Whalley Lions Gin Festival and the Winner of our Chase Williams Rose Prize Draw.

Whalley Lions Gin Festival

Whalley Lions Gin Festival – A Charity Fundraising Event & Celebration of Gin

On Friday Sept 8th Whalley has it’s first Gin Festival! The venue is Oakhill College and at the event, orchestrated by local lad and ‘Spirit Ambassador’ Joel Beckett with the Whalley Lions, there will be a host of fantastic gins and spirits to taste along with premium tonics from Peter Spanton.

The Whalley Wine Shop will be there and have all the gins for sale on the night and Jacks of Whalley will be there with a selection of G&T’s for only £4.50! Tickets for the night are £10 which includes entry and all tasters. The first 75 tickets however are at the reduced price of £9 but already selling fast! The night kicks off at 7pm but is a ticket only event, so get your tickets beforehand, available from The Whalley Wine Shop or Jacks of Whalley. You can also get them from Joel or the Whalley Lions via facebook.

Chase Rose Prize Draw….and the winner is…..

The Maison Williams Chase Rose has been one of our best selling wines all summer. With its delicate pale colour, wafts of alluring summer berry fruit and a crisp, dry, mineral texture its not surprising! During June and July we held a prize draw to win a 4 bottle Jeroboam worth over £95….and our lucky winner is…. Charlotte Whittle!

Charlotte, pictured above, and her partner Gary are WWS regulars and have a soft spot for Chase, they can often be found walking their beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog called Clementine of an evening and stopping for a cheeky glass mid walk! We think its a genius plan, why not follow suit, bring your dog, and pop by for a quick glass this weekend! We’ll have some magnums of Chase Rose open… and fresh water ready for your pet dog too! And here’s Clementine…

Summer Quaffable Case, Perfect for the Weekend.

Our seasonal case has proved incredibly popular since we launched it earlier in the year. It’s a fantastic collection of everyday ‘Quaffable’ wines at a fantastic price. 6 whites and 6 reds for only £74.99 which works out at only £6.25 a bottle! The full price of these wines would be well over £95 so it’s a great saving. Additionally if you buy each of our 4 seasonal cases through the year we will give you a £20 cashback voucher to spend in 2018 (t’s&c’s apply). If you missed the Spring Case fear not, buy 2 Summer Cases and we’ll stamp your card just the same! The case is an excellent selection of wines perfect for quaffing over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

As always, we will have a fabulous range of wines to sample in our By The Glass dispenser and the best value wines in Lancashire available as our ‘House Pours’. Plenty of reasons to pop into The Whalley Wine Shop this weekend. Have a great Bank Holiday!

Cheers,

The Team at The Whalley Wine Shop.

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Today we launch our Spring Quaffable Case…fantastic value for money.

Our Spring Quaffable Case is now available and in-store. 12 bottles – 6 reds and 6 whites – for just £74.99, which works out at £6.25 per bottle. The quality of the wines make this case genuinely excellent value for money. Here’s a list of the wines included in the case…

WHITES

Alvis Drift Viognier –  Worcester, SouthAfrica, 2016, 13.5%

A delicious Viognier from an under the radar winery that is picking up numerous awards for their wines, this wine collecting 3 Golds in South African competitions. A nice soft style with hints of peach and honeysuckle, good texture with a subtle dry finish and touch of apricot fruit. Excellent with spicy Asian dishes.

Teira Sauvignon Blanc –  Sonoma County, USA, 2014, 13.5%

A Sonoma County Sauvignon for only £6.25?? Full price this wine is around £14.99 however we picked up a fantastic deal on the last few cases of this and it’s a true value gem. Light and fresh with a Loire Valley-esque style. Shows light citrus fruit and fresh grass with a sophisticated mineral note in the finish. Perfect with goats cheese or smoked salmon.

Swan Hill Peace Chardonnay/PinotGrigio –  Victoria, Australia, 2013,12%

An interesting blend that is becoming more popular and works brilliantly in this wine. Lots of upfront juicy fruit, with citrus notes, touch of green apple and a lovely ripe and mouth filling style. Nice and balanced with soft acidity and the little bit of bottle age brings out a riper more rounded fruit in the finish. Great with pork.

