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Christmas Crackers Case 2017

We are delighted to announce the launch of this year’s Christmas Crackers case, a truly special selection of goodies tailored to the Christmas and Boxing Day festivities. We thought it was time for a treat, choosing twelve splendid bottles we know you will love, if you can’t do it at Christmas when can you?

Christmas Day Fizz

Lallier Blanc de Blancs NV, Champagne, France £41.00, 2 bottles

When there are so many lovely Champagnes on our shelves, it’s really hard to pick a winner for Christmas Day. This year though, this gem just edges ahead of the rest – a seductive Blanc de Blancs from family-run Lallier in Aÿ. Made from Grand Cru vineyards in both the Côte des Blancs and Avize, it is at once both delicate and complex on the nose with seductive aromas of autolysis, akin to fresh-baked croissants. The palate delivers a full, creamy richness and beautiful clarity. You’ll be sipping again and again – so to plump for two bottles seems a really very good idea.

Turkey and Trimmings

White Wine

Macon Pierreclos 2015, Marc Jambon, Burgundy, France £17.00, 2 bottles

White Burgundy on Christmas Day might seem a little obvious – but hey, let’s relax into this very tasty number from a small biodynamic producer. It’s the texture and flavour here that deliver well: plenty of ripeness, but also a good lick of limey freshness to back up all that fruit. A really expressive find with much of the versatility we all need for the Christmas Feast.

Red Wine

Ontañon Reserva 2005, Rioja, Spain  £16.00, 2 bottles

And what better red accompaniment to all those vibrant Christmas flavours than a mature, spicy Rioja? Bodegas Ontañon is located in the Rioja Baja, among groves of peaches and nectarines, while the grapes for their Reserva come from their 800m La Pasada vineyard. Predominantly Tempranillo, with just 5% of the racy variety Graciano, the blend spent 12 months in American and French oak, with the rest of the ageing in bottle. A red that’s comfy enough for Auntie Mabel, yet with enough character for you, dear reader.

For your Christmas Pud

Morris Black Label Rutherglen Muscat NV, Rutherglen, Australia  £21.00, 1 bottle (50cl)

Rutherglen, that small wine-growing region of Victoria, Australia – produces a rare creation: a wine that can stand up to the pudding itself. It is the ‘Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge’ variety that creates such sweet pleasures, but paramount is the skill of the winemaker David, himself a fifth-generation Morris. Wines both young and old are blended to achieve this level of perfection: caramel and candied peel aromas yield to sweet raisin on the silkiest of palates, while the rich balance is restored on the finish with a light brandy note. Please don’t drink this too cold: room temperature, or only very gently chilled.

Cheese Please

Henriques 1998 Single Harvest Madeira, Madeira  £28.00, 1 bottle (50cl)

And meanwhile, on a tiny island far out in the Atlantic Ocean, Henriques & Henriques have been making wine since 1913. Vintage wines are not unusual – but this example certainly is: the balance between rich, sweet fruit, grilled-almond ‘estufagem’ notes (from the unique Madeira process) and the typical racy ‘rancio’ acidity is nothing short of eye-opening. Drink this little gem with all your favourite cheeses: Helford Blue, grapes and crackers or maybe finest Lancashire and Mince Pies.

Now for Boxing Day…
An Aperitif

Langlois Cremant de Loire Rose NV, Loire , France  £17.00, 1 bottle

What a way to unwind on Boxing Day – a truly relaxed Traditional Method Rosé made from a variety attracting a lot of buzz just now: Cabernet Franc. BinTwo die-hards will know well their Saumurs both red and white – but do leave space in the ice-bucket please for this dry and refreshing, strawberry-scented gem from the Langlois team. We’ll be sure at some stage to introduce you to the ever-ebullient François de Régis Fougeroux – the Grand Fromage of this extraordinary Loire Valley outfit.

The Boxing Day Buffet

Château l’Ermitage Cuvée Sainte Cécile 2013, Côtes du Roussillon, France £14.50, 2 bottles

A traditional Languedoc blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre (with a little Grenache) from our favourite Roussillon producer. Selling out on our weekly ‘Decanter Saturday’ spot, you’ll immediately see why – and without wishing to beat the drum too hard, it’s all about the balance. Solid, chunky fruit, yes – but also a gentle hand with the oak notes – only small old oak barrels are used here. Dark, dry bramble fruit on the nose, and with the deep fruit in the mouth, a refreshing tightener of juicy Mourvèdre tannin. The finish is long and velvety, with subtle, oaky backbone. A wine that’s as much at home with glazed ham as it is with a Boxing Day roast. We think two bottles might not be quite enough – this red offers such cracking value.

