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Let’s go Alfresco! Trade Tasting – 23 & 25 March

We have a few spaces left for our Online Trade Tastings of our #zerowaste wine range!

Tues 23 March 3pm – Pubs, bas & restaurants with outdoor spaces
Thurs 25 March 3pm – Sustainable events companies, festivals & caterers

Our innovative Bottle Return scheme and our Wine-on-Tap Reusable Kegs provide a sustainable wine solution helping the environment, but they also create a convenient and faff free solution to your logistics and operations.

Register your details and we will send out samples of 6 wines from our Zero Waste wine range, so you are ready to log on and taste with our panel.

Register your details by Thursday 11 March.

Here are the google forms for doing so:

23 Mar – https://forms.gle/14AReqvDimsw9uZN6

25 Mar – https://forms.gle/14AReqvDimsw9uZN6


We look forward to you joining us!

Let’s go alfresco!

ONLINE WINE TASTING

ONLINE WINE TASTING – NETWORKING, TEAM-BUILDING, CORPORATE GIFTING

An online wine tasting is the perfect antidote to endless virtual pub quizzes. Gather your team for an evening with our resident sommeliers to learn about some delicious wines in an approachable way.

All you need to do is assemble a team of wine lovers, choose from a variety of themes and we’ll send a selection of wine samples, tasting notes and a flavour chart to your door ready for a live Zoom tasting with our Sommeliers.

Alternatively, our Christmas tasting kit makes the perfect gift package for staff and clients, allowing them to discover some fabulous new wines at their own pace.   

Online Wine Tasting Themes

  • Go traditional and festive with ‘The Christmas Selection Box’ (featuring samples of 11 wines and 1 cocktail this is the ultimate Christmas Party option)
  • Put your palate to the test with ‘Blind Wines – Winter Edition’
  • Discover hidden local gems with ‘English Wines’
  • Explore environmentally friendly winemaking with ‘Sustainable Wines’

Prices start from £45 per address with samples suitable for couples or households of four as well as individual participants. Check out the full details below and contact events@boroughwines.co.uk to book your tasting experience today!

THE DETAILS

For Sommelier led tastings, we require a minimum booking of 14 tasting cases per session (although we can be a little flexible on this and adjust our price to reach our minimum spend). If you have fewer than 14 participants or you’d like to do the tasting without the guidance of our Sommeliers, we can also send our Christmas tasting package for you as a ‘Gift Package’ to conduct a self-guided tasting. 

DATES

We are running tastings every Thursday and Friday until 18th December between 6-8pm but can arrange other times and dates to suit you.

EACH ADDRESS RECEIVES
  • 6 x 100ml samples in our ‘Taste Tubes’ or 6 x 200ml microbottle samples of themed wines (12 tasting samples provided for the ‘Christmas Selection Box’ tasting). 
  • Tasting Mat
  • Glossary of wine terms
  • Flavour Chart
  • Live Online Wine Tasting experience with a Guest Sommelier via Zoom OR short video recording introducing the wines as the Christmas Selection Box Gift Package offer.
  • Up to 2 hours tasting with our Guest Sommelier (let us know if you want a shorter session and we’ll make sure our Somms pick up the pace!). 
  • We’d advise 1 case per participant. The taste tubes can provide 2 x 50ml samples and the microbottles 4 x 50ml samples, perfect for sharing with another member of the household if they want to join in the fun
  • International delivery available to include teams and colleagues from around the world, but mainly focussing on Europe due to lead times and tax/duties.
COSTS

Cost per 100ml/200ml sample case with Sommelier Zoom (excluding VAT & Delivery)

  • Christmas Selection Box: £90/£145 (12 samples) – £1260/£2,030 for 14 participants
  • Blind Wines: £50/£90 (6 samples) – £700/£1260 for 14 participants
  • English Wines: £45/£78 (6 samples) – £540/£1,092 for 14 participants
  • Sustainable Wines: £50/£62 (6 samples) – £700/£868 for 14 participants

Cost per 100ml sample case WITHOUT Sommelier Zoom (excluding VAT & Delivery)

  • Christmas Selection Box: £75 (12 samples) – £1,050 for 14 participants
Format:

We do the tastings via Zoom. The wines should arrive no later than the day before and your Zoom link is sent to each participant in a memo. We also can send a follow-up memo with pictures and links to the bottles with a 10% discount off purchase. Our Guest Sommelier will be your host, sometimes backed up by a co-host depending on the scale of the group. 

