Hickstead – Longines Royal International Horse Show

Team Hannibal Brown packed up our travelling wine stand and headed to Hickstead, Sussex, for the Royal International Horse Show.  Needless to say, it was very, very wet!  We still have some great Personalised Wine orders for winners which we designed on the spot.  A great gift or prize for any event.

We took a great range of wines, which varied from a classic Ribero del Duero through to a Biodynamic Gruner Veltliner from Austria.  The latter being our best seller!

We do love our hardy outdoor customers.  Adorned with sensible boots, good solid waterproof hats and a willingness to enjoy their day whatever the whether, the crowds came to enjoy the show and get stuck into the shopping and food offerings.

 

Our favourite food stand was undoubtedly The Curry Squad – fantastic Indian Street Food to go!  www.currysquad.com  Their Gluten Free Onion Bhajis went brilliantly with our Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé from Germany – try the combination to believe it!

We’ve included some pictures of our personalised label designs and general scenes from the event.

It’s not just at our outside events that we design fabulous labels, you can order online by clicking here, or you could visit our wine shop hannibalbrown.com to view our full range of wines – it’s free delivery on 12 bottles and no minimum order!  Enjoy!

BNI Kingston – Summer Wine and Food Pairing

Wednesday 19th July 2017 in sunny Raynes Park BNI Kingston and some plus 1s put their palates on the line and enjoyed a delicious wine and food pairing hosted by Hannibal Brown team Pamela Gregory and Jude King and the very talented chef, Elliot Johnson Paul of JP Dining.

Elliot produced a selection of canapés and bowl food to make your mouth water.  Each accompanied and complemented a different wine.  The list of the wines and canapés can be seen below along with some photos of the evening.

Wine Food
Sacchetto Spumante Blush NA
Ciu Ciu Croque Monsieur
Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc Goats Cheese Cream, Beetroot chutney on Chilli Crostini
Sula Viognier Authentic Anglo Indian Samosas
Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir Duck Spring Rolls with Coriander and Tamrind Chuntney
Rioja Reserva Gavanza Charred Lamb Cannon, Smoked Aubergine and Roasted Piquillo Peppers
Casas del Bosque Carmenere Sausage and Chorizo Cassoulet

You can find out more about what Elliot has to offer on his website jpdining.co.uk.

If you fancy holding a wine tasting event in your own home, at work or with your sports club then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0203 876 8008.  Wine tastings are a great way of getting people together, you don’t need a fancy location or to be a connoisseur, you just need to enjoy great wine, company, food and having a bit of fun!

Our Summer Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine Tasting

It was a very warm Thursday on the 6th of July 2017 and we converged on Raynes Park Library for a fantasia of Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wines with a good helping of cheese and chat!

We were very pleased to see some of our biodynamic wines achieve highly in the popularity ratings.  The wines on show are listed below.  We will not list all of the wines in our online shop (hannibalbrown.com) so if you would like to place an order for any of these you can contact us and we will arrange a special delivery for you.

Our next BIG wine tasting event will be on the 30th November at the Wimbledon Sports Club (opposite the All England Club).  Stay tuned for information here >  Or book your tickets now here >

Do stay tuned for our next local events – there are a couple in the pipeline between now and October!

 

Wine Origin Colour Style Vegan Natural
Gran Cerdo Tempranillo Spain Red Bio-Dynamic y
Santa Julia Malbec (Organic) Argentina Red Organic y
Vina Ilusion Tinto Joven Rioja 2015 Spain Red Organic vegan y
Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva Chile Red Organic
Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir ‘Reserva’ Chile Red Organic
Malbec Bodega Cecchin Sin Sulfito Argentina Red Organic y
Castrillo del Duero Alfredo Maestro Spain Red Organic vegan y
Evolution Red USA Red Bio-Dynamic vegan
Pic St Loup Mas Foulaquier France Red Bio-Dynamic vegan y
Occhipinti Red Italy Red Bio-Dynamic y
Familia Malbec Finca Agostino Argentina Red
Chateau Ollieux Romanis rose France Rosé Organic vegan
Garg n Go Sparkling, A & A Maule Italy Sparkling Bio-Dynamic y
Rene Jolly Blanc de Noirs NV France Sparkling Organic
Pirie Sparkling Tasmania Sparkling
Ciu Ciu Italy White Organic vegan
Andre Scherer Riesling Reserve France White Organic
Jurtschitsch Sonnhof Gruner Veltliner Austria White Organic vegan
Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc Chile White Organic
Tindall Sauvignon Blanc 2015 New Zealand White Organic vegan
Muscadet Domaine Jo Landron ‘Clos La Carrisiere’ France White Bio-Dynamic vegan y
Aphros Loureiro Vinho Verde Portugal White Bio-Dynamic y
Arndorfer Gruner Veltliner Austria White Bio-Dynamic vegan y
Binner Riesling France White Bio-Dynamic vegan y
Cloudwalker Pinot Gris New Zealand White Bio-Dynamic y
Tinajas de la Mata Bodega Bernardi Spain Orange Organic y

