Month: January 2016

Restaurant-Quality Wines You Can Enjoy At Home

We’ve all been to a fantastic restaurant, soaked up the ambience, devoured delicious food and discovered a fantastic new wine. The whole process is a love affair for the senses but the cost of this treat is increasing.

Pubs now regularly charge the same as their Restaurant counterparts. The Lonely Planet Guide advises that a three-course dinner with wine in a top restaurant in London will cost somewhere between £60-£90 per person.

So it’s not surprising that ‘staying in’ is the new ‘dining out’. No need to dress up (unless of course you wish to), no trekking through the rain only to find your chosen spot fully booked and with a 2 hour wait to be served and no need for a taxi home.

And the options for food are increasing too. Many takeaways now offer gourmet or healthy options. The lovely people at Cook! have designed a whole range of really remarkable food for your freezer (http://www.cookfood.net). Failing that, you can always cook your own gastronomic feast. Even if you’re not set to be the next Marco Pierre White, you can put your trust in Mary Berry’s new series of foolproof recipes (see BBC2, Mondays 8.30pm, 25th January to 29th February).

But what about the wine? That’s a more challenging issue. Yes, of course you could pop to the nearest supermarket and grab the bottle with the most appealing label. You could even approach the issue with a preferential grape or style in mind, but are you really buying a restaurant quality wine? Top restaurants pay handsomely to secure the services of expertly trained sommeliers to ensure their wine lists match the quality of the food they offer. Sadly even the best takeaways, prepared meals and home cooked offerings don’t come with a wine list.

Which is where we come in. At Charles Rose Wines we work hard with our suppliers to find restaurant quality wines at the best price and then deliver them straight to your door. Many of our fabulous wines appear on wine lists in the very best restaurants – don’t believe us – check out the lists below.

The advantage is that you don’t pay to cover the overheads, staffing and wear and tear costs associated with running a restaurant. You simply pay for the wine and delivery and leave the rest to us.

So why not enjoy a restaurant quality bottle of wine delivered straight to your door at a fraction of the price.

Deutz Champagne Brut and Rose:

Mionetto Sergio Rose Prosecco: The Oat Hill

Beronia Reserva: The Three Acres

Coates & Seely Brut Reserve NV English Sparkling Wine: No 4 Weymouth

Gonzalez Byass 12 Años Palo Cortado Sherry / Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Viognier 2012: Cork and Bottle

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Hooray for Dryathlon!

 

Don’t worry, we’re still in the business of selling fine wines and we haven’t lost our minds.

December is a busy time with Christmas parties, lunches and new year. By the time 1st January comes round, it’s no wonder that people want a break from all of the season’s indulgences. So what better way to kick start the new year and those healthy resolutions than by giving up alcohol for January. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to raise money for charity with many people getting friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their olympic efforts.

Furthermore, reducing your alcohol intake is medically recommended. The chief medical officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, is set to announce new guidelines covering the intake of alcohol. Reports have suggested that the new guidelines will recommend abstaining from alcohol for at least 2 days a week and that the daily maximum intake for alcohol will be the same for men and women.

So, why you ask are we celebrating people reducing their alcohol intake?

Well reducing is not prohibition. We believe that while it’s perfectly proper to reduce your alcohol intake, one can still enjoy a tipple. What’s more, when you’ve hit the gym hard, achieved a personal best or given up alcohol for a whole month, we think you deserve something really special. Cheap wine is all well and good, but if you are going to drink less, you might as well drink quality. Which is where we come in. At Charles Rose Wines, we do all the hard work to carefully select the best fine wines and spirits for your enjoyment and then we deliver them straight to your door.

So we’ll say it again – Hooray for Dryathlon! (but roll on 1st February!)