Our Sommeliers:

Erica, Julie, Nico and Neil are our go to hosts; you can find out more about them on the Borough Wines Instagram highlights.

Timelines:

We require all bookings to provide the following details for each participant at least 10 working days in advance (15 working days notice minimum required for international participants):

  • Names 
  • Postal address (searchable on Sat Nav)
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Instructions for delivery (nominated safe place for parcel should the participant not be at home at the time of delivery)
Payment

We require prepayment for all events. This is best done via invoice/BACS transfer. Over the phone is possible.

Delivery costs

U.K.: £5-6 per case (tracked and signed for via Hermes) 

International: let us know the destination and we’ll get you a quote.

Disclaimer: all the above is subject to change should that be required, but this is the general format.

We hope you will join us for an Online Wine Tasting this festive period!

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‘What’s Cooking’ Episode 1 – Recipe & Wine

LAST THURSDAY evening was the first in the series of What’s Cooking – a video broadcast on instagram – live, so of course there was a technical slip up, but despite this slightly fruity certificate 18 start, the event was hugely entertaining and enjoyable.

Our adopted Somm Nico, usually of Spring Restaurant, hosted while our guest Chef Fabrizio Romano, usually of Brat Restaurant, cooked some fresh sustainable mussels from Fin and Flounder. The dish was close to his heart – Pasta & Potatoes with Mussels – a warm your cockles comforter that’s perfect for the cooler weather this weekend.

Watch as Fab waxes lyrical about pasta and pecorino, amongst other things (!) and enjoy Nico pairing our Maison 54 Terret Blanc, all while wearing his  fabulous fish hat! See it to believe it. Teaser pic below.

Find Fab’s recipe below and watch along with the video for tips and tricks as you cook! 

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Pasta & Potatoes with Mussels

INGREDIENTS

120g mixed pasta

300g diced potatoes

300g mussels

1 celery stick

1 carrot

1 onion

1 clove of garlic

1 chilli

40g passata or fresh tomatoes

50g white wine

20g parsley

20g pecorino

40g smoked scamorza (or provola or smoked mozzarella)

A glug or two of olive oil

Salt

Black pepper

METHOD

Finely chop celery, onion, carrots, half of a garlic clove and half of a chilli. Gently sweat down the mix with a splash of olive oil at low heat until the vegetables are soft.

In the meantime, open your mussels. In a pot with a lid put half of a clove of garlic, half of chilli, the parsley stems and olive oil. Bring your pot to a nice and hot temperature, add your mussels, add a splash of white wine and cover with the lid. When the mussels are about to open put them on a tray. Pick the mussels leaving six or eight for presentation.

When your vegetables are soft add the tomatoes (fresh or in passata form) and cook it down for 3/4 minutes. Add diced potatoes and the mix pasta, add hot water and all of the mussels juice making sure that all the mix in your saucepan is covered with liquid.

Cook the mix like it was a risotto, adding liquid little by little and making sure that it covers the mix all the time. Season to taste and keep going, stirring and adding liquid until both pasta and potatoes are nice and soft.

Add the mussels, give them 30 seconds on the heat and keep stirring. When all the mix is piping hot you can turn the heat off.

Add grated pecorino, chopped scamorza, the chopped fresh parsley and a splash of olive oil. Mix until the cheese melts completely. Serve in a bowl and put a couple of mussels on top.

Buon appetito!

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‘Wine in the Time of Covid-19’

It has been back to the future for Muriel and Borough Wines these last few months.

The story started at Borough Market in 2002 with our straight from the barrel, fill your own bottle concept. In those days you could hear the clinking of wine bottles up and down the street as people came in and out for top-ups.

Our business was good for the environment and highly accessible for customers. It was also good for the community and helped us compete with the supermarkets in a modern “David and Goliath” story, albeit with less blood and more wine! We were one of the first to introduce smaller, independent producers who offer unique and interesting wines with real provenance. Many are certified organic, vegan & sustainable with natural, biodynamic wines featuring heavily.

