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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…..


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.

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.

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


Gorgeous Gruner….The next big thing?

Tom writes a wine column for The Longridge News, last week he did a piece about Gruner Veltliner, and here’s what he had to say…

Gorgeous Gruner Veltliner – the next big thing?

Have you tried this lovely white grape variety from Europe yet, if not that may soon change. At The Whalley Wine Shop we have been introducing customers to ‘Gruner’ and all it’s wonderful, easy drinking, charms and getting a fantastic response. Let’s start at the beginning. Gruner Veltliner is a white grape from Austria where 1 in every 3 vines planted is Gruner Veltliner. It makes light, crisp, dry, fresh white wines that are unoaked. Delicate citrus flavours intertwine with peach and a haunting waft of dry, spicy, white pepper that works brilliantly with simple grilled fish dishes. And that clean, dry, straightforward style is why I think it will appeal to white wine drinkers who enjoy both Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

If you’re a fan of Pinot Grigio then you will enjoy Gruner for it’s soft, easy drinking style with pleasant hints of citrus and a lovely clean unoaked style. If you’re a fan of Sauvignon Blanc then you will enjoy Gruner for it’s fresh zesty flavour, nice citrus notes, a nuance of more exciting fruit, and a lovely dry, spicy finish… oh and did I mention it’s unoaked. So if you like the crisp, fresh and minerally style of white wine I would definitely urge you to try an Austrian Gruner Veltliner, especially if you’re having fish. You can find a lot of great examples of Gruner Veltliner at around £9.99 a bottle, and it’s well worth it.

Gruner’s popularity is spreading and another country getting in on the act is New Zealand. The Kiwi’s are world famous for their fabulous Sauvignon Blancs and have another potential success on their hands with Gruner Veltliner. I tried a new NZ Gruner last week at an industry wine tasting in London and WOW, the flavours are fantastic, more intense than the European examples with abundant fruit character; peach, pineapple, honey and spice all pushing to the front. Fuller bodied and with texture, more suited to spicy Asian dishes, the New Zealand Gruner Veltliner offers a lovely contrast to the clean, crisp Austrian wines.

Our recommendation would be to try the Austrian Gruner first and then the New Zealand. Start with the wonderfully named – The Dot, Austrian Pepper, from the European Winery of the Year, R&A Pfaffl – a delicious and modern example from a new, exciting young wine maker. Light citrus flavours, textured mineral quality with a touch of black pepper spice in the tail. Then try ‘The Crossings’, Gruner Veltliner, 2016 from New Zealand – the first vintage from the Yealands Wine Estate in Marlborough, and it’s utterly delicious.

Get into gorgeous Gruner and be one step ahead of the ‘next big thing’ in white wines. Cheers.

Check out The Dot, Austrian Pepper, a delicious Gruner Veltliner from Pfaffl, The European Winery of the Year.