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12 March 2018 by Alex

Our podcast ‘Bring Your Own’ is going from strength to strength with a great new episode every month. In order to keep you up to date with everything that’s happening in the world of BYO we have created this treasure trove of episodes, below you will find links to all available episodes on YouTube starting with the most recent. Check back here monthly for your latest update!

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DuMol: Terroir Wines from Russian River and Beyond

12 March 2018 by Alex

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In less than ten days time on Wednesday, March 21st we are hosting a very special wine bar takeover in Kew with DuMOL, one of California’s leading estates. This is an amazing opportunity for an audience with Scottish-born Andy Smith: viticulturist, winemaker, and partner at DuMOL.

Specialising in cool climate vineyards of California’s coastal regions, DuMOL were early pioneers of the now famous Russian River Valley over 20 years ago and now have a total of two dozen very special parcels of vines in the best cool climate vineyards in the region. Some fruit is bought from other growers who work closely with Andy to ensure the fruit meets his high standards, but DuMol also possess and farm an increasing number of their own parcels. The aim is to create terroir wines that show a ‘blend of Californian depth and European clarity’ with a particular focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier, and Syrah. Andy is keen to ensure that ‘each bottling is built in the vineyard’ and shows a sense of place that is sometimes lost in Californian wines.

Andy – who once represented Scotland in swimming at the Commonwealth games – is a passionate, dedicated, and uncompromising winemaker. He will be in-store throughout the evening to share his insights on these profound and exciting wines.  Andy will chat to guests throughout the evening, but will also give a brief presentation to the whole room around 7:30pm.

DuMol's Andy Smtih

DuMol’s Andy Smtih

Tickets for the evening are £25 per person (available here) and will include a full glass of DuMol’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014 or Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 upon arrival, followed by a tasting of 4 top wines from the DuMol range chosen specifically by Andy Smith for the evening. We will also waive corkage fees on all DuMol bottles ordered to drink on the evening.

In addition to all the wines being opened, we have managed to get our hands on a rare bottle from the DuMOL cellars to give away as a special prize on the evening. All guests in attendance will be entered to win an Autographed Magnum of DuMol’s Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008 (RSP £140/bottle) to take home that night!

For those of you that can’t make it on the night, the full range of DuMol wines can be viewed online here.

New Arrivals!

6 March 2018 by Alex

The early part of the year is always a time for fresh starts and new approaches, and we at The Good Wine Shop are no exception. Don’t worry though, we won’t be throwing the baby out with the bath water and getting rid of all your old favourites, we will mostly just be adding great new wines that deserve everyone’s attention! With that in mind we thought now would be a good time to bring your attention to a selection of new bottles that have just hit the shelves. Click the wine name to view.

Petit Sios, Costers del Segre, Spain, 2016

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This white from the Costers del Segre region in Catalunya is based on 60% Viognier with Chardonnay and Muscat. Although made from full bodied and aromatic grapes, this is surprisingly crisp and shows good minerality. The fruit here is mostly white peach and apricot with some tropical nuances.

Cailloux du Paradis Quartz, Loire Valley, France, 2015

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An intensely mineral Sauvignon Blanc, with stoney, flinty flavours that make it worthy of its name. Although the polar opposite style to a stereotypical ‘New World’ Sauvignon, there is still plenty of zesty lemon and grapefruit flavour here. In many ways better than a lot of Sancerres or Pouilly-Fumes at this price.

Pax ‘Buddha’s Dharma’ Chenin Blanc, Mendocino County, USA, 2015

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Made from vines over 70 years of age, this is a rich, dense, creamy Chenin Blanc with a mouth-coating texture. Notes of ripe apricot, white flowers and honey abound on the nose. Great with any creamy fish or chicken dish.

Chanin Wine Co, Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA, 2015

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The Chanin Wine Co. crafts wines from various vineyards in Santa Barbara county that are intended to express the best characteristics of their individual site. The wines emphasise balance and complexity without excessive alcohol. The Bien Nacido Chardonnay is wonderfully nutty, with ripe lemon fruit and salty mineral touches. Aged in oak for 15 months but only 10% of this is new. Lots of Californian Chardonnays claim to be restrained and elegant, but this truly embodies these qualities in a seemingly effortless manner.

Jean Vesselle, Pur B3 Grand Cru, Brut Nature, Bouzy, Champagne, France, 2012

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An unusual 100% Chardonnay wine from the Grand Cru village of Bouzy, which is best known for its Pinot Noir. This wine is a chance to see the quality of a pure Chardonnay Champagne grown on these prestigious soils. Rich and textured yet mineral.