A Fireside Quaffer

‘Max’ 2014, Miles Mossop, Stellenbosch, S. Africa  £20.00, 1 bottle

One would hope that by the Christmas fire, there’s time to sniff, swill and savour as well as quaff? Either way, Max delivers superlative after superlative. It’s a classic Bordeaux blend, crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot – yet is unmistakably New World, even behind the solid French oak and minty Cabernet structure. A delight in so many ways – and as delicious to sip on its own and wax lyrical on Christmasses Past as it is to enjoy with a roast beef sandwich during Christmas Present. A long-standing BinTwo fave.

 

Wrapped Christmas Gifts Shop 2017 - half sizeOur Christmas Cracker case contains £263 of delicious wine. This year we have upped the ante making this case available to all of our customers at a cracking £225.

It comes beautifully gift wrapped, when collected from the shop or delivered locally, and lovingly packaged when sent by courier.

Local delivery is included in the price and national delivery of the Christmas case is just £10 to all of our customers.
A fabulous gift for wine-loving family or friends or the perfect treat to aid your Christmas preparations and festivities.  Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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Something’s afoot in the Rhône – Mike finds a new love…

If you’re reading this over breakfast then I do apologise – no one should have to face the sight of me in my boxers and a climbing harness whilst choking on their muesli.  But I think this partially-dressed moment was the point at which my love was confirmed and I knew that I’d found someone I had to bring home to introduce to you.  I think you’ll love her too.

I need to backtrack.  We’re often asked how we go about sourcing our wines.  I’d love to be able to say that we visit every winemaker ourselves and that we buy direct from the vineyard – wouldn’t that be a fab way to live life? Although we do find some of our wines that way (in fact we’ve just sent Harriet off to search for wines in Austria), the truth is for the most part we work with trusted partners who import a range of wines from which we make our selection.  Some of these partners are one-man/woman-bands who’ve developed a specialty within a particular country or region, and some are bigger outfits with a network of local experts who import wines from around the world.

Boutinot falls into the big boys category.  In fact Boutinot is so big they’re the playground equivalent of that lad we all knew at school who was a foot taller than his mates and was shaving at the age of 12… they’re big.  I guess we buy about a third of our range from them and they do an amazing job of sourcing interesting wines that also represent incredible value.  They’re masters of their trade.  But, and here’s where they’re unusual, they also make their own wine.

Now, I’m going to be really honest with you.  I hadn’t paid too much attention to their own wines and, looking back, I’m not sure why that is.  I think it’s maybe because psychologically I’d put their wines into an “own label” bucket.  Somehow, without me consciously thinking about it, Boutinot wines had in my mind become synonymous with the mince that gets labelled as Tesco’s “Value”… well priced, and it might be alright at a push, but you wouldn’t have it as your first choice.  So I was really interested when they invited me to their vineyard in the the southern Rhône to see how they make their wine up close.  Shall I cut to the chase?  I was wrong.  I was very, very wrong.

IMG_3350Located in the South East of France, the Rhône produces over 4 million hectolitres of wine each year.  Over 400 million bottles are sold each year and every 13 seconds someone in the world pops the cork from a Rhône wine. Some cracking white wines are made in the Rhône but it only accounts for 6% of their production.  There are some interesting rosés to be found too (in fact in the Rhône apparently one glass drunk in every four is a rosé) but the region is of course best known for its red wines.  Wines of Northern Rhône are best known for big reds made only from Syrah (think in terms of Crozes-Hermitage and Cornas) while the Southern Rhône is better known for blends from famous appellations such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  But it was the lesser-known appellation of Cairanne that we were headed for.  Pretty isn’t it?

Cairanne has just been elevated to a Cru – the highest classification for a Rhône wine.  This is the classification that Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Rasteau fall into.  Confused by the classification of Rhône wines?  Me too.  Here it is (I think…)

Côtes du Rhône:  Entry level.  Can be used by the whole Rhône region covering over 140,000 acres and 6000 producers.  So there’s lots of variation in terms of style and quality.

Côtes du Rhône Villages:  Formed in 1953 this appellation describes wines that come from a tightly defined region to the North and West of Châteauneuf-du-Pape covering less than an eighth of the land that Côtes du Rhône does.  Stricter controls apply in terms of grape variety and maximum yields.  Better land and tighter controls on production methods should result in better wine.

