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Shrove Tuesday 01 March 2022 - Pancake Day!

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Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras – ‘Fat Tuesday’ in France - has long been a traditional date in the Christian calendar. It marks the final day of indulgence of rich, fatty foods – generally foods made with eggs and butter –before the 40 day fast of Lent begins.

Most people, regardless of religious beliefs tend to indulge in pancakes or crepes on Shrove Tuesday, usually with lashings of sugar, lemon and honey.

We have the perfect wines to match your chosen indulgence.

Savoury pancakes

Ham and Cheese Crepes, salty ham and rich melted cheese can take a lovely light red, try Domaine de Roche GuillonFleurie 2019, a Gamay from Beaujolais or Domaine Henri Delagrange Hautes Cotes deBeaune 2019, a Pinot Noir from Burgundy

Buckwheat Pancakes with Scallops or Salmon, the slight earthiness of buckwheat gallettes combined with light moist seafood and rich cream and white wine sauce will match well with a slightly more rounded Sauvignon such as Domaine le Petit Soumard Pouilly Fume 2020,a slightly sweeter Chenin such as Chateau de la Durandiere SaumurBlanc 2018 or an oaky chardonnay like Saint Veran DomaineSangouard-Guyot Terroirs 2019. Some fantastic choices depending on your personal preference

Sweet Pancakes

Sugar and Honey Pancakes A semi dry sparkling wine is a perfect match for these sweet crepes. Try a rose prosecco such as VillaBraida or a Cremant de Loire like Louis Grenelle Platine Brut

Chocolate Pancakes Rich, sweet, melted chocolate works well both with white crepes and buckwheat gallettes (especially with some chopped nuts.) These are the ultimate decadence and can take a very sweet, heavy wine such as Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port 2017or Barbeito Madeira Malvasia Reserva

Cheers and enjoy!

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Valentine's Day Just Desserts

If the thought of a buying a dessert wine to match with a pudding leaves you flummoxed about date night, then read on, we have the perfect non dessert wine pairings to enjoy with your desserts!

Peach Cobbler

The fresh acidity of a dry Riesling will cut through the syrupy sweetness of this decadent pudding whilst the peach, baked apple and citrus fruit flavours further enhance the peach in the cobbler

Try Esk Valley Marlborugh Riesling 2019, £12.95or Domane Wachau Riesling Federspiel 2019 £13.95

White Chocolate

The sharpness of lime and grapefruit in New Zealand Sauvignon combines delightfully with the rich vanilla butteriness of white chocolate to create the illusion of a creamy fruit mousse. Try JacksonEstate Greenlip Sauvignon Marlborough 2020, £13.95 or Gravel& Loam Marlborough Sauvignon 2021, £10.75

Apple Pie

The soft aromatic elderflower hints in Gewurtztraminer combine wonderfully with apple and cinnamon, without overpowering the flavours and retaining freshness, creating the perfect balance without overpowering. Try Philip Gocker Gewurtztraminer 2018 Alsace, £10.75

Lemon Tart

Oaked Chardonnay is a match made in heaven – fresh citrus and the creamy softness of oak complimenting zesty lemon and buttery flaky pastry perfectly. Try DomaineSangouard-Guyot Saint-Veran 2019 La Cote Rotie, £15.95 or Masut Estate Chardonnay 2019California, £33.65

Chocolate Mousse

The sharpness of bubbles in a Lambrusco Rosso cuts through the richness of dark velvety chocolate whilst adding sweet red fruit flavours to create flavours almost of decadent black forest gateau in the mouth Try Lambrusco Rosso DOPCastlevetro ‘Ciacaron’ Italy £13.55

Strawberry Cream Scones

The richness of whipped cream and fresh fruity strawberries is complimented perfectly by the tingly fresh lemon finish of a Loire Chenin. Try Chateau de la Durandiere Saumur Blanc 2018 Silver Medal, £11.75

Carrot Cake

The mixed spices of cinnamon, mace and nutmeg in carrot cake pair beautifully with the nuttiness of sherry. Fino is dry and sharp to cut through the cream cheese icing, serve chilled in glasses from the freezer. Try MiraLa Mar Fino Sherry, £13.45


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Après Ski Fayre for the Winter Olympics!

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The Winter Olympics begins in Beijing on 4 February, with the blue-ribbon event Men’s Alpine Skiing Downhill,  generally dominated by the Swiss and the Austrians, the Alpine countries most closely associated with skiing and ski holidays.

Anyone who has been on a skiing holiday to Switzerland or Austria will undoubtedly have tucked into a fondue or raclette as part of traditional après ski, all perfect for a late night watching the Olympic men’s downhill –and we have the perfect wines to match.

This creamy dish of melted cheese, infused with kirsch and generally eaten with vegetables and chunks of bread goes perfectly with an off dry slightly aromatic Riesling such as Domane WachauRiesling Felderspiel 2019. Other whites that work well are flinty dry types such as Chablis, Muscadet or Gruner Veltliner. You could also match with a light red– a young burgundy like Domaine Henri Delagrange Hautes Cotes deBeaune Pinot Noir 2019 or a Gamay from Beaujolais like our amazing Domainede Roche Guillon Fleurie Lieu dit la Tonne 2019

An indulgent dish made with sliced potatoes, reblochon cheese, bacon lardons and onions, perfect with a buttery chardonnay like Masut Estate Chardonnay 2019 or DidierDelagrange Saint-Romain 2017

This amazing, melted cheese dish is traditionally served with potatoes, cornichons and picked onions but goes equally well with sautéed rosemary mushrooms, stir fried broccoli and roasted garlic. The rich creaminess of this alpine milk cheese can take a fairly robust Cotes du Rhone, try our LaudunChusclan Vignerons Les Genets Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2018 . You could also try the flinty dry whites that work with fondue: Domane WachauGruner Veltliner 2020, Domaine Gautheron Chablis 2019or Domaine Girard Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Le Fleuron 2020


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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 works really well with the rich flavours

Kung Pao Chicken - this spicy stir fry dish with peanuts, ginger, garlic and chilli can compliment a slightly aromatic but still fairly dry wine – 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 to the 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 poet Robert Burns who was born on 25 January 1759 and whose best know work is Auld Lang Syne. The traditional Burns Night dish of Haggis is brought into the dining room to the accompaniment of bagpipes and, much like saying Grace, it is considered polite to the read Burns’ Address to the Haggis' before tucking into the main course

Traditional Burns Night Fayre

Cullen Skink – this smoked haddock, leek potato and cream soup is crying out for a sharp and flinty white with a fresh kick – you can’t go wrong 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 neeps and tatties works well with a Gamay from Beaujolais which cuts through the fat of 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 and raspberries is perfectly complemented by a rich, peachy, honey flavoured New Zealand Riesling. Try our Esk Valley Marlborough Riesling 2019

A dram of whisky is in order to finish proceedings, nothing too 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 Bordeauxvarietals that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and PetitVerdot and is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux. Its name is believedto be derived from Merle – the French for blackbird

Since the evolution of New World wine it is now a star inits own right producing smooth, full bodied, inky purple coloured wines thatare 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 asArgentina is to Malbec, they really seem to have a fabulous selection in all priceranges. 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 surprisedbut 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 Bordeauxthat 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 inFruili. Deep, rich, dark, fruity and smooth but with lovely integrated tannins.Italian Merlot at its best


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