Alfredo Maestro, Vina Almate, Tinto, Castilla Y Leon, Spain, 2016

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Alfredo Maestro is based in Ribera del Duero, and is passionate about finding and rehabilitating parcels of vines in the Castilla y Leon region too, one of which forms the basis for this great value red. Alfredo works organically, and with no additions in the winery except a minimum of sulphur at bottling. This is 100% Tempranillo with 80% whole clusters included, fermented with indigenous yeasts. The vineyards are located between 700 and 1000 metres above sea level, helping to give a lovely aromatic perfume to the wine alongside impressive concentration of flavour. A lot of wine for the money!

Stolpman Vineyards, La Cuadrilla, Ballard Canyon, USA, 2015

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Stolpman Vineyards’ La Cuadrilla stems from a novel and admirable concept: the vineyard workers tend a speicifc section of vines to form the basis of the cuvee. The result is then blended with some more fruit from the estate to ensure that production represents at least 10% of annual production. Stolpman then give all the profits from the wine to the vineyard workers directly. Not just a nice story, this wine is a delicious, spicy blend of 68% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, and 6% Sangiovese. Dense and structured, but ripe and drinkable.

Cailloux du Paradis Racines Rouge, Loire Valley, France, 2014

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Winemaker Claude Courtois cultivates his small property in an obscure corner of the Loire valley. The red version of Racines is made from an undisclosed number of red varieties (Courtois is keen to emphasise the importance of viewing his wines as wholes rather than talking about the grape varieties contained within). Typically the majority of the wine is made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cot (the local name for Malbec). Very low intervention winemaking, with no added sulphur and everything done by hand. Perfumed and full of violet aromas on the nose, the palate has lots of crisp, crunchy ripe fruit along with a firm but subtle tannic structure.

Sato “Pisa Terrace” Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, 2015

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Brilliant ‘natural’ Pinot Noir from Central Otago in New Zealand, nothing is added to this wine than a tiny amount of sulphur when the wine is bottled. Yoshiaki and Kyoko Sato make only a tiny volume of wine in each vintage. Perfumed, pure fruit and delicious herbal nuances.

Tabarrini “Campo alla Cerqua” Sagrantino di Montefalco, Umbria, Italy, 2008

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The Campo alla Cerqua vineyard has loose, stony soils which – in contrast to the heavier clay of the Grimaldesco vineyard – give a wine of more elegance, minerality, and finesse. To enchance these characteristics the wine ages only in large oak barrels, mellowing the wine without imparting oaky flavours.

London Burgundy Week 19th – 25th of March

28 February 2018 by Alex

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Like almost all wine lovers, we have a giant soft spot for Burgundy. This captivating, capricious (and sometimes confusing!) wine region produces some of the most profound wines in the world. Naturally, we were more than happy to take part in this year’s London Burgundy Week, taking place this year from the 19th to the 25th of March. This initiative sees Burgundy themed tasting events taking place all over London and we have got some wonderful tasting opportunities taking place in both Chiswick and Kew. See below for more details:

 

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Throughout the week we will be offering a flight of very special Burgundies for sale. 50ml each of the wines below for just £18.50, each wine is from an excellent producer and showcases both the house style and the terroir beautifully:

Henri Boillot Pommard 2009
Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 2015
Michel Lafarge Volnay Vendages Selectionnées 2011

We will also be offering a varied selection of Burgundy to drink by the glass in Kew for the whole of March so keep stopping by to see what’s on offer!

Chiswick Shop

On Thursday 22nd of March we will be hosting a very special Burgundian edition of our regular ticketed tastings. Tickets for this event will be limited to 12 places and are priced at £95 per ticket. We will be serving nine wines on the night (plus some Champagne to get started!) and just some of the legendary producers we will be tasting include: Claude Dugat, Denis Mortet, Etienne Sauzet, and Bernard Moreau.

On the weekend of the 23rd to the 25th of March we will pouring a selection of Burgundy wines for free in store. Pop in for a quick taste of these Burgundian beauties any time from 5pm on the Friday!

A Once in a Lifetime Tasting: Miani

23 February 2018 by Alex

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TDrops of Godhe term “icon” is often abused in the wine world, a designation too hastily assigned to any estate which receives the slightest acclaim. But when it comes to the wines of Miani, the label doesn’t quite do justice to the profound wines from the estate. Perhaps Miani’s inclusion in the wine-focused graphic novel series “Drops of God” delivers a more fitting tribute to these unique wines.