We remain a small business with big ideas. And we have been at the forefront of change in the drinks industry since the beginning. Our original low key, accessible style and focus on small independent wineries fed through to our more recent pioneering wine on tap projects and we are now the only provider of refillable kegs in the UK.

In more recent times we have tackled the wholesale market as a service and solutions provider of sustainable wine to restaurants and bars.

But because the bars and restaurants are sadly shuttered, we have returned to our retail roots. Social distancing drives our need to connect and our Sommeliers’ live tasting sessions are about just that for customers. We are also offering out of work sommeliers a way to express themselves in dark times.

Never has the expression “Remember where you came from,” meant so much to us. Our employees have been incredible and there is no greater satisfaction for them than making customers happy.

Thanks to the support of our community we’ve been able to keep the team together and we will get through this crisis one bottle at a time.

Sustainability has been our leitmotif since the beginning; to us it’s not just as a buzz word. It is at the core of how we relate to our staff, customers, suppliers and backers.

When you buy from us, you are not just buying a bottle, you are also buying into our dream of a more sustainable world where we all fit in.

All for One and One for All – from the bottom of our bottles from us to you.

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Domaine des Tourelles – “the most seductive winery”

Hello wine friends,
 
We hope you are all safe and well, during this crazy moment in history. If, like us, you are having regular daydreams of travelling, then you might also be finding that a great way to travel from home is through food & wine. Therefore, here at Borough Wines, we would like to take you on a journey by introducing you to some of our amazing new wineries. This week let’s travel to “the most seductive winery” in Lebanon so described by the Financial Times: Domaine des Tourelles

We are in Bekaa, the Western part of Lebanon; where history, elegance and sustainability are all found in one of the highest altitude vineyards in the whole of the northern hemisphere. At 3,280 feet above sea level and with 240 sunny days per year, there is a serious impact on the quality of the wines. These conditions really help the winemakers to fully embrace organic viticulture. 

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Matching with Borough Wines’s ethos to go green and be more sustainable, ecological caring and social responsibility are very important values at Domaine des Tourelles. For instance, they have a strong recycling policy by collecting their own used bottles and reprocessing them in the production cycle. This is an expensive, but vital effort made by the vineyard, especially because Lebanon has no recycling capabilities available. Also the Brun were originally a farmer’s family, with roots strongly tied to Nature and Earth, and their way of making wine is wild-fermented. This means the wine is using only native yeasts that are found on the fruit and in the vineyard.

What do you mean? Doesn’t everyone use natural yeast? In the last century actually no, it is easier to use commercial yeast, because it’s more secure and also promises winemakers a much clearer route to their goal, rather than relying on grapes alone. However, yeast are a big part of a wine’s terroir, which is one of the reason we love it and we love these wines!

We have selected 5 different wines from Domaine des Tourelles, which you can buy individually and which are also available all to try some of our mixed cases options:

  1. Domaine des Tourelles Rosé is marked by a lovely freshness & inspires long hours of summer sipping.
  2. Domaine des Tourelles White has a juicy and mouth-watering taste . Enjoy it with a variety of Mediterranean nibbles from Lebanese Mezze to Spanish tapas.
  3. Domaine des Tourelles Red : A wine with minimal intervention, a true expression of the Bekaa Valley, the juxtaposition of ripe dark fruit against a vibrant juicy core reflects the hot, dry days and cool nights of the valley.
  4. Vielles Vignes Cinsault (100%)… Cinsault has been farmed in the Bekaa Valley since the mid-19th century before ceding the way to new imported varieties. In 2014, Domaine des Tourelles decided to revive this grape by searching out very old Cinsault vines, over 50 years of age. The result is a supple wine that beautifully reflects the terroir of the Bekaa Valley, with an ageing potential of several years.
  5. Vielles Vigne Carignan (100% ) is the newest Project from Faouzi. Carignan is the most ancient grape growing in the Bekaa valley and is proving to be a variety in full harmony with the  Lebanese terroir. It is a wine to be drunk young, it is fresh and full of red fruits, spices and liquorice – with poultry and roasted vegetables it’s heaven!

You can shop them all here.

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