A case of 12 exclusive wines from the Schalk Burger estate. 2 x Cricket Pitch, 3 x Hat Trick, 1 x Bohemian Syrah, 1 x Welbedacht Chenin Blanc, 2 x Welbedacht Sauvignon Blanc, 1 x Welbedacht Pinotage, 1 x Welbedacht Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 x Mon Rene Brut Mcc
This Christmas Charlie The Wine has some fantastic wines from the continental wine producting countries of France and Italy.
A great selection of affordable favourites from all over this great wine growing country.
A white Soave for Verona, a proper Pinot Grigio from the Veneto in the North East, a lovely Rose with just a touch of Merlot to give it a subtle richness, a Montepulciano from Puglia on the heel of Italy, a Chianti from Tuscany and a Valpollicella from well Valpollicella! Close by Lake Garda.
A veritable geography lesson in a glass! Enjoy.
This is a very eclectic box of wines made from grapes that are not mainstream but produce exciting wines that have been hand crafted for the task in hand... your enjoyment!
The whites are made from grapes such Bourbollenc, Rousanne, Marsanne and are great with all shellfish, fleshy fish and soft cheeses. Very French!
The reds will compliment a whole host of red meats and hard cheeses.
Give them their due the French know their food and have a knack of making wines that fully compliment the dishes they are served with. A great choice, we don’t do dull at Charlie The Wine!
Whatever your tastes we're sure you'll find a Christmas Collection that's right for you.
A case of 6 Italian wines: Monte Di Cello Soave DOC 2010, Monte Di Cello Pinot Grigio IGT Rose 2012, Monte Di Cello Pinot Grigio IGT Bianco 2012, Montecelli Montepulciano DOC 2010, Montecelli Valpolicella DOC 2010, Chianti La Vigna DOCG 2012
Six great wines from France. Chateau La Borne Blanc 2011, Chateau D'Angles Classique Blanc 2009, Domaine de Montine Gourmandise Blanc 2011, Bastide St Dominique Cotes du Rhone 2012, Chateau Grandefont Bordeaux Rouge 2010, Chateau D'Angles Classique Rouge 2009
Six of the best reds to accompany you over the winter season. Domaine de Montine Emotion 2011, Chateau Palais Cardinal St Emillion Grand Cru 2010, Cable Bay 5 Hills Merlot Black Label 2010, Chateau D’Angles Grand Vin Rouge 2007, St Dominique Reserve Chateau Neuf Du Papa Rouge 2011, Marabino Noto DOC Nero D'Avola 2010
Now we are talking about serious stuff. Simon Turner and his Lovely wife Holly have realised the dream of every wine merchant they have bought their own Vineyard and what an estate it is! These wines are perfect for your Christmas.
With the Turkey I can recommend the Merlot. Ripe, enticing red fruit and sweet spice aromas, lead you to a pallet crammed with darker cherry and blackcurrant notes and a gentle peppery finish.
For something a little more complex the Epitome is a belter. It is rich, yet fresh, full bodied and beautifully balanced, leaving the drinker wholly satisfied.
For a relaxing glass in front of your favourite movie whilst nibbling on some Smoked Salmon either the Chardonnay or the Maritimus will hit the spot. The Chardonnay strives to present the delicate fruit expression of the grape, underpinned by the benefits of a subtle presence of well-gauged oak. Meanwhile the Maritimus is an elegant and poised wine with ripe tropical fruit on the nose.
Finally the Pinot Noir will match up with anything Burgundy has to offer at nearly half the price. Dark berry and forest fruit aromas combine with a subtle oak character which lending a smoky spiciness to the well integrated palate.
These are the wines I am having for Christmas, but don’t tell the EPO as she might want some!
No seriously Christmas is about Sharing so do mix a box for yourself and your nearest and dearest.
Christmas Day is the time to spend with your family... ideally with a glass of wine in your hand.
This case covers all the wishes and desires of everyone on this very special day of the year.
Start the day off with a Premier Cru glass of bubbles that you can't get on the high street, a lovely Pinot Noir from New Zealand that will compliment all the complex flavours that will be assaulting your taste buds.
A lovely complex white made from Chardonnay, Viognier, and a little dry Muscat would be perfect with the cheese and nuts or just to perk you up after a good lunch. The Fonseca Unfiltered port is a particular favourite of mine.
Let Charlie The Wine take all the pressure off. We are one click away from the perfect Vinous Christmas Day!
A Meerkat (surricata, surricatta) is a member of the mongoose family, native to Southern Africa and live in clans of up to 30. They stand some 14 inches tall and have a long tail to help them balance when standing upright. They also use it to signal and raise the alarm when a predator approaches! They are great foragers and eat insects, lizards, snakes, even scorpions! They baby sit for their young and are all round good guys.
So that's the Attenborough bit out of the way.
Now then our big friend Schalk Burger and his family (he played rugby for the Springboks so we call him SIR) have been making wines called Meerkat for donkeys years and sold it very successfully in Africa.
Charlie The Wine has persuaded him to give it a go in the UK. We have the full range of these wonderful wines for you to try this Christmas and beyond.
So what are we offering? First let’s start with the Reds.
A rich, juicy Pinotage with loads of sweet plum and black cherry characteristics, supported bysensuous mocca chocolate and soft vanilla. This lusty wine should be enjoyed with great food and great company.
