• Come and visit my stall and taste some great wines

    I will be at the following events with my wines -

    Saturday 27 April, 10am - 5pm

    Brackley Wine Festival - Brackley Town Hall

    Monday 6 May, 10am - 4pm

    Weston May Day Fair - Weston

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  • Bukettraube and Shiraz steal the show

    PRE BUDGET STOCKS STILL AVAILABLE

    TASTING NOTES FROM THE RECENT TASTINGS

    * Special purchase - limited stock

    Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2012 – South Africa - £10.50

    Beautifully fragrant wine with hints of honeysuckle, rose; lychee and apricot on the palate. A well balanced wine with a delicate sweetness and a crisp acidity, dry finish – even a little saltiness. This wine does not have a long shelf life hence it is not widely sold and there are only a few places where this grape is grown – mainly South Africa but with some pockets in Germany and Alsace. Try as an aperitif or with spicy food.

    Rose Cabernet Sauvignon, Julio Bouchon, Maule, 2010 – Chile - £7.00*

    Strawberry pink rose from the dry coastal Maule valley. A certain sweetness on the nose, rose/lychee. Lots of strawberry and raspberry on the palate and a dry finish. An elegant rose.

    Foundstone Pinot Grigio, Berton, Riverina, 2012 – Australia - £7.70

    Lovely light floral nose, the wine is light and fresh yet fruity with tropical fruit flavours. Crisp acidity adds to the freshness but the wine lingers on the palate.

    Loup y-es-tu Blanc, Domaine de l’Hortus, Pic Saint Loup, 2012 – France - £8.50

    Loup y es-tu? M´entends-tu? Je cherche mon amour, Loup y es-tu? Que fais-tu?

    Je cherche mon amour

    ..So goes the song by Michel Rivard but this light white wine from Southern France is no wolf. It has an elegant floral tone, a good balance of fruit and acidity, peach and apricot on the palate and a crisp dry finish.

    Pinot Blanc Kinstheim-Kayserberg 2010, Alsace, France - £8.95

    100% Pinot Blanc grapes. A complex nose of floral and pear and apple. Fresh easy to drink with a fine, lingering finish. Try with roast poultry, asparagus and maybe some mild cheeses.

    Chenin Blanc, Hazy View, Paarl, 2011 – South Africa - £6.50

    100% Chenin Blanc grape. This is a great value Chenin from South Africa, light fruity nose, peachy flavours on the full, round palate and a crisp yet lingering finish.

    Finca La Linda, Viognier, Luigi Bosca, Mendoza, 2010 – Argentina - £8.30*

    The subterranean tunnels that once carried water to the family farm were enlarged and made into a winery some decades ago. Today the Aruzu family makes wines under the name of Luigi Bosca. A clear, bright gold Viognier. Floral notes and ripe apricots, a full and fruity taste which lingers then a crisp burst of acidity on the finish.

    Malvasia, Kozlovic, Istria, 2011 – Croatia - £12.00

    The Istrian region, on the north coast, borders Friuli and the wines, food and people have a real connection with Italy. Made from 100% Malvasia grape – you might expect a sweet wine - but the wine is dry with apple flavours. It has an intense fruity nose and a lingering finish. Would have enough body to partner white meats but would also go well with Sushi.

    Tempranillo Pasos de la Capula, La Mancha, 2011 - Spain - £6.95

    From the North West and the largest wine growing area in Spain – made from 30 year old Tempranillo vines. This young unoaked wine is modern and fruity. Full of juicy brambly fruit, it is medium bodied and has good length.

    Le Loup dans la Bergerie Rouge, Domaine l’Hortus, Gard – France - £8.50

    Partner to the white wolf - 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. This deep red wine from Southern France is matured in tank – it is fresh with cherry and plum aromas with hints of pepper, cardamon and cinnamon. A fruity easy drinking wine.

    Shiraz, Feudo dei Venti, 2011 – Sicily - £7.40

    Great variance in the day and night time temperatures and lots of sunshine are all part of the mix in making these good wines. This wine has a wonderful deep colour. Fruity and a hint of smoke/white pepper with a little vanilla perhaps on the nose – lots of black fruits and maybe mulberries, a roundness and soft tannins on the finish.

