We enjoyed a very informative evening with Tim Holt from the sherry company Barbadillo. He came to talk to a lively group of customers in our cellar about how different sherries are made and how to match them with food. We all learnt a great deal from his presentation and from questions from the drinkers. We all retired upstairs to our office for some bowl food and a chance to try the 8 different sherries again. We finished the evening with some Dartmouth vanilla Ice-cream and Pedro Ximenez poured over it. A perfect end to such a fabulous evening!
Summer seems to have arrived at last with warm settled weather, which can encourage impromptu gatherings with family and friends. In Dartmouth we were very lucky at the recent Music Festival to be blessed with wall to wall sunshine for 3 glorious days. Dozens of music-lovers sat around on an array of colourful rugs surrounded by many other like-minded people. Food and wine were being handed around from well-stocked picnic baskets as everyone soaked up the sunshine and the sounds coming from the bandstand. This tranquil scene reminded us of how lovely it is to share a bottle of wine with friends whether in a stunning setting like the River Dart or in our own back gardens.
Why not be prepared for such occasions by topping up your wine rack with wines for lazy picnic days and sizzling barbecues. Elegant whites match perfectly with summer salads and fish, punchy reds compliment any grilled food and our versatile Provence Rosé can be drunk anytime of the day. Not to mention a refreshing glass of Prosecco or sparkling Rosé that gets any gathering off to a great start.
On a completely different subject we are expecting our list of En Primeur wines for sale shortly, if you are not already on our mailing list please do get in touch so you don’t miss out on a fabulous opportunity to buy 2015 Bordeaux, which everyone is very excited about, and other events and offers from Michael Sutton’s Cellar.
We received wonderfully positive feedback from both our Open House events and our first Tutored Tasting evening. Tasting wine in either forum is interesting, thought-provoking and masses of fun. Discussions broke out in all directions about people’s likes and loves; taste is a very personal sense which lends itself to expressing opinions and understanding the complexities of different wines.
Over the last month or so we have attended tastings in London and Bristol to find new wines to complement our existing cellar list. As a result we have chosen some delicious, good value contenders which we will be featuring at our next set of Open House Days – Saturday 21st May, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May.
For those of you who are new to this website these tastings at Riversbridge are informal and fun. Just drop in between 11.30 and 2.00pm and enjoy a range of red, white and rosé wines. If you are out of the area rest assured you can order directly through the website and we will do the rest. We offer free delivery throughout the South Hams.
Our next Tutored Tasting evenings are 27th May “Bordeaux and its cousins” and 8th July “Australian Wines”. Booking is essential so do drop us an email which is easy from the Contact page.
Meanwhile our Master of Wine, Anthony Barne who guides us through our wine buying, has recently visited Bordeaux tasting the 2015 vintage. As I’m sure you are all aware last year’s harvest was received with much enthusiasm compared to recent years. The wine-writer Jancis Robinson said in the FT “2015 is not the vintage of the century but it is pleasing to taste – a modern version of 1985.” We will keep you informed of our recommendations to buy En Primeur.
Do remember we are open most days, just give us a call/email beforehand and we will make sure we are here to welcome you.
Now the quiet days of dry January are well and truly behind us, it is now time to have some fun restocking those depleted Christmas wine racks in plenty of time for Easter.
To help you with this tiresome chore we are having a couple of Open House wine tastings in March. Regular customers will tell you that it is a very enjoyable experience tasting our wines which we always sell at a fair price. So if you happen to be in the South Devon area do come and see us. We will be tasting a varied selection of whites, and reds suitable for pairing with the inevitable roasted Spring lamb.
Saturday 5th & Saturday 12th March. Tasting from 11.30 – 2.00pm.
ENJOY 10% OFF ANY 12 BOTTLES OF WINE UNTIL VALENTINES DAY 2016!
We hope you had a good festive break with plenty time to enjoy a bottle of wine – one of life’s great pleasures!
I suppose the best way to judge a business is to listen to what your customers have to say. During November and December, the busiest time of year for us, we welcomed over a hundred people to the cellar and the feedback we received was hugely positive. The overriding consensus was that choosing wine from Michael Sutton’s Cellar is a fun experience. Our ethos is that wine is fun and we aim to be informal and yet informative.
It is very encouraging to hear just how enthusiastic people are to learn more about wine. With that in mind we have been discussing with our trade partners and advisors about hosting educational evenings at MSC. We will finalise the details in the next few weeks but in the meantime if you would like to be involved please let us know.
It was also great to learn that in our local area there are some thriving wine clubs. We have already teamed up with our first club to host a tasting which should be a great evening. Of course you don’t have to be part of a club to come to such an event, we would be happy to host a group of friends or colleagues who would enjoy a relaxed tasting, just drop us a line via the contact page.
Happy New Year!