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Monthly Archives: September 2010

  • Ridgeview : harvests and trophies

    Oliver Marsh from our English wine producers Ridgeview joined us on our Roadshow tastings in Glasgow and Bristol this week. Here he talks about the impending harvest on the South Downs - which will be Ridgeview's biggest to date - and the thrill for them of winning the Decanter International Sparkling Wine Trophy; 'a huge win - massive!' [flv: 300 200]

  • Champagne Jacquart joins Enotria

    Enotria is delighted to announce that from 1 October 2010 we will be exclusive UK agent for Champagne Jacquart. The highly successful organisation behind the Jacquart brand is responsible for around 8% of total production in the Champagne region, and is a major player both domestically in France and on the export market. Jacquart has built up its high profile and dynamic operation via co-ordinated and contemporary marketing - such as the Champagne Jacquart ‘Rising Stars’ Competition which seeks out the finest young chef and sommelier teams in this country. Alison Levett, Enotria CEO, says: “We're very pleased to be strengthening our range with Champagne Jacquart. It is a brand with great potential, which offers wines of real value without any compromise on quality. “As we start to see some recovery in the Champagne category, we are convinced that Jacquart will add a new dimension to our very strong Champagne offering. We see a great opportunity to build Jacquart in the on trade and develop their successful growth in all channels of the UK market.” Laurent Reinteau, Managing Director of Champagne Jacquart, says: “We are delighted to be working with Enotria in the UK. Champagne Jacquart has a clear vision for strengthening its premium status especially in the on-trade and wine specialists. We believe that Enotria is the perfect partner to achieve our ambitions.” Champagne Jacquart will be making their Enotria debut at the September Roadshow starting in Glasgow on Monday 27th September.

  • Victory for Vinturions at last!

    Vinturions CC gathered together on Saturday for their annual match against The Griffin Inn in Fletching. Although the Vinturions team is made up of some of the finest cricketing talent the wine industry possesses the stats sheet read 0 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses against the mighty Griffin led by their charismatic captain, James Pullan. It has become custom for the match to be played on one of the last days of summer and Saturday did not fail, with beautiful sunshine blessing the West Sussex countryside. Vinturions CC skipper Linton Neill won the toss and decided to bat, and as a captain should do, led from the front scoring a fine 69 in quick time. He was supported at the other end with a solid 44 from Paul Havell, otherwise known as “Havlar”. Half way through the innings it looked as if a big score would be on but on came Ben Pullan junior for the Griffin Inn, who dismissed the top 3 batsmen without adding many more runs. A worrying thought that there is another generation of cricketing Pullans coming through for future encounters. In previous years a tale of a Vinturions collapse would follow but not so. Ryan Morgan got a couple of runs before launching one over the stands, unfortunately that’s where he thought it had gone and was looking for the ball in the air, in fact it was lodged between his middle and leg stump. Will 'stumper' Phaure and Harry Fawkes put on 40 with some lovely stroke play, and as Will departed Lee Atkins played a lively cameo scoring quickly. With Harry (36) and Lee (13) seeing the innings through Vinturions ended on 195 off 30 overs, a score they were quietly pleased about. After a great tea in the pavilion the Vinturions took the field, with one or two of them moving gingerly after consuming too much cake. After a tight couple of overs, The Griffin’s openers got stuck in, scoring 59 and 48 respectively. Half way through the innings and the familiar feeling of the game slipping from their grasp started to come over the Vinturions. Linton “the 12.49 express to Brighton” Neill stepped up to the mark again and clean bowled the Griffins opener, with the Paul “I’m going to bowl spin until I get angry” Havlar dismissing the other opener the very next over. Game on. (The grunting when bowling from the both of bowlers would have put Monica Seles to shame) With the wind back in their sails, the Vinturions upped their game, with new-found bowling sensation, John Grieveson cleaning up both Pullan brothers. The required run rate continued to rise for the Griffin with some fine fielding especially from Ivan Vuckovic, an overworked Victor Chapman at long on and one of the stops of the day from a sliding Tim Sykes on the boundary. But the Griffin were kept in the game by the no balls of Harry Fawkes. Rumours about mobile phone links to Karachi, and suitcases full of unmarked notes were never proved. And so it came down to the last over once more. The Griffin needed 13 to win, with Linton keeping form bowler John Grieveson back to bowl it. After 2 off the first ball, the 2nd ball was right on the money knocking back the middle stump. A tight rest of the over closed the game out and the Vinturions celebrated like there was no tomorrow recording a wonderful, long-time-coming win. Man of the match: Linton Neill

  • On yer bike...

