Pete’s ‘Wines We Love’, Val D’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Rive Di Colbertaldo D.O.C.G., simply flew off the shelves, for those of you who missed it we are pleased to say that it is back in town! Whats more, with this being the perfect sparkling to celebrate Spring and the coming of sunnier and warmer days (here’s hoping!) we thought we would treat all of our customers to an extra special price, 10% off when you buy a bottle of this fab wine. For our wine club members this will mean an additional 10% discount on top of your usual discount, a veritable steal to say the least!
Val D’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is a truly beautiful pale straw yellow sparkling with layers of flavour, depth and finesse. A fine, lively mousse, a superb balance between softness and acidity and deliciously extra dry. I wholeheartedly agree with Pete’s recommendations ‘a great aperitif or accompaniment for steamed mussels’.
A beautiful wine in a beautiful bottle and seriously good value for money at £13.50 a bottle. With this months special offer it will be a fantastic £12.15 and a jaw-dropping £10.80 to our wine club members, whist stocks last of course. Be quick, this fizz won’t hang around and no fighting please!
The handsome chap in the photo is affectionately known as Fat Boy – a hard-working ram (with a borderline personality disorder) whom we met during our wine club tour of Trevibban Mill Vineyard. What an impressive chap he was but not half as impressive as witnessing first-hand how much Liz and Engin Mumcuoglu have achieved in a relatively short timescale at Trevibban Mill!
So huge thanks to Liz and Engin for sharing the story of how a former medical physicist and a former economist (and university sweethearts) fell accidentally into the business of making organic wine (don’t be fooled by the romance – it seems like bleddy hard work!)
Thanks also to winemaker extraordinaire Manuel Kowalewski for giving some small insight into the craft that goes into turning organically grown grapes into wines of real purity and integrity – who knew how much science and instinct was involved in the seemingly simple process of pressing grapes!
The roll call goes on with thanks to the ever lovely Maggie looking after the tasting needs of our thirsty guests and, of course, to the newcomers at Trevibban Mill – Andy Appleton and Lyndsey Marshall!
Fresh from Fifteen Cornwall this dynamic duo (and their hard-working kitchen brigade) treated us to five fabulous courses – each of them utterly delicious and each paired beautifully with a wine from the Trevibban Mill range.
Andy is a self-taught chef who fed 3/4 million guests in his 10 years as Head Chef at Fifteen Cornwall. Appleton’s at the Vineyard opened in March and, on the strength of our lunch, is set to be a sure-fire hit on the Cornwall dining scene. Andy’s style is inspired by rustic Italian food using the very best local ingredients combined with a bit of continental sparkle.
Lyndsey has an interesting and varied background which spans being a dental nurse, an air hostess and a fire-eating, juggling lion-tamer before heading up the apprentice and charitable schemes at Fifteen (OK – I might be joking about the fire-eating, juggling and lion-taming but she’s done pretty much everything else!)
All in all this lovely bunch of people with their unconventional backgrounds have created something really special and we wish them all the best.
So for those of you would couldn’t join us on the day, feast your eyes (sorry) on a few snapshots from the day (apologies for the absence of pictures of the crab on fennel crackers and the wild garlic gnocchetti – I’m afraid I dove in a bit too keenly).
If you haven’t been there yet then get yourself booked in soon before you find yourself at the back end of a three month waiting list – yes it’s that good!
As you’ll no doubt recall from last month’s riveting newsletter, our delicious lobster rolls have returned to the menu and they’ve been joined by the sweetest, freshest crab meat I’ve tasted in a looong while courtesy of our friends at the Padstow Shellfish Company. In the unlikely event that you didn’t read all of my last newsletter here’s the link
So thrilled are they to have joined the extended BinTwo family, Pete from the Padstow Shellfish Company has offered to co-host an event here at BinTwo on Friday 13th May starting at 7pm.
Precise details are still being confirmed but we’ll welcome you with a glass of champagne then find a few ways to showcase Pete’s crab and lobster through the medium of canapés and select four cracking wines to match; I’m thinking Muscadet with crab… Burgundy with lobster… Sancerre will be in the mix somewhere I’m sure.
You get the idea…timeless classics. Food and wine pairings that endure because they just work so darned well. This event will be run in the informal, intimate style that you seem to be enjoying when we run our in-house events here at BinTwo and, being an in-house event, it means that numbers are strictly limited to 20 lucky, lucky people. Remember that means some of you will be standing so please be sure to mention when booking if anyone in your party has mobility difficulties.
Stunning value at just £25 per head so email now to reserve your places firstname.lastname@example.org
Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2015, Western Cape, South Africa £12.50 2 bottles
‘Fresh’ and ‘cool’ underpin this splendid 100% Chenin Blanc. The fruit is sourced solely from cool climate Bot River vineyards exposed to breezes from the Lagoon and the Atlantic offsetting the valley’s warm summers. Beaumont go on to preserve the purity and freshness of the variety by early harvesting followed by a slow, cool fermentation and no oak to be seen. Besides being delightfully fresh, this un-oaked white is deliciously peachy, rounded and layered thanks to the clever use of different yeasts and blending. A white which is a must with shellfish!
