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‘The Perfect Pink? Why are we so obsessed in the UK by the colour of our rose?”

Rose. It’s the time in the year when all the UK wine people think about the rose they want to taste for the summer. Whispering Angel? Tempier’s Rose? Bandol? Rock angel? Yeah right! The common theme here is Angel! No let’s get serious about this. That is, that it has to say ” Cotes de Provence” on the label and it has to be as pale a pink as it can be. Correct sir! Why are we, the English, so obsessed by the colour of the rose? I agree colour is important. Years ago I imported a Greek rose and it was almost Red in colour. It could and would not sell so I ended up giving most of it away. But pale pink rose does not equate to quality and nor does ” Cote de Provence” either.

As Elizabeth David says in her marvellous book, ” French Provincial Cooking” first published in 1960 when she was well ahead of the game in terms of food she was discovering apricots in the 1960’s in St Remy de Provence:

” The meal in the hotel had been indifferent and the wine, one of those pink Provencal ones which one’s drinks because one is very thirsty after a dusty drive. But the apricots made up for everything.”

Clearly she was ahead of the game in the 1950’s, about Provencal Pale rose too! My point is just because it says Provence and its pale pink does not mean its good wine. I agree there are some good Provence rose’s my favourite are Domaine Ott, Tempier or my own Bandol from Chateau D’Azur. But the former two cost £25-30 a bottle! Let me ask you, is that value for money? No is my simple answer. So don’t be mugged by the colour of the rose and the word Provence this summer. Seek out other exciting wine regions that produce dry pale rose, and see if you can find something that drinks just as well but costs half the price. I leave it at that. Oh and one other thing, don’t buy 2018! I see so many online sites selling 2018 vintages for £25 plus a bottle. This is a rip off! The wine will not be drinking well, it will be tired and flabby.

“Drink Less, Drink better” Chateau Molhiere rose, 2019, Cote de Duras pictured below. £12.95 a bottle. Available online at the top of this page on Whirly wine online shop.

The Molhiere rose 2019 is super light in colour, very neutral and dry. On the palate its got real body, succulent mouthfeel and good length. So its a food friendly style and very hard to put down. Delightful stuff.Michael Rudko, Furzedown

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Whirly wines is very much “Open”, Offering “free Delivery to your door” of quality wines, “Organic” and from small Producers from a gallery of wines that Mr Whirly has curated over 20 years. Delivering free to Tooting, Balham, Streatham, Brixton, Wimbledon, Battersea, Earlsfield, Wandsworth ( SW19, 18, 17, 16, 12,11 & 2 postcodes)” delivering wine, “Organic and Bio”, “Vegan and very good too”, from the smaller producer, guaranteeing quality and value. Free local deliveries to your door in local postcodes.

It’s a a strange time I know. Please let me hand out a little joy to local people with a delivery of some wine that I know will put a little smile back on our face.

As we say in Liverpool, lets ” walk on with hope in your heart”

Here is a message of hope below.

A positive post – from a blogger in China, I read it this morning, and I think it has some really comforting words that we can take from it.

After only 7 weeks confinement -We are allowed to move around freely now with a green QR code that we show when we get our temperature taken. You get your temperature taken everywhere, and it’s just become part of the routine. Most restaurants and shopping centres are now open, and life is coming back to our city. 
As we watch the rest of the world begin their time inside; here are some of my reflections on the last seven weeks:
1. Accept that you have no control over the situation. Let go of any thoughts of trying to plan too much for the next month or two. Things change so fast. Don’t be angry and annoyed at the system. Anxiety goes down, and you make the best of the situation – whatever that might be for you. Accept that this is what it is and things will get easier. 
2. Try not to listen to/read/watch too much media. It WILL drive you crazy. There is a thing as too much! 
3. The sense of community I have felt during this time is incredible. I could choose who I wanted to spend my energy on – who I wanted to call, message and connect with and found the quality of my relationships has improved.
4. Appreciate this enforced downtime. When do you ever have time like this? I will miss it when we go back to the fast-paced speed of the ‘real world’.
5. Time goes fast. I still haven’t picked up the ukelele I planned to learn, and there are box set TV shows I haven’t watched yet.
6. As a teacher, the relationships I have built with my students have only continued to grow. I have loved seeing how independent they are; filming themselves to respond to tasks while also learning essential life skills such as balance, risk-taking and problem-solving, that even we as adults are still learning.
7. You learn to appreciate the little things; sunshine through the window, flowers blossoming and being able to enjoy a coffee in a cafe. 
To those just beginning this journey, You will get through it. Listen to what you are told, follow the rules and look out for each other. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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August 2019: Vegan wines from Aragon imported in August and some more wonderful Treixadura from Ribeiro…..

