New Wine Course In Hampshire

World of Wines Wine Course in Fareham, Hampshire

Daria Kenefeck who works, mainly in the office, at Fareham Wine Cellar has taught wine appreciation courses in the local area for a number of years. 2014 sees a change of venue for Daria’s wine class to Lysses House Hotel at 51 High Street in Fareham – that is just three doors down from Fareham Wine Cellar where we hold our portfolio wine tastings – there is one this year!

There are usually three wine courses per year running roughly during school term times on a Thursday evening. The wine course normally involves some wine education followed by a tasting, there are also various themed evenings, the occasional blind tasting and some guest speakers.

Please note you will need to take at least 5 wine tasting glasses and writing implements.

The first wine course starts on Thursday 9th January 2014 and places are limited, so please respond ASAP. Best method of contact is to telephone me or Daria 01329 822733.

2014 Wine Tasting Classes At Lysses House Hotel

with Daria Kenefeck

Here is all the information I have from Daria,

I have now managed to finalise the details for the wine classes for the forthcoming year to be held at Lysses House Hotel in Fareham.
Lysses House Hotel
51 High Street
PO16 7BQ
There is a car park behind the hotel, and should this be full for any reason, there is a public car park opposite which is free after 6.00 pm.

The room we are using is on the first floor, but there is a lift available.

If we can get a minimum of 15 people to sign up for the courses, I am able to keep the cost down to £7.00 per night (as opposed to £9.50 at St Vincent College, the previous venue) plus £6.00 per night for the wines.

World of Wines – Spring Wine Course 2014

The Spring course will run for 12 weeks, starting Thursday 9th January 2014 from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.There will be a break on 13th March, which means that we will have 9 classes before this date and 3 classes after this date.  The last date for this course will be 3rd April.

The cost for this course, code LHSP1412, will be £84.00 plus £72.00 for the wines.

There will then be a four week break.

World of Wines – Summer Wine Course 2014

The Summer course will run for 4 weeks, starting Thursday 8th May 2014 finishing on Thursday 29th May 2014.

The cost for this course, code LHSU144, will be £28.00 plus £24.00 for the wines.

We will then break till September.

World of Wines – Autumn Wine Course 2014

The Autumn course will run for 12 weeks starting on 11th September, finishing on Thursday 4th December 2014, with a break on 30th October.

Payment for the courses will become due on the first evening of each course and can be made via a bank transfer.


Payment for the wines can be made at the same time.  I am sorry but I will have to ask for the wine money for the complete wine course whether you attend all the classes or not, otherwise I am not able to budget across the course.  This is no different to the system we had at St Vincent.

You will need to bring a minimum of 5 glasses plus writing implements, as before.

I will need confirmation of attendance on the first course by Monday 6th January 2014.  This can be done via e-mail or telephone 01329 822733
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Louis Jadot 2012 En Primeur Wine Tasting

Louis Jadot 2012 En Primeur  Wine Tasting

Saturday 23rd November 2013

2pm until 5.30pm

@ Fareham Wine Cellar

Unfortunately we were unable to attend the Louis Jadot 2012 En Primeur wine tasting this year but, fortunately, we have been given some samples to try at Fareham Wine Cellar. We are going to try the samples and thought we would give our customers the opportunity to try the samples with us.

If you would like to try the samples with us, please just turn up between 2pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 23rd.

Sorry for the short notice on this, it was a surprise for me too!

Louis Jadot 2012 White Wines

Pouilly Fuissé Clos des Prouges, Domaine Ferret

Santenay Clos de Malte, Domaine Louis Jadot

Beaune Bressandes 1er Cru, Domaine Gagey

Chassagne Montrachet Chevenottes 1er Cru

Louis Jadot 2012 En Primeur White Wines

Louis Jadot 2012 Red Wines

Moulin A Vent Clos de Rochegres, Chateau des Jacques

Santenay Clos de Malte, Domaine Louis Jadot

Beaune Boucherottes 1er Cru Domaine des Heritiers Louis Jadot

Chambolle Musigny Les Drazeys, Domaine Gagey

Louis Jadot 2012 En Primeur Red Wines2012 was an interesting year for Burgundy. The first half of 2012 was quite disastrous, it was cold, wet and miserable and mildew and mould was prevalent in the vineyards. Flowering was late and there was a fair bit of hail damage. However, in the end, although 2012 is a very small harvest, the quality has turned out to be very good and some are saying the reds are better than good.

Please have a look at these very good articles from Clive Coates MW and Aubert de Villaine at Jancis Robinson’s website for more detailed information.

