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity. It is the kind of wine that will keep you coming back for more, and just as good when entertaining the most discerning of guests, or as it is when you are happily relaxed and reclined.

The offer ends on Monday - so grab yours while you can! 

*The nation according to Majestic Wine! 

New Pale Ale - JaipurDate published: 24/02/16

The latest local beer to be selected by our Buying Team, as a National Guest Ale is this amazing the Jaipur. A modern style IPA from Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire. This is how they describe themselves;

"Thornbridge branded beers were first brewed in early 2005 after the establishment of a 10 barrel brewery in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. Our initial focus was on a range of cask beers that used traditional recipes but provided a modern twist through the use of a wide range of hops, malts and the innovation and passion of the brewing team. After winning a succession of awards ( we have now won over 350 national and international awards)  a new, state of the art, brewery and bottling line was opened at Bakewell in September 2009 to meet with demand and increase our range of beers."

Buyers Choice - The Astronomer winesDate published: 24/02/16

De Bortoli - The Astronomer Range


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

Jane Macquitty say in her review in The Times: 

"Bold, punchy, yet easy-glugging, melon-licked Aussie chardonnay with a tickle of spice and plenty of sunny oomph".

and

"Get plenty of bang for your buck with this chunky, fat, spiced plum and eucalyptus-layered, rollicking 14 per cent alcohol shiraz".

£6.99 or Majestic Mixed 6 Price = £5.99

Ned is back...at £6.99!Date published: 20/02/16

Ned Sauvignon Blanc is down to £6.99 but only until Monday! So pop in store, order online or give us a call on 01934417977 to get yours before it's too late!

Special Parcel - NOW IN!Date published: 02/02/16

We have a fantastic New World Special Parcel in store for a limited time only - with fantastic offers of up to 50% off! They're all open to try so pop in store and get yours before they're gone!

£1 a bottle beerDate published: 31/01/16

£1 a Bottle beer- Pilsner Urquell 

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

Buyers ChoiceDate published: 31/01/16

Bosman Adama Red Fairtrade - Lelienfontein, South Africa

A wine with history... The Bosman family have been making wines through eight generations of the family, settling on the Lelienfontein estate in 1798. Hermanus Bosman believed in caring for his fellow man and a respect for nature. The Adama name comes from Adam Appollis who established the principle that people who work the land should share the profits, which led to the wine becoming Fairtrade. 

The Adama wines use a blend of authentic and modern techniques to produce interesting wines. 

A blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, Primitivo, and Viognier. Raspberry and prune predominate on the nose with hints of white pepper. The palate has rich plum and dark cherry with a long lingering sweetly spicy finish.

A great match for roast meat, baked pasta dishes and even a good pizza.

Open to try in store now!

£12.49 or mix 6 save 20% = £9.99

Vinspiration - part 3Date published: 30/01/16

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet (mix 6 price £6.74) 

“Bored of sauvignon? Me too. This is an interesting alternative from the Languedoc coast-line that has plenty of grassy character with slightly less acidity than sauvignon, making it an ideal partner to any seafood or chicken salad. An essential accompaniment for your January diet, it’s the up and coming trend. Try it for yourself” - Angus

Vinspiration - part 2Date published: 30/01/16

Mas Lavail White Carignan (mix 6 price £7.99) 

“I didn’t know White Carignan even existed until this little gem turned up a few months ago. Unique pithy aromas and stony mineral characters on the palate combine harmoniously with full bodied zesty fruit to give you an excitingly refreshing wine. If you like Goats cheese then you simply MUST buy this wine. If you don’t like Goats cheese then you simply HAVE to buy this wine!” – Sam

Vinspiration - part 1Date published: 29/01/16

Staff picks January 2015 

Truffier Malbec (mix 6 Price £6.66) open to try this week!

“It’s great to try a malbec from its original home near Cahors in the south of France and here’s why: studies have shown that Malbec from this region is higher in OPCs than any other wines in the world. OPCs are a type Proanthocyanidins (which are essentially polymer chains of flavonoids) which may prevent cardiovascular disease by mitigating the negative effects of high cholesterol on the heart and blood vessels… That’s right, top medical advice right there! More complex savoury notes on the palate than it’s Argentinean counterparts it’s a top match with herbaceous meat dishes. Knockout wine for your pennies.” – James

Winter 2016 offers and eventsDate published: 29/01/16

There is lots to get excited about this January as our Bin End Sale is in full swing.

We also have a great programme of FREE winter tasting events for you including:

Wine Courses on 11th of February & the 25th of February starting at 18:30. Our courses aim to introduce you to tasting wine and give you some food matching hints & tips.

Please r.s.v.p. to wsm@majestic.co.uk or call 01934 417 977 to book your place.

With many of our Christmas offers still running until the the 1st of February (Champagne & sparkling wine have some particularly strong offers), there is lots to get you through the winter...

The Perfect Wedding ServiceDate published: 29/01/16

If your BIG day is in 2016 why not let us help pick the perfect wine for your Wedding.

The services we offer are:

- Advice on what to choose (including how much to order) and tasting before you buy.

- Free delivery.

- Sale or return, what you don't use, you can return.

- Free glass hire

- A great range of wines, fizz, beer and spirits to cover every budget and requirement.

If you have any queries about any of our services please contact us on 01934 417 977, email wsm@majestic.co.uk or pop in to see us in store, we are open 7 days a week. 

The Wine Course - new dates for 2016Date published: 28/01/16

The Wine Course is your chance to discover a little more about wine tasting and how food pairing can really change the way you approach choosing and buying wine.

Our FREE 90 sessions are held at our store in Weston and are a great way to learn a little and have a lot of fun too, so if you would like to come along and maybe bring some friends too let us know on 01934 417 977 or email wsm@majestic.co.uk

Our next dates are on:

Thursday the 11th of February @ 18:30

Thursday the 25th of February @ 18:30

Bordeaux Week!Date published: 12/12/15

Until Thursday 17th we have our perfectly timed Bordeaux tasting week. Every day we will have some showstopping Clarets open to try ranging from great value bottles to exquisite fine wines - all perfect for your festive celebrations. 

So pop in store this week for your Christmas Claret!

The Definition Range - SancerreDate published: 22/11/15

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

Definition Sancerre 2014 £13.49

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

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

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



The Definition Range - Provence RoseDate published: 21/11/15

Definition Provence Rosé 2014 £9.74

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

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

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



The Definition Range - Pinot GrigioDate published: 20/11/15

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

Definition Pinot Grigio 2014 £7.49

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

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

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


Sam Adams - £1 a bottle!Date published: 19/11/15

Samuel Adams Boston Lager: £24 for a case of 24x 330ml


History of Sam Adams Boston Lager

The original recipe for this lager was written back in 1860 by Louis Koch, it was brewed in St Louis, Missouri and was called The Wooden Shoe Brew. The brand survived prohibition and was made up until the 1950s. In 1984 - six generations of Kochs later - Jim Koch found the recipe in his parent’s attic, and brewed his first batch in his kitchen.

The beer is named after Samuel Adams an American patriot who played an important role in the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party.

What does it taste like?

It’s a lager but not as you know it. A deep golden colour with a full-bodied aroma and taste. This beer has a great balance and has a refreshing lager style with the maltiness of a British ale. Bitter-sweet and slightly nutty.

A great 'drinking' beer to share with friends but it also makes a fantastic match to most Asian foods!


The Definition Range - ChablisDate published: 18/11/15

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

Definition Chablis 2014 £11.99

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

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

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


The Definition Range - ChardonnayDate published: 17/11/15

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

Definition Chardonnay 2014 £9.74

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

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

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



The Definition Range - Cotes Du RhoneDate published: 16/11/15

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

Definition Côtes Du Rhône 2014 £8.99

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

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

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


What's The Best Way To Store Wine?Date published: 15/11/15

What's The Best Way To Store Wine?

Not all wines are suitable for ageing; take your typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for example, fresh, zesty and acidic. Storing this type of wine will just lead to these desirable characteristics being lost.  Conversely, many of your higher quality red wines from regions such as Bordeaux will benefit and improve as a result of ageing.  So, what are the key things to consider when laying down a wine?

1) Temperature - Ideally, when storing wine you need an environment that has a cool and constant temperature, preferably between 10-15 degrees (C).  Kitchens and garages are two of the least suitable places to store wine due to the significant fluctuation in temperature.

2) Bottle Position - Wine that is sealed with a cork should be laid on its side, this ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine and therefore stays moist.  If the cork dries out, more air can pass into the bottle which will cause the wine to oxidise.

3) Light - Keep wines away from strong light. Natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and cause it to become stale.  Moreover, artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in the wine.

In an ideal world, a cellar really is the optimal environment to store wine and if you own any particularly valuable wine it's certainly worth looking in to cellaring.  A good alternative is any cupboard that is away from windows and radiators, so if you have a cupboard under the stairs, that could be your best bet!


California Dreaming - Purple ParadiseDate published: 15/11/15

Today we have open this fantastic Cali Zin - you should definitely come and give it a try...

Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise 2013 Paso Robles -  £16.99

 Mix Six Price = £12.74

Grape: Zinfandel

Flavours:

Vanilla, Cherry, Chocolate

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

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

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


New Arrival - The Cup & Rings Godello, SpainDate published: 15/11/15

New Arrival - The Cup & Rings Godello, Spain

Named after prehistoric markings found on stones in Galicia and all over Europe, The Cup and Rings Godello is a joint project between Norrel Robertson MW and Terras do Ciggaron. The wine is aged on fine lees adding richness and complexity.

The nose displays rich baked apple, honey and brioche. The palate is fruity, full and soft but with a refreshing acidity. The finish is long and complex with notes of oatmeal and freshly baked bread.

Ideal with seafood, try with poached hake and caramelised fennel.

Priced at £9.74 when you mix any 6+ wines

New Arrival - The Cup & Rings Albarino, SpainDate published: 14/11/15

New Arrival - The Cup & Rings Albarino, Spain

Named after prehistoric markings found on stones in Galicia and all over Europe, The Cup and Rings Albariño is a joint project between Norrel Robertson MW and Terras do Ciggaron. The wine is aged on fine lees adding richness and complexity.

This complex wine has aromas of green mango and dried apricot with notes of eucalpytus and spice. The palate is full yet fresh with tropical fruit flavours and a long saline finish.

A classic match for seafood especially shellfish but also works well with spicy dishes.

Priced at £9.74 when you mix and match any 6+ wines

New Arrival - Don Armando Malbec, ArgentinaDate published: 14/11/15

New Arrival - Don Armando Malbec, Argentina

From the Bodega de los Toneles, named after the large oak barrels used to age the wines, the grapes are sourced from the premium growing areas within Mendoza.

Typical of Malbec the wine has flavours of plums, cherries, blackcurrant, violet with just a hint of chocolate on the silky finish.

You can't really look past a good steak to go with this wine.

Priced at £6.66 when you mix and match any 6+ wines

Definition: Marlborough Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/11/15

Definition: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

An extremely versatile grape variety responsible for many of the great white wine styles, most famously the dry whites of the Loire Valley and New Zealand.

Why is New Zealand Sauvignon Britain’s favourite wine? That’s the question we asked our New Zealand buyer, Matt. A few months later he presented his answer to us in a bottle.

Priced at £8.99 when you mix and match any 6+ wines

Definition: ClaretDate published: 13/11/15

Definition: Claret

A British term for red wine from Bordeaux arguably the world’s most famous wine region. These classic wines will typically age gracefully over many years.

Like stilton and stout, Claret can take a bit of getting used to, but once you have your Bordeaux epiphany you’ll never look back. The perfect wine for Sunday lunch.

Priced at £9.74 in our 25% off deal

Definition: New Zealand Pinot NoirDate published: 12/11/15

Definition: New Zealand Pinot Noir

A temperamental and challenging grape variety which demands very careful, considered growing and great wine making. The wines can be haunting and ethereal.

Legend tells of a wine so silky, so juicy, so pure that people spend their entire lives chasing after it. We sent our buyer, Matt, on an epic journey across continents in search of this elusive bottle.

Priced at £11.99 when you mix and match any 6 wines.

33% off all Sparkling wine this weekend!Date published: 07/11/15

33% off all Sparkling wine this weekend!

We've got a cracking offer on this weekend with all of our sparkling wines at their best prices. We've also got not one but 2 bottles of fizz open for you to taste in store.

Check out all the great bargains to be had here: https://www.majestic.co.uk/33-percent-off-sparkling-wine

What we've got open:

Graham Beck Brut Rosé

This little South African beauty is an absolute gem. Made in the Champagne method it's packed with yummy cherry and strawberry flavours. It oozes class and will go wonderfully with smoked salmon. What a bargain for only £9.33!

La Marca Prosecco Conegliano di Valdobbiadene

This is a Majestic classic and is sure to impress at any party. Ripe pear, apricot and pineapple flavours are all delivered in an off-dry but still refreshing style. You've got to include a bottle or two of this in your case while it's only £9.99.

Call us on 01934 417 977 before 7 pm Monday to order for free home delivery.

Buyers Choice - The Cup and Rings GodelloDate published: 20/10/15

Buyers Choice - The Cup and Rings Godello


Spanish whites are becoming increasingly popular with our customers here in Weston. The Cup and Rings Godello is rich and complex and leaves you with mouthwatering flavours of apple and citrus fruits. It is a also a great match with seafood!

The Cup and Rings Godello Sobre Lias 2013 - £12.99 or Buy 2 Save 25% - £9.74

South African Choice of the Day... Graham Beck, Antony's YardDate published: 10/10/15

South African Choice of the Day... Antony’s Yard 2013 Graham Beck, Western Cape

ONLY £6.66!

Grape: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

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.


Bin End Choice of the Day...Chateau La DournieDate published: 02/10/15

Bin End Choice of the Day...Chateau La Dournie

Now ONLY £5.99

Grape: Syrah-Shiraz, Carignan, GrenacheOrigin

With old-vine Grenache up to 50 years in age supplemented with Syrah and Grenache, this complex red from the great value St-Chinian Appellation is a cracking wine for the money. Around 20% of the wine is matured in oak for one year.

This wine has a wonderfully expressive nose ranging from black cherry and prune through to nutmeg and mocha. The palate displays freshness with persistent dark berry flavours and an earthy spiciness.

A great match for shish kebabs or minted lamb.



Bin End Choice of the Day... Les Derniers CepagesDate published: 01/10/15

Bin End Choice of the Day... Les Derniers Cepages

Now ONLY £5.99!

Domaine Sainte Rose 'Les Derniers Cépages' 2012 PGI Côtes de Thongue

Grape: Mourvèdre, Petit VerdotOrigin

The 16th century Domaine is now owned and run by British couple Charles and Ruth Simpson. The name of this cuvée means "the last varieties", the constituent grapes being the latest to ripen. They are vinified separately and partly oak matured before blending.

Deep, opaque purple-black in colour, this is a dense and weighty wine. The nose is a brooding mix of black cherry, liquorice and hints of rosemary, and the palate is jammy with lashings of ripe tannins.

Will partner steaks and hearty pork dishes over the next 3-4 years.




Calling all Malbec loversDate published: 30/09/15

We have added a new Malbec to the range for our October offers.

Don Armando Malbec 2014 - £6.66

True to the varietal style, you'll find aromas of blackberries, plums and violets giving way to a silky palate with hints of chocolate and blackcurrant.

As the days draw in this is the perfect wine to enjoy on these cold autumn nights. Perfect match for red meat dishes and rich pasta sauces. 

New Barolo to the rangeDate published: 30/09/15

We have added a new Barolo to the range this autumn. It's rare to find good Barolo for such a reasonable price!

Barolo Araldica 2011 - £12.74 

This beautifully balanced wine exhibits aromas of plums, leather and violets. The palate is rich and complex with red fruits, spice and a hint of smoke.

New Wines from ChileDate published: 29/09/15

We have a couple of great new Chilean wines from Cousino Macul.

Cusino Macul Don Matias Merlot 2014 - £6.66

Aromas of plum, raspberry and blackberry meet notes of spice and cedar. The palate is powerfully fruity, matched with a good dose of acidity and fine tannins.

Cusino Macul Don Matias Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - £6.66

Aromas of blackcurrant and blueberry emanate from the glass followed by an intensely fruity palate of dark plum and blackcurrant lifted by a spicy and refined finish.

Oktoberfest at MajesticDate published: 29/09/15

For the first time ever we will be running our own Oktoberfest. We will be opening a number of great Craft Beers as well as a number from local breweries.

So why not pop down and join us from the 9th October till 11th October. If you would like to come give us a call on 01934 417 977 to book your spot!

Pilsner Urquell Date published: 29/09/15

For October we are running Pilsner Urquell as our £1 beer. So that's just £24 a case!

We will also be running our first ever Oktoberfest from 9th October till 11th October. So if you would like to come along give us a call on 01934 417 977.

Last Chance to Buy!Date published: 26/09/15

Last Chance to Buy!

We have got our last few boxes of our much loved Finca Carelio so make sure you visit us before it's all gone! It is a Spanish Tempranillo that is juicy with fruity flavours of ripe blackberries combined with vanilla and savoury notes. It is an extremely versatile food wine and especially great with grilled meats, stews and cheese.


Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011 Castilla y Leon  

£9.99 or Buy 2 Save 33% - £6.66

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 25/09/15

Fine Wine Friday!

Marques de Vargas, Rioja Reserva 2010 is on the tasting counter this week. It is juicy and velvety and has the perfect combination of fruity flavours and savoury-sweet spice. It is a traditional rich deep Rioja and is great with this autumnal weather that we are having and pairs well with our favourite home cooked foods. My favourite = Beef Stew and dumplings.

Come and visit us in store and taste for yourself!

Buy 2 Fine Wines and save £10 - You pay £14.99.




Bin End Choice of the Day... Safran Malbec RoseDate published: 18/09/15

Bin End Choice of the Day... Safran Malbec Rose

Now ONLY £6.66!

Grape: Malbec

Made by Rigal, one of the cornerstones of the wine industry of Cahors and the wider Lot Valley, spiritual home of the Malbec grape, this is a modern-style rosé from 100% Malbec. This wine has been named in honour of one of the region's other famous crops, saffron.

Vivid in colour, this rosé is equally vivid in flavour, offering a luscious palate of soft summer berries, accented with hints of spice, while remaining clean and crisp.

Ideal with salads and barbecued meats, or as a summery aperitif.



33% Off ALL Malbec!Date published: 17/09/15

33% Off ALL Malbec!

Make sure you come and visit us in store or online this weekend and stock up on your favourite Malbecs which are all 33% off for this weekend only (starting from today!).

And don't forget, we have a no quibble guarantee so if you are recommended or choose a wine that is not to your liking - bring it back and we will give you a full refund.

Bin End Choice of the Day...Calima GarnachaDate published: 14/09/15

Bin End Choice of the Day...Calima Garnacha

Now ONLY £4.99!

Grape: Garnacha

Better known in the UK as a producer of Cava, the Marqués de Monistrol winery also produce a wide range of still wines from Catalunya's principal grape varieties, at their ultra-modern 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.

Great barbecue red. Enjoy cool alongside grilled spicy pork ribs.


Bin End Choice of the Day...Lindauer Brut CuveeDate published: 11/09/15

Bin End Choice of the Day...Lindauer Brut Cuvee

Now only - £8.99

Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Originally released in 1981, Lindauer Brut has gone on to become a benchmark for New World sparkling 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.



New Wine: Mud House Pinot GrisDate published: 11/09/15

You very well may have tried Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc and maybe even the Pinot Noir but we now have a new addition to the range in the form of the Pinot Gris..

Why we love it..

Pinot Grigio is an Italian clone of Pinot Gris. This Wine offers more fruit and complexity than your average Pinot Grigio and would be a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, being a little less zingy.

It's great with Asian dishes as its really refreshing.

Interesting Fact: In New Zealand Pinot Gris is the third most planted white grape variety after Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Come in and have a try a glass on our tasting counter and you may find a new style of wine you love.



Bin End Choice of the Day - Undurraga BrutDate published: 10/09/15

Bin End Choice of the Day:

Today it's the... Undurraga Brut at only £6.66

Don Francisco Undurraga, was one of the pioneers of winemaking in Chile. From Chile's most famous wine region the Maipo Valley, produced using the charmat method. A fantastic sparkling wine!

Dry, light and fresh with lime, grapefruit and stone fruit flavours and elegant bubbles.

A great apéritif or sparkling wine for toasting.


Sophie's ChoiceDate published: 10/09/15

Sophie's Choice

If you like red wines that are juicy, fruity and light, this Beaujolais is perfect for you. Brouilly Tour De La Terriere 2013 has intense flavours of plum and raspberries - a great match for this September sunshine!

It can even be slightly chilled before drinking to enhance the fruity flavours.

£11.99 or Buy 2 Save 25% - £8.99

Tasting EventsDate published: 09/09/15

Tasting Events

Taste and explore with the team in Weston! Each month, we offer a FREE 90 minute introduction to wine. You will learn about grape varieties, styles of wine and great tips to match wine with food.

Make sure you book your place in store or call us on 01934 417977.

It's fun, friendly and free!

This month's wine course is on Sunday 13 September. We will also be spotlighting Aussie wines for a week from Friday 11th September. 

Darren's September PicksDate published: 08/09/15

Below are a few of my picks from our September Offer.

Champagne:

Lanson Black Label Brut £19.99 - Soft, fruity and hints of toast will have you begging for a second glass or bottle!

Sparkling:

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2010 £23.98  - This English Sparkling is cracking with grapefruit, brioche and shortbread, it's the perfect bottle to share with your loved one, or you could treat yourself to a bottle with fish and chips!

Red:

Parrilla Malbec 2013 £7.99 - This dense fruity masterpiece wraps it's self round your tongue leaving you wanting more. As the nights draw in this wine will keep you warm!

White:

Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2012 £7.99 - Everyone needs a bit of Burgundy, so here is a lovely Montagny with lashings of citrus fruit and a lovely steely finish perfect with some white fish or meat.

Enjoy and hope to see you in-store shortly. Everyone in my team loves talking about wine so feel free to ask away!

New Champagne - Duvel-Leroy NVDate published: 08/09/15

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

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

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

 £24 per bottle or £15.99 when you buy two or more bottles from the 33% off deal. 

Minimum purchase 6 bottles. 


Beer and food matchingDate published: 07/09/15

Beer and Food matching:

We talk alot about the wonders of food and wine matching and I have got to say it can make a huge difference to both the food and the wine. But what about beer and food. There are many restaurants in New York that will have beer and food matches on the menu and even beer sommeliers. For a country that loves their beer, we don't seem to do it nearly as much. With an increasing collection of Craft beers at Majestic here is a few of my favourite combination's;

Salmon - with a Pilsner or Weissbier (Pilsner Urquell or Paulaner Weissbier)

Steak - with an American amber lager (Brooklyn and Anchor Steam)

Stilton cheese -  with barley wine or a rich Belgium (St Stefanus or Leffe) 

Chocolate  - St Peters dark stout or Guinness 

It may seem odd to some but give a go, I'm sure you won't be let down. 

We always have Craft Beers open to try in-store so why not pop down and have a taste!


Our Own Label - DefinitionDate published: 06/09/15

Our Own Label - Definition

The Majestic Definition range offers quality wines and includes Chablis, Cotes du Rhone, Sancerre, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Provence Rose. Quality wine styles and some of the greatest winemakers have been used to produce new favourites for you.

My personal favourite is Definition Pinot Grigio 2014. It tastes of lemon and peach and has a very clean finish, making it very easy-drinking.

Come in store or shop online to try for yourself!



Mad for the Mad GooseDate published: 05/09/15

Mad for the Mad Goose

This week's Beer of the Week is Purity's Mad Goose Pale Ale (4.2%) and is part of our beautiful Craft Beer range. It is zesty with a smooth and citrusy finish. It is in the ice bucket in store waiting for you to try so please do not miss out!

£18 Buy 2 or more cases = £16 per case (£2 per 500ml btl)

Wine of the Week... Definition Pinot Grigio Date published: 04/09/15


Wine of the Week...Definition Pinot Grigio 2014

Part of our new 'own label' collection this highest quality Italian Pinot Grigio is well worth the £7.49!

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

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

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


Come in store and try it for yourself...


September's £1 BeersDate published: 02/09/15

We have three cracking beers this month at just a £1 a bottle.

Sam Adams Boston Lager 24*330ml - £24 a case

Pilsner Urquell 24*330ml - £24 a case

Corona Extra 24*330ml - £24 a case

So why not pop in and pick up your favourite one, or try something new! 

Bin End Choice of the Day... Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot GrisDate published: 24/08/15

Bin End Choice of the Day... Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris

Unbelievable value at £5.99. This Alsatian clone of Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris is a beautiful example that must be tried. With more body and fruitiness there is plenty going on and the clean acidity balances out the ever-so slight sweetness in the wine. A great apretif or a classic match with charcuterie and ripe soft cheese this wine is a must have in everyone's fridge.  

Port Lovers!Date published: 22/08/15

Port Lovers!


Taylor's 10-Year-Old Tawny Port  - £16.66

Make sure you do not miss out on this spectacular Tawny Port. It is fruity with hints of nut and chocolate and extremely smooth and silky on the palate. It is perfect to accompany your favourite desserts and cheeses.

Part of the majestic Bin End Sale!!

Bin End Choice of the Day...Portillo MalbecDate published: 22/08/15

Bin End Choice of the Day...Portillo Malbec, Mendoza

At only £6.66 this Argentinian Malbec is an instant winner. A great full bodied red with classic fruitiness this wine pairs perfectly with meats of all kinds. It's a shame to see it go but it is a great offer and they wont last long with only two boxes left. 

We also have it open to try on the tasting counter so if you don't believe me feel free to come in and try it for yourself!

Bin End Choice of the Day... Chateau Senejac, 2010Date published: 20/08/15

Bin End Choice of the Day...Chateau Senejac, 2010, Haut-Medoc

Now only £11.99 this classic Bordeaux from a great year is an absolute steal. 

It is drinking fantastically now, expressing great youthfulness in the glass with lovely ripe fruits and good fine tannins. This wine shows great balance, but still has plenty of potential to age. So whatever you decide to do, whether you drink it now or to save it for later you can't go wrong!

We only have 5 left in stock and once it's gone it's gone - so get down quickly to pick up yours. 

 

Wine of the Week - Portillo Malbec 2014Date published: 20/08/15

Wine of the Week - Portillo Malbec 2014

This Argentinian Malbec is velvety and soft on the palate with rich fruit flavours of plums and berries. It is great to enjoy on its own or alongside grilled meats, pasta, spicy dishes and cheese.

It is part of the Bin End Sale so make sure you don't miss out!

£6.66 when you buy any 2 Bin End wines, or £9.99



Lindauer Sparkling RangeDate published: 19/08/15

We have de-listed two of the Lindauer sparkling range. So if you are a fan this is your last chance for now to grab a great deal.

Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV New Zealand - £8.99

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.

Lindauer Rosé NV New Zealand - £8.99

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.

If you would like to place an order please call on 01934 417 977.

Bin End Sale - The RedsDate published: 18/08/15

Starting today we are clearing through hundreds of products. This is your chance to grab a number of real bargains before we sell out. Below I have pick out a few of my favorite red wines.

Malbec Luigi Bosca 2012 Vistalba - £9.99

Deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtle vanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.

Portillo Malbec 2014 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza - £6.66

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.

Beyerskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 Western Cape - £5.99

An easy-going, medium-bodied blend, majoring on ripe red berry flavours delivered in a softly textured package. Subtle savoury hints add complexity to the youthful fruit.

Rioja Crianza 2011 Gran Vendema - £6.66

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.

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

Bin End Sale Starting Today!Date published: 18/08/15

Starting today we are clearing through hundreds of products. This is your chance to grab a number of real bargains before we sell out. Below I have pick out a few of my favorite White Wines.

EVC Chardonnay 2013 Peter Lehmann, Eden Valley - £7.99

A delicate Chardonnay showing fine green/gold tinges and a lovely balance of fresh green apple and citrus fruit flavours, supported by stylish barrel fermentation characteristics.

Killka Chardonnay 2014 Bodegas Salentein - £7.99

Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel. 

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough - £6.66

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.

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

Peroni Lovers!Date published: 17/08/15

We currently have Peroni at just a £1 a bottle which works out at just £24 for the case! We have a couple more weeks till the price will change, so don't miss out!

Beer Time!Date published: 17/08/15

We have a large section of beers in-store for you to choose from. I have picked out a few of the new Craft Beer's in our range.

Meantime Pale Ale 6x330ml Bottles - £9.99 when you buy any 2 craft beers, or £12.99

Spearmint, grass and ‘hop sack’ aromas, fruity citrus flavours and a bitter finish all help to make this pale ale very drinkable.

312 Urban Wheat Ale, Goose Island 6x355ml Bottles - £10.99 when you buy any 2 craft beers, or £13.99

312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavour delivered in a smooth, creamy body that's immensely refreshing.

Sam Adams Rebel IPA 6x355ml Bottles - £9.99 when you buy any 2 craft beers, or £12.99

citrus and grapefruit highlights. These bright flavors are balanced by subtle pine notes, allowing for an exceptionally smooth pour, without sacrificing any of the character you'd expect from a West Coast style IPA.

Why Not Try - The Lakes Gin with Fever-TreeDate published: 15/08/15

Why not try - The Lakes Gin with Fever-Tree


The sunshine is back! It's a great reason to sit down, relax and pour yourself a good quality G & T. The Lakes Gin is incredibly smooth showing notes of bilberry, heather and meadowsweet. It is a great combination with our Fever-Tree Tonic Water which is a natural tonic with a clean and refreshing taste and aroma which enhances both the flavour and experience!


The Lakes Gin NV 70cl Bottle - £30.00

Fever-Tree Tonic NV 4x200ml Bottles - £2.59

Rediscover France This Summer With MajesticDate published: 14/08/15

Mlle Jones Fitou 2013

Domaine Jones

Trust us on this one. This is one cracking wine and still represents simply stunning value for money.

Deep, robust, soft...

...A concentrated, voluptuous wine with a multi-layered feel, combining blackcurrant, liquorice and vanilla notes with hints of wild garrigue herbs in a satisfyingly well-integrated palate....

Such a top quality wine will age for a further decade or so.

Not the patient type? Get it open with a good steak or some mature cheese this very evening!

£13.99

This wine is open to taste this weekend in Weston, so why not pop in and try for yourself!


No Quibble GuaranteeDate published: 14/08/15

The Majestic No Quibble Guarantee

If you buy a wine from us and you're unhappy with it, for any reason, just let us know and we will give you another to replace it that we think you will love. 

Now you can buy a case with confidence, safe in the knowledge that if you don't like the wine we will replace it. 

Be Brave try something new. 

Next time you're in store ask us about our No Quibble Guarantee or call us on 01934 417 977.

Something New... Dominio De Morfeo 2010Date published: 12/08/15

Something New... Dominio De Morfeo 2010, Castilla Y Leon


Only £6.66 (33% Off!)


Grapes: Prieto Picudo, Tinta de Toro, Garnacha

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

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

This is a great match for full flavoured meat dishes such a roast lamb, beef or venison.

Come in store to try it for yourself!



Super Sparkling Saturday - Codorniu Cava Raventos Date published: 08/08/15

Super Sparkling Saturday - Codorniu Cava Raventos 


Only £7.99 (33% Off)! 


Grape: Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-lo

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

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

Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

Come and try in store today!

Alamos Malbec Offer is Almost Over!Date published: 01/08/15

Alamos Malbec Offer is Almost Over!!


This full bodied Malbec is juicy and fruity and a perfect match with roast meats. Offer ends at 7pm on Monday 3rd August so make sure you don't miss out!

£6.66 (33% off)

End of July OffersDate published: 01/08/15

The july offers finish at 7pm on Monday 3rd August. Do miss out on some great deals.

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Jim Barry Lodge Shiraz £9.99

Fetzer Zinfandel Rose £5.99

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977

Sophie's Choice - La La Land Malbec 2013Date published: 30/07/15

Sophie's Choice - La La Land Malbec 2013


This Aussie Wine from Victoria definitely stands out for me and I therefore recommend it to the Malbec lovers among you! It has a memorable flavour of red cherry and hints of dark chocolate and is perfect for drinking on its own or to accompany dishes such as pulled pork rolls or barbecued ribs.

So while the sun's out, why don't you come and visit us in store and try it for yourself!

£7.99 (Buy 2 save 33%)

Bollinger Under £30.00 a Bottle!Date published: 30/07/15

Bollinger Under £30.00 a Bottle 

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV, one of the nation's favorite Champagne’s is just £29.98 (When you buy at least 2 bottles on the save 33% promotion) . This is only a short term offer and must come to an end at the close of play on Monday (1500 online).


Bollinger is made from just the Cuvee (first run juice) and the majority of their fruit is sourced from premier cru and grand cru vineyards. It results in a full bodied and rich style, of great class.


Now is a fantastic time to stock up for an upcoming wedding or party. Remember we can take payment online or over the phone today, securing this amazing price and then deliver for free at a later date.  

My First Month at MajesticDate published: 25/07/15

My First Month at Majestic

I am a Retail Management student at the University of Brighton and I have recently started my placement year at Majestic, in the role of a trainee manager. My first week revealed the high level of service that is delivered to each and every customer and I am excited to learn and develop my knowledge and skills in order to assist and advise to the best of my ability. I feel I have already gained so much knowledge by working alongside Darren and Sam and have really enjoyed merchandising stock, collecting and delivering orders and of course, tasting! I have found a new personal favourite; Chateau Malescasse and even better it's has 33% off at just £13.32 a bottle!


33% Off ALL Your Favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 23/07/15

For this weekend ONLY we have all of our New Zealand Sauvignons on at 33% Off! 

That means...

Ned - £7.10

Oyster Bay - £7.99

Waimea  - £8.66

...and everything else. If any of that takes your fancy pop in store or order online, but hurry the offer ends on Monday!

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 18/07/15

Come on down to Weston-super-Mare today to have a taste of Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG, just £9.99 a bottle!

we are running a promotion on all Prosecco this weekend. Everything is 33% off, so don't miss out offer finishes at 7pm on Monday 20th July. 

Buyers Choice - Las Maletas Malbec 2014Date published: 14/07/15

Buyers Choice - Las Maletas Malbec 2014


From Mendoza where high altitude, large daily temperature variations, low rainfall, lots of sunshine and good soil allows the malbec grape to thrive. It is no wonder that 70% of Argentina's wine production is in this area.

Intense flavours of blackberries and plums. Complexity and harmony is added to this wine by 9 months of ageing in oak barrels.

Enjoy with all barbecued or grilled meat.

£10.49 or Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% £6.99


Beers at £1.00 per Bottle!Date published: 13/07/15

Beers at £1.00 per Bottle!


This offer includes Corona, Pilsner Urquell and Samuel Adams Lager and is for a limited time only!


Corona Extra 

The famous Mexican beer, fantastic with a slice of lime on a summer day.

24 x 330ml Bottles £24.00


Pilsner Urquell 

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

24x330ml Bottles £24.00


Samuel Adams Boston Lager 

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

24x330ml Bottles £24.00

Codorniu Cristina 2012 - Sparkle on Saturday! Date published: 11/07/15

Codorniu Cristina 2012 - Sparkle on Saturday!

Make sure you come and visit us in store and taste for yourself.

Made from 100% Pinot Noir


This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of “Official Provider of the Royal House”.

With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours.

Excellent to combine with white fish or as an apéritif.


£14.99 buy 2 save 33% = £9.99




Wine of the Week... Sauvion Chenin BlancDate published: 10/07/15

Wine of the Week... Sauvion Chenin Blanc

£5.99 (33% Off!)

Grape: Chenin Blanc


The Loire region is the homeland of Chenin Blanc, where it is used to produce a variety of styles, from dry table wines to sweet dessert wines. This off-dry Chenin is made by the owners of Château du Cléray, one of the major properties of the western Loire.

A light-bodied, fresh and approachable Chenin, with subtle aromas of white flowers and honey against a backdrop of crisp white apple. Lively acidity provides a mouthwatering experience.

Great with all seafood, or with soft, mild cheeses.


Buyer's choice - Cotes Du Rhone Les FustierDate published: 09/07/15

Buyer's choice - Cotes Du Rhone Les Fustier

One to enjoy in the sunshine!


The wine is both light and fruity and perfect to drink on its own or alongside food.

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Mourvedre

Made using grapes from the Vacluse, Gard, Ardeche and Drome districts of the Southern Rhône Valley. Winemaking is overseen by Armelle Barbanson who also makes wine for the more famous Ogier.


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

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


£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66



Great Beer OffersDate published: 08/07/15

We are running a number of great deals on beer this month.

Pilsner Urquell and Sam Adams are just £1 a bottles, so just £24 a case!

All our Craft Beers are on a buy 2 packs save £6.

Great July Sparkling OffersDate published: 08/07/15

Below are a few of my picks from the July Offers.

Veuve Clicquot NV £29.32

Taittinger Brut NV £26.65

Prosecco Zonin £6.99

Codorniu Brut Nv £6.66

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977


Last few days of our June OffersDate published: 26/06/15

We will be changing over to our July offers on Tuesday 30th June. So if you want to take advantage of the June Offers you have till Monday at 7pm.

I have picked out a few of the best deals ending on Monday.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Picpoul Villemarin £5.99

Vina Sol £4.99

Riscal Reserva £9.99

CDR Perdigal £6.66

Santa Ana Malbec £5.99

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

Last Chance for 33% Off ALL Rioja!Date published: 22/06/15

Last Chance for 33% Off ALL Rioja!

Today is the last chance for you to get 33% Off ALL your favourite Rioja - so don't miss out!

Come in store or order online today!

Beer of the Week - Lagunitas IPADate published: 20/06/15

Beer of the Week - Lagunitas IPA

Come and try the Lagunitas IPA in store!

The recipe for Lagunitas IPA was formulated with malts, including Crystal Malt, and hops, such as Cascade and Centennial, which work together to produce a balanced and easy-drinking IPA. Big on aroma with a hoppy-sweet finish.

Lagunitas have been brewing in Lagunitas, California since 1993. Now one of the biggest craft brewers in America they are known for adventurous and interesting interpretations of traditional beer styles.

