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Summer Offer

Posted on: August 14, 2020
What a Summer we are having!

As many of you are still enjoying the holidays AND the sun, we thought we should remind you that our Summer Offer – see below – is still on and valid till the end of August. 
We have a great selection of  
Summer Favourites to choose from or why not let us choose and try one of our 
Mixed Cases?

Don’t forget to use the code below on your next order. The code can been redeemed in the checkout page just before payment. 
See here if you need help with this. 



Monthly Mixed Case- August

August’s mixed case is all about super dry fresh whites and soft mellow reds. It’s a month for relaxing, unwinding and forgetting about all your troubles. Nothing too fussy or complicated here just 6 wines that are filled with pure pleasure. The Chablis should provide a wee treat and is perfect with shell fish or as a stimulating aperitif whilst the Falerio and Macabeo both provide a bit of Mediterranean (Or Adriatic to be more precise) joy! All three of the reds are low tannin and super silky with easy going soft bramble fruits.

S H O P  T H E  A U G U S T  C A S E


In other news…

We are in the very glossy Scottish Field this month, highlighting the company and our journey through lockdown…
Have a read HERE


Ingrid Groiss at de Burgh

Posted on: July 9, 2020
Ingrid Groiss

Ingrid and Weinviertal
 Weinviertal or “wine quarter”, is Austria’s largest wine region. It is situated at the far northeastern part of Austria, bordering the Czech Republic in the north and Slovakia to the east. It is a beautiful area with neat villages and picture postcard vineyards. It is also known for the hundreds of metres of cellars that run underground called “Kellergrassen”. The region’s most famous grape variety – Gruner Veltliner is king here and is characterized by its zesty flavours, delicate aromas and tart acidity. 

After a slightly dodgy wine scandal (it’s worth a google if you don’t know the story) in the 80’s, Austria has seemingly recovered fully because it is now one of the most exciting wine producing countries in the world.  

Ingrid Groiss describes herself as passionate, emotional and determined. It pretty much says it all about Ingrid and are the sort of character traits we would expect to find in a young wine maker, who modernised their parent’s winery. Having lived the corporate life with Coca-Cola in her younger years, Ingrid returned to her wine making roots in Weinviertel and set about producing fantastic wines from the vineyards her Grandmother had planted some 50 years ago. Ingrid’s wines have a great purity to them and the complexity of her Gruner Veltliners are quite amazing. The wines are all certified organic since the 2019 vintage and they get better with every vintage. We are all such big fans of Ingrid and her wines. It’s a real pleasure being an importer and supplier of such a dynamic winemaker. 

Groiss Weinviertel Gruner Veltliner

Fantastic value Austrian Gruner Veltliner from Ingrid Groiss which should really be savoured but is far too drinkable. From Weinviertel this is a zippy, crisp, refreshing and aromatic wine with apple blossom, pear and quince flavours and wrapped around a lovely citric core. Beautifully pure on the finish and showing those characteristic white pepper and herbal notes. 

was £13.49 NOW £11.75


Groiss Rose Ried Hasenhaide

Hasenhaide means “garden of the hares” which is the name of the vineyard that Ingrid Groiss’s sublime Rose comes from. The wine is a blend of Pinot Noir & Zweigelt. We love the delicate salmon pink and seductive nose of fresh strawberries and ripe cherries. The juicy fruit on the palate marries beautifully with a stony minerality that gives the wine great freshness. It goes without saying that we are massive fans of Ingrid and her wines and we are so pleased to bring the Rose into our ever growing range.

was £14.99NOW £12.99


Gemischter Satz is a traditional Austrian wine that is made from a field blend of numerous different grape varieties all grown together in a single vineyard. In a world where single varietals rule supreme, this is the blend to end all other blends. The result is one of the most refreshing and delightful wines we’ve tried. It’s effortlessly brilliant and proves that variety and a little bit of everything really is the spice of life. Click here to find out more info on the grape varieties…

 was £14.99 NOW £12.99


A 100% Gruner Veltliner which comes from a single vineyard called ‘In der Schablau’ which is made up of 50 year old vines on a limestone rich, conglomerate soil. The wine has immense depth of flavour and an effortless, elegant feel to it. The nose is complex and has a mixture of citrus fruits, pears, quince, tobacco and grapefruit. On the palate it is tight and powerful with lively acidity and elegant spiciness that keeps going through a long finish. Aged for 11 months on its lees.

was £19.75 NOW £17.99


Magical wine made from 100% Gruner Veltliner in the ‘Pankraz’ vineyard which is made up of sand, marl lime and conglomerate soils. 70% of the grapes are gently pressed without stems and fermented with natural yeasts. The remaining 30% of the grapes are destemmed but remain whole and are fermented in old 500 litre Austrian oak barrels. The wine is then aged for 11 months on its lees. The result is quite remarkable with a complex nose, herby, grapefruit and peachy flavours. It has a moreish and mouth-watering acidity with citrus and white flower notes. Can be drunk with roasted or braised white meats as well as spicy dishes. Really top stuff.

was £25.99 NOW £23.99

ONE LAST THING

A little thanks from us... We have been bowled over by our customers recently. We appreciate all of your kind words, orders and pictures on social channels. As with every business, we have had to adapt and change how we work day to day, but we have to admit, it’s been fun! To thank you for your continuing support we are offering two different discounts to use on what you like, when you like through July…
N.B. If you need help with where to put the discount code, please see here.

