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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.

Happy New Year!!!

31 Dec

Happy new year to all!

 Blwyddyn newydd dda!

We are open until 9pm tonight.

We thank you all for the support!
Have a safe and fruitful new year.
We will be back on 06/01/2015.


Join the Gang!

21 Sep

At The Bottle Shops things have been changing, expanding and growing. Not long ago we opened a 2nd Store in Penarth which means theres loads going on!

So, we’re looking for cool cats to join the team. As we are a small growing business there is a huge variety of things to do and get involved with so this is in an open invitation if you;

Like – Wine, Beer, Flavours, Old Blues Records, Dogs, Cats, Food, Discussions That Go On For Too Long, Cake.

Dislike – Wine Snobs, Chart Music, Branded Drinks, Not Talking To Customers

Send us a CV and Covering Letter telling us a bit about you and how you think you can help us – we will get in touch.

[email protected] 

F.A.O Watson
C/o The Bottle Shop
4 Pen y Lan Road
CF24 3PF

Wine Tasting in Penarth Tonight, 7pm

22 Aug

bergaracbergerac blHey hey wine fans!

Got a bit of a treat for you tonight. We’ve got Gilbert from Viader Vintners coming down with some of his awesome wines to do a vertical tasting. For those of you not entirely sure what that means, basically we take a couple of wines from the same producer and vineyards and open a bottle from different years. It’s a great opportunity to see how bottle age affects a wine and how flavours develop and change over the years.

The wines that Gilbert is bringing tonight are both from the same producer in Bergerac, on the Dordogne. We’ve got 3 different vintages for each and if you want to know more about the wines come along at 7pm tonight to the Penarth Shop.

See you there,


Cidre tasting in Penarth

15 Jul

As you may have guessed from the very subtle title above we are having a cidre tasting in Penarth tomorrow. The guys from Breton Corner are going to be in Foxy’s Deli during the day with loads of delicious produce from just over the channel. Then at 5 they are going to wander over the road to us and crack open some of their awesome cidre. If you’ve not tried Breton Cidre before, it’s really worth a visit. The flavour is a different style what we make over here. Breton cidre has a grassyness that just reminds you of lush rolling fields with cows chewing the cud on a beautiful day in August. You’re sat on a stile with a handful of crusty baguette oozing with mature camembert in one hand a stoneware jug of cidre in the other, staring wistfully out towards the horizon.

Sorry got a bit carried away there, so tomorrow 5pm onwards, free booze.