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  • 08
  • Thursday
  • Oct '15

Independent Leeds Wine Tasting

We had the pleasure of hosting a wine tasting event for the bloggers of Leeds, which was arranged by our friends over at Independent Leeds.


We treated the event as a introduction to wine tasting for the bloggers, as we had a varied level of experience in the group when it came to wine and tasting it! The lucky bloggers got to taste our Palmer & Co Champagne to start as a palate cleanser, then we kicked off the whites with our signature Sauvignon- the Spanish Cuatro Rayas Sauvignon Blanc, which was followed by our adventurous Best’s Great Western Riesling from Australia! We paired the whites with a selection of cheeses from our food menu, which went down a treat! Then onto the reds, where we tasted the fruity French Eric Louis Pinot Noir, against the full bodied French Bastide St Dominique Chateauneuf-Du-Pape! Then we finished off with a final palate cleanser of the Palmer & Co Champagne, paired with some of our favourite ‘Champagne Cheese’!

A great afternoon was had by all and the blogs are rolling in! If you’re interested about finding out more about the event, the bloggers and of course the wines, then have a look at the links below, which will take you directly to the blogs! Enjoy!

Thank you again to Independent Leeds for introducing us to the lovely bloggers of Leeds!


  • 04
  • Friday
  • Sep '15

Camden Town Brewery Tap Takeover

Here at The Decanter we are renowned for our wine, but we also have a passion for craft lagers and ales. We were one of the first bars in Leeds to stock Camden Town Brewery back in 2014 and have always been huge supporters of them. Now their selection has grown massively and we were very excited to be asked by Camden to host their ‘Shout Out’ while they were in Leeds for the beer festival. So together we hosted our first ever tap takeover!

We had a huge selection of Camden Town’s fantastic beers, including Hells, Unfiltered Hells, Indian Hells, Pale, Wit, Pills, Camden V’s Stone & Wood and Unfiltered Hells, alongside two exclusive limited edition beers Strawberry Hells and Fruit Cup in collaboration with Beavertown.

Not only did we have a huge selection of their beers but the guys from the brewery came down to the bar to chat with our customers all about them! They even got a few rounds in!

If you missed the event this weekend, you can still come and try the beers, which we are keeping on until the weekend due to the fantastic response!

Thanks to everyone who came! Cheers!


  • 07
  • Tuesday
  • Jul '15

We Love Rioja!

The title says it all, we love Rioja (The wine and the province!)

We recently took a trip to Rioja to visit some fantastic vineyards and wineries and we wanted to share some of our favourite moments from the trip with you!


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Our first stop was Cune Winery. Cune was established in 1879 and today it still sits on its original site, in the wine district Barrio de la Estacion, in Haro, Rioja Alta wine region. The winery comprises of both structures and cellars, most dating from the 19th century! Above are some photos e took of their impressive oak barrels full of their beautiful wines.


The above photo was taken in one of Cune wineries many cellars, this is the personal collection of the owner. Everything is covered in penicillin mould which protects the wine. There is an 1888 bottle in this collection! He won’t sell a single bottle to anyone no matter what they offer (he once turned down a huge one million for some of his collection), that is love and dedication!


The next stop was Vina Real winery, located on the Cerro de la Mesa Hill, Alavesa, Rioja! Their building is designed to look like a wine barrel! We loved their wines so much we took five of their wines home with us and sold them on our specials board! Our favourite was the Vina Real Gran Reserva, made from the Tempranillo and Graciano grapes, it is deep ruby red in colour, with shades of garnet, with complex and intense flavours, mainly due to its stay in oak, giving notes of leather, coffee and spices, as well as a well integrated flavour of stewed fruits.


Our final stop on our vineyard tour was the beautiful Contino Winery. Above is a photo of our very own Alex with Jesus Madras the winemaker at Contino. They call him ‘Mr Graciano’ (Jesus that is, not Alex), as he was the first winemaker to use 100% Graciano grapes in Rioja wine!

