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Let’s Mix It Up! Cocktail Night, Friday 1st March

Friday 1st March, 7pm-9pm.

Cocktail Night in partnership with South Western Distillery.

We know that you, like us, are huge fans of Tarquin’s Gin & we’ve even converted some non-believers with a taster of his super-smooth Cornish Pastis.  You already know that Tarquin’s gin with fever tree tonic is a winner and our “Bin and Tonic” made with Tarquin’s Blackberry Gin has been a huge hit.  A few of you have even witnessed Mike’s inept shaker skills & have made generous noises about his Martinis.

But if the professionals offer to take over it’s time to step aside.  When Rory, Tarquin’s chief mixologist, offered to host a cocktail evening we jumped at the chance.

The final menu has yet to be fixed but Rory will be mixing up a selection of cocktails for you to sample.  On arrival we’ll ease you in gently with a Tarquin’s G&T followed by demos and tasters of five classic cocktails including Mike’s very own barrel-aged Sea Dog Negroni which is right now sat in our new mini barrel – gently aging and developing in flavour.  How will it compare to an unaged Negroni?  You’ll have to come along and see…

The price for the event is £25 per person which includes two cocktails.  We’re not rationing you though – further cocktail delights will be available at extra charge if your juices are in full flow!

Numbers are limited to 18 due to the capacity of the shop (I think we’re not yet at the stage where we can enjoy a balmy evening  sat out on the terrace) so don’t dawdle if you’d like to join us… Buy Now

 

 

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Select 6 – Summer Sizzlers!

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.

Summer Sizzlers!

What a Summer it has been so far! We’ve selected a bunch of wines which encapsulate the last couple of balmy months at Bintwo…

We just can’t get enough of the rosé so we simply had to include our best-selling pink plus a delicious sparkling. We also had to share with you the highlights from our Langlois-Château tasting plus a couple of extremely food (and barbecue) friendly recent additions.

 

SELECT 6 Summer Sizzlers: £79 worth of wine for just £68 including one FREE bottle. Buy Now

Select 6 Summer Sizzlers DOUBLE: £158 worth of wine for just £136 including 2 FREE bottles. Buy Now

Sparkling Wine

 

Langlois-Château Crémant de Loire Rosé NV £18

 

Icon-Grape-webCabernet Franc

 

Icon-Origin-webLoire Valley, France

 

Icon-Price-webFresh, fruity and full-bodied sparkling rosé. Strawberry scented and bursting with ripe raspberries and a touch of blackcurrant. Simply delicious!

Icon-Maker-webMade with Cabernet Franc grapes traditionally used to make Loire Valley reds. Top quality grapes are selected and hand-picked before going through the ‘Traditional Method’, whereby a secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle (just like for Champagne)

Icon-Pairing-webA fun summertime fizz, which is a perfect aperitif or could also be enjoyed with a summer fruit dessert.

White Wine

Langlois-Château Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2017 £12.50

Icon-Grape-webMelon de Bourgogne

 

Icon-Origin-webLoire Valley, France

 

Icon-Price-webEverything you would want from a Muscadet! A fresh, fruity and friendly wine. Delicate aromas of stone and citrus fruit which continue in flavour on the palate. A refreshing drop with an enjoyable lasting finish.

Icon-Maker-webTo retain the aromatics and fresh character of the variety fermentation is carried out slowly and at low temperatures. The wine is left on its lees for a few months to develop further flavour and texture.

Icon-Pairing-webCalling out for shellfish or even whole fish cooked on the barbecue.

 

Revenant 2017 £10.50

Icon-Grape-webSauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc

 

Icon-Origin-webWestern Cape, South Africa

 

Icon-Price-webThe winning blend of Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc once common-place in the Loire Valley delivers a bright white with uplifting citrus fruit aromatics. Revenant has a perfect balance of fruit, weight and texture making for a versatile and food friendly white.

Icon-Maker-webRevenant demonstrates the re-birth of tradition in Western Cape winemaking, returning to natural ways in the vineyard and wineries with minimal intervention being key. It also celebrates their return to blending and re-visiting, once lost, Old World blends.

Icon-Pairing-webAfter 10 months of ageing on the lees this wine has developed plenty of texture. It can pair with so many different dishes from barbecued pork, roast chicken, creamy sauces and seafood.

