A taste of France – Fri 31st Jan

To kick off our tastings for the new year we thought we would take a mini,”Tour de France” this Friday evening. 
 
We will be hosting a Wine Tasting event at the Refectory Cafe opposite the store between 7pm and 10pm, with a selection of nibbles to complement some of our favourite wines from around the country.
 
One of France’s National treasures is their fantastic wine. What better way to learn a little more, have some fun and meet some great people, than to sample a variety of grapes and flavours from a few of the different wine producing regions, including: 
 
Alsace
Bordeaux
Burgundy
Languedoc
Loire Valley
Rhone Valley
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With plenty to chat about and some super wines to try, this should be a lovely way to start the years wine journey!
Tickets are £15 per person and limited to 25 people so please get in touch to reserve your place.
We hope to see you all soon.
 
All the very best
Marion & Jamie

3rd October: Forgotten France and Lost Grapes

Friday October 3rd 7:45-10 @Le Mouton Rouge – tickets in advance £15
As summer turns to autumn, harvest approaches and the winter nights begin to draw in… 
Yet never fear, our in store tastings are always a reason to feel warm and cheery! 
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Next Friday we will be returning to the wines of France, a wonderful wine producing country, with many familiar regions, grapes and styles. Leaving traditional favourites aside, we shall be taking a look at some of the the forgotten wine producing regions of France and unusual grape varieties that don’t often pop up. 
 
If you are unfamiliar with the tantalising aromas and flavours of wines from Marmandais, the Auvergne, Corsica and Jura or lesser known grape varieties such as Grolleau, Arbouriou or Folle blanche, then this is an exciting opportunity to try them out and perhaps learn a little more.
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We will be joined on the night by Didier Cappa, a jovial wine enthusiast, whose aim is often to seek out such unconventional yet fantastic wines from small producers across France! He will be guiding us through our wines and together we will be unearthing some absolute gems from little known French appellations that are often overlooked.
 
Our tastings tend to be jolly, informal events, and this really will be a fascinating insight into some rare and delicious wines.
 
Now held in store at Le Mouton Rouge places are limited, so please email or call us to reserve your place, alternatively feel free to pop in to the store to purchase a ticket!
Coming soon:
Green Hop Beer – Friday 17th October
Whisky Tasting -Friday 24th October

Burns Night – January 25th 2014

 An annual celebration of Scotand’s national poet, Robert Burns.

Whether your celebrating the day formal or informal, ensure you set the mood with music, food and importantly with the right whisky…as you’ll know that Robert Burn’s had been a lover of fine spirits.

We carry over 50 single malt whiskies and blends of the finest calibre so please feel free to pop in and discover our wonderful range of what we feel is another of Scotlands National Treasures!

Why not try:

Tamdhu 10yr Old – £37.99

Founded in 1897, Tamdhu distillery was born of its founders can-do spirit! Matured in Sherry Oak casks it has a nose of soft vanilla and sugared almonds, on the palate it bursts with Fruit and Spice gently yielding to Toffee and and the richness of the sherry oak before finally unveiling the merest wisp of Peat Smoke.

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Our next Whisky Tasting will be on the 21st February between 7pm – 10pm held at the Refectory Kitchen opposite the shop, tickets are £15, limited to just 20 people and are available in store now.

Six Nations Whisky Tasting – Feb 21st

Six Nations Whisky Tasting this Friday at the Refectory. ..

Now that the six nations are well underway we thought we’d have some fun and try some rare gems from the World of Whisky….

French, Welsh, English, Irish, Scottish and New Zealand malts!

Tickets are now available in store for £15 and are selling fast! The action kicks off at 7pm. ..whisky

Bordeaux Wine Tasting Fri 28th

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Friday 28th March @ The Refectory Kitchen

7pm – 10pm - Tickets £15

With the six nations over for another year we feel it’s time return once more to France for our next wine tasting event….

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We are very happy to announce that our next tasting will feature wines from one of France’s most famous and prolific wine producing regions, Bordeaux. With plenty to talk about and a selection of wines including not just the famous reds but whites, rose, sweet and sparkling, it’s set to be another jolly affair!!

The Refectory Kitchen opposite  the store provides a wonderfully relaxed and intimate venue, perfect for a small social group of wine enthusiasts to meet up, learn a little and enjoy some great wines and company.

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We are also delighted to say that Mariette Abovici will be joining us next Friday. Mariette handles our direct imports from small independent Chateau in the region, she has studied Bordeaux wines in depth and is wonderfully knowledgable, fun and very approachable!!

Hope you can join us!

 

 

 

 

Wantsum Yellow Tail – Spring Ale

 

We are delighted to say that our first spring beers have arrived!!

The fantastic Wantsum Brewery from Hersden, have delivered a small batch of their stunning Yellow Tail.

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A five hop New Zealand Spring Ale delivering sweet floral notes, fruity with a hint of Vanilla, light and golden in colour. A must try this time of year!

 

 

24th October: Whisky tasting – recently revived distilleries

It’s that wonderful time of the month again, Whisky Tasting Night! Next Friday , 24th October at 7:45, we shall be hosting another fun evening, focusing on two recently revived distilleries:
 
Glenglassaugh & Benriach
 
By no means household names, these two old distilleries have faced long periods of closure over their long history but now they are now independently owned and are once again producing a range of fantastic single malt whisky!
 
