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Come for a Glass, Leave with a Bottle – By the Glass Sales in Kew!

10 August 2017 by Alex

Open Sign

Keen-eyed visitors to our Kew shop may have noticed we started selling wines by the glass in-store for a few weeks ago. The feedback from all our customers has been extremely positive, and we are pleased to announce the official launch of our drink-in wine experience in Kew!

Having added new furniture and undergone extensive refurbishment, we are now fully up and running to provide wonderful wines and nibbles for you to enjoy within the walls of our shop! Our menu will offer a variety of red and white wines by the glass, as well as rosé, and sparkling wines. We will regularly rotate these wines with the seasons, and will focus on wines from across our range, including some of the exciting producers we work with directly.

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Our new in store look

In addition to the wines by the glass, you can also enjoy any bottle from our shelves at regular retail price, plus a small corkage fee of only £10.  

So whether you are thirsty for one of our great value ‘Everyday Wines’ or prefer to pop the cork on one of the most rare and exclusive fine wines, there are now hundreds of wines available for you to choose from at great prices you won’t find anywhere else in London!

Alongside your wine, you can enjoy a varied selection of snacks and platters including: marinated olives, roasted salted almonds, parmigiano chunks, and platters of artisanal italian charcuterie and cheeses.

We hope you can join us in our newly refurbished store for a glass – or bottle – of something special soon!

Producer Profile: the Champagnes of Marie Courtin

30 June 2017 by Alex

This month as part of our Grower Champagne Month celebrations, we were lucky enough to taste the full range of Marie Courtin Champagnes. This small Champagne producer is owned and run by Dominique Moreau, granddaughter of Marie Courtin who tended the vines herself when the men in the family were fighting in World War I, while many other families abandoned their vines altogether.

Dominique farms a tiny 2.5ha in the village of Polisot in the Cotes des Bar region of Champagne. After many years of being somewhat overlooked, these southerly terroirs (Polisot is closer to Chablis than to Reims, for example) are home to some of the most exciting Champagne growers of all. The Marie Courtin vineyards are planted almost entirely to Pinot Noir, with a miniscule 0.5ha of Chardonnay. The vines are farmed according to fully organic and biodynamic principles, an approach which – although on the rise – is still very rare in the region. The philosophy here has always been ‘one grape variety, one vineyard, one vintage’, in stark contrast to the emphasis placed on blending by the vast majority of producers in the region. The yields are kept very low in order to ensure perfectly ripe fruit and Dominque adds no sugar at bottling – all the Champagnes are Extra Brut.

These wines have a pure and uniquely vibrant character which has to be tasted to be truly understood and bear little relation to the mass-produced, heavily worked Champagnes one often encounters.

Marie Courtin Bottles

Resonance

From a vineyard with younger vines, this Pinot Noir is full of sweet spice character and bruised apples. The tension between generous texture, laser-like acidity, and stoney minerality creates an extremely moreish yet cerebral Champagne.

Eloquence

100% Chardonnay from Dominique’s tiny parcel. This shows more delicate structure than the Pinot-based wines, and some slightly more exotic notes of ginger. Driven by ripe green apples and citrus fruit, there is a refreshing, chalky texture here.

Efflorescence

Efflorescence is in many ways the flagship cuvee here. This is made from Pinot Noir vines that are around 40 years of age. Smoky and intensely flavoured, Efflorescence shows an intense red fruit character that is reinforced by the fuller body of the wine. The breadth of flavours and aromas here is impressive.

Concordance

Concordance is made from a special selection of grapes from the same vineyard as Efflorescence, and uses no additions of Sulphur at any point in the winemaking process. There is a real ethereal quality here, which is somehow more intense aromatically than the Efflorescence but also more elegantly structured on the palate. The same could be said about all the Champagnes from this address, but Concordance really feels like a living, breathing organism, changing slightly with every sip!

Grower Champagne Showcase in Chiswick

16 June 2017 by Alex

Grower Champagne Month

As you will have noticed, Grower Champagne Month is in full swing across London, and in our shops! We have had winemakers in store pouring their wines and a flood of new Champagnes hitting the shelves to add to the excitement.

