Friday 8th August: Organic and Natural Wines of the Loire Valley

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After our last wonderful in-store tasting of Burgundy wines, we have decided to keep the ball rolling with a selection of stunning Loire Valley wines from small organic producers. Of all of the wine producing regions in France, none offers a wider variety of dry, sweet and sparkling wines to enjoy on a warm summers day than the Loire.
Built between the 13th and 16th Centuries, the many magnificent chateaux of the Loire Valley served as fortresses, and later as luxurious palaces for the kings of France. With Royal patronage and easy access to the foreign markets of England and the Netherlands, the region, and particularly towns such as Angers, grew rich on the profitable wine trade.
The Loire Valley is the most spread out of France’s wine producing regions and produces a diverse range of wines. The area is dominated by the presence of the Loire, France’s longest and most famous river.
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We will be looking at a few hidden gems of the Loire, such as the light red wines from Saumur Champigny, Chinon and Bourgeuil to the crisp, aromatic dry whites of Anjou and Touraine.
This will again be in-store on Friday 8th of August between 7:45 and 10pm. Tickets are limited and cost £15 per person.
We hope to see you all
Marion & Jamie

A Taste of Italy

Friday 6th June
- A Taste of Italy -

The Refectory Kitchen
7pm till 10pm / Tickets £15

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Dear Customers..

Next Friday we will be holding a wonderful evening based on the fantastic wines of Italy in the Refectory across the road!!

Joining us will be the GM and Sommelier from Quex Barn, who is an Italian wine maestro in his own right, so this is a great chance to learn a little more about a very complex country!

We are very excited about trying some stunning Italian wines, seeing some familiar faces and getting to grips with a few of Italy’s best grapes!

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Please feel free to message, email, pop in or call us on 01227 451422 to reserve your place.

Hope to see you soon!
Marion & Jamie

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

 - Bordeaux Wine Tasting -

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.