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DotW, New Ins and Car’s the Star

It’s all about wine tonight. Well, almost. We of course have a gorgeous DotW and a super Car’s the Star but the bulk of tonight’s Sheldon’s Times is focused on a set of delicious New Ins this week. We have new roses, new wines from Paris (“Paris?” you ask), new wines from Sablet, some massive and ridiculously rare bottles of South African red and a slightly crazy new sweet wine. And of course a couple of attractive additions in the Claret category.
But before you move on, spare a positive thought for Harry and Charlotte who are getting married this weekend. Hip hip hooray! Best wishes to you both and here’s hoping for a fantastic day.

Dog of the Week

This is Rolo, or perhaps it is Rollo, I’m not entirely sure. What I do know is he is an avid chewer of shoes and eater of the finest Iberico ham. And he has a particular penchant for doing all of the aforementioned activities at dinner parties. How do I know this? Because I was there. Full of life, forever excited and ready for anything. What a star.
A big thank you to Andy (and by association Lou) for bringing Rolo/Rollo in to see us. If you see him out and about, mind your shoes. You have been warned.

New Ins

Our relentless quest to find new and interesting wines continues. And boy do we have some interesting wines in this week. Ever heard of ‘cooked wine’? I thought not. Well you are just about to….
Vin Cuit de Provence
Production of this extraordinary wine from Provence, made without the addition of sugar, alcohol or other ingredients is somewhat unusual. After pressing, Grenache grape juice is ‘cooked’ up to 95 degrees C in a cauldron over a naked flame which reduces the volume of the juice by some 25 to 30%. Once reduced, the juice is chilled and allowed to ferment, which usually takes around a month. The finished wine is 12% alcohol with residual sugar in excess of 200g/l. Once bottled, it is ready for that season’s festive period.
It is traditional at Christmas in the region to serve a ‘gros souper’ of fish and vegetables (served on Christmas Eve, the Provencal equivalent of our Christmas dinner), followed by ‘les 13 desserts’. The 13 desserts represent Christ and the 12 Apostles and are served after midnight mass. This is when Vin Cuit is served. Delicious sweet wine with 13 desserts – what’s not to like about that?! I first tried this wine a month ago and was utterly stunned. My notes simply say “Mulberry fruit on the nose and a yummy, jammy palate”. Don’t wait until Christmas as we only have 12 bottles in stock (well, 11 coz I am having one) – £50 a bottle.
Large Format Newton Johnson Pinot Noir
A rare acquisition indeed! We see very few large formats from South Africa. Magnums are like hens teeth and anything larger is almost unheard of. We are delighted therefore to have been offered just a few magnums and jeroboams (3 litres) of Newton Johnson’s Family Vineyards Pinot Noir from the 2018 vintage. We grabbed them straight away.
Just three magnums available (£85/mag) and three jeroboams (£200/jero). Probably never going to be seen again.
New Rhones
We’ve also bought a little Rhone from a producer called Domaine Les Sibu, based in Sablet. The village of Sablet sits between Gigondas to the south and Seguret to north. We are in beautiful southern Rhone countryside here, just under the shadow of the Dentelles craggy outcrops. Sablet is currently classified as Cotes du Rhone Villages but is likely to gain ‘Cru’ status like it’s neighbours shortly.
When I tasted both the white and the red I was impressed. The white is a blend of Grenache Blanc has good intensity yet remains light on it’s feet without the oily texture sometimes present in southern Rhone whites. The red is a classic GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend with a little Carignan thrown in for good measure. Again I thought this was an attractive fresh style of wine representing more modern winemaking in the area. And both wines are great additions to our Rhone range.
Les Vignerons Parisiens
Les Vignerons Parisiens is the first and remains the only winery based in Paris. Set up by Matthieu Bosser with two partners: oenologist Emmanuel Gagnepain and biodynamic viticulture consultant Frédéric Duseigneur, the winery is based in the 3rd arrondissement. The story of Les Vignerons Parisiens is such a good one I shall refrain from putting my own spin on it, instead I shall use the words of our good friends at Dreyfus Ashby, the inspired UK importer:

The biodynamic and certified organic grapes are sourced from four different growers (to which Emmanuel and Frédéric already consult), located in the communes of Visan and Sabran in the southern Rhône. Although the project only started in 2015, the partners have built up and intimate knowledge of all the vineyards they work with over the past 15 years.

Whilst the traceability of the grapes is known to the exact parcel, the wines are not allowed to carry any mention of appellation, for two reasons. Firstly, since they are vinified outside the region (some 500km north of the vineyards in Paris) and secondly because all but one of the cuvees produced are single varietal wines for which no regional appellation exists. The wines are therefore all commercialised as Vin de France.

The grapes are harvested by their own team of pickers, usually between 6am and noon. The whole clusters are carefully placed directly into small lug-boxes which are then loaded onto pallets and transported by refrigerated trucks where, after at least 18 hours of cooling, they are crushed the following morning at the rear of their small (organically certified) cellar on the Rue de Turbigo.

If the sourcing of the grapes was relatively straightforward, the greatest challenge was the 18 months it took negotiating with the Paris authorities to gain the necessary customs documents to be allowed to make wine within the capital. Around 15% of the production is sold from the shop-front, mostly to locals who have quickly adopted them as their house wines.

Following a tasting of the range we have selected two wines for the shop:

Les affranchis (£20) – a rather unusual blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Marsanne and Rousanne, this wine showed a melange of different flavours and struck me as being both interesting and a little different.

Boooom. (£24) – another interesting blend, this time Gamay with Cinsault. My notes say “low tannin, fresh, clean and very drinkable. Definitely one to consider” so here it is, give it a try for yourself.

Naturally we also have a few items which sit in the Sheldon’s mainstream:

2009 Haut Bergey (£45) – solid wine from Pessac Leognan, Graves. We have had it in bottle, mag and imperial formats previously and it has always sold out.
2010 Haut Bergey (£45) – ditto
2005 Chateau Beaumont (£39) – we’ve had younger vintages in but never the 2005 before.
2005 Chateau Cissac (£40) – oh-so-drinkable Haut Medoc, always a best seller for us when we get it in so strike while the iron is hot
2010 Chateau Cissac (£35) – ditto

New Rosé Wines
With it having been so warm recently (although today and yesterday seem decidedly cooler) we have brought in a couple of new rosé wines. One is here by request, the other because it fills a gap. Both were tasted before being ordered and both fit the quality criteria for the shop. Don’t be fooled though – they are quite serious wines. A bit more than your easy-drinking Provence rose this time around…
Abbé Rous Collioure Réserve des Peintres Rosé (£15.95) – many of you will recognise Abbe Rous, they produce the wonderful Banyuls we have downstairs. It comes from the area on the Mediterranean near Spain. This rose is a blend of 65% Grenache Noir, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah. This is part rosé de saignée with a 12 hour maceration before pressing. Fermentation takes place at a low temperature and is bottled at the end of the year of the harvest. Don’t be fooled by the pale colour, this is a rose with real red fruit flavours and a long finish. The label celebrates the famous harbour views of the church in Collioure, much captured by local and international artists.
Moulin de la Roque Bandol (£20) – Bandol is located on the Mediterranean coast of France just south east of Marseille. Known for growing the Mourvedre grape which is well suited to the warm climate, the region is well respected for its age-worthy reds. It is also known for rosé made using the same grape either as a single varietal wine or a blend. The wine we have is a blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. While the wine is pale in colour it is very much considered a ‘vin de garde’ with the ability to improve with age, although the vast majority of it gets drunk within a year of the vintage release. A friendly wine for summer drinking in the garden with the ability to partner well with food.

Car’s the Star

What a treat – a Mercedes 190SL. This model pre-dates one of my favourite cars (the stacked headlight Mercedes 280SL from the late 60’s/early 70’s) it being in production from 1955 through to 1963. By all accounts it was released as a more affordable alternative to the 300SL gull wing. It has many similar styling features and looks pretty ‘Americanised’ to me, designed to fight off two seater sports cars from over the pond. The car takes it’s name from the engine – it is powered by a 1.9 litre straight 4 cylinder engine, hence 190SL.
A big thank you to Mr & Mrs N for bringing it round to see us. Any time.
I think that will do for tonight. I’ve just taken a look at the weather forecast for the coming days and it looks like it is going to be OK if not brilliant. This weekend Trish, Jude and I will be here to see to your every wine need. Oh, and as a final reminder it is the ‘Last Night at the Proms’ tomorrow night – the Shipston Proms that is, so get yourself into town tomorrow evening and have some fun.

 

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

Your shoe-saving, SL-loving, Boooom-drinking wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

DotW, English Wine Week, Father’s Day, New Ins & Car’s the Star

How are you doing? Warm? Hopefully you have had time to enjoy a little of the mini heat-wave we have been experiencing. After last week’s Shipston-fest we are back to wine this week. We have taken delivery of some excellent New Ins this week, albeit with a bent towards Champagne and Italy. No issue with that. As usual we top and tail with a dog and a car…well, cars actually. And a final reminder about Father’s Day. Push on and enjoy the last of the sunshine.

