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#WineWednesday? Or Monday – Sunday Sips?

Time for a recycling trip

I do like a #WineWednesday, but truth be told, to limit a vinous treat to one day a week is somewhat ludicrous, how else are we going to get through the glorious (?!) English summer without a good Monday-Sunday guide of what you [I] could be [am] drinking this summer.

So as I sit here at my desk watching the torrential rain through the window [Steph wrote this last week but I’ve only just put it up, it’s about 32 degrees outside now], I feel completely inspired to share with you my favourite tipples to fit with the joys of wine Wednesday and beyond.* I’ll agree that some of them are a little dreamy rather than practical, but it’s all about self-love these days, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

*Please enjoy responsibly, these are merely daily recommendations, rather than a challenge…

Monday – Miserable or Motivational? Either way you’ve made it through day one so why not treat yourself with a little something to lift your spirits?! I’m loving the Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, its zippy citrus freshness with a touch of sweetness transports you to straight to Sicily and if you really want to embrace the Italian dream, ditch the soda mixer and top it up with a little Prosecco. I would.

Tuesday – Probably the most boring day of the week isn’t it? It means I look for an exciting wine to brighten the day, my fave ‘something a little different’ at the moment is the Fontanino Riesling, I like it because it bucks the trend; let’s face it the Italians aren’t famed for Riesling, but this little cracker from Piedmont is just perfect with a seafood pasta dinner, classic clean lemons and lime with that cheeky light kerosene edge. Bellisimo!

Wednesday – Wine Wednesday!! Woop Woop! Such a momentous hashtag-famous day should be accompanied by my all-time favourite style of wine – Sherry of course! On a very recent  #winewednesday I happened to pop by our Chichester shop, and there like a beacon of joy shinning from the enomatic tasting machine was the sublime FDC Antique Palo Cortado. Every penny of my £2.90 for a little glass of that was more than worth it – coupled up with a bag of Bonilla crisps, what a wonderful treat!

Thursday – Ooh, I like Thursdays, it’s a bit like a cuddle day – not quite that Friday feeling but a gentle reminder that the weekend is fast approaching. I enjoy a glass of Syrah on such occasions, a smack of black fruit alongside a subtle pepperiness is just the ticket for an evening in front of the telly. My pick of the Syrahs at the moment is The Seresin Estate Syrah, definitely a bottle to get your hand on.

Friday – Bubbles? It has to be doesn’t it? I like my bubbles big and creamy though, so go crazy, treat yourself – crack open a Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV. If it was good enough for Sir Winston on the daily, it’s certainly good enough for me on Friday!

Saturday – The one day where day drinking is perfectly acceptable, especially on a sunny afternoon with a BBQ and the family round. As we’ve been lucky enough to see a fair amount of the sun over the last few weekends, I have been slowly making my way through a bottle of Gonzalez Byass La Copa Vermouth. Load that glass with ice and a slice of fresh orange and max relax in the garden while you take in the complex combination of cloves, nutmeg and sweet touch to finish!

Sunday – Can we talk about roast dinners? Even in summer? Of course we can, at our table we are partial to a succulent leg of lamb, if it’s a sunny Sunday you can always swap out the veggies for a fancy salad [no you can’t Steph]. Whatever you decide, there is only ever going to be one wine I serve with my roast lamb and that is Luis Cañas Rioja Reserva Selección de la Familla. It was the first bottle I took home to my family all those years ago when I started here at Hennings. To this day, it is still one of my all-time favourite wines. Elegant and beautifully balanced with complex flavours of leather, ripe sweet fruit and herbs over a base of fine oak. Can you tell I like it? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty in stock.

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The Grapevine 49

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There’s nothing like the opportunity to flex our vinous muscles with a stonking issue of our Summer Grapevine. We’ve been inundated with new wines over the last few months and have narrowed down quite a wide field of hopefuls into a few handfuls of delight. Zippy whites, crunchy reds and lots more besides have exceeded the grade – this promises to be our favourite issue yet. Here’s to Summer!

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The Grapevine 46

The Grapevine 46

Is there a more joyous time to the year? Light evenings, a bit of sunshine and the prospect of a few Bank Holidays to look forward to! Did you know that we have a national celebration for our wine industry too? Make sure you’re well stocked for English Wine Week at the end of May into June and don’t forget we’ve got lots of different English wines available in our shops and on our website. We’ve also included the odd parcel or two of ‘once they’re gone they’re gone’ wines like the Sablet and Boroli Barolo. There are some other brilliant wines in here as well as details of three upcoming tutored tastings so if you’re keen to experience the stories behind wine, why not book a ticket or two? Cheers!

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descends into the arrival of Father Christmas and my desire to read on is severely tested.