 

Hannibal at Hay Literary Festival

Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, 25th May – 4th June 2017

In a field, near a little village, a long way from London, once a year is held the worlds largest book festival.

This year we made our mark on the event, and we will be back.  You could find us next to Greenpeace

between the ‘Tata Tent’ and the festival bookshop.  Every hour or so a current of the most sophisticated festival goers I’ve ever known flowed into the various tents and then an hour later, after the event, the deluge, in their thousands heading for the bookshop, where they wait for book signings.

In order to celebrate this event we designed a range of wines especially for Hay which we were selling on our stand.  Take a look at the images below.  The ‘Literary Range’ went down brilliantly, as did our great selection of wines.  We were also designing personalised wine labels for our customers on the spot.

I list the range of wines which were on offer at the event below:

WHITE
Klippenkop Chenin Blanc, South Africa
Casa Azul Sauvignon Blanc, Chile
Casa Azul Merlot, Chile
Castelforte Soave,  Italy
Nuviana Chardonnay , Spain
Andres Scherer Riesling , France
Poderi Parpinello Vermentino, Sardinia
Arndorfer Gruner Veltliner, Austria
Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, South Africa
ROSÉ
 J L Wolf Pinot Noir Rose, Germany
Domaine de la Zouina Rosé, Morocco
Chateau Ollieux Rosé, France
RED
Monsieur La Barbe Merlot, France
 Santa Julia Malbec (Organic), Argentina
Casas del Bosque Carmenere, Chile
Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc , Chile
Rioja Reserva ‘Gavanza’, Spain
Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir Reserva, Chile
Casas del Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva, Chile
Simon Hackett Old Vine Grenache, Australia
Finca Agostino Familia Malbec Blend, Argentina
SPARKLING
Pignoletto Coli d’Imola, Italy
Sacchetto Prosecco, Italy
Sacchetto Spumante Blush, Italy
Champagne Jean-Paul Deville Carte Noir NV, France
Pirie Sparkling, Tasmania
SWEET
Casas del Bosque Late Harvest Riesling, Chile

We look forwards to seeing you there next year!

Check out our personalised label design service here >

Happy exploring!

Personalised Wine Design at Badminton Horse Trials 2017

We survived another year at Badminton Horse Trials…and LOVED it!

Wednesday was cold, windy, cloudy and fairly quiet – a tricky way to kick of a great event.  But, the spirit in the Rural Crafts Association For Walk was riding high.  Our great friends from Sipsmith’s Gin, the Greek Souvlaki guys and Charlotte from Hedgerow Cordials were on top form and braving the cold with a smile and some great products!

Our Personalised wine label service went down a storm – it seems that it’s not only dogs which look great on the personalised labels, horses are up there too.

As always, the rosé was extremely popular – especially our Sacchetto Spumante Blush which we can’t bring enough of!

It was great to see some of our favourite Badminton customers who come to see us every year.  So nice to catch up and share our new wines with friendly faces.

It was a slow start on the reds but eventually red wine sales caught up and whilst our new additions were very popular (the JM Fonseca Ripanco – Portuguese and ridiculously fruity – was a winner!) our much loved range from Casas del Bosque stole the show again.  Organically farmed fruit, big, ripe flavours and mind blowing quality.

