Carte Du Vin was started by my wife Marian and I as an exciting new venture in 2010. Our passion for wine goes back a long way and wine tasting has been a hobby that we enjoy on our travels. Now I agree that this enjoyment of wine could be said about literally millions of people in the UK, So what sets ''Carte Du Vin'' apart from the rest? It all stemmed from numerous cycling holidays around the vineyards and wine regions in France, Spain and Portugal. The type of holiday where you feel very fatuous for cycling in the heat of the day but spoilt by the transportation of your luggage from hotel to hotel, especially when the first glass of red wine is poured before you’ve even taken your helmet off! Our more recent travels have taken us further afield to South Africa. No bicycle in tow this time though! These trips have allowed us to sample and source wines and vineyards that we may never have encountered otherwise.
We want our customers to share our passion and feel part of the wine discovery process. Indeed, one customer recommended a Bordeaux producer and as a result we are now sampling their reds, whites and rose (still and sparkling)! Also another recommendation from the Languedoc is being followed up.
We derive great pleasure from researching all aspects of the wine making process and then passing on this knowledge at our seasonal wine tastings. Two tastings have already taken place in October and November 2010 and we always like to include food to complement each wine. Our next one will be a Spring tasting in March. In addition, we have presented to two local wine clubs and already have a further three booked in the next few months.
As you can see from the website our sales are web based. No order is too small and any mix of wines can be accommodated.
We enjoy sharing our wine experience and hope you enjoy becoming part of it, Torq and Marian
Most of our wines were discovered on one of these adventures abroad and each bottle in our range seems to have its own story...
We found our Minervois wine from Domaine des Homs because the wine cooperative in nearby Rieux Minervois was shut on the day we were cycling past. Luckily we didn't give up looking for wine! Indeed, to this day, Marian still describes our afternoon at Domaine des Homs as a 'bath chair moment' - i.e. when she's in her bath chair and being helped by her carers a smile will spread across her face when she recalls that day!
Our Cotes du Rhone - Domaine Berthet Rayne from the village of Cairanne is another example. Whilst in that area we got lost en route, ended up in jagged undergrowth and two flat tyres to boot!
Our St Chinian wine from the St Jean de Conques vineyard is produced by a mad keen rugby playing winemaker, Francois Regis Boussagol and his wines are just as powerful!
In November 2010 we travelled to the annual Festive de Beaune and whilst there, tasting many different Burgundies, we sourced a wonderful Pouilly Fuisse (Domasine Bourdon) and a very pleasant Givry (Domaine Masse). On our journey home we ''dropped in'' on a champagne producer, Monsieur Brigandat who exports to the USA.... Now he supplies the UK market too, but only through Carte du Vin!