Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to Languedoc I go…
I am very excited to be going on my first ‘official’ field trip as a person in the wine trade. After spending many years in I.T. working for a company who didn’t like their employees to meet their colleagues face-to-face, I haven’t been on a work trip for rather a long time. To be fair, I believe it was to Colorado and I somehow managed to wangle a flight home via San Francisco and spent part of the weekend in Sonoma, not for the first time, wine tasting, so not all doom and gloom. In fact, I think this was around the time I started my first WSET Intermediate course, so ‘Cheers’ to that large corporation on assisting with my inspiration in more ways than one.
I have of course been forced to buy a small capsule vineyard friendly wardrobe, as I can only assume that not only will the sun be shining when I get to meet my moustached, Languedoc winemakers Laurent Calmel and Jerome Joseph, but that they’ll be taking me to a vineyard or two (and of course tasting a few of the finished products – I haven’t yet tried their Pinot Noir!).
IWC Bronze Winner
I’ll be reporting back more once I’ve been and be sure to take lots of photos of all the vineyard sites, wineries and of course, the winemakers themselves. In the meantime, to get in the mood, I’ve been enjoying a glass or two of Laurent and Jerome’s Villa Blanche Picpoul de Pinet as well as the ‘Les Terroirs’ St Chinian, both today receiving commended awards in the International Wine Challenge (with the Grenache Gris Rosé winning a Bronze). Lucky for me, I had a bit of each leftover from the pop-ups this weekend – another perk of the job.
…and then swapping Costa for Home Barn..
All in one month, I’m leaving the safety of Maidenhead numerous times. Not only am I leaving the country, going on an aeroplane ‘sans enfants’ with a tiny, tiny piece of hand luggage, I’m also taking the pop-up out of Berkshire!! I know the majority of you think I’m bonkers when I’m stood there in my thermals braving the wind and rain, shivering as I pour you a thimble taster, but the pop-ups such a fantastic place for me to meet both new and returning customers and to give me a chance to bend your ears on just how fabulous my wines are and also, to hear which you love and what you’d like to see more of.
To prove that I have been listening, in order to cater for those of you who don’t tend to venture into Maidenhead Town Centre and like to have the car nearby to load up with your wine purchases, I’m excited to announce that, I will be pitching up on Saturday 24th May at the home of Home Barn, Phil Bowditch the butcher/ fishmonger, the Farmshop and Emmett and Stone, at Little Marlow’s very own Emmett’s Farm (on the road between Marlow and Bourne End map). If all goes well, I hope for this to become a regular feature on the PFW monthly calendar, so put 24th May in your diaries now and I’ll see you there.
Wine by Mini = Wini!
…and don’t forget my Mini-powered wine delivery round
I have plenty of stock in at the moment, so don’t forget to get your orders in for the weekend! To ensure that you’ll be sipping something delicious this weekend, get your orders in by 10.30am on Friday 9th May and your wine will join the rest of the round, and I’ll drop it over to you that same day. Cases are here, or pick your own, then simply order via the contact form below. Next week’s delivery round will be on Friday 16th afternoon/ Saturday 17th morning.