Dog of the Week

We haven’t had an updated picture of Viv for quite a while. He first came to us as a wee puppy. Puppy no more. He is not quite fully grown, but is now a big dog nonetheless. And of course he oozes cuteness.
Many thanks to both Emily and Charlie for the regular Viv visits and playtime. Always a pleasure.

Celebrating English Wine Week: 18th – 26th June

Amanda has written a short article about English Wine Week which starts tomorrow. A good attempt at addressing some of the consumer concerns over this emerging wine producing region which has such high potential.
Just some of the English wines we have in the shop
This week we are very excited to be supporting English Wine Week. From Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th June.  English wines are continuing to grow in popularity as the quality improves and there is a desire with many of us to support the local economy. English sparkling wines in particular are now World class and they form a core part of our range. We often get questions about English wines so here’s a list of the most commonly asked, with the answers…

Are English wines any good?
Definitely! There are some excellent quality English wines and as the vines grow older and the winemakers gain more experience the quality of the wines is continually improving. The climate here in England isn’t warm enough to grow many familiar wine grape varieties, however some the varieties which thrive in cooler conditions are well suited to the English climate. Varieties such as Bacchus, Dornfelder and the Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are all growing well in England.

Why are English wines so expensive?
The quality of the best English wines rivals the quality of other wines at the same price point, so perhaps they are not that expensive in relative terms. There are however several other factors to consider. The climate in England is unpredictable and a good crop is never guaranteed. There are no economies of scale in England yet as wine is not being produced in sufficient quantity to gain these benefits. Land, labour, materials and winery facilities are all expensive when compared to some other wine producing regions. Unlike many other countries, our Government doesn’t subsidise English wine growers. Most vineyards only survive through making extra income from wine tours and tastings.

How do English wines compare to those from other countries? 
The cool climate and long daylight hours in summer mean that the grapes have a long time to ripen. This allows a broad range of flavours to develop. Sugar levels don’t usually get as high as they do in warmer climates so the wines tend to be lighter in body and lower in alcohol. Perfect conditions for the production of quality sparkling wines. Still white wines are usually aromatic, crisp and light bodied – just right for summer drinking. Reds are also light in body and refreshing although quality for reds is variable so shop around to find a style you like or talk to a quality independent wine retailer like Sheldon’s.

Why should I buy English wine when it costs more than a similar wine from another country?
As mentioned above, the best quality English wines rival wines from other regions at the same price point, so it is not always true that English wines cost more than similar wines from other countries. Also it is a tough job producing wine in this country. When we support the English wine makers by choosing their wines and visiting their vineyards we allow them to continue to produce wine and invest in the vineyards and wineries. As the vines in the vineyards mature the quality of the wine will continue to improve and with higher volume production the prices should become more competitive. With climate change causing havoc across many of the traditional wine growing regions, now could be the time to invest in the long term future of English wines.

Why not use English Wine Week as an excuse to try something different this weekend?  We will have a bottle of one of our favourites open in the shop on Saturday for those of you who pop in and want to try before you buy.

Amanda x

Here’s our list of personal favourites from the English shop selection:

Amanda – Digby NV Leander Pink (rose sparkling wine, £32 a bottle). Great for it’s combination of fresh fruit flavours, balanced acidity and a long finish. Perfect for this hot weather.

Trish – Lyme Bay Shoreline (still white, £15.95 a bottle). Well made English white with Bacchus and Seyval Blanc which has characteristics between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This blend is like a well made Sauvignon, but not from France or New Zealand.

Shane – Nyetimber 2014 Blanc de Blancs (sparkling brut, £49 a bottle). While we have better quality English sparklers, I think this wine represents great value for money, even when placed against Champagnes at the same price point. It has a distinct taste, perhaps a proper definition of English wine.

Carol – Lyme Bay Pinot Noir Rose (still rose, £17.95 a bottle). Because Carol loves a slightly off dry rose!

Come in and pick up a bottle or two of English wine – if you havent tried it yet you might just be pleasantly surprised.

Father’s Day – a final reminder

I’m sure you don’t need reminding, but hey, here it is anyway.
Remember – the best Father’s Day gifts either fit in a toolbox or come in a bottle. We are here for you (for the latter).

New Ins

Of the greatest importance in the New Ins this week is the delivery of not one, not two, not even three, but four pallets of Sheldon’s Champagne. With challenges over supply we went as large as we were allowed with this order. I don’t suspect the newly-arrived two thousand plus bottles will last us through the remainder of the year but at least it gives us continuity for a few months. We are only receiving standard 75cl bottles now, no halves, magnums or jeros I’m afraid, which means we’ve got what we’ve got in these other format sizes in the shop, when they are gone they are gone.
Sheldon’s Champagne arriving in volume
New regulations on importing goods into the UK have necessitated the addition of a back label. This includes the name of the importer (Sheldon’s) which is the essential piece as far as customs is concerned. With the space available we have also included a brief description of the Champagne. We also have a simpler foil and collar. All in all it looks a touch more modern. Rest assured it is the same juice in the bottle, produced by our longstanding friends at H Blin in Vincelles, just west of Epernay.
Inevitably costs have increased with the new label. We have also been subject to fuel surcharges and other levied costs. However, our commitment to holding the price for a full twelve month cycle remains firm. £24.95 a bottle until the end of 2022 or until stocks run out (if we cannot get any more).
We also have the arrival of the latest edition of Jacquesson’s 7-series Champagne:
Jacquesson 745 (£65) – based on the 2017 vintage
Just a few other New Ins this week, mostly building on our Italian presence. For those keen on new releases, we have just received our enormous (24 bottle) allocation of Tignanello 2019. Here goes:
Whites:
2021 Guado al Tasso Vermentino di Bolgheri (£21.75)
2019 Tormaresco Pietrabianca (£27.50)

Reds:
2019 Poggio alle Nane Le Mortelle (£67.50)
2018 Prunotto Barbera Pian Romualdo (£26.95)

….and the big boys…
2020 Cervaro della Sala (£69.50) – Antinori’s top flight Chardonnay. Grab it while you can. We only have 12 bottles.

2019 Tignanello (£140/bt) – amazing Sangiovese blended with Bordeaux varietals, this is considered one of the top super Tuscans. We also have limited stocks of 2018 (£140) and a little 2009 and 2008, some with damaged labels but otherwise perfect (both £150 a bottle, please ask).

Car’s the Star

Imagine the moment when these two cars pulled into the car park late one Saturday afternoon. I was almost beside myself. So exciting to have non-identical twins at the shop. I think I was way more excited than the owners. The cars of course need no introduction – Land Rovers the pair. Both Defenders, both 90s. The origins of this model date back to 1984. Seeing them in the car park reminded me that during lockdown I said we would have a Land Rover event in the car park when we were allowed to play again. I’ll come up with a date and we’ll get you all to pop over.
A big thanks to Angus and Charlie for co-ordinating your visits (by accident), almost a matching pair.
That will do for this evening. Hopefully you are sitting in a garden somewhere enjoying a nice glass of something cold. That’s what I will be doing in about 15 minutes. Amanda, Trish and I will be here at the shop tomorrow. As the forecast is for a change in the weather why not use the time to pop by and pick out a few nice bottles to see you through the weekend. The sun and heat returns next week and we will soon be in full summer.

 

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

Your Land-Rover-loving, Tignanello-admiring, English-wine-drinking wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

DotW, Father’s Day, Shipston Beer Festival, Shipston Proms, New Ins and Car’s the Star

This week’s edition of Sheldon’s Times is mostly dedicated to our home town of Shipston on Stour. We are ‘en fete’ – with the start the Proms tonight and the beer festival tomorrow. Two weeks of celebration, fun and music. Take a close look at the Proms schedule, if you haven’t committed some time to enjoy an event or two, do so. Many of the activities are free to attend, throw yourself in. Also in tonight’s missive we have a familiar DotW, an even more familiar Car’s the Star, some interesting New Ins including some more wines from the Italian tasting and Jude has been up to her old tricks with the display shelf near the till. Press on.

Dog of the Week

The moment this dog walked in the shop I thought “I know that breed. It’s a Portuguese Sheepdog!” He looks very much like Hamilton, our friendly pub dog at The Royal Oak, Whatcote. But I was wrong. This is Brinkley and he’s a Korthals Griffon. The breed name comes from Eduard Korthals, a Dutchman thought to be responsible for creating this magnificent beast.
A big thank you to Lindsey for bringing Brinkley in to see us. A real pleasure. And so well behaved for rather a large hound. Anytime.

