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Majestic Wine has joined the fightback against dementia, after employees voted overwhelmingly in favour of Alzheimer’s Research UK becoming their next charity partner.

There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and without effective treatments, one in three children born today will die with this devastating condition. But through the power of research – and with the support of Majestic Wine – we can be the last generation to fear dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s largest dementia research charity, has set itself the mission of bringing about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.

The charity is dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by their passionate scientists and supporters, Alzheimer’s Research UK is challenging the way people think about dementia, uniting the big thinkers in the field and funding the innovative science that will deliver a cure.

To find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK, visit: www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

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Help! I normally buy estate-bottled wine. More and more I see in supermarkets and other outlets, wine brought in bulk from New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia and bottled in the UK. 

A contentious topic but in short – yes, bulk wine can be equal to estate-bottled wine.

Bulk wine still has a reputation as being sub-par quality, but in this day and age that’s becoming more of an archaic thought. It tends to be the larger producers who ship wine in bulk because it can significantly reduce cost. Because producers aren’t paying to move glass bottles across the ocean, they are able to move much higher volumes (bottles take up lots of space!). While the cost savings may seem insignificant on a small scale, they can really add up – which means that customers can actually get a better quality wine at a given price. Another benefit is that bulk wines being moved long haul tend to be quite stable.

With all that said, it really comes down to individual producers. Just because a wine is estate-bottled doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to be a fantastic bottle. Equally, just because you grab a wine shipped in bulk doesn’t mean it will be of lesser quality. It really comes down to the care and attentiveness that goes into creating world- class wines, which can arrive here in bottles or in bulk.

Don’t believe us? Give our NEW Devil’s Creek a try. It did not arrive individually bottled, but we guarantee you will love it.

From the award-winning winery behind the Russian Jack – which just grabbed Decanter Magazine’s Platinum – Best in Show: Best Value Sauvignon Blanc – comes Devil’s Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016. Over 10,000 wines are entered in the Decanter Wine Awards every year, and only 34 of them are awarded Best in Show – so you can be assured the family behind Devil’s Creek know a thing or two about crafting excellent Sauvignon Blanc.

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Help! Where does the butteriness come from in a wine? It seems counterintuitive given the nature of the raw ingredients –
i.e. grapes – none of which in my experience have anything close in flavour. – Rick

You’re absolutely spot on – it does not come from the grapes! The creaminess or butteriness you get in wine comes from Malolactic Fermentation – which is not actually a fermentation!

Utterly confused yet?
Malo (or MLF as it’s also referred to as) is actually a process where tart malic acid in wine is converted to softer, creamier lactic acid – yes the same type of acid found in milk. The process helps reduces acidity.

So where does it come from?
Basically, a bacteria called Oenoccocus Oeni is the culprit – it feeds on the malic acids and produces the lactic acid. The most common way this bacteria gets into the wine is through oak barrels. Almost all red wines and certain styles of white wines like richer Chardonnays for example go through MLF. They have a distinct richness and velvety texture – which make them perfect for pairing with foods.

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Your chance to win a 5-star wine holiday at the beautiful Château de Berne.

Debating about where to go on holiday? How about a 5-star weekend in Provence on us?

We’re thrilled to offer one lucky customer the chance to win a 5* trip to Provence with Château de Berne. But HURRY you must enter by 6 June, 2017! 

Nestled in the heart of Provence, with panoramic views of the vineyards framed by distant mountains – there can hardly be a more idyllic place to immerse yourself in the history of this premium rosé producing region.

To celebrate the launch of their new rosé, Berne Les Oliviers, Château de Berne are offering one lucky customer the opportunity to visit their vineyards and 5* hotel and spa.

You and one guest will enjoy…

–   A two night stay in July at Château de Berne’s 5* hotel and spa

–   Dinner in their renowned one Michelin starred restaurant

–   A money-can’t-buy tour of their vineyards and winery

–   Flights from the UK to Toulon + hire car

The perfect weekend away for rosé lovers and Francophiles alike, we guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable experience.

5-star Château de Berne awaits.

Click here to find out how to enter.

https://www.majestic.co.uk/berne

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