Today for my WOTW I’ve chosen the superb Tabali Limari Talinay Vineyard Chardonnay 2012. This is a bold statement but in my opinion this is the best Chardonnay, for the money, you can buy from Chile.
The wine is produced by one of Chile’s most exciting wineries, Tabali and they’re located in Limari. The wine is the product of an incredible single vineyard, Talinay. The vineyard itself is one of the most northerly in the country, situated right at the edge of the Atacama Desert. It has a subsoil of limestone and it is the only part of Chile to offer this unique terroir. Chardonnay thrives here and the resulting wine is engaging and a joy to drink.
Christmas day is slightly different in every house. However, hopefully some of you will find my Blog today useful when it comes to selecting some wines. I’m going to base this on what tends to go down on my Christmas day and I have picked out some other wines to sit alongside.
Personally, opening up and giving out the gifts is an amazing way to start the day and a glass of something sparkly will only add to the palpable excitement. There’s a whole host of sparkling wine fit for the purpose, so without further ado here’s a few from our range that will do the job admirably.
Our tasting tour of Britain came to an end this month with a trip to Nottingham and our home-town tasting in Norwich. This year we have visited 23 cities and held over 30 tastings for our customers. We’ve had the opportunity to meet over 5,000 of you and we can’t wait to get back on the road next year as we do it all over again, bigger and better than ever. Here are a few snapshots we took in Nottingham and Norwich.
Don’t forget that you can now start booking your tickets for 2014 by going to www.virginwines.co.uk/events . We’ll be adding more venues soon to the 14 that are already on offer! Thank you to everyone who attended our tastings and we hope to see you all again (and more) next year.
With Christmas looming, in a good way, I’m thinking about what fizz to have on Christmas morning when I’m opening, hopefully a few good presents, alongside giving a few in return of course. Being the ‘wine expert’ in the Roberts household it falls on me to make sure the drink is sorted and doesn’t disappoint. I’ve spoiled them over the years so keeping them happy isn’t as easy as just grabbing a bottle of Grandes Marques off our virtual shelf and popping it open come Crimbo morning.
Today we pay homage to our friends over in the United States as they celebrate Thanksgiving, a National holiday that falls on the 3rd Thursday of November each year. Unfortunately we don’t get to take a day off, eat turkey, stuffing and lovely cranberry sauce all day, or join in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade live from New York City, or the America’s Thanksgiving Parade from Detroit, Michigan. However just because we’re not in America it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy certain perks to their holiday celebrations.
If you’ve turned on the TV, then you’ve probably heard of Thanksgiving. However it was only recently I really took the time to explore why it was celebrated, and the origins of the Holiday. Although it has only been an annual tradition since 1863, the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated in 1621 following the Pilgrims first harvest in the New World. The feast lasted 3 days and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.
Hi all, for those of you who don’t know me I’m Dave and I’m a wine buyer. My life in the wine trade began working as part of a customer service team. At the time I was a very long haired 18 year old without too much of an idea about what I wanted to do with my life, outside of the normal thoughts of being in a band and making it to the big time! After a couple of years, that dream was starting to fade but my passion for wine really began to kick in. At that juncture of my life I made the decision to try and make a career for myself in the wonderful world of the fermented grape! 14 enjoyable years on and I’m now part of a very successful two man buying team, working for one of the UK’s leading online wine retailers – Virgin Wines.
As part of the buying team it’s my job to make sure people are getting the very best quality to price ratio from wines crafted all over the world. Easier said than done, but by building person to person relationships with winemakers and producers, our current portfolio is jam-packed with a range of unique, hand-crafted wines, bursting with individual character.
So this Christmas I’m here to help you decide on the wines to present. Along with several blog posts that will be coming shortly, I’ll be doing a live chat over on the Virgin Money Facebook page. So head over on Tuesday 3 December between 12-1pm with your burning questions and I’ll be there to put your mind at ease. If you can’t make it Tuesday, pop your questions over on the page now or send to @VirginMoney using #WineTips.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner for our friends over in America, so today we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to bring the wines from the USA into focus. There is a lot more to the USA wine scene than California. Not only do the Americans produce some of the tastiest wines available, but they also add a little flair to their presentation, something you will see with some of the bottle featured at the bottom of this page.
