20 Sep

Posted by Simon Felton

  Owner/ winemaker Sebastien Vincenti continues to impress wine lovers and the world’s critics with his spicy, fruit-driven Rhône reds from the spectacular Ventoux region. These wines exude southern sun-drenched French style.   “One of the best run if not the finest estate in the Cotes du Ventoux is Fondreche. Shrewd consumers should have been stocking up on these wines for a number of years as they represent terrific values. They all exhibit beautifully pure fruit infused with plenty of Provencal character.” Robert Parker   We have some great value wines from Domaine de Fondrèche, and some of their very limited premium cuvées. These include the Divergente - an old vine Syrah which offers Hermitage-like style and quality (but not price) - and I...

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20 Sep

Posted by Simon Felton

We enjoyed a wonderful tasting at the Oxford Union on the weekend of the 8th/9th September, with around 2000 wine enthusiasts attending this great venue and tasting a great range of our core wines, crafted by small producers. We would like to thank the organisers, attendees (which inluded post-graduates, professors and doctors) and the Union for making it such a great event, and we look forward to next year's tasting...!    

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06 Jun

Posted by David King

With the warm weather upon us, we have the perfect summer Rosé for you at a fantastic offer price per bottle and even greater savings by the case. Fondrèche's L'Instant Rosé 2014 is is yours at the moment for just £9.74 a bottle (down from £10.99), or just £107.88 (12 bottle case) delivered free to your door - the equivalent of only £8.99 a bottle. Enjoy this great food wine with your family and friends, whether it be light tapas bites, a plate of seafood, or in your favourite garden chair. Close your eyes and you could be in the Southern Rhone or Provence! Please hurry, stocks are limited at these prices...

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27 May

Posted by David King

Château Léoville Barton is a renowned Bordeaux value relative to its status and quality, and while its latest 2015 vintage has seen a considerable price rise (on 2014), it has been highly lauded by the critics – many of whom have placed it amongst the finest wines of the vintage – and, at the same time, putting the zip back in the en primeur campaign. Neal Martin (of the Wine Advocate and eRobertParker.com), who has taken over Bordeaux tasting from Robert Parker, described the latest vintage as ‘drop-dead gorgeous’, while fellow American critic, Antonio Galloni, called it ‘class personified’. Our own wine buyer, Michael King, who attended the en primeur tastings, had already immediately flagged it as a potential winner. In fact, there are few Bordeaux châteaux today (es...

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24 May

Posted by David King

Celebrate this bank holiday with a FREE bottle of Zucchetto Prosecco 2014. Simply order the mixed 12-bottle case of still wines (below) and we’ll include a bottle of Prosecco as well - saving £30 off list prices. This quintessential case of spring flavours is designed to make your weekend that extra bit special. It includes many CFW favourites, like Auntsfield's powerful and complex Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc and Punta de Flechas' surprisingly elegant and aromatic styled Argentinean Malbec. Whether it’s a picnic or BBQ, a garden party or a Sunday roast, this case has a special wine for everyone to enjoy. We also have some great savings on wines by the bottle - bursting with the joys of the season - the perfect opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine or two with friends and family... ...

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19 May

Posted by David King

We have just taken delivery of our allocations of the latest releases from two of my favourite boutique Tuscan wineries - Le Fonti and Martinozzi – and are offering £ savings from list prices for a limited time only. These charming, family-run wineries craft some of the finest examples of Tuscan winemaking around, at prices belying their quality. Both estates use the brilliant consultant winemaker Paolo Caciorgna who, like all great oenologists, grows the finest fruit with minimal intervention, to bring through the wonderful characteristics of the sensuous Sangiovese grape and Tuscan terroir. These wines provide a great opportunity to taste the true heart of Italian winemaking artistry, from a delicious entry-level Toscana Rosso, to classic wines from Chianti & Montalcino...

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13 May

Posted by David King

Walter Massa’s Derthona 2014 has just been reviewed in the Daily Telegraph, and here's what they said... “Italian wine confounds the term ‘expert’ – you could dedicate you life’s work to studying it and still not come close to knowing everything. I was reminded of this when visiting Piedmont recently, an area whose reputation is built on red wines made in Barolo and Barbaresco from the nebbiolo grape. I, though, had come to taste white, from a grape that was practically extinct a few decades ago – timorasso. Once widely planted, it was eschewed in favour of more productive varieties in the late 19th century, when Europe’s vineyards were replanted after the devastation caused by the phylloxera aphid. In recent times, one man kept the timorasso flame burning – Walter Ma...

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05 May

Posted by David King

With the promise of some long-awaited warm weather upon us, what better way to celebrate than by relaxing in the garden, savouring some wonderfully intense Spring Sauvignon flavours. Coincidentally, this Friday, 6th May happens to be International Sauvignon Blanc Day – and to mark this happy event we are offering some fantastic savings on a selection of the finest examples we have available – bursting with spring flavours; gooseberries, elderflower and zesty citrus fruit to name but a few. You save up to £2 per bottle and £20 on our Spring Sauvignon Case. Chateau Miaudoux, Bergerac Blanc Sec, 2014 A quality Bordeaux white look-alike with Sauvignon Blanc in predominance alongside Semillon. A lovely core of pear and apple fruit, ripe with slightly buttery/limey note...

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04 May

Posted by David King

While it’s pretty early in the year to be righting off a vintage, some Loire producers are already concerned that their vines may have suffered serious irreversible damage, which could threaten their 2016 harvest in its infancy (according to both Decanter Magazine and the Wine Spectator). April temperatures in the Loire have been unseasonally low, and for several days last week the thermometers dropped to -6˚C in some vineyards. Such severe late frosts have not been seen in the Loire since 1991 and 1994. Bizarrely, however, it was sunlight that triggered the actual devastation, when ice and water on the vines magnified the early morning sun, scorching leaves and the tips of shoots. The exact extent of the damage is yet to be assessed, but the worst hit appellations are reported to...

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