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World Champagne Day 22 October

                                                                  


                                                            

We are delighted to introduce our fantastic Apollonis House Champagne from the superb independent producer - Michel Loirot. In addition to the family heritage of creating world class champagne, Michel also possesses a passion for music. With partner Martine Pierson, he settled on his vineyard in 1977 with a small gathering of vines and began combining both his passion for music and his champagne vocation by playing carefully selected music to his vines to better resist diseases and enhance the capacity of the grapes.

Named after the God of Music, Apollonis Michel Loriot is produced solely from Pinot Meunier grapes.

The fruit is a subtle blend of reserve wines from several harvests. It is the flagship of Loriot Champagnes and is supple and round with a wonderfully fruity taste.

Fresh and inviting on the nose, with crisp biscuity aromas. On the palate lovely and sparkly with a fresh tingly mouth feel.

Refreshingly zingy & tasty with a lovely long & refreshing aftertaste.

Perfect to enjoy yourself, or to gift to your friends and family.

Try one of our amazing Apollonis Champagnes to celebrate WorldChampagne Day with these top tips for serving Champagne at its optimum

*Serve between 8 and 10 degrees centigrade, colder and the flavoursand aromas get lost in the cold, warmer and the wine can feel heavy and flabby

*For best results serve in a Tulip glass or classic wineglass rather than a flute or martini glass, this allows the aromas to develop andus to appreciate them!


The Apollonis /Michel Loriot Range

CHAMPAGNE Apollonis Cuvee Authentic Meunier Brut Blanc de Noirs £23.95

Crisp, dry & biscuity with a long, balanced flavour

CHAMPAGNE Apollonis Theodorine BRUT ROSÉ £25.95

Stylish & delicate with lots of subtle flavour. An absolute star & a lovely gift

Apollonis Palmyre BRUT NATURE £27.95

Rch, toasty, biscuity notes, 70% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, made without the addition of sugar

CHAMPAGNE Apollonis Inspiration de Saison Millesime 2011 £36.75

From the first pressing of selected grapes with additional cellar ageing this Champagne has added complexity & flavour.

CHAMPAGNE Apollonis ETF 14 ecceterrafestigny Vintage Champagne 2014 £39.95

Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, expertly blended & aged . Citrussy & complex-the star of the estate

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International Grenache Day 17 September

Grenache or Garnachia is one of the most widely planted redgrape varieties in the world

A late ripening grape it thrives well in hot, dry conditionssuch as Southern Italy, Southern France, Spain, Australia and the Monterey areaof California

Characteristically spicy with hint of raspberry andstrawberry fruit it can be high in alcohol content and is often used in a blendwith other grapes to add structure and complexity

Here are a few of ours

Domaine des Lauriers Syrah Grenache 2019, LanguedocRoussilon, France £8.95

Fantastic wine for the money and one of our perennialfavourites here at York Wines - we’ve never had a bad vintage. Hints of darkfruits and chocolate

Geoff Merrill Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2013, McLarenVale, Australia £17.95

Intense flavours and aromas of blackcherries and coffee withoak and tannins for complexity

Espelt Vividi 2016, DO Emporda, Spain £12.95

100% Grenache, this is velvety soft with great agingpotential. Dark red fruits and toasty notes

Domaine de La Ferrandiere Grenache Gris Rose 2020,Pays D’oc, France £8.45

One of our best sellers. Light, refreshing, Provence styleRose without the price tag.

Chateau Montaud Rose 2020, Cotes du Provence,France £11.75

A blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache this is a lovely exampleof a typical Provence rose with autumn fruits, a peppery tingliness and alovely smooth finish


                                                                                               

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International Cabernet Sauvignon Day 02 September 2021

                                                                                               


Back in the mid-1990s when drinking wine first started to take off in pubs and restaurants in the UK, the wine of the moment was Cabernet Sauvignon, typically from Australia generally either straight or blended with Shiraz.

It was the most planted red wine grape up until the late1990s and produces full bodied wine with high tannins meaning it has great aging potential.

Cooler climate cabernet sauvignon wines are characterised by notes of blackcurrant and green pepper while hot climate cabernet sauvignon wines are noted for their jammy and minty flavours

In more recent years Cabernet Sauvignon has taken something of a back seat to fashionable trend setters from the South America who came in all guns blazing with their powerful Malbecs and smooth sexy Merlots but this classic dark black grape which is a staple in so many good Bordeaux, has stood the test of time.

Here’s a few of ours which we think are really worth a try and all come highly recommended by the York Wines team!

