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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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FLIGHT CLUB #9 – NEW ZEALAND Saturday 28th October

We know for a fact that there’s many a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc fan among us but there’s so much more to discover with New Zealand wines and we’re here to help with Flight Club #9.

For instance, last year we discovered Left 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 it’s skin.

We really weren’t surprised to discover that the Left Field Pinot Noir is equally as delicious too and so we areLeftfield-Sauvignon-Blanc delighted to invite NZ wine whizz Angela Lewis to come to Cornwall and tell us all about the wines from the Te Awa and Left Field collections. Bonus!

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 on hand to aid your discovery will look very much like this:

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

6 fantastic and generous wine tasters with a selection of accompanying food will be on offer on the night. If you think canapes and sharing boards, you’ll get the idea. We’ll finish off with a traditional Kiwi treat and have the bar open afterwards until around 10.30pm for those of you’d who’d like an extra little tipple.

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Flight Club will take place at Hawksfield near Wadebridge on Saturday 28th October between 7pm and 9.30pm with a cash bar opening until 10.30(ish).

10% discount will be applied across the board on all bar and bottle sales with case sales attracting a more generous 15% off.

Tickets for Flight Club #9 are priced at a modest £40pp BOOK NOW and pay online to confirm your spaces. Let us know if you’d like transport (or if you have spaces in a car available) and we’ll co-ordinate taxis and/or car shares from Padstow.

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FLIGHT CLUB#7 – ITALY with food by Wild Bake Saturday 11th March

seangee-We had huge fun with Flight Club last year and, judging by the generous feedback and the number of return guests, we think you did too!

So we’ve wasted no time in getting our first Flight Club of 2017 scheduled and we’re starting with a cracker – Italy!  Mamma Mia!

Because Italian wines really do sing with a bit of food (and because I’ve been looking for an excuse for a collaboration for a while now) our lovely friends from Wild Bake will be on hand serving up some spectacular wood-fired food.

You’ll probably be familiar with the Wild Bake formula – proper chef (Lewis) converts horse box into a mobile catering unit with wood fired oven. You may even have had one of his spectacular pizzas.  But Lewis is really pushing the boat out
seangee-5with a much more adventurous Italian themed, four course wood-fired menu for our event. Think in terms of a mixed selection of bruschettas followed by a fish course.  Then Porchetta (rolled belly pork) served with salsa verdé and roasted rosemary potatoes finishing with fire baked peaches with amaretti and mascarpone cream.  Sounds awful doesn’t it…

We’ll be laying on six fabulous generous tasters of wines for you to try and we’ll keep the bar open after the event has finished.  Someone seangee-02066knowledgable will be on there to talk us through the wines and Mike will be on hand with his customary selection of top notch gags.

As to the price…well it’s a very modest £60 per person for the four course meal, wine flight and the dazzling chat.  Madness I know so don’t delay BOOK NOW and pay on line to confirm your places or email wine@bintwo.com. Let us know if you’d like transport (or if you have spaces in a car available) and we’ll co-ordinate taxis and/or car shares from Padstow.

The event will be held at our Hub at Hawksfield between Wadebridge and Padstow between 7pm and 9.30pm with a cash bar opening until 10.30 (ish).

ct-mike-pourNot sure what Flight Club’s all about? What’s Flight Club? It’s a series of informal friendly tasting events where we combine a little bit education with a healthy dollop of fun. You get to taste some lovely stuff in a sociable way so that, if you wish to, you can learn a little bit more about wine. But we’ll keep things light so that if all you want to do is to enjoy a night out, you won’t feel like you’ve been dropped into night school.

Click on the photo of the handsome chap to watch our nifty little video and get a sense for what to expect!

 

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Flight Club #6 – Champagne Saturday 10th December

What’s Flight Club?  I’m glad you asked… it’s a series of informal tasting events where we combine a little bit education with a healthy dollop of fun.  You get to taste some lovely stuff in an ever so slightly structured way so that, if you wish to, you can learn a little bit more about wine.  But we’ll keep things light so that if all you want to do is try some different bits and bobs, you won’t feel like you’ve been dropped into night school.  We provide you with little crib cards with just enough information to cover the basics and a bit of room for your own notes so that, as Flight Club progresses, you can build a pocket sized compendium of wine facts.

