Cheers for Dads!

With Father’s day fast approaching (18th June this year), we think all Dad’s deserve a special treat this month. So why not treat your super dad to a special bottle of Port this Father’s day. We’ve got everything you might need from ruby, tawny, vintage and even white port – so why not check out our Port guide below.  

Ruby port

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Ruby Ports are aged for no more than 3 years in barrels or stainless steel vats and are meant to be drunk young. They are the ideal partner for a cheeseboard or chocolate dessert. They also make fantastic Port wine reductions to complement roast beef or duck.  Try with full flavoured cheeses such as a good farmhouse Cheddar, Red Leicester or gorgonzola. The sweet and full berry flavours of ruby port complement chocolate desserts such as a molten chocolate cake or a chocolate-walnut tart. Alternatively, a rich cherry pie would work brilliantly.

Tawny port

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Tawny ports are aged in smaller barrels than ruby ports. This allows the wine to oxidise producing a lighter tawny colour. Tawny port is delicious when matched with a hard, nutty cheese or a pudding such as apple pie, tarte tatin, baked figs or caramel tart. Cheeses such as Parmesan and Manchego complement the naturally nutty flavours of tawny ports. Alternatively, go for any eggy dessert—for which the Portuguese are famous – such as Pastel de nata or a crème brûlée.

Vintage Port

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Vintage Port is made from the very best grapes grown in a single year. Vintages are not necessarily declared every year and so a declared vintage port really is something special. Great vintages can be kept for years and even decades before drinking. Vintage port works beautifully with dark chocolate or a really good stilton cheese.

White Port

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For those wanting to try something a bit different, white port might just be the ticket. White port is wonderful when served poured over ice or with tonic and pairs well with olives, nuts, gouda and seafood.

To give Dad’s an extra treat we have 10% off all our Ports this June.

What’s more, we offer a range of gift boxing options to really add a touch of luxury. We hand wrap all gifts and can include a personalised gift card. Then we deliver them straight to your door (or your dad’s if that’s easier).

It’s Official! Our Wines are Award Winning!

Brut RoseYou may have seen our recent post about our award winning Forest Gin.

Well it seems our wines have stepped up to the challenge at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards too.

Deutz achieved bronze awards with both their Brut Classic and Brut Rose champagnes and our Beronia Reserva 2012 achieved an impressive Silver award.

We’ll toast to that!

Hooray for Chardonnay!

We’ve heard on the grapevine that 25th May 2017 is International Chardonnay Day.

It occurred to us that it seems a shame to celebrate this fantastic grape for only 1 day. So we’ve decided to save celebrate all month with 10% off our Jackson Estate Shelter Belt Chardonnay!

The Jackson Estate vineyards sit on on the Wairau River plains in Marlborough and have been producing fine wines for over 25 years.

The Jackson Estate Shelter Belt Chardonnay is derived from a large shelterbelt of trees which separate the grounds of the Jackson Estate homestead from the vineyard.

This fantastic wine has notes of fresh citrus, lime, fig and faint spice notes which combine with the complex notes of oyster shell and lees driven aromatics.

So, with 10% off until 31/5/17, why not give our Shelter Belt Chardonnay a try this month!

Gin Glorious Gin!

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This fantastic gin is family produced and hand distilled in small batches using botanicals sourced from Macclesfield Forest. The gin uses organic grain spirit, organic certified juniper berries and coriander seeds along with wild bilberries, gorse flowers, raspberries and moss. To this magical mix, the spirit is added, before being distilled through a copper condenser. To give the final flourish, pure spring water is added resulting in a flavour packed Premium London Dry Gin.

The gin comes in the most exquisite printed ceramic bottles complete with a one of a kind commissioned design by papercut artist, Suzy Taylor. Not only is the bottle extremely beautiful, the porcelain means that the gin will not be affected by direct sunlight and is better safeguarded against temperature variations.

We’re not the only fans of Forest Gin. In 2016, Forest Gin was awarded an unprecedented TWO separate double-gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards, confirming this Gin as one of the world’s very finest.

Now enjoy 10% off during April and May.

Wine of the Month: Skinny Prosecco

Yes, you heard us right – Skinny Prosecco!

We all know that too much sugar is bad for us, so when Scott and Thomson announced they were creating a low sugar Prosecco, we couldn’t wait to give it a try. The results are in and this is no gimmick.

The average bottle of champagne contains between 12 and 32g of sugar per litre. Prosecco contains between 12 and 15g per litre. This Skinny Prosecco has just around 7g. That’s around 67 calories per 100ml glass – less than a large egg!

But there’s more – This a DOC prosecco produced from 100% Glera grapes. It is also Certified Organic and Certified Vegan.

And it’s not just us – the media has been going crazy for Skinny Prosecco – don’t believe us, check out these articles:

http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/skinny-prosecco-with-less-calories-than-a-banana-launches-in-uk

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/skinny-prosecco-how-many-calories-sugar-content-a7343816.html

So, with 10% off until 31.3.17, why not give Skinny Prosecco a try this month!

Magnificent Gifts for Marvellous Mums

With Mother’s Day fast approaching – It’s the 26th March 2017 in case you were wondering – we thought we’d let you know that we have a range of magnificent gifts for truly marvellous mums.

