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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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Love Champagne? Don’t Drink It From A Flute!

Champagne flutes are elegant and beautiful. With a long slender stem and tall narrow bowl they are undoubtedly attractive stemware – if you are into that sort of thing of course.

Order some Champagne at a restaurant and every nearby table will watch the bubbles delicately rising in your flutes and wonder what you are celebrating.

Eye catching and evocative they may be but flutes are frankly pants for tasting champagne.

Allegedly Dom Pérignon, a seventeenth century Benedictine monk before he became a luxury champagne brand, is thought to have adopted the flute for Champagne. Apparently this was so he could watch the steady stream of bubbles rising in the glass.

Flutes preserve carbonation in the Champagne as they have a narrow bowl and therefore little surface area exposed to the air.

However, the lack of surface area prevents the bouquet of the wine from coming through. And of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that Champagne is wine!

This must be what the Champagne coupe is for right? Sadly not.

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Mythically modelled after Marie Antoinette’s left breast, the coupe looks a bit like a soup bowl precariously perched on a candle stick. In fact, it was actually designed in 1663 in England of all places predating Marie by a century.

The flute might be poor for bouquet but at least it concentrates the carbonation. The coupe does neither so unless you fancy making a Champagne tower or you are drinking a particularly gassy Champagne then it’s a poor way to experience your wine.

What should you use then? A white wine glass of course! Champagne is often partly or mostly Chardonnay so a white wine glass is most appropriate.

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The best way to get the bouquet and the flavour is to treat it as a wine and drink it accordingly.

If you’ve got a favourite way of getting the best out of your Champagne get in touch and let us know!

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