Month: May 2017

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).

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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!