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Worshipped by the ancient Greeks and believed to have medicinal properties, wine has been a staple in human culture for thousands of years.

The earliest evidence of the existence of wine can be found in China and Georgia around 7000BC and some of the oldest vines have been found in Lebanon.

The tannins in red wine have antioxidant properties which can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease. The latest research in Taiwan also suggests that tannins could inhibit two of the key enzymes in the Covid-19 Coronavirus so there really has never been abetter reason to try something new.

In a time when social distancing and self-isolating have become a normal part of every-day life, a glass of wine is the one of the most popular activities you can enjoy over a Zoom, Facetime or Skype video call with friends or family, particularly if it’s a special occasion. It could just be something to have in your hand to sip or, get a few friends on a multi way call, each with the same wine and a few snacks and you’ve got your own version of a wine tasting – the new sociable social distancing!

The most expensive bottle of wine ever sold is a 1945 Burgundy Grand Cru which sold for $558,000.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should always aspire towards the most expensive bottles. It’s true that spending slightly more than the price of the cheapest bottle of wine you come across means you will get better quality because when profit, duty and VAT are all taken into consideration, less is left over for the actual cost of the wine in cheaper bottles. Finding something that you like is most important and because everyone’s taste is different there is no right or wrong.

Whilst we’re on right or wrong there has always been great debate about cork versus screw top. Whilst nothing will ever replace that amazing sound of a popping cork signalling the opening of a bottle, a screw cap does mean that the wine will stay fresh longer and are popular in pubs for exactly this reason. Also useful if you’re looking at the odd glass as a health benefit and not drinking the entire bottle in one sitting!

Global Drink Wine Day is also an excellent opportunity to try something a little bit different and here are our suggestions:

Different Reds: 

Malbec is one of the most popular red wines of the moment and synonymous with Argentina.

We have three fantastic value for money Argentinian favourites in Finca del Alta, £7.95, Santuario, £8.75 and Inacayal, £8.95.

If you fancy pushing the boundaries our Chateau Paillas2010 Cahors, £11.95 is a fantastic, rich, deep, strong, well-structured, firm and full French example which is just reaching peak maturity. Or you could go completely off the beaten track with the smooth, soft and chocolatey New Zealand LeftField Malbec 2019, £13.95.
If you’re an Argentinian purist looking for something extra special then our Inacayal Single Vineyards 2017, £21.50 is rich, complex, full of flavour but not overpowering despite its 15% ABV

Different Whites:

Sicily is the tiny volcanic little triangle off the toe of Italy whose climate and terrain offer unique flavour and minerality.
We've spent a long time searching for the perfect Sicilian whites and are thrilled to finally add these to our collection.
Alcesti Grillo DOC2019, £9.25 crisp, dry and intense with hints of volcanic salty minerality at the finish. For something completely different then try Alcesti Zibibbo IGT2019. A cousin of Muscat, Zibibbo is open fresh, zingy and inviting with hints of citrus orange and rose and a generous finish with a mineral aftertaste.
 

A different country:


Romania might not automatically spring to mind when thinking of a wine producing country but the same was once said about both Chile and Argentina!

Remarkably Romania has been producing wine for the same amount of time as France but a lack of resources meant the industry struggled until recent investment which has been a hugely successful.

We stock wines from both the Umbrele and Calusari vineyards. Calusari wines in particular, are firm favourites both with ourselves and our customers.
Calusari has enjoyed a 20million euro investment from Englishman Philip Cox, replanting many of the original vines and transforming Calusari into producing a variety of superb and well-priced wines. A velvety, smooth Pinot Noir, a crisp, fresh Pinot Grigio and a soft, fruity Pinot Grigio rose with hints of caramel, all priced at £7.65, are fantastic every day drinking at excellent value

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Winter Whites

Winter Whites

Winter Whites

Winter often creates a dilemma for white wine drinkers. Whilst the thought of curling up in front of the fire with a comforting, powerful Bordeaux might not be enticing, neither is the thought of an ice cold, straight from the fridge white that comes with the risk of freezing your teeth and gums and initiating a headache.

All is not lost! The heavier, creamy, oily, fruity and floral whites can be served at lower temperatures than their lighter, sharper counterparts - "lightly chilled” - anything between 10 and 13 degrees Celsius -as opposed to between 7 and 10 degrees, which can make all the difference if you want to enjoy a glass but would rather avoid an ice cream head and being chilled to the bone!

Drinking these wines lightly chilled rather than straight from the fridge creates a whole new dimension, allowing the aromas to open up and the full complexity of these creamy, oily, floral, richly fruited and oaky wines to shine through.