In August 2019 Mr Whirly has imported a fine array of new wines from Spain for you to enjoy. The wines are from Aragon in Spain, a lesser known wine region but a region with great history and which stretches from the Pyrenee’s in the North to almost as far south as Valencia in the South, in the neighbouring Province of Valencia. We also have a wine from Ribeiro in Spain, 700 kms west of here from an old favourite, Val de Souto whose Jose Manuel Blanco Perez is one one of the most passionate winemakers I know.

With these wines we have focused on some classic grapes from Aragon, Garnacha ( Grenache) and Macabeo and Treixudura and Godello from Ribeiro. All the wines are available to buy online on this website so go ahead and buy some!

The ” Follow the White Rabbit” wine already has a bit of a following in Europe, but not so much in the UK. Bodega San Gregorio produce a wine of great quality and with one of the funkiest wine labels I have ever come across. £10.95 a bottle in the shop and therefore great value. ( or buy slightly less online, £10.45)

From Care we have a Tinto Roble Garnacha, rated 90 points by Suckling recently. See his notes below, but for me it was ripe and fresh fruit with some tobacco and soft fleshy summer fruits. Great everyday wine for £11.50 ( £10.50 online)

Also from Aragon another Garnacha, this time from Chapillon. Another 90 pointer from James Suckling, this wine oozes class and is a soft and velvety wine, really easy to drink and with 12 months oak it is young still but very much a drinker now and into the next 5 years. See the notes below from Suckling. £17.50 here in the whirly wine shop in SW17 ( £16.25 online)

Lastly from Ribeiro, an old favourite from Jose Manuel Blanco Perez at Val de Souto. One of the most passionate winemakers I know this man really can make great wines. This 2018 vintage is change form the last vintages with a the dominant varietal being Treixadura with a little Godello. Its great to taste a wine with its very own identity. This wine has great complexity and texture and combines some aromatics with some herbaceous notes, honeysuckle with clover. Ages well to so one can drink now or in 2-3 years. £17.50 in the shop, £15.95 online)

I hope you get the opportunity to come into the Whirly Wine shop, 22 Ritherdon Road, London, SW17 8QD soon, since I need all the support I can get from the locals of SW16, 17 and 18. Remember, when you buy a wine from a small wine shop like Whirly wines you are supporting a small family and helping them to buy their daughters school uniform. When you buy wine from a supermarket it’s just lining the pockets of the Directors and hedge fund investors. Buy wine from a Specialist small wine shop and get guaranteed quality wine from a small producer….

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New wines: July 2018

Chateau Molhiere, Cote de Duras, Dordogne: “Terroir de Ducs”, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc and Cab Franc-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon

Its rose time so it’s very much time to talk about the New wines in from the old stalwart, Chateau Molhiere in the Dordogne.


I have been lucky enough to work with The Blancheton Brothers at Chateau Molhiere in Duras, 25 miles south of Bergerac in the Dordogne for 15 years. I have been drinking their wines since the 1980’s when my parents bought a ramshackle of a cottage down in this beautiful part of SW France. These brothers make exquisite wines at great prices, tiny production, ultra care and attention. Their rose has been a great success over the last three years here in the Whirly wine shop and it arrived into the UK this last week with their zingy Sauvignon Blanc, tight and citrusy with its own Cote de Duras indentity and their Cab Franc, Sauvignon and Merlot red. Order some rose now if you can, since when its gone it won’t be back! Made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot varietals its pale pink in colour and dry with some lovely summer fruits on the palate and ample weight to take food as well. 

