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Mixing it Up… again! Saturday 25th March.

 

For those that have joined us previously (and for those that wish they had) SW-Distillery-logowe’re pleased as punch to announce that Marc Ramage from Southwestern Distillery is joining us once again for an evening of entertainment and delicious cocktails.

Cocktail night ‘part three’ is sure to feature the brand new Tarquin’s Cornish Crocus Gin, made with Cornish Saffron, Rose & Pistachio. There will also be a good kick of Seadog, a drop of fizz, a fruity little number and something more classical for the traditionalist within you.

Craft-Gins-Tarquins-Cornish-Crocus-Gin-500x500Marc is a master of the Boston shaker and very charming with it. So you are sure to be entertained as he takes you through a journey of cocktails using the fantastic range of spirits handcrafted by Tarquin Leadbetter. We sometimes still can’t quite believe it all happens just 5 mile’s away!

Your ticket price includes an arrival cocktail, tasters of a wide range of Marc’s clever concoctions and then a second cocktail once you’ve sampled the master’s handiwork. You’ll find it hard to choose but fear not, the bar will be open after the masterclass with Marc as your cocktail host for the evening.

 

This event will be held in BinTwo Padstow on Saturday 25th March from 7pm with only 20 tickets available.

Tickets £15pp – BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment

Barber On The Harbour – in pictures

both-mikeHuge thanks to all who attended our inaugural Barber on the Harbour event on 23rd October.

Despite it being a very wet, very windy and very cold evening you braved the conditions in a suitably masculine manner and helped raise an impressive £250 for the Movember Foundation before the official fundraising period has even started.  Top work gentlemen (and of course the ladies who came to watch your transformations!)

Thanks also of course to Claire and Olly from Gents Quarter barbershop for giving up an evening of their holiday to preen the men of Padstow.  You’re both awesome.

Big love to Andrew from Swifties Beer for his kind sponsorship of the event.  We’re loving your work Sir and look forward to selling your superb Cornish lager by the truck load!  Thanks also to Marussia Beverages for standing us the whiskey – it rounded the night off nicely and in a suitably butch way.

A night of fun, laughs, beards, oils, shaves, trims, beers, whiskey, bourbon, cigars and general bonhomie – I love it when a plan comes together!

Herewith a few photographs to give a sense for the evening courtesy of the fabulous Sean Gee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Padstow Christmas Festival 1st – 4th December

christmas-carolsThis year’s Padstow Christmas Festival is scheduled for Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th December and is shaping up to the best event yet!

Festival veterans will know that there’s a real bustle in town during this busy weekend of revelry.  We’ll be fulfilling our traditional role of providing a tranquil retreat from the crowds and our mulled wine and boozy hot chocolates will be on the terrace menu nestling up neatly against some of our favourite Christmas wines and spirits (Amaretto anyone?)

Of course the Christmas Festival just wouldn’t be the same without the famous BinTwo carol concert!  What we lack in tonal quality we make up in enthusiasm so be sure to come and join in.  Carols will start at 7pm (ish) on Friday 2nd December following on from the children’s Lantern Parade and leading nicely in to the fireworks display at 8.30pm.

Last year’s festival weekend was by far our busiest weekend ever on record.  It was huge fun if a little hectic (possibly the understatement of 2016!)  So we’re shaking things up a little this year by putting on a much tighter drinks range to give us the best possible chance of keeping the wine’s (and the team) nicely chilled and we’re hoping to set up a small drink’s  station outside to help ease the crush in the shop.

Click here to read more about the full programme of Padstow Christmas Festival events.

Out & About – We’ve gone mobile!

It has been a very exciting and busy time at BinTwo HQ in terms of events and getting out and about this summer!

It all started back at the beginning of June with the unforgettable ‘Vegging Out’ experience at Padstow Kitchen Garden (http://www.padstowkitchengarden.co.uk/)  – incredible food, beautiful wines and fantastic weather teamed with the charming (and very knowledgeable!) Ross Geach and a lovely group of guests.

In the same week we were up at the Royal Cornwall Show with Stratton Creber and Country & Waterside celebrating the launch of their ‘Prestigious & Personal’ portfolio (http://www.countryandwaterside.co.uk/). You can’t celebrate without a bit of fizz!

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Also in June was the launch of our ‘Flight Club’ – a series of informal tasting events where we combine a little education with a healthy dollop of fun. This made even more exciting by the opening of our brand new Hub up at Hawksfield where we will be hosting many of our upcoming tastings & events. Keep your eyes peeled for a little video of Flight Club #2 Bordeaux!