Jude’s Father’s Day Fancies

No sooner had the Jubilee weekend finished, Jude was out packing away the flags and dismantling Jude’s Jubilee Jumble. What next? Father’s Day of course. The special shelf has been stocked with Whisky, Rum, Cognac and Armagnac. All blues and blacks and oranges, not a pink bottle in sight. We also have many other Daddy Goodies in the shop, some might say we have nothing else other than Daddy Goodies. I beg to differ. We have Whispering Angel too.
No excuses – get your Father’s Day gifts now and beat the rush. There’s a chance we may run out of bottles, such is the enthusiasm for these commercially invented celebratory days. Don’t dither.
Robert and Yoko’s beautiful garden in Whichford
While we are on the topic of Father’s Day, a quick reminder that the local village of Whichford holds it’s National Gardens Scheme Open Day on Father’s Day each year. Seven gardens across Whichford and Ascott will be open for the afternoon, starting at 1.30pm. Admission is £6, refreshments will be available (in support of St Michaels Church) and it will make for a smashing afternoon out. More details can be found by clicking the button below:
Whichford & Ascott NGS Open Day

Shipston Beer Festival – Saturday 11th (tomorrow), 2pm-late

Tomorrow is the day of the Shipston Beer Festival. The festival is taking place at the Shipston Rugby Club, starting at 2pm
Our friend Mr Easton has been telling us what a fun afternoon it is going to be. Live music, kids activities, lots of beer and Prosecco and perhaps even some Champagne. A birdie told me there will be Phat Pasties there too – a must if you haven’t tried them, from our pals Paul and Laura just up the road. A free Shipston Beer Festival glass with each entry ticket, you will be encouraged to have it refilled on a regular basis. I’ll try to head down after shop closing, hopefully I will see some of you there.

Shipston Proms – Friday 10th to Saturday 25th June

Our second Shipston shout-out this evening is for the Proms. This eclectic music festival is kicking off tonight with Uncle Funk’s Disco Inferno at the Townsend Hall (tickets available on the door so if you are reading this thinking “What shall I do tonight?” you now have your answer) through to Saturday 25th June. The packed schedule includes something for everyone with events stretching over the town and into the local surrounding villages.
More details can be found by clicking the button below:
Click here for Shipston Proms website
We are lucky to have these events taking place here in the town. A big thank you to all of the people who give up their time and energy to make these things happen. It is these events, with the myriad of other activities throughout the year that makes Shipston the place to be.

New Ins

Just a handful of tasty New Ins this week:
Hawkstone Pils and Premium lager (£2.25 per 330ml bottle)
We announced the rebranding of Cotswold Brew Co to Hawkstone a couple of weeks ago. We sold through all of the first batch of 3.8% Pils and have restocked with both 3.8% Pils and 4.8% Premium lager. Come and get it while you can.
White:
2019 Tasca Nozze d’Oro (£29, Inzolia/Sauvignon Blanc blend) – an interesting combination of flavours from two distinct grape varieties from Sicily
2020 Picque Caillou Blanc (£35) – nice to have a little more white Bordeaux in the shop
2021 Tormaresca Furia di Calafuria Rosato (£41, Puglia, Italy) – an amazing rose that we had at the recent Italian tasting. Negroamaro, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. A very funky bottle too and anyone who buys 6 gets a lovely box thrown in.
Red:
2014 Tormaresco Bocca di Lupo Aglianico (£77, Puglia, Italy) – another star of the recent tasting but we sold out of the first batch with orders on the day. Now back in the shop in limited quantity.

2004 La Rioja Alta ‘904’ magnums (£145) – 2004 was a favourite vintage of this wine for many of you and we’ve just picked up another 6 mags
2008 Vega Sicilia Pintia (£79) – we have younger bottles so I thought it would be nice to try one with a little age on it.

2018 Picque Caillou magnums (£55)
2009 Phelan Segur (£75)
2005 Leoville Barton (£145)

And finally (for Will):
1990 Gruaud Larose double magnum

Car’s the Star

Okay, I know we have had a car similar to this before. In fact we have had exactly this car as a previous Car’s the Star. So rare is it’s appearance at the shop that I couldn’t resist taking another picture and including it in tonight’s Sheldon’s Times. You’ve had all the blurb on it previously, so all I need to say is “Hello Ferrari 330 America” – one of only 50 made in 1963.
A huge thank you to Brian for dropping in just after closing and catching us before we packed up for the day. He arrived with us having come from a 330 reunion party. “But there aren’t many left!” I hear you cry. You’d be surprised.
What do you call a Saturday afternoon gathering of 330s? An exuberance of Ferraris? A great way to finish the week.
That will do for this evening. The weather looks pretty settled over the next few days, do enjoy it. Here at the shop Amanda, Trish and I will be here to look after you tomorrow. Hopefully we will see a fair few of you in the shop here to make some super wine purchases to enjoy over the weekend.

 

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

Your Korthals-Griffon-loving, beer-festival-drinking, 330-America-admiring wine team at Sheldon’s Wines.

Sheldon’s Times Platinum Jubilee Edition

On the basis that tonight is ‘Friday night’ for many of you we are sending out Sheldon’s Times a little early this week. With the prospect of four days of fun ahead of us, you will undoubtedly want to get into the swing of things early on. Tonight’s edition is of course Jubilee-themed. Every local town and village seems to have plans of some sort (all of which are different), we hope you manage to enjoy the days ahead and throw yourselves into the Jubilee spirit. On you go…

Dog of the Week

This evening our DotW is in fact many dogs. Her Majesty The Queen was surrounded by Corgis as a child and has owned Corgis and Dorgis (a Dachshund/Corgi cross) herself since she was 18 years of age. A Corgi called Susan was her first. Over the years The Queen has owned more than 30 Corgis in the period 1945 to present.
Sadly, The Queen’s pet Holly, the last descendent of her first Corgi Susan, passed away in 2016 and her last Corgi named Willow was put to sleep in 2018. Both Holly and Willow appeared in the 2012 Olympic sketch, with James Bond accompanying The Queen to the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Thankfully The Queen was gifted another Corgi in 2021 so she has good company.

Sheldon’s Opening Hours for the Jubilee

As a final reminder, our opening hours over the coming days are as follows:

Thursday 2nd – usual hours 0900-1800hrs
Friday 3rd – 0900-1400hrs (we are taking the afternoon off)
Saturday 4th – usual hours 0900-1700hrs
Sunday 5th and Monday 6th – closed as usual
Tuesday 6th – back to regular hours

The only change to our regular opening hours is Friday 3rd where we will be closed in the afternoon. At all other times you will be able to purchase your Jubilee weekend treats as usual. Please also accept that we might be a little jaded on Friday morning, it being the morning after the night before. No shouting in the shop please. And if any of you want to drop a bacon buttie off it will be well received.

The Royal Household: The Clerk and The Yeoman of the Royal Cellars

Here’s a short article I discovered about the operation of The Royal Cellars, just for fun. It was written in 2014 so I hope Simon is still the Clerk. Read on…
The Clerk of the Royal Cellars is a part-time member of the Royal Household. They are usually an experienced senior wine merchant. The Clerk advises and supervises the purchasing and maintenance of the liquor for the Household, focusing on spirits and wines.
The Clerk will give advice on wine pairings for State banquets and other events. The Clerk of the Cellar also supervises the Yeoman of the Royal Cellars.
The current Clerk is Simon Berry, head of Britain’s oldest wine shop, Berry Bros & Rudd. In 2007 Her Majesty requested that Berry take over duties at Buckingham Palace.
Since 1698 Berry Bros & Rudd has traded in London. It has been a supplier to the Royal family since the reign of King George III. If you are wondering how long ago that would be, George III became King in 1760. (Ed: ah, marginally older than Sheldon’s then.)
To assist with recommendations for the wines, there is also the Royal Household Wine Committee.
If you’d like to read more about the Royal Household Wine Committee then take a look at this excellent article by Committee member Jancis Robinson on her website:
Royal Household Wine Committee article by Jancis Robinson
Along with a deputy and an assistant, the Yeoman is a staff member of the Master of the Household Department.
This position requires the holder to be responsible for the procurement of spirits, wines and beers for meals as well as for entertaining whether it be private or official in the Royal residences.
The Yeoman of the Royal Cellar keeps inventory and along with the Clerk of the Royal Cellars, makes certain an ample stock is at hand.
Robert Lange is the current Yeoman of the Royal Cellars. Lange received the Royal Victorian Medal (RVM) as part of the Queen’s 2014 New Years Honours List.
(Actually LinkedIn tells me Robert retired in April this year, so I am not sure who is the current Yeoman…any takers among the Sheldon’s community?)

