Voice behind the Vine: Diego Pinilla Viña Pomal

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Diego Pinilla is the winemaker behind the Viña Pomal Rioja Crianza 2011 and Rioja Reserva 2009. Here he answers our questions about his life at the winery.

How did you get into wine producing?
My mother comes from a long line of winemakers so I expect it’s in my blood – but throughout my childhood I wanted to be a doctor like my father. Needless to say I’m very happy I changed my mind and became a winemaker. I feel very privileged to have such an interesting and varied job – and what better way to finish the day than with a glass of wine that you’ve produced yourself!

What are the challenges of being a wine producer in Rioja?
In Rioja we work with a small selection of grape varieties. In Haro, where we’re based, almost all fruit is Tempranillo. Thankfully Tempranillo is a versatile variety; its characters alter depending on where and how it’s grown, so we work hard to maximise the fruit characteristics from each vineyard plot and the variations from each soil type and microclimate. This allows us to blend different styles of Tempranillo at the winery.

Why does Viña Pomal use 100% Tempranillo?
Tempranillo is the primary grape of Rioja and, we believe, offers the best expression of classic Rioja. It’s well suited to the Rioja region as it’s an early maturing variety that thrives in cooler climate regions, and we are fortunate that our 250 hectares of vineyards enable us to produce single varietal Tempranillo wines rather than needing to blend with other varietals.

Why does Viña Pomal only use estate-grown grapes?
Only using estate-grown fruit means we have complete control of the winemaking process, from vineyard to barrel. It’s relatively unique for a Rioja winery to have its own estate-grown fruit and we consider this to be a major strength.

Have you ever considered making a Rioja Blanco or Rosado?
We have been producing a Cava at the winery for decades, called Royal Carlton, and in the past have made whites and rosés. In the 1990s we decided to stop making white and rosés but I think we should recover that part of our history. Watch this space!

Do you have any new or experimental plantings?
We are trialling some new Graciano plantings and experimenting with some white varieties like White Grenache and White Tempranillo. We’re looking forward to seeing the results.

If you were told you could only drink one more glass of wine ever, what would you choose?
If it’s to be my last wine, it would hopefully be a Viña Pomal 2050 or 2060 vintage which allows me plenty more years of life first! But if you mean right now, I’d like my last glass of wine to be one made by myself, so that with every sip I could reflect on all the great moments I have lived and people I’ve met thanks to my winemaking career.

If you had to describe yourself as a wine, what would you be?
Probably a young Reserva – good fruit and passion with potential for ageing but initially some green tannins that will smooth in time.

Finally, music to drink wine to?
Very easy, Spanish guitar – Paco de Lucia.

Thanks Diego! Here are a few stunning photographs of the beautiful vineyards around the town of Haro in Rioja where Diego and Viña Pomal grow their grapes…

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Voice behind the Vine: Diego Pinilla Viña Pomal

Th Critics’ Choice: Wines You Should Be Already Drinking This Summer

Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc, Ara, Marlborough, New Zealand. Awarded a Gold Medal at the ‘Decanter World Wine Awards 2013’. The judges said, “Characterful wine showing real purity of its intense ripe gooseberry and grapefruit aromas and flavours. Delicate structure and a refined mineral edged finish.”

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Th Critics’ Choice: Wines You Should Be Already Drinking This Summer

12 wines that don’t go with salad but do go with a BBQ!

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So summer is finally here!

The sun is out, everyone has a smile on their face, and the smell of distant BBQ is carried in the breeze..

Your mind wanders…Glazed ribs, charred chicken, homemade burgers and a cold beer. What could be better? Well you may have noticed that here at Majestic we are passionate about our wine, and whats more we’re convinced even he most humble of barbies can be brought to life with one or two of our summer stunners.

My mission over the past few weekends has been to match up some grilled gastronomy with some of our most supple, juicy reds to elevate your plate to greater plateaus and make your meat really memorable. I’m not going to lie, I can think of worse things to do than share a steak or six with some good friends over a glass or two of wine, but the satisfaction really lies in finding that perfect combination.