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Glenglassaugh:
Following a complete refurbishment by the new owners the distillery was re-opened on 24 November 2008 by the First Minister for Scotland Alex Salmond MSP who praised the company for their commitment to using the traditional equipment and methods to once again make the unique whisky which is produced at Glenglassaugh.
 
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Benriach:
“It was with delight, while sworn to secrecy, that I witnessed Benriach gaining its independence, when a team led by the experienced and infectiously enthusiastic Billy Walker acquired the Distillery. This independence will allow BenRiach to unlock its secrets and bring its fine and surprising malts, officially to the market in their natural state for the first time. There cannot be a single true lover of whisky who will not rejoice because of it.” – Jim Murray
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We will be working our way through the spectrum of colours, aromas and flavours of the whisky world with a few exciting surprises along the way. With a variety of different cask finishes and ages to try, this is set to be another jolly old night! 
Tickets are £15 and places are limited so please get in touch via email and phone to reserve your place or pop into the shop to grab a ticket.

Festive Events Calender

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Over the next few weeks we have a wonderful selection of Wine & Spirit evenings in store at Le Mouton Rouge. 
Thursday 20th November 
- Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Bar – Free Entry – 7:30pm – 10pm
It’s that time of year again, so to launch the fantastic wines from this year’s Beaujolais Harvest we have selected three top producers of Beaujolais Nouveau to showcase. We will also be introducing our Wine Bar evenings by selling some selected wines by the glass in a lovely social and informal evening.
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Friday 21st November 
- Champagne Tasting – Taittinger - £15 per ticket – 7:45 – 10pm
A truly exciting event featuring one of Champagnes most prestigious houses, Taittinger. Founded in 1734, based in the town Reims and recently the champagne of choice for the World Cup. Join us in sampling six exquisite sparkling wines, learning the complex history of the region with an in depth look at the wide range and different styles of Champagne that the house of Taittinger produces.
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Friday 28th November 
- Whisky Tasting – Compass Box – £15 per ticket – 7:45 – 10pm
Our regular whisky tasting have been warmly welcomed by loyal whisky fans. For our next session we will be taking focusing on exceptional premium blended whisky, made by a master of his craft, John Glasser of Compass Box. His small range of whiskies encompass the entire spectrum of aromas and flavours of the whisky world, each with a very distinct style. A great opportunity to learn a little more about the fine art of blending.
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Friday 5th December 
- Gin Tasting – Anno Gin & Hand Crafted, Small Batch –  £15 per ticket – 7:45 – 10pm
One of the great local spirit producers, Anno from Marden, Kent, will be in store to enlighten us on the methodology of modern day gin production, showcasing their traditional, sloe and cranberry gins. We will also be looking at the history of gin production and sampling a few other small batch, premium gins from the UK with a couple of special hard to find Scottish gins on offer.
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Friday 12th December 
- Fine Wine – Big Reds – £20 per ticket – 7:30 – 10pm
A mouthwatering selection of fine wine and big reds, need we say more… Whether it’s Mature Claret or top Aussie Shiraz we will have a terrific selection of some of our favourite wines from our winter selection open to sample. We are pretty excited by this one and making a final selection is going to be tough, is it Chianti or Barolo, Pommard or Nuits St Georges, either way it should be a real treat…
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Saturday 13th December
- Beer Tasting – Xmas Beers & Meet the Brewer – £15 per ticket – 8 – 10pm
Following on from the success of last months Green Hop Beer Tasting, we have put together a wide selection of different Xmas Beers to get stuck into, plus a chance to meet the guys from Time & Tide,  a rising star in Kentish brewing. Featuring beers that are warmly spiced, rich and full bodied, hailing from Kent and further a field this should be jolly night indulging in some hand crafted beer of the highest quality.
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Friday 19th December
- Xmas Whisky Tasting – Big Names, Rare Releases – £20 per ticket – 7:45 – 10pm 
A sumptuous selection of winter warmers. Back to the world of single malts, putting out some of our favourite distilleries side by side, but perhaps as you’ve never seen them before. If you’ve tried the likes of Dalmore, Balvenie & Lagavulin then this should be a real treat, as we have unearthed some rare releases from the Scottish vaults. 
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With plenty planned, hopefully we’ve found something to suit each pallet, in what should be a very enjoyable run in to the festivities. If you would like any more information or to reserve yourself a spot on any of the evenings please, send us an email, give us a call or pop in to purchase some tickets!
 
We hope to see you all very soon.
All our best wishes 
Marion & Jamie
 

July 18th: Summer Wines & A Taste of Burgundy

Apologies for the short notice but we are happy to announce that we will be holding our first official “in store” wine tasting next Friday between 7.45pm and 10pm.
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Our summer selection is full of delicious,thirst quenching wines, including some ravishing fizz, well rounded crisp whites and light, dry Provence Rose’s. Ideal refreshment for those hot heady days of August either in the picnic hamper, as an aperitif in the garden or paired with seasonal food dishes.
We are pleased to say that a small showcase of some stunning Burgundy wines will also be open to sip and enjoy.
There will be limited £15 tickets available for this event, as our small shop will not be able to house as many as previously at the Refectory. So please get in touch to reserve a place or two.
This should be a cracking little night with lots to chat about & taste, plenty of fun and familiar faces plus a nice intimate setting.
We hope to see you all soon.
Marion & Jamie