Côtes du Rhône Villages (named villages):  Told you it was confusing.  Since the named village appellation was formed in 1966, sixteen villages have been awarded their own appellations which, in simple terms, means that you’ll see the name of the village on the label.  It also means that even tighter controls apply to their maximum yields which is intended to further improve quality.  Some of these appellations are so small that you rarely see them outside of the region.  Others have a density of increasingly well-regarded producers that means their reputation has grown.  Cairanne was among this number before being elevated to a Cru…

Cru:  Named villages which are thought to be capable of making the best wines in the region.  Just to add to the confusion, a cru may have just the village on the label with no mention of the Rhône at all (like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, St-Joseph, Hermitage, Cornas, Gigondas and the newbie Cairanne)

Why…on…earth have I bored you with all of this guff (assuming that anyone has read this far).  Well it’s because right now the wines coming out of the Boutinot winery in Cairanne are labelled as Côtes du Rhone Village but they’ve been using the same methods and controls that have just seen them elevated to a Cru.  This means you’re getting an awful lot of wine for your bucks and I reckon you should snap some up before the labelling and pricing catches up with their new classification!

IIMG_3341‘ve seen first hand the sheer effort, graft and craftsmanship that goes into making a wine designated as a Cru.  Take the fetching photo of me in my pants with my feet in a massive vat.  That vast, 6000 litre oak vessel has been filled with grapes that have been harvested carefully by hand from rocky, hillside vineyards.  No mechanical methods were used and only the best grapes were selected.  Whole bunches were laid in the tank and left to ferment naturally using nothing more than the natural yeast on the skin of the grapes.  After a few days fermentation starts and the grapes start to release their juice.  CO2 from the fermentation forces the remaining grapes to the top of the tank to form a cap.  Now you could use a mechanical method to force the grapes back down or, if you’re a Cru winemaker, you get someone lowered into the tank a couple of times a day to perform “pigeage”.  Or, as you or I might say, to stomp the grapes back under the surface.

I can testify that pigeage is hard work… really hard work – I had the thigh burn and wine-stained legs to prove it.  And, although behind the smirking French winemaking team there was a long, metal hand-held, pole-type tool that looked like it might be used to do the same job that an unwitting visitor had just done in his pants, the manual nature of the technique was indicative of the care shown for the quality of the wine from harvesting to bottling (incidentally what does a French winemaker do and the end of a long day crafting fine wine?  Have a fag and a Heineken, naturally).

DSCF6619As is always the case when I visit a vineyard, I’m left wondering how they do it.  There’s the sheer graft of the agriculture and the sheer craft of the winemaking.  How do these wizards taste a murky old tank sample and discern how it’s going to taste when it’s been blended with five other grape varieties and aged in oak for up to a year then aged in bottle for a year or two?  I don’t know.  That’s the magic of the wine-making process and it always leaves me startled that this amazing product costs as little as it does.

So, of the any and varied wines I tasted on your behalf over a hectic two days (as depicted in the image to the right – you’re welcome) there were three of four stand out wines that we’ll be adding to the shelves.  But the one I kept returning to (and the one I ended up drinking far too much of each evening) was the Les Six 2014.  A blend of all six grape varieties (hence Les Six) that  Boutinot grow on the chalky slopes above Cairanne (Grenache, Mourvédre, Syrah, Carignan Noir, Consult and Counoise).

les_Six_91_points_and_others_.001It’s freshness and elegance comes in part, I am told, from the high chalk content in the soil (where just 2 inches of top soil sits on a deep bed of chalk and clay).  It’s very smooth with peppery red and black fruits and just a hint of oak from the ten months spent in that vast oak vat.

It’s so good that Kate even made room for it in this month’s Select 6 case.

I found it very, very drinkable and incredible value at just £13.00 (or only £11.70 to club members).

So, that’s a wine that now sits up there with Châteauneuf-du-Pape for just £11.70 (for now).  If this wine is an “own label” then it’s very much “Waitrose 1” rather than “Tesco’s Value” and I’ve been reminded that only an idiot judges a book by it’s cover.  BUY NOW

 

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When In Rhône

 

What is Select 6?

  • A case of wine lovingly selected each month by BinTwo.
  • 6 bottles.
  • One FREE bottle! Yes that’s right… 6 bottles for the price of 5!
  • Delivered to your door. Free Local delivery, National delivery to our wine club members £10 and National delivery to non-wine club members £14.
  • And if one bottle of each wine is simply not enough then you can order a SELECT 6 Double and receive 12 bottles for the price of 10.

When in Rhône!