If you would like to come and taste some more of our delicious range and to get your very own personalised wine label designed whilst you wait then here is where you can come and find us next:

  • VegFest Bristol
  • Hay Literary Festival
  • Hickstead Horse Trials
  • Burghley Horse Trials
  • Blenheim Horse Trials
  • Discover Dogs (TBC)

Here are some photos from the event:

Spirit of Spring Wine Tasting Event

20+ wines with BIG personalities

Our first wine tasting event this year is inspired by those big personalities who are dominating the news – Trump being the The Donald Trump 'v' The Meryl Streepobvious one.  May, Johnson, Putin…the list goes on.

As with human being’s, wine’s also have character and personality.  The larger the character the more likely to either please and offend – ‘The Marmite Effect’.  Wines with a more gentle, subtle character are more likely to please the masses – i.e. Pinot Grigio and Prosecco!

We have chosen this theme for both the wines at our Spring Wine Tasting and also a short presentation entitled ‘The Donald Trump ‘v’ The Meryl Streep’.  We will be tasting examples of the bold and brash in comparison with the sophisticated and refined and discuss what factors affect these characters.

So if you enjoy a wine with a bit of oomph then snap up a ticket to our Spirit of Spring Tasting – 23rd March @Raynes Park Library.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets >

Spring is in the air…

Wine & Chocolate Tasting- Wed 12th Oct

In the latest of the Hannibal Brown Presents…. series, we still have a few tickets left for the great Cabernet & Cacao Wine & Chocolate wine tasting event.Wine and chocolate tasting

We’ve teamed up with Harry’s Emporium of Tooting who are specialists in the world of chocolate.  Harry and team will be at the event to give you a short explanation on the differences between good, bad and exquisite chocs; and you’ll be able to make your mind up for yourself as to which of Hannibal Brown’s wines suits which of Harry’s chocolates best.  We’ll have sparkling wines, red wines, dessert wines and super fortified wines to sink your teeth into.  Remember, there’s no right or wrong in this game!

What’s more, we’ll be show-casing our 2016 Christmas wine gift ideas for you to peruse, with plenty of examples of  our corporate gifts and private gifts, incorporating our personalised wine designs.  Finding suitable gift ideas is always a challenge, but we have the solution… using your images (or business logo or brand), we can design you a wine label to impress, whoever the recipient may be.  It’s unique, classy and stands out.

Cabernet & Cacao takes place this Wednesday at the Tara Arts Theatre, Earlsfield, London.   Having been closed for some years, the Theatre has undergone a massive transformation thanks to lottery funding and private investment.  It was finally re-opened on 15th September by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.  During our wine tasting, you will be welcome to wander around the theatre in all its fabulous new finery.

Cabernet & Cacao opens its doors at 6.30pm this Wednesday.  We’re offering a glass of bubbly upon arrival with the event ‘stand-up’ presentation commencing about 7.15pm.  Whether you are an individual wine and chocolate lover or a local business person wishing to meet new folk, everyone is welcome.  Details and tickets for the wine event are available here>

 

Dinner Party Secrets: Dine in Style With Personalised Wine

personalised wine parties

There’s something truly civilised about attending a stylish dinner party. Good food, good company and great wine – what better way to spend an evening? Fine dining in the comfort of your own home can be a satisfying way to spend an evening, but that’s not to say that hosting a dinner party will come without its stresses.

From perfecting a menu that will suit your guests to finding the perfect tipple to accompany each course, there are a number of decisions to make ahead of your event. At Hannibal Brown, we don’t think dining in style should seem so complicated – which is why today, we’re giving you a breakdown of the best wines to complement every type of cuisine.

Hors d’oeuvre

Depending on the occasion, a glass of something sparkling will be the perfect way to welcome guests into your home and set the tone for an evening of sophistication and style. As you make the finishing touches to the first course, why not greet your evening’s company with a champagne and canapé reception?

Beef and lamb

With any red meat, a bottle of red will always be the perfect accompaniment. For lamb and leaner cuts of beef, a lighter red will compliment the delicate flavours and textures, whereas a full-bodied Shiraz or bold Barolo has a high level of tannin which works perfectly with a filet mignon.

Chicken

Lighter foods, such as chicken, suit lighter wines – which is why a glass of Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect pick for these dishes. Think about which marinades or sauces you’ll be serving with the meat, as the rich flavourings may mean you decide to opt for a versatile red instead – such as a medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.

