Big Monthly Wine Tasting - 6th October

06 October 2018

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Looking for something new? Want to expand your wine knowledge? Then our big monthly wine tasting is perfect for you... On the first Saturday of the month we select 8 to 10 wines from our range for you to discover.

It's a casual tasting, no pressure and not guided so you can try whilst browsing the shop. If you needed to know more, our knowledgeable wine staff will be on hand to offer advice.

Samples will be available from 10am to 5pm each Saturday.

 

Collezione di Paolo Bianco Vergine 2016
Valdichiana, Italy 11.5% abv
£10.99

Chianti is one of Italy's most famous classic reds, but Tuscany can also make terrific whites. This tongue tingling, citrusy fresh 2016 comes from an award winning producer, the highly talented Paolo Masi. Made mainly with Trebbiano, it's appetising and crisp with a with gentle almond, lemon and herb character. Ideal partners include delicate dishes like grilled fish, summer salads, risotto bianco or creamy pasta.

 

Heritage Semillon 2017
Barossa Valley, Australia 12.5% abv
£12.99

Semillon is one of the truly great white varieties of the Barossa Valley. 10% of the fruit is fermented in American oak barrels, and the wine is bottled early, to retain optimum varietal character. The nose shows citrus/lime characters with just a hint of oak. The palate displays distinctive fresh lemony Semillon flavours with good weight and an impressive dry finish.This wine is an excellent mouth-filling drink that is an ideal accompaniment to food, in particular, veal, chicken & fish.

 

The Black Stump 2016
South Eastern Australia 12.5% abv
Rrp £9.99 Now £8.49

This fruity, mouthwatering, beautifully balanced white comes from a renowned cellar in the remote Riverina region that also provides our No.1 bestselling red of the same name. Gifted winemaker Alan Kennett adds Pinot Grigio - relatively scarce Down Under - to ripe, peachy Chardonnay to craft this reviving white. Crisp and citrusy, yet ripe and rounded, this pleasing white is both vibrant and versatile. Lovely stuff.

 

Stanlake Park Bacchus
Twyford, England, 11.5% abv
£16.99

Bacchus is fresh and crisp with a clean off-dry finish, infused with hints of pineapple. Grown in small quantities, this delicious grape has a very distinctive taste and is great lightly chilled by itself, or with pasta or chicken.

 

tonewall Low alcohol Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Marlborough, New Zealand 9.5% abv
£12.49

John Forrest's 9.5% Vol Stonewall Sauvignon Blanc is groundbreaking. After years of research, the estate has found a way to ripen grapes while keeping natural sugar levels (and so alcohol) lower. Classic, fresh and lingering, this could be the future of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. A thoroughly refreshing glass solo and partner to seafood, exotic salads or goat's cheese.

 

Café Zoetrope Sauvignon Blanc 2017
California, USA 13.5% abv
£14.99

California is home to two of America's most illustrious, aspirational industries cinema and wine. Those heady worlds collide in Geyserville, Sonoma, near San Francisco, at Francis Ford Coppola's winery, where this crisp, fruity Sauvignon was made. You'll find this Sauvignon super fresh and fruity. It's terrific as a glass solo, and equally tasty with spicy stir-fry or creamy pasta with clams.

Wine Tasting Saturday 6th October 2018

Corsiero Nero 2016
Puglia, Italy 13% abv
£9.99

Made with Puglia's native Nero de Troia grape, Corsiero Nero is a sumptuous wine with layered wild blackberry, violet and subtle smoky vanilla characters, supported by supple tannins and a long complex finish. Corsiero Nero is the perfect wine to enjoy with rich pasta dishes, game and mature cheeses.

 

Heritage Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Barossa Valley, Australia 14.5% abv
£16.99

 

The grapes for this wine are grown on ancient, low yielding vines which give the fruit an intense richness and character. It's a real blockbuster of a wine with rich dark fruit and balanced soft oak tannins produced from 12 months ageing in American oak barrels. Great with char grilled steaks.

 

Stanlake Park The Reserve 2016
Twyford, England 14.5% abv
£9.99

Reserve red wine is made in only the smallest amount from the best, individually hand-selected red grapes: Dornfelder, Triomphe and Rondo. It has subtle oak maturing and yet retains its fresh, dry, fruity flavour. It will mellow further and will cellar well for around 5 years. Great with English cheese.

 

Chante Clair 2017
Vin de France 13% abv
£8.99

Created by award winning winemaker Hervé Sabardeil who selects Merlot, Carignan and Syrah from growers he knows and trusts across his native southern France. Fermenting them in batches, he then assembles the parts to create the perfect balance of luscious red fruit and smooth tannins. Spot on with French bistro fare: confit de canard, cassoulet, or a hearty pot au feu.

 

Stellenrust Heritage Collection Shiraz 2015
Stellenbosch, South Africa 14% abv
£10.99

Founded in 1928, the Stellenrust estate is one of the most important family wineries in South Africa. Their vines are largely in Stellenbosch's 'Golden Triangle', renowned for crafting seriously top-notch reds.  Using special yeast imported from the Rhône Valley for fermentation and aged in oak barrels for a year to gain just enough smoothness and complexity, this dense red is a cracker with roast lamb or steak pie.

 

Stonewall Pinot Noir 2017
Marlborough, New Zealand 13% abv
£13.99

New Zealand's Marlborough region has made its name with Sauvignon Blanc, but winemaker John Forrest is proving it excels with Pinot Noir, too. His Stonewall is silky with bright, ripe berry fruit, while old vines give it real depth and complexity. With summer berry richness, this is a red to enjoy with coq au vin or mushroom risotto.

 

 

 

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IPA

Strength: 3.7%
Copper & easy drinking

 
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Peacemaker

Strength: 4.2%
Pale & Citrus

 
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Gold

Strength: 4.4%
Gold & hoppy

 
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Winter Royal

Strength: 5.4%
Ruby & warming

 
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Lager

Strength: 4.4%
Crisp & refreshing

 
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Roasted Nuts Extra

Strength: 5.8%
Deep ruby, complex & flavoursome

 
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24 Carat

Strength:5%
Golden, hoppy & bittersweet

 
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Blonde

Strength:4.3%
Golden & Refreshing

 
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Red

Strength: 4.5%
Deep red & malty

 
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