6x355ml Bottles  6.2%ABV

Buy 2 cases save £6 = £10.99 pc (Single pack £13.99)


33% off Rioja this Weekend!Date published: 18/06/15

We are running an offer of 33% off all Rioja this weekend. Why not pop in and pick up some great deals. See below for my picks.

Riscal Reserva £9.99

Cune Reserva £9.99

Cune Crianza £6.66

Caceres Rose £6.66

Hurry theses offers finish on Monday 22nd June at 7pm!

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

If you like a G&T then today is the day to visit a Majestic store. All-day long we will be offering a free Gin Tasting event. So pop in a try a number of great Craft Gin's. 

Below is a list of the Gin's open to try today.

Broker's Gin £19.99

Durham Gin £25

The Lakes Gin £30

Darnleys Spiced Gin £32.50

We look forward to seeing you in-store today! 

Great Offer on The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/06/15

If you love The Ned Sauvignon Blanc then you will love this deal. If you download our App and login you will receive a free £10 off voucher to use. If you buy 6 bottles of Ned and use the App voucher it works out at just £5.44 a bottle!

You can download the app and use online or come into the store to re-deem.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

33% Off ALL New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 11/06/15

33% Off ALL New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!

Hurry for this weekend only, from today until Monday, we have all of your favourite New Zealand Sauvignons at 33% off!

That's...

Ned at £7.10

Mud House at £6.99

Vavasour at £8.66

...to name but a few. So come in store or order online to stock up whilst the offer lasts!

June Offers - RedsDate published: 05/06/15

Below is my pick of the new offers. We have some cracking deals this month, so whether you are looking Wedding wines, Party wine or just Everyday wines we have you covered!

Leon Perdigal CDR Rouge £6.66

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc £5.99

Pizarras De Otero £6.66

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel £7.99

If you would like to place ab order please call us on 01934 417 977.

June Offers - WhitesDate published: 04/06/15

Below is my pick of the new offers. We have some cracking deals this month, so whether you are looking Wedding wines, Party wine or just Everyday wines we have you covered!

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc £5.99

Cormack & Co Chardonnay £7.99

Ventozela Vinho Verde £6.66

Vuina Sol Torres £4.99

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

June Offers - ChampagneDate published: 03/06/15

Below is my pick of the new offers. We have some cracking deals this month, so whether you are looking Wedding wines, Party wine or just Everyday wines we have you covered!

Heidsieck & Co Monopole Brut NV, Bronze Top £14.99

Lanson Black Label NV £19.99

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV £29.98

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

June Offers - Sparkling WinesDate published: 02/06/15

Below is my pick of the new offers. We have some cracking deals this month, so whether you are looking Wedding wines, Party wine or just Everyday wines we have you covered!

Prosecco Salatin Superiore NV, DOCG £9.99

Bouvet Saumur Brut £8.99

Codorniu Raventos NV £7.99

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose £17.99

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

Asahi Super 'Dry' Just £24 a caseDate published: 02/06/15

If you are looking to try a new Beer then the Asahi is for you. Super dry and refreshing, it's the perfect beer to enjoy in the evening or at the BBQ!

It's just a £1 a bottle , so only £24 a case for one of Japan's best Beers!

Last Few HoursDate published: 01/06/15

It's almost the end of our May Offers. I have listed a few products below which will go up in price from 7pm tonight.

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV £24.99

Prosecco Salatin Treviso £8.66

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Vinalba Malbec Reservado £8.66

Pomal Rioja Crianza £7.33

If you would like to order any of these please call us on 01934 417 977.

Bank Holiday Monday Opening HoursDate published: 25/05/15

Bank Holiday Monday Opening Hours

We are open today from the hours of 10am-5pm today!

New Spirit: James Brookes Fruit CupDate published: 22/05/15

Summer is the perfect time for relaxing in the garden and what better way to do so than with a few drinks and good friends?

But, before you buy your Pimm's, consider this:

We've had a new product in, James Brookes Fruit Cup, which is a quintessentially British, vodka-based fruit mixer. Based upon a traditional recipe that was popular in the 20th Century, it was often drunk at annual regattas held along the River Thames.

With a nose of predominantly citrus fruits and summer berries, these flavours follow through to the palate which means when mixed with lemonade, ice and fresh strawberries it is the ideal summer tipple.

The best part? It's just £9.99 a bottle (Pimm's is £11.99), and we may have some open to taste over the coming weeks, so watch this space!

We look forward to seeing you in Weston shortly!

New Wine: Hey Malbec 2013Date published: 22/05/15

Hey Malbec! 

A New Argentinian Malbec has arrived and it makes the Tucumen label look plain.

Even if the fantastic comic book inspired label doesn't tempt you the tasting note will:

Flavors of ripe blackcurrant with spicy black pepper and violet notes, with soft tannin's making it a match for many foods. 

£9.99 when you buy any 2 bottles for the 33% off promotion, or £14.99

Summer Wine Evening - It's Today!Date published: 21/05/15

Summer Wine Evening - It's Today!

Just a quick remidner that today is our BIG Summer Wine Tasting.

We're looking forward to seeing you all and showcasing a selection of our fantastic wines - and don't forget there is 10% off any purchase made on the night on top of the standard offer price!


The 33% Off Champagne Weekend starts Today!Date published: 21/05/15

Over the next 5 days we will be running a number of great deals on Champagne. This is your chance to pick-up a real bargain!

Below is a list of my picks from the offer.

Veuve Clicquot NV £29.32*

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV £29.99*

Laurent-Perrier Rose NV £39.98*

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV £24.99*

* buy any 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

If you would like to place an order please call on 01934 417 977.

New Wines to our rangeDate published: 21/05/15

New Wines to Majestic

It's always exciting to see new wines arrive in store, this month we've had lots, here's a selection that are on the 33% offer: 

Cotes-Du-Rhone Les Fustier £6.66* Made with a blend of grapes from across the Southern Rhone, the long fermentation and aging in stainless has helped to preserve the intense red fruit flavors. 

Cotes-Du-Rhone Reserve Rouge, Perrin et Fils £7.99* Produced by the legendary Perrin family, know best for Chateau du Beaucastel in Chateau Neuf du Pape. This is a full bodied wine with warm fruits and spices and a long finish.   

Prosecco Romeo & Juliet NV. Treviso, Pasqua £8.66* Verona is the city where Pasqua was founded as well as being the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This is light and aromatic Prosecco, makes the perfect summer aperitif. 

Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise, La Buxynoise £8.66* This Burgundy offers great value for money, produced in the Cote Chalonnais, in the southern part of Burgundy. With only 3% of the wine fermented in oak, it offers a fresh and crisp Chardonnay, perfect with white fish cooked au gratin.

* price when you buy 2 within the 33% promotion.  


New in San Pellegrino CansDate published: 20/05/15

New in San Pellegrino Cans.

We have just taken delivery of the delicious flavored San Pellegrino Cans. We have 3 flavours: Aranciata (Orange), Limonata and Blood Orange and Grapefruit.

These bright and colorful cans are an excellent alternative to other soft drinks. They are a perfect party treat for kids.

Why not add a pack to your next wine purchase, they're only £2.99 a pack, that's just 50p per can. 


Summer Wine Evening 21st May!Date published: 18/05/15

There are still spaces available for our FREE Summer Wine Evening,

Thursday 21st May

6pm-8pm

10% discount on anything you buy that evening!

Please let us know if you can make it,

Email, call or pop into store!


It's the Last Couple of days of Our Majestic Malbec Offer!Date published: 17/05/15

The Last Couple of days of Our Majestic Malbec Offer!

There's still time to stock up on all your favourite Argentinian Malbecs!

Come in store before the close of play on Monday to utilise the 33% off all Argentinian Malbecs! With offers like Argento and Portillo both at £6.66 now is the time to stock up!

Spotlight on: Provence RoseDate published: 15/05/15

Starting today and running for a week we will be opening a range of different rose from Provence. So why not join us in-store today!

Open on our tasting counter.

M de Minuty Rose - £9.99

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose - £9.74

Ch de Berne Rose - £11.24

Vallee des Pins Rose - £7.49

Super Sparkling Saturday - Come & Try Prosecco Gioiosa!Date published: 09/05/15

Super Sparkling Saturday - Come & Try Prosecco Gioiosa!

£7.99 (33%off!)

Prosecco La Gioiosa Etamarosa NV DOC Treviso

Grape: Prosecco


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


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


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


NEW Wines of the Week! - Bienbebido Pulpo and Bienbebido QuesoDate published: 07/05/15

NEW Wines of the Week! - Bienbebido Pulpo and Bienbebido Queso

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

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,



Wine of the Week - Côtes du Rhône, Perrin et FilsDate published: 05/05/15

Wine of the Week!

Côtes du Rhône Réserve Rouge 2013 Perrin et Fils

Grape:  Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz

Produced from the legendary Perrin family vineyards at Grand Prébois and Vinsobres. An uncompromising work ethic in the vineyard and the utmost respect for fruit characteristic result in particularly expressive wines that allow the terrior to shine.

Intense aromas of red fruits, black cherry, peppermint and vanilla. Full bodied with warm fruits and spices, firm tannins and fresh acidity. Well structured with layers of flavour and rich, long finish.

Complements all meats, ripe cheese and grilled vegetables liberally drizzled in oil. Enjoy over the next four years.

Price: £7.99 (on 33% Off!)


On the Tasting Counter... A New Gin!Date published: 01/05/15

On the Tasting Counter... A New Gin!

Come in and try our new Durham Gin - made with 10 botanicals this gin is soft and slightly floral on the nose with a mix of Juniper, Elderflower and Pink Peppercorns. Long and smooth on the finish.

And at only £25 a bottle it's great value for money.

Want £10 off your shop?Date published: 30/04/15

For the first time ever you can now browse your full order history, both online and across all stores. You can also scan bottles to access all the information we have about it online, plus keep personal notes on the wines you’ve bought. You will also find handy food and wine matching tips.

Do you like FREE wine? Silly question I know but by downloading our app we are giving you a £10 off voucher free to use the next time you shop with us. All you need to do is download the app and either sign in or register yourself. Then the voucher will be sent to you through the app.

Buying wine has never been easier!

If you have any questions or would like some help, please feel free to call us in-store on 01934 417 977.

New Wine: Bienbebido Queso 2012Date published: 29/04/15

We have brought in a new Spanish red. If you are looking for a great wine to enjoy with friends round the BBQ this Bank Holiday then give this wine a try.

Grape: Tempranillo

Origin: Vintae combined the expertise of a group of winemakers, sommeliers, chefs and wine enthusiasts to create Bienbebido, a range aimed at providing the perfect 'go-to' wines to accompany various foods. This is a fruit-driven Tempranillo aged in French oak for 4 months.

Taste: Approachably fruity in aroma, offering notes of ripe black and red berries, with subtle toast and sweet spice. Supple and easy-drinking yet possessing ample tannins and texture.

Enjoy: A great match for mild-to-medium-strength hard cheeses, particularly manchego, or any red meat dishes.

£6.66 when you buy any 2 bottles from the 33% off offer, or £9.99 a bottle

Summer Wine EveningDate published: 29/04/15

It's that time of year again when we like to invite you into our store for this free tasting! The tasting will be on Thursday 21st May starting at 6pm. So join us for the chance to try a number of new and old wines for are range!

Call us on 01934 417 977 to book your spot.

The Majestic award winning 'Wine Course' - learn about wine for free!Date published: 29/04/15

Learn all about wine on our FREE introduction to wine course. On this informal and relaxed course, we will teach you the professional way of tasting wine, whilst also showing you some excellent food and wine matches! The course is free to attend but spaces are limited so call us on 01934 417 977 to book your spot.

Next available date - Friday 15th May 6pm - 7.30pm


New Wine: Bienbebido Pulpo 2014Date published: 29/04/15

We have added a new Albariño to our range. The great thing about this wine is it offers Albariño at an amazing price.

Grape: Albarino

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

Taste: 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.

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

£6.66 when you buy any 2 bottles for the 33% off offer, or £9.99 a bottle.

Improved Offer on PeroniDate published: 28/04/15

Starting today we have reduced Peroni to a £1 a bottle, which works out at just £24 a case!

With Bank Holiday weekend coming, it's the perfect time to pop in and grabs some case of Peroni!

Wine of the Week: Allegrini Bardolino Rosso 2014Date published: 24/04/15

This week wine is a cracking little number from Italian friends.

Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

Origin: Naiano is located in the hills close to the small town of Bardolino on the eastern shore of lake Garda. The vineyards here have a south-southwesterly aspect, giving the grapes excellent sun exposure, and the 200m altitude and cool temperatures ensure lengthy ripening.

Taste: Straightforward and unmistakably Italian, this Bardolino is bright ruby red, with a freshness of fruit and a slender frame. Lingering flavours of cherry and bitter almond add a dash of complexity.

Enjoy: Any simple Mediterranean cuisine will partner well with this wine, especially a lively Primavera style pasta, or dressed olives.

English Sparkling Wines open to try Today!Date published: 23/04/15

To Celebrate St.Georges Day we are running a tasting featuring a number of great Sparkling Wines from England!

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - £23.99

Chapel Down Brut Rose - £23.99

Balfour 1503 Brut - £19.99

Balfour 1503 Rose - £19.99

Chapel Down Brut - £15.99 

So pop in and have a taste!

On the Tasting Counter TodayDate published: 21/04/15

Today we have a number of great wine open to try.

Whites

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc £6.74

Natale Verga Pinot Grigio £5.99

Rose

Domaine Chautarde Rose £6.66

Reds

Marques Riscal Reserva Rioja £9.99

Errazuriz Pinot Noir £7.99

Gran Vendema Crianza £6.66

La Serrana Tempranillo £4.99

Spotlight on ArgentinaDate published: 16/04/15

Starting today we are running a Argentina Tasting Week. It's a great chance to come in and try a number of different Malbec's. Remember tomorrow is #Malbecworldday.

We look forward to seeing you in-store shortly.

Spanish Spotlight starting todayDate published: 10/04/15

Why not pop in today and try a range of wines from Spain. Perfect time to come and explore your local Majestic.

2 great short-term dealsDate published: 09/04/15

We are running a couple of great offers just for the weekend. So hurry don't miss out!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Pasqua Prosecco NV £6.99

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

Wine of the Week: Caixas Godello 2013Date published: 09/04/15


Orgin:

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

Taste:

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

Enjoy:

Will go with most white fish or just sitting around catching up with friends!

£6.66 when you buy 2 bottles from the 33% off offer, or £9.99 a bottle

Sunday 5th April 2015Date published: 04/04/15

We will be shut on Easter Sunday. We will re-open at 10am on Monday 6th April.

Tasting counter this weekendDate published: 03/04/15

We have a great selection of wines open for the Easter holidays! Why not pop in and try a range of wines from around the world.

Whites:

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - £6.99

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2014 - £6.74    

Casal de Ventozela 2014 - £6.66     Wine of the Week!

Grand Heron Marc Ducournau 2014 - £5.99

Rose:

Domaine La Chautarde 2014 - 6.66

Reds:

Rioja Reserva Riscal 2010 - £9.99

Basedows of Barossa Shiraz 2012 - £7.99

Cotes-du-Rhone Leon Perdigal 2013/14  - £6.66

El Torito Merlot 2013 - £4.99

Wine of the Week:Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde 2014Date published: 02/04/15

We have a great new wine of the week. 

Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde 2014

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!

£6.66 when you buy any 2 bottles from the 33% off offer, or £9.99

Sam Adams Boston Lager just £24 a caseDate published: 01/04/15

Looking for a great lager for Easter? Sam Adams Boston Lager is just a £1 a bottle! 

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

Short-Term DealsDate published: 01/04/15

We have a couple of great short-term deals.

Berberana Gran Reserva Rioja 2007 -  £7.99 50% off!

Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2013 -  £7.32 33% off!

Hurry while stocks last!

If you would like to place an order please call us in-store on 01934 417 977.

Wine Bargains of the Week!!Date published: 24/03/15

This week we have some fantastic offers in store which you will not want to miss. Vieux Remparts £11.99 down to £7.99. CVNE Reserva £14.99 = £13.49 down to £8.99.

Firstly...CVNE Reserva. 

      Origin:-                                                                                          

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.

       Taste:-

A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.

Secondly... Vieux Remparts.

       Origin:-

Lussac is one of five villages to the northeast of St-Emilion with the right to add that name to their own. Lussac makes excellent 'satellite' wines, slightly more rustic than its big brother, but rounded and with great charm.

       Taste:-

This is a rich, full bodied wine showing great concentration of flavour. With juicy black fruit on the nose and palate backed up by a smoky sandalwood character.


 Two excellent wines at great value. Come and see us in store to take advantage of this offer which ends 30th March. 



 




 

Seaview Sparkling Saturday!!Date published: 21/03/15

This Saturday we have a great bit of bubbly with Seaview Chardonnay Pinot Noir sparkling wine open to taste... 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. 

Subtle fruit characters which include white apple and peach, with a lemon acidity that cleanses the palate. A lovely, refreshing alternative to prosecco! Only £7.99 as part of our 33% Promotion.

Enjoy at any celebration. Will also partner well with smoked salmon and other appetisers. 

Wine Tasting Season has begun!Date published: 19/03/15

Good morning wine fans!

Yes, it is that time of year when our Spotlight Tastings start up again, and have you got a treat in-store!


Today (Thursday 19th March) we have the start of Australia tasting week (and at least 25% off our Australia range) with a 30 minute tasting of contrasting wines from our range.

Then next Thursday (26th march) a treat for all you Francofiles or those who are bemused by Bordeaux. Our resident expert here in Weston-super-mare will be talking you through left and right bank favourites and possibly venture as far as the Entre-Deux-Mers! Still confused? Well it is another 30 minute session and is surely going to be more interesting than another quiz show on BBC2!

Call us in store on 01934 417 977 to reserve your spot now!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc back on Offer!!Date published: 17/03/15

Starting today the Ned is back on offer at just £7.32 a bottle! 

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

Promotion ends Monday 16th March at 7pm!Date published: 15/03/15

Price Change is Coming! These 10 Great Wines Are Going Up In Price!

Don't miss out on Tuesday these great wines be going up in price. 

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc - Currently £7.33*

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - Currently £7.99*  

Natale Verga Primitivo Currently £5.99* 

Poggio Civette Montepulciano D'abruzzo - Currently £6.66* 

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc  - Currently £8.99* 

Oeil de Perdix Rose N.V. - Currently £16.66*

Pol Roger Reserve N.V. - Currently £29.98* 

Prosecco Zonin Brut N.V. - Currently £7.99* 

Santa Ana Malbec - Currently £5.99*

Argento Malbec - Currently £6.66*

* On the 33% promotion (Buy 2 within the range to get the offer price) 

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.


Wine Bargain of the Week!!Date published: 12/03/15

If you have been on our store webpage over the last few days, you may have read our article on the Finca Carelio Tempranillo. We all loved it here, so thought it prudent to let you all know about it as soon as it arrived with us.

However, now that the secret is out of the bag (you may have seen a little email about it!) it is selling like hot cakes. This wine is truly a real bargain. It is a one off parcel, and the only reason it is so cheap is that 10% of the grapes used were harvested in Toro, close, but not within Ribera del Duero. This means that although the climate is virtually identical, what can be written on the bottle is not! And all that means is that you can grab a fantastic wine at a bargain price!!

It is on our 33% deal now and will continue to be moving towards Easter, but do not hold off on this one, it will be gone VERY quickly!

Buy now at £6.66 as part of our 33% off offer, only £79.92 per dozen with free delivery! and yes, I would recommend stocking up on this one!

Customer PreferenceDate published: 10/03/15

Customer Preference


Is there a wine you really like? Do you like a great offer? Or just want to know when we get a particular parcel of wine in stock? If you supply us with your contact details along with the wines you specifically like and want to know when they come on cracking offers, we can do the leg work for you & give you a call or drop you an email to let you know when the optimum offers are on for wines tailored to your tastes.
Want to find out more? 

Give us a call in store on 01934 417 977 or email us at wsm@majestic.co.uk where we shall be able to assist you further.


Now there's something to raise a glass to! Cheers!

Planning a Party or Wedding??Date published: 09/03/15

We at Majestic understand that planning a party or wedding can be a time consuming and stressful. 

However here at Majestic we are happy to help, whether it be to understand the quantity required for the function, food to wine matching, budget or just establishing the perfect selection of wine for your celebration.

On top of members of staff being able to tailor a drinks package to suit your needs and taste. We also offer FREE glasses, chiller bins and ice bucket hire (deposit required), FREE delivery service seven days a week and a sale or return option.  

So why not come in and visit us in-store to discuss your preferences and take away some samples to try and find the perfect drinks package for your occasion. 

If you would like any more information please contact us at wsm@majestic.co.uk or on 01934 417 977

New Guest Ale - Oakham Ales CitraDate published: 09/03/15

New Guest Ale - Oakham Ales Citra

£22.20 (when you buy 2 case's of bottled ale, single pack price £25.20)

We've had the craft ales open on the tasting counter, now it's time for a real ale to have it's moment in the spot light. 

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

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.

Pop in and try before you buy, You'll love it. 

Finca CarelioDate published: 08/03/15

New Product: Finca Carelio Tempranillo

The new Spanish wine Finca Carelio Tempranillo from Castillo Lyon is priced at just £6.66 per bottle,  down from £9.99.

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. Great for the cold nights or a perfect partner to a hearty stew or a cheeseboard. A very versatile wine to say the least! 

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 471 977.


Multi-award winning Gin!Date published: 05/03/15

Produced near Birmingham for over 200 years, Broker's has won more top awards over the past 10 years in International competitions than any other Gin.

Try it and you'll see why! This gin is super-smooth with rich and creamy candied citrus fruit peel aromas and the finish gives the perfect balance of fresh botanicals with spicy juniper and sweet ripe citrus fruits.

Perfect for making premium cocktails or for a classic G&T!

£19.99 a bottle

We have a growing range of craft spirits in-store so why have a try the next time to find yourself in a Majestic Store!


Pilsner Urquell just £1 a bottle!Date published: 05/03/15

To our Majestic customers in Weston-super-Mare,

We would like to inform you that our Pilsner Urquell is at the moment £1 per bottle = £24 per case. Its caramel front of mouth sweetness is balanced with a pleasing bitterness in the mid-mouth. As the taste fully expands, it accelerates away to reveal a stunning clean finish - a perfect balance of fuller flavours.

This offer is not going to last forever, so to ensure you make the best of this deal come as soon as possible to secure your stock.

Just a couple weeks left before this offer finishes.

33% Off our whole Oyster Bay range!!!Date published: 03/03/15

This morning heralds a quartet of new additions to our 33% off range here at Majestic.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, £11.99 down to £7.99* when purchased as part of our 33% off promotion.

A firm favourite here in Weston-super-Mare, the benchmark against which all other Kiwi sauvignons are measured! Bursting with gooseberry and tropical flavours, fantastic freshness that accompanies any seafood brilliantly.

Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2013, £11.99 down to £7.99*.

Lightly oaked, offering citrus flavours with stone fruit characteristics alongside a distinctly creamy finish. Perfect for those dishes with bolder flavours.

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2013, £12. down to £8.66*.

New Zealand Pinot Noir has gone from strength to strength, and has a deserved reputation for quality. This example from Oyster bay is no exception, offering ripe red cherry and blossom flavours with a little background spice on its elegant finish. The perfect wine to enjoy with some spring lamb or loin of pork.

Oyster Bay Merlot 2013, £11.99 down to £7.99*.

Plums and ripe berries to the fore here with a beautiful background of spice, vanilla and chocolate! Such a versatile wine, it could be enjoyed with anything from turkey at Christmas to pizzas on a summers evening.....or even on its own after a hard day at work with your feet up! Enjoy.

With these wines in you rack, the world will truly be your oyster! Sorry, couldn't resist!

This Weekend ONLY! Louis Latour Macon Lugny £8.99Date published: 28/02/15

Mâcon-Lugny 2013 Louis Latour

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

The family-run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.

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

Special Offer  £8.99 per bottle!!!!

Soffio No. 3 Rosé ProseccoDate published: 27/02/15

We have a new addition to our sparkling wine range, the Soffio No. 3 Rosé Prosecco.

Made with Raboso, effectively the red 'sister grape' of Prosecco, this a similarly light and fruity rosé version of northern Italy's signature sparkling wine. 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.

Perfect for drinking with salty canapés or fresh prawns.

Only £6.66 as part of the 33% offers!!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/02/15

Starting today we have two wines open from New Zealand for you to try.

We have added Russian Jack to our range of great wines from Marlborough.

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.

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.

Russian Jack Pinot Noir £11.99

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

Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc £8.99

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

6 Bottle MinimumDate published: 26/02/15

Whether it's a mix of six great value bottles for every day drinking, or a case or two of great vintages for laying down, we have a rule: a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

This rule allows us to do things differently. We have friendly, enthusiastic and properly trained staff on hand to help and advise you in each of our 200+ stores. We have wines open on our tasting counter every day for you to try, and if you'd like to join us at one of our many Taste and Explore events they are of course free. Finally, we'll hand deliver your order for free (to mainland UK) – including evenings and weekends at a time to suit you.

It's doing things this way that's made us the biggest, and we think best, wine retailer in the UK.


M de Minuty Rose 2014 Back in StockDate published: 25/02/15

M de Minuty Rose 2014

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.

£11.24 when you buy 2 bottles from the 25% offer, or £14.99.

Great Value CaseDate published: 25/02/15

Case of Wine for Under £30!

Start of the week the right way, with two each of red, white and rose wines at great prices.

Perfect for the dinner table and the sofa! (though perhaps not the garden- still a bit chilly out there non?)

El Torito Merlot 2013 Valdepeñas

A very accommodating soft body, complimented with strong red fruit flavour. Look out for cherry and ripe berries standing up to the supple tannins.

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Central Valley

A perfect offering from Chile, bursting with zappy green fruit and a shock of gooseberry this wine is perfect as an accompaniment to spicy foods! Very refreshing, very fruity, very good value!

La Serrana Rosé 2013 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Bags of juicy strawberries, and a nice creamy body! La Serrana has a great berry acidity to it that compliments the sweetness perfectly. Very quaffable!

These three wines all come in at just under the £5 mark- A great buy for the discerning customer! 

Get well prepared for the week ahead, without breaking the bank!


Spotlight on South AfricaDate published: 20/02/15

Starting today and running for a week we will be bringing you the best that South African wines have to offer! From Sauvignon Blanc to Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir to Pinotage so much to try. Why not join us in-store this weekend to taste a few of these great wines.

Please see below for the wines opened today.

Whites

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc £8.99

Robertson Chenin Blanc £5.49

Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc £5.99

Vergelegen Chardonnay £8.99

Reds

Graham Beck Antony's Yard £6.74

Fish Hoek Malbec £6.74

Robertson Pinot Noir £5.99

Bellingham Pinopasso £7.49

A couple of crackers for the week ahead!Date published: 18/02/15

What better way to kick off Lent, and the giving up of chocolate than with a couple of wine bargains?

Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. Guigal, Only £7.99 per bottle

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

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


Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 Lagunilla, Buy 2, save 50%!!! down to £7.99

This Gran Reserva spends 2 years in oak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release producing 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!


New Wine: Wynn's Chardonnay 2012Date published: 16/02/15

New Arrival: Wynn's Chardonnay

£12.99 or £9.74 when you mix and match it with any other 25% off wine

Australia keeps on surprising us! Wynn's Chardonnay joins the Australian wine collection.  

I am talking about the Wynn's Chardonnay, from the Coonawara  region of Australia.  Coonawara is usually better known for its reds from Cabernet Sauvignon, and this is our first experience with a Chardonnay from that region. Unlike other new world Chardonnay which tends to be creamy and really reach, Wynn's has an outstanding freshness to balance the presence of subtle hints of oak.

I tried it, and I could clearly taste fresh hints of pineapple, peach and lemon, coupled with a subtle creamy finish.

This is the perfect wine to improve any lobster dish as well as your traditional roast chicken. 

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.


Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel Offer Finishes Today!Date published: 16/02/15

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012 33% off, only £7.99!

The fantastic Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012 is currently on our 33% offer (When you buy at least 2 bottles on the promotion):

Was £11.99 now £7.99

This is only a short term offer and comes to a close at 7pm on Monday the 16th of February.

The Ravenswood is bursting with soft fruit and spice aromas, it makes for a fantastic winter warmer.

Dont miss out call us on 01934 417 977 to place you order.

Matching food and wineDate published: 16/02/15

5 Top tips for Matching Food and Wine.

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food. A delicate fish such as Sea Bass will be overpowered by heavy red wines.

2. Match to the most dominant flavour in a dish rather than the main ingredient as a full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence. Chicken in a mushroom sauce is different to chicken in a tomoato sauce and will need different wine.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes. For example paella with all those rich, flavour-packed ingredients requires a crisp, simple white wine.

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

5. Do as the locals do and match dishes with their home grown wines. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes.

If you need anymore help please call us in-store on 01934 417 977.

Lodi - The Zinfandel Capital of the World! Only £7.99!Date published: 10/02/15

Ravenswood produce this fantastic Zinfandel in the North of California's Central Valley, which is world-renowned for its well-draining, sandy soils which produce intense and powerful wines. Fantastic concentrations of sweet blueberry and plums, well-balanced acidity and a long, lingering finish.

This has been added to our 33% off range, bringing the price down to £7.99 per bottle, just £95.88 per dozen, with free delivery!!

A bunch of Rosés for Valentine's DayDate published: 07/02/15

What better way to prepare for Valentine's day than getting in a couple of bottles of rosé? So to give you a helping hand we are including all our sparkling rosé (Champagne included!!) in our 33% off offer. A few highlights include:

Codorniu Rosado NV £9.99, down to £6.66 per bottle.

Langlois L'Extra Rosé NV £14.99, down to £9.99 per bottle.

and probably my favourite....

Oil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne £25.00, down to £16.66!

and for a special someone....

Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV Champagne £67.50, down to £44.97.


And for those forgetful ones among you, don't panic! These offers run until 7pm on Monday 16th February.

Wills Wine Wonders...Date published: 06/02/15

New Weston-Suprer-Mare Assisstant Manager Will considers himself to be a bit of a wine connoisseur so why not pick his brains and his pallate when you come along to one of our upcoming wine tastings.

We have some great events coming up, starting with a Spotlight on South Africa on the 20th of February for a whole week. A Spotlight on Australia following on the 20th of March and our Bordeaux Festival begins on the 27th of March.

If you would like to taste some wine for FREE let us know on 01934 417977.

Our Craft Beer of the Week!Date published: 05/02/15

New! Flying Dog IPA!


Welcome to the wonderful world of craft beer


The term craft beer originated in the UK in the 1970s and is loosely defined as a beer brewed on a relatively small scale by an independent brewer. The trend for craft beers has really taken off in the last few years and Majestic is proud to bring a range of craft beers to a wider audience.


Why should you buy Flying Dog IPA?


Flying Dog IPA is great beer from Aspen, Colorado which has been brewed since 1990. Unlike many American IPAs the ABV is 4.7%, as opposed to usual 6%+, making this what the brewery term a “sessionable beer”.


Great Design!


The brewery owner is close friends with the journalist Hunter S. Thompson and the illustrator Ralph Steadman, who collaborated to come up with the funky designs on the labels.


What does it taste like…?


The beer is light and citrussy, with subtle hints of spice and an underlying hoppiness. It is a great accompaniment to Mexican and Asian food.


So, how much does it cost...?


£12.99 Buy 2 or more packs = £9.99



Our new Wine of the Week!Date published: 05/02/15

New! Natale Verga Pinot Grigio from Italy.

Available to taste!


What is important to know about Pinot Grigio?


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


Why buy the Natale Verga Pinot Grigio?


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


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


What does it taste like?


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


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



£7.99 buy 2 save 25% = £5.99

Wine Events at Majestic Weston-Super-MareDate published: 04/02/15

We have a host of wine events coming up for you this February and March.

Free Wine Courses - our introduction to food and wine matching. Dates on the 19th of February the 13th and 26th of March - booking is essential.

Spotlight Tasting Week on South Africa - 20th-26th of February.

Spotlight Tasting Week on Australia - 20th-26th March - there will also be a special tasting on the 19th of March to kick off the week!

Festival of Bordeaux - 27th of March to the 2nd of April.

We look forward to seeing you!


Perfect Matches for Today's Roast!Date published: 01/02/15

Sunday is just my favourite time of the week! It is roast dinner day and I love it! So here are my picks for a big hearty roast dinner;

CHICKEN

'Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges', Louis Jadot' - £8.66 on the 33% multi-buy offer

A blend of 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir, this is a beautiful red for white meat dishes! An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and fresh finish.

BEEF

'Alamos Malbec 2013, Catena, Medoza' - £6.66 on the 33% multi-buy offer

Classicly hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. Oozing dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins, this is the perfect red for a lovely roast beef dinner.

PORK

'Domaine De Fabregues 2011, AOP Languedoc' - £8.99 on the 25% multi-buy offer

Brand new to the Majestic product line, this is a fantastic new southern french red that is a great all rounder. Rich and spicy in the classic Languedoc style, with an intense jammy blackberry and morello cherry backbone balanced by supple tannins and notes of pepper and dark chocolate.

LAMB

'Matua Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough' - £8.66 on the 33% multi-buy offer

One of New Zealand's most renowned international wine brands, Matua shows that this is true through this lovely Pinot Noir. An elegantly structured yet satisfyingly concentrated Pinot Noir, full of ripe redcurrant fruit, delivered with juicy, lipsmacking acidity and subtle hints of wild thyme. 

VEGETARIAN OPTION

'Cuvee De Richard Rouge 2013, PGI Pays D'Aude' - £5.99 

This versatile little number is perfect for various dishes. It will go perfectly with your roast meats but also will go great with a vegetarian alternative. Amazingly smooth with dense, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, leading to a rounded finish. 


Wine Of The Week! Brand New!!Date published: 30/01/15

The brand New and fantastic southern french 'Domaine De Fabregues, 2011' AOP is the Wine Of The Week and open to taste!

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

This wine is from Languedoc, situated in the south of France, not far away from the Southern Rhone. It's not a highly regulated region like a lot of France, leading to exciting innovation and styles of wine more common in the New World wine producing areas

The Wine is a blend of four varieties (Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault) which are grown accross the Languedoc in vineyards ideal for each grape.

Why should I buy this wine...?

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

What does it taste like...?

Thanks to the robust Languedoc grapes within the blend this is a rich and spicy wine. It has bold blackberry and cherry flavours, is smooth and leaves a long warming pepper and dark chocolate flavour in your mouth. Its open to taste today (30/01/2015), so why not come in and try for yourself...?

So how much does it cost...?

£11.99 single bottle price

£8.99 when you mix and match any 2 wines on our 25% off deal!

Another NEW New Zealand Sauvignon!Date published: 30/01/15

We have another brand NEW New Zealand Sauvignon added to our already great selection. Called Russian Jack along with a funky label, it's sure to turn some heads! 

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.

Why should you buy this wine;

This is a great example of why New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's are some of the worlds best. It goes perfectly with spicy dishes, especially a spicy oriental salad.

What does it taste like?;

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

So, how much does it cost!?;

£11.99 single bottle price

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more on the 25% off deal!

New Chenin from LoireDate published: 26/01/15

With a New Year brings many opportunities to try many new wines, and here at Majestic this is what we're really focussing on with our tasting counter, new and interesting wines that we hope will appeal to a wide audience at great value for money.

Our new Sauvion Chenin Blanc from the Loire valley will hopefully be just that, and at £5.99 at 33% off it really would be a crime to not give it a chance.

We already stock the Sauvignon Blanc by this Pierre-Jean Sauvion (owned by the renowned Chateau De Cleray) which we know many of you have tried, loved and come back for more. Hopefully the same will occur with this new Chenin Blanc!

Chenin Blanc is used in a vast multitude of ways in the Loire valley, to dry sparklers, crisp still wines or sweet dessert treats. This dry white interpretation gives the classic honeyed fruit character one would expect from a Chenin, with vibrant undertones of lemon and apple.

Well worth a try, and again we reiterate - £5.99!!

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

2 New Craft Beers added to our rangeDate published: 25/01/15

We are always on the look out for great craft beers. We are very happy to be able to offer you 2 new beers to our growing range

Flying Dog Easy IPA 6*355ml

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

Buy 2 packs save £6 - £10.99 

Alhambra 1925 Reserva 6*330ml bottles

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

Buy 2 packs save £6 - £9.99 

We have plenty more craft beers in-stock, so why not pop in and have a look!

New Marlborough Sauvignon!Date published: 24/01/15

Of all our new arrivals so far in 2015, this new Marlborough Sauvignon has us most excited. Produced by the famous Giesen brothers in Marlborough, our Buyers have personally selected a blend specifically for our customers.

This is a great value, dry style of wine; perfect for everyday drinking or parties. Drink now, or over the Summer months, while the wine is still young and all the zesty flavours are at their best.

So, what does it taste like...?

Typical of its' style, this Marlborough Sauvignon has vibrant fruit and heady herby flavours and a fresh, zippy finish. It's available to taste now so why not pop down and give it a try!!!

So, how much does it cost...?

£9.99 Buy 2 Save 33% = £6.66.

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

New Wine Course Dates for 2015Date published: 21/01/15

The most important things you need to know about these events is that they are laid back, great fun, informative and best of all completely Free!!!

The Wine Course is a fantastic way for novice wine drinkers to learn more about the world of wine, but also a great way to enhance your knowledge and try some exciting wines. During the 90 minute session we will try whites and reds from around the globe, learn about Champagne (while trying some of course) and finish of with some food and wine matching

Feel free to inform friends of these courses and then give us a call to book your slot.

We have three upcoming Wine Courses which will run in January, February and March. If you would like to come please call us on 01934 417 977 or drop us an e-mail at wsm@majestic.co.uk 

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 6pm - 7.30pm

Thursday 19th February 2015 - 6pm - 7.30pm

Friday 13th March 2015 - 6pm - 7.30pm

I look forward to seeing you shortly!