If you were around in Chiswick during last year’s Grower Champagne Month, you probably heard about, or were among the many who attended, our First Annual Grower Champagne Showcase tasting.  We had an overwhelming turnout of wine lovers who came to revisit favourites, as well as friends who were certain they didn’t even like Champagne.  I am so happy we were able to deliver pleasant surprises for both groups, and to show that Champagne has a broad and diverse range of styles for almost any palate.  This year we want to inspire the same kind of wine discoveries for you. Whether you are a seasoned Champagne collector, convinced fizzy stuff isn’t to your tastes, or enthusiastically somewhere in the middle; this tasting is full of excitement for anyone.

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For the past 11 months I have laid awake at night pondering how we could make this year’s tasting even bigger and better.  Thankfully, our generous growers and partners were up to the challenge! Together we have crafted an unforgettable lineup of Champagnes for this year’s showcase. This is your perfect chance to taste some of the most exciting wines being produced anywhere in the world today.  Some of these wines are the best kept secrets in Champagne, and rarely cracked open for such events, so don’t miss the rare opportunity to taste them!

Chiswick’s Big Grower Champagne Showcase! – £20 per person
Saturday, June 24th (1st Session 1-4pm, 2nd Session 4-8pm)
RSVP: Chiswick@thegoodwineshop.co.uk  or Call 020 8994 8184

Here are a few of the amazing growers whose wines will be on show throughout the day.  To learn a bit more about each producer click here to visit the “Meet the Growers” section of www.drinkgrowerchampagne.co.uk:

Agrapart Pere et Fils
Bereche et Fils
Laherte Freres
Marie Courtin
Hubert Paulet
Varnier-Fanniere
Charles Dufour
David Leclapart
Chartogne-Taillet
Frederic Savart
Benoit Dehu
Alexandre Filaine
Andre Beaufort
De Sousa
Eric Rodez
Jacquesson
And More…

To ensure everyone has ample space to taste comfortably we have decided to split the event into two separate sessions. You have the choice to attend the tasting between 1pm-4pm or 4pm-8pm with the same selection of wines being offered for each session.  Tickets are only £20 to taste more than 20 different Champagnes being poured, ranging in retail value from £25 per bottle to £175 per bottle.

But There’s A Catch…

Tickets for this year’s event are limited.  We want to ensure everyone has enough space to enjoy these wines as there are few things more frustrating than an overcrowded tasting.  So reserve your places quickly and rest easy knowing you’ll be treated to an afternoon of great Champagnes paired perfectly with a little bit of elbow room.

So book your places for either session today, and prepare for probably the best tasting event of the Summer!

Meet the Godfather of Grower Champagne: Selossian Soirée at Chiswick

15 June 2017 by Alex
Oops... wrong Godfather!

Oops… wrong Godfather!

The Godfather of Grower Champagne, Anselme Selosse

The Godfather of Grower Champagne, Anselme Selosse

The wines of Domaine Jacques Selosse are rightfully considered among the most iconic wines in the world, but his great legacy of mentoring other growers and winemakers may be more profound than his own bottles.  What better excuse than  Grower Champagne Month to celebrate all of these great wines in one epic tasting?

Anselme Selosse currently runs Domaine Jacques Selosse.  He is often referred to as the Godfather of Grower Champagne and has been making his own wines from his own vineyards since 1980. As a reaction to the established order of Champagne grape pricing – a system which is based exclusively on village classification rather than being a reflection of the quality of individual vineyards and vignerons – Anselme has long been a proponent of growers making their own Champagnes.

Over the years he has been instrumental in nurturing, mentoring, and inspiring the current generation of young growers, often even lending them space in his own cellar to make their first vintages.  His starred pupils like Jerome Prevost and Ulysse Collin have been sat at the core of this “Grower Revolution” in Champagne, and their wines now sit at comparable levels of prestige and rarity. Even the most discerning Champagne lover would be satisfied with any one of these bottles in their cellar, but in our typically indulgent fashion we decided to open them all for one epic tasting of rare and iconic Champagnes.

