Chocolate Box Wine: an Exclusive Review by Wine Palate

March 16th, 2014

Chocolate Box Wine review at Wine Palate UK

Mixed Case of Chocolate Box Wine £79.50 at Wine Palate UK

If you have yet to come across the Chocolate Box Wine range, then you are missing out on a premium quality treat. Named Chocolate Box for their distinctive chocolatey notes, this knockout trio of red wines has been growing rapidly in popularity in the UK, and after trying them, you will understand why.

The Shiraz, GSM and Cabernet Sauvignon are produced at Franc Rocca’s family owned winery -  Rocland Estate – in Southern Australia’s red wine hotbed, Barossa Valley. Barossa Valley red wines often display rich chocolately notes, and although the Chocolate Box range of wines are typical of the region, there is something quite special about them.

A Testament of Quality 

When you see the labels with their distinctive 1950’s style artwork you will probably think they will make a great wine gift. We would definately agree, not only are the bottles eyecatching, they are among the best wines in terms of quality that we have come across in this price bracket. The number of Decanter awards racked up by these wines gives an indication of the level of quality we are talking about here. In addition, the winery was also awarded a top ten place in the 2012 James Halliday Wine Companion – quite an achievement.

Despite being high in ABV (between 14.5% & 15.5%) the wines are surprisingly easy to drink, some might say too easy to drink! With their amazing full flavours and smooth textures, these powerful wines should be on the “must try” list of every red wine lover.

What our customers say about Chocolate Box:

Chocolate Box GSM Cherry Chocolate

Chocolate Box GSM Cherry Chocolate £13.25 at Wine Palate UK

Chocolate Box GSM Cherry Chocolate

“The wine is silky smooth and tastes like its name. At 15.5% it is heavy and rich not to be enjoyed on its own, much better accompanied with a great steak”

“A delicious red which has instantly become our favourite”

“The best wine by far ! Absolutely Awesome !!!”


Chocolate Box Cabernet Sauvignon

Chocolate Box Cabernet Sauvignon £13.25 At Wine Palate UK

Chocolate Box Cabernet Sauvignon £13.25 at Wine Palate UK

“This is a fantastic wine, highly recommend if you like reds. In fact the whole chocolate box range is amazing”

“A lovely wine, we have bought this several times now and keep coming back for more! In fact all the Chocolate Box wines never disappoint”

Chocolate Box Shiraz £13.25 at Wine Palate UK

Chocolate Box Shiraz £13.25 at Wine Palate UK

Chocolate Box Shiraz

highly recommended”

How The Wines Are Tasting And Food They Pair Well With

The Shiraz Dark Chocolate

The Shiraz has dark chocolate, coffee, apricot and liquorice notes. Smooth, rich and powerful. Great with roast beef!

Cabernet Sauvignon Truffle Chocolate

The “Truffle Chocolate”, has blackcurrant and subtle vanilla flavours lifted by a hint of minty chocolate and a wonderful silky oak finish. We would recommend this wine for pairing with steaks lamb and barbecued meats.

GSM Cherry Chocolate

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mataro known as GSM, the Cherry Chocolate of the range has aromas of savoury oak, dark cherry and stewed rhubarb, and a palate that reveals a hint of spice and cinnamon. Silky smooth and wonderful with game, lamb and spiced pasta dishes.

The full range of Chocolate Box Wine is available to buy at winepalate.co.uk, (next next day delivery Monday to Friday for orders placed before 12.30pm).

Sulphites In Wine: The Cause of Those Pesky Hangovers?

March 3rd, 2014

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Sulphites in wine are often assumed to be the cause of those pesky hangovers, but is there a way to eliminate the risk of feeling below par the morning after? In this article we look at sulphites, why they are in your wine and how your choice of wine can affect your health.

 Sulphur compounds are naturally occurring substances in all natural wine. And while some forms of organic wine claim to be completely free from these ‘sulphites’, it is practically impossible to remove all traces. Even in wines where no sulphites have been added, it is present in concentrations of up to 10mg per litre.

So why are they in my wine?

The subjects of wine and health have been discussed together for decades. However most producers actually add sulphites to wine, to preserve the characterists of wine for a longer shelf life. This can have a range of consequences; from a mild “hangover” feeling to those who suffer allergic reactions. Sulphites however are also known antioxidants, which deliver several health benefits.

