you received Geoff's separate Pebblebed email news (if you didn't
receive it, can you please email Geoff and ask to be added to the
Friends of Pebblebed list - firstname.lastname@example.org).
Clearly lots of exciting things are happening
with Pebblebed in 2007 and we all eagerly await the first release
of wines at the end of this month.
Mario Fontana of Cascina
Fontana says that every new vintage is like having a new child
- yes, you always know that they are from the same family, yet each
individual vintage is unique, with its own personality that reflects
myriad factors, the particularities of that year's weather conditions,
decisions made in the vineyard, the date of picking, factors determined
during the winemaking process, and mysterious elements that no one
can quite understand or comprehend, yet which undoubtedly contribute
to each wine's individuality and personality. This is the magic
As we now begin to get familiar with
Pebblebed wines, it's fascinating for us to begin to understand
and taste some of these factors, why last year's rosé was
more lightly coloured than 2004, how the Pebblebed white evolves
and develops in the bottle, and so on.
I can't wait to try Geoff's new wines:
the Pebblebed red and of course the Pebblebed sparkling rosé!
Geoff has a number of Pebblebed events
planned for 2007, the first of which is the planting of the new
vineyard on the weekend of March 17-18. If you'd like to join in
and lend a hand, please contact Geoff email@example.com.
Club Vino Programme of Events
We have now put in place the Club Vino programme of
events for 2007, with most of our get-togethers taking place at
The Globe Hotel here in Topsham. A huge thanks to Liz at The Globe,
who has been so welcoming and supportive. Our Club Vino @ The Globe
events will take place either in the Malthouse or in the Restaurant
and a good time is guaranteed for all, I assure you. Places are
limited for all the events, with Club Vino members having priority.
So if you are interested, please secure your places and/or send
payment as soon as possible.
April 13 "An Introduction
to Wine Tasting" 7pm at The Globe Malthouse to include
a tasting of local cheeses.
In this lighthearted evening, we'll be looking at the mechanics
of tasting wine and also exploring different approaches to tasting
- Mark Lane, one of a select few 'super taster' judges in the International
Wine Challenge, will be adding his always entertaining and informative
£15 for CV members (£20 for non-CV members)
May 25 "A Journey through
Italy in a Bottle" 7pm at The Globe Malthouse to include
a simple pasta supper.
We'll look at - and taste! - a range of wines that reflect the variety
of Italian wine from the northernmost vineyards down the length
of the Italian peninsula to Sicily. Afterwards we'll enjoy a simple
£15 for CV members (£20 for non-CV members)
September 7 "Nebbiolo Masterclass"
7.30 at The Globe Restaurant
A vertical tasting of Cascina Fontana Nebbiolo and Barolo wines
from different vintages to include a special 3-course wine dinner.
Numbers limited, so first come first served.
£35 for CV members only
Mid-October Club Vino trip to
Italy - date and place to be decided
November 9 Club Vino Christmas
Tasting 7pm at The Globe Malthouse
Tickets £7.50 (open to all)
December 12 Club Vino Christmas
party and dinner 7.30 at The Globe Restaurant
Informal tasting of Vino wines, Prosecco and Champagne followed
by special pasta and risotto wine dinner/party.
£25 for CV members only
Club Vino renewals
We hope you've been enjoying your membership of Club
Vino and that by now you've taken part in some of our events,
tastings, dinners, and wine trips as well as enjoyed the savings
on Vino wines. Vino has established itself as a true community of
wine lovers and we value your participation and support. Annual
renewals will be going out soon; the annual fee is £15 but
renewal will entitle you to a £10 voucher that can be used
against case purchases of any of our wines. We certainly hope you
will rejoin us!
Following its successful opening, the Foodeaze Food Hall in Exeter's
former indoor market has expanded its hours and is now open Monday
to Saturday from 7am to 8pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
On Mondays to Saturday from 6-8pm there
is 'Aperitivo', a particularly appetizing idea whereby you can drop
in for a glass of wine, Prosecco (!) or beer and nibble on an array
of tapas or cicheti freshly prepared by the Foodeaze team of chefs.
At the same time there is an early evening supper menu (2 courses
for £9.95). On Sundays, the Foodeaze team will be doing roast
lunches. We can't wait!
People's Cookbook update
For those who asked for the recipe that I cooked on this recent
television programme, it's now up on the UK TV Food web site, along
with the (very brief) Topsham filmed location clip. The location
films, incidentally, were directed and filmed by Club Vino member
(and sometimes cycling chum) Marcus Bailey.
It's March, so it's official: spring
is here. Soon the boats will be back in the Exe, Geoff's vineyard
will spring to life again, Turf will reopen, and we'll all be enjoying
warmer, longer days, and hopefully good times, relaxing, sipping
favourite wines with friends.
We hope to see you soon.
Marc and Kim