Todays newsletter – ‘Wine royalty’, free beer, and chocolate made for wine!

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WINE TASTING – On the 13th May we are delighted to have Anne Trimbach of the world famous Trimbach Family from the Alsace joining us at the newly renovated Mitton Hall conservatory for a masterclass wine tasting of Trimbach Wines.

 

'Wine Royalty' visits Whalley on May 13th!
‘Wine Royalty’ visits Whalley on May 13th!

This is a rare treat to sample some of the finest wines from Alsace whilst welcoming Anne to talk us through the tasting of the wines, their production and the history of Trimbach. For almost four centuries, the Trimbach Family has produced award winning wines from its exceptional terroirs in the Alsace, France. Come along and meet the undisputed masters of “style Trimbach” a world reference among Alsace Wine, and taste some amazing wines! The tasting is on Tuesday May 13th, it’s at Mitton Hall’s newly refurbished conservatory, a 7pm arrival for a 7.30pm start. The cost is £20 per person and there are only 50 tickets available for the event. To reserve your place please call the shop on 01254 822581. http://wp.me/pU22v-yQ

FREE BOTTLE OF BEER! – Today is World Malbec Day so, as Malbec is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine, we will be offering a free 330ml bottle of Quilmes Argentinian Beer with every bottle of Argentinian Malbec sold today! Free beer, what’s not to like!

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN THE RIBBLE VALLEY – We like to support and help out with local events in the Ribble Valley, so we are now selling tickets for both the Ribchester Festival of Music and Art http://www.ribchesterfestival.co.uk and the Middle Earth Beer Festival in Hurst Green http://www.middleearthbeerfestival.co.uk so if you’d like to get tickets for either of these events then please do call in to the shop.

Brix Chocolate, the perfect chocolate to enjoy with wine!
Brix Chocolate, the perfect chocolate to enjoy with wine!

CHOCOLATE MADE FOR WINE – If you want to give something a little more sophisticated than a Cadburys Easter egg this year, we have the perfect ‘grown up’ solution! It’s the absolutely delicious ‘Brix Chocolate for Wine’. A stunning range of chocolates designed specifically to pair with different wines! Our extensive research(!) on this product certainly testifies to its quality! We have the 6oz and 3oz blocks in 4 different styles and also the beautiful gift box collection with a 4oz block of each at just £14.99. AND WHAT’S MORE…we will have some samples available for customers to taste all weekend!

We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter, and if you are in Whalley, don’t forget to pop in and say hello.

Cheers,

Tom, Dan, Matt and Jen

Wine Tasting at Mitton Hall on Tuesday May 13th

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Anne Trimbach will be hosting a Masterclass at Mitton Hall on Tuesday May 13th

On the 13th May we are delighted to have Anne Trimbach of the world famous Trimbach Family from the Alsace joining us at the newly renovated Mitton Hall conservatory for a masterclass wine tasting of Trimbach Wines.

This is a rare treat to sample some of the finest wines from Alsace whilst welcoming Anne to talk us through the tasting of the wines, their production and the history of Trimbach. The viticultural origin of the Trimbach Family dates back to 1626. For almost four centuries, the Trimbach Family has produced award winning wines from its exceptional terroirs in the Alsace, France. Today, the family vineyard is led by Hubert Trimbach, nephews Jean and Pierre, and his daughter Anne, the eldest of the 13th generation, who is visiting us here in Whalley on May 13th. Come along and meet the undisputed masters of  “style Trimbach” a world reference among Alsace Wine, and taste some amazing wines!

The tasting is on Tuesday May 13th, it’s at Mitton Hall’s newly refurbished conservatory, a 7pm arrival for a 7.30pm start. The cost is £20 per person and there are only 50 tickets available for the event. To reserve your place please call the shop on 01254 822581.

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Newsletter to Customers.

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Our newsletter features…Sampling Spain’s Finest, a Lovely Lab and the Perfect Chocolate…

Hello, just wanted to let you know what we are tasting ‘By The Glass’ at the moment, to alert you to some superb savings and offers that will be ending soon, and something different for Mothers Day


BY THE GLASS – And we are totally in Spanish mode with some superb Riojas amongst others for you to sample….

