miércoles, 28 de octubre de 2015

Fareham Wine Cellar - Urbina Wine Sellers in Hampshire


Fareham Wine Cellar is an independent Fine Wine Merchant founded in 1991, active as a retailer, wholesaler and importer of wines and spirits to clients throughout the UK. Over 20 years they have earned a reputation for outstanding quality, good value for money, quirky, different wines and excellent customer service. As an independent wine merchant they can provide a service that is unmatched by supermarkets, cash and carries and other wine merchants.

- Location: They are based in the market town of Fareham in Hampshire (located just a few minutes from the M27 between Portsmouth and Southampton). Their shop is situated in the historic High Street where one can find flavorous wines, and a large selection of spirits, on display. Their offices are based above the retail shop.

- History: After many years of purely supplying restaurants, hotels and other wine merchants, they move to Fareham to develop their own retail business as well. Their aim at The Fareham Wine Cellar is to offer an unrivalled wine merchant service to those who want to discover more about wine.

- Staff: The professional and knowledgeable staff members have accumulated over 80 years of experience in the wine trade and they are able to offer a truly knowledgeable and professional service and information on: Wine and food matching; Suggestions for anniversary; Christening or wedding presents; and any general wine inquiries.

With passion and enthusiasm, they continually monitor the developments in the wine trade in a never-ceasing effort to provide superb wines at all levels from inexpensive, everyday wines all the way to iconic and desirable wines.

The Fareham Wine Cellar team also holds wine tastings and wine dinners throughout the year, occasionally hosted by visiting wine makers. For details of events and offers, you can subscribe to their regular newsletter, available by clicking on the link on any page of their website.

. Dominic Lockyer: Is the manager of The Fareham Wine Cellar and the first friendly face we will see at the shop, he also looks after the retail website, related information technology, and writes a blog which is highly recommended to read about the drinks industry.

. Roy Gillingham: As a fine independent wine shop they have people who know more than just a little standing behind the counter, which often will mean the owner.

- Products: They stock a wine range of wines including Claret, Burgundy, Rhone, Champagne and many other French wines. There are also wines from Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany. The New World is well-represented and they have a large selection of wines from Australia, New Zealand, North and particularly from South America.

They specialise in Port Wines, particularly Vintage and Colheita Port, currently as far back as 1961, and vintage Armagnacs from most years of the 20th century one can find the ideal present for a special anniversary or birthday.

You can search their list by year if you are looking for a present for a special birthday or anniversary present. There are various Ports, Cognacs, Armagnacs and Scotch Whiskies, as well as wines, from various vintages and have a good selection of Sherry and Madeira.

They are also the UK agents for Le Bonheur, Alto Estate, Jacobsdal Estate and Theuniskraal which are all part of the Distell group from South Africa.

- Ordering: They sell online or you can place a telephone orders on 01329 822733 or fax on 01329 282355. They have a printable PDF order form on each page that can be downloaded and faxed back to them. They accept payment by Maestro, Visa, Mastercard and Cheque. They use the APC Overnight delivery service for their deliveries (other services are available for larger quantities).

There is no minimum order, they can send out single bottle orders. Cases of wine can be mixed to order and attract a 5% discount from their list price (the discount applies to orders of 12 bottles or more excluding spirits). Prices are in Pounds Sterling, UK VAT inclusive.

For those important christening, wedding and anniversary presents, we can despatch for next day delivery from Fareham. Large corporate orders would be sent from our bonded warehouse in Weybridge, with delivery to London on a next-day service and most of the rest of the UK on a 48-hour service.

- Name: Fareham Wine Cellar
- Address: 55 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BG United Kingdom.
- Contact: Dominic Lockyer
- Company Size: 1-10 employees
- Industry: Wine and Spirits

- Telephone: 01329 822733
- Mob: 07836 388020
- Fax: 01329 282355 - Please do not phone this number.
- E-mail: Dominic@FarehamWineCellar.co.uk
- Web: www.farehamwinecellar.co.uk


Winemaker’s dinner at Lysses House Hotel. A splendid example of Georgian architecture, Lysses House has been restored as a comfortable, bright and welcoming hotel and restaurant. The beautiful building and gardens make the ideal venue for celebrations and the perfect setting for photographs, both indoors and out.

In the Richmond Restaurant we can find the dining room full of diners sitting at beautifully laid tables covered with snowy white cloths, mitred napkins and fresh flowers.

Head Chef Director Clive Wright places great emphasis on sourcing good ingredients and this is reflected in his well-balanced menu.

- The starters of cod and chorizo on a bed of spinach with a red wine and cream sauce were a brilliant match for the Urbina Garnacha, the sweet meatiness of the chorizo and the spicy, vibrant, red fruit were a perfect match.