2012 Burgundy Report from Clive Coates MW

Burgundy 2012 – A difficult Birth from

Please see our current selection of Louis Jadot Wines here.

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Hambledon Vineyard Visit Part 1

I was lucky enough to visit Hambledon Vineyard on a very windy, and rainy, day in late October 2013. So, I don’t really have any great pictures of the vineyards and grapes etc. to share, but I do have some really interesting photographs of their brand new winery – currently, and I imagine for some time, the only 100% gravity fed winery in the UK. This sort of winery is unusual even in more traditional wine-making countries and I have only come across this twice on my travels – once at Quinta do Vallado in the Douro, Portugal and once at Tobelos Bodegas Y Vinedos in Rioja (admittedly not quite 100% gravity fed, but nearly!). What is clear from my visit is that the people behind Hambledon Vineyard are very serious indeed.

About Hambledon Vineyard

The small village of Hambledon is located in Hampshire some 15 miles north of Portsmouth (approximately 6.5 miles from Fareham Wine Cellar, as the crow flies!). It has two claims to fame, one of which is the slightly debatable title of the “Cradle of Cricket” (Hambledon Cricket Club dates back to 1750). Hambledon’s other claim to fame is not contested – it is the location of the oldest commercial vineyard in England.

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Hambledon Vineyard was established by wine-loving Francophile Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones. After researching the feasiblity of planting vines on the original, chalky, south-facing  slopes in front of his house, and after consultation with friends and connections at Champagne Pol Roger, the first vines were planted in 1952. A range of about half a dozen grape varieties were planted (mainly Germanic varieties including Seyval Blanc as I understand) on soils that are identical to the Kimmeridgian / Clay soils of Champagne and Burgundy. Soon the first English wines available to buy. Long-serving winemaker Bill Carcary joined the team in the mid-1960s and before long Hambledon Vineyard wines were flying the flag for English wines on the domestic market and were being sold in places as varied as the Houses of Parliament, UK embassies overseas and even on the QE2. The vineyard saw a good few decades of fame, success and expansion, however by the the time the vineyard had passed through successive owners by the 1990s, the vineyard was in a sad state of serious decline and there were only 4 acres of vine plantings left.

Hambledon Vineyard Renaissance

The second most important thing to happen at Hambledon, after it being established by by Salisbury-Jones in 1952, was the purchase by current owner Ian Kellett in 1999. Kellett, a former equity analyst and biochemist by training, arrived at the vineyard with the dream of owning his own winery and producing English wine. He soon realised that the still wines being produced were not particularly good. However, he persevered with Hambledon Vineyard, studied oenology at Plumpton College and undertook his own extensive research before concluding that the way forward for Hambledon Vineyard would be to concentrate on producing high quality English sparkling wine. By 2005 all of the old vines had been grubbed up and there was a 10 acre test planting of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grape varieties (the three main wine used in Champagne) using different clones and rootstocks to see which of the 27 combinations work best.

Hambledon Vineyard Chardonnay Vines

Hambledon Vineyard Chardonnay Vines

Since 2005 Kellett has created Hambledon Vineyard Plc and has implemented an innovative fundraising via an EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) which sees the appointment of two leading independent directors, one of whom is John Armit -  who has had a long career in the UK wine trade and will be familiar most in the trade. Their successful fundraising has allowed them to build an extremely hi-tech, 100% gravity fed, £2.5 million winery and to expand their vineyard plantings to some 50 acres. The planting and design of the winery has all been under the direction Hervé Jestin, former Chef de Cave at Champagne Duval Leroy who remains as the main consultant.

Hambledon Vineyard - Ian Kellett amongst Chardonnay Vines

Hambledon Vineyard – Ian Kellett amongst Chardonnay Vines

Speaking to, now managing director, Kellett, it would seem that Hambledon Vineyard is still looking to expand in the future to around 200 acres of vineyards with a target for production of three quarters of a million bottles per year (750,000 bottles). This has been hampered and slowed down by the very poor 2012 vintage – most English vineyards didn’t even bother to pick in 2012. Of course, this is a lot of wine, too much for the UK domestic market, and it is no surprise that Hambledon Vineyard plans to target two-thirds of their sales to overseas markets such as China, India and larger, cosmopolitan cities such as New York and Paris. Perhaps  the cricketing connection as the “cradle of cricket” could see natural links forged with cricket playing countries like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and, to a lesser extent, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Read more about the winery at Part 2.

For more information visit the Hambledon Vineyard website.

Buy Hambledon Vineyard wines at Fareham Wine Cellar.

See more images at my Flickr set.





