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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

Christmas Drinks Guide

When it comes to Christmas Day, while the turkey is usually the star of the show, we think the wine should get top billing. So here’s our guide to wine pairings for Christmas lunch.

Aperitif

Whether you choose to enjoy while opening gifts or when guests arrive, nothing sets the tone for a fabulous lunch better than a glass of champagne. So let the corks pop, the bubbles flow and the good times roll with our Deutz Brut Classic Champagne.

Alternatively, if you fancy offering guests something a bit different our Forest Gin and Gonzalez Byass 12 Anos Palo Cortado Sherry are bound to delight, while not over filling hungry tums.

The Main Event

Turkey

Turkey is a medium-weight poultry with a delicate flavour, so it’s important not to over power the turkey with the wine. For red wines, go for lighter wines, such as Pinot Noir, while a slightly fuller bodied white wine such a Chardonnay will also work well.

We recommend our Undurraga Sibaris Reserva Especial Pinot Noir 2013 and Jackson Estate Shelter Belt Chardonnay 2011.

Roast Beef

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If you’ve opted for a rich, rib of beef then our Beronia Reserva 2010 DOCa Rioja works a treat.

Venison

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Venison is a rich, lean gamey meat which works well with medium-bodied red wines. Our Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2013 is a perfect pick.

Salmon

Chardonnay is an obvious pick for Salmon (see our Jackson Estate Shelter Belt Chardonnay 2011) but our Cantina Campagnola Bardolino Chiaretto Classico 2013 is an excellent rose alternative.

Digestif

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Quite simply, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a Port. Our Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Port is exquisite and the perfect way to round off a wonderful Christmas.

Cheers!