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Our flagship branch in Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, is almost as famous for the window display as it is for our wine, so the pressure to come up with an eye-catching theme every time can be quite daunting.
With an Italian wine promotion coming up, Helen Chaudron, who designs our window displays, wanted to create something simple but typically Italian and came up with an idea of including iconic Italian ‘Lambretta’ or ’Vespa’ scooters, little imagining that it might be actually possible to borrow some for six weeks!
Hoping Radio Shropshire DJ, Jim Hawkins, might be able to put a plea out on his show, Jim came up with a better idea - The Severnside Lions Scooter Club which is based in Shrewsbury. With the deadline for the start of the Italian wine promotion fast approaching Helen e.mailed the Scooter Club and lo and behold, Jerry Kurek e.mailed straight back with an offer of help!
Two beautiful scooters duly arrived the very next day and have created a lot of comments from passers-by – everyone wants to own one! In recognition of their help, we have given the Club a case of Tanners Claret to help with its 2014 fundraising activities.
Anyone with an interest in Italian scooters should definitely contact the club through their website, www.severnsidelionsscooterclub.com as it has a fantastic membership and a wonderful collection of scooters, they are a great bunch. Jerry Kurek, from the scooter club told us he thinks the window is ‘ace’ and that they have had quite a lot of people get in touch to find out more about them.
Tanners Wines are to be ‘showcased’ in a Wine & Food tasting at The Silverton – Shrewsbury’s newest stylish boutique hotel. Situated in Frankwell, just a stone’s throw from the centre of town, The Silverton offers an exclusive menu of modern crafted dishes and a fine wine cellar. The fifty or so wines on the wine list are all available by the glass – giving the wine lover a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a wide selection of wine styles.
The Silverton’s Chef, MJ, will be preparing a selection of canapes to match the wines at this special Wine & Food Tasting Evening on Thursday 13th June 2013 at 7:15pm.
To reserve a place (£27.50 per person) call the Silverton on 01743 248000 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
More and more wine producers are turning to environmentally friendly methods, but it is less common for wine makers to apply for full organic or even biodynamic accreditation. Those that do are, however, very passionate about it and one winemaker who typifies this is Sam Weaver of Churton in New Zealand.
Sam has written a short piece for us below and is coming to the UK in a couple of weeks to conduct two tastings - one in Shrewsbury on Wednesday 5th June and one in Bridgnorth on Friday 7th June. He will talk about his techniques and show a selection of top wines from Churton as well as some fine wines from France, which will be very interesting to contrast and compare. The evening will be relaxed and informal and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
At Churton we have always aimed to have a minimal impact on the environment. The vineyard was planted in 2000 into the natural and long established pasture and we have never used insecticides or systemic sprays. As our experience and confidence evolve we are progressively converting the vineyard to full organic certification in time for the 2014 vintage. We have continually evolved our biodynamic philosophy and practice.
Often, biodynamics is regarded at the crazy end of organic production. What could be dafter than stirring cow dung matured in buried cow’s horn in water for 60 minutes then throwing it about on the farm, and then what relevance do lunar cycles have to farming practices. Yes, we really do this! Are we lunatics or what?
At Churton, I have a strong belief that our biodynamic farming approach is rational and makes complete sense. Above all, it helps us produce better wines that have more individuality and really demonstrate the farm (terroir) where they come from.
As a microbiologist I believe biodynamics works from the ground up. We work hard to improve our microbiology by using composts and various biodynamic preparations (such as the matured dung or an oak shaving mixture buried in a sheep’s skull in a swamp). We run a system that is a polyculture, and actively encourage biodiversity by increasing our plant and animal species. We plant companion species of flora between the rows in the vineyard, raise our own cattle and keep bees. And yes, we do take note of lunar cycles, after all didn’t our grandfathers plant by the moon?
Wine making is an art as much as a science. Growing the best grapes to make the best wine combines both of these disciplines too. Biodynamic philosophy gives us a structure to help understand these disparate approaches and in the end really make our wine sing.
If I have whetted your appetite for finding out more about biodynamic practices and the beneficial effect on the resulting wines, I am coming to the UK in June and will be conducting two tutored tastings at Tanners Wines – one in Shrewsbury on Wednesday 5th June and one in Bridgnorth on Friday 7th June. I will talk about our techniques and show you selection of wines from our vineyards at Churton as well as some wines from France, which will be very interesting to contrast and compare. It will be relaxed and informal and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Look forward to seeing you then,
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