Taste

The smell and taste of sulphur is unpleasant – much like the smell of a burnt match. And while it can’t be picked up in a good quality wine, it can overpower the senses in cheaper wines where it is present in large quantities.

Wine and Health

The body attacks excessive amounts of sulphur by producing histamines. It is those naturally occurring chemicals that cause allergic reactions in a minority of people. The problems range from a particularly severe hangover to anaphylactic shock. The subject of wine and health is complex, so consultation with a doctor is advised when health problems occur.

The Quantity of Sulphites in Wine Can Differ

Quality Winemaking

Quality Winemaking

Depending on the skill of the winemaker and the quality of the product, sulphites in wine can vary greatly. For instance, red wines already contain high levels of antioxidants naturally, so the addition of more is not required.

Because rose’ and white wines are not left in contact with their skins after crushing, they contain very low levels of antioxidants, so they require larger amounts of sulphites. It is necessary to add extra sulphites in wine that is particularly sweet (dessert wines), as more of it binds with the extra sugar present.

Commercial winemakers (those who produce wine on a mass scale), add sulphites to protect the characteristics of the product for longer. However, quality winemakers producing small quantities (often referred to as Boutique or Artisan winemakers) make wine as nature intended with minimal intervention and few additives.

What the Experts Say

There are many conflicting opinions about wine and health. While some experts believe that the antioxidants present in natural wine are beneficial, there is also the belief that the excessive sulphites in cheaper, mass-produced wine negates those benefits, often resulting in the dreaded “morning after” feeling. However, it is thought that drinking natural wine – with no added sulphites – or a good quality organic wine is the best way to avoid allergic reactions.

Whilst natural wine can be difficult to come by, good quality organic wine is becoming more widely available in the UK and is worth trying for those who have experienced sulphite related health problems in the past. Many of these people may be able to rediscover the joys of wine-drinking.

EU law states that mass-produced, natural and organic wine must be labelled as ‘containing sulphites’ if there is more than 10mg per litre present – which is certainly the case in most Supermarket wines. The good news is that quality winemakers see themselves as non-interventionalist and aim to produce wine as nature intended. Buying good quality wine (organic if possible) from this class of winemaker is the best way to avoid the potential side effects of sulphites in wine.

Organic, Boutique and Quality Wines are available to buy at www.winepalate.co.uk.

Vinaceous Wines – Exciting New Wines Brand New To The UK

February 26th, 2014

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Vinaceous Wines From Wine Palate

Vinaceous Wines From Wine Palate

Vinaceous Wines have just landed in the UK from Australia and we are super-excited to be one of the first in the UK to offer this exciting new brand to our customers.  This brand new exotic range of wines with bags of personality have launched very successfully in Australia and in the USA – and you could be one of the first in the UK to try them.

If names like Raconteur, Snake Charmer and Shakre don’t grab your attention, then the 30’s and 40’s theatre and circus style labels on this exciting new range most certainly will!

Vinaceous (click for the full range and our best buying prices) is the brain child of Nick Stacy and talented Australian winemaker Michael Kerrigan. Their concept is to bring distinctive and expressive wines that represent different mythical personalities such as Angels, Mermaids and Demons.

Why You Should Buy Vinaceous Wines

With fun and provocative imagery, it’s not just the labels that are a talking point; the wines themselves are simply delightful – diligently made, and very high quality. They are a great talking point over drinks or dinner, and you simply have to have a few in your wine rack!

If you like to discover something new, there is at least one in the range to suit your palate. We’ve summarised below, and full tasting notes are online.

Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz At Wine Palate

Snake Charmer Shiraz – be enticed with her beauty, and fall under the magical savoury spell of chocolate and mocha with hints of dark fruits.

 

Vinaceous Cabernet Sauvignon bottle image

Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon is a story well told, and loves to be the centre of attention, blackberry and raspberry notes and a silky feel on your tongue.

Bottle image of Vinaceous Shakre Chardonnay

Shakre Chardonnay – re balance your chi with mystical charms of tropical notes, a hint of creaminess, a touch of spice – and a toasty oak finish.

Bottle image of Vinaceous Sirenya Pinot Grigio

Sirenya Pinot Grigio – her song will captivate – bright, fresh and enticing with notes of citrus fruits and a long finish.