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Hawksfield event set up

We (Mike) built a really cool bar too! It’s pretty funky, well, we think so and the lovely people from The Cornish Concierge (http://www.thecornishconcierge.co.uk/) liked it too. So much so in fact that they asked us to support them with an amazing private event they were planning up at Padstow Kitchen Garden (I’m noticing a pattern here!). The feedback we received from the event was “loved every minute”, “unforgettable” and “spectacular” – wow! The bar proved to be a great talking point and the wines recommended by our lovely Kate went down a treat. We can’t wait to see and share with you the pictures of our little bar in action. I’m not sure Mike will agree with me on this, but, I think it needs a name! Suggestions please…

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Anyway, now you know what we’re up to, we would love to know what you think. If you are looking for a unique bar for a small event you’re holding, fancy doing a food/wine collaboration with us or have any ideas where you’d like to see BinTwo ‘pop up’ next, please get in touch and let us know.

Name suggestions and event enquiries to harriet@bintwo.com

Spanish Night @Streetfood_Cafe

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Have you been to Padstow’s newest, most exciting and only Street Food Café pop up restaurant yet? If yes then you’ll know exactly why we’re excited. If no, firstly, why on earth not?! Secondly, don’t panic, here’s the perfect opportunity to experience exactly what it is we’re raving about.

Streetfood_Cafe are hosting a Spanish Night on Friday 29th July and we were delighted to be asked to provide a bar for the evening. There will be a delicious offering of Lobster Paella, a range of Tapas and vegetarian options too. Well-travelled Chef Lee Easdon will work his magic on the Big Green Egg using local produce and a wealth of experience. By local we mean lobsters caught from the estuary and fresh veg grown right there on the farm by the talented Padstow Kitchen Garden team.

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The restaurant is situated within the grounds of Trerethern Farm, over-looking the rolling countryside and breath taking Camel Estuary. Just outside Padstow, the dreamy landscape and peaceful surroundings provide a real haven away from the crowds. As if that wasn’t enough to entice you, on the night, there will be without doubt great food, great company and great wine.

We will be serving a selection of fantastic Wines, Sherry and Brandy, all Spanish of course, along with local Beer, Cider & Gin. Salud!
Soft drinks will also be available. Please note, it will be a cash only bar.

Spanish Night
Friday 29th July
5.30pm – 8.00pm

Tickets £35 per person

This a ticket only event and they’re selling fast! You can get yours now at BinTwo, Padstow or from the Streetfood_Cafe, Trerethern Farm.

 

For more information contact: harriet@bintwo.com 

Holiday Essentials!

We know how important your holidays are and the time and energy needed for the preparations so we decided it was time we took matters into our own hands to help with your all-important holiday provisions: The Wine!…

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We’re delighted to announce that we have joined forces with Harbour Holidays, the quality holiday accomodation specialists in Padstow run by the lovely Nicky Stanley and her team. For those of you looking to book holiday accomodation in and around the Padstow area and at the same time arrange hassle-free wine supplies for your stay your prayers have been answered!

 

 

HarbourHols-WeekenderWe are offering a range of cases of wine lovingly selected for Harbour Holidays customers including wines to enjoy with your beach BBQ or the freshest seafood, a case of Delicious Cornish crafted wines and a case for the perfect weekend stay.

To make your life easier and your holiday even more enjoyable we deliver directly to your accomodation free of charge. So no need to waste time in supermarket queues or lug bottles down the M5, just more time to spend making the most of Cornwall!

What’s more, when you purchase a Harbour Holidays wine hamper we offer you a special 10% discount off the original case price and even include a 10% discount voucher for you to use on a visit to BinTwo.

HarbourHols-CornishEnglish Wine Week and May half-term saw the launch of this collaboration with Harbour Holidays’ successful wine hamper competition on Facebook. We are delighted to congratulate Angela Langford who was the lucky winner and the first person to enjoy the hassle-free Harbour Holidays wine service from BinTwo. Our ‘Deliciously Cornish’ wine selection will be waiting at her accommodation on her arrival in Padstow, what a great way to start a holiday!

 

So when confirming your booking with Harbour Holidays be sure to take a look at our wine offer by clicking on the BinTwo harbour offer link, otherwise please email us at wine@bintwo.com for more information.

