January 2017 Newsletter
Happy New Year Wine lovers!!!
Back in December, VINtwined held its launch event in style; featuring four spectacular grower champagnes not seen anywhere else in the UK. I was thrilled to see so many people enjoying the event; the atmosphere was really buzzing. The feedback I got was tremendous – people loved the champagnes and were amazed by the range of dishes that paired so fantastically with them. Some people even commented on my introductions (though I promise to keep the final one shorter next time as I know that some of you were dying to dig into dessert). I also received some good tips for improving the event though thankfully nothing major; the next event should be that little bit better. Thanks to everyone that came and for the feedback provided. For those that were not able to make it, don’t worry there are more dates in the diary (see below).
What’s next? Blighty’s best to belay the blow of a bloody hard Brexit blunder!
Some of you, like me, may still be stunned by 2016’s Brexit and Trump double punch. Whilst we deal with Teresa’s meaningless drivel about a Red, White and Blue Brexit (I mean seriously!!! – I get the patriotic sentiment but this diatribe does no better to explain what is going to happen than “Brexit means Brexit”. Did no one ever tell you that you can’t use a word as a definition of that same word …. [remainder of rant has been redacted for the reader’s benefit])
… sorry, where was I? Oh yes, whilst Brexit has meant that the price of European wine has gone up, it does force us to look closer to home for our produce; which is a great thing. English wine has received some tough criticism in the past and to be honest there is still a lot of rubbish out there. However, the best estates have really worked out how to make fantastic wines in our climate and I’ve gone out and tasted a bunch to find those hidden gems - it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!.
So right now, I am working with Chef James Welch to create a fantastic menu to go with these beauties and searching for the most quintessentially English venue I can find. Once we have worked these things out we will be posting tickets for sale. The first English wine event will be held on the 18th February – let me know if you would like me to reserve you any tickets.
Champanois tickets still on sale
14th January - There are still some tickets available for the next event which you can book through the website www.vintwined.com
11th February – Looking for something indulgent and different for Valentine’s day? We have tickets on sale for the third instalment of Champanois. Fine wine and food is guaranteed but you will have to charm your date yourself.
Further dates and further events will be released soon, I’ll keep you poste