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Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres

Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres at Lysses House Hotel

On Wednesday 9th October 2013 we have another wine dinner, this time with Torres Wine at Lysses House Hotel, with Cristina Torres. Cristina Torres is the daughter of Marimar Torres, who founded the Californian Estate and niece of President and CEO Miguel A. Torres and will be presenting wines from Spain, Torres Chile and her mother’s wine estate, Marimar Torres, in California. There will be a pre-dinner wine tasting followed by a four course dinner with wine matched to each course.

If you wish to attend please book your places directly with the reception at Lysses House Hotel on 01329 822622. Lysses House Hotel is located three doors down from Fareham Wine Cellar in Fareham High Street (Map Link)

Please find more information about which Torres wine we will be showing, the menu and a bit more about Cristina Torres below.

Torres Wine Dinner at Lysses House Hotel

Wednesday 9th October 2013

Prompt Start at 7.30pm

Pre-Dinner Wine Tasting

Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Estelado Sparkling Rose, Maule ValleyTorres Cordillera Carignan

Torres Fransola Sauvignon Blanc, DO Penedes, Spain

Marimar Torres Don Miguel Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California

Miguel Torres Cordillera Carignan Special Reserve, Maule Valley


Dinner Menu and Wines

Pressed confit of duck terrine served with toasted brioche

Marimar Torres Don Miguel Pinot Noir Vineyard, Russian River Valley, California


Torres Celeste Ribera del DueroLamb rump, roasted until pink, set on a celeriac and potato mash with a mix broad beans, peas and French beans finished with a rich red wine sauce

Torres Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero, Spain


A selection of English cheese

Torres Gran Coronas Reserva, DO Penedes, Spain


A dark chocolate and caramel tart served with a raspberry sauce

Miguel Torres Chile Nectaria Vendimia Tardia (Late Harvest) Riesling


Coffee and Petit fours


Marimar Torres Estate Don Miguel Chardonnay Russian River

Marimar Torres Estate Don Miguel Chardonnay Russian River

Cristina Torres is the only daughter of Marimar Torres, who founded the Californian Estate and niece of President and CEO Miguel A. Torres, and has inherited the family love of vineyard and wines. Cristina has a degree in economics from Princeton University, has studied at the University of Melbourne and has gained valuable wine industry experience working at Champagne Pol Roger and Miguel Torres Chile. Cristina has worked as the Brand Ambassador for Marimar Estate receiving visitors and clients, coordinating and planning Club Marimar events, strategizing the marketing of wine distribution in collaboration with sales teams and promoting the wines throughout the United States. Cristina is currently spending some time working with John E Fells, Torres’ UK agents, to learn about the UK wine trade and to continue spreading the word about Torres wine, and Marimar Torres wines in particular.

For more information on the Torres family wines please visit,

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Wallington Village Wine Tasting October 2013

Wallington Village Wine Tasting

Wines for Christmas

Presented by Fareham Wine Cellar

 At Wallington Village Hall

Satruday 12th October 2013

7.30pm Start

Tickets £12.00

We will be showing a selection of wines (maybe a Port as well) with a focus on wines that will be great for Christmas. There will also be a short wine-based quiz and WVCA will provide a small selection of cheeses to go with the wines.

Tickets are available from WVCA Committee members

Phil Durant 01329 233589 (Organiser)
Alan Bloxham 01329 510304
Mike Blythe 01329 232630
David Walton 01329 238948

If you are wondering where Wallington Village is located, it can be found in the large car park opposite Staples and Sainsbury’s, Broadcut, Fareham. The postcode is PO16 8ST.

Map Link

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Kentucky Vintage Small Batch Bourbon

Kentucky Vintage Small Batch Bourbon Review

Here is another great review of one of the whiskies we sell – the Kentucky Vintage Small Batch Bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers – check out his YouTube Cigar and Spirits reviews.

I have to agree with Chris, for the money this is really difficult to beat for value for money.

What is Small Batch Bourbon?

Small Batch Bourbon is a whiskey from a specific selection, or small batch, of barrels blended from across the floors of the the warehouse specially selected to complement each other to provide the most complex and well-balanced whiskey possible. Main Line whiskies are blended from a much larger, and more random, selection of barrels.

This small batch bourbon comes from a selection of the finest and rarest barrels. Each barrel is handpicked according to its taste, aroma and bouquet. The extra ageing allow the whiskey to mature and add flavour and character however it does limit quantities somewhat!!