Brand new! Marlborough ridge Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 20/01/15

All of you Marlborough sauvignon fans will be delighted!

We have a brand new, cracking value for money sauvignon blanc added to our range!

Just £6.66 

(down from £9.99) when you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

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.


Ready to drink immediately coupled with freshly prepared cold seafood dishes.


Why not pop into store this weekend and try it yourself!?



Spotlight on: Otago, New ZealandDate published: 20/01/15

The name "Otago" is an old southern Maori word whose North Island dialect equivalent is "Otakou", introduced to the south by Europeans in the 1840s. The exact meaning of the term is disputed, with common translations being "isolated village" and "place of red earth", the latter referring to the reddish-ochre clay which is common in the area around Dunedin.

The Central Otago wine region produces award winning wines made from varieties such as the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Riesling grapes. It has an increasing reputation as New Zealand’s leading Pinot Noir region.

Below are a few of my picks from our range of wines from Otago.

Mud House Pinot Noir 2013, Central Otago - £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles from the 33% offer, or £14.99

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012, MT Difficulty, Central Otago - £15.33 when you buy 2 bottles from the 33% offer, or £23.00

MT Difficulty Pinot Gris 2013, Central Otago - £16 when you buy 2 bottles from the save £10 Fine Wine offer, or £21

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2012, Central Otago - £16.66 when you buy 2 bottles from the 33% offer, or £25  ****STAR BUY*****

The offers on these wines finishes at the end of January.

Spirits of the Week: Blackwoods Vodka & Red Leg Spiced RumDate published: 19/01/15

Blackwoods 5XD Vodka, 40% £22.50

Perhaps more famous for its high-quality gin, Blackwoods five-times distilled botanical vodka is created using a method known as ‘Bonification’ and reflects the quality level expected from this renowned producer.  Lightly infused with hand-picked Shetland botanicals such as Meadow Sweet, Sea Pink, Angelica and Marsh Marigold, the resulting vodka tastes exceptionally smooth and rounded with an earthy undertone.

Red Leg Spiced Rum, 37.5% £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 always feels at home wherever it is! It is left to rest in old oak barrels and delivers a sweet smell of vanilla followed by a warming ginger aroma. The combination of sweetness and spice leaves a smooth, warming mouth feel.

Both of these spirits are open to taste in-store all week. Why not pop in and try a couple of our new Craft Spirits.

Beer of the Week: Curious Brew, Chapel DownDate published: 19/01/15

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

Tasting Note:

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

Why not try this truly classic English Beer! Currently on offer at just £14.99! Don't miss out, offer finishes at the end of January.

Pack Size: 12 x 330ml bottles

ABV: 4.7%

Sam Adams Boston Lager just £24 a caseDate published: 18/01/15

Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Lager has used only the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.

Following Jim Koch’s great-great grandfather’s recipe, Samuel Adams continue to use traditional brewing processes, including decoction mash (a four vessel process) and krausening (a secondary fermentation), which allows the ingredients in Samuel Adams Boston Lager to come together and form layers of complex flavor. Boston Lager is also dry hopped using the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops for an enhanced hop signature in the aroma and finish.

This beer offers something different to the normal Beck's or Stella. 

Till the end of January we are running a special offer where Sam Adams is just £24 a case!

Wine of the Week: Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014Date published: 17/01/15

This is a cracking wine which is currently 33% off. So that works out at just £7.33 a bottle! Hurry you don't want to miss out on this deal.

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

Marisco Range 33% OffDate published: 14/01/15

We are currently running an amazing deal on this Range of wines. 33% Off, making all bottles under £10 when you match any two.

This Range includes:-

The King's Favour-A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note.

The King's Thorn-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.

The King's Legacy- An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

The Ned-A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Also Includes: The Ned Pinot Noir, The Ned Sticky End.

Looking forward to seeing you all, to share in these great offers.

If you would like to place an order call us on 01934 417 977.  







Berberana Gran Reserva 2007Date published: 14/01/15

We are currently running an amazing deal on this wine. It's currently 40% off at just £9.59 from £15.99 a bottle.

Rudy red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.

This would go great with roast meats, pastas, tomato dishes and game.

Cloudy Bay Range at least 33% off this January!Date published: 13/01/15

We are running a great deal this January on the Cloudy Bay range. 

Still wines 33% off

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014 -  £18.33 down from £27.50

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2012 -  £18.33 down from £27.50

Cloudy Bay Riesling 2009 - £18.33 down from £27.50

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005 - £19.99 down from £30.00

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2012 - £23.32 down from £35.00

Sparkling wines 40% off

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV -  £14.99 down from £24.99

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2009 - £17.09 down from £28.49

If you would like to place an order call us on 01934 417 977.

Vina Ardanza 2005 33% offDate published: 12/01/15

This is a firm Majestic staff favorite. While it's a 1/3 off you would be crazy not try it!

Grape: Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin

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.

Taste

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy now with lamb or over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

Price: £15.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33% (Single bottle price £24.00) 


The One, British Blended WhiskyDate published: 11/01/15

The One British Blended Whisky 70cl Bottle

A unique blend of exceptional British Isles whiskies, each with its own distinctive characteristics, have been blended with great care and passion, resulting in a whisky of intriguing complexity. The ONE is the first British Blended Whisky with a taste slightly smoky, sweet and fruity, nutty, with hints of spice.

This is one of our new craft spirits and offers great value at just £30 a bottle. So if you are looking to try something new this may be the bottle for you!

New 40% Off Offers: Sparklings and ChampagnesDate published: 09/01/15

Below are a few of my picks.

Cloudy Bay Perlorus Vintage £17.09

Cloudy Bay Perlorus  NV £14.99

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV £22.49

Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose NV £26.99

Laurent-Perrier 2004 £29.98

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 £29.98

If you would like to place an order please call on 01934 471 977.

New 33% Off Offers Starting Today: RedsDate published: 07/01/15

Below are a few of my picks.

1. Wither Hills Pinot Noir £9.99

2. Peter Lehmann Shiraz £7.99

3. Saintsbury Pinot Noir £18.66

4. Los Boldos Merlot £6.66

5. San Huberto Malbec £7.99

If you would like to place an order please call on 01934 417 977.

New 33% Off Offers Starting Today: WhitesDate published: 06/01/15

Below are a few of the deals which stand out to me.

1. Gavi Toledana £7.99 (open to taste on our tasting counter)

2. Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

3. Contesa Pecorino £6.66

4. Windy Peak Chardonnay £7.99

5. Lady Sauvignon £6.66

If you would like to place an order please call on 01934 417 977.

Wow 40% Off Offers Starting Today!Date published: 06/01/15

We are running a number of 40% off offers for january. Hurry you don't want to miss out. Below is a few of my picks.

Berberana Gran Reserva Rioja £9.59

Laurent Perrier Brut NV £22.49

Moet & Chandon Vintage 2006 £29.98

Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose £26.99

Prosecco Treviso Pasqua £7.19

Prosecco La Marca Conegliano £8.99

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

Last Day to get Ned Sauvignon at £6.99!Date published: 05/01/15

Don't miss out, when we close tonight at 7pm The Ned will go back up in price. Make sure you order yours today to get it at just £6.99 a bottle.

If you would like to place an order please call on 01934 417 977.

New Year Opening TimesDate published: 30/12/14

Please see below a list of our opening times this week.

Tuesday 30th December 2014 10am - 7pm

Wednesday 31st December 2014 10am - 5pm

New Year's Day - Closed

Friday 2nd January 2015 10am - 8pm

Saturday 3rd January 2015 9am - 7pm

Sunday 4th January 10am - 5pm

If you would like anymore information please call us on 01934 417 977.

Fizz Deal of the DayDate published: 24/12/14

Veuve Clicquot NV @ £29.99 when you buy any 2 wines on 33%

Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse. A real crowd pleaser to crack open on Christmas Day


Spirit of the DayDate published: 23/12/14

Don Papa Rum only £30 per bottle

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.

This spirit makes an ideal partner to Christmas pudding or alternatively to port as an after dinner treat!



Fine Wine Recommendation by the teamDate published: 22/12/14

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay @ £22.50 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines

This is a real staff favourite as its usually overlooked by its more popular Sauvignon Blanc.

A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savouryelements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantialand rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish.

This will be a great partner to Turkey and stuffing on Christmas Day!


Food and Wine For Christmas 2 Date published: 21/12/14

Here are some tips to help you match some fantastic foods and wines this festive period.

Match or complement Acidity in wine and good (high-acid wines complement fatty goods the same way lemon cuts the greasiness of smoked salmon)

Salt is not found in wine but does clash with tannin wines, so avoid this paring

The more Texture a food has (fatty food like ducks, chewy like steak) the more tannin the wine should have 

Always remember to serve the wine with greater sweetness than the good. Sweetness in wine also reacts as a foil to rich foods (Sauternes and foie gras is a classic example

Great Offers on BeerDate published: 20/12/14

Below are a list of our best deals for Christmas.

Peroni 24bt Case - £24

Pilsner Urquell 24bt Case - £24

 Curious Brew lager 12bt Case - £14.99

We also have an offer running on all our Craft Beers. Buy any 2 and save £6.

If you would like any more information please call us on 01934 417 977.

Deliveries Before ChristmasDate published: 20/12/14

If you are looking to place an order for Christmas please call us in-store on 01934 417 977 and we will let you know if we can make it.

We are still able to deliver in the local area.

Champagne Saturday: Bollinger Special Cuvee NVDate published: 20/12/14

Why not pop down and see us today so you can have a taste of Bollinger!

Grapes: 

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Info:

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.

£33.31 when you buy 2 bottles from the 33% offer.

Food and Wine For ChristmasDate published: 20/12/14

Christmas dinner is probably the biggest event of the year for many families, yet planning and preparing for this feast is never easy. Catering of sprout-hating children, the solo vegetarian and an uncle who prefer roast beet can be a nightmare; getting the wines right is not straight forward either. Here are some tips to make things easier for you:

1) Match the Weight of both the food and wine,. Full-bodied wines complement heavy, rich foods.

2) Match the flavour intensity of both (full-flavours like Sauvignon Blanc and asparagus) and also consider the wine's fruit character (the raspberry flavours in Pinot Noir complement duck the same way a delicious fruit sauce would)

Great Value Wines This ChristmasDate published: 19/12/14

Christmas time is a great time for sharing with friends and family whether its a couple of bottles of wine at home or taking a bottle round to your neighbours. Let's be honest you don't want to break to bank at the same time you want a real good value wine

Below are a couple of my recommendations for whites and reds this Winter

White Wines

The Ned SB @ £7.33 when you buy any 2 wines on the 33% deal

Macon Villages Cave de Lugny @ £7.99 when you buy any 2 wines on the 25% deal


Red Wines

Santa Rita 120 Merlot @ £5.99 when you buy any 2 wines on the 33% deal

Marques de Riscal Reserva @ £9.99 when you buy any 2 wines on the 33% deal



Gift BoxesDate published: 17/12/14

Gift Boxes

If you want to give the fabulous gift of wine this Christmas why not give it an extra special touch by presenting it in a smart gift box? We offer gift packaging in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

Red Gift Bag – 50 p

Premium Gift Bag - £1.49

One bottle gift carton - £1

Two bottle gift carton - £1.50

Three bottle gift carton - £2.50

Four bottle gift carton - £4

Six bottle gift carton - £5

Twelve bottle gift carton - £6

Wrap up in style this Christmas!


Champagne and Sparkling Offer finshes today!Date published: 15/12/14

There is just a few hours left to grab a great deal. Below are a few of my picks.

Champagnes:

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV £26.65

Ruinart Rose NV £39.98

Taittinger 2005 £26.65

Sparkling Wines:

Langlois L'Extra Brut £9.99

Graham Beck Rose NV £9.99

Prosecco Rivamonte £6.66

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977

Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV open to taste todayDate published: 14/12/14

Origin:

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


Taste:

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


Enjoy:

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


This is a staff favourite and a true bargain at £9.99



Peroni Just £24 a case!Date published: 13/12/14

Don't miss out on this cracking deal. Everyone needs to have beer in-stock for Christmas! So why not have Peroni a Majestic Favorite.

We also have a Craft Beer open to try on our tasting counter. Brooklyn Lager so we look forward to seeing you soon!

Soffio No.3 Prosecco Open to taste all weekendDate published: 12/12/14

We are running a great offer on Champagne and Sparkling this weekend.

So we have opened a bottle of Prosecco to make you shopping more enjoyable!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Amazing Sparkling Offer this Weekend!Date published: 12/12/14

Starting today we are running a cracking deal on Sparkling and Champagne.

All Champagne under £70 a bottle will be reduced by 33.3%! We are also reducing by 33.3% huge amount of our Sparkling range.

No supermarket will be offering this type of deal. So hurry don't miss out, as the offer finishes at 7pm on Monday 15th December!

To place an order call us on 01934 417 977.

Improved Offer on Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 12/12/14

Starting today Ned is reduced to £6.99!

This is cracking price and one which can't be missed. The offer runs till the 5th January 2015.

If you would like to place an order please call us on 01934 417 977.

Festive FridayDate published: 11/12/14

Come and join us in-store tomorrow to enjoy Christmas songs and mince pies.

Why not come in your Festive jumpers!

We are running an amazing new deal over the weekend so we look forward to telling you more tomorrow!

Gluten-free VodkaDate published: 11/12/14

Tito's Texan Vodka 70cl BottleCreated 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.


£28

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - Great value!Date published: 10/12/14

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

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

Taste

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


Weston's Christmas HoursDate published: 06/12/14

9am - 8pm Monday 8th - Friday 12th 

9am - 7pm Saturday 13th

10am - 5pm Sunday 14th

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

10am - 5pm Sunday 21st

9am - 8pm Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd

9am - 5pm Christmas Eve

Christmas Day closed

Boxing Day closed

9am - 7pm Saturday 27th

10am - 5pm Sunday 28th

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

10am - 5pm New Year's Eve  

New Year's Day closed

Normal opening hours resume from the 2nd.

If you need anymore information please call us on 01934 417 977.


Top 5 Red Wines from December OffersDate published: 03/12/14

Below are my top 5 red wines from the December Offers.

Marques Riscal Tinto Reserva £9.99

Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir £7.99

Macon Rouge, Louis Jadot £8.66

Alamos Malbec £6.66

Wakefield Estate Shiraz £8.66

If you would like to place an order please call on 01934 417 977.

Top 5 Sparkling Wines from our December offersDate published: 02/12/14

Below are my top 5 picks from our Sparkling Offer this December.

Soffio No.3 Prosecco £6.66

Prosecco Zonin £7.99

Lindauer Brut NV £9.99

Codorniu Brut NV £6.66

Codorniu Cristina Vintage £9.99

If you would like to order any of these please call us on 01934 417 977.

December Offers Start Today!Date published: 02/12/14

Starting today we are running a number of improved deals till the 5th January 2015.

We have a number of the wines open to try as well as 2 Craft Spirits.

we look forward to seeing you soon. 

Dom Papa Small Batch RumDate published: 30/11/14

Dom Papa Small Batch Rum is produced by the Bleeding Heart Rum Company on the Southern Island of Negros in the Philippines. The rum is distilled from molasses, then aged for over 7 years in American oak barrels, and lastly charcoal filtered.

One of the best rums I have ever tasted, very smooth and palatable, it is easy to forget this is a 40% abv spirit.

Describe in one word ...... delicious 

£30

Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc........ A Gem from ChileDate published: 29/11/14

Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc (39346)£11.99 buy 2 save 33% = £7.99
The Matetic estate stretches over 12,000 hectares. Due to their extremely selective approach to planting as well as limitations in water supply, only 160 hectares of the estate is planted under vine.

The Rosario estate where the vineyards of Corralillo Sauvignon are situated borders both the San Antonio and Casablanca valley, which are cool climate coastal areas. The grapes ripen slowly ensuring good phenolic ripeness (the development of aromatic compounds and concentration) and the high Diurnal temperature difference preserves acidity ensuring well balanced fruit. During the spring the weather is windy, cool and dry which allows the vines to remain healthy and makes this a perfect location for winemaking. Although not labelled as such, due to the high costs involved, the grapes are farmed and the wine is made according to the Biodynamic principles. 

The viticulturalist is also the winemaker and there is a real focus on ‘winemaking in the field’ which they feel ensures greater consistency and authenticity of Matetic wines. Pest control is in the form of sheep, alpacas, geese and chickens. 

This is a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc which has intense aromas of bell pepper and fresh peas with tropical fruit character and citrus on the palate. It has a great mouthfeel and rich texture from lees stirring with a fresh well balanced acidity

Craft beer of the week!Date published: 24/11/14

CRAFT BEER OF THE WEEK

Anchor Steam Beer

Single Pack Price £13.99

BUY 2 PACKS & SAVE £6! £10.99


Hailing from San Francisco, Anchor steam has a deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour and is a great example of how good craft beers can be! The history of this beer can be traced back to the California gold rush, when a german brewer names Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco with his family.


Reviews from our website!

‘It is up there with the best craft beers i have tried’ (Anonymous, 23/10/14)


‘I've not drank a lot of beer for years but this is so good, I've always got a few bottles in the fridge just in case’ (Rickg6, 21/10/14)



Christmas Cocktail of the Week!Date published: 22/11/14

Christmas Cocktail of the Week!

Yes! It's that time of the year again and I'm sure many of you are starting to prepare for your wonderful Christmas parties! So to help you plan, we have come up with some festive cocktails that can add a bit more sparkle to the festivities!

This week we have …

THE MISTLETOE MARTINI

Ingredients;

60ml Vodka (Ciroc Recommended)

60ml Orange Juice

90ml Cranberry Tea (Chilled)

22.5ml Lemon Juice

3 tsp Sugar

Pinch of Mistletoe

Method;

Step 1: Fill you glass with cubed ice.

Step 2: Add the vodka, Orange Juice, Cranberry Tea, Lemon Juice and Sugar

Step 3: Give a good shake

Step 4: Run the remaining lemon around the edge of the glass, tip upside down on to some sugar to decorate the glass

Step 5: Strain into the fresh glass full of ice

Step 6: Add the pinch of mistletoe to garnish

Step 7: Enjoy!!!

Drink Responsibly!


STOP THE PRESS! 33% OFF ALL ARGENTINIAN MALBEC!!!Date published: 21/11/14

Hello there Malbec lovers! We have a great deal on this weekend only, 33% off all our Argentinian Malbec's on the multi-buy! Having adopted the Malbec grape from France some time ago, Argentina has really made this grape it's own and what better time than now to get stocked up before Christmas!?

Here are our top picks from this great value offer;

Santa Ana Malbec @ £5.99

- From Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries founded in 1981 by the Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This wine has a lively ruby color with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate, this wine is ideal for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.

Callia Bella Malbec @ £5.99

Based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan. and have become one of the foremost wineries int his area. An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straight forward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. This red goes perfectly with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

Alamos Malbec @ £6.66

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast meats!

Vinalba Malbec @ £8.66

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter Award for its quality. This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. A full bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions. 


We look forward to seeing you soon!! 


Deal ends on Monday 24th evening



New Spirits and Liquor Range! Date published: 21/11/14

We are now introducing a new range of Craft spirits and Liquor! Not only this we have 2 to try on the tasting counter right now!!

We currently have;

Tariquet VSOP Armagnac, 40% at £35.00

60% Ugni Blanc, 40% Baco. Aged for at least 7 years in oak barrels in Tariquet's cellars, this Armagnac shows both fresh characteristics and more natural notes. Very smooth with a lively bouquet of floral and almost fresh minty characters, followed by a further touch of woody spices, hints of vanilla, liquorice and macerated fruits.  

Darnley's Spiced Gin, 42.7% at £32.50

Names after Mary Queen of Scots' husband Lord Darnley whose marriage produced the heir that eventually united England and Scotland. This Gin unites the best of English and Scottish distillation and focuses on key botanicals of juniper, cinnamon and nutmeg, giving a smooth palate of warm and comforting spice. Bottled at 42.7% to best present the combination of warming spice botanicals. 

Come and Enjoy today!!


Wine of the Week - Bricchetto TrebbianoDate published: 20/11/14


BRICCHETTO TREBBIANO 2013
       
ORGIN:  Under various different names and guises, Trebbiano is one of Europe's most extensively planted white grape varieties, found in innumerable blends and styles, but it is generally only the Italians who use it to make this kind of single-varietal dry white.


TASTE: Fresh and easy drinking, this wine offers plenty of soft citrus, white peach and pear fruit, with subtle white flower aromatics. Dry, soft-edged and clean on the finish.


ENJOY: Chill well and enjoy on its own, or with lightly-dressed salads or creamy spaghetti dishes.

Sparkling Saturday .... & Sunday!Date published: 08/11/14

This weekend we have 33% off all of our prosecco and to celebrate, we are opening a bottle of the Rivamonte NV for our lovely customers to sample!

SPARKLING SATURDAY..AND SUNDAY!


Prosecco Rivamonte NV

Single Bottle Price £9.99

Multi-buy 33.3% off

£6.66


Origin:

The immense popularity of Prosecco is due in no small part to the great value it offers, but also to the style of the wine, which is fruitier, fresher and more floral than many other traditional sparkling wines, making it ideal for parties and informal celebrations.


Taste:

Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple flavours with a revitalising finish.


Enjoy:

Enjoy on its own as an apertif or as an accompaniment to canapes.

Top Picks - November!Date published: 07/11/14

Coming into the new month, we have changed our staff top picks for the month! Check them out!

This Month we have;

Santa Rita 120 Merlot. 25% off = £6.74

The 120 Series wines are named in honor of the 120 patriot soldiers who found refuge in Santa Rita's hacienda during the war for Chile's independence. The cellars where they were hidden are still used for maturation of Santa Rita's wines to this day.

'A great all rounder. Fresh and fruity with some hints of vanilla and tobacco. A great wine at a great price' - (Nathan - Manager)

Garnacha Moncayo. 25% off = £7.86

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

'Smooth, juicy, full bodied and delicious. Need I say more?' - (George - Assistant Manager) 

La Marca Conegliano Valdobbladene Prosecco. 33% off = £9.99

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.

'A bottle of anything sparkling is my achilles heel, and this fruity little number is just a great example of why I love sparkling so much!' - (George - Assistant Manager)

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc. 33% off = £7.33

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

'I'm a massive fan of New Zealand sauvignons and the Ned is a perfect example of how right New Zealand wine makers have got it. And at such a great price at the moment I may have to purchase a few for myself!' - (Danny - Trainee Manager)

Godello As Caixas. 33% off = £6.66

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

'Godello wasn't a grape I was particularly familiar with until we did the Spanish spotlight tasting. But this wine by As Caixas showed me what i'd been missing! Fresh and fruity, everything I love about a good white wine' - (Danny - Trainee Manager)


Halloween Cocktail of the Week!Date published: 22/10/14

Halloween Cocktail of the Week!

Halloween is vastly approaching so why not start preparing for your Halloween party!? What better way to celebrate Halloween than with some fun, themed cocktails?

This week we have …

THE BLOODY MARY

Ingredients;

50ml Absolut Vodka (Recommended)

½ Lemon Juice

6 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce

3 dashes of Tobasco sauce

150ml Tomato Juice

1 Pinch of salt and pepper

Method;

Step 1: Fill you glass with cubed ice.

Step 2: Add the vodka

Step 3: Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, tobasco sauce, and tomato juice and mix well.

Step 4: Strain into fresh glass full of ice

Step 5: Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper

Step 7: Enjoy!!!

Drink Responsibly!


Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 17/10/14

Sparkling Saturday!!

Prosecco Treviso NV, Pasqua

Single Bottle Price £11.99

Multi-buy 33% off

£7.99

Origin:

The classic sparkling wine of Northern Italy, made with grapes from the hillside vineyards in the Treviso region, using the Charmat method, whereby the wine is allow to ferment in a steel autoclave, achieving its spritz while maintaining a youthful fruit profile.

Taste:

A bright straw yellow colour, with faint greenish tinges. The nose is gently floral, with a mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes. Slightly off-dry, for a refreshing, easy-going flavour.

Enjoy:

Chill well before serving. Try with monkfish served with fresh green vegetables.


Sound good?? Come and try it on Saturday 18th of October!

See you then :) 

Top Picks - October. Sparkling!Date published: 16/10/14

Top Picks - October. Sparkling!

Graham Beck Brut. 33% off = £9.99

“When it comes to bubbles, a decent champagne will set you back in the region of £25 to £30. This wine by Graham Beck in South Africa throws down the gauntlet for quality and sparkling delights for sub £10! Who says you can’t have sparkling every day??” - Team Weston



Top Picks - October. White 2Date published: 16/10/14

Top Picks - October. White 2

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc. 33% off = £6.66“Best there is! We discovered Brancott (then Marlborough) at the wedding of a friend's daughter some 15 years ago and it's been our favourite ever since. Beats ALL others, regardless of price. Keep bringing it in.” - 5RayW, Online Customer Review.

Top Picks - October. White 1Date published: 16/10/14

Top Picks - October. White 1

Gavi Araldica. 33% off = £5.99

“As a sauvignon blanc fan, i’m a huge fan of New Zealand and their delightfully intense flavours. However, if i’m ever feeling like something a little less intense on the pallet, I steer towards a lovely Gavi, and this Araldica is a perfect example of how great a Gavi can be.” - Danny, Trainee Manager.

Top Picks - October. Red 2Date published: 16/10/14

Top Picks - Red 2

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva. 33% off = £8.99

“ Awesome wine, a gran reserva sub £9 is a rarity when it is of this quality. Paired with roast lamb, this wine and its gentle tannin cut the meat like a warm knife through butter. What more can we say, its a no brainer!” - Nathan, Store Manager.



Top Picks - October. Red 1Date published: 16/10/14

Top Picks - October. Red 1

Errazuriz Estate Pinot Noir. 33% off = £7.99

“It can be very hard to find a decent Pinot for sub £10. This one however is exquisite! Medium bodied, fresh cherries balanced with subtle, soft tannins. Perfect with a sunday roast. Try with roasted duck breast, watercress and black cherry jus.” - Nathan, Store Manager.


Customer reviews online.Date published: 15/10/14

Customer reviews online.

The online shopping environment allows for time focused on researching your purchase. Be it music, food, clothing, cars, etc, the ability to be able to really think about your forthcoming spend is great. So, do you write online reviews? These days you can narrow most reviews down to a simple Thumbs Up! or Thumbs Down! format. Sometimes, when you read a number of reviews posted by people already in possession of the item you are looking at, it can help you decide whether to buy, or not buy that item!

Take time to read reviews. Maybe you will write your own! Pay it forward.


Cocktail Of The Week!!Date published: 14/10/14

Cocktail of the Week!

Halloween is vastly approaching so why not start preparing for your Halloween party!? What better way to celebrate Halloween than with some fun, themed cocktails?

This week we have …

THE BLOOD SUCKER

Ingredients;

25ml Absolut Vodka (Recommended)

12.5ml Triple Sec

300ml Pineapple Juice

Strawberry Puree

Slice of Blood Orange To Garnish

Method;

Step 1: Fill you glass with cubed ice.

Step 2: Add the vodka, triple sec and pineapple juice to the glass.

Step 3: Give the cocktail a shake

Step 4: Strain into fresh glass full of ice

Step 5: Add a few drops of strawberry Puree to give the cocktail streams of blood!

Step 6: Take a slice of blood orange to garnish

Step 7: Enjoy!!!

Please remember to - Drink Responsibly!


Sunday Roast WinesDate published: 12/10/14

Hello Weston, It's Sunday and we all know what that means .... A lovely Sunday Roast! Of course however, it wouldn't be a proper roast dinner without a lovely glass of wine to wash it down with! So here are our recommendations to have with what ever meat you have decided on today!

Roast Pork: Errazuriz Pinot Noir - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more from the 33% deals!

Origin: Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. He realised that the cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers combined with Pacific breezes to make it an ideal area to grow grapes.

Taste: An attractive colour with an aromatic nose of cherries, floral notes and a touch of mint. The fresh palate displays fruit that is well-balanced by smokynuances from the oak ageing.

Enjoy: A smooth, silky mouth feel make this an excellent partner to roast pork or fillet of salmon.


Roast Lamb: Muriel Rioja - £7.33 when you buy 2 or more from the 33% deals!

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

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

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


Roast Chicken: Catena Chardonnay - £9.74 when you buy 2 or more from the 25% deals!

Origin: Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery,identification and development of key micro climates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work and combines grapes fromvarious altitudes to create a unique profile of aromas

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

Enjoy: The complex character, tannins and acidity help suit this wine to further ageing and it will comfortably last five years.


Roast Beef: Alamos Malbec - £9.99


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

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

Enjoy: imply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5years


VegetarianChateau Guiot - £7.64 when you buy 2 or more from the 15% deals!

Origin: Costières de Nîmes has more in common with the Rhône across the river than it does with the wines of Langue doc immediately neighbouring it.Château Guiot lies just outside the city of Nîmes, in the heart of this appellation.

Taste: Deep purple hue, a beautifully scented nose with herby aromas, lashings of juicy forest fruits and spicy, rich berry flavours on the palate and a good,smooth finish.

Enjoy: Equally good with anything from shepherd's pie, meatballs or moussaka style vegetarian dishes.


So enjoy your Sunday roast! I can't wait to have mine!

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 11/10/14

Yes! It's that time of the week again! Sparkling Saturday is here and we have gone for a slightly different angle this week. Presenting the ....


Lindauer Rose NV, New Zealand

Single Bottle Price £14.99

Multi-buy 33.3% off

£9.99

Origin:

This sparkling rose acquires it’s vivid colour from both the pinot noir grapes which make up almost half the blend, and a small amount of the Pinotage base wines. Following traditional bottle fermentation, the cuvee remains on lees for 12 months for added richness.


Taste:

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 refreshing wine with ripe red fruit and citrus flavours.


Enjoy:

Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods and seafood.


We're cracking this open from 12 O'clock so don't miss out! See you then!


Spanish Wine Tasting!Date published: 10/10/14

Yesterday evening saw another successful spotlight tasting event hosted by George and Danny. 15 was the ending total in attendance at this event and what fun we had! 

6 wines were tasted in total with each wine individually placed on top of a number so the attendees were unaware at first as to which wine they were tasting. Each wine was given an introduction with a brief description of the history of the wine as well as other fun facts! With a bit of Chorizo, pate and french bread to compliment the wine, it must be said that this was a great evening!

If you missed it, here are the wines we tasted with their descriptions!

Herexas Godello 2013, Martin Codax

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

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

Enjoy: Drink with grilled sardines or salt cod.

Caixas Albarino 2012, Martin Codax (Rias Baixas)

Origin: 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.

Taste: 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.

EnjoyDrink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.

'E Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2012 Navarra

Origin: The traditionally bush-trained vines from this part of the Nekeas Valley are between 70 and 100 years old, and yield low numbers of high quality berries.The Atlantic influenceshere contribute to higher acidity, which lends balanceto the quick-ripening Garnacha.

TasteWith excellent focus and structure, the wine displays intense, vibrant and fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruit, and ample tannins that add texture and a streak of bitter chocolate flavour.

Enjoy: Enjoyable on its own, but also benefits from being paired with a big, flame grilled steak.

La Garnacha 2012 Salvaje Del Moncayo

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

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

EnjoyDrink with barbecued red meats or spicy chorizo

Rioja Gran Reserva 2006, Lagunilla

Origin: 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 inoak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release.

TasteA 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.

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

RiojaGran Reserva 2004 Vina Eguia

Origin: 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. 

TasteRuby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature,exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, cloveand leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

EnjoyDrink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.


So there we have it! All wines were thoroughly enjoyed with the Lagunilla Gran Reserva being the general favourite of the 6! 

Don't worry if you missed out on this one, we have more coming up! 

Free Wine Course: 25/10/2014

Free Wine Course: 09/11/2014

Email us on wsm@majestic.co.uk or give us a call on 01934 417 977!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Taking back Malbec!Date published: 06/10/14

Over the years, Argentina has adopted and almost made the Malbec grape its own. However, with the L'Instant Truffier Malbec 2012', it appears that there is still a lot of life in the original home of Malbec!

Here's a little more information on this wonderful wine which proves that the competition between the French and Argentine's is still red hot;

Origin: One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure,and are perfect for growing Malbec.

Taste: Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along withhints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.

Enjoy: Drink over the next 2-3 years, with chargrilled pork ribs.


At £6.66 when you buy 2 on the 33% off deal, this is an extremely good wine for the money!

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 04/10/14

Yes!! It's that time of the week again and we have another fantastic bottle of bubbly to crack open!

This week we are opening the ... (Drum Roll Please).....


Bouvet Saumur Rose Brut NV!

Grape: Chenin Blanc

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

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

Enjoy:  A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, this also makes a great aperitif 

Stop The Press!! 2 New Argentinian Malbec's Join the Majestic Repertoire!Date published: 27/09/14

Hello Weston! We have 2 brand new Argentinian Malbec's in store today! And just for today we have them open on the Tasting counter!

We have the;

Parrilla by VINALBA;

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Pair with juicy steaks or sausages 'a la parrilla', or straight off the grill.

We also have the; 

San Huberto Reservado;

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Best enjoyed with red meats seasoned with mild aromatic spices and served with roasted vegetables.


There we have the line up so please come and join us on the tasting counter today and we can enjoy these new wines together!




Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 27/09/14

Come and join us today (27/09/2014) for our Sparkling Saturday! We will be popping open the Soffio No. 3 Prosseco NV! Please come and join Nathan and I when we open up this superb value Prosecco.

 Here is a little more information to get your taste buds tingling!

Soffio No. 3 Prosecco NV

Single Bottle Price £9.99

Multi-buy 33.3% off

£6.66

Origin:

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 is rendered sparkling prior to bottling.

Taste:

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

Enjoy:

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


We look forward to seeing you!!

STOP THE PRESS!! Argentina is 33% off!!Date published: 19/09/14

STOP THE PRESS!! THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!

Argentina is 33% off!!

Friday 19th - Monday 22nd September ONLY!!

The whole Argentinian section is dropping in price, even the fine stuff!

It's a 'Flash' deal... Blink and you'll miss it!

Get on the phone, hit the web or pop in to take advantage of this ridiculous offer!!

Team Weston will be buying theres in a hurry.

Weight/Richness Of Food and WineDate published: 30/08/14

The first and most important element to consider should be to match the weight of the food with that of the wine. Rich heavyweight foods, like game, roast meats and red meats casseroles, need a full-bodied wine. Powerful red wines are often the favoured choice, although it is the body of the wine which is the most important consideration rather than its colour or flavour. For many meat dishes, a rich full-bodies white wine is a better match than a ligher red wine. Lighter food, such as plan white meat or fish, is complenedted by more delicate wine. Altough white wines are the normal choice, light-bodied, low tanninc red wiens can also be succesful.

Always remmebr the contribution of the sauce. A rich creamy sauce will neeed a wine of sufficeitn body to match the food and flavours that will complement the smoth creamy, buttery taste.

New Zealand vs Australia!Date published: 29/08/14

Last weekend we saw the 2nd leg of Australia vs New Zealand in the Bledisloe cup and it would appear that New Zealand have got the upper hand when it comes to rugby, but what about their wine producing capabilities?

We currently have two great Chardonnays on offer and we can't decide which one we like best!

In the Australian Corner we have the: Oxford Landing Estate Chardonnay 2013, Yalumba, South Australia @ £5.99 when you buy 2 or more!

This full flavoured Chardonnay is brimming with ripe grapefruit and tropical fruit characters integrated with a subtle toasty oak.

A very versatile wine that will match most poultry, and even spicy dishes!

In the New Zealand Corner we have the: Villa Maria Cella Selection Chardonnay 2012, Marlborough @ £8.66 when you buy 2 or more!

Dry and freshly acidic, but with soft and lifted tropical notes on the nose and palate, combined seamlessly with delicate oak spiciness. Very clean and refreshing, with plenty of crisp flavour on the finish.

Excellent on its own, but will also pair well with seafood and all white meats!

So there we have it, these are our two candidates for the New Zealand vs Australia battle of the wines! Come in and grab them at these excellent deals and give your verdict! We look forward to hearing your opinions!

Food and Wine 3Date published: 29/08/14

Pair chewy meat with tannic wines.

Pair salty foods with sweet or high-acid wines.

Pair fatty and oily food with high-acid wines.

Match or contrast flacour characteris of the food and wine.

Food and Wine 2Date published: 28/08/14

Match the weight/richness of the food and the body to the wine.

Match the flavour intensity of the food and the flavour intensity of the wine.

Match acidic foods with high-acid wines.

Match sweet foods with sweet wines.

Avoid combining oily or very salty foods with high-tannin red wines.

These guidelines will help aviod wien and food clashes, or one overpowering the other.


Food and WineDate published: 27/08/14

Most wines are produced as an accompaniment to food, and there are many established guidelines for matching wine with food successfully. Originally wine styles evolved to complement the cuisine of a region, so this is often a good starting point for finding a good wine and good combination.

Storage Of Wine 4Date published: 26/08/14

Keep wines away from vibrations, in order for it to lie undisturbed.

Storage Of Wine 3Date published: 25/08/14

Keep wines away from strong light. Natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and it will becoem stale and old before its time. Artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in some wines.

Craft Beer of the Month!Date published: 24/08/14

Craft Beer of the Month!

This month we are trying the Brooklyn Lager.

£9.99 for six bottles on the craft beer deal.

It's a rich little number from America, suitable for drinking with friends.

Marvelous.

Storage Of Wine 2Date published: 24/08/14

Store wine on its side to ensure the cork remains in contact with the wine. If the cork dires out it can let in air, and the air will oxidise the wine.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 23/08/14

SPARKLING SATURDAY


Prosecco La Marca Cuvee


Origin:

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

Taste:

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

Enjoy:

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

Storage Of Wine 1Date published: 23/08/14

If wine is incorrectly stored it can affect the flavour and in sever cases, the wine will become faulty.

For long-term storage, the temperature for all wines should be cool and constant, preferably between 10 and 15 degrees, as extreme of cold and heat can cause damage. One of the worst places for long-term storage is in a kitchen, due to the wide fluctuations in temperature. Extended periods of refrigeration can cause corks to harden and lose their elasticity, with the result that the seal fail and air can attack the wine causing it to become stale. Sparkling wines lost their fizz.

