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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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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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Father's Day Sunday 20 June 2021

Father’s Day this upcoming Sunday is going to be particularly special for many families who are finally able to get together for the first time in more than a year.

With social distancing still very much in force and a lot of our older generation erring on the side of caution it may be that the traditional lunch at a pub or restaurant is not on the agenda and for many there is also the reality that they won’t be able to travel.


So whether you’re looking for inspiration for something for your father, for someone else’s or even for yourself we have the perfect gift option.

From mixed cases of our most popular red and white wine, cases of reds for the connoisseur, one special bottle of wine, port or whisky, take a look at the Father’s Day Special Selection Cases section of our website or put together a case of your own.

Orders placed by 12 noon on Thursday 17th will be delivered next day right up until Friday 18th and we can offer Saturday courier delivery on Saturday 19th for an extra £7.50 to most areas in mainland UK for orders placed by noon latest on Friday 18th (excluding highlands and islands which need 48 hours and are subject to a surcharge)

Here are a few of our Father’s Day favourites:

Chateau Simian Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge LeTraversier 2017 £24.95

Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port 2015 £20.45

Filey Bay Tasting Experience Trio £30

Father’s Day Easy Drinking Reds – a selection ofour best-selling reds £50

Gundog Estate Shiraz, Canberra 2014 £31.95

Hedonist Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2018 £13.95


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English Wine Week 19-27 June

The notion of English wine may seem like a very recent phenomenon however the Romans introduced vineyards to England and there are 46vineyards referred to in the Domesday book in East Anglia and Somerset.

At the time of Henry VIII there were apparently 139 English vineyards

There was a decline from there until the 20thcentury when initially ‘British Wine’ was fashionable - usually produced from the rejected grapes of European producers, sent here on container ships, and made into wine in the kind of demijohns we remember sitting on top of our grandfather’s fridge as children.

It wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that English wine started to become well known, and another decade before they really started to stand out.

The climate here is better suited to white wine and sparkling seems to have become the standout star, comparing really well with Champagne in blind tastings.

Three Choirs vineyard in Newent, Gloucestershire is one of England’s oldest vineyards. Established in the 1970s they were one of the first to produce fantastic quality English wine of note in the early 2000s, their whites and sparkling are amongst our best sellers here at York Wines. It would appear its going to be pretty much a 'stay at home' summer this year with people holidaying in this country. What better than a glass of something English to sip at a picnic or barbecue with quiche and asparagus or strawberries and cream 

Three Choirs Classic Cuvee, £16.95

A blend of 80% Seyval Blanc and 20% Pinot Noir, this is pale green with fine bubbles. Hints of green apples, redcurrants and nettles. It fits nicely into the gap between quality Prosecco and the realms of Champagne

Three Choirs English House Dry 2019, £9.25

Made from an exciting blend of Seyval Blanc, Reichtensteiner and Madelaine Angelvine this is fresh and tingly with hints of nettle and blackcurrant leaves, lemon and elderflower. A real refreshing alternative to Sauvignon

Three Choirs Willowbrook 2018, £9.75

Slightly off-dry, this unusual blend of Schonburger and Siegerrebe grapes is wonderfully aromatic with soft, yet spicy, fruit flavours


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Raise a glass of Romanian wine to celebrate World Dracula Day on 26 May

Fans of horror fiction have celebrated PrinceVlad III of Wallachia, or Vlad the Impaler, who after his apparent death, became the world’s most well-known vampire, for many years.

Romania’s most famous export hailed from the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, landing on the shores of Whitby (not a million miles from York Wines!) as a large black dog and, according to legend, ran up the 199 steps to the Abbey’s neighbouring cemetery where he took refuge before embarking on his ultimately unsuccessful mission to recruit more vampires.

Centuries later, Romania is now one of the greatest producers of wine – the sixth largest in the EU – and as of 2018, the UK is the greatest importer of Romanian wine.

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 enabled Romania to become a hugely successful wine producing country.

Here at York Wines we stock both Umbrele and Calusari wines from the Cramele Recas winery. Calusari wines are in particular, very firm favourites both with us and our customers.

The Cramele Recas winery has enjoyed a 20 million euro investment from the wonderfully down to earth English winemaker Philip Cox, who has replanted many of the original vines, and transformed Calusari and Umbrele into a variety of superb yet well-priced wines. In the Calusari label; 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. There is also an unusually rich, full Sauvignon Blanc, a lovely soft, fruity Merlot and a spicy Syrah on the Umbrele label. All fantastic choices to try from somewhere unusual but pertinent to celebrate with on World Dracula Day. Ironically all but the Sauvignon are also vegan and there’s no trace of garlic to be found……


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