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Wines & Spirits


    12 November 2016

    Wine Festival Winchester 2016

    We'll be back at Wine Festival Winchester this year to soak up the ridiculously fun atmosphere and spread the word about Winchester Cocktail Week.

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    19 June 2016

    The Martini

    The martini is one of the most famous and revered cocktails of all time. And rightly so. Perhaps due to its simplicity, it's a complicated drink to get right but once you find one...

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    11 November 2015

    English Wine – Danebury Vineyards

    Stepping into an English Vineyard always gives us a little thrill; it’s almost as if you are entering a place that shouldn’t really exist and might just disappear with a pop of a cork. English wine...

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    25 October 2015

    Dorset Dry Gin

    Back in January 2015, in what seems like a lifetime ago, I took myself along to a Local Producers’ Show, organised by Business South at the Grand Harbour hotel in Southampton. There were of course a...

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    19 June 2015

    Summer Solstice

    19 June 2015 sees the start of the Secret Solstice festival, which is held in Reykjavik over the summer solstice weekend. Now in its second year, Secret Solstice is the only music festival where...

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    7 June 2015

    World Gin Day

    It’s World Gin Day on Saturday 13th June. Yes, you read that correctly. A whole day dedicated to gin. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it? The celebration was founded in 2009 by Neil Houston as a...

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    28 May 2015

    Prosecco

    If you’ve been following our blog from the start, you’ll know that, like many people, we are partial to a bit of bubbly. In one of our first posts we explained how the current...

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    20 May 2015

    The Terrifying Wine List

    The world of wine is a vast and complex place, which makes it quite difficult to navigate at times. At worst, choosing wine can be quite an intimidating thing to do, especially when you...

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    16 May 2015

    The Negroni

    We just love a Negroni. We just love a Negroni. Yes, we had to say it again because we just love a Negroni! We once happened across an article somewhere which made the assertion...

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    21 April 2015

    Bombay Sapphire Distillery

    We’re extremely lucky in Hampshire to be surrounded by gorgeous countryside with interesting places to visit. Just imagine our excitement when, in the autumn of 2014, we learnt (from Twitter!) that Bombay Sapphire was opening...

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    12 April 2015

    Craft Cocktails

    It is commonly recognised that 21st Century tastes are changing and that in a world powered by mass-production, people are increasingly putting more value on ‘buying local’ and supporting those producers who hand craft...

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    3 April 2015

    Gin and the Upper Class in the 18th Century

    We’re absolutely delighted to bring you this guest post by author Paul Himmelein all the way from New York City.  Paul is a fount of knowledge when it comes to the 18th Century and he...

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    22 March 2015

    Nyetimber

    “We have made a commitment to our customers and this country to produce the best we can. We just don’t want to compromise.”   Nyetimber While we had come across English wines in the...

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    15 March 2015

    58 GIN

      58 Gin Single Shot, Traditionally Distilled, 43% ABV, RRP £35 www.58gin.com   @58gin   mark@58gin.com Hackney, London We’d been following ’58 Gin’ for a while on Twitter and took great pleasure in seeing...

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    28 February 2015

    Gin Journey

    Over the last year, we have set about trying to get to know gin better.  The spirit received only fleeting coverage in the WSET Level 2 Wines & Spirits course one of us did...

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    22 February 2015

    National Margarita Day

    National Margarita Day is 22nd February.  And while our American cousins get set to celebrate this zesty tequila cocktail, we see no reason why the great people of Britain shouldn’t get involved too. Our...

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    15 February 2015

    Back to Basics

    Our first experiences of cocktails in the mid-1990’s (both in front of and behind the bar) are a world apart from the cocktails we enjoy today.  We can’t remember when our tastes changed exactly...

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    8 February 2015

    The Theory of Fizz

    This evening, the BAFTA Film Awards led us to think about what might be an appropriate drink for watching such events (and by this we mean, of course, from the comfort of our sofa). Now if you,...

