Hay Festival 2018

Hay-on-Wye, Wales.  24th May – 3rd June 2018
“Empathy, ingenuity and resilience – the core of our humanity and hope.  That’s what we’re going to celebrate in Hay in May.” Peter Florence, Director, Hay Festival

We are very proud to be one of the select few chosen to take a trade stand at the fabulous Hay signHay Book Festival.  Last year was fascinating and lots of fun so we are looking forward to hitting the road again and heading up to Hay-on-Wye and meeting lots of lovely people.

We will be showcasing our literary range of wines so as to demonstrate the personalised Hay Wineslabel design arm of Hannibal Brown.  We welcome any new ideas for wine names which are a play on famous books.

Bring your photos to the stand – we are designing and printing labels on the spot so we can send you away with all your gifts for 2018 done and dusted!

If you are coming to Hay Festival then please stop by, taste our delicious organic, vegan, biodynamic and award-winning wines.  Last year the Hannibal Brown stand was buzzing with friendly folk enjoying a glass and chatting about the fascinating topics which are raised every year at the festival.

If you have never been to the festival I urge you to go.  There are comedians such as David Baddiel and Dara O Briain, IMG_7896music from Laura Mvula, Imelda May and many more.  Illustrators, Poets, Politicians, Scientists, Broadcasters – you name it, they’ll be there.

Visit their website and see the full listings: hayfestival.com/home

Fingers crossed for sunshine – see you there!

 

 

Wine and Spice Pairing – Coriander/Cilantro

It’s mentioned in the Bible and written in Sanskrit, it’s believed to have been used for over 6000 years – perhaps food back then wasn’t as bland as one would expect!Corriander

Coriander, as we know it, is known in North America as Cilantro, well that is used to refer to the leaves and stalk, which makes sense as the seed gives an entirely different flavour.

Corriander is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean, although we associate it with Asian and Mexican cuisine.  In Chinese cooking it is referred to as ‘Chinese Parsley’.

With an aromatic sometimes soapy flavour it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I love it!   Due to its pungency a wine pairing that we would suggest is a fragrant Gewürztraminer or Chenin Blanc – at our wine and spice pairing event (Pinot & Paprika) we made a Snapper Cerviche with Coriander Chutney and paired it with our Sauvignon de Touraine by Guy Alion.

For the Cerviche:

Take a fresh Red Snapper filet and cut into 2cm pieces.  In a pyrex dish add finely diced red onion (1/2 an Onion), a cup of chopped, seeded tomatoes, a finely chopped red chilli, 2 teaspoons of salt.  Cover with lemon and lime juice – about a cup in all, and add some ground oregano and a splash of Tobasco.  Give it a jiggle every hour to be sure all the fish is exposed to the acids.  After several hours the fish will turn white as it cooks in the acid – it’s amazing!

For the Coriander Chutney:

Basically blitz the lot together and eat it nice and fresh – a brilliant dip or accompaniment to Indan food too – adds a lovely breath of freshness.

  • 1 cup chopped Coriander
  • 1/2 inch Ginger – chopped
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Pinch os sea salt
  • a few mint leaves

War of the Wine Worlds – Charity Wine Tasting

Thanks to all who attended our classic ‘v’ contemporary wine tasting event on 4th October 2017.

Another great event held in the Wandsworth Oasis Amen Corner charity superstore.  What a great venue, 4 wine tasting stations dotted amongst the used furniture, records, books and clothes.  A great opportunity to contemplate a delicious wine whilst deliberating over a ‘new’ wardrobe.

As always we held a competition to win a Personalised bottle of Wine, which was held in the form of a business card raffle and was won by a friendly Financial Advisor – Congrats David!

Please take a look at a few photographs from the event and do book in for our next one, another charity event with Christmas on the horizon and also Hannibal’s 5th Birthday celebration!

Sleigh bells and Sancere‘ is the name of our Christmas wine tasting event, it 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 >

 

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…