Also imported with the Rose is their ‘Terroir de Ducs’ Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet franc based red, which is blended with a little Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Pop into the shop soon and order some or Buy online. The rose won’t be around for ever so don’t delay! £12.95 per bottle, 13.0 % alc vol

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Wine of the Month: July….

Chateau Molhiere, Terroir de Ducs, Rose 2018, Cote de Duras, Dordogne

Wine of the month for July has to be the Rose from Chateau Molhiere, 2018 and just arrived in time for the summer.

I have been lucky enough to work with The Blancheton Brothers at Chateau Molhiere in Duras, 25 miles south of Bergerac in the Dordogne for 15 years. I have been drinking their wines since the 1980’s when my parents bought a ramshackle of a cottage down in this beautiful part of SW France. These brothers make exquisite wines at great prices, tiny production, ultra care and attention. Their rose has been a great success over the last three years here in the Whirly wine shop and it arrived into the UK this last week with their zingy Sauvignon Blanc, tight and citrusy with its own Cote de Duras indentity and their Cab Franc, Sauvignon and Merlot red. Order some rose now if you can, since when its gone it won’t be back! Made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot varietals its pale pink in colour and dry with some lovely summer fruits on the palate and ample weight to take food as well. 

£12.95 per bottle, 750ml

Order online and get a bottle free if you order a case of 12….

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Wine of the Month: June

” Organic” Moscato D’Asti, DOCG, Asti, Piedmont

The wine of the month for June 2019 is something a little bit different. What do you think of when you think of Muscat? Sweet wine from the Rhone potentially? And for some reason the Brits don’t like sweet wines do we? Well this Frizzante ( very small bubbles) wine from Asti does have a hint of sweetness on the palate but we must embrace this and enjoy it and in this world of cheap Prosecco in Supermarkets with nothing to say for itself, we must try something that had everything to say about itself! Its the most perfect summer sparkling, full of elderflower and Spring apple blossom on the nose and with a light, delicate mousse and fizz. Its also only 5% alc vol so its great if you want to drink something light at lunch or if you want a wine with less alcohol too. Well worth ‘a whirl’ at Whirly wines, 22 Ritherdon road, London SW17 8QD and also being served outside on the Patio this summer!

£16.95 a bottle. Buy online on the Whirly wine shop page….

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Spring wine tastings….

Book online on the online page and search for the £25 wine voucher.

Plan your personal tasting with Mr Whirly. Book online £25 p/p inclusive of snacks, 5 wines, 75 ml. 7.00pm-9.00pm1

18th April: 

“ Wines from the New, Old world” An array of wines from the new world countries of  Eastern Europe.

25th April: 

. “A taste of Pinot noir from around the World”: some fab ” Organic Pinot” from the Languedoc, Oregon and Tasmania ( and Burgundy too!)

2nd May:

 “ Mediterranean Island wines”

9th May :

Wines with Altitude”

simon@whirlywine.co.uk 0208 672 2572

Whirly wines, 22 Ritherdon road, SW17 8QD

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Christmas Cases now available to buy! Online and in the shop

Whirly wine festive cases 2018!

Mr Whirly’s Christmas cases, chosen to match classic Christmas fare for you this Christmas. Including new wines imported this November from Manzone in Piedmont, Bonfanti in Lombardy

All three Christmas mixed  cases  can be purchased online, simply go onto my website, click onto the online shop link at the top of the menu and scroll down to the bottom to find the 3 Christmas offerings.

Mr Whirly’s Christmas “ Budget” Half dozen case)

Prosecco, Giol, NV “ Organic” : a Frizzante Prosecco. Its important to have something sparkling on Christmas day and this wine fits the bill. Well made and classy, light and creamy.

Lillypilly Sauvignon Blanc 2015: Old aged SB from Leeton, NSW, Australia. Savoury notes beginning to show through yet still a wine with verve and energy.

Villa Aganoor, Pinot Grigio 2016, Verona, Italy: Really exciting PG! Yes I mean it, pear and apple and good acidity and depth

Azienda Marzuco, Vermentino 2016, Castelvetrano, Sicily: The grape is from Sardinia

but this is made in Sicily. Linear clean white wine with some mediterranean salt on the palate with ripe melon. Great with shellfish, fish or even Turkey.