Here are the tasting notes from from the UK suppliers of this Bourbon for comparison,

Golden amber with a clean nose of corn, vanilla, toffee, hints of mint, oak, spice and old leather. Light oak and a touch of resin is initially on the palate, followed by dried fruits, subtle spice and a little orange peel or marmalade. Finishes softly but with balance, and just a touch of sweet caramel and oak.

See the rest of our Kentucky Bourbon Whiskeys are our website.

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Torres Cordillera Carignan

Torres Cordillera Carignan 2008

Famed Spanish wine company, Miguel Torres, has had interests in Chile since 1979 when they acquired a small vineyard in the Curico valley. Since 2010 Torres’ Chilean venture has been overseen by Miguel Torres Maczassek, a fifth generation winemaker, who is in charge of maintaining the tradition and passion for wine making that the Torres family has shown for over one hundred years.

The Maule Valley is a sub-region of the Central Valley wine-growing region located 155 miles to the south of Santiago. It is one of the largest and oldest wine-growing valleys and is characterised by a predominance of lots of old-bush, dry-farmed vineyards, a Mediterranean climate with 735 mms rain annually and is planted with Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Newer plantings include Carmenere, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Carignan was first widely planted in the Maule Valley in the 1940s when the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture encouraged its planting improve the local wines with its naturally high acidity and good colour. In November 2009 a group called “Vigno”, the “Vignadores de Carignan”, was created to promote and market Carignan wines from the Maule Valley. This is an an organisation of growers and winemakers, the 12 founding members are Bravado Wines, De Martino, Garage Wine Co, Viña Gillmore, Viña Lomas de Cauquenes, Viña Meli, Miguel Torres, Morandé, Odfjell, Undurraga, and Valdivieso. “Vigno” wines have to be produced from at least 65% old, dry-grown Carignan vines in the Maule Valley.

The Carignan vines here can be up to 80 years old and are some of the world’s oldest. Carignan has always been considered something of a workhorse grape variety and it is normally blended with other grape varieties as is the case here. It is also very prevalent in many Languedoc Roussillon blends from the south of France and in Spain in Priorat.

Torres Cordillera Carignan Tasting Notes

Torres Cordillera Carignan is made from 85% Carignan, 8% Syrah, 6% Merlot sourced from old, dry vineyards in the Maule Valley and is aged for 11 months in French oak, 30 % new.

Torres Cordillera Carignan has a good, deep ruby red colour. The nose is dominated by dark fruits and fruits of the forest. There is a sweet blackcurrant nose which reminds me of blackcurrant Chewits. Remember them? (see Alan Partridge wine tasting and describing a wine as tasting like Chewits). In addition there is a (not unpleasant) slightly oily or waxy note. The palate is full, rich and quite youthful. There are plenty more blackcurrant notes with roasted coffee, garrigue herbs with a relatively firm tannic backbone. The finish is a little bit drying but quite lingering. Very good value for money.

Torres Cordillera Carignan

Torres Cordillera Carignan

Torres Cordillera Carignan Review

“Sleek, powerful and earthy with damson and vanilla fruit, gentle spice and plum and candle wax aromas. Lovely stuff.” 4 Stars,

“Opaque ruby.  Musky cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by anise, herbs and vanilla.  Broad and slightly bitter on the palate, displaying dark cherry, vanilla and licorice qualities.  Expands with air and finishes smooth and gently sweet, leaving bitter cherry and spice notes behind.” 88 Points, International Wine Cellar, May / June 2012.

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Fareham Wine Cellar Reviews

Fareham Wine Cellar YouTube Cigar and Spirits Reviews

Speaking to a couple of customers in the shop during the week, I discovered that both of them had set up YouTube channels for reviewing cigars and spirits that they have bought, some of them from Fareham Wine Cellar. Having a look at their channels it is very early days but I am promised there are more reviews coming. So please have a look at their reviews and maybe even subscribe for new updates. I will try and post reviews as they come in and are of items we sell.

This also set me thinking – do any other Fareham Wine Cellar customers ever post any reviews of wines, spirits, cigars or anything vaguely food or wine-based and loosely related to Fareham Wine Cellar? Maybe local restaurant reviews or reviews of local wine tastings.If you do, please let me know and I will happily promote them on my blog and via social media. Please email me at

Christopher Allen’s Cigar Reviews & YouTube Channel

Review Fonseca KDT Cadetes Cigar

See Fareham Wine Cellar’s Cigar Selection. We don’t have the biggest selection of Cuban cigars in Hampshire but I think there is enough to satisfy most casual cigar smokers.

Bubbs Bear Spirits Reviews & YouTube Channel

Review Ron Milonario XO

See the Ron Milonario XO and all our other Rums here.

