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Introducing Rotie Cellars – Fine Rhone-Inspired Wines from Washington State

12 May 2017 by Alex

On Wednesday 28th of February from 7pm in Kew, we are offering an exclusive chance to taste the full Rotie Cellars range below. Tickets are £65 and can be purchased here.

Rotie Cellars Line-up

Winemaker Sean Boyd of Rotie Cellars set out in 2007 to make the best possible wines from Rhone varieties in Washington State. Sourcing fruit from his base in Walla Walla as well as the Rocks district, his mission statement is encapsulated in his ‘Old World Wines from New World Vines’ tag line. The aim is to make the wines with moderate alcohol and ripeness levels and to pay homage to his favourite Rhone valley wines. We found these wines to be a breath of fresh air in a world of North American wines dominated by California, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. In fact, we liked them so much that we decided to import them directly and become their sole representative in the UK.

Bottle-SouthernThe Southern Blend is inspired by the likes of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and contains a majority of Grenache alongside varying proportions of Syrah and Mourvedre. This is a bright, raspberry scented wine with hints of peppery spice and leather achieving a great balance between power and elegance.

The Northern Blend is a ‘savoury companion’ to the Southern, based on Syrah co-fermented with around 3% Viognier. The bold blackberry fruit and black pepper from the Syrah are enlivened by the aromatic florality of the Viognier giving way to a generous, silky texture.

The Southern White is made from 60% Viognier, 25% Marsanne, and 15% Roussanne, giving a richly textured white with loads of ripe fruit inspired by the rare, great white wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

The 100% Grenache Blanc is a lighter companion to the southern white – delightfully fresh with bright citrus aromas on the nose, followed by generous texture in the mouth and bags of flavour, especially  for a wine with just 11.2% abv!Rotie Cellars Southern White

The very limited production ‘Dre’ is made from 100% Mourvedre and is big and burly with intense, savoury aromatics giving way to an explosion of dark fruit on the palate.

‘Little G’ is a single vineyard Grenache and this site takes the longest to ripen of all Sean’s vineyards giving an extremely complex wine more reminiscent of an elegant Pinot Noir than the typical Grenache stereotype. Also extremely small production.

Rotie Cellars Vineyard

January Sale Starts on the 15th

8 January 2018 by Alex

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Our January sale starts on the 15th, with a new tranche of wines to be added on the 22nd. A wide variety of delicious gems will be on offer at 25% off the single bottle price. See below for a sneak peak at just some of the first set of sale wines. This offer is only available in store and while stocks last.

Sete Cepas, Albarino, Carballal Vazquez Abal, Rias Baixas, 2016
Pusole Vermentino di Sardegna, Sardinia, Italy, 2016
Broc Cellars ‘Love White’, California, 2015
Setteporte Etna Bianco, Sicily, 2015
Elemental Bob, ‘Cosmic Hand’ White Blend, South Africa, 2015
Dog Point Vineyard, Chardonnay, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2014
Francois Mikulski Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy, France, 2015
Ryme Lago Vineyard Fiano, Sonoma County, California, 2014

Cambria Syrah, Tepusquet Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, California, 2012
Michelini Brothers, ‘Diverso’, Syrah, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013
‘Les Trois Petiotes’, Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France, 2010
Domaine Paul Meunier Centernach, Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge, France, 2014
Broc Cellars ‘Love Red’, California, 2015
Quinta de la Rosa, La Rosa Reserva, Douro, Portugal, 2014
Cuvee Jean Gautreau, (Sociando Mallet), Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France, 1996
Arnot Roberts Syrah, Sonoma Coast, California, USA, 2014

BYO Podcast – Episode Five: “Secret Santa” Blind Tasting

4 January 2018 by Alex

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For the uninitiated, ‘Bring Your Own’ is a podcast and video web series (in conjunction with Bottled Films) about wine and the people who make it, made by the people who drink it. Each episode has a theme centred around a wine region or style, and takes the form of a free-flowing, informal, and educational conversation.

Getting into the festive spirit for our fifth episode, we gathered a few wine lovers to play “Secret Santa” and exchange some vinous gifts. Of course, we wanted to put a BYO Podcast twist on the tradition with a little blind tasting challenge. Each guest today has brought a special bottle of wine as a gift to be Blind Tasted by another guest. Each person will know who provided the gift, but will have to taste the wine blind and try to guess what the wine they’ve received is.