Price with wine club discount: £11.25
Montresor Lugana ‘Campo Valentino’ 2014, Lombardia, Italy £12.00 2 bottles
A wine to transport you to the stunning southern shores of Lake Garda where it’s Trebbiano di Lugana grapes start their journey to become one of Northern Italy’s most fashionable white wines of the moment. Montresor, a Veronese family with a long tradition of winemaking have made a white which encompasses fragrance, freshness, texture and delicate acidity. Mouthwatering stone fruits, citrus and nuttiness combine and pair nicely alongside sea bass or barbecued fresh mackerel, when the season arrives.
Price with wine club discount: £10.80
Pasquiers Rosé 2015, Pays D’Oc, France £7.50 2 bottles
This delicate sunset pink rosé is a long-standing member on the BinTwo shelves. 70% succulent Grenache grapes and 30% soft perfumed Cinsualt are blended to make a dry, crisp rosé delivering plenty of fruit, red currants and raspberries and appealing texture, the work of experienced Languedoc winemaker Eric Monin. This is highly quaffable on its own as an aperitif or you may brave firing up the barbecue.
Price with wine club discount: £6.75
Nieto Don Nicanor Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina £12.50 2 bottles
Continuing the celebration of Malbec World Day (17th April) we bring you the proud Don Nicanor. A rich, dark, classic Malbec perfect for celebrating this date in Argentinian history which commemorates President Sarmiento’s decisive commitment, all the way back in 1853, to transform their wine industry followed by the introduction of Malbec vines to the country. Luscious black fruit, mocha and spice, intense yet smooth, no wonder it’s BinTwo’s love of the month!
Price with wine club discount: £11.25
La Chapelle de Marin, Côtes du Rhône, France 20 £8.50 2 bottles
La Chapelle de Marin ticks all of the Southern Rhone red boxes: juicy fruit, warming spice, ample body, smooth tannins and a long pleasing finish, a friendly and very comforting wine. The Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Syrah fruit express their character thanks to careful hand-harvesting and minimal technical intervention during wine-making, also despite the depth of flavour in La Chapelle de Marin oak plays no part. A great match for bangers and mash however this Côtes du Rhône’s versatile style means a glass or so on its own wouldn’t go amiss!
Price with wine club discount: £7.65
Domaine J. Laurens Crémant de Limoux ‘Les Graimenous’ 2013, Languedoc, France £14.50 1 bottle
A lovely alternative to Champagne for those days when you fancy a fresh, lively fizz without splashing out too much. Made to the Traditional (Champagne) Method of winemaking, this delicious Crémant undergoes two stages of fermentation with the second taking place in the bottle where it is then aged on its lees. Delicate with zingy citrus and apple and a touch of savouriness this nicely put-together, great value Crémant makes the perfect aperitif.
Price with wine club discount: £13.05
Palazzina Moscato Passito 2012, Piemonte, Italy £7.50 1 bottle
A springtime sweet, luscious and juicy but by no means cloying. Moscato Passito balances citrus zest, ripe stone fruit, marmalade and honey characters to perfection. A showcase for successful ‘passito’ winemaking whereby the extremely ripe Muscat fruit is laid out to dry on racks for 6 weeks concentrating the sugars and fruit flavours prior to careful bunch pressing, fermentation and ageing. Palazzina’s inviting lightness and refreshing zesty finish makes it a winner for fruit tarts and desserts, an excuse to make tarte tatin!
Price with club discount: £6.75
Total Case Price: £128
Bin Delivered price: £110 (£120 delivered nationally)
It might be Spring (or so we’re told!) but the nights (and days!) are still chilly and perfect for a classic red. With April being host to Malbec World Day, this month’s choice may be an obvious one but we really do love it!
Nieto Don Nicanor Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina
From Nieto’s premium Agrelo vineyards, the grapes are handpicked and selected and the winemaking process is finished off in French oak, aging for 12 months. The result is a very serious wine for the money with considerable complexity.
An intense wine, deep red in colour but with remarkable shades of purple and blue. The nose is bright and fruit driven with blackcurrant, blackberry and hints of vanilla and the palate is smooth and rounded with evident yet supple tannins. There are hints of bitter chocolate and black fruits on the impressive, lasting finish.
Predictably, this great Malbec seems to have been made to pair with the finest steak, however it would also work very well with any grilled or roasted red meat, game or even a spicy pasta dish.
Malbec World Day on April 17th is a world-wide celebration of this well-loved varietal – like we need a reason?!
Pop in for a bottle of Don Nicanor to celebrate the occasion, impressive value at £12.50 and even more so at £11.25 for BinTwo wine club members.