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  • Christmas Cases of Wonderful Wines!

    Wonderful Christmas cases from £50

    Christmas is coming and for many of us, that means plenty of opportunities to entertain family and friends.

    Hard To Find Wines is here to help with these wonderful wine cases that are perfect to ensure you have a variety of wines to serve at any occasion over the festive season.


     

     

    A case of essential Christmas wines

    Essential Christmas Selection
    (6 bottles)
    £50.00

    Six bottles are included in this essential selection of Christmas wines:

    Riondo Spago Nero Prosecco NV
    Orange River Chenin Blanc 2018
    Quinta do Ermizio Vinho Verde 2017
    Alta Vega Crianza Rioja 2012
    Tierra Antica Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Orange River Straw Wine 2014 (375ml)

    A case of essential Christmas wines

    Essential Christmas Selection
    (12 bottles)
    £90.00

    Two bottles of each wine are included in this 12-bottle essential selection of Christmas wines:
    Riondo Spago Nero Prosecco NV
    Orange River Chenin Blanc 2018
    Quinta do Ermizio Vinho Verde 2017
    Alta Vega Crianza Rioja 2012
    Tierra Antica Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Orange River Straw Wine 2014 (375ml)


     

    A half case of classic Christmas wines

    Classic Christmas Selection
    (6 bottles)
    £95.00

    Six bottles are included in this classic selection of Christmas wines:
    Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire NV
    Little Angel Pinot Gris 2016
    Rickety Bridge Chardonnay 2016
    Villa Mangiacane Chianti Classico 2011
    Larry Cherubino Cruel Mistress Pinot Noir 2016
    Glenwood Grand Duc Noblesse NV (375ml)

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    Classic Christmas Selection
    (12 bottles)
    £175.00

    Two bottles of each wine are included in this 12-bottle classic selection of Christmas wines:
    Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire NV
    Little Angel Pinot Gris 2016
    Rickety Bridge Chardonnay 2016
    Villa Mangiacane Chianti Classico 2011
    Larry Cherubino Cruel Mistress Pinot Noir 2016
    Glenwood Grand Duc Noblesse NV (375ml)


     

    A half case of luxury Christmas wines

    Luxury Christmas Selection
    (6 bottles)
    £245.00

    Six bottles are included in this luxury selection of Christmas wines:
    Pol Roger Brut Champagne NV
    Giles Morat Sur La Roche Pouilly Fuisse 2016
    Glenwood Grand Duc Chardonnay 2015
    Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Caro Baron de Rothschild 2014
    Chateau Filhot Grand Cru Classe Sauternes 2009 (375ml)

    A case of luxury Christmas wines

    Luxury Christmas Selection
    (12 bottles)
    £450.00

    Two bottles of each wine are included in this 12-bottle luxury selection of Christmas wines:
    Pol Roger Brut Champagne NV
    Giles Morat Sur La Roche Pouilly Fuisse 2016
    Glenwood Grand Duc Chardonnay 2015
    Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Caro Baron de Rothschild 2014
    Chateau Filhot Grand Cru Classe Sauternes 2009 (375ml)


     

    Other mixed case options are available on the Hard to Find Wines website.

    For delivery by Christmas on orders placed by midday Thursday, 20 December 2017, pop over to our website now!

    Last orders for Christmas 20 December 2018

  • South African Sweet Wine Awards

    WineMag.co.za Launches Inaugural South African Sweet Wine Report

    South African Sweet Wines have been pitted against one another and an international contender in the inaugural WineMag.co.za Sweet Wine Report. The South African Wines proved their quality and according to the Report they "can stand alongside the same from anywhere in the world" with very good results.

    The inaugural Sweet Wine Report focused on wines in the categories of Natural Sweet, Noble Late Harvest, Straw Wine, Hanepoot and Muscadel.

    Wines were tasted blind by the panel of three with scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

    For more on the report, visit WineMag.co.za.

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    To see which of the award-winning Sweet Wines Hard to Find Wines has available, read on!

    NOBLE LATE HARVEST

    GlenWood
    Grand Duc Noblesse NV
    £19.99

    GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse NV

    91 Points
    Stunning dessert wine produced from Semillon and a dash of Sauvignon Blanc, cosseted in oak for 3 years. Hedonistic yet superbly balanced with deep layers of kumquat, honey and fynbos.

    Buitenverwachting
    1769
    2015
    £17.99

    A bottle of Buitenverwachting 1769 2015

    93 Points
    Noble Late Harvest dessert wine produced by Buitenverwachting in Cape Town's Constantia Wine Route. Honey and apricot embrace a sweet sticky liquid with a lingering sugary aftertaste.


    STRAW WINE

    Orange River Cellars
    Straw Wine
    2014
    £9.99

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars Straw Wine

    91 Points
    The grapes for this wine were air dried for 3 weeks before crushing. Allowed to ferment in second fill 225-litre oak barrels. Amber colouration with white stone fruit and peach and just a gentle hint of spiced almonds.


    MUSCADEL

    Orange River Cellars
    Red Muscadel NV
    £9.99

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel

    91 Points
    Orange-red colouration, a lighter style of fortified wine. Raisins and sultanas with a light fruity sweetness and just a hint of orange peel.

