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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)



Created On  19 Jul 2021 15:38 in Blog  -  Permalink
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Raise a glass of South African Wine on Mandela Day, 18 July 2021



Since the UN declaration in November 2009, Mandela Day has been celebrated every year on 18 July, the anniversary of apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist and South African President Nelson Mandela's birthday. It’s not classed as a public holiday, rather an invitation to honour his legacy and values.

Wine has been produced in South Africa since 1659 with the first recorded being grown in Cape Town. There was an apparently substantial effort to plant vineyards and produce wine to protect the sailors from scurvy as they voyaged East on the Spice routes.
Fittingly we've picked what are considered the most South African red and white wines - Pinotage and Chenin Blanc - as the focus of our toast to Nelson Mandela on his birthday.

Pinotage is South Africa’s signature variety. A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut-known as Hermitage in South Africa-it was first cultivated in 1925 and has historically been most associated with the Stellenbosch wine producing area. More recently Paarl and the coastal region have had huge success in producing South Africa’s flagship red wine. The perfect partner for gamey meat such as Boerewors, the typical high meat content sausage; and Bunnychow stew traditionally served in a hollowed out loaf of bread, it is the wine all South African’s turn to when they fire up the ‘braii’
Take your pick from one of these:

Roos Estate Pinotage, 2019, Western Cape £ 6.45

Soft, spicy fruit flavours, smooth and succulent. Lovely foreveryday drinking

Tulbagh Winery Shiraz Pinotage, Coastal Region£9.25

Blended with Shiraz to add a hint of spiciness this lovely blend bursts with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, with coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth and rich

Niel Joubert Patrysbult Pinotage, 2017, Paarl £9.45

A patrysbult is a small hillock at the very top of the vineyard where the pheasants hide out and survey their domain. A deep, balanced structure with earthy notes and a long finish.

Chenin Blanc's origins are in the Loire valley in France, however it is the most planted grape in South Africa, most notably in Stellenbosch and the Coastal region. Historically known as Steen most are high in acidity, crispier and zestier than Loire Chenin with signature notes of peardrops and banana, some are more rounded, full and creamy. All pair well with the kind of seafood salads that are abundant in the South African Cape such as crab, sardines and squid.

Roos Estate Chenin Blanc, 2020, Western Cape £6.45

Crisp and vibrant with citrus fruit flavours

Afrikan Ridge Chenin Blanc, 2020, Western Cape£6.95

Fuller and fruitier in the mouth but dry with a lingering crisp acidity

Darling Cellars Arum Fields Chenin Blanc Reserve,2020, West Coast Region £8.45

Fresh, rich and creamy with hints of pepper and bananas

Niel Joubert ‘Byter’ Chenin Blanc, 2019, Paarl£8.65

Named after Niel’s sweet big dog who used to follow him around the farm this is a fabulous full, rich Chenin bursting with pineapple and banana flavours

Tulbagh Winery Chenin Blanc, 2019, Coastal Region£8.95

Fresh and tingly on the nose with hints of banoffee pie. Smooth and generous with more banana and toffee flavours.


                                                   


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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




                                           

Created On  15 Jun 2021 16:56 in Blog  -  Permalink
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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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International Chardonnay Day 21 May 2021



Didi you know that Chardonnay is the most planted white wine grape in the world?

If your first thought is of thick, buttery, mouth-filling, vanilla-oaked Chardonnays, like those historically from Australia and Burgundy in France and that stops you in your tracks, then don’t be put off. Chardonnay is such an extremely versatile grape. There are 3 different styles of wine produced from the Chardonnay grape, meaning that there really is something for everyone’s tastes

1. Citrussy and unoaked Chardonnay

If you love crisp, dry, elegant Sauvignon Blanc then you will be pleasantly surprised by this style of Chardonnay.