Our sixth outing is the one you’ve all been waiting for judging by the number of advanced bookings we have…CHAMPAGNE!!!  Excited?  You should be because we’re really pushing the boat out on this occasion.  John Atkinson (Master of Wine and all round nice guy) will be on hand to guide us through a tasting of six (yes SIX) different champagnes from Billecart-Salmon – our very favourite champagne house.

As we’re approaching Christmas we’ll pull back a little on the “schooling” element to allow more time to have a bit of a festive champagne party.  We’ll be opening some incredibly special bottles for you to try and, because we’re good to you, the “tasters” will be a quite generous half glass measure with a full glass of whichever we choose to accompany your food (I’m vacillating between the Brût Rosé and the Blanc de Blanc).

That’s a whole lot of fizz already but we’ll be running a champagne bar for a while after the normal 9.30 Flight Club finishing time for those of you who’d like to enjoy an extra glass or two…we like to think we know our customers (dancing is not compulsory but is definitely not discouraged)!

More details?  OK then – you’ll be quaffing the following gems:

billecart-topBillecart-Salmon Brût (£39.50)

Billecart-Salmon Brût Sous Bois (£65)

Billecart-Salmon Brût Rosé (£60)

Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blanc (£62.50)

Billecart-Salmon Vintage 2006 Extra Brût (£65.50)

Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blanc 2004 (£60)

 

 

 

All of which means you’ll be sampling the lion’s share of a bottle of Champagne.  That’s a whole lot of fizz already but we’ll be running a champagne bar for a while after the normal 9.30 finishing time for our Flight Club events for those of you who’d like to do your homework and enjoy an extra glass or two of bubbly… we like to think we know our customers!

oysters-slateAs if that wasn’t enough we’ll be upping the ante on the food offering too!  The lovely Katy Davidson (otherwise known as the Oyster Lady) from Amity Seafood will be providing the catering which is looking something like:

  • Cornish Oysters
  • Potted Lobster in Pernod Butter with Cayenne and Nutmeg served with Sourdough toast.
  • Main Style Crab salad rolls with homemade Amity mayonnaise on a sweet brioche.
  • Something sweet…

Katy will be demonstrating the art of shucking oysters by way of introduction to an Oyster Masterclass that we’re planning for early in the New Year (watch this space)!  We won’t be letting you loose with the knives on this occasion (highly entertaining though that might be) but I’m not sure our insurance is up to it!

 

As to the price…well it’s higher than for our usual Flight Club events for sure but then this isn’t really your average event!  The price to enjoy just the Champagnes you’re sampling would be around £50 were you to drink them in BinTwo but, with some generous support from Billecart, with “Mate’s Rates” from Amity Seafood and with a bit of discount from us by way of thanks to our “students”, we’ve been able to bring the price in at a very modest £60 per person.

The event will be held at our Hub at Hawksfield between Wadebridge and Padstow between 7pm and 9.30pm with a cash bar opening until 10.30 (ish).

BOOK NOW and pay on line to confirm your places or email wine@bintwo.com.  Let us know if you’d like transport (or if you have spaces in a car available) and we’ll co-ordinate taxis and/or car shares from Padstow.

 

 

 

 

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Flight Club #5 – Spain Saturday 22nd October, 7-9pm.

fc5-spain-2What’s Flight Club?  I’m glad you asked… it’s a series of informal tasting events where we combine a little bit education with a healthy dollop of fun.  You get to taste some lovely stuff in an ever so slightly structured way so that, if you wish to, you can learn a little bit more about wine.  But we’ll keep things light so that if all you want to do is try some different bits and bobs, you won’t feel like you’ve been dropped into night school.  We provide you with little crib cards with just enough information to cover unspecifiedthe basics and a bit of room for your own notes so that, as Flight Club progresses, you can build a pocket sized compendium of wine facts.

In our fifth outing we’ll be focussing in on Spain; more precisely we’ll be focussing right in onto Rioja and Ribera del Duero.  20 lucky Flight Clubbers will receive a welcoming cocktail, generous tasters six fabulous wines, a tapas supper and a snifter of brandy with something sweet to finish.  All insanely good value at just £30 per person BOOK NOW

Close followers of BinTwo will know of our love of Rioja and Ribera del Duero and, in particular of the wines produced by Bodegas Roda and Bodegas la Horra.  Bodegas Roda has for many years been the producer of our “go to” wine for when someone roda1riojareserva2007walks into the shop asking for “something a bit special”.  This question typically prompts a decisive move towards the Spanish section where carefully, almost reverently, we’ll tease from the shelf and coddle in our hands a paper wrapped bottle of Roda 1.  “This” we’ll whisper…”this is the wine for which you have searched”.