New Ins

Wine content in tonight’s edition of Sheldon’s Times is restricted to just a handful of delicious New Ins:
Sticky:
2016 Carmes de Rieussec (2nd wine of Ch Rieussec) 75cl bottles (£25/bt)

Red:
2010 Chateau Bernadotte (£32)
2015 Allees de Cantemerle (£23) – last stocks of this before we move on to the 2016 of which we also have good stocks
2016 Chateau Cantemerle (£35) – just about drinking at 8 years of age, but also one for keeping
2000 Segla (£59, the 2nd wine of Rauzan Segla) – many of you ask for Segla so I was delighted to find a small 5-case parcel of the wonderful 2000 vintage. WIGIG.

And for those who like to go large:
2010 Clarendelle Jeroboam (5 litre) – owned by the Dillon family, Clarendelle is described by the team that produce it as being ‘inspired by Haut Brion’, Haut Brion being one of the five Bordeaux First Growths and the flagship wine of the Dillon empire. This Merlot based blend from one of the best vintages in recent memory will deliver enormous drinking pleasure and at £250 for a 5 litre bottle it also represents great value for money.
1998 Chateau d’Armailhac Jeroboam (5 litre) – need I say more? Fabulous Pauillac from the Mouton (English) side of the Rothschild family. Please enquire.

Car’s the Star

This week’s Car’s the Star belongs to, err, The Queen. It was a toss up between the Royal Bentley and one of the Royal Range Rovers. This Range Rover won, because the picture of Her Majesty is so cheery.
Research tells us that as Head of State, the laws applying to the roads do not apply to The Queen. This means The Queen is the only person in the UK who could drive around without a driver’s licence, not wear a seat belt and ignore the speed limits. However, our Queen does have a driver’s licence and of course has plenty of driving experience since she worked as mechanic and driver in the Second World War. And for her 96th birthday she took her Range Rover for a drive around the Sandringham Estate, by all accounts with the dogs in the back.
Cheers!
That’s it for tonight’s Platinum Jubliee Edition of Sheldon’s Times. I hope you have much planned over the coming days (or nothing planned if that is more your thing).
We’ve been checking the forecast every hour and as I write this on Wednesday afternoon it looks like we are in for a dry, warm spell ahead. Perfect weather for a garden party/street party/just a party or anything else you decide to put your hand to. Jude, Trish and myself will be here throughout the coming days, do drop in, wave a flag and buy some lovely wine. Whatever the weather may we wish you all a very merry Jubilee weekend.
Cheers!

 

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

Your Corgi-loving, Yeoman-of-the-Royal-Cellar-job-aspiring, d’Armailhac-jeroboam-drinking wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

Spring Colour, DotW, Jubilee Opening, Italians, June Cellar Tour, New Ins and Car’s the Star

What fun we had with the Italian Tasting last Saturday. Delighted to see many of you come along, apologies to those who wanted to pop in but for whom we didn’t have space. There’s a write-up in tonight’s Sheldon’s Times, including those wines we thought were outstanding and now have a place on our shelves.

Also in tonight’s Sheldon’s Times we have a reminder about the June Cellar Tour (places still available), our opening hours over the Jubilee long weekend, some wines for you to try in the shop tomorrow (with the proviso that you give us some immediate feedback) and a car that we have seen before, albeit in a different colour. But first, a bit of uplifting spring colour and a great DotW. Read on…

Spring Colour

I am sure you have all noticed, the recent combination of rain and sunshine with a bit of warmth has spurred everything in the garden and countryside on. The vibrant acid greens of new leaves everywhere is a sure sign that the spring is here and summer will soon arrive. At home the bulb irises have suddenly come into flower, producing a super display for us to enjoy.
These beauties only last a week or two at most so we make the most of them when they are out. Terry’s Cannas are shooting up behind, they will soon be in bloom too.

Dog of the Week

This is Badger. Yes, I know we have already had a Badger as DotW – you remember, the little curly-haired fella who gives us a high-five when he comes in. Well it turns out that Badger is not the only Badger. This Badger is a Whippet. Quite a large one, especially considering he is only 7 months old. He’s standing rather statuesque-like, facing the sunshine.
Many thanks to Ben for bringing Badger to see us. One day we’ll get both Badgers in at the same time. Now that would be fun.

Jubilee Opening Hours

We have been doing a straw poll around the town to help us decide what we are going to do over the Jubilee long weekend. I think we have settled (like some other shopkeepers) on the following:

Thursday 2nd – usual hours 0900-1800hrs
Friday 3rd – 0900-1400hrs (we are taking the afternoon off)
Saturday 4th – usual hours 0900-1700hrs
Sunday 5th and Monday 6th – closed as usual
Tuesday 6th – back to regular hours

So the only change is Friday 3rd where we will be closed in the afternoon to enjoy a cold beer in a garden somewhere. At all other times you will be able to purchase your Jubilee weekend treats as usual.

Italian Tasting

Last Saturday we conducted an Italian Tasting in conjunction with the wholesale business, Berkmann Wine Cellars. By the time we had included the ‘extras’ the guys from Berkmann brought along we had north of 30 wines to try. All were top notch and the range covered areas of Italy from the very north right down to the island of Sicily in the far south.
Some top wines from Antinori at the tasting
Wine styles presented at the tasting included a couple of Franciacortas (the ‘Champagne’ of Italy), some stunning whites made from both international and indigenous grape varieties and reds which were light and flighty right through to the biggest style fo all, amazing Amarone weighing in at a tidy 16% alcohol.
Thirty customers attended, each having the opportunity to try as many wines as they could sensibly manage. Throughout the three hour session, Amanda, Trish and I snuck down and tried the wines too. Based on the orders we received there were some clear favourites, some of which we have decided to trial in the shop.
Top overall seller and an amazing white: Leone d’Almerita made by Tasca – a delightfully tasty white from Sicily. Made from a blend of grapes (Catarratto, Pinot Blanco, Sauvignon and Traminer) this was a pleasant surprise, not least because it was the least expensive wine across the whole tasting.
Second favourite white: Plenio Verdicchio Castello di Jesi Classico Riserva from Umani Ronchi. We haven’t had a Verdicchio in the shop for a long time, this was a stand-out example which we all loved.
Top red: Prunotto Costamiole Nizza Riserva – an absolutely delicious Barbera d’Asti made by Prunotto (and part of the Antinorti stable)
Second red: San Leonardo by Tenuta San Leonardo. This is the first wine from San Leonardo, the second wine ‘Terre’ was also very popular and considered great value for money. The wines are based on Bordeaux varietals and produced in the Trentino region of Italy (up north). This wine showed lovely richness. It is a wine we have sold in other vintages, this 2016 showed really well among strong competition.
Shane’s special pick: Tenuta Tascante Contrada Rampante. Made from the fascinating Nerello Mascalese grape grown on the volcanic soils on the southern slopes of Mount Etna, the wine showed bright, light iridescent cherry colours in the glass. A proud, dense nose of red fruits and a weight and intensity in the mouth that goes way beyond expectations. Complex, with unexpected tannic structure and much fuller fruit flavours than the colour suggests. Not cheap at £59 but such an interesting wine.
We also sold rather more magnums than I expected of a particular Italian rose. The 2021 Tomaresca Calafuria Negroamaro Rosato Magnums have flown out. Perhaps it is down to the rather funky fish-adorned box and bottle that it comes in? All I know is that the juice inside the bottle was delicious.
For those who attended the tasting, all wines ordered are now available for collection.
All of the above are now available in the shop, albeit in limited quantities at this stage (see New Ins below). We also have some other bottles for sale that made an appearance. If interested, please just ask and we’ll take you through the selection.

June Cellar Tour – Saturday 11th June 2-4pm

Having completed the Italian tasting last weekend we are now looking forward to welcoming our next group into the shop for our monthly Cellar Tour. Because of the Jubilee weekend we have decided to delay our tour until the following weekend. The tour will take place on Saturday 11th June starting at 2pm. We usually commence proceedings with a glass of chilled fizz, have a tour of the premises and the cellars before settling down for an informal tasting of 4 wines. Price is £25 per head to include all of the wines. If you’d like to book please reply to this email or give the shop a call on 01608 661409. You are forgiven for throwing yourselves into the Jubilee celebrations, but do get your cellar tour booking in early to guarantee your place.

