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Autumn Quaffable Case – Tasting Notes

Our Autumn Quaffable Case is now available in-store. It’s a mixed case of 6 whites and 6 reds for £74.99, which works out at just £6.25 per bottle. These are easy drinking wines which offer excellent quality and real value for money. Here’s what’s included.

WHITES

Sensale Grillo – Sicily, Italy, 2015, 12%.

Grillo could well be the Italian grape to overshadow Pinot Grigio in the future and many PG fans are starting to discover it. It essentially delivers a little bit more of everything. More fruit with peach and slight tropical notes intertwining with lemon, a touch more body and weight in the mouth, more acidity with a nice balanced freshness and generally just much more for your money. Great with creamy pasta sauces.

Le Havre de Paix Vin Blanc– Vin de Pays du Languedoc, France, 2016, 11%

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and other regional varieties this wine has been carefully blended to allow the bright, crisp fresh fruit to shine through but with a little bit more substance and quality than most at this level. Nice and bright with a delicious undercurrent of pretty green fruit and white flower. Fresh, vibrant and just great with lightly spiced salmon.

Vina Esmerelda – Penedes, Spain, 2015, 11.5%

Made by the famous Spanish Torres wine family this is a blend of Moscatel and Gewurztraminer grapes grown higher up in the mountainous area of Penedes to achieve freshness and pure bright aromatics. This has been one of our ‘Go To’ dry wines for some time and although from a relatively big producer it is consistently high quality and exceptionally enjoyable. With a lovely fragrant note of orange blossom, jasmine and rose petal the palate has nuanced sweetness with grape and quince notes. Balanced and fresh this is the perfect partner to Thai green curry.

Diamond Bay Chenin Blanc – Western Cape, South Africa, 2016, 12.5%

A reliable example of Chenin Blanc from South Africa, perfectly showing how this humble grape can make excellent value wines of good quality. Very typical characteristics of soft apple and ripe honeydew melon show through. The palate has a soft weighty texture and would be classed more as a ‘medium’ wine though the finish stays dry. A little touch of honey with just the faintest note of vanilla and smoke show through. Good with roast Chicken.

Pascual Bellier Cheverny Blanc – Loire Valley, France, 2015, 12.5%

A high quality producer from a lesser known region of the Loire Valley. This fascinating wine is a blend of 80% Sauvignon and 20% Chardonnay a rather unusual mix but one that works wonders when in the hands of a talented producer. With hints of gooseberry and green nettle cut through with a fresh lime note the palate has a softer more subtle texture than expected, a lingering weight and fruit finished with dark flint and mineral notes. A real star of the case. Ideal with mature Goats cheese.

Les Vignerons Vermentino/Colombard – Vin de France, 2016, 11.5%.

A delicious little French white blend using two slightly less fashionable grape varieties. The Vermentino brings a nice peach note with little hints of oral blossom and the Colombard adds a lively touch of citrus. A nice low alcohol makes this a great little ‘Quaffable’ white to have tucked in the fridge for a cheeky midweek glass! Fresh and vibrant it makes a great partner to a nice healthy salad.

REDS
Sensale Nero D’Avola – Sicily, Italy, 2015, 13%

Nero is Sicily’s standout red grape and this slick example delivers everything you expect at a great price. Lashings of dark berry fruit intertwine with the delicate sour fruit note that forms part of Italian reds. Think damson and dark cherry with a rich mouth filling palate, vibrant acidity and robust tannins. This red takes no prisoners but with a big plate of beef and tomato ragu pasta it will be spot on.

Journee de Mistral Ventoux Grenache – Rhone Valley, France, 2013, 14%

A little extra time in bottle has bought this wine to full maturity and with it a more complex, savoury almost earthy nose with olive and forest floor mingling with dark fruit. The palate is soft and very gentle for a Rhone Grenache with a mellow dark fruit character and slick polished tannins. Soft and mature this will be excellent with a rustic slow cooked bean stew.

Le Havre de Paix Vin Rouge – Vin de Pays du Languedoc, France, 2015, 12.5%

A light, bright and bouncy little French Vin de Pays! The nose is clean, vibrant, and full of soft summer berry fruits and the palate is awash with raspberry and juicy blackberry. A little waft of spice and a touch of tannin in the finish beef it up just enough to stop it being too thin and lightweight. A great party red wine.

Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Shiraz/Viognier – South Australia, 2014, 14%

167 years old and now in the 5th Generation Yalumba remains one of Australia’s ‘First Families’ of wine. The Y series is the easy drinking range however this Shiraz/Viognier blend has always been standout. An old French trick of adding a little Viognier (a white grape) lifts the aromas and adds a delicacy and finesse to the big robust warm climate Shiraz. Lots of big dark fruit character, plenty of spice and a little lifted violet note in the finish. Great with Roast Lamb.

La Riada Garnacha/Tempranillo – Campo de Borja, Spain, 2015, 13%

One of the wines we have stocked since we first opened and consistently one of our bestselling and most loved ‘House Wines’. A lovely fruit driven blend with nice jammy cooked berry character from the Garnacha (Grenache in France) and soft, summery, strawberry fruit from the Tempranillo. Light to mid weight with soft tannins, light balanced acidity and a pleasant mouthful of easy approachable fruit. Great to enjoy on its own or would even work with a curry.

Wildwood Merlot – California, USA, 2015, 13.5%

A classic example of a very ‘quaffable’ Merlot and what this case is all about! Merlot has the ability to be very reliable and consistently give good juicy fruit, a nice mid weight style, enough soft tannins without becoming drying or grippy, balanced alcohol and an all-round fruity, very drinkable crowd-pleasing style. This example is no different! Juicy and very drinkable this will be ideal to drink on its own or with casual food like pizza or fajitas.

All these wines are available to buy individually from the shop.
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Todays e-mail newsletter to our customers. Tasting News, Autumn Quaffable Case now In-store. Rioja Time By The Glass.

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Good Morning. We thought you might be interested in a couple of things happening in the shop this weekend.

Christmas Tasting Sold Out. Firstly, a quick update on our tasting. Thanks to everyone for an absolutely amazing response to our Christmas Tasting. Tickets for the first tasting sold out in 36 hours and tickets for the second tasting sold out shortly afterwards. We are now compiling a waiting list. We will possibly have a few smaller in store tasting events between now and Xmas which we will let you know about as and when.


Our Autumn Quaffable Case is now available in store. A mixed case of 12 bottles (6 white and 6 red) that offer excellent quality and fantastic value for money. 12 easy drinking wines perfect for quaffing this autumn! These are very enjoyable wines which work out at just £6.25 a bottle.
WHITES
Sensale Grillo – Sicily, Italy, 2015, 12%
Le Havre de Paix Vin Blanc– Vin de Pays du Languedoc, France, 2016, 11%
Vina Esmerelda – Penedes, Spain, 2015, 11.5%
Diamond Bay Chenin Blanc – Western Cape, South Africa, 2016, 12.5%
Pascual Bellier Cheverny Blanc – Loire Valley, France, 2015, 12.5%
Les Vignerons Vermentino/Colombard – Vin de France, 2016, 11.5%
REDS
Sensale Nero D’Avola – Sicily, Italy, 2015, 13%
Journee de Mistral Ventoux Grenache – Rhone Valley, France, 2013, 14%
Le Havre de Paix Vin Rouge – Vin de Pays du Languedoc, France, 2015, 12.5%
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Shiraz/Viognier – South Australia, 2014, 14%
La Riada Garnacha/Tempranillo – Campo de Borja, Spain, 2015, 13%
Wildwood Merlot – California, USA, 2015, 13.5%
Plus buy any 4 of our seasonal ‘Quaffable Cases’ and receive a £20 voucher to spend in the shop.
Finally, it’s Rioja time in the shop, specifically it’s a Vina Ardanza Extravaganza! We have a fantastic promotion on the La Rioja Alta ‘Vina Ardanza’ Reserva Rioja 2008, an absolutely delicious Rioja. Normally £26.99, we have it on promotion at £24.99. Plus when you buy a bottle you will be entered into a limited prize draw (only 50 tickets will be in the draw) to win a magnum of the very same 2008 Ardanza Reserva Rioja! If you want to ‘try before you buy’ we have the Vina Ardanza available by the glass all weekend at only £5 for a 125ml glass. And Rioja fans will find that our By The Glass machine will be filled with top quality Rioja from today!
If you’re in Whalley this weekend do pop in and say hello.

Cheers,

Tom and the team at The Whalley Wine Shop.