Special thanks to the great team at The 10 Cases in Covent Garden, in Central London who hosted us for the filming of the episode. Find them online at www.10cases.co.uk

SPOILER ALERT! The wines our participants were tasting in this episode are below the video:

Vassaltis Vineyards Aidani, PGI Cyclades, Santorini Greece 2015
Consolation “Juliette” Roussanne Sauvage IGP Cotes Catalanes, France 2015
Joseph Swan Zinfandel Mancini Ranch, Russian River Valley, California 2012
Clos Signadore Patrimonio Rouge, Corsica 2013

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You can now support the project through our new Patreon page, https://www.patreon.com/bringyourown

Opening Hours for Christmas and New Year 2017

14 December 2017 by Alex

Both of our shops (Chiswick and Kew) will be open longer in the run up to Christmas.

We’re also staying open until 7pm on Christmas Eve in case you have any last minute beer, wine or spirit needs.

Our shops will all be open until 7pm on New Year’s Eve.

On Mondays in January, our shops will operate reduced opening hours opening between 4pm and 8pm.

Chiswick Kew
Monday 18 December 10am to 8pm 11am to 8pm
Tuesday 19 December 10am to 9pm 10am to 9pm
Wednesday 20 December 10am to 9pm 10am to 9pm
Thursday 21 December 10am to 9pm 10am to 9pm
Friday 22 December 9am to 9pm 9am to 10pm
Saturday 23 December 9am to 9pm 9am to 10pm
Sunday 24 December 9am to 7pm 9am to 7pm
Monday 25 December CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December CLOSED CLOSED
Wednesday 27 December 11am to 8pm 10am to 9pm
Thursday 28 December 11am to 8pm 10am to 9pm
Friday 29 December 10am to 9pm 10am to 10pm
Saturday 30 December 10am to 9pm 10pm to 10pm
Sunday 31 December 10am to 7pm 10am to 7pm
Monday 1 January CLOSED CLOSED

BYO Podcast – Episode Four: Pinot Noir

12 December 2017 by Alex

 

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Episode four of our monthly podcast focuses on the profound and capricious Pinot Noir grape. For the uninitiated, ‘Bring Your Own’ is a podcast and video web series (in conjunction with Bottled Films) about wine and the people who make it, made by the people who drink it. Each episode has a theme centred around a wine region or style, and takes the form of a free-flowing, informal, and educational conversation.

Today’s session takes a look at Pinot Noir and some of its most famous expressions in Champagne and Burgundy. We’ve gathered a group of wine lovers to share bottles from their own cellars and to chat about what makes the grape so interesting, and the wines so memorable. We were lucky to be hosted by the great team at Kitchen Table and Bubbledogs in Central London for the filming of this episode. Tucked in the back of Bubbledogs on Charlotte Street, Kitchen Table is one of the most exciting restaurants in London, led by owner/Chef James Knappett. You can find them online at www.kitchentablelondon.co.uk

Follow us on social media, @BYOPodcast and share or rate this episode.

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Enjoy, follow and subscribe on social media @BYOPodcast.

You can now support the project through our new Patreon page, https://www.patreon.com/bringyourown

The Wines:

Champagne Jacquesson Dizy “Terres Rouge” Rose Extra Brut 2009
Ulysse Collin “Les Maillons” Blanc de Noirs 2012
Domaine Bizot Vosne-Romanee 2014
Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey Chambertin 2009

Find our host and guests online:

Derek Morrison @DerekDecanted
The Good Wine Shop – www.thegoodwineshop.co.uk

Dan Roznov @ChampagneSpy www.vivino.com/users/champagnespywww.champagnefriends.ch Peter Crawford @Alavolee Alavolee – www.alavolee.com
Christina Rasmussen @ChristinaRasmussen_ www.christinarasmussen.co

BYO Podcast – Episode Three: South Africa

24 November 2017 by Alex

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Episode three of our monthly podcast focuses on the ‘New Wave’ wines of South Africa. For the uninitiated, ‘Bring Your Own’ is a podcast and video web series (in conjunction with Bottled Films) about wine and the people who make it, made by the people who drink it. Each episode has a theme centred around a wine region or style, and takes the form of a free-flowing, informal, and educational conversation.

This episode we were really lucky to be hosted at Terroirs Wine Bar in Central London for the filming of this episode. Around the corner from Trafalgar Square, Terroirs is a must visit in London for any winelover. You can find them online at www.terroirswinebar.com.

Joining our own inimitable Derek Morrison this episode are Hannes Storm of Storm Wines (@stormwinessa https://www.stormwines.co.za/), writer/wine judge Treve Ring (@treve_ring http://treve.ca/), and Craig Wessels of Restless River Wines (@restlessriverRR www.restlessriver.com).

