Mario’s new wines
For the past few weeks, we’ve been tasting, drinking, selling
and enjoying the new vintages from Cascina Fontana: Dolcetto d’Alba
2008 (very vivid, fresh, punchy); Barbera d’Alba (intensely
concentrated, massive fruit, gorgeous); Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2007
(finely perfumed, elegant); Barolo 2005 (classic, still somewhat
austere, drinking well now but will continue to evolve and improve).
These are all simply stunning examples of the best of Le Langhe.
For those who know and love Mario’s wines already, and for
those who don’t, we urge you to try them – in the Pebblebed
Tasting Cellar – or purchase a mixed case from me (if you
would like to arrange a tasting or order wine, please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
I hope will me coming over for the Topsham Food Festival, and we’ll
be tasting the full range of Cascina Fontana wines in the cellar
on the Festival Saturday.
Next Vino Kitchen dates
The next Vino Kitchen will be a “Topsham Table” on
Wednesday June 16th as part of the Topsham Food Festival. This
will be a meal of seasonal local and locally sourced foods with
food miles kept to as low as we can manage – the Vino Kitchen
already follows this philosophy, but for this special meal we’ll
also aim to offer a true ‘taste of Topsham’.
There will be no Vino Kitchen in July.
August Vino Kitchen will take place on Wednesday August 25th.
September Vino Kitchen will take place on Wednesday September
To find out more, visit www.vino.co.uk/vinokitchen.html
To reserve your places please email email@example.com
The Topsham Food Festival June 18, 19, 20
I hope that everybody has by now booked your tables for Nello’s
Longest Table, taking place on Sunday June 20th.
Throughout the weekend, starting on the Friday,
there are some great things taking place. The weekend programme
starts off on Friday June 18th with an evening of food films
screened in association with the Topsham Film Society in Matthews
Hall. The films are ‘Ratatouille’ at
4.30pm (a hilarious animated adventure about a rat named Remy who
dreams of becoming a great chef - ‘one
of the most witty, clever, gently moral, dramatically convincing
and visually stimulating family entertainments of the year. – Time
Out) and ‘Julie and Julia’ at 7.45pm (the story
of a young New York blogger parallels the life of Julia Child as
the former attempts to cook a recipe a day from the latter’s
iconic ‘Mastering the Art of French Cuisine’ - “...the
result is bound to make a viewer hungry.– Time Out).
During the interval, there will be an opportunity to ‘eat
the film’ as the Apple Café will be offering a two-course
meal based on recipes from Julia Child’s book. Alternatively
cinema-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic. There will be wine
and soft drinks on sale and the bar opens at 6.30pm. Entrance (for
one or both films) is £6 (adults) and £3 (children)
with tickets available on the door. To book your Julia Child meal
with the Apple Café please email
On Saturday June 19th, there will be a fantastic
array of food and drink workshops, demonstrations and happenings
taking place throughout the day in various venues in Topsham,
Global Village’ in the courtyard of The Globe Hotel, at Darts
Farm, and in the Pebblebed Tasting Cellar. Highlights include Gerald
David parading his prize cow (there will be a ‘Plot the Pat!’ competition)
and James Chubb, East Devon Ranger, providing food activities for
children at Darts Farm; a ‘Seed to Loaf’ roadshow demonstrating
the transformation of Topsham-grown wheat into bread rolls with
organic farmer Ian Shears; an International Cheese Challenge with
Greg Parsons of Ford Farm; a tasting of Topsham brewed ales with
local brewer Greg Towning as well as tastings of Pebblebed and
other local wines and, as already mentioned above, a Cascina Fontana
tasting with Mario Fontana in the Pebblebed Tasting Cellar. These
events are all open to the public, many of them free of charge.
On Saturday evening, Topsham Quay becomes the venue for an outdoor
festival of music and food. There will be a food marquee with some
fantastic local foods on sale to eat outdoors. Music is by local
groups, and ranges from a wind quintet to jazz and rock with possible
impromptu guest appearances from well known local musicians.
Sunday June 20th will see the preparations
for Nello’s Longest
Table communal feast. At 2pm, Topsham’s Fore Street
will be officially closed to traffic, with all vehicles requested
to be moved off the street. Some 300 tables are being delivered,
and teams are in place to set the tables up the full length of
Fore Street, as well as around Ferry Road and the Underway, and
on Topsham Quay. The tables will numbered in readiness for Nello’s
Longest Table feast. Those who have purchased tables will bring
along their own meals prepared from local and locally sourced foods,
their friends and family, and their own chairs! We’d really
welcome your help on the day – and evening – so if
you can lend a hand, can you please email
For the full programme, visit www.topshamfoodfestival.org.uk
Oxford Gastronomica – ‘The Language
of Wine’ September
19-22 a 3-day residential course with lectures and tastings, based
at Hertford College, Oxford
Oxford Gastronomica, linked to Oxford Brookes University, is an
important new centre for food, drink and culture studies. I am
delighted to be running one of their first short courses, a 3-day
residential course based in Hertford College, Oxford that will
place wine in the context of culture and society. There will be
talks from prestigious guest lecturers, tastings, a gala dinner,
and more. If you are interested in taking part, I am pleased to
say that Club Vino members will be entitled to a 10% discount.
For further information, please visit the Oxford
Gastronomica web site.
Club Vino renewals
Just a reminder that in order to take advantage of Club Vino special
prices and events, please make sure your club membership is up
the Vino/Pebblebed membership application/renewal form here.
We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at our
Best to all,
Marc and Kim