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Tap Takeover at Vagabond Wines

By admin | 21 June 2017

South Africa is taking over at Vagabond Wines on the weekend of 3rd July. Vagabond went to South Africa, plundered the wine reserves and filled out their five venues with the most happening, contemporary selection of SA wine around. Precisely, FORTY EIGHT wines, many making their UK debut this year (and over thirty of which they've never had in stock before) will be included in the Tap Takeover.

Wait. There's more. Thanks to a bursary they won by taking part in a competition we ran, they will be subsidising their premium picks in particular to bring those within reach of more people.

Within the themes each Vagabond store will be hosting a weekly two hour guided tasting session for £25/ head. Click on the link below to find out more information about the tastings and find your nearest Vagabond shop.

This is not to be missed. Click here.

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Braai Master takes over the kitchen at Hammer & Tongs, London

By Admin | 17 May 2017

Next month the braai master Jan Braai is jetting into the Big Smoke to take over as Guest Chef at Hammer & Tongs. 

The living legend (he once braai'd for a record breaking 28 hours) and man behind 'National Braai Day' has created a smouldering tasting menu for both special evenings. 

As well as turning & tanning the finest meats on the enormous braai, Jan will also be making his way around the restaurant to chat with everyone

Join us as we celebrate London Food Month! 

Friday 16th June & Saturday 17th June
7pm, £50pp

BOOK NOW!

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Vivat Bacchus teams up with Kaapzicht Estate to support Pebbles Project

By Admin | 15 May 2017

Vivat Bacchus are teaming up with Kaapzicht Estate in their Pebbles Charity Project. From 1st June 2017, 50p from the sale of every bottle of Kaapzicht Estate wine and all Vivat Bacchus own label wine will go towards Kaapzicht Estate’s charity work with the Pebbles Project.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

It's hard to travel to Italy and not to fall in love with it. There's something unique about the country, and this extends to its wine regions. One of the appealing factors, I guess, is that Italian wines aren't all that easy to 'get'. They are an acquired taste, and these often end up being the most enduring tastes. The first time you try a Barolo, made from the Nebbiolo grape, you wonder what the appeal is: these wines are often pale in colour, with fierce tannins, and a beguiling mix of savoury flavours as well as some fruit character. And Sangiovese, the grape of Chianti, can be angular and firm in its youth, sometimes verging on rustic. Yet these tastes, initially challenging, can be quite addictive. Italy also has a fabulous range of unique varieties, and from top to toe of this long thin country there's an almost bewildering array of wine regions, each with its own personality. I've mentioned Tuscany and its Sangiovese, and Piedmont and its Nebbiolo. But Piedmont also has Dolcetto, Freisa and Barbera, and then there's the Veneto with Corvina and Rondinella, and Campania with Fiano and Aglianico, Sicily with Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avolo and Frappato, and Puglia with its Primitivo (aka Zinfandel). This is just scratching at the surface.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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