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It’s Lockdown Live Curry Night – and a chance to win a bottle this evening!!!!
So crack open the Indian wine (or whatever you have to hand) and join us at 7pm for Thursday night’s vinous banter.  Discover how amazingly wines can pair with Indian food.  You can even get stuck into our delicious canape recipes here>  
It’s lots of fun, interactive and relaxed.  What’s not to enjoy?

Tonight’s Episode 2 of our virtual Spring Wine & Food Pairing – don’t forget to have a glass to hand!  Tonight, we’re covering:

Adaras Albarino with Salmon & Beetroot Tartare, followed by Castelforte Valpolicella Ripasso with Asian-style Meatballs – delish!

It’s gonna be a blast – see you later – https://www.facebook.com/events/626759497878074/

We finally pulled out the stops last week and dipped our toes into the unchartered waters of online live-streaming our wine & food event.  Our chosen platform is Facebook Live and we’re going to be back live on air this coming Thursday for Episode 2, at the slightly earlier time of 18.30 BST.   As these events are unscripted, anything can happen (and probably will), but you can be sure it will be fun, light-hearted and interactive.  We hope you will join us – this week’s wine and food pairings are :

Albarino, accompanied with Salmon & Beetroot Tartare  and

Valpolicello Ripasso, accompanied with Asian Meatballs

Check out the recipes here – and maybe cook up the canapes ahead of the event.

See you Thursday!

Doors open 6.45pm, Trinity Hall, Mansel Rd, Wimbledon.

Hot on the heels of our hugely successful Autumn Wine Event comes our final consumer event of the year….  Thursday 12th December…. yup, that’s right, 12th December, we invite you to our Christmas Wine Tasting.  Mr Johnson, we arranged this date way before you sprung your last-minute General Election on the nation, so we are going ahead, full throttle with a festive event and a touch of obligatory satire, bien sur!

We believe we owe it to you, our loyal wine followers, as well as our dishevelled government, to puff some festive cheer into this important evening.  So we’re gathering together some of our very finest wine and food pairing ideas to stimulate your tastebuds and see you through to the end of another decade.  Tickets are just £25 and are selling fast.  Book HERE>

Everyone’s heart melts when you set your eyes on these little chappies!  The reality is that these fellers are destined for intense training to become Guide Dogs that will see them transform someone’s life.  Many Guide Dogs are fully trained within two years, but the task of pairing the right dog with the right owner is not so straightforward.  Right now, there is a severe shortage of trained dogs and funding is a continual challenge.  So next month, our annual Autumn wine and food event will see us supporting this life-changing organisation.  On Wednesday 23rd October in Wimbledon, we’ll be show-casing dozens of wines with sensational food pairings, kindly prepared by celebrity chef Elliot Johnson-Paul of JP Dining.   Simply by attending this event (tickets £28), you’ll be helping us fund-raise for the Guide Dogs.  If you want to learn more about the work that the Guide Dogs do – and also enjoy wine – please do come along. 

Read more and book your tickets here> 

Ever heard of Picpoul de Pinet?  Some of you will have because there’s a fair bit of it around in the UK these days.

This glass contains…..!

Earlier this month, London played host to a series of Picpoul de Pinet winemakers who came over to showcase their respective wines and also provide a little more insight into the history and position of Picpoul in the UK market.  Entitled ‘A Celebration of the Wines of the Sea’, this turned out to be one of the most enjoyable tastings we have attended in years.  Not just because these were some of the leading wineries of the region, but also because the winemakers and key movers and shakers were happy to share their insights and objectives.

Did you know that the UK now sells a third of total Picpoul de Pinet wine production?  Albeit a small region in the south of France, this still represents an extraordinary success story and one that the winemakers are keen to protect and even grow.   It seems that Picpoul suits the British wine palate well.  ‘Son terroir, c’est la mer’ is a well known Picpoul descriptor – and a pretty accurate one at that.  Picpoul wines are often described with words like:  salty, chalky, citric, zesty and a characteristic tangy bitterness on the end palate.  It’s deliciously flavoursome and a breath of fresh air compared to the more readily available Sauvignon Blancs of this world.

One last point – our very own Domaine de la Mirande Picpoul was, in our opinion, the best in class at this gathering.  “You would say that”, I hear you shout.  And we would, it is true – but seriously, we really do believe that it WAS the best in class that evening.

If you haven’t already, give Picpoul a try – it’s worth every great-value-for-money penny and a blast with oysters!

 

 

 

The weatherman encouraged me this morning to believe that Spring really is just round the corner, with today’s weather not too dissimilar to that of northern Spain.

So it seemed appropriate to unveil the first of our consumer wine tastings of 2019…..  entitled Malbec & Masala, it’s our Spring pairing of fine wines with tempting food types using spices from around the world.  It’s hot on the heels of last year’s hugely successful Pinot & Paprika tasting.  Such was the popularity of this event, that we’ve decided to run a similar theme, albeit we are pushing the boundaries yet further – Six devilishly delicious food types paired with six artisan wines.  And a raft of other wines to taste and discover at your leisure.

