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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!

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Award Winning Wines of The Month!

Just in time for Summer, the Decanter World Wine Awards have been announced and we’ve got a very special offer on our AWARD WINNING Deutz Champagne.

The Decanter World Wine Awards are held every year and celebrate the very finest in winemaking. Over 16,000 wines were entered to be judged blind by 240 of the world’s best winetasters and sommeliers.

This year is cause for a double celebration as both the Deutz Brut Classic and the Deutz Rose Champagnes have been awarded Bronze medals.

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The Deutz Brut Classic scored 88/100 and was noted to have dynamic aromas of crab apple, quince, pear and gentle smokiness.

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The Deutz Rose also scored 88/100 and was said to be aromatic with fresh strawberries, cranberries with lovely ripe citrus fruits and honey. A crisp and vibrant palate with cherry fruit and a little earthiness.

So, throughout August, September and October , enjoy 20% off these two fantastic champagnes!

We’ll drink to that.

For more information about the Decanter World Wine Awards click here.

To check out the Deutz Brut Classic click here.

To check out the Deutz Rose click here.

Introducing Our Wines Of The Month

Introducing Our New Wines of the Month

May is here (albeit with a rather wetter introduction than we might have liked) but at last, we can introduce you to this month’s – Wines of the Month.

This month we’re offering something a little special. Not only do we have 3 brand new Italian wines to introduce you to but these gems all attract a 10% discount throughout May. Salute!

Mionetto Prosecco Treviso DOC Extra Dry

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For 125 years Mionetto in Valdobbiadene has been perfecting production of Prosecco. Established in 1887 by the master winemaker Francesco Mionetto, the Mionetto winery has become a flagship for the area and a shining example of Prosecco production on the international scene. Passion, tradition, research and excellence are the fundamental values of this winery.

The grapes are grown on the picturesque, sloping hills just north of Treviso in the Veneto region of Italy.

This prosecco has a straw yellow colour with hints of citrus fruits. It is a well-balanced wine with pleasant acidity, lively bubbles and a fresh and dry finish.

Perfect as an aperitif and for celebrations of every kind.

Available from us here.

Mario Giribaldi Barbaresco 2006 DOCG

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Agricola Mario Giribaldi was founded in 1920 in the very heart of Piedmont, Northern Italy. Now a third generation family run winery, the great passion used in production is evident in the quality of the wines.

Barbaresco ages for at least a year in oak and at least one year in the bottle to meet stringent DOCG standards. The Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) classification is the highest classification for Italian wines, denoting controlled production methods and guaranteeing quality.

This wine is smooth and elegant. Ruby red with sweet hints of cherries and red fruits mixed with subtle spice. A medium body with balanced tannins and plenty of acidity.

Pairs well with pastas and red meat dishes.

Available from us here.

Cantine Di Monserrato Vermentino Di Sardegna DOC

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Cantina Sociale Di Monserrato was founded in 1924 in the rugged mountainous landscape of Sardinia. As the second largest island in the Mediterranean and an autonomous region of Italy, Sardinia lies off Italy’s west coast. It boasts many wine varietals that are less common than on mainland Italy.

Over the last nine decades successive generations of wine makers in Cantine Di Monserrato have worked hard to enrich their wines with the passion and experience evident in their labours.

Vermentino is a very important grape in Sardinia, constituting the Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) appellation; Vermentino Di Sardegna. This wine has aromas of peach and zesty citrus fruits and a hint of minerality.

Pale straw coloured with refreshingly crisp acidity it is perfect with seafood, game and mature cheeses.

Available from us here.

Happy May everyone!

The Rise and Rise of English Sparkling Wine

We’ve known it for a while – but it seems the secret’s out. English Sparkling Wine is a hit.

Sales were up over Christmas 2015 and experts are predicting that 2016 will see even greater growth.

To keep up with demand, production has also had to increase. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have cited a 103.2% increase in the production volume of English and Welsh sparkling wines between 2010 and 2014.

So keen is the interest in English wine that the renowned Champagne brand Taittinger has announced plans to produce it’s own English wine after buying land in Kent.

Awareness of English wine is also on the rise thanks to a series of high profile sponsorship deals. From the Nyetimber sponsorship of Cowes Week to Wimbledon offering an English Sparkling wine, there will be no shortage of English wines this summer. Virgin have even switched from offering Champagne to Meonhill Sparkling Wine from the Hambledon Vineyard on their 787 Dreamliners.

So whether you’re messing about on the river, watching a spot of tennis or flying first class, you’ll not be far from a glass of English sparkling wine.

If you are interested in finding out more, be sure to check out English Wine Week organised by the English Wine Producers. The week runs from 28th May to 5th June 2016 and features events across the country to highlight to brilliance of English wines. For more information see, http://www.englishwineproducers.co.uk/

Alternatively, if you fancy sampling English Wine but can’t wait for English Wine Week, you can have us deliver a bottle of our excellent Coates & Seely English sparkling wine direct to your door.

For more information see:

Introducing Our Wine Of The Month: Giribaldi Barolo DOCG

Here we are with April’s Wine of the month, and it’s brand new to Charles Rose Wines.

Barolo is a ruby red Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wine heralding from the northern Italian region of Piedmont. It is made from the Nebbiolo grape and is often described as one of Italy’s greatest wines.