Here are York Wines recommendations:


Starting in France with some classical traditions from Burgundy


Saint Romain, Didier Delagrange 2017, £25.95

Intense aromas of oak and pine. On the palate soft, rich, smooth and creamy with hints of peaches and oak. A chalky, salty minerality lingers at the finish. Lovely with strong ripe cheeses such as camembert or gruyere or with chicken

Macon La Roche Vineuse, AC 2018, Sylvaine & Alain Normand, £13.95

Dry and gentle with slightly smoky, oaky smooth flavours and tropical, floral notes. Soft and flavoursome in the mouth with gentle oak and a lovely long, smooth aftertaste. Lovely with rich chicken terrines, fish tartare or goats cheese


Staying in France but moving South to the slightly warmer Rhone Valley which lends itself perfectly to grapes which make bolder, fuller bodied white wines



Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Romaine Duvernay, AC 2018, £9.45

A lovely blend of Grenache, Rouisson and Viognier grapes. Smooth and dry with intense pear and citrus and subtle spices. Perfect as an aperitif with charcuterie and cheese and particularly recommended if you’re looking for something a little bit different.

Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Chateau Simian, Combes des Avaux 2019, £10.75

A fantastic Rhone Valley white wine. Blended from Grenache and Clairette grapes this is tropical and balanced with hints of aniseed and has a lovely long aftertaste, flavours that compliment spicy fried chicken or turkey burgers with a chilli and tomato relish.

Chateau Neuf Du Pape Blanc, Chateau Simian, Le Traversier, 2014, £24.95

An unusual and rare white wine. Welcoming on the nose with rich, deep, full fruit flavours and hints of licorice. Fantastic with crudo dishes like sushi, steak tartare, carpaccio and charcuterie as well as veal and pork.
 

 

Some slightly thicker, sweeter wines from Argentina and Sicily are much more decadent for the winter months but without being sickly or syrupy. The following two in particular, both share hints of Turkish Delight if you’re looking for something to transform you to Narnia.


Inacayal Vineyards Torrontes, Mendoza Argentina 2019, £8.95

Delicate and pale yellow in colour with an aromatic nose. Florals and minerals dominate on the palate with rosewater hints of Turkish Delight. Clean but slightly rounded with a lasting finish. In Argentina it is frequently served with ice and twist of lime and is definitely one to try if you’re looking for something different. Lovely with Thai food –particularly Satay dishes.
 

Zibibbo, Alcesti, Terre Siciliane IGT 2019, Sicily £9.25

A rare and unusual grape variety from Sicily. Fragrant and zingy with a bold citrussy hit of orange. Volcanic minerality lasts on the finish. This is one for sipping on its own or as an aperitif and perfect if you’re looking for something organic

 

Petrucco Friulano Fruili Colli Orientali DOC, 2018, Italy £13.95

Another Italian example of a completely different white wine is this lovely Friulano from Venice. Gentle, fragrant and full of flavour with notes of hawthorn, nettle and wild-flowers and almonds on the finish. A lovely aperitif .

 

A complete juxtaposition to the idea of warmer climates creating bolder white wines is Riesling - a lovely rich aromatic wine which grows best in cool climates, we have fantastic examples from both the northern and southern hemisphere


Riesling, Domaene Wachau 2018, Austria, £13.95

With the slightest hint of petrol on the nose and rich peach and apricot stone fruit flavours in the mouth, this Riesling has a lovely long aftertaste. True medium dry and goes really well with spicy food and Asian dishes

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Riesling, 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand £12.95

Complex flavours and aromas of delicate citrus fruit, lemon and tantalising lime with hints of orange blossom and honey. From some of the oldest Riesling vines in New Zealand.

 

And finally, a wild card….


York Wines House White, Colombard Sauvignon, Cotes du Gascogne 2019, France £7.65

Although Sauvignon is a light, crisp and dry white, our house wine is softened with Colombard. With both Chenin and Gouais in its heritage, the Colombard softens the Sauvignon’s ultra-crisp edges making it a very welcoming winter choice. Ours is fruity on the nose with hints of peaches. Great concentration and flavour on the palate and slightly salty at the finish which compliments the lingering fruit flavours. Perfect for sipping

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New Year, New Wines...

New Year, New Wines...

We all have our favourite 'go-to wines' and for a lot of white wine drinkers these have typically been Sauvignon Blanc.

Here at York Wines, we’ve been exploring Sauvignon-like wines which have that same light, dry, easy drinking character but also have additional interest like herbal or floral notes, citrus and minerality.

We’ve put together our top 10 Sauvignon alternatives and we are confident that if youlike Sauvignon you will love these:

Petrucco Ribolla Gialla, Italy 2019 £13.95

Grown on the hillsides of Friulli in Northern Italy we import this directly from the winery. Delicate, mildly aromatic yet dry with a long mineral finish. Perfect with a creamy asparagus risotto


Alcesti Grillo, Sicily 2019 £9.25

Having searched long and hard for some fantastic Sicilian wines to add to our portfolio, we only started importing this Grillo very recently. Crisp, dry and intense. Yellow fruits, citrus and herbs with minerality on the finish from the surrounding volcanic rock. A lovely aperitif.


