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Is Your Wine Hurting You and the Environment?

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Have you ever considered that drinking a glass of your normal red, white or rose is damaging you, your taste buds and the environment? If not, perhaps it’s time you should join millions of wine drinkers who are turning to organic wines.

Organic wine production and sales have increased significantly over recent years. But, what is organic wine? Why is it better than traditional wine? And, which organic wines should you try? Here we answer all these questions.

What is organic wine?

The definition of ‘organic wine’ varies from country to country. However, in simple terms, it is wine produced from 100% organically grown grapes by use of organic wine making processes.

Organically grown grapes are farmed without the use of fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides or other synthetic chemicals. Organic wine making also outlaws any chemical additives, with the exception of minimal sulphur dioxide (a preservative). Instead, organic farmers use compost, pesticides and herbicides made from natural sources.

There are lots of great reasons why you should consider organic wines. Next, we outline the main three.

3 reasons it’s better than normal wine

Firstly, organic wine making helps protect the environment. It reduces the impact of agriculture on the environment by eliminating the use of harmful chemicals and improving animal welfare. It also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions through avoiding nitrogen fertiliser.

Secondly, organic wine can taste better. The natural fertility and health of the soil is maintained and this untainted soil can greatly enhance the flavour of the grapes. Organic wine making produces wines which are pure, distinctive and more representative of their terroir (where they are grown).

Thirdly, there is growing evidence that organic food and drinks are better for you. Their nutritional value is higher and they are less likely to cause problems such as allergies.

So, organic wines are tastier, better for the planet and better for you. But what wines should you buy? Keep reading to find out.

5 great organic wines to try

ch de la mirande picpoul de pinet 2010Domaine Pajot Quares Cepages Gascogne 2010Adobe Sauvignon blanc Emiliana Chile 2011Merlot Adobe Chile 2010Buenas Ondas Syrah Rose Argentina 2009

Organic wines are becoming increasingly popular. Sales of organic wine rose by 11% between 2011 and 2011 and reports suggest organic wines now account for just over a third of French wine exports.

If you’re looking for a place to start, you should consider our Chateau de la Mirande, Picpoul de Pinet 2010. With flavours of yellow plum and pepper, this lovely white is perfect with oysters or crab linguine. Or try our lovely Domaine de Pajot with its blend of citrusy fruit or our organic Chilean Adobe Sauvignon Blanc.

If you prefer a red, our organic Adobe Merlot from Chile has red fruit aromas and touches of toast, vanilla and cocoa. And for rosé lovers, our Buenas Ondas Syrah Rose from Argentina has terrific fruit concentration with redcurrant and strawberry.

If you’ve not tried organic wine, you don’t know what you’re missing. Order your case today on (01476) 860257 and get free delivery of wine in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire.

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5 Great Reasons To Join The Pruden Wine Club

September 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Philip Pruden Wine club

With so many different wines to choose from, picking the right reds, whites and roses can be a minefield. You can end up spending more time choosing wines than you do drinking them!

It’s for this reason that we have set up the Pruden Wine Club. It’s a great way for you to receive regular cases of the best wines as well as tons of information and wine news – all at a great price.

Keep reading for five great reasons that you should join the Pruden Wine Club today.

1. You’ll get a regular supply of great wine

When you join the Wine Club, you will receive a regular supply of wine all year round. We’ll deliver a case to you every two months or more regularly if you prefer. You can elect to receive some of our specially recommended cases or you can pick your selections from our wine list.

Alternatively, why not tell us what you like, how much you want to spend and how often you want to receive a case of wine? We’ll do the rest.

2. You’ll receive our brilliant quarterly newsletter

As well as a regular case of wine, we’ll also send you a copy of our informative quarterly newsletter. This contains all the latest wine news, tasting notes, food matches and all our latest special offers and events.

3. It is great value for money

Joining the Wine Club is not as expensive as you may think. From as little as £30 per month (equivalent to a £60 case every two months) we will deliver a case of wine to you six times a year. And, we’ll give you up to £50 off your first case when you set up a standing order for at least six cases a year.

In addition, we offer free delivery wine in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

4. You’ll benefit from our personal wine recommendations

We’ve been in the wine business a long time and so we can help you find the right wines for your event. Looking for bulk order wine for restaurants in Leicestershire or Rutland? We can give you personal recommendations matched to the food that you serve.

Or, perhaps you’re looking to bulk order wine for hotels in Nottinghamshire or Lincolnshire? Again, our wine club gives you all the best advice and recommendations.

5. We can also deliver all your other drinks

As well as a superb selection of wines – including one of the finest selections of organic wine – we offer a superb range of other drinks. As well as your bulk order wine needs, we can also supply mineral water, beers, lagers, spirits, mixers and Belvoir Fruit Farms soft drinks.

So, what are you waiting for? Join our Wine Club today and start receiving fine wine, advice and our newsletter this autumn.

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Review: Wishbone Barossa Wines – Red and White

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Available as a set from Leicestershire-based fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines, these two wines are a great combination for late summer drinking and enjoying.

Red, New World, Wishbone Shiraz.Grenache, Barossa 2009

 

Delightfully well rounded”

If ever a wine cried out to be described as delightfully well rounded, it would have to be this one, available at Leicestershire fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines. Why? Because it hits your taste buds with a robustly fruity mouthful right from the first sip. All that fruit-laden flavour is perfectly matched with spices and beautifully balanced with good acidity. We’re also talking well rounded because the Wishbone Shiraz.Grenache accomplishes something very special. Not only does it bring together juicy plum and raspberry on the palate, but it also draws in black cherry and a subtle, but clearly defined note of creamy oak. But don’t mistake well rounded for overwhelming. We also think it’s well rounded because, being medium to full bodied, it is the perfect companion for the fun of a late summer barbecue or the delights of a special get together á deux. Even better, it’s available with local delivery for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

This wine’s undeniably mouthwatering presence comes courtesy of a highly successful combination of Grenache(Garnacha) and Syrah(Shiraz). You could describe this marriage of grapes as the perfect match, making it the definition of well rounded! It’s a wine which has rightfully won a name for itself. Fruity, well rounded, delicious – call it what you like. But you won’t want to buy it just the once.

Wishbone Shiraz.Grenache, Barossa 2009 is available in 12 bottle cases from fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines, with local delivery for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

White, Wishbone, Sem/Sauv, The Magpie Estate, Barossa 2010

 

A distinctive presence”

We couldn’t let our magpie eye overlook this wine, available from Leicestershire-based fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines. It certainly stands up to scrutiny, thanks to a distinctive presence which brings dry, crisp and tangy together in a compelling mix. But there’s even more to this wine than meets our demanding eye. Enjoy the fruits of the labours of its Australian creators who have brilliantly brought together the subtle smokey Semillon with the fulsomely tangy and citrus-laden Sauvignon.

This clever combination is the perfect marriage of flavour and nose, creating a wine which is both delightfully well balanced and interesting to drink. The expressions of the Barossa really do shine in this wonderful wine. It somehow manages to be both modest and impressive at the same time, something you can’t fail to notice whether you’re enjoying a glass at home or sharing a bottle with friends. There are plenty of white wines out there, but very few which so lastingly win over the palate. This is a great choice for anyone with an eye for a great (and great value) wine.

Wishbone, Sem/Sauv, The Magpie Estate, Barossa 2010 is available in 12 bottle cases from fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines, with local delivery for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

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