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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!

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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.

This Season It’s All About The Accessories!

As the party season gets into full swing, we know that it’s all about the accessories. We’re not talking bags and sparkly shoes – we’re talking decanters, stoppers and openers!

From our luxury, silver plated drip catcher to our lead crystal decanters we have all the accessories to make this season pop.

Silver Plated Drip Catcher

When the Christmas table is set, nothing spoils the scene more than wine stains on your linen. Helpfully, our luxury, silver plated drip catcher ensures your bottle looks fantastic, while also protecting your table and linens. The catcher is compatible with most standard wine bottles and the luxury red felt inner is the perfect seasonal adornment for your favourite bottle.

Deluxe Wing Corkscrew

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This classic style, double-handled heavy duty wing corkscrew, with a mirror polished finish and a comfortable curved top handle is perfect for opening all types of cork bottle tops. The corkscrew is of a single cast design, so no broken toys on christmas day. This corkscrew is used in professional bars, so why not take the party home.

Silver Plated Wine Bottle Stopper

While we find it hard to leave a bottle of our fantastic wine unfinished, on the odd occasion when it happens, this stopper is the perfect solution. Not only does the rubber seal maintain the wine’s freshness, but the silver plated top is pure luxury.

Silver Plated Champagne Bottle Opener

While there are many ways to open a Champagne bottle, using this beautiful opener is certainly easier than attempting sabrage and has the advantage of avoiding flying corks a waste of good champagne spray!

Our Crystal Decanters (Square and Fluted)

The piece de resistance! Our beautiful 24% lead crystal decanters are the perfect addition to any drinks cabinet and make a wonderful gift for lovers of fine drinks.

We strongly suspect it’s going to be a very merry Christmas!

Another Glass Of Sussex Please!

Sussex is famous for many things. The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, the Long Man of Wilmington, and Bodiam Castle (pictured). Its is also (weirdly) where banoffee pie was first created in 1972. If these things are not enough to show Sussex as exemplary, then why not Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status for it’s wines?

A few days ago Decanter Magazine reported that English wine producers are making a bid to obtain PDO status for wineries in Sussex. PDO would bring them the same protected status as wines from Champagne.

PDO is the most prestigious of the three geographical indications offered by the European Union for the protection and promotion of agricultural products. The other two are Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), and Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG).

PDO is the strictest designation. It states that a product has been entirely produced within a region that gives the product unique properties. For example, beef produced wholly on Orkney has PDO status and can be labelled as Orkney beef. Beef produced in Scotland, including from Orkney, has PGI status and is labelled Scotch beef. So If the beef comes from cows raised in Orkney, but is prepared in the Outer Hebrides, it can only have Scotch beef PGI status as it wasn’t wholly produced on Orkney.

The UK already has 65 products with protected status. Far less than Portugal (125), France (217) and Italy (267). If successful, Sussex wine would join PDO holders such as Native Shetland Wool, Jersey Royal Potatoes and our favourite cheese, Swaledale. Given that English wine has already been granted a PDO, what advantage does a Sussex PDO designation bring?

Well, English wine may be enjoying its most successful years, but presumably it’s easier to market Sussex sparkling wine rather than English sparkling wine. For example, ordering a bottle of Sussex in a restaurant sounds more pleasing than ordering a bottle of English…

And why not have a go! English sparkling wines have been racking up the awards. In the 2014 International Wine Challenge competition they were awarded 5 gold medals and two trophies. Obtaining PDO status would be another big boost to the reputation of wines produced in Sussex, and England in general.

It is perhaps debatable how the varying landscape of Sussex can be realistically expected to imbue the geographical characteristics a PDO is meant to guarantee. But with the English wine retail sector forecast to hit £100m this year, and the number of wineries in the UK at an all time high, this latest PDO is clear evidence of a confident market.

Interestingly Nyetimber, one of the most famous UK producers, has two thirds of its vineyards in Sussex and a third in Hampshire, and so would be excluded from applying the PDO designation to its’ products.

Image is “Bodiam-castle-10My8-1197” by WyrdLight.com. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Charles Rose Wines Mentioned In Decanter Magazine!

This is going to seem a little self-congratulatory, and possibly a little over the top, but there you go. As a small business, run by a single family, we celebrate our successes and victories no matter how small!

We love fine wine, and we know that finding a good one can be difficult and time-consuming so we are here to save you the trouble. We purposefully stock a small, select range that we have researched (not just consumed) so that you can be confident you are buying a good product.

As such, it is always gratifying to see our products in Decanter Magazine. Arguably, one of the best known wine magazines, published in over 90 countries. It’s a trusted source for wine lovers and a great way to discover what is happening around the world in the wine industry.

We were over the moon to find that in Decanter’s March Edition, two of the products we stock are mentioned and we are listed as a supplier! We know, it’s a small thing, but great to see that we have chosen some great products that we have priced competitively!

So, what were they?

Undurraga, T.H. Cabernet Sauvignon,Pirque, AltoMaipo 2012


UndurragaTHCabernetSauvignonAltoMaipo2012Decanter said this in their article “Chilean Cab: where quality meets value”:

From one of the highest areas in Maipo, this is a graceful Cabernet, filled with ripe yet refreshing flavours of red fruit and spices, its medium body delivering intense tannins. Perfectly ready for grilled meat but will evolve.

This is a wine with pedigree, with previous vintages reviewing well in Decanter Wine Reviews (95/100 for the 2011 vintage) and the International Wine Challenge (Gold in 2013 for the 2010 vintage).

So, get it while you can as production is limited to 2,700 cases – so when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Beronia, Rioja Reserva 2010


BodegasBeroniaReserva2010-2000x2000Decanter said this in their article “Panel Tasting: Rioja £8-25”:

Fragrant herbal nose with cedar spice. Much oak is promised but it’s well handled. Supple, juicy palate with well-integrated tannins and a full body.

This fantastic wine also has pedigree, with the 2009 vintage scoring well in the Decanter World Wine Awards (Silver in 2014) and the International Wine Challenge (Gold in 2013).

Admittedly, we are a bit biased towards rioja, we love the vibrant flavours and the fruit, and this example is no exception.

It’s a luscious deep red wine with hints of black cherry and a sweet refined finish.


If you’d like further information on either of these wines then visit the links to our product pages above, or visit our website. Please excuse us for blowing our own trumpet!