Rioja, Rioja, Rioja!

Chichester tasting

With Hennings Wine celebrating Rioja throughout October and the evenings drawing in, this is the perfect opportunity to try some of our favourite Riojas along with some exciting new additions to our Rioja range. We’ll have red and white Rioja so there’s something for everyone!

Please call our team in Chichester to book tickets on 01243 784374.

Flight of Fizz

Chichester tasting

I believe there is no one particular time of year or event when fizz is not the appropriate drink for the occasion. Prosecco after work, red Lambrusco paired with BBQ food, Champagne with chips (I’m not even joking), English fizz at the weekend, Rosé Crémant and roast salmon in the winter… there is a fizz for every occasion!

With so many different methods for making sparkling wine in so many different countries with confusing terminology in so many different languages, it can be hard to really get a grasp on what type of fizz you truly enjoy. For this tasting’s line up we will include sparklings from all over the world ensuring there is something for everyone and of course nibbles to be enjoyed alongside.

Please call our team in Chichester to book tickets on 01243 784374.

The wines of False Bay

Chichester tasting

We are delighted to be hosting Louis Boutinot here, all the way from South Africa, to take us through the False Bay range, a collection of fantastic wines that have formed a core part of our range for many years. Like us, False Bay are an independent company owned by Waterkloof founder Paul Boutinot. False Bay Vineyards aims to make ‘real’ wine affordable. These are sustainable certified wines bottled in South Africa and naturally crafted from mature and often old vineyards that, crucially, are natural in balance. This means that, unusually at the price, the grapes from these coastal gems can be transformed into wine with wild yeast and an absolute minimum of intervention. False Bay Vineyards is proud to be a WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Biodiversity Champion and certified by WIETA (Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association). A fantastic tasting and there may even be a special guest appearance from a certain ex Hennings Chichester shop Manager!

Domaine Naturaliste tasting with Bruce Dukes

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“Domaine Naturaliste wines are balanced, complex and delicious. They are a natural expression of our coastal lifestyle, sitting at the intersection of what our palate craves and our seasonal food offering demands.”

Now if that doesn’t catch your attention and make your mouth water I’m not sure what will! The Domaine Naturaliste winery, based in the Margaret river region in Australia, is where Bruce Dukes ‘strikes a tender balance between taste, fragrance and texture’ within his wines. Bruce reflects his agronomist passions throughout his wines with attention to detail and respect for process. It is always a pleasure tasting these outstanding wines and we can’t wait to do just that with Bruce himself. This is not a tasting to be missed!

Please call our Goring shop on 01903 700224 for tickets.

Cocktails at Home

Chichester tasting

As it is the ideal time to switch from winter warming spirits to refreshing summer time cocktails, we thought what a better way to do it than to show you how you can enjoy top quality cocktails made by your very own hands. It can be a little confusing and daunting when it comes to making your own cocktails after tasting them made by a ‘pro’, you want to be sure you are getting the most out of your newly acquired spirit but you also don’t want to break the bank!

With this in mind, we are really excited to welcome Joe from Marrusia beverages to show us how to do just this without an overwhelming amount of mixers, no confusing bar apparatus and definitely no ‘flaring’ of bottles and cocktail shakers!

Come and join us for a sure to be relaxed evening, learning and sipping!

Please call our team in Chichester to book tickets on 01243 784374.

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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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An Evening of Malt | Kilchoman Tutored Whisky Tasting | SOLD OUT

Kilchoman Tasting Event

SOLD OUT | 26/09/16

It’s been a while since we’ve hosted an evening of Malt Whisky. And as Colin recently spent a week visiting all the distilleries on Islay he can’t wait to introduce you to the delights of this stunning island. We are delighted to welcome George Wills from the Kilchoman distillery on Islay to guide us through their range. Definitely new kids on the block, having just passed their tenth birthday, they are making waves in the industry with a stunning range of whiskies. From the signature Machir Bay, 100% Islay Malt, Cask Strength and different cask expressions it should be a great night. We are limited to 24 spaces so please call Colin at our Pulborough shop to secure your ticket.


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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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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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South Africa’s Western Coast with Nick Pentz | Groote Post Tutored Tasting

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Our South African tutored tastings have always been hugely popular so we’re incredibly excited to welcome Nick Pentz of Groote Post to our HQ this April. Groote Post is a historic 18th century farm on the Cape’s West Coast where winemaking traditions have been revived by the Pentz family. Unique aspects and cool climatic conditions of the Darling Hills yield superlative fruit. The wines they produce reflect the uniqueness of their vineyards.

Nick will guide you through a selection of their excellent wines giving you the inside line on them, how they make them and why conservation is so important to everyone at the estate. As always, there will be a selection breads and cheeses (I hope Nick, a fourth generation dairyman, approves of them) laid on and the Hennings’ team will be out in force! Please note that this tasting has limited places and will sell out – book early to avoid disappointment!

A little background on Groote Post:

The Groote Post Homestead was built in 1808 and, for a while, was Lord Charles Somersets only genuine “shooting box” and later was the home of well known author, Hildagonda Duckitt. The name is derived from its original status as the largest guarding post in the area, set up to protect cattle from marauding Hottentot stock thieves. Since buying Groote Post in 1972 they later added the adjoining farm, the historic Klawer Valley, and today the combined farms total 3 000 hectares.
In 1904 Peter Pentz’s grandfather founded the Union Dairy in Cape Town. Dairy herds were established over time in Tokai, Philippi and Darling (Groote Post). Peter received the prestigious South African Agricultural Writers National Farmer of the Year Award for 1998 for his excellence in dairy farming. In 2001 the Pentz family decided to sell off their prize Holsten herd to concentrate solely on the production of world-class wine.

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