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  • The Wine Gang's December 2011 Report: featuring wines from Tanners

    Posted on December 9, 2011 by Tanners Wines There have been 0 comments

    We're really pleased to have been featured in The Wine Gang's December report and as we know you like to read other people's opinion of our wines (as well as our own of course!) we've included the comments on their favourites from a recent trade tasting below, with handy links available if you would like to find out more about each wine.

    For the uninitiated, The Wine Gang consists of 5 of the UK's most respected wine critics, they are: Tom Cannavan of, Jane Parkinson of, Anthony Rose of The Independent, Joanna Simon of House & Garden and David Williams of The Observer and World of Fine Wine. So without further ado - here's what they have to say about our wines:

    The Wine Gang recommends...

    "We tasted this selection of Tanners wines at [an] annual event organised by a group of six independent merchants who call themselves The Bunch. The objective, in general, is to show why merchants such as Tanners have a place in the wine store world when up against the might of multiple retailers. We think they achieved this goal on the basis [of] the 9 wines available at the event... included wines that are decadent, some that were delicious and others that were good value-for-money quaffers."

    Dry Whites

    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Perrières, Etienne Sauzet 2007Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Perrières, Etienne Sauzet 2007


    "This is one of those white Burgundies that's charming enough to send you off into a hazy daydream. It has verve and purpose, elegance and focus, fruit and minerality, and is it any wonder, for 2007 was a particularly good vintage here. Crunchy apple fruit with a creamy texture, a long finish complete with a twist of grapefruit, this positively screams "don't look at the price, just buy me for goodness sake!" "

    Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay Auckland 2008Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay Auckland 2008

    "A leading light in New Zealand, Kumeu River has come up trumps again with this single-vineyard Chardonnay. A wonderful nutty aroma supported by some ripe, baked apple fruit. It's brilliantly lively in the mouth, being both crisp and refreshing as well as round, with that lovely baked apple character dominating on the finish."

    Leyda Lot 5 Chardonnay, Leyda Valley 2009Leyda Lot 5 Chardonnay, Leyda Valley 2009

    "Representing the elegant Chardonnay potential that Chile and indeed Leyda increasingly offers, this seems to be infused with walnuts and has a charming extra virgin olive oil aroma too. Delicate and creamy on the palate at first, moving on to a touch of grapefruit freshness on the finish."

    Dry Reds

    La Massa Toscana IGT 2008La Massa Toscana IGT 2008

    "A wine with purpose, this has intensity and tension, but is also ripe in fruit. A fine example of blending the indigenous with the international, this has 55% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot and a little (5%) Cabernet Sauvignon. Ageing in French barriques has brought verve to the tannins and lovely texture while the rich fig-like fruit is sure to keep going for a few years to come. Worth hanging on to, we'd say."

    Montefalco Rosso DOC, Rocca di Fabbri 2008Montefalco Rosso DOC, Rocca di Fabbri 2008

    "Even though neighbouring Tuscany grabs most of the headlines, Umbria can be the source of some great value reds. This is one such example, an authentic-tasting wine made from a blend of Sangiovese and Sagrantino, it has an earthy honesty about it with a nice deep cherry flavour."

    Dry Rosé

    Tanners French Rosé, VdP des Côtes de Gascogne 2010Tanners French Rosé, VdP des Côtes de Gascogne 2010 (86/100pts)


    "A great, affordable little number fashioned from Tannat, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. It's got all the versatility you'd want from a rosé and would match fish, salty nibbles, salads, you name it, this would come up, er, rosy."

    Sparkling White

    Prosecco Vino Frizzante Veneto, Fabio CeschinProsecco Vino Frizzante Veneto, Fabio Ceschin

    "Highly aromatic with lots of pear drop characters. Easy, lightly fizzy and refreshing with delicate pear fruit."

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  • Decanter World Wine Awards: Tanners Wines the UK's 'Regional Wine Merchant' of the year 2011

    Posted on September 12, 2011 by Alison Chadwick There have been 2 comment(s)

    Decanter Regional Merchant Winner 2011Last week, we were delighted to be awarded the UK Regional Wine Merchant of the Year at the Decanter World Wine Awards in the Royal Opera House in London.

    The award was presented by wine writer, Anthony Rose, to Tanners Managing Director, James Tanner, at a dinner of about 400 people including many of the top people in the wine trade, journalists and producers from around the world.

    James Tanner commented:

    “The regional category covers the whole of the UK outside London. It is widely acknowledged that the UK has the best wine merchants in the world so it's no mean accomplishment.

    I consider the accolade to be very much a team achievement and testament to all those efforts by our staff to give a great offering and going that extra mile for our customers.”

    Click to view the Decanter Magazine article about Tanners Wines

    Other recent awards for Tanners Wines include:

    James Tanner & Robert Boutflower receiving the award from Anthony Rose

    • 2010 Wine List of the Year – International Wine Challenge
    • 2010 Central Regional Merchant of the Year – International Wine Challenge
    • 2009 Independent Merchant of the Year – Decanter World Wine Awards
    • 2009 Central Regional Merchant of the Year – International Wine Challenge
    • 2008 Large Independent Merchant of the Year – International Wine Challenge
    • 2008 Direct Wine Merchant of the Year – International Wine Challenge
    • 2008 Central Regional Merchant of the Year – International Wine Challenge