Wine Of The Week # 25 // Domaine L’Hortus Rosé

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L’Hortus, the Latin word for garden is appropriately located in the Southwest region of Languedoc, situated between two limestone cliff, overgrown vines and ancient olive trees. In total, they now have 55 hectares of vines, split over two sites. The main vineyard area is near the winery, where Mourvedre grows on the hot scree slope under the Montagne de l’Hortus, the second vineyard area is situated some 25 km away, at Clos St Jean.

This Rosé has a delicate nose, a touch of acidity balanced against fruit, notably lime and melon that carries through to the taste along with strawberries. Well balanced, to the point of being harmonic, this wine is fine example of the Languedoc varietal being produced from 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvêdre grape varieties. 75cl // 13% ABV // £12.99

The Polish Bullet

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This cocktail tastes just like apple struedal! The recipe calls for specialist vodka, zubrowka bison grass vodka. Whatever you do do not chew the grass that comes in the bottle, it will make you really sick.

Ingredients

2 Shots Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
1 Shot Krupnik Honey Vodka
300ml Fresh Apple Juice

Directions

Half fill a tumbler with ice and pour in all ingredients, then transfer all into cocktail shaker. Place tumbler on larger half of the shaker and shake until condensation appears on the outside of the shaker. Serve with fresh mint sprig and a slice of lime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Of The Week # 22 // Glastonbury Mighty Chi

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Glastonbury Ales was established in 2002, initially as a five-barrel plant. In 2006 the brewery changed ownership and has subsequently grown to a twenty-barrels in size. The brewery uses only natural ingredients, sourcing local and sustainable ingredients as much as possible.

This English triple IPA is a hazy, golden amber with a floral nose with distinct flavours of passion fruit, pineapple and mango to the taste. Medium bodied this ale is slightly sweet and viscous but very smooth with a mildly bitter finish. 33cl // 6.5% ABV // £2.79

Wine Of The Week # 25 // Pesquera Tinto ’11

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Based in the heartland of Ribera Del Duero this Bodegas is 200 acres in size, and consists of well-drained soils composed of sand and gravel over a limestone and clay subsoil that feed The Tempranillo grapes, which after 10 years hard work now produce one of the most prestigious bodegas in Spain.

Brilliant ruby in colour, this wine is fresh cherry, dark berries and vanilla on the highly perfumed nose, with a hint of woodsmoke building in the glass. Sappy and nicely focused, offering zesty bitter cherry and blackberry flavors underscored by a mineral element. 75cl // 14.5% ABV // £19.99

Beer Of The Week # 21 // Palma Cristal

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The brewery in Holguin was built in 1988 with the help of East German Technology, lest not forget that close relationship with the USSR! At this time, however, the only beer brand Mayabe was produced at the brewery though they now produce a range of six beers, two of which have picked up awards, including Palma Cristal, which is apparently Castro’s favorite beer

This cerveja is clear gold in colour and lightly carbonated. Mild corn, grain and malt notes are all apparent on the nose. Light and slightly metallic this beer is crisp with delicate citrus notes. Refreshing and easy drinking this is a perfect tipple for these hot, summer days or sitting on a beach in Cuba! 33cl // 4.9% ABV // £1.89

Wine Of The Week # 24 // Guigal Cotes du Rhône Rouge ’11

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The Guigal estate owns vineyards in Condrieu and the Côte-Rôtie, founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small, ancient village of the Côte-Rôtie appellation. Now in their third generation of winemaking the estate are renowned for producing exceptional vintages year in year out using traditional vinification techniques tied to the traditions of the Rhône valley.

A fantastic blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre grape varieties, aged for one and a half years in oak this wine is a deep, dark red in colour with a slight shine in appearance. Hugely aromatic with fresh fruit, red berries, tobacco and spice all apparent this wine is well rounded with supple tannins a full body and a long finish. 75cl // 14% ABV // £12.99.

 

 

Wine Of The Week # 23 // Jean Orlliac Le Loup Y’Es Tu?

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Domaine L’Hortus, the Latin word for garden is appropriately located in the Southwest region of Languedoc, situated between two limestone cliff, overgrown vines and ancient olive trees. In total, they now have 55 hectares of vines, split over two sites.The main vineyard area is near the winery, where Mourvedre grows on the hot scree slope under the Montagne de l’Hortus, the second vineyard area is situated some 25 km away, at Clos St Jean.

Produced from mainly Muscadet grapes the bring depth and body, with Chardonnay, Viognier that provide a supple freshness, this is a delightful wine and in our view one of the best that came out of 2013. Vibrant and aromatic on the nose, with floral notes and hints of peach, which coupled with apricots is plainly on the palette. 75cl // 13.5% ABV // £9.99

 

 

Beer Of The Week # 20 // Thornbridge Jaipur

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The Thornbridge Brewery is an independent brewery founded and formerly situated in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. The brewery has won more than 200 awards since it’s opening, including being recognised as the Best Drinks Producer in the BBC Radio 4 Food And Farming Awards in 2014.

A clear light amber in colour, this IPA has distinct notes of bitter oranges, tropical fruits and floral hints. Soft, smooth and full of flavour, this beer is a bit of hop monster balanced against a slight honey like sweetness and hints of citrus. A beast of an IPA to be enjoyed on sunny days! 500ml // 5.9% ABV // £3.15

Wine Of The Week # 22 // Cataldo Grillo & Inzolia

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Sicily is Italy’s southernmost region, for more than 2500 years the area has been a significant center of Mediterranean viniculture, although the reputation and style of its wines has changed significantly over that time. Although once famous for sweet Muscats and later fortified Marsala the island’s best known wines are now its dry table wines produced under the regional IGT title, Terre Siciliane.

Produced from 60% of Grillo and 40% of Inzolia grapes, this wine is a pale gold in colour, almost akin to straw. this is a beautiful and delicate wine. The nose is distinct of white blossom, with hints of almonds and fragrant herbs that carry through to the taste. 75cl // 12.5% ABV // £8.49

 

 

Beer Of The Week # 19 // Ayinger Celebrator

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The Ayinger Brewery (pronounced “eye-ing-gr”) is a medium-sized German brewery located in Aying, Bavaria. Oddly enough, for some years a range of beer was brewed under the Ayingerbrau name by the Samuel Smith’s Brewery. Although the Ayinger logo was used, the recipes were different from those of the Ayinger Brewery, this relationship ended in 2006.

Dark, hazy brown in colour with a creamy tan head, this doppelbock has distinct notes of dried fruit, balanced with nutty and malt aromas, the latter of which carries through to the taste. Sweet and spicy, with caramel, chocolate and herb hints that make a complex yet smooth and creamy beer. Free billy-goat with every bottle. 33cl // 6.7% ABV // £2.30.