Sibaris Carmenère 2012, Undurraga, Colchagua Valley, Chile £10.00 2 bottles
What better way to beat the post-Christmas blues than to pop open a bottle of this super-ripe, juicy red! Fortunately for us, Carmenère vines were found growing in Chile just two decades ago after having being mistaken for Merlot . A rich, slow-ripening variety which relishes in the heat and sunshine of the Colchagua Valley. Sibaris is a full and comforting winter red, bursting with black fruits, herbs, spice and toasty oak, a match for a hearty casserole.
Price with wine club discount: £9.00
Salice Salentino 2012, Vigneto Giardinelli, Puglia, Italy £9.50 2 bottles
A warming red with the perfect balance of bitter-sweet and bags of character. Negro Amaro is the star of the show with a little Malvasia Nera contributing fragrance and complexity. After 8 months in ‘botti’, large oak barrels, it emerges rounded and gently rustic with ripe black fruit and savoury flavours. Coming from the ‘heel’ of Italy, it goes without saying that this is a welcoming, food-friendly wine, pairing perfectly with a satisfying tomato pasta dish.
Price with club discount: £8.55
Glenwood Merlot 2013, Franshoek, South Africa £14 2 bottles
A lipsmackingly good Merlot, deliciously layered with chocolate, plums and dark cherries. This gem comes from a small winery located in an area of outstanding beauty not far from Cape town. After careful hand-harvesting and natural wild yeast fermentation the wine is aged for 18 months in French and American oak adding spice and sweetness. Easy-drinking, though not to be underestimated, it is elegant, rich and carefully wrapped in a long and subtle herbal finish.
Price with club discount: £12.60
The Cloud Factory Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand £9 2 bottles
A classic and zingy Marlborough Sauvignon to start the year. Thanks to a long, cool fermentation process and swift bottling this wine has retained maximum aromatics, freshness and varietal character. The Cloud Factory is vibrant, the palate is clean and green with limes and tropical fruits and delicious minerality, what’s more it’s fabulous value!
Price with club discount: £8.10
Ehmoser Grüner Veltliner 2015, Wagram Austria £13 2 bottles
Receiving rave reviews at our Christmas tasting, we introduce you to this stunning Grüner Veltliner. It bears the weight of a Chardonnay whilst it’s flavour delivers the tell-tale varietal characters: white pepper, vegetal and a little spice. Hats off to Winemaker Josef Ehmoser who follows in the footsteps of his predecessors on the banks of the Danube and whose ethos to ‘respect nature ’ in vineyard and winery brings us this pure, expressive, food-friendly wine. I’m a fan!
Price with club discount: £11.70
Otañon Vetiver Rioja Blanca 2014, Rioja, Spain £9.50 2 bottles
A stylish old favourite, from the hottest and driest region of Rioja, Rioja Baja. The 2014 vintage Vetiver combines tropical fruit, citrus and delicious toasty flavours all in perfect measure. With 4 months spent in American oak barrels we get a touch of oak, of the subtle vanilla kind. This lovely-weight white can be enjoyed with tapas but can also make a good accompaniment to Roast chicken or sumptuous shellfish.
Price with club discount: £8.55
Total Cost of wine: £130
Bin Delivered price: £110 (£120 delivered nationally)
No matter your background, career aspirations, musical taste or married status, one thing many of us have in common is a love of chocolate… and wine!
Did you know that the process of making chocolate is similar to that of wine? Fermentation occurs in both cocoa beans and grape juice by contact with naturally occurring yeasts present in cocoa pulp and on the skin of grapes. In chocolate production, this fermentation process helps develop the flavour profile and eliminates many tannins. For decades, researchers have been working on improving cocoa fermentation by controlling the types of yeast used and they have discovered that the same species of yeast used in beer and wine production works particularly well. What a coincidence!
Despite the affinity for one another, wine and chocolate does not always go hand in hand. Bitterness and tannins, present in both chocolate and wine, actually fight for the same receptors on the tongue resulting in an unpleasant taste experience. Fortunately however, there are a number of pairings which are very complimentary of each other and provide the ultimate sensory experience, often described as orgasmic. Ooh err!
Single/Dating/Married/Engaged/It’s Complicated/Desperate/Confused/Bitter/Broken Hearted/Other… come along and tantalise your taste buds with what we think is a match made in heaven.
No need to book, just come along and sample 5 delectable chocolate variations with 5 different wines from around the world as part of an intimate tasting for two or an informal experience for one or more.
For a group of 6+ please give Harriet a heads up at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be holding two sessions in February:
Tuesday 14th February (VALENTINES DAY!) – 5pm-9pm
Saturday 18th February – 12pm-9pm
Price per person £15
For more information contact email@example.com
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
with 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 knowledgable 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
Not 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!
A morning all about coffee for the home-brewing enthusiast or anyone who would like to learn how to make decent coffee at home. Hosted by our friend, Hugo Hercod, sometime UK Barista Champion, all-round coffee geek and one of the top ten baristas IN THE WORLD people!
This is a three hour, hands on course exploring how to get the best from the worlds favourite drink. We’re hosting the course at our Hawksfield Hub from 9am – noon and it costs just £35 per person!
The where’s the hows, the dos the donts.
Grinding, dosing and different ways of brewing.
Strength and extraction, scales, timers, thermometers and recipes.
Buying beans and understanding labels.
Followed by hands on learning using:
Aeropress (coffee geeks’ favourite).
Stove top or Mocha pot (your best route to home espresso).
Hario V60 (Japanese simplicity).
Included in the price is:
A breakfast of fresh croissants and pan au chocolate (chew while you brew).
As much coffee as you’re likely to want to drink in a morning!
250gm of coffee beans to take with you to start your personal home brewing journey.
Booking: Not through us this time folks. Spaces are limited so don’t delay in making your reservation. Contact Hugo directly at email@example.com, call 01208 814214 or book online through eventbrite