Urbina Garnacha 2013: Striking cherry red colour. On the nose primary aromas of red berry fruit, strawberry, raspberry and flowers. On the palate summer fruit flavours broadening out on the palate giving weight with soft tannins leaving a refreshing aftertaste.

- The main course was some fantastic and tasty Welsh lamb with a Spanish infused butter bean, pepper and courgette stew which worked really well with the Urbina Seleccion 1999.

Urbina 1999 Selección: Intense, dark ruby red colour. Very concentrated nose of berries, damsons, and figs. On the palate, full-bodied, rich fruit cake and savoury vanilla flavours, well-structured, mellow, firm tannins with the fine elegance of the Urbina marque. £14.35

- There was also a small selection of Spanish Cheeses including Manchego, with the Urbina Gran Reserva 1996, the smokiness of the cheese and the dried fruit and vanilla character just seem to complement each other really well.

Urbina 1996 Gran Reserva: Colour reddish garnet. On the nose, powerful, complex and elegant. Rich vegetable and tobacco aromas, a perfect harmony of oak and glorious fruit. On the palate, intense rich fruit, prunes, dates and sweet raisin flavours, silky and creamy. A wine with great finesse and velvet smoothness, wondrous length and full finish. £18.99

- Coffee with buttery biscuits and homemade petit fours really completed the meal. We left more than satisfied and extremely impressed with the Urbina Wines, the food and the attentive, polite and efficient service we received.


- Style: Bodegas Urbina is one of the main guardians of traditional Rioja and is loyal to the classic profile of its wines. This does not mean it has avoided change or innovation (viticulture, vilification, and aging have all been updated through the years), but the basic remain the same, and their identity is scrupulously protected, a philosophy that sometimes means returning to old practices.

The Urbina family is a firm believer in the idea that wine is made in the vineyard. The main focus is on the terroir, since they aim to produce wines that express the former’s characteristics of the place were they come from. Wine should be a liquid expression of a particular place. They take pride in the fact that their style of wine derives from three factors: The vineyard’s terroir with fantastic weather, the right choice of grapes, and the winemaker’s intentions.

From the very beginning, the wines have a unique profile. They’re fresh, clean, very aromatic, and with silky tannins in their youth. But they also have an amazing aging capacity that produces complex, exiting and impressive red wines.

- Location: They are located in the North West part of Rioja Alta, considered by many to be the greatest area for wine growing and potential for wines of aging capacity. The facilities are located in Cuzcurrita del Río Tirón, in a very beautiful medieval town.

- Pedro Urbina: The winery is so linked to Pedro Benito Urbina that the two names are almost synonymous. Pedro Benito Urbina was born into a grape-growing family in Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón. After completing his studies in agriculture and oenology in Madrid and France, he returned to the cosechero family winery and he started making wine from his family vineyards, getting ready to take over from his father and grandfather, who were excellent vine growers.

In the meantime, he had restructured the family vineyards, locating and buying small plots in Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron and nearby villages, all within 5km (3miles), with mostly old vines (between 45 and 100 years old) on slopes between 400 and 600m (1,300 - 2,000ft) above sea level.

In total, he owns 70 ha (173 acres). Most of these are planted to Tempranillo reflecting his meticulous viticulture, head-pruned or gobelet-trained, and mostly massal selections of old genotypes, that produces low yields, concentration, finess and high cuality grapes.

The objective at this bodega has always been produce great wines. To that end, Pedro does a green-harvest, leaf-plucking, crop-thinning, and a selected manual harvest. He is always looking for the right maturity (as opposed to unripe grapes or over maturity). In the winery, he uses destemming for most lots, fermentation in stainless steel vats, with as little sulphur dioxide as possible and gentle pruning-over. The wine is transferred to new and old, medium toasted American (Martin Cooperage) and French (Radoux Cooperage) oak barrels. The wines are age for 12 o 24 months, depending on the wine and vintage and with racking always taking place on the waning moon, and some of them are bottle without fining or filtration.

- History: The first bodega was constructed in the traditional manner; it had a long tunnel excavated into the hill for storing barrels of maturing wine and, historically, other produce that needed to be kept cool. Caves like this which were built between the 12th and 16th centuries in Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón, were quite common elsewhere in Spain, mostly in regions such as Rioja. And as well as their principal role as stores for wine and food, they also served as meeting places for eating and drinking with friends.

Later on in 1975, Pedro vinified his following vintages in a small garage in Cuzcurrita using concrete vats, before building the new winery in 1986 using stainless still for fermentation purposes.

1 comentario:

  1. Thanks Pedro for all your time and effort in coming to show our customers your fantast wines. It was a superb evening. Great photos too. Cheers, Dominic @farehamwine