Domaine Wachau Gruner Veltliner, Austria 2019 £13.45

From the banks of the Danube West of Vienna this Veltliner is tingly, fresh, crisp, dryand a little unusual. We love it with a chicken or prawn Thai Curry.


Corte Adami Soave Classico Cimalta, Italy 2018 £9.95

We have a long-standing relationship with Corte Adami and have imported directly from them for many years. Soave has recently had a well-deserved resurgence. This one is grown from prime Gargenega grapes, high in the Soave hills and is rich,fresh, smooth and dry with a long finish. Goes well with fish pie.


LeftField Albarino, Gisborne New Zealand 2019 £13.75

Citrus fruits and floras combine aromatic yet delicate flavours. Rich and oily but with balanced acidity and a long sharp finish with hints of lime, melon and peach. Versatile enough to sip on its own or pair with a hearty roast chicken.


Casa de Compostela Vinho Verde, Portugal 2018 £7.65

An exciting young wine of three grape varieties Loureiro, Arinto and Trajadura. Fresh, tingly, harmonious,fruity balanced combination of citrus fruit with floral notes at the finish. Perfectwith grilled sardines or sipping in the sun

 

Pago Traslagares Verdejo, Rueda Spain 2019 £8.75

Grown at 1000 metres on chalky soil for ultimate Sauvignon-style freshness crispness and flavour. This superb Verdejo has hints of stone fruit & apricots.Full of fresh fruit flavours & then an amazingly long chalky finish. Lovelywith manchego cheese and light Tapas.


Macon Charnay Blanc Closdes Tournons, Burgundy, France 2019
 £10.95

Sauvignon lovers will be incredibly surprised at this crisp, dry and fresh 100% Chardonnay. A delicate dry white wine with intensity & a long, long aftertaste with mineral hints from the chalky/calcium soil. Although this is great to sip we find it goes really well with triple cream cheeses like Delicede Bourgogne.


Domaine des Lauriers Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc France 2019 £8.95

Another direct import, from a superb estate in the Languedoc, close to the Mediterranean. This lovely, unusual wine has won many awards. An intense and harmonious nose of peaches and pineapple with a delicate salty mineral freshness. Dry and expressive, it pairs extremely well with all seafood.


Domaine Girard Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Le Fleuron, Loire Valley France 2019 £9.25

Another grape variety which is having a well-deserved resurgence. This was the best variety from a tasting of over 30 different Muscadets in 2018. The 2019 vintage is similarly superb. We import this direct from the winery. Crisp, dry & withlovely subtle flavours of nettles and grapefruit, a hint of yeast and complexity from the lees and a long, fresh aftertaste. Like the Picpoul it is fantastic with seafood

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Are you 'Staycating' or 'Holidaying at Home' this year?

Are you 'Staycating' or 'Holidaying at Home' this year?
Whatever you've got planned for your summer holiday this year, chances are that it's going to be a little different to what you originally had planned. Whether you're staying at home or going away to self catering accommodation then we can supply the wine for your holiday.  




We have put together the perfect holiday selection which contains wine from some of our favourite holiday destinations so why not order a case, pop it in the fridge and then sit back and enjoy!




The case that's pictured here contains a New Zealand Malborough Sauvignon Blanc, a Portugese Vinho Verde, a French Rose from Provence, a white Rueda from Spain, Italian Pinot Grigio and for something a special occasion a delicious Chablis from the Burgundy region of France.



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Summer Selection June 2020

Summer Selection June 2020So, the summer solstice has now been and gone and we are hurtling towards what would normally be summer holiday season.  Following the announcement today that lockdown restrictions are to be eased, perhaps we can now start to think about what we can actually do over the summer months. One thing is for certain, the children will have broken up before we know it - although the end of the school year won't be anything like normal but most likely we will all be aiming to 'holiday' in some way during July and August.

Seeing as the sun is going to be out this week, we've done a straw poll around the office to find out what might be on everyone's summer sunny weather wine short list. As you can see from the photo of our selection, there is a classic Provence Rose, some may say that no summer selection would be complete without one! Our Pierre de Taille Rose is delicious, typically pale salmon pink in colour, not too dry, but oh so refreshing. Staying in France, but moving to the North, we have Gautheron Chablis, wonderfully full with a rich minerally style, it is fantastic both on its own and with food. Next up, classic hot weather whites from Italy, Spain and Portugal, Valdadige Pinot Grigio, Pago Traslagares Rueda Verdejo and Vinho Verde.

Finishing up with a slight curve ball, and leaving Europe to head to South America where our Vistamar Sepia Reserva Pinot Noir originates from - well worth a try and chilling for a wonderfully light, smooth red.

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