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DotW, Puech Haut, Walton 10k, New Ins and Car’s the Star

With the Bank Holiday weekend ahead of us we have been desperately trying to source the new vintage Puech Haut and I am delighted to say it arrived today. Fill your boots while the sun shines. Tonight’s edition of Sheldon’s Times includes an update on the heritage car meet last week, some great New Ins, and update on progress on the Walton 10k and of course a wonderfully fluffy dog of the week. Press on.

Dog of the Week

Say hello to Winnie. She was just 11 weeks when the photo was taken but now will be 12 (weeks). She is a lovely, fluffy, cuddly, excited Golden Retriever puppy. We all wanted to take her home with us.
Many thanks to Stephen and Catherine for popping in. A long way to come from Warrington so it is appreciated. That’s an ‘in joke’, as the Warringtons actually live in Swalcliffe. Long-standing readers of Sheldon’s Times will understand.

New Vintage Puech Haut Rose

Our new vintage Puech Haut rose has finally arrived. Despite badgering both the importer and the producer to ship earlier, here we are at the end of April having just received the shipment. We are delighted to have the wine here in 2021 vintage in bottles (£16.95), magnums (£39.95) and double magnums (£95).
The juice in the bottle is excellent, my favourite rose in the shop and yours too – we sold more Puech Haut last year than any other rose. And some of you love the frosty bottle too.

We still have just a few bottles of the 2020 vintage priced at the 2020 price of £15.95 – in bottle format only. We’ll put it by the door so those looking to save a pound a bottle can swoop in and pick some up. Only 36 to go and counting…

Walton 10k update

We have just over a week to go until the Walton 10k walk/run. The “Sheldon’s Wine Runners” a.k.a. Amanda, Jude, Esther, Trish and I are doing the circuit as a team. We are raising money for Shipston Home Nursing, the palliative care organisation that undertakes such important end-of-life care. The gruelling Walton course takes us UP into the woods, DOWN towards Jubilee Lane, UP a hill to meet the Ettington Road the back DOWN to the Hall for the finish. Seeing as the course was advertised as being ‘flat’, it doesn’t sound like it…
Sheldon’s Wine Runners Donors Wall of Fame
A huge thank you to all of our donors so far. Current contributions have got us to £735 raised so far. We want to go further. Your support is REALLY appreciated and it makes all of the early morning training runs worthwhile.
If any of you would like to donate, click the button below and it will take you to the donation page. Any amount will be appreciated and very well received by this very worthy cause. We will do an updated Wall of Fame next week. Be on it.
Many thanks.
Donate to Sheldon’s Wine Runners Walton 10k

New Ins

We are not doing an official Guest Beer article at present, but that doesn’t stop me highlighting some of our new beers in the New Ins section.
Regular readers will recognise the can in the middle. We had Stroud Brewery Hop Drop some time ago and it was declared one of the better pale ales that we tried as part of the Guest Beer series. We have refreshed the Hop Drop stock and augmented it with an IPA and an amber bitter from the same producer. The Hop Drop and IPA are at £3.95 per can, the Tom Long is £3.50. Yum.
In the spirits cabinet we have added:

6 O’clock gin London Dry at £35.50
6 O’clock gin Brunel at £43.50

6 O’clock hails from Bristol and it’s origins come from the production of spirit to make sloe gin. Being rather good at making gin the team decided to refine the botanicals and release 6 O’clock gin as a London Dry gin. The Brunel edition, a full navy strength comes in at 50% abv and as such it is no slouch. The name – it comes from the family’s penchant for having a gin at 6 o’clock. Why not? Why wait?
And just a few New Ins in the Claret category (downstairs):

2010 L’Aurage, a Mitjavie wine from Castillon in bottle (we have it in mag too) (£48)
2010 Chateau Phelan Segur, St Estephe (£75)
2018 Chateau Poujeaux, Moulis en Medoc, MAGNUM (£80) – like the d’Armailhac last week, this one is for lying down

2003 Cos d’Estournel, St Estephe (£190)
1998 Ducru Beaucaillou, St Julien (£150) – to go with the 2000 announced a couple of weeks ago

Car’s the Star

As trailed in Sheldon’s Times last Sunday our local friend Richard held a small intimate car-lovers gathering at Blackberry Farm near Halford. Many thanks to those of you who turned up to enjoy the display of amazing motor vehicles. While the below car hasn’t been to the shop, it seems only appropriate that we include it in tonight’s Sheldon’s Times. It is an American Packard Eight I believe but don’t quote me on that. If I am right it dates from the late 1920’s or early 30’s. Built in Detroit, it was a true luxury car of it’s time.
Many thanks to Huey for bringing it along, and to all of the other folk who turned up with such wonderful vehicles. Included in the line up were a Morris 8, a Marcos (not seen one of those for a while), some gorgeous old Jags, a rebuilt ‘James Bond’ Bentley (created as the car that would have been driven by Bond in the Fleming books) and a 130hp Morris Minor. Marvellous.
While at Blackberry Farm I managed to drive the Massey Ferguson, taking Trish and Emily for a little ride around the field. After a fast start a sharp request was shouted towards the driver “SLOW DOWN”, so we adopted a more appropriate pace for the terrain. Very good fun indeed – for me at least. Nice to see the girls on the beers.
That’s it for tonight. Weatherwise it looks pretty decent tomorrow but rain on Sunday then returning to better on Monday. Make the most of Saturday by visiting your local independent shops, buying some lovely food and wine ready to enjoy the long weekend ahead. Amanda, Trish and I will be here to meet your every wine need tomorrow, pop in and say hello, we’d love to see you.


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

Your Puech-Haut-guzzling, Packard-adoring, pavement-plodding wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

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