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This Thursday is Beaujolais Nouveau Day!


This week marks the beginning of one of the most fun and enjoyable weeks in the wine industry and, no, it’s not the ever earlier start of Christmas Shopping (that’s next week!), this week is all about… Beaujolais Nouveau! Yes, this Thursday is Beaujolais Nouveau Day!
Starting out life as a simple and fruity young red for vineyard workers to drink straight after harvest, Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. The idea of ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ was really brought to life by Georges Duboeuf in the 70’s. It went through its heyday in the 80’s and 90’s with the iconic ‘Beaujolais Run’ with car enthusiasts and playboys racing to be the first to pick up the Nouveau and dash back to the UK. Since then it has gone through a slight decline in popularity. But no more!
At The Whalley Wine Shop we have always been big fans of Beaujolais in all its forms and the Nouveau is no different. What’s not to like?! It’s a fun, fruity, low tannin, low alcohol red wine that suits loads of casual foods and you can enjoy it slightly chilled. Going into winter it is a perfect light red to open at the end of a long day and quaff a glass or two. Not complicated, nothing to think about, just pure joyful drinking.
But there’s a serious side too. We hope that by getting involved in the tradition of the ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ day you might also taste, enjoy and ultimately fall in love with some of the superb, complex and serious wines that do come out of the Beaujolais region. The fabulous ‘Cru’ Wines from names you might recognise….Fleurie, Brouilly, Moulin e Vent, Morgon and others (nine in total, worth learning for the next pub quiz!). It is also worth noting that the 2017 Vintage is being billed as one of the best in recent years. Despite serious problems with hail damage the wines that were produced should be excellent quality. Why not come down on Thursday 16th of November, pick up a bottle of the Beaujolais Nouveau and become one of the first to find out!
Our offer:
We have 2 different Beaujolais Nouveau available and unlike most wines we can’t tell you exactly what they taste like – we get our first taste of them on Thursday just like everyone else!
George’s Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 – £11.49 a bottle or 6 for £65
Oedoria Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 – £9.99 a bottle or 6 for £55
We will also be serving both wines by the glass from Thursday onwards at £3 a glass. In our ‘By The Glass’ wine sampling machine we have a fabulous range of 8 different wines representing a great cross section of the wines available from across the Beaujolais region.
So come down to the shop, grab a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau, join in the fun and carry on the tradition! You never know you might just discover the hidden delights of Cru Beaujolais at the same time…

What a Day in Store! Free Gin Tasting Tomorrow!!

Not only is it the time to celebrate the Queens official birthday, but this Saturday (June 11th) is WORLD GIN DAY!! Is this a coincidence? We think not, apologies Ma’am.

Now, we believe World Gin Day is a genuine reason to celebrate! Apparently this is the 8th holding of this fabulous occasion and is the biggest and best by far with all sorts of GIN events happening up and down the country! (Not seen any myself, but according to t’internet there are plenty…)

As bona fide genuine Gin lovers and afficionados we have a fantastic range of Gins at The Whalley Wine Shop with well over 60 different types of Gin, and to join in with World Gin Day, we will opening some of them tomorrow especially for you…. and giving them to all our customers to taste free of charge!!

We will be having the following 5 Gins open to taste all day in the shop…..


Batch Lancashire Gin – Made in our very own neck of the woods over in Burnley, hand crafted and using the unusual combination of Frankincense and Myrrh makes a wonderfully elegant Gin and perfect locally produced gift.
Brockmans Gin – The berry bomb Gin! Packed with blueberry flavours, and great served with a twist of grapefruit peel.

Chase Eureka Gin – The second batch of this limited edition from Chase, big citrus flavours of Lemon, Lime, Orange, and Pink grapefruit means no need to garnish!

Koval Gin – A new arrival for us from Boston in the US of A! Dry, spicy, warming and also Kosher.

Puerto de Indias – The newest arrival for us (it’s just come in today!) a beautiful new Strawberry infused gin from Seville… An absolute must try!

What’s more if you find something you like, and if you buy any 2 bottles of Gin, you will receive 10% off! We very rarely discount Gin so this is a fantastic opportunity to really stock up the collection and add some new and unusual bottles to your drinks cabinet at a decent price!

Obviously, we want to look after all your G&T needs so not only are the Gin offers good, but we will also be doing the following superb deals on tonic waters as well…. (I wonder if it is World Tonic Water Day too?!!)

Fever-Tree Tonic – 24 x 200ml bottles for just £17.99 – a saving of £5.77!
Indi Tonic Water – pack of 4 x 200ml bottles for just £5.99
Thomas Henry Elderflower Tonic, – add a little floral kick to your Summer G&T, with 4 x 200ml bottles just £3.99

As always we are open all weekend, so do pop in and say hello and have a taste of some absolutely wonderful Gins too!