Whites:
Marques de Riscal Finca Montico Verdejo – a rich, oaked Verdejo from the oldest house in Rioja. Delicious and quirky.
Lagar de Cervera Albarino – New to us, and just arrived this month. Lovely weight and texture and a long dry finish. Top class Albarino.

Reds:
Bodegas Bilbainas Alto de la Caseta – Only 3000 bottles made each year. Low yielding vines. 11 months oak. Stunning.
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva – New in, very traditional style Rioja, with supple, polished and smooth tannins.
La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva – An icon of high quality Rioja, the 2000 is tasting brilliantly and is the last batch before we move to 2001.
Blecua – From the Somontano region in Spain this is an ultra high quality blend, a personal favourite.
Bodegas Bilbainas Graciano – made in the Rioja Region but from 100% Graciano grapes. Big, bold and dry, well worth a try.
Scala Dei Cartoxia – An intense and powerful Garnacha dominant wine from a historic Monastry producer in Priorat.

SPECIAL OFFERS ENDING SOON.

 

The delicious easy drinking red from Portugal
The delicious easy drinking red from Portugal

Lab – an absolute gem of an easy drinking, smooth fruity Portugese red! Made from a blend of Portugese grapes with a dash of Shiraz, the wine shows intense red berry fruit with blackcurrant and redcurrant both present. Cinnamon and winter spice add another layer of complexity but the real clincher is the texture. Silky smooth tannins and a lovely soft, round velvety finish make this as easy drinking as red wine gets. Shipped direct from the producer we can offer the wine at the great price of £7.99 a bottle or 2 for £15 and it has flown off the shelves! Only 10-15 cases remaining so if you want to try this wine before it goes, head in this week….

A Pair of Pinot’s -
Bouchard ‘La Vigne’ Pinot Noir – delicious and well made Burgundy, normally £12.99 now only £8.99. SAVE £4
Alamos Seleccion Pinot Noir – a more fruit driven style with lovely balance and quality. Normally £9.99 now £8.49 SAVE £1.50

A Voluptuos Viognier
Jean luc Colombo La Violette Viognier – If you’re not familiar with Viognier, then this is a great example. Normally £9.99 now £7.99 SAVE £2

A Stunning Syrah
Errazuriz Max Reserva Syrah – The 2010 vintage is drinking superbly, great smooth full bodied Shiraz. Normally £13.99 now £11.49.SAVE £2.50

THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE FOR MOTHERS DAY.

 

Brix Chocolate, the perfect chocolate to enjoy with wine!
Brix Chocolate, the perfect chocolate to enjoy with wine!

 

We have some great ideas for gifts for Mother’s Day. Some gorgeous white wines like Sancerre, Chablis, Prosecco, and the superb Provence Rose Whispering Angel. There’s the little bottle of Fizz for a Mothers day Champagne breakfast, a Moët Rose, with half bottles usually 21.99 but this weekend only £18.99. Or there’s ‘Mother’s Ruin’ to be found amongst our wide selection of over 50 types of gin. Finally there’s the perfect chocolate, it’s called Brix Chocolate and has been specifically designed to go with wine, yum!

 

The King’s Ginger now available at The Whalley Wine Shop

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The King’s Ginger is a delicious liqueur specifically formulated by Berry Bros. in 1903 for King Edward VII. This rich and zesty tipple was commissioned by the Royal Physician to stimulate and revive His Majesty whilst exposed to the elements during morning rides in his new horseless carriage – a Daimler.

It has been appreciated by bon viveurs, sporting gentlemen and high-spirited ladies ever since!

The King’s Ginger is a high-strength liqueur (41%) created by the careful maceration of ginger root, enlivened by the judicious addition of citrus in the form of lemon oil for an unexpectedly fresh lift. It’s appearance is seductively golden. On the nose an instantly warming aroma of ginger, zesty lemon, sherbet and golden syrup. On the palate an initial sweetness followed by a bite of ginger and lemon tart. A deliciously satisfying and warming mouthfeel, with a lingering and extremely long lasting finish.

