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  • Wine Cocktails - the recipes

    Our resident mixologist Paul O'Donoghue caused quite a stir on the Enotria roadshow as he turned out some fantastic cocktails based on a selection of wines from the Enotria range. The cocktail bar in Glasgow, Manchester, Bath and London was the place to find some amazing new drinks. Paul has kindly offered the recipes - so here are some you can try in your own bars!

    Cabernet Sauvignon Cocktail : De Gras Cabernet Sauvignon

    25ml London Dry Gin (Tanqueray Export)

    10ml Crème de Cassis (Gabriel Boudier)

    37.5ml Cabernet Sauvignon

    20 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

    10ml Sugar Syrup

    4 Blackberries

    Method: Shake, double strain

    Glass: Rocks (Cubed Ice)

    Garnish: 1 Blackberry & Straw

    Shiraz: Mount Langi Ghiran, Billi Billi Shiraz

    75ml Shiraz

    25ml Fresh Lime Juice

    20ml Sugar Syrup

    4 Mint Leaves

    6 Basil Leaves

    4 Black Cherries

    Method: Muddle last 5 ingredients into glass, add crushed ice, add Shiraz and swizzle

    Glass: Fish bowl red wine glass

    Garnish: Sprig of mint and basil together, a black cherry and straw

    Merlot: Soleus Organic Merlot

    25ml Applejack (Lairds Applejack)

    25ml Fresh Lemon Juice

    25ml Apple Juice

    25ml Pineapple Juice

    50ml Merlot

    12.5ml Orgeat

    2 Dash Angostura Bitters

    Method: Shake and strain

    Glass: Sling & cubed ice

    Garnish: Pineapple, slice and leaf

    Sauvignon Blanc: The Frost Pocket Sauvignon Blanc

    25ml Pear Vodka (Grey Goose La Poire Vodka)

    12.5ml Licor 43

    25ml Pink Grapefruit

    75ml Sauvignon Blanc

    5ml Sugar Syrup

    Method: Shake and double strain

    Glass: Champagne Flute (no ice)

    Garnish: 3 pronged pear sliver

    Chenin Blanc: Stormy Cape Chenin Blanc

    25ml Vodka (Grey Goose)

    25ml Apple Juice

    12.5ml Fresh Lemon Juice

    37.5ml Chenin Blanc

    10ml Sugar Syrup

    Dash of Rhubarb Bitters (Fee Bothers Rhubarb Bitters)

    Dash of Soda

    Method: Shake and strain

    Glass: Collins and cubed ice

    Garnish: Apple Slice

    Chardonnay: Vina Leyda Reserve Chardonnay

    100ml Chardonnay

    25ml Fresh Lime Juice

    15ml Sugar Syrup

    Dash of Angostura Bitters

    10 Mint Leaves

    Method: Muddle all ingredients

    Glass: Collins and crushed ice

    Garnish: Large mint sprig

  • Al Volo wins online prize draw

    Enotria's online promotion during the summer of 2012 was based on the success of Team GB at the Olympics. For customers ordering online via our website,, each order between 1 July and 31st August would count as an entry into the draw. Every time Team GB won a gold medal in the Olympics, we would add £200 to the prize draw fund. What began as a modest-looking total soon, thanks to the amazing efforts of our atheletes, started to rise to record levels as the medal tally grew. The final number of golds achieved was 29, meaning that the prize fund was worth a staggering £5,800. Finally, from the thousands of orders placed during the period, a winning entry was picked at random. We're delighted to report that the entry chosen was Al Volo, from Brick Lane in London. In our picture you can see owner Andrea Bastoggi receiving the prize from Alison Levett, Enotria CEO, at our London Roadshow tasting on 20th September. Alison commented 'We've been delighted to see so many people sign up and use the website to place their orders. We have made considerable investment both in the main website and its mobile counterpart, as we recognise it is a key tool for our customers. It's not only more convenient for many, but we're also able to offer bin ends and other exclusives online which make it all the more worthwhile.'

  • Winners from Spain

    The Wines from Spain Awards recognise the best of the new wave of Spanish wines. The team of 17 judges, chaired by Tim Atkin MW, tasted through 903 wines hailing from the length and breadth of Spain, from which 110 winning wines were chosen. We were very pleased that no fewer than 5 Enotria wines made the winners' podium. In a result which echoes the diversity of the overall winners, our own successful wines hail from many varied regions and grape varieties.

    The winning wines are:

    Docentanidos Rosé, Lezcano Lacalle Mariona Alicante Bouschet Alma de Tinto, Pazo das Tapias

    Pago de los Capellanes Crianza and Vina Cerrada Gran Reserva

  • Who's on the roadshow

    The best thing about our roadshow tastings is undoubtedly meeting and talking to the people behind the wines - it is the very best way to really get to grips with them. Amongst the 29 producers joining us for our trek across the country are:

    Anne Trimbach - 13th generation of this legendary Alsace family. Anne will be presenting the fabulous new vintages of their Riesling, Pinot Blanc and other great wines. Be sure to taste through the range - these are some of the world's most elegant white wines.

    Martin Meinert - who started life as a journalist and went on to become one of South Africa's most respected winemakers. Martin oversaw the resurgence of a legendary Somerset West estate in the early 1990s, before striking out on his own, and also makes wines for his great friend Ken Forrester too.

