Wine Tasting for the Beginner Red Wine Lover


We all work hard and at the end of another mega busy week (similar to the one the guy on the Berocca advert demonstrates), Friday nights are for me the main night of the weekend, the one where the plans you look forward to start to come together whether it’s chilling with a take-away and Gogglebox or jumping in the shower to start getting ready for a full on girls night out.

This Friday evening my partner and I planned from the Sunday before, nothing major but something we knew would be the perfect unwinding remedy for both of us – Wine! We knew exactly what we were going to do as soon as my shift finished at 6.30pm; get in the car, drive to Market Harborough and check out the stunning Majestic Wine Warehouse in search of the perfect bottle of Chianti, once this was done we were off to our local supermarket to get a steak, ciabatta and peppercorn sauce to take home, cook and enjoy with our bottle of red. You’re probably wondering why i’ve gone into the exacts of our plans but as you can tell it’s very food and drink orientated – honestly, the thought of our Friday treat after dieting all week and working hard kept me going strong through the salads and watching others walk through the staff room with McDonalds! You can feel my pain.

6.30pm arrived and the adventure began, we arrived at Majestic. Now we both hadn’t been to a proper wine shop before and didn’t quite know how it would be, not only the experience, but the price too! all a mystery until we got through the door. As we stepped in we were greeted by a bubbly and soon to find out, very knowledgeable lady called Sasha. She asked us if we were looking for anything in particular to which we replied ‘Chianti’ and before we knew it we were whisked to the ‘Italy’ section where she explained in more depth than you can imagine all about the different Chianti wine they have, the winemaking process for each bottle, where in Italy the wine was produced and more. She explained the prices and then what the discount is on buying 6 bottles and more. We were astonished to say the least! The lady even has an A-Level equivalent in wine! What an exciting course that would have been ay!

During our wine tour, we were told that we could try some different wine and we were led to the tasting area where we were poured several glasses as Sasha waited for our verdict, if we didn’t like something, she became intrigued and took mental notes of what each of us liked and disliked then tried to find a glass which would ‘bridge the gap’ to our individual taste. I like the fuller-bodied wine whereas my partner seems to like the dark berry flavours and as you know, we both love a Chianti!

After the tasting was over, we spoke more about the Majestic own brand of Chianti which they name ‘Definition’. It was already on the counter waiting for us. We decided on the purchase and spoke more about the wine and I asked if they do evenings for wine tasting. I’m in luck – they do! It cots £5pp and it all goes as a donation to charity! How lovely, put our names down for the next class!

The service was above and beyond. No hard sales (if you purchase a wine and don’t like it all you have to do is bring the bottle back for a full refund, even if you’ve drank the whole bottle!!) Sasha was fantastic, she showed a real interest in what we were looking for and helped us find other alternatives  if we wanted to try something other than a Chianti. When we had finished our purchase, we were then handed over our ‘taste notes’ to help us make our future choices AND she asked for my e-mail to send over offers etc which most companies do however I was definitely more interested in hearing from Majestic. Sasha mentioned that one offer may be Dartington wine glasses and before she finished her sentence she popped off to the other end of the shop and returned with a pair of said stemless, Dartington wine glasses for us to take home and enjoy our bottle in! After experiencing what I would most definitely class as excellent customer service I can’t recommend Majestic more. Thank You. (We’ll probably be returning next Friday)

Why not check out Majestic Wine Warehouse for yourself? There’s definitely something for everyone. Just click the link below.




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