Bottle image of Vinaceous Divine Light Sauvignon Blanc

Divine Light Sauvignon Blanc has Celestial charms, and oozes class every time it touches your lips – refreshing and full of tropical and citrus flavours.

Bottle image of  Vinaceous Red Right Hand

Red Right Hand Shiraz/Grenache/Tempranillo blend depicts a flame thrower, and this wonderful blend has a dark fruity profile with a hint of raspberry and strawberry and a gorgeous touch of violet.

With so many stunning labels to choose from in the Vinaceous range you will be spoiled for choice for a gift idea. And at £12.74 for the whites and £13.45 for the reds ,  they won’t break the bank either!

Rioja – Exploring The Appeal Of A Great Wine Region

February 19th, 2014

Rioja, along with Sparkling Cava, is perhaps the wine Spain is known best for. Here we will explore the history of the region, what the different classifications of Rioja mean and recommend a wonderful wine that we think all Rioja fans should try from the LAN Winery.

Although around 85% of Rioja is red, white and rose’ blends are also produced. In this article we will focus on red – a blend of grapes from the region high in the north of Spain.

The History of Rioja

When you think of Spain, you might imagine beautiful sunsets, bustling cities, tapas, and perhaps wine. This would not be  surprising, as Spain is the world’s 3rd largest producer of wine behind France and Italy.

The region produces around 5% of Spanish wine, and is divided into three districts –

  • Rioja Alta
  • Rioja Alavesa
  • and Rioja Baja

Each district creates it’s own expression of the wines. Around 14,000 wineries (mainly family owned, and known locally as Bodegas) producing the Jewel In Spain’s Wine Making Crown.

 

Beautiful Rioja Landscape

Beautiful Rioja Landscape – LAN Winery

The Rioja region is beautiful and sits on a plateau 1500 feet above sea level beneath the Cantabrian mountains. Lush and green with hilltop monasteries, and ancient traditions. Winemaking here dates back to 873 AD with the river that gives the Region it’s name flowing through – the Oja (Rio Oja).

Classifications Of Rioja

Rioja Wine

Rioja Wine Cellar

The four classifications of Rioja tell a story of the age of the wine.

  • Rioja spends up to a year in oak barrel
  • Crianza is aged for two years (one of which must be in oak barrel)
  • Reserva is aged for three years (one in oak)
  • and top of the range Gran Reserva spends at least two years in oak and three in bottle before being released

The red blend is typically 60% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, and a smaller percentage of local varietals (often brought in from Basque and Navarra) to add aromas and flavours. Oak ageing gives a pronounced vanilla flavour – the trademark of Rioja.

Food To Enjoy With Rioja

Rioja is a very versatile wine for food pairing, and tastes delicious with grilled chicken, tomato and meat based pasta, red meat and game dishes, and not surprisingly Mediterranean dishes such as grilled vegetables and peppers, and Tapas – especially when chorizo is on the menu. Mouthwatering!

So it may be time to kick back and sample the flavours from this unspoilt region – and our Wine of The Month is the perfect bottle to uncork – enjoy!

Food and Wine: A Marriage Made in Heaven This Valentines Day

January 23rd, 2014
Food and Wine For Valentines Day

Rose’ Wine For Valentines Day

There are few things in life which give such great joy as a perfect food and wine pairing.  The perfect combination creates a delight for the eyes, the nose and the mouth so it’s no surprise that a wonderful and well thought out meal makes for a fantastically sensual Valentine’s Day treat.

The 14th of February is, after all, a traditional feast day so pick your food and wine carefully to create the perfect romantic meal for the person you love.

The Perfect Romantic Meal

Valentine’s Day is all about the senses so bear this in mind when creating your perfect night.  It’s all in the details so add some candles and rose petals to the table to create an intimate atmosphere and have some bubbly on ice to start the evening in a luxurious fashion.Ibis Rosato Frizzante From Wine Palate

I really love pink fizz on Valentine’s Day.  The Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne is from one of the best French Champagne houses and makes the day that bit more special.  Of course there are many alternatives to Champagne now and you can get plenty of “bang” for your buck with some top quality Cava and Frizzante.  The Ibis Rosato Frizzante makes a gorgeous sparkling aperitif and is delicious when added to crushed raspberries (the bottle also looks fitting for the occasion with a heart printed label!).

Aphrodisiac Entreés

So your romantic evening has started well.  Now it’s time to get serious!  Oysters have long been thought of as aphrodisiacs and it’s not just a folk tale.  Oysters contain high levels of amino acids and Zinc which do actually increase hormone levels.