For me, the Ravenswood Zinfandel’s juicy blueberry notes really made my rump steak sing, whilst the peppery syrah in the Delas Saint Esprit Cote de Rhone took an earthy cumberland sausage to the next level of smoky deliciousness. So all that’s left is for you to give some of these 12 below a try and let us know what you think! They’re all on our 33% off deal so mix and match until you find your perfect partner!

Tweet us with your favourites @majesticwine

1. Callia Bella Malbec
With an intense pallet of wild berry and spice, this San Juan malbec is a great partner for charred chicken drumsticks and, dare I say it, a pasta salad!

2. 120 Carmenere
Boasting bright brambly fruit, subtle spice, and a hint of green bell pepper, this is a worthy companion to both red meats and flame grilled vegetarian kebabs alike.

3. Vina Eguia Crianza
Ripe red fruits, soft tannins, and a lively acidity make this supremely versatile crianza from Vina Equia the classic match for minted lamb chops.

4. Argento Malbec
Malbec and steak are the greatest of allies, but why not try this richly textured, fruit-driven red with a lightly spiced lamb kofte?

5. CDR Delas Saint-Esprit
Silky smooth with hints of raspberry and plenty of black fruit, the peppery syrah in this blend make it a stunning companion for red meats and even slow roasted pulled pork.

6. Mister Shiraz
With notes of spice, plum, and strawberry, this must-have BBQ wine from the Colchagua Valley partners beautifully with a rare, peppered steak.

7. Errazuriz Merlot
Youthful and fruit driven, this Chilean merlot’s combination of soft plum and bramble match wonderfully with the humble, rustic pork sausage.

8. Berberana Reserva
Juicy morello cherry, strawberry, and delicious vanilla overtones make this another great lamb match, but if you’re feeling adventurous try with sticky, glazed pork ribs.

9. Ravenswood Zinfandel
Bursting with sweet blueberry and plum, this beauty could soon be your barbecue’s best friend. Try this often overlooked variety with steak, or a seared duck breast.

10. Vinalba Reservado
This lip smacking, award winning malbec pairs beautifully with beef steaks, but try matching the ripe, dark plum fruits and dark chocolate undertones with rich, venison steaks.

11. Hamilton Block Cabernet
Coonawarra is famed for it’s medium bodied fruity, fragrant cabernets, and this fruit forward style with hints of cedar and blackcurrant leaf is a great example of the region. Try with juicy homemade beef burgers.

12. Marques de Caceras Reserva 09
Hugely expressive on the nose, with rich, luscious red and black fruits, this Reserva is only produced in the best vintages. Match with spatchcocked game to bring a luxurious edge to your BBQ.

 

ps. into your food and wine matching? Check out one our most read blogs: “Top 5 ways to match food and wine: The Matching Maxims”

12 wines that don’t go with salad but do go with a BBQ!

Watch Graham Norton Stomping Kiwi Invivo Sauvignon Blanc

It seems like Graham Norton is making an international name for himself!

He’s been on the end of a few surprises recently – being ambushed in his commentary box at Eurovision the most surreal.

You may have (definitely have) seen Graham with a glass of white wine in hand when hosting his chat show on Friday nights – turns out it’s almost always Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc.

The Kiwi winery Invivo have got him hooked, so they turned up at the BBC with a little surprise for Graham… watch what happened below.

Watch Graham Norton Stomping Kiwi Invivo Sauvignon Blanc

Twitter’s Favourite Wines In April

Tweet us a pic of your favourite wines and we’ll add it to our twitter favourites tab!

Here’s a round up of everyone’s favourites in April…

 

Twitter’s Favourite Wines In April

We’re Making It Easier To Explore At Majestic

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Today we are excited to introduce a new, simpler pricing structure at Majestic: in-store, online and mobile.

All of our wines are now either:

A straight price
Buy any 2 save 15%
Buy any 2 save 25%
Buy any 2 save 33%
Buy any 2 selected fine wines or spirits save £10

We believe these new offers give you a much easier way to discover new wines.

As always our expert staff are at hand to help you explore our diverse range of wines.

Explore the new way to shop at Majestic online today > Click here to see the best of our new offers on our homepage.

Happy wine shopping!

nb. our Scottish pricing still reflects the lowest multi-buy offer price in England and Wales. For more information on Scottish alcohol pricing and legislation please see here.

