Posts Tagged ‘Wine’

Twitter Wine offer – 8/3/2010

March 8, 2010

For tonight only, anyone who orders my selected mixed case of tip-top sub-£10 wines gets a whopping 20% off if they place the order through Twitter before midnight! This is a fantastic chance to sample 6 different wines that I absolutely love, at a brilliant price. The set would normally set you back £48.94, but for tonight only, Twitter can have it for £39.14! Tweet meto order, or for more info if you’re interested. Below are my own brief tasting notes on each wine along with their usual full-price:

Tohu Kono Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 (£7.99) – Marlborough, New Zealand
Kono is made by the indigenous Maori of New Zealand, and is probably our best selling white wine in the shop, for very good reason. Sauvignon Blanc is immensely popular in the UK, which certainly helps, but this is a very good value example. It’s much more elegant and subtle than most Sauvignon Blancs at this price level, and has really nice melon, peach, lemon and gooseberry flavours. Lovely refreshing stuff!

“Dr. L” Loosen Bros Riesling, 2008 (£8.49) – Mosel, Germany
Light (only 8.5% alcohol), zippy, vibrantly fruity white wine, with the classic sweet palate and crisp refreshing acidity that good German whites are famous for amongst wine lovers. This is a fantastic example of precisely why Germany is regarded as one of the best wine-making countries in the world, despite a bit of an image-problem amongst the population at large. This is a far cry from the frankly shocking stuff that used to be churned into the UK market a decade ago! One of my absolute favourite white wines, simply for being so different to everything else out there (aside from other German Rieslings).

The Lizard Pink Shiraz, 2008 (£6.49) – Languedoc, France
Crisp and refreshing rose, demonstrating how good (and affordable) the stuff can be if you know where to look. This is no White Zinfandel, lacking any of the sweetness that California’s become famous for. Instead this is a wine that’s full of crisp and dry cranberry and redcurrant fruit flavours, and leaves me licking my lips thirsting for more every time.

Chat-eu-Oeuf Rose, 2008 (£6.49) – Languedoc, France
A similar style rose to the Lizard Pink Shiraz, this again offers crisp and refreshing red-berry fruit flavours. This example also has a nice touch of sweet spice, and a bit more warmth on the palate. All around more juicy and mouth-filling, this is a more openly fruity rose.

Patrizi “Bricco Rosso” Dolcetto Di Dogliani, 2007 (£9.49) – Piemonte, Italy
Probably my favourite Italian red I’ve tried to date for under £10, this wine has an intense purple colour with pleasant brambly, wild berry and plummy fruit aromas. Bitter cherry and gripping tannins on the palate and a deliciously long, spicy finish. Fabulous stuff!

Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot, 2007 (£9.99) – Rapel Valley, Chile
From arguably one of Chile’s best wine producers, this is a cracking example of why Chile has become so well known for good Merlot. A red that features typical and intense plummy and red-fruit flavours, a fascinating set of aromas and a luscious, velvety smooth texture, this is some seriously good wine at a very good price. 6 months of oak lend it a spicy complexity. As well as being a fab wine to drink now, this is one that will keep improving for another 5-10 years.

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Deli of the Year 2010 – We need your help!

February 4, 2010

Your favourite local food and drink shop, The Wineyard & Deli, is officially competing to be named Deli of the Year 2010, and we need your help! If you think we deserve to crowned Deli of the Year (and if not, get in touch ASAP and tell me why so we can step up our game before the contest is over), you can vote in one of two ways. First, and easiest, is to pop over to the following web-site:

http://www.purplelove.co.uk/nominate/vote/

Everything is explained there, and there’s a few boxes to fill out your details, and why you think we are a cracking Deli (again, if you don’t I really want to hear from you, pronto). In the coming days, we should also have a nice little stack of old fashioned voting slips you can fill out and post off, or give to us to send off. Voting has its perks by the way; a lucky winner drawn at random during the summer will get a trip for 2 to Spain to see the olive harvest, expenses paid courtesy of the competition organisers! Take a look around the website for more info.

The second stage of our candidacy requires us to submit as much top-notch evidence of our brilliance as we can get our paws on, such as photos of the shop, our stock & displays, press releases and quotes, customer comments, etc. Rather than just send in a bland batch of pictures of the shelves, I want as many of you to get involved as possible and get lots of snaps of yourselves and our produce.

