Aromatics: Life After Sauvignon Blanc


Despite its continued popularity, The Sauvignon Blanc bubble appears to have a slow puncture… Fear not however, join us in the shop on Friday 10th July at 7pm to tantalise your taste buds with various alternative Aromatic style white wines; Perfect for a Summers’ evening supping. A great opportunity to seek an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, this tasting will help you to find something new and exciting to enjoy! Tickets are £25 each, and there is limited availability, so book now to avoid disappointment! Pop into the shop or call us on 01798 872671 to reserve your place.

An Evening with Copper Rivet Distillery


Copper Rivet Distillery is based on the River Medway in Kent, in an old converted Dockyard. They can proudly boast they are the only distillery in the County, and are one of just a few in the UK that undertakes the complete process of brewing and distilling from grain to glass. Join us in our Pulborough shop on Friday 15th May at 7pm with Sales Director Nick Leonard for an exciting and engaging evening of all things Copper Rivet! Tickets are £30 & spaces are limited so be sure to book your place soon, by calling into the shop or giving them a call on 01798 872671.

Cry God for Harry, England & Saint George!


Now that we’ve got your attention, Colin and Charlie would be delighted if you could join us this St. George’s Day, Thursday 23rd April at 6pm to taste a profile of some of our favourite English Wine. They’ll talk you through various grape varieties which excel in England and prove that we can produce some fantastic wines compared to our European neighbours. Come along to see for yourself just how good English wine now is, and for us, a serious contender in the Market and a force to be reckoned with. As they can only seat a maximum of 25 people in the shop, there is limited availability, so book your place now! Pop into the shop or call them on 01798 872671. Tickets £25.



The Diversity of Italian Wines with Karl Walton


Come with us on a whistle-stop tour of Italy on Friday 17th April 2020! We are delighted to welcome back Karl Walton from Boutinot to our Pulborough Shop to tell you a bit about the diversity of Italian wines. It will be a relaxed and informative evening with some chit-chat and nibbles alongside a few samples of what Italy has to offer the wine world! There is limited availability, so book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £25 each. Please pop in or call the shop on 01798 872671 to reserve your place. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reichsrat von Buhl with Monika Schmid

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We are absolutely delighted, following much negotiation, to welcome Monika Schmid, Export Manager for Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl – a certified organic producer of some of the finest wines in Germany.

The history of Reichsrat von Buhl is certainly involved, from its founding in 1849 to the present day, where it is one of the longest established vineyards in Germany, even being family owned for more than 150 years. It is, in fact, regarded as one of the flagships of the German wine industry, through its uncompromising quality. Whilst among wine connoisseurs the name von Buhl is synonymous with a quality promise.

Interesting fact alert! In 1869, following a rapid gain in notoriety, a von Buhl Riesling was served at the official opening ceremony of the Suez Canal.

Tickets are priced at £25 and will need to be paid for in advance of the evening. Please make a quick decision of whether to join us or not as previous events have sold out due to the restricted number of tickets available.

Please call our Goring shop on 01903 700224 for tickets.

Ginthusiasm with Damian Wingate Mk2

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Following the duo of successful events from previous years, and as an advocate of the phrase ‘if it ain’t broke……’, I am pleased to announce that I will once again be repeating the exercise by hosting a couple of tasting events for Ginthusiasts during the month of August. As with previous years, hopefully this will enable more of those that would like to join us, to taste what continues to be the spirit of choice the world over (well, I can vouch for this part of Sussex at least).

The tastings themselves will contain the same quality Gins, so you have no need to feel you’ll miss out if you are unable to make either (unless you want to come to both, of course, as there are no restrictions). In fact, as I mentioned, the reason for hosting 2 events is that previously there was disappointment when a holiday coincided with the tasting, thus potentially spoiling the whole holiday (although why people arrange their holiday before receiving this email……?).

At Hennings, we are continually altering/increasing our listed number of Gins, so you can now choose from the 40 or more you will see on the shelves in the shops (not too shabby a number for a wee local company such as ourselves). As such, I will be tasting a number of the new additions alongside a few oldies but goodies (at time of going to press I haven’t made my mind up which of the wonderful selection to taste, however I’m sure I will have decided by August), but nothing that has been sampled at previous events (it will be a selection of the 40, not the whole range, just for clarification).

The dates of the tasting evenings will be Friday 2nd August & Friday 30th August, starting at 7pm and lasting a couple of hours, although please don’t hold me to this as once the Gin starts flowing…?; so hopefully you can find room in your diary to join us at either.

Please call our Goring shop on 01903 700224 for tickets.

Biodynamic Waterkloof with Louis Boutinot

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Louis Boutinot, from one of our most respected suppliers Boutinot Wines, will be joining us to host an evening showing a range of wines from Waterkloof in South Africa. The Waterkloof name itself only appeared in 2005, following the Boutinot’s family taking over a farm in Stellenbosch in 2004, following an exhaustive worldwide search for th perfect vineyard site.

The vineyard, overlooking False Bay in the Cape, now covers more than half of the 100 hectare farm, with the rest dedicated to preserving the rare flora and fauna. In recognition of their endeavours, they received a prestigious award from the World Wildlife Fund in 2008. Following this award, the logical step was to convert Waterkloof to a fully biodynamic vineyard. This gives the grapes, and subsequently the wines, a real sense of place, as all the character comes from the soil type, aspects and altitudes (and of course allows the wildlife to thrive).

So, if you want to know what it takes to make a diverse range of high quality wines utilising biodynamic practices, then join Louis and the team for an unforgettable evening.

Please call our Goring shop on 01903 700224 for tickets.

An Evening of New Zealand

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We are delighted to welcome Angela Lewis through our doors to taste through the exciting wines of New Zealand. Angela has had an impressive 30 years plus experience working with some of the most impressive brands New Zealand has to offer. The selection of wines will include those from the well renowned (and new staff favourites) Vidal and Esk Valley estates with their elegant Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and big bold Syrahs to name a few! There’s such a diverse range of wines, it really will be a fascinating evening indeed.

Please call our Chichester shop on 01243 784374 for tickets. Please let us know upon booking if you have any dietary requirements.

An Evening with Nyetimber

Chichester tasting

Over the past 30 years Nyetimber has continued to elevate its status as one of the leading English sparkling wine producers, receiving international acclaim and industry awards that are enough to rival many in Champagne. Their pioneering single vineyard ‘Tillington’, the recent launch of the ambitious ‘1086’ through to Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs being awarded the accolade of ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge 2018 are all testament to this.

On the night we will be pouring the following:
– Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage from Magnum
– Rose NV
– Blanc de Blancs 2010
– Tillington 2013
– Demi Sec NV

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

Please let us know upon booking if you have any dietary requirements.


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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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