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

Christmas and New Year opening 2014

Christmas and New Year Opening
Tuesday 23rd Dec – 10-7
Christmas Eve – 9-5
Christmas Day – CLOSED
Boxing Day – CLOSED
Saturday 27th Dec – 1-7
Sunday 28th Dec – 11-4
Monday 29th Dec – 11-6
Tuesday 30th Dec – 11-6
New Year’s Eve – 10-5
New Year’s Day – 8th Jan – CLOSED

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers, and thank you all so much for your custom and friendship through 2014.

More Congratulations!

Thom has just received distinction in his Masters (in archaeology). Join us in congratulating him, he’ll be starting his PhD soon, we wish him good luck though he clearly won’t need it!

Exam Success!

Chelsea passed her first WSET exam, I’m sure you’ll join us here at Toscanaccio in congratulating her on her success. She’s already reading the material for the next exam which she plans to take next year. Good luck with the studies Chelsea and well done!

The Winter Wine Fair returns

Alongside taking part in the Winchester Wine Festival we will be running our biggest event of the year on Saturday 15th November in-store.

Join us between 6pm and 8pm and we’ll be pouring around 30 of our favourite wines with the festive season in mind. Tickets are just £15 and are refundable against purchases over £150.

Panettone now in stock!

We’ve just taken delivery of our first batch of Gilber panettone. All beautifully gift wrapped they make a lovely gift!

Hand made by the family-owned Gilber in Turin they are the lightest, softest panettone we’ve had!

Alongside the classic ‘Piemontese’ which is topped with nuts we have three different filled panettone and mini stocking fillers too.

Winchester Wine Festival – we’re in!

You may have heard the news about Winchester Wine Festival – a massive three day wine tasting event at the Guildhall 21st-23rd November, now is the time to get your tickets as they’re proving popular! There’ll be around 40 exhibitors there (including us) showing off the best of our ranges.

To get your tickets and for more information visit 

Be sure to pop down and see us over the weekend as we’ll have a special offer running for our customers!