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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Today’s e-mail Newsletter to our Customers

Wine Tasting at Grindleton Pavilion.

We have 15 tickets available for a small bespoke wine tasting at Grindleton Village Pavillion on Friday 24th March. There will be about 60 different wines to taste in a ‘walk around’ tasting format similar to our big Spring and Christmas tastings. Tickets are £15 each and are very much on first come first served basis. We are expecting them to sell very quickly as a result of this e-mail, so if you want to come ring our Whalley shop on 01254 822581 and reserve your tickets now.

New Wines available By The Glass.

If you fancy trying some excellent wines that are a little bit different, our current selection features red and white wines from 3 countries…. Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. If you haven’t tried wines from these countries before we think you are in for a fabulous surpirise!! Here are the 8 wines in our BTG dispenser at our Whalley shop until next Thursday…..

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REDS
Urla Vourla from Turkey
A Merlot blend with Cab Sauv and Syrah in a full bodied rich red. Turkey is on a roll! This wine is made by hot young Turks on a mission. Jancis Robinson is a BIG fan. The result of biodynamic farming, as organic as can be.

Pasaeli 6N from Turkey
A real discovery at the recent Wines of Turkey tasting in London with wines from both international and indigenous varieties showing real personality. A blend of 18% Merlot with 82% Karasakiz (which translates as ‘black chewing gum’). The medium bodied palate combines sour cherry, rosehip and balsamic vinegar flavours alongside a tart, lip-smacking acidity and a forest-floor finish.

Chateau Ksara Cuvee du Troisieme Millenaire from Lebanon
Made from a blend of 40% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 30% Syrah. It displays a subtle nose of raspberry and blackcurrant with subtle hints of vanilla. The refined palate has good structure and firm tannins making this a rich and complex wine with a finish to die for. Pair with red meat and flavoursome game. Big and bold from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

Ktima Alpha Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines from Amyndeon, North West Greece.
The brainchild of Bordeaux trained wine maker Angelos Latrides. Angelos is one of the most talented winemakers working in Europe. Bright dark ruby color. Complex nose with typical bouquet of sundried tomatoes, smoky black fruits, strawberries, dark cherries, liquorice and spices. Full body, with rich fruit depth, blackberries, plums, herbaceous hints and oak on the back.

WHITES
Gaia Notios from Greece.
What we have here, then, is Gaia Notios white, a Moschofilero and Roditis blend from Peloponnese, Greece. It’s kind of flowery and lychee-ish on the nose, from the Moschofilero but then the Roditis kicks in on the palate, with smooth but keen lemon flavours that give a bit of backbone. Nice with a bit of whitebait… Light, crisp and fresh white wine using indigenous grapes

Chateau Ksara, Chardonnay from the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
Chateau Ksara is Lebanon’s oldest winery.This white wine has a soft aroma of banana and nutmeg. Medium to full bodied with integrated oak which gives a delicate vanilla and spice character to the wine. Rich tropical fruits with lots of pineapple

Ktima Biblia Chora, Sauvignon Blanc and Assyrtiko, from Greece.
Super fresh, a typical Sauvignon nose, with a hint of nettle and lashings of gooseberry and passionfruit. Grassy Sauvignon Blanc 60% blended with local Assyrtiko 40%

Gaia ‘Wild Ferment’ Assyrtiko from Santorini, Greece
Gaia is one of the pioneers of modern Greek wines, and this barrel fermented Assyrtiko is one of their finest. Toasty and smoky on the nose with a fair amount of minerality, it opens up onto a full and rich palate with a salty tang reminiscent of the ocean. Great with bouillabaisse, or as something different to go with your roast pork. Excellent example of a local grape well made.
LOOK OUT FOR MORE THEMED BY THE GLASS SELECTIONS COMING SOON,,,,including…

From Thursday March 23rd – Mothers Day Special – showcasing some lovely rose’s, and top end whites….bring Mum in for a glass!

May the 4th be with you – Star Wars Special – Anything and everything Star Wars themed!

For rugby fans, look out for the Lions Tour Special – 4 UK wines v 4 NZ wines. Can’t wait!!! And there’s loads more too.

There’s always something nice to taste at The Whalley Wine Shop

Cheers!

Fine Wine Merchant