Vodka for the weekend!Date published: 22/08/14

The name originates in Slavic words that translates to 'little water'. This is probably the worlds oldest spirit, with documents showing production in Russia in the 9th century and similar distillates produced from wien in Poland in the 8th century. Early vodkas were flavoured with fruit, spices and herbs to mask the harsh flavours. A wide range of base materials can be used in the production; including cereal grains, potatoes, and even grapes.

Fancy a Bourbon?Date published: 21/08/14

Bourbon is a straight whiskey that must be at least 51% maize. Although it takes its name from Bourbon County in Kentucky, where most is produced, it can bne made anywhere in the United Sates. The whiskies are stored in very hot warehouse, which results in an accelerated ageing process and a rapid extrations of tannins, sugars, colours and coconut and vanilla flacours from the wood. Unlike Scotch whiskies, which may use caramel to adjust colour, all the colour in a Bourbon must come from the ageing process.

Why are most Bordeaux wine Blends?Date published: 20/08/14

Almost all Red Bordeaux wines and most Bordeaux whites are produced from a blend of grape varieties. This is no accident of history. The varying climates that are found and the wide annual varietions in weather patterns amke vinegrowing in Bordeaux unpredicatable. Different grape varieties repond differently to the weather. Thick-skinned grapes resist rot better, others ripen later or flower ealier, some resist frost and damp soil better than others, and so on. By mixing the varieties planted, the growers can hedge their bets as to variatios in the weather, thus enabling the production of reasonable wine even when the conditions have been unfavourable. This practice has been perfected in Bordeaux over the generations.

Grapes In ChampagneDate published: 19/08/14

Three main grape varieties are used in the making of Champagne; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The latter gives an easy-to-drink fruitiness, and is especially important for wines that are to be enjoyed while  young. Pinot Noir produces wines of great body and length, and provides the backbone to most blends. Chardonnay gives much lighter wines than in Burgundy and is relied upon to impart acidity, floral and citrs fruit character, lighter body and fine-textured bubbles.

Sparking Wine! History of ChampagneDate published: 18/08/14

Legend would have us believe that sparling Champagne was invented by Dom Perignon, a monk who became celler master at Hautviller in 1668. However, 6 years earlier, Dr Christopher Merret had described how English coopers added sugar to still wines to make them sparkle. In the mid 1660s there was a strong demand in London for 'brisk and sparkling wines'. At the same time, the refugee Marguis de Saint Evremont had  made the still wines of Champagne popular at court. Fashion dictatd that the two should come together and it was only in London that the two necessities for the sale of sparkling wines solid glass bottles and cork stoppers - were available. This did not reach Frane for another 25 years or so. With the bubbles being induced in a separate process, almost any wine can be made to sparkle. Indeed, during the nineteenth century, you could find such products as Clos de Vougeot and Sparkling Sauternes.

John Stichbury and Jackson EstateDate published: 14/08/14

Just down the road from the Cloudy Bay vineyard in Marlborough is the Jackson Estate owned and run by Mr John Stichbury. That said however, as John would put it, 'Cloudy Bay is in actually the road from The Jackson Estate'

Recently, my colleagues and I were lucky enough to meet John and Jo Stichbury the 5th generation of Jackson Estate owners. The fortunate few from the South West region were able to sample each of the Jackson Estate range and also get further insight into the history of the Jackson Estate and how they got to where they are today. 

It wasn't until 1987 that John and Jo Stichbury planted their first vines having previously imported various goods such as Baxters to New Zealand. However in the short amount of time of producing wine, John has already won many accolades for his wonderful range of wines and also lays the claim to screw cap top that is now used by the majority of wine producers today!

Now for the wine! Below is a description of each of the wines we stock here at Majestic;

Stich Sauvignon Blanc: £10.95

First produced in 1991, this wine is now their benchmark Sauvignon Blanc, grown in 12 selected sites in Marlborough and named after owner and founder John Stichbury. When there is such an abundance of Sauvignon on the market it is sometimes a little difficult to know where to start, but the character of this wine typically reflects its origin and season, being distinctly aromatic and intensely flavored and finishes with refreshingly crisp acidity. I would strongly advise giving this wine a go and letting it be your new benchmark for all the other Sauvignons out there.

Grey Ghost Sauvignon Blanc: £16.50

The name for this wine comes from the iconic gum tree that graces the Jackson Estate label. Planted in 1867 today the tree stands over 45 meters tall. When John Stichbury was a young boy growing up on the estate, he was told that he must be in bed before dark, otherwise the grey ghost would come after him. As night fell and the winds swept in, the branches of the large gum tree scraped the windows of the house, making eerie ghost-like sounds.

Grey Ghost is partially fermented in French oak and aged for several months on lees which gives an extra complexity to the wine and makes it a great match for dishes such as fish and chips or creamy fish pie. Pungently aromatic, as befits top Marlborough Sauvignon, it has Jackson's trademark restraint and focus. 

Vintage Window Pinot Noir: £16.99

Harvest time in Marlborough is busy affair, to such an extent that the families of the winemakers often joke they have become widows of the vintage, hence the name for this luxurious Pinot Noir. Made according to traditional Burgundian techniques, this wine reveals ripe berries, spices, and earthy aromas with well integrated oak, concentrated and textured on the palate with lots of luscious fruit, a whisper of smoke leads to a satisfying finish.

I hope you've enjoyed learning a bit more about the Jackson Estate and would definitely recommend coming in to find out more!

You can also visit their website @ http://www.jacksonestate.co.nz/ 

Giesen Sauvignon Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/08/14

Giesen Sauvignon Wine of the Week


The Giesen brothers winery has been established since the 1980's, today they own 13 vineyards across the Wairau Valley.

Expect classic New Zealand Sauvignon  traits such as a rich tropical nose - lime lemongrass all thing herbaceous. On the palate expect a more fruity side of gooseberry with a citrus zesty finish.

Enjoy this with paella of a fish related dish.

All this for only £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more on the save 33.3% deal.

The Underrated Grape - RieslingDate published: 11/08/14

Riesling is widely planted around the while. I think it is one of the most unappreciated grape varieties. It is a fruity, aromatic grape which retains acidity.

In cool climates such as Mosel, it can have a very fresh grape and apple fruit character, and high natural acidity is often balanced with some sugar.

Like Chardonnay Riesling produces wines that vary with and reflect their location.

We all love Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/08/14

Climate plays a pivotal role on the taste and style of wines. If planted in cool regions, Sauvignon Blanc tends to have the classic green, herbaceous flavours often reminiscent of gooseberries, green pepper, grass, passion fruit or elderflower. 

In warmer regions, it can fail to develop much aromatic character and just have hints of peach. Most Sauvignon Blanc's are consumed while young and fruity.

New football season has arrived!Date published: 09/08/14

With the local football clubs all kicking off their season today, it really is the summer coming to an end :(

However! It's not all doom and gloom! Oh on the contrary, with the end of the summer brings new and excellent deals from us down at Majestic! 

Thinking about next weekend when the big boys line up in the premier league? Why not grab and excellent deal on the 24 case of peroni @ only £1.00 a bottle! Or if you're feeling a little bit more adventurous and would like a change, how about trying Danny the new trainees, new favourite Ale! 'ROSCOE'S HOP HOUSE AMBER ALE' With a hint of honey, this ale goes down very smoothly and is an absolute delight! At only £1.00 a bottle in a case of 12 this really is a drink that will enhance the excitement and enjoyment of the first big games of the season!

Free Spotlight Tasting Today!!Date published: 09/08/14

Good Morning Weston! 

With the potential threat of hurricane Bertha, why not come and take cover in Majestic, and join us for a free spotlight tasting of the Loire & Beaujolais on our tasting counter! 

We have the 'Georges Dubeuf' Fleurie and Beaujolais-Villages in the red corner and the 'Pouilly-Fume' Les Griottes and the 'Sancerre' Paul Cherrier in the white corner! 

So from 3pm today, why not come down and taste some of our delicious wines! We also have our deal of the week the 'Argento' malbec or if you prefer the sweeter more refreshing options, why not try the 'Vallee de pins' rose or the 'Panamericana' sauvignon blanc! 

Hope to see you this afternoon! 

Different STYLES of ChardonnayDate published: 09/08/14

Cool climates such as Champagne and Chablis give very steely winess, medium to light in body, with high acidity and apple or green plum fruit notes.

Warmer regions result in more citrus flavoured wines. In hotter regions like Chile, the fruit character tends towards melon and peach, and even exotic flavours such as banana. 

Chardonnay from very hot regions can be very full-bodied, high in alcohol and low in acidity

Open your senses.Date published: 06/08/14

Open your senses.

Tasting a wine starts visually, just by looking at it. Your nose then detects characters, then affirmed and expanded by the pallet.

We compare the look, smell and taste to things we find in fruits, clothing and the land itself.

"Leather". "Wet Rock". "Pencil Lead". "Lychees". "Gooseberries". 

So many flavours, so little time to discover and understand them all.

Why not expand your flavour range this week by standing out in the rain and think 'Minerals', or buy some Gooseberry Jam, or a fruit you can't put your finger on when it's described in a wine you like?

It can only improve the journey.

Enjoy.

Rabbit for dinner (soon)Date published: 06/08/14

I have potentially got an opportunity to choose a live rabbit for dinner soon. All I'll have to do is kill it, skin and prepare the thing...

As a meat eater I feel it is only right to know where my food is from after all!

What wine will I have for this fine dining occasion?

Gamey meats require an enticing wine to compliment it's beautifully deep flavours.

I feel a new world Pinot Noir is on the cards, or maybe a ripe Negaromaro from Italy, or maybe a Ripasso... Or maybe...

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Bardolino-Naiano--zid13833?tracking=|searchterm:

Winner!

Simple food - easy drinking wine.Date published: 05/08/14

Simple food - easy drinking wine.

We reckon this wine would pair beautifully with some juicy lamb koftas, cooked on a griddle on a medium heat, in pitta bread with a carrot and red cabbage side...

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Hacienda-Zorita-Tempranillo-zid14289?tracking=|searchterm:zorita

W.O.T.WDate published: 05/08/14

Wine of the week

Argento Malbec

2013, Mendoza, Ar.

2+ on the 33% off deal = £6.66

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.


New Offers to finish summer!Date published: 05/08/14

New Offers to finish summer!

Who said it's a bad thing? We've a few new offers to excite and pleasure your taste buds! Beat those holiday blues with a nice bottle of Argento Malbec at a saucy £6.66, or raise your acidity levels with a tongue busting, mouth watering sauvignon blanc by Mud House at £6.66 also!

Wine is the most exciting liquid on the planet, or at least we think so...

Great BBQ Wine - Argento MalbecDate published: 05/08/14

This Wine is made with grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.

With hints of vanilla oak, this wine is well balanced with a rich textured palate and enough acidity to counter the ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes.

Enjoy with grilled meats!

The Lions of Weston-super-Mare; Real Ale & Cider Festival is on!Date published: 26/07/14

The Lions of Weston-super-Mare; Real Ale & Cider Festival is on!

Down on the Beach Lawns, there is currently 108 Ales, plus Cider, Wine and Soft Drinks between 11am-10pm today (Sat 26th), 11am-5pm tomorrow (Sun 27th).

That's if you missed it yesterday...

Music from 7:30pm tonight by Cellar Door... Sound like a wine shop kind of band!

George and I will be there this evening. Come and spot us...

Visit: www.westonlionsrealalefestival.org.uk for details!

Nathan

Summer TOP PICKS!Date published: 16/07/14

Summer TOP PICKS!

We've just opened up 3 new whites, 3 reds and a rosé to suit the summer nights town to a tee!

Get involved.

Great Deals - Blink And You'll Miss ThemDate published: 02/07/14

Great Deals - Blink And You'll Miss Them

We stock hundreds of wines and I understand it can seem like a challenge trawling through them all.

Here at Majestic, we display our wines country by country, and even some regions, by region. Our reds and whites are mostly separated in the sections, but still it can be tricky choosing your wines!

We have now grouped our greatest deals together in one easy to shop area!

Here's some top picks from our 'Buy 2 or more, save 33%' selection:

Prosecco Salatin £8.66

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja £6.66

Santa Rita 120 Merlot £5.99

Many more here in Weston, why not get off your bums this fine day and come and explore?

See you soon!

The Manager

Men drink pink.Date published: 23/06/14

Pink wine is not just for the ladies.

We men love it too, and the fresher and dryer the better really!

When it comes to the BBQ, big bottles are the best invention ever.

We've a few different rosé magnums on sale, and WOW they're great!

Treat yourselves to a magnum of Minuty. £25 well spent!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/M-de-Minuty-Rose-zid08022?tracking=|searchterm:minuty

Oyster Bay Special Offer!Date published: 22/04/14

Oyster Bay Special Offer!

This morning we are adding one of our most popular Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to the Pick 'n' Mix! The Oyster Bay is full of classic gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours. Definitely one to stock up on now ready for summer, this is an absolute bargain at £7.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines as part of your mixed case of 6.

Give us a call today on 01934 417977 to secure your purchase, as we expect this to fly out the door. Cheers!

Are you getting married this year?Date published: 11/04/14

Are you getting married this year?

If so why not pop in to your local Majestic to have a chat about what we can offer. We can help you making the perfect choice for any budget. We also offer Free Glass hire and we also offer sale and return so no need to worry about running dry!

So if you would like any more information please feel free to contact us in-store. Our phone number is 01934 417 977 or e-mail us at wsm@majestic.co.uk.



Easter Opening HoursDate published: 11/04/14

Please see below for our opening hours over Easter.

Friday 18th April - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - Closed

Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm


Wine Choice for the Sunny Weekend Date published: 10/04/14

The Gavi Montiero 2013, Rocca

The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.

A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.

To appreciate this wine fully , drink with any fresh white fish served simply with herb butter.

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE 33%
http://www.majestic.co.uk/Gavi-Montiero-zid13176
£8.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% = £5.99

Wine of the week: Yali Cabernet CarmenereDate published: 05/04/14

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere

Origin

Viña Ventisquero harvested bunches by hand and then sorted them to select only the best fruit. After a gentle fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel, a proportion is then aged for 10 months in French oak. After bottling it is aged for another six months.

Taste

Red berry flavours from the Cabernet with spicy notes from the Carmenère intermingle with hints of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. A well structured, medium-bodied wine with a soft, pleasant finish.

Enjoy

A wine to enjoy with mature cheeses, grilled meats or rich foods seasoned with herbs and spices.

Special Offer £5.99!

Pick n mix buy any 2 save 33.3% - £8.99

Shiraz/SyrahDate published: 16/03/14

Shiraz, or Syrah as it's known in the Old World is extensively planted in Australia and the South of France in the Rhone Valley. Shiraz and Syrah are the same varietal but are named due to their stylistic differences. Syrah is often more restrained where as Shiraz boasts more fruit, spice and a higher alcohol content due to its warmer climate cultivation. The palate is extrememly inviting with ground coffee and vanilla flavours, matched by a big kick of ripe blackberry fruit. Best enjoyed with a rich casserole dish.

Keep updated!Date published: 16/03/14

Do you have a facebookor twitter account? Enjoy all the latest gossip and keeping up to date with all the best deals?

Well if you like our facebook page or follow our twitter you can have access to all the information you need from our staff here at Majestic Wine Weston-super-Mare.

We will let you know of all the hottest deals that are too good to miss, special wines available for you to try in store and any events thats are coming up (i.e. wine courses, special promotions, tasting weeks) and much more!!

AND....If you have any questions just send a tweet or comment our way and we will get back to you personally!

Just a couple of clicks and you will have access to all the information you need to keep up to date!


The wine course...Date published: 01/03/14

Our Wine Course is a 90 Minute introduction into the wonderful World of Wine. The Course is a light hearted and informal exploration focusing on how to taste wine like the professionals, the factors that influence wine style and (everyone's favourite part) how to match food and wine – all done with the aide of practical investigation. And what's more all this is absolutely FREE! So why not come along? But hurry, places get filled very quickly.

You can contact us on 01934 417977, or email wsm@majestic.co.uk to find out more!

I have a corked bottle, what should I do?Date published: 28/02/14

Unfortunately, cork taint is an inevitable problem when sealing wine under natural cork, however at Majestic it needn't cause you too much hassle.

The easiest thing to do is for us to credit the value of the bottle against your next order. If ordering online, simply put a note in the delivery instructions space to say that you have a bottle you'd like to return due to it being corked; if you shop by telephone just mention it when ordering. The delivery store will then arrange this credit and collect the offending bottle when delivering.

If you prefer, we can arrange the replacement or refund sooner; you can either return the bottle to the store that carried out your delivery, or you can contact your local store to arrange an exchange the next time the van is in your area.

We ask that you keep the bottle, and preferably some of the contents so that our store staff can record the nature of the fault, helping us to assist our suppliers in their quality control.

Sale or returnDate published: 27/02/14

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 peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases.

We do not collect leftovers or hire glasses so you will be responsible for returning them to your local store.

Sale-or-return is at your local store managers' discretion, and enquiries about sale-or-return on very large orders should be made to your local store.

FREE DELIVERY!Date published: 27/02/14

Here at Majestic Wine we now offer FREE delivery on any 6 (or more) bottles, regardless of how much you are spending. 

So from the comfort of your own home either order online at www.majestic.co.uk or call us on 01934 417977.

Our delivery guarantee is within 7 days, however, the majority of our telephone and internet orders are delivered within 3 days unless specified by yourself. 

So if you have not tried our online/telephone ordering system before why not try this time, it is quick, easy and you get the same great customer service as you do in store.

33% off Malbec promotion!Date published: 27/02/14

Malbec is fast becoming one of the most popular red grape varieties, to celebrate this we are including them in our current Pick 'N' Mix promotion. This will end on Monday 3rd March so if is Malbec is your favourite tipple now is the time to get your wine rack stocked up.

Here are some of the best deals:

Callia Bella Malbec £5.99

Santa Ana Malbec £5.99

Alamos Malbec £6.66

Portillo Malbec £6.66

Argento Malbec £6.66

Tucumen Malbec £7.33

Vinalba Malbec £7.99

Catena Malbec £9.33

For more details on the prices please visit www.majestic.co.uk or give us a call on 01934 417977.

Wine of the week - Robertsons cabernet sauvignonDate published: 10/02/14

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

Established in 1943, Robertson Winery is now one of the largest estates in South Africa boasting a hugely diverse terroir. The vineyards are situated in the Robertson Valley, 160 miles from Cape Town, bordered by mountains and rivers, with a low annual rainfall.

Taste

Deep red in colour. Rich mulberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas with flavours of dark berries and plum, are enhanced by soft, rounded tannins and a fruit-driven finish.

Enjoy

A wine that can age for up to three years or be enjoyed now with roast beef or a hearty stew.

£7.99: Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99

Charity of the year 2014!Date published: 08/02/14

We've chosen Dogs for the Disabled as Charity of the Year 2014, following a staff vote in November last year.

Dogs for the Disabled is a life-transforming charity, creating exceptional partnerships between people living with disability and specially trained assistance dogs.

Through practical tasks the dogs offer freedom and independence to children and adults with physical disabilities and children with autism. In addition an assistance dog becomes a reason to go out, giving a new found confidence that opens doors to fresh opportunities including friendships, hobbies, education and even careers. The partnerships the charity creates between people with disabilities and dogs are life-changing.


Wine of the week - McGuigan ShirazDate published: 25/01/14

Grape: Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

McGuigan's first vines were planted in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. They now source grapes from a number of renowned regions including Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Eden Valley.

Taste

A delicious smooth drinking wine with berry and plum fruit flavours intermingled with liquorice and black pepper notes. The finish is rounded off with cedar and spicy oak tannins.

Enjoy

This superb example of Aussie Shiraz is the ideal partner to grilled meat dishes or a rich sausage casserole.


Getting married - The Majestic gift listDate published: 25/01/14

Choosing a gift list for a wedding, civil partnership or other special occasion can be incredibly difficult. Couples may already have many of the items found on a traditional gift list. Wine makes an exciting alternative to the usual choice of toasters or crockery and can be enjoyed in many years to come.

Together with the help of our trained staff we can help you create a personal wine list that offers your guests a fun and interesting gift to choose from. What could be better than your own wine cellar to greet you home from your honeymoon?

What Majestic offers a highly personal service tailored to your requirements, free expert advice from our knowledgeable staff, choose from fantastic wines from around the world, your own individual Gift List web page, free delivery to your door arranged at your convenience. 


The first decision to make is to decide what type of wines you want on your list, the most popular type of list we offer is a selection of wines, fine wines and Champagne with the intention of enjoying their gifts on future anniversaries or special occasions, but the choice is entirely yours.

Alternatively, some couples set up their Gift List with the wines they've chosen to drink on the day. This can be a great way for guests to contribute to the costs of the big day.

The Majestic website is at your side to give you an idea of what we have to offer, but we strongly recommend a visit to your local Majestic store to discuss your list and personal requirements. Our expert staff can offer advice and recommendations to help you put together a wine list that will be unique and special to you.

We recommend choosing between 10-15 wines at mixed prices so that your guests have a varied list to choose from.

Inform your guests

Once you have finalised your wine list we then set up your own individual web page that lists your wines and explains how your guests can buy a gift from the list. Your guests can leave a personal gift message wihen ordering. 

We can also help by:

- Producing invite slips for you to send out with your wedding invitations which will include your unique web address and Gift List telephone number

- Emailing your Gift List and 'How to Order' guide to your guests

- Producing a hard copy of your Gift List to send to guests

- The other fun bit - receiving your wines!


We'll close your list either shortly before your wedding day (if you want the wines for the wedding itself) or shortly afterwards if you you prefer.

You can prearrange a specific date and time that you want your wines delivered, or arrange this when you return from your honeymoon. We will also send you a full list of your wines detailing who bought you the gift and the personal message they left for you.


Taste and exploreDate published: 24/01/14

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 peopleare required to pass the demanding Wine and Spirit Education Trust's WSET Level 3.

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.


Why 6 bottles?Date published: 23/01/14

Whether it's mix of six great value bottles for every day drinking, or a case or two of great vintages for laying down, we have a rule: a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

This rule allows us to do things differently. We have friendly, enthusiastic and properly trained staff on hand to help and advise you in each of our 190+ stores. We have wines open on our tasting counter every day for you to try, and if you'd like to join us at one of our many Taste and Exploreevents they are of course free. Finally, if your order is over £40*, we deliver for free – including evenings and weekends at a time to suit you.

It's doing things this way that's made us the biggest, and we think best, wine retailer in the UK.


MendozaDate published: 22/01/14

The Mendoza Province is one of Argentina's most important wine regions, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the country's entire wine production. Located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, vineyards are planted at the some of the highest altitudes in the world with the average site located 1,970–3,610 feet (600–1,100 meters) above sea level. The principal wine producing areas fall into two main departments-Maipú and Luján which includes Argentina's first delineated appellation established in 1993 in Luján de Cuyo.  Malbec is the region's most important planting followed closely by Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay. Mendoza is considered the heart of the wine making industry in Argentina with the vast majority of large wineries located in the provincial capital of Mendoza.  

One if my favourite wines from the region is the Catena Malbec, £12.99

Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work and combines grapes from various altitudes to create a unique profile of aromas.

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



Napa ValleyDate published: 22/01/14

Napa Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Napa County, California, United States. Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world. Records of commercial wine production in the region date back to the nineteenth century, but premium wine production dates back only to the 1960s.The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. John Patchett established the Napa Valley's first commercial vineyard in 1858. In 1861 Charles Krug established another of Napa Valley's first commercial wineries in St. Helena. 

In 1976, the region got a boost from the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, which featured a Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignonbesting several famous French labels in a blind tasting format. The results of this tasting cemented the region's reputation as a producer of world class wines. Today Napa Valley features more than 450 wineries that grow grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir,Merlot, Zinfandel, among others. While winemakers may produce wines from specific AVAs within the valley, many wines are made as a blend from grapes grown on the valley floor and the surrounding hillsides.

One of my favourites from this region is the Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2009/2010 Carneros £25.00 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £20.00

The ethos of producing wine that maintains the hallmark of the vineyard rather than simply the mark of the producer dominates the winemaking philosophy for the Carneros Pinot Noir. Gentleness and restraint are critical in the selection of the grapes and in the élevage.

Ripe red-fruit aromas with bitter black cherry, spice, cigar tobacco, mocha and vanilla. A ripe and textured palate of integrated tannins, red-fruit and spice with a fresh, weighty finish.

VouvrayDate published: 21/01/14

Vouvray is a French region of the Loire Valley located in the Touraine district just east of the city of Tours in the commune of Vouvray. The Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) is dedicated almost exclusively to Chenin blanc though the obscure and minor grape Arbois is permitted but rarely used.

Wine production in this area is highly variable and dependent on climate conditions, with cooler years promoting the production of dry (sec) and sparkling Vouvray while warmer, more favorable vintage encourages the production of sweet moelleux or liquoreux styles produced by noble rot in a manner similar to the sweet dessert wines of Sauternes. With the naturally high acidity of Chenin blanc, Vouvrays from favorable vintages have immense aging potential.

Some of my favourites are:

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2012 Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard Fouquet, £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 = £8.99

Bernard Fouquet has around 30ha of Chenin vines, planted across a range of soils, from limestone to flint. Each parcel is hand-picked and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels and partly in old glass-lined vats cut into the rock.

A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip.



Châteauneuf-du-PapeDate published: 20/01/14

The village and three other surrounding communes produce wine, andChâteauneuf-du-Pape is anAppellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region. Unlike its northern Rhône neighbors, Châteauneuf-du-Pape permits thirteen different varieties of grape; the blend is usually predominantly Grenache. Other red grapes include Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Muscardin, Syrah, Terret noir, and Vaccarèse. White grapes include Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette,Picardan, Roussanne, and Picpoul. In recent years, the trend has been to include fewer (or even none) of the allowed white varieties and rely heavily (or solely) upon the Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah.

One of my favourites is the 2009 Clos de L’Oratoire des Papes (£29.00, Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £24.00)

Grape Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz

Origin In the ocean of vines surrounding the ruins of the Papal palace, rising up from the Galets stones, lie the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 'Clos de L'Oratoire' is a place of prayer built in the 18th century, now an improving wine estate.

Taste An intense, perfumed and enticing array of sweet spices, brooding black fruits and sweet red cherries. Earthy, fruity, spicy and complex layers of flavour a marshalled by firm tannins into a long finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 18/01/14

Cabernet Sauvignon is the grape with perhaps the widest reputation for the production of red wines. It is the classic grape of the Medoc in Bordeaux and is widely planted throughout the new world. It buds late, reducing the possibility of damage from spring frosts. The bunches are loosely formed and the grapes are thick-skinned, have a high skin-to-pulp ratio are are resistant to rot and insects.

It gives low yields of full bodied, high acid, tannic wines, which age well. The classic flavours are of blackcurrants. In cooler regions, this can be accompanied by notes of green capsicum and cederwood, which become more accentuated as the wines age. Warm climate cabernet can have more of a black cherry, and even black olive, fruit character. Classic regions include Medoc, Coonawarra, Hawkes Bay, Napa and Colchagua.

Some of my favourites are:

Château Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007/2008 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc (Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £12.99)

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

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

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley (Buy 2 Australian wines save 20% = £9.99)

Peter Lehmann Wines was founded in 1979, when a group of struggling wineries banded together as a consortium, under Peter Lehmann's leadership. Today, the company sources grapes from 140 independent local growers in and around the Barossa region.

Benchmark Barossa Cabernet, with lifted and leafy blackcurrant aromas, leading into a palate of juicy fruit and dark chocolate flavours, framed by soft, dense tannins.

Extenal tastingsDate published: 18/01/14

Here at Majestic Weston-super-Mare our staff would love to host an external tasting event for you and your friends/organisation. Free of charge (apart from the wine!), we can tailor the tasting around your individual needs/budget. Most of our tastings include a variety of wines followed by a fun quiz with some great prizes. The evenings are suitable for all manner of groups, from a small group of neighbours to a large company or charity. If you would like to find out more call us in store or email an enquiry and we'll get back to you straight away.

Tel: 01934 417977
Email: wsm@majestic.co.uk

The fine wine plan explained...Date published: 17/01/14

The Fine Wine Plan

What's involved:

You pay on a monthly basis, an amount that suits your budget. This payment becomes credit towards your chosen wines, which are stored in bond until you wish to take them out. The expert staff at Lay & Wheeler can advise you on which wines are suited to you. They are all highly trained and experienced in selecting the best wines for short or long term ageing. 

The benefits you get from joining the plan are as follows;

- 10% discount at Majestic Wine when you subscribe £100 or more per month.

- Free joining case will be added to your collection.

- Fine wine plan advance which allows you to go three times over your monthly subscription as a credit limit. 

- Exclusive offers on a quarterly basis.

If you would like to know more please contact us in store on the following number - 01934 417977



Chenin BlancDate published: 16/01/14

Chenin blanc is capable of producing a broad range of wines from the bone-dry to the great sweet Loire wines. It is also widely planted in South Africa (where it is known as steen) and California. The great difficulty with chenin blanc is that it ripens very unevenly. If grapes are not harvested selectively, perhaps in tris, there is a danger that a portion of unripe grapes will result in vegetal, leafy flavours in the wine.

Wines made from chenin blanc tend to be high in acidity and can have some rather unusual fruit characteristics. There may be vegetal notes, aromas of green apples. The finest Chenins age extremely well, developing flavours of honey and toast. Much of the wine made in South Africa and California is simple, fruity and often slightly off dry. The classic region for chenin blanc is the Loire, particularly Vouvray. 

Some of my favourites are:

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2012 Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard Fouquet (Buy 2 bottles save £2 = £8.99)

Bernard Fouquet has around 30ha of Chenin vines, planted across a range of soils, from limestone to flint. Each parcel is hand-picked and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels and partly in old glass-lined vats cut into the rock.

A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip.

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2012 Western Cape (£11.99)

Winemaker Niël Groenewald's exceptional pocket of old, low-yielding Chenin bush vines produces a wine deserving its own unique identity. The Bernard Series celebrates the legend of Bernard Podlashuk, the founder and the original winemaker, and is matured in French oak.

Tropical fruit and citrus, limestone and oak aromas give way to a refreshing, powerful and rounded palate. Vanillin spices with honeysuckle, layers of fruit and a lingering finish.

ViognierDate published: 15/01/14

Viognier is becoming increasingly fashionable. In simple terms, it may be thought of as a variety that offers some of the soft, full-bodied texture of chardonnay, but with more aromatic fruit character. The great difficulty with viognier, apart from its tendancy to give low yields, is that it rapidly builds up very high sugar levels, often before its delicate peach, pear and violet aromas have had a chance to develop. This can result in some unbalanced, high alcohol wines. Once the flavours have appeared in the grapes, careful handling is needed to retain them in the wine. 

The finest viogniers come from the tiny regions of Condrieu and Chateau Grillet in the northern Rhone.

Some of my favourites are:

McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2012 (Buy 2 USA wines save 20% = £8.99)

The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from McManis's own estate vineyard at River Junction, south of Lodi where the winery is based. Nestled between the Stanislaus and San Joaquin rivers, the area benefits from cooler temperatures than the surrounding farmlands.

Immensely ripe and aromatic, presenting the classic peach, apricot and honeysuckle character of Viognier in abundance. The wine has a real weight and viscosity that keeps the finish lingering.

Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc (Buy 2 bottles save £3 = £10.99)

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.

Sunday Roasts - Tradition, routine or just because?Date published: 14/01/14

I love a Sunday Roast. You name it; Chicken, Pork, Beef or Lamb, I love it.

I am a sucker for the full trimmings no matter what meat. The Yorkshire Pudding? Every meat. Did you know it used to be eaten before every Roast as a cheap starter? Eggs, Flour and Water. Cheap. Filled you up before the tiny amount of meat people used to be able to buy, you see.

I'll ask the question: Sunday Roasts - Tradition, routine or just because?

I am personally a 'just because' guy. I can't always have one, but when I do, it's because I really fancied it! Who cares what day of the week it is!

Take my advice... Have a midweek roast at home when you're not working. Who said Sunday had all the Roasts?

A lot of people I know have a Roast every Sunday. I say well done, if you can. But why? Most people say it's just a routine, or, it's traditional.

I say, just because I want one, I'll have one.

Never without a nice bottle of wine too. So more the reason to have a mid-weeker, eh?

Tell us what you're having, we'll pair it to the perfect wine :-)


ChardonnayDate published: 14/01/14

Chardonnay takes its name from a village in the Maconnais, but has expanded widely from its Burgundian roots and is planted around the world. It can produce quality wines in a wide range of climates, though styles vary considerably. Cool climates, such as champagne and chablis, give very steely wines, medium to light in body, with high acidity and apple or green plum fruit notes. more favourable sites, and slightly warmer regions, result in more citrus flavoured wines. In hotter regions, the fruit character tends towards melon and peach, and the exotic flavours such as banana, mango and fig. Chardonnay from very hot regions can be very full bodied, high in alcohol and low in acidity.

The fruit character in chardonnay is rarely very pronounced; it could be described as non-aromatic. This means other characteristics such vineyard character and wine making techniques can contribute much to the flavour of a chardonnay wine.

Some of my favourites are:

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV (special offer £45)

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.

Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2011 Louis Latour (Buy 2 bottles save £2 = £9.99)

The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or.

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.

Saint-Aubin Blanc 1er Cru 2011 Domaine Gérard Thomas et Filles (£19.99)

Bordering the acclaimed vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet, Gérard Thomas produces a St Aubin premier cru that challenges its pricier neighbour. He barrel ferments this wine to give it a softer and smoother complexity.

With a nose of ripe citrus, fresh peach, subtle sweet spice and hints of minerals, this is followed by gentle hazelnut aromas, lemons and limes, hints of vanilla and butter on the palate.

Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2013 Central Valley (Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £6.39)

Santa Rita have extensive vineyards throughout Chile's Central Valley, spanning a wide variety of locations and terrain. This Chardonnay benefits from both the fresh acidity of the coastal vineyard fruit, and the more tropical flavours found in vineyards nearer the Andes.

A youthfully green-tinged lemon yellow wine, with an inviting nose of yellow apple, tangerine zest and ripe melon. Refreshing and zippy on the palate, with a soft, clean finish.

Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/01/14

Sauvignon blanc is planted widely in Bordeaux, in the Loire Valley and the new world, particularly New Zealand. If planted in cool regions on poor soils, it has the classic green, herbaceous flavours, often reminiscent of gooseberries, green pepper, grass, passion fruit or elderflower. In warmer regions, it can fail to develop much aromatic character and just have hints of peach. Oak is sometimes used to give the wines more body, particularly in the United States, where oak aged wines are frequently labelled as fume blanc. 

Most sauvignons are best consumed while young and fruity. those that do not simply fade can develop vegetal aromas of asparagus and peas as they age, which some people enjoy. Classic regions include Sancerre, Pouilly-fume and Marlborough.

Some of my favourites are:

Domaine de Villargeau 2012 Côteaux du Giennois (buy 2 save £2 = £8.99)

The small appellation of Côteaux de Giennois has only 91 hectares planted with Sauvignon vines, and as it lives in the shadow of its neighbour, the renowned Pouilly-Fumé, its wines often slip under the radar and are hence excellent value.

The classic gooseberry fruit on the nose is intense yet restrained, and leads into a palate bursting with flavours of lime and nettle, delivered with a clean and crisp feel.

Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Awatere Valley (20% off NZ £9.99 2+)

The fruit for the Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc was harvested at night to preserve flavour and freshness. Careful winemaking has allowed the wine to retain the vibrant fruit flavours obtained in the vineyard.

It displays an expressive nose of tropical fruit, melon and citrus, with mineral notes on the palate. Crisp and dry, this refreshing wine exhibits all the hallmarks of great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

RieslingDate published: 12/01/14

Riesling is widely planted around the world, it is a fruity, aromatic grape variety that retains it acidity. it ripens late, but is very hardy making it an ideal source for late harvest wines. 

it can produce great wines in a range of styles, in a range of climates. In cool climates, such as Mosel, it can have a very fresh grape and apple fruit character, and the high natural acidity is often balanced with some sugar. Late-harvested grapes from these regions, and vines grown in warmer regions such as Alsace, Austria and the Clare Valley, result in more citrus and peach fruit notes. Some Australian Rieslings have a distinct lime fruit character.

Some of my favourites:

The Lodge Hill Riesling 2013 Jim Barry, Clare Valley (20% off Australia £9.99 sb £12.49)

The late Jim Barry was one of the pioneers of winemaking in the Clare Valley. Purchased by Jim Barry in 1977, The Lodge Hill vineyard is one of the higher sites in the area, making it relatively cool and ideal for producing the steely style of Riesling typical of Clare.

Straw coloured with green hues. Rich and lifted aromas of citrus fruit, nectarine and kumquat. Firm, zingy natural acidity on the palate, supporting flavours of white peach and mandarin orange.

Riesling 'Les Princes Abbés' 2011 Domaines Schlumberger (buy 2 save £4 £11.99/£13.99)

Owning 140 hectares on vineyards on the steep hillsides of the Vosges mountains, Domaines Schlumberger was founded in 1810, and is one of the largest and most respected wineries of Alsace, making wines only from estate-grown fruit.

A vivid yellow with greenish tinges. The nose is nicely defined by aromas of grapefruit and lime zest. Bone dry on the palate, with a refreshing, bracing acidity and a clean, saline finish.

Brancott @ £6.99!Date published: 11/01/14

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish. Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.

Don't miss out!Date published: 11/01/14

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Languedoc - RoussillonDate published: 11/01/14

Languedoc - Roussillon wine, including the vin de pays labeled Vin de Pays d'Oc, is produced in southern France. While "Languedoc" can refer to a specific historic region of France and Northern Catalonia, usage since the 20th century (especially in the context of wine) has primarily referred to the northern part of the Languedoc-Roussillon région of France, an area which spans the Mediterranean coastline from the French border with Spain to the region of Provence. The area has around 700,000 acres under vines and is the single biggest wine-producing region in the world, being responsible for more than a third of France's total wine production. As recently as 2001, the region produced more wine than the entire United States.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region shares many terrain and climate characteristics with the neighboring regions of Southern Rhone and Provence. The region stretches 150 miles from the Banyuls AOC at the Spanish border and Pyrenees in the west, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the Rhone River and Provence in the east. The northern boundaries of the region sit on the Massif Central with the Cévennes mountain ranges and valleys dominating the area. Many vineyards are located along the Hérault River.

