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Vineyards

“Freedom!” cheer the children, while parents and grandparents everywhere lovingly look towards six weeks of wonderful sunshine filled days…

Of course I am delighted at the prospect of not having to drag my daughter out of bed for a good few weeks and squeeze in some quality time, but my head isn’t completely in the clouds. I know it may have some challenges along the way – so as my duty to parents everywhere, here are a few tipple tips to help the summer holidays fly by smoothly as smoothly as they can!

First up, obviously as customary these days, is gin! Our gin range now resembles something very similar to Pandora’s box (with only positive results once opened though) and it seems to be expanding every week.  If I had to choose just one, I’d give Jarrolds a try. Handmade in Chichester, their tagline tells you all you need to know: “refreshingly simple, beautifully balanced”. Local, thirst-quenching and delicious so all boxes ticked! If you like something a little different to your gin I’m still a diehard fan of all the Warner Edwards range; they’re all well worth filling up your glass with ice and getting  out into the garden with.

Regarding wine, there is clearly a wonderfully huge range to choose from, pop into any of our shops or go on our website and you’ll too feel like a kid in a sweet shop. Better still if you pop in at the weekend all of our shops have wine open for you to taste throughout the summer.

My summer wines of choice this year, all seem to be hailing from Portugal, my fab colleague in Chichester, Hannah P has written a great article in our Grapevine outlining some of the super tasting and great value Portuguese numbers we have on offer at the moment including the brilliant Vila Nova Vinho Verde – it’s summer in a bottle! Of course if bubbles are more your thing then you can head over to my little entry in there, where an awesome selection of sparklers awaits you. The Domaine du Landreau Crémant de Loire Morin puts many a Grande Marque Champagne to shame – it’s brilliant stuff and under £15 for summer.

The biggest secret here is, as my very own wine Wednesday evening is in sight, it’s not any of the afore mentioned that is actually waiting for me in my fridge this evening. Tonight’s treat to kick off the summer holidays is a bottle* of Gonzalez Byass La Copa. Produced by one of Jerez’s Sherry masters, this Vermouth is made from a base of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherries; it is bursting with aromatic flavours of clove, orange peel, nutmeg, angelica and quinine, alongside a sumptuous little kick of sweetness. I’m certainly looking forward to heading out into the sunshine to enjoy a very large glass of this on the rocks with a slice of orange thrown in for good measure – is it my hometime yet?!  Cheers to the summer!

 

*disclaimer, I might not actually have the whole bottle, a nod to responsibility and all that…

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The Grapevine 43

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our selection of wines for summer is every bit as consistent as the over-optimistic long range weather forecasts!

Well, here we are, the great British summer. Yes, it might be a touch chilly and overcast as I type this but, as always, I hear reports of the hottest July since 1976. As it’s mid-June now I’d say we’ve got about six weeks until that turns to an Indian summer instead. Thankfully our selection of wines for summer is every bit as consistent as the over-optimistic long range weather forecasts! Regardless of what the next few months bring we’ve got some brilliant wines to choose from including some party friendly magnums from Colombo on page 11, a pair of ridiculously good value Sicilians on page 14 and a ground breaking Gamay on page 19. Here’s to picnic blankets, sweet peas, potato salad, barbecues and the occasional ray of sun. Cheers from all at Hennings!

View the latest issue of The Grapevine 43

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Chilled red wine | Natural born chillers

Time to think again about chilled red wine

Chilled red wine might seem like heresy but it might be time to think again.

Before you wheel the barbecue out of hibernation this year, perhaps a little vinous preparation might be in order. No doubt your fridge will be well stocked with white and rosé in anticipation of a glorious summer, but  may I suggest a quick shift-about to make some room for a couple of bottles of chilled red wine as well?
Some of you may well have tried a wonderfully chilled Beaujolais, as indeed we have recommended below, along with some others. However there are lots of wines you could choose that can be enjoyed at a cooler temperature. Follow the five tips below and you won’t go far wrong.

1. Fresh and fruity. Beaujolais being the classic example of chilled red wine. Oonce chilled it becomes refreshing without losing any character.

2. Chilled, not ice cold. 45 minutes in a fridge should do it. Don’t treat it like a white wine and leave in the fridge all day as most of the delicate flavours will be muted and it’ll taste dull. The only exception to this would be a sparkling red such as Lambrusco, which is best served nice and cold.

3. Cool climate. Generally, coastal wineries or high altitude wines without too much weight or alcohol with good acidity are best.

4. Light not heavy. Heavier wines tend to lose too much character when chilled and become very clumsy. Choose lighter varietals like Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cab Franc, not Cab Sauvignon or Shiraz.

5. Have fun and experiment!

 

 

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