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Sparkling Wine

A big subject. Yes yes yes. Champagne is just about marketing. It doesn’t say anything about quality or provenance. And the method is the same. ie Methode Traditionelle. It says the name only and nothing else. France has an enormous range of sparkling wines and guess what champagne is just another sparkling area with a difficulty in meeting the demand from the gullible public who think champagne is top dog. Its definitely not. So watch out for champagne that might not be from champagne in terms of the grapes nor could it be real. There are plenty of forgeries about.

The sensible way is surely a sparkling wine of more substance that you can really taste with a provenance from a real passionate wine maker who grows his own grapes, makes the wine himself and bottles it at the domaine AND at a price that is less than half that of champagne. That makes sense in anybody’s book. So go to our website gfwine.co.uk  and select one of our brilliant sparklers. Sante. YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE NOW.

What you pay is what you get

Did you know that our lovely government takes a large chunk of tax from the sale of a bottle of wine. Duty on still wine is £1.81 a bottle and then you add the VAT on the duty so thats £2.17. Then  there’s the VAT at 20% on the overall price.  So on a £5.00 bottle of wine thats £1.00. Now go and buy your wine at one of our well known supermarkets for £5.00. Before anything take off  the £3.17 for duty and vat. That’s £1.83 left in the pot. The cost of a bottle, cork, label etc is 80p so we are left with something like a quid to cover the cost of label the grapes, making the wine, the bottling cost, the shipment cost, the distribution cost, the warehouse cost and the profit for all. I say the wine cost nothing. WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING I ASK? CRAP I’D SAY. What else costs nothing?

No better reason then to buy wine from Grainger Fine Wines where you know what you are getting for a very good price. Don’t be fooled by the big supermarkets. Generally their offers are for basic wines with no known provenance from big wine dealers who have little knowledge of what is in the wine because they buy wine from other people and stick it in a big tank  all together and call it Chateau Sewerage or something more marketable.

Whats in a bottle?

We see more and more the wine writers and commentators being sucked into the Big Boy marketplace. They review the supermarket wines with regularity and what do they say apart from the taste. Actually what may lurk in that bottle? We read recently that  the wine from so and so was only £5.95 supplied by a negotiant. Be careful because these wines have to be taken for what they are.  A mix of  wines from a number of producers all thrown together with a liberal dose of sulphite to stop them oxidizing. BUT what is in that wine. The negotiants are just  buyers of bulk wines and they don’t know what is in the wine because they did not grow the grapes or make the wine. So what chance do we have. What chemicals lurk within?

It is time to properly consider a wine not just on its taste but what it contains. If you follow our route at Grainger Fine Wines of only offering wines to you which have a known provenance you can be sure what you are drinking. So have a look at what we offer. Wines directly sourced from small winemakers who grow their own grapes, make their own wine and bottle it themselves. WE KNOW WHAT IS IN OUR WINE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS IN THE BOTTLE YOU HAVE JUST DRUNK?

Laying Down

I don’t mean literally. I mean putting away your wine for another time or so or even years. Now here is the dilemma. Should I invest in an award winning wine to lay down for the future. Not necessarily for financial gain but to allow the wine to age and become somewhat more refined. Its from a newish appellation so there is some sense in this and the wine has already gained some considerable destinction by winning some notable awards. It is already a wine that can be drunk now and that is what I am doing but I feel the depth in the wine will merit some time for aging which will bring out the best.

Me thinks I will and I may well decide to purchase a large quantity for you to savour by buying through Grainger Fine Wines but also for my own enjoyment. Here’s to you. How much have I had tonight?

Almost forgot to tell you. Its from Domaine de L’Enchantoir appellation Saumur Puy Notre Dame 2009 vintage. A gold medal winner in Angers and Paris. Only the best.

Anyone Fancy a Wine Tasting

Great news all I have managed to secure a great location and some awesome canapes to show case some of our award winning wines

We have hooked up with Gorgeous Foods in Wimbledon and arranged an evening of Fine Wine and Canapes, and it’s going to be held at Wimbledons Premier Private Sports club, The Wimbledon Club.

Details of the wines and canapes to follow.

Book now as there is limited space!!!!

Grainger Fine Wines in association with Gorgeous Foods

Request the pleasure of your company

at an evening of fine wine and canapés

to showcase the Lake Room at

The Wimbledon Club  London SW19

On Tuesday 24th May

6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

£10.00 per Ticket

RSVP

bgrainger@gfwine.co.uk

All tickets must be pre-booked for collection on arrival

Please send cheques payable to:

Ben Grainger, 10 Lanhurne House, 9 The Downs, London SW20 8JG

or call Nonie Fawcett on 020 8944 7771 if wishing to pay by card.



 



London International Wine Fair

Further news to all our trade customers coming to see us at the LIWF. Philippe Porche of Domaine de Rocheville will be personally presenting his wines at the fair with us.

