Champagne Taittinger FIFA & Adidas Brazuca Match Ball Draw
Champagne Taittinger was the official Champagne of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil and, earlier this year, released a special limited edition World Cup souvenir bottle of Brut Réserve NV.
Designed to celebrate Taittinger’s association with the forthcoming tournament, the bottle and box have been designed using groundbreaking 3D print technology. The souvenir bottle is presented in an elegant white and gold gift box featuring hologram footballs. Read more here.
As part of the promotion of Champagne Taittinger during the 2014 World Cup, Fareham Wine Cellar had an official Adidas Brazuca Match Ball (worth £100) signed by the CEO of Taittinger, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger, to give away to one lucky winner.
FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014 Offical Football signed by the President of Champagne Taittinger, Pierre Emanuel Taittinger.
You may or may not know that, at Fareham Wine Cellar, we hold a Portfolio wine tasting every other year – the good news is that it is this year and we are holding it on Wednesday October 22nd 2014.
Tickets are now available now at Fareham Wine Cellar. T: 01329 822733.
Please find the current details I have for details of the tasting below. I will add more details as we finalise them. There will be well over 150 wines and spirits available for tasting.
You can see some photos from 2012′s Portfolio Wine Tasting here.
I will update this as and when I can.
Fareham Wine Cellar Portfolio Wine Tasting
Wednesday 24th October 2014 2.00pm until 7.30pm
@ Lysses House Hotel 51 High Street, Fareham
Tickets £12.50 in advance only
Clive Wright, the chef at Lysses House Hotel, will produce a three course dinner menu for attendees of the tasting that wish to eat at Lysses House Hotel as he has in previous years. I will post details of this in due course.
Please find information about the confirmed exhibitors below.
List of Exhibitors at Fareham Wine Cellar Portfolio Wine Tasting 2014
Awin Barrett and Siegel – Andrea Bulcock
Dr Loosen and Leitz from Germany, Simon Hackett, Philip Shaw and Walter Clappis from Australia, Jordan Estate from South Africa.
Burridges of Arlington Street – Edward Burridge, Teresa Burridge and Pedro Urbina
A visit to the UK from Pedro Urbina of Urbina Rioja. A range of Spanish wines including Bodegas Tobelos, and Marius from Bodegas Piquera.
We have recently decided to get into the swing of things and break our old rule of no ciders or beers for sale at Fareham Wine Cellar. Recently we have been supplying some fruit wine from Lyme Bay Winery and, noticing some ciders on their winelist, we decided to give the Jack Ratt Scrumpy Cider and Jack Ratt Vintage Dry Cider a go in the shop.
The Lyme Bay Winery
The Lyme Bay Winery is located in Axminster, Devon and is named after the stretch of English coastline between Portland and Start Bay easy to west. The area around Lyme Bay is part of a World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, named for its Jurassic geology.
Jack Ratt Cider
Cider production at Lyme Bay is a careful mix of traditional methods and attitudes and modern equipment and production techniques to produce the best cider possible. Jack Ratt Cider is made using only the freshly pressed juice of locally grown, traditional cider apple varieties such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill.
Lyme Bay Cider is named Jack Ratt Cider after a famous 18th Century local smuggler called Jack Rattenbury who was known as the “Rob Roy of the West”. After a life at sea as a fisherman, pilot, seaman and smuggler, Rattenbury wrote the book Memoirs of s Smuggler.
Jack Ratt Scrumpy Cider
The award-winning Scrumpy is a still, medium-bodied dry filtered cider bottled at 6%. It has a good, clear, orange-gold colour. On the nose there are tart apple notes with a hint of creaminess. The palate is tangy, with green apple and slight vanilla notes. Long, dryish finish. Drink with some mature hard cheeses like Sussex Charmer or Keen’s Cheddar.