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Enzo Pontoni at work

Reclusive winemaker Enzo Pontoni in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region is truly one of the greatest in Italy. Unfortunately, his fiercely uncompromising approach to quality in the vineyards and cellars ensures that there is never enough wine to go around, but we have secured excellent allocations of a wide range of his wines this year. In order to give as many people as possible a chance to experience these beautiful creations we decided to host an unprecedented tasting in the Chiswick store showcasing a wide range of Enzo’s wines. Bruno Besa, an expert on Enzo’s wines who has been working with him for almost 20 years joined us for this tasting. Despite having visited Enzo in his winery almost every year for the last 20 years, Bruno remarked that he had never tasted so many Miani wines from bottle at once. We were lucky to have Bruno on hand to share an unparalleled level of insight into what makes these wines so special.

The Miani wines are becoming more sought after every year, and it is very unlikely that the opportunity to put on this tasting will ever arise again. We have a precious few Miani wines still in stock at the time of this article, click here to browse them online, although they may not be there for long!

Below are details of what we tasted on the night:

Sauvignon Zitelle Alto 2015 & Sauvignon Zitelle Cava – these two expressions of Sauvignon Blanc are from a single vineyard (‘Le Zitelle’ means spinsters in English) that Enzo acquired in 2006 and completely replanted – his grandfather had made some of the original plantings here many years ago so this site Miani Chardonnay Webhas a special place in Enzo’s heart. The vines are just becoming old enough to produce wines that live up to Enzo’s high standards and these are the first releases of Sauvignon Blanc from here. The Cava Sauvignon is from a section of very poor soils that give an extra-concentrated wine show very dense, exotic flavours and deep minerality. The Alto is more aromatic and expressive at the moment with great purity.

Ribolla Gialla Pettarin 2016 & Friulano Filip 2016 – these individual vineyard expressions of the two greatest Friulian white grapes are named after the families that farmed them in years past. These two wines are the most sought after whites in the Miani stable. The Ribolla is delicate, fresh, and floral but with impressive density and texture. The Friulano is an incredibly intense wine, with masses of structure for a white wine: everything is here from acidity and richness of texture to extremely intense exotic fruit and minerality.

Chardonnay Palis 2015 – a new wine from the 2015 vintage onwards, this rich but mineral single vineyard Chardonnay is a future classic. Compared to many other Chardonnays this has a wonderfully ethereal, delicate character – there’s an almost playful feel to the wine. At the same time there is a hint of seriousness and the promise of future development.

Miani Rosso 2013 – a blend of Merlot and Refosco from a spectacular vintage, the Refosco comes from younger vines in a new, very exciting Refosco vineyard which will be bottled separately in future vintages when the vines are mature. This shows a lot of the richness, brightness, and concentration of the two single vineyard Merlots but with some beguiling herbal and earthy character coming from the Refosco. This is a slightly lighter weight red for Miani, but no less enticing because of it.miani-rosso-web

Merlot “Filip” 2013 & Merlot “Buri” 2013 – this was a fascinating chance to compare these two monumental Merlots from two different vineyards in the same, excellent vintage. Buri is from the village of Buttrio and is structured and complex, while Filip originates in Rosazzo and is rounder and more generous in youth. The Filip showed as the lighter of the two wines but this is more of a testament to the sheer monolithic power and intensity of the Buri. Both wines show incredible brightness of fruit – a quality that could almost be described as ‘aromatic’. There is a truly amazing level of ripeness to all aspects of these wines which never strays into over-ripe, stewed, or ‘Porty’ territory. No wonder Antonio Galloni described the Buri as ‘one of the most profound expressions of Merlot on the planet’.

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

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!

New Minimum Order Threshold and Delivery Options

28 November 2016 by Alex

From today you no longer have to order a minimum of 12 bottles via the website. The new minimum order threshold is now £100, regardless of the number of bottles ordered. We also now offer free standard delivery on orders above £150 (previously £250).

Our standard delivery charge is still £10 which should reach its destination within 7 working days, more often with 3 to 4 working days.

We now also offer a next day (by 5:30pm) service at £15. Note that orders must be placed before 12pm to guarantee arrival the next day.

We hope that this makes it even easier to order online from our wide selection of wines and spirits.

See our delivery information page for more details.