A case of wine which celebrates Mike’s recent ventures in Southern Rhône, showcasing a few of his fabulous finds: A superb value Rhône favourite, an interesting blend from a prestigious Village, an elegant Rhône Rosé and a delicious Mediterranean white (not found on Mikes travels but one we LOVE). And…To mix things up just touch we have also included a tasty Tempranillo and a very versatile white Rioja to boot.

SELECT 6 When in Rhone: £64.50 worth of wine for just £54.50 including one FREE bottle. Buy Now

Select 6 When in Rhone Double : £129 worth of wine for just £109 including 2 FREE bottles. BUY NOW

Red Wine

Côtes du Rhône Villages ‘Les Coteaux’ 2014 £10

Icon-Grape-webGrenache, Syrah

 

Icon-Origin-webRhône, France

 

Icon-Price-webOne of our best-sellers and understandably-so, Les Coteaux is an impressive wine with both quality and value on its side. Velvety and opulent black fruits, specifically blackberries, satisfying sweet spice and hints of oak combine to make a very tasty and comforting wine.

Icon-Maker-webEric Monin selects the ‘crème de la crème’ fruit from 17 of the Cotes du Rhone Villages vineyards to make Les Coteaux . He then goes one step further by enriching the blend with wine from the more prestigious and classified wines of Sablet, Cairanne and Séguret.

Icon-Pairing-webThe perfect partner for a hearty casserole.

 

‘Les Six’ Cairanne 2014 £13

Icon-Grape-webGrenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise and Carignan Noir

 

Icon-Origin-webCairanne, Côtes du Rhône, France

 

Icon-Price-webThe virtues of this gem certainly struck a chord with Mike. ‘Les Six’ is a wine which exalts the qualities and character of 6 Southern Rhône grape varieties, including the lesser known Counoise variety. The result is a rich yet elegant palate with soft, sweet red fruits, integrated tannins and judicious oak.

Icon-Maker-webGrapes are carefully selected, hand-picked then co-fermented. Manual pigeage (grape stomping) is still carried out here in order to mix the grape skins (break the cap) with the juice. The wine is aged for under 12 months in very large oak vats.

Icon-Pairing-webI’m thinking Duck confit, however this wine would pair nicely with beef, lamb and game whether roasted, grilled or in a casserole.

 Meseneros de Castilla Roble 2015 £12

Icon-Grape-webTinta del País (Tempranillo)

 

Icon-Origin-webRibera del Duero, Spain

 

Icon-Price-webA classic, lip-smacking Ribera del duero.  This sturdy wine has the perfect blend of rich black fruits, warming spice, smoky oak and fine tannins. Layers or aroma and flavour, structured and tastily dry.

Icon-Maker-webFrom the Arroyo family-run estate steeped in 400 years of winemaking history! The fruit is sourced from vines between 40 and 80 years of age, fermented in steel then aged for 6 months in American oak.

Icon-Pairing-webSuperb with Roast Lamb.

 

Rosé Wine

Côtes du Rhône ‘Les Cerisiers’ Rosé 2016 £9.50

Icon-Grape-webGrenache Noir, Cinsault, Syrah

 

Icon-Origin-webCôtes du Rhône, France

 

Icon-Price-webHere at BinTwo its proving that the love of rosé wine goes well beyond the summer, so no better reason to include another one of Mike’s delicious finds as we edge gently into November! Pretty salmon -pink, beautifully and delicately aromatic with a full-flavoured ripe red berry palate. Soft and textured whilst elegant… very moreish indeed.

Icon-Maker-webMeticulous selection of vineyards, specific plots and fruit is paramount to winemaker Eric Monnin in the quest to produce expressive, balanced and flavoursome wine.

Icon-Pairing-webFood-friendly… pop open with lunch.

 

White Wine

Château L’Ermitage ‘Tradition’ Blanc 2016   £10

Icon-Grape-webRousanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier.

 

Icon-Origin-webCostières de Nîmes, Rhône, France.

 

Icon-Price-webA juicy and fleshy blend which evoques the Mediterranean with its orange blossom, ripe stone fruits and citrus characters. The ripeness is deftly balanced with freshness and an underlying minerality.

Icon-Maker-webSituated on the South facing hills rolling towards the Mediterranean, Château L’Ermitage enjoys optimal sunshine and cooling sea breezes resulting in fruit of even ripeness and plenty of flavour. The winemakers strive to preserve these qualities thus avoiding the use of oak and plumping for some lees ageing to develop rounded texture and enhance flavour.

Icon-Pairing-webRich and creamy chicken dishes or grilled white fish.