    Orange River Cellars
    White Muscadel NV
    £9.99

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars White Muscadel

    90 Points
    A deep golden hue, intense ripe fruit blossom and dried figs. Light and fresh with a balanced sweetness.

  • GlenWood Vineyards' Recent Awards

    On Thursday, 4 October and Saturday, 6 October, DP Burger of GlenWood Vineyards in Franschhoek, South Africa will be hosting events with Hard To Find Wines in celebration of GlenWood's award-winning wines.

    To give some perspective on how excellent their wines are, here are some of GlenWood Vineyards' recent awards.

     


     

     

     Glenwood - Chardonnay - Vigneron's Selection - 2015

    Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2016

    - Decanter World Wine Awards – Silver
    - International Wine and Spirits Competition – Silver
    - South African Wine Index – Platinum (95+)
    - Prescient Chardonnay Report – 92 points
    - Franschhoek Appellation Grand Prestige Status
    - Chardonnay du Monde – Silver
    - Vitis Vinifera – Gold
    - Winemag Chardonnay Report – 92 points

    A bottle of GlenWood Grand Duc Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Grand Duc Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    - SA Terroir Wine Awards – Best in District
    - Platter’s 4.5* (92 points)

    GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse NV

    Grand Duc Noblesse 2014

    - Winemag Sweet Wine report – 90 points

    Would you like to learn of previous awards won by GlenWood? Take a look at one of our previous blog posts.

    For more information on our upcoming London and Shropshire GlenWood events, visit our blog here. Book your tickets - don't delay!

  • IWC Winners for 2018!

    The International Wine Challenge is in its 34th year. The IWC is a meticulously judged wine competition where each wine is judged blind for faithfulness to style, region and vintage. During the judging process, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three occasions by at least 10 different judges. Awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze) as well as Commended and Great Value awards.

    Our South African wines put on quite a show this year. Below are the winners of Trophy, Gold and Silver awards.

    LA COURONNE

    Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016
    IWC Franschhoek Chardonnay Trophy and Gold Medal

    A bottle of La Couronne Chardonnay 2016

    Congratulations to Eldorette, Henk and the team at La Couronne in Franschhoek on winning the IWC Franschhoek Chardonnay Trophy and Gold Medal for their Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016. This is a lovely, complex, medium weight chardonnay with scented vanilla spice, some honey and pear. A tangy, saline acidity and a long, refreshing finish.

    In addition to this Gold Medal and Trophy, La Couronne also won Bronze Medals for their Limited Release Pinotage 2015 and their Merlot Rose 2017 and a Commended for their Malbec 2015.

    ASARA

    The Bell Tower 2013
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of Asara Bell Tower 2013

    Sleek, intense and packed with sweet black plum and bitter chocolate, with an edge of balsamic. A sweet intensity and structure.

    Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016

    Fresh tight lean style with vanilla oak characteristics on the finish. Warm, Waxy, ripe style, juicy melon and ripe apple fruit and some lingering honeysuckle.

    GLENWOOD VINEYARDS

    Vigneron's Selection Chardonnay 2016
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of GlenWood Vigneron's Selection Chardonnay 2016

    Bold and powerful citrus burst, mouth-fillingly rich and creamy vanilla with beautifully integrated oak. Butterscotch and glycerine, creamy balance with great length and lift.

    Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc Grand Duc 2016
    IWC Silver Medal

    GW Sem Saus Grand Duc 2016

    Baked apple and cinnamon, buttered popcorn with savoury notes. Long and complex.

    GROOT CONSTANTIA

    Shiraz 2015
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of GC Shiraz 2015

    The 2015 Shiraz shows textbook black pepper spice and violets on the nose with hints of Cape fynbos and black currant.  The intense fruit flavours follow on the palate with firm tannin and a fresh acidity that promises great ageing potential.

    Pinotage 2016
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of Groot Constantia Pinotage 2016

    A bold, generous, rich, plummy fruit with notes of dark chocolate and mocha. A traditional style of Pinotage, of earthy farmyard qualities interlaced with full dark fruits.

    While we do have the Groot Constantia wines in stock, you will need to wait a bit longer for some of these other award winners. We expect the arrival of the Glenwood Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2016 over the course of the next month. The Asara wines and the La Couronne Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 will be arriving at Hard To Find Wines over the next few months.

  • Bladen's Award Winning Wines

    A lineup of Bladen's wine selection including pinot rose, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, riesling

    Photo: Bladen Wines

    It is winter now in New Zealand and Christine and Dave Macdonald of Bladen Wines, based in the Marlborough area are hard at work on the results of the 2017 harvest.

    "The 2016 vintage wines have been fantastic and we are thrilled to still have enough stock to run us through a little longer as the 2017 harvest was smaller than we had hoped for.  However, this last vintage is showing great promise from the tanks and barrels we are sampling and the first of these wines will be bottled very shortly," said Christine.

