The Black Bear Wine List

About our Tap Wines

I don’t know who it was who said “life is too short to drink bad wine” but I’d like to buy them a pint.

Wine is important and getting the wine right in a pub, in fact in life generally, is worth the effort.  House wines in a pub are especially a test of the quality and style of the place you are in and we like them to be easy drinking, not too expensive and of excellent quality.

It is this mission that led us down the route of importing our own wine.  We get to choose exactly the wine we want, we can import it in bulk and sell it in good old-fashioned carafes.  This makes it much cheaper for our customers than it would be if we asked a UK based importer to do the job for us.  It’s a bit of a win/win all round.

This is exactly what we have done.  We don’t want to give away too many of our secrets but essentially, we have a top-flight buyer working with us together with a French negociant who have sourced, blended and packaged the wine for us.  We have also devised and installed our own dispense system which you may have noticed on our back bar.

Cheers!

TAP WINE                                                

Our tap wines are available by the glass, 1/2 litre and litre carafe.

175ml

250ml

500ml

Litre

WHITE

Bear Blanc - a Chardonnay blend        

£4.60

£6.60

£13

£26

Bear Sauvignon Blanc - crisp, light and zesty        

£5.20

£7.40

£14.50

£29

RED

Bear Syrah - a dark, powerful and serious wine                

£4.60

£6.60

£13

£26

Bear Claret - medium-bodied red with cherry, plum and blackcurrant fruits and a savoury finish

£5.20

£7.40

£14.50

£29

ROSE

Bear Rosé - light and dry Grenache with strawberry flavours

£4.60

£6.60

£13

£26

WHITE 

175ml

250ml

Bottle

Wines by the glass/ bottle

Pinot Grigio, Farfalla, Italy

£5.75

£7.80

£22.50

Clean, simple, fresh apple and pear flavours. Easy drinking. Great for any occasion.

Chardonnay, Cantata, Italy

£5.75

£7.80

£22.50

This wine has a subtle fruity nose with a pleasant mouth feel. Dry and full bodied on the palate with a mellow finish.

Rioja Blanco, Vina del oja, Spain

£6.25

£8.50

£24.50

Youthful fruity citrus flavours. Fresh with hints of herbs on finish, unoaked.

Sauvignon Blanc, Waipara Springs, New Zealand

£7.10

£9.25

£27

This wine is fresh and vibrant with passion fruit, gooseberry and some melon characters. It has a balanced richness of fruit with a floral note through the palate, with intense depth of flavour and a crisp finish.

Wines by the bottle

 Soave Classico, Cimalta, Italy

Delicately floral with ripe yellow fruit and a chalky, citrus edge. Refreshing and lengthy on the palate, this uniquely minerally, almost saline Soave also has plenty of ripe, citrusy fruit that lingers all the way through the finish.

£33

Rully Blanc, Cave de Buxy, France

£38.95

100% unoaked Chardonnay that really delivers terrific fruit flavours in a mineral overcoat. It was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve as much of the pure fruit flavours and aromas as possible and it shows all of the finesse that you would expect.

Petit Chablis, Domaine Vrignaud, France

£40.50

Bright and attractive in the glass, the nose offers acacia-tinged, lively, citrus fruit and a light seashore/iodine note that opens nicely. The palate is round, fruity and fresh with an upright, mineral and acid core balancing the citrus flavours.

 

RED 

175ml

250ml

Bottle

Wines by the glass/ bottle

Sangiovese, Fiori Sul Muro, Italy        

£5.75

£7.80

£22.50

 Rich, lush and delicious red wine, packed with fruit on the palate.

Tempranillo Syrah, Altozano, Spain

£5.90

£8

£23.80

Red fruit aromas mixed with powerful notes of chocolate and tobacco from the barrel ageing. On the palate soft, pleasant, balanced and persistent.

Uvas Malbec, Bodega Mi Terruño, Argentina

£6.20

£8.60

£25

Fine red fruit aromas with some herbal notes and on the palate it is well balanced, generously fruited with firm yet silky tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Veneto, Italy

£6.50

£9.70

£28.50

An example of unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon built for quaffing. A generous perfume of black and red fruits leads on to an herbaceous, well rounded and balanced palate with ripe, velvety tannins.

Wines by the bottle

Zinfandel, Monterey Bay, USA

£24.50

With each mouthful of this wine unfolds an abundance of dark fruits, a sprinkling of black pepper and a hint of vanilla. Sheer decadence in a glass.

Amatore Rosso, Verona, Italy

£26.50

Over-ripe fruit flavours with soft tannins and a long, intriguing finish.

Rioja Crianza, Viña del Oja, Spain

£26.50

The wine has a nose of ripe red fruits and hints of oak, touches of vanilla and some toasty notes.

Claret, Tanners, France

£28.50

Succulent and juicy whilst still retaining balance and style

Valpolicella, Classico Ripasso, Luigi Righetti, Italy

£37

Aromas of dried berries, cranberries and cherry pits, leading into a full and generous palate that is simply packed with more cherry and berry fruit and gentle notes of spice.It's generously fruited and so easy drinking

ROSÉ  

175ml

250ml

Bottle

Wines by the glass/ bottle

Zinfandel Blush, Arieta, Italy

£5.60

£7.60

£22

 An intense bouquet of strawberries and other red fruits. The palate is well rounded and with a lovely touch of sweetness.

Pinotage Rose, Inkosi, South Africa

£5.75

£7.80

£22.50

Easy drinking rose with abundant summer fruit flavours – perfect for any occasion.

Wines by the bottle

Syrah Rose,Vega Badenes, Spain

£23

Pure Syrah grown in the open and sunny climate of La Mancha.

SPARKLING

Villa Miazzi Extra Dry, Prosecco DOC, Italy

£29.90

The delicious aromas of apple and pear melt into a

smooth and fresh wine on the palate.  

125ml

£5.95

£31.50

Vignal, Prosecco Rosé, Italy

125ml

£6.10

This is a most delightful Prosecco Rose with delicious upfront fruit flavours, a gentle pearl and a fresh and appealing taste.

Laurent Perrier La Cuvée, Brut Champagne, France        

£60

Delicate and fresh with good citrus and toast notes  

Bollinger Special Cuvée, Brut Champagne, France        

£70

Notes of biscuit, citrus, nuts, figs and spice, this is powerful yet elegant  

PUDDING WINE

125ml

Bottle

Rustenberg Straw Wine, Stellenbosch

£8.20

£26

Luscious raisin, honey and green mango fruit on the nose and palate, with a wonderfully refreshing sugar and acid balance that makes it a wine to enjoy both on its own and with either sweet or savoury desserts