It is with great please that we announce the next wine tasting evening and this time we go back to our roots in terms of layout and style with Northern Italy.

This amazing region has incredible amounts of potential and a lot of it is currently being use to it's maximum. Beautiful vineyards host amazing vines and grapes which are worked heavily to produce some of the worlds most fantastic wine. Light and easy to deep and powerful, they do it all and none of it is to be missed.

Our tasting will be the best way to get to grips with what the Italians are capable of. If you love Italian wine or are a novice with it we will guide you through it with all the skill required to make sure you leave knowing much more than you come with. We will be tasting 6 very different wines with a selection of charcuterie, cheeses, breads and all sorts of other classics at around the half-way point but we must remind you that this will almost certainly not equal a meal!

The tasting is going to be held at the shop on Wednesday the 27th of March from 7.30 to 10pm. As our licensing requires us to close the shop by 10pm latest we kindly ask participants to arrive at the shop by 7pm in order to begin on schedule.

The cost of a ticket is £40 and can be purchased either by coming to our highstreet shop (open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-8pm) or by paying through Paypal using our website at:

http://www.grandcruco.com/wine-tasting/public-tastings/northern-italy-tasting-1-27-03-2019-detail

Don't miss out! There aren't many tickets to go round! Cheers!

Due to an issue with out mailing system we only be announcing our next tasting on our social media and website so if that sounds like a piece of you then read on!

It's about time we head back to a place where wine thrives. A place where the sun beats down and the juices produced reflect this: it's Spain.

And, of course, we won't just be looking at anywhere in Spain. No, no, no. We will be looking directly at Bodegas Manzanos of the Rioja region. These guys have been producing wine here since the late 19th century and the quality they make is just astounding. White, pink and red; all of it hits the spot perfectly.

We will be putting together the usual selection of spanish meats and cheeses just to make sure that everything is as on the mark as possible, of course. We will remind you that this food does not equate to a meal so a little something before hand might be a good idea.

The tasting is going to be held at the shop on Tuesday the 8th of October from 7.30 to 10pm. As our licensing requires us to close the shop by 10pm latest we kindly ask participants to arrive at the shop at 7.15pm in order to begin on schedule.

The cost of a ticket is £35 and can be purchased either by coming to our highstreet shop (open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-8pm) or by paying through Paypal using our website at:

http://www.grandcruco.com/wine-tasting/public-tastings/finca-manzanos-tasting-08-10-2019-detail

Don't miss out! There aren't many tickets to go round! Cheers

Today we have a special wine to show you. Its one of our staff's absolute favourites and for very good reason: its bloody amazing.

One of the main protagonists in the renaissance of Southern Italian wines, Feudi di San Gregorio has carved out a reputation for making truly world-class wines in less than 30 years. The company began in the mid 1980s with the aim of safeguarding local traditions and unlocking the potential of key indigenous grapes such as Fiano, Greco, Falanghina and Aglianico.

2013 is considered to be a more classic vintage, as the harvest took place later than in recent years. The season was marked by a cool, wet spring, followed by cool weather during the early summer. Warm, dry weather during the latter part of the summer encouraged the ripening and maturation of the berries. The resulting wines are fresh and elegant.

Feudi di San Gregorio 'Taurasi' 2013 @ £22.95 - Buy it here!
Fragrant aromas of maraschino cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg are complemented by undertones of vanilla and anise. Full of juicy black fruit flavours, the palate is full bodied and well balanced with sweet, soft tannins with an aromatic, persistent finish.

Does that description not make you want to run here and take it all home? It's so good you wont believe it.

Cheers!

This one heralds the release of a new country in our shop. We have never had a wine from Lebanon. Now is our time and now is your time to try one!

Château Ksara is Lebanon's oldest winery. Its traditions can be traced back to 1857 when a group of Jesuit monks acquired the property. The Jesuits applied their knowledge of science and agriculture to plant French vines as well as developing two kilometres of Roman caves that proved ideal for the storage of wine. The Jesuits sold the winery to its current owners in 1973. Ksara is now the most modern winery in the region as well as the largest producer in the country. Their annual production is over 2.8 million bottles and they sell their wines in more than 40 countries worldwide. 


Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2016 @ £12.95 - Buy it here!
This wine with its dark ruby-red colour is a fusion of finesse and elegance; with notes of beautifully integrated oak and vanilla enveloped in supple, pure and round tannins and a wonderful persistence on the palate

It's such a great addition to the shop, come and give it a go. Cheers!

 

Yet another new one for you today. We've gone a little mad with changing our range. A big aussie red is our wine of the day!

Lake Breeze is located in Langhorne Creek, South Australia, where the Follett family has been farming grapes since the 1880s. The estate is situated on the banks of Lake Alexandrina and the vineyard benefits from the 'lake breeze'. Winemaker Greg Follett was brought up on the farm but left to study winemaking at Roseworthy before heading to make wine in California and France. He returned to his roots and in 1987 started making wine exclusively from the best 30 per cent of his old vine fruit. He rapidly built an enviable reputation for consistently producing outstanding wines and Lake Breeze is now one of the most awarded boutique wineries in Australia.

Lake Breeze 'Bernoota' Cabernet Shiraz 2015 @ £18.95 - Buy it here!
A rich wine, voluptuous and juicy, with aromas of blackberries and plums, layered with chocolate mint and smoky oak. The palate encompasses all of the trademark Langhorne Creek fruit sweetness and soft tannins. A definitive example of this classic blend.

Honestly one of our current favourites with it's big, smoky style. Cheers!

Back to a producer that we have had since our beginning but not this wine. This time we look into a brand new addition to the shop which is familiar but new. Let's learn a bit more.

 

Torbreck was established in 1994 and is located at Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa Valley. It is named after a forest situated just south of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Founded by David Powell, a former lumberjack who worked in various vineyards to hone his oenological skills, Torbreck’s first releases in 1997 of a 1995 Runrig (Shiraz/Viognier) and 1996 The Steading (Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz) were greeted with rapturous applause by critics and connoisseurs alike. The winery is overseen by Senior Winemaker Craig Isbel and his team.

 

The overwhelming majority of his vines are dry-grown, nearly all are 100 - 165 years old and are tended and harvested by hand. The wines have an extraordinary combination of power, intensity, complexity and great finesse.

Torbreck 'Cuvee Juveniles' Barossa Valley GSM 2015 @ £19.95 - Buy it here!

Bold and seductive, this unoaked Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz blend is youthful. A lively, vibrant aroma of blackberry, violet and spice. It has a full, rich mid palate with a vivacity and energy that this blend always generates. Ripe, savoury flavours of dark berry fruit and cassis, spiced cherries, minerals and succulent blueberry fruit all balanced with fresh acidity and a fine gentle tannin structure.

 

Absolute dream material here! Come and get it. Cheers!