If you’re eating and drinking stuff from the Wineyard, take a quick picture, preferably with yourself and a nice big cheesy grin and thumbs up, and get them in to us ASAP (email, Facebook, Twitter, or a print given in person – whatever’s easiest for you). It doesn’t have to be just yourselves or everyday stuff either – the more unusual or outrageous you can make it, the better! Just some quick and simple ideas: take pictures of us or your friends around the shop and out and about with our goods, take some of our food on a picnic, organise a party and get us to kit you out with all you need, climb a mountain and have a toast at the summit, go camping & cook our sausages over a stove with a few beers to wash them down; I’m sure you can think of more and better things yourselves.

Any tributes you can make to The Wineyard would also be absolutely wonderful; the more creative the better! Stuff like a nice big poster proclaiming your love for our shop, or perhaps a message written in the snow since it’s coming down thick and fast again at the moment. We’ve got until June to organise the supporting material we’re going to submit, and for votes to be collected, so there’s no immediate rush, but do get in contact if you’re thinking of doing anything – it’s bound to warm our hearts and earn you some discount in-store if nothing else! 😉

As an extra incentive, my favourite customer-contribution will win themselves a prize of some sort (I’ll be working on this in the weeks to come, more details to follow at a later date – At the moment I’m thinking a quality bottle of wine, a selection of our food, or a mixed case of beers for example). I’ll be deciding the winner based purely on my own personal favourite – anything that makes me laugh is bound to be in with a good chance, as is anything demonstrating some serious effort and love for what we do here. Just make sure you give us your name, and contact info, when you send anything in.

And if you want us to do something different or better at the shop, I’m 100% serious about you getting in touch and telling me. As well as being a lot of fun to get involved with, this contest also gives us a great chance to really evaluate what you all think of The Wineyard & Deli, and what you’d like to see us change or do more of. After all, each and every one of you is why we’re here, so I want to be absolutely certain each and every one of you is as happy as possible with us. I’m actually out of the shop all next week (6-14th Feb) but I’ll be checking my emails and the blog to see who’s been in touch, and I’ll be on Twitter and Facebook regularly as usual. I’ll also be writing up notes on recent tastings for the blog so keep an eye out for that.

Lastly, I’m thinking of putting together some new mixed cases of wines for special offers later this month, primarily to offer online via Facebook & Twitter, but I’ll also be letting subscribers to our emails know about them. If there’s any particular themes you’d like to see in a mixed case (e.g. Italian whites, Spain other than Rioja, all Red/White/Rose, etc – anything at all) get in touch via the usual methods and let me know. Suggestions for what you’d be willing to spend on a mixed case of 6 or 12 bottles would also be useful.

If you’ve read this far, thanks for taking the time to do so, and for having such an interest in what we’re up to – we love you ever so much for it and we’ll do our very best to keep things fresh and interesting whenever we see you.

All the very best,

Ben.

Next tasting: New wines just in – 4/2/2010

January 30, 2010

The next tasting at The Wineyard & Deli will be held on Thursday 4th February, and will feature some of the best new wines to arrive on our fine shelves in recent weeks. We’ll be covering both red and white, old and new world wines. There’s some fantastic stuff lined up for you all, as the following provisional wine list* demonstrates:

  • Chateau Nicot Bordeaux Blanc 2008 (Bordeaux, France) – £9.99
  • Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (California, USA) – £11.99
  • Peter Lehman Margaret Semillon 2004 (Barossa Valley, Australia) – £13.49
  • Lawson Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2007 (Marlborough, New Zealand) – £13.49
  • Azpilicueta Reserva Rioja 2003 (Rioja, Spain) – £11.99
  • Trinity Hills Pinot Noir 2008 (Martinborough, New Zealand) – £12.99
  • Peter Lehman Mudflat Ebenezer Shiraz 2004 (Barossa Valley, Australia) – £13.49
  • Cecchi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2006 (Montepulciano, Italy) – £15.99

If this has suitably whet your appetite for more, get in touch with us pronto to book your tickets. Places cost £10 each, and are in limited supply, and all tickets must be bought in advance. You can contact us in one of the following ways:

  • Email: Barry@thewineyard.co.uk
  • Telephone: 01524 400011
  • Visit us: 23 Princes Crescent, Bare, Morecambe.
  • Twitter: http://twitter.com/thewineyard
  • Facebook: Search “The Wineyard & Deli”

*Wines named are subject to change dependent on stock availability and attendance – the more people attend, the more we can spend on the wines. Encourage your friends to join you and we can show you nicer wines, it’s that simple! 🙂

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay 2007

January 29, 2010


De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay 2007

Originally uploaded by The Wineyard

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay 2007: Very clean, vibrant golden colour. Crisp, fresh tropical fruit aromas of peaches & nectarines. No oak, very concentrated fruit, melon, mandarins, apricots, peaches, nectarines. Should be really good with a simple chicken dish.

