Christmas Wine Tastings

Christmas Wine Fair
No where else will you find such a diverse and enjoyable range of wines to enjoy this festive season. We offer the one stop range with everything on taste to try from party fizz to serious liqueurs and everything in between. Special Case discounts offered with orders placed on the day.

Saturday 18th November 12-6pm
In-store open house tasting using our shop and upstairs Tasting Room.

Saturday 25th November 12-6pm
Join us at The Swan Hotel to taste, chat and discover

Four Marks
Saturday 2nd December 12-6pm
In-store open house tasting using our tasting table and barrel.

Free entry and complimentary charcuterie.
Lets diarise this now!

Les Cordeliers Exclusive Cremant

#5 TNG Blog Mind the Gap

Fancy a glass of Fizz? First two wines that come to mind are Prosecco and Champagne.
But in between the gulf of prices and styles is a wine that not many discover. The French call these wines Cremant. They are wines that are made in the style and method of Champagne but as they don’t originate from the Champagne region, they cannot bear the name itself.

Cremant wines are grown across France and once you’ve got past the first step of trying something different, you will soon find yourself searching for different Cremant wines.

My go to wine is the Les Cordeliers Exclusive Cremant de Bordeaux. The story behind the wine is what hooked me in, and upon first tasting it I was delighted.
The vineyard is in the heart of the Medieval city of St Emilion, where the vines nestle amongst the 13th Century cloisters. The grapes are handpicked to ensure only the finest ripest grapes are selected.  These Semillon grapes, with glowing lemon coloured skins create a wine with a gentle acidity, wide open soft fruit palate and just the gentlest of sparkle in the glass. Very fine, very elegant.

There is a clear lack of acidic punch and intensity that is found in Champagne and this is all the better in my view. It makes this fizz an easier and more refreshing style similar to the wide appeal of Prosecco.

Having recommended this wine for a few years now, it continues to gain fans on a weekly basis, so next time you need some fizz, why not seek out this gorgeous Cremant wine.

Les Cordeliers Exclusive, Cremant de Bordeaux, France £17.99ea.


Naked Gin 40%

Naked Gin 40%

Created using 6 key ingredients of Juniper, Angelica, Lime, Orris Root, Coriander and Lemon Peel.
Naked Gin is delicate and fine, with a wide mouthfilling flavour and yet retains freshness and balance.
Classic is style and with great precision of flavour, a comforting satisfying Gin.

£29.99 each.


#4 Simon’s Wine of the Year

#TNG Blog 4 – Simon’s Wine of Year

BODEGAS LA MILAGROSA  Milcampos Tempranillo
Ribera del Duero, Spain

” I was hooked”

Tasted in the depths of Winter in The MayFair Hotel, the room was awash with wines and all I had to do was find the star sitting quietly waiting to be discovered. A table of Spanish wine yielded the result I was looking for.
Having chatting in my pigeon Spanish with Javier, I began to taste and mid way along the table was this Tempranillo. I was immediately hit by its intense perfumed nose, enticing and alcoholic. The palate was immediate, blueberry fruits, oak power and the most beautiful silky texture. Further discussion with Javier and his cohort resulted in the discover that this unknown wine had been gradually gathering accolades across the US and Europe. A certain Mr Robert Parker was enthused with all the past vintages. I was hooked.
This wine is now proudly on sale exclusively through The Naked Grape in the UK, and will show great complexity and style in kept over the next 10-15 years.

£19.99 ea.  2 for £32

Technical Fact Sheet and Wine Ratings below

#3 Five Friday Wines


Whatever kind of week you’ve had, we can point you in the right direction for a little light refreshment.

Up with the Lark all week

Early mornings call for wine with dancing freshness and delicacy like no other. Try our Viento Alesio Viognier from Navarra in Spain at £11.99ea. for its wonderfully subtle tropical fruit flavours. With grapes harvested according to the Lunar cycle this should help you get a good nights sleep for another early start!

Meeting up with friends this week

Nothing better on a Friday Fizz night than a glass of Prosecco. Our Prosecco Arduini Cuvee Silver Brut at £12.99ea. shows just why this fizz has become so popular. Fresh citrus fruits, with a gentle non acidic palate. So much better than some of the tat out there.

 Conference Call from hell week

No matter the circumstance, there’s one indulgent drink that is guaranteed to restore. The Gin la Madame at £34.99ea. from a speakeasy Bar in Rome is like no Gin you have ever had. Aged in oak barrel and honey gold in colour, this is enjoyed neat with a single ice cube. The week behind you will melt away in seconds.