Producer Profile – Fabio Motta

1 November 2016 by Alex
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Young winemaker Fabio Motta

After studying agriculture, Fabio Motta went to work at the Michele Satta winery in the beautiful Tuscan coastal area of Bolgheri. After working here for five years and marrying Michele’s daughter, Fabio acquired 4 hectares of his own vineyards. Planted to Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, these vineyards are now nearly 20 years old. Fabio believes that ‘a good wine grower lives and works close to the earth, humbly’, his role is as a facilitator, allowing the land, the weather, and the grapes to shape the wines. In an area like Bolgheri with its large, aristocratic estates, this approach is as refreshing as it is unusual.

Fabio Motta’s range includes two excellent ‘Super Tuscan’ reds, ‘Le Gonnare’ and ‘Pievi’:

Fabio Motta, ‘Le Gonnare’, Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy, 2013

Gonnare Bottle ShotThe clay rich soils of Fabio’s vineyards are particularly suited to Merlot. All grapes are destemmed before being fermented with wild yeasts. The wine then ages for 18 months in French barriques, one third of which are new. The wine ages for a further one year in bottle before release. This full and gutsy red incorporates 15% Syrah alongside the Merlot and shows enticing spicy, herby complexity with plenty of well-rounded tannin. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has recently awarded 96 points to this vintage of Le Gonnare – second only to Tenuta dell’Ornellaia’s Masseto (which carries a three-figure price tag!): “This is the first Bolgheri Superiore ever produced by young talent Fabio Motta. He used 85% Merlot and 15% Syrah to make his 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Le Gonnare. In terms of an inaugural wine, this red blend hits all the high marks. This is a delicious rendition that showcases the soft and elegant side of Merlot with the sassy spice and savory notes of Syrah at the back. Pretty mineral etchings give the wine definition and focus. The combination is beautiful. Only 3,500 bottles of this biodynamic wine are produced. Congratulations” – Monica Larner, the Wine Advocate, October 2016.

Fabio Motta, ‘Pievi’, Bolgheri Rosso IGT, Tuscany, Italy, 2013

FMotta PieviA blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Sangiovese. Fermentation of each variety is done separately with only natural yeast in 33 hl. oak barrels. The cap is pushed down manually twice a day and delestage is used to let the must breathe. Fermentation takes two weeks for each variety, after which time the wine is blended. Malolactic fermentation takes place in second and third year barriques. The wine is aged in barriques of the same age for 12 months before bottling without fining or filtration. Notes of fresh red fruits, interwoven with balsamic notes and a rich minerality. The tannins are ripe and silky and the balance between alcohol and acidity creates a fresh and fragrant mouth feel.

Make sure you try Fabio’s wines this winter, Le Gonnare in particular is bound to be even more sought after having received such critical acclaim!

Book Reading and Roussillon Tasting in Chiswick with Local Author Richard Bray

17 October 2016 by Alex

“Grab a bottle, and a glass. Pop it open. Pour… Swirl it, and don’t worry if you spill a bit. Everyone spills a bit swirling. Anyone who claims not to spill a bit swirling is a big fat liar” – Richard W H Bray, Salt & Old Vines.

RocknRolleOn Saturday the 12th of November from 3pm we will be holding a very special tasting event in the Chiswick store. Local author and assistant winemaker at Coume del Mas and Mas Cristine in the Roussillon, Richard Bray, will be visiting us to read from his book ‘Salt & Old Vines’ and to talk us through a tasting of Roussillon wines. Richard’s book is an account of his experiences during vintages in the region and is an extremely illuminating look at the realities of making wine. There will be some copies available to buy on the day – we can’t recommend it highly enough if you want to take your practical wine knowledge to the next level.

SOV CoverWe will be pouring some delicious new listings to help transport your mind to the rugged terrain of the French-Spanish border: Richard’s very own Consolation ‘Rock ‘n’ Rolle’ Vermentino and ‘Wild Boar’ Syrah, as well as our new, exclusive Roussillon wines from Domaine Paul Meunier-Centernach. Richard may bring some newly bottled extra surprises to taste as well!

Tickets for this tasting are £10 each, redeemable against any wine purchase made on the day. Please RSVP to the Chiswick store via phone (020 8 994 8184) or email to secure your place. Arrive at 3pm to grab yourself a glass of wine and Richard will begin reading at 3:30pm. Stick around after the reading to try all the wines on offer.

Read an excerpt of Salt & Old Vines here, or watch Richard’s introductory video here. We look forward to seeing you on the day!