Posted on November 24, 2014Hi Everyone!CHARLIE THE WINE IS BACK! (and with a Cracking Christmas Offer for you!)We hope you haven't missed us too much, we had to take down the websitefor a while in order to upgrade the portfolio and make sure that we werethe best that we could be. So now we're back, better than ever and readyto go! Just as well with Christmas around the corner...Now sit back, relax and let us tell you a little more about Charlie theWine and our culture...So the more eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there is avery sporty feel to Charlie The Wine, not least of all because of our uniqueportfolio of South African Vintages centred around the Welbedacht andSumaridge Estates. It may not have escaped your notice that theSpringboks got the better of England at Twickenham recently with Schalk Burger asman of the match! Schalk's family are responsible for the Meerkat andWelbedacht range of vintages and they're based in idyllic Wellington, 40minutes North of Cape Town. This region is increasingly being recognised(not just by us - we promise!) as the place to make wine, even more sothan the more traditional Stellenbosch and Franschoek Vine Yards.Among some scintillating and differentiated offerings,they produce awonderful couple of Red Blends, known to their friends as the Hat Trickand Cricket Pitch, in recognition of the fact that these grapes aresituated right next door to Schalk's cricket Oval, said to be of TestMatch standard although I am yet to play there! What are of Test Matchstandard however are the wines, decided only recently by none other thanJimmy Anderson, England's best cricketer, on National Television.A little further South-East, you find Hermanus, of whale watching fameand home to Bob Skinstad, the legendary former Springbok No 8 and to theSumaridge Estate. The Maritimus and Epitome Vintages produced here areparticularly fantastic, but there are many more besides. We are trulyfortunate.So the other big news at Charlie the Wine HQ is that we are linking upwith The Rugby Business Network and will be supplying wine to theirmembers. This organisation brings together Rugby and Business People toexplore ways in which they can work together both mid and post career -this is a much needed initiative and we are passionate in our support!Now (just to keep you in the loop) Bob runs their South African operationsso that's how that happened and it all links in rather nicely.But just in case you think this is all about the Rainbow Nation, let meput your mind at ease, we also control a global portfolio of selectedbrands, many of course from Rugby Playing Nations. We have even found acouple of lovely English Sparkling Wines , which are all the rage. As anoptimistic Ex-England Rugby International, I need to have some patrioticblends in the mix!I DONT NEED TO TELL YOU ALL THAT WITH THE RUGBY WORLD CUP ONLY ROUND THE CORNER, WE ARE FEELING VERY EXCITED .STAND BY FOR SOME CHRISTMAS OFFERS JUST TO GET YOU GOING. LETS HAVE SOME FUN AT CHARLIE THE WINE !Best Wishes!CTW
Posted on November 13, 2014
Down to leafy Surrey to hold a wine tasting for Alan and Alison Wilson, with 12 good friends all hand chosen for their ability to drink the stuff but not knowing much about it. A perfect combination!
As the guests sniffed and slurped, Hardy the family Great Dane did his best to get in on the act .Not content to sit in his basket, he tried to join in. He's a big lad our Hardy with a penchant for a glass of Rose as it turned out.
The winner with a score of nine was Richard De Leyser with a score of 9 out of 16....not bad but then he did listen to my pearls of wisdom. The favourite wine of the evening turned out to be the Cotes du Ventoux from the Rhone Valley and the Argentinian Torrontes white If only Hardy could speak, I'm sure he would have gone for the Sumaridge Rose...........well there's nothing like a Dane or so they say!
Posted on November 13, 2014
It's been nearly 5 years since I did a tasting at the swanky RBS offices in Manchester's Spinningfields, but Dave Meredith the,host for the night,remembered me from the from those heady days before the crash. 40 folk, a good mixture of staff and guests mixed and mingled whilst trying to unravel the mysteries of a blind tasting.they all seemed to be of one accord that we all make our buying decisions based on price and what the label looks like.
That is the Fun of a blind wine Tasting, not only does it get you thinking but it challenges our perception of what is a good bottle and what is not!
Well all the wines passed the acid test. The Sidewood shiraz and the Argentinian Torrontes (again) were the most popular.
I left them with a drop of The Marabino Moscato, our Decanter award winning wine, at £23 a bottle it is a serious wine, but they all loved it, in fact one fellow bought a case on the night! It all goes to show that you have to taste the stuff and have the confidence to trust your judgement when buying wine ............. with a bit of a nudge from an expert!
They seemed to like me enough to invite me back next week...so the times they are a changing!