For the concerned few, remember,  not all spice is hot!

We want to share the secret of wine and spice with our guests.  After all, what’s life without a bit of wine and spice thrown in?!

Venue :  Trinity Hall, Wimbledon, SW19

For more details and tickets – call us on 020 3876 8008 or click on the link HERE>

In this food and wine pairing, it’s all about the fruit characteristic of the Merlot which couples nicely with the contents of the muffin – sweet, ripe beetroot and fruity goat’s cheese.  The components sit comfortably together in an attractive, gentle way.

The touch of Mourvedre blended into this Merlot provides structure and backbone without too much grip.  ‘Smooth’ it the ultimate wine and food descriptive here and an ultimate crowd-pleaser, hence our chosen musical accompaniment:  Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik

Join us tomorrow night Friday 19th 7.30 at Wimbledon Library – Measure For Measure – it’s gonna be a blast!

The American, An Architect & A Truffle

Just 3 days to go before Measure 4 Measure throws open its doors – and we’re crazy with anticipation!  The latest, carefully crafted wine, food and music combination has been agreed…  What better ‘crafted’ wine than one that is actually namedThe Architect‘?  One of the finest winemakers in Australia today, Philip Shaw’s Chardonnay really is a piece of architectural wine perfection.

We’ve paired this wine with a wild mushroom risotto, itself dosed with a generous topping of truffle.  Together, this will be quite a humdinger of a flavour sensation.  And so our choice of music is too…. Antonin Dvorak’s ‘American’ – we think the pairing is inspired and we hope you do too!

Join us this Friday 19th October to Wimbledon Library (next door to the train station) and experience the entire wine and music discovery for yourself.  Details and tickets HERE>

English Wine, Elgar and Smoked Salmon

Our latest event (Measure For Measure, Fri 19th Oct, Wimbledon)  is looming large and these last few days, we’ve been putting the finishing touches on our wine, food and music combinations.  We thought we’d give you a sneak preview…

One of England’s greatest composers, Edward Elgar, comes together with one of England’s greatest wine estates, Davenport Vineyards, the latter farming organically in Kent and Sussex.  This sensational wine was judged to be ‘the holy grail of English still white wine’ (jancisrobinson.com, June 2018).  And if that isn’t enough, we’re show-casing it with a delicious salmon mousse canape to set your tastebuds alight.

Come and join us for this extravaganza of fine music, fine wine and find food – you’d be foolish not to!

Friday 19th Oct – 7.30pm Wimbledon Arts Space, Wimbledon Library, SW19

A few months ago, we were approached by the Wimbledon based Jigsaw Players.   Unbeknownst to us, this group of highly talented musicians had discovered Hannibal Brown’s quarterly wine and food evening extravaganzas – and by all accounts, they’d been blown away! 

Well, we too were blown away – could this be fame at last for lil’ ol’ HB?  We already knew how much our guests enjoyed our evening events – always a relaxed atmosphere, always plenty of wines to taste and always delicious canape pairings on offer.  But how pleased we were when the Jigsaw folk asked us to consider putting on a joint event with them.  “What did you say?  Pair our wines with your great musical performances?  We’d love to!”

And so it has been that for the last few months, HB and Jigsaw have brought together their favourite wines and combined them with their favourite music classics… “Mozart and Merlot?  Really?”  Yes, really!  Next Friday 19th October, we’ll be at the new Merton Arts Space (Wimbledon Library) from 7.15pm to present the first ‘harmonious pairing’ of wine and music.  The Jigsaw Players have one objective – to make music accessible to all.  So as always, this event will be relaxed, entertaining, with plenty of opportunity to kick back (even tap your toes!) and enjoy good wine, good company and listen to our world-class friends, The Jigsaw Players.

Tickets are available at £30 and can be purchased HERE>  Any questions, give us a call on 020 3876 8008.  This is a first – don’t miss it!

Trade Stand Winners, Burghley 2018 – Hannibal Brown

Early in September, we took Hannibal off to exhibit at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials up in Stamford.  Burghley is THE most enjoyable event in our wine calendar and this, our fourth year at the event, was no exception.  Indeed, it turned out to be an incredible piece of success for us, with Hannibal Brown being awarded Winners in the Trade Stand Awards Competition.  Just this week, we proudly received our engraved winner’s plate.  It’s still safely wrapped in bubble-wrap until we bang a hole in the wall and hang it up.

So Burghley is over for another year, but Horse Of The Year Show at Olympia is looming large (17th to 23rd December).  Buy your tickets as soon as poss – this is a very, very busy show.  You’ll find Hannibal’s wines in the thick of the exhibitors, as always.