Villa Maria Reserve Riesling –  Marlborough, New Zealand, 2008, 10.5%

A truly stunning buy at this price. Riesling is often undervalued and this offers incredible flavour and depth. Initial flavour reminiscent of lime marmalade with lovely wafts of the ‘diesel’ note that typically develops as Riesling ages. Bright fresh acidity and with just a touch of sweetness in the finish. A brilliant little wine that will be a great match for spicy belly pork.

Vielle Grange Chardonnay –  Pays D’oc, France, 2015, 13%

A nice example of good, solid, regional French Chardonnay made by a talented winemaker from the Languedoc. Soft and clean with gentle hint of honeydew melon and wafts of light apple fruit, enough acidity to keep it bright and fresh and a touch of malolactic fermentation to add a nice gentle creaminess. Unoaked so avoids being too heavy and a great match to plain chicken or creamy pasta.

Green Fish Verdejo –  Rueda, Spain, 2016, 12.5%

Verdejo has often been regarded as Spain’s finest white grape variety and this lovely fresh example is a great introduction. Showing a bright and clean lemon fruit note reminiscent of lemon sherbet, round in texture with a soft balanced style, not too sharp. Lovely clean and simple style but very pleasant and a great match to a fresh garden salad with mackerel.

REDS

Alvis Drift Cabernet Sauvignon –  Worcester,SouthAfrica,2013,13.5%

Great example of excellent value Cabernet from this award-winning producer. Lots of big bold dark fruit intertwined with smoky charcoal notes and hints of coffee bean. Full bodied but with a nice softness of fruit, some sturdy tannins but not too overbearing. Match up with a decent steak.

Finca del Alta Malbec/Merlot –  Mendoza, Argentina, 2016, 12%

Argentinian Malbec is more popular than ever so finding a good example at a decent price is getting hard. We think this is a great value drop of wine. Blending Malbec with Merlot results in a wine of great balance; the Malbec brings a fuller body complemented by the concentrated juicy fruit of the Merlot. This is a lighter example so is great for drinking on its own.

BeyondtheRiver Shiraz –  South Eastern Australia, 14%

A full bodied, fruity and smooth wine with glorious aromas of dark berry fruits that carries over on to the palate. Big, juicy dark berry flavours combine with a nice soft spiciness that lingers in the finish. A great wine for the first BBQ of the year!

Escena Rioja – Spain, 2014, 13.5%

Excellent value for this delicious, fruit driven ‘Joven’ Rioja. Lots of primary fruit with a soft blackberry note, a hint of Tempranillo’s typical strawberry in the background, all wrapped up with a nice soft waft of vanilla. Soft but present tannins lead to a lovely lingering finish of soft fruit and gentle white spice. Great with spicy lamb.

Fico Grande Sangiovese –  Romagne, Italy, 2015,13%

Produced in the Bidente Valley in Emilia Romagna, one of the area’s top sites for growing Sangiovese. Soft and supple, this wine carries lovely red fruit flavours along with spice and pepper, followed by long, smooth tannins. Great with a classic Italian pasta dish.

Vielle Grange Merlot –  PaysD’oc, France, 2015, 13.5%

An excellent partner to the white from this very reliable producer. Good soft dark berry fruit, juicy and very easy drinking. A touch of wild herb in the finish along with a little tannin gives the wine a nice structure and pushes it up a level from just being simple soft fruity red. Very drinkable stuff and perfect with a good cheese board.

OUR SPRING CASE IS THE FIRST OF FOUR SEASONAL CASES THIS YEAR…..

OUR SUMMER CASE WILL BE RELEASED ON JUNE 15TH.

OUR AUTUMN CASE WILL BE RELEASED ON SEPT 1ST.

OUR CHRISTMAS CASE WILL BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 15TH.

AND…. IF YOU BUY ONE OF EACH DURING THE YEAR YOU WILL GET A FREE £20 VOUCHER TO SPEND IN THE SHOP!!

Cheers!!

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Fine Wine Merchant