Our Barolo comes from Giribaldi, a third-generation family run wine maker. It is a deliciously deep red colour with hints of coffee, liquorice and chocolate. Full bodied with soft silky tannins, overflowing with red fruit. This wine finishes clean and elegantly.

Barolo is well known for it’s powerful tannins and so it pairs well with red meat dishes, rich risottos and powerful pastas.

So if you are looking for a big wine to ring in the spring then give it a try! With 10% off the RRP until the end of the month!

 

Introducing our Wine of The Month: Tosti Prosecco Brut Atelie DOC

Well now that we’ve moved beyond February 29th, March has finally arrived and so has the time to introduce March’s wine of the month!

This month we’re showcasing our Tosti Prosecco Brut Atelie DOC.

Prosecco, the Italian cousin to France’s champagne, has quickly been gaining in popularity in the UK. Last year, sales of prosecco overtook sales of champagne for the first time in Britain. Prosecco has not only a rich history and quality, it is also a highly fashionable and cheaper alternative to champagne.

Our Tosti Prosecco is produced in Canelli, in the province of Asti, Northwest Italy, which is undoubtedly one of the wine capitals of the world and known for its’ sparkling wines. The Tosti Brut Atelie is produced by husband and wife team Maria Cristina and Giovanni Bosca. Seven generations of the Bosca family have been producing wines and sparkling wines at their family estates since 1820.

This prosecco is both refreshing and gentle with aromatic fruity notes. It is crisp and lively with a beautifully clean aftertaste. The perfect accompaniment for cured meats, asparagus and creme brulee.

So whether you’re celebrating St David’s Day, treating a special Mum on Mother’s Day or enjoying an Easter celebration, our Atelie Brut Prosecco is just the thing.

And with 10% off the RRP – it’s ‘eggcellent’ value for money (sorry we couldn’t resist!)

Introducing Our Wine of the Month: Deutz Brut Rose Champagne

We’d like to introduce you to something special – our wine of the month.

Each month we’ll be highlighting one of our fine wines or spirits and offering you a fantastic saving on the RRP.

This month, romance is in the air and what better way to celebrate than with our Deutz Brut Rose Champagne. This fabulous pink champagne is created by Deutz, one of the oldest members of the prestigious Club des Grandes Marques. Deutz have been producing champagnes since 1838 and have won international acclaim for their refined and elegant wines. Deutz is based in the Ay region of Champagne, notable for vineyards classified as Grand Cru (100%) according to Champagne Vineyard Classification.

The harvest for this Champagne is completed by hand over a 10-day period, generally between mid-September and mid-October with careful attention paid to the ripeness and health of the grapes. The grapes are pressed using automatic and traditional Coquard basket presses, and only the first press, the cuvée, is used before ageing on the lees for around three years.

The Deutz Brut Rose Champagne is a blend of the finest Pinot Noir grands crus, with a touch of Chardonnay. With fine bubbles, a strong pink hue and notes of strawberries, raspberries and cherries this is a delicious, well-balanced champagne. This Champagne comes in a beautiful Deutz presentation box.

So spoil a loved one (and your wallet) with our fabulous champagne at a fabulous price of £37.99 (saving £5 off the RRP). Available right now, here.

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!)

It’s Christmas time, anyone for Port?

We may be biased but in our opinion there is nothing finer than a bottle of Port at Christmas time… or any time for that matter!

When paired with a good stilton, there is little better, but below are some other excellent food pairings to try over the festive season.

Ruby port

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Ruby Ports 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.

We love Quinta do Noval’s Ruby Port, so much that we stock it!

Tawny port

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A glass of aged 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.

Be warned though, if you start eating Pastel de nata you will find it impossible to stop!

Quinta do Noval have wonderful Tawny ports, available from us here.

Vintage Port

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A vintage is only declared when the port house believes it has a truly exceptional wine.

The truly classic pairing is Vintage Port with blue cheeses such as Stilton. The tangy, soft and mellow character of mature blue cheese compliments the powerful character of Vintage Port. If Stilton isn’t your thing, you could consider Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Agur Blue.

If you are looking for the punch of a Vintage but at a more reasonable price then you should consider Quinta do Noval’s Silval Port. Quinta do Noval is one of the top Port houses in the World and produces the internationally renowned Nacionale. The Silval vintages are only declared in very good years and this is an excellent example. This wine also represents superb value for money compared to other vintage ports.

Snap it up here.

White Port

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White port is wonderful when served chilled as an aperitif, or poured over ice, and pairs well with olives, nuts, gouda and similar cheeses, or even seafood.

Quinta do Noval produce a wonderful dry white port, available from us here.

If these pairing suggestions have whet (that’s the right spelling) your appetite, then check out our range of Ports.

Last Delivery Dates for Christmas 2015

We know Christmas is a whole 16 sleeps away but we would hate for people to miss out on one of our fabulous wines or ports as a Christmas gift due to delivery issues.

If you’d like to send something special then please place your order before 6pm on Friday the 18th of December. We will make sure your order goes out for delivery first thing on Saturday the 19th.

After that it’s in the hands of the couriers. Obviously parcel delivery companies are under extra pressure around Christmas. Our couriers will endeavour to deliver your gift in time but can’t guarantee it. So we hope you won’t wait until the 18th!

Now that’s the information delivered – we’ll toast to that!