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Mixed Cases

Posted on: May 27, 2020
Mixed Cases

I love my wife, she’s perfect to me. We don’t fall out much. Any argument is normally child related. Parents will understand how children can push those buttons and in today’s world it’s “uncool” to offload a volcano full of rage on to your children so it normally gets unloaded onto your significant other. To the non-parents out there, I exaggerate, the joy they bring will far outweigh the pain and stress they cause.  Parents – I think they bought that, haha!

Don’t get me wrong, my wife has some flaws.

Weekly “mini heated discussions” centre on Christine’s terrible fridge organisational skills. How many times have I scooped a rotten cucumber out of the fridge which is buried beneath, you guessed it, a fresh already half eaten cucumber. Many years ago I watched my wife take out of the fridge a container of leftover something. She opened it, saw the mould, sniffed it to confirm and then replaced the lid and put it back into the fridge. Yes, you read that correctly. She put it back into the fridge. It’s not a fine Burgundy going through a closed down phase. It’s not going to emerge next week as a butterfly love!

Then there’s the hoarding of clothes. Cupboards & drawers overflowing, extra cupboards rammed to the gunnels, vacuum packed bags under the bed, the spare bed and stacked in the attic. Winter clothes, summer clothes, holiday clothes, special occasion clothes, memorable clothes. They’re all there. It’s not that my wife buys excessive amounts of clothes. It’s that she never throws any away. She still firmly believes that her French Connection denim jacket from 1995 will be needed at some point in the next 30 years? I’m regularly told that we need more storage space. “No darling, you need less stuff

The latest niggle in the making, centres around the biscuit tin. I’ve long been a fan of buying different types of biscuits, opening the packet and tipping them all into the tin. It creates a wonderfully complex and interesting mixed crumb at the bottom of the tin. It’s important that you have a coconut based biscuit in there for texture and to bring it all together. All my life I’ve enjoyed, as a special treat, a mouthful of the exquisite bottom of the biscuit tin mix. The wife doesn’t like this. She wants the packets on, sealed preferably with one of those plastic clips. Two biscuit tins looks like the only solution, but that would require more storage!

The one consistent argument we have is around what to have for dinner. Now granted, Christine does the lion’s share of the cooking and shopping. Not because I operate a 70’s style household, it’s just the way our work pattern used to fall. (Damn you Coronavirus Lockdown).

I would dread that 11am text message “What do you want for dinner” or the end of a phone call “Have you thought about what you want for dinner?” After 15 years you would have thought that she’d gotten the message that I’ll eat almost anything. The house is full of idle cookbooks with their own special storage unit. The internet is awash with recipes and you don’t have to wait long to find a cooking program on regular TV. Why am I getting asked this daily question? You did the shopping, you know what you bought?

We are all bombarded with options yet we can’t decide. We’re faced with endless possibilities, yet we tend to have the same things week in, week out. Choice and variety is fantastic. Trying new things is part of keeping life interesting but at the same time you need the comfort of what you know and love. I know this is the same problem many of you face when picking wine which is why we have put together a selection of pre-mixed cases in order to take some of the stress out of picking wine and hopefully reduce the need for any “mini heated discussions” during these stressful times. Now, I should probably go back to dodging my wife’s questions, regarding dinner and storage space and do some work, thinking up more mixed cases for our customers!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on any pre-mixed cases you’d like to see us offer?

SHOP MIXED CASES HERE

Wine Times

Posted on: May 21, 2020

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Hello! We hope this e-mail find you safe and well. We wanted to check in with you all, to assure you, that we are all keeping safe and running a tight ship here at de Burgh HQ. We are operating the office/warehouse with half of the team but we are still successfully delivering and processing orders. We are managing to get your wine to you within three days but many of you are receiving deliveries the next day!  Hopefully wine is helping during these endless lockdown days..


Our mixed cases have been SO popular of late, so we added more! Go to our online shop to have a look. Cases start from £89.88 with our Everyday Case.

NEW to Mixed Cases!

Each month we’re going to put together a special promotional case which will feature a selection of wines which are drinking especially well right now. These are the wines we are loving and recommending this month. There will be a couple of special parcel wines which are in limited supply and we’ll be thinking about the time of year so the wines will fit in with seasonal produce. We appreciate everyone’s social calendar is rather empty at the moment, but hopefully the BBQ will be getting dusted off this month and there will be a chance of some warmer weather in May which will require fresher, crisper whites and some smoky reds to go will grilled meats. Check out our MAY mixed case whilst it is still on…

We have also added an Organic Case to the range. This an absolutely fantastic case which features all of the team’s favourites. 