The five best known appellations in the Languedoc include Coteaux du Languedoc, Corbières AOC, Faugères, Minervois AOC, and Saint-Chinian AOCs. The vast majority of Languedoc wines are produced by wine cooperatives. However, the appellation system in the region is undergoing considerable changes with both new appellations being created and existing ones changing.


Wine of the Week - Château Guiot 2012 Costières de NîmesDate published: 08/01/14

Wine of the Week - Château Guiot 2012 Costières de Nîmes

This week we've chosen a wine from the Languedoc which in fact has more in common with the wines found in the neighboring Rhone valley. A blend of Syrah and Grenache, this punchy red is packed with juicy forest fruits which are complemented well by the peppery notes you would expect from a blend such as this.

Chateau Guiot has fairly subtle tannins so this could be an ideal wine for those who prefer their every day drinkers to be on the heavier side. However, there is more than enough on the palate to stand up to those hearty winter meat dishes such as cottage pie.

£7.99 or £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more 

Bargain hunt begins!Date published: 05/01/14

Looking for some January bargains? Our Bargain Hunt is the perfect time to pick up some fantastic value wines! Stocks are limited, so I would recommend visiting soon to avoid missing out.  

The Bargain Hunt range is available to see through the Majestic website, so that is well worth a look before popping down. Save 33.3% when you purchase ANY 2 Bargain Hunt wines as part of our minimum purchase of 6 bottles and the offer prices start at £4.66 per bottle. 

We hope to see you over the coming month in store, so come and explore!

FREE DELIVERY!Date published: 05/01/14

To make life that little bit easier for you we are now starting to deliver 6 bottles right to your front door. Any mix- red, white, rose, champers and spirits. Order online, in store or over the phone. 01934417977

What's the right occasion for your bottle of Champagne?Date published: 21/12/13

What's the right occasion for your bottle of Champagne?

Passing an exam?

The birth of a child?

Buying a new car?

Selling an old car...?

Or my favourite... Drinking the Champagne just because you wanted to!

I love nothing more than opening a bottle of Champagne, nibbling on some food and enjoying every second of it.

Have you had a Fish n Chip night in with Champagne? You should, it's amazing.

The acidity in the Champagne cuts through the crisp batter on the fresh fish and sits well with the salt, vinegar and flaky greatness that is the great British meal!

Try it for yourself.

Nathan

Nathan's pick of the day...Date published: 20/12/13

Nathan's pick of the day...

Errazuriz Carmenere! A lovely red at a steal of a price @ only £6.99 when you purchase 

Available to taste in-store whilst there's any left in the bottle... (Luckily my In-Laws aren't near by...)

JOKES!

Come and explore.


Perfect Christmas Port...Date published: 11/12/13

Port is a Portuguese fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the Northern province of Portugal. It is typically a sweet red wine, however it does come in dry, semi-dry and white styles. The five grape varieties used in port are Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional.

Tawny Port is a basic blend of wood aged port that has spent at least two years in barrels, it generally has nutty flavours due to its oxidative ageing . Late Bottle Vintage Port (LBV) is intended to provide some of the experience of drinking a vintage port but without the need for lengthy bottle ageing.

Vintage Port is made entirely from the grapes of a declared vintage year. Not every year is a declared vintage.

Taylors Late Bottled Vintage 2005/2007  **Staff Favourite** Dark fruits and beetroot notes with spicy undertones and hints of violets on the nose, with powerful tannins, firm acidity and rich, concentrated red and black fruits. A long finish of spice and fruit. Drinking well now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing. Partner with cheese or as an after dinner treat. £11.99

Taylors First Estate NV Deep garnet in colour and with a rich concentration of dark berries and Christmas cake hints delivered in a warming, satisfying style. A ready to drink style, no need to decant. £8.99

Taylors 10 year old Tawny NV Aromas of ripe berry fruit with a delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish.Partners most desserts, particularly those with berry fruit or dark chocolate. It is also a good partner to rich, blue veined cheeses. £20.00

Taylors Quinta De Terra Feita vineyards are perfectly placed on south facing slopes and have been supplying Taylor’s with grapes for nearly a hundred years. A beautifully concentrated Port with lush aromas of violets and tarry black fruit flavours redolent of figs, plums and spice. The full flavour really comes through on a palate of ripe cherries and plums. Due to large amounts of sediment be sure to decant before serving. Super with walnuts, dried apricots or blue-veined cheeses. This superb Port would make an excellent Christmas gift. £23.00


Spotlight Tasting - Christmas WinesDate published: 07/12/13

6 wines in 30 minutes...

This is our final tasting of the year, where we'll be tasting perfect Christmas wines to go with the turkey, cold cuts, cheese boards and nibbles! We are running 2 sessions today, at 12pm and again at 3pm. Pop in and get the Christmas cheer going!

The Loire ValleyDate published: 07/12/13

The Loire is France's longest river. it rises in the mountains of central France in the Ardeche and flows north for almost 400 kilometres, before turning west near Orleans and finally reaching the Atlantic near the city of Nantes. Its the last 600km of its course that are of viticultural interest, here the vineyards are loosely grouped into 4 sub regions; The Centre, Touraine, Anjou-Saumur and nantais.

Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume are the two most famous vineyards of the Loire Valley, making some of the worlds most prestigious sauvignon blanc.

Our favourites from this region are;

Sancerre Paul Cherrier: £12.99*

Pouilly Fume Cerisottes: £14.99


*Multi buy, when you buy 2 or more


Bordeaux Tasting WeekDate published: 06/12/13

It's Christmas claret time! We have loads of new clarets and one off parcels available this December, and no dinner table should be without a bottle or 2 of good Bordeaux at Christmas. From today, we'll be opening some of our old favourites, as well as the new wines in our 33% off promotion.

Wine of the week: Los Boldos ChardonnayDate published: 30/11/13

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

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. 

Taste 

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. 

Enjoy 

Best served with poached salmon, cod or Dover sole, or mussels in a creamy sauce.   

New Zealand & Australia Tasting WeekDate published: 29/11/13

Today is the start of another themed tasting week, and this time it's wines from New Zealand and Australia. We have a huge range of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, Shiraz from Barossa as well as many other wines open to taste in store. We'll see you at the tasting counter! 

WSM's Nyetimer Competition Winner!Date published: 28/11/13

WSM's Nyetimer Competition Winner!

Well done Mr. Love for winning himself a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 :)

Yay!

Winter Wine Evening Tonight!Date published: 27/11/13

From 6pm this evening, we will be running our large scale, informal tasting in store. We will have 15-20 wines open to taste, with a range of our favourite new wines coming in this winter. There'll be some winter warmers, some Christmas classics and a few that are terrific with turkey. Why not come in to taste, learn and explore?

#explore200Date published: 22/11/13

James Bond came to visit us in Majestic Weston-super-Mare!

Rhone & Burgundy Tasting WeekDate published: 22/11/13

From today, we will have a selection of great Burgundy whites & Rhone reds open for you to taste in store. If Chardonnay & Syrah is your thing, this could be the tasting for you. Pop in and see us!

Spotlight Tasting - Rhone & BurgundyDate published: 22/11/13

6 wines in 30 minutes...

In this tasting, we look at all things Rhone & Burgundy, including how the landscape and climate affects the wine. We are running 2 sessions today, the first of which is at 12pm, and the afternoon session is at 3pm. Drop by for 30 minutes of tasting some great french classics!

FREE wine events!Date published: 18/11/13

Come and join us at the tasting counter this Christmas for some free tasting events at Majestic Weston-super-Mare:

- Saturday 23rd November: Rhone and Bordeaux spotlight tasting @ 12 & 3pm

- Wednesday 27th November: Christmas winter wine evening 6:30 onwards

- Saturday 7th December: Christmas wines spotlight tasting @ 12 & 3pm

Call us on 01934 417977 or email wsm@majestic.co.uk to secure your place!

Feel free to bring your friends and family!

Party services!Date published: 18/11/13

Party Services

Let Majestic Weston-super-Mare care of your big event. On top of a range that includes lagers and ales by the case, soft drinks, water and ice, our comprehensive party service features:

FREE delivery

FREE glass loan

FREE chiller bin and ice bucket loan

EXPERT ADVICE on what works with your menu and how much to buy with your budget

SALE OR RETURN on any unopened items

Pop into store for further information, or contact us on 01934 417977 or wsm@majestic.co.uk

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New Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/11/13

Panamericana Merlot

£7.49 Single Bottle.Buy any 2 Chilean wines save 20%

£5.99


Grape Merlot   

Origin This wine is made by Viña El Descanso, a winery based in Sagrada Familia in the Curicó Valley. This Merlot comes from a cool climate area and has been cool fermented, with only a small portion experiencing oak contact, to maintain a fruit-focused style. 

Taste Ample red berry fruit combining fresh acidity with ripeness and warmth. Offers good concentration and depth, a soft and plummy texture, and hints of vanilla and spice 

Enjoy Best enjoyed with flame grilled lamb kebabs, goose or venison. 

Wines of Chile Tasting Week.Date published: 15/11/13

Always popular here in Weston, the wines we sell from Chile are diverse, complex and keenly priced. From today, we will have a selection of the best Chile has to offer open for you to taste in store. Taste & Explore with us!

Christmas Offers Start TodayDate published: 15/11/13

Look out for some real bargains this year! Our buyers have been working very hard to secure the best wines at great prices this winter, and as ever at Majestic, there are a selection open to taste, free of charge, all day, every day. What more could you ask for?!

SHERRY - it's that time of year!Date published: 12/11/13

Christmas adverts are on TV, tinsel is filling shops and the nights are drawing in. This is when Sherry comes into it's own to bring a warming release from the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas. This year at Majestic we have a new range of Sherries. To some, the different styles can be hard to compare and choose between so to make it easy we have all 4 bottles open on our tasting counter to try, along with this quick fact file outlining the differences between the styles.

Pedro's Fino: A layer of yeast (called flor) grows on top of the Sherry (made from Palomino grapes) to protect it from oxidation. It is blended with older Fino butts to make an aged Fino. This creates a sherry with a distinctive salty and almondy palate which leaves a really pleasant aftertaste. Goes perfectly with tapas, and in particular; olives, nuts, smoked ham and light seafood. serve chilled, 15%abv. £8.99 per bottle

Pedro's Amontillado: As with most sherries, this Amontillado started life as a Fino but as the flor begins to die off as the residual sugar decreases it is fortified to 18% (killing the flor completely) and then begins to age with oxygen. Notes of hazelnut are prominent with light reminders of yeast. Toffee is often a noticeable character within the complex taste. Great with Tuna, wild mushrooms and hard cheese. 19%abv. £9.99

Pedro's Oloroso: For reasons out of the winemaker's control, an oloroso is a sherry where flor never formed. So from the start of its life it has only had oxidation ageing. Deep in colour, toffee and liquorice are mixed with intense aromas of walnut to give an expansive palate. A great match for red meats, game, casseroles and chicken or vegetable paellas. 20%abv. £11.99

Pedro's Palo Cortado: The easiest way of explaining the formation of a Palo Cortado is that the flor failed naturally. Fortified to 15%, oxygen aged then followed by a second fortification to 17%. Due to the uncontrollable death of the flor, this type of sherry is very rare. Pedro's Palo Cortado is very well balanced with a style that falls between an Amontillado and Oloroso giving a pungent nutty nose with toffee and floral notes. excellent with Cheddar, smoked hams or even with a main course such as roasts and pot roasts. 20%abv. £14.99

As mentioned before, all four of these sherries are open on our tasting counter waiting for you to try. See you soon!

Spotlight Tasting - New ArrivalsDate published: 09/11/13

6 wines in 30 minutes....

At this tasting, we look at all of our new products that have arrived for the new winter promotion. You'll get to try wines from all over the world, in a small gathering with our team at the tasting counter. We are running 2 sessions today, one at 12pm and the other at 3pm. Pop in and taste with us!

California Tasting Week.Date published: 08/11/13

This weekend, we'll be tasting our Californian range in store. If you like rich chardonnay, bold zinfandel or sweet, delicate pinot noir then this could be the tasting for you. Why not pop in and see us....we'll be at the tasting counter!

Brief History of Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/11/13

The homeland of Sauvignon Blanc is France, more specifically Bordeaux and the Loire Valley (Sancerre / Pouilly-fume). It has however been adopted by New Zealand (Marlborough) who now have a much higher output rate than France. In both these countries the style is much the same; light, fruity and best served young. In the comparatively cooler climate of France classic green, herbaceous flavours of grass and green pepper are prominent, whereas in New Zealand the warmer temperatures allow the grape to develop rich peachy flavours and have a much more aromatic presence.

At Majestic we sell a vast range of Sauvignon's from a vast range of regions and countries. My favourites from the above mentioned France and New Zealand regions are listed below along with some other countries offerings:

New Zealand Villa Maria, currently a fantastic price at £6.99

Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent, superbly aromatic, £9.99

Sancerre Blanc Domaine Vacheron, traditional Sancerre from the best producer in the region, £17.99

Chilean Santa Rita with a huge fruit character, £6.39

South African Ondine with notes of grass and asparagus, £5.99

Wine of the week: Guigal cotes du rhoneDate published: 06/11/13

Grape

Grenache, Syrah

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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


Pinot noir: A quick insight!Date published: 05/11/13

Pinot noir ripens early, and is well suited to the climate of burgundy. It has very tight bunches of small berries, which give a very sweet juice. However becasue of the tightness of the bunches it is prone to rot. Young pinot noir wine typically displays a fruity perfume of raspberries, strawberries and red cherries, and because the grape is thin skinned it usually has soft, light tannins. 

Pinot noirs tend to age unpredictably, leading some to claim they are at their best for a very short period only. this is true if you like your pinot noir in one style only, but many can be enjoyed at all stages of their life.


One of my favourites is the DB Pinot Noir, currently on offer at £7.99*


*Multi buy price. single bottle £9.99 

Fun fact: SektDate published: 04/11/13

Sekt

Sekt is a sparkling wine from Germany that is virtually all tank-fermented. In legal terms Sekt is not necessarily a German wine, but is a wine that has been made sparkling in Germany. The base wines come generally from France or Italy.

Pick 'n' Mix Tasting Week.Date published: 01/11/13

From today, we will have a selection of our November Pick 'n' Mix offers open to taste in store. There are 47 wines, all with 33% off, spanning the whole wine world, old & new. Come and explore with us and find your new favourite wine!

Winter Promotion Starts Today!Date published: 29/10/13

We launch our winter special offers today, including a 33% off pick 'n' mix style offer, spanning all types of wine & fizz from a variety of countries. Here are my top picks for the coming winter:

Louis Roederer NV Champagne       http://www.majestic.co.uk/Louis-Roederer-Brut-Premier-zid22090?tracking=|searchterm:roederer

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV                     http://www.majestic.co.uk/Cloudy-Bay-Pelorus-zid23251?tracking=|searchterm:pelorus

Prosecco di Conegliano                   http://www.majestic.co.uk/Prosecco-di-Conegliano-Valdobbiadene-Extra-Dry-zid23253?tracking=|searchterm:23253

Cune Rioja Reserva                        http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Reserva-zid14171?tracking=|searchterm:cune

Domaine de Montval Syrah             http://www.majestic.co.uk/Domaine-de-Montval-Syrah-zid09004?tracking=|searchterm:montval

Mister Shiraz, Chile                         http://www.majestic.co.uk/Mister-Shiraz-zid39319?tracking=|searchterm:mister

Tucumen Malbec, Mendoza            http://www.majestic.co.uk/Tucumen-Malbec-zid40129?tracking=|searchterm:tucumen

Gavi Montiero                                   

Caixas Albarino                               http://www.majestic.co.uk/Caixas-Albarino-zid14008?tracking=|searchterm:caixas

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough   http://www.majestic.co.uk/Villa-Maria-Private-Bin-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37063?tracking=|searchterm:37063

Saintsbury Chardonnay, USA          http://www.majestic.co.uk/Saintsbury-Chardonnay-zid18528?tracking=|searchterm:saintsbury

Fun fact...Date published: 28/10/13

In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take a sip of wine to assure guests that  the wine was not poisoned, hence  the phrase "drinking to one's health". "Toasting" started  in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek traditon but started dropping a piece of toasted bread into each wine glass to temper undersirable tastes or excessive acidity.

Fine Wine TastingDate published: 24/10/13

This weekend we will be opening one of our fantastic fine wines, all of which are on a Buy any 2, save £10 offer. This week we have chosen the Amarone Classico 2009 from Cantina Negrar. One of the absolute Italian beasts, this red is not for the faint-hearted, but will be incredible with some hard Italain pungent cheese and/or charcuturie.

Current Offers Ending on Monday!Date published: 23/10/13

If you've had your eye on something tasty but not got around to ordering it yet, then now is the time to do it! Don't forget, we offer free delivery nationwide, with a minimum purchase of just 6 bottles, any mix.

New Sherrie'sDate published: 20/10/13

After some months of careful sampling, our buyers have captured a new line of sherries to be sold in store.

Look out for Pedro's Almacenista selection. You really can't miss their brightly coloured retro labels, depicting posters from a local harvest festival from the 50's and 60's. With prices starting from £8.99 they are really great value and really brighten up our shelves.

Pedro's Fino - £8.99

Pedro's Amontillado - £9.99

Pedro's Oloroso - £11.99

Pedro's Palo Cortado - £14.99

Why not give them a try!


6 great wines for under £6!Date published: 20/10/13

We love wine here at Majestic. But did you know that we stock a fantastic range of everyday drinking or party wines as well as the wines for treats and special occasions? Here are my current favourites:


Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina £8.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Santa-Ana-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid40131?tracking=|searchterm:santa|ana

Mountain View Chardonnay, LFE, Chile £6.99 Buy 2 save £2 = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Mountain-View-Chardonnay-zid39263?tracking=|searchterm:39263

Grand Heron, Cotes de Gascogne, France £7.99 Buy 2 save £4 = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Grand-Heron-Marc-Ducournau-zid10246?tracking=|searchterm:heron


Mont St Jean Corbieres, France £6.99 Buy 2 save £2 = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Mont-Saint-Jean-zid09013?tracking=|searchterm:09013

Panamericana Merlot, Chile. £7.49 Buy 2 save £3 = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Panamericana-Merlot-zid39326?tracking=|searchterm:39326

Santa Ana Malbec, Argentina. £8.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/westonsupermare


FREE PARTY SERVICESDate published: 19/10/13

Did you know that here at Majestic Wine we offer a range of party services to help you celebrate safe in the knowledge that everything is catered for.

Free glass loan - Wine glasses, Champagne Flutes, Hi-Ball tumblers and Pints. (Deposit £1/glass required)

Ice Buckets - Chills down 2 - 3 bottles on the tabletop (£10 Deposit required)

Chiller Bins - Perfect for chilling down large numbers of bottles - good for beer as well (£15 deposit required)

Ice - Good for the chiller bins and ice buckets but perfect to put in drinks as well

Sale or Return - Not sure how many guests you have? Add a few more cases and we will refund whatever's left over from the night's                                      frivolities

Free Delivery - As if all that isn't enough, we will deliver your order free of charge to a destination of your choice (mainland UK only,                                      minimum 6 bottles over £40 required)

We've got your party sorted!


New Chilean Wines!Date published: 19/10/13

We have just taken delivery of a brand new, great value Chilean wine, perfect for drinks parties or large events. They are both £5.99 on offer, down from £7.49.

Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Central Valley

Origin

A great example of the cool climate style of Sauvignon Blanc from central Chile, which offers superb value. The grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery and fermented at low temperatures, ensuring excellent freshness and purity of fruit character.

Taste

A well balanced and refreshing wine, with a predominant citrus character accompanied by softer flavours of pear, melon and a streak of flinty minerality. 

Enjoy

Drink with fresh seafood and light pasta dishes.



Panamericana Merlot 2012 Central Valley

Origin

This wine is made by Viña El Descanso, a winery based in Sagrada Familia in the Curicó Valley. This Merlot comes from a cool climate area and has been cool fermented, with only a small portion experiencing oak contact, to maintain a fruit-focused style.

Taste

Ample red berry fruit combining fresh acidity with ripeness and warmth. Offers good concentration and depth, a soft and plummy texture, and hints of vanilla and spice.

Enjoy

Best enjoyed with flame grilled lamb kebabs.



The Bodegas of Martin Codax Date published: 18/10/13

Recently I was fortunate enough to go on a unique trip to the vineyards and wineries under the Martin Codax cooperative. Here I shall give a brief overview of what I experienced and what I learnt about the brand.

Introduction to Martin Codax: Founded in 1986 by 50 local grape growers (families), the winery has been expanding ever since to the current 500 families covering 2,400 tiny vineyards. Situated in Cambados in the North West corner of Spain, often referred to as 'Green Spain', this beautiful part of the country is the ideal site for the Grape varieties that Martin Codax grow. The three varietals they concentrate on are the Alberino, Godello and Mencia.

The Alberino: The Rias Bias area (translating roughly as estuary bay) provides a warm, humid, coastal climate that the Alberino loves. For sale in over 40 countries worldwide, this particular wine is growing in popularity incredibly quickly, however many people are still unaware of Alberino's existance. It is a super alternative to Sauvignon Blanc which is becoming very commonplace in today's wine market. This grape provides a much more complex palate, but still retains the simplicity of fresh and ripe fruit. Slightly creamy and rich, this wine is perfect with sea food, the dominant food eaten in Galicia. Martin Codax make two Alberino's on a large scale; the Martin Codax Alberino and the Caixas Alberino. The Caixas is very special to Majestic as it is an exclusive line. Harvested with the help of Majestic staff and selected from steel vats by Majestic staff, this wine is unique to us and we believe is the very best example of this increasingly popular grape.

In Monterrei (South East Galicia) the Godello is grown, another unfamiliar grape that is currently seeing expanding global interest. Slightly richer than the Alberino leaning more towards a mineral palate, but with plenty of lemon, pear and melon fruits to create a zesty citrus finish. From experience visiting the area, this wine again is a truly perfect match with fresh sea food.

The final Grape Martin Codax produce in large quantities is Mencia. Grown in Bierzo, further inland on the edge of Leon, with a more continental climate, this is a red variety that is warming the hearts of many countries who are starting to import it in increasing quantities. Martin Codax produce three Mencia reds increasing in age and one rose. 

After spending just three days in Galicia I fell in love with the area and would highly recommend it as great place to visit. It is oozing with history and tradition and at the end of the day you can relax in one of hundreds of top quality restaurants selling delicious fresh seafood and meats with a wine on the side produced by locals just up the road.

New Fizz!Date published: 18/10/13

We have just received a delivery of a brand new Prosecco, on offer at £9.99 down from £14.99, thats 33.3% off!!


Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV      http://www.majestic.co.uk/Prosecco-Salatin-Extra-Dry-zid23027?tracking=|searchterm:prosecco

Origin

Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

Taste

Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a nose bursting with green apple fruit, accented with hints of jasmine. The persistent mousse lifts and refreshes the palate.

Enjoy

An approachable aperitif style, which pairs very well with seafood starters.


Winter WarmersDate published: 17/10/13

As the sun goes down and the cold sets in it's time to ditch the light refreshing whites and hit the big time! Full bodied reds are coming your way! Warming, fireside, gutsy wines to relax to and fight off the winter blues. Here are some personal recommendations for you to try;

Wakefield Shiraz £8.99

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva £8.99

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel £8.99

Catena Malbec £9.99

Lirac Vignobles Abeille £12.99

Kangarilla Road Shiraz £11.99

Corbieres Villemajou £11.99


Fine Wine TastingDate published: 17/10/13

This weekend we will be opening one of our fantastic fine wines, all of which are on a Buy any 2, save £10 offer. This week we have chosen the Chateau Senejac 2007, Cru Borgeois Bordeaux from the Haut-Medoc. An absolute autumnal classic, full of cedar spice and drinking beautifully now. Come and taste it with us!

This Summer's Top 10Date published: 16/10/13

During the summer month here at Majestic Weston, we sold a variety of great wines to help our customers wile away the sunny days.

Here is a list of our top 10 sellers which are all still available in store to help you celebrate a Cracking Christmas.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Lagunilla Reserva, Rioja

Beaujolais Villages Georges Dubeouf

Vina Eguia Crianza, Rioja

Callia Bella Malbec, Argentina

Portillo Malbec, Mendoza

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Ciaxas Albarino, Rias Baixas

Not surprising an all out win for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but we are also seeing a surge in sales of Argentinian Malbec, which will be great for the cold days ahead.

Surprisin for me was to see the Albarino sneaking in at 10th place, and if you would like to know more about this exciting new variety then come in and ask our newest member of staff James as he was lucky enough to travel to Spain and see this region in action!

Great Offers for 2 Weeks OnlyDate published: 15/10/13

As the nights begin to draw in, we have some excellent offers on some big warming red wines to fill the long evenings. We also have some great whites and fizzes offers if that's more your thing. The prices below are at the offer price if you buy 2 or more bottles

Reds:

Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes de Rhone - Grenache, Syrah/shiraz. Dark fruits, earthy and spicy with a substantial finish. £7.99

Wakefield Shiraz. Plum, Blackberry and violets nose with a ground coffee, vanilla and clove palate. £8.99

Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon. A nose of cassis, redcurrents and a touch of herbs and a palate packed with ripe berries. £8.99

Wakefield Merlot. Inky and purple with plum and cherry flavours. Undertones of chocolate and tannin give a great finish. £8.99

White:

Wakefield Chardonnay. Peach, Nectarine and citrus fruits on the nose with ripe pineapple and subtle cinnamon. £8.99

Fizz:

De Telmont Grand Reserve Brut. Medium-bodied, soft and fruity made in the classic yeasty style. £15.00

Louis Roederer Brut Premier. Deliciously rich, fruity, nutty and yeasty with a complex finish. £27.99

Laurent Perrier Rose. Easy drinking with stylish strawberry fruit

A Quartet of Wakefield OffersDate published: 15/10/13

Wakefield is Australia's leading family-owned winery, producing a variety of different wines from their 750 hectares of land in and around the Clare Valley in the south of the country. For the next two weeks we have some great offers throughout the store, which include the four Wakefield wines.

At £8.99, when you buy two or more bottles, these really are excellent offers that should not be missed.

Shiraz: With a nose of stewed plum, blackberry and violets, the nose of this wine is very inticing. The palate does not let it down either, ground coffee, vanilla and clove are some of the characters you will taste in and amongst the ripe blackcurrent fruit. a brilliant accompaniment for beef caseroles or pies. 

Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine has the fresh and intense nose found in cassis (a dark red fruit liqueur), redcurrants and herbs are prominent on the nose. On the palate you will taste delicious ripe berry with subtle licorice. This young wine is ready to be drunk now. Try it with sausage, mash or ox cheek.

Merlot: immediately the purple tinges of this inky wine are noticeable. This boasts the fresh youth of the wine which provides a medium bodied wine full of ripe plum and cherry flavours. Lasting undertones of tannins and chocolate give it a great quality long finish. This easy-going wine will match rich pasta sauces without it smothering the herbs and spices.

Chardonnay: In contrast to above reds, this white has a strong citrus nose which leaps out of the glass. peach and nectarine are among the stoned fruits you get on the palate along with peach and pineapple to give a great balance that goes perfectly with full-flavoured white meat dishes.

At £8.99, when you buy two or more bottles, these really are excellent offers that should not be missed.

Fine Wine TastingDate published: 10/10/13

This weekend we will be opening one of our fantastic fine wines, all of which are on a Buy any 2, save £10 offer. This week we have chosen the Angel's Share Shiraz from the Two Hands winery in Australia. This is a great example of a stunning Mclaren Vale shiraz; full of dark fruit, mocha & spice.

OFFER ALERT!Date published: 05/10/13

Latest two week reduction from 1st - 14th October.

Macon Villages Roches Blanches Louis Jadot £7.99

Beaujolais Villages Georges Duboeuf £5.99

Serena Pinot Grigio Banfi £5.99

Louis Roederer Brut £27.99

Moet & Chandon Brut £27.99

Nicolas Feuillate £16.66

Prosecco Corte Alta £6.99

Portillo Malbec £6.99


Plenty of Blissful bargain to get your teeth into.

South African SpecialsDate published: 04/10/13

Here at Majestic Weston, not only is there 20% off all South African Wines but the team has chosen some really great buys to open for tasting on our tasting counter. Come in store to browse through the selection and taste some real treats at your leisure.


Wine of the Week is Currently the; Anthony's Yard by Graham Beck, a stunning Bordeaux blend but for only £6.99 a bottle. Fantastic Value!

Fine Wine TastingDate published: 03/10/13

This weekend we will be opening one of our fantastic fine wines, all of which are on a Buy any 2, save £10 offer. This week we have chosen the Chablis 1er Cru Fourchame by Seguinot-Bordet. Perfect chardonnay at a perfect price! Taste and explore with us!

My Top 6 Spanish Wines All With 25% OffDate published: 02/10/13

Until Monday (30.09.13) we have 25% off of our Spanish range. Here is a brief description of my top 6:

Lagunilla Rioja Reserva. For over 100 years this producer has been putting Rioja on the map. After rescuing the vines from a rot which was sweeping through Europe, Lagunilla has made a meaty yet elegant Rioja with mellow spicy aromas. After 24 months in oak this wine is ready to drink with a roasted shoulder of lamb or any other game dish. Currently £6.56 on our 2 or more Spanish wines offer.

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva. Currently our Wine Of The Week, This Rioja has been held in barrel for 30 months and 3 years in bottle before being released so provides a much denser and mature palate than the Lagunilla. With notes of caramel vanilla, this wine goes perfectly with slow-cooked lamb dishes or nutty cheeses. On offer at £8.43 when you buy 2 or more Spanish wines.

Everyone knows about Rioja, but there are many other Spanish offerings;

One of my favourites is the El chaparral de Vega Sindoa. Produced in Navarra and made from Garnacha grapes this is not a Rioja! The vines used are around 100 years old, and despite producing low yields they produce very high quality berries. With relatively high acidity and tannins the fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruits create a bitter chocolate texture that goes hand in hand with big flame-grilled rib-eye steaks or could easily be enjoyed on its own. At £7.49 on offer this really is a great value wine.


Are whites more your thing?

Try the Alberino Caizas by Martin Codax. From the Spanish town of Galicia, this white is made exclusively for Majestic and even partly picked by Majestic staff who visit the vineyard to help with the harvest. This is a light, fresh and youthful wine with a distinctive zesty and citrus backbone. Stoned fruits are the predominant fruit for the palate which fits in perfectly with mussels, shellfish or any other simple fish dishes. Currently on offer at £7.49 when you buy 2 or more Spanish Wines.

Torres Vina Sol is a wine with a difference. This Spanish producer now has vineyards in Chile and California to make the most of each countries climate. Vina Sol is a dry wine a fresh and fruity nose, a crisp palate and a tasty blend of apples and pineapple fruit. This is a very durable wine which can be enjoyed on its own at any time of day or rice and fish dishes. For the offer price of just £5.62, there is every reason to try this wine.

Last but not least I highly recommend the Muga Rioja Blanco. It is often not realised that Rioja is not always White. Merely named after a town, Rioja wine can take many forms. In this instance the grapes used are Malvasia and Viura. This has created a complex wine with toasty aromas and a zesty vibrant fruity palate. After being fermented in new oak you get delicious vanilla oaky flavours which mean this wine can be stored for another three years and enjoyed at any time with full-flavoured fish dishes.


Rustenberg Syrah; Standing OutDate published: 27/09/13

As a new member to the Weston-super-Mare team and new to wine itself, understanding the differences between wines is no easy task. However, every now and again I come across a wine which really does distinguish itself against even its same grape producers. The latest example of this is the Rustenberg syrah. Situated in the temperate South African town of Rustenberg itself, this wine has an incredibly well-structured palate of dark fruits, cinnamon, violets and pepper with impressive spicy aromas. After 20 months in oak, this Syrah has a distinctive mature vanilla dimension which is perfect to drink now or to be cellared for mellowing and future consumption. To be aged well, a wine needs both a fruitful and oaky body, which this has in a perfect harmony.

Best enjoyed with rich dishes such as osso buco, this intense wine could be easily mistaken for a much more superior fine wine, and is excellent value at just £14.38 on our 2 or more offer. 

An exceptional example of South African Syrah at its very best.


Free Wine Tasting?Date published: 27/09/13

At Majestic, we offer free wine courses.

In-Store Wine Courses: An informal 90 minutes on getting to grips with all the basics of wine tasting and food matching in a friendly atmosphere. 10 people maximum.

We come to you: Have a venue and want to do a wine tasting there? All you need to do is buy the wines and we'll do the rest. Themed tastings, wine quizzes, call my bluff - you name it!

All of our staff are trained in wine tasting and theory and are eager to help. Why not contact us today for a wine tasting for your local club/charity/event. Hassle free and great fun.

Call 01934 417977 or email us at wsm@majestic.co.uk



Free Wine TastingsDate published: 26/09/13

At Majestic Wine we offer a great selection of wine tastings - and they're all free. 

We believe in sharing the magic of wine with our customers so whether we're coming to a venue of your choice and tailoring a bespoke tasting on the theme of your choice (wine purchase required), or sitting down in store on our Wine Course and learning all about food matching, or even one of our great Seasonal Tastings with 70 - 80 people and a large selection of wines we are always committed to you having a great time and making sure you always leave having learnt something. 


If you would like to know more about our wine tastings or would like information on how we can come to you for a bespoke tasting then do get in touch. Telephone 01934417977 or email wsm@majestic.co.uk.

Fine Wine TastingDate published: 26/09/13

This weekend we will be opening one of our fantastic fine wines, all of which are on a Buy any 2, save £10 offer. This week we have chosen the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand. This wine can compete with the top examples of Sancerre & Pouilly Fume, and it just as delicate and refined. Pop in and taste for yourself!

Free Seasonal TastingDate published: 25/09/13

On Wednesday 27th November, we will be holding an informal drop in wine tasting, starting at 6pm. We'll open a range of our favourite new wines coming in this winter. There'll be some winter warmers, some Christmas classics and a few that are terrific with turkey. Why not come in to taste, learn and explore? Just email wsm@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place today!

Spotlight on Shiraz...or is it Syrah?Date published: 25/09/13

This weekend at Majestic Weston we are having a great Spotlight tasting to highlight the many different styles and countries that produce Syrah and Shiraz. They are effectively the same grape variety but usually follow differing styles depending on whether they are labelled Shiraz or Syrah.

Confused?

Well come along on Saturday at 12pm or 3pm and all questions will be answered. 

Improved offer for 1 week only!Date published: 24/09/13

Until Monday 30th September, we have 25% off all wines from Spain. There are some real bargains to be had, including some of the more esoteric wines from regions such as Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rais Baixas & Navarra. Explore our range of Spanish wines here:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/spanish-wine

Fine Wine TastingDate published: 19/09/13

This weekend we will be opening one of our fantastic fine wines, all of which are on a Buy any 2, save £10 offer. This week we have chosen the Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir from Martinborough in New Zealand. Classic Pinot, great wine, excellent offer!

OFFER ALERT!Date published: 18/09/13

One Week Only - Our current offer on all South African Wines has been increased to 25% for a short time.

Amazing wines at incredible prices.

Get a bargain on your favourites. Or why not ask a member of staff for a recommendation and try something new!

Try some of these as my personal favourites;

Bellingham 'Bernard Series' Chenin Blanc - £8.99

Rustenberg Chardonnay - £11.24

Robertson Sauvignon Blanc - £5.24

Porcupine Ridge Merlot - £6.55

Vergelegen Cabernet/Merlot £8.24

DMZ Syrah - £8.24

Lots of bargains to be had...

33.3% off selected lines - 2 weeks only!Date published: 13/09/13

Until Monday 23rd September, we have the following wines with 33.3% off. Why not order your case online today!


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand - Was: £8.99 Now: £5.99

Grifone Montepulciano D'abruzzo, Italy - Was: £7.49 Now: £4.99

Prosecco Zonin, Italy - Was: £9.99 Now £6.66

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne - Was: £24.00 Now: £15.99

Heidseck Monopole Gold Top 2007 Vintage Champagne - Was: £27.00 Now: £17.99

Fine Wine TastingDate published: 12/09/13

This weekend we will be opening one of our fantastic fine wines, all of which are on a Buy any 2, save £10 offer. This week we have chosen the Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru 2010. Quality red burgundy under the £20 price point is hard to come by... so why not come by and try ours?!

Wine Sweet WineDate published: 11/09/13

Here at Majestic we have a wide variety of dessert wines which can accompany all manner of puddings and sugary snacks. However we often get asked how winemakers make these luscious liquids so sweet compared to normal dry wines. There are a variety of ways in which this can be done:

Interrupting the fermentation process: Adding grape spirit (fortification) is the traditional way of stopping fermentation while sugar is present as it kills the yeast. This does, however, radically alter the structural balance of the wine. Adding Sulfur Dioxide or chilling are other ways of stopping fermentation, but filtration to remove yeast is essential as any small amount of yeast can restart the fermentation process.

Adding a sweetening component: by adding unfermented grape juice (Sussreserve) medium sweet wines wine can be produced. A favoured technique in Germany. Another method is to use Rectified Concentrated Grape Must (RCGM), which is a pure sugar solution extracted from grape juice. New World wines often use this to add some sweetness to their dry wines.

