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Wine Talk

Five of the best – exclusive online discounts on selected bottles

 

End of Summer?

Start of the football season?

Back to school shopping?

We don't really need a reason to discount five of our favourite bottles for the next few days.

But here are some reasons why you should snap them up before the end of the week!

Domaine Du P'tit Paradis Chénas – was £12.95, NOW £9.75

Domaine Du P'tit Paradis Chénas

Most people believe Beaujolais is for young drinking but several of the Cru wines (in the hands of good growers) can age superbly.

In time, they drink like good Burgundy at a fraction of the cost – this is one such example.

On a recent tasting for some of our private consumers, this was without doubt the star of the show and by far the most ordered wine.

It has a nose that has developed and beyond the cherry fruit there is a complexity showing savoury nuances.

Full on the palate and lingering for an age in the finish – there would be nothing finer to accompany a wild duck or pheasant casserole.

 

Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie "Les Schistes" – was £10.25, NOW £7.95

Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie "Les Schistes"

We've sold this wine for donkey’s years – a great favourite among restaurants and private consumers alike.

Fresh as a daisy with good mineral backbone, it is just the ticket for seafood and shellfish.

Try it with some pan-fried scallops with a beurre blanc, it’s an eye opener!

 

Henye Tokaji Furmint – was £8.95, NOW £6.95

 Henye Tokaji Furmint

For years, Furmint Dry was used as the basis for making the lusciously sweet Aszu wines but has recently become available in its own right.

Rightly so in our opinion – this is a great aperitif or food wine at a very affordable price.

It works well with fish, poultry and even spicier foods, really making the palate come alive.

With pork being a great staple of the Hungarian diet, this is the perfect drink to pair with a Sunday roast.

 

Bodegas Osca Tinto Joven – was £8.25, NOW £6.50

Bodegas Osca Tinto Joven

While the barbecue season is still just about with us, this delicious red from Somontano in Spain makes for great glugging.

It’s light-ish with a core of red fruits, some darker notes behind and unobtrusive tannins.

And if you're lucky to open it on a fairly hot day, you can even try it slightly chilled as they do in Spain.

 

Chateau Trimoulet 2009 Grand Cru St Emilion – was £19.75, NOW £15.25

Chateau Trimoulet 2009 Grand Cru St Emilion

This was a lucky find for us – a private client asked us to source wine for a party and the price seemed so good we snapped some up ourselves.

And as soon as we'd tasted it, we were back for more.

Some Bordeaux wines can lack fruit and seem a bit austere but there's no danger of that here.

This one is ripe and bold with plenty of sweet fruit, hints of tobacco and pencil shavings, a lush palate and a long, vibrant finish.

It's ideal for drinking now but if you have space and patience, you'll be rewarded for keeping off the corkscrew for a couple more years.

Those are our five favourite discounts available until the end of the week – we hope you agree with our selections!

Wine recommendations for your May Bank Holiday

 

How are you spending your May Bank Holiday?

One of the UK’s favourite weekends can be made even better with wine.

Here are some recommendations to enjoy (even if you’re working the Bank Hol!).

 

I’m having a barbecue 🍖

Wines for barbecues

Without doubt, one of the greatest barbecue wines is the Braai Cabernet Sauvignon from Indaba Wines in South Africa.

It’s inexpensive – so good for big groups of friends – and has been designed with barbecues (or Braais as they are known in SA) in mind.

The delightful charring effect of cooking over coals adds just the right element of taste to match this rich earthy wine.

For fish grillers, the zestiness of Bladen Wines’ Riesling makes a great partner to trout or mackerel when the smokey flavours bring its bright fruit flavours to life.

 

I’m having a dinner party 🥘

Wines for dinner parties

Of course it depends what you’re cooking but lamb is great at this time of year, so why not try a Pinot Noir?

There are many styles and prices available but Astoria’s inexpensive ‘Caranto’ will work well with its light, fresh berry fruit.

For something rounder, South Africa’s Paul Cluver Pinot Noir is full of fruit, with a decent structure that makes for good drinking against lamb or any red meat.

But if the pocket allows, the best for me will always be from Burgundy.

Domaine Tollot Beaut’s delightful Cote de Beaune selections, from their Bourgogne Pinot Noir to the Grand Cru of Corton are all top class.

If you want a white instead (or as well!), Burgundy offers so much, with Puligny Montrachet a particular favourite for fans of whites from the region.

But why not try something a little off the beaten track?

Domaine Prunier Bonheur’s excellent Auxey Duresses is a beautiful golden wine, vivid but rounded and guaranteed to please.

Or for seafood, look no further than Bouchard Finlayson's Blanc de Mer, a blend of several grapes based on Riesling and a real joy to drink.

 

I’m working ⏰

How to avoid hangovers

Nobody wants to work over the Bank Holiday weekend but if you can only enjoy a glass or two, go for a low sulphur content – the main cause of a bad head.

Happily, any bottle from us will boast lower levels but for something especially short on sulphur dioxide, go for the Gavi from Tenuta la Marchesa.

This deliciously pure wine is unsulphured until bottling and uses a very low amount even then – it tastes as fresh as you’ll feel in the morning!

 

What else are you doing? 🍷

However you’re spending the Bank Hol, we’d love match a wine to your plans (with exceptions – operating heavy machinery, nuclear testing), get in touch!

Or if you’d prefer to pick something yourself to enjoy, take a look at our current 12.5% off all Spanish and New Zealand wines promotion.