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Chinese New Year 01 February 2022

2022 marks the year of the Tiger

Chinese New Year 2022 – Year of the Tiger

Those born in the year of the tiger display qualities of leadership and respect. They are courageous, assertive and prone to taking risks.

Choosing wine to compliment Chinese food can feel a bit of a risk which is probably why so many drink Asian and Oriental beer.

Here’s our guide to finding something that’s not going to overpower the flavours of different meat, chicken, duck, fish and vegetarian dishes

Beef and Broccoli – the soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil complimenting the beef in this dish can take a more robust red such as Fincadel Alta Malbec 2021 from Argentina which has aromas of red cherries and blackberries and work really well with the rich flavours

Kung Pao Chicken - this spicy stir fry dish withpeanuts, ginger, garlic and chilli can take something slightly aromatic butstill fairly dry – try Domane Wachau Riesling Federspiel 2019

Peking Duck – The high-fat richness of this crispy roasted duck dish, coupled with the fruity, spicy hoisin sauce and spring onion pancakes, requires something to cut through the fatty richness and the fruitiness and acidity in a Gamay from Beaujolais is perfect. Try Domainede Roche Guillon Fleurie 2019

Seafood dishes – Steamed garlic prawns, Calamari with chilli, garlic and spring onions, Soft shell crab with garlic, salt and pepper–all work really well with Vinho Verde. This fresh, dry, and slightly aromatic Portuguese ‘green wine’ has a slight tingle which enhances the flavours in these more delicately spiced and fragranced dishes. Try Casa deCompostela Vinho Verde DOC 2019

Stir fried vegetable and Tofu dishes – particularly stir fries that incorporate peppers, asparagus and mange tout. These fresh, and delicately flavoured dishes are often cooked al dente to retain some crunch and texture tothe vegetables and work so well with New Zealand Sauvignon with its characteristic fresh, slightly acidic, citrus and asparagus notes. Try AotearoaSauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2021

If you’re venturing out to celebrate Chinese New Year, be like the tiger and have the courage to be adventurous and try our recommendations and don't forget to let us know your experiences in the comments below :)


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Burns Night 25 January 2022

Burns Night commemorates the life of the Scottish poetRobert Burns who was born on 25 January 1759 and whose best know work is AuldLang Syne. The traditional Burns Night dish of Haggis is brought into the dining room to accompanimentof bagpipes and, much like saying Grace, it is considered polite to the readBurns’ Address to the Haggis' before tucking into the main course

Traditional Burns Night Fayre

Cullen Skink – this smoked haddock, leek potato and cream soupis crying out for a sharp and flinty white with a fresh kick – you can’t gowrong with an unoaked Burgundy Chardonnay such as Domaine CautheronChablis 2019 or Macon Charnay Domaine Tripoz 2020

Haggis – this dish of spiced lamb offal with creamy neepsand tatties works well with a Gamay from Beaujolais which cuts through the fatof the lamb but doesn’t overpower the flavours. Our Domaine de RocheGuillon Fleurie 2019, an in house favourite, is perfect.

Cranachan – the decadence of oats, cream, honey andraspberries is perfectly complemented by a rich, peachy, honey flavoured NewZealand Riesling. Try our Esk Valley Marlborough Riesling 2019

A dram of whisky is in order to finish proceedings, nothingtoo peaty or heavy, something everyone can enjoy. Try our single malt Filey Bay Flagship,not Scottish but local to us here in Yorkshire!

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International Merlot Day 07 November 2021

                                                                    Merlot Wines

A very popular blending grape, Merlot is one of the main Bordeaux varietals that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot and is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux. Its name is believed to be derived from Merle – the French for blackbird

Since the evolution of New World wine it is now a star in its own right producing smooth, full bodied, inky purple coloured wines that are high in alcohol with velvety tannins and hints of plums and blackberries.

Here are a few of our favourite York Wines Merlots:

Vistamar Merlot 2020, Central Valley, Chile £6.85

When it comes to New World wines, Chile is to Merlot as Argentina is to Malbec, they really seem to have a fabulous selection in all price ranges. This one doesn’t cost the earth and is fruity, smooth and easy drinking

Umbrele Merlot 2018, Recas Winery, Romania £7.65

A lovely soft blend of fruit and spice, you will be surprised but not disappointed at this fantastic find from Romania

Cortefresca Merlot 2020, Veneto, Italy £6.65

Red fruit, soft tannins, great every day drinking wine

Chateau Ladesvignes Merlot Cabernet Franc 2018, Bergerac, France £8.95

A fantastic full bodied Merlot blend from outside Bordeaux that never disappoints from vintage to vintage, really recommended

Petrucco Merlot 2018, Fruili Colli Orientali DOC, Italy, £14.25

A standout stylish, powerful merlot from a lovely estate in Fruili. Deep, rich, dark, fruity and smooth but with lovely integrated tannins. Italian Merlot at its best


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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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