    Spent a good part (5 hours) in the saddle yesterday, riding up and down the many hills of Buckinghamshire in aid of Action Research. The day dawned calm and grey - pretty good conditions for riding, in fact. But by 11am, when we were around half way around the 100km circuit, a blustery west wind had got up. The bad news? The rest of the course was in a westerly direction. To non-cyclists it's hard to explain how hard this makes life; but if you imagine someone pushing you backwards with every pedal forwards you take, you start to get the idea. A mile long slog up towards Whitchurch will linger especially in the (muscle) memory for some time. The other notable thing about the ride was how many events take place on any given Sunday around these parts. I counted 3 organised bike rides including ours, a horse trials, a vintage car rally and a dog show - and that was just what I passed on my travels. Spare a thought though for my brother-out-law Adam, who had invited his brothers to join us on the ride, only to be shunted by one brother into the other at the first rest stop, and have his back wheel completely written off. Adam recently rode 1,100 miles in 9 days from John O'Groats to Land's End, without so much as a puncture; 15 miles was all it took for his brothers to usher him out of the ride.

  • The mandatory code

    On 1 October 2010 the Mandatory Code becomes law. Q: What is it? A: a new piece of legislation intended to discourage irresponsible drinking, underage drinking and ensure that customers have the opportunity to choose small measures of beers, ciders, spirits and wine. What is the impact for Enotria customers? 1. All licensed premises must have an age verification policy in place that ensures anyone who appears to staff to be under 18 is asked to show photographic ID with their date of birth and a holographic mark on it before they are served alcohol 2. All licensed premises must provide and make customers aware of (on menus or when ordering) the following measures*: Still wine in a glass: 125 ml Gin, rum, vodka and whisky: 25 ml or 35 ml (depending on the measure you normally serve) Beer and cider: half a pint We have been assured by the WSTA that as long as 1. The person serving always offers 125ml alternatives to customers 2. The wine list clearly states that all wines are available in 125ml then the outlet will be complying with the law. So, outlets don’t have to expressly show prices for 125ml, just say that 125ml is avail. This does not prevent premises from serving larger sizes, such as 250ml wine, pints or doubles, although all measures offered must comply with relevant Weights and Measures legislation. You can read more on the WSTA’s website

  • Chateau neuf du Papa!

    A new wine is always reason to celebrate, but here's one with a family connection. Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de la Mirandole 2009 is made by Michel Jullien, father of our very own Mathieu. Domaine de la Mirandole is located in Pont Saint Esprit, a village 30 minutes north of Avignon on the Rhône river. The property has been in the Jullien family for 5 generations but changed quite dramatically towards the end of the 70’s. Until then the estate was divided into two farms: one for the production of fruits on rich soils (by the river) and another for the winery and production of fruits on poorer soils (on the côteaux). Michel Jullien (Mathieu’s Dad), the current owner and winemaker, qualified as an oenologist in the mid 70’s but instead of joining his father on the estate went to work, he wanted to focus on his passion of winemaking rather than growing and worked as a consultant for other Domaines in the Southern Rhône. After a few years, Michel came back to take over the Domaine from his dad on the condition that he would split the estate, sell all of the orchards and invest the money in the vineyards and winery. As a result the vineyards were extended and replanted (some very old Grenache was spared) and the winery modernised. About 20 years later, in 2001, a brand new winery was built and this is where the wine is made today. The resulting wine is everything a good Cotes du Rhone should be - juicy, good fruit, balance, a bit of grip, and (best of all) sealed in screwcap, so it comes bounding out of the glass! Read more about the wine here.

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