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    12 November 2016

    Wine Festival Winchester 2016

    We'll be back at Wine Festival Winchester this year to soak up the ridiculously fun atmosphere and spread the word about Winchester Cocktail Week.

    Read More

    19 June 2016

    The Martini

    The martini is one of the most famous and revered cocktails of all time. And rightly so. Perhaps due to its simplicity, it's a complicated drink to get right but once you find one...

    Read More

    11 November 2015

    English Wine – Danebury Vineyards

    Stepping into an English Vineyard always gives us a little thrill; it’s almost as if you are entering a place that shouldn’t really exist and might just disappear with a pop of a cork. English wine...

    Read More

    25 October 2015

    Dorset Dry Gin

    Back in January 2015, in what seems like a lifetime ago, I took myself along to a Local Producers’ Show, organised by Business South at the Grand Harbour hotel in Southampton. There were of course a...

    Read More

    19 June 2015

    Summer Solstice

    19 June 2015 sees the start of the Secret Solstice festival, which is held in Reykjavik over the summer solstice weekend. Now in its second year, Secret Solstice is the only music festival where...

    Read More

    7 June 2015

    World Gin Day

    It’s World Gin Day on Saturday 13th June. Yes, you read that correctly. A whole day dedicated to gin. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it? The celebration was founded in 2009 by Neil Houston as a...

    Read More

    28 May 2015

    Prosecco

    If you’ve been following our blog from the start, you’ll know that, like many people, we are partial to a bit of bubbly. In one of our first posts we explained how the current...

    Read More

    20 May 2015

    The Terrifying Wine List

    The world of wine is a vast and complex place, which makes it quite difficult to navigate at times. At worst, choosing wine can be quite an intimidating thing to do, especially when you...

    Read More

    16 May 2015

    The Negroni

    We just love a Negroni. We just love a Negroni. Yes, we had to say it again because we just love a Negroni! We once happened across an article somewhere which made the assertion...

    Read More

    21 April 2015

    Bombay Sapphire Distillery

    We’re extremely lucky in Hampshire to be surrounded by gorgeous countryside with interesting places to visit. Just imagine our excitement when, in the autumn of 2014, we learnt (from Twitter!) that Bombay Sapphire was opening...

    Read More

    12 April 2015

    Craft Cocktails

    It is commonly recognised that 21st Century tastes are changing and that in a world powered by mass-production, people are increasingly putting more value on ‘buying local’ and supporting those producers who hand craft...

    Read More

    3 April 2015

    Gin and the Upper Class in the 18th Century

    We’re absolutely delighted to bring you this guest post by author Paul Himmelein all the way from New York City.  Paul is a fount of knowledge when it comes to the 18th Century and he...

    Read More

    22 March 2015

    Nyetimber

    “We have made a commitment to our customers and this country to produce the best we can. We just don’t want to compromise.”   Nyetimber While we had come across English wines in the...

    Read More

    15 March 2015

    58 GIN

      58 Gin Single Shot, Traditionally Distilled, 43% ABV, RRP £35 www.58gin.com   @58gin   mark@58gin.com Hackney, London We’d been following ’58 Gin’ for a while on Twitter and took great pleasure in seeing...

    Read More

    28 February 2015

    Gin Journey

    Over the last year, we have set about trying to get to know gin better.  The spirit received only fleeting coverage in the WSET Level 2 Wines & Spirits course one of us did...

    Read More

    22 February 2015

    National Margarita Day

    National Margarita Day is 22nd February.  And while our American cousins get set to celebrate this zesty tequila cocktail, we see no reason why the great people of Britain shouldn’t get involved too. Our...

    Read More

    15 February 2015

    Back to Basics

    Our first experiences of cocktails in the mid-1990’s (both in front of and behind the bar) are a world apart from the cocktails we enjoy today.  We can’t remember when our tastes changed exactly...

    Read More

    8 February 2015

    The Theory of Fizz

    This evening, the BAFTA Film Awards led us to think about what might be an appropriate drink for watching such events (and by this we mean, of course, from the comfort of our sofa). Now if you,...

    Read More