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October Newsletter

Welcome message from Vegan Tipples Founder and Director, Sue Hunt

So October is upon us. I was lucky enough to squeeze in a last week of sun in September, with a canal trip along the Canal Di Midi. We were in the Languedoc region, which is one of the earliest wine producing areas in France.

It’s wine making history goes back centuries and it has three times the vineyards than the combined area of Bordeaux. It was perfect timing, as all the grapes are now ripe and ready and we are in harvest
season. The canal is surrounded by vineyards, so it was a good opportunity to try some of the local wines. Of the Languedoc wines that Vegan Tipples stock, I can thoroughly recommend the Caroline Red and the Picpoul De Pinet – both are highly drinkable.
Whilst the 2023 harvest has been great news for English producers, apparently their biggest harvest  yet - it has been a bit of a mixed bag elsewhere. California got a lot of rain at the wrong time of the year. Although, it is thought that the grapes have bounced back quite well. But Italy and Spain will produce their smallest vintages in six years in 2023, with winemakers in both countries suffering extreme weather that decimated grape harvests.
France has seen a 2% drop in production. This means there will be more competition for grapes form producing fine wines and the industry is expecting some crackers. Australia also has seen the biggest drop in harvest since 2000. This is due to economic and climate factors.  However, there was a big stockpile of wine from the previous vintage, so a smaller harvest may help solve that problem.

It is however a great year for Bulgarian wine and could be the year ‘Bulgarian wine gets put on the map’. We look forward to what 2023 wines will bring. Happy October everyone and...”Happy drinking!”

Wine Tasting Evening

We’re really looking forward to delivering the first of our autumnal Vegan Tipples Wine Tasting events on 6 October. This event is sold out, but we have a few tickets left currently for our next event on 3 November. If you'd like to book for our forthcoming Wine Tasting events this autumn, please book now to avoid disappointment. For just £15 you get to enjoy tasting six superb wines (including a welcoming glass of fizz) and plate of delicious vegan food.

Bespoke wine tasting events

In addition to the Vegan Tipples Wine Tasting evenings, we are also delighted to offer you a bespoke Wine Tasting event in your chosen location. This is a fabulous way to entertain your guests, enjoying and learning about some outstanding vegan wines, either in the comfort of your own home or at a venue of your choice. We'll be happy to outline all of the available options to tailor an exclusive event to your exact requirements. To discuss how Vegan Tipples can help you deliver an event that your guests will remember, please get in touch by e-mailing susan@vegantipples.co.uk

Making desserts even more delicious, these wines are the finale of a good meal!

Dessert wines are sweet wines typically served with desserts or a cheeseboard. These wines are served in smaller glasses. Dessert wines have a higher concentration of alcohol, so there is good reason for making a little go a long way! We have a wide range of some very special dessert wines for you to choose from. We introduced you to two last month. See the link below for the full range, but here are two more of our favourites...

Celler de Capçanes, Pansal del Calàs (50cl.), DO Montsant, Spain, 2017
“This dark, almost black wine has enormous concentration, resulting in very ripe seductive fruits like roasted aromas of plums, cassis and dark cherries and currant, toast, coffee and mocha. Perfectly aligned alcohol and lively acidity with an elegant smooth finesse. The sugar level is attractive and well integrated and the wine shows serious soft and ripe red wine tannin structure.” £22.99

Indomita, Nostros Late Harvest, Casablnca, Chile, 2022
“A beautifully golden colour, reminiscent of honey characterises this delicately sweet wine. Aromas of white peach, white tea leaves and lychee fill the nose, whilst the palate is clean, bright with a candied lemon peel acidity giving
elegance..” £8.99

We currently stock a range of beers from Campervan Brewery and Bellfield.

If you can’t quite decide what you fancy or if you’re hosting a gathering and want to cater for all tastes, our Bellfield Mixed Case is just the thing!  £28 for 12 cans you receive 3 of each of these beauties:
Bohemian Pilsner (4.5% ABV), Lawless Village IPA (4.5% ABV), Session Ale (3.8% ABV), Craft Lager (5.2% ABV)

There is a fine range from the fabulous Campervan Brewery too, see the link below for all those we offer.
But nothing says ‘‘bonfire night’ quite as much as the Leith Porter: “This comforting dark beer is a rich and well balanced Porter. Its milk chocolate and cold press coffee flavours work in harmony with a smooth bitterness. Leith Porter is the perfect drink to go wandering.” Just £2.75 a can.

Back by popular demand, we are delighted to invite you to attend one of our two fabulously festive Vegan TipplesWine Tasting Events! This year the events will take place on Thursday 7 December and Friday 8 December.
Friday 8 December has already sold out, but there are some tickets left for Thursday 7 December.
These Christmas specials are £18 per person and will offer a festive fizz on arrival and tasting five additional wines over the course of the evening. We provide a delicious selection of vegan snacks to help you enjoy the wines!

Perhaps you would like to host your own private Christmas Wine Tasting party? We can offer a bespoke festive package for you to wow your guests with a Christmas party with a difference. The event can be a small and intimate gathering in the comfort of your own home, perfect for bringing your close friends or family together. Or if you are looking to organise a fantastic festive work bash for your organisation, we can attend the venue of your choice and provide your guests with an evening they’ll be talking about well into the new year. It’s a really fun and different way to get groups of people socialising and interacting, plus everyone will come away from the event having learnt something new (Wine Club anyone?!). Please email susan@vegantipples.co.uk to discuss further.

You’ll be the favourite guest at any party if you rock up armed with our magnificent magnum of Prosecco!
The Mabis, Biscardo Prosecco Spumante Millesimato, DOC, Veneto, Italy isn’t just impressive in size, it is also a stunning bottle of fizz to enjoy whilst you’re rocking around the Christmas tree! “Elegant, delicate and aromatic  Prosecco with hints of apples and honeysuckle. Very easy to enjoy!” Great value at just £28.99.

Our absolute Christmas Day favourite has to be Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel, 2021.  “Delicious floral aromas with a
lovely yeastiness, the Chardonnay adds a touch of citrus freshness. Flavours of buttered toast and fresh bread, with touches of roast almonds. The mousse is creamy and elegant with delicate bubbles.” £15.75 - we say it every time but this is a bottle punching far above its weight.

Here at Vegan Tipples HQ we’re always on the lookout for new and interesting wines tom join our happy family!
Say ‘hello’ to a brand new wine, False Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2023.  This is wonderful to enjoy with Chinese food or Thai curry dishes: “Fabulous seaside Sauvignon. Fresh and zesty with grassy and dry bay leaf aromatics, mineral notes, with hints of richness. This is a restrained Sauvignon Blanc with a palate that has lots of minerality and citrus with lightly herbal notes. The finish is ripe and gently honeyed with crisp green apple fruit and fresh acidity.” Just £10.75.
Next we introduce Mount Edward, Ted Pinot Blanc, Central Otago, New Zealand, 2019

This is great with vegan quiche or pasta dishes: “Pear and citrus aromas are followed by flavours of stonefruit, some savoury notes with a delicate creamy like texture, all underpinned by mineral notes and refreshing acidity. This wine is dry in style.” £19.99.

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