 

Ontañón Vetiver Rioja Blanca 2014 £10

Icon-Grape-webViura

 

Icon-Origin-webRioja, Spain

 

Icon-Price-webVetiver is a stylish white Rioja combining tropical fruit, citrus and delicious toasty flavours all in perfect measure. There is even a subtle vanilla streak thanks to the 4 months spent in American oak. This lovely-weight white is a personal and very versatile favourite!

Icon-Maker-webA wine from the driest and hottest Rioja region, Rioja Baja where the Meditteranean climate is conducive for consistent ripening and little disease, allowing for some organic production. Vetiver follows traditional white Rioja ageing, 4 months in oak then 6 months in bottle.

Icon-Pairing-webNaturally great with tapas and Paella but equally delicious with sumptous shellfish.

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New Zealand Day- Saturday 28th October

We know for a fact there’s many a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc fan among us but there’s so much more to discover with these fantastic New World wines and luckily, we’re here to help with a New Zealand Day on Saturday 28th October in BinTwo, Padstow.

Last year we discovered Leftfield-Sauvignon-BlancLeft Field Albarino.  Better known as a Spanish varietal, this Albarino has proven to be hugely popular with all who tasted it.  Fresh, light & peachy with a crisp acidity but oh so juicy with it. It feels like each grape used to make this wine has soaked up every last bit of sunshine that kissed its skin! We really weren’t surprised to discover that the Left Field Pinot Noir is equally as delicious amongst others from their wider portfolio too.

So, as you can imagine we were really excited to hear that NZ wine whizz Angela Lewis was over in the UK and willing to come all the way to Padstow to share with us her vast knowledge about the wines from the Left Field and TeAwa collections. Bonus! Angela will be on hand to talk all about the wines and answer any questions you may have. Located near Hawkes Bay on New Zealand’s North Island, Te Awa sits within the famous Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District, known worldwide for producing premium wines.

The cracking selection we’ll have available as tasters and by the glass/bottle/case include:

te awa arrows Logo_TeAwaCollection– Left Field Sauvignon Blanc 2015
– Left Field Albarino 2015
– Te Awa Chardonnay 2013
– Left Field Pinot Noir 2014
– Left Field Malbec 2014
– Te Awa Syrah 2014

 

I’m sure you’ll agree it’s an impressive line-up and something for everyone. Angela will be in the shop between 12-5pm to share her wealth of knowledge on all things NZ wine related but worry not, it doesn’t end there, we’ll be carrying on with the selection right the way up until closing time.

Date:                    Saturday 28th October 2017
Time:                    12pm – 9pm (Angela Lewis until 5pm)
Location:             BinTwo, Padstow
Tickets:                FREE ADMISSION – just drop by and sample some lovely wines!

te awa estate  te awa estate logo  te awa mill

 

 

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September Soothers

What is Select 6?

  • A case of wine lovingly selected each month by BinTwo.
  • 6 bottles.
  • One FREE bottle! Yes that’s right… 6 bottles for the price of 5!
  • Delivered to your door. Free Local delivery, National delivery to our wine club members £10 and National delivery to non-wine club members £14.
  • And if one bottle of each wine is simply not enough then you can order a SELECT 6 Double and receive 12 bottles for the price of 10.

September Soothers

As we inch towards the cooler and shorter days of Autumn we figure you will be in need of 6 wines to aid the seasonal transition. This month we bring you a ‘feel good’ selection, wines to accompany more hearty, comforting dishes and an Italian fizz that comes as welcome refreshment whether pre-dinner or to celebrate a get-together.

Find out more below…

SELECT 6 September Soothers: £65.50 worth of wine for just £56 including one FREE bottle. Buy Now

Select 6 September Soothers: £131 worth of wine for just £112 including 2 FREE bottles. Buy Now

White Wine

Bottega Vinai Trentino Pinot Grigio 2016 £11.50

Icon-Grape-webPinot Grigio

 

Icon-Origin-webTrentino, Italy

 

Icon-Price-webA remarkably ‘grown-up’ Pinot Grigio, the familiar orchard and zippy citrus aromas and flavours are complemented by an appealing nuttiness and white spice. This Pinot Grigio is a real treat, it is characterful, with body and beautifully textured throughout.

Icon-Maker-webPinot Grigio with its grey-blue and brown-pink berries is one of the darkest skinned varieties to produce white wine. Great care is taken to vinify the grapes off their skins and to gently crush the whole bunches to prevent too much colour being extracted.

Icon-Pairing-webSeafood Risotto.

 

Cline Cellars Viognier 2016 £11.50

Icon-Grape-webViognier

 

Icon-Origin-webCalifornia, USA

 

Icon-Price-webPure rich fruit and aromatics prevail. Ripe yellow stone fruits come through on the nose and palate and are balanced by a refreshing acidity. A white with ample body and texture.

