Wine Talk April 2016

We may be slightly ahead of the weather, but we are embracing the fresh wines of the Loire this month. Even if the sun doesn’t shine we have some wonderful new wines to show, the Pouilly Fume from Domaine Phillipe Raimbault being my particular favourite.

To celebrate the wines of the Loire we are offering reduced prices on a number of Loire wines this month. Please get in touch or visit the shop for details.

Our regular Saturday tastings continue, with a tasting of Loire wines on the 23rd April . We look forward to seeing you soon.



Treasures of The Loire Valley

As the most northerly major wine producing region, the Loire Valley has a unique place in the wine world. Most famous for its whites, it is considered the home of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

The Loire river is France’s most famous river and actually starts in central France to the south of Paris. It is here that are found some of the most famous regions which produce wine from Sauvignon Blanc – Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. These regions are internationally renowned but the less well known regions of Coteaux de Giennois, Quincy and Menetou Salon also produce some outstanding wines.

The mid Loire is more balanced between Sauvignon and Chenin with Touraine and Vouvray being the most well known regions. Vouvray made from Chenin Blanc ranges from off dry to quite sweet in style. Sparkling wine is also made in large quantities in the mid Loire, with Cremant de Loire being the highest quality threshold.

The Loire valley also produces a significant quantity of red wine. Due to the climate they are characterised by their subtlety rather than weight and body so have been less fashionable in recent years. In less favourable years some black grapes struggle to reach full ripeness. Cabernet Franc is the principal red grape, but Gamay and Malbec are also grown.

Cremant de Loire

As the Loire river meanders west towards the Atlantic at Nantes, Sauvignon and Chenin give way to Melon de Bourgogne, an oddly named variety that produces Muscadet. The better quality Muscadet is made ‘sur lie’ leaving the wine in contact with the lees for longer and imparting more flavour which is key for this rather neutral grape variety.


The Loire is a varied and interesting region with wines that appeal to most palates. We have recently introduced new wines from Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Touraine and a Cremant de Loire which are proving very popular. We will be tasting some of these wines in the shop on Saturday 23rd April. Why not come and explore what the Loire has to offer.


Saturday Tastings in the shop 10am – 4pm

Saturday 16th April – Painted Wolf Wines, South Africa

Saturday 23rd April – Loire Valley

Saturday 30th April – Pra winery, Veneto, Italy

Painted Wolf 6 Course Wine Dinner at Wild Garlic, Nailsworth
Thursday 28th April @ 7.30pm £95 per person
A fabulous evening with winemaker Jeremy Borg with courses specially devised by chef patron Matthew to showcase each wine. More details and tickets from


New Wines For April

Pouilly Fume Philippe Raimbault, Loire £14.99

Sancerre Les Godons Philippe Raimbault, Loire £14.99

Pra Soave Otto, Veneto, Italy £11.99

Goose Chardonnay, Western Cape, South Africa £10.99

Percheron Grenache Rose, Swartland, South Africa £6.95

Silvermyn Argentum, Banghoek, South Africa £7.99

Zuccardi Q Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina £14.99

Catalina Sounds, Marlborough, New Zealand £13.99

Alianca Bairrada Reserva, Portugal £7.99

Keith Tullock Shiraz, Hunter Valley, Australia £12.95




Simon Thomson