The King’s Ginger is available now at The Whalley Wine Shop for just £23.99.

For lovers of Burgundy, a wine tasting not to miss!

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We are delighted to be holding our first ‘meet the producer’ wine tasting of 2014, and it’s a pretty special one too.

We are really proud to announce that Andrew Nielsen from the Le Grappin Estate in Beaune, Burgundy, is going to be showing his wines from the 2011 and 2012 vintages. The tasting is in The Great Hall at Whalley Abbey at 7.15pm on Tuesday 25th Feb and is a great opportunity to taste some fabulous Burgundies.

The Le Grappin Estate in Burgundy
The Le Grappin Estate in Burgundy

Andrew’s reputation is flourishing!  Tim Atkin MW, from Three Wine Men, has declared Andrew Nielsen as one of his 25 winemakers to watch, scoring his Beaune Premier Cru White and Red 94/100 and 93/100 respectively.  Some of you may know that Matt spent a week, last October, with Andrew helping with the 2013 vintage and Matt can vouch first hand for Andrews passion and dedication for his wine, something  you’ll be able to taste for yourself. Andrew Nielsen is an Australian making wine in France and is absolutely flying at the moment, you’ll get the chance to chat with him after the tasting as well.  There are only 24 places available on this tasting and they are priced at £20 each, excellent value given the quality of the wines you will be tasting.

The Wines:

You will enjoy a glass of Champagne on arrival, 5 wines from Burgundy (3 white, 2 red) and a selection of cheeses from Cheesie Tchaikowsky. The wines are….

Le Grappin Savigny les Beaune Blanc 2011

Le Grappin Savigny les Beaune Blanc 2012

Le Grappin Beaune 1er Cru Boucherottes Blanc 2012

Le Grappin Savigny les Beaune Rouge 2012

Le Grappin Beaune 1er Cru Boucherottes Rouge 2012

This is a tasting for those who have a love of the wines from Burgundy as this is a fantastic opportunity to talk with and discuss the region  with a hands on winemaker.  These are superb wines made in very small quantities and only available from us and one outlet in London. This is an excellent opportunity to taste wines which are great now and to buy wines to lay down for the future. 

To book your tickets please ring the shop on 01254 822581 to reserve your tickets, and a reminder that there are only 24 places available.

8 Fabulous Wines available ‘By The Glass’ in January

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This month, once again, we have 8 superb wines available By The Glass. Our selection has the theme of ‘Brothers and Sisters’ where we have chosen a red and a white from the same producer. We have 4 pairs of wine from New Zealand, France, Australia and South Africa, across a variety of grapes. Here are the wines that you can buy ‘by the glass’ up to 10pm every single night of the week. There are very few places where you can sample fine wines between £15 and £38 a bottle, and The Whalley Wine Shop is one of them!

Wines from New Zealand
Wines from New Zealand

A red from Mahi - Pinot Noir – Marlborough, New Zealand. 2010

Lots of sour cherry strawberry and creamy vanilla on the nose. The soft tannins give a velvet texture to the wine, with flavours of light red fruits, including redcurrants, strawberries and raspberries. A nice long finish. This is gorgeous,  try it and see if you agree!

  80p for 25ml, £2.40 – 75ml, £4.00 – 125m, £ 19.99 per bottle

A white from Mahi - Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough,  New Zealand  2012  

 This wine just shouts GREEN, green grass, green bell peppers, green gooseberries. There’s a little citrus tingle on the tongue and lots of fruit, lemons, apricots, grapefruit. Well balanced acidity gives a nice finish.

60p – 25ml, £1.80 – 75ml, £3.00 – 125ml, £14.99 per bottle

Wines from France
Wines from France

A red from Le Grappin - Beaune Premier Cru - Boucherottes - France. 2012

 Only available in 2 retail outlets in England, and we are very proud to be one of them. Lots of strawberries and raspberries on the nose, with a little hint of earth. On the palate there’s  a bit more of a plum and strawberry taste, with a little hint of liquorice.