    Malbec, Luigi Bosca, Mendoza, 2010 – Argentina - £11.80

    Rich garnet red, ripe cherries and black fruits on the nose with some plum and a hint of oak. The palate is full but not overpowering. A smooth and fruity wine with sweet tannin finish.

    Layers Red, Barossa, 2010, - Australia - £9.55

    This award winning wine from Peter Lehmann combines four grape varieties – Shiraz –adding lots of fruit; Grenache – spices; Mourvedre – woody, earthy notes and Tempranillo – firmness and soft tannins. A beautiful soft and round wine which will go equally well with game or spicy Indian cuisine.

    Teran, Kozlovic, 2011 – Croatia – £12.00

    Made with 100% Teran grape, a native variety of West Istria, Croatia. The wine is deep purple/red, cherries and blackberries on the nose with some spice and perhaps a hint of balsamic. Soft and luscious, fruity, with pepper/spice, it has good tannins and a lingering finish. Try with Italian food.

    Mavrud & Merlot, Golden Age, Vinex Preslav, Bulgaria - £10.00

    Ruby red wine from the north of Bulgaria. Intense nose of blackberries, vanilla and liquorice with a hint of almond. Full, fruity and smooth with silky tannins on the finish.

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  • What has George got in store for us?

    The budget will soon be upon us and we are waiting to see if duty will go up on wine & spirits. Many of my suppliers are waiting until after the budget to publish their new price lists and the feeling is very unsure.

    Stocks of new wines at The Grapevine are pre budget prices and many of the wines from previous tastings are even pre the previous budget. The answer is to come along and stock up. Do come to the Spring Tastings or contact me to come to the shop.

    Wine Tastings in Culworth -

    Thursday 14 March & Friday 15 March from 7pm

    Exciting new wines from around the world on show.

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  • Out with the old and in with the new - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    New Wines

    White

    Pinot Blanc Kinstheim-Kayserberg 2010, Alsace, France - £8.95

    100% Pinot Blanc grapes. A complex nose of floral and fruity aromas (pear/apple). Fresh and easy to drink with a fine and lingering finish.

    Red

    Le Loup dans la Bergerie Rouge, Domaine L'Hortus, Val de Montferrand, Gard, France, 2011 - £7.50

    40% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 30% Grenach grapes. A deep red wine from southern France matured in tank. Fresh with cherry and plum aromas and some pepper. A fruity wine for everyday drinking.

    Maury Vintage Mas Amiel, 2010, Languedoc, France - £19.85 (£13.20 halves)

    This delicious sweet red wine is made from 100% Grenache grapes. Deep violet red and a plum compote nose. Raisins, prunes and a lovely sweetness on the taste - very good with chocolate!

    Special Offer

    Beaujolais Nouveau Villages 2011 - £8.50 NOW £6.85

    Last year's Beaujolais Nouveau which has matured a little in the bottle. Why not use it to make mulled wine!

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  • It's Christmas time, mistletoe and wine

    Here is a selection from our store specifically chosen with Christmas Day in mind -

    Offley White Port - £9.50

    Lovely golden colour with aromas of bitter marmalade and floral notes. A well balanced taste with a long, delicate finish.

    Drink just a jigger with plenty of ice (as the Portuguese do) for a refreshing kick to the festivities.

    Puigmolto Cava Rosé, Pinedes, Spain - £9.00

    100% Trepat grapes. Cherry pink, gentle bubbles with aromas of fresh raspberries and fruit salad. A fruity yet crisp wine and all this for only 11.5%.

    This will go nicely with smoked salmon.

    Pinot Blanc Kinstheim-Kayserberg, 2010, Alsace, France - £8.95

    100% Pinot Blanc grapes. A complex nose of floral and fruity aromas (pear/apple). Fresh and easy to drink with a a fine and lingering finish.

    A good partner for roast turkey and some soft cheeses.

    Chateau Jaumard, 2009, AC Bordeaux, France - £7.95

    Lots of black fruits on the nose, an abundance of fruit and soft tannins - a very affordable bit of claret.

    A perfect wine for those who like to drink red with the turkey and all the trimmings, and it will go well with stilton and other strong cheeses.

    Maury Vintage Mas Amiel, 2010, Languedoc, France - £19.85

    What a delicious surprise! Made from 100% Grenache grapes. Deep violet colour and plum compote nose. Raisins, prunes and a lovely soft sweetness on the taste.

    This and plum pudding - a marriage made in heaven!

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