New Ins

Here’s the list of Italians that we have in from the Saturday tasting, all in limited quantities. We’ll see what you think, if you enjoy some of them as much as we did we’ll keep them on the shelves.
Ca’ Del Bosco (Lombardy):
Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Ed 43 (Brut) – £44

San Leonardo (Trentino):
2018 Terre di San Leonardo (Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere) – £21
2016 San Leonardo (Cab Sauvignon, Carmenere – £79

Umani Ronchi (Marche):
2015 Plenio Verdicchio Castello di Jesi Classico Riserva (white) – £27
2017 Pelago (red, Montepulciano, Cab Sauvignon, Merlot) – £40

Antinori (various regions):
2021 Calafuria Negroamaro Rosato, Tormaresca Magnum (rose, Negroamaro) – £48
2015 Pian della Vigne Brunello di Montalcino (red, Sangiovese) – £54.50
2016 Santa Pia Vino Nobile Riserva La Braccesca (red, Sangiovese) – £49
2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Marchese Antinori (red, Sangiovese, Cab Sauvignon) – £52
2018 Poggio alle Nane, Le Mortelle (red, Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon, Carmenere) – £80
2015 Prunotto, Barolo Bussia (red, Nebbiolo) – £90
2015 Prunotto, Nizza Riserva Costamiole (red, Barbera d’Asti) – £52

Famiglia Cotarella (Umbria):
2019 Sodale, Lazio Rosso IGT (red, Merlot) – £27
2017 Montiano, Lazio Rosso IGT (red, Merlot) – £65

Tasca (Sicily):
2020 Leone d’Almerita (white) – £20
2019 Chardonnay Vigna San Francesco (white) – £47
2017 Contrada Pianodario (red, Nerello Mascalese) – £59
2017 Contrada Rampante (red, Nerello Mascalese) – £59

For those in the full Jubilee mood we have just received a small number of Whispering Angel ‘Jubilee Edition’ bottles (same price as standard bottles, £21.95). Sold on a first-come-first served basis, if you want to give your celebration a special feel why not serve your rose out of a special bottle? We also have Whispering Angle in magnum and 6 litre format if you want to go large (without Jubilee Edition labels).
Tomorrow in the shop we are going to open a few bottles for you to try, some of which we have in stock, others we would simply like your opinion on:

Sacha Lichine Single Blend Rose – from the maker of the rather famous Whispering Angel we have a bottle of his Single Blend rose which is made from Grenache and Cinsault grown in the south of France. We are looking forward to trying it with you.

If it has the style of Whispering Angel but is priced at £14.95 it certainly seems worth a look. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. We’ve taken a punt and have brought this wine into stock.
The following two bottles are from a new stockist we are looking at. Both sit in the affordable category. You are invited to try them with the expectation that you will tell us what you think:
Flora and Fauna (Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc) – regional French white for easy drinking.
El Garbi Blanco (Garnacha Blanco)

Prices on both will be confirmed if we go ahead with an order, but both will be in the under £15 category. Certainly worth a try.

Nearly New In

This one is a ‘nearly new in’ because it isn’t really new at all.

We are now stocking Hawkstone Pils (3.8%) and will soon get Hawkstone Lager (4.8%). You may well have heard of the Hawkstone brand, in particular if you are a follower of a certain Mr Clarkson. The beer is made by the Cotswold Brew Co, whose Cotswolds Pils and Cotswolds Premium Lager we have been stocking for years. In collaboration and with some investment from Clarkson the Cotswold Brew Co have rebranded their product range as Hawkstone.

Same beer (subject to the usual Cotswold Brew Co tweaks and improvements), different name. I think that puts it in the ‘nearly new in’ category, doesn’t it? Love him or hate him, the beer remains good so we will continue to sell it as long as you still want to buy it…
And finally in the New Ins this week we have the following which we have managed to squeeze out of Gilles Remoriquet. The price is up on earlier releases on this 2016 vintage wine but I know how much you love it so I got the remaining 24 bottles on offer. It’s not out in the shop so ask me for it:

2016 Remoriquet Nuits St Georges 1er Cru ‘Damodes’ – £69 a bottle

Car’s the Star

Regular readers of the Car’s the Star feature will know that we’ve had a car like this before. A SAAB 96 V4, this example coming from the fine vintage of 1972. The car is affectionately known as ‘Barbra’, a slight joke by the owner about it’s looks at certain angles. All I can say is I love it, a true icon of the late ’60’s and early ’70’s.
Many thanks to Kris Kristofferson (aka Richard G) for bringing Barbra in to see us. Love the matching blue tyre walls.
That’s it for tonight’s edition of Sheldon’s Times. Weatherwise this weekend it looks like we are in for an okay Saturday with Sunday being a little cooler. Not too much rain forecast meaning more time in the garden having picked up on some top tips from Chelsea (on the TV) this week. Jude, Trish and I will be here to welcome you into the shop tomorrow, whatever the weather.

 

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

Your Barbra-loving, Italian-drinking, Iris-enjoying wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

DotW, JJJ, Shop Tasting, New Ins and Car’s the Star

I am so excited about this week’s Car’s the Star I can hardly contain myself. I did think about swapping this week’s order around, putting it at the front of tonight’s Sheldon’s Times but I know the DotW lovers among you would have complained.

As has become customary I start the week thinking “what are we going to put in the email this week?” and before we know it we have too much to say. Feel free to skip through as you see fit. Do pay attention to the Shop Tasting article and the New Ins. And it would be remiss of you to pass by Amanda’s Jubilee article. On you go…

Dog of the Week

Here’s ‘N’, a puppy dog in training to perform the work of a Guide Dog. No names here, at the request of the trainer. We are only using a letter. We weren’t allowed to pet this working dog, but as you can see Carol has made friends under strict instructions on how to handle him.
Such amazing work by both handler and dog. We are always in awe of what can be achieved through the intense efforts of the Puppy Raiser and of course the dog itself. A treat to have the occasional, well-behaved visit.

Jude’s Jubilee Jumble

There’s no stopping her, Jude has again been busy. The Easter display has been dismantled and replaced with Jude’s Jubilee Jumble.
To get you in the Jubilee mood, Amanda has written a little piece for you:
With just a couple of weeks to go before the Jubilee weekend we are starting to sell bottles of wine, beer and spirits in preparation for the celebrations. Jude has set up a mini display in patriotic colours and (most of) the team are getting into the party spirit and thinking ahead to what we will be doing to celebrate and more importantly what we will be drinking. So if you need some tips and inspiration for your own celebrations, read on …

Why not take a lead from Her Majesty The Queen and have a Gin and Dubonnet. Go local with a Cotswolds Distillery Gin. Or choose from the vast range of local and classic London Dry gins in the shop.

Our own Queen of Sheldon’s, Carol, is contemplating which rosé she will be celebrating with – maybe Whispering Angel or the English Lyme Bay Pinot Noir rosé? She’s keeping her actual plans close to her chest at the moment, keeping her options open.

Jude is going to be celebrating by working at the shop (sorry Jude). She is still making her way round the different wines we offer before working out what the final line up will be. This weekend she’s sampling the Plan B Riesling and Robertson Chenin Blanc as homework.

Shane is yet to fully embrace the joy of the occasion (bah humbug) and is currently only committing to ‘drinking copious amounts of something, probably in magnum format and almost certainly Champagne’ – that narrows it down a bit….. He will also be working in the shop. (Ed: Go large or go home!)

Trish will also be in the shop but will undoubtedly be joining Shane in his Champagne Magnum fest when the time comes – with possibly one of her favourite Rieslings thrown in for good measure.

Esther will be out of the country on a well-earned holiday with her family. She is getting excited about sampling the lovely wines of Croatia – particularly as one of our lovely readers whom we shall call ‘Bruce’ has given her a list of the best wines that he sampled on a recent trip there. Nicholas will be 7 on the Jubilee Saturday so cake will most likely be part of the celebrations in the sun.

I will also be on holiday – finally able to use up one of the many postponed trips to France that have been stacking up during lockdown. I shall be toasting everyone from a sunbed on the Ile de Ré, where the local delicacies are oysters and Pineau de Charentes. In reality I will probably be drinking beer and eating frites and saving my Divici Prosecco until my return.

If you would like some help choosing what will make your celebrations go with a bang, whether it be a low cost glugger to share with the neighbours or a special something to toast The Queen, please pop in and see us. As always, we will be delighted to help you find the right bottle for this remarkable occasion.

Amanda x

Italian Tasting tomorrow – all booked up

Earlier this week I wrote an article on the Italian Tasting taking place tomorrow to encourage you to attend, but it turns out we are now full. Apologies to those who were planning to walk in, I am afraid all of the spaces are taken. If you are booked in then we look forward to seeing you tomorrow – wear something warm, we will be in the cellars. For those not attending we’ll provide you with a full report on which wines were the stars of the show next week.

Walton Hall 10k final report

One final word on the Walton Hall 10k run in support of Shipston Home Nursing. I am promised one final donation which will take the total raised by you, our wonderful customers, in cash and online donations to…..

£3500

That is an amazing sum of money and well beyond my initial target of £2000. May I offer my sincere thanks to all of the donors. Rebecca from SHN has been in this week to pick up the hard stuff and she is over the moon. Give yourselves a hearty pat on the back for a job well done. Thank you. End of topic.

Shop Tasting

We have opened a couple of bottles from our friends at BBR for you to taste in the shop this weekend, please come and ask us if you would like to try a sample:
The King’s Ginger – a ginger liqueur specially formulated by Berry Bros and Rudd in 1903 for Edward VII. We’ve just had a shot in the shop and it is a tasty sweet liqueur with both the flavour and fiery hit of fresh root ginger, with the added lift of a dash of citrus oil. This is a perfect warmer on a cold day and also a magical ingredient in cocktails. I rather like the sound of a King’s Ginger hot chocolate – I might just try one tomorrow. I am sure the addition of this delicious 29.9% liqueur might be exactly what I need at 10am.

