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Perranporth TR6 0BH8 December 2018

Alcatraz Cheese & Wine Night

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Perranporth TR6 0BH8 December 2018

Alcatraz Cheese & Wine Night

Visit Alcatraz in their cosy cliff-top bar and indulge in a tasty experience of wine and cheese tasting. St Austell Wines’ Catherine Murden, who has worked in the wine industry all her life, will be hosting a 2 hour session to introduce 6 wines and 6 cheeses from around the world.

To purchase tickets, please click here.

To find out more about this unique venue, please visit their website, or find them on facebook.

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Tarr Farm, Liscombe TA22 9PY13 October 2018

South African Winemaker Dinner

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Tarr Farm, Liscombe TA22 9PY13 October 2018

South African Winemaker Dinner

Acclaimed winemaker Jeremy Borg of Painted Wolf Winery, South Africa, hosts a tasting and paired dinner menu at the fabulous Tarr Farm in Somerset. This brilliant range of wines are the result of the Borg family’s immense passion for wine, art and animals and works tirelessly for the conservation of South Africa’s most endangered carnivore, the African wild dog.

For tickets, please contact Tarr Farm direct on 01643 851 507 or visit their website.

Menu

Canapés

Smoked Eel, Horseradish & Beetroot

Smoked Duck & Sage Pesto Quail Scotch Eggs

Cheery Tomato & Mozzarella Brushette

The Den Sauvignon Blanc

 

Coriander & Brandy Cured Salmon

Pickled Cucumber, Citrus Crème Fraiche, Treacle Bread

The Den Pinotage Rose

 

Pan Seared Pigeon Breasts

Baby Onion, Cured Bacon & Pea Jus, Crispy Potato

The Den Pinotage

 

Roasted Ribeye

Béarnaise Sauce, Pomme Puree, Roasted Beetroot

Guillermo Pinotage

 

Dark Chocolate Fondant

Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Vanilla Sauce

Madach

 

Selection of West Country Cheeses

Served with Accompaniments

Pictus 4 Shiraz Grenache, Mourvedre

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The Castle Hotel, Taunton TA1 1NF 12 October 2018

Painted Wolf Winemaker Dinner

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The Castle Hotel, Taunton TA1 1NF 12 October 2018

Painted Wolf Winemaker Dinner

We welcome South African winemaker Jeremy Borg to the South West. Hosted by The Castle Hotel in Taunton, Jeremy will introduce the highly acclaimed wines from Painted Wolf winery, pairing them with a delicious tasting menu designed especially to compliment these stunning wines.

Organically farmed and made with a philanthropic focus, a proportion of sales from each bottle is donated to the Tusk Trust – a charity dedicated to the conservation of African wild dogs – South Africa’s most endangered carnivore.

For more information and tickets, please contact The Castle Hotel on 01823 272671.

Menu

Canapes

Chargrilled Celeriac and Somerset Truffle

Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Dill Crème Fraiche

Charred Pork Belly with Carrot

The Den Sauvignon Blanc

 

Starter

Cured Organic Stream Farm Trout with Cucumber, Kohlrabi, Horseradish, and Exmoor Caviar

The Den Pinotage Rose

 

Main Course

Exmoor Venison 3 Ways – Char Grilled Loin, Slow Cooked Shoulder and Braised Faggot with Beetroot and Roast Sweet Potato

Guillermo Pinotage and The Den Pinotage

 

Dessert

White Chocolate Mousse with Blackberry

Madach

 

Cheese

Burt’s Blue Cheese 3 ways Blue Cheese Mousse with Celery and Grape, Blue Cheese Beignet and Burt’s Blue on Toasted Sourdough with Pictus 4 Chutney

Pictus 4 Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre

 

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Blog, Wines6 September 2018

Same Grape, Different Country

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Blog, Wines6 September 2018

Same Grape, Different Country

Wine does itself no favours when it comes to simplicity.

Enthusiasts need to get to grips with different regions, a myriad of grape names, vintage variations, each countries’ legalities, and ever-changing legislations. And, as an industry wine has very few brands to familiarise oneself with. It could be said that there’s also the need to speak a number of languages to understand the pronunciations. Ok, it’s not a necessity but it does help. (Heard over the tannoy in a large green-lettered supermarket ‘Try so-and-so Merlott’. And that’s one of the easier pronounceable and recognised grapes). To add to the knotted-vine confusion of this captivating drink, there are a number of well-known grapes that have different names in different countries but are the same grape. Syrah-Shiraz, Pinot Gris-Pinot Grigio, Tinta Roriz-Tempranillo to name some of the more common grape synonym examples.

So are they different? And what is the difference?

In brief, no, they aren’t different, but in fact the exact same grape.

The main reason for the difference in names comes down to style, and the name gives an indication of style produced from the winery using that name. The style is mostly determined by the terroir and climate that ultimately produces a lighter or heavier wine and flavour. A winery may decide to choose a grape name for the label dependent on popularity, customer engagement and market demand. Island Fox Zinfandel Blush from Italy is probably our best example of this.

Still wearing a confused frown? Let us attempt to de-code some of the various grapes and their foreign cousins to explain the differences so you know what to look out for when perusing a wine list.

