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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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5 Reasons To Choose this Fantastic Rose for Your Summer Party

June 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Rosé Royal, Montresor.

 With the summer just around the corner, it’s time to dust off your warm weather clothes, fire up the barbecue and invite your friends around to enjoy the sunshine.

While you may have some speciality recipes up your sleeve, we can provide the perfect wine for your summer bash. Montresor have been producing superb wines in Verona for over a century, and their Rosé Royal is our favourite tipple for the summer months. Here are five reasons why you’ll love it too.

1. It is perfect for a warm summers day

There’s nothing more refreshing on a summer afternoon or evening than a crisp glass of chilled wine. This superb rosé is designed to be served at between 4 and 6 degrees centigrade and corked at the moment of consumption.

So, chill the bottle, keep it cold in a bucket of ice and let your guests enjoy a glass of this brilliant Italian wine.

2. It is perfect with steak and seafood

One of the great advantages of rosé wines is that they can be extremely food-friendly. And, this Montresor Rosé Royal is no exception.

If you’re thinking of firing up the barbecue at your summer party, this rose can handle both the surf and the turf. It goes superbly with steak but comes into its own when served with seafood. Throw some king prawns or red snapper on your barbecue and serve this lovely sparkling rosé wine as your accompaniment. Perfect.

3. It is great value for money

This long established Veronese family company, headed by Giorgio Montresor, has consistently produced wines which rival the offerings of some of Veneto’s more fashionable names. The estate wines, from 100 acres of vineyards in Valpolicella and Garda, continue to offer remarkable value for money.

At under £10 per bottle, this Montresor Rosé Royal is a mellow and full flavoured wine at a superb price.

4. It is simply a superb wine

Whether your party involves a couple of neighbours or a garden full of friends and family, one of the best reasons to serve this fine Rosé from Giorgio Montresor is that it is simply a great example of how a fine Rosé should taste.

Rich toasty aromas of bread mingle with flower blossom, ripe apples and luscious cherries. Boasting subtle and persistent bubbles, this wine has an elegant palate and finishes with good length. It’s exactly what you’d expect from this fine producer with over a hundred years of winemaking experience.

5. We’ll deliver it free up to 30 miles

If you live in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland or Lincolnshire, you can buy this great Montresor Rosé and we’ll deliver it free. Our free delivery service covers these four counties and so we can ensure you’ve all the superb wine you need for your summer party – and you won’t pay us a penny for delivery.

So, whether you’re planning a summer barbecue or a family get together, order a case of this superb Rosé today.

Special Facebook Offers From Philip Pruden Wines

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s never been easier to get a great deal online.  A recent survey from Nielsen found that 97 per cent of Brits with internet access have used the web for online shopping.  Buying goods and services on the web is convenient, simple and can help you save money.

In the run-up to Christmas, Philip Pruden Wines have come up with a great way to help you keep track with all their news and offers as well as helping you to save money on your wine over the festive period.  Keep reading to learn more about this great deal.

Special offers exclusively for Philip Pruden Wines Facebook friends

Facebook is an internet phenomenon.  The site has 800 million registered users with the numbers rising on a daily basis and, if it were a country, Facebook would be the third most populous nation on earth.

As well as keeping in touch with friends and family, Facebook is also a great way to keep yourself up to date with offers and news from your favourite wine retailers.  Now, Philip Pruden Wines have come up with a way of helping you stay abreast of all their latest news as well as letting you save money on your wine purchases.

By liking the Philip Pruden Wines Facebook page, you can benefit from some terrific offers on some of the company’s best and most popular wines.

Philip Pruden explains: “Our Facebook page has been really helpful in helping us keep in touch with our customers.  They have told us how much they enjoy being kept in touch with our news and latest offers and as a ‘thank you’ we now have a range of terrific offers for our Facebook friends.”

Four terrific wines included in Facebook offer

There are three terrific wines that are on special offer as part of the Philip Pruden Wines Facebook deal.  These are a terrific South African Sauvignon Blanc, a lovely sparkling rose from Italy and a great red from the bodegas Pinna Fidelis in Spain.

The Facebook offer can save you between 60p and £1 per bottle on these three lovely wines.  Or, why not accompany your festive celebrations with a mixed case of twelve bottles of these great wines for just £250?