Rustenberg Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019, Stellenbosch,South Africa £11.95

Well balanced and full bodied with dark berry fruits

Domaine de la Ferrandiere Cabernet Sauvignon 2020,France £8.45

A real favourite from South-East France that we’ve imported for many years. A typical French cabernet that is good now and will age will

Villarrica Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018, Maule Valley,Chile £7.50

Blackcurrants and blackberries blended with spice and mint –yummy

Chateau Les Barraillots, 2016, Margaux AOC Bordeaux£24.95

This opulent velvety Margaux is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon as part of the traditional Bordeaux blend

Yalumba Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017,Australia £15.95

Full bodied and powerful but really well balanced. A ‘dinkum’Aussie Shiraz Cabernet
 

                                                                                              




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International Pinot Noir Day 18 August

Pinot Noir conjures up images of all that is wonderful about wine.

The 3 associations that always spring to mind are:

The Bourgogne, Central Otago and Champagne!

Although there are other fantastic regions producing Noir – who would have thought that some of the best Pinot Noir could be found in Romania – it is historically chiefly associated with Burgundy.

A cooler climate grape-the name comes from the French for pine and black-pine alluding to the grapes having tightly clustered pine-cone shaped bunches of fruit. These tightly clustered bunches of grapes do make it susceptible to disease and rot and it is notoriously a labour of love to produce wine.

Pinot Noir wines tend to be lighter bodied due to the grape’s thin skin and young varietals have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries and are fantastic served slightly chilled. As they age, they become softer and more autumnal in flavour and aroma with some light tannins developing.

It is the most planted varietal in sparkling wine production in Champagne and also makes a fabulous still rose wine

Here are a few favourites from our selection:

Red

Nautilus Pinot Noir 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand £22.95

Wild raspberries, plums and spice with gentle tannins to give a long, warm finish

Roger & Didier Rambault Sancerre Rouge 2018, Loire, France £17.75

Perfectly balanced and delicately flavoured soft red with fragrant raspberry fruit

Jean Marie Berthier L’Instant Pinot Noir 2020, Loire, France £10.75

Cherries, blackberries and blueberries combine for a velvety texture in the mouth. A different Pinot Noir but very moreish

Cruchandeau Les Clancons Bourgogne Hautes Cotes du Nuits Pinot Noir 2016, France £19.95

Earthy nose and autumnal fruit flavours of black and redcurrants. Pinot Noir at its best

Domaine Henri Delagrange Hautes Cotes du Beaune Pinot Noir 2019, Burgundy, France £19.75

Violets and morello cherries, raspberries and strawberries all combine with silky tannins. Very drinkable. Lovely with beef

Calusari Pinot Noir 2020, Cramele Recas, Romania £7.65

Welcoming autumnal fruit aromas and generous fruit flavours. Just fantastic value for money and a really lovely wine

Rose

Roger & Didier Rambault Sancerre Rose 2020, Loire, France £16.45

Light, fragrant, delicate and subtle. An amazing Pinot Noir rose. Expensive but worth it

Sparkling

Three Choirs Vineyard Classic Cuvee, Gloucestershire, England £16.95

20% Pinot Noir used in this blend with an appley and redcurrant taste with delicate bubbles. English Sparkling wine is continuing to hold its own alongside Champagne and this is no exception

Champagne Apollonis Theodorine Rose Brut, Festigny, France £25.95

5% of the 25% Pinot Noir in this stunning rose is still Pinot Noir wine which enhances the structure and flavour. It’s a really lovely Rose Champagne

Champagne Apollonis ETF14 ecceterrafestigny, Festigny, France £39.95

Only 4% Pinot Noir but we had to include this amazing Champagne as it is just such fantastic value for money. This ranks alongside likes Louis Roederer Cristal in terms of taste and quality. Lovely citrus notes and a full in the mouth flavour. Everyone has a celebration some time and this is perfect. An exquisite Champagne


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National Cheese and Wine Day 25 July 2021

There are many great British duos; from seaside favourites fish and chips to Olympic stars Torvill and Dean, you could never imagine one without the other and cheese and wine is no exception - they are all perfect partners.

To celebrate National Cheese and Wine Day on 25 July we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight some of our wines with the British cheeses they pair particularly well with!

Port and Stilton

The sweetness of port combines perfectly with the complex saltiness of blue Stilton

We recommend Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port2015, £20.45 it is rich, full bodied and has just the right level of sweetness to perfectly compliment the Stilton without detracting from the flavour

Cabernet Sauvignon and Strong Cheddar

A full-bodied, full-flavoured cheese needs a wine with mouth drying tannins. Bold flavours from both perfectly complement each other

Try Caliterra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2018,Chile £8.95 or Domaine de la Ferrandiere CabernetSauvignon 2018, France £8.45 for full, ripe blackcurrant flavours, a touch of smoky spice and hints of chocolate

New Zealand Sauvignon and Mild Cheddar

The smooth butteriness of a milder cheddar pairs fantastically with the high acidity and lime citrus fruit flavour

New to the York Wines portfolio, we are loving Gravel& Loam Marlborough Sauvignon 2020 £10.25. Lush and elegant whilst embodying the flavours of the gravel and loam soil of the Onomalutu Gravels.