Saboteur…come and join the revolution!

We’re often asked how we go about finding the wines we choose for our shelves.  Often it’s a surprisingly methodical and well thought out process (yes really – stop smirking at the back!)  What varieties are we missing?  Which countries and regions are under-represented? Have we got the right spread of price points?  Then a long search ensues involving loads of tastings to find exactly the right combination of wines to grace our shelves.  Usually it takes ages with endless prevarication on our part and many disappointments along the way before we settle on a selection we’re happy with.

Other times a stunning wine just drops in your lap unexpectedly.

NeilsAnd so it was with an unscheduled visit from South African winemakers Neils and Penny Verburg of Luddite Wines which led to an impromptu tasting of their Luddite Chenin Blanc and Shiraz wines (already well established and very well regarded in Michelin starred restaurants).  The Luddite wines were superb – an easy no brainer to add them to the shelves.  But it was their Saboteur range that really captured our imagination.

Usually with a new wine we’ll say “sure…we’ll take a case and see how it sells”.  Sometimes we might be confident enough to buy in higher quantities to try and negotiate a better rate.  With the Saboteur range our questions were how much do you have left and when can you get it to us?

 

Saboteur whiteUnfortunately the Sabotuer 2015 white (a blend of 68% Chenin Blanc, 15% Viognier, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 2 % Chardonnay) was pretty much sold out so we grabbed what we could for the shelves.  It’s been a huge hit with staff and customers alike; I’ve had to ration Charlotte’s purchases as she was in danger of buying the lot.  Read more about her thoughts in this month’s Wines We Love.

We had better luck with the 2014 red (a blend of 77% Shiraz, 19% Mouvedre and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon).  The last 300 bottles of this big, bold, fruity, spicy, smooth abso-blooming-lutely gorgeous wine are on a ship steaming it’s way to our shores even as I write this post.

And I’m properly excited about it…really I am!  Once it’s with us it will be usurping our Napa Valley Zinfandel from the “big New World red” slot on our terrace menu. Saboteur wine mounting it’s very own little incursion right here in Padstow – come and join the revolution!

Over to Penny for a few more words:

“We are particularly useless when it comes to any press releases so below  is all off the cuff! (Ed.  Don’t worry Penny – that makes you very much our kind of people!)

The idea behind the Saboteur range was to use the varietals grown on the farm that do not go into the Luddite, both being single Shiraz and Chenin.

We started with the red in 2009 and brought the white on board in 2015 – little did we know how well the wine would be received and how quickly we would have to call neighbours and ask them to sell us grapes to up production.

When we decided to start the white we re-worked the packaging as we did not want the Saboteur range to be a “2nd label” but rather something special, a stand alone brand.

The brand name allowed us to think along the lines of being radical in our packaging and Niels had always wanted to do something with a crown cap – a fantastic closure that is hardier than a screwcap and been used for bubbles for a long time.

The wording on the paper and the necktag describes the passion Niels feels in the cellar – a kid in a candy store at every harvest not a “Oh no! It’s harvest again”

2014 was a fantastic vintage but the trickiest so far this decade as the heavy rainfall at the beginning of December and again into January brought on early ripening and quite a lot of rot.  Fortunately as a small producer we were able to realise the potential of early ripening and rot and picked before it was too late!  Producers who weren’t paying attention got caught with their pants down.  The Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre were fermented in small batches in open bins with regular hand punch downs.  The larger Shiraz batch was fermented in stainless steel tanks with regular pump overs. The batches were pressed directly into barrel and allowed to mature with some fermentation lees.  We also did malolactic fermentation in barrel which gives a fuller mouth feel and structure.  After malolatic fermentation the wine was racked and returned to barrel for a further 18 months.

During blending we took great care to follow the house style of Saboteur which Mike loved so much – bold fruit, good spice and soft tannins.  It’s great to see the last of the Saboteur 2014 red go to a good home and we hope BinTwo regulars enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!”

English Wine Week – 28th May – 5th June

EWW_16_Logo_EVERYTHINGIt’s that time of year where we celebrate everything that’s great about English wine.  And we certainly have plenty to celebrate hailing, as we do, from the heart of one of the best wine-making regions in the country (well it’s the best really but I’m making an uncharacteristic attempt to be diplomatic).

Long-term followers of BinTwo will already know that we’ve always championed our local English winemakers; our year-round terrace menu currently features wines by the glass from all three of our local vineyards.  In fact four of the eleven wines we offer by the glass are made within a stones throw of Padstow.