£1.60 – 25ml, £4.80 – 75ml, £8.00 – 125ml, £37.99 per bottle.

A white from Le Grappin - Beaune Premier Cru - Les Greves - France. 2012

Rich oak aromas, including baked apples, cinnamon and brioche. On the palate there are flavours of apple, vanilla, pears and buttered toast. A nice long finish shows this wine has great potential to age well.

£1.60 – 25ml, £4.80 – 75ml, £8.00 – 125ml, £37.99 per bottle.

Wines from Australia
Wines from Australia

A red from Jim Barry ‘Lodge Hill’ - Shiraz – Clare Valley,  Australia 2012

Soft creamy blackcurrants, plums and black cherries with  hints of ‘Parma Violets’, cinnamon and cloves. On the palate its gets a bit more intense and savoury, with stewed plums, warm spices and an almost meaty black pepper finish.

60p – 25ml, £1.80 – 75ml, £3.00 -  125ml, £14.99 per bottle.

A white from Jim Barry ‘Lodge Hill’ - Riesling – Clare Valley,  Australia 2012

Very pale in the glass. Lots of fresh citrus aromas including lemon, lime, mandarin but also that little tell tale hint of Riesling 4-Star. Quite a full flavoured wine with flavours of Apple skin, Lemon and Lime, Peaches.

60p – 25ml, £1.80 – 75ml, £3.00 – 125ml, £14.99 per bottle.

Wines from South Africa
Wines from South Africa

A red from Boekenhoutskloof - Syrah – Franschhoek Valley, South Africa 2011

From the producers of The Chocolate Block this has nice ripe fruits on the nose, blueberries, plums and dark cherry. These fruits are followed through on the palate with some minerality. On the finish is a nice creamy texture and hints of white pepper and liquorice.

£1.20 – 25ml, £3.60 – 75ml, £6.00 – 125ml. £29.99 per Bottle.

A white from Boekenhoutskloof - Semillon – Franschhoek Valley,  South Africa 2008

 A huge wine full of  spiced orange, buttered popcorn aromas. Lots on the palate too, lemon peel, mandarin and marmalade. Theres also a little beeswax and vanilla pod. This wine has ages to go yet.

90p – 25ml, £2.70 – 75ml, £4.50 – 125ml. £21.99 per Bottle.

8 superb wines available 'By The Glass'
8 superb wines available ‘By The Glass’

Which wine has least calories? Which wine on a diet?

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This is one of the questions we get asked a lot at this time of year, as many of us try to shed those extra pounds we added during the Christmas festivities.

Here’s just a couple of suggestions.

Bella by Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

30% less alcohol. 30% less calories.
30% less alcohol.
30% less calories.

Bella by Invivo has 30% less alcohol and 30% fewer calories than a typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and is absolutely gorgeous too! Fresh cut pineapple and passionfruit with hints of greengage plums and racy limes hit both nose and palate. A soft, full textured mouth-feel and pleasing balance leave the palate both awakened and refreshed. Bella by Invivo is deceptive in its power and has great length without requiring high alcohol, using fruit intensity as the backbone to its structure. This delicious wine will accompany a wide range of cuisines and excel with light salads and pasta dishes. Bella by Invivo has only a 9.5% ABV and is available at The Whalley Wine Shop for £10.99

Fresita, Sparkling Wine from Chile

Fresita at The Whalley Wine Shop
Only £7.99 a bottle

This lovely Sparkling Wine from Chile is very popular for lots of reasons, not only because this wine is infused with fresh natural Patagonian Strawberries which creates a delicious fruity, juicy, mouthwatering Sparkling Wine but also the alcohol content is only 8%! We currently have stocks in the shop, and at only £7.99 a bottle (2 for £15) for a really nice fizz, it helps the pocket as well as the waistline!

Cheers.