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Christmas gifts for valued clients

I’m afraid to say that it is indeed that time of year again.   It comes around so quickly and we have only just finished celebrating summer!

Corporate branded champagne 2017 PWDSo, what are you going to do for your values clients this year?  Do you give client gifts?  Have you ever received a gift as a client?

Well, let me tell you, there is nothing better than receiving a gift from someone you were not expecting it from.  We are here to make sure that you are remembered and loved for what you have given your client.

Corporate branded wine, personalised with your very own design, is the perfect Christmas client gift.  Firstly, it’s got to be a good wine, you can’t go showing your appreciation with substandard goods.  We offer a range of artisan wines from small organic producers across the world, we are a wine merchant after all!

Next, choose your packaging.  We offer a range of branded and unbranded gift box options from 1 bottle cardboard gift cartons to 6 bottle wooden presentation boxes6 bottle wooden box – check out all of our gift packaging options on the website here>

Send us your logo and choose a wine and we will get to work designing your very own personalised wine label.  Your corporate branded wine will look elegant and the label will compliment the wine choice, both style and colouring of the bottle.  You can see some of our previous work on the website here >

Your customer will be thrilled to bits with the gesture and they will put their branded wine bottle on the rack.  At some point, later in the year, they will sit down to dinner with a group of friends and get the bottle out of the rack.  There it will sit on the table with your brand on show to all.  You will come up in conversation and be remembered for being thoughtful and generous.

So there you are, can you think of any reason why you wouldn’t give your clients a corporate branded wine bottle for Christmas?

A 12 bottle case starts at £15 a bottle, designed, printed and delivered.  Find out more here >

And finally, if you are thinking of any wine gifts this year then don’t look any further, or just a little bit further in Hannibal’s Grotto – award-winning cheeses, world-class wines and lots of gift sets to choose from.

Hannibal's Grotto banner

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 >

 

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!

Why would wine not be vegan?

How come there is a categorisation ‘Natural Wine’, isn’t all wine natural?  It’s one of the most natural products in the world, ingredients: Grapes, so then why would we need to specify that a wine is natural and why wouldn’t it be vegan or vegetarian?

The other day I bought a very expensive jar of extremely world friendly peanut butter, ingredients: Peanuts (99.5%), Salt (0.5%) – that’s it!  I went home and looked a popular and healthy big brand jar and the ingredient list read: Peanuts, Stabiliser E471, Cane Sugar, Peanut Oil, Sea Salt.   You see, for commercial reasons, producers need to add stuff to make it legal and practical to produce in large volumes.  Vegan Wine

That is why sulphites are such a big subject in the wine industry, but I’ll come to that another time.

Other substances added/used in modern wine production might be:

  • Yeast (yeast nutrients and enzymes) – this does occur naturally but some yeasts have been developed specifically for the industry with differing tolerances and life expectancies etc.  The enzymes and nutrients help the fermentation process.
  • Antioxidants – such as Sulphites (Sulphur Dioxide or SO2), used during and after fermentation process and as a preservative preventing oxidation and secondary fermentation of the wine.
  • Stabilizers – these can come in chemical form and are added to knock off the nasty army of wine spoiling proteins that have survived the wine making process.
  • Organoleptic management (Great word!) – this can be in the form of adding wood chips, even powder or lactic acid – flavour altering additives.
  • Filtration and Fining – and this is where you might find a wine slips out of the vegetarian or vegan category.

So what are these products used in fining?  They are called processing aids and commonly they are:

  • Casein (a milk protein)
  • Albumen (egg whites)
  • Gelatin (animal protein)
  • Isinglass (fish bladder protein)

There are other ways of filtering and fining wine using micron filtration that do not require animal products and some wines are neither fined nor filtered, so they are certified Vegan.

Around half of our range is certified Vegan and vegetarian, you can see the range of wines here >

We can also offer our personalised wine service using any of our vegan range, so if you know a vegan wine drinker then we have the perfect gift idea for them!  Check out our personalised label design service here >

Happy exploring!

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