Rosé Wine

Côtes du Rhône ‘Les Cerisiers’ Rosé 2017 £11.00

Icon-Grape-webGrenache Noir, Cinsault, Syrah

 

Icon-Origin-webCôtes du Rhône, France

 

Icon-Price-webMike came across this rosé on his adventures last year and fell in love and it would seem it has had the same effect on our customers! 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-webThough extremely food-friendly, pop open with lunch, it is very content to be enjoyed on its own!

 

Red Wine

Langlois-Château Saumur-Champigny 2016 £15

Icon-Grape-webCabernet Franc

 

Icon-Origin-webLoire Valley, France

 

Icon-Price-webA delicious summertime red which we would suggest serving slightly chilled. A beautiful cherry red in colour, super juicy and medium-bodied. This Cabernet Franc is intensely aromatic with bright red fruits and violets prevailing followed by a fruity, rounded palate.

Icon-Maker-webAll care is taken to retain the fresh and juicy fruit flavours of the Cabernet Franc grapes. For example, the grapes are harvested in plots and all pickings macerated separately in steel tanks at low temperatures.

Icon-Pairing-webFabulous with grilled white meats and fish.

 Norton Porteño Malbec 2017 £12

Icon-Grape-webMalbec

 

Icon-Origin-webLujan de Cuyo, Argentina

 

Icon-Price-webA vibrant, un-oaked and fresher style of Malbec. One for summertime sipping naturally with a barbecue on the go. Don’t be put off by Porteño’s slightly lighter style, it has bags of aroma, flavour and smooth structure. Juicy black fruits, wild red fruits and some spice all rub shoulders in this medium-bodied red.

Icon-Maker-webThough not certified as Organic the Norton vineyard and winery are run on organic lines. Minimal intervention, hand-picking and using natural yeasts are just part of the process.

Icon-Pairing-webBarbecue fare.

Rustini

Paws for thought… an interview about canine etiquette.

Here at BinTwo we love dogs… L-O-V-E them!  We’ve always welcomed them on the terrace as well as in the shop and even provide a little drink for our canine buddies.  The word is obviously out as we’ve seen a growth in the number of four legged customers who come and visit us.  Our pooch pals rarely cause us any problems.  Here we speak to The Great Rustini, canine chum of our good friend Sean, about how they should make sure that their humans behave…

“Mr Great Rustini, thanks for joining us.  That’s quite a mouthful of a name by the way”.

“No problem and you can blame my human.  I mean, WHO would give a dog a name better suited to a magician?  Just call me Rusty.”

“Thanks Rusty.  And I’m glad you touched on the eccentric behaviour of humans.  Y’see… we need to talk.”

“So I’m not in trouble?  I thought it might be about when I was last in your place.  I was a bit sandy from the beach and had to… clean myself up.”

“No – it’s not that.  We welcome your… personal hygiene.  You’re a dog – licking… everywhere is what you do.  I just need you to have a word with your human.  They love you very much and sometimes it makes them do things that seem a little… a little bit…”

“A little bit mad?”

“No!  Not mad… obviously.  Clearly that’s not what I meant to suggest, Rusty!”

“Well you should.  They’re bonkers – all of them.  I mean, there’s a range of nuttiness, but they’re all on the fruit loop scale somewhere.”

“Look – that’s not what I’m saying, I just meant -“

“Seriously – they are!  My mate from down the park… his humans have created his own Facebook page!  They write posts in his name and everything.  All a bit offensive really – full of lots of canine stereotypes.  And the outfits they make him wear for his profile photos – you wouldn’t believe the trauma they put him through.  He hates Christmas – all those silly hats and the Christmas cards to his mates signed “from Max” – bonkers…”

“Riiiiight.  Anyway, I’m definitely not suggesting that you and your mates’ humans are in any way mad.  My point is that they just love you all very much and occasionally… very, very occasionally, some of them lose sight of the fact that not all humans love you as much as them…”

“…………….”

“Rusty?…”

“So you hate dogs then.”

“NO!  I love dogs!  Especially you obviously.  But some folk are allergic to dogs (my wife included) and some people just don’t want to play with you like your owners do.  I’ve got to look out for those sorts of humans too so we need a few simple rules”.

“I get it – I mean you and all the other dog haters out there have a massive hole where your soul should be, but I get it… and have you thought about finding a new wife?”

“I DO NOT HATE DOGS! (and yes, frequently)”

“Alright – keep your hair on.  I’m just kidding – I get what you mean.  Down on the beach the other day there was this dog who was jumping all over a little kid.  Kid was clearly terrified and the dog’s human turned up laughing saying the dog was “only being friendly” – that’s not on is it?”

