Beyra Branco 2015

IN: WINE OF THE WEEK COLUMN

Apologies to people who are tiring of hearing me bang on about how brilliant Portuguese wines are but there’s just one more I have to sneak in. I talked about the Beyra Tinto a couple of weeks ago and today I’d like to highlight their white counterpart, Beyra Branco. I’m brief summary, the vineyards sit at 700m, very close to the Spanish border and south of the Douro, Rui Madeira is single-handedly reviving a region’s reputation. Intense fruitiness, minerality and freshness of the altitude wines. This 2012 won the Decanter World Wine Awards Trophy for Best Portuguese White under £15. The striking zesty and green-fruit character in Beyra Branco do make it an excellent and high quality introduction to Portugal for people who enjoy aromatic dry whites. Mineral and citrus fruitiness, grapefruit, hints of nettle and white flowers, very fresh and light on the palate, revealing the altitude of the vineyards. The soul of this wine lies in the unique...
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Beyra Tinto

IN: WINE OF THE WEEK COLUMN

If you read these columns from time to time or if you visit the shop you’ll have a pretty good idea that we’ve got a massive soft spot for Portuguese wines.I genuinely feel that if had to drink wine from only one country for the rest of my life the answer would be simple. We introduced the Beyra Wines to the shop a good couple of years ago and they’re already developed a nice little following. From very old vineyards on the Portuguese side of the Spanish border south of the Douro at over 700m, this is out in the sticks in the extreme but Rui Madeira is injecting a new life and sense of purpose into these ancient vineyards. With careful use of many of the local varieties Rui combines his love of Ribeira del Duero wine styles with a stamp of his own sense of place. Fruity aroma with very elegant and discreet minerality. Berries and spices, fresh, with a fruity...
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Montanar Organic Verdejo

IN: WINEWINE OF THE WEEK COLUMN

The one good thing about January and February is the fun time we have buzzing around and getting to as many tastings as we possibly can in order to keep tabs on things and fine tune the range for the upcoming season. People are really upping their game with improvements and quality just about everywhere for all to behold. I really didn’t expect a white wine from La Mancha in Spain to make quite such an impression on me but wow you’ve just got to give this one a go and even better, it’s only a tenner!! Montanar Verdejo. Montañar means ‘mountainous’, and the winery takes its name from the Serrania de Cuenca  mountain range in Castilla-La Mancha. The wines come from the family run winery established by the three Parra brothers (Francisco, Javier and Luis) in 1993. The brothers had the foresight to move to organic and then biodynamic viticulture early on. All of the grapes are grown both organically...
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Old Perth Sherry Cask Blend

IN: MALT OF THE MONTH COLUMN

Old Perth Sherry Cask follows on from the success of the Old Perth Original which is now on its 4th release. Our master blender, Kenneth MacKay, wanted to create a sherry cask whisky that was very much in the typical style you would expect but a much more competitive price. Due to the ever increasing popularity of scotch whisky matured in sherry casks and declining supply of sherry casks the price of sherry cask whisky has increased dramatically, this is why we created Old Perth Sherry Cask. The blend consists of 3 malt whiskies from the speyside and lowland regions. The casks used in the blend covers all three styles of sherry casks- Sherry Butt (500 litres) Sherry Puncheon (500 litres) and Sherry Hogshead (250 litres). All of the whiskies in Old Perth Sherry Cask have been matured in sherry casks for the entire maturation. There is also a significant historical connection between Old Perth and the sherry industry. In the...
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Five superb New World wines to try in 2016

IN: TRAVELSWINE

A New Year, a fresh start, right? So why not leap into 2016 enjoying the future of wine as we know it. We predict 2016 to be the year of big reds, especially New World offerings. New World wines, for those who may not know, come from countries that were once colonies, such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Chile. They tend to have much hotter climates than Old World Wine origins, and this tends to give the produce a much fuller body, creating much bolder fruit flavours. Unlike their Old World counterparts, New World wines have no strict rules or regulations imposed on them. Wine makers are free to experiment in any which way they please, making the wine more varied and exciting! Here are our top 5 New World Wines to look out for in 2016 Snapper Rock Pinot Noir Snapper Rock is a beautiful drink, perfect for any evening. It is a bright garnet colour with...
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Things that will definitely happen on Christmas Day…