Syrah/Shiraz

This is the grape with perhaps the most commonly used synonym depending on where the grape is produced and what style the wine is.

Syrah is a red grape from the Rhone area of France. It is used exclusively in Hermitage, Northern Rhone and and in the South of the region, it is blended with Grenache, Mourvedre and several other grapes to make the famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Cotes du Rhone. In its purist form it gives a dry, savoury, powerful wine with a freshly-cracked black pepper note.

Shiraz, is the name given to the same grape by Australian winemakers, and gives a character that can be based on black or red fruit but tends to have a riper, fruit forward flavour, jammy even.

This is a generalisation of course as wine flavours can be influenced by oak treatment, ageing, blending and grape quality but this gives a starting point.

Syrah/Shiraz is produced in many countries; South Africa, Chile, Spain, New Zealand, all of which can use either name but they will tend to use whichever name suits the style of their wines. For example; Martin Fierro Syrah from Argentina, Avanti Shiraz-Malbec from Argentina. In this case the Syrah is from San Juan wine producing area north of Mendoza in Argentina – an area becoming known for producing quality Syrah with the signature fresh black pepper note. Avanti’s style is aimed at those customers used to drinking approachable and easy-going Aussie Shiraz, so they use Shiraz on their labelling to appeal to the target market, blended here with the ever-popular Malbec grape.

Zinfandel/Primitivo

Sutter Home winery in California invented the sweet pink wine we know as Zinfandel Rosé. Then Italy claimed the Zinfandel grape to be the same as their Primitivo grape (red grape grown in Southern Italy). Zinfandel has become the recognised ‘brand’ so Italy now produces similar sweet pink wines (see Island Fox Zinfandel Blush), and even plays on the American style red Zinfandel with True Zin, an organic big juicy vanilla-packed wine.

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Blog13 July 2018

New Addition to the St Austell Wines Team

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Blog13 July 2018

New Addition to the St Austell Wines Team

At the end of June we welcomed Patrick Goudge to the team as Wine Development Manager for Plymouth, Dartmoor and South Cornwall. Patrick has come to us from Great Western Wine based in Bath and before that, he worked as a Manager for Majestic Wine. Following his induction to the Brewery, we thought we would quiz him on a few things to get to know him a little better…

 

How did you get into wine?
I wish I had a better answer than ‘purely by accident’. I was out of work and accepted a job selling wine tastings door to door. It was horrendous, and only lasted a few months, but it gave me a love of all things vinous and made me look into the wine trade further. Eight years on I still love it (different job – thank god).

 

What has been your strangest job to date?
That’s easy. Going underneath a newly built lecture theatre floor on my hands and knees picking up fallen screws and nails before the industrial vacuum cleaner came in. IN THE DARK. I lasted 25 minutes before walking out on the grounds of danger to my sanity – and knees.

 

What is your favourite drink, what would you have it with and where would you be drinking it?
Always an impossible question. Who am I with? What’s the weather like? How many people are there? What’s on the menu? Favourite drink is obviously wine but further than that it all depends….

 

What wine trends are you seeing for the summer period?
I think the old world is coming back strong. Whites like Picpoul and Albariño are really gaining ground over the ever popular New Zealand Sauvignon, and French Malbec is becoming better known as well. In general I think the public are becoming far more savvy to their wine preferences so our job is to fuel this curiosity and always be providing something new and interesting – and we love it!

 

What are your interests outside the world of wine?
When not drinking wine you can generally find me outside. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!” So said my Grandpa about a million times. I love fishing – as long as I can eat what I catch (can you eat a compliment?). Camping is another hobby, in our beloved van ‘Brenda’ or Brenda von BlueVan to give her her full title.

 

What is your food and wine pairing heaven? 
Food and wine pairing heaven to date is Fillet Steak with Peppercorn Sauce and the truly remarkable Cask 23 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag’s Leap. Heaven defined! And I cooked it myself! However… I firmly hope to give a different answer to this question many times as, like that illusive big fish there’s always another heaven to be found.

 

Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you without asking!
I whittle spoons for fun. Enough said?

 

What part of your new job you are most excited about?
Another easy one. The people. I could talk about wine all day but it’s people that really excite me. This job allows me to meet people constantly and this makes me happy.

 

What drink is in your hand at the moment?
A fine Rioja Crianza that is sadly very nearly empty….

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Sidmouth Arms, Upottery, Devon, EX14 9PN27 June 2018

Wine Challenge & Canapés

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Sidmouth Arms, Upottery, Devon, EX14 9PN27 June 2018

Wine Challenge & Canapés

How good is your knowledge of different wines? Can you tell the difference between an Old World Wine and a New World Wine? Do you know your Cabernet Sauvignon grape from your Merlot grape?

Join our very own Pip Vanham from 7pm onwards at the traditional Sidmouth Arms pub in the picturesque village of Upottery, Devon for a fun-filled night! There is plenty to get your brain around – as well as extending your wine knowledge and testing those taste buds! Not only that, you can get your teeth stuck into some yummy canapés! What better combination is there!?

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