BBR No.3 London Dry Gin – named after the famous BBR premises on St James’s Street, London, this gin took two years to craft to produce what BBR consider the best blend of botanicals for the perfect G&T. And they are not the only ones – No.3 is the only gin to have been awarded ‘World’s Best’ four times in the International Spirits Challenge.

As a special treat we will give the first 10 customers buying No.3 London Dry Gin a No.3 notebook and matching ‘key’ lapel pin. Thanks Berry’s!

New Ins

Some fun New Ins this week:
White:
2020 Mendel Semillon (£18.50) – an Argentine Semillon, it ticked the quality boxes when we tried it so although a little unusual to pick up a Semillon from South America, we felt it merited a trial run – tell us what you think.

2019  Mellot Menetou Salon Les Thureaux (£16.00)
2020 Mellot Quincy Le Rimonet (£16.50)

2020 Chapoutier Bila Haut Blanc (£12.95)
2020 Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Adunatio (£14.50)

2020 Jadot Bourgogne Blanc Couvent des Jacobins (£12.50 per half, £21.50 per bottle)
2020 Jadot Pouilly Fuisse (£30.95)
2018 Drouhin Cote de Beaune Blanc (£23 per half, £45 per bottle)

Red:
2018 Mendel Malbec (£23) – we have a great range of Malbecs from Argentina so why another one? Because the quality is there. If you are a fan of Sottano this is definitely worth a try.

2006 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz (£105) – we have had the 2010 in for some time so I thought it might be nice to get a few bottles of an older vintage. Such a good wine by the producer of Australia’s most famous wine, Grange.

2020 Jadot Bourgogne Rouge Couvent des Jacobins (£22.50 per bottle, no halves I’m afraid)

2020 Casanova di Neri Rosso di Montalcino ‘Giovanni Neri’ (£55)

2018 Chateau Poujeaux Double Magnums (£170 per DM)

…and finally…
2005 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac. £200 a bottle. One nice full pristine case of 12 available if anyone wants the lot? A belter.

Car’s the Star

Now we’re talking! At last we have a proper car as our Car’s the Star. A Reliant Robin Mk 2 if I am not mistaken. Such an icon, dating from 1973 in it’s Mk1 form with the Mk 2 coming from 1989 onwards. What a car. No stability issues here, just a good, solid runner. A car we all know as the Robin Reliant but of course the maker is Reliant and the model is Robin. So it is a Reliant Robin.
Many thanks to Rob for bringing it round. I think it needs a name, don’t you? Send me your suggestions and I’ll submit to Rob – if we get any good ones we’ll announce the top three in a future edition of Sheldon’s Times. And well done ‘Robin’ for getting through your MOT!
That’s it for tonight’s edition of Sheldon’s Times. We have started to see the ramp up for the Jubilee long weekend, here’s hoping the weather is fabulous when it finally comes along. It is going to be sunny and warm tomorrow (I hope) and not too bad on Sunday so dust off the BBQ and visit your local wine shop for some lovely bottles to enjoy over the coming days. Trish, Amanda and I will be here to look after you tomorrow and guide those of you here for the Italian tasting to the right room in the cellars.

 

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

Your Robin-loving, Ginger-drinking, Jubilee-preparing wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

DotW, Rose, Tastings, Walton Dash (results), New Ins and Car’s the Star

We did it! But I won’t spoil the fun – the results of our Walton Hall 10k Dash are below. This week week we have a reminder of our near-term tastings, some interesting New World New Ins, a nudge on our favourite roses, a rare-as-hens-teeth Car’s the Star and a monster Dog of the Week. Why waste time reading this intro – jump straight in…

Dog of the Week

Well hello Winston! A rather large Rhodesian Ridgeback. I think all Rhodesian Ridgebacks are fairly hefty, but Winston was particularly large. We last encountered a Ridgeback when Trish and I popped down to Cornwall for dinner last year. It was a real treat to have such an impressive beast visit us in the shop. I reckon he’d eat you out of house and home. He certainly made short work of the treats we gave him.
A big thank you to Paul for bringing him in to see us. Just look at that frown – so adorable.

Rose time!

The time is here – rose time! We are delighted to have all three of our favourite roses here in new vintage bottling. As has become customary, we will run our usual competition throughout the year to see which of the three sells the best and is therefore crowned your top choice.
Chateau de la Deidiere (our house Provence rose): £13.95/bt
Puech Haut: £16.95/bt
Whispering Angel: £21.95/bt
We have good stocks of all three. Whispering Angel we have in both bottle and magnum format (and some halves of 2020 last vintage) and Puech Haut we have bottles, magnums and double magnums, the latter being for anyone wanting to make a statement at the village barbecue.

Sheldon’s Tastings – reminder of dates

A couple of dates to remind you of for tastings coming up:
Thirsty Third Thursday Tasting – Summer Wines
Thursday 19th May 1.30-3.30pm

(£25 per head)
With the change in the weather, the sun shining and the mercury finally rising why not book yourself on a fun summer wines tasting here at the shop? Amanda will be running through a series of summer favourites in this Thursday afternoon session so you can get yourself sorted for the season ahead. Booking essential for this one.
Italian Tasting
Saturday 21st May 2-5pm

(£20 per head, redeemable against purchases over £100)
On Saturday 21st we will be welcoming our friends from Berkman Wine Cellars to share with us some of their best wines from their portfolio from all over Italy. There will be representatives here to talk to you about the wines and explain terroirs, wine making approaches and family stories. For lovers of well made Italian wines this is one not to miss. Booking advised or you could take a chance and turn up on the day, but we may have to hold you if there are too many folk in the room.
To book onto either please email me (shane@sheldonswines.com) or give us a call at the shop on 01608 661409. Both tastings will be held in the cellars so bring warm clothing, whatever the weather!

Walton 10k Dash – the scores are in!

Last Sunday saw your Sheldon’s Wine Cellars team attempt to complete the Walton Hall 10k charity run. Participation was the key theme with the objective of getting round safely, completing the course with a minimum number of injuries. Our group was split into two – those who were keen to walk the course and the less sensible folk who thought ‘running’ it was a better idea. At 10am we gathered at the start line with the other 190 participants. The hooter went off and so did we, shooting off like greyhounds out of their traps on our epic adventure.
Shane & Charlie before the race doing our Rocky impressions, with Derwin and Nathan (aka ‘the ringers’) in the background
The ‘flat’ course took us up an incline into the woods which soon turned into a hill followed by a mountain climb. Each member set their own pace, except me who had the benefit of a pacemaker in the form of Steve Cram, oops, I mean Nathan to keep me company. The group was soon well spread with the ringers shooting ahead and the walkers adopting a steady, sure-footed pace at the rear.
Jude, Esther and Amanda (the walkers) at the half-way point looking stressed and tired (not)
After racing through the woods, along a path next to the river, past the horses and all the way to Wellesbourne we then turned about and headed for home in the sunshine with a cool breeze. The long tarmac road back to the Hall was a bit of a slog but each team member came home in good shape, enjoying the positive reception of earlier finishers and Shipston Home Nursing volunteers as we crossed the line.
I know some of you want to know the times, so here we go:

Rosie: 51 mins
Derwin: 53 mins
Nathan: 58 mins (my paceman, he probably would have done it in half an hour otherwise)
Shane: 1 hour 1 min
Charlie: 1 hour 2 mins
Trish: 1 hour 15 mins
Esther, Amanda & Jude: 1 hour 52 mins (walking)

Each and every one of us was pleased with our results and with no major incidents it was considered a successful outing.

Of course the key purpose was to raise funds for Shipston Home Nursing, the local palliative care charity. Through your enormously generous contributions both on the giving website and through cash donations at the shop you have reached a total of over £3100. This goes well beyond expectations and is simply amazing. Here’s the latest Donors Wall of Fame:
Sheldon’s Wine Runners Donors Wall of Fame
You have been such a supportive community, you should all be very proud of what you have achieved. As a team we are so grateful for your support – both financially and for all of your positive comments of encouragement – it has made a real difference to the way we have approached the challenge. We all felt a sense of responsibility not to let you down after your extraordinary levels of generosity.
The team (minus Charlie who had to ‘run’ off to a lunch appointment) enjoying a drink after the run – Sheldon’s Champagne of course
Should any of you feel you would like to make a final donation you can do so by hitting the below button and then hitting the pink ‘donate’ button on the giving webpage.
Donate now to Sheldon’s Wine Runners
We cannot finish without saying thank you to all of the headline sponsors for the event (A Forsyth Farm Work, Tubbs End Farms, Hutsby Farms, G Hutsby & Sons) and particularly Paddock Farm Butchery for the incredible bacon and sausage baps readily available at the finishing line. And to the dedicated volunteers supporting the event with registration, marshalling, and all sorts of other support. And Rebecca, for your unwavering faith in the team.
A final huge thank you to you, the Sheldon’s Times readership from all of us here at Sheldon’s Wine Runners – you have been amazing. We couldn’t (and wouldn’t) have done it without you. THANK YOU!

