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Wine of the Month: 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, with 10% off until 31.3.17, why not give Skinny Prosecco a try this month!

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Magnificent Gifts for Marvellous Mums

With Mother’s Day fast approaching – It’s the 26th March 2017 in case you were wondering – we thought we’d let you know that we have a range of magnificent gifts for truly marvellous mums.

Here are our top tips for Mother’s Day 2017.

Mionetto Sergio Prosecco or Mionetto Sergio Rose

 

Whether you opt for the White or the Rose, mums everywhere are bound to love these superb sparkling wines from the Veneto and Trentino areas of Italy.

Skinny Prosecco

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The perfect treat just with fewer calories – brilliant!

Deutz Brut Rose Champagne

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What better way for super mums to celebrate than with a glass of fabulous pink champagne in hand.

Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Port 2005

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Not just one for the Dads – A superb vintage port, perfect to enjoy now.

Forest Gin, Premium London Gry Gin

 

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This award winning gin is hand-crafted in small batches and is made with organic certified botanicals foraged from Macclesfield Forest.

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 mum’s if that’s easier).

To be sure your gift arrives in time we recommend ordering by noon on the 23rd March 2017.

It really couldn’t be easier to treat your mum to something special this mother’s day!

If you would like any more help, please be sure to email, tweet or link to us on facebook and our helpful team of wine experts will be sure to point you in the right direction.

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!

Charles’ Ultimate Gift Buying Guide

At Charles Rose Wines, we make finding the perfect Christmas gift easy. Whether it’s a fine wine, aged port or a vintage champagne, we have a fantastic range of perfect presents this Christmas.
If you are unsure of what is the best choice for that special someone this Christmas, why not have a look at our suggestions for a very merry Christmas.

Dapper Dads (and Grandads)

Quinta do Noval 20 Year Old Tawny Port

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This delicious blend of ports is carefully matured in oak casks. The perfect way to round off a delicious Christmas lunch.

Marvellous Mums (and Grandmas)

The Mionetto Sergio Prosecco or Mionetto Sergio Rose Spumante

Whether you opt for prosecco or the Rose spumante, mum’s everywhere are bound to love these superb sparkling wines from the Veneto and Trentino areas of Italy.

Party Princesses

Deutz Brut Rose Champagne

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It’s party season and what better way for party princesses to celebrate than with a glass of fabulous pink champagne in hand.

Lovers of all things Vintage

Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Port 2005

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A superb vintage port, perfect to enjoy now.

Those who dare to be different

Quinta do Noval White Port

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Perfect for those who love to try new things.

Gonzalez Byass 12 Anos Palo Cortado Sherry

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While Sherry used to be reserved for the Christmas trifle, this wine is not just for Christmas and is certainly on trend this year.

The Wine Aficionado

The Around the World Mixed Case

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If you can’t decide between white or red, then our Around the World case will do the job for you. A great way for wine aficionado’s to sample a wide range of wines.

Organic Foodies/Gin Lover

Forest Gin, Premium London Gry Gin

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This award winning gin is hand-crafted in small batches and is made with organic certified botanicals foraged from Macclesfield Forest.

If you would like any more help, please be sure to email, tweet or connect with us on facebookand our helpful team of wine experts will be sure to point you in the right direction.

Happy hunting!

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: 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

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!

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

Montepulciano

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!