Burgundy Pinot Noir and Wensleydale

A crumbly, Wensleydale is wonderful with the autumnal cherry fruit flavours bursting from Pinot Noir. There is a reason that Wensleydale is often studded with Cranberries as the tangy red fruits share similar flavour sensations, however to avoid an overload on the sour side we would recommend the purist version - from the Wensleydale Creamery, of course! Burgundy Pinot Noirs are not the cheapest around but the Domaine Henri Delagrange HautCotes de Beaune 2019, £19.75 is a really lovely wine at a fantastic price

Rioja or Chianti and Berkswell

An artisan tangy, nutty, savoury sheep’s cheese produced in the West Midlands. The tannins and balanced blend of fruit and oak in Palaciode Otono Rioja Crianza 2016, £10.45 or Poggio MorinoChianti Classico DOCG 2018, £15.95 are the perfect compliment

Chenin Blanc and Somerset Brie

Somerset Brie is younger and fresher than its Continental cousins but still has that trademark rich butteriness. This is well complimented by the fresh zestiness of Chenin, which also has its own characteristic hints of banana and pineapple. We like Chateau de la Durandiere Saumur Blanc2018, Silver Medal, Loire £11.75 and Niel Joubert ByterChenin Blanc 2019 Paarl, South Africa, £8.65

Cotes Du Rhone and Red Leicester

The crumbly light textured Red Leicester is a great partner for a smooth Rhone red. We just love Domaine de La Georand Lirac 2019,Gold Medal, £11.45 for its smooth fruit, depth and structure.

And to complete the perfect cheeseboard - don’t forget the crackers!


An Illustrated Guide To Pairing Wine And Cheese (UPDATED 2020)



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Raise a glass of South African Wine on Mandela Day, 18 July 2021



Since the UN declaration in November 2009, Mandela Day has been celebrated every year on 18 July, the anniversary of apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist and South African President Nelson Mandela's birthday. It’s not classed as a public holiday, rather an invitation to honour his legacy and values.

Wine has been produced in South Africa since 1659 with the first recorded being grown in Cape Town. There was an apparently substantial effort to plant vineyards and produce wine to protect the sailors from scurvy as they voyaged East on the Spice routes.
Fittingly we've picked what are considered the most South African red and white wines - Pinotage and Chenin Blanc - as the focus of our toast to Nelson Mandela on his birthday.

Pinotage is South Africa’s signature variety. A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut-known as Hermitage in South Africa-it was first cultivated in 1925 and has historically been most associated with the Stellenbosch wine producing area. More recently Paarl and the coastal region have had huge success in producing South Africa’s flagship red wine. The perfect partner for gamey meat such as Boerewors, the typical high meat content sausage; and Bunnychow stew traditionally served in a hollowed out loaf of bread, it is the wine all South African’s turn to when they fire up the ‘braii’
Take your pick from one of these:

Roos Estate Pinotage, 2019, Western Cape £ 6.45

Soft, spicy fruit flavours, smooth and succulent. Lovely foreveryday drinking

Tulbagh Winery Shiraz Pinotage, Coastal Region£9.25

Blended with Shiraz to add a hint of spiciness this lovely blend bursts with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, with coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth and rich

Niel Joubert Patrysbult Pinotage, 2017, Paarl £9.45

A patrysbult is a small hillock at the very top of the vineyard where the pheasants hide out and survey their domain. A deep, balanced structure with earthy notes and a long finish.

Chenin Blanc's origins are in the Loire valley in France, however it is the most planted grape in South Africa, most notably in Stellenbosch and the Coastal region. Historically known as Steen most are high in acidity, crispier and zestier than Loire Chenin with signature notes of peardrops and banana, some are more rounded, full and creamy. All pair well with the kind of seafood salads that are abundant in the South African Cape such as crab, sardines and squid.

Roos Estate Chenin Blanc, 2020, Western Cape £6.45

Crisp and vibrant with citrus fruit flavours

Afrikan Ridge Chenin Blanc, 2020, Western Cape£6.95

Fuller and fruitier in the mouth but dry with a lingering crisp acidity

Darling Cellars Arum Fields Chenin Blanc Reserve,2020, West Coast Region £8.45

Fresh, rich and creamy with hints of pepper and bananas

Niel Joubert ‘Byter’ Chenin Blanc, 2019, Paarl£8.65

Named after Niel’s sweet big dog who used to follow him around the farm this is a fabulous full, rich Chenin bursting with pineapple and banana flavours

Tulbagh Winery Chenin Blanc, 2019, Coastal Region£8.95

Fresh and tingly on the nose with hints of banoffee pie. Smooth and generous with more banana and toffee flavours.


                                                   


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