Velenosi, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, 2017, Ascoli Piceno, Marche: New wine just arrived from Marche November 2018.

Malaville, Charmille, Vin de pay de L’Herault, 2015: fabulous new wine just in from the Languedoc. Seriously one of my favourite wines imported in the last 10 years. Soft tannins and very elegant, great combination of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet.

Price: £68 .00

Mr Whirly’s Christmas “ Half dozen”

Moscato D’Asti 2016, DOCG, light delicate sparkling wine from Piedmont ( alba). its sightly sweet but in the most delicious way and very much worth trying out. Only 5% alc vol too, so perfect for an indulgent morning on Christmas day as you start to prepare the lunch! Elderflower on the nose and palate. Pure joy.

Manzone, Rossese Bianco, 2016, Monforte D’Alba, Barolo, Piedmont: Rare grape, sadly most of it ripped up over the last 30 years due to the rise in price and fortune of the Nebbiolo grape. 12 Months on oak. Serious white that rates highly on Mr whirls radar in terms of top end white wines that can hold the oak and deliver a wine that is improved by this process.

“ Organic’ Gruner Veltliner, 2017, Mehofer, Wagram. Top wine just imported in November 2018. Gruner is Green. Not a green wine but close, young and vibrant, the perfect Christmas morning wine whilst preparing the lunch. 11.0 % alc vol. Apples and pears with a hint of spice. A pure Organic delight.

Stefano Lubiana, Merlot 2008, Granton, Tasmania: Aged, 10 years now, and for 7 of these in Mr Whirly’s cellar. Good provenance. Decant and enjoy on Christmas day with your beef, if that’s what you are having. Rich ripe plums, tobacco and a hint of field mushroom and forest floor.

Dolcetto D’Alba, 2016, Manzone, Monforte D’Alba, ( Barolo), Piedmont, Italy: Dolcetto takes a back step to Nebbiolo, rather like the Rossese Bianco, its also been closed to extinction due to fashion. It will have its time again though, so lets Hail this wine and grape and enjoy. Soft notes, well expressed and elegant. Will work well with goose, duck on the day.

Venetica, Bonfanti, 2016, Lombardy, Italy: New in, 1st December 2018. One of the best northern italian wines I have tasted, a deliciously soft blend of red grapes like Rondinello and Corvione, the same grapes as used in Amarone. Great wine with beef if thats what you are eating over Christmas. Big and juicy yet pure and velvety.

Price: £119.00

Mr Whirly’s Christmas “Dozen”

“Nutty 2014”, English Sparkling, Nutbourne Vineyards, West Sussex: top Sparkling from vineyard next door to Nyetimber: smaller and less commercial than them and not as pricey. Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Classic Champagne grapes. Dry, crisp ad clean. Small bubbles, A delight on christmas day morning!

“ Organic’ Gruner Veltliner, 2017, Mehofer, Wagram. Top wine just imported in November 2018. Gruner is Green. Not a green wine but close, young and vibrant, the perfect Christmas morning wine whilst preparing the lunch. 11.0 % alc vol. Apples and pears with a hint of spice. A pure Organic delight.

Manzone, Rossese Bianco, 2016, Monforte D’Alba, Barolo, Piedmont: Rare grape, sadly most of it ripped up over the last 30 years due to the rise in price and fortune of the Nebbiolo grape. 12 Months on oak. Serious white that rates highly on Mr whirls radar in terms of top end white wines that can hold the oak and deliver a wine that is improved by this process.

Mehofer,  “ Organic” Roter Veltliner 2017, Mehofer,Wagram, Austria: Roter means red, Gruner is green. Richer and creamier than the gruner, lovely with a soft goats cheese or white cheese like Camembert, Brie etc.

Stefano Lubiana, Riesling 2011, Granton, Tasmania: limey fresh with hints of Petrol on the nose too. A Classic Riesling from down under, old and exciting and yet bursting with energy. Dry of course.

