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  • Never Mind the Athletes, Will the Wine get an Olympic gold?


    Destination London - the 2012 Olympics has practically arrived and with it, its own wine. Most of the lucky ticket holders won’t have wine foremost in their heads as they head to the various stadiums but a lot of thought has been put behind the 1st official wine. Two years in the making lets hope this plonk, like the athletes, has a few tricks up its sleeves.

    And this range by all accounts does – Fairtrade, 2012 vintage and PET bottled (health &safety rules)

    Obviously only southern hemisphere countries come into play if you want wines from the current year to be delivered in bulk to England by the end of June or early July at the latest. The white (a chenin blanc) and the rosé (a blend of pinotage, shiraz and merlot) were both sourced from Stellenrust, a supplier in South Africa, which has a large Fairtrade offering. The Chenin blanc from Stellenbosch was a good choice for a white in terms of taste – it has some personality yet still makes obligingly easy-to-drink wines with a lick of acidity.
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  • Olympic Contenders


    Denis Broderick, an Olympic torchbearer called into our Magherafelt store after his run across Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. With only 14 days to go we decided to take a look at some of our top contenders both in terms of Olympic ability and wine…



    Team: Beach Volleyball - The Horse Guards Parade is bracing for a colourful display like it’s never seen before when the Aussie beach volleyball teams come marching in this July. Smashing the Olympic history books is Nat Cook who will become the first Australian woman to compete at five Olympic Games.
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  • Wines that are Going for Gold


    We got into the Olympic spirit recently as the Olympic torch made its epic journey through some of the towns that our stores are located in. So to toast are torchbearers we thought we would take a look at the wine that will be flowing throughout the 2012 games.

    Hush Heath Estate’s “Balfour” Brut Rosé will be served to guests at the 2012 Olympic Games.

    London-based wine merchant Bibendum (who hold the hospitality contracts related to wine supply for the 2012 Olympics) revealed a lengthy list of wines that will be served at the games this summer. The 2008 Hush Heath Estate “Balfour” Brut Rosé is the only English wine so far confirmed to be served at the games. Joining the 2008 Hush Heath Estate “Balfour” Brut Rosé are a 2008 Mersault from Domaine Latour-Giraud and a 2006 Brunello di Montalcino from Castello Banfi. Also available will be a 2010 Dolcetto, the 2006 Quinta do Seival Castas Portuguesas from Brazil and the 2009 Quinta do Vallado Tinto.
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