It is such a rare opportunity to taste these wines together that I have no doubt this will be one of London’s most memorable tastings in 2017.

On Thursday the 15th of June from 6:30pm to 9pm, we will be hosting just such an event in the Chiswick store. We are also very lucky to have a special guest on hand to help lead us through this epic selection.  Local Champagne expert Peter Crawford (aka @alavolee) will be presenting the incredible wines on the evening, and one quick glance at his social media pages or website will clearly demonstrate how lucky we are to have him in attendance to justly represent these amazing bottles:

Voutte & Sorbée ‘Blanc d’Argile’
Ulysse Collin  ‘Les Perrieres’
Ulysse Collin ‘Les Maillons’
Chartogne-Taillet ‘Beaux Sens’
Jerome Prévost ‘La Closerie Les Beguines’
Jerome Prévost ‘La Closerie Fac-Simile’ Rosé
Michel Fallon ‘Ozanne’ Grand Cru
Jacques Selosse ‘Les Carelles’ Grand Cru – Lieu Dit

The wines will, as always for these events, be accompanied by a selection of cheese and charcuterie and served in beautiful Zalto glassware. Tickets for this special event are £125 per person with seats limited to 12 people total to ensure there is enough wine to go around. We advise booking early to avoid disappointment as this tasting is already nearly fully booked!

RSVP via phone on 0208 994 8184 or email chiswick@thegoodwineshop.co.uk to get your tickets.

Introducing Rotie Cellars – Fine Rhone-Inspired Wines from Washington State

12 May 2017 by Alex

Rotie Cellars Line-upWinemaker Sean Boyd of Rotie Cellars set out in 2007 to make the best possible wines from Rhone varieties in Washington State. ourcing fruit from his base in Walla Walla as well as the Rocks district, his mission statement is encapsulated in his ‘Old World Wines from New World Vines’ tag line. The aim is to make the wines with moderate alcohol and ripeness levels and to pay homage to his favourite Rhone valley wines. We found these wines to be a breath of fresh air in a world of North American wines dominated by California, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. In fact, we liked them so much that we decided to import them directly and become their sole representative in the UK.

Bottle-SouthernThe Southern Blend is inspired by the likes of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and contains a majority of Grenache alongside varying proportions of Syrah and Mourvedre. This is a bright, raspberry scented wine with hints of peppery spice and leather achieving a great balance between power and elegance.

The Northern Blend is a ‘savoury companion’ to the Southern, based on Syrah co-fermented with around 5% Viognier. The bold blackberry fruit and black pepper from the Syrah are enlivened by the aromatic florality of the Viognier giving way to a generous, silky texture.

To celebrate the arrival of these beauties, we will be pouring the Southern Blend and Northern Blend for free in store on Wednesday the 17th of May 2017 from 5pm to 9pm in Chiswick, and on Thursday 18th of May 2017 in Kew. There may even be a couple of surprises to taste in the form of some limited edition single varietal bottlings!

Rotie Cellars Vineyard

Independent Champagne Retailer of the Year 2017!

8 February 2017 by Alex
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Mark and Derek collecting our award from Joe Fattorini(The Wine Show) & Martin Green(Editor OLN)

We are proud and delighted to announce that The Good Wine Shop has been awarded Independent Champagne Retailer of the Year 2017 at the Drinks Retailing Awards.

The last year has seen our Champagne range go from strength to strength and we have relished the opportunity to share our passion for Grower Champagnes in particular with over 30 of these unique wines on the shelves among our range of more than 70 Champagnes.

The Judges commended us for the “major in-store presence which champagne has at both our stores” and most importantly “a regular turnover of new wines to keep things fresh and interesting for customers“.

We declared June to be ‘Grower Champagne Month’ and ran our first annual Grower Champagne Showcase tastings in both shops, with over 20 grower Champagnes available to taste for free at each of these events.DRA 2017 Category winners logos-12

It has been a great pleasure to see our customers’ knowledge and passion for Champagne grow in response to the unique and exciting wines we have championed over the last 12 months and to be recognised by the Drinks Retailing Awards for our commitment to this category is a fantastic honour.