New Ins

I’ve been weening myself off purchasing Bordeaux and Burgundy this week, instead we have some fun stuff from other parts of the world:
Beer
Big Drop Poolside DDH IPA 0.5% low alcohol (£1.95/330ml can)

Spirits
Wildjac Natural Dry Gin from Bewdley, Worcestershire (£36.95)
Wildjac Fresh Citrus Vodka -ditto- (£36.95)

South Africa (all three of these will be on taste tomorrow, until the bottles runs out)
Steenberg 1682 Brut Cap Classique Sparkling Wine (£17.95)
Rustenberg Red Muscadel (£11.50 per half)
Rustenberg Muscat of Alexandria (£11.50 per half)

Napa, California
2018 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (£60)
2018 Chateau Montelena Napa Cabernet (£70)

…and finally…
Australia
2016 Ben Glaetzer Eye of Ra Barossa Shiraz (£325)

Car’s the Star

We had car park mayhem last Friday. The combination of a 4-way traffic light system set up in town by BT (with no prior notice), a hearse, two funeral limos and two delivery drivers in the car park all at the same time made for a challenging half hour. In our favour however there was one particular car that got stuck in the car park which was no trouble at all.  It is a rare thing to see a car like this. It is an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Why rare? Because only 500 were made in Italy, only 40 imported into the UK with just 25 remaining on our shores.
Originally presented back in 2003 as a concept car, production ran from 2007 to 2010. While based on a unique platform the car shares some components with the Maserati GranTurismo and a V8 engine assembled by Ferrari. This is supercar territory for sure with 0-62 in 4.2 seconds and a limited top speed of 181mph.
Many thanks to Mr S for treating us – to both the car and some rather tasty cakes. Now that made up for all the car park craziness.
As the sun is beating down here in the shop and we are conducting a small tasting for research purposes, it is time I closed tonight’s edition of Sheldon’s Times. The weather is forecast to be much the same tomorrow. Lots of sun. We have plenty of summer wines to choose from here at the shop so pop over and pick up a bottle or two. Jude and I will be here tomorrow to find something right for the occasion.

 

Shane, Amanda, Jude, Esther, Nigel, Trish and Carol
(and Rosie, Derwin, Charlie & Nathan from Sheldon’s Wine Runners)

Your 10k-completing, deeply-donation-grateful, resting-for-12-months wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

DotW, Bluebells, Walton Dash, T4, Italian Tasting, Fondillon, New Ins and Car’s the Star

Plenty to get your teeth into tonight. We have a couple of tastings coming up, a gorgeous DotW, some super New Ins, a belter of a Car’s the Star and the latest scores for the Walton 10k dash. Oh, and it is probably the last weekend to go and see the bluebells. No point in messing about. Press on.

Dog of the Week

This is Spark. It doesn’t seem long since we had a fox-red Labrador and here is another one. But isn’t she gorgeous? She had a good rummage around the shop while she was here, exploring all of the nooks and crannies. Who can blame her? If you look hard enough there is always a bargain to be had here. Or a dog treat.
A big thanks to Sarah for bringing Spark in to see us. Always a pleasure and welcome any time.

Bluebells – last chance?

I suspect this weekend will be the last weekend before the bluebells start to go over. For the last few weekends Trish and I have taken the walk into Whichford Wood to see carpets of lovely flowers. This year the stalks seem particularly prolific.
In support of St Michael’s Church, Whichford there will be hot drinks and cake for sale this Sunday in the afternoon so why not go for a decent walk, settle for a cuppa when you get back, have a browse around the book sale and make a day of it? For those looking for something a little stronger, the Norman Knight will be serving and the Straw Kitchen at the pottery is famed for its brunches. And as far as the bluebells are concerned, once they are gone, they’re gone (until next year of course).

Walton Hall 10k – is upon us….

On Sunday at 10am the team will set off on the Walton 10km walk/run in support of Shipston Home Nursing, the palliative care support charity. Training has been intense, we will be like a small herd of antelope racing across the African savanna. We will be sprinting through the woods, racing down the valleys and bolting for the finishing line. That is assuming we can keep moving and the body doesn’t seize up, immobilising us and requiring emergency stretcher support.
Thank you so much to all of you have generously donated so far. YOU have raised over £1600 for the charity which is fabulous. If you remember my goal was £2000, one last push will get us there. Our Donors Wall of Fame looks pretty spectacular, we cannot thank you enough for your contributions.

Sheldon’s Wine Runners Donors Wall of Fame

There is still time to make a donation to Sheldon’s Wine Runners. To do so just click the button below and you’ll go to the donors page. You can gift any amount and every penny will be welcomed by the charity. We have also had some cash donations in the shop, rest assured if you wish to donate this way then the money will find its way safely into the hands of the Shipston Home Nursing team (and yes, you’ll still take pride of place on the Wall of Fame).
Visit Sheldon’s Wine Runners Walton 10k page and donate
There will be a full report on our achievements in next week’s Sheldon’s Times (international records broken, prizes won, etc, etc), perhaps a sweaty photo or two. Boy am I looking forward to the drink afterwards. Many thanks for your support – it really is appreciated.

Thirsty Third Thursday Tasting (T4) – Thursday 19th May

Our next Third Thursday Tasting is rapidly approaching – on the 19th May (a couple of weeks time). The theme this time is ‘Summer Wines’. Amanda will be picking out some of best warm-weather pleasers for the group to try. Perfect for those thinking about what to serve guests in the garden as the sun shines.
To book just reply to this email, call the shop on 01608 661409 or email Amanda at amanda@sheldonswines.com and we’ll put you down for a place. The fun starts at 1.30pm and lasts for a couple of hours. Price is £25 per head.

Sheldon’s Italian Tasting – Saturday 21st May 2022

Another date for the diary….in conjunction and with the support of our good friends at Berkmann Wine Cellars (wholesaler) we will be running an Italian Tasting here at the shop on the afternoon of Saturday 21st May.
The tasting will take a trot around Italy, with wines from producers located in each of the main wine-producing districts of the country. There are some old favourites (Antinori, San Leonardo, Prunotto) and some producers that are new to us (Masi, Umani Ronchi, Tasca). One thing that is common is that each and every one of them is in the upper echelons of wine producers from Italy and some of them rank in the top producers in the world. The room will be hosted by representatives of some of these producers. There will be a minimum of 24 wines to try. I might slip in a bottle or two of something special too.

Details are:

Date: Saturday 21st May
Time: 1400-1700hrs
Location: Cellar Tasting Room, Sheldon’s Wine Cellars, 6 New Street, Shipston on Stour
Entry: £20, redeemable against purchases of £100 or over on the day

If you would like to attend you can let me know by dropping me a line (shane@sheldonswines.com) or replying to this email. Space is a little limited in the tasting room in the cellar so if possible please provide a rough time of arrival. You can also turn up on the day but we may need to hold you for a few minutes if it is busy down there.

Luis XIV Fondillón

Those of you with relatively long memories will remember me announcing the arrival of a new Vermut from Spain. The juice was made from a blend of old, barrel aged Monastrell and Macabeo with the addition of a selection of botanicals. The Monastrell came from a rare, rediscovered barrel cellar in the Alto Vinalopó region of Alicante, Spain. Uncovered in 2015, the 25 barrels lay dormant for at least 60 years. The Vermut was the first release from the cellar. Today we are announcing the arrival of tiny quantities of the full Fondillon wines. This ultra rare and unusual wine has some parallels with Sherry, each barrel is treated like a mini-solera system with wine being drawn off and the barrel being topped up with younger wines. These old barrels were matured in this way until the 1960s then remained untouched for decades. We have two bottlings:
Luis XVI 25 Fondillón 50cl DOP Alicante ‘Edad superior a 25 años’
(£50/50cl bottle)

Made from a blend of wines from the barrel cellar which are at least 25 years old, only 800 bottles have been produced. The tasting note for this wine is as follows:

“Light brown colour and orange tile rim, with medium intensity. On the nose, the warm aromas of dried fruits (hazelnuts, toasted marcona almonds) and very old noble wood stand out.

In the mouth, it is almost dry, friendly and very enveloping. Its aromas of hazelnuts, cinnamon and dried figs are combined with the creamy toasts of centennial oak. Long and clean finish.”