Icon-Maker-webThe Viognier variety can require patience and skill, it buds early and can be susceptible to frost, whatsmore it can take a while to reach full flavour potential due to its thick skins. In North Coast, California the Viognier vines bask in the sun by day and are cooled by night, the fruit ripens gradually crucial for retaining the fruits aromatics and acidity.

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A great accompaniment to roasted or grilled white meats. Though be sure to try with Camembert cheese!

Sparkling Wine

Prosecco Di Paolo NV £ 10.50

Icon-Grape-webGlera

 

Icon-Origin-webVeneto, Italy

 

Icon-Price-webA Frizzante for all seasons! Delicately appley with light floral and almost toasty notes. A superbly refreshing aperitif with a gentle, livening spritz.

Icon-Maker-webDi Paolo produce wines delivering purity and freshness of the grapes. Nearly 100 years of experience stand the company in good stead, achieving the balance of modern winemaking steeped in tradition.

Icon-Pairing-webAn easy-drinking, pre-dinner treat to enjoy with nibbles.

Red Wine

Pietas Vielles Vignes Carignan 2016 £9.50

Icon-Grape-webCarignan

 

Icon-Origin-webPays d’Hérault, France

 

Icon-Price-webPietas is made from carefully selected, fully ripened fruit from low-yielding 40 year old vines. It is full-flavoured with velvety soft ripe fruit and medium-body. Pietas also delivers warming spice and a touch of savoury, earthy character that we associate with the grape variety. A tremendous value and very approachable red.

Icon-Maker-webCarignan is a challenging variety in the vineyard and winery alike. In the vineyard it is slow to ripen and prone to disease and in the winery due care and attention is required to balance the lively acidity and tannin. Invariably we see this variety in blends, rubbing shoulders with Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault.

Icon-Pairing-webThe perfect partner for hearty meat dishes, Cassoulet being the ultimate pairing.

 

Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2014 £11.00

Icon-Grape-webPinotage

 

Icon-Origin-webCoastal Region, South Africa

 

Icon-Price-webThe Den Pinotage is certainly, as described by its winemakers, a ‘comforting’ red and one for the emerging cool autumnal evenings. Packed full of flavour, red and black berries, spice, savoury notes and rounded off with toasty oak characters thanks to a touch of ageing in French and American barrels. The body verges on the fuller side of medium and the palate is juicy with an elegant lasting finish.

Icon-Maker-webPainted Wolf was founded by Jeremy Borg and his wife who, inspired by the nature of the African Wild Dog (Painted Wolf), embarked on a winemaking venture bringing together a community of skilled individuals for the task. As well as making tasty, quality wines the group are committed to using sustainably farmed and /or organic fruit and to the conservation of the African Wild Dogs.

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This red can handle seasoning and spice. It would happily accompany a Lamb tagine as it would herby sausages.

Tabalí Gran Reserva Carmeñere 2016 £11.50

Icon-Grape-webCarmeñere

 

 

Icon-Origin-webCachapoal Valley, Chile

 

 

Icon-Price-webThis deep red, enticing wine combines elegance with juicy fruits and intensity. The fragrance is foremost, floral and spiced and the palate is a soft balance of dark berries, oak and silky tannins. Though rich in aroma and flavour this Carmeñere has a pleasant freshness emphasised on the long finish.

Icon-Maker-webThe unique ‘terroir’ for these Carmeñere vines contributes to the character and flavour complexity of the fruit. The soil consists of very little organic matter, limestone and salts are concentrated, and there is very little rainfall. The carefully harvested and selected fruit is aged for 10 months in French oak after fermentation in steel.

Icon-Pairing-webIt’s time for a Sunday roast!

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Barber on the Harbour Part 2 – Sunday 22nd October

I love it when a plan comes together

Mike love it when a plan comes together

After the hugely successful inaugural Barber on the Harbour charity fundraiser last year we’ll be repeating the event this year!

On the evening of 22nd October from 6pm we’re turning BinTwo over to the care of menfolk.  You work hard, you play hard and it all takes its toll.  Let us look after you and tend to your manly needs… because you’re worth it.  And, as if you needed further persuasion, proceeds from the evening will be going to charity – we’re viewing it as a pre-fundraiser for Movember that starts on 1st November.

