Tutored wine tasting or Cocktail demonstration in your home

Tutored wine tasting in your home. £100.00
Have a tutored wine tasting in the comfort of your own home.
Six different wines from three different wine producing regions
How to taste and food matching discussion. Where they come from and how they are made.
Max ten people audience, accompanying canapés can be arranged for an extra fee.

Tutored cocktail demonstration in your home. £100.00
Have a tutored cocktail making demonstration in the comfort of your own home.
Six different cocktails from three different base spirits
How to taste, mix and match flavours and blend into long drinks
Max ten people audience, accompanying canapés can be arranged for an extra fee.

Blowing my ‘trumpet’!

I know one shouldn’t blow one’s own ‘trumpet’ but I thought I should put this on my ‘blog’ page’.

This lady from Scotland placed an order via the web site.

“Dear John, My order for lovely Edouard Brun champagne arrived safely yesterday.  Thank you so much for your quick, efficient and charming service!” Best wishes, Grace Cxxxxk

Aside

AGRICULTURAL DISASTER DECLARED IN NEW YORK
31st March, 2014 by Lauren May
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared an “agricultural disaster” in 19 upstate New York counties following a “long and bitter” cold winter which has left the region’s vines in tatters.
Last month Senator Charles E. Schumer called for the USDA to declare a crop disaster to allow vineyards which had suffered bud and trunk damage to claim financial assistance through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) – part of the recently passed Farm Bill – to claim emergency loans through the USDA to replant crops.
However the extent of the damage could not be fully assessed until the Spring when the vines emerge from dormancy.
An agricultural disaster has since been declared by the USDA – a decision that will allow winemakers and vineyards to apply for aid from an emergency loan scheme to rebuild their battered crops.
In statement US senator Kirsten Gillibrand said: “When New York’s farmers struggle, our entire economy struggles.
“This long and bitter cold winter has been extremely harmful to grape growers and vineyards. Losing out on these crops will set them behind all season, and hurt local businesses and jobs at a time we just can’t afford anymore setbacks.
“This is the step we need to get federal resources on the ground so we can help our farms recover, and grow our economy.”
Upstate New York is home to nearly 900 vineyards which together contribute around US$830 million to the economy annually.
Some vineyards have reported bud loss of 50% or more due to the severe cold weather caused by a Polar Vortex which slammed into the east coast of America early this year breaking US temperature records with places experiencing temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit colder than average.
According to a report by The New York Post, farmers in the Finger Lakes are expecting to have lost between 75 and 90% of their crops due to “bud injury”.
The disaster area covers the counties of Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Oswego, Yates, Allegany, Cortland, Erie, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tomp­kins, Wayne and Wyoming counties – all of which will be eligible to claim support.
The financial assistance programme covers up to 65% of the cost of replanting, and 50% of the cost for pruning and vine removal

VINEYARDS DIRECT Wine Service ~ Quinta do Portal Port

“The C.A.Rookes VINEYARDS DIRECT Wine Service”
SPECIAL IMPORTED PRICES
New vintage and fresh stock ~ direct from the producer ~ “door to door”
Stock arriving w/c 11th November 2013 tbc.

SPECIAL ‘IMPORT’ PRICES, minimum order 6 bottles maybe mixed
TO BE ORDERED, PAID & COLLECTED BEFORE
Saturday 15th November 2013

PORTO RUBY PORT 75cl. 20%abv
Vineyards Direct Price ex Quinta do Portal per bottle £3.66ex
Plus Transport & Lloyds Bank charges per bottle. 51p
Plus HM Import Tax & 20% vat per bottle £4.04
Total price per bottle £8.21inc
(C.A.Rookes list price is £9.95inc ~ you save £1.74 per bottle)

QUINTA DO PORTAL FINE RUBY PORT 75cl. 20%abv
Vineyards Direct Price ex Quinta do Portal per bottle £4.47ex
Plus Transport & Lloyds Bank charges per bottle. 51p
Plus HM Import Tax & 20% vat per bottle £4.20
Total price per bottle £9.18inc
(C.A.Rookes list price is £10.95inc ~ you save £1.77 per bottle)

QUINTA DO PORTAL FINE TAWNY PORT 75cl. 20%abv
Vineyards Direct Price ex Quinta do Portal per bottle £4.47ex
Plus Transport & Lloyds Bank charges per bottle. 51p
Plus HM Import Tax & 20% vat per bottle £4.20
Total price per bottle £9.18inc
(C.A.Rookes list price is £10.95inc ~ you save £1.77 per bottle)

QUINTA DO PORTAL ‘27 GRAPES’ RESERVE 75cl. 20%abv
Vineyards Direct Price ex Quinta do Portal per bottle £6.07ex
Plus Transport & Lloyds Bank charges per bottle. 51p
Plus HM Import Tax & 20% vat per bottle £4.52
Total price per bottle £11.10inc
(C.A.Rookes list price is £12.95inc ~ you save £1.85 per bottle)

QUINTA DO PORTAL PINK PORT 75cl. 20%abv
Vineyards Direct Price ex Quinta do Portal per bottle £4.76ex
Plus Transport & Lloyds Bank charges per bottle. 51p
Plus HM Import Tax & 20% vat per bottle £4.26
Total price per bottle £9.53inc
(C.A.Rookes list price is £11.30inc ~ you save £1.77 per bottle)

QUINTA DO PORTAL LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE 2008 75cl. 20%abv Vineyards Direct Price ex Quinta do Portal per bottle £9.28ex
Plus Transport & Lloyds Bank charges per bottle. 51p
Plus HM Import Tax & 20% vat per bottle £5.16
Total price per bottle £14.95inc
(C.A.Rookes list price is £16.95inc ~ you save £2.00 per bottle)

Best regards, from John Freeland
C.A.Rookes Wine Merchants and Shippers
Warwickshire’s Wine Warehouse & Vineyards Direct
7 Western Road Estate
Stratford upon Avon CV37 0AH
Phone 01789 297777
Fax 01789 297752
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