Concentrating Grape Sugars: Grapes which are rich in sugar create the best sweet wines. To produce such grapes there are four main methods which wine-makers use. Noble rot is popular in Sauterne, Beernauslese and Tokaji production as it is a disease (aka grey fungus) which if managed carefully and picked at the opportune time can produce fine and concentrated sweet wines. Another technique is to dry the grapes on the vine (passerillage). Once at full sugar ripeness the grapes then turn to raisins which increases sugar content. This is a more guaranteed way of producing sweet wines as noble rot cannot always take hold in vineyards. Drying the grapes once off the vine has the same effect as the previous method and is popular with Sherry and passito wines of Italy. The last technique is to freeze the grapes while on the vine. When the grapes are later pressed, ice remains in the press and the sugar content of the resulting must is increased. 

As with any wine, fermentation stops when the yeast have converted as much sugar into alcohol as they can. In sweet wines this often happens at relatively low levels of alcohol, sometimes as low as 7%abv due to the fact yeast struggle to survive in sugary environments.

If you fancy trying a dessert wine from us we recommend

Castelnau de Suduiraut 2009 Sauternes 37.5cl Half bottle which is on special offer at £10.99


Spectrum of Chenin BlancDate published: 07/09/13

The spiritual home of Chenin Blanc is the Loire vallyer in France, but South Africa has adopted it to become their signature white grape variety. The beauty of Chenin is that it is a very versatile grape and there are two styles at each end of the spectrum. Firstly there are those which are maturedin oak to give a rich powerful palate, then there are those that are not oaked which are much fruitier yet still full bodied.


A great example of an oaked Chenin is the Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Chenin Blanc 2012.

ORIGIN: Winemaker Niel Groenwald's exceptional pocket of old, low-yielding Chenin bush vines produces a wine deserving its own unique identity. The Bernard Series celebrates the legend of Bernard Podlashuk, the founder and the original winemaker, and is matured in French oak.

TASTE: Tropical fruit and citrus, limestone and oak aromas give way to a refreshing, powerful and rounded palate. Vanillin spicess with honeysuckle, layers of fruit and a lingering finish.

ENJOY: Enjoy over the next two years with pan fried fish, pork chops or scallops.

On offer at £9.59 this wine is an excellent option


An example of a good non oaked Chenin would be the Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2012.

ORIGIN: From one of South Africa's original wine farms. This wine's fullness of flavour is a result of weekly lees stirring in a process called 'battonage', which produces a wine of greater depth and texture.

TASTE: Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey.

ENJOY: Try this with fish stew and fresh herbs or other sea food based dishes.

Explore South Africa with 20% offDate published: 05/09/13

Described as a New World country, South Africa's wine-making heritage is often forgotten. Wine has been produced here for the last 350 years so creates the bridge between the new and old world countries. Historically, the grapes were predominantly used for brandy and fortified wine production but after the privatisation of a monopoly producer (called the KWV) vineyards were replanted therefore the quality of wines are now superb and competative worldwide. 

Due to the untidy production boundaries many different blending options are available to producers. A South-African favourite is 'Bordeaux style' blends. Iron-rich clay soils mean that Cabernet / Merlot blends are very dark and plummy, creating elegant yet powerful tastes that are capable of long term ageing. Pinotage and Syrah are other varieties that strive well from South Africa's mediterranean climate.

One fifth of South Africa's vineyards are planted with Chenin Blanc grapes, locally known as Steen. This versatile variety creates both sweet and dry styles. barrel fermentation and ageing provide extra body with toasty oak flavours.

Favourites that I recommend:

Red - Boshendal Cab / Merlot 2011 - £6.99 on offer

        - Vergelegen Cab Sauv /Cab Franc/ Merlot Stellenbosch 2009 - £8.99 on offer

        - Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch 2010 - £13.99 on offer

White - Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2012 - £6.79 on offer

           - Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Chenin Blanc 2012 - £9.59 on offer

Fine Wine TastingDate published: 05/09/13

This weekend we will be opening one of our fantastic fine wines, all of which are on a Buy any 2, save £10 offer. This week we have chosen the Jermann Pinot Grigio from Italy. If you think Pinot Grigio can never be called "fine wine", then think again. This exceptional example really shows what quality production methods and limited yield can do, even for the humble grigio! Pop in and have a taste this weekend!



20% Off Spain? - Time to look beyond RiojaDate published: 03/09/13

Spain is my favourite country for wines. The diversity that can be poured into your glass is phenomenal. Bone dry to unctuously sweet, red, white, rose, fortified and sparkling - Spain really can deliver.

With red wines, not surprisingly everyone jumps into the Rioja corner. And with good reason. Rioja today comes in many styles, at a variety of price points and always satisfies no matter the occasion. However, as Spain really begins to blossom under the global spotlight of successful wine-making, other regions are beginning to display their prowess.

A favourite of mine is Ribera Del Duero. The reds from Ribera, that lies more in land than Rioja and is therefore slightly hotter are born out of Tempranillo, the same Grape variety as Ribera's more illustrious cousin to the norh-east, but the wine-makers rely less on oak ageing and more on bottle ageing. Greater extraction times in the wine-making process result in more full-bodied wines.

The good new is, as Ribera has increased in popularity so much recently, we now have many more examples to offer.

Try some of the following and you won't be disappointed;

Lamatum Crianza 2009 - £7.99 on offer

Montecastrillo Tinto 2011 - £7.99 on offer

Cillar De Cilos Crianza 2009 - £13.99 on offer

Emilio Moro 2009 - £14.99

A Wee Dram of Whisky!Date published: 29/08/13

We have taken delivery of some new Whisky here is Weston today, all of which make excellent additions to our spirits range. We now have the following products in stock:


Auchentoshan Classic Single Malt Scotch - Triple distilled and matured in Bourbon casks, lowland malt. £26.00

Bowmore 12 Year Old Single Malt - A smokey style from one of Islay's top distillers. £30.00

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Single Malt - Triple distilled and matured in Olorosso and Bourbon casks. Lowland. £30.00

Auchentoshan Three Wood - Triple distilled and matured in Bourbon, Olorosso & Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. £40.00

Suntory Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Year Old - Straight from Japan's oldest distillery. £50.00

Bowmore 18 Year Old Single Malt - Old, smokey & delicious! Islay's finest. £67.50


Don't forget, you can mix spirits within your case of wine. Minimum purchase of 6 bottles, any mix.


Summer Offers Ending!Date published: 28/08/13

The summer is almost over, but there may be time to squeeze a couple more BBQ's out of it yet! Our current offers are ending on Monday 2nd September, so if Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Chile or Beaujolais are your favourite wine regions, then the time to order is NOW!! Don't forget, we'll deliver any 6 bottles of wine to your door for free*.



*£40 minimum spend


25% off ItalyDate published: 25/08/13

Until 2nd September, we have 25% off all of our Italian range. My current favouites are as follows:

Contesa Pecorino 2012, was £9.99 now £7.49
Fremondo Greco 2012, was £9.99 now £7.49
Terredora Falanghina 2012, £10.99 now £8.24

Banfi Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato 2012, was £8.74 now £6.55
Poggioargentiera Rosata 2012, was £9.99, now £7.49

Carpineto Dogajolo Toscana 2011, was £10.99 now £8.24
Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2011, was £19.99 now £14.98
Masi Campofiorin 2009, was £12.49 now £9.37

All of these wines represent great value for money, and show off the truly diverse range of wine styles that Italy has to offer. Why not order yourself a mixed case of these little gems today?!


Focus on Spain - ToroDate published: 23/08/13

Toro is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines in the province of Zamora, which is in the northwest of Castile and Léon (Spain). The area covered by the DO is in the southeastern corner of Zamora province and includes the lands known as Tierra del Vino, Valle del Guareña and Tierra de Toro. It borders on the lands known as Tierra del Pan and Tierra de Campos. There are 8,000 ha under vines, of which 5,500 are registered with the DO Regulatory Council (Consejo Regulador).

Focus on Spain - RuedaDate published: 22/08/13

Rueda is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located in the Community of Castile and León. It comprises 72 municipalities, of which 53 are in the province of Valladolid, 17 are in the north of the province of Segovia, and 2 are in the north of the province of Ávila. It is known primarily for its fine white wines based on the verdejo grape.

Focus on Spain - Rias BaixasDate published: 21/08/13

Rías Baixas is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) (Denominación de Orixe in Galician) for wines located in the province of Pontevedra and the south of the province of A Coruña in the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. It is renowned for its white wines made from the Albariño grape variety.

(In Galicia Rias Baixas is pronounced Ree-ass By-shass)

Focus on Spain - ValenciaDate published: 21/08/13

Valencia is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) (Denominació d'Origen in Valencian) for wines located in the province of Valencia (Valencian Community) and is divided into two separate zones and four sub-zones each one of which produces a different type of wine.

Focus on Spain - ValdepenasDate published: 20/08/13

Valdepeñas is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located in the province of Ciudad Real in the south of Castile-La Mancha (Spain). It is almost completely surrounded by another DO (La Mancha) but is an independent DO due to its long history of producing a distinct style of wine known aloque or clarete which is made by mixing white and red grapes.

Valdepeñas is a natural crossroads between the south of Spain, the Mediterranean regions to the east, Extremadura to the west and central plains to the north. To the south of the DO is the Sierra Morena range a natural frontier with Andalusia., and to the east and west there are mountains reaching a height of 1000 m. The most prized vineyards are in Los Llanos in the west and in Las Aberturas in the north. The total area planted to vines is 29,600 ha.

Focus on Spain - La ManchaDate published: 19/08/13

La Mancha is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines, with over 190,000 ha planted to vines, and is the largest continuous vine-growing area in the world. It is located in the autonomous region of Castile-La Mancha in central Spain and includes 182 municipalities: 12 in the province of Albacete, 58 in Ciudad Real, 66 in Cuenca and 46 in Toledo. 22,000 grape-growers and over 300 wineries (bodegas) are registered with the DO, which was formally created in 1976.

Focus on Spain - JerezDate published: 18/08/13

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. Sherry is produced in a variety of dry styles made primarily from the Palomino grape, ranging from light versions similar to white table wines, such as Manzanilla and Fino, to darker and heavier versions that have been allowed to oxidise as they age in barrel, such as Amontillado and Oloroso. Sweet dessert wines are also made, from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel grapes, and are sometimes blended with Palomino-based Sherries.

The word "Sherry" is an anglicisation of Xeres (Jerez). Sherry was previously known as sack, from the Spanish saca, meaning "extraction" from the solera. In Europe, "Sherry" has protected designation of origin status, and under Spanish law, all wine labelled as "Sherry" must legally come from the Sherry Triangle, an area in the province of Cádiz between Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa María. In 1933 the Jerez Denominación de Origen was the first Spanish denominación to be officially recognised in this way, officially named D.O. Jerez-Xeres-Sherry and sharing the same governing council as D.O. Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

After fermentation is complete, the base wines are fortified with grape spirit in order to increase their final alcohol content. Wines classified as suitable for aging as Fino and Manzanilla are fortified until they reach a total alcohol content of 15.5 per cent by volume. As they age in barrel, they develop a layer of flor—a yeast-like growth that helps protect the wine from excessive oxidation. Those wines that are classified to undergo aging as Oloroso are fortified to reach an alcohol content of at least 17 per cent. They do not develop flor and so oxidise slightly as they age, giving them a darker colour. Because the fortification takes place after fermentation, most Sherries are initially dry, with any sweetness being added later. In contrast, Port wine, for example, is fortified halfway through its fermentation, which stops the process so that not all of the sugar is turned into alcohol.

Wines from different years are aged and blended using a solera system before bottling, so that bottles of Sherry will not usually carry a specific vintage year and can contain a small proportion of very old wine. Sherry is regarded by many wine writers as "underappreciated" and a "neglected wine treasure".

Focus on Spain - Ribera del DueroDate published: 18/08/13

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

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

Ribera del Duero is home to the world-famous and highly-prized Emilio Moro, Valderiz, Vega Sicilia and Tinto Pesquera wines and is dedicated almost entirely to the production of red wine from the Tempranillo grape.

Ribera del Duero was named wine region of the year 2012 by the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Focus on Spain - CatalunyaDate published: 17/08/13

The wines of the Catalan wine region include sparkling Cava, dry white wines and powerful reds, known as "black" wine or vi negre in Catalan, due to the colour of the grape. The grapes of the region include the Cava and white wine grapes of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel·lo and the red wine grapes of Garnacha, Monastrell and Tempranillo. The production of sparkling white wine is the largest contributor to the Catalan wine industry, followed by production of still whites and then red wine. While the majority of the region's wines are blends, some varietal versions are also produced.

Cava

A Spanish sparkling wine was first made as early as 1851, although the roots of the Cava wine industry can be traced back to Josep Raventos' travels through Europe in the 1860s, where he was promoting the still wines of his Codorníu winery. His visits to the Champagne region sparked an interest in the potential of a Spanish version, using the same sparkling wine production methods.

The local Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel·lo have since become established as the most popular grapes for producing cava. Early versions were called champán or xampany after Champagne but this practice ended when the EU awarded Champagne Protected Geographical Status. Catalan winemakers adopted the name Cava after the Catalan word for cellar, where the wines were traditionally stored.

According to Spanish wine laws, Cava can be produced in six wine regions (such as Aranda de Duero, Navarra and Rioja) but 95% of Spanish Cava production takes place in the Penedès region. In order for the wines to be called 'Cava', they must be made in the traditional méthode champenoise. Wines made via the low-cost Charmat process may only be called 'Spanish sparkling wine'. A rosé style of Cava is also produced in small quantities by adding still red wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha or Monastrell to the wine. The first Cava to use the Chardonnay grape was produced in 1981. Catalan Cava producers pioneered a significant technological development in sparkling wine production with the invention of the gyropallet, a large mechanized device that replaced hand riddling, in which the lees are consolidated in the neck of the bottle prior to disgorgement and corking.

Focus on Spain - NavarraDate published: 16/08/13

Red variety vines, for production of reds and rosados, represent 95% of the all vines planted in the DO, though this percentage is decreasing as more white varieties are planted. The traditional Garnacha represents 32%, Tempranillo 36%, Cabernet Sauvignon 13%, Merlot 11% with Graciano and Mazuelo making up the remaining percentage. The main white varieties are Viura, Chardonnay and Garnacha blanca.

Most vines are trained along trellises (en espaldera) to maximize exposure to the sunlight and to facilitate mechanization, as opposed to being planted as low bushes (en vaso). Planting density is over 2,400 vines/ha. Yield in all five sub-zones is below the authorized maximum of 8,000 kh/ha, and vary between 6,200 kg/ha in Valdizarbe and 7,800 kg/ha in the south.

The only authorized white variety is Viura, but Chardonnay, Garnacha blanca, Malvasia and Moscatel de Gano Menudo are also permitted.

The authorized red varieties are Graciano, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon but Garnacha, Merlot and Mazuelo are also permitted.

Focus on Spain - RiojaDate published: 15/08/13

Rioja wines are normally a blend of various grape varieties, and can be either red (tinto), white (blanco) or rosé (rosado). La Rioja has a total of 57,000 hectares cultivated, yielding 250 million litres of wine annually, of which 85% is red. The harvest time for most Rioja vineyards is September–October with the northern Rioja Alta having the latest harvest in late October. The soil here is clay based with a high concentration of chalk and iron. There is also significant concentration of limestone, sandstone and alluvial silt.

The "old vines" of the Alavesa regions can produce very concentrated grapes but in low yields.

Among the Tintos, the best-known and most widely-used variety is Tempranillo. Other grapes used include Garnacha Tinta, Graciano, and Mazuelo. A typical blend will consist of approximately 60% Tempranillo and up to 20% Garnacha, with much smaller proportions of Mazuelo and Graciano. Each grape adds a unique component to the wine with Tempranillo contributing the main flavors and aging potential to the wine; Garnacha adding body and alcohol; Mazuelo adding seasoning flavors and Graciano adding additional aromas. Some estates have received special dispensation to include Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend due to historical inclusion of that grape in their wine that predates the formation of the Consejo Regulador.

With Rioja Blanco, Viura is the prominent grape (also known as Macabeo) and is normally blended with some Malvasía and Garnacha blanca. In the white wines the Viura contributes mild fruitness, acidity and some aroma to the blend with Garnacha blanca adding body and Malvasía adding aroma. Rosados are mostly derived from Garnacha grapes. The "international varieties" of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have gained some attention and use through experimental plantings by some bodegas but their use has created wines distinctly different from the typical Rioja.

Some of the most sought after grapes come from the limestone/sandstone based "old vine" vineyards in the Alavesa and Alta regions. The 40 year plus old vines are prized due to their low yields and more concentrated flavors. A unique DO regulation stipulates that the cost of the grapes used to make Rioja must exceed by at least 200% the national average of wine grapes used in all Spanish wines.

Focus on Italy - ScicilyDate published: 14/08/13

Sicily is the third largest wine producer in Italy (the world's largest wine producer) after Veneto and Emilia Romagna. The region is known mainly for fortified Marsala wines. In recent decades the wine industry has improved, new winemakers are experimenting with less-known native varietals, and Sicilian wines have become better known.  The best known local varietal is Nero d'Avola, named for a small town not far from Syracuse; the best wines made with these grapes come from Noto, a famous old city close to Avola. Other important native varietals are Nerello Mascalese used to make the Etna Rosso DOC wine, Frappato that is a component of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG wine, Moscato di Pantelleria (also known as Zibibbo) used to make different Pantelleria wines, Malvasia di Lipari used for the Malvasia di Lipari DOC wine and Catarratto mostly used to make the white wine Alcamo DOC. Furthermore, in Sicily high quality wines are also produced using non-native varietals like Syrah, Chardonnay and Merlot. Sicily is also known for its liqueurs as the Amaro Averna produced in Caltanissetta and the local limoncello.

Focus on Italy - MarcheDate published: 13/08/13

Marche is one of the 20 regions of Italy. In English, this region is also known as the Marches. The name of the region derives from the plural name of marca, originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo. The region is located in the Central area of the country, bordered by Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi ran along the coastline of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows little travel north and south, except by rough roads over the passes.

Focus on Italy - TuscanyDate published: 12/08/13

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Tuscany is also known for the dessert wine Vin Santo, made from a variety of the region's grapes. Tuscany has thirty-three Denominazioni di origine controllata (DOC) and nine Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). In the 1970s a new class of wines known in the trade as "Super Tuscans" emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations but were considered of high quality and commanded high prices. Many of these wines became cult wines. In the reformation of the Italian classification system many of the original Super Tuscans now qualify as DOC or DOCG wines (such as the new Bolgheri label) but some producers still prefer the declassified rankings or to use the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) classification of Toscana. Tuscany has five sub-categories of IGT wines today.

Focus on Italy - PiemonteDate published: 11/08/13

Piemonte wine is the range of Italian wines made in the province of Piedmont in the northwestern corner of Italy. The best-known wines from the region include Barolo and Barbaresco. They are made from the Nebbiolo grape. These wines are ideal for storage and a well-aged Barolo for instance may leave a feeling of drinking velvet because the tannins are polished and integrated more and more into the wine. As the wine matures the colour becomes more brownish and rust-red.

Other popular grapes used for red wine production are Barbera and Dolcetto. Wine made on the Barbera grape is often fruity and delicate with less tannin than wine made from the Nebbiolo grape. Dolcetto on the other side, is not as the name indicates sweet (dolce is Italian for sweet). The grape gives fresh and dry red wines with some tannin. The wines made on the Dolcetto grape should be consumed young.

The sparkling wine Asti is made from the Moscato grape. The majority of the area's winemaking take places in the provinces of Cuneo, Asti and Alessandria. The Brachetto is another variety used for making sweet and sparkling red wines.

While Turin is the capital of the Piedmont, Alba and Asti are at the heart of the region's wine industry. The wine making industry of the Piedmont played a significant role in the early stages of the Risorgimento with some of the era's most prominent figures-like Camillo Benso, conte di Cavour and Giuseppe Garibaldi owning vineyards in Piedmont region and making significant contributions to the development of Piedmontese wines. The excessively high tariffs imposed by the Austrian Empire on the export of Piedmontese wines to Austrian controlled areas of northern Italy was one of the underlying sparks to the revolutions of 1848–1849.

Focus on Italy - Trentino-Alto AdigeDate published: 10/08/13

The Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol area is an autonomous region located in north-east Italy producing wine in the two provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol. This Italian wine region is noted for the distinct German and Austrian influences on the wine industry due to the region's long history under the rule of Austria-Hungary and Holy Roman Empires.

Because of its unique history and location within the southern Alps and Dolomites, the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol grows a wide range of grape varieties that are not usually seen in other parts of Italy. These include Müller-Thurgau, Schiava, Lagrein, Sylvaner, Riesling (known locally as Riesling Renano) and Gewürztraminer (known locally as Traminer Aromatico)

Our wines in Decanter magazine.Date published: 10/08/13

Many of our wines have been recommended in the September issue of Decanter magazine. All of the following wines are available either from Majestic or from our fine wine sister company, Lay & Wheeler.


Page 43: Vintage Port 2011       Warre's (96 points), Taylor's (95 points) & Dow's (93 points)

Page 61: Fino Sherry                Gonzalez Byass, Fino Dos Palmas (96 points)

Page 78: Rioja Panel Tasting    Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2008 (95+ points) & Bodegas Muga Reserva 2008 (91 points)

Page 80: Rioja Panel Tasting    Vina Real, Oro, Reserva 2007 (91 points) & Marques de Murrieta reserva 2007 (90+ points)

Page 81: Rioja Panel Tasting    Cune Crianza 2010 (90 points)

Page 85: Weekday Wines         Unduragga TH Riesling, 2011 Chile (93 points) & Martin Codax, Caixas Albarino, 2011 Spain (92 points)

Page 86: "Must Try Red"           Callia Bella Malbec, San Juan, Argentina 2012 (96 points)

There's something there in every price category, so feel free to give us a call or order your case online today with FREE DELIVERY!


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc @ £5.99... 2 DAYS LEFT!!Date published: 10/08/13

This lovely Marlborough sauvignon has been popular here in Weston for a couple years now, so if it's your favourite tipple, then stock up today while it's on a fantastic offer!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Giesen-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37010

Peroni at £1 per bottle!Date published: 09/08/13

We have just taken another delivery of Peroni here at Weston. Stock up now while it's just £1 per bottle (£24 per case). Remember, you can add beers, water & soft drinks to your wine order and we will deliver it all free of charge!


Focus on Italy - FriuliDate published: 09/08/13

Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine (or Friuli wine) is wine made in the northeastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Once part of the Venetian Republic and with sections under the influence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for some time, the wines of the region have noticeable Slavic and Germanic influences. There are 11 Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) and 3 Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia area. The region has 3 Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) designations Alto Livenza, delle Venezie and Venezia Giulia. Nearly 62% of the wine produced in the region falls under a DOC designation. The area is known predominantly for its white wines which are considered some of the best examples of Italian wine in that style.  Along with the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, the Friuli-Venezia Giulia forms the Tre Venezie wine region which ranks with Tuscany and Piedmont as Italy's world class wine regions.

Focus on Italy - VenetoDate published: 07/08/13

Veneto is a wine region in north-eastern Italy, one of a group of three highly productive Italian regions known collectively as the Venezie (after the ancient Venetian Republic) and the biggest DOC producer of the three. Although the Venezie collectively produce more red wine than white, the Veneto region produces more whites under DOC and is home to the famous Soave wines.

The region is protected from the harsh northern European climate by the Alps, the foothills of which form the Veneto's northern extremes. These cooler climes are well-suited to white varieties like Garganega (the main grape for Soave wines)  while the warmer Adriatic coastal plains and river valleys are where the renowned Valpolicella, Amarone and Bardolino DOC reds are produced.

Veneto's growers are among the most modernised in Italy. While most of the 'classic' wines from this area are based on native grape varieties like Glera (formerly known as Prosecco) and Verduzzo, high demand for Veneto wines in the European and US markets has galvanized the region's producers into experimentation with Cabernets, Chardonnay and Pinot varieties, among others. One of Italy's leading wine schools, Conegliano, is based here and the nation's most important wine fair, Vinitaly, takes place each spring in Verona.

Veneto is the 8th largest region of Italy in land mass, and a population of 4,371,000 ranks it 6th in that regard. It has over 90,000 hectares of vineyards, of which 35,400 being acclaimed DOC. Annual production totals 8,500,000 hectolitres, 1,700,000 or 21% of which is DOC, making it the biggest DOC producer in Italy. White wine accounts for 55% of the DOC production in Veneto.

Wine Words Alphabet - ZDate published: 07/08/13

Zymology. This is the science of fermentation in wine. 

Wine Words Alphabet - YDate published: 06/08/13

In viticulture, the yield is a measure of the amount of grapes or wine that is produced per unit surface of vineyard, and is therefore a type of crop yield. Two different types of yield measures are commonly used, mass of grapes per vineyard surface, or volume of wine per vineyard surface. The yield is often seen as a quality factor, with lower yields associated with wines with more concentrated flavours, and the maximum allowed yield is therefore regulated for many wine appellations.

Wine Words Alphabet - XDate published: 04/08/13

Xynisteri is an indigenous white grape grown on Cyprus. 13% of Cyprus vineyards, or 500 hectares (1250 acres)  on the south slopes of the Troodos mountain range are planted with this grape variety. It is used in the production of several local (mainly white) wines. It is blended with Mavro grapes for the production of Commandaria, a Cypriot dessert wine.

Wine Words Alphabet - WDate published: 03/08/13

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, often referred to as WSET, is a British organisation which arranges courses and exams in the field of wine and spirits. WSET was founded in 1969, is headquartered in London  and is generally regarded as the world's leading provider of wine education.  The courses given by WSET were originally intended for people in the wine & spirit trade. The WSET programs have increasingly been attended also by non-professional connoisseurs. The WSET also offers professional certification in the United States, with programs in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington. All Majestic staff are trained to the Level 3 Advanced Certificate as a minimum, with many opting to continue their studies with the Level 4 diploma in Wines & Spirits.

Wine Words Alphabet - VDate published: 02/08/13

Vendange tardive ("VT") means "late harvest" in French. The phrase refers to a style of dessert wine where the grapes are allowed to hang on the vine until they start to dehydrate. This process, called passerillage, concentrates the sugars in the juice and changes the flavours within it. The name is sometimes written as the plural form, vendanges tardives, referring to the fact that several runs through the vineyard is often necessary to produce such wines.

Alsace wines were the first to be described as vendange tardive but the term is now used in other regions of France. Since 1984, the term has been legally defined in Alsace and may only be applied to wines that exceed a minimum must weight and pass blind tasting by the INAO. Sélection de Grains Nobles ("SGN") is an even sweeter category, for grapes affected by noble rot. Vendange tardive is also an official wine designation in Luxembourg.

Since German is a common language in Alsace, the designation vendange tardive is often translated literally as Spätlese by the Alsatians. However, the must weight requirement for a VT is higher than for the Prädikat Spätlese in Germany or Austria. In wine classification terms, a VT wine from Alsace is more close to a German or Austrian Auslese.

Wine Words Alphabet - UDate published: 01/08/13

Ullage (from the French ouillage) is a winemaking term that has several meanings but most commonly refers to the headspace of air between wine and the top of the container that it is in. It can also refer to the process of evaporation that creates the headspace itself or it can be used as a past tense verb to describe a wine barrel or bottle that has gone through the evaporation process (to be ullaged, etc.).

Wine Words Alphabet - TDate published: 31/07/13

Typicity

How much a wine expresses the typical characteristics of the varietal. For example, the typical characteristics of a Cabernet Sauvignon, would be firm tannins, blackcurrant cassis led fruit profile and medium body. If a cabernet does not display these traits then it does not have good typicity.

Wine Words Alphabet - SDate published: 30/07/13

Structure

The solid components of a wine-acidity, sugar, density of fruit flavors and phenolic compounds such as tannins in relation to the overall balance and body of the wine.

Wine Words Alphabet - RDate published: 29/07/13

Reserva

The word reserve or reserva is bandied across wine labels the world over. Does it actually mean anything. The answer is some cases yes and some no. If we take a Spanish wine for example the term reserva has legal status. It refers to the amount of oak and bottle ageing the wine has received. If we look at a chilean wine however the tem is largely meaninless. It may infer theat the winemaker makes a range of wines and he uses reserve for his higher quality wine but there is no quantifiable definition of reserve in the new world.

Wine Words Alphabet - QDate published: 28/07/13

Quinta

Portuguese word for 'farm'. Used largely in the Port industry where we talk about single-quinta ports. These are ports made from a single estate, whereas normally a port is a blend of multiple estates owned by a producer.

Not unique to the port industry though as we often see portguese wines with 'Quinta do' plus the name of an estate.

Quinta do Crasto is an example of this. See in store for details.

Wine Words Alphabet - PDate published: 27/07/13

Plonk

An English term adapted from Australian slang denoting a generic wine of low quality.

Used perhaps to describe a party wine or a general weekday tipple where the notion is to satisfy the idea of wanting a glass of wine without wanting to spend much money. It can refer to red or white wine.

Wine Words Alphabet - ODate published: 26/07/13

Opulent

A wine descriptor that refers to the style of wine being rich, expressive, luxuriant and powerful.

A typical example of this would be a big oaky Californian chardonnay. Big full bodied, ripe flavours, rich, glossy opulent wine.

Wine Words Alphabet - NDate published: 25/07/13

New World

A term used to describe the origin of a wine being from a certain set of countries. The temporal boundaries of the old world and the new are in fact quite blurred but generally the old world countries are the European wine producing nations and the new world being everywhere else.

New world also describers the style of the wine, which would be fruitier, bolder, riper and potentially higher in alcohol than its old world counterpart. This is however an enormous generalisation to which there are ALWAYS exceptions. 

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Wine Words Alphabet - MDate published: 24/07/13

Mousse

This a French term that has been adopted into the English wine vernacular meaning fizziness.

Whilst it might be easy to say that a wine is either fizzy or not, differing levels of sparkle do exist.

A champagne is a definite sparkling wine, described as 'cremant or mousseux' in French, and has a pressure roughly equivalent to that of a double-decker bus tyre inside the bottle. Some wines can have less of a full fizz but a light spritz to them instead. terms such as frizzante in Italian or petilant in French describe these kind of wines that will have much lower pressures once in the bottle.

Wine Words Alphabet - LDate published: 23/07/13

Lemon

A word that can describe the colour of a wine, an aroma characteristic of a wine and a flavour characteristic as well.

Citrus flavours are common in many white wines as grapes contain a lot of similar compounds found in citrus fruits.

Wine Words Alphabet - KDate published: 22/07/13

Kir

Kir is a French cocktail made from dry white wine and blackcurrant liqueur and is served all over France. Depending on where you are in France you may get a bit more or a bit less liqueur with your wine.

The best Liqueur de cassis comes from the Cote d'Or in Burgundy, and it is here that if in a bar you might get a bigger slug of the liqueur.

A Kir Royale is the same cocktail but with sparkling not still white wine.

Wine Words Alphabet - JDate published: 21/07/13

Jeroboam

A bottle size equally 4 times the size of a standard 75cl bottle.

There are many other non-standard bottle sizes including magnum (double regular bottle) all the way up to a Nebuchadnezzar equalling twenty times a regular bottle size. Something of this size requires a special cradle that uses counter-weights to pour the wine effectively.

Wine Words Alphabet - IDate published: 20/07/13

Irrigation

Another general agricultural term that is particularly relevant to the wine trade. Loosely it describes the application of water to a plant. It is however far more complex than this.

In many parts of the world grape growing is made possible by the use of irrigation as without it insufficient rainfall and drought creates too harsh a climate for vines to survive.

In many European vineyards irrigation is either very strictly controlled or even banned altogether.

Various forms of irrigation exist. Flood irrigation is a cheap but uncontrolled method whereby the vineyard is flooded with water at certain times of the year. Another more expensive but far more controlled and thus favoured method is drip irrigation. Pipes running parallel to the line of vines have regulate water to each vine drip by drip. In large estates this can be machine controlled and accurately provides exactly the right amount of water to each plant at exactly the right time, thus maximising the yield to quality ratio of the harvest.


Wine Words Alphabet - HDate published: 19/07/13

Harvest

A word used to describe the gathering in of any crop. Especially important to a grape harvest is the time at which it is carried out, as this can be an huge influencing factor on the final wine. Terms such as 'late harvest' or 'early harvest' are commonly uttered in the vineyards at the time of year when the grapes are ready to be cropped. Early harvesting can give higher levels of acidity as grapes have had less time to ripen. This maybe desired for some styles where green under-ripe flavours are required, such as in a youthful sauvignon blanc. It would be unwanted in something like a Cotes du Rhone where ripe fruit flavours are desired.

The time of harvest can also determine sugar levels of grapes and some wines can be labelled 'late harvest' meaning that they are a sweet wine as grapes have had longer to build up sugar reserves through the ripening process. 

The date of harvest is extremely closely monitored by winemakers. Weather plays an very important role as rain can ruin a crop as can extended periods of heat, which although usually desired, too much can produces grapes with very low levels of acidity and high levels of sugars which in turn produce very high levels of alcohol.

Another term used by grape growers is 'green harvesting'. This describes a process whereby halfway through the vines growing season a portion of the newly formed grapes are scrapped. This provides less competition on the vine for the remaining grapes and the vine's energy is focused on these grapes.

Wine Words Alphabet - GDate published: 18/07/13

Grape

The fruit of which all wine is derived from. A wine's grape variety is the single most important factor determining its taste.

A grape is made up of many component parts all of which play a part in the wine-making process.

The skin is what gives the wine its colour and its tannin. This is why a white wine can be made from red grapes. If the skins are taken off the liquid as soon as the grapes are pressed then no colour is extracted from them and the liquid will remain that of a white wine.

The pulp is where the majority of the grapes' juice is stored and thus the flavour. This flavour is eventually conferred into the wine. Strangley enough, very few wines taste of grapes and this is largely due to the fermentation process. 

Pips and stalks. These also contain tannin, like the skin. Tannin is extracted from these by the process of maceration, although this has to be keenly monitored as too long an extraction can release unwanted bitter flavours into the wine.

Wine Words Alphabet - FDate published: 17/07/13

Fortification

The process of adding spirits to wine. Usually grape spirit this serves to protect the wine from any further fermentation of spoilage as due to higher alcohol levels yeasts and bacteria are rendered impotent.

Historically merchants would add grape spirit to wine to enable easier shipping of wines that could then last long sea-voyages without spoiling in the heat. This gave rise to many styles of 'fortified wine' that we know today such as Port, Sherry and Madeira to name but a few.

The stage at which the alcohol is added to the wine during the fermentation process is directly linked to the finished style of fortified wine.

Wine Words Alphabet - EDate published: 16/07/13

Extraction

A term used to describe the amount of colour and flavour drawn from grapes before, during and after fermentation. the solid parts of the grapes i.e the stalks, the skins and pips transfer tannin into a wine so leaving these parts in the pressed liquid for longer gives more 'extraction'. the solid particles from the pulp confer the flavour into the wine and again leaving these in the liquid for longer 'extracts' more flavour.

A balance is required here though, as a wine can easily become over-extracted. Tannins from pips and stalks can be extremely bitter in flavour. Too much colour and not enough flavour can produce a wine out of balance with itself, something a winemaker will avoid at all costs. 

Wine Words Alphabet - DDate published: 15/07/13

Decant

Using a decanter for some wines is essential for a number of reasons. Firstly the act of pouring the wine from the bottle into a decanter (or any other container) oxygenates the wine thus releasing more flavour. This is commonly known as 'letting the wine breathe'.

Decanting can be important for another reason of removing the wine from its sediment that has collected over time in its bottle. This is often practiced for aged wines, as with age a wine can often 'throw a sediment'. Vintage port is a good example of this as it can spend decades in the bottle before being ready for drinking and therefore often has large amounts of sediment. Pouring into a decanter (and sometimes through a specially designed sieve) removes this unwanted sediment. 

Wine Words Alphabet - CDate published: 14/07/13

Clear

Quite an obvious descriptor but nevertheless an important one. The term 'clear' is used to assess the visual condition of a wine and pertains to the wine being free from haze or cloudiness that would almost certainly denote a fault with the wine.

Wine Words Alphabet - BDate published: 13/07/13

Body

We use the term 'body' to describe the texture of the wine. A wine can be 'full-bodied' where we mean the weight of the liquid itself is thick and heavy, whereas 'light-bodied' describes the opposite, where the liquid is less heavy.

Some people like to think of this as 'the cream scale', where a light bodied wine is close to being the texture of water and a full bodied being close to cream.


Wine Words Alphabet - ADate published: 12/07/13

Acidity

A wine's acidity is hugely important. A wine maker will strive to find the perfect balance of acidity for a wine. Too low and the wine can taste flat, too high and it can kill the flavour, but get it right and balanced acidity can lift a wine, complimenting its fruit-profile and providing structure.
Acidity also is a key component needed for a wine to age, as without sufficient acidity the structure of a wine is lost.
Whites obviously have a higher acidity than reds but some reds can have very high acidity which can really compliment some food. For example Italian reds have fresh high acidity to compliment many tomato based Italian dishes. Sangiovese is a great example of this. 

Focus on France - Loire ValleyDate published: 11/07/13

The Loire Valley wine region includes the French wine regions situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé just southeast of the city of Orléans in north central France. In between are the regions of Anjou, Saumur, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Vouvray. The Loire Valley itself follows the river through the Loire province to the river's origins in the Cévennes but the majority of the wine production takes place in the regions noted above. The area includes 87 appellations under the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Superieure (VDQS) and Vin de pays systems. While the majority of production is white wine from the Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes, there are red wines made (especially around the Chinon region) from Cabernet franc. In addition to still wines, rosé, sparkling and dessert wines are also produced. With Crémant production throughout the Loire, it is the second largest sparkling wine producer in France after Champagne. Among these different wine styles, Loire wines tend to exhibit characteristic fruitiness with fresh, crisp flavors-especially in their youth. The Loire Valley has a long history of winemaking dating back to the 1st century. In the High Middle Ages, the wines of the Loire Valley were the most esteemed wines in England and France, even more prized than those from Bordeaux.

