Your weekend at Majestic – Spotlight on California

It’s Independence Day on the 4th of July.  This means it’s the perfect time for our USA Spotlight Tasting.

Almost perfect, anyway.  Strikes in Californian ports delayed the arrival of some amazing new wines.  We’ve worked around the clock to get them in time for the Spotlight Tasting.

One highlight is Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise.  It’s a delicious blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Sirah and a splash of Grenache.  It’s chunky yet funky, large and in charge; big, bold and beautiful. Packed with smoky vanilla, ripe cherries, strawberry and chocolate.  It’s already a staff favourite and we’re sure you’ll love it.


The most garish label we’ve stocked to date?  You bet.

Suzie, our buyer for the USA, went on an epic road-trip last year to find these wines.  The buzz among the more dynamic winemakers is for balance in wine.  They are moving away from overripe and over-oaked; they represent The New California Wine.

Banshee hail from Healdsburg, a mecca for foodies and wine-lovers. Their priorities are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  They have built a tremendous reputation for top quality, so we’re excited to present them.


Rickshaw is the second label of Banshee.  They blend barrels sourced from top estates in California and declassified lots from Banshee.  They offer exceptional value for money, and are fantastic wines in their own right.

A personal favourite of mine (and filling a gap in the range) is the White Knight Viognier.  It’s made by The Other Guys in Clarksburg.  Favouring low-intervention winemaking, the viognier sees only a hint of French oak.  The luscious fresh peach flavours shine through, with delicious toasty complexity.


From Peirano, two stunning reds: their superlative Old Vine Zinfandel and Six Clones Merlot.  History shows that the only people to make money from the Gold Rush of the 1870’s were the shopkeepers, merchants and cooks.  Giacomo Peirano was one of these savvy few.  He invested his new-found wealth in land, planting vines taken from his native Italy.  These vines survive today and are some of the oldest in California.


The Tasting Spotlight on USA runs 3rd-9th July.  Come and join us in your local Majestic store to discover some incredible wines.  Stetsons and boots optional.

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