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UPCOMING EVENTS – Come and say hello and enjoy a tipple with us at:
20th October, Saturday – BIRMINGHAM, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival at H Suite Edgbaston
27th October, Saturday – BIRMINGHAM, Wine Tasting at Harvey Nichols (1-4pm)
27th October, Saturday – SOLIHULL, Wine Tasting at Waitrose Solihull (12-3pm)
3rd November, Saturday – EDINBURGH, Festival of Wine at The Balmoral Hotel
3rd November, Saturday – BRISTOL, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival at The Passenger Shed
9th November, Friday – OXFORD, The Annual Oxford Wine Fair at The Randolph Hotel (4-9pm)
10th November, Saturday – BIRMINGHAM, Love Wine Birmingham at The Burlington Hotel
16th November, Friday – LONDON, Waitrose Drinks Festival, County Hall
17th November, Saturday – LONDON, Waitrose Drinks Festival, County Hall
17th November, Saturday – CARDIFF, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival at DEPOT
18th November, Sunday – LONDON, Waitrose Drinks Festival, County Hall
24th November, Saturday – OXFORD, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival at Examination Schools
16th February, Saturday – GLASGOW, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival at Barrowland Ballroom
23rd February, Saturday – CHELTENHAM, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse
This time of year is one of the busiest for our producers. Granted, most of them would argue they’re always busy, barely taking a day off throughout the year to constantly keep a close eye on the vines and doing everything in their power to ensure a bumper crop the following autumn.
But harvest time is special. It is crunch time, what everyone has worked towards for the whole year and many will call the harvest a celebration. As Antonella Porto of La Fortezza, our Falanghina and Aglianico producer says; “At our vineyard, even today, the harvest is considered a party, a real moment of joy.”
The harvest is hard work, with extended teams of ad-hoc workers joining the producers and their families, picking for around seven hours a day over a period of two to three weeks, depending on the size of the vineyard. Harvest time varies for the When in Rome producers, with Cantina Sociale Sant’Antonio, our Sicilian based producers of our Nero d’Avola and Grillo, having already finished their harvest weeks before the producers of the north have even dared think about picking their first grape.
Good news! Early feedback from our producers is that 2018 has been a good year and this year’s crop is looking very promising. We’ll be able to taste for ourselves quite soon, but if our producers are excited before they’ve even made the wine, we think that’s a very good reason to be excited about tasting it!
There’s nothing quite like coming back from a Sunday morning run to find the All Saints sipping on your one of your wines! I’ll be honest, it wasn’t something we knew was going to happen, which made it all the more exciting. First I was tagged in by a friend on Facebook saying that our Falanghina was on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch show and then it all went a little crazy for a while. Online orders started whizzing through (that’s not something we see very often early on a Sunday) and Facebook and Twitter started going berserk.
Of course what the All Saints and several hundred thousand viewers discovered is what so many of you already know, that box wine really is not what it used to be. This is quality wine, that lasts for up to six weeks once opened and it’s better for the environment. It also happens to be available around the country in most larger Waitrose stores.
Now it’s time to see if the All Saints want to take some Falanghina on their next tour. Cheers.
Last week we launched our fundraising campaign with leading LGBT+ youth charity, Just Like Us, in support of its work empowering young LGBT+ people to promote equality in education and the workplace across the UK.
We are donating the profits from every box of Falanghina white wine sold in Waitrose stores and online between June and the end of August 2018 to Just Like Us to assist in the charity’s mission to enable teachers and pupils across the country to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying by organising activities that celebrate LGBT+ equality in education.
To celebrate this partnership, we are hosting tastings in selected local Waitrose stores during selected Pride weekends, such as Brighton and Edinburgh.
“Why Just Like Us?” you might ask. Well, firstly, we strongly believe in the cause. Secondly, a childhood friend of mine, Daniel Gerring, is a on the board of the charity and I have seen with my own eyes how tirelessly they work towards fulfilling their mission. And finally, what could be more fun than uniting the joy of drinking craft wine like the Italians do, with the beautiful celebration of diversity that is pride season?
Boxes of our Falanghina are available from over 230 Waitrose stores across the country, including the John Lewis Foodhalls on Oxford Street and in Bluewater and can also be purchased online at waitrose.com.
To find out more about this partnership, please click here.
Apart from “wow, that tastes amazing!”, one of the other comments we most often hear at wine fairs is “the trouble with box wine is that you can’t tell how much you’ve drunk” or, more importantly, you want to know how much of that beautiful craft wine you have left.
It’s a good point and as a company that wants you to drink less, but better, it’s one we take very seriously.
Glass bottles have an obvious advantage on this point, as you can look at a bottle and judge pretty quickly how many glasses you have left. With a box it isn’t quite so easy, though once you get used to the format it’s easy enough to work it out just by picking it up. And therein lies the secret. Weight. Because the weight of a box is about 94% wine, as opposed to just 50-60% in a bottle, you can work out how much is left just by popping it on your kitchen scales (if it falls off, it won’t smash either).
A litre of liquid weighs 1kg, our box and inner bag weighs approximately 150g, so a full 2.25L box weighs 2.4kg and a 2.25L box gives you 18 small 125ml glasses. So, for example, if your opened box weighs 1.9kg, you know you’ve got 14 glasses left. If it only weighs 400g that’s two glasses, so it’s probably time to think about buying some more!
If that all sounds a bit complicated, our ace designer Luke has produced a handy little graphic to help, so when you weigh your box of When in Rome Wine, you know how much you’ve drunk and how much you’ve got left. Add to that the fact that the wine will stay fresh for 6 weeks after opening, and we truly hope a box will help you regulate your consumption, and enjoy high quality craft wines one glass at a time. Salute!
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