22/04/14 // Château Musar Vertical Tasting

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Carringtons will be hosting a vertical tasting in conjunction Château Musar at the Aladdin restaurant. The event will profile the red, white and rose vintages produced by the Hochar family of Château Musar and pair the wines with Middle Eastern cuisine, with options to accommodate vegetarians on the menu. With a history dating back to just after the First World War, Château Musar has a rich history to compliment their wines.

Gaston Hochar established the vineyard in 1930 after he returned from Bordeaux having completed his winemaking studies. Subsequently his son, Serge, took over the vineyard in 1959, and set about applying many of the modern oenology techniques he learnt in Bordeaux, as his father did though under the tutorage of Jean Riberau and Emile Peynaud.

Musar have cemented their reputation for producing wines that are profoundly unique in their expression of the Lebanese terroir, despite comparisons being drawn between to the wines Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone valley and those produced by the Hochars.

Musar arguably produce blends in the style of these regions, using Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault grapes for his reds, and the indigenous Lebanese varieties Obaideh and Merwah in his whites and roses, though with the later includes a little Cinsault for colour.

1979 proved an important year for Musar, Michael Broadbent declaring Chateau Musar’s ’67 vintage ‘The Find Of The Fair’ at The Bristol Wine Fair. This proved the catalyst that brought Musar to the UK and mainland Europe.

Despite the many obstacles of producing wines in an area that has been plagued by violence and conflict, Musar have continually produced vintages year in year out, missing only ’76 due to the roads being impassable and no electricity being available.

Now run by the 3rd generation of the family, Musar have achieved a cult status internationally, with a dedicated and passionate following. We hope you can join us to explore the truly unique and renowned wines of Château Musar. To RSVP, please email – info@carringtonswines.co.uk

Event Details

Aladdin Restaurant

528 Wilmslow Road
Withington
Manchester
M20 4BA

Date – 22/04/2015
Time – 7pm for 7.30pm start
Tickets £35 per person

Beer Of The Week # 14 // Ayinger Lager Hell

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The Ayinger Brewery (pronounced “eye-ing-gr”) is a medium-sized German brewery located in Aying, Bavaria. Oddly enough, for some years a range of beer was brewed under the Ayingerbrau name by the Samuel Smith’s Brewery. Although the Ayinger logo was used, the recipes were different from those of the Ayinger Brewery, this relationship ended in 2006.

This pilsner  is malt and grain dominated, just a bit of sweetness and grainy malts on the nose with a faint hoppy, straw like and slightly floral taste. The body is quite solid for a lager, with a small, foamy head. Some residual malts, very light hops and a hint of dry grass in the finish. A great session beer. 500ml // 4.9% ABV // £2.69

 

 

Wine Of The Week # 16 // Batasiolo Chardonnay Morino

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Batasiolo, the wine cellar which besides having all its vineyards in the heart of the Langhe, a land known above-all for its great reds, producing many of the celebrated varietal wines grown in this region, as well as great whites such as Moscato d’Asti Bosc dla Rei, Gavi del Comune di Gavi and of course their Langhe Chardonnay Morino.

This wine has an intense straw like, yellow colour, clear and bright. A broad nose that is floral and fruity, with flavours of tropical fruits, citrus apples and sage with a good intensity and persistence on the tongue. The mouth is dry, pleasantly cool, with good structure and balance. 75cl // 12.5% ABV // £10.79

Beer Of The Week # 13 // Schneider-Weisse Tap 6

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Two hundred years ago wheat beer could only be brewed by the Bavarian royal family, mainly as being the royal family they were free to make up laws as they saw fit. Though due to a steady decline in sales the then monarch King Ludwig II discontinued this style and sold the production rights to Georg I Schneider, thus founding the Schneider-Weisse brand that’s still going strong today now with the 6th Georg Schneider at the helm.

The oldest wheat doppelbock produced in Bavaria since 1907, this beer is dark-ruby colour in with a fine, creamy head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meets liquorice and roasted malt aromas. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish, ideal with game, chocolate desserts and blue cheeses. 500ml // 8.2% ABV // £3.99

BAAAAAAAAH! Wine & Beer For Easter

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Easter is upon us, where a notably religious festival it is one that has also become associated with a certain degree of gluttony, specifically for feasting on chocolate and lamb. This in mind we’ve put together a few suggestions on which beers and wines to pair with this delicious, sweet and tender meat.

De Bartoli The Accomplice Shiraz // 75cl // 13.5% ABV // £8.33

Crimson in colour, with vibrant berries with a hint of spice and vanilla on the nose. Dark cherries bring a hint of sweetness that contrasts against soft tannins and spice to create a smooth, long and lingering finish. Medium bodied and a little dry.

