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A Taste of Spring

Posted on: March 28, 2019

Spring is officially here. The busy Christmas rush seems like yesterday and we are delighted not to have seen the blizzard conditions we experienced in March last year. Now, our attentions have turned toward Easter and what we are going to be drinking with friends and family. 


In addition to the Meyer Fonne Cremant d’Alsace, we added to our list early last year, we have two new Cremants : the extremely classy Domaine de la Verpaille Cremant de Bourgogne and the delicously pinktastic de Chanceny Cremant de Loire. Cremant has always been a fantastic alternative to Champagne due to the same winemaking process – and so much cheaper – we love that each of these Cremants brings something different to the table with different grape varieties from their respective regions. We certainly believe they are a refreshing change to Prosecco! 

Domaine de la Verpaille wowed us late last year, so we decided to ship over the Bourgogne Chardonnay and their two Vire Clesses- the Harmonie and Longchamp. They provide excellent value for money especially compared to their more famous counterparts in Pouilly Fuisse and St Veran. 

The new Sauvignon Gris ‘Cool Coast‘ from Casa Silva is definitely worth a try with its zingy minerality, as is the GrecoJanare from Southern Italy. It is fatter and richer than the Fianoand Falanghina and works perfectly with roasted white meats, cheese and polenta. 

The wines from Bohedal are now old favourites and for Easter, theCrianza and Reserva are just spot on.  Spring lamb and Rioja is the quintessential pairing. 

Bordeaux has always been a firm favourite of ours for Sunday lunch with the family and it continues to be a popular choice for many of our customers also.  We shipped the Saint-Emilion from
Domaine Chante Alouette Cormeil 2002 just before Christmas and we love its’ complexity. It shows a miriad of spice, eucalyptus, leather and wonderful earthiness. A winner with roast beef or cheese board. 

These are just a few suggestions from our Spring offer but we are happy to help with food and wine pairing anytime. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your wine queries. 


Vine Times

Posted on: February 27, 2019


We cannot believe that we are nearing the end of February already!

There is so much going on at Fordel that it is hard to keep up at the moment. Time flies when you are busy selling wine!

Alasdair Carnie joins us in March to support the team in the office and warehouse. He comes to us as a keen Marathon runner, is a fluent French speaker and dabbled in the world of Cognac making for several years before settling back in Scotland to work in the Whisky industry. With a history like that, he is going to fit in very nicely here at de Burgh!

The Prosecco bubble is at last beginning to burst and Cremant is becoming a thing again and justly so. In February 2018, we did not have even have one on our list and now we have three – with a view to potentially listing more! The Meyer Fonne was the first Cremant we took on and were very impressed with the oodles of flavour and silky soft finish. The Bourgogne Blancs de Blancs from Verpaille is toasty and yeasty, whilst the de Chanceney Rose from the Loire is packed full of crunchy summer pudding fruit and looks super too. What’s not to love…

The new wines from Domaine de la Verpaille in Burgundy have just arrived at Fordel. Will and Christine found this lovely little estate on their way back from holidaying in France. They are rich, classy and we like to think, fantastic value too. The wines aren’t bad either!

Fordel Mains Estate

We also have a brace of organics from Bodegas la Purisima in Yecla, Spain. A Macabeo and Monastrel, both of which are great value, juicy and tasty. We are really looking forward to  hearing your feedback on them.

We are now gearing up for Spring and planning our Spring Offer along with another photo shoot to get your mouths watering. If you are not already subscribed to our mailing list then follow the link to sign up to avoid missing out on upcoming Spring and Summer offers!

This is just a snippet of what we have been we have been up to since the turn of the year. We can guarantee that there is much more in the pipeline….

Let’s hope that the sun shines again this summer!


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