Oysters can either be served raw with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkling of fresh parsley or (for the more squeamish) grilled with garlic butter and chilli flakes.  Whatever method you use, take your food to the next level by pairing them with a dry Riesling to compliment their salty tang.

Riesling: The Versatile Wine

Riesling is a grape variety which is used in a vast array of different wines.  From dry to sweet to sparkling and even a red, it can accompany so many different food types.

Dandelion Vineyards Riesling at Wine PalateOriginally from the Rhine region of Germany, it is now grown as far afield as Italy, Australia and even China.

Australian Riesling tends to have a smooth, citrusy flavour demonstrated in the Annie’s Lane Riesling which is a medium wine which pairs well with spicy food and the Gold Medal winning Dandelion Vineyards Riesling which is perfect with seafood.

The Main Course

The last thing you want in a Valentine’s meal is for it to be too heavy and leave you feeling sluggish afterwards.  There should be no dozing off on the couch after this meal!  Nor should the meal leave you hungry for anything but love (sorry – corny line I know!).

My suggestion for a romantic main course is to try your hand at tapas.  Sharing your food is a romantic gesture but also means that you’re not putting down a whole plate of stodge to fill you both up.

Try some pan-fried scallops topped with crispy chorizo, bite size tortillas, Patatas Bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce) and spicy Spanish meatballs plus anything else that takes your fancy.  Most tapas dishes are quick and easy to prepare so you should still have time to glam up before the meal.  For more tapas recipes see www.orceserranohams.com/recipes.

Keeping with the Spanish theme, a great wine to pair with tapas (or any meat or cheese based meal) is Castano Monastrell.  A fruity, full-bodied red from South-Eastern Spain.  This versatile wine won a Silver award at the Somellier Wine Awards and is fantastic value for money.

Whatever you decide to serve up for your loved one, remember to check out Wine Palate online where you can find suggestions for ideal food and wine pairings read more about our award winning wines.

Is There Such A Thing As Healthy Wine?

January 21st, 2014

Wine and healthHealthy Wine

There’s been lots of debate and reports on the harmful effects of alcohol, but the good news is that wine can be good for you. In particular if you are over 40 and you drink in moderation (1 -2 glasses per day).

Which wines are best

  • Red is better for you than white – mainly because the skins of red wine grapes contain Polyphenols and Antioxidants such as Reservatol and Quercetin, which may help prevent heart disease and cancer.
  • Darker reds are better (Cabernet Sauvignon is the best, followed by Zinfandel, Shiraz and Merlot) – as are wines from milder wine growing climates such as Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Burgundy and Rioja.

Heart Disease, Diabetes and Dementia

Firstly, a glass of wine with your meal helps to kill of the majority of bacteria responsible for food related illness, and unlike other alcohol, it doesn’t supress the immune system.

We mentioned Reservatol above, and studies have shown this plays a part in reducing high blood pressure, heart disease, blocked arteries, and improved circulation – and raises good cholesterol.

Reservatol also stimulates the enzyme in the brain that’s involved in nerve regeneration, and tests have shown it plays a part in reducing dementia.

And, according to a recent report in the Journal of Nutrition, compounds found in red wine can help with the prevention of diabetes.

Can I drink wine during pregnancy ?

The International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology claims that once glass of wine a week is not harmful – and may actually have benefits. Research suggests if a pregnant woman has a glass of wine a week, their child is less likely to have cognitive or behavioural issues.

We would emphasise “in moderation”, but the positive benefits are wide ranging. It’s also worth noting that wine is at the lower end of the calorie scale compared to other alcoholic drinks (see our recent blog article).

So there’s plenty of good reasons to raise a glass – to your good health!

Sticking To Your New Health Kick Without The Sacrifices!

January 15th, 2014

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Many of us bring in the new year with a health kick. Some may have over-indulged, or perhaps just made a new year promise to be a bit healthier – eat better, cut out alcohol, and exercise a bit more. Making wholesale changes is really challenging, and tends not to last – especially if it means being a martyr. Experts tell us we should make a few smaller changes, so the key is to change lifestyle without giving up too much of the enjoyment. And that means there is still room for a well deserved glass of wine – bliss!