Cristia Cotes Du Rhone // 75cl // 13.5 % ABV // £12.21

Deep purple in colour, this is a bold Rhone with distinct notes of quartz, lavender, raspberries and a hint of the floral via eucalyptus. A mildy bitter wine, the tannins reduce with breathing, it holds a notable softness and gentleness in its’ texture, rich in sloes, damson and fruit pips.

Villa Antinori Toscanna Rosso // 75cl // 13.5 % ABV // £14.99

This wine is deep purple bordering on crimson in colour, it has a distinct burnt oak nose balanced against tobacco, almond, thyme liquorice and forest fruits. Regarding taste, dark chocolate in conjunction with star anise and blackcurrants, soft tannins bring a lightly bitter, creamy oak texture.

Domaine Cristia Gigondas // 75cl // 15% ABV // £19.99

Spice, rosemary, red cherries and hint of menthol on the nose. Smooth and rich this wine is off-dry, with a light bitterness and acidity. Full of pepper, leather, tabaco and fruit this is a complex but well-rounded wine from the southern Rhone. Best results found when left to breath for at least an hour.

Two Hands Bella’s Garden Shiraz // 75cl // 15.5% ABV // £39.99

Deep violet color, amazing nose of blackberries, cassis, plums, and spice. Fruit is prevalent on the initial palate, but the pepper and spice you’d expect from an Aussie Shiraz is what lingers. Not overly dry with medium tannins on the long finish.

Ayinger Celebrator // 330ml // 6.7% ABV // £2.30

Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark colour, full-bodied and velvety. A strong beer, but not overpowering, there is great balance between the various malts, the alcohol and the subtle hops. A complex fruitiness of roasted malt and whole hop flowers. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.

Lymestone Stone Dead Imperial Stout // 500ml // 6.66% ABV // £2.69

This rich, dark, imperial stout having enough bite for anyone looking to satisfy their thirst. Coffee, burnt toast and bitter fruits dominate whilst Styrian Goldings slowly seduce the palate. A winner of many awards, this is one exceptional stout.

Hoegaarden Julius Blonde // 330ml // 8.5% ABV // £3.13

The beer is dark golden-blonde colored and pours a large white head. The aroma is a nice palate of herbs, specifically coriander, orange peels, bananas and wheat. Complex taste of citrus notes and some spicy bitterness in which the coriander is clearly noticable. The finish is long and medium bitter.

Delerium Nocturnum // 330ml // 8.5% ABV // £3.68

Dark brown-red in colour, with a compact white-yellow, stable and lacing head. Touches of caramel, mocha and chocolate with hints of spice on the nose with a very good mouthfeel. This is followed by an increasing bitterness, partially from the hop, but also from the roasted malt and chocolate malt.

Löwenbräu Triumphator // 50cl // 7.6 % ABV // £3.99

This doppelbock dunkel (double strong dark) winter beer is a molasses brown in the glass with a creamy white head, a bold nose of burnt treacle with a rich, thick and velvety body. In terms of flavour there is a distinctly toasted and roasted maltiness, think liqourice, dark chocolate and espresso.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Of The Week # 15 // Les Clos De Paulilles

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Clos des Paulilles is located close to the Mediterranean in the protected geographical area of the Paulilles Bay. This area’s schist soils, dry, sunny climate, low yields and proximity to the cooling influences of the sea make it a perfect terroir for Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. The term ‘rimage’ is Catalan for vintage, at this vineyard only best wines from the best vintages are “declared” and bottled young to protect the wines character.

This complex wine is produced entirely from the Grenache Noir grape variety, red fruit aromas such as cherry, blueberry and black currant are all apparent on the nose. In terms of taste, coffee, brown sugar, old pepper and spice are all nogable flavours. Warm, mulled fruits carry over to the palate, and this medium to full-bodied dessert wine has a ample texture and a clean finish. Ideal with chocolate! 500ml // 16.5% ABV //

 

 

Wine Of The Week # 14 // Corvo Bianco

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Corvo is a celebrated Sicilian wine producer based in Casteldaccia, near Palermo. Founded in 1824 they produce about 830,000 cases of wine annually from roughly 14,000 tons of purchased grapes. For many years, Corvo was one of the few table wines imported from Sicily, while that is no longer the case, it is still a popular vineyard who produce some exceptional wines that are a great expression of their varietal for a very reasonable price tag.