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  • Perfect Summer Wedding Wines

    Selecting the perfect wines for your summer wedding

    With summer wedding season in full swing, there is so much to be done! Planning a wedding is a complex operation with so many variables, such as dresses and suits, flowers and cars, speeches and food. One of the more enjoyable aspects of all this hard work is selecting the wines for your big day. So how do you go about planning and selecting the right wines for your reception?

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  • New wines from Vierkoppen available now

    When approached a few months back by Vierkoppen to see if we were interested in stocking their wines, there was a hint of trepidation. This is in no small part to the fact that the location of this vineyard in Robertson, South Africa, holds mixed feelings for me.

    If we were to rewind 10 years, Robertson was hardly considered as a quality wine growing region, perhaps producing bulk fruit for supermarket type wines, but certainly less so for high quality premium wines. However, times have very much changed, and Robertson is now without doubt one of the world's best kept secrets in terms of quality wine growing regions.

    Focussing primarily on Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon, Vierkoppen is an outstanding producer of top quality South African wine. In the latest edition of Platter a brace of their wines achieved the heady heights of 4.5 stars - no mean achievement when considering many estates take decades to achieve this level of quality and recognition from their wines, and Vierkoppen have done it in just a handful of years.

    The Vierkoppen Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect balance between fresh tropical fruits and a refreshing minerality, a wonderful bed fellow to spicy foods or to be enjoyed on a sun soaked veranda. At just £10.99 it also represents fantastic value for money, with many similar style Sauvignons from across the mountains in Stellenbosch coming in at over 30% more in price.

    Similar can be said for the two red wines produced, the Vierkoppen Pinotage and Vierkoppen Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines come in at just under £13, but wow what are treat you are getting for your hard earned cash. Both ooze quality with refined tannins and supple mouth feel, followed by layers of textured fruit. All of these wines are handcrafted and produced in only minute quantities, a far cry from the South African bulk wine days of old, whose mantle seems to have been taken up now by the Australians (there are still wonderful boutique vineyards in Oz, but far too many have been eaten up by the commercial breweries and multinational conglomerates).

    The South African wine industry in my view, is currently leading much of the world in how it approaches and delivers wonderful wines. Their winemakers, usually from a grounding at Stellenbosch University, embrace the world of wine growing practices from across the globe, along with winemaking skills. Unlike the rigid appellation systems in France, Spain and Italy they are free to experiment, and work with the land, vines and grapes to produce the best possible wine from that terroir.

    If you only try one new wine this year, you could not go far wrong with one of these awesome wines from Robertson, which can be found here

  • Over 100 wines under £10

    Hard to Find Wines now lists over 100 wines under £10 a bottle. All offering excellent quality in a diverse range of styles to tempt every palate.

    Over the past 10 years we have built up a substantial portfolio of wines we believe to offer fantastic value for money. With over a third of the price of a bottle of wine being made up of duty and tax these wines are certainly becoming more scarce, but we strive to continually update our list of wines to offer our clients the best that the wine world has to offer. Wines from Australia, France, Luxembourg, South Africa and New Zealand are just some of our wines under £10.

    Many wines below £7 in the UK offered by major retailers and supermarkets are now produced and bottled in the UK, from concentrate liquid shipped in from a multitude of areas. At Hard to Find Wines we passionately believe that the best wine is crafted in situ at the vineyard, with experienced winemakers at the helm. All of our wines are produced in this way, with many hand crafted in tiny quantities, and with the team at Hard to Find Wines having personal knowledge of both the vineyards, winemaking process and winemakers. Wine does not necessarily need to be expensive to be enjoyed, but it does need to be quality! Our wines under £10 selection represents just this philosophy, offering quality and value to our clients.

    A selection of our top 2 dozen wines can be found here or alternatively our full range of wines are available at htfwines.co.uk

  • Up to 60% off South African Wines

    Over the past 10 years we have had the pleasure of importing some fantastic quality wines from all over the world. However, we continually strive to find new wines and boutique vineyards offering exciting and tasty wines for our clients to enjoy. Inevitably this means some wines have to make way for the new, and currently we have a selection of South African wines which are making way for the new.

    Seidelberg was a firm favourite of ours being one of the original vineyards we imported from. Unfortunately a few years ago the farm was bought up by the neighbouring Fairview in Paarl, and the Seidelberg and De Leuwen Jagt ranges are no longer produced. We have just limited stock of a few of the Seidelberg range remaining, without doubt the last in the world.

    Du Toitskloof was another of our first imports, again now no longer looking to export its own branded wines to the UK and instead with new management taking over a few years ago, are producing primarily own label wines for large retailers.

    Zorgvliet in Stellenbosch, although great wines, was a vineyard whose range never seemed to particularly take off here in the UK. Just a small amount of stock remains in our warehouse, but we are happy to have taken on a replacement in the form of Lanzerac, a stunning estate not too far away and home to the first ever Pinotage produced.

    Wines from the above vineyards are currently with up to 60% off so grab yourself a bargain here

  • Refreshing Wines Perfect For This Summer

    There's something immensely refreshing in enjoying a glass of wine while sitting out in the open breeze in the summertime. Wine can be enjoyed when finishing a hard days work, or when family and friend's come over, it goes with all types of food so you can indulge in your favourite bottle, while relishing in your dinner.
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