Happy New Year!
We send our greetings and best wishes to all Vino
and Pebblebed friends
and hope that 2009 will be a healthy, happy and prosperous year
for you. We look forward to seeing you in the Vino Cellar one Saturday
or perhaps at one of our Vino events this year.
We are just now in the process of putting together
our programme of events, tastings and wine dinners for 2009.
Our first event will be a Barolo and Nebbiolo Masterclass
in the Pebblebed Tasting Cellar, sometime towards the end of January.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to attend or receive
-- Barolo and Nebbiolo Masterclass - banish the winter blues by
enjoying these great warming wines in the Pebblebed Tasting Cellar.
A rare opportunity to enjoy a vertical tasting (different vintages)
of Mario Fontana's special flagship wines: Cascina Fontana Nebbiolo
delle Langhe, Barolo and Barbaresco.
Vino @ The Globe
Our warm collaboration with Liz at The Globe is set
to develop further in 2009. We have shared some great Vino evenings
at The Globe this past year, finishing around Liz's wood-fired
oven for the Vino Christmas Party in December. And of course there
was the Topsham Food Festival which was an amazing success. We
look forward to more wine dinners, events and fun in 2009.
One regular feature is that each month we will share
a Vino recipe with Club Vino members to match a Vino wine, and
this same dish and wine will also be available in the Restaurant
of The Globe. For January, we start off with Risotto
al Barbera and Cascina Fontana Barbera d'Alba.
Spotlight on Prosecco di Valdobbiadene-Conegliano
DOC — the real thing
Prosecco is a grape variety that has its traditional home in the
steep balcony of wine hills above Venice, just north of the Piave
River. Between the wine towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene,
the Prosecco grapes here reach a high degree of ripeness combined
with a fresh, appley acidity that results in one of the most
attractive and easy-to-drink sparkling wines made anywhere in
the world: Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC. In recent years, however,
there has been an immense expansion of the cultivation of Prosecco
grapes far from this traditionally hilly homeland, mainly over
flat, higher yielding vineyards throughout the Veneto. This has
resulted in an ocean of cheap, bland and indifferent Prosecco
that has devalued the name as such wines bear little resemblance
to the real thing.
So this is just a reminder that the best and
genuine Prosecco comes only from Conegliano-Valdobbiadene. We are
proud to be able to offer wines from one of the very best producers
in the region, Prosecco Bisol. Our good friend Gianluca Bisol makes
wines entirely from the family's own grapes grown on vineyards
throughout the delimited and historic wine zone. Prosecco Bisol
Jeio is fresh, creamy, appley and a delightful drink to enjoy throughout
your New Year's Eve festivities. Prosecco Bisol Crede is richer
in flavour, a little more complex, and very classy indeed.
Prosecco Bisol Jeio Club Vino £9.50 per bottle or buy 3
bottles or more at special price of £8.90 per bottle
Prosecco Bisol Crede Club Vino £13 or magnum £26
Slow Food Market Sunday January 18th
Just a reminder that the first Slow Food Devon Topsham
Market for 2009 takes place Sunday January 18th in Matthews Hall
with the slightly earlier time of 10.30am to 1.30pm. As usual,
there will be a great line-up of producers who are bringing
some wonderful produce to share with you. Our market, I feel, has
now established itself as a most enjoyable monthly activity in
our community. Please continue to support this great market to
ensure that it continues.
Our very best wishes to all,
Marc and Kim