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  • My favourite wines this summer… 23rd August 2016 at 11.41 AM (0 Comments )

    Prompted by an email from a loyal customer last night, I thought I’d share some of my favourite tipples this summer.  Kicking off with a sensational rose that, for some reason, we have failed to put on the website this summer!  So you guys are none the wiser until I sort that small issue out. […]

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  • August Bank Holiday at Ally Pally… 16th August 2016 at 08.30 AM (0 Comments )

    Find us at the Foodies Festival – this August Bank Holiday weekend   Earlier this year, you may have spotted us punting our wares at the Syon Park Foodies Festival.  And now, we are praying that the good weather of south east England will continue through the Bank Holiday as we journey to Alexandra Palace […]

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  • PORK PIES – my most flexible friend 15th August 2016 at 10.37 AM (0 Comments )

    Did you hear that?  The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Festival took place this past weekend. Radio 2’s Chris Evans had me salivating for one of my porky favourites at 7am on Friday – it’s never too early for a pork pie in my book. I cannot believe I have never visited a Pork Pie festival and I am […]

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  • Lambrusco – where have you been all my life? 1st August 2016 at 04.52 PM (0 Comments )

    During a recent visit to the gastronomic region of Italy, Emilia Romagna, we stumbled across a wine which we really weren’t expecting – and it was everywhere! But first, the food.   Bologna is the real foodie capital of Italy, with the local Tortellini, Lasagne and Tagiatelli on every menu in town.  Just up the road […]

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  • A very rainy Bolesworth 21st June 2016 at 04.41 PM (0 Comments )

    Isn’t it amazing that just 24 hours after having Hannibal’s van towed out of the quagmire that was this year’s Bolesworth Horse Trials, we were already reminiscing on the joys of exhibiting direct to the public and what pleasure they give us. Last year’s event was a decidedly much drier affair.  This year, sadly, the Heaven’s […]

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  • Reporting back on Hannibal’s latest Wine Tasting Event 13th June 2016 at 04.51 PM (0 Comments )

    Many of you will recall the fantastic evening of wine swilling, canape comparing and general foot tapping to the music at Hannibal’s Christmas Wine Tasting.  We held that one at the award-winning Absolute Abode Design Emporium in Raynes Park and loved every minute of it. So when we met the good folk of Wandsworth Oasis, […]

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  • Celebrating World Malbec Day 15th April 2016 at 01.59 PM (0 Comments )

    The big day is 17th April! Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (the 7th president of Argentina) is the man to thank.  In 1853 he decided it was time to kick the Argentinian wine industry into action!  On the 17th April 1853 he submitted a proposal which would put Argentina on the world wine map. It was that year, 1853, that the Malbec […]

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  • Spanish Wine Tank Hijack 6th April 2016 at 09.34 AM (0 Comments )

    It seems extraordinary to believe the lengths that a small group of French winemakers will often go to in order to protect their own interests.  Once again, the news this week reports of a series of Spanish tankers being attacked by French militant winemakers and having their contents emptied across the motorways.      Reports say […]

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  • Another English Superstar 29th March 2016 at 05.33 PM (0 Comments )

    We decided to take a mosey down to Sussex this weekend and have a nose around a producer who has been on our radar for some time. Ridgeview Vineyard was founded in 1994 by Mike and Chris Roberts.  Their mission – “to produce world class sparkling wines in the South Downs of England”.  Members of the second generation […]

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  • Wine from Sardinia 16th March 2016 at 05.01 PM (0 Comments )

    The average life expectancy of a Sardinian resident is 81 – they must be doing something right! Sardinian wine culture is quite different to that of mainland Italy.  The grape varieties planted in Sardinian vineyards bear little resemblance to those in any other Italian wine region. Instead of grapes such as Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Barbera, Trebbiano – so typical […]

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