Counting Calories

There are around 126 calories in a 175ml glass of 13% ABV wine. Compare that to a pint of beer at 230 calories, cider or lager at 170 calories, or a premixed can of gin and tonic at 213 calories. These figures vary depending on the strength, but the general picture shows that wine is at the lower end of the scale. (Source: NHS, Drinkaware). Not only that, red wine has natural properties that help prevent cancer and improve our cardiovascular functions.

Switch to Organic Wine

Organic Wine at Wine Palate

Organic wine is a great way to embrace a healthier option. Organic farming principles means no fertilisers, fungicides or pesticides when the grapes are grown. The rules on what qualifies as organic during the winemaking process differs from country to country, but you’ll find that the process is generally more natural. Sulphites are a natural by-product in wine, so most labels will say “contains sulphites”. However, synthetic sulphites are often added as a preservative (particularly in cheaper wine – which is why you get a worse hangover).

Go organic, and you’ll feel much better for it. Organic wines at Wine Palate start at £6.95, so they aren’t expensive when you consider the benefits – and the range includes red, white and rose’ wines. Well worth considering as part of a healthier outlook – have a look.

New Year New Sparkling Wines

December 23rd, 2013

New Year Wines To CelebrateBring in the New Year With a Bang!

So you’ve survived the pre-Christmas rush and now it’s time to think about the New Year. But how are you planning to celebrate? Will there be Champagne, Sparkling Wine or Prosecco? It can be tempting to just pick up any old Cava off the shelf but there is a whole wonderful world of wines out there to make your New Year party one to remember.

With so much choice it can be difficult to decide, so with festivities in mind our quick guide to selecting the best wine will help you on your way.

And of course remember to order in plenty of time for delivery before New Year’s Eve! (order by 26th December for guaranteed delivery from Wine Palate).

Is Celebrating With Champagne Your Style?

Nothing says Celebration quite like a bottle of Champagne.  Once the preserve of the rich and famous, Champagne is now so accessible whilst still adding a tLuxury Winesouch of luxury to your special occasion.

If you are planning to splash out then Louis Roederer Cristal 2005 (£148.94) is an impressive Vintage Champagne with a crisp, peachy flavour. Just one look at the bottle tells you this is a wine screaming “Luxury”! Vintage Champagnes are produced only in the best growing years and command a higher price tag as better grapes equals better Champagne. Truly a Champagne for a memorable occasion.

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If you’re looking for a less expensive option then look no further than the Pierre Mignon label which offers fantastic value for money.  It is a rare day when we find a really good Champagne under £30.00, and both of their Champagnes tick the box coming in at £26.86 for the Rose and £22.94 for the Blanc (white). We think these are the ideal Champagnes for your New Year party.  They are a lighter, fresh style of Champagne which suits many tastes and are great with party nibbles!

What Is A  Good Alternative to Champagne?

There is so much variety available now as an alternative to Champagne. Many of these sparkling wines actually use the same traditional winemaking techniques, so you can find yourself with a very similar style of wine to Champagne at a fraction of the price tag.

What to look out for:

If you spot “made by Methode Traditionnelle” (made in the traditional method) in the wine description this means the wine has been made in the same way as Champagne. These wines cannot be called “Champagne” as they not been produced in the Champagne region of France. You may recognise some of these wines as Blanc de Noirs, Crémant or Blanc du Blancs. In our online shop we simplify it further by noting “made by the same method as Champagne”!Wine Palate Sparkling Wine

Sparkling Wine Similar to Champagne

A favourite of mine is the exquisite Louis Bouillot Blanc de Noirs (£16.45) made in North Burgundy, France.  This unusual wine is quite the talking point as it is a white sparkling wine made from red grapes resulting in a delightful white sparkling wine with a pale pink hue. Not to be confused with a sparkling rose’ wine, it tastes like a light and fresh Champagne making it a really good option for a party.

Quality Prosecco

 

Prosecco

Let’s not forget about the ever popular Prosecco! This is again a great sparkling wine for celebrations and pairs really well with canapés. My top choice is Cantina Prosecco (£12.95). Different from your run of the mill Prosecco’s this cracker is full fizz, extra dry and is sure to please even the most discerning wine lover. A really good example of the Italian classic and approved by our own Italian family members!

 

At Wine Palate, there is a huge choice of multi award winning wines from top wineries which have been tasted and scored before making our shelves.  So make it your New Year’s resolution to join us and enjoy discovering new guaranteed quality wine, always with savings on RRP as you buy direct!

