Winter Warmers Wine Tasting

Last Thursday we resumed our fortnightly tastings by delving into a selection of Winter Warming reds. Even though they’re easy to love when it’s cold outside we were surprised at just *how* well they went down!

The three sell outs of the evening were;

Guelbenzu Azul, Ribera del Queiles, Spain £11.80 – this is one of Thom’s favourite wines so we had to show it! An oaked Tempranillo blend this is ripe, rich and toasty, well liked for having a wonderful balance between old world style and new world body.

Varvaglione Negroamaro, Puglia, Italy £11 – proving rather popular at the moment with its super smooth, silky berry fruit. This caught many people out – assuming that it was new world! A great one to try to ease yourself into Italian reds.

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz, Australia £12.70 – a seriously good old vine Shiraz with concentrated fruit and fine tannic structure. New world but with lots of class were the comments from our tasters!

More stock of these wines will be in next week, get your pre-orders in now as we don’t expect them to stick around for long!

Click here for tickets to our next tasting on 5th March – six brand new reds, you decide if we stock them!

Twisted Nose vermouth is here!

The latest release from the local Winchester Distillery under their Twisted Nose brand is a dry twist on vermouth. Using wine sourced from Hampshire Vineyard Danebury Paul is keeping the secret blend of herbs and roots he’s using close to his chest! There’s no mistaking the wormwood in there though – after an initial hit of rose it provides a long bitter hit through the mid palate which softens to a moreish finish of herbs with just a hint of sweetness.

We found that we had to drag ourselves away from just drinking it over ice (deliciously refreshing), after all, you’ll be wanting to try your hand at some cocktails!

We tried:

– Gin Martini – using Twisted Nose gin in the ratio of 1/3 vermouth to 2/3 gin. We’re normally dry martini drinkers so it was great to find a vermouth which didn’t ‘water down’ our drink. Add a dash of grapefruit bitters if you like and of course, a twist of grapefruit!

– Manhattan – 1/3 vermouth to 2/3 whisky. Add a drop of bitters and a maraschino cherry. This was my surprise favourite of the evening, I’m a whisky straight up kinda gal but the vermouth accentuated the sweeter aspects of the whisky.

– Negroni – equal parts gin, vermouth and campari. Need I say more? Your summer is sorted!

All three Twisted Nose products, including the wasabi vodka are available now in-store and online