The Loire river has a significant effect on the mesoclimate of the region, adding the necessary extra few degrees of temperature that allows grapes to grow when the areas to the north and south of the Loire Valley have shown to be unfavorable to viticulture. In addition to finding vineyards along the Loire, several of the river's tributaries are also well planted-including the Allier, Cher, Indre, Loir, Sèvre Nantaise and Vienne Rivers. The area has a continental climate that is influenced heavily by the Loire River and the Atlantic ocean at the western edge of the region. The climate can be very cool with spring time frost being a potential hazard for the vines. During the harvest months rain can cause the grapes to be harvested under ripe but can also aid in the development of Botrytis cinerea for the region's dessert wines.

The Loire Valley is often divided into three sections. The Upper Loire includes the Sauvignon blanc dominated areas of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The Middle Loire is dominated by more Chenin blanc and Cabernet franc wines found in the regions around Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray. The Lower Loire that leads to the mouth of the river's entrance to the Atlantic goes through the Muscadet region which is dominated by wines of the Melon de Bourgogne grape. Spread out across the Loire Valley are 87 appellation under the AOC, VDQS and Vin de Pays systems. There are two generic designation that can be used across the whole of the Loire Valley. The Crémant de Loire which refers to any sparkling wine made according to the traditional method of Champagne. The Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France refers to any varietally labeled wine, such as Chardonnay, that is produced in the region outside of an AOC designation.


Focus on France - BeaujolaisDate published: 10/07/13

Beaujolais is a French Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) wine generally made of the Gamay grape which has a thin skin and is low in tannins. Like most AOC wines they are not labeled varietally. Whites from the region, which make up only 1% of its production, are made mostly with Chardonnay grapes though Aligoté is also permitted until 2024 (on condition the vines were planted before 2004). Beaujolais tends to be a very light-bodied red wine, with relatively high amounts of acidity. In some vintages, Beaujolais produces more wine than the Burgundy wine regions of Chablis, Côte d'Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais put together.

The wine takes its name from the historical Beaujolais province and wine producing region. It is located north of Lyon, and covers parts of the north of the Rhône département (Rhône-Alpes) and parts of the south of the Saône-et-Loire département (Burgundy). While administratively considered part of the Burgundy wine region, the climate is closer to the Rhône and the wine is unique enough to be considered separately from Burgundy and Rhône. The region is known internationally for its long tradition of winemaking, uniquely emphasized the use of carbonic maceration, and more recently for the popular Beaujolais nouveau.

Focus on France - ChablisDate published: 09/07/13

The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of the Burgundy region in France. The grapevines around the town of Chablis are almost all Chardonnay, making a dry white wine renowned for the purity of its aroma and taste. The cool climate of this region produces wines with more acidity and flavours less fruity than Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates, The wines often have a "flinty" note, sometimes described as "steely". In comparison to the white wines from the rest of Burgundy, Chablis has on average much less influence of oak. Most basic Chablis is completely unoaked, and vinified in stainless steel tanks. The amount of barrel maturation, if any, is a stylistic choice which varies widely among Chablis producers. Many Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines receive some maturation in oak barrels, but typically the time in barrel and the proportion of new barrels is much smaller than for white wines of Côte de Beaune.


Chablis lies about 10 miles east of Auxerre in the Yonne department, situated in Burgundy's heartland roughly halfway between Côte d'Or and Paris. It is closer to the southern Aube district of Champagne than the rest of Burgundy. Of France's wine-growing areas, only Champagne and Alsace have a more northerly location. The region covers 15 kilometres x 20 kilometres across 27 communes located along the Serein river. The soil is Kimmeridge clay with outcrops of the same chalk layer that extends from Sancerre up to the White Cliffs of Dover, giving a name to the paleontologists' Cretaceous period. The Grand Crus, the best vineyards in the area, all lie in one small southwest facing slope located just north of the town of Chablis.

Focus on France - BurgundyDate published: 08/07/13

Burgundy wine (French: Bourgogne or vin de Bourgogne) is wine made in the Burgundy region in eastern France, in the valleys and slopes west of the Saône River, a tributary of the Rhône. The most famous wines produced here—those commonly referred to as "Burgundies"—are dry red wines made from Pinot noir grapes and white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. Small amounts of rosé and sparkling wines are also produced in the region. Chardonnay-dominated Chablis and Gamay-dominated Beaujolais are formally part of the Burgundy wine region, but wines from those subregions are usually referred to by their own names rather than as "Burgundy wines".

Burgundy has a higher number of appellations d'origine contrôlée (AOCs) than any other French region, and is often seen as the most terroir-conscious of the French wine regions. The various Burgundy AOCs are classified from carefully delineated Grand Cru vineyards down to more nonspecific regional appellations.

The Burgundy region runs from Auxerre in the north to Mâcon in the south, or to Lyon if the Beaujolais area is included as part of Burgundy. Chablis, a white wine made from Chardonnay grapes, is produced in the area around Auxerre. Other smaller appellations near to Chablis include Irancy, which produces red wines and Saint-Bris, which produces white wines from Sauvignon blanc.

Some way south of Chablis is the Côte d'Or, where Burgundy's most famous and most expensive wines originate, and where all Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy (except for Chablis Grand Cru) are situated. The Côte d'Or itself is split into two parts: the Côte de Nuits which starts just south of Dijon and runs till Corgoloin, a few kilometers south of the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges, and the Côte de Beaune which starts at Ladoix and ends at Dezize-les-Maranges. The wine-growing part of this area in the heart of Burgundy is just 40 kilometres, and in most places less than 2 kilometres. The area is made up of tiny villages surrounded by a combination of flat and sloped vineyards on the eastern side of a hilly region, providing some rain and weather shelter from the prevailing westerly winds. The best wines - from Grand Cru vineyards - of this region are usually grown from the middle and higher part of the slopes, where the vineyards have the most exposure to sunshine and the best drainage, while the Premier Cru come from a little less favourably exposed slopes. The relatively ordinary "Village" wines are produced from the flat territory nearer the villages. The Côte de Nuits contains 24 out of the 25 red Grand Cru appellations in Burgundy, while all of the region's white Grand Cru wines are in the Côte de Beaune. This is explained by the presence of different soils, which favour Pinot noir and Chardonnay, respectively.

Further south is the Côte Chalonnaise, where again a mix of mostly red and white wines are produced, although the appellations found here such as Mercurey, Rully and Givry are less well-known than their counterparts in the Côte d'Or.

Below the Côte Chalonnaise is the Mâconnais region, known for producing large quantities of easy-drinking and more affordable white wine. Further south again is the Beaujolais region, famous for fruity red wines made from Gamay grapes.

Burgundy experiences a continental climate characterized by very cold winters and hot summers. The weather is very unpredictable, with rains, hail, and frost all possible around harvest time. Because of this climate, vintages from Burgundy can vary considerably.


Focus on France - Northern and Southern RhôneDate published: 07/07/13

The Rhône wine region in Southern France is situated in the Rhône river valley and produces numerous wines under various Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) designations. The region's major appellation in production volume is Côtes du Rhône AOC.

The Rhône is generally divided into two sub-regions with distinct vinicultural traditions, the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. The northern sub-region produces red wines from the Syrah grape, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier grapes. The southern sub-region produces an array of red, white and rosé wines, often blends of several grapes such as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The northern Rhône is characterised by a continental climate with harsh winters but warm summers. Its climate is influenced by the mistral wind, which brings colder air from the Massif Central. Northern Rhône is therefore cooler than southern Rhône, which means that the mix of planted grape varieties and wine styles are slightly different.

Syrah is the only red grape variety permitted in red AOC wines from this sub-region. The grape, which is believed to have originated in or close to the Rhône region, is also widely known as Shiraz, and has recently become very popular with consumers around the world. For wines bearing the Cornas AOC designation, Syrah must be used exclusively, whereas other reds from the northern Rhône sub-region may be blended with white wine grapes, either Viognier or Marsanne and Roussanne, depending on the appellation. However, while this is allowed by the AOC rules, blending with white grapes is widely practiced only for Côte-Rôtie.

Viognier by itself is used for white wines from Condrieu and Château-Grillet. Marsanne and Roussanne are in turn used for the whites from Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, and Saint Joseph.


The southern Rhône sub-region has a more Mediterranean climate with milder winters and hot summers. Drought can be a problem in the area, but limited irrigation is permitted. The differing terroirs, together with the rugged landscape which partly protects the valleys from the Mistral, produce microclimates which give rise to a wide diversity of wines. A feature of the cultivation of the region is the use of large pebbles around the bases of the vines to absorb the heat of the sun during the day to keep the vines warm at night when, due to the cloudless skies, there is often a significant drop in temperature.

The southern Rhône's most famous red wine is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a blend containing up to 13 varieties of wine grapes. Other nearby AOC regions including Côtes du Ventoux AOC, Lirac AOC, Tavel AOC and Vacqueyras AOC may contain even more varieties in the blend. Gigondas AOC, on the other hand, is predominantly made from Grenache noir has a more restricted set of permitted grapes. Depending on the specific AOC rules, grapes blended into southern Rhône reds may include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault. The reds are full bodied, rich in tannins while young, and are characterized by their aromas of prune, undergrowth, chocolate and ripe black fruit.

Focus on France - Languedoc-RousillonDate published: 06/07/13

Languedoc - Roussillon wine, including the vin de pays labeled Vin de Pays d'Oc, is produced in southern France. While "Languedoc" can refer to a specific historic region of France and Northern Catalonia, usage since the 20th century (especially in the context of wine) has primarily referred to the northern part of the Languedoc-Roussillon région of France, an area which spans the Mediterranean coastline from the French border with Spain to the region of Provence. The area has around 700,000 acres under vines and is the single biggest wine-producing region in the world, being responsible for more than a third of France's total wine production. As recently as 2001, the region produced more wine than the entire United States.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region shares many terrain and climate characteristics with the neighboring regions of Southern Rhone and Provence. The region stretches 150 miles from the Banyuls AOC at the Spanish border and Pyrenees in the west, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the Rhone River and Provence in the east. The northern boundaries of the region sit on the Massif Central with the Cévennes mountain ranges and valleys dominating the area. Many vineyards are located along the Hérault River.

The five best known appellations in the Languedoc include Coteaux du Languedoc, Corbières AOC, Faugères, Minervois AOC, and Saint-Chinian AOCs. The vast majority of Languedoc wines are produced by wine cooperatives. However, the appellation system in the region is undergoing considerable changes with both new appellations being created and existing ones changing.


Summer Is HereDate published: 05/07/13

With the sunshine in full swing and the nation gripped by the tennis here at Majestic wine we have some fantastic offers on Pimms to help you enjoy the remaining nail-biters of Wimbledon. 

Pimms No. 1 @ £13.50 (when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case)

NEW! Pimms Blackberry and Elderflower @ £13.50 (when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case)


Also why not try something a bit different - Sipsmith Summer Cup (It's a bit like like Pimms but more savoury) Just £15 a bottle.

Focus on France - AlsaceDate published: 05/07/13

Alsace wine or Alsatian wine  is produced in the Alsace region in France and is primarily white. Because of its Germanic influence, it is the only Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée region in France to produce mostly varietally labelled wines, typically from similar grape varieties to those used in German wine. Along with Austria and Germany, it produces some of the most noted dry Rieslings in the world as well as highly aromatic Gewürztraminer wines. Wines are produced under three different AOCs: Alsace AOC for white, rosé and red wines, Alsace Grand Cru AOC for white wines from certain classified vineyards and Crémant d'Alsace AOC for sparkling wines. Both dry and sweet white wines are produced.

The geography of the wine growing area in Alsace is determined by two main factors, the Vosges mountains in the west and the Rhine river in the east. The vineyards are concentrated in a narrow strip, running in a roughly north-south direction, on the lower eastern slopes of the Vosges, at altitudes of 175–420 m.[2] Those altitudes provide a good balance between temperature, drainage and sun exposure under Alsace's growing conditions. Because of predominantly westerly winds, the Vosges mountains tend to shelter Alsace from rain and maritime influence, and the region is therefore rather dry and sunny.

Focus on France - ProvenceDate published: 30/06/13

Provence is a geographical region down near the coast of south-east France, famous for its production of rosés which are light in colour and easy to drink. Provence is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, and was the first to experience mass plantings in France when the Greeks came up through Spain and into France over 2600 years ago. When the Romans arrived in 125BC they banned the practice of growing grapes as they were a threat to the profitable trade in exporting Italian wines. Despite this long history Provence rosé has had its critics, some accusing them of being dull and flabby. However Provence has started to up its game and now provide an excellent selection of quality, easy drinking and affordable wines.

This move towards better quality wines was kickstarted over the last 20 years. In 1999, the finest wineries in Provence joined forces to create the "Centre de Recherche et d'Expérimentation sur le vin Rosé" (The Rosé Wine Experimentation and Research Center). The centre performs scientific research and experimentation on rosé wines. The results are published for professionals so that they can gain a better understanding of the region's different terroirs and better master the techniques for making rosé wines.

Provence rosés can be made from a variety of grapes, however the two which are most common are grenache and cinsault. These two grapes are best grown in warm climates and in the summer there are few places warmer than Provence. A vine preferably needs at least 1500 hours of sunshine in one growing season and in Provence the vines receive an average of 3000 hours.

It is easy to spot which of our rosés are from Provence as they are historically bottled in over the top distinctive bottles, made to attract holidaymakers along the local rivieras. There is no question that Provence gives off a glamorous image, this might be why Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently bought a winery there.
 


Focus on France - BordeauxDate published: 26/06/13

Probably the most expensive wine in the world comes from the region of Bordeaux in Western France. Names like Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite and Petrus fetch quite astonishing prices for their wines, often reaching many thousands of pounds for a single bottle.

With a venerable history of wine production, Bordeaux produces millions of bottles of red, white, sweet and dry wines each year.

The whites are made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in both sweet and dry styles, with famous 'Chateaux' such as Y'Quem. The reds are made from a combination of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (although Malbec is hardly used, if at all in modern day Bordeaux), and names such as Chateau Latour and Margaux can be among the top producers.

Red Bordeaux is often referred to by the British as Claret, a word craeted by the English and totally un-used by the French.

In terms of styles, Bordeaux is loosely divided into 'right' and 'left' banks of the Gironde river. On the left, wines are more dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and are more tannic in their structure, and on the right Merlot plays a larger role producing softer, more supple wines that often mature earlier than their neighbours to the left.

Focus on France - ChampagneDate published: 24/06/13

A word known the world over, and a luxury synonomous with celebrations everywhere. Champagne is the most well known style of sparkling wine, and fetches super premium prices. 

The region of Champagne lies in Northern France and is at the very limit of sustainable viticulture. Although rarely for sale, vineyard areas within Champagne reach astronomical prices due to the financial potential of even a small number of vines.

Three grape varieties are permitted in Champagne under French Law, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and all champagnes are made from a combination of these three and no others.

So why is Champagne so expensive? A question that is asked by many. The principle answer is down to the effort and time that goes into its production.

Champagne starts its life as a still wine made from hand harvested grapes (futher adding to the price). This wine would be unrecognizable from the end product as it is very acidic and pretty undrinkable. The wine then is bottled and undergoes a secondary fermentation in the sealed bottle. A bi-product of this second fermentation is carbon dioxide, but as the bottle is sealed this CO2 has nowhere to escape so is re-absorbed into the wine thus making it fizzy.

Another product of the secondary fermentation is a sediment of dead yeast cells which must be removed. The bottles are slowly turned upside down day by day a bit at a time until eventually the sediment is in the neck of the bottle. The neck is then frozen in a brine solution and the seal is taken out which allows the frozen sediment to be discharged. The bottle is then topped up with wine and a bit of sugar (depending on how sweet the destined champagne is to be) and then cellared for a minimum of 15 months before it can be sold.

A lot of time and effort is invested in each bottle of champagne and this is reflected in the price. Some champagnes made in very small quantities are incredibly sought after by fine wine collectors who will part with many thousands of pounds to get their hands on the desired products.



Explore Italy Part II - RedsDate published: 21/06/13

Italy has a vast heritage of different grape varieties. Often described as a Jurassic wilderness of ancient grapes - which in recent years have grown to prominance. Here's a couple of reds which are fantastic examples of ancient grapes, brought into the modern day with some inovative wine making from Italy's fresh crop of skilled vintners - all available at Majestic wine. Currently on offer with 20% off our whole range and ready for you to mix and match!

Part 2 - Reds

Primitivo

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. Rich ripe fruit flavours with a nice bit of spice to the wines, they tend to be a bit less brash and full bodied than their American cousins. Generally grown at the southern tip of Italy, and gaining more and more recognition as a realy stand 'Old World' grape. Try the Costarosso Primitivo for a real bargain at £7.99

Negroamaro

A thick skinned grape which produces luscious, full reds that ripen incredibly well in the intense heat of Southern Italy. The result is a really intrigueing wine ; plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box. Well balanced and soft on the palate. Generally these are of excellent value and the Copertino at £6.79 is an ideal example

Discovering Italy - Part I; WhitesDate published: 20/06/13

What makes Italian wine so good? There's been a great resurgence in the Italian wine industry, and with very good reason. Big investment in new wine making techniques has helped to bring out the very best from this region. The real joy of Italian wine is in the variety of different grapes the country boasts – as well as the vast multitude of different landscapes that are ideally suited to grow them. Here's a couple to look out for that perhaps you haven't come across before which are enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years. All currently with 20% when you mix and match with any other Italian wine!

Part 1 – Whites

Cortese

A white grape harvested predominantly in and around Gavi (dubbed the Chablis of Italy). Cortese creates wines of steely minerality, fresh acidity and notes of ripe peach and pear. These fantastic wines demand a high reputation internationally – and with good reason! Look out for the Gavi La Toledana for a really fantastic example of this grape, currently at only £7.99.

Fiano

A grape with a really ancient pedigree. Originally thought to be of Greek origin, this grape has had thousands of years to adapt to the south of Italy, doing particularly well here and in Sicily. This grape produces a wine of ripe green apple flavours, with a slightly fuller body and a slight almond undertone. Check out the Surani Fiano at only £7.59 to see how an ancient grape can be brought bang up to date!

Greco

Another Greek immigrant (as the name suggests). This grape is also being brought into the 21st century by some clever winemaking techniques, helping to create a vibrant, fresh wine. Though 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. Try the Fremondo Greco, a new wine into Majestic, at only £7.99

Beer of the Month!Date published: 17/06/13

Curious Brew Lager, Chapel Down 12 x 330ml Bottles

Price £17.99

GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2012. Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer. 4.7% ABV

This fantastic beer is made by English wine producer Chapel Down and is available to taste in store throughout June. Why not pop in and have a taste!

Beer of the Month!Date published: 13/04/13

Harvest Pale Ale 12 x 500ml Bottle

Price £25.20 OR Buy 2 cases save £6 £22.20

Harvest Pale is brewed with a gently-kilned malt, and an aromatic blend of American hops added during the brewing process gives this 3.8% alc pale beer exceptional poise. Its distinct hop flavour leads to a crisp finish. Harvest Pale has firmly established itself as Castle Rock’s Flagship Beer. SIBA National Champion Bitter 2004, Champion Bitter of Britain 2007 and Champion Beer of Britain 2010.  

Pigeon with PinotDate published: 09/04/13

The latest entry to my recipe book. Roast Wood Pigeon with Cranberry, Walnut and Mushroom stuffing all in less than 30 mins. A really simple yet tasty dish that satisfies that carniverous craving.

Ingredients; 1x Pigeon (per person), Red Onion, Mushrooms, Cranberries (dried),  Walnuts, Capers, Garlic, Salt and Pepper, Breacrumbs, Streaky Bacon.

Fry off the finely chopped onions and mushrooms on a high heat for a couple of minutes tossing frequently. Add crushed walnuts dried cranberries and capers and chopped garlic, and reduce heat to medium and cook for a further fiver minutes.

Add breadcrumbs into mix and take off heat. Spoon stuffing into pigeon until well packed and wrap the bird with the bacon. Roast for 20 mins at 220 degrees.

Serve with juicy braised red cabbage and some seasonal greens and mini roast potatoes.

I had this with a bottle of Escarpment Pinot Noir from New Zealand as I was feeling like a treat. The fruit profile of the wine matched the dish perfectly whilst the earthy background complimented the mushrooms in the stuffing.

Absolutley Delicious!

The Majestic Alphabet - ZDate published: 08/04/13

Z is for Zinfandel.

Zinfandel is a popular black grape variety from California that produces very full bodied, high alcohol intensely fruit driven wines.

Less well known to some it is exactly the same grape variety as Primitivo that  is widely found in Southern Italy.

 

If you would like to try some Zinfandel we recommend the Ravenswood Lod Old Vine Zinfandel at £8.99 a bottle when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case, or the Costarossa Primitivo at £7.99 when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case.

The Majestic Alphabet - YDate published: 06/04/13

 Y is for Yeast.

Yeast is integral to wine-making. It uses the natural sugars in the grapes to convert the juice into wine in the process we call Alcoholic Fermentation.

Grapes themselves have natural yeasts on their skins. You can see this 'Bloom' as a powdery white film on the outside of a grape.

For the majority of wines however these natural yeasts are killed off by the wine-maker, who will introduce a pre-selected strain of cultivated yeast into the grape juice. This method is far easier to control as the single strain of yeast behaves the way the wine-maker wants as each strain will have been tested before.

Some wines however will be labelled 'wild ferment' or 'wild yeast' indicating that instead of killing off the natural yeasts the wine-maker has decided to use them. Instead of a singular strain, hundreds of different yeasts can exist on a single grape. The argument for this method is although more difficult to control as each yeast strain will vie for dominance, this can create added complexity, producing some really interesting wines.

 

If you are interested in trying a Wild Yeast Wine we recommend The Springfield Estate Wild Yest Chardonnay at £10.99 when you buy any two South African Wines as part of a mixed case of six.

The Majestic Alphabet - XDate published: 04/04/13

 X is Xarel-Lo

Xarel-Lo is one of the principle grape varieties used in the production of Cava. It produces a very pungent smelling still wine that is often the distinguishing factor that seperates it from other Sparkling Wines made from the Traditional Method.

The vine of Xarel-Lo requires a lot of attention as it grows very vigourously and therefore needs careful pruning, otherwise the vine puts its energy into growing stems and leaves rather than grapes. It also produces grapes very early on in the growing season and therefore can be susceptible to spring frosts.

If you would like to try a Cava with Xarel-Lo in it we recommend Codorniu Raventos at £7.99 a botlle when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case of six.

The Majestic Alphabet - WDate published: 02/04/13

 W is for W.S.E.T

The W.S.E.T is the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. They are the Globally recognised leaders in Wine and Spirits examinations. They offer certificates such as Beginners level 1, Intermediate level 2, Advanced level 3 and Diploma level 4 as well as others.

All Majestic Staff must study for their Advanced Certificate Level 3 within a year of service. This compulsory measure ensures that everyone who works for Majestic really knows their stuff and is able to inform our customers about their purchases. Our Trainee Manager Jack is currently studying for his Level 3, so fell free to come and test his knowledge.

For those who want to continue their studies, the Diploma is the next step up and goes into further detail. I am currently undergoing the marathon that is the Diploma. It covers pretty much everything about the wine trade and is a fascinating course.

If you would like to know more about the W.S.E.T or perhaps fancy trying one of their courses yourself, just speak to any Majestic employee and they will happily let you know more.

We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13

Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.

Easter Offers Tasting WeekDate published: 12/03/13

From 22nd to 28th March we will be opening a selection of wines from our Easter Flyer on our tasting counter. We have wine open to taste all day, every day!

The Majestic Alphabet - VDate published: 08/03/13

V is for Viticulture!

Viticulture is a term for the practice and science of grape growing. The practices of viticulture can vary around the world and the term encompasses factors such as latitude, topography, irrigation and many other parts of the grape growing process. It is argued that the viticulturalist can have a greater impact on a wine than the winemaker himself, showing how important this science is. A viticulturalist would help in the selection of a site for the vineyard as well as a grape which would compliment it, as well as a host of other issues such as soil preperation, vine density, pruning etc. which all affect the wine which you buy from our store.

The Majestic Alphabet - UDate published: 05/03/13

U is for Ugni Blanc!!

This is the same grape as Trebbiano which is grown throughout Italy. Ugni Blanc is France's most planted grape variety, and yet is a rarely seen on the label. This is partly because Ugni Blanc is grown to make Armagnac and Cognac, where it is especially important.  It is often blended with other regional grape varieties such as Colombard, Gross Manseng or Melon de Bourgogne. These blends are dry and steely, and perfect for light lunches or entertaining in large groups.

We recommend trying the Grand Heron from Gascony, produced by Marc Ducournau. This is a blend of Ugni Blanc and Colomard, and represents fantastic value at just £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case). Perfect on a balcony somewhere hot with a prawn salad!!

The Majestic Alphabet - TDate published: 24/02/13

T is for Toro!

Toro is a wine-making region within the Spanish zone of Castilla Y Leon. Wine has been made in Toro since medieval times, although they only aquired their DO status in 1987. With the ever-growing popularity of regions such as Rioja & Ribera del Duero, we find that people are looking outside of these zones to see what else the Spanish have to offer!

Tempranillo is the predominent grape variety in Toro (also seen in Rioja on it's own or as part of a blend with Garnacha), although it is much drier in Toro than many other parts of Spain. If left to it's own devices, the grapes would ripen to a potential alcohol level of 16%. Because of this, much care and nurturing is required in the vineyard to ensure the end product is both balanced and pleasant to drink.

Here at Majestic, we stock a fantastic range of wines from Matsu; one of Toro's modern and up-coming estates. As there are no classification boundaries with regard to ageing like in Rioja (crianza, reserva & gran reserva all have strict controls on minimumm ageing in cask & bottle before release here), the people of Matsu have used the faces of some locals instead. The Matsu 'El Picaro' is the youngest wine and has a young man's face on the bottle. The 'El Recio' is a middle-aged man, and the 'El Viejo' is the elder gent of the group.

There is a massive buzz surrounding these wines and rightly so. If you fancy trying them, just approach any member of staff in a Majestic store and ask for "The Face Wines". We'll know exactly what you mean, and will be happy to provide you with more information.

The Majestic Alphabet - SDate published: 20/02/13

S is for Spolverino!

Spolverino is an Italian red wine, made predominantly from the grapes Sangiovese and Canaiolo. If you see the image on the label, it is that of a black rooster sweeping away corks. Spolverino means 'feather duster' in Italian, and the rooster on the label is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Black Rooster; the emblem of Chianti Classico. Had the wine been bottled with a cork rather than a screwcap, the producers could have applied to have the wine classified as a Chianti Classico, hence the light hearted dig on the label. Enough of the politics however, this wine contains intense red cherry fruits, with hints of tobacco and violet and is best enjoyed with cured meats.

Spolverino Toscano 2010 Carpineto is now £12.49 when you buy one bottle as part of a mixed case.

The Majestic Alphabet - RDate published: 18/02/13

R is for Riesling!

Riesling is a white wine grape variety which is widely planted around the world (although it originates from Germany) and tends to be fruity, aromatic and high in acidity. Riesling is seen to be the most underappreciated grape variety as the public has never fully embraced it, much to the dismay of its fans. Similar to Chardonnay, Riesling produces wines which reflects the location in which it is grown. For example Australian Rieslings tend to have distinct lime flavours whereas in cool climates such as the Mosel, in Germany, it tends to produce wines with a fresh grape and apple fruit character. Due to its high acidity and intense flavours most Riesling wines can age, developing notes of honey, smoke and even sometimes petrol.

If you would like to try a Riesling then we reccomend The Trimbach Riesling 2010 for £10.99 a bottle as part of a mixed case.

The Majestic Alphabet - QDate published: 15/02/13

Q is for Quincy!

Quincy is a rapidly expanding wine appelation in the Loire valley, known for producing racy and dry whites using the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. It has a long history and was the second appelation ever created, the first being Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and its early popularity owed much to its close proximity to river transport. The Quincy appelation tends to produce dry, aromatic wines in the same mould as Sancerre to the east, however it is said that they tend to be more rustic and less delicate than wines from the Sancerre appelation.

If you would like to try a wine from Quincy we reccomend Quincy 2010/2011, Jean-Charles Borgnat which is £8.99 when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case.

The Majestic Alphabet - PDate published: 13/02/13

P is for Passing the Port!

This is a wine trade tradition whereby a decanter of port, but especially vintage port must be passed around the table from the right to the left of diners. Decanting of vintage port is essential due to the naturally occuring sediment or 'crust' that is preset in the wine. Decanting, serving and of course drinking a mature vintage port is one of life's great little luxuries. Everybody should try it at least once!!

If you would like to get your hands on some vintage port, we have the Fonseca 1985 available to order online from our Fine Wine Centre in London, currently retailing for £80.

The Majestic Alphabet - ODate published: 08/02/13

 O is for Oloroso!

Oloroso is a style of Sherry, with a dark appearance and a nutty caramel character. Good quality Sherries offer fantastic value, as an awful lot of time and care is taken into producing these often-overlooked fortified wines. If you ever find yourself in Southern Spain, I can highly recommend taking a trip to Jerez, the home of Sherry and one of the oldest wine making regions in Spain.

If you fancy trying something a little more unusual as an aperitif, we stock the Gonzales Byass Matusalem 30 year old Oloroso, priced at just £16.99 (375ml bottle). Once you've tasted it, you'll be hooked!!

The Majestic Alphabet - NDate published: 04/02/13

N is for Napa Valley!

The Napa Valley is Califormia's most famous wine region. From north to south it is around 50 km however it is only 5km wide and due to the lack of rain during the ripening season irrigation techniques have to be used. One of the most famous wineries from the region is Stags Leap wine sellers that produces some stunning wines. Robert Mondavi is a winemaker and Californian icon, famous for putting the Napa Valley on the global wine map. Napa Valley contains the most expensive vineyard land in the USA due to its repuation, natural beauty and close proximity to San Francisco.

If you are interested in trying a Napa Valley wine then we recommend Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Napa Valley which is £17.00 when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case.

The Majestic Alphabet - MDate published: 01/02/13

M is for Musar!

Chateau Musar are Lebanese wine producers and are renowned for making top quality wines. Although Lebanese wine may seem obscure it is seen to be a viticultural paradise. Its master winemaker Serge Hochar is one of the most famous faces in wine production. We sell both the Chateau Musar and Hochar, both of which are firm favourites amongst the staff at Majestic. They are unlike most other wines as each vintage varies due to the fluctuating climate, also they have to cope with exterior factors such as war and conflict.

If you are interested in trying a wine from Cheateau Musar we recommend the 2005 vintage which is £17.99 when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case. 

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 31/01/13

 As usual, on the first friday of each month, we open a bottle of something a bit special. This time, we've chosen the Montes Purple Angel 2010, a top red from this fine Chilean staple made from 92% carmenere and 8% petit verdot. Bold new world red at it's absolute best! Pop in and try a sample, you'll be glad you did!!

The Majestic Alphabet - LDate published: 31/01/13

 L is for Ladoix!

This is an appelation in the Cote de Beaune district of Burgundy, famous for producing mainly quality red wines from Pinot Noir. Ladoix has 59 acres of premier cru sites, with the best wines being labelled under the villages of Aloxe-Corton for reds and Corton Charlemagne for white wine. If you've got an occasion to celebrate, or you're curious about the quality of this tiny appelation in Burgundy, we recommend the Aloxe-Corton from Louis Latour (2010 vintage) at £28, or the Corton Charlemegne from Latour (2007 vintage) at £55.

The Majestic Alphabet - KDate published: 27/01/13

 K is for Kangarilla Road!

Kangarilla Road is a tiny boutique winery in the up and coming McLaren Vale region in Australia, and is one of our favourite ranges in the entire store. We sell their Shiraz (as well as their second label '2up shiraz'), Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay all of which are superb and good value for money. The area has a similar climate to Bordeaux which is ideal for the Cabernet Sauvignon that they grow, which has strong blackcurrant flavours with hints of mint and toasty oak on the palate. Their Shiraz contains flavours of berry fruits and is well balanced with typical warm spice characters, ideally drank with some traditional roast beef. The Chardonnay has lively citrus flavours with light tropical fruits displaying a nice lasting finish. 

If you would like to try a Kangarilla Road wine then we recommend the Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 McLaren Vale which is £11.99 when you buy two Australian wines as part of a mixed case

Bargain Hunt wines still available!Date published: 22/01/13

Some of our Bargain Hunt wines are still in stock, however we are selling fast so to avoid dissapointment come in store and grab yourself some rekarble wines for dirt cheap prices.

For example we have Te Mata 2010 Chardonnay (New Zealand) for an astonishing £10.99!

Other cracking purchases are:

Vistasur Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Central Valley is a steal at £4.99!

Saint Michel Rouge 2009/2010 PDO Gaillac at an unprecedented £5.24!

Catalpa Chardonnay 2010/2011 Atamisque which is just £8.49!

Domaine des Cres Richards 'Alexaume' 2011, PGI Mont Baudile is only £6.66!

Come in store or shop online to find many other amazing purchases, however hurry as Bargain Hunt ends on the 4th February!

The Majestic Alphabet - JDate published: 21/01/13

 J is for Jancis Robinson!

Jancis Robinson OBE is a master of wine and wine critic, who is one of the most notable wine experts in the country. She was the first person to pass the master of wine qualification outside of the wine trade and currently writes a column for the Financial Times. You may know her famous TV series Jancis Robinson's Wine Course which won many awards. As one of the wine industry's most renowned figures she has the ability to make or break a wines reputation. Interestingly she is also an advisor to Queen Elizabeth II's wine celler.

If you would like to read articles or tasting notes by Jancis Robinson then go to www.jancisrobinson.com for lots of interesting info and tips on wine.

The Majestic Alphabet - IDate published: 19/01/13

I is for icewine!

Icewine is the English equivalent term for the German Eiswein, which is the name for wine produced from grapes frozen on the vine, and then pressed while still frozen. The result is a dessert wine which has concentrated sugar and acidity. It is said that for best results a frost of at least -8C is required and that the grapes are harvested between five and eight in the morning in November and December. Although originating in Germany in the 1960s, Canada is now world-renowned for producing the finest icewines, most notably in Ontario and British Colombia.

Snow? What snow?Date published: 18/01/13

 We are open today despite the snow so feel free to pop in if you decide to brave it!

The Majestic Alphabet - HDate published: 17/01/13

H is for Haut-Médoc!

Haut-Médoc is an area on the 'left bank' of Bordeaux which is very highly regarded amongst the wine community. Cabenet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape variety in this region, which is typical of left bank Bordeaux. Haut-Médoc contains some of the regions most famous appelations including Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac and Margaux. 

The red wines produced here classicly have enormous capacity to age, and display cassis, cedar and black cherry on the palate. They also fetch some of the highest prices in the world.

If you are interested in trying trying a Haut-Médoc we recommend Château Peyrabon 2003 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois, which is £12.99 a bottle.

The Majestic Alphabet - GDate published: 15/01/13

 G is for Gigondas.

Gigondas is an appelation within the southern Rhone. Gigondas is often thought of as a good value alternative to it's famous neighbour in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but the wines of Gigondas deserve praise in their own right. The red wine of Gigondas is powerful, but has a more rustic appeal than many other southern rhone appelations.

The terrain of some vineyards in Gigondas is extreme, with Grenache & Syrah being grown on cliffs at great altitude, as well as on the flatter, more gravelly soil below. Until 1971, Gigondas was within the Cote du Rhone Village appelation. Thereafter, they won their own AC status. Other villages have now followed suit, with Vinsorbes being the newest location to achieve AC status.

These wines have a real sense of place, and if you ever find yourself in the south of France, I highly recommend a day trip to Gigondas. The village is stunning, and the wines aren't too bad either!!

The Majestic Alphabet - FDate published: 14/01/13

 F is for Fumé Blanc

The name Fumé Blanc comes from Blanc Fumé, another name for Sauvignon Blanc. It was created by Robert Mondavi, a famous name in Californian wine innovation in the 1970s. To bring some of the glamour of the french imported Puoilly-Fumé he adopted the word 'Fumé', used oak ageing and dark-green 'Bordeaux-style' bottles to create Fumé Blanc, which became an instant hit.

Often perceived to be a diffferent wine from Sauvignon Blanc as the oak-ageing gives it an entirely different flavour profile, Fumé Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are in fact the same grape variety.

More rounded and melon-orientated, the oak ageing of Fumé Blanc goes some way to tame the aggressive acidity of  its better known citrus dominated New Zealand counterpart.

 

The Majestic Alphabet - EDate published: 12/01/13

E is for En-Primeur

En-Primeur is a term used in the wine trade that relates to the sale of wine before it has been bottled whilst still in the barrel. It was popularised for consumers in the latter part of twentieth century.

The sale of wine En-Primeur represents a huge industry within the trade as it mostly deals with fine-wines and therefore commands very high prices. It can however be a useful tool to the wine investor who will save money by buying En-Primeur instead of waiting for the wine to be bottled. This also guarantees that the investor will be able to secure a wine that might be produced in only very small quantaties and therefore gets pre-allocated to customers before the bottling stage.

In buying sought-after wines in this way the consumer also saves money as the initial purchase is at a lower price due to transportation and duty costs only being charged on delivery up to two years later post bottling.

If you are interested in buying wines En-Primeur, please contact our Fine Wine Partners Lay & Wheeler who will be happy to give you more information. Go to www.laywheeler.com

The Majestic Alphabet - DDate published: 11/01/13

D is for Dessert Wine!

The best dessert wines come from grapes which are rich in sugar and this can be achieved in a number of ways. Noble rot is a fungal disease which aids in their production and tends to give a distinctive honey and dried fruit aroma to the wine. Drying grapes on the vine and drying grapes are also techniques used in maintaining high sugar levels. Freezing grapes on the vine is another method used in areas such as Canada, as sugar can not escape from the vine (this technique is used in the production of icewine). Obviously dessert wines are meant to be accompanied by sweet foods, however some can be enjoyed with cheese or even on their own. #

If you are interested in trying a dessert wine we recommend Rustenberg Straw Wine from South Africa which is £9.99 when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case.

The Majestic Alphabet - CDate published: 08/01/13

C is for Cava!

Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine made using the traditional method (also called the Champagne method). Cava can come from a variety of areas however it is mostly produced from Catalan vineyards. The traditional grape varieties that are used are Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo, however some producers are now using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which has caused much controversy with critics saying that this detracts from Cava's individuality. As it does not have to be aged like Champagne, Cava tends to be lighter, fruitier and much more accesible.