 

 

Festive Heroes – Award Winning Wines

December 17th, 2013

White Award Winning WinesOur Award Winning Wines and Your Local Hero Competition

At the Wine Palate we are fans of Award Winning Wines and in the spirit of The Queen’s Honours List coming up in the next few weeks, we decided to announce our own first British community festive heroes awards.

Do you know someone who has:

  •    Gone beyond their duty and given a valuable service to their community?
  •    Been a dedicated carer for a loved one?
  •    Carried out some incredible charity work this year?

For the most deserving people we will be awarding the Wine Palate Festive Heroes reward of:

  •     First prize – 12 bottles of Award Winning Wines
  •    Second prize – 9 bottles of Award Winning Wines
  •    Third prize – 6 bottles of Award Winning Wines

You can nominate your hero through our social media channels (please ask your nominee’s permission to do this), or you can nominate yourself too! Just tell us the name of your Hero and why you believe they deserve some special recognition for their efforts.

Remember to sign up for our mailing list too so we can contact you if your nominated hero is the winner!

Some interesting facts on wines enjoyed by previous Queen’s Award Winners:

•    Sir Alex Ferguson, is a self-renowned wine lover and has been known to compare his players to wines! His favourites are Bordeaux and Burgundy.

•    Dame Helen Mirren’s favourite activity to relax is to have a glass of wine and gossip with her friends and Luxury Winesher Hollywood home indoor bar has one of the most lavish wine collections from around the world. Some of our most expensive luxury wines are Meursault 1er Cru Maison Jessiaume the wonderful Wakefield St Andrews Wines and Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage Champagne

•    Although more famously known as a martini or whisky man, Sir Sean Connery drinks little of them and prefers to drink red wine as he believes it good for his health

•    Jancis Robinson OBE is so respected by Her Majesty the Queen, she now actually advises on her cellar! She has been quoted as saying “never think of the price when you drink a wine.” But with our 8 great wines under £8 you definitely won’t give it a thought!

Festive Memories

December 13th, 2013

Festive Wine

Wine and Festive Memories

Wine has been interwoven with festive memories and special occasions for thousands of years.

We want to help you select the perfect wines for your own occasions, to ensure you have the memory of ‘pleasure in every glass’. To help you with this in the easiest way, you can use our wine finder. You can select by wine name, by budget on our price slider, wine type, country, pairing particular foods and wine to suit particular festive moments.

You can be assured we taste, score and approve every one of our bottles for its superior quality. Our quality guarantee comes with every bottle . We want to provide as much help as possible to help you choose the perfect wine, so if our food and wine pairing guide and wine dictionary do not provide the answers, do get in touch with our team of friendly experts.

Share With Us And Receive A Gift From The Wine Palate

We also like to join in the spirit of the joy sharing at Christmas, so we would be delighted for you to share your ‘festive wine memories’ with our community, to spread the happy cheer. What are your ‘cherished festive memories’ and ‘festive funny stories’ involving wine?

To say thank you for spreading Christmas cheer, at random we will select one entry each week until New Year 2014 to receive a:

  •   voucher for two people to attend one of our wine tasting events next year as guests of honour.

We look forward to hearing that your wine has made a ‘festive memory’ for you and you can share it in any pictures, words, video or audio. You can share past memories, memories as they happen or what you are planning!   To participate post your entry on our social media pages and join our mailing list.

Festive Wine As A Gift

If you are searching for a gift and want to make it memorable, many people now appreciate presents that are sourced from independent boutiques like ours and where the source of the product is ethical with a unique authentic story behind it.
So we are delighted to offer with any gift, the “how to enjoy notes” and information on the vineyards it comes from. This helps converts a present which is already fabulously sensory into an interesting and knowledgeable experience too. You will also receive a reward for buying a gift, with loyalty points against your next purchase.

Our wine is sourced carefully from smaller independent (mostly family owned) vineyards and throughout our website you will find their stories. You will notice the philosophies of the winemakers and notes of the attention to detail in their winemaking, indicators of quality winemaking.

One of our favourite films to inspire you on the romance of vineyard life is A Walk in the Clouds or for a funny and heartfelt film take a look at A Good Year.

Ernest Hemingway’s captured memory of wine sums up our thoughts:
•    “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”