Time for another wine of the day. This time we're going to have a look at this: Bellavista Vendemmia Brut 2011. Honestly you're about to be blown away as this will be your new tipple.

Those original vineyards, of extraordinary quality, are located on the Bellavista hill, so named for its splendid position, which looks out over Lake Iseo and the entire Po valley, all the way to the foothills of the Alps. Looking to the future, Vittorio Moretti devoted special attention to the acquisition of new vineyards, which now comprise a total of 198 hectares in the "Franciacorta" wine production area.

In 1981 Vittorio Moretti met oenologist Mattia Vezzola, who in that same year joined the company. His role proved pivotal to the definition of the Bellavista style. In 2007, Mattia Vezzola's key contribution was recognized by the Guide to Italian Wines, issued by Gambero Rosso-Slow Food, which honored him as “Oenologist of the year”.

Bellavista Vendemmia Franciacorta Brut 2011 @ £36.95 - Buy it here!
Bellavista Brut is a vibrant green gold colour with an exuberant yet fine mousse. The nose has finesse and complexity. Crisp floral notes of hawthorn, wormwood and bay leaf support ripe white fruits. Dry and elegant on the palate, with ripe fruit and touches of incense. The silky texture and firm backbone are balanced perfectly with fresh acidity. Floral hints and white fruits linger on the finish.

You will never regret giving this stuff a go. It is in a world of its own. Cheers!

Thursday is here and the bar opens its doors again! Our opening hours for everyone who hasn't been part the shop or seen our adverts are:

Thursday to Saturday 1pm to 10pm

As a little Christmas gift from us to you we would like to offer a free glass of prosecco to every person who purchases a glass of any wine in our bar. Just a small token of our appreciation to everyone who has supported us.

This offer extends out until the 1st of January and is redeemable once every time you come along so you've got a little while and a good number of chances to claim it!

Have a lovely day and I hope to see you this evening or at least soon! Cheers!

If you've still got a couple of gifts to pick up but are struggling for ideas then just come and say hello! A gorgeous bottle is always appreciated. What about one of these for example?

Ruinart is a low-profile, yet select, Champagne house which is steeped in history. It was founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart in the city of Reims, the year after a Royal Decree in 1728, whereby Louis XV gave his consent for sparkling wines to be shipped in baskets containing 50 to 100 bottles. This opened the gates of Europe to Champagne and thus makes Ruinart the oldest Champagne House.

The distinctive clear bottle for Ruinart’s Blanc de Blancs is based on an 18th century original. Its elegant Chardonnay persona is harmonious and elegant, capturing the House style. It is one of the finest blanc de blancs on the market, luminous of hue, rounded of form and lengthy in the memory.

With provenance such as this and a price of only £64.95 it makes a fantastic gift... And not just for other people. Cheers!

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A first time appearance not only to our social media but also to the shop! A Tokaj! Let's have a read about this gorgeously sweet little beauty.

István Szepsy of St Tamás is intent on putting Dry Furmint on the world map and in its collective glass. Based in the village of Mád, in the heart of the Tokaji region, he works with vineyards shaped by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. World famous for the exquisite sweet wine that is produced here, István knows that this volcanic terroir is his key to proving that his dry wines are just as good. He creates wines with unique flavours somewhere between Loire Chenin and Chablis in style, that are refreshing with an underlying minerality that feels like it comes directly up from those ancient volcanic soils.

The village of Mád, the most prestigious in the region of Tokaj is still composed of many plots of small growers, the aim has been to raise the viticultural standards of the growers by guaranteeing a purchase of their grapes at an above market price dependent on their working with the Mád viticulturalists. This ensures an excellent supply of high quality grapes. The vineyards for these wines sit on the south and western sides of the hill overlooking the village and are planted on predominantly red clay, zeolite Malota and quartz rhyolite soils. 

St Tamas Mad Tokaji Late Harvest 2016 @ £17.95 - Buy it here!
Vivid and lively late harvest wine, the natural sugar concentration is balanced by refreshing acidity. Floral, fruity intense aromas, touch of minerality and fresh fruity lingering finish.

Such a nice change to saunteres! Come and give it a go. Cheers!

 

We've always got something outstanding available so why not give something back to those who help you and your business fly? Our selection of corporate gifts is quite extensive and we can even deliver to you with special requests always considered and usually completed!

Drop us a call on 020 8650 0085 or an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can help you find something to treat those around you. Discounts available on bulk too!

Cheers!

It might be a little on the cold side but, even then, who could resist a cold class of crisp white? Certainly not us so this weekend it's a bit of this on the menu!

Hush Heath Estate, situated in Kent, dates back to 1503. At the heart of the property is a Tudor manor surrounded by 162 hectares of perfectly manicured gardens, vineyards and apple orchards. Forward thinking Richard Balfour-Lynn first planted vineyards on the property in 2002, with the aim of making England's finest sparkling Rosé, Balfour Brut. Today, Hush Heath's 15 hectares of vineyards and 8 hectares of apple trees are meticulously and sustainably managed by a family of viticulturists.

 

They recently launched a non-vintage, Leslie’s Reserve, and the Hush Heath range comprises of still wines, Skye's English Chardonnay, Manor Pinot Noir and Nanette's English Rosé. Their orchards also produce Jake's Kentish cider and, a unique new product, a Sparkling English Apple Wine. These are all made from estate grown fruit by winemakers Owen Elias and Victoria Ash. Owen Elias, both winemaker and cider maker, is a four-time winemaker of the year by the UK Vineyards Association and has nearly 20 years experience making English wines.

Hush Heath Estate 'Skyes English White' 2017 @ £17.95 - Buy it here!
Brilliant white gold in the glass with a clean nose of citrus, thyme and pineapple. A lively acidity is balanced by rich, ripe grapefruit, citrus and apple flavours. It is a wine with great length, finishing with saline, herbal notes typical of the Hush Heath style.

Honestly some of the best English wine we've ever come across. Christmas day is clearly sorted already. Cheers!