The bottom left picture shows Jesus taking wine for us to taste from one of the 15 barrels of 2013 Rioja. The weather was so bad in 2013 only enough grapes to make 15 barrels passed the highly stringent quality checks demanded by Continuo (which is a very small amount for a winery the size of Contino). Because there is so little of this wine it will never be sold to the public, destined to become a legendary wine. We were very privileged to sample it!

We want to say a huge thank you to Mathew Clark for taking us on such an amazing trip and to everyone who came to the Rioja wine tasting at The Decanter, we brought all the wine home for all of our customers to taste, of course!

  • 12
  • Tuesday
  • May '15

Leeds Indie Food Festival At The Decanter

Leeds Indie Food Festival was a celebration of independents, which was held in different venus across Leeds.

Leeds Indie Food Festival put on a bit of a show in May and we thought we would join in the fun! A special collaborative event was dreamed up by the teams behind The Decanter Wine BarGraze Bakery on Call Lane and Laura from Yorkshire Wine School. Our three way event featured some brand new wines from our newly re-vamped list, delicious nibbles created by the team from Graze to perfectly suit the wines along with Wine School fun and antics for the evening. 

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Guests tasted 6 delicious wines on the evening, kicking off with a zesty English Sparkling Wine from Chapel Down winery and topping off things with a suitably sweet stickie of Rutherglen Muscat. Inbetween we tasted wines from around the world including a fresh and peppery Gruner Veltliner from Austria and a robust and earthy Aglianico from Southern Italy. Alongside the wines was four handcrafted nibbles to enhance the flvaours of the wine. Picking only the freshest seasonal ingredients, Graze bakery worked away on these tasty morsels, which included beautiful English asparagus, crunchy pork crackling and the earthy flavours of game.

Here are some photos of the event! Thank you to everyone who came and made it a great evening!

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For more information on the festival or on our collaborators, please see their websites:

  • 07
  • Saturday
  • Mar '15

Happy 1st Birthday To Us!

It is time to celebrate our first year of trade and we cannot believe how fast it has gone- what a year!

We first took over our premises on Park Row back in January 2014, when it was an empty shell left behind by Johnsons Dry Cleaners and boy did we have a lot of work to come!

With months of planning before the keys were in our hands, we hit the ground running and turned the place around in just 6 weeks, with lots of help from friends, family and many a skilled crafts man! Something everyone involved in the renovation is very proud of.

We opened the doors on 1st March 2014 and introduced the people of Leeds to The Decanter! We’re celebrating the landmark tonight (Saturday 7th March 2015) with our resident Northern Soul DJ Fuzzy Jones!

Thank you to all of our customers, suppliers and tradesmen for all of your support and custom, here’s to many more years serving you the best wines from throughout the globe!


The Decanter Team




  • 24
  • Monday
  • Nov '14

That Christmas feeling!

Is it just us, or has the city of Leeds got ‘That Christmas Feeling’?

The stage is set, we have our Christmas lights twinkling in the windows, spirits are high in the bar, both staff and customers alike are starting to feel the festive spirit in the air! This week also see’s the introduction of our christmas cocktails, come and try a Candy Cain, Hot Toddy, or Egg Nog Nod, along with many more delicious delights!

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Nothing says Christmas in Leeds more than the German market opening and everyone is embracing it to the full with their best Christmas jumper on! Luckily for us were just a hop, skip and jump from the market, so we’re close by to warm those cockles after a late afternoon stood outside in the crisp winter air with your steins! Our mulled wine and cider is brewing and smelling divine, so the celebrations do not have to end when you leave the German market! Our Camden Hells lager and Pale ale comes in a stein!

So if you are looking for a warm, cozy, city centre alternative, we’re here to assist, whether you want to book a work Christmas party, a table for two, or somewhere to spend new years eve, send us a request and we’ll be happy to help.

Join us this weekend for a christmas cocktail or mulled wine, if you’re not quite getting that Christmas feeling, we’re sure to help!