Counting the days to holiday week

Get yourself in the party mood with a all out fun enjoyable wine, with no strings and no complicated flavours to ponder. This one is all about a mouthful of fruit and plenty of enjoyment.  Domaine Fontval Rose at £8.99 ea. is the wine for you!

Indulge yourself this week

Some wines are just better when you enjoy them all for yourself, ( everything in moderation, including moderation of course !)The Arcaucano Reserve Cabernet Franc at £16.99ea has such a stunning aroma it’s almost a shame to drink it, almost. Everything about this wine is rewarding, so this weeks this is just for you.

#2 The Strangest of Questions

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People mainly ask us about wine, but every few days we get questions that are straight out of Monty Python.

We think it comes from our friendly faces and customer banter, but sometimes these non wine questions just come out of the blue. We are open 7 days a week so sometimes it’s the simple fact that our doors are open for business more than other shops.
We run a little list at certain times of the year to see which member of staff can boast the most left of field conversation. Everybody loves as Top 5…

Top 5 to date in reverse order:

5: “we’ve come from Australia, do you sell the wine we buy down the road?”
4:  “we’ve come from California, do you sell the wine we buy down the road?”
3: “ oh I thought you had a restaurant here?!”
2:  “
1:  “do you sell malted milk biscuits?”

But most of the questions are wine related. We spend a vast part of our time talking to customers, explaining wine flavours, styles, wine making techniques ( but keep it lite!) and what wine will be most suitable for you. This is a massively rewarding and enjoyable thing to do, as you must remember that our product is one you want to buy. Not a run of the mill daily life item, but something alive with individuality that you can connect with like nothing else.

Of course some of the classics never go away, and are part and parcel of the life of an independent wine merchant. Do these sound familiar?

Top 5 reverse order:

5:  “ I can’t drink French wine it gives me a headache” ( Impressive to have tasted them all )
4:  “ do you sell English Champagne?” ( nobody does!)
3:  “ They keep all the best stuff for themselves don’t they?” ( that old chestnut )
2: “ I don’t like Chardonnay, but I love Chablis” ( easy does it )
1: “ I had a wine the other day with no sulphites in, do you have any?” ( here we go again…)

The rich tapestry and sometimes downright bonkers questions mean that this job is varied and fun, and there tends to be quite a lot of laughter in our lives.

Pushing people’s taste buds into the unknown has been part of our job from day one, and we’ve found that immensely satisfying. Introducing people to grapes like Picpoul, Cortese, Albarino, Tannat, and Gruner Veltliner, plus being at the forefront of local wine production and it’s promotion has carved out our niche.
Don’t just take it from me, just ask our customers.

#1 Pink and Proud

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Rose wine is a bit naff, no? Far from it I hear you bellow, Rose wine is the drink to be seen enjoying this English summer. But it’s the colour of your Rose that matters. Gone are the days of deeply coloured sweet and sticky wines that are more than half way to being a red wine in colour, and laced with more sugar than Haribo.

Nowadays it’s all about anaemic and pale rose, salmon pink, with a hint of ear lobe.

No really, the colour of your Rose matters.
Its all down to those Provencal wine makers who have nailed the pale rose style, in fact so much so that almost everyone else it trying to usurp them.
From 100% Pinot Noir wines from Marlborough New Zealand, to complete Garnacha wines coming out of Rioja, the message is the paler the better. Some are so light you can mistake them in the glass for white.

But what about fruit flavour, you know from the grapes. Well the grape varieties used are actually fruity little numbers, and when handled with kid gloves, can provide rose petal, raspberry and sublime juicy summer red fruits. In fact most winemakers seem able to manage this balance with aplomb. Maybe its anew understanding on the techniques involved ( which are like witchcraft ) but there does seem to be a worldwide understanding of delicate rose now.

What about the people drinking these wines? That’s where you come in.
The UK public are lapping it up, actually more like glugging it up, as quantities of Rose being sold are on the up and up. Some darker Roses still sneak into the mixed case, but 95% of it is the Provencal delicate style.  And Provence are still very much in charge of the top spot for prestige and presence. A cheeky pretender from a neighbouring vineyard strictly outside the Provence area can pick up huge sales quantities, but one you’ve had the real deal there’s no way back.

Size also matters ( yep ‘fraid so )
If you produce your wine in a Magnum or larger format bottle, then it’s Rose for all as these wines form the centre piece from a friends BBQ to full on “get the best crockery out” dinner party.
I mean who can resist 6 Litres of Rose?!

And for those of you who can think back and remember Rose in its 70’s form there is good news.
You can also use traditional Provence wine bottle as a snazzy lamp base, it’ll be just like the old days.

Except the wine is sublime and delicate and wonderful and refined and…


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