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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

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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)

Please click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and make sure you catch all future episodes, and consider rating and reviewing it if you like it!

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!

Come for a Glass, Leave with a Bottle – By the Glass Sales in Kew!

10 August 2017 by Alex

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Keen-eyed visitors to our Kew shop may have noticed we started selling wines by the glass in-store for a few weeks ago. The feedback from all our customers has been extremely positive, and we are pleased to announce the official launch of our drink-in wine experience in Kew!

Having added new furniture and undergone extensive refurbishment, we are now fully up and running to provide wonderful wines and nibbles for you to enjoy within the walls of our shop! Our menu will offer a variety of red and white wines by the glass, as well as rosé, and sparkling wines. We will regularly rotate these wines with the seasons, and will focus on wines from across our range, including some of the exciting producers we work with directly.

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Our new in store look

In addition to the wines by the glass, you can also enjoy any bottle from our shelves at regular retail price, plus a small corkage fee of only £10.  

So whether you are thirsty for one of our great value ‘Everyday Wines’ or prefer to pop the cork on one of the most rare and exclusive fine wines, there are now hundreds of wines available for you to choose from at great prices you won’t find anywhere else in London!

Alongside your wine, you can enjoy a varied selection of snacks and platters including: marinated olives, roasted salted almonds, parmigiano chunks, and platters of artisanal italian charcuterie and cheeses.

We hope you can join us in our newly refurbished store for a glass – or bottle – of something special soon!

Producer Profile: the Champagnes of Marie Courtin

30 June 2017 by Alex

This month as part of our Grower Champagne Month celebrations, we were lucky enough to taste the full range of Marie Courtin Champagnes. This small Champagne producer is owned and run by Dominique Moreau, granddaughter of Marie Courtin who tended the vines herself when the men in the family were fighting in World War I, while many other families abandoned their vines altogether.

Dominique farms a tiny 2.5ha in the village of Polisot in the Cotes des Bar region of Champagne. After many years of being somewhat overlooked, these southerly terroirs (Polisot is closer to Chablis than to Reims, for example) are home to some of the most exciting Champagne growers of all. The Marie Courtin vineyards are planted almost entirely to Pinot Noir, with a miniscule 0.5ha of Chardonnay. The vines are farmed according to fully organic and biodynamic principles, an approach which – although on the rise – is still very rare in the region. The philosophy here has always been ‘one grape variety, one vineyard, one vintage’, in stark contrast to the emphasis placed on blending by the vast majority of producers in the region. The yields are kept very low in order to ensure perfectly ripe fruit and Dominque adds no sugar at bottling – all the Champagnes are Extra Brut.

These wines have a pure and uniquely vibrant character which has to be tasted to be truly understood and bear little relation to the mass-produced, heavily worked Champagnes one often encounters.

Marie Courtin Bottles

Resonance

From a vineyard with younger vines, this Pinot Noir is full of sweet spice character and bruised apples. The tension between generous texture, laser-like acidity, and stoney minerality creates an extremely moreish yet cerebral Champagne.

Eloquence

100% Chardonnay from Dominique’s tiny parcel. This shows more delicate structure than the Pinot-based wines, and some slightly more exotic notes of ginger. Driven by ripe green apples and citrus fruit, there is a refreshing, chalky texture here.

Efflorescence

Efflorescence is in many ways the flagship cuvee here. This is made from Pinot Noir vines that are around 40 years of age. Smoky and intensely flavoured, Efflorescence shows an intense red fruit character that is reinforced by the fuller body of the wine. The breadth of flavours and aromas here is impressive.

Concordance

Concordance is made from a special selection of grapes from the same vineyard as Efflorescence, and uses no additions of Sulphur at any point in the winemaking process. There is a real ethereal quality here, which is somehow more intense aromatically than the Efflorescence but also more elegantly structured on the palate. The same could be said about all the Champagnes from this address, but Concordance really feels like a living, breathing organism, changing slightly with every sip!