jueves, 4 de junio de 2015

Carte du Vin - Wines From Quality Vineyards


- About them:
They pride themselves in offering a personal and friendly service in every area of their wine business. They are known for their wine events, selling bottles directly to the public and supplying smaller independent restaurants throughout the South of England.

- Their wines: They offer beautiful, rare wines from quality vineyards. They have individual wines from Europe and South Africa. In many cases they are the sole UK importers of the products they offer. Their stock is sourced with a genuine passion for wine and decades of experience.

- Story: Carte-Du-Vin was started by Torquil Jack and Marian Jack, as an exciting new venture in 2010. Their passion for wine goes back a long way and wine tasting has been a hobby that they enjoy on their travels. It all stemmed from numerous cycling holidays around the vineyards and wine regions in France, Spain and Portugal.

Now a days, they want their customers to share their passion and feel part of the wine discovery process. For example, one of their customers recommended them a Bordeaux producer and now it is one of the most recognised and best producers from the Languedoc Roussillon region in the South of France.

. Torquil Jack: Torq worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Hertfordshire for 30 years. In 2010 he and Marian set up Carte-Du-Vin with the specific aim of showcasing wines from small, passionate producers. His other interests include golf, tennis, allotment growing and foreign travel.

. Marian Jack: Marian has worked in accounts for many years and after leaving The Hampshire Chronicle in 2000, she set up her own accounting business - MJ Numbers. This has now metamorphisised into Magenta Accounts (in partnership with Keeley Cousens) and presently employs 8 people. Her interests apart from wine and business include village fund raising (Chairperson of the Micheldever Social Committee), water-colour painting and foreign holidays.

- Name: Carte du Vin
- Phone: 07714 759227
- Email: marianjack@carte-du-vin.co.uk
- Web: www.carte-du-vin.co.uk
- Postal Address: Ramblers Hawthorn Close, Winchester SO2 13DQ, Hampshire
- Physical Address: Hawthorn Close, Winchester SO2 13DQ, Hampshire - Internet: Price list on their Web site is updated monthly.
- Description: Hampshire. Online wine shopping for rare and exclusive fine wines. / Online Wine Merchant / Retail Wholesale / 107 listings now showing for this retailer / Responds to emails within 24 hours / No stock problems.
- General Terms: No minimum order / Delivery charges apply / Prices listed include sales tax


Pros of buying wine on the Internet:
- Fantastic range
- Availability of mature wines
- Availability of classic wines no longer in the mainstream
- Door-to-door services

Tips for online success:
1. Buy from a reputable online supplier: Shop with an established retailer: preferably someone with a physical store as well as an online presence. Online customer feedback is worth checking out, too.
2. Call to check that your order has been received: This is a great way to ensure that not only has the supplier received your order and details, but also that what you ordered is available.
3. Confirm the shipping details: Confirmation of delivery times aside, there are often extra charges and/or taxes which are payable on delivery, so this is the ideal time to double-check exactly what you're up for.
4. Make sure that your order is traceable: Check with your online retailer about whether there is an order number and/or trace number that you can use to monitor the whereabouts of your delivery should it get lost or delayed. Often, you can follow the movements of your order online.


Bodegas Urbina -  is a family-owned, single estate winery with 75 Ha. of  vineyards. Since 1870 four generations have been dedicated to the cultivation of their vineyards and the production of wine whose sole objetive is the quality of its wines.

Urbina Blanco 2012 D.O.Ca Rioja

- Producer: Bodegas Urbina
- Country: Spain / Region: Rioja
- Type of wine: Blanco 2012
- Grape: 100% Viura
- Alcohol:12.5%
- Tasting notes: A medium straw-colored wine, which offers a nose of melon, apple, and pear. On the palate it is smooth-textured, flavourful, and lively. This is a  nicely balanced wine.
- Serving Suggestion: Try with a Prawn risotto or Bouillabaisse (traditional French fish stew)
- Price: £10,50

Urbina Selección 1999 D.O.Ca Rioja

- Producer: Bodegas Urbina
- Country: Spain / Region: Rioja
- Elaboration: Grapes selected from vines over 20 years old. Maceration for 28 days with fermentation controlled at 28 C. Aged for 16 months in American oak - Tasting notes: Colour -ruby red with purple tones. Intense fruit aromas. Full bodied with pleasant complex flavours and a memorable aftertaste.
- Grape: 100% Tempranillo
- Alcohol: 13%
- Serving Suggestion: Try with Lamb, or Chicken with Chorizo and Peppers.
- Price: £15,50

- As featured in: "Decanter Magazine March 2015"

Expert summary: "Sarah Jane Evans (Master of Wine)" (Decanter World Wine Awards Regional co-Chair for Spain and a member of the Gran Orden de Cabaleros de Vino for services to Spanish Wine) discusses one of her top three Rioja Wines:

“Pedro Benito Urbina, Selección Crianza 1999: it was delightful to taste this mature traditional style – the oldest wine in the tasting. Light-bodied with moderate alcohol and a silky palate; tobacco oak adds a savory note. Long and delicately Balanced. This is what Rioja can do! 18.5/20 (95/100) Drink 2015-2025”

Urbina Special Reserva 2001 D.O.Ca Rioja

- Producer: Bodegas Urbina
- Country: Spain / Region: Rioja
- Tasting notes: Pure red colour with ruby-red glints. Intense primary aromas of red berries and discover a hint of liquorice and flowers.
- Grape: 100% Tempranillo
- Alcohol: 14%
- Serving Suggestion: Perfect wine with red meat or just drunk on its own at the end of a meal
- Price: £18,00

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