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Grape Priced Wines

At The Vineyard we Eat. Sleep. And Drink wine.

We want you to enjoy great wine too, so did you know that great wines are available at affordable prices?

We are dedicated to providing each guest with an unforgettable wine experience. Our team are passionate about sharing their love and knowledge of wine and over the forthcoming months we are going to showcase accessible wines at great prices, with top tips on how to choose the right wine for your budget.

Our Head Sommelier, Romain Bourger, has chosen his Top 6 wines under £20… these are available from top supermarkets or our very own extensive wine list.

Blanquette de Limoux, 1531, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, 2015 

Tesco, £9.00

A delicious sparkling wine made from a local varietal called Mauzac. It is fresh and ripe with a delicate intensity, fine bubbles and a lively finish. It is historically the oldest sparkling wine ever made, dating back to 1531.

Pessac-Léognan, Château Tour Léognan, Bordeaux, France, 2014 

Waitrose, £14.99

To my opinion, this is a great example of white Bordeaux (and from a top producer, the Perrin family also producing Château Carbonnieux). It is a classic blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon with a touch of oak which brings a delicate texture to the wine. It is dry, fresh but with a creamy mouth feel and intense aromas of boxwood, pink grapefruit and lime

Colinas de Uruguay, Albariño, Uruguay, 2016 

Sainsbury’s, £8.00

A classic Spanish varietal, very fresh, lively and crisp. It definitely is a summer wine and a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio

Cintila, Fernao Pires, Península de Setúbal, Portugal, 2015 

The Vineyard, £19.00

Delicate, light and fruity, this is a perfect Rose wine to enjoy on a hot day. It has a lovely texture that makes it very food friendly

Opal Ridge, Gewürztraminer/Verdelho, South Eastern Australia, Australia , 2015

The Vineyard, £19.00

An aromatic blend that has the tropical notes of Gewürztraminer but with the added freshness and citrus tones of Verdelho. The wine is dry with a lovely texture and a touch of rose petal and orange blossom

Viña Edmara, Pinot Noir, Valle Central, Chile, 2015

The Vineyard, £19.00

Light, juicy and mouth watering, this is a great example of Pinot Noir from Chile. It has a lovely spiciness and depth of aromas but remains very well balanced.

We hope to see you soon for a glass of wine or two!

Recipe: Duck Sauce

This sauces pairs perfectly with a pan fried duck breast and pak choi.

Ingredients

Duck bones x 1kg

Veal stock x 175ml

Chicken stock x 750ml

Onions  x2 onions

Garlic x 4 cloves of garlic

Sherry vinegar x 150ml

Thyme 3 sprigs

Cream x 50ml

Star anise x 1

Fennel seeds x 2 grams

Honey x 100ml

Juice and peel of two oranges

Ginger x 15grams

Red wine x 125ml

Method

  1. Turn oven on to 160 degrees and insert a roasting tray to warm
  2. Chop the duck bones into small pieces and roast until golden brown
  3. Pour the honey into a pan and bring to the boil, ensuring it doesn’t burn
  4. Add the 150ml of sherry vinegar, juice and peel of oranges and reduce back to a honey consistency
  5. Once the bones have roasted until they are golden brown, remove from oven and add to the onion, garlic and thyme and cook until lightly wilted with no colour
  6. Add the wine to the pan and cook until reduced
  7. Then add the remaining ingredients to the pan and cook for at least 1 hour
  8. Once cooked sieve the sauce so you are left with a rich , smooth sauce

 

Get your body Summer-ready

With the advent of summery dresses, peep-toe sandals and barbecue invitations that June brings, we all want  our body-best. Our head therapist Kirsty Hughes gives the second of three weekly top tips, designed to help you achieve this.

Get your body ready for Summer

Prime your body for the Summer sun

There’s nothing better than feeling your best both outside and in. It is hard to find time to look after ourselves but truthfully, take action little and often, and it soon becomes really easy – and the benefits will come. Soon, getting your body summer-ready will be a natural part of your routine.

To help combat cellulite and get an even skin-tone, a great tip is to use a body brush on dry skin using long sweeping strokes in the direction of the heart every day. Slip it into your routine and soon it will be second nature.

Exfoliating once to twice a week is also key because exfoliation increases cell renewal and stimulates oil glands. Skin on the body has only 100 oil glands per square centimetre compared to the face which has 300 to 900. This is often the reason why skin on our body often feels drier along with the fact that we are less likely to moisturise our body than our face. Our own Red Grape range is perfect for this, with our Red Grape Body Polish to exfoliate and our Red Grape Body Cream (both £18).

Wrap treatments are great for the skin along with massage which as well as releasing tension, and detoxifying, helps to tone skin and moisturise through the use of oils.Our Red Grape Pampering Body Wrap will improve lymph drainage (£70 for 55 minutes) while The Vineyard Full Body Massage will increase blood flow (£75 for 55minutes) as well as making you feel great.

Another Successful Wine Festival Weekend

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Bottles in a row - WFW14 - compressedI know I may well say this every year, but this year’s wine festival at The Vineyard seemed to surpass all previous years in terms of just about everything…food, wine, and many masterclasses aimed at helping our customers get the very best out of a bottle of wine. Our suppliers stepped up to the mark and provided a selection of truly stunning wines really indicative of our list at The Vineyard.

First off was our annual wine festival dinner. Two matched wines per course hence groaning tables of wine glasses (all Riedel of course) ready to showcase the bottles. Hard to pinpoint specifics, however feedback that I received thought that the Grüner Veltliner Steinsetz (Schloss Gobelsburg) was the star white of the evening, whilst the Mac Forbes Pinot Noir from Australia and the venison course was the pairing of the evening. The Peter Michael L’Esprit des Pavots held its ground with the cheese course also, even up against Tawny Port! To buy these wines, please contact me, James Hocking, on 01635 589414 or email me: jameshocking@vineyardcellars.com

Following that, our Saturday tasting was well-subscribed, and with an ever expanding Wine tasting 1 - compressedgroup of suppliers, the room was full of wine. Newcomers to our tasting this year were Berkmann Wines, with a decent range of Italian and Argentinean bottles, plus Clark Foyster Wines, showing a solid range from Australia, France and Portugal. We had over 150 wines open, covering all the major viticultural regions of the world. All together, 10 of our top wine suppliers helped make this event a success.

And the wine, I most wanted to take home? Champagne Taittinger kindly gave us a couple of bottles of their flagship Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. Pure hedonistic pleasure…frankly the customers were lucky to get a look in!!

We actually have a Taittinger Champagne dinner coming up on 5th December and there are still a few places left. Please see our website for the menu and more details. It’s sure to be a great evening. Our sparkling bubbles galore wine school is also taking place on 3rd December. We hope to see you at one of our up and coming events.

We also welcomed WSET who were talking to all our guests about our popular level 1 course, but also our new intensive level 2 course, which we’re running for the first time from 6th to 8th February.

Cheers

James Hocking
Director of Wine