Awarded Two-Star Gold at The Great Taste Awards
Awarded Silver at the ‘Taste of the West Awards’ 2012
Awarded Three-Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2009
Jack Ratt Vintage Dry Cider 2013
The Vintage Dry Jack Ratt Cider is a full bodied (fuller than the scrumpy), still, filtered cider bottles at 7.4%. It is a darker gold colour. The nose has apple notes with slight woody notes. The palate has good texture, with nice acidity, spicy notes and a good clean apple-y, mineral finish. Refreshing, dry finish. Try with a bowl of Moules Mariniere.
Awarded Three-Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2012
With Chris Maybin
Wednesday 16th April 2014
@ Lysses House Hotel, Fareham PO16 7BQ
On Wednesday 16th 2014 Chris Maybin from Compass Box Whisky kindly ventured out into the wilds of Hampshire to host a tasting of Compass Box Whiskies including their blended whisky, the Great King Street, their full Signature range and the “odd uncle” – a Scotch Whisky infusion called Orangerie. The tasting was well attended and everyone seemed to have had a good time, judging by comments received and tweets flying around! It was a very interesting and useful tasting – Chris gave a very good introduction to whisky and it various types, which I found very useful as a general refresher course, before moving on to the Compass Box whiskies themselves.
Looking back at my notes, a few things stick in mind from the evening.
Compass Box Whisky Gift Set showing the colours of the different whiskies
1. All the Compass Box Whiskies have an average age of 10 to 12 years old apart from the Hedonism which has an average of 20 years old.
2. About 99% of whisky has caramel colouring added to it. The Compass Box whiskies are relatively pale because they have no colouring added. Obviously various barrels do add colour depending on the char or what their previous contents were but colouring is used because there is a psychological association that darker whisky is better and older. For example the Compass Box Hedonism is a light, pale golden colour but has an average age of over 20 years old.
Chris Maybin juicing limes for the Mamie Taylor cocktail
going back a few years. It is now peatier than ever and the lead malt whisky is Laphroaig (it is a blend of Laphroaig 50%, Ledaig 30% and Ardmore 20%). From memory I think the lead malt used to be Caol Ila. I enjoyed this very much. Perhaps my favourite whisky of the evening.
4. The two most popular whiskies of the evening, in terms of bottles sold and a show of hands, were the Spice Tree and Hedonism.
5. The category Scotch Whisky Infusion was created for the Compass Box Orangerie – it is not a Whisky Liqueur because there is no sugar added. It is a blended whisky (perhaps Asyla) macerated with orange zest, cloves and cassia bark.
6. The Spice Tree and the Oak Cross are the same whisky with different oak ageing regimes. They are both a blend of three Highland malts – 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine and 20% Teaninich. The Oak Cross is aged in a mix of first-fill Bourbon barrels and Compass Box Whisky’s prorietary “oak cross” barrels – casks made of American and new French oak heads – for around 6 months. The Spice Tree is aged in “oak cross” barrels with toasted new French oak heads (sourced from 195 year-old Vosges forests) for up to two and a half years.
7. The Mamie Taylor is a very nice cocktail!
Mamie Taylor Cocktail Recipe
2 oz. Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend
Juice from half a lime (about half an oz.)
4 oz. Ginger Beer (Fever Tree is very good)
Squeeze the juice from half a lime into a highball glass half-filled with ice. Add the whisky and top with a good quality ginger beer. Stir briefly and garnish with some lime zest. One can also add a couple of drops of Angostura Bitters. The Mamie Taylor is named after an American actress, who is said to have invented the drink, and was a very popular from the early part of the 20th century and predates its Soviet cousin, the Moscow Mule, by some 65 years!
Thanks, again, to Chris Maybin for a very enjoyable evening!
Compass Box Whisky Range
Spice Tree Promo
The Peat Monster Promo
Chris Maybin juicing limes for the Mamie Taylor cocktail
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01329 822733
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 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
2012 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 Valley
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
Lamb 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
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,
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.
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.