    Come and taste Martin's unique reds from the Devon Valley near Stellenbosch, and find out what makes him tick.

    Johann Henschke as the son of Stephen and Prue Henschke, who are world renowned winemaker and viticulturalists respectively, Johann might argue he didn't have much option when it came to choosing a career. But he has served his apprenticeship well, including spells at Geisenheim in Germany and studying in Spain. Johann will be pouring and describing many of his family's most famous wines.

    Franck Massard, once a top sommelier in London, has set up a unique winemaking business based in Catalonia from where he is producing wines which dazzle and amaze. Talk to Franck about his Priorat wines Huellas and Humilitat, as well as his latest wine from Ribeira Sacra, Licis (pronounced 'Leechis')

    These are just four of the twenty nine wonderful producers joining us on the Roadshow. Don't miss it! RSVP now.

  • Cricket at the Griffin

    Continuing our popular series on sporting events involving the wine trade, Harry reports back from one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures in the Enotria calendar, the annual Enotria Vinturions v Griffin Inn match in Fletching, Sussex.


    "This Saturday, in the village of Fletching, saw the latest cricketing instalment in the Vinturions CC vs The Griffin Inn CC saga that had seen 1 win to the Vinturions, 2 to the Griffin and, unbelievably, 3 ties.

    The Vinturions team, as ever, was lead out to field first by Linton Neill who can count himself second only to Graeme Smith in the list of great South African cricketing captains (sarcasm? Ed). Summer had returned to the South East and the pitch was ablaze with sunshine. Unused to such conditions the Vinturion team were a mishmash of suntan cream, hats and sunglasses, with the most stylish award going to Riz Shaikh of the Columbo Group. Linton Neill led from the front dismissing the Griffin top order with pace and accuracy which brought the charismatic Griffin Inn captain, James Pullan, to the crease. Joe Wadhams, otherwise known as the 16.32 express from Dagenham, limbered up as a first change bowler and the battle of Sussex polish and finesse against Essex grit and steel commenced. After a couple of “looseners”, steel won the day as Joe got his scalp of the Griffin captain, cleaned bowled, leaving the Griffin at 10-4. The gentlemen of the Griffin Inn dug deep however and led by Ed Hooper put some good runs on the board, though were hampered throughout losing wickets regularly due to the exceptional bowling of Linton, Riz, John and Will. The last wicket fell at 115 and with 30 overs to chase the Vinturians were confident at tea.


    Followers of previous accounts will know that a 115 run chase in this fixture means little. After over indulging on cake and sandwiches the Vinturions were 10-3 off 5 overs having seen a top order collapse due to some fantastic swing bowling from the Griffin. A steady middle order was needed and John Grieveson and Riz Shaikh delivered putting on a further 60 runs. 70-4 with 45 to get, easy in most books but not in the sweltering 28 degrees of September sun. ‘Hooper’ was back onto bowl and the wickets started to fall again with only “Keeper Joe” putting up a fight. With 16 to get, the last wicket partnership came together with “Keeper Joe” and “16.32 express Joe” looking the unlikely heroes, especially facing the Griffin’s form bowlers. “Get forward and keep a high elbow” Joe Wadhams repeated under his breath walking out to bat, taking his cue from Nasser Hussain’s masterclass on television the day before. Wise words from the ex-England skipper. Two off drives and textbook forward defensives later and the two Joes took the Vinturions within 5 runs. But the shot of the day was still to come. The No. 11, Joe Wadhams, unleashed a cover drive to the boundary of such finesse that Nasser would have taken his Essex County cap off to admire. A single at the other end closed this chapter leaving 2 wins apiece and 3 ties on the board. All to play for in 2013. Man of the Match: Who else? Joe Wadhams!"

    Posted by Harry

  • Playing for Wales - at golf!

    Our very own Kate Lucas boldly takes to the celebrated course at Celtic Manor and sends us this report.

    Kate in full Welsh colours"It is always a slight worry when asked by a colleague to do them a favour. In the past this has meant doing a wine tasting in deepest darkest Cotwolds on a freezing cold soaking wet Friday night. However, when Patrick asked me to step into the breach for him at Celtic Manor (on account of how I play golf and he doesn't) I jumped at the chance. An opportunity to play the Montgomerie course and meet all the other Celtic Manor Sponsors was one not to be missed.

    As the day grew nearer I began to realise that it is a little more daunting than rocking up on a Saturday morning to thrash some balls around on your home course, and maybe a little more embarrassing when you launch a ball into the shins of one of Celtic Manor's best sponsors. Luckily I didn't let the side down, but was slightly miffed when told I had to don a red t-shirt with a Welsh flag on the back. Gareth Edwards was captaining the Welsh side and I had just been told that he will come and shout at you if you are not doing well enough - and plus I look terrible in red!!!

    Andy Gummersall led the 'English' team. It was a great day, the sun shone, the course was in beautiful condition despite all the rain we had leading up to the Friday and I am ashamed to admit it - The Welsh Won!! I tried my best at sabotage but sadly won my game too. As we toasted with Campo Nuevo at the day's end, I had to admit there were upsides to changing flags...."

    Posted by Kate

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