All you have to do to benefit from this great winter offer is to head to the Philip Pruden Wines on Facebook and ‘like’ the page.  You’ll also benefit from free delivery across Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Philip Pruden added: “These three great wines are perfect for the coming weeks and we’re delighted to be able to offer them at a special price to our Facebook friends.  We look forward to all our customers joining our Facebook group and taking advantage of these brilliant deals.”

Get The Perfect Wine For Your Game

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

The shooting season is in full swing and so now is the perfect time to create a succulent game meal. Whether you enjoy a plump partridge roasted with a rasher of streaky bacon or a casserole of pheasant – simmered with mushrooms, onions and carrots – it’s vital that you find the perfect wine to complement your game dish. Our guide looks at some wines that are perfect to accompany your game this season.

When looking for the perfect red wine to accompany your game bird, we recommend that you look for a wine that is relatively low in tannin and that is not too alcoholic or too oaky. This is because neither partridge nor pheasant are fatty birds.

The Independent suggests you ‘plump for a moderate, juicy fruit-laden style to complement the savoury, gamey characters of the bird’. We suggest Pinot Noir as its velvety character and soft, raspberry fruit make it the perfect accompaniment to game, particularly if you’re using wild mushrooms in your recipe.

Our Bourgogne Rouge from Vincent Dureuil-Janthial 2009 £15.00 is a sophisticated, silky Pinot Noir from an up and coming producer. This cuvée derives from several parcels in the communes of Nuits St Georges and Puligny and is judiciously blended by the young Vincent. The estate is also currently in conversion to biodynamic status which will further enhance and optimise grape flavours, and hence the wine quality.

The 2009 vintage has been heralded as one of the best in living memory and this is what Jancis Robinson says about it ‘One-third new oak. Pale ruby. Bit sweaty nose but very flattering. Easy to slurp. But with a little chew at the end. Great restaurant wine – sorry! Nuits and Puligny fruit. Organic. Good Value’ 16/20

If you want to crank it up a level, how about the Pinot Noir from Domain Road from Bannockburn in New Zealand? Central Otago is world renowned for its Pinot Noir and this 2008 won a Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge – terrific value at £17.00 and knocks spots off most Cote de Nuits burgundy at this price.

The above wines are great with Grouse too but as they have a more concentrated herby heather flavour, I would go for a mature Chateauneuf du Pape where the garrigue/terroir are influential.  Failing that, how about ‘Clos Montirius’ Vacqueyras 2007 for £15.00 with a silky mouth feel to die for.

Matching wines with venison is slightly tricky as venison can be cooked in a host of ways from Chinese style to Port and blackberries. A dark Barbera d’Asti from Villa Giada 2009 has a beautiful focussing blackcherry acidity to it which would cut nicely into most venison dishes with black fruit or redcurrant sweet sauces. At £9.00, this really is a gem of a wine with such beautiful flavours of deep dark smouldering fruit that just goes on and on. Slightly more full-bodied, the Primitivo from Fatalone in Italy’s southern heel at £10.75 has given many of my customers much pleasure!! It’s a ‘natural’ wine so no naughty added sulphites to give you a hangover – its naughty enough on its own!

Most modern Spanish reds would be ideal with venison and my pick at the moment is Sila Mencia from Bodegas Pazos del Rey – outstanding value at £9.75. Hear also what Jancis hath to say ‘Very attractive smoke, iodine, blackcurrant and leather. Great development and scope considering the price and the youthfulness. A teensy bit light on the mid palate, but the flavour lasts well with a charming baked-earth character. 17/20’

For a great deal on these and other superb wines, browse our website now. Don’t forget that we also deliver free across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

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4 Perfect Wines for Late Summer

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

There is nothing better than relaxing in your garden as the sun sets on a late summer evening. The August Bank Holiday and the early September nights can be the perfect time to kick off your shoes and enjoy a glass of wine after a hectic day at work.

So, to help you choose the perfect drinking companion for such an evening, here are our suggestions for four perfect wines for late summer. Not only that, but we have a great offer on all these wines and you can find more details by clicking here.

