What’s coming up in 2017…

Cuvelier Los Andes MC - 3rd May 2017

Cuvelier Los Andes Masterclass – 3rd May, 2017

Not to be missed! Join us next Wednesday at our Soho shop for a very special Cuvelier Los Andes masterclass, hosted by Baptiste Cuvelier himself.

The origins of the Cuvelier family’s wine exploits began in Bordeaux, in the early 20th century, with the purchase of Château le Crock in St. Estèphe in 1903.

In the 1990’s, the family spread their wings, as they turned their attention to Mendoza in Argentina, working first with Michel Rolland on his Clos de la Siete project. But, by 1999, they had begun to plant their own vineyards – Cuvelier los Andes – and produced their first wine under this estate in 2003. Truly outstanding!


 

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Carramimbre Masterclass – 26th April, 2017

Join us on Wednesday, 26th April at Amathus Shoreditch for our Carramimbre masterclass.

Carramimbre, or ‘wicker path’ in ancient Spanish, is the name of one of the vineyards owned by Bodegas Pignon in the Ribera del Duero; situated at the bottom of a short hill, where an ancient castle still stands. Some of the vines here are as old as 50 years old.

The vineyards sit on the ‘Golden Mile’ of the Ribera del Duero (which is, in fact, 15km long) stretching along the Duero valley from the town of Peñafiel, down to Tudela de Duero. Here, the Bodegas rubs shoulders with many prestigious and iconic neighbours (Alion, Vega Sicilia etc).

 

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Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge – Deadline 15th May, 2017

It’s that time of year again… 2 bartenders + 1 cocktail = The Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2017.

Choose your partner, submit your recipe and win a trip to Athens to compete in the Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge final!

Deadline for entries is the 15th May, apply now at www.myskinos.com/mcc.


London Wine Week here we come…

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London Wine Week will take over our city in a matter of days for its 3rd year running; kick starting on the 23rd May until the 29th May.  The whole week will be jam packed full of all kinds of wine tastings, events, masterclasses, as everyone, including us, wants in on the action.

This year, similar to last, we will be hosting an array of masterclasses, throughout the week, in all four of our stores. From sparkling’s to Australian favourites, we’ve got a masterclass to suit all.

So lets see what’s happening when and where…

Knightsbridge

24th May – Knightsbridge – 6.30pm-8pm

Burgundy vs. The New World 

 Wines from a number of Burgundy’s most famous villages will go head-to-head in this tasting against some of the top Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the New World.

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25th May – Soho – 6.30pm-8pm

Sparklers of the World 

A top line-up of exciting, new wave, traditional method sparkling wines from around the world will take on the king of this category, Champagne, in a battle for supremacy.

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26th May – City – 6.30pm-8pm

An Australian Odyssey with Woodstock Wines 

 Woodstock has for decades been one of the leading players in the Australian wine region of McLaren Vale. This tasting will feature a diverse selection of wines from the Woodstock portfolio –white, red, sweet and fortified, not to mention their limited release flagship ‘The Stocks’ Shiraz produced from 110 year old vines!

Shoreditch

27th May – Shoreditch – 6.30pm-8pm

Chardonnay: A Journey of Rediscovery 

Chardonnay is undoubtedly one of the greatest wine grapes on planet earth. But is it also the most misunderstood? This tasting will provide an opportunity to rediscover the versatility and magnificence of this noble grape by featuring six Chardonnays from iconic regions such as Champagne, Chablis and California.

All masterclasses are free for LWW wristband holders to attend and a charge of £15  will occur to anyone who doesn’t have a wristband.  If you haven’t got your wristband already, there’s still time. Visit the London Wine Fair website & register now.

To reserve your place RSVP to Alex Down – alex@amathusdrinks.com.

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Two Bartenders, One Cocktail!

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The Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 (MCC) has officially begun! For the 6th year running MCC, the biggest international bartenders’ competition with a Mediterranean theme is back and this year it is being hosted and organised by Skinos Mastiha Spirit, the leading Greek/Mediterranean spirit.

