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  • Wine Cocktails - the recipes

    Posted on September 27, 2012 by Enotriaadmin

    Our resident mixologist Paul O'Donoghue caused quite a stir on the Enotria roadshow as he turned out some fantastic cocktails based on a selection of wines from the Enotria range.
    The cocktail bar in Glasgow, Manchester, Bath and London was the place to find some amazing new drinks. Paul has kindly offered the recipes - so ...


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  • Cricket at the Griffin

    Posted on September 11, 2012 by Enotriaadmin

    Continuing our popular series on sporting events involving the wine trade, Harry reports back from one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures in the Enotria calendar, the annual Enotria Vinturions v Griffin Inn match in Fletching, Sussex.

    September idyll in Sussex

    "This Saturday, in the village of Fletching, saw the latest cricketing instalment in the Vinturions CC vs The Griffin Inn CC saga that had seen 1 win to the Vinturions, 2 to the Griffin and, unbelievably, 3 ties.

    The Vinturions team, as ever, was lead out to field first by Linton Neill who can count himself second only to Graeme Smith in the list of great South African cricketing captains (sarcasm? Ed). Summer had returned to the South East and the pitch was ablaze with sunshine. Unused to such conditions the Vinturion team were a mishmash of suntan cream, hats and sunglasses, with the most stylish award going to Riz Shaikh of the Columbo Group. Linton Neill led from the front dismissing the Griffin top order with pace and accuracy which brought the charismatic Griffin Inn captain, James Pullan, to the crease. Joe Wadhams, otherwise known as the 16.32 express from Dagenham, limbered up as a first change bowler and the battle of Sussex polish and finesse against Essex grit and steel commenced. After a couple of “looseners”, steel won the day as Joe got his scalp of the Griffin captain, cleaned bowled, leaving the Griffin at 10-4. The gentlemen of the Griffin Inn dug deep however and led by Ed Hooper put some good runs on the board, though were hampered throughout losing wickets regularly due to the exceptional bowling of Linton, Riz, John and Will. The last wicket fell at 115 and with 30 overs to chase the Vinturians were confident at tea.

    J.Wadhams (right) prepares to become Man of the Match

    Followers of previous accounts will know that a 115 run chase in this fixture means little. After over indulging on cake and sandwiches the Vinturions were 10-3 off 5 overs having seen a top order collapse due to some fantastic swing bowling from the Griffin. A steady middle order was needed and John Grieveson and Riz Shaikh delivered putting on a further 60 runs. 70-4 with 45 to get, easy in most books but not in the sweltering 28 degrees of September sun. ‘Hooper’ was back onto bowl and the wickets started to fall again with only “Keeper Joe” putting up a fight. With 16 to get, the last wicket partnership came together with “Keeper Joe” and “16.32 express Joe” looking the unlikely heroes, especially facing the Griffin’s form bowlers. “Get forward and keep a high elbow” Joe Wadhams repeated under his breath walking out to bat, taking his cue from Nasser Hussain’s masterclass on television the day before. Wise words from the ex-England skipper. Two off drives and textbook forward defensives later and the two Joes took the Vinturions within 5 runs. But the shot of the day was still to come. The No. 11, Joe Wadhams, unleashed a cover drive to the boundary of such finesse that Nasser would have taken his Essex County cap off to admire. A single at the other end closed this chapter leaving 2 wins apiece and 3 ties on the board. All to play for in 2013. Man of the Match: Who else? Joe Wadhams!"

    Posted by Harry


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  • Playing for Wales - at golf!

    Posted on September 5, 2012 by Enotriaadmin

    Our very own Kate Lucas boldly takes to the celebrated course at Celtic Manor and sends us this report.
    "It is always a slight worry when asked by a colleague to do them a favour. In the past this has meant doing a wine tasting in deepest darkest Cotwolds on a freezing cold soaking wet Friday ...


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  • Tremendous Trimbach

    Posted on August 31, 2012 by Enotriaadmin

    Edgar is just back from Alsace... here's his report.
    "Patrick Pigny, Joe Wadhams, Cyriaque Lajoinie and I all partook of unbelievable wines and hospitality from our irrepressible host: Jean Trimbach. But what did we learn?
    1. In theory we already knew that Trimbach’s house style is about elegance and ease of matching to food. In practice ...


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  • Scorching in Sicilia

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by Enotriaadmin

    This just in from our man on the ground in Menfi, Enotria winemaker Owen Bird
    "This year we can sum things up as Caldo Torrido!
    Extreme heat means we are over 20% down on Chardonnay. At the same time, quality is very pleasing. No rot to speak of. The grapes have been the best I have seen ...


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  • Five go cycling to help Taylan’s Project

    Posted on August 20, 2012 by Enotriaadmin

    A group of five riders will be embarking on a challenge to each cycle 700 miles in just 7 days, to raise money for Taylan's Project - Enotria's nominated charity for 2012. Taylan Rawlinson, the son of our colleague Andy, tragically died aged just 7 in 2009, and he is the inspiration behind Taylan's Project ...


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