Posted by philinnes, July 22nd, 2015

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Visit to Camel Valley Vineyard

City boy, winemaking and close encounters of the cow kind. – 12/06/2015

Myself, a young wine enthusiast jumped at the idea of working in a vineyard for a week over summer and experiencing the glamorous lifestyle that had been portrayed. I then set about applying to some of the worlds most famous wineries with little to no experience, ambitious I know. When I then discovered all emails that were even replied to were in French, there was a bigger issue- I spoke no other language than English, although I understood ‘non!’.

I then got in touch with Camel Valley in Cornwall, named as the United Kingdom’s number one winery by Matthew Jukes. The founding winemaker Bob Lindo kindly said yes to a weeks work experience. Naturally I jumped at the chance to work with Bob and Sam and replied with a swift, ‘yes, I’ll be there!’.

Arriving into the winery meeting Bob and Sam ready for a morning briefing with the rest of the team I instantly felt like a part of the team. The atmosphere focused yet relaxed, clear goals for the day ahead and then seeing the strong father-son relationship between Sam and Bob really shows why they are one of the best wineries in the UK and you can really see this in the standard of the wine!

Several days had passed of which I had done nothing like I would have expected, from helping to build a fence, learning how to fix a water tank, fending off cows (who sensed I was a city boy) and then being introduced to all of the high tech equipment in the winery. The variety of work was unexpected but opened up my eyes to the whole business of operating a vineyard. I did, however, have a few days in the vineyard understanding the art of viticulture.

Then due to variable weather I was shown the process of riddling through giropalets, disgorging through an automated high-tech machine and finally labelling the thousands of bottles in the cellar.

With a spare half an hour I ventured down to the tasting room and, given the chance, I never would have left! My top choices: the 2012 Pinot Noir Brut, among the best sparkling roses in the world winning gold in the IWC challenge, and then the Bacchus Darnibole, unlike any other English still wine I have ever come across, the UK’s first PDO terrior single vineyard wine.

To round off the week a tasting with Bob and Sam of the base wine straight from the tank, a real treat to get a preview of the years wine to come, which should be phenomenal!

John Bauckham – Sales Advisor

Posted by philinnes, July 13th, 2015

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31 Days of German Riesling

31 Days of German Riesling

We have teamed up once again with Wines of Germany to showcase 31 Days of German Riesling.I know what you are all thinking, “I don’t like Riesling, it is too sweet” and “Eww Blue Nun, Black Tower, I remember those from growing up”. However we are hear to showcase the best of what Germany has to offer, and in the process smash open some of those misconceptions. Hence why this year for the whole month of July we have 8 German rieslings on tasting, half of which are Dry styles, and the other four being the “fruity” or some would say sweeter styles, although you will see in tasting through the sweetness grades even the sweetest wines finish relatively dry.

We have chosen to focus particular attention to the Dry styles this year because this is the style of Riesling that prove the most popular, but ironically are the styles that people in this country try less of.

We also want to show the different styles of each region, we will be showcasing wines from Mosel, Pfalz, Franconia, Ruwer, and Rheinhessen, and you will be able to taste how each region produces slightly different characteristics in Riesling.

We will also be showing the new wave of modern producers with catchy labels such as Emile Bauer’s Sex Drugs Rock n Roll Riesling, along with classic producers Dr Loosen and Dönnhoff.

So make sure you come in and try these wines for the month of July!!

31 Days of Riesling will culminate in a subsidised tutored tasting of some of these amazing wines on the 29th July, tickets only £10 Per Person! Buy Tickets here:

Wines on tasting:

Villa Wolf, Dry Riesling 2013

Fürst Riesling Centgrafenberg 2011

Dr Loosen “GG” (Grand Cru) Bernkasteler Lay Riesling 2012

Emile Bauer Just Sex Drugs Rock n Roll Riesling 2013

Christmann Riesling Trocken 2012

Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2012

Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese 2011

Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Auslese 2010

Posted by philinnes, February 2nd, 2015

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Penfolds Bin 28 2010 Museum Release

We are delighted to have been offered the legendary 2010 vintage of Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz 2010, this was a coming of age vintage for Bin 28 and something that put Bin 28 on the map as one of the top premium wines in Australia. 2010 was not only one of the finest vintages in South Australia in living memory, it was also the first year that Bin 28 was treated as a Penfolds “Icon” wine which led to better yield control as we as barrel selection leading to a wine that picked up unprecedented high scores.

We have a very limited number of cases that we can offer at a discount of £5 per bottle from the current release RRP and also 10% discount for purchases in multiples of 12 bottles.

Purchase in Store or Click & Collect below

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Single Bottle (£21.99 Per Bottle)

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12 Bottles £237.49 (£19.79 Per Bottle)

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“It has always been a personal favourite, drinking well when young and when old. It offers a very strong, deep colour, then an exceedingly complex array of dark/black fruits with exemplary tannins and structure, and pulsates on the finish and aftertaste, fruit doing the work, tannins and oak purely support acts. Drink to 2025″ James Halliday 95 Points

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz presents lovely, expressive blueberry, black raspberry and black cherries notes highlighted by violets, toast, cinnamon stick and touch of mulberries. Full-bodied and rich, the concentrated fruit is framed by medium levels of rounded tannins, crisp acid and a long, classically-styled finish. Approachable now, it will drink to 2020+.” Robert Parker 92 Points


Posted by philinnes, November 23rd, 2014

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Christmas opening hours 2014

(From 17th November-2nd January)

Christmas Eve
26th, 28th & 1st

Posted by philinnes, July 5th, 2014

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31 Days of German Riesling Focus

As many of you will know, Riesling is one of my favourite if not favourite grape varieties, so I thought I would get Loki involved in #31DaysofRiesling promotion run by wines of Germany. I thought it would be a great opportunity to promote the diversity and value offered by this fantastic grape variety, and also to show the diversity that not only Riesling as a variety can offer, but how Riesling interacts with different soils to produce vastly different tastes.

