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Whilst not usually known for blowing our own trumpet, we are celebrating this month being recognised as one of the best 50 independent wine merchants in the UK. It is always nice to be recognised for all the work we do to try and put together the best range we can. Details of how the awards are made are featured in this newsletter.
We are even more excited to welcome a new trading partner to Talking Wines and along with Corinium Ales it is the most local supplier we have. Capreolus Distillery produces the most wonderful Garden Tiger Gin and to make things even better they are located in Cirencester. Barney Wilczak is great to work with and you can read more about his story below.
To learn more about the Garden Tiger Gin, you can join Barney at Talking Wines on the 23rd September.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
A New Tiger in the Garden
During the life of Talking Wines every now and then we come across a producer that we know is going to fit perfectly with the our values and the way we like to work. It is rare that the producer is close to home, but in Capreolus Distillery we have found a perfect match. To make things better, the distillery is less than a mile away in Cirencester.
Barney Wilczak started working life as a conservation photographer. During his time in the countryside he came across rare varieties of fruit and an idea was born to make eau de vie (fruit brandy) from some of this fruit. With no history of making eau de vie in the UK, Barney has spent several years translating books from central and eastern Europe to develop recipes and learn his craft.
His absolute attention to detail and refusal to compromise has produced some extraordinary results. What started as a hobby for his own consumption has led to critical acclaim with some of the finest, most complex spirits made in this country.
Such was the reaction that Barney started to contemplate a business producing spirits. Whilst eau de vie might be a a very niche market, gin has a much wider appeal. Unlike most of the new gin producers, Barney approached his craft with an obsessive attention to detail.
Barney originally started with 70 botanicals and he worked with each one to fine tune the recipe and has settled at 34 in his recipe to produce the most exquisite gin with remarkable complexity and subtlety. If you think you know gin, then you might need to think again. Garden Tiger Gin is a drink to be savoured with just a splash of in tonic and, Barney Suggests, a slice of orange.
There is also a barrel aged gin aged in the mulberry wood barrel which was previously used to make an apple eau de vie. A limited edition of just 133 bottles of the the most complex gin has been produced. It is a gin to savour, sipping as a digestif, rather than as a long drink with tonic. You can find out more at their website Capreolus Distillery .
We are very excited to be working with Barney from Capreolus. He is dedicated to his craft and the perfect match for Talking Wines. Come and visit us to find his products.
To hear the full story we will be hosting a tasting with Barney at Talking Wines 7-9pm Friday 23rd September. Tickets are just £10 with 10% off all Capreolus products purchased on the night. To reserve a place at the tasting, you can book tickets here Garden Tiger Gin Tasting
Talking Wines Wines Best 50 Indie Award
If you know Talking Wines, you may have noticed that we are rather understated and perhaps don’t shout about our fantastic range of wines as much as we should. We have not entered the many awards available in our industry and have concentrated on quietly getting on with improving our business.
I am pleased to announce however that we have been recognised as one of the best 50 independent wine merchants in the UK by Harpers Wines and Spirit magazine. The list was compiled by dividing the country into 10 regions with 5 wine industry experts selected for each region.
We are delighted to be the only company selected in the Cotswolds area. We work very hard at what we do both in selecting the range of wines we offer and trying to give customers the best experience possible. We hope you continue to enjoy buying wine from us and we will continue to ensure we service our customers as best we can.
Saturday Tastings in the shop 10am – 4pm
Saturday 6th August – Spain
Saturday 13th August – Argentina
Saturday 20th August – South Africa
Saturday 27th August – Rhone
Saturday 3rd September – Chile
Garden Tiger Gin and Eaux de Vie Tasting Friday 23rd September 7-9pm.Tickets £10 in advance with 10% discount off Capreolus Distillery products purchased on the night.
New Wines For August
Garden Tiger Gin 50cl, Cirencester…………………………………..£35.00
Garden Tiger Barrel Aged Gin 50cl, Cirencester……………………..£42.00
Capreolus Doyenne du Comice Pear Eau de Vie 37.5cl, Cirencester…£30.00
Capreolus HMJ Apple Eau de Vie 37.5cl, Cirencester………………..£32.00
Capreolus Dessert Plum Eau de Vie 37.5cl, Cirencester……………..£30.00
Soie d’Ivoire Chenin Blanc, L’Aude, France……………………………£8.99
Matilda Plains Sauvignon Verdelho, Langhorne Creek, Australia……£10.99
Braai Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape, South Africa……………..£9.95
Vistalba Corte ‘C’, Mendoza, Argentina………………………………£13.99