IN: EVENTSHOW TONEWSVODKAWHISKYWINE

Christmas is a day devoted to stereotypes and clichés, no matter how hard you try to avoid them. From eating the Christmas dinner to gathering round the TV, Christmas is a time when families reunite and settle down into the classic traditions that occur once every year. Here are 20 things that are more than likely to happen on your Christmas day. The ‘emergency chairs’ once again make an appearance as the extended family have joined your six-seater dining table, but somehow you all squeeze in… even if there is a height difference. The contents of those crackers you buy every year will still be just as bad…but you still buy them. The period just after eating dinner when the adults are cleaning up, the kids are running wild with their new toys and the elders are…fast asleep on the sofa. That ‘special’ bottle of single malt whisky that dad has kept on the highest shelf, not to be opened...
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Boozy gifts for that special person

IN: EVENTSGINHOW TOVODKAWHISKYWINE

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re still struggling to find that perfect gift for a certain someone, we might have just saved your bacon! Buying someone a simple bottle of wine may seem a little bland for someone who means much more so we have carefully selected what we think are the best gifts for people who appreciate a little tipple. Stocking Filler – Lockett Bros coasters If you’re looking for something unique yet still conventional our range of coasters may be the gift for your friends and family. Like the top of a whisky cask, these coasters will fit perfectly in a Christmas stocking. In three different styles, you can choose from the Bass, Craigleith or Fidra design. Couple gift – Whisky Stave tea light holder Couples can be the hardest people to buy for. They may not have similar tastes, making it even harder to buy just one present which is never a good thing!...
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Domaine Pignier Cremant du Jura

IN: WINE OF THE WEEK COLUMN

I absolutely love good sparkling wine and it was only a few weeks ago that we were at a tasting and discovered possibly the finest example that we’ve ever tasted. Domaine Pignier Cremant du Jura (£20). The quality of this wine was extraordinary and as we probed further into why this wine was so good the evidence was clear. We tasted many Champagnes two or three times the price of this that would embarrass themselves if they were to be found side by side in a taste off. The grower clearly values the importance of the work they do in our vines and carry out constant and advanced research into biodynamic viticulture. Being the only wine growers in the village, they are ideally placed to tend our vines organically and preserve the numerous strains of wild yeast present in the environment. With grapes of such high quality, there can be no question of excessive intervention in the cellar and follow...
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Dos and don’ts at your work Christmas party

IN: EVENTSHOW TO

Are you rejoicing that it’s nearly the end of a long hard-working year? It also means it’s finally time for that well-deserved Christmas break and what better way to end your working year with a party? A work party can be very different to a classy night on the town though, be warned. There are a few universal rules that you may have to take into consideration to ensure you still have your job come Monday morning!  Do continue with the pretence that you like everyone at work. Sometimes thoughts are best kept inside your head. It’s one night you have to keep up the illusion that everyone in your office is on your good side. Don’t let the old truth serum spoil that.          Don’t get wasted and tell everyone what you really think, this could end rather badly.          Do remember to be responsible and have a glass of water every so...
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Get yourself St Andrew’s Day-ready!

IN: EVENTSHOW TONEWS

It’s that beautiful time of year again when we Scots can shout from the hills in celebration of St Andrew, our patron saint. But what is being Scottish? Is it all whisky, Irn Bru, hills and deep fried Mars bars? No. Are we going to pull out some more tired old stereotypes? Maybe. Anyway, St Andrew’s Day will be celebrated not just in Scotland but all over the world. Here are Lockett Bros’ suggestions for making this St Andrew’s Day one to remember. Make sure you have your own Scottish playlist with some killer anthems from some killer Scottish artists. Should the Proclaimers be on there? Absolutely. Don’t forget the decorations! Bombard your house with the iconic St Andrew’s Cross, which is actually one of the oldest national flags in the world, and, according to legend, first appeared in battle in East Lothian (Lockett Bros’ home) in 832AD. Whether you want to have a formal evening or a casual affair,...
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