Fish and seafood

Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio – in fact, any white wine will complement a light seafood dish. For a heartier fish stew, a darker wine will be an exquisite accompaniment – so consider Pinot Noir if you’re offering your guests a glass of red.

personalised red wine

Spicy dishes

There aren’t any set rules when it comes to pairing food and wine, which is why spicy dishes are often paired with contrasting wines. Riesling or a sweet Gewürztraminer will perfectly offset the spiciness of the dish – without detracting from the strong flavour.

Dessert

With dessert, sweet wines are always a winner – but it’s important to take care here. Should your dessert be too sweet, a fruity rosé may end up overpowering your guests – so when designing your menu, opt for lighter desserts that won’t be overly decadent.

Cheese

It’s the fermentation of the grapes and milk which makes cheese and wine such a perfect combination. Any sophisticated soirée will feature an after-dinner cheese-board, and this can mean adding even more wines to the list. Full-bodied wines are always a winner with hard cheese, whereas a sweeter wine is a good match for blue cheese. Our exclusive cheese and wine gift set features the perfect combination of Orsom Dairy cheeses and a bottle of Rioja Reserva, so you can rest assured that your cheese and wine selection will be the most mouthwatering.

Post-dinner wine

After enjoying an evening of delicious dining, there’s no reason why the good conversation and fine wine should stop. Why not retire to the sitting room and share a bespoke bottle of bubbly with friends? Personalised wine bottles are always a fantastic topic of conversation, especially when the personalised wine labels feature photographs of the guests themselves.

Ready to find out more about which wines go with which food groups and host a stylish soirée of your own? Browse through Hannibal Brown’s exquisite range of fine wines or let us help you design your own personalised wine bottle! Personalised wine bottle labels are perfect for every occasion, so show your guests just how much you care by creating your bespoke bottle today.

Afternoon Tea and Personalised Wine: The Cream of the Crop

afternoon tea

Platters of artisan pastries, finger sandwiches and the option of loose-leaf tea or a glass of something sparkling, there’s certainly a reason why these coveted confections are the nation’s cup of tea. Good conversation and freshly-baked goods will always be a welcomed treat, but a bespoke bottle of bubbly could just be the icing on the cake.

At Hannibal Brown, our customers’ needs are always at the fore-front of our minds in anything that we do. That’s why this week, we’ve taken one for the team and sampled an array of afternoon tea delights from across the country. In today’s post, we’re bringing you the cream of the crop for high tea hotspots – so you can make sure these mouth-watering must-visits are on your list of to-see places for 2016!

Bring your own bubbly: personalised wine bottles

An invitation of BYOB may not scream luxury, but bringing bubbles of your own needn’t feel like a money-saving exercise from your student-days. In actual fact, Liverpool’s Tea Parlour actively encourage bringing along your tipple of choice – and with a corkage charge of only £2.50 per 75cl, bringing along a personalised wine bottle to your afternoon tea won’t break the bank. As well as making this treat extra special with personalised prosecco, this traditional tea parlour serves up only the most exquisite savouries alongside its fine selection of pastries – an afternoon tea that’s fit for a king!

Afternoon tea with a view

personalised prosecco

Vintage Routemasters may be out of service for everyday commuters, but the Afternoon Tea Bus Tour by B-Bakery means you can now sight-see in style. Feast your eyes on some of London’s best landmarks as you indulge in an array of delectable delights. With the option of exclusive hire, why not take your wedding party aboard this quintessentially British bus? Tailor your trip to suit you and your other half – from creating personalised wine labels to building a bespoke route, the options are all yours.

Afternoon tea with a difference

Champagne + Fromage bring an authentic French twist to traditional afternoon tea, and it works! Tuck into a fine selection of cheeses, mouth-watering macaroons and biscuit roses. Accompanied with a cup of tea and a flute of your favourite champagne, this beautiful bistro is a place to behold. The idyllic location in London’s Covent Garden makes treating you and your loved ones to a visit all the more tempting.

If you’re looking for afternoon tea experiences that are extra special, make sure these quirky and charming must-visits are on your list. Whatever the occasion, add a personal touch to make your treat truly unforgettable. Alternatively, if you fancy trying your hand at perfecting pastries of your own, why not serve up your delectable delights alongside a bottle of personalised wine? Gifts are all the more special when they come from the heart, so show just how much you care with Hannibal Brown.