If you are interested in trying a Cava we recommend the Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010 which is on special offer at £9.99.  

Bargain Hunt!Date published: 08/01/13

 Until 4th February, we are reducing the price of up to 40 of our wines in our Majestic Bargain Hunt. This bin-end style sale means we have some fantastic offers, while stocks last. Highlights include:

Vistasur Sauvignon Blanc, Chile now just £4.99

Marques de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude', France now just £6.66

McHenry Hohnen Cabernet/Merlot, Australia now just £8.99

Mas de Mas 2011 Languedoc, France now just £6.66

Order yours now, as they are sure to sell out quickly!!

The Majestic Alphabet - BDate published: 07/01/13

B is for Barolo!

Barolo is a red wine made from the Nebbiolo grape variety and is seen as one of the world's great wines. The five Barolo communes are situated in Piemonte (which means 'foot of the mountain') which is south of the Alps in north west Italy. By law a Barolo must be aged for a minimum of three years, eighteen months of which must be in oak. They are high in tannin and acidity whilst being rich, deep and plentiful on the nose. Best enjoyed from the decanter.

If you are interested in trying a Barolo we recommend the Barolo Milani 2008 Rocca which is £12.49 when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case.

The Majestic Alphabet - ADate published: 05/01/13

A is for Albariño!

Albariño (or Alvarinho in Portuguese) is a white wine grape variety that is mostly grown in the North West of Spain. It was probably brought to Iberia by monks in the twelfth century and is thought to be a Riesling clone from Alsace, (hence the 'riño' part which is Spanish for Rhine). Its thick skin enables it to resist fungal disease and it is noted to have an intense peach and apricot fruit character whilst maintaining high acidity. It is becoming more and more fashionable as a refreshing white wine for those who want something a little different.

If you are interested in trying Albariño we recommend the Albariño Martin Codax 2011 Rias Baixas which is £9.99 when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case.

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 03/01/13

On the first Friday of each month, we open a bottle from our range between £20 & £30 per bottle. Please feel free to pop in and try our choice this month, or tweet us @majesticwsm with any future requests or ideas.

Majestic CommercialDate published: 18/10/12

 Majestic Commercial is a fast growing part growing part of our company, and with good reason.

We can offer our on-trade customers (pubs, restaurants, cafes, golf clubs etc) an exclusive commercial package that could include the following:

* Access to a list of award winning on-trade exclusive labelled wines, not available in our stores * Tailor-made Wine Lists to match your specific wine requirements * Staff training, helping you get the best out of your staff and your business * Local, flexible delivery service from your nearest Majestic store * Advice from our friendly, knowledgeable staff * A dedicated Account Manager to help grow your business

A minimum spend does apply to receive the benefits of our Commercial package, but to find out more, please get in touch with the team here at Majestic Weston-super-Mare or contact our commercial team via www.majesticcommercial.co.uk

South Africa – Bridging the Old and the NewDate published: 15/10/12

As part of our 20% off all South African wines promotion and our South African Tasting Week, I have recently been sampling some of the treats to come out of this often over-looked country. I took it upon myself to read into the history of South African wine production a little more.

Spoken of as part of the 'New World' of wine making countries, focusing on 'international' styles that appeal to the world market, South Africa, in reality, produces some fantastic wines that often follow an Old World style. Many estates in South Africa boast vineyards that pre-date many of their 'old world' cousins in Europe, having traceable origins to the 1650s. After the collapse of the Apertheid Regime many producers adopted new methods and technologies from an influx of winemakers into Sourth Africa. Barrel-fermentation and ageing became popular and quality rapidly increased. Temperature controlled fermentation and malolactic fermentation also became prevalent techniques improving standards.

It is due to reasons like these that South Africa could be considered as a hybridisation of the old world and the new, making wine that caters for the international stage but in styles often similar to the European veterans of winemaking.

A great example of this would be the Vergelegen Red, a Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignan, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. With 24 months barrel ageing in new French oak this is a wine to remember! Aromas of ripe cassis, spice, red berries, toasted oak, vanillin and hints of savoury leather on the nose, and a structured body of tannins and acidity with layers of cassis fruit. It goes on forever with a long and elegant finish. To be enjoyed no or in the next 5 years with roast venison.

Vergelegen is one of South Africa's top estates producing some really stunning wine. It was established in 1700, but was unfortunately nearly completely destroyed by the Phylloxera louse in the late nineteenth century. It saw a revival in the early twentieth century and today is responsible for some of South Africa's top fine wines.

Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb and Mature Rioja! Date published: 05/10/12

 One of my latest culinary indulgences.

Rioja is currently my favourite style of red wine, and as the days grow shorter and colder I recently splashed out at the butchers and at Majestic and came up with a terrific food and wine match. Vina Ardanza 2001 Reserva Especial. A stunning vintage in Rioja, and only one of three years in the last fifty that has been awarded the title of Reserva Especial. Unbelievably good value at £17.59 a botlle as part of out 20% off all Spanish wines promotion. Wonderfully complex on the nose with aromas of red fruits, earth and spice, and superb depth on the palate with rich spicy tannins giving this medium weight wine very good structure. As always I always like to drink Rioja with Lamb as this is a match made in heaven. Try the following recipe to go with this delicious bottle;

Ingredients

  • 1 rack of lamb, trimed (ask butcher to do this)
  • breadcrumbs
  • fresh rosemary
  • fresh thyme
  • fresh sage
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon zest
  • musrtard seed, crushed
  • olive oil

Finely chop fresh herbs and mix with mustard seed, breadcrumbs, lemon zest and salt and pepper. Cover rack of lamb in olive oil to act as a glue then coat meat in breadcrumb mixture ensuring even coat of about 1 cm all over. Roast at 180 degrees for 35-45 mins depending on how pink you like it.

Make a simple onion gravy, from fried onions, stock, red wine and worcestershire sauce and the add a healthy tablespoon of redcurrant jelly (aniother good partner of lamb).

Serve with some potato wedges and some balsamic roasted vine cherry tomatoes.

 

Delicious!

How to Find usDate published: 27/08/12

Leave the M5 at junction 21 and head towards Weston town centre. After about 4 miles, turn right onto the Longton Industrial Estate (next to Waitrose). Then turn left at the mini roundabout onto Phillips Road. We are opposite the Asda petrol station 400 yards down on your right hand side. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Latour de FranceDate published: 08/08/12

I have recently returned from a very memorable wine trip to Burgundy.

As a keen wine enthusiast I am always eager to further my knowledge of the subject in as many ways as possible. As we all know, there is only so much one can extract from books, so I decided to go to the vineyards themselves and meet some of the people that actually produce the wine itself. Who better to show me the ins and outs of  wine production than the vine-growers and the wine-makers.

My trip included a day-trip to the Northern Rhone Valley with a producer called Vidal-Fleury and then a drive north into Burgundy and a two days with the ever famous, family run Maison Louis Latour. Included in all three days were some stunning vineyard tours, visits to the wineries and cellars and some unforgettable wine-tasting.

The first day I was a guest of Vidal Fleury, famous for some incredible wines. We were taken around the dramatic slopes of Cote Rotie (literally 'roasted slope') and really came to understand why the wine produced here can fetch such high prices. The sun-scorched hills are unique in their position in France, with their perfect south-easterly aspect which maximises sun exposure, proximity to the massive Rhone river that brings in cooling breezes and the schist soil that creates the perfect growing environment for the Syrah grape. Due to the incline of the slopes, walled terraces are essential for vine growing, and as conferred by the all-knowing Jaques (our Host for the day) wine producers here have to be wall builders as well as vine growers otherwise with any storms all the soil would be washed away. This stil does happen occasionnally and soil has to be painstakingly brought back up the slopes by hand and replaced from where it has been washed down hill. Any kind of mechanisation is impossible due to the severity of the slope. This again only adds to the cost of the final product.

After this enlightening vineyard expedition we cooled off inside the winery (it was pushing forty degrees outside) and saw the production line. A fascinating insight into the scale of infra-structure required to be a prestigious wine producer. Thousands of bottles, boxes, crates and pallets littered the enormous building in a seemingly efficient order, and the entire place was alive with activity. They were in the process of bottling a sweet Muscat and the aroma was intoxifying.

We went from here, through the cellars where stack upon stack of  oak barrels lined the walls, to the tasting room and sampled some truley magnificent wine. Cote Rote and Chateau Neuf du Pape to name but two.

Late in the afternoon we drove north to the Pituresque town of Beaune in the heart of Burgundy. A quick rest in the lovely hotel we had checked into, and then we were off into town to an amazing restaurant in a converted wine cellar to try the delights of the local cuisine and better yet to match it with the local wine. And what wine! We tried some real top-end Burgundies both white and red, including an '08 Meursault-Blagny and an '03 Corton Grancey Grand Cru. A stunning meal and one I am not likely to forget.

The next day we were up early to take a car ride through the myriad vineyards and towns of the Cote de Beaune. Some of the most famous vineyards in the world. Chassagne-Montrachet, Corton Charlemagne, Domaine Romani Conti... too many to mention.

After a fantastic tasting of no less than ten whites and ten reds, we dined at Maison Louis Latour for lunch, with yet more lovely wine. It was here that we really saw how much family tradition is still alive at Louis Latour who strive to maintain this as the premier focus in producing such excellent wine.

In the afternoon we visited another vineyard where we were hosted by Florient, who really knew his stuff and managed remarkably well to answer all of our questions. He then took us into the Louis Latour Family Cellar whick took our breath away. I have never seen anything like it. Bottles dating back to the 1870s, all covered in thick layers of mould and cobwebs. We all mangaed to find bottles from our birth years, and it was an amazing experience I will never forget.

We relaxed back at the hotel before another superb meal in another vaulted celler-style restaurant with beautiful wines and food.

The third day we had to ourselves and were free to explore the town of Beaune. I visited L'hospice de Beaune, an incredible medieval hospital turned museum. Breath taking architecture and fascinating insights into medical practices from hundred years ago.

The whole trip was fantastic. I would strongly reccomend it to anyone interested in wine and French culture. Everything was perfect and I cannot wait to make Beaune a re-visited town for me. Une tres bonne vacance!

Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 in The Saturday TimesDate published: 21/07/12

Here are Jane MacQuitty's write ups in The Saturday Times today. This is the
first part of her Summer Top 100 - the best white wines and sparkling
wines.


2011 Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc
Squeaky clean and proud of it, this stainless steel fermented and aged
sauvignon is the wine to serve to Loire devotees who feel New World
sauvignon somehow fails to hit the spot. Named in honour of the 120
soldiers who hid in Santa Rita's cellars during Chile's war for
independence, this grassy, punchy, 13.5 per cent alcohol, lime and green
pepper-scented sauvignon is the wine to serve at all those mixed buffet
summer parties.

2011 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc
Star Buy - Best Value
This bowled me over with its mouthwatering blast of zesty, verdant, nettle,
grass cuttings and flowering currant pisazz. All that, and closing on the
zingy, tropical fruit note that has made Marlborough sauvignon so famous,
effortlessly put Giesen ahead of the pack. Made with grapes from 32 plots
in the Wairau valley, Giesen is just the job served with asparagus, or an
Asian-spiced salad.

2011 Wither Hills Chardonnay
Star Buy - Best Buy
Anyone tasting this 14 per cent alcohol Kiwi chardonnay will wonder why
they bother with white burgundy - it made mincemeat of most of the sub-£8
white burgundies it was lined up with. It oozes spiced baked apple and
cinnamon flavours. With a fine, nutty, toasty, oak-derived finish, it was
impossible to fault.

2009 Les Princes Abbes Riesling Schlumberger
Unthinkable to go through the summer without a fine Alsace white to savour
alongside those powerfully flavoured summer dishes. If you have
stomach-space for just one, make it this racy riesling. Schlumberger differ
from other Alsace producers in that every wine it produces comes from
grapes grown in its own vineyards. Such quality control has paid off and
this mouthwatering riesling oozes bold, vibrant, thrillingly complex musk
peach, lime and floral fruit.

2008 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St-Jean
The Gagnard family work together, which helps to explain why this premier
cru is so good. From the northern end of the appellation, this swanky
premier cru has lots of delicious, ripe, toasty, smoky, steely, again
heavily oak-spiced fruit.

Bouvet-Ladubay Saumur Brut NV
Star Buy - Bargain Fizz
Big summer party in view? Then you and yours will need a brilliant, bargain
bubbly to crack open for the occasion. Made exclusively from the Loire's
classy chenin blanc grape and stored in long, cold galleries hewn out of
the region's tuffeau stone, what you get from this fine sparkler is lots of
zippy, zesty, waxy, floral, honey-baked apple fruit.
 

Loire & Beaujolais Tasting WeekDate published: 20/07/12

Come and join us in-store for our Loire & Beaujolais tasting week. With the summer finally arriving we will plenty of wines from these two classic French wine regions open to taste.....ideal for summer picnics and parties.

 

Tasting week runs from Fri 20th - Thu 26th July

Fine Wine Friday; La Reserve de la Comtesse 2007, PauillacDate published: 04/07/12

As summer is failing us we have decided to open a classic Bordeaux Red this Fine Wine Friday.

La Reserve de la Comtesse 2007 from the home of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pauillac, is the second wine of Pichon-Lalande and was given 87 points by Robert Parker. He commented "The second wine (of Pichon-Lalande), the 2007 Reserve de Comtesse, is a lighter, but equally soft and approachable version of the grand vin. Already evolved, it is a round, plump, delicious Pauillac to enjoy over the next 7-8 years." Well worth popping in for a taste we say!

For more information about Pauillac visit here;


http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/category-is-France/category-is-Bordeaux/category-is-M%C3%A9doc/category-is-Pauillac?cms=large

Recent Press MentionsDate published: 29/06/12

Plenty of our wines have featured in the national press over the last week or so. Here is a selection of wine recommendations;

 

The Telegraph – Susy Atkins – 24th June
Riesling ‘Les Princes Abbes’ 2009 Schlumberger
A deep golden hue, with ripe baked-apple fruit, a squeeze of fresh peach, and a full, rounded texture. Just made for pork and ham pies on a summer picnic.
The Sunday Express – Jamie Goode – 24th June
Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010
Dry, bright and crisp, this is a modern take on the classic fresh white of northern Portugal. It’s delightfully citrussy with good acidity.
The Daily Mail – Olly Smith – 24th June
Picpoul de Pinet 2011 Villemarin
This week’s top tipple
Stunning white wine to stock up with for summer – lemony, light, fresh and as pure as a laser beam with a pristine ping that’s outstanding paired with fish.
Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010
Serve very cold for this shrill zippy white to show off all its intense citrus buzz. Relatively light in alcohol at just over 10% it’s a top candidate for lunchtime sipping with shellfish.
The FT – Jancis Robinson – 23rd June
Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2011
Sweet in a vaguely butterscotch way but also fresh thanks to cool drift up this Chilean valley off the Pacific. Concentrated, an easy drink to like. Some of the fruit was aged in barrique so the price is excellent. Very persistent indeed.
Montenovo Godello 2010
Forget Albarino. Godello is the hot new north-west Spanish grape variety with great class. This is far from the finest example, but it still knocked spots off Majestic's Maconnais whites at the same price. Cool but firm and with obvious inherent nobility.
Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2010
This dry version of Hungary's most famous wine is not quite ready yet (the 2009 is drinking beautifully now) but is a particularly good price. Buy to drink from November?
La Grille Pinot Noir 2010
This must be one of the cheapest Pinot Noirs anywhere, barring soupy counterparts from Romania. Wine broker Charles Sydney put this together and bemoans the fact that the new appellation regulations for St-Pourcain in the northern foothills of the Massif Central demand at least 40% Gamay grapes in the blend, so this strawberry-like 100% Pinot has to be sold as a geographically vague Vin de France.
Vidal Fleury 2010, Cotes du Rhone
Rich nose. Vibrant, well-integrated and serious wine that is too dry to drink without food but it is proper artisan stuff from Guigal's sister company. Should last another three years.
Lirac 2011 Domaine des Garrigues
Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre blend that is much more appetising and succulent than the more expensive Abeille bottling. Very juicy and spicy for current drinking. Good value at the two-bottle price.
The Telegraph – Victoria Moore – 23rd June
Rioja Reserva 2006 Vina Eguia
Very neat and tidy rioja, aged in both French and American oak. Comfortable and lovely with slow-cooked lamb.
Sipsmith Summer Cup
This fragrant gin-based summer cup has an earthy, peppery smell of spices and cardamom and is made with Sipsmith’s own excellent gin, combined with infusions that include verbena, Earl Grey tea and cucumber.
The Telegraph – James Bedford – 23rd June
Falanghina 2011 Terredora
Wine choice with Salt crust sea bass
Surprisingly for what on paper looks a warm area the whites are imbued with great freshness, here allied to the fragrant, delicately spiced charms of the falanghina grape. These are an ideal contrast with the dense flesh of the sea bass.
The Guardian – Fiona Beckett – 23rd June
Vina Tendida Moscato 2010
Or pick up a couple of bottles of Majestic's delicate, honeyed and rather more strait-laced Vina Tendida Moscato 2010, which I'd fancy with fruit salad or airy meringues

Wine(s) of the Week!! CorbièresDate published: 17/06/12

Corbieres is a AOC in the Languedoc-Rousillon area of Southern France, producing predominantely red wine. One of the larger appelations, Corbieres has a variety of soils and climates, and Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre are the typical grapes in a red blend. We think these two wines display Corbieres' attributes perfectly, lovely rich and spicy French red wines with excellent value for money.

Chateau Mont Milan 2010 - £4.99 multibuy

Chateau Mont Milan is a Majestic classic and is consistently one of the best value wines under £5 in the shop. A perfect mid-week wine or to buy in bulk for a party. It also seems to clean up every year at the major wine awards. It is smooth and fruity and will match brilliantly with any meat dish.

Domaine de Villemajou 2009 - £11.99 multibuy

This is a relatively new Corbieres to our range, but is from a fantastic producer Gerard Betrand (who used to play rugby for France!). Boutenac is now seen as its own sub-appelation due to the notable quality of its wines. This wine really steps up a gear in terms of flavour intensity and complexity. It is really rich and fruity with plenty of spicy notes. Perfect for a treat or to lay down for a few years by which time the flavours will have integrated further and the wine will develop lovely deep leather and coffee aromas.

6 Bottle Delivery!Date published: 13/06/12

Big news! Majestic is now offering free* delivery on 6 bottles. So whether you pop in to store or prefer to have your wine delivered it is now only a 6 bottle minimum.

*Free home delivery on purchases of wine or spirits over £40.

Australia Tasting 8th-14th JuneDate published: 06/06/12

Calling fans of Australian wine. We have our Australian Tasting Week running from 8th-14th June in store. Our tasting counter will be packed with great wines from Eden Valley Rieslings to Clare Valley Shiraz plus plenty of other grape varieties, there will be something for every palate.

Just pop in at any point during the week for a free sample. Check out our virtual tasting counter to see which wines we have open to taste!

Andy's American AdventureDate published: 24/05/12

 Last week myself and a couple of friends from Majestic visited the USA to learn more about Californian wines.


The valleys of California have great conditions for producing wine as it has long warm summers with plenty of sunshine but with a cooling breeze and morning fog which sweeps in from the pacific through San Francisco bay and up the valleys.


After a night in San Francisco and an early breakfast of blueberry pancakes we set off on the 2 hour journey east to Lodi, an appilation considered the 'Zinfandel Capital of the World'. It was here that we were going to visit two of the largest wineries in California, Woodbridge and Turner Road. These large companies produce over 8m cases of wine each per year and it was interesting to see the scale of the operations and also how they deal with the vast amounts of waste water which are produced - creating man-made wetlands areas which naturally treat the water as well as providing nesting grounds for many species of bird.


The next day we left the large scale production and headed to the most famous area in California for wine - The Napa Valley. We visited Robert Mondavi Winery, probably the most well known name in Napa Valley where Senior Wine Educator Dana Andrus took us on a tour of two vineyard sites, To Kalon vineyard, Oakville, on the West slopes of the valley and Wappo Hill vineyard, Stags Leap, on the East side just 5km away. We tried Cabernet Sauvignon from each vineyard which emphasised how the different conditions and soil types significantly affected the final style of wine – the Oakville was big, bold and offered plenty of fruit and ripe tannin, whereas the Stags Leap offered a lighter and more elegant style.


After an authentic gourmet burger, fries and shake at a roadside diner (when in America!) we had a tour of Mondavi's impressive winery and cellars. Robert Mondavi was somewhat of a pioneer in the US for producing wines to go with good food and a cultured lifestyle, very much embracing art , music and hospitality, which is demonstrated at the winery – by far the most impressive I have ever visited. We finished the day by picking our own produce from the Mondavi garden and preparing our own starter before having a 5 course 'Garden to Table' meal in the beautiful surroundings washing it down with To Kalon Fume Blanc (barrel aged Sauvignon Blanc from 60 year old vines) and Mondavi Reserve Cabernet 1979. It was truly magical.

Thursday took us to yet another appilation, Sonoma, where we visited the Ravenswood Winery. Ravenswood only owns 14 acres of vineyard themselves which are organic and where they grow field blends to produce small batches of wine for their winery. However they have contracts with vineyards all over California and make some stunning wines – they are known as 'The King of Zin' and there is good reason. We tried 5 different single vineyard Zinfandels which were all stylistically different but all superb. One such 'Zin', from the Old Hill vineyard was from the oldest vines in California, planted in 1842! We tried the 1988 vintage with some bison rib eye which was food/wine heaven for me. Ravenswood's motto is 'No Wimpy Wines' and they certainly pack a punch. Try their Lodi Zinfandel to see what they mean.


http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-18641

Before our wine journey was over and we headed back to San Francisco to see the sights, we managed to book in a visit to Opus One (a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Phillipe de Rothschild of Ch Mouton Rothschild to create a single Bordeaux style blend from Napa Valley Cabernet). Sat on the terrace in glorious sunshine while sipping the 06 and 08 vintages was certainly something which will live long in the memory.


http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-18936
 

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc Wins Decanter TrophyDate published: 24/05/12

Marisco vineyards have released the following:

'The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 by Marisco Vineyards won the Trophy for ‘Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Under £10’ at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London overnight. Marisco Vineyards was also awarded NZ Winery of the Year at the IWC in October 2011.

Marisco Vineyards Proprietor and Chief Winemaker Brent Marris says the win is another significant endorsement of the quality of Sauvignon Blanc being grown at their Waihopai Valley property and crafted by their highly skilled team in their new-generation winery.

“We stake our reputation on our Sauvignon Blanc because it’s what Marlborough is best known for internationally, and we’re thrilled that for a panel of global judges ours came out on top,” he says.

The Decanter World Wine Awards receive more than14,000 entries from around the world and are judged by 200 international wine experts.'

 

Ned is currently on an improved offer of £5.99 a bottle when you buy 2+ NZ wines!

Majestic Party ServicesDate published: 14/05/12

Majestic Weston Super Mare are the supplier for your wedding or summer party, and here's why!

Free delivery 7 days a week – we can deliver on the morning of your wedding, or any other time that is convenient. There are nearly 200 Majestic warehouses around the country so your wine is never far away from your venue.


Free glass hire, chiller bin/ice bucket hire – Have everything for your reception delivered at once and have your whole deposit refunded when the party's over, if you're careful and don't break any!


Sale or return – It's always better to have too much wine than too little! Play it safe and order a few more bottles than you think you need knowing that you can return them to the store to swap or refund.


Expert advice – We sort the wine for hundreds of weddings and parties every year so we'll be able to help you plan quantities and make great recommendations.


Free tasting – We've always got a great range of wines open to taste in the store, and if you want something specific open let us know beforehand.


Great range – Majestic has great value wines at every price point so you'll have great wine at your party no matter what your budget is. And we've got loads of beer, lager, cider, spirits and soft drinks.

An English SummerDate published: 11/05/12

 With the Jubilee coming up and plenty of British sporting events it promises to be a Great British Summer (hopefully the weather is kind).

And what better way to celebrate the British Summer than with wines and other goodies from our own shores....

We have some fantastic still and sparkling wines from Chapel Down vineyards in Kent, wines from Sharpham winery in the South West and award winning sparkling wine from Nyetimber.

Continuing with the theme of a 'Great British Summer' we have Presses and Cordials from Belvoir and a range of spirits from Sipsmith including their fantastic summer cup, a great alternative to Pimms.

Pop in store to see all of our 'home grown' products.

Summer Wine Evening - Thu 10th MayDate published: 03/05/12

Our Summer Wine Evening is being held in-store on Thursday 10th May. We will have plenty of wines open to try including new arrivals, staff favourites and the perfect wines for the summer weather (which I'm sure is just around the corner!).

We will have a special guest from PLB wines and will also be showcasing wines from St Clair winery in NZ and some English wines from Chapel Down winery.

We will accompany the wines with some nibbles and of course any tips and advice you require from our team.

To sign up for the FREE evening please contact us on 01934 417977 or email wsm@majestic.co.uk

Wine Course Wines 26th AprilDate published: 27/04/12

 Thanks to everyone who came to the Wine Course last night, here's a run down of the wines tasted.

  • Prosecco Conegliano - http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-prosecco/product-is-23253
  • Sancerre Baudrieres - http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-baudrieres/product-is-05349
  • Chablis Jean Bourgignon - http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-chablis/product-is-04141
  • Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay  - http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-santa/product-is-39240
  • De Telemont Champagne - http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-santa/product-is-39240
  • Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir - http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-lawsons/product-is-37163
  • Caronne St Gemme Medoc - http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-caronne/product-is-01710
  • Peter Lehmann Shiraz - http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-lehmann/product-is-19956
  • Chapel Down Nectar - £11.99, not currently available online

If you want to sign up for any of our Wine Events please contact us using the details on the website!

New Arrivals for Summer!Date published: 27/04/12

This weekend marks the start of our New Arrivals tasting. Come in to the store at any time and we'll have great new wines to try on our tasting counter. Remember you can check what we've got open each day at home by checking the 'online tasting counter'. If you want us to contact you directly when we have a particular wine, or wine from a particular producer/country open let us know using the contact details on the website.

Press Recommendations - Sat 31st/Sun 1stDate published: 31/03/12

 Times - Jane MacQuitty - 31st March 2012

2011 Viña Sol, Catalunya, Familia Torres, Spain
Terrific, fresh as a daisy, slimline white, just 11.5 per cent alcohol,
with lots of zippy, herby Granny Smith and lemon zest fruit


Saturday Kitchen - 31st March 2012

Peter Richards went to the Salisbury store this week and recommended Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Carmenère 2011 Central
Valley
to go with Shepherd's Pie.

 

Sunday Telegraph, Suzy Atkins - 1st April

Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Brut, Codorníu
A rounded, fruity cava with a distinctive flavour of pears and green
apples, and a snappy, white-pepper finish. Chill for drinking with light
seafood canapés and starters.

 

Independent on Sunday, Terry Kirby - 1st April

Anakana Indo Carmenère Cachapoal Valley 2010
Spring may herald the start of the barbecue season and Chile's Carmenère is
a lovely grape to accompany outdoor cooking. Full-bodied, packed with ripe,
juicy black-fruit flavours, it is as straightforward as a piece of grilled
chicken or lamb, maybe with a little spicy relish. This one has flavours of
tobacco, coffee and leather to give added depth and complexity.
 


 

Spanish Tasting Week - the second roundDate published: 26/03/12

 Joining the tasting counter today are...

 

  • The amazing Muga Rosado which we love so much we've made it the 'Wine of the Week' - £7.99 on offer
  • A Majestic classic; the Rueda Blanco from Marques de Riscal - £6.79 on offer
  • Powerful and full bodied Emilio Moro from the Ribera del Duero region, well worth it's £13.59 offer price

Keep an eye on the tasting counter for more Spanish wines this week, and remember all Spanish wines between £5 and £25 (apart from Cava and Sherry, sorry!) are 20% off!

Weekend Press Recommendations (including 2 for Muga Blanco & Ch Romefort!)Date published: 11/03/12

Saturday Times - Jane MacQuitty - 10th March 2012

2011 Rioja Blanco, Muga, Spain
Winter’s still here, so lap up this big food-loving white rioja with
lashings of refined, oaky, appley fruit.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-14267

2006 Château Romefort, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc
2006 was a good, not great, Bordeaux vintage and this vibrant
merlot/cabernet sauvignon, with a dash of cabernet franc, punches well
above its weight.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-01371


Independent - Anthony Rose - 10th March

2006 Château Romefort
How can such a tiny percentage make any difference when the major
proportions are cabernet and merlot? The answer is seasoning. Similar
principles apply to the 2006 Château Romefort, a modern claret – only here
it's the 7 per cent cabernet franc that brings a freshness to the
blackcurranty merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-01371

2007 Domaine La Borie Blanche Terroirs d'Altitude, Minervois la Livinière
Languedoc likes blends, too. In the 2007 Domaine La Borie Blanche Terroirs
d'Altitude, Minervois la Livinière, it's the grenache at just 10 per cent
that adds the white pepper touches to the dominant syrah and mourvèdre.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-09003

Dinner party
2010 Bourgogne Blanc, Jean-Marc Pillot
A chance to grab a delicious dry white Burgundy from the new intake at an
affordable price, this complex and nutty chardonnay finishes with fresh
acidity.


Sunday Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 11th March 2012

Domaines Schlumberger Gewürztraminer 'Les Princes Abbés' 2009, Alsace,
France

Distinctly medium-sweet, with a soft, creamy texture, rose-petal aroma and
juicy, ripe apricot at the core. Drink with fresh fruit salads or
sweet-marinaded pork.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-11134


Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith - 11th March 2012

Rioja Blanc 2011 Muga
Young and vital with appley fragrance and plenty of freshness, this
textured toasty white will evolve beautifully for a few years into a more
savoury sip.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-14267

Lamatum Crianza 2008, Ribera del Duero
Beautifully balanced red wine that fans of Rioja should rush out and seize
- it's made from the same headline grape, Tempranillo, and has full fruit
as well as savoury depth. Stunning with roast lamb, and for the offer
price it's a bit of a steal.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-14479

Majestic on BBC's Saturday Kitchen again!!Date published: 10/03/12

La Grille Touraine Sauvignon Blanc was featured on today's Saturday Kitchen.

It is on offer at £5.99 but the offer ends at the close of play Monday.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-grille/product-is-05371

Today's Press Recommendation - St Hallet Poacher's BlendDate published: 10/03/12

 The Telegraph - Saturday 10th March

St Hallett Poacher's Blend 2010, Barossa Valley

£8.99, Buy 2 bottles save £8 = £4.99

The wine is a blend of 60% Semillon, 25% Riesling and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, with all fruit sourced from the Barossa Valley.  A youthful character on the nose, which brims with notes of lime, apple and melon. Equally zesty and fresh on the palate, but with an approachable softness of texture, and well rounded acidity.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Top+10+Offers/product-is-19597

Dates For Your DiaryDate published: 08/03/12

We have plenty of themed tasting weeks coming up at Majestic WSM. These tasting weeks are a fantastic opportunity to sample and compare wines from a particular country and to sample the wines which are on special offer. Dates coming up are as follows;

 

Friday 16th - Monday 19th March  - Wines of Portugal

Pop in to Majestic WSM to sample a range of Portuguese wines open on our tasting counter. Wines from Portugal are on a buy 2 save £3 offer.

Friday 23rd - Friday 30th March - Wines of Spain

Pop in to Majestic WSM to sample a range of Spanish wines open on our tasting counter. More than just Rioja but don't worry Rioja fans, we will have plenty of that open too!

Tuesday 3rd - Thursday 12th April - Easter Specials

We will have a selection of wines showcasing the best of our Easter offers. More details to follow.

 

These tastings are FREE, just pop in to see us at a time of your choosing. Our knowledgable staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the wines we have open.

This Weekend's Press MentionsDate published: 03/03/12

A few of our wines have been mentioned in the press over the weekend. See below for reviews;

Saturday Times – Jane MacQuitty – 3rd March 2012

2011 Rioja Blanco, Muga, Spain
Winter’s still here, so lap up this big food-loving white rioja with
lashings of refined, oaky, appley fruit.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-muga/product-is-14267

2006 Château Romefort, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc
2006 was a good, not great, Bordeaux vintage and this vibrant
merlot/cabernet sauvignon, with a dash of cabernet franc, punches well
above its weight.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-romefort/product-is-01371


Telegraph – Victoria Moore- 3rd March 2012

Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2010 Spain
From the fêted winemaker Alvaro Palacios, this Spanish red combines about
50% cariñena with garnacha, cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Has less of a
velvet touch and more firm lines than some Priorats, but a wine of great
stature and determination. Try it with slow-roast lamb.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-priorat/product-is-14003


Guardian - Fiona Beckett - 3rd March 2012

Kaiken Malbec Bonarda Limited Selection 2009
…a lush, Argentine red made by a Chilean winemaker, comes into the smooth,
full-bodied category (though I would add that it's plummy). But it might be
more useful to let you know how it's pronounced – ky-ken – that it's named
after a goose that migrates over the Andes, and that it would be a cracking
with steak.


Independent - Anthony Rose - 3rd March 2012

Lindauer Rosé, NV, New Zealand
It's a superior classy pink fizz from New Zealand, whose yeasty aromas and
raspberry ripple-style mousse display a complexity akin to that of
champagne.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-lindauer/product-is-23237

BBC1 Saturday Kitchen

Composite Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Peter Richards recommended the Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Winegrowers
of Ara, Marlborough to go with Sat Bain’s organic salmon with brassicas.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Composite/product-is-37175

Sunday Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 4th March 2012

Viñalba Seleccion Torrontés 2011, Lujan de Cuyo
A classic version with the snap of fresh lemon zest and kiwi, and green
apples on the finish. Crisp and tangy – a lovely spring aperitif.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-40109/product-is-40109

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith - 4th March 2012

Paul Mas Estate 'Gardeiel Vineyard' Malbec 2010
At this price, I love this wine! It's fragrant, bulging with black fruit
flavours and, thanks to Malbec's thick polyphenol-rich skin, a hint of
chocolate and impressive intensity. Lash it to a red meat feast (wolf
anyone?) and you're in for a treat.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-09487

Planalto White Reserva Douro 2010
Delicate floral fragrance and excellent value for money here for this easy
drinking white that's deliciously light and fruity. Superb.

www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-15117

Something Special from Stellenbosch.Date published: 17/02/12

 With our South African wines all on 20% off and our South African tasting week in full swing I thought I would tell you about three fabulous wines from the Stellenbosch region which we have open to taste in-store (Fri 16th - Tues 20th Feb).

Stellenbosch is known as the 'Wine Capital of South Africa' and is home to some of the country's most famous wine producers. Established in 1679, Stellenbosch is the second oldest wine producing region in South Africa. Located east of Cape Town it benifits from a high level of sunshine with cool sea breezes from the coast. It's hills and valleys combined with a variety of soil types means a plethora of different grape varieties are planted here. Most famous for it's reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinotage), Stellenbosch also produces some weighty Chardonnays and Chenin Blancs.

DMZ Syrah 2009

£7.99 when you buy 2+ South African Wines

A youthful Syrah, this is lighter and softer than some of the Shiraz's from this region. Fruity plum flavours with a hint of spice and good acidity, this wine would go well with tomato based pasta dishes or spring lamb.

 

RUST EN VREDE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008

£17.99 when you buy 2+ South African Wines

This is a deep and bold Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of complexity. Full bodied with blackcurrent flavours combining with liquorice and tobbacco flavours, this fantastic wine can be cellered for up to a decade or can be enjoyed now with Beef Wellington.

 

DE MORGENZON  RESERVE CHENIN BLANC 2010

£13.59 when you buy 2+ South African Wines

A beautifully rich and fruity Chenin Blanc, this wine has been fermented in barrel and aged on it's lees to produce a full bodied, powerful white. Brimming with tropical flavours and a long honeyed finish, try this wine with roast belly of pork.

 

These three wines really show the diversity of the Stellenbosch region, but don't take my word for it, pop in and give them a try for yourself!

Getting married in the morning?Date published: 17/02/12

Did Valentine's Day bring you more than a card and flowers; a ring perhaps? With spring on its way and summer hot on its heels, now's the time to think about organising the refreshments for your big day! We have a vast range of wines, beers, spirits and sparkling wines to cater for all budgets. Why not pop in store, where one of our friendly staff can advise on matching wines and foods and advise on quantities to buy.  We also hire glasses and chiller bins and can deliver all of this for free, to make at least one part of the big day stress free. Order now online, in store or over the phone. We look foward to seeing you soon!

Wine Course Wines 9th FebDate published: 10/02/12

 For those who attended the wine course on Thursday 9th Feb, a big thank you for coming. I hope you tell all your friends about our course so they can come along and enjoy one in the future. Here is a list of the wines we tried as promised;

Prosecco di Conegliano £12.99, £10.99 when you buy 2+

Sancerre Les Baudrieres £10.99, £9.99 when you buy 2+

Chablis Vocoret £11.99, £10.99 when you buy 2+

Santa Rita Medal Real Chardonnay £10.99, £8.99 when you buy 2+

De Telmont Grande Reserve NV £16.00

Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Noir £12.49

Ch Caronne St Gemme £13.99

Peter Lehman Shiraz £10.49, £8.49 when you buy 2+

Fine Wine Friday at Majestic WSM!Date published: 02/02/12

 This weekend we have a real treat lined up for Fine Wine Friday. The Vina Ardanza 2001 Reserva Especial Rioja Alta.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-14270

The 2001 vintage was awarded a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge and has also received an outstanding 94 Parker Points.

"Only three vintages of vina Ardanza (1964, 1973 and 2001) have deserved the classification 'Reserva Especial'. A unique combination of rain, sun, cold and heat has created a superb wine" Vina Ardanza

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    This is my fourth store at Majestic, I look forward to meeting you all soon! Chateau Musar has to be my favourite wine on the planet, I'm told their 1999 is drinking exceptionally well right now. Other favourites include big bold Cabernet Sauvignons and Aussie Shiraz, wine is my passion so if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
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