Produced entirely from the Insolia grape, this wine is clear and bright pale yellow in colour with green nuances. The aroma is intense, delicate fruity with notes of peach and citrus clearly apparent. The wine is well balanced on the palate which is crisp and dry, with a full bodied feel in the mouth with a very gentle, but pleasant sourness apparent too. £13.99 // 12% ABV // 750ml.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Of The Week # 11 // Anchor Porter

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San Francisco’s famous Anchor Porter is made in one of the most traditional breweries in the world by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer. Their porter is the first to be brewed post prohabition, though the recipe has been updated since then.

Produced from 100% malted barley and generous amounts of fresh, whole hops via entirely natural carbonated and a simple brewing process. This beer has a nose of dark chocolate and coffee, with a hint of cherry too. Slightly bitter, well rounded with a clearly defined end taste of burnt toffee. £2.49 // 5.6% ABV // 355ml.

 

 

Wine Of The Week # 13 // Cristia Muscat De Beaumes De Venise

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This is sweet Muscat-based wines from the village of Beaumes-de-Venise, just south of Gigondas in France’s Rhone valley. Produced entirely from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains grapes, which is the oldest variety in the Muscat family and thus is in good standing as one of the oldest grape varieties in the world.

A delicate, pale yellow in colour this is elegant and intense wine, with a vibrant nose of flowers and fruit, which persists in the palate. Slightly viscous and sweet this wine would be ideal served with sorbets, blue cheeses and fruit tarts. A lovely bottle and a snip when compared to other Muscats of this style. £14.99 // 15% ABV // 750ml.

 

 

 

Buvez Du Cidre!

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“C’est cidre, not cider” as that ubiquitous advert once proclaimed. And yes, they were right on with regards to translation, but whether you could consider a highly sugared, alcoholic apple juice to be a traditionally made French cider is frankly just a little bit questionable. Carringtons recently received a range of actual French cidre, in a number of different styles. None of which resemble a fruit alcopop marketed as being French, when in fact the brewery is located in Leuven, Belgium.

Traditionally hailing from Normandy and Brittany, though there are South Western varieties from the Basque region, the history of apple cultivation in France dates back to the Celtic Gauls and the later Romans, who ruled the country for approximately 500 years, though the earliest mentions of cider in this region go back to the Greek geographer Strabo.

Varying in style and strength French cider is really quite diverse, for example Cidre Doux is a sweet cider, usually up to 3% in strength. ‘Demi-Sec’ is 3–5% and Cidre Brut is a strong dry cider of 4.5% alcohol and above. Most French ciders are sparkling. Higher quality cider is sold in champagne-style bottles (cidre bouché). And so, without further ado to our new French stock to toast the arrival of Spring avec…..

La Bolee Des Korrigans Brut // £5.29 // 4.5% ABV // 75cl

Originating in in Messac in the heart of historical Brittany. Made from cider apples from this famous region, this pure juice cider has a subtle taste and a refreshing touch of acidity

Cuvee Speciale Kerisac Traditional Brut // £4.86 // 5.5% ABV // 75c

Aroma of ripe sweet red apples and some apple tree fields. Taste of sweet apples, leaves, young apple cider, apple juice and light sugar. Süssmost pur. Easily drinkable and quite quaffable.

Cuvee Speciale Kerisac Dry Brut // £4.86 // 5% ABV // 75cl

A ubiquitous sight in French supermarkets. This is an excellent, well-blended cidre, soft with deep fruitiness, its’ dryness just creeping in on the finish. Light to medium bodied, high carbonation, dry tannic finish.

Cuvee Speciale Kerisac Sweet Brut // £4.69 // 2.5% ABV // 75cl

Bottle in a French Creperie. Pours a slightly hazy amber colour. The initial sweet apple flavour is followed by quite a dry finish. Refreshing and light feeling in the mouth. Pleasantly carbonated.

Val De Rance Cidre Rose Brut // £6.95 // 2.5% ABV // 75cl

Another cidre bottled at a Creperie, salmon pink in colour this rose has a notes of forest fruits and a well balanced acidity. Crisp and delicate this is an exceptional bottle with a lovely mouse.

Cidre Breton // £4.69 & // 5% ABV // 1ltr & 33cl

Hazy yellow gold colour, fizzy white foam head that dissipates to a thin layer and aroma of fruity apple, wood, earth, light barnyard. Taste is tart juicy apple, apple skins, wood, tannins

Bayeux Cidre Breton Traditional // £5.19 // 4.5% ABV // 100cl

Sweetish, juicy apple, with some tartness plus toffee, oaky and barnyard notes. Slightly oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry tannic finish. Really very drinkable.