We’ll probably then relay the story of winemakers who since the 1980s have been seeking to make the perfect Rioja using old vines located in the best ecosystems of La Rioja Alta.  We may speak of 16 month’s of ageing in old and new French oak barrels and a further 20 months in the bottle.  We’ll probably finish with a reassuring smile and a simple plea to “trust us on this one – you won’t be disappointed”.

So we were extremely excited when our importer offered to send their Roda ambassador, the ruggedly handsome Matthieu Barrère, to run our Flight Club event.   What’s more amongst the fabulous wines he’ll offer us to taste there will be not one but two vintages of the Roda 1 to savour: the 100% tempranillo of 2005 and the 2009 featuring 5% of Graciano.  Does vintage variation make much of a difference?  Come along and find out!

 

 

We’ll be needing some suitably Spanish food to match of course and our minds immediately turned to tapas.  So if your think in terms of tortilla, manchego, chorizo and beans, jamon, olives and nuts then you won’t be far wrong.

All this for a measly £30 per person.  The event will be held at our Hub at Hawksfield between Wadebridge and Padstow between 7pm and 9pm (ish).

BOOK NOW and pay on line to confirm your places or email wine@bintwo.com.  Let us know if you’d like transport (or if you have spaces in a car available) and we’ll co-ordinate taxis and/or car shares from Padstow.

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Flight Club #4 South Africa Saturday 24th September

FC#4What’s Flight Club?  I’m glad you asked… it’s a series of informal tasting events where we combine a little bit education with a healthy dollop of fun.  You get to taste some lovely stuff in an ever so slightly structured way so that, if you wish to, you can learn a little bit more about wine.  But we’ll keep things light so that if all you want to do is try some different bits and bobs, you won’t feel like you’ve been dropped into night school.  We provide you with little crib cards with just enough information to cover the basics and a bit of room for your own notes so that, as Flight Club progresses, you can build a pocket sized compendium of wine facts.

unspecifiedIn our fourth outing we’ll be focussing in on South Africa.  We’ve been introduced to some fantastic South African wines over the last year or so and we feel we’ve strengthened this section of our little shop considerably!  We’ve invited one of our newer suppliers, Ben Foster of Newton Wines, to share the best of our finds with you.  Ben’s a one-man-band and committed South African specialist and he’s excelled at sourcing us high quality wines from smaller producers; wines with a bit of a story behind them.  Sounds like our kind of thing right?

Ben will take us on a journey through the Western Cape most likely starting off with an intriguing white port based cocktail before tasting a range of wines most likely encompassing fresh and bright Sauvignon Blanc, rich and luscious Chenin Blanc, juicy fruit-packed Pinotage, rich, velvety Syrah and the simply stunning Saboteur – a Shiraz/Mouvedre/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Luddite Wines (one of my favourite new wines of the year which I’ve written about extensively already!)  We’ll finish off with a cheeky little sweet Viognier from Golden Lynx wines.

boerewors braaiWe’ll be needing some suitably South African food to match of course – these are wines that call for a bit of meat!  We’ll be providing Biltong to keep you going before bringing out our usual sharing plates – this time featuring Boerewors (traditional spicy beef sausage) as the centre-piece alongside some other bits and bobs yet to be decided.

All this for a measly £30 per person.  The event will be held at our Hub at Hawksfield between Wadebridge and Padstow between 7pm and 9pm (ish).

BOOK NOW and pay on line to confirm your places or email wine@bintwo.com.  Let us know if you’d like transport (or if you have spaces in a car available) and we’ll co-ordinate taxis and/or car shares from Padstow.

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Flight Club #2 – Bordeaux in words, pictures and video!

unspecifiedSaturday 23rd July saw our first event at our new Hawksfield Hub and the first full test of our Flight Club format.  Were we nervous…not much.  At least not until our host for the night, Mark Hellyar from Chateau Civrac, told us that he would be travelling back from France at lunchtime on the day of the event.  Thanks Mark – it’s always good to start these events with the adrenaline pumping!

