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Blog23 September 2019

A Trip to Aldwick Estate Winery

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Blog23 September 2019

A Trip to Aldwick Estate Winery

Last week, we had the pleasure of visiting Aldwick Estate, located a stones throw from Bristol Airport, where Sandy Luck and her dedicated team have been producing award winning wines since 2013. Rain and wind were no-where to be seen as the sun shone across bright blue skies and the temperature soared. Comments of ‘we could be in the South of France!’ could be heard across rows of Regent, Madeleine Angevine, Seyval and Bacchus grapes all bulging from their vines, enjoying some last minute pre-harvest sun.

After hearing about the history of Aldwick from Sandy, where her family have been farming for 5 generations, she accompanied us on a tour of the vineyards which enjoy far stretching views across 11 acres of vines and the Somerset countryside beyond. Aldwick only use grapes from their own vineyards, which ensures they have 100% control over the whole winemaking process; from planting the vines to bottling their wines.

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Blog, Wines28 August 2019

Winery Visit: A Trip to Domaine Tropez

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Blog, Wines28 August 2019

Winery Visit: A Trip to Domaine Tropez

Sunny August afternoons are made for rosé wine and they don’t taste better than when in the South of France. Last Wednesday whilst on a visit to Domaine Tropez; a stunning vineyard nestled in the hills above Saint Tropez this pleasure was fulfilled.

One can appreciate why the more well-heeled arrive in Saint Tropez via yacht; the roads are a nightmare! A wiggling maze of steep-sided tracks with barely enough room for two cars, let alone the thundering Ferraris. This made the arrival at the fabulously stylish Domaine Tropez even more welcoming. Set back from the road is their ranch-like winery, the thatched roof of the tasting room providing welcome dappled shade whilst we enjoyed a welcome glass of rosé. Our hosts Gerrit and Anne-Laure sat with us and explained what they had lovingly created.

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Blog, Food Pairings25 July 2019

Restaurants for Wine and Cheese in the South West

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Blog, Food Pairings25 July 2019

Restaurants for Wine and Cheese in the South West

On 25 July, we celebrate the perfect combination: Wine & Cheese.

National Wine and Cheese Day provides an excellent opportunity to try some of your favourites together. This combo has been a worldwide tradition for hundreds of years which we intend to keep alive by recommending some excellent pairings that you will find at various restaurant hot spots you can visit across the South West. Nowadays, it’s not all just about Port & Stilton or your traditional cheeseboard (although these are yummy). From Cornwall to the Cotswolds here’s your guide for the ultimate taste sensation…

The Old Ship Hotel, Padstow, Cornwall

Located on the north coast of Cornwall, Padstow is a charming fishing harbour that is a popular tourist destination, not just because of it’s picturesque beauty, but also because it is thriving with restaurants that would satisfy any foodie’s needs. Nestled on the backstreets is the Old Ship Hotel whose menu has a bit of everything on it! For a lunchtime treat try the Grilled Goats Cheese Wrap with Cucumber, Rocket and Onion Marmalade.

The usual rule of thumb is what grows together goes together: as goats cheese originates from the Loire Valley in France, we would pair this with Sancerre Domaine Neveu which can only be bought by the bottle here but hey…treat yourself! Experience the traditional French Sauvignon Blanc acidity, minerality and citrussy flavours from the wine that brings the goats cheese to life.

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