Bigger really is better…. Wine ages much better in magnum than it does in bottle.This is because, while there’s much more wine in a magnum, the amount of oxygen that gets trapped between the wine and the cork is about the same. Less oxygen means the wine oxidises about one and a half to two times slower than in a regular bottle, thereby retaining more flavor and nuance. The same conditions make magnums perfect for storing wine; the wine itself will be fresher and more youthful for much longer than it would be in a traditional bottle. Also, it just looks cool. 

If Magnums are just a bit too much for you, we have added our half bottle range on to the website. We have a small selection of classic wine and Champagne halves. We always like to have them in stock in case you decide to have small glass of something lovely on a Monday lunchtime rather than open a full bottle!  
 <<BROWSE HALVES>>


Our ‘Recommend A Friend’ scheme is still running and proving very popular. It is really easy. If a friend/family member of yours places an order using this code – QR0KQN7PNEE0 (go to ‘redeem your code’ in the checkout and enter the code) –   they will receive £15 off and free delivery on an order over £100. Once they have placed their order, we will send you a code for exactly the same off your next order. To ensure you receive the discount code, all your friend needs to do is to mention your name in the comments box on their order. 

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We always have in stock, a mixed bag of small parcels of wine that are pretty much one offs. Some are from producers that have allocations and we can only get a certain amounts of, some are older vintages that we have kept back, some have got lost at the back of the warehouse and just been found! Others have been offered to us at a price too good to turn down or are discontinued wines that for whatever reason have just not sold as well as we had hoped. Whatever the reason, there is a mix of wines there that offer fantastic joy and something a little different.

<<Discover our Special Parcels here>>


ONE LAST THING…

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We LOVE seeing your photographs, stories and comments about our wines on social media. We have extended the WIN A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE COMPETITION till the end of lockdown. The best photo will win a bottle of Champagne, so please do not forget to tag us!

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Go Big…Or Small

Posted on: May 20, 2020
Why Magnums?  

Bigger really is better…. Wine ages much better in magnum than it does in bottle.This is because, while there’s much more wine in a magnum, the amount of oxygen that gets trapped between the wine and the cork is about the same. Less oxygen means the wine oxidises about one and a half to two times slower than in a regular bottle, thereby retaining more flavor and nuance. The same conditions make magnums perfect for storing wine; the wine itself will be fresher and more youthful for much longer than it would be in a traditional bottle. Also, it just looks cool. Lockdown party anyone?
 


If Magnums are just a bit too much for you, then we have just loaded our half bottle range on to the website. We have a good selection if you would prefer to have small glass of something lovely on a Monday lunchtime rather than open a full bottle!  
 <<Browse Halves>>
Social Share
We LOVE seeing your photographs, stories and comments about our wines on social media. We have extended the WIN A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE COMPETITION till the end of lockdown. The best photo will win a bottle of Champagne, so please do not forget to tag us!

@deburghwine – Facebook
@deburghwine – Instagram
@deBurghwines – Twitter

Tasting Notes

Posted on: May 16, 2020
The right kind of tasting note?

Tasting Notes

I had one of those uncontrollable guffaw laughter moments earlier in the week. You know the ones that take you by surprise. The ones that are triggered by something that isn’t meant to be funny, but hits you so hard it makes you eject all sorts of bodily fluids from several orifices at the same time. It reminded me of the legendary sketch by Billy Connolly from the mid 90’s. The one where he suffered the same fate in a restaurant after reading a menu that offered “Potatoes of the night”.

My “Potatoes of the night” moment started whilst reading an email from another merchant offering me a Bourgogne Blanc for the “bargain” price of £26.95. This in itself was enough to make me chuckle. My chuckle quickly changed to amusement when it was revealed that this “bargain” price was discounted from £29.95. The amusement escalated to laughter as the email went on to justify how this qualified as a “Bargain”. Not tried the wine, the email might be right, but I can guarantee you the laughter from the Domaine owner would be described as “Glee” as he slipped into his Maserati on route to his two month holiday in Provence.

It was however, when I read the tasting note that my body started to eject fluids and snort with laughter in a Phil and Holly, after a Gino D’Acampo innuendo, faux pas fashion. There in the tasting note, amongst the usual, repetitive, cut and paste wine merchant predictable descriptions was, “Delicate Straw”.