The wines he will be presenting are:

2010 Cabernet de Saumur AOC  ‘Le Troubadour’ pink

2008 and 2009 Saumur Champigny AOC  ‘Le Page’  red

2008 and 2009 Saumur Champigny AOC  ‘Le Prince’ red

2006 Saumur Champigny AOC ‘Le Roi’ red

2009 Saumur AOC  ‘La Dame’ white

Philippe has included consecutive vintages of the ‘Le Page’ and ‘Le Prince’ to allow comparison of the merits of each one. They are distinctive and there will be some who will prefer one to the other and visa verse which makes these wines so special and unique. There is no effort as in most other countries to try and make year on year bland similar vintages with no enjoyment or excitement. These will be tastings that will excite the wine connoisseur (and we believe our retail customers as well) and lead to some debate as to the merits of each vintage. That’s why these boutique winemakers are so damn good at making wine and in our view why the appellation system is also just as important. In each vintage the essence of the Saumur Champigny style is retained as the cornerstone of the appellation giving in each vintage the elegance of the wine as something to be savoured and enjoyed, and that is what Philippe has manged to accomplish very well indeed.

We look forward to meeting our customers and guests at the fair on the 17 to 19 May at ExCel. See you there.

Back in wine country

Our spring trip back to see our winemakers will soon be upon us. We’ll be travelling over on Sunday. Sunday is a good day to travel in Fance as lorries apart from essentials are not allowed on the motorways. Generally its quiet and an easier trip.

We will be visiting all our winemakers and catching up on progress of the 2010 vintage. Early signs are that this will also be a good year. That’s two years in a row and lucky for all you lovers of our Loire wines. Our crackers of 2009 are fast running out so bag a bargain on the website before we run dry. We’ll be tasting from the Vats and will report back via the blog over the next few weeks. We will be selecting the new wines for sale in the UK. Its hard work this wine tasting business!

We will also be meeting up with Philippe and Agnes Porche from Domaine de Rocheville to discuss the forthcoming London Interantional Wine Fair at Excel on 17-19 May. We will be on Stand G60/1J with Domaine de Rocheville so anyone in the trade who is coming please pop along to see us. There will be some of the new vintage to taste.

Wine offers & Free Delivery from Grainger Fine Wines

Follow our wine blog forsome great wine offers. Check out our wine website for some amazing spring offers with free delivery to most of UK.  We have a fabulous Cabernet de Saumur from Domaine de Rocheville ‘Le Troubadour’ on offer from £10.99 a bottle to £9.49 . A lovely tender award winning dry Rosé wine delicious with pork, poultry, salads and especially with a Moroccan tagine.

For £7.99 we offer a lovely Anjou Rouge wine and an Anjou Blanc wine from Domaine de Saugourde. The rouge is a light to medium bodied fruity wine and can be drunk with fish as well as meat. The blanc is a medium dry fresh white with notes of green fruits and perfect for fish, lobster and salmon.

Even our gold award winning Saumur Puy Notre Dame from Domaine de L’Enchantoir is on offer at £11.99. Don’t miss it, only reduced whilst stocks last. A smooth medium red wine with a mouth of red fruit and slight tannins. A perfect accompaniment to red meat, particularly a grilled steak. Follow the link  www.gfwine.co.uk

Hope you are enjoying our wine blog. More from our wine blog coming soon. K

Chateau plastic wines

Just read an article in Saturday’s Telegraph about ‘the march of the plastic bottles’ in wine making. We all know plastic bottles are not as good as glass for preserving drink.                                                                                                                                First, plastic is porous – glass isn’t. Second, plastic leaks out  harmful chemicals into the wine – glass doesn’t do that.

Unless you want to buy lower grade – wines really cheap and drink them immediately please think twice before you buy ‘le vin plastique’. Certainly if you want to keep your wine for a couple of years or even longer plastic bottles are just not suitable. K

www.gfwine.co.uk

The red sparkler was the talk of the show

Ben and Simon, the barmen! Our red sparkling wine went down a storm at LBWF last weekend. One Marylebone, a converted church, looked amazing. Our glass bar was amazing and showed off our wines to perfection. Simon, Ben and I, with the help of Wendy, served over 500 glasses. Fortunately, Rhubarb, the wedding and party caterers, supplied and washed the very elegant glasses. Many thanks to them.

Lots of visitors to our bar liked the medium dry red,  cuvee “Chateau de Chaintres” 2007, a Saumur Champigny AOC wine from Chateau de Chaintres, a natural accompaniment to red meats and game.  Also our lovely dry rosé from Domaine de Rocheville “Le Troubadour” 2009 a Cabernet de SaumurAOC wine, perfect with pork, poultry and cheeses. K

www.gfwine.co.uk

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