BinTwo will be cracking the seals on bourbons and whiskeys and we’ll break out the cigars (yes that’s right chaps… cigars…but only for smoking outside!) and our regular terrace menu will be available to those who don’t wish to endure a hangover as impressive as the one Mike nursed after last year’s event…

 

So whether you fancy adopting the demeanour of an Edwardian Sea Captain or if you just like the idea of a beard tidy in a suitably masculine environment, BinTwo will provide a safe space where the aromas of cologne, coffee, bourbon and tobacco blend to create “essence of man”…Grrrr.

Trim this? Pass the shears...

Trim this? Pass the shears…

Ladies – calm down.  You’ll still be most welcome into our little den on the night to either join in on the whiskey and cigar vibe or imbibe something from our usual selection of wines and fizz.  All that while you wait for your man to be transformed into something that positively fizzles with raw animal magnetism.  Our BinTwo menus will even double up nicely as improvised fans to keep those burning flames under control (you are after all…only human).

Olly and his lovely wife Claire are the brains behind Gents Quarter (all the way up in Yorkshire) designing heritage inspired hair and beard designs for gentlemen.  All drawing inspiration from an age where the barbershop was a place to relax and enjoy a cigar and a snifter in a suitably leathery environment.

So whether you fancy adopting the demeanour of an ELook into my eyes...dwardian Sea Captain or if you just like the idea of a beard tidy in a suitably masculine environment, BinTwo will provide a safe space where the aromas of cologne, coffee, bourbon and tobacco blend to create “essence of man”…Grrrr.

 

Barber services will be offered in exchange for a charitable donation into the Movember pot, and cigars will be available to purchase separately to be smoked outside on the terrace.

No booking necessary – just pop along (by which I mean swagger in manfully) on the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mackmyra Swedish Whisky Tasting and Smørrebrød

Gone are the days of whisky being associated with Mackmyra Tastingcowboys, grandfathers and after-dinner cigars. New and innovative global distilleries are changing the way we drink the amber nectar and what used to be known as a man’s drink is shedding more than just the aforementioned stereotypes with around a third of today’s UK whisky drinkers being female.

With more choice than ever before it’s an exciting time for the connoisseur and no better time for the adamant non whisky drinkers amongst us to get involved. Japanese whisky has been outdoing Scotch at all the major awards shows for a good decade now so with that being old news, it’s time to see what else is on offer.

Mackmyra Swedish Whiskey was founded in the late 90’s by 8 Swedish friends on a skiing trip. Each friend had taken a bottle of single malt on the trip and the question inevitably arose – why isn’t there a Swedish whisky? Ten years later, in 2008, the First Edition was released. Aged in handcrafted Swedish oak barrels, their range of single malt whiskeys are unlike any other we’ve tried. Delicious and complex yet totally approachable and appealing to multiple palates. Their eye catching packaging looks the part too and that’s never a bad thing!

We are delighted that Alex Johnson from Sweden’s award winning and largest whisky distillery will be joining us on Saturday 7th October from 7pm to talk and taste us through 6 exciting products from the range and share the story of Mackmyra.

If an evening of whisky tasting sounds a little daunting, worry not as there will be a  feast of Smørrebrød (fancy open sandwiches to you and me!) to enjoy included in your ticket price. There will also be a bar open after the event until 10.30pm serving wine, beer and soft drinks as well as a selection of the Mackmyra range.

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Date: Saturday 7th October
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm (with a bar service running until 10.30pm)
Location: The ARC, Hawksfield
Ticket price: £15pp

** Tickets available here >>> BOOK NOW! **

It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new but equally a great introduction to whiskey for those not so familiar. Did you know, a measure of whiskey contains more antioxidants than a glass of fresh orange juice? No, us neither but sounds like a great excuse to get involved!

As with our other events we will be arranging a return taxi between Padstow and Hawkfield so be sure to let us know your requirements at time of booking.

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Wines We Love – A dainty Bordeaux…

Mike continues his love affair with his favourite Bordeaux winemaker…

Chateau Civrac Cabernet Franc 2014, Cotes du Bourg, Bordeaux. 

£25.50 or just £22.95 to wine club members.

I’m off on my holidays soon.  Mary and I will be camping in France for two weeks with our pair of boisterous sons.  Joyful it is… restful it isn’t.  So we give the joy a boost by choosing some treats from the BinTwo shelves to take with us.  Generally I try to avoid taking French wines to France but I couldn’t help but slip in a bottle from my buddy Mark Hellyar.