Nonetheless we still like to make an effort for English Wine Week and so we’ll opening a few extra local wines for you to try:  The much-loved, multi award-winning Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut Rosé (Pink Fizz).  Constantine from Trevibban Mill (a fabulous Chardonnay based blend) and, from Knightor their award winning fizz – Vintage Cuvee 2011 and an intriguing sweet wine – Mena Hweg (which picked up the Critic’s Choice Trophy at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards – that’s where the trade give you a proper pat on the back!)

In terms of accolades it’s been a cracking month for our local vineyards!

Trevibban Mill, Cornwall’s only organic vineyard (just outside of Padstow too) has become one of only two English wine producers ever to win a global award for red wine at the International Wine Challenge.  Producing a decent red in England is no mean feat – particularly a Pinot Noir given how notoriously tricky that varietal can be to grow – so the silver IWC award is much deserved acknowledgement for team Trevibban.  We’re certainly huge fans and we added this stunning local red to our terrace menu for you to enjoy by the glass this year.  It’s already been flying out and there are limited stocks (honestly!) so you’d best come and try it quickly…

Cornwall’s most established vineyard, Camel Valley, won more of the 120 IWC medals that came to the UK than any other UK winemaker thereby cementing their position as the big boys on the English winemaking block!  Included in their bumper haul of awards were seven silver awards and four bronzes.  The Camel Valley Brut Rosé that we’ll have on by the glass during English Wine Week brought home one of those silver medals…as it has done for several years now.  Stunning consistency from Bob, Annie and Sam Lindo and their dedicated team!

Not to be left out Knightor Winery also brought back an IWC silver for their stunning Vintage Cuvee 2011.  As you’ll probably know, makers of English sparkling wines typically only declare a vintage when they feel that the crop that year is set to make a particularly notable wine.  Otherwise they seek to achieve consistency from one year to the next which is why they (like their counterparts in Champagne) don’t usually have the vintage visible on their labels.  Well 2011 was a belting year for Knightor’s crop and this cracking blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnany is now ridiculously quaffable!  But don’t take my word for it – this special little number will also be available by the glass at BinTwo during English Wine Week

And as if that wasn’t enough to entice you, and although these lovely wines pretty much sell themselves, we’ll be offering 10% off when you buy any six English wines during English Wine Week.  We really are too good to you…

New terrace menu…you heard it on the grapevine.

It’s taken us a while to get there but we’ve managed to finalise this year’s terrace menu ahead of Easter.  So that’s it…no more debate.  No more endless tastings.  No more prevarication.  The choices are made and there’s no going back…probably.

“What takes so long?” I hear you ask.  Well it’s actually quite hard work (stop smirking) finding a selection of wines that make up the right combination for our terrace menu.  They all need to be easy-drinking straight after opening and able to be enjoyed without food.  We need to provide enough range in terms of grape variety, country of origin and price point.  Oh and we like to throw something interesting and unusual into the mix too – something you’ve not tried before.

So we torture ourselves (laying it on too thick? Honestly it’s a slog) compiling a long list that with lot’s of tasting and debate turns into a short list.  Then we go to another supplier tasting and find more wines that we love so we’re back to a long list.  And then, just as we think we’ve got the selection nailed, a supplier tells us that they’re running short on the current vintage of one of our chosen wines.  They send us a sample of the new vintage and…it just ain’t quite right.  So back to the drawing board we go – it’s like a puzzle where the pieces keep changing shape.

Anyhow as first world problems go I know this is pretty top tier and, truth be known, we probably do make a bit of a meal out of finding the right combinations.  But we do it all for you dear reader.  We don’t expect medals or honours – we’re happy to toil on your behalf.  But the next time you sit on our terrace, as you ease back in your chair with the sun on your face raising a glass of nectar to your lips…perhaps you’ll spare a thought for our efforts and in a moment of reflection whisper to yourself “they’ve got it tough these guys”.

Some of the menu headlines:

Billecart-Salmon – our favourite Champagne house retains the top slot on our menu (relax everybody – we’re not daft)

Knightor, Cornwall – We took a chance by introducing wines from this lesser known Cornish winery and it paid off.  Customers merrily quaffed both the Brut Classic Cuvée and Trevannion in reassuringly large quantities thereby securing it’s place on the menu for 2016.