By now I know you’re already kicking yourself for having missed out but fear not!  Our media savvy friend Sean Gee was on hand to put out a live video broadcast of the event over Facebook.  Thanks to the 150 or so viewers who dropped in on us on the night; we were staggered (and encouraged) by the interest!  You can take a look at what you missed out on by clicking here.

We’ll mulling over ideas for what else we can do with this format – video tasting notes of wines we love – that sort of thing.  All ideas welcome!

 

unspecified23 intrepid souls, completely unsighted about what to expect, jumped into our pre-arranged shuttle service and made their way by to our new store/office/event venue (you can see why I’m falling into the habit of calling it our Hub) between Padstow and Wadebridge.  Courtesy of an epic makeover by Harriet and Mary, our little Hub did look rather appealing if I say so myself – French café meets wine cellar – that sort of feel.  Stop in and see us next time you’re passing – were just behind Strong Adolfo’s.

Guests were rewarded for their faith with a glass of sparkling Cremant imported from France that very morning by Mark.  It was also our way of gently challenging perceptions about Bordeaux – claret is undeniably the main show in town in France’s largest wine region but they’ve got a lot more to offer too.

FC2 winesFollowing a very dry introduction by Mike and a much more engaging talk by Mark, guests moved on to taste a rather lovely Bordeaux white wine Chateau de Cérons 2012, Graves; a stunning blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon to give body and texture to this refreshing little number. Mark then took us through a tour of some of the classic Bordeaux appellations introducing a range of belting clarets:  Clos de la Cure St Emilion Grand Cru 2012 (very traditional, typically leathery St Emilion), Chateau Deyrem Valentin Margaux 2012 (very smooth, structured and complex – your second favourite judging by sales on the night), and his very own Civrac 2008 made in Bourg on the right bank of the Gironde.  It’s already a firm favourite on our terrace menu and it paired nicely with our light supper of duck liver pâté, saucisson sec, Comte cheese, grapes and sourdough batons – all courtesy of our lovely friends at Relish in Wadebridge.

 

 

unspecifiedBy way of a special treat we had opened and decanted a bottle of Chateau Bellegrave Pomerol 2008 as an extra taster (very, very special – very very velvety).  It was certainly the hands down winner judging by the “oohs” and “ahhs” from the Flight Club.  They thought it was all over…not yet dear friends!  Mark introduced his own desert wine, Late White.  A wine so good that when he allowed us to taste his first vintage we bought all 600 bottles of his production and became the sole retailer to stock it…sold it all pretty quickly too!  He’d also brought back some delicious little Canelé cakes fresh from Bordeaux that morning – the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with the Late White.  That and the blue cheese that we’d also put out to demonstrate what a versatile sweet wine Mark’s managed to produce; unctuous but a little lighter than your typical Sauternes.

 

Flight Club #3 ArgentinaSo all in all it was a fabulous event.  Lots of fun for us to run and those who attended have been incredibly generous with their feedback about the format of the evening and the venue too.  Stand by for future events:  Next up our Spanish Night collaboration with the Streetfood Cafe on 29th July followed by Flight Club # Argentina on Saturday 20th August at the BinTwo Hub, Hawksfield.

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Flight Club #3 Argentina – Saturday 20th August

 

Flight Club #3 ArgentinaWhat’s Flight Club?  I’m glad you asked… it’s a series of informal tasting events where we combine a little bit education with a healthy dollop of fun.  You get to taste some lovely stuff in an ever so slightly structured way so that, if you wish to, you can learn a little bit more about wine.  But we’ll keep things light so that if all you want to do is try some different bits and bobs, you won’t feel like you’ve been dropped into night school.  We provide you with little crib cards with just enough information to cover the basics and a bit of room for your own notes so that, as Flight Club progresses, you can build a pocket sized compendium of wine facts.

Argentina+wine+mapIn our third outing we’ll be focussing in on Argentina.  To be perfectly honest since taking over BinTwo I’ve probably not given South America anywhere near the attention it deserves; a fact that our very own Charlotte has gently nagged me about since she joined us in April.  Charlotte is a Parisian on a one woman mission to introduce South American wines to a sceptical French audience.  She’s spending the summer with us to add to her already impressive knowledge of the wine world before she heads home to France to set up her own business importing and selling South American wines.

So it would be down right rude to not take advantage of her knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm.  Be careful what you wish for Charlotte – Flight Club #3 is all yours to host!

