Interesting conversation

An article by Victoria Moore in last Saturday’s Guardian newspaper has sparked an interesting conversation on Tom Cannavan’s popular Wine Pages forum surrounding returns of faulty bottles, particularly in the fine wine sector. It centres on whether we, as a retailer, should be held responsible for faulty bottles of fine wine, bought and then stored […]

New Zealand: The Big Questions

There’s no doubt that one of the wine success stories of the 2000s (I hate the connotations connected with ‘noughties’) has been the explosion of New Zealand wines, most notably Sauvignon Blanc. When I first started at Majestic in Summer 2002, I recall my WSET Advanced Certificate book informing us eager new recruits that despite […]

Sausage wine

[digg=http://digg.com/food_drink/Sausage_wine]”Sausage wine” is a description coined by Tony Mason, Majestic’s Trading Director who retired several years ago. It describes a red wine that is good value rather than expensive, more on the rustic side than fine, but interesting and characterful – in other words, the kind of wine Majestic staff would drink with sausages. I […]

Amazing white Rioja

There is an undoubted trend towards wines with less obvious oak and more aromatic fruit, but I couldn’t resist recommending this.  Rioja is in some respects slightly confusing at the moment, with some producers veering towards a modern, rather ‘international’ style, while others are resolutely traditional. Well, this Marques de Murrieta Blanco Gran Reserva 1998 is certainly in […]

The price of wine

[digg=http://digg.com/food_drink/The_price_of_wine]Saturday’s Times included an interesting article by Jane MacQuitty discussing the current pressures on wine prices: the strength of the euro, drought in Australia and, of course, next month’s budget. Britain has one of the highest levels of tax on wine in Europe and since you are likely to hear a lot about duty and […]