De Bortoli Windy Peak Sangiovese 2005

January 29, 2010


De Bortoli Windy Peak Sangiovese 2005

Originally uploaded by The Wineyard

De Bortoli Windy Peak Sangiovese 2005: Wonderfully rich brick-red colour. Fantastic nose; what I usually imagine classic old-world reds like Chianti and Rioja to be like – plenty of cherries and vanilla (definitely got some oak in this one), but also full of fascinating aromas that I still struggle to identify (maybe you guys will have some better ideas?). In the mouth, it’s light and fruity stuff. Cherries dominate but some lovely spicy warmth and vanilla notes coming from the oak ageing. Very similar to Italian Chianti (which mostly uses the Sangiovese grape, so no surprise there). Really tasty stuff, and a more unusual and interesting bottle to get from Australia. Definitely a great food wine – pasta/pizza should be great with this.

Rioja Gift Set in 6 bottle wooden box

January 23, 2010

Rioja Gift Set in wooden box

This set of six fantastic bottles of Rioja includes four Reservas and two Gran Reservas, worth almost £80 sold individually. Bought together in this beautiful wooden gift box, they are just £75.00! The following wines make up the collection (click their names to see tasting notes):

Azpilicueta Rioja Reserva 2003 – £11.99

Alcorta Rioja Reserva 2003 – £11.99

Marques de Arienzo Rioja Reserva 2002 – £12.49

Marques de Mudela Rioja Reserva 2000 – £12.99

Siglo Rioja Gran Reserva 2000 – £14.49

Marques de Arienzo Rioja Gran Reserva 1998 – £14.99

Marques de Arienzo Rioja Gran Reserva 1998

January 23, 2010

Marques de Arienzo Rioja Gran Reserva 1998

An exceptional Rioja winery, Marques de Arienzo produces estate wines with emphasis on the soft, aromatic characters of the Rioja Alavesa region.

The Wine

Its intense colour has mahogany and ruby hues. Amidst its tremendous aromatic complexity we can highlight the exotic spice and balsamic hint, and an elegant touch of leather. In the mouth it is vigorous, very powerful and robust, with excellent persistence that leaves a pleasant long lasting aftertaste.

Marques de Arienzo Rioja Reserva 2002

January 23, 2010

Marques de Arienzo Rioja Reserva 2002

An exceptional Rioja winery, Marques de Arienzo produces estate wines with emphasis on the soft, aromatic characters of the Rioja Alavesa region.

The Wine

Intense ruby red in colour, this Reserva’s aromatic elegance lies in the subtle blend between spices, ripe fruit and vanilla. Its elegant flavours transmit balanced and persistent notes with an extraordinary rounded finish.

Marques de Mudela Rioja Reserva 2000

January 23, 2010

Marques de Mudela Rioja Reserva 2000

Juan Alcorta winery is arguably one of the world’s leading edge wineries boasting the latest in winemaking facilities and innovative winemaking techniques. This innovation combined with 30 year old vines gives rise to some of Rioja’s most prestigious and enjoyable wines.

The Wine

Ruby red colour with a gold rim. Complex nose combining a fruit side with hints of oak. A smooth, balanced attack, elegant and full-bodied, with a long lingering finish.

Marques de Mudela Rioja Reserva 2000Rub

Alcorta Rioja Reserva 2003

January 23, 2010

Alcorta Rioja Reserva 2003

Alcorta wines are produced from the premium single estate vineyards of Navarette and Torremontalbo in the Rioja Alta region. These vineyards plant only high quality Tempranillo grapes to produce elegant and fruity wines.

The Wine

Cherry red with a ruby hue, bright and clear, with good depth of colour. A complex nose with ripe red berry aromas and hints of toasted wood and spices. In the mouth it is smooth and meaty, with good backbone and a long aromatic finish.