Charlotte will be taking us on a journey through Argentina.  Starting in the Salta Province of the North where Cafayate lies at up to 3111 metres above sea level; the highest vineyards in the world – ideal for growing distinctive Torrontes and Tannat grapes.  She’ll then dive down South to Rio Negro, all the way to an altitude of a mere 250m, where conditions lend themselves to growing Pinot Noir.  From there to Mendoza where 70% of all wine produced in Agentina is made.  A vast area of 160,000 hectares dedicated to vineyards.  Protected by the Andes in the West and the Argentine Pampas in the East, this is where the big boys hang out – Malbec bumping shoulders with Cabernet Franc and Bonarda.

VM0506_Ground-Beef-Empanadas-Picadillo-03_s4x3Because she’s properly clever Charlotte will also be knocking up an “aroma kit” to help demonstrate how we taste with our noses (bear with us here…trust us) and as if there was no end to her talents she’ll also be knocking up some traditional Argentian empanadas which she learned to make (very well) during her time spent in the country.  Phew!  We’ll put those together with some other bits and bobs to match to the wines we’ll be tasting.

All this for a measly £25 per person.  Sheer madness frankly.  The event will be held at our Hub at Hawksfield between Wadebridge and Padstow between 7pm and 9pm (ish).

Email wine@bintwo.com to book your spaces.  Let us know if you’d like transport (or if you have spaces in a car available) and we’ll co-ordinate taxis and/or car shares from Padstow.

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Flight Club #2 Bordeaux – Saturday 23rd July

Flight Club logoWhat’s Flight Club?  I’m glad you asked… it’s a series of informal tasting events where we combine a little bit education with a healthy dollop of fun.  You get to taste some lovely stuff in an ever so slightly structured way so that, if you wish to, you can learn a little bit more about wine.  But we’ll keep things light so that if all you want to do is try some different bits and bobs, you won’t feel like you’ve been dropped into night school.  We provide you with little crib cards with just enough information to cover the basics and a bit of room for your own notes so that, as Flight Club progresses, you can build a pocket sized compendium of wine facts.

In Flight Club #2 we’ll be zooming in on Bordeaux; the largest, and one of the oldest, wine producing regions in France.  In fact wine production in Bordeaux is believed to date back over 2000 years – probably before the arrival of the Romans – so you’d like to think they know a thing or two about making fine wines by now…

Bimageut that didn’t put off our intrepid friend Mark Hellyar – Cornishman and Bordeaux wine maker extraordinaire – from forging his own way.  Mark and his wife Sarah are the driving force behind Chateau Civrac.  You’ve all heard me rave about their work before – respecting traditions but making waves with some innovations to the accepted way of doing things in Bordeaux; we could think of no-one better to guide us through one of our best selling and most loved wine regions.

England’s love affair with Bordeaux goes back as far as 1302 when King Edward I started importing St Emillion for his own consumption (smart choice Eddie).  He can thank King Henry II who secured Bordeaux under English rule by marrying Eleanor of Aquitaine.  And so it remained for 300 glorious years with Henry II passing on his good taste to his son, Richard the Lionheart, who made Bordeaux his daily tipple.  As proof that celebrity driven culture is nothing new, Richard’s love of Bordeaux developed into a national passion for Bordeaux wines that showed no sign of abating at the end of the Hundred Year War and has continued from strength to strength into the 21st Century.

Today Bordeaux has 57 wine growing regions (appellations) around 7000 Chateaux and over 13,000 wine growers.  They produce about 900 million bottles of wine a year from a massive total vineyard area of nearly 300,000 acres.  Bordeaux sales have exploded in the USA and China over recent years but (and this makes me very proud of you all) Britain is still the single largest importer of Bordeaux bringing in around 30 million bottles per year.  Somebody cue up the Elgar soundtrack – quick!

So all Mark needs to do is to compress that into a two hour event and make it entertaining and mildly educational – no problem to a man of his talents.

Mark will guide you through a tasting of six wines including some of his own but also covering off some of the other best known Bordeaux appellations.  For sustenance we’ll provide some charcuterie and pâté with a nod towards France and some suitably whiffy regional cheeses.

The price for the event is £25 per person event will start at 7pm on Saturday 23rd July at our brand new hub at Hawksfield just outside of Wadebridge on the A39.

Please email wine@bintwo.com to book your spaces.  Please also indicate if you’d like us to organise transport for you to the event and we’ll see about booking some taxis to enable you to share the costs with other Flight Clubbers.