Green Lip Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand – still your favourite terrace wine by a clear margin.  Safe!

Pouilly Fuissé 2014, Domaine Ferret, France – we tasted a dozen creamy Burgundies to find this classy little number and very relieved we were too when the new vintage measured up to expectations.

Gavi La Battistina 2015, Piemonte, Italy – replacing the Picpoul de Pinet as the BinTwo entry level white this Gavi is simply mouthwatering!  100% Cortese berries producing an aromatic, juicy wine with weighty fruit and a fresh, citrusy yet gently nutty and savoury flavour.  It has great texture and a refreshing, satisfying finish.  I was desperate to put a very lovely Muscadet on the menu to pair with our newly added dressed crab for a bit of a classic retro food/wine match vibe.  But quite simply the Gavi was just too good, too luscious and too drinkable to pass over.  Next time Muscadet – I promise…

Sherry – Gutierrez Colosia Fino, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – just too good with our charcuterie to not keep it on the menu.  Available by the glass and half bottle this year.

Château Civrac 2008, Bordeaux, France – an easy decision to retain this juicy, easy drinking, well-aged claret.  Made by our good friend Mark Hellyar – a Cornishman making wine (and making waves!) in Bordeaux.

Clos Du Val Zinfandel 2013, Napa Valley, USA – we loved this wine as our easy drinking “big” New World red last year.  We tasted dozens of wines looking for a replacement and kept coming back to it.  No wine on the list fought harder to retain its slot on our terrace menu.  Well done the Zinf – showing true colonial fighting spirit!

La Vendima 2014, Palacios Remendo, Rioja, Spain – winning the fiercely contested “Spanish Red” slot on the menu, and new for 2016, I present you with this modern and fresh style Rioja.  La Vendima, “The Harvest” , is a ripe, fruit-forward blend of Grenache and Tempranillo.  Soft, supple and laden with wild red berries and a little sweet spice to boot.  A highly enjoyable drop – lighter weight than you might expect and, I think, a sure fire winner for a gentle summer red.

Trevibban Mill Black Ewe Pinot Noir 2014, Cornwall – we’re incredibly excited with this new addition to our menu!  In a blind tasting two Masters of Wine declared this the best English red they’ve tasted…and it’s made right here in Padstow!  Rich black fruits with a gentle touch of spice.  Medium bodied with soft tannins and a long finish.  Great work from Cornwall’s newest vineyard.  We love championing local wines when they’re this good and we can’t wait to see what you think of it!

Rimauresq Cru Classé 2015, Côtes de Provence, France – still a classic, bone-dry fragant rosé made in the traditional Provence style.  Why change something this good…that’s exactly what we thought.

Camel Valley Rosé 2014, Cornwall – with the addition of this cracking wine from our longest standing local winery we’ve rounded off our Cornish selection nicely.  A light rosé made with 100% Pinot Noir berries with intense strawberry aromas and a fresh hit of zippy red fruit flavours.  The 2014, in my view, has truly mouth-watering and refreshing acidity that I’m sure you’ll love as much as we did when we tried it.

 

 

 

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Feeling a bit crabby?

It’s been a long, wet winter but there’s recently been reason to hope the worst is behind us.  And as if to provide sure-fired confirmation that Spring has finally sprung, this weekend sees the return of our hugely popular Maine Lobster Rolls to the BinTwo menu.  What’s a lobster roll?  I’m glad you asked…

imageHailing from Maine, New England in the U.S of A, lobster rolls are a simple, but luscious combination of chunkily chopped lobster meat, a touch of seasoning, a squeeze of lemon juice, a little chopped celery, a dusting of paprika and a cautious dollop of mayonnaise – just enough to bind the mix together – served in a soft finger bun.

Maine’s a long way to go for such a gastronomic delight so we’ve come up with a local version using the freshest lobster from the Padstow Shellfish Company and buns from the Chough Bakery just around the corner.

 

 

 

crabThis year we’ve added hand-picked dressed crab to the menu served simply with a wedge of lemon and a chunk of crusty campigrain bread.  Because when shellfish is this good that’s all you need!  Like our lobster, our crab comes from the local day boats of the Padstow Shellfish Company.  You’ll have the quiet satisfaction of knowing that your meal was caught and landed a stone’s throw from where you’re sitting.  For a heightened sense of worthiness pair it with one of our local wines and you’ll have hit upon the most decadent sustainable dining solution known to man.

Well done for doing your bit!