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Gargenega Pinot Grigio, Ancora 2010

If you’re looking for a light, easy to drink wine then this is the choice for you. Pinot Grigio now accounts for 40 per cent of the UK’s white wine sales and is an increasingly popular choice. This wine blends Pinot Grigio with Garganega, the most important variety of white wine grape grown in the provinces of Verona and Vicenza.

This wine is refreshing, light in colour and very easy to drink. With aromas of limes, grapefruits and lemons this is a typical Italian white wine with characterful yeasty notes and slightly honeyed fruit. The perfect refreshing accompaniment to a beautiful summer’s evening.

Mirabello Pinot Grigio Rose, Ancora 2010

This superb rose is our best summer seller and is perfect for all lovers of Pinot Grigio. A lovely blend of Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir, this is a fresh, fruity and slightly off-dry rose. It has an aroma of red berries and cherry and a delicate, summer fruit finish. This crisp and lively rose is the perfect aperitif, and also goes well with summer food such as light salads, pasta or summer pudding with cream.

Verdicchio, Coste del Molina, Monte Schiavo, Marches 2010

Verdicchio is a white Italian grape variety grown primarily in the central Marche region of the country. The name derives from ‘verde’ (green) and refers to the slight green/yellow hue that the wines have.

This lovely, stylish white wine has full, intense aromas of lime, grapefruit and pineapple and a fresh, dry palate, full of citrus fruit right through to its attractive finish.

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The Sangiovese region

Rosso Piceno, Sassaiolo, Marche 2007

A blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano, this is a beautiful red, fruity wine combined with the savouriness and soft oak structure of Sangiovese. The fruit flavours are preserved through the wine ageing in large oak casks, making this a great value, delicious wine.Indeed, we rate it as one of the best value Italian reds that we have tried.

For a great deal on all these four superb summer wines click here now. Don’t forget that we also deliver free across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

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What Everyone Should Know About Italian Wine

July 18, 2011 1 comment

Who is the world’s largest wine producer?

It’s easy to assume that the powerhouses of world wine – France, Australia or the USA – produce more wine than any other nation. However, all those countries are now playing second fiddle to wine’s new superpower: Italy.

The Daily Telegraph recently reported that European Commission figures showed that Italy produced 4.96 billion litres of wine in 2010, compared to 4.62 billion in France. And, in embarrassing news for the French wine industry, production of prosecco – Italy’s version of champagne – exceeded that of their rivals by 20 million litres.

The UK buys around 12 per cent of all the wine produced in Italy. So, with Italian wine growing in popularity, what Italian wines should you be considering this summer?

Italian red wines

While 21 red grape varieties compose Italy’s major wines, three are particularly important. Until the rise of Sangiovese, Barbera was Italy’s most planted grape variety. The combination of vivid flavour, high acid and low tannin make Barbera wines particularly refreshing. Nowadays, Sangiovese is the most planted red variety in Italy’s vineyards. The leading variety in the central Italian regions of Tuscany and Umbria, it is the major grape of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and the only variety in Brunello di Montalcino.

The third major variety is Nebbiolo. A specialty of the Piedmont region, this native Italian grape makes two of Italy’s best red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco.

Italian white wines

Italian white wines have seen a huge surge in popularity over recent years. Rosie Davenport, Editor at Off Licence News, recently told the Daily Mail: “Italy is having something of a renaissance and has seen a major boost thanks to the Pinot Grigio effect. Pinot Grigio is really rocketing and now accounts for 40 per cent of the country’s UK sales.”

Pinot Grigios such as our Mirabello are light and dry wines, often with a lemony or nutty flavour. Alternatives to Pinot Grigio include Soave, Gavi and my favourite, Verdicchio. Our Coste del Molina is a perfect summer wine, with quite full, intense aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and lime and a fresh, dry palate.

Of course, prosecco is also growing in popularity as a rival to champagne and Spanish cava.

As Rosie Davenport from Off Licence News adds: “Italian wines are also known for being great matches with food and overall the country offers good value, reliable wines at affordable prices.”

That’s why we offer a wide range of great value Italian wines with free local delivery. Based in Saltby, Leicestershire we offer free delivery across the county as well as Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

In addition, we’re planning a number of special offers on cases of our best Italian wines over the next few weeks. For more details of these and other superb wines please click here .

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