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The Official Start of the New Year!

In the same way that Queen Elizabeth II has her "official birthday" in June it often feels like the "official start of the new year" happens in September when the children go back to school and even those of us who are long past going back to school in September probably feel a bit like it's an opportunity to refresh things and turn over a few new leaves.....

When it comes to wine September is an exciting month, it sees the launch of ........... and there are releases of ................... and tastings coming out of our ears! Sometimes it's all a bit strange tasting wine that's not even been bottled yet, let alone any where near to coming onto the open market.
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The nights are drawing in.......

The nights are now properly drawing in and before we know it we're going to be trick or treating and apple bobbing if that's still even a thing!

We have been turning our thoughts to what are going to be good wines for winter warmers. In the same way that Rose is the classic summer wine, this is the time of year that big, hearty, warming reds are looking very attractive and tickling our fancy when thinking of what to have whilst sitting in front of the fire.
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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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