Posted on October 28, 2014
Ciaran Devane, retiring chief executive of Mc Millan Nurses, not only won a wine tasting at a friends Ball, but then re-sold the tickets and invited his friends to be entertained and educated over several glasses of wine!
With spectacular views over the Thames from the Albert embankment, a small group sniffed and slurped 8 very different wines from around the world.
They all tried to trip me up with leading questions, but wily old wine fox that I am, I simply helped them on the wonderful journey of finding some thing you like that you are unfamiliar with.
The Wine of the night was the Journee de Mistral Ventoux Grenache from the Rhone Valley, A lovely deep ruby colour, smelling of autumn fruits and a hint of spice on the nose, lovely stuff!
The Sumaridge Merlot Rose caught some of the guests out but was chosen by the winner Sue Pollard as her prize for being the best taster of the evening. We all learnt a lot whilst having great fun.
Posted on October 15, 2014
Jimmy Anderson, England's most success full fast bowler has been spending his non playing hours sniffing and slurping away to find the perfect wine to put his illustrious name to.
Well, tonight he will meet his match.The National Treasure that is Clare Balding, will be offering him 6 wines to try, all with sporting themes, along with fellow guests Danny Cipriani, the Sale Sharks fly half and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal.
Wines from Spain endorsed by Iniesta of Barcelona, and Australia from the stable of Sir Ian Botham and Bob Willis will be up against our very own Welbedacht Hattrick and Cricket Pitch made by our good friend Schalk Burger in the Western Cape of South Africa.
If you can't get to see the programme live why not follow the link to the Website and put a case or 2 in your cart. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!
Yet again Charlie the Wine is right up there on the Telly!
Posted on March 4, 2014Well, well, well who would have thought it? Three score years! To celebrate with friends and colleagues I have decided like some ancient Eastern Potentate to make a magnificent gesture on my birthday!
Book NOW for the few remaining places at the Curry Lunch on March 21st and I will enter you into a prize draw, the winner of which will be able to sniff, slurp, supp, and savour their way through a lovely mixed case of our fabulous wines from South Africa, exclusive to Charlie The Wine, valued at over £100!!
And yes, I know I don’t look a day over 90!
Have a fabulous day. I know I will!
And let's be hearing from you!!
Charlie The Wine
Dewi Morris Curry Club Lunch
The Dewi Morris Curry Club Lunch offers a great choice of curries and an interesting selection of guest speakers. On Friday 21st March we will be joined by Kevin Connelly and Carl Schofield.
Kevin Connelly is an impressionist, comedian, and after dinner speaker who is probably best known for his role on the popular BBC radio and television programme Dead Ringers.
Carl Schofield, a first class Comedian with his own style and plenty of clean, very funny material.
Click here to book your place at the Dewi Morris Curry Lunch. Prices are £50 + VAT per person.
Posted on February 27, 2014
That's right! The eagerly arrival of Meerkat Wines are know available exclusively in the UK at Charlie The Wine. And to tell you the truth we are absolutely ecstatic!
For those of you who are unaware of Meerkat Wines, here is a brief introduction into this fabulous wine producer.
Meerkat is a family-run wine producer who grow, produce and bottle their wine from the Welbedacht Wine Estate in Wellington, South Africa. Welbedacht is situated in one of the most picturesque wine regions which is ideally suited to the cultivation of world class wines. Welbedacht is home to and Meerkat is run by possibly one of the most famous sporting families in the country.... the Burger family. Both Schalk Burger Senior and Schalk Burger Junior have represented their country in rugby union, with Schalk Burger Junior being awarded arguably one of the greatest rugby union awards; the International Rugby Player of the Year in 2004.
One would think the Burgers' rugby mania would automatically dictate a label dedicated to the game. Not so! The Burger family wanted to create an image for their wine that is perceived as fun and witty, and so Meerkat Wines was born. Sticking to this amusing name, the Burger's have attached an effective slogan to their wine, which is labeling Meerkat Wine as "South Africa's Most Gregacious Wine" meaning it is very fond of company. Here at Charlie The Wine, we love how the Burger Family have closely linked their image to the familiar characteristics of a meerkat itself.
Meerkat's wines are extremely good value-for-money along with being incredibly versatile allowing them to quickly become best sellers. With an impressive award winning selection of White wines, Red wines, Rose wines and Blends, I am positive that you will be a massive fan of "South Africa's Most Gregarious Wine" in no time at all.
So keep your eyes peeled, as the unveiling of Meerkat to Charlie The Wine is very, very soon.