Posted by philinnes, April 24th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Riverby Wine Tasting Dinner at Opus Birmingham

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
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.


*Once purchased these tickets are non-refundable

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Posted by philinnes, April 1st, 2014

Categories:   Blog

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

Categories:   Blog

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

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Posted by philinnes, March 26th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

La Rioja Alta Wine Tasting At Loki Wine Birmingham

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
*Once purchased these tickets are non-refundable

SOLD OUT – To Join the waiting list please e-mail: hello@lokiwine.co.uk

Posted by philinnes, March 10th, 2014

Categories:   Blog

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.

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Posted by philinnes, February 28th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Croatian Wine Tasting

We are hosting our first Croatian wine tasting at the end of March. This is an area that I am really excited about and I am convinced that these wines will be a staple in every wine merchant over the next 5-10 years. The combination of interesting wines, purity and low intervention makes these wines some of the most exciting around at the moment. This tasting will be hosted by the trailblazing Pacta Connect who are well ahead of the trend on these wines. The low intervention on these wines if you need any more convincing allegedly don’t give you a hangover….

When: Monday 31st March 2014

At: 6:30pm

Where: Loki Wine Birmingham

SOLD OUT!!

E-mail hello@lokiwine.co.uk for reserve list

 

Posted by philinnes, February 28th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Henschke Wine Tasting

Introducing our most ambitious tasting yet, a premium Henschke tasting in our wine lounge at Loki wine. We will be sampling wines all through the range including two vintages of their iconic Hill of Grace. I am delighted that the glassware has also been sponsored by Riedel, so we will have some of the finest wines in the world paired up with the finest glassware. We will be opening over £2500 worth of wine this evening, so the tickets are a bargain at £50 each.  The tasting is limited to 15 tickets, so get in quickly. Here is the line-up:

Julius Riesling 2011

Croft Chardonnay 2012

Innes Pinot Gris 2010

Mount Edelstone 2002 Vs current vintage

Keyneton 2001 Vs current vintage

Cyril Henschke 2000 Vs current vintage

Hill of Grace 1999 Vs current vintage

Price £50

Where: Loki Wine Birmingham

When: Wednesday 12th February 2014

SOLD OUT

Posted by philinnes, February 17th, 2014

Categories:   Blog

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, January 11th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Hartenberg wine tasting

I have long being anticipating this wine tasting since my visit to Hartenberg in January last year. Hartenberg are one of the most famous and sought after producers in Stellenbosch, but quite often fall under the radar because their production is so limited. I have the privilege of hosting Heleen at my shop in Birmingham and to taste through some of their wines including  ”The Stork” Syrah, which is one of my favourite red wines in the shop.

Wines on tasting:

Riesling 2011
Chardonnay 2010
Shiraz 2008
Cabernet/Shiraz 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Merlot 2008
‘The Stork’ Shiraz 2008
Gravel Hill Shiraz 2007

Price: £15

When: 5th February 2014

At: 6:30pm

Sold Out

Posted by Phil Innes, January 8th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Greywacke Wine Tasting Dinner: Hosted by Kevin Judd at Purnell’s Bistro

We are incredibly excited to welcome legendary winemaker; Kevin Judd, to host an exclusive Greywacke wine tasting dinner at Purnell’s Bistro, Birmingham.

Greywacke is the Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, founding winemaker of Cloudy Bay and one of the true pioneers of New Zealand wine. The name Greywacke was adopted by Kevin and his wife in recognition of the high prevalence of the rounded river stones of the same name in the soils of their first vineyard. These quality focused wines source fruit from only the finest mature vineyards within the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. Kevin’s signature vineyard photographs provide the unmistakable identity of the Greywacke range.

A specially created four course menu has been chosen to pair with a selection of wines from the Greywacke range. The excellent food at Purnell’s Bistro menu is inspired by the ‘rustic home-cooking with an eclectic twist’ of  Michelin star chef Glynn Purnell. It’s one of our favourite places to eat in Birmingham and we cannot wait for the night! Due to the huge popularity of these wines, we are expecting tickets to sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment, please don’t delay in booking!

 

When:  Thursday 30th January 2014, 6.30pm

Where: Purnell’s Bistro, Newhall Street

Ticket Price: £60.00

*Once purchased these tickets are non-refundable

**Vegetarian menu available upon request. Please inform us of any specific dietary requirements

SOLD OUT!

Please contact us at hello@lokiwine.co.uk to be added to the reserve list