Mark Wrigglesworth, owner of The Good Wine Shop said “I am absolutely delighted we have won this award and been recognized by our industry for excellence in this category. This is a real achievement for everyone involved at The Good Wine Shop who have constantly strived to expand and communicate the unique quality of our grower Champagnes and the stories behind them. We also have to thank our loyal customers who have constantly supported us in these efforts, as well as the great new growers we have imported directly this year who embody our ethos of Good Wine, from Real People with Great Stories.”

Watch out for news of events to come throughout this year to celebrate the winning of this award.

The Good Wine Shop Uncorked

9 January 2017 by Alex

Our fun and informal wine courses continue in Chiswick and Kew in April and May.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about wine through the natural medium of tasting various delicious examples. We will cover how to taste wine, how wine is made, and a useful guide to the most important regions of the world. The course is designed to be an enjoyable way to deepen your appreciation of the world of wine, and of course our friendly wine educators will be available to field all your unanswered wine questions.

Courses will run on Tuesday nights in Kew between 8pm and 10pm and on Wednesday nights in Chiswick between 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Dates for the sessions in Kew and Chiswick are below:

Kew: 25/4 & 2/5; 9/5 & 16/5. Plus a final complimentary, week 3 finale for attendees of either set of sessions held on 23/5 in the form of an open forum, myth-busting, Q&A session.
Chiswick:
26/4 & 3/5; 10/5 & 17/5. Week three Q&A on 24/5.

Single sessions cost £30, a full course over either two consecutive, or two independent sessions, is £50.

Book your place via email (kew@thegoodwineshop.co.uk; chiswick@thegoodwineshop.co.uk), phone (Kew: 020 8940 4482; Chiswick: 020 8994 8184), or by popping into either of the shops.

Christmas Delivery Deadline

17 December 2016 by Alex

Order by 12pm on Wednesday the 21st to receive your order by Christmas. Orders placed on the 22nd by 12pm should use the next day delivery service to ensure arrival by Christmas.

It is advisable to place orders as early as possible to avoid delays.

The new minimum order threshold is now £100, regardless of the number of bottles ordered. We also now offer free standard delivery on orders above £150 (previously £250).

Merry Christmas!

Opening hours for Christmas & New Year

29 November 2016 by Alex

Both of our shops (Chiswick and Kew) will be open longer in the run up to Christmas.

We’re also staying open until 7pm on Christmas Eve in case you have any last minute beer, wine or spirit needs.

Our shops will all be open until 7pm on New Year’s Eve.

On Mondays in January, our shops will operate reduced opening hours opening between 4pm and 8pm.

Chiswick Kew
Wednesday 21 December 10am to 9pm 9am to 9pm
Thursday 22 December 9am to 9pm 9am to 9pm
Friday 23 December 9am to 9pm 9am to 9pm
Saturday 24 December 9am to 7pm 9am to 7pm
Sunday 25 December CLOSED CLOSED
Monday 26 December CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday 27 December 11am to 8pm 11am to 8pm
Wednesday 28 December 10am to 9pm 10am to 9pm
Thursday 29 December 10am to 9pm 10am to 9pm
Friday 30 December 10am to 9pm 10am to 9pm
Saturday 31 December 10am to 7pm 10am to 7pm
Sunday 1 January  CLOSED  CLOSED
Monday 2 January 4pm to 8pm 4pm to 8pm
Tuesday 3 January 10am to 9pm 10am to 9pm
Wednesday 4 January 10am to 9pm 10am to 9pm

New Minimum Order Threshold and Delivery Options

28 November 2016 by Alex

From today you no longer have to order a minimum of 12 bottles via the website. The new minimum order threshold is now £100, regardless of the number of bottles ordered. We also now offer free standard delivery on orders above £150 (previously £250).

Our standard delivery charge is still £10 which should reach its destination within 7 working days, more often with 3 to 4 working days.

We now also offer a next day (by 5:30pm) service at £15. Note that orders must be placed before 12pm to guarantee arrival the next day.

We hope that this makes it even easier to order online from our wide selection of wines and spirits.

See our delivery information page for more details.