As a Cornishman in Bordeaux, Mark’s been creating gentle waves by making contemporary style wines using very traditional methods since 2005.  We’ve seen some stunning Grand Vins of various vintages, a cracking desert wine and more recently a punchy, tradition-breaking single variety Super Malbec from this hands-on winemaker.  His single variety Cabernet Franc is his latest innovation.  By co-incidence we were with Mark touring his vineyard in 2014 just after he’d discovered three hidden rows of Cabernet Franc.  He was mulling over making another tradition-breaking wine and, after tasting the grapes fresh from the vine, we made encouraging noises.

WWL August CC CFThree years on it’s a genuine pleasure to see the finished product hit the shelves at BinTwo – the first varietal Cabernet Franc ever made in Bordeaux!  Described as the Pinot Noir of Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc offers up delicate aromas of blackcurrant and vanilla.  More delicate and fragrant and with fewer tannins than the better known Cabernet Sauvignon but with a bit more about it than a simple Merlot.  Mark only made one barrel to produce a limited edition of only 870 bottles – I reckon it’s a winner.

Mainstream it isn’t.  Interesting and unique it is.  It’s rare that I can say this with confidence, but you won’t have tried anything like it before and, unless Mark decides to make another barrel in the future, you’ll never get to try a wine like it again.

Quirky, interesting, rule-breaking… I love it.

£25.50 or just £22.95 to wine club members.

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Flight Club #8 Loire Friday 4th August

The much anticipated Flight Club #8 Loire is happening on Friday 4th August at The ARC, Hawksfield at a cost of only £30 per person!

As a huge and graciously received thank you for all their hard work, we sent Kate and Harriet off to France to personally source the wines for this event. If you’ve seen either of them since, you’ll know that they had way too much fun for a ‘work’ trip!

But, does what happen in Loire stay in Loire? Of course not! They’re going to tell you all about their adventures whilst tasting the fantastic wines they chose to bring home. Accompanied by a casual canape supper this informal tasting is guaranteed to raise a few smiles (or nervous giggles from K & H – both self-confessed non-public speakers!)

You may be forgiven for thinking the Loire is all about Sauvignon Blanc with familiar names such as Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. But with the resurgence of Muscadet, incredibly lush Chenin Blanc and vastly understated Cabernet Franc, there is so much to discover.

Tickets are only £30 per person so BOOK NOW to join us on Friday 4th August from 7pm at The ARC, Hawksfield. Don’t forget, if you’re coming from Padstow let us know and we’ll arrange return taxi transport for you.

Read below for a little insight in to their trip…

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Us girls, we went on a trip to France
Being more specific, we went to Nantes
Sent to Loire on a quest for great wine
Technically ‘work’ but we had a fab time

Thoroughly spoilt for the whole of our stay
We were plied with great food and Muscadet
Thinking we knew this particular grape
48 on one list surprised even Kate!

The weather was fair and warm in Loire
And particularly good for some terroir
But really not so in the case of Goulaine
Where the moat was bone dry, they really need rain!

We arrived at the Chateau where we met Pierre-Jean
What a character he was, Mr Sauvion
From 4 generations of wine ‘creators’
He referred to himself as a ‘pleasure maker’

His vineyard awaited, he called it his garden
He filled us with facts but avoided the jargon
Then on to the ‘house’ to taste lots of wine
Full of excitement for what we may find

There was plenty of choice amongst the wines
But we thought long and hard, overlooking the vines
Melon de Bourgogne or lush Chenin Blanc
Or Harriet’s favourite Cabernet Franc?

We made our decisions throughout the trip
And nearly missing the flight was the only blip
Over all, the trip was a huge success
So join us at Flight Club and be our guests

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Wines We Love!

David McWilliam sees in August with a beautiful Burgundy…

Macon Pierreclos 2015, Marc Jambon, Burgundy, France

– £17.00 (£15.30 to Wine Club members)

 

We’re coming to expect great things of the 2015 vintage in France. Having already seen some BinTwo belters from Beaujolais we can look forward to more Burgundian gems both red and white over the next few years. So while the 2014 Cuvée Classique from Marc Jambon was extraordinary, the 2015 vintage has knocked this little village wine out of the park.MaconDavidSniffing

In the glass, it really is a deliciously expressive white wine: fresh, white Burgundy, yes – but this little beauty also has depth of flavour worthy of finer Premier Cru sites. Ripe Chardonnay on the nose, vibrant like a Pouilly Fuissé, yet elegant like a Chassagne-Montrachet: oyster-shell minerality overlayered with ripe, fleshy white peach, more mineral freshness at the finish and a long, evolving, leesy aftertaste.

While I’m often happy tasting wines I love without food, I recommend picking at some Cornish brown crab to accompany this white. Crab is after all the Macon of the Crustaceans: too often overlooked in favour of its pricier yet rather distant cousins.
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