The concept of this year’s competition is “Team Challenge”, where bartenders are invited to participate in teams of two. Bartenders from all over the world, including Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and the UK are to find a fellow teammate and create a unique Mediterranean recipe, inspired by the ingredients, flavours and aromas of the region!

Each team is asked to submit their recipe (www.myskinos.com/mcc), which will be presented to the MCC jury during the semi-finals in each region. The winners of the semi-finals, from each region will then travel to Athens for the final. The winning team of the Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 will then win a trip to Berlin and the BCB (Bar Convent Berlin) to present their winning Skinos cocktail. The judging panel consists of two of the best known Greek bartenders: Dimitris Kiakos, owner of the legendary The Gin Joint and Alexander Sourmpatis, award winning bartender and bar manager of Spinte Bar in Thessaloniki.

Participation in the Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge is for teams of 2 bartenders only. To register, please submit your recipe online by visiting www.myskinos.com/mcc. Deadline for entries is the 31st May 2016.

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Cocktails in the City

 

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We recently spent the evening at Bird of Smithfield for an exclusive, invitation only, cocktail launch. Set out over 5 floors of an old Georgian townhouse, Bird of Smithfield caters for all. Whether it’s a leisurely breakfast or lunch you’re after or al fresco cocktails & dinner followed by rooftop drinking, then Bird of Smithfield is spot on.

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In the run-up to the launch, Chief Mixologist at Birds of Smithfield, Stan  Andruskevic, had been secretly concocting a brand new cocktail menu. Experimenting with smoke, burning herbs and preparing delicious candied fruits…along with introducing some new vodkas, gins & mezcals. What better way to celebrate the new menu than with a cocktail party for bloggers, social media fanatics, spirit brands and friends.. and we were lucky enough to be part of the crowd!

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Cocktails on the menu included Lost Treasure, Smooth Operator, Caged Heart & LDN. One of our favourites was Lost Treasure, made with Knob Creek BourbonAmaro Meletti, apple juice and homemade apple & lime tequila liqueur. Amazing!

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Open Monday to Saturday, Birds of Smithfield is definitely somewhere we’ll be visiting again soon. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you check it out for yourself!

Lastly, a big thank you to Bird of Smithfield for inviting us along, we can’t wait to see what’s more to come from you guys.

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It’s Competition Time!

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It’s cocktail competition time! Join us on Wednesday, 4th May at Jenny’s Bar in Liverpool for an afternoon watching some of the most skilled bartenders, from Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Halifax & Nottingham, shake it out in front of a panel of judges to be crowned champion of this year’s Collins Cocktail Competition.

The deadline for entries was the 20th April and since then we’ve narrowed it down to 12 lucky finalists who will be mixing up on the day. Our finalists include:

Ehren Khoo-Steel from the Brass Monkey, Nottingham
Jack Daniels from Elixir, Manchester
Thomas White from Maray, Liverpool
Will Meredith from the Black Cat Cocktail Bar, Manchester
Gethin Jones from Cottonopolis, Manchester
James Brown from Lost in Tokyo, Manchester
Lawrence Woodrow-Smith from Pintura Kitchen, Leeds
Alex Morton from Pintura Kitchen, Leeds
Tom Kinley from Jenny’s Bar, Liverpool
James Woolard from 53 Degrees North, Halifax
Chris Edwards from Filter + Fox, Liverpool
David Nagy from Tariff & Dale, Manchester

The competition will kick start at 2pm and the aim of the game, for each of our finalists, is to create their own interpretation of the timeless Tom Collins (a simple mix of gin, lemon and sugar syrup, shaken over ice). The only rule that applies is the use of 35ml of Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin.

What we’re looking for is an original interpretation of the classic that really showcases Bobby’s Gin in all in its glory. Cocktails will be judged on taste as well as presentation and originality. The winner will be announced on the day.

If you can’t join us on the day, keep up to date with all the action by following us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook@AmathusDrinks.

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About Bobby’s Gin

Jacobus Alfons, or Bobby to his family and friends, was born in Indonesia but migrated to the Netherlands in 1950. Bobby loved Dutch Genever, but missed the taste of home, so started infusing it with Indonesian spices and herbs, unknowingly creating his own gin and laying down the foundation for Bobby’s Gin.

