As tastings go, this is one that I’ve been wanting to arrange for some time now. Finally, it’s here! Alison Nightingale, has very generously agreed to host an evening tasting a range of wines that are produced at the Albourne Estate Vineyard, Sussex, just eight miles north of Brighton. It will be ourmy pleasure to welcome the Co-owner and Manager of a winery whose wines Hennings have been stocking for a number of years. In fact, we take pride in being partly responsible for exhausting the supply of every vintage of the various Albourne wines that are produced!
The timing of this tasting couldn’t be better, as we’ll be sampling a range of wines from the glorious vintage that was 2018! Whilst the English growing season is notoriously unpredictable, 2018 was seen as nigh on perfect. Not only was it a record-breaking bumper harvest but the quality of the grapes was extraordinary. As Alison puts it “a perfect year for growing grapes in England; I wonder if I’ll ever experience this again?”.
Please call our Goring shop on 01903 700224 for tickets.
The story of Copper Rivet started officially in 2015 when Bob Russell, owner & visionary, spied quite by chance as he was heading elsewhere Pumphouse No. 5 at Chatham Dockyard (this is the bit where I say ‘…and the rest is history’). The Dockyard itself, which out of interest was the launch site for Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, had been closed by the Royal Navy in 1984, although many ventures established themselves at the vast site over the next few years. One of which, eventually, was Copper Rivet Distillery. The history of Pumphouse no.5 really is a most interesting and engaging story and one that will certainly have you captivated once Nick starts explaining it, but the future looks set to be quite a story in itself with the production from its current inhabitants.
With a Gin; Dockyard, a Vodka; Vela, and Son Of A Gun; an English Grain Spirit, this evening will prove to be a voyage of discovery, whilst opening your eyes to what can be achieved when you and your family follow their dreams!
Along with the above Nick will also be bringing along a Damson Gin, that even though it is currently in production it is not actually in the market place yet, so a bit of an exclusive for you (if you decide to join us, and why wouldn’t you?) The evening starts at 7pm and will last a couple of hours. However, with the amount of information (and tasting) that needs to be passed on this may only be approximate. With tickets priced at £20, this promises to be a most delightful way to spend a Friday evening.
Please call/email Damian at our Goring shop to secure your ticket.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.