I’m a huge fan of the wines produced in Soave and the wide range of styles available. From the more simply flavoured offerings right through to the incredibly complex and concentrated examples. I’ve selected a wonderful Soave Classico as my WOTW as it’s a firm personal favourite, from a top-quality award-winning producer, making some of the region’s most engaging and expressive wines.
Soave Classico Staforte Pra 2010
Check out the latest video from wine guru Matthew Jukes, who taste-tests our justReds wines.
Following my recent post Top 5 Wines with Animal Names, today I am going to follow up with wines with bird names. However rather than a top five, this time we’re looking at six. We never realised we had so many wines named after birds!
Papegaai Red Blend 2007
Papeggaai, meaning parot in Afircans, is from the very latest ‘Rhône Ranger’ Adi Badenhorst. Here he uses all the same grapes and techniques to produce his top-drawer homage to the great wines of the Southern Rhône, planted in African soils.
We’re delighted to announce that we will be partnering with the Rick Stein Live Show in London in December.
The celebrated chef Rick Stein will bring his first ever UK theatre show, RICK STEIN LIVE to the London Palladium on Monday 9 December. Rick will be preparing a mouth-watering array of dishes and in keeping with our philosophy – ‘life’s too short for boring wine,’ each dish will be matched to a wine from our exclusive boutique-quality range.
Christmas is the time for giving, and hunting high and low for that perfect gift. We’ve spent a good amount of time trying to bring some exciting, unique gifts to the party and today I’m going to focus on five of them; the crème de la crème. However you can click here to check out our full range of gifts, including fine wines and champagnes, Gin, Vodka, Scotch; there’s even a board game! Fun for all the family…aged 18 and over of course!
5) Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Fridge Metal Chill Box
Veuve is synonymous with fine quality, premium Champagne, based in the Reims region of France. Personally, this is my favourite Champagne, and has always been my choice for any celebrations. A biscuity, apple-filled nose with a forceful freshness upon the first sip and a ‘symphony’ of fruit flavours. This really is the perfect gift for any Champagne lover! Encased in an Isotherm fridge box that will keep your Champagne cold for hours.
I know we’re moving into the colder months of the year, so most of us are automatically reaching for the more wintery reds out there… However, I’ve picked out a cracking Sancerre rosé for my Wine of the Week. I wanted to highlight that rosé wines shouldn’t be confined to the summer months and are suitable for consumption all year round. They are a great aperitif option and will partner a whole host of starters and lighter main courses, whatever the weather outside.
It has been an exciting month for Virgin Wines with our tasting tour, we visited 4 cities for 5 events, including our National Tasting in London which saw nearly 800 people descend on the Waldorf Hilton where around 250 wines were available to sample. It was a great event, with a lot of laughs and a lot of fine wine sampled. We also headed to the beautiful cities of York, Cambridge and Sheffield for our smaller evening tastings, we hope everyone who attended enjoyed them as much as we did.
We have just the three tastings left for 2013, however we already have 12 events confirmed for 2014, with plenty more to come. To avoid disappointment, get in early to book your tickets.
Recently our Senior Wine Advisor Sarah Jane-Tweed visited Bordeaux, a haven for good-quality prestigious wine. Over the last three weeks she has taken us all along with her on her journey, from chateau to chateau, vineyard to vineyard. In the final segment we visit Chateau Guibeau and Puisseguin St-Emilion.
It is a gorgeous day on the way to St-Emilion and the weather has shot up to 28 degrees, which gives some hope for the grape ripening over the next two weeks. We arrive at the beautiful Chateau Guibeau in the village of Puisseguin to warm smiles from Brigitte and Eric, who run the winery. As with Nicola, this vineyard is certified organic and of the 41 hectares here, 33.5 are of Puisseguin St-Emilion and 7.5 in Castillon-Cotes de Bordeaux. The latter vines we can see on the other side of the road.