In 2012 Bobby’s grandson Sebastiaan discovered an old bottle of the gin in his mother’s house. Inspired by his grandfather’s story he travelled to Schiedam, the city where Gin originated and started work on creating a unique gin, blending the tradition of Schiedam Genever with the best Indonesian botanicals and spices. After almost two years of distilling, developing and refining, Bobby’s Gin Schiedam Dry Gin was born.

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Think Gin 2016

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After a hugely successful launch last year, Think Gin returned to The Hospital Club on the 1st March for another day jam packed full of debates, workshops, masterclasses and tastings, all dedicated to the wonderful world of gin!

This year, we decided not to miss out on any of the gin action, so we spent the day at Think Gin showcasing some of our fabulous agency gin brands; Ferdinand’s, Bobby’s and Rives. Keeping us company and helping us out was Sebastiaan from Bobby’s and Denis from Ferdinand’s.

To make the day even better, we were shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Gin Wholesaler award at the Think Gin 2016 Awards. Unfortunately we didn’t win but it still felt amazing to be nominated… A big thank you to everyone who voted for us!

Although we didn’t win an award we still got our time in the spotlight, presenting the award for Best Gin Bar (Independent) to Merchant House… Congratulations guys, a well-deserved win!


Here’s a sneaky peak of what else we got up to!

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Overall, a great day, great company and amazing gin… What more could you want?!

Roll on next year!

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It shouldn’t just be eggs you’re cracking open this Easter!

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Whether you’re planning an Easter brunch, late lunch, early dinner or just a night in front of the tele, eating copious amounts of chocolate, one thing’s for sure: you’ll need an alcoholic beverage or 2 to go with!

Now that Spring has sprung and Easter is in sight it’s time to get the ball rolling and start planning ahead. When I think of Easter I think of three things: lots of family time, Easter eggs and delicious Spring lamb. So with these in mind we’ve rounded up a list of wines to help you find the perfect Easter time tipple!

So here goes:

If you prefer your dark to your white or like keeping it traditional with a milk chocolate Easter egg, then fear not, we’ve chosen a wine that will go with all of your chocolaty treats!

2013 Woodstock Little Miss Collett Moscato

With white chocolate you need to go for something light, fizzy and refreshing like this Woodstock Little Miss Collette Moscato 2013. Its tropical fruit character and zingy, lemon sherbet finish balance out the rich, creamy taste of white chocolate.

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Tawny style Ports are incredible with milk chocolate, so wash yours down with a velvety smooth glass of Cálem 10yr Tawny. There’s no greater love, than the love shared between chocolate and Port.. a match made in heaven just waiting for you to try!

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The mixture of dark chocolate and Port in the mouth has to be experienced to be believed. Ruby style Ports like Cálem LBV 2009 are amazing with high cocoa dark chocolate, so when you’re choosing which Easter egg to go for, make sure you bare this in mind!

Trust me when I say… this is a deliciously satisfying Port, perfect for those chocolaty moments we all love!


New season lamb is an Easter treat that can be prepared and served with minimal hassle. So if you’re cooking up an Easter Sunday feast, why not give this a go?

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Lamb naturally has a strong liking for Bordeaux so you can’t go wrong with our Château Crabitey Rouge Graves 2011. Its alluring smoky tobacco and black fruit aromas are perfectly balanced with a sumptuous fruit intenseness guaranteed to get everyone’s taste buds tingling! Put a bottle of this on the table and it will be gone in a flash!

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People always think lamb needs a big, bold wine like a Bordeaux or a Rhone but actually more delicate Spring lamb goes beautifully with a fruit forward Pinot Noir like this Fess Parker Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2012. Give it a try, it’s a favourite of mine!


Now I know not all of you enjoy your meat, so I thought I’d add in an option to be enjoyed with fish!

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Albariño, one of Spain’s best kept secrets, is the perfect wine to pair with fish. The Galicia region, where the best Albariño is produced, is located along the north-west coastