Valentines Day Food and Wine Ideas

February 1st, 2016

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.

Wine Palate Food and Wine Pairing

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.  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 lightly sparkling aperitif and is delicious when added to crushed raspberries (the bottle also looks fitting for the occasion with a heart printed label!).

If a full fizz is more your style the beautifully presented Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Reserva is fit for the most discerning sparkling white wine lover. As Purveyor to the Royal Spanish Household, Codorniu offer the very best of Spain’s most well known wine, their Blanc de Blancs Reserva is no less than the top selling Cava in Spain.

 

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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.

Wine Palate Oysters and Wine Pairing

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 Baron de Badasserie Picpoul de Pinet, a wonderful light, fresh, dry white wine from Southern France or a fine Burgundy Albert Bichot Chablis Domaine Long Depaquit to compliment their salty tang.

 

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!).

Wine Palate Food and Wine Pairing 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 LAN Rioja Crianza.  A smooth red full of juicy red fruit flavours and toasty notes.  This versatile wine has been listed in Wine Spectator Magazine’s Top 100 wines in the world. Superb value for money at under £10 from Wine Palate.

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 and read more about our award winning wines.

Perfect Wines For Christmas

December 15th, 2015

No Christmas dinner is complete without the right bottle of wine. If you need a high quality bottle that won’t tarnish your turkey, look no further. At Wine Palate, you can find a selection of the finest festive vintages, so choose a cracker for this year’s table.

Christmas table

Wines to Pair With Christmas Fare

Choosing a quality wine for the Christmas table takes some expertise. Whether you choose a white or a red for your festivities, one thing is certain – they will have to go well with roast meats and vegetables. If you choose red wine, Wine Palate recommends something medium bodied like a medium weight Pinot Noir. If you go for white wine with your dinner, try a fresh and dry Sauvignon Blanc. When it comes to the cheese course (and the inevitable Christmas pudding) have something appropriate for the occasion like a deliciously sweet Montepulciano or even a bottle of Port to round off your meal in style. Christmas is also a time for toasting – so have a spectacular sparkling frizzante or Champagne on hand that can salute the occasion without blunting anybody’s appetite. At Wine Palate, you can find specialist wines for any festive menu. There are bottles to go with game and pate, as well as turkey and desserts. So if you want to pull off the perfect Christmas dinner, have all of the wine required by ordering from our specially curated seasonal vintages.

Matsu Luxury Wine Gift Box

Matsu Luxury Wine Gift Box

Christmas Wine Gift Ideas

Wine is not just a mainstay of the Christmas table. It’s also a superb gift idea. Treat the wine lovers in your life to something that they can treasure – whether they choose to drink it with their turkey or store it in their cellar. Wine Palate have gathered together a special collection of award winning wines from across the world. You could choose to give a beautifully presented Chocolate Box wine from Australia, with its rich, luscious taste. Or if you know a music fan with a taste for quality wine, why not give them a bottle of Parducci’s Rolling Stones Merlot? There are also some exceptional wines with gift box options, to make them even more fun to unwrap on Christmas day, along with accessories for drinkers such as decanters. When you order a festive case or single bottle, you can rely on Wine Palate’s team of tasters. We have scoured the wine world this year, sorting out the glittering success stories and offering them for festive drinkers to enjoy.

There’s no better way to share the Christmas spirit than with wine of the highest quality, so take a look at the specially selected range of festive wines available at Wine Palate. With our help, everyone can find the perfect companion to sip around the tree with their mince pies this year.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

June 11th, 2015

Looking for a bit of inspiration for Fathers Day?

A new tie might not hit the spot, but some nice wine is sure to impress – and we have some fabulous and unique ideas for you to choose from.

Our Fathers Day gift section is full of exclusive boutique quality wines, gift boxes and accessories from £8.45, delivered in plenty of time for Fathers Day.

We have selected a few favourites, but do have a browse at the full selection.

Music to your ears

Claymore Shiraz and Wines That Rock Gift Ideas

Claymore Shiraz and Wines That Rock Gift Ideas

Wines That Rock are much more than a funky label. They are award winning premium quality Californian wines, and a tastebud treat for just £14.55. Choose from iconic album covers by the Rolling Stones, Police or Pink Floyd.

Or try a premium quality Shiraz inspirerd by Lou Reed. Walk On The Wild Side Shiraz is plush and silky smooth – and just £14.75. Add a quality gift bag from our range of gift bags and boxes from £2.25 and you are good to go.

Presentation Gift Sets

Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz Luxury Gift Box

Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz Luxury Gift Box

Choose from our range of very impressive gift sets. Pictured above is the stunning Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz – a multi award winning wine in a silk lined wooden box. The ultimate gift for a red wine lover for £38.95.

Or choose the impressive award winning Father and Son Tempranillo from Matsu – premium quality full bodied red wine with an enchanting story – beautifully presented for £41.95.

Matsu Luxury Wine Gift Box

Matsu Luxury Wine Gift Box

 

These are just a few select examples – browse our full tempting selection of Fathers Day Gift Ideas online. All orders over £125 are delivered free.

Rose Wine To Drink Now

May 13th, 2015

A bottle of chilled rose wine has alfresco and sunny days written all over it. Swirl your glass and you will be greeted by delightful aromas of strawberry, cream and summer fruits – isn’t that what summer is all about? We have picked out five top roses’ for summer drinking, and if you are curious, read on to find out how rose wine is made.

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Did you know that rose’ is also remarkably versatile with food?

Most rose wines are lovely to drink on their own however it also pairs well with salad, seafood, chicken, and even stretches to a touch of spice – Thai cuisine for example.

Our top five rose wines for summer at Wine Palate

Routas Rouviere rose comes from a British owned vineyard in Provence, situated halfway between the Mediterranean and the Alps. A beautiful blend of Cinsault, Grenach and Syrah, it’s a Decanter award winner of exceptional quality. Enjoy delicious watermelon, ripe peach and tropical fruit flavours – a perfect wine for the garden. At £8.75 it is a “must try”.

Domain Gayda rose from an organic vineyard nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees (Languedoc region) this rose’ is made from the Cinsault grape. Highly praised by wine writer Jancis Robinson, it is fresh and racy, with beautiful aromas of strawberries and cream and flavours of summer fruits. Enjoy this delicious wine for just £8.95.

 

Ca dei Frati Rosa dei Frati from Wine Palate

Ca dei Frati Rosa dei Frati from Wine Palate

Ca Dei Frati Rosa dei Frati is a bit of a personal favourite of ours at Wine Palate, and a customer favourite at our Jamie Oliver wine tasting event. A very nice bottle, and a beautiful delicate onion skin colour tell you this is classy before you’ve even got the corkscrew out. Once opened, it has gorgeous aromas of summer pudding and strawberries, and a vibrant refreshing taste. It comes from the best producer in the Lugana region in Northern Italy. A bit more pricey at £14.95, but very good value for the quality.

Goyenechea Merlot Rose is sensual and aromatic, and a very drinkable wine. Lively with a slight sweetness, and gorgeous crushed strawberry flavours, it comes from the Goyenechea family winery in Argentina, which dates back to 1868. At just £7.75 this is remarkable value, so definately one worth adding to your wine rack.

Low calorie rose wine

If 30% less calories per glass sounds good, you should try Invivo Bella Rose from the multi award winning Invivo winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. A rose’ made for alfresco lunches and sunny days – refreshing and full of strawberry and citrus fruit flavours. Better still, a waistline friendly wine with 30% less calories and a lower ABV. The grapes are harvested early, so less residual sugar. Genius for just £12.25.

How rose wine is made

Most rose wine is made using red grapes. After picking and crushing, there is a process called maceration where the grape juice and skins are left together before pressing. It’s the grape skin that gives the wine it’s colour, so the difference between red and rose is the time the crushed juice of grapes is left in contact with the skins. Another way is where the vineyards put the wine from white grapes like Pinot Grigio in contact with the skins of red grapes from their harvest, giving a light flavour boost and a delicate blush colour.

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Prosecco – Officially The World’s Favourite Fizz

April 29th, 2015

Last year Prosecco overtook Champagne as the bestselling sparkling wine. We are the curious type, and wondered what was behind this meteoric rise to sparkling stardom. Does the price mean that every day can be a celebration? Is Prosecco a more taste bud friendly flavour? Are Champagne lovers trading down?

Prosecco at Wine Palate UK

Only a purse friendly option?

We say no! Certainly the price point of Prosecco makes it an attractive option for social occasions. Whether it’s a wedding celebration, an engagement, or anywhere you are raising a glass for a toast, there is plenty of choice under £15 a bottle. More importantly, we find the flavours are refreshing and crisp (typically fresh apple and pear flavours) and a good quality Prosecco is very easy drinking. Many actually consider the classic Italian sparkler to be easier drinking than Champagne, good to know if you are looking for a crowd pleaser.

Did you know that Prosecco was reported to be the fastest growing alcoholic drink in the UK in 2014?

(figures from Kantar Worldpanel). Overtaking Cava and Champagne in the popularity charts, could we be looking at the next leader in the fashion stakes of sparkling wine? You may see Prosecco in more wine glasses than you think.

The scintillating sparkler is very adaptable, making a star appearance in Bellini and Spritz cocktails and it is particularly good with a splash of Limoncello. One of our favourites from our wine cocktail list is Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco, see recipe below adapted from damndelicious.net. It is so easy to make and takes only a few minutes to prepare.

(serves 6)

1 cup Limoncello Liqueur (recommended Cassano Limoncello di Sorrento £19.95 from Wine Palate)
3 cups Prosecco (recommended Mabis Prosecco Frizzante £7.95 from Wine Palate)
1 cup of frozen raspberries
6 sprigs of mint

Add the Prosecco then Limoncello to a large punch bowl, stir gently (over stirring or whisking will deplete the bubbles). Add the raspberries and stir again. Garnish with a sprig of mint (optional) before serving.

Find more wine cocktail recipe ideas on our Pinterest Board.

6 quick facts on Prosecco

  1. Prosecco is only produced in a delimited area of north-east Italy
  2. It takes its name from the village of Prosecco (now a suburb of Trieste)
  3. Prosecco is made from a Grape named Glera. The grape was originally called Prosecco, but renamed to prevent it being grown outside the region then sold as Prosecco
  4. Global sales of Prosecco are around 307 million bottles – overtaking Champagne at 304 million
  5. Prosecco is either fully sparkling (spumante), or lightly sparkling (frizzante)
  6. Rose’ Prosecco is not produced although a number of Northern Italian wineries produce sparkling Rosato based on Prosecco
  7. To produce the bubbles, a second fermentation takes place inside stainless steel tanks
  8. Prosecco is more purse friendly that Champagne due to the production method. With Champagne the second fermentation is in the bottle, making it more expensive to produce

 

When good old British summertime appears and the patio set is getting its’ first airing of the year, a glass of chilled sparkling wine in the sun sounds appealing. The purse friendly nature of Prosecco is a perfect cork to pop in the garden, especially if you have friends round. One of our favourites at Wine Palate for summer drinking is Pradio Passaparola Prosecco, at only £9.95 – who needs an excuse! Worth popping one or two in your next case for when the sun peeps out.

 

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Wine Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

March 9th, 2015

With less than a week to go, you may be looking for ideas – or you may be dropping hints! We have lots of great ideas to give you some inspiration – a selection of sumptuous quality guaranteed wine gift ideas that will leave a lasting impression.

Fruity White
Did you know that Britain’s most popular wine is the zesty and fruity Sauvignon Blanc? You will find a really wide selection of Sauvignon Blanc in the Wine Palate online store. Next to Chardonnay it is the most widely produced white wine varietal in the world.

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Our pick this Mother’s day is the Prince of Sauvignon Blanc – Claymore Purple Rain. From Clare Valley in Australia it is bright, fresh and full of passion fruit and guava notes. Something a little different and one of the most popular whites at our recent Glasgow Wine Festival. Pair with our heart design wine gift bag and tag for a gift sent with love. (£16.15 at Wine Palate)

 

 

 

Delicate Rose’ Wine
With a wide range of beautiful Rose’ wines from £5.95 at Wine Palate, there is plenty to choose from. We have however picked out a Rose’ from France with a first class reputation.Chateau Beaulieu Rose-smlChateau Beaulieu Alexandre Rose’ is a high quality example of the fresh, dry and delicate rose’ wines from the Provence region. From a family owned vineyard, the wine is a beautiful pale raspberry colour with delightful aromas of strawberry and redcurrant. Good value for money. £11.55 from Wine Palate (RRP £13.55)

Juicy Red

Montes Alpha were the first Chilean winemakers to produce premium quality wine, and we are huge fans of their Pinot Noir. Also one of our customers’ favourite reds from our Glasgow Wine Festival and winner of a Silver Sommelier Wine Award. Medium bodied, fruity and deliciously easy drinking you will find Montes Alpha Aconcagua Pinot Noir bursting full of violet, vanilla and red berry notes. At £13.75 this is a really impressive winMontes Alpha Aconcague Pinot Noir- smle for its’ price point. Pop a bottle into our beautiful wine grape gift bag for a stunning gift.

Grape vine single bottle gift bag

 

 

 

A touch of luxury

Something a little usual, and a bit special, is Blanc is Noirs. Sparkling white wine made with black  grapes using the Champagne method  produces a delightful sparkling wine with a pale pink hue. From Burgundy in northern France this stunning bottle of Louis Bouillot Perle Noir has wonderful red fruit aromas and a fine elegant mousse – a sparkling wine that will not disappoint. Present in a silk lined solid wood gift box for a luxurious touch. Louis Bouillot Perle Noir £15.95 and Luxury Wooden Wine Gift Box £14.99 from Wine Palate.

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The Best Wines To Serve This Christmas

December 9th, 2014

Whether you are serving turkey or game – or something different, it’s always reassuring to know the wine will enhance the occasion. So here’s a quick guide to help you choose the best wines to serve this Christmas. If you are having something more unusual, pair the perfect wine by looking up our food and wine pairing guide.

Champagne and Sparkling Wine

Find the perfect wine for each course

Pre dinner/lunch is the perfect time to pop some fizz – read more on how to find your way to the perfect festive fizz.

Starters are normally lighter flavoured, so you can either stay on the fizz, or switch to a white. Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon blanc will get you off to a good start. It’s a gorgeous multi award winner from superstar winemakers Invivo (sponsors of the Graham Norton Show). Fresh, refined and full of fruit flavours.
Our Price £12.25 RRP £13.95)

For the turkey course – turkey is quite a strong flavoured white meat so you have a few options;  pair with a fuller flavoured white wine such as Chardonnay (if white is your preference), a rose’ – generally really versatile for food matching, or if you prefer red – a light to medium bodied red such as Pinot Noir or Merlot.

Wine Palate picks for matching with turkey

Montes Classic Series Chardonnay from Wine Palate

Montes Classic Series Chardonnay – a good match for Turkey

Montes Classic Series Chardonnay from Chile, a great quality wine for the price, and goes particularly well with poultry. Fruity,with hints of vanilla from oak ageing. Our Price: £9.15 (RRP £10.55)

Ca dei Frati Rosa dei Frati from Wine Palate

Ca dei Frati Rosa dei Frati from Wine Palate

 

Ca Dei Frata Rose’ De Frati is a refreshing top quality dry rose’ from the best producers in Lugana in Northern Italy. Our Price £14.95 (RRP £17.45)

 

And for the red, Graceland Merlot is a stunning quality boutique red wine from South Africa – and a perfect match for Turkey and Cranberry Sauce. Better still it’s on offer right now, you save £6.90 per bottle. Our Price: £14.95 (RRP £21.85)

 

Desserts – A dessert wine always goes down well at Christmas – not just because it’s great with Pavlova, Trifle and Christmas pudding, but also fab with your cheese board. Try Los Pecadilos Glotionia – perfect for Christmas fayre. A Gold Decanter award winner, it’s rich and sensuous with melt in the mouth flavours.
Our Price £8.95 (RRP £10.25)

 

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at Wine Palate UKHow much wine will I need?

Different people drink different amounts – and you know your guests better than anyone – but here’s some thoughts to help you along. A bottle of wine will serve just over 4 x 175ml servings (a small glass), although you will probably serve larger measures. If you are planning a different wine with each course (with some having a second glass and others a “little top up”), for 5 adults you will need around 2 bottles for each course.

 

The best wines to serve this Christmas are those that pair well with stronger flavoured foods. For inspiration to try something new or for help to find the perfect match for the food you are serving, use our Wine Finder food matching tool online at www.winepalate.co.uk.  Simply select the category of wine you prefer by grape type (Chardonnay for example), country or by price. Use the Wine Finder to the left of the page to select your preferred food and you will see our personally recommended wines to match.

 

 

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Find Your Way To The Best Festive Fizz

December 1st, 2014

Champagne and Sparkling WineWhether you are looking for Champagne, or quality sparkling wine that won’t stretch the purse strings, you’ll find what you are looking for at Wine Palate. Here’s a quick guide to the best of Festive Fizz along with some of our top picks for the festive season – all with sparkling savings on RRP.

When only Champagne will do

Are Big Name Champagne Brands Best?

The renowned Champagne houses of Laurent Perrier, Krug and Louis Roederer are famed the word over (find all these brands and more at winepalate.co.uk). They consistently produce elegant styles of Champagne year in year out and there is no doubt of their quality.  However, you usually pay a premium for the brand name.

Are all Champagnes the same?

Champagne is made predominantely from the black grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, blended with the white grape, Chardonnay. A second fermentation in the bottle produces the bubbles. All Champagne producers make Champagne by the same method, using the same blend of grapes with some varient on the percentage of each grape in the blend. Some producers will use more Chardonnay in their blend for an easier drinking Champagne.

Can you spot a good Champagne from the label?

Brand names can command a price, however when we look at quality and taste versus price, we often find smaller independent producers offer more value for money. The Champagne region is divided into classifications by village, each rated between 1-100. Typically, the lowest rated villages in Champagne score  80%. Premier Cru villages are rated between 90 and 99% and Grand Cru villages are rated 100%.

You will find the highest quality Champagnes with Premier Cru or Grand Cru on the label, and there are some fabulous small independent producers in these villages. Two of our picks:

Pierre Mignon Grand Reserve Premier Cru Champagne £22.45

Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Champagne £27.55

Compare these prices to some of the big brand Champagnes which are generally not produced in these prestigious classifications and

Armand de Brignac Gold Ace of Spades with presentation box £249.50 from Wine Palate

Armand de Brignac Gold Ace of Spades with presentation box £249.50 from Wine Palate

the smaller independents are definately worth looking at. Don’t get me wrong, a bottle of the  spectacular Armand de Brignac Gold Ace of Spades is something pretty special, however for high quality Champagne at a fraction of the cost,  try the small independent producers.

 

 

Similar in style to Champagne without the price tag

Blanc de Blancs

Vinaceous Burlesque Blanc de Blanc £15.75 from Wine Palate

Vinaceous Burlesque Blanc de Blanc £15.75 from Wine Palate

 

Blanc de Blancs is made using the same grapes and same method as champagne – but not in the Champagne region. A similar style at a fraction of the price. You will find some good examples of this style of sparkling wine from France, England and Australia from only £8.85 at Wine Palate online.

Stunning Sparklers for toasts

Prosecco

Prosecco is Italy’s most famous sparkling wine. and is produced in a different way to Champagne to create the bubbles. The grape used is Glera, unique to Italy, which gives  lighter flavours, often of apple and pear. Being an easy drinking sparkler it’s a popular choice for a welcome drink or aperitif. Look out for two different styles of this wine – Spumante’ (full fizz) or Frizzante (half fizz). You will usually find Spumante to be drier and Frizzante slightly sweeter.

Wine Palate pick – Pradio Passaparola Prosecco Spumante £9.95 (rrp (£11.45). A full fizz cracker.

Cava

Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut from Wine Palate

Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut £10.25 from Wine Palate

Produced mainly in Catalonia, Spain, Cava was known as “Spanish Champagne” in days gone by. Made using the Champagne method and local Spanish grape varietals. There are many different styles of Cava, from very dry, full flavoured examples to refined, lighter styles. Anna de Codorniu is a good example of an elegant style of Cava. From Spain’s number one producer it is soft, elegant, well balanced and refreshing. £10.25 from Wine Palate online.

 

With plenty to choose from at winepalate.co.uk it’s a great time to sort out your festive sparklers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wine Gift Ideas For Christmas

November 19th, 2014

Wine Gifts at Wine Palate

Can you believe there are only five weekends until Christmas? Ideas, lists and gift shopping are all on the agenda at the moment and if you have someone on your list deserving an exclusive gift, we have some great wine gift ideas to share with you.

There are a couple essentials to consider when selecting the perfect wine gift. One is, know you are handing over a bottle of good quality. Let’s face it, none of us want to be responsible for presenting a horrendous hangover along with our gift. And two – know that you have chosen something that your recipient will actually drink and enjoy (not use in their next recipe!).

For quality – look for quality guarantees from your supplier before making your purchase (that rules out selecting your wine gift from a row of nice looking labels on a shelf in your local store!), and read our guide to selecting the best wine gift. It’s easy when you know how.

 

For the wine lover who likes to experiment

A mixed case is a good idea if you know the recipient enjoys a variety of wines – and likes to experiment a little. Presentation still matters for a mixed case gift. Don’t go for boring old labels, choose something that makes an eyecatching presentation when the bottles are grouped together.

Our picks for a mixed case gift:

Perfect for Italian wine fans

Alpha Zeta Classic Italian Collection

Alpha Zeta Classic Italian Collection

 

Our Alpha Zeta Classic Italian collection includes six of Italy’s most famous wines; Amarone, Corvina, Garganega, Pinot Grigio, Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso and Soave. Your gift recipient will enjoy working their way through the alphabet of these top quality wines. Mixed case of six just £69.65 (rrp £80.40)

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the music fan who also enjoys a nice glass

Claymore Wines Mixed Case

Claymore Wines Mixed Case

 

Don’t mistake these wines for a gimmick. Claymore wines are the real deal and one of the best wine gift ideas we have seen. Australian wines of premium quality and taste. In fact Claymore “Walk on the Wild Side” Shiraz and their “Purple Rain” Sauvignon Blanc were two of the most popular wines with customers at our recent Glasgow Wine Festival.

A case of six Claymore Wines is just £83.90 (rrp £96.50) and includes  two of:

Claymore “You’ll Never Walk Alone” GSM
Claymore “Purple Rain” Sauvignon Blanc
Claymore “Walk On The Wild Side” Shiraz

 

 

 For the theatrical person in your life

 

Vinaceous Wines Mixed Case

Vinaceous Wines Mixed Case

The creativity of Director Nick Stacey of Vinaceous Wines shows no bounds in the design of these striking labels, each based on mystical beings from a bygone era. The concept was to produce seven distinctive wines representing seven personalities – men, women, angels, demons, mermaids and other creatures of mythology. All in the style of  theatrical/circus posters from the ‘30s and ‘40s.
And the wine? Well, as producers of premium quality Australian wine from the Margaret River region, you won’t be disappointed.

A case that’s sure to be a talking point with the lucky recipient and a good all round selection of classic wines:

“Sirenya” Pinot Grigio
“Shakre” Chardonnay
“Divine” Light Sauvignon Blanc
“Red Right Hand” Shiraz/Grenache/Tempranillo blend
“Snake Charmer” Shiraz
and “Raconteur”  Cabernet Sauvignon

 

For the wine lover who likes their tried and tested favourites

Mar da Pahla Portugese Sauvignon Blanc

Mar da Pahla Portugese Sauvignon Blanc

There is nothing wrong with sticking with a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Noir if you know someone who absolutely relies on this as their

favourite wine. However try to think a little “out of the box” and perhaps choose a more unusual wine region such as a Sauvignon Blanc from Portugal or a Pinot Noir from Germany. Different wine regions produce many different styles of the same grape varietal so why not try something you don’t see on the high street every day?

You can find a huge selection of guaranteed quality single bottles of wine to buy online from around £6.00 at winepalate.co.uk.

For the connoisseur

Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz a collectors fine wine

Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz a collectors fine wine

 

The connoisseur is likely to have tried their fare share of quality wines and although it may seem intimidating buying for this person, there are a couple of ways to really impress. The first thing to do is have a budget in mind for this gift, and instead of blowing the budget on several wines under £10, select one bottle of wine that:

– Is from a wine region known for producing fine wines (your wine merchant should be able to advise you on this or you can select from the Wine Palate white or red fine wine collection).

– Is not mass produced (i.e not found in supermarkets or chain stores)

Present this gift in a quality wine gift box and you are good to go.

Quality Crystal Glass Frio Decanter

Quality Crystal Glass Frio Decanter with detachable cooler base

If you still feel nervous about buying for a connoisseur, consider buying wine accessories instead. A quality glass decanter or good quality wine glasses never go wrong. You can find quality wine accessories online at Wine Palate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And for something a little different

Brix Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party Set

Brix Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party Set

 

Chocolate and wine are actually a wonderful match, and this Chocolate and wine tasting kit makes a fantastic gift at just £29.95.  All you need to do is add wine (find our recommended wine matches online at winepalate.co.uk) or just present the set on its’ own. The set comes complete with instructions and includes the wooden chopping board and knife set. Something different!

 

 

All wines from Wine Palate are backed by a money back quality guarantee, there’s no minimum order, and you collect reward points with every purchase.

 

 

Star Wines From The Glasgow Wine Festival

November 8th, 2014
Wine Palate Glasgow Wine Festival

Wine Palate Glasgow Wine Festival

 

After many months of planning, our first Glasgow Wine Festival took place in October. What an amazing day!

The beautiful Trades Hall in Glasgow provided the perfect atmosphere, talented pianist Douglas Johnston added a wonderful ambience, and a fabulous crowd of 400 fellow wine lovers made the day. With 80 stunning wines on show from some of our best producers it was a hard job to pick out only a few wines to highlight, so we let our customers do the talking and share with you their favourites from the day.

Pierre-Antoine Mairet presenting Chateau Tour de Capet Saint Emillon Grand Cru at Glasgow Wine Festival

Pierre-Antoine Mairet presenting Chateau Tour de Capet Saint Emilion at Glasgow Wine Festival

The Reds

Montes Alpha Aconcagua Pinot Noir

Montes Alpha Aconcagua Pinot Noir

 

Claymore Walk On The Wild Side Shiraz premium Australian Shiraz, delightfully smooth and amazing value for money.  Pairs well with game, steak and smoked meats, an ideal festive wine. £14.75 (RRP £16.95).

 

Chateau Tour de Capet St Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Tour de Capet St Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Tour de Capet Saint Emilion Grand Cru exceptional value for a Bordeaux of this quality, ripe and full flavoured berry notes and hints of wooden cigar boxes. The standout wine of the day for many. £23.15 (RRP £26.65)

 

Montes Alpha Aconcagua Pinot Noir light, flavourful easy drinking red. Silver Sommelier Wine Award Winner. £13.75 (RRP £15.85)

 

Graceland Strawberry Fields

Graceland Strawberry Fields

Graceland Strawberry Fields beautifully hand crafted outstanding quality South African red wine blend full of savoury red fruit flavours £19.85 (RRP £22.85).

 

White favourites

Claymore Purple Rain Sauvignon Blanc wonderful fresh white wine with aromas of passion fruit and guava from cool climate Clare Valley in Australia, a region renowned for top quality Sauvignon Blanc.  £12.95 (RRP £14.85)

Wine Palate Glasgow Wine Festival

Wine Palate Glasgow Wine Festival

Claymore Purple Rain Sauvignon Blanc

Claymore Purple Rain Sauvignon Blanc

 

Los Haroldos Torrontes Wine critic Jancis Robinson also voted this as her number one Argentinian white wine, very easy drinking fresh and dry, with notes of grape and peach. £7.95 (RRP £8.95)

 

Cazes Organic Muscat Viognier delightful fruity dry white wine with citrus and tropical fruit flavours. £11.45 (RRP £13.25)

 

 

 

Wine Palate Glasgow Wine Festival

Wine Palate Glasgow Wine Festival

Sparkling surprises

The Champagne and sparkling wine table was very busy. Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Champagne was thought to be really good value for money £27.55 (RRP £31.75) and a couple of sparkling wines made quite an impact:

Vinaceous Burlesque Blanc de Blanc

Vinaceous Burlesque Blanc de Blanc

 

 

 

Vinaceous Burlesque Blanc de Blanc Australian limited production sparkling white wine with a light creamy texture £15.75 (RRP £17.95)

 

Leconfield Syn Sparkling Shiraz

Leconfield Syn Sparkling Shiraz

Leconfield Syn Sparkling Shiraz another Australian sparkler, this time a sparkling red. Something a bit different to serve chilled and one of the most popular wines at the Festival £12.15 (RRP £13.95)

 

 

 

Wine Palate Glasgow Wine Festival

Wine Palate Glasgow Wine Festival

 

We are really delighted so many enjoyed the day, thanks to all who sent feedback. You have inspired us to organise the second Glasgow Wine Festival. Save the date! We will be at The Trades Hall of Glasgow again on Saturday 28th March 2015. Hope you can make it. Tickets will be on sale from early December.

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