“Exactly that – that’s the sort of thing I’m talking about!”

“Honestly we can get away with anything… A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  As long as I stick my tongue out, smile and wag my tail then I’m untouchable.  My human would let me off with eating that kid on the beach as long as I looked cheerful while I’m doing it.  Right – what rules shall we agree then?  We like coming to your gaff.  Not everywhere welcomes us and, in fairness, you’re pretty cool about letting us in alongside everyone else.  I’ll have a word with my mates in the park – in between a bit of important sniffing of each other obviously – and we’ll get the message through to our humans.  Shoot”

“Thanks Rusty – I’d appreciate that.  It’s really awkward when we raise it – your humans love you so much they sometimes take it personally.  OK – first up we’d like you to be kept on your lead and under control.  Clearly I know that you’re the boss in the canine/human relationship…”

“You’re damn right I am”

“… but you and your friends tend to go exploring when you’re off the lead and that means us and others might step on you or trip over you when we’re charging around serving people.  Also we’ve had some dogs come wandering round behind the counter and into the food preparation area.  I mean, who doesn’t like a Scooby Snack but that’s not on”.

“Well that one’s obvious – I imagine it’s creates some issues with your food hygiene inspections.  No problemo.  Rule number one – we stay on the lead and under control.  Got it… go on.”

“You’re right about the food hygiene inspections.  I have had one dog owner explain to me that canine saliva is cleaner than human saliva but the county council don’t really see it that way.  Secondly, and this is the one that really upsets some of your humans, we’d like you to stay off the seats unless your owner’s brought some sort of blanket or other cover for you”.

“Hmmm.  Not sure about this.  I sit on the sofa at home and it’s damn comfy.  The floor at your place – well… it’s not”

“I get it.  I really do.  But that’s your home and your human’s choice.  A lot of people come into BinTwo all dressed up ready for a nice night out and they shouldn’t really have to worry about getting covered in hair.  And, before you jump in, I know you’re not a breed that sheds hair.  Nonetheless some people feel it’s not really hygienic for you to be sitting on the seats as your… your bits are obviously all a bit… naked.  We’ve also had some damage with claws tearing the upholstery and it’s not cheap to fix when that happens”.

“OK.  Can’t say I’m happy about it, but I get where you’re coming from.  I’ll sort them out – they won’t give you any hassle.  Rule number two – we stay off the seats.  Anything else?”

“Just one thing more and you’ve already touched on it Rusty.  It’s just asking your humans to be thoughtful and to not let you be a bother to other customers.  Some people will love you just as much as your humans.  But not everyone will.  Some people are even… cat people”.

“Nooooooo!”

“Yes, I know.  Anyway, it’s that scenario you spoke about on the beach.  Some people are wary of dogs.  Hard to believe I know, but true.  They might be happy to say a friendly hello but they don’t want to play.  Just occasionally your humans are so in love with you they don’t read the signs from other people.  Can you help?”

“OK.  So if I’ve got this right, we’re talking about three rules:

1. I stay on a lead and under control.

2. I stay off the seats.

3. I don’t bother people who don’t want to play.

Is that it?”

“Yep – it’s that simple”

“And if me, my mates and our humans stick to those we can all still come into the shop and hang out?  You’ll give us the water and everything?”

“Of course”

“Well that seems fair.  Deal!”

“Thanks Rusty.  The moment you walked in I could tell you were a smart cookie.  Now just go and sell the plan to you human for me”.

“Done – mine is a particularly odd one though isn’t he?”

“You’re damn right”.

 

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CHRISTMAS WINE ORDERS

 

It’s not too late to place your orders from our Christmas Wine Tasting.

Below you will find links to our full Christmas Tasting list and an order form.  If you’d guaranteed availability of all of the wines listed, please ensure that you have emailed your order to wine@bintwo.com by no later than noon on Wednesday 6th December.

We can accept orders later than that but we can’t guarantee that all of the wines will be available (but we’ll happily help guide you to alternatives that we can supply in time for Christmas).

The dates for free local deliveries are Thursday 14th December and Friday 23rd December so please be sure to indicate your preference when placing your order.

The last date that we can dispatch wines by mail order is Monday 18th December.

Christmas tasting list 2017 FINAL

Christmas Order Form 2017

 

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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, Costières de Nîmes, France  £14.50, 2 bottles

A traditional Languedoc blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre (with a little Grenache) from our favourite Southern Rhone 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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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.

mack range mack logo   smorrebrod

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

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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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