The wines tasted in this episode are:

Restless River “Ava Marie” Chardonnay 2015
Storm Wines “Moya’s” Pinot Noir 2014
Alheit “Radio Lazarus” Chenin Blanc 2012
Craven Wines Pinot Gris 2015
Keermont Vineyards Syrah 2014
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013
(Click the links to find similar wines in stock with us)

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Enjoy, follow and subscribe on social media @BYOPodcast. You can now support the project through our new Patreon page, https://www.patreon.com/bringyourown

Winter Wines Showcase in Kew

22 November 2017 by Alex
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It’s hard to ignore the cold winds blowing into London lately.  As the weather takes a hard left toward winter, we find ourselves reaching for wines that keep us warm on the chilly November evenings.  With that in mind, we thought it was time for us to host an event that helps us share some of these exciting bottles with you! The only thing worse than being cold is being cold AND thirsty.
Many of you attended our New Wave South Africa tasting a few weeks ago and helped to make it one of our best events ever. We took inspiration from this tasting to showcase our favourite red and white wines of the season in a similar fashion.  We our pleased to announce the Winter Wine Showcase in Kew on Sunday, November 26th!
We will be serving a wide range of over 25 different wines from £15 to over £100 per bottle with something for every palate. Ranging from rare, iconic bottlings and classics to the quirky and unexpected – all the wines have one thing in common, we think they are delicious and authentic wines that deserve a place on your table over the coming months.
While each wine in the lineup has plenty of depth and character to offer, we are excited to punctuate the selection with a few bottles which are especially rare and iconic.   Below are just some of the highlights:
Chateau Roc de Cambes 2000 (Bordeaux, France)
To ensure everyone has ample space to taste comfortably we have decided to split the event into two separate sessions. You have the choice to attend the tasting between 12pm-2pm or 2pm-4pm with the same selection of wines being offered for each session.
Tickets for this event are priced at £25, and can be bought online by clicking here, please purchase tickets for the session you wish to attend, or you can contact the shop directly at 0208 940 4482 or email kew@thegoodwineshop.co.uk to RSVP for your preferred session.
Tickets for this year’s event are limited.  We want to ensure everyone has enough space to enjoy these wines as there are few things more frustrating than an overcrowded tasting.  So reserve your places quickly and rest easy knowing you’ll be treated to an afternoon of amazing wines paired perfectly with a little bit of elbow room.
So book your places for either session today, and prepare for the best tasting event of the season!
We look forward to seeing you there!

A Visit to Cantina Terlan in Trentino-Alto Adige

25 October 2017 by Hara Mavrommati

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Two weeks ago I had the chance to visit the region of Trentino-Alto Adige as a guest of the only winery in the Terlano village, Cantina Terlano. As soon as we landed in Verona, an assigned driver was expecting a group of Londoners to bring them up to the Dolomites. One hour and a half drive and the old Sud-Tirolese started narrating the history of this region, the reasons that led to the unification with Italy and not Austria. Quite fascinated by his knowledge, I could tell that his fluent Italian was strongly influenced by the German language, or the local ‘Ladino’. He was the perfect tourist guide, as quite often he would stop to explain the history of the castles we were leaving behind and how the Adige River finds its way to the Adriatic Sea.

Cellar PicUpon arrival Martina from Cantina Terlano was waiting for us for a big lunch with the Terlano wines flowing, and soon after we found ourselves walking towards the winery which is situated literally in the middle of the village. We were surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards, all perfectly pruned and looked after. The harvest was almost reaching its end, but the cellar was still very busy. Once we entered the Terlano offices, the smell of the ferments was immediately noticeable and it was then that Klaus Gasser, the Sales & Marketing Director came to greet us, leaving Philipp his assistant to show us around and promising he would be our guide tomorrow in the vineyards.

Old and rare bottles

Old and rare bottles

The winery is simple in style, well structured, and in-keeping with the village’s architecture. Even during this hectic harvest period, it was meticulously tidy. Soon I found myself surrounded by hoses, tanks and barrels and finally on my way down to the room where 100.000 bottles are kept as a library that date back to the 1955 vintage (some bottles are even older). A tasting was set up for the whole group at the winery’s big tasting room, from the huge window of which one can only see Terlano’s famed Neuhaus castle (Nova Domus), which is also depicted on the winery’s logo.

The tasting started with the core range of Cantina Andrian and Terlano (including the fantastic Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio), side by side, moved to the Selection wines, such as Terlaner Classico, Vorberg, Quarz, and Porphyr and finished with the exceptionally rare Rarita’ 1991 (100% Pinot Bianco aged on lees for 25 years) and the Terlaner I Grand Cuvee, a blend of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, which expresses the pure soul and longevity of Terlano’s wines. The grapes of the latter are sourced from the historical vineyards of Vorberg, Kreuth and Winkl.