Good work chaps, keep it up!

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Bordeaux Wine Evening at The Old House Hotel in Wickham

On Wednesday 25th September 2013 The Old House Hotel in Wickham is hosting a Bordeaux Wine Evening. This will be 10 a Course French Tasting Menu with Bordeaux wines to complement each course. There will also be a pre-dinner tasting and talk from Roy Gillingham of The Fareham Wine Cellar.

Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Prompt Start at 7.00pm

Head Chef – Sebastien Smith

£62.95 per person

Please see below for the wine and food menus.

Please note that if you have any inquiries or wish to make reservations etc. please do so with The Old House Hotel and not Fareham Wine Cellar.

The Old House Hotel
Wickham Square
PO17 5JG
T:  01329 835870

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DIARY DATE – Like buses, you wait for ages for one of these wine dinners to turn up and then two turn up at once. On Wednesday 9th October 2013 we have another wine dinner, this time at Lysses House Hotel, with Cristina Torres. Christina is the grand-daughter of world famous Spanish wine producer Miguel Torres. More information to follow as soon as we have full details.

Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux

Wednesday 25th September 2013

At The Old House Hotel

Prompt Start at 7.00pm

Pre-Dinner Tasting and Talk

Amuse Bouche
Beignet de Morille
Mushroom Fritter

Soupe / Soup
Soupe a l’Oignon, Crouton a l ‘Ail et fines Herbes, Emmental
French Onion soup, Garlic & Garden Herb Croutons, Emmenthal Cheese
2009 Château des Joualles

Entree / Starter
Plus que Parfait de Foie de Canard a la Figue, Brioche Toastee
Duck Liver Parfait stuffed with Figs, Toasted Brioche
2007 Mouton Cadet Reserve Sauternes

Poisson / Fish Course
Noix de St Jacques Gratinees
Grilled Scallops, White Wine & Cream Sauce
2011 Rothschild Sauvignon Blanc

Entrement / Palate Cleanser
Semillon Sorbet

Premier Plat Principal / First Main
Moules a la Provencale
Mussels “Provencal Style” (Peppers, Shallots, Spicy Sausage, Pastis)
2011 Château Vrai Caillou “Les Vignes de la Garenne” Bordeaux Blanc

Second Plat Principal / Second Main
Paupiette de Veau et Gratin Dauphinoise
Veal Paupiette (veal Escalope stuffed with Home Made Sausage Meat & herbs), Dauphinoise Potato
2008 Château Lilian Ladouys St Estèphe Cru Bourgeois

Plateau de fromage et salade verte
Cheese Board served with Bread & Green Salad
2008 Château Lilian Ladouys St Estèphe Cru Bourgeois

Cannele Bordelaise, Caramel au Sel de Guerande
Bordeaux Speciality: Cannele Bordelaise, Salted Butterscotch Sauce
1998 La Chartreuse de Coutet, Sauternes

Coffee & Infusions

More information on Bordeaux wines and the Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux campaign.

The Old House Hotel and Restaurant

The Old House Hotel and Restaurant

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Domaine Jones Review

Domaine Jones @ Fareham Wine Cellar

Wine Review: Domaine Jones – Telegraph

Great article and publicity for Katie Jones and Domaine Jones in the Daily Telegraph by Suzy Atkins. Originally in Daily Telegraph Stella Magazine section 08/07/13. Fareham wine cellar gets a mention as the only supplier with any Domaine Jones Blanc left in the UK after the recent act of vandalism at Katie’s winery saw all of her 2012 white wine drain away.

Press review – “Made from fashionable grenache gris, this is full but dry with tinned peach, melon and angelica flavours, and a touch of clove. Delicious lightly chilled with cold chicken or fresh salmon.” Suzy Atkins.

The Blanc is a fantastic wine, it is fresh, mineral and elegant with an intense and richly fruited nose with notes of melon and pear, as well as herb and spice notes. The palate is textured and broad with rich melon and herbs flavours.

Of course, we also stock Domaine Jones Rouge and Fitou as well, not just the fantastic Blanc which is 100% Grenache Gris. The Rouge is a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Carignan and is a warm rich wine, full of red fruit and garrigue notes backed up with Jones’ characteristic minerality and purity. The Fitou is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah and is characterised by much more black fruit and pencil box aromas and flavours with a fine, persistent finish with grippy tannins and nice acidity.

Domaine Jones at Fareham Wine Cellar

Domaine Jones at Fareham Wine Cellar

Read more about Katie Jones and her wines in my earlier blog post here and here.
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