The Burrow Blend, a warm accessible wine, made from classic Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine rich with ripe red cherry character, sweet blackcurrent and subtle liquorice. Nutty chocolate wood tones round off the wine and give it a long velvety finish. This new member of the Meerkat family should easily become as popular as the Pinotage and Chenin Blanc.
So far so good. Now onto the whites.
The Chenin Blanc is a fusion of white fruits, litchi, apple, quince and rich tropical aroma. The palate is fresh and fruity with a lovely acid balance and long finish. The Meerkat loves company, so enjoy this wine with tasty food and great company.
The crisp and lively Sauvignon Blanc invites all to savour the beautiful aromas of green melon, lemongrass, passion fruit and a sherbet of Granny Smith apples.
The Unwooded Chardonnay invites all to savour the beautiful aromas of fresh lime, complex citrus, freshly picked pears and dried apricots. The palate is vibrant where hazelnut joins nougat and a almond butter finish.
And to finish off, a lovely Pinotage Rose with a well-rounded wine with a light salmon colour. With flavours of watermelon intertwined with complex red fruit like cranberries and raspberries. With a little bit of sweetness, this wine offers you a refreshing drink with lovely flavours of fresh strawberries and cream on the palate. Meerkat invites you to this flavour filled oddicy.
We are very excited at Charlie The Wine that we have these wines EXCLUSIVELY in the UK. So come on, what great bragging rights to turn up with your own bottle of Meerkat wine at your mates house. You will even impress the Mother in Law!
Priced very sensibly you will be hard pushed to beat these wines this Christmas in fact there is very little to compare them with!
But be warned they are very gregarious so you had better take more than you think!
KellyBronze Turkey from Crouchley Hall Farm: for the ultimate experience in Christmas Dining
While we love a good wine at Christmas here at Charlie The Wine we know that wine alone does not a Christmas Day make. The centerpiece of a good Christmas Day meal is, of course, the turkey.
If you're in the North West and are looking for a succulent plump bird this Christmas then Crouchley Hall Farm has you covered with their Kelly Bronze Turkeys.
A family run smallholding in Lymm, Cheshire, rearing the award winning KellyBronze free range turkeys. Sold from the farm gate each Christmas to customers from across the North West. With 'good old-fashioned' flavour and texture, the KellyBronze Turkey is bred and reared to provide the ultimate experience in Christmas dining.
So head on over to the Crouchley Hall Farm website today and find out how you could have your own free range turkey this Christmas. Hurry, they're going fast!
Well they do say that God loves a trier! It seems that the current financial climate dictates that you don’t have to commit to any form of entertainment and that you can cry off at the last minute.
After months of planning the inaugural Charlie The Wine Golf Day hit the fairways at the privately owned Styal Golf Club in Leafy Cheshire. On a magnificently sunny day 24 good men and true took to the (soggy) fairways and, despite some confusion about which tees to dive from, enjoyed a round of golf full of the usual brilliant hole followed by a complete disaster. I have never met a golfer yet who hasn’t sworn to put his clubs on eBay or take them down to the charity shop before reconsidering as they strike that perfect iron to the middle of the green, or sink a 20 foot putt.
All in all everybody enjoyed themselves on and off the course. Tales of daring do were accompanied by a wine tasting of all the wines from our friend Schalk Burger. A wholesome meal was followed by an excellent Q&A from my mate Dewi Morris, and everybody left either for home or the flesh pots of Alderley Edge or Stockton Heath to conclude the evening one way or the other.
So thanks to Tony Richards from the Rugby Club of Golf, we raised a good few quid for Help For Heroes, so all in all a great start. We look forward to seeing more of you next year.
Well another busy week for Charlie The Wine. The North West Food Lovers festival moved from Tatton Park to the warm and inviting Event City next door to the Trafford Centre. Sausages from Cumbria, Paella from Spain, honey from the moors of Lancashire, beautiful Salamis from Germany, cheeses from Cheshire, beers from Tatton, lovely stuff! All sorts of exotic meats (I bought the EPO some Zebra steaks for supper, they were lovely but she spurned them on ethical grounds!) over 200 stallholders all under one roof, throw in some well known celebrity chefs and Wham!!
Charlie The Wine not only had its own wine bar fully stocked with the newly arrived Meerkat, but was also holding wine master classes for those that wanted to share a glass or 6 with me, learn a little more and have a laugh as well.
Well to put it bluntly there just were not enough people there, but oh boy we had some fun with those that were!
I bumped into my old mate Simon Rimmer, celebrity chef extraordinaire from Something for the Weekend, annoyed David Mooney from the Sessions House in Knutsford by joining him onstage during his demo and even shared a glass with Andrew Nutter! Wooooooooooooooooh.
People had travelled far and wide to buy, get tips on cooking and generally enjoying themselves.
The Pizza Peddlers, they bought their own wood fired oven in a mobile van. Incredible! They won 6 bottles of our sparkling Mon Rene as did Alison Dalglish, who had a wonderful diddy van brewing fab coffee.
I was amazed by the enterprise and inventiveness of some of the stall holders.
But everybody loved the Meerkat wines and were very pleasantly surprised by the prices. Get some for Christmas.