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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!

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!