Traditional pergola-trained vines

Traditional pergola-trained vines

Our visit to Terlano didn’t finish there, as a dinner was prepared later in the evening, in one of the region’s 23 Michelin starred restaurants. There the local cuisine (speck, canederli, wild boar, pasta) meets the most contemporary gastronomic techniques. And as our first day in Alto Adige finished with the sip of coffee and grappa, the next day started with the whole group wandering and hiking up in the famous vineyards, until we reached the steepest ones at an altitude of 900m. The view from there was utterly stunning and the morning chill and fresh air of the Dolomites reinvigorating, although not advised for ‘vertigo’ sufferers. Beautiful Guyot shaped vines of Pinot Bianco sat next to the old, traditional pergola-trained vines, which have grown here for thousands of years on a red, subvolcanic, quartz soil and complete the scenery of the Terlano area.

Descending from the highest vineyards, we were taken for a visit to Bolzano (Bozen for the locals), the capital of Alto Adige and later in the evening we were back again on the road to Verona, for our return to London. Cantina Terlano offered us this trip to their home and we came back full of knowledge, respect for the growers’ hard work and appreciation for this unique terroir and product.

BYO Podcast – Episode Two: Jura

9 October 2017 by Alex

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Our monthly podcast returns for its second epiosde. ‘Bring Your Own’ is a podcast and video web series (in conjunction with Bottled Films) about wine and the people who make it, made by the people who drink it. Each episode has a theme centred around a wine region or style, and takes the form of a free-flowing, informal, and educational conversation.

This second episode focuses on the Jura region of France. While the region is perhaps best known for Comté cheese and Louis Pasteur, it is also home to some of France’s most exciting wines, including the timeless and iconic Vin Jaunes. We gathered a group of fanatical Jura lovers to share bottles from their own cellars and to chat about what makes the regions wines and people so unique and captivating.

Joining our very own Derek Morrison are international wine exporter Alessio Guidi, Jura Wine Importer Doug Wregg from Les Caves de Pyrene, Heidi Nam Knudsen from Ottolenghi Restaurant Group, and David Clawson from The Remedy Wine Bar.

We were really lucky to be hosted by the great team at Kitchen Table and Bubbledogs in Central London for the filming of this episode.  Tucked in the back of Bubbledogs on Charlotte Street, Kitchen Table is one of the most exciting restaurants in London, led by owner/Chef James Knappett. You can find them online at www.kitchentablelondon.co.uk

Click the video below to watch on YouTube, or click the links to listen on iTunesStitcher, or Soundcloud. If you like the podcast, please consider rating, reviewing, and subscribing on your platform of choice. You can follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram @BYOpodcast.

BYO Podcast – Episode One: Grower Champagne

9 October 2017 by Alex

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You may have noticed that we launched our new podcast ‘Bring Your Own’ back in August. This monthly podcast and video web series (in conjunction with Bottled Films) is about wine and the people who make it, made by the people who drink it. Each episode has a theme centred around a wine region or style, and takes the form of a free-flowing, informal, and educational conversation.

The first episode focuses on “Grower Champagne”, wines made by the very same people who grow the grapes. Bringing their own are Derek Morrison from The Good Wine Shop, Sandia Chang, owner of Bubbledogs, Champagne enthusiast Peter Crawford, and David Clawson, owner of The Remedy wine bar.

Click the video below to watch on YouTube, or click the links to listen on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. If you like the podcast, please consider rating, reviewing, and subscribing on your platform of choice. You can follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram @BYOpodcast.

A Cause for Celebration – Decanter Retailer Awards 2017

19 September 2017 by Alex

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We are extremely proud to announce that The Good Wine Shop is the winner of Decanter magazine’s award for Champagne Retailer of the year 2017.

Decanter’s annual Retailer Awards aim ‘to celebrate and champion the very best wine retailers out there, rewarding imagination, drive, creativity, energy, evangelism’. We have worked extremely hard over the last two years to create a lovingly curated range of Champagnes and have championed the many great growers in the region via our yearly Grower Champagne Month initiative in June. It was fantastic to receive the judges’ recognition for this, in their own words:

 

‘This is a shop worth travelling to, building a name for its exciting and competitively priced range with an emphasis on grower Champagnes’

Read more about the Decanter Retailer Awards here.

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Mark and Derek accepting the award from Christelle Guibert and Peter Richards MW

Of course we wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of this without the support of our loyal customers, so we would like to thank every one of you for your consistent support and for sharing our passion for these wines.

If you are interested in learning more about grower Champagnes and why we’re so passionate about them, the first episode of our brand new podcast “Bring Your Own” (@byopodcast ) is a great place to start and is available on YouTube below. Alternatively you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, or the apple podcast app. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to receive each new episode as soon as it’s released.

Thanks once again for your support, we look forward to popping some corks with you in the near future!