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Our Christmas Wine Tasting

15 Nov

It has been a while, but we have been busy this year, very busy……

… so busy exploring the wine regions of the world, hosting tastings, buying awesome products and winning awards that we did not even notice that the festive season has crept up and is fast approaching once more!

To help you (and us) prepare, we have put together a fantastic tasting of 20 wines from across the globe. Some for glugging, some for celebrating and some with a certain meal in mind.

Come Join Us

Come Join Us

The event starts at 7pm on Thursday 1st December in our Penarth store. Tickets are £15 each.

In case you get a bit peckish, the lovely guys at Pizza Pronto will be providing a delivery service all night.

Please drop in to one of our stores or call us to order your tickets.
Our last event sold out so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

Xmas Opening Hours

12 Dec

Dear Friends

Please be aware about our Opening Hours during the Festive period:

21/12 – 23/12/2015: 11am – 9pm

24/12/2015: 11am – 5pm

25/12 – 28/12/2015: Closed

29/12 – 30/12/2015: 12pm – 9pm

31/12/2015: 11am – 9pm

01/01 – 06/01/2016: Closed

07/01/2016 – Back to normal hours.

Sunday Sessions Roath 12/07/2015

18 Jul

Dear Friends

A very big thank you for those who popped in last Sunday for the tasting.
Here are some notes about the wines we tried:

Ibis £8.99 – a pink frizzante prosecco, delicate and food versatile. Medium dry with strawberry & raspberry notes. Very easy drinking and delicious in a sunny day.

Brookford Chardonnay/Semillon £7.49 – This unusual blend comes from Australia, delivering delicious fresh peach and melon notes on the palate. Medium body and ideal to go with grilled sea bass.

A-mano Bianco £9.99 – Made from 60% Fiano, 30% Falanghina and 10% Verdeca grapes, It is fresh and a delightful aperitif. A perfect match for seafood, chicken and salads, we adore it in spring with asparagus and in the summer with a fresh pasta like spinach ravioli.

Vina Barredero £11.99 –*** Star Wine of the day*** Made from the Zalema grape and coming from the far south west of spain in the region of Huelva.This wine has a bright straw coloured appearance,aromas of white peach and pineapple with hints of wild herbs.A refreshing drink with bags of citrus flavours. Serve between 8-10ºC.

Montes Pinot Noir £9.99 -A truly Chilean hero. Very fruity with aromas of raspberries, strawberries, and cherries along with a floral touch a bit of well-integrated oak that lends complexity. The light-bodied palate is delicate and fresh with soft and silky tannins and excellent acidity. The red fruit reappears along with a touch of anise and the finish is perfumed and fresh with good balance.

Latium Valpolicella £11.99 – *** Highly commended*** Made from a blend of Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta, Croatina, this Valpolicella it is of pleasant olfactory impact, notes of red berry fruit on the palate, soft and easy to drink. A good integration among the various flavours, dominating red fruits and a hint of dark-cherries.


Sunday Sessions – Roath 28/06/15 – Tasting Notes

28 Jun


Big thanks to all that came and made the 1st of hopefully many Sunday Sessions an enjoyable day and hopefully engaging and worthwhile experience for you guys the customers : )
And if you didn’t come – well you missed out! Though we will be tasting every Sunday alternating Roath / Penarth – so Next week Penarth 🙂
Each week I will post a list of wines we tried and some quick notes so the more researchy of you can take a grander and kinda get the idea.

Quinta do Patrimonio – Gwin Vinho Verdes (Portugal) £8.99
From the last few bottles of previous vintage (current bottling imminent) so the usual “spritz”, and acidity associated with VV is not too pronounced, whilst this makes the wine thicker through the palate the wine still has a fresh summery taste, that because of the lower acidity holds in the mouth that bit longer. Will be interesting to see how the new vintage compares.

Borgo Selene – Bianco (Sicily) £7.99
50/50 Catarratto, Inzolia blend delicate but zesty citrus fruits on both the nose and the palate, crisp and dry on the finish but with a good minerality that belays its price tag – excellent value.
Vida Organica – Torrontes (Argentina) £10.49
More delicate than our “other” torrontes in the shop, nice soft stone fruits on the palate, clean and fresh if more subtle than alternatives- nice weight in the palate and all round pleasing mouth feel. Perfumed and versatile.
Ciu Ciu – Bacchus (Marche, Italy) £9.99 *** STAR WINE ***
Sangiovese and Montepulciano from Piceno. Organic and vegan certified this wine screams of terroir with rich earthy notes under full juicy raisiny fruits – all with a medium to light body. The clarity and freshness of this wine blows me away (one of my fav current wines)
Les Volcans – Syrah (France) £12.99 *** Highly Commended ***
From the volcanic Auvergne region (just south of Loire) this wine comes from the slopes of Puy-de-Dome the highest peak in the region. The altitude really shows, giving minerality and a pepperyness on the palate and super-duper length on the finish all whilst remaining fresh and elegant. A real class act.
Familia Schroder – Deseado Sparkling Torrontes (Patagonia) £13.99
Charmat method fizz that is off dry and has a full fruitiness and creaminess that fills the palate, good minerality makes this a great post tasting cleanser or a good match for goats cheese, perhaps a great alternative to all the “dry” fizz out there.


26 Nov

Winyl 28th


(Wine and Vinyl …see what we did there)


This Friday (28th Nov) in our PENARTH Shop we will be hosting the AMC (Analogue Music Club) for our 2nd Winyl night.

Those who frequent the shops will know we like our records and we like our wine, so combining the 2 seems to fit nicely.

How it works? – Well the nice chaps at the AMC setup 2 turntables in the shop and will play a selection of records, requests and stuff that people bring along.So you can just come hang out and listen to other peoples collection or dig out your old picture discs and get them some airtime!!!

Nibbles will be provided by the good people at Foxys deli and 0ur On License means that you can also buy drinks to consume on the premesis should you wish!

Winyl with the AMC
@ The Bottle Shop PENARTH
Station Approach (next to Penarth Station)
Penarth CF64 3EE
Friday 28th Nov 6-9pm