Luis XVI 50 Fondillón 50cl DOP Alicante ‘Edad superior a 50 años’
(£240/50cl bottle)

The wine in each bottle comes from a blend of barrels, the details of which are included with the bottle. The wine is a minimum of 50 years old and only 323 bottles have been produced. Tasting this wine is like tasting a piece of history. The note is as follows

“Very deep mahogany colour and orange tile rim with greenish flashes, with a high layer and high density. It smells like noble furniture, enveloped by a delicious aroma of coffee, nuts, dates, black tea…”

In the mouth, it has a sweet entrance balanced by a very high acidity. Its aromas are long, almost eternal and very intense. It tastes like old mahogany, a very old barrel and past time.”

I don’t suppose we will see bottles like these in the shop again, so if you are seriously into sweet wines, owning a bottle of Fondillon is a must and going for one of these will be a real treat.

New Ins

In addition to the Fondillon, we have just a few specials in tonight’s New Ins list:

1999 Leoville Poyferre (£85)
2003 Kirwan (£65)
2003 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux (£180)

…and finally…

2003 Chateau Margaux

…and finally, finally…

1993 Chateau Mouton Rothschild – 1993 is generally considered an appalling vintage. For those who know Mouton and the artists labels, this is the controversial one that was banned in the U.S. In anticipation of it being a wine representative of the vintage conditions we opened one over Easter (tasted next to a Leoville Barton 1990, one of my all time favourites) and we were pleasantly surprised. The 1993 is a wine of exceptional standing and certainly merits it’s First Growth position despite the vintage.

Car’s the Star

It is rare occasion when I take a picture that doesn’t need any cropping or adjustment of some kind. This photo needs no alterations at all. It is simply perfect. A DB11 Volante. Enough said.
Many thanks to Andy for sharing his new jewel with us. What a car.
That’s all for tonight’s Sheldon’s Times. Next time we ‘speak’ we will have completed the Walton run and will have nursed our aches and pains. The weather for the weekend ahead looks ok, hopefully not too warm on Sunday morning. Certainly good weather for catching up in the garden. Or for a bluebell walk. Tomorrow Amanda, Trish and I will be here to meet all of your weekend wine needs and more besides. Drop in, say hello and buy a bottle or two for the days ahead.

 

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

Your Fondillon-favouring, Spark-loving, exhaustion-anticipating wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

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

DotW, Auction cancellation, “Fun” run, New Ins and Car’s the Star (with Drive-It Day)

This week we ran the second of our Third Thursday Tastings. Focused on Chardonnays from around the world, Amanda ran the tasting as a semi-blind session. Six wines were presented, six different descriptions offered and the participants were encouraged to use their wine skills to match each wine to a description. Success was patchy (Ed: Blind tasting is the most difficult thing to do, I am not sure I would have done much better) but we did have a class swot who came out with six out of six. Well done Val, top marks.

Tonight’s edition of Sheldon’s Times announces the unfortunate cancellation of the recently trailed art auction (sorry about the false start), the announcement of and opportunity for you to sponsor Sheldon’s Wine Runners (plenty of hiccups at this event), a small but smashing list of New Ins and a belter of a Car’s the Star with an invitation for car lovers out there. But first we have the Teddy of the Week. Less wine, more fun this time around. On you go…

Dog of the Week

This is Twix. You have been introduced to Twix in the past – he has appeared as a guest in a Sheldon’s On Tour article. He is of course a cockapoo and last Saturday he made his first visit to the shop. He has a slightly anticipatory look on his face. I don’t know why, I don’t think I was about to give him a biscuit. No, really, I wasn’t.
A big thank you to Kate for (finally) bringing Twix in to see us. Long overdue and may you become regular frequenters of our wine (& dog treats) emporium.

Shipston Home Nursing Art Auction – unfortunately cancelled

A couple of weeks ago we promoted a fundraising event for Shipston Home Nursing and the Stour Valley Wildlife Action Group. A number of pieces of original art by Thelma Madge Green were due to be auctioned from 20th to 30th April. I have been notified that the auction has been cancelled. Let’s hope this is a temporary blip and that the auction will be rescheduled at some point in the near future. Sorry for getting you all excited. We’ll keep you posted.
Walton Hall 10km walk/run – Sunday 8th May
In just over two weeks there is a 10k run/walk taking place at Walton Hall, just north of Shipston. In a moment of weakness the team here at the shop agreed to participate. We have signed up as “Sheldons Wine Runners”. As Trish is the only one among us who has even contemplated doing any training (turns out the couch-to-5k app delivers real results!) it is going to be interesting to see how we get on. We are a team of two halves. We have a group committed to walking and a couple who are going to attempt to run some of it. Being wine merchants we are not known for our extraordinary levels of fitness. The goal is to raise some money for Shipston Home Nursing, the palliative care support organisation in our area. And of course we also want to achieve the task of completing the 10k course. No mean feat when you sit around chatting about wine all day and drink like a fish in the evenings.
Each member of the team will be conducting fundraising campaigns with friends and family. We already have our first rogue member of the Sheldon’s Wine Runners – we have co-opted Charlie Mellor (Halford) and he has raced out of the blocks having secured a number of donations already.
Trish pointed out to me the other day that if half of our Sheldon’s Times readership donated just £5 we would raise just shy of £2000 for the cause. No pressure then. If you can spare a little money to support our efforts we will be most grateful. Every contribution will make a big difference to the work of Shipston Home Nursing.
Should any of you feel compelled to support us, you can do so by visiting our donation page by clicking the link below.
Sheldon’s Wine Runners donation page
Thank you in advance. And if any of you want to join us on the expedition do let me know. We might find time for a little something to rehydrate at the end of the ‘race’.

New Ins

With Esther being away this week we have a little bit of a backlog of wines and spirits to be booked in which should appear next week. In the meantime, here’s a handful of delights in the Sheldon’s New Ins basket for you tonight:
White:
2013 Y de Chateau d’Yquem (the dry white of Chateau d’Yquem), Sauternes (£200)
Red:
2010 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d’Alba Cascina Francia, Italy (£75)
2009 Chateau du Domaine de l’Eglise, Pomerol (£69)
2009 Chateau Batailley, Pauillac (£70)
2010 Chateau Batailley, Pauillac (£83)
…and in the Magnum department:
2018 Chateau d’Armailhac magnum, Pauillac (£100) – this one is for putting away and forgetting about for a few years, we have 2 x 3-packs of mags in wooden cases.
2010 Chateau Rouget magnum, Pomerol (£129)
2014 Chateau Gazin magnum, Pomerol (£135)
Finally:
2009 Dominus Estate, Napa Valley, California (£295) – the famed Napa Bordeaux-blend made by Christian Moueix of Chateau Petrus fame.

Sheldon’s Times Back-Catalogue

Recently a few of you have asked about back editions of Sheldon’s Times. It is mostly the dogs you want to see, but occasionally you might want to go back and look at some of the wine-related information. Each Saturday morning, hangover permitting, I publish the latest copy of Sheldon’s Times on the News section of the Sheldon’s website. You can go back and look at previous editions by clicking the link below or visiting the website at www.sheldonswines.com and selecting News from the menu.
Sheldon’s Times back editions
Suffering from insomnia? You now have the perfect cure.

Car’s the Star

This little beauty turned up one recent Saturday morning. The owner was attending the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 1 one-day course in the shop. Consequently the car was parked up all day and boy, did it turn a few heads. A Ferrari 348 no less. And while doing some research on this car I found out an interesting and on reflection rather obvious fact that I had missed in my youth. The number given to Ferraris from this era was derived from the characteristics of the car’s engine. This Ferrari 348 has a 3.4 litre engine and 8 cylinders, hence 348. Easy, isn’t it?
Many thanks to Rowan for parking up for the day and completing the Level 1 course. We look forward to finding out how you got on when the results come through.
As a little extra for you, local car enthusiast (Amanda says ‘heart-throb’) Richard Gray has just popped in to tell me about the Drive-It Day taking place this Sunday, 24th April. Anyone with an interesting, classic, vintage or veteran (or in my case old and knackered) motor car can pop by to Blackberry Farm, between Honington and Halford (on the little back road), postcode CV36 5DL between 10.30am and 6pm. There will be a little get together with like-minded people. A BBQ will be on site (bring your own grub and coals and of course wine), there will be tractor rides for big kids on an old Fergie and a 2 mile nature walk for those wanting a stroll. It’s free but donations to Shipston Home Nursing at the venue will be welcome. I might see you there, sounds like fun.
That’s it for tonight’s post-Easter edition of Sheldon’s Times. I’ve checked the oh-so-reliable weather forecasting application and it says that the weekend is going to be dry with sunny spells, albeit a little cooler than last weekend. Jude, Trish and I will be here tomorrow to find you some lovely wines to enjoy with whatever you are up to over the coming days. At some point I shall be out pounding the tarmac in the vague hope I can complete our event on the 8th May. Maybe I’ll run the 2 mile circuit around Blackberry Farm on Sunday.

 

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

Your 10k-terrified, 348-loving, Twix-adoring wine team at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

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