Typically exhibiting hints of green apple, lemon peel and chalky minerality these fresh, light Chardonnays are best drunk young, with the exception of some Grand Crus Chablis, and can make the perfect alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. These Chardonnays are generally grown in cooler climates – New Zealand, Eastern Australia, pacific North West US, Chile, the Loire and parts of Burgundy and pair well with scallops, oysters, white fish and full cream cheeses

We have these gems to try:

Domaine Gautheron Chablis 2018, Burgundy, £15.95

Wonderfully balanced and incredibly highly rated, this is an absolutely fantastic Chablis from a great producer and a lovely vintage.

Catherine & Didier Tripoz Macon Charnay, Clos des Tournons 2019, Burgundy, £10.95

Catherine and Didier Tripoz have made a lovely crisp, dry and harmonious Macon. Smooth and elegant but with a freshness and crisp minerality that excites the palate.

Domaine des Tilleuls Chardonnay Valle de Loire 2019,£8.95

Crisp, soft, vibrant and fresh with lovely long flavours that last and last. Quite different to most Chardonnays as this is dry, racy, without oak and with a long mineral aftertaste. It has similarities to the Sauvignon from the same winery but with a softness on the finish.

Murphy Vineyards Big River Chardonnay South EastAustralia 2019, £7.65

Ripe tropical fruits on the nose – hints of pineapple and melon. Rich, tropical fruits in the mouth and no oak. Soft and rounded with a long fruity finish.

2. Sparkling Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the 3 permitted grapes in Champagne, usually blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier but any Champagne described as ‘Blanc de Blancs’ or ’white of whites’ is made purely from Chardonnay grapes. Expect luxurious honeycomb, toasted vanilla and hazelnut characteristics, with hints of lemon zest, minerals, lime and honeysuckle. They pair particularly well with salty, fried dishes like calamari and - dare we say it – fish and chips!

Our Apollonis Theodorine Rose Brut, £25.95 isa blend of all 3 of the grapes used in Champagne, but its high concentration of Chardonnay – 50% - bring out peach, floral and mineral notes, highlighting the fruitiness which makes a rose Champagne special.

Named after the wine maker’s grandmother, Champagne ApollonisPalmyre Brut Natur, £27.95 is 30% Chardonnay, also made without th eaddition of sugar to further enhance the natural toasty, biscuity notes.

Both these Champagnes are from low yield, single vineyard - thereby ensuring the highest quality - grapes, and the producer, Michel Loriot, plays music to the grapes (hence Apollonis!) to encourage growth.

3. Creamy oaked Chardonnay

These are the more traditionally recognisable full-bodied Chardonnays from warmer climes and typified by hints of butterscotch, vanilla oak, poached pear and lemon curd. A process known as malolactic fermentation, using lactic acid found in milk, gives the wine its trademark thick, buttery, hazelnutty smoothness in the mouth. These Chardonnays really hold their own when paired with creamy, heavy dishes like mushroom risotto, lobster thermidor and chicken, leek and ham pie, complimenting them really well

Give one of these mouth filling favourites a try:

McGuigan Black Label Chardonnay, South East Australia 2020, £7.65

Lovely traditional Chardonnay from this popular Australian producer. Tropical, full and with a hint of oak balanced with zingy fruit

Rustenberg Chardonnay 2020, Stellenbosch SouthAfrica, £13.95

Intense tropical apricot and orange combine with almonds and marzipan to create a rich, full complex Chardonnay with bold flavours. Balanced oak notes complete this powerful, tasty wine.

Didier Delagrange Saint Romain 2017, Burgundy, £25.95

With a strong but not overpowering oaky nose and smooth peaches and vanilla in the mouth this is rich, creamy and lingers at the finish. A superb example of white Burgundy at its best

Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 2017, Burgundy £47.75

Citrus fruits and ripe peaches, intermingled with delicate hints of oak, leap out of the glass. A rich and complex Chardonnay with a fresh minerality and lingering fruit, demonstrating a really fantastically balanced wine

                                             

Created On  8 May 2021 12:27 in Blog  -  Permalink
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