Now, “delicate straw” on its own is bizarre enough. Does delicate straw taste different to a cruder straw? When was the last time you tasted straw? Was the straw note just delicate, ie not pungent straw just a faint whiff of straw? So many questions?

Truth is, the belly splitting laughter really happened because this was not my first encounter with the description “Straw”. Some years ago when I was doing my WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) diploma, I fondly remember a humorous class discussion about tasting descriptions which the WSET had outlawed due to their vagueness. Describing a wines colour as brick red was no longer acceptable due to bricks now being available in a variety of shades of red. This was no longer the mid 60’s when Britain had one standard red brick, this was the noughties, peak New Labour and the rise of political correctness, where we had to accept other shades of bricks and not the classic 1930’s semi-detached shade of red brick. This all-inclusive approach also lead to the binning of “Straw yellow” as a description of white wine. Apparently no one could decide on the exact shade of yellow for straw so it was banned. Thing was, I’m a country boy. I’m quite the expert in country smells and colours and have warm memories of climbing through sheds full of hay bales. I could sniff out a delicate hint of straw or point to the correct shade of straw yellow no problem. I felt disadvantaged as a Scottish country boy that my expert view on straw was put into question whilst my wife, who grew up in a variety of tropical counties, never had the same issue with tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, guava and starfruit. Surely a pineapple expert could tell you the different between the smell of a Hawaiian pineapple and a Philippian pineapple? But in wine tasting terms they were all lumped together as being the same, in a very non PC way.

I’ll be honest, writing tasting notes is a very hard thing to do. It’s a real skill to be able to put into words what you’re tasting without sounding like a massive pretentious knob. It’s even harder to make it sound interesting and engaging for the consumer. It’s even harder to make wines sound like they are unique.  When you taste lots of wines, they do taste slightly different but the tasting notes for two wines you know taste different often sound very similar.

Tasting notes are so personal that they should be used as a nice guide rather than an exact description of the wine. You really need to taste it yourself and decide. You won’t read many negative tasting note of a wine, most are being written with the intent of selling the wine!  Why do you need a tasting note for a wine that costs £100, surely its excellent? Regrettably the golden days of Jilly Goolden’s wonderful descriptions have gone but I thought I’d try and bring them back with one of my own. Just for clarity I am the man who upset a major national importer by describing two of their wines as “fag ash” and “Tuna fish”

Rioja Crianza Bodegas Bohedal 2016 Rioja, Spain £9.99

As the cork left the bottle a shiver slipped down my spine. My knee buckled and leg juddered as the excitement became too much from the all too familiar “Pop” of the cork. My elbows rested on the kitchen counter as I took a moment to catch my breath. Kay Adams was just handing over to John Beattie on the wireless. It was pm and acceptable. The warm Scarlett red liquid sloshed around the glass. It was a vibrant, bright and inviting shade of red. “Salsa” on the Dulux colour chart or “Wild Poppy” Luxe Shine Bobby Brown lipstick for the ladies out there. The warm glow of the dark red berry fruit filled my nasal passage before exploding in my mouth with a dizzying array of flavours. Wild strawberry (Not pre picked plastic wrapped), boysenberries, black raspberries and Mulberry all danced in perfect harmony as the sweet coconut and vanilla of the oak come through. The balance of fruit and oak was akin to Torvill and Dean in their prime. A wonderful accompaniment to Shawarma spiced, four day marinated braised leg of Scottish lamb, roasted fillet of Kobe beef, grasshopper tacos or left over pizza.

So, the question is, can anyone do better? We would love to see your tasting notes. Good, Bad and Ugly!!

Mixed Cases

Posted on: May 4, 2020
A fantastic selection of Mixed Cases

Our mixed cases have been SO popular of late, so we added more! Go to our online shop to have a look. Cases start from £89.88 with our Everyday Case.

NEW to Mixed Cases!

Each month we’re going to put together a special promotional case which will feature a selection of wines which are drinking especially well right now. These are the wines we are loving and recommending this month. There will be a couple of special parcel wines which are in limited supply and we’ll be thinking about the time of year so the wines will fit in with seasonal produce and what might be going on in your social calendar right now. We appreciate everyone’s social calendar is rather empty at the moment, but hopefully the BBQ will be getting dusted off this month and there will be a chance of some warmer weather in May which will require fresher, crisper whites and some smoky reds to go will grilled meats. Check out our MAY mixed case

As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are happy to answer wine queries and food/wine matching recommendations. Call us – 01875 595 100 or e-mail orders@de-burgh.com

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