Summer at de Burgh 2020

Posted on: July 3, 2020
Wines for Summer

 The schools have broken up at last and this is the time when many of us like to stock up on wine for the summer holidays and social gatherings. Although this summer looks somewhat different, we should make the most of it. With lockdown easing, we hope you are able to share a glass of wine with friends and family over the coming weeks.
 



 A little thanks from us

We have been bowled over by our customers recently. We appreciate all of your kind words, orders and pictures on social channels. As with every business, we have had to adapt and change how we work day to day, but we have to admit, it’s been fun! To thank you for your continuing support we are offering two different discounts to use on what you like, when you like through July…

N.B. If you need help with where to put the discount code, please see here.

WAS £137.88 |  NOW £120.88
July’s Mixed Case is out now! Some new and exciting wines this month, including a Bordeaux Rose and a natural red from the Haut Corbieres. Try it before it goes….

MEET THE TEAM

 Hello! For those of you who don’t know us, we thought we should show our faces – you can click here for our info. We are a small close knit team with amazing individuals, but first and foremost we all LOVE wine! 
We hope to meet you out and about on deliveries, future wine tastings and wine dinners in the near future!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
E-mail : orders@de-burgh.com
Phone: 01875 595 100

Scotsman Offer

Posted on: June 17, 2020
Seafood Platter and Wine. Go to www.de-burgh.com/shop for more
Scotsman 15
Tarquin de Burgh

Over the next few weeks, we will be collaborating with The Scotsman to promote our company and wines to those who have not already discovered us. We are offering Scotsman readers £15 off on all orders over £100. We also wanted to extend the offer to our existing customers. Some of you have stuck with us since we started de Burgh 7 years ago!  Life can be pretty uncertain at the moment, but we can be consistent in providing great service and amazing wines for our customers.

Thank you for your continued support. You can read the article  HERE

Will Nicolson

You can read the article  HERE To redeem the offer, please enter this code –  SCOTSMAN15 – into the ‘redeem discount code’ section just before checkout.
If you need help with this, click here.

**Offer expires 26th July**


Father’s Day Gift Ideas

There is still time to order something for Dad or Grandad!

We have plenty to choose from for Father’s Day this year. Whether you are looking for a Magnum, a bottle of Fine Wine, a Mixed Case – there are 12 to choose from – or some BBQ favourites, why not treat him?!
 Alternatively, if he would prefer a gift voucher rather than something specific then you can send an e-voucher.

 



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We love seeing pictures of you drinking our wines, food/wine pairings and what you are up to. Please don’t forget to tag us on social media!

Pink!

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Commonly referred to as ‘Pink Sunshine Wine’, Rose does not necessarily need to be drunk outside, in the sun and only in Summer. However, we are creatures of habit and it seems a rite of passage to stock up on Rose when the weather is a bit warmer. We have four new Roses to the range that deserve a mention….


Chateau La Verriere,
2019  Bordeaux Rose

Chateau La Verriere is an excellent family run estate, situated to the east of Bordeaux. We have been so happy with the Verriere Blanc and Rouge, we felt that it would be rude not to get the Rose in for summer. 
This is one of the stand out Roses for us in 2020. Delicious with ripe red summer fruit berry notes, lots of texture and priced a lot more favourably than Provencal equivalents.£11.99 

Elixir by Bruno Andreu, 2019  Languedoc Rose

Elixir from the Languedoc is winemaker Bruno Andreu’s ‘savoir faire’ and akin to those on trend Provencal Rose wines with equally glamorous names. Even though light in style, It is made from 100% Syrah which gives the wine a fuller flavour intensity than some Rose wines.
With delicious summer fruit flavours and an ‘Insta’ worthy bottle, we are sure it will be popular over the Summer months. £12.99



Ingrid Groiss Rosé,Ried Hasenhaide 2019 BIO

Hasenhaide means “garden of the hares”- which is where the grapes are grown. This Rose is a blend of Pinot Noir & Zweigelt. We love the delicate salmon pink with a nose of fresh strawberries and ripe cherries. The juicy fruit on the palate marries beautifully with a stony minerality. It goes without saying that we are massive fans of Ingrid and her wines and we are so pleased to bring the Rose into our ever growing range. £12.99

Pfluger Blanc de Noir
2019, Palatinate BIO

This Blanc de Noirs (Pinot Noir Rose) from Pflüger is situated in the German Southwestern, Palatinate region. The grapes come from biodynamic cultivation in different vineyards which Alex Pflüger then carefully blends together to create a perfectly balanced Rose. It is delicate and fragrant with aromas of quince and mirabelle plums, juicy, vital and at the same time light on the palate. £13.99

June Mixed Case

Posted on: June 3, 2020
June Mixed Case

Each month we will be putting 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 limited at the moment, but hopefully BBQ season will continue this month and the warmer weather will stay a bit longer .

<<Check out our June mixed case>>


If there are any mixed cases you would like to see/try, then please do not hesitate to get in touch! E-mail us – orders@de-burgh.com or call us – 01876 595 100

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

UK WIDE DELIVERY
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…

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
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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!!

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