Graziano Chenin Blanc 2011, Mendocino, California: top end Chenin, not from the

Loure, its home but from cool climate Mendocino in Northern California. Vanilla and cream

bounce out of the glass. This wine is drinking beautifully for a 7 year old wine from California

and shows that wines of this age can be made to last and develop in the bottle over this sort of

Ripasso, Bonfanti, 2012: oh yes now we are talking. Second cousin to Amarone but in now way overshadowed. “ Ripasso” means ) “ passed through again”. This wine goes through a second fermentation using the dried skins from the Amarone winemaking. Big yet slick and fun! Beef and Yorkshire. Decant all day!

Stefano Lubiana, Merlot 2008, Granton, Tasmania: Aged, 10 years now, and for 7 of these in Mr Whirly’s cellar. Good provenance. Decant and enjoy on Christmas day with your beef, if that’s what you are having. Rich ripe plums, tobacco and a hint of field mushroom and forest floor.

Dolcetto D’Alba,  “ Le Ciliegie” Manzone, 2016, Monforte D’Alba: Dolcetto has taken a back seat to Nebbiolo which is a shame since this grape really should have more of a presence in Piedmont. Softer than Nebbiolo but with these guys at Manzone you get great quality. Soft, plums and berries, light and delicate.

Lillypilly Noble Blend 2006: Lillypilly Noble Blend 2006: Noble rot, blend of Semillon, Gewurtz, pineapple with orange blossom. Perfect  Aussie sticky with a steamed ginger pudding or something similar.  From Leeton NSW, near Griffith, the best “ Botrytis” region of Oz.

Velenosi, Visciole, NV, Marche, Italy: Old traditional way of making pudding wines in

Marche, italy. They pick cherries in late Spring and make a syrup from the grapes then add

grape juice from La Crima and Rosso Piceno grapes in September. Great freshness and acidity,

you can really taste the red cherries. Perfect with Black forest Gateau ( the wine matches perfectly

with chocolate)

 

Book Online or call me on 07821 968111

Email: simon@whirlywine.co.uk

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Autumn and Festive season wine tastings: Organic wines from the Wagram in Austria and Piedmont and Marche in Italy

Why not plan you own personalised wine tasting this Autumn and into the Festive season and utilise the expertise and individuality of your local wine shop and importer?

Organise your own wine tasting event at your local wine shop that imports all their own wines from the smaller producer.

Easy to organise:  Book online, get a group of 8-16 together for your party or event for this Autumn and Christmas. Fun and informative tastings ( not too serious don’t worry!)

What’s tasting good?

  • Autumnal wines, soft Austiran and Marche reds
  • Kick off with a lovely Nutty Sparkling from Nutbourne ( next door to Nyetimber) and then a couple of Whites from Nutbourne ( Bacchus and Chardonnay). Finish with a soft alluring ” Organic Zweigelt” from Austria and a big Syrah from Mount Barker, W. Australia. In December the focus will be on festive wines for Christmas.
  • 4-5 wines per tasting, 75ml measure and snacks for only £25.00

 

How to book?

email simon@whirlywine.co.uk then book online on the website

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Whirly wine ” Online shop” launched! New ” Organic Pinot Noir from “Ricardelle de Lautrec” just arrived; Rose and sauvignon Blanc from Chateau Molhiere from ” The Barrel” from 5th June 2018

You might have already noticed but we have just launched  the Whirly wine “ Online shop” in the last week, The aim is to have twenty wines on there that I can get to you quickly and easily ( therefore have good stock of the wines here in the shop). At the moment there is a small selection of good wines on there including the ” Organic Pinot Noir” from Ricardelle de Lautrec in the Languedoc, 2015, full of Raspberry and Strawberry summer fruits, light and subtle and great chilled too. £ 15.50 per bottle ( picture below). Also next week I will add the Rose from Chateau Molhiere that has just arrived into the UK, by the bottle as well as from the barrel, so as of the 5th June you can pop in and fill up your bottle with french country rose from Cote de Duras for only £8.70 a bottle as well as their Sauvignon Blanc 2017 too. So Whirly wines can offer you 5 wines from the barrel next week!

Please do check out the online shop and if you would like to order something let me know? Delivery is free to local postcodes and will be priced at £4.95 for other postcodes with free delivery for orders over £100.