We’re Making It Easier To Explore At Majestic

A Social Media Tour Around Australia: The 2014 Harvest

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Down under, grape picking has begun for the 2014 harvest.

The Australian wineries are some of the most active on social media and they’re sharing their journey throughout the harvest with the hashtag #v14.

Here are some photos showing what goes on…

This is as fresh as it comes – free run juice straight from grape to glass… with a bit of pressing in-between at McHenry Hohnen.

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This photo at Yalumba makes me want to drink their Shiraz…

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Meanwhile at Peter Lehmann they’re having a noodle party… yup, noodles!

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Winemaking with a secret weapon at Kangarilla Road.

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The 2014 Pinot is being loaded up into the ferementer at the Grosset winery.

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Picking in the dark at Wakefield!

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Stomp stomp. Doing it the old fashioned way in Wirra Wirra.

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Long days and bad backs are the norm from working a harvest, not forgetting they’re a bundle of fun along the way!

Follow the Aussies journey with the #v14 hashtag.

Have you ever worked at a harvest or dreamt of owning a vineyard? Tell us your story in the comments below.

A Social Media Tour Around Australia: The 2014 Harvest

Majestic Raises Over £54k For Children With Cancer UK

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We’ve raised £54,646.36 for Children with Cancer UK as part of a year long partnership in 2013.

This sum was raised by collection tins in stores, mobile phone and sat nav recycling, staff activities, raffles and social events. Staff fundraising activities included the Marathon du Médoc, a 26.3 mile race around Bordeaux’s famous vineyards.

For 26 years Children with Cancer UK have invested millions of pounds each year in life-saving research, welfare and campaigning programmes to save young lives.

“We are delighted that our partnership with Majestic Wine was such a success, raising an amazing £54,646.36 and are truly grateful for the support given to us by everyone at the company. Every year 3,600 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. We rely entirely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work in helping to save young lives. Indeed, it is only thanks to support such as Majestic Wine’s that we are able fund even more research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancers. In addition, we also fund a wide variety of welfare initiatives, to help reduce the terrible burden on children and families affected by a diagnosis of cancer today.”

Pippa Gough
General Manager, CWC UK

For more information about Majestic Wine or CWC UK, please visit childrenwithcancer.org.uk

Our Charity of the Year for 2014 is Dogs for the Disabled. Find out more about how we’re supporting this fantastic charity here.

Majestic Raises Over £54k For Children With Cancer UK

3 Quick Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day (don’t mention it)

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“Better Late Than Never”

…are terrible words to live by – especially on Mother’s Day.

Are you late? Is your present late arriving? Did you book a table for lunch too late? Oh, have you missed the train home because you were late getting out of bed and the train actually left on time for once?

If you are one of those who lives by quotations, check out this one instead:

“Be Smart And Be Punctual”.

It’s a good’un.

Now – you are reading this for 3 quick gift ideas which’ll arrive on time.

1) Play It Safe
Generous without being lavish. Thoughtful without being brash.
Choose the Majestic Favourites Six Bottle Wine Gift Pack

2) Easy To Carry
Pop this fizzy package in your weekend bag for easy transport with maximum end effect.
It’s the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Single Bottle Champagne Gift Pack

3) Missed Call
You haven’t called home since Christmas. You are a bad person, but you now have tremendous taste in wine. Mother will be proud.
Select the superb Fine Wine Three Bottle Gift Pack

Know this: free next day delivery is by courier (order before midday) – the only catch is there’s no weekend delivery by couriers. Order to yourself and take in hand, or please Mother with an early gift sent ahead. Order by 12pm Thurs 27th March.

ps. remember to be smart and punctual on Sunday!

3 Quick Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day (don’t mention it)

Our Fave South African Wineries Facebook Cover Photos

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Shopping online and in your local store we sometimes forget how beautiful the places are that the wine comes from.

There a few more spectacular places to make wine than South Africa! Here’s a round up of our favourite facebook cover photos from the wineries you can pick up at Majestic. Click on the pictures to go to their facebook page too.

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Our Fave South African Wineries Facebook Cover Photos