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DotW, Black Friday, Mulled Wine, Guest Beer, C-Lists, New Ins and Car’s the Star

As we face the excitement of some weather heading our way tonight (it is looking pretty grim) at least we have some entertaining articles for you tonight. Tomorrow, all being well, we will have some mulled wine on the go. If you feel like a winter warmer pop in and buy a glass while you are browsing the shop. Amanda has come up with a genius idea for those stuck for present ideas and we have yet another new Guest Beer. The DotW will need a coat in the coming days and the Car that is this week’s Star is probably perfect for the conditions ahead. Press on and we look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow.

Dog of the Week

Say hello to Billie the Whippet. Billie came in to see us in late October, meaning we are nearly up to date with DotW visitations. She looks a little scared in the picture, but I am sure she is just alert and ready to receive her next treat.
Many thanks to Rex and Fleur for bringing her in to see us. We’ll intorduce Billie to Dora (also a Whippet) when they are both next in.

Black Friday @ Sheldon’s

With today being the official ‘Black Friday’ we have had some amazing one-day-in-store-only offers on today. Included in the line up were:

Cotswolds Distillery Gin Magnums – normally £75.95, down to £10
Dom Perignon 2009 – normally £150, down to £15
Chateau Duhart Milon 2005 – normally £110, down to just £8.50
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996 – normally £1095, down to £195

Sadly the shop is now closed so the offer is also closed

Well done to all of you who took full advantage of the amazing offers and discounts that we of course did not advertise or actually offer to any shopper.

I know some of you out there in the Sheldon’s Universe get my sense of humour, and you also know my attitude to too-good-to-be-true offers and discounts. Full respect to those businesses who made a mint out of Black Friday Week, or is it fortnight now? We continue to trade as normal.

Mulled Wine Saturday

With the weather turning from mild to bl**dy freezing we’ve decided to create a winter warmer for you here at the shop. This Saturday we will be attempting to serve nice warm mulled wine in the shop from 1030am onwards. £2 a glass (Carol found some smashing glass mug things that are ideal for the occasion). Come and browse the shop while filling your tummies with something yummy and warm.
Unlike the Black Friday article above, this is actually genuine – we are going to try and have some mulled wine for you to try tomorrow!

This week’s Guest Beer:
Box Steam Brewery ‘Soul Train’ White Gold IPA (4.5%, £2.95/500ml bottle)

Box Steam Brewery is based in Holt, Wiltshire and the team take their inspiration from the engineering achievements of Isabard Kingdom Brunel. Their claim is that “We’ll never produce factory style beer. Our creative brewers use hop flavours to their full, forever artful in the quite wondrous production of naturally flavoursome beer.” As a fan of hop-driven IPAs this sounds like an outfit right up my street.
For tonight’s Guest Beer we have selected the Soul Train White Gold IPA.
Box Steam Brewery describe the beer as “An IPA with a pleasant fruit salad aroma, Soul Train has a smack of Mosaic hop flavour that particularly brings out characteristics of bubblegum and tropical fruit.”
Amanda and I have just tried it and we say “smooth, nutty, more than a lager but not too high on the bitterness scale”. And the ultimate praise comes from Amanda when she said “I would buy that” – a serious compliment as she is not a big beer drinker.
As we are now most definitely in the final throws of Autumn, some might say Winter already, we also have Hook Norton’s Double Stout available by the 500ml bottle (£2.95)

Christmas Lists at Sheldon’s

OK, I know I said I wouldn’t mention the ‘C’ word before we hit December, but I think this brilliant idea from Amanda merits early billing. If you are like me and you struggle to offer ideas to people who wish to give you a gift this festive season, we have a solution for you. Come to Sheldon’s, create a list of possible ‘wants’ and leave it with us. When people ask you what they should get you, you can simply suggest they go to Sheldon’s and buy something from your list. Sounds like a great idea to me, if a little wedding-list-esk. But hey, it will soon be the season!

New Ins

A handful of absolute smashers in todays New Ins:
2008 Philipponnat Les Cintres Extra Brut (£350)
2000 Dom Perignon Rose Magnums (£850)
1997 Salon (late disgorged, 20 years on the lees, £585)
2018 Taaibosch Crescendo (£29.95) – extremely well made wine from Helderberg, Stellenbosch, Bordeaux varietals.
2010 Gaja Brunello di Montalcino Pieve di Santa Restituta (£74) – returning in 2010 form after a short time away
2013 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja (£199) – we have just placed an order for new vintage wines from Giacosa so I thought it would be fun to try some wines from a vineyard and vintage that is considered ready to drink

…and for those with a thirst for the finer things in life…

2009 Chateau Palmer. Now that’s special. (£380)

Car’s the Star
Yes, you are absolutely right. A Lancia Delta Integrale. You don’t see many of these around nowadays. An icon of it’s time, this car was a belter on the rally tracks in the late eighties and early nineties. I’m not sure whether this is the 8 valve or 16 valve version, it doesn’t matter, it is an absolute beauty.
Many thanks to Adam for bringing it over, a real treat for us. It makes me think about the Ford RS200 from the same era. Anyone out there got one of those to bring over, or perhaps an Audi Quattro? If you don’t ask….
That’s all for tonight’s Sheldon’s Times. Jude, Trish and I will be here tomorrow to serve you nice mulled wine and meet your every wine-and-spirit related needs. The weather tonight looks like a bit of a shocker. Sleet and perhaps even snow in the dark hours. Let’s hope we can open as normal in the morning. Come hell or high water…..

Shane, Amanda, Jude, Esther, Nigel, Trish and Carol

Your Soul-Train-loving, Black-Friday-mocking, Integrale-coveting wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

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