January 2018 Newsletter

Dear Cellar Club Members,

We hope you had a great Christmas and enjoyed seeing in the New Year in your chosen way.

We would like to thank you for all your support last year and look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon, although we never take it for granted.

Let’s hope and pray that we all have a fun, safe and rewarding year amongst all the craziness around this tiny insignificant orb in the infinite universe.

We will strive to do our part here at the Wine Room by providing tasty wines, beers, ciders and spirits with friendly knowledgeable service and serving as a welcome sanctuary.

We are planning an array of interesting tastings, Long Lazy Vigneron’s Lunches and Winemaker’s Dinners as well as a few other surprises.

Dry January!?!?

Now I believe in a healthy lifestyle and drinking in moderation (most of the time!?) but I fear for the safety of people who take the pledge for a dry January.

It seems to me it is dangerous to go from flat out in December to a sudden halt in January.

Like hitting a veritable brick wall and causing the body a huge shock.

Not to mention giving up an enjoyable pastime during the most miserable, dark, wet and cold month.

I reckon the occasional glass of decent wine in conjunction with a healthy meal and uplifting company is vital to survival and spiritual health during this time of the year.

If you must give up drinking for a month choose February (it’s shorter) or please spread yourselves out throughout the year to protect the mental health of your wine merchant.

New Arrivals

Espinos y Cardos, Santa Macarena Pinot Noir 2016, Chile 

We couldn’t resist this Pinot Noir from a coastal vineyard in Chile in San Antonioi just 5 km from the ocean, within a small vineyard region 55 miles west of central Santiago and just south of Casablanca Valley. The Humboldt current creates morning mists and a cool climate ideal for producing quality Pinot Noir.

This is un-mistakenly Pinot Noir with juicy strawberry and cherry fruit balanced by savoury notes, subtle oak and a refreshing yet soft finish.

New Vintages of Mas Gabriel

The latest vintages Mas Gabriel wines arrived last month.

British couple, vignerons Peter and Deborah Core, are really hitting their straps with wines from their estate in the South of France near Pezenas.

Many of the vines are old and organically grown and the wines seem to get better each year.

Mas Gabriel – Clos des Papillons 2016, Pays de Hérault, Languedoc, France – £18.99Made predominantly from the rare Carignan Blanc (85%) with Vermentino (15%) this exciting white displays generous citrus fruit and mineral crispness plus hints of peach and herbs typical of the region.

Mas Gabriel – Champ des Bleuts 2016, Pays de Hérault, Languedoc, France – £21.99An expressive white blend of Vermentino (80%) and Grenache Gris (20%) made in very small quantities with citrus fruits, hints of ginger and spice plus a long lingering finish.

Mas Gabriel – Les Trois Terasses 2015, Pays de Hérault, Languedoc, France – £14.99This generous red blend of Carignan Noir (70%) with Syrah and Grenache has rich dark fruits like blackberry and black cherry enhanced by nuances of herbs and spices so typical of the South of France.

Mas Gabriel – Clos de Lièvres 2015, Pezenas, Languedoc, France - £18.99

70% Syrah, blended with Grenache and a touch of Carignan. Complex aromas of blackcurrants (cassis), wild herbs, lavender and black pepper, the wine is concentrated and full-bodied but balanced with freshness elegant tannins and a long finish.

Superb with a leg of lamb, roast beef or mature cheeses. This is a great alternative to Chateauneuf-du-Pape and better value than many.

Santa Macarena Pinot Noir
104 Tankerton Road, Tankerton, Whitstable, Kent CT5 2AJ. Tel: 01227 773141

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