“Here it is, that time of year, the snow is falling there’s lots of cheer…” so begins my son’s favourite bedtime book at the moment. I don’t mind this opening but then it descends into the arrival of Father Christmas and my desire to read on is severely tested. With this in mind, and the seemingly ever earlier arrival of Christmas adverts and offers, we’ve tried to keep this issue of the Grapevine a little more winter and a little less Christmas. We haven’t succeeded in all areas though. In honesty, the wines are totally interchangeable and, we hope, will cover all of your festive needs. Don’t forget that this is only a snippet of what we have and to check in our shops and online if there’s something in particular you’re after. Thanks for your continued custom throughout the year and, my apologies, merry Christmas to you all!

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The Grapevine 44

The Grapevine 44

heartier wines and a few treats for a mid-week gloomy evening pick-me-up.

Summer came in the end then, although I suppose that might depend upon your geographical location. We love the autumn at Hennings. Not only are we lucky enough to be based in a part of the country that showcases the seasonal transformation so beautifully, but it also allows us to bring in some heartier wines and a few treats for a mid-week gloomy evening pick-me-up. From Vallone’s show stopping Graticciaia (page 4) to Iona’s sensational Chardonnay (page 13), we’ve got some of the most delicious wines ever featured in an issue. It’s now full steam ahead with our festive planning too so grab these offers while you can. Cheers from all at Hennings!

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The Grapevine 41

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The Grapevine 41…an opportunity to wrap up and drink some richer wines…

Well, thank goodness that’s over. There’s nothing I like more than moving into winter and the opportunity to wrap up and drink some richer wines. The team here have been hard at work compiling our festive favourites into The Grapevine 41 for your vinous pleasure over the next couple of months and think we’ve cracked it. Obviously, with over 1,000 products we’ve got masses more available both online and in our shops so if there’s something else you’re after then peruse via your preferred method – I’m certain you’ll find it. All at Hennings would like to wish you well for the coming festive period and take the opportunity to thank you all for continuing to support the independent – we couldn’t do it without you.

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The Grapevine 40…order some wine, put the heating on, sit down and pop your feet up…

Summer certainly had its ups and downs with regard to the weather. On the whole it did offer a brilliant opportunity to enjoy the refreshing whites and spicy Provence Rosé wines of our last Grapevine in their preferred environment! As I stare out of my window Autumn, seemingly, is upon us so it’s time to revel in some fuller reds and richer whites. We’ve got some new and exciting Italian wines including some rustic reds and a delicious new Prosecco among a plethora of fuller and richer wines – the Cien Y Pico and Aragonia Garnacha are my picks. Order some wine from The Grapevine 40, put the heating on, sit down and pop your feet up – silly season is almost here.

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Spanish wine | A path well trodden

Scala Dei ruins - home to some awesome Spanish wine

You would have thought that having already visited various wine regions of Spain on buying trips more than a dozen times over the last 25 years there would be very little that could surprise one. My latest jaunt, at the end of April, flew in the face of this idea whilst invigorating my love for Spanish wine.

Starting in the Ribera del Duero, located on Spain’s northern plateau, our intrepid party visited the Legaris winery. This winery grows all its grapes in small bunches and tends them by hand. This, combined with their judicious use of barrels, means that the wines have great concentration and are a brilliant match to barbecued meats. Next stop Rioja.

Rioja, in north-central Spain, is easily the most famous Spanish wine region and takes its name from the Rio (river) Oja. Bodegas Bilbaínas is one of the oldest estates in the D.O. and was one of the 10 original wineries to register as a bottler in the early 20th century. As land wasn’t as scarce at the time of its founding all of its vineyards surround the winery, so they have excellent control during each vintage.

Costers del Segre, to the north-west of Barcelona, was next on the agenda with a visit to the incredible Raimat vineyards. It’s hard to believe that 100 years ago the area was desert and it wasn’t until the Spanish government built a canal system that the area was turned over to vines. Raimat was the first winery to be established here and today produces around 85% of the D.O.’s wines in one of Europe’s largest vineyards. Their fantastically valued wines, made under the head winemaker Mark Nairn, have that typical Spanish wine depth and richness but also lovely elegance and length.

It’s been at least 25 years since I last visited Priorat and it has changed so much. Last time I visited there were four wineries; now there are in excess of 90! Going to Scala Dei was like visiting an old friend as I’d visited it on a previous trip. It’s the oldest winery in Priorat, dating back to the 12th century, and has a very limited production due to its low-yielding hand-harvested Garnatxa vines. The wines are stunning and I’ve picked out the Scala Dei Garnatxa as a brilliant example of modern Priorat winemaking. We also stock the flagship Scala Dei Cartoixa which gives a fantastic expression of the more traditional Priorat style.

Last up was Peñedes and a visit to Codorníu and their delicious Cavas. Cava, although much derided, is made in the Traditional Method (see Steph’s piece on p14) and offers great depth and structure without breaking the bank. The Ecologica is a great summer fizz and is a real crowd-pleaser.

Well, that was the trip finished; time to board the early flight home and read up on my notes. What was a sprint between five of Spain’s best regions became the perfect opportunity to rekindle a love-affair with Spanish wines. I hope you enjoy the selection – it was tricky keeping it to six.

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