I am incredibly excited and delighted to have Roberto Bottega from Idiom vineyards here to host a wine tasting at Loki wine. A lot of you will know these wines as they are some of our most popular premium wines in the shop and we have developed a huge following for these wines. Not only are we one of the only places who stock this incredible wines in the UK, but the wines are some of the most interesting new world wines around, one customer even described the ‘Bordeaux Blend’ as “The wine equivalent of crack”. I think they produce wines that are up there with the worlds best, but also are true to their Italian roots by producing Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Barbera wines as well as international varieties. This will be the last time for many years that a member of the Bottega family come to visit the UK, and this is not a wine tasting to be missed.
When 21st July 2014 at 6:30pm
Where: Upstairs at Loki Wine Birmingham
Price £15 Per Person
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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.
I am delighted to announce our first Georgian Wine Tasting at Loki. These wines are pretty much as adventurous as you get, however I think the wines show particularly well and are exactly the type of wine that we at Loki want to promote. It is only a matter of time until these wines become more popular, and as you know we love to get in before they become mainstream.
Georgia is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world and is the most sought after country from the old Soviet Bloc, these wines are quite often aged in traditional clay pots (a technique that many new world producers have started experimenting with) and the wines offer a real contrast to more common modern wines. I am personally massively looking forward to this tasting.
Where: Loki Wine Lounge
When: Tuesday 22nd July 2014 at 6:30pm
Price: £10 per person
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It is that time of year again where we celebrate another year of wine drinking excess with a big party, and we plan on making our party bigger and better than last year.
First up we are ticketing to include food this year, so we have teamed up with our friends Clarke & Lee who in my opinion are one of the finest cooking duos in Birmingham at the moment, their mix of Oriental and English fusion is inventive and fantastic. Every ticket includes a glass of fizz, and with the food ticket you will get two of Clarke & Lee’s legendary Pork Bao (trust me these are amazing), there is also a vegetarian Bao which I have on good authority is also stunning.
We will be taking over the arcade from 5pm, we will have as usual lots of drinks promos, give-aways, and a few other things planned (we will reveal later).
When: Saturday 14th June 2014 at 5pm-11pm
Where: Loki Wine
Ticket for entrance with food & drink on arrival – SOLD OUT
Ticket for entrance with vegetarian food & drink on arrival – SOLD OUT
Ticket for entrance & drink on arrival – SOLD OUT
I have been given a very last minute opportunity to host a German wine tasting for a limited number of people on Thursday (22nd) May – Yes that’s in less than two days time! This is a great chance to try some fantastic German wines (10 in total) and as it is very last minute we are only charging a nominal £5 for the tasting. We have very limited places so book quickly.
Location: Loki Lounge
Date: 22nd May 2014
I am delighted to welcome Kevin the owner of Riverby Wine Estate to Birmingham to talk us through the wines that were the highlight of our trip to New Zealand in January. The wines are exactly what I want from a vineyard; they are family owned, and the quality is some of the finest available.
The estate is located directly next door to Cloudy Bay, but unlike it’s famous neighbour they grow all their grapes themselves, and that control allows them to produce wines that are consistently rated as the top in New Zealand. Riverby are such a small estate they are not widely available outside New Zealand, so it’s a real honour to be one of the only merchants to stock these wines in the UK.
The wines have been highly decorated with the Chardonnay winning a Gold Medal at Decanter last year, with their Noble Riesling receiving the best New Zealand dessert wine two years in a row. All the wines on show have received over 90 points from Wine Advocate.
Opus restaurant are one of the top Restaurants in Birmingham and currently the only restaurant in the business district to hold 2AA Rosettes, and we have worked with them to make a perfect seasonal menu to match the wines over a four course menu.
When: Wednesday 11th June 2014 at 6:30pm
Where: Opus Restaurant, 54 Cornwall Street, Birmingham
Ticket Price: £70.00 – which includes: Aperitif, 4-courses meal with a glass of wine per course, and coffee.
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:
Ochota Barrels, Fugazi, McLaren Vale
4 Kilos, Twelve Volts, Vino de la Tierra de Mallorca
Johan Meyer, Pinot Noir, Elgin
Jamsheed, Moonambel Syrah, Pyrenees
Johan Meyer, Chardonnay, Walker Bay
Flower & Bee, Coto de Gomariz, Ribeiro
Suertes del Marques, Trenzado, Valle de la Orotava
Ariyanas Terruno Pizarroso, Bentomiz
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.
We are very excited to welcome one of our favourite wineries to host an exclusive wine tasting at Loki Wine Merchant in Birmingham
La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja’s oldest and most prestigious bodegas, with a history dating back to 1890. It was founded by winemakers from the Basque Country and La Rioja to produce high quality Rioja wines using completely traditional methods, an aim that continues to this day through the current winery partners, descendants of the founders. They are renowned in particular for their Gran Reservas, the 904 and the 890, that are produced only in exceptional years. These traditional wines are aged far longer than the minimum requirements and are mature, complex wines that are some of the finest in the world.
Wines on tasting:
Lagar de Cervera , Albarino 2012
Aster, Ribera del Duero Crianza 2008
La Rioja Alta, Vina Alberdi 2007
La Rioja Alta, Vina Arana Reserva 2005
La Rioja Alta, Gran Resera 904 2001
La Rioja Alta, Gran Resera 890 1998
When: Thursday 10th April 2014, 6.30pm
Where: Loki Wine
Ticket Price: £20.00
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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.