Here are our top tips for Mother’s Day 2017.

Mionetto Sergio Prosecco or Mionetto Sergio Rose

 

Whether you opt for the White or the Rose, mums everywhere are bound to love these superb sparkling wines from the Veneto and Trentino areas of Italy.

Skinny Prosecco

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The perfect treat just with fewer calories – brilliant!

Deutz Brut Rose Champagne

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What better way for super mums to celebrate than with a glass of fabulous pink champagne in hand.

Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Port 2005

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Not just one for the Dads – A superb vintage port, perfect to enjoy now.

Forest Gin, Premium London Gry Gin

 

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This award winning gin is hand-crafted in small batches and is made with organic certified botanicals foraged from Macclesfield Forest.

What’s more, we offer a range of gift boxing options to really add a touch of luxury. We hand wrap all gifts and can include a personalised gift card. Then we deliver them straight to your door (or your mum’s if that’s easier).

To be sure your gift arrives in time we recommend ordering by noon on the 23rd March 2017.

It really couldn’t be easier to treat your mum to something special this mother’s day!

If you would like any more help, please be sure to email, tweet or link to us on facebook and our helpful team of wine experts will be sure to point you in the right direction.

Introducing Skinny Prosecco

Yes, you heard us right – Skinny Prosecco!

We all know that too much sugar is bad for us, so when Scott and Thomson announced they were creating a low sugar Prosecco, we couldn’t wait to give it a try. The results are in and this is no gimmick.

The average bottle of champagne contains between 12 and 32g of sugar per litre. Prosecco contains between 12 and 15g per litre. This Skinny Prosecco has just around 7g. That’s around 67 calories per 100ml glass – less than a large egg!

But there’s more – This a DOC prosecco produced from 100% Glera grapes. It is also Certified Organic and Certified Vegan.

And it’s not just us – the media has been going crazy for Skinny Prosecco – don’t believe us, check out these articles:

http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/skinny-prosecco-with-less-calories-than-a-banana-launches-in-uk

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/skinny-prosecco-how-many-calories-sugar-content-a7343816.html

So, why not give Skinny Prosecco a try this Christmas and help yourself to an extra mince pie!

Give a better bottle this Christmas!

Ever since the wise men gave Jesus a bottle of Frankincense, the giving of a bottle of something lovely at Christmas can make the perfect gift.

However, the rise of cheaper and mass produced wines and spirits mean that finding something really special can be something of a lottery.

At Charles Rose Wines, we make finding the perfect Christmas gift easy. Whether it’s a fine wine, aged port or a vintage champagne, we have a fantastic range of perfect presents this Christmas.

All of our wines and spirits have been carefully chosen for their quality and individuality. We work hard with our suppliers to find great quality wines at the best possible price. Plus, when combined with our beautiful gift boxes, the lucky recipient knows they are receiving a carefully selected bottle that looks as special as the thought that went into choosing it (rather than just a supermarket special!)

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If you are looking for wine gifts this Christmas time, but are unsure what to purchase, please check out our gift buying guide or feel free to email, tweet or connect with us on facebook and our helpful team of wine experts will be sure to point you in the right direction.

So as we say, don’t just give a bottle, give a better bottle this Christmas!

Charles’ Ultimate Gift Buying Guide

At Charles Rose Wines, we make finding the perfect Christmas gift easy. Whether it’s a fine wine, aged port or a vintage champagne, we have a fantastic range of perfect presents this Christmas.
If you are unsure of what is the best choice for that special someone this Christmas, why not have a look at our suggestions for a very merry Christmas.

Dapper Dads (and Grandads)

Quinta do Noval 20 Year Old Tawny Port

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This delicious blend of ports is carefully matured in oak casks. The perfect way to round off a delicious Christmas lunch.

Marvellous Mums (and Grandmas)

The Mionetto Sergio Prosecco or Mionetto Sergio Rose Spumante

Whether you opt for prosecco or the Rose spumante, mum’s everywhere are bound to love these superb sparkling wines from the Veneto and Trentino areas of Italy.

Party Princesses

Deutz Brut Rose Champagne

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It’s party season and what better way for party princesses to celebrate than with a glass of fabulous pink champagne in hand.

Lovers of all things Vintage

Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Port 2005

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A superb vintage port, perfect to enjoy now.

Those who dare to be different

Quinta do Noval White Port

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Perfect for those who love to try new things.

Gonzalez Byass 12 Anos Palo Cortado Sherry

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While Sherry used to be reserved for the Christmas trifle, this wine is not just for Christmas and is certainly on trend this year.

The Wine Aficionado

The Around the World Mixed Case

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If you can’t decide between white or red, then our Around the World case will do the job for you. A great way for wine aficionado’s to sample a wide range of wines.

Organic Foodies/Gin Lover

Forest Gin, Premium London Gry Gin

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This award winning gin is hand-crafted in small batches and is made with organic certified botanicals foraged from Macclesfield Forest.

If you would like any more help, please be sure to email, tweet or connect with us on facebookand our helpful team of wine experts will be sure to point you in the right direction.

Happy hunting!