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The Rose & Crown Hotel
Le Huret, Alderney
UK Channel Islands

Delivery on Alderney is free :-) we deliver Monday to Saturday between 10am and 1pm. Please note that we cannot deliver off-island.


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Meaty: With savoury flavours and chewy.

Methuselah: A large bottle holding six litres, the equivalent of eight regular wine bottles.

Microoxygenation: The controlled exposure of wine to small amounts of oxygen in the attempt to reduce the length of time required for maturation.

Midpalate: A tasting term for the feel and taste of a wine when held in the mouth.

Millerandage: A French term referring to a viticultural problem in which grape bunches contain berries of greatly differing size and levels of maturity. Caused by cool weather during flowering.

Mis en boutielle au château: French for `bottled at the winery`, usually in Bordeaux.

Mouthfeel: The texture of a wine in the mouth.

Mulled wine: Wine that is spiced, heated, and served as a punch.

Must: Unfermented grape juice, including pips, skins and stalks.

Must weight: The level of fermentable sugars in the must and the resultant alcohol content if all the sugar was converted to ethanol.

Négociant: French for `trader`. A wine merchant who assembles the produce of smaller growers and winemakers and sells the result under its own name.

Nebuchadnezzar: A large bottle holding 15 litres, the equivalent of 20 regular wine bottles.

New World wine: Wines produced outside of the traditional wine growing areas of Europe and North Africa.

Noble rot: Another name for the `Botrytis cinerea` mould that can pierce grape skins causing dehydration. The resulting grapes produce a highly prized sweet wine, generally dessert wine.

Nose: A tasting term for the aroma or bouquet of a wine.

Oak chips: Small pieces of oak wood used in place of oak barrels in fermenting and/or ageing wine.

Oenology: The science of wine and winemaking.

Oenophile: A wine aficionado or connoisseur.

Old vine: Wine produced from vines that are notably old.

Old World wine: Wines produced inside of the traditional wine growing areas of Europe and North Africa.

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