Throughout July we are going to be featuring 4 different German wines on tasting in the Enomatics, as well as offering free corkage on all German Rieslings. Can’t say fairer than that. so take the opportunity to try these wines, I think a lot of you will be surprised when you try them.


Posted by philinnes, April 1st, 2014

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The ‘Real’ Wine Month at Loki Wine Birmingham

I am proud to be the only wine merchant in Birmingham participating in this months ‘Real’ Wine Month where one of our machines will be used for Organic, Biodynamic, and ‘Natural’ wines. We have a fantastic line-up of some of the best examples of natural wines around, and I wanted to show that the whole natural wine movement isn’t just about smelly hippy winemakers, and there are some fantastic wines around. The general principles of the natural wine movement is to try to produce wine with as little intervention as possible, this takes a lot of winemaking skill, and is why there are a number of natural wines that I feel don;t quite meet my standards for wines. However there are producers that can produce wines of immense quality, and also create wines that are characterful as well as serious. So pop in for the month of April 2014 and try some of the fantastic natural wines of the world.

Wines on tasting:

Red Wine

Ochota Barrels, Fugazi, McLaren Vale
4 Kilos, Twelve Volts, Vino de la Tierra de Mallorca
Johan Meyer, Pinot Noir, Elgin
Jamsheed, Moonambel Syrah, Pyrenees

White Wine

Johan Meyer, Chardonnay, Walker Bay
Flower & Bee, Coto de Gomariz, Ribeiro
Suertes del Marques, Trenzado, Valle de la Orotava
Ariyanas Terruno Pizarroso, Bentomiz

Posted by philinnes, March 26th, 2014

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Loki Wine Australian wine tasting trip 2014

Part 1: Mornington Peninsula

In January 2014 Victoria and I went on a trip to Australia and New Zealand searching out new wines, and learning more about where our current wines come from. It is something we do every January after the hustle-and-bustle of Christmas which in 2013 was what I could only describe as “crazy”. We started off in Melbourne, looking to focus on Mornington Peninsula which has been an area I have really wanted to focus on, as the trend in wine drinking has been heading away from the big blockbusters and on to the more elegant cool climate wines. But first we had to plant the English flag in Australia, so we enjoyed a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 at the lake in Melbourne, the wine had travelled very well indeed, and was great in the warm Melbourne sunshine.

 Nyetimber Classic Cuvee English Sparkling


Posted by philinnes, March 10th, 2014

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Henschke Wine Tasting

On Wednesday 12 February Loki Wines hosted a Henschke wine tasting event in the wine shop. This was our most ambitious wine tasting yet a tasting that involved opening over £1500 worth of wines for a small group of 20 people at Loki Wine Merchants in Birmingham . We were very lucky that Enotria wine (Henschke’s importer) donated half the wines for the tasting with the glassware also being supplied by Riedel, which meant we had all the tools available to put on a stellar tasting.

We started off with the current vintages of Julius Riesling 2011, Innes Pinot Gris 2009, and Croft Chardonnay 2012. These wines were perfect to get the taste buds whirring, the Julius was dry, crisp and had layers of citrus complexity. The Croft Chardonnay was the tar of the whites, enhanced by the Riedel Grand Cru Burgundy glasses the wine had great acidity balance whilst also showing well integrated oak. The Innes Pinot Gris showed slight tropicality, and the potential to be a very good wine.

Phil talking through the first white wine.

Phil talking through the first white wine.


Posted by philinnes, February 17th, 2014

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Greywacke Wine Tasting with Kevin Judd @ Purnell’s Bistro Birmingham

On the 30th of January Loki Wine Merchant hosted a wine tasting at Purnell’s Bistro with Kevin Judd, the legendary New Zealand winemaker. Kevin has a big reputation within the wine world, he was the founding winemaker of Cloudy Bay, and although he wouldn’t say so himself, he created the style of wine that is now unmistakably New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, whilst also pioneering alternative varieties such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. In making Greywacke, he wanted to go back to the founding principles of winemaking at Cloudy Bay, and make a wine that is low production, and from very specific sites in Marlborough. This has led many critics to comment that Greywacke is now what Cloud Bay used to be in it’s heyday – I would happen to agree with this sentiment.

The tickets to this wine tasting event sold out in a record time, where we sold over 60 tickets in under 30 hours, at this point we realised that this was going to go down as one of our most successful wine tastings.

Kevin was on good form after having a day walking round Birmingham’s canals and pursuing his photography hobby – you can see the photos on his Facebook page. The wines had been chilled to the perfect temperature – interestingly he recommended serving the Pinot Gris and ‘Wild’ Sauvignon close to room temperature, and this really showed the wines in their best light. (more…)

Posted by philinnes, December 8th, 2013

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Jeff Koons Dom Perignon and Krug Champagne

We have just got some limited edition Jeff Koons Dom Perignon in stock from the fabulous 2004 vintage. These are seriously limited, look awesome and are a great investment – I have stashed away a couple for myself. £132.99 for the Brut and £289.99 for the Brut Rosé .

Image of the limited edition Jeff Koons Dom Perignon Champagne

Image of the limited edition Jeff Koons Dom Perignon Champagne

On the subject of Champagne we also have some cracking Krug gift packs (again very limited releases) these are stunning gift packages with two Riedel flutes specially designed to enhance the taste of Krug Grande Cuvee. These flutes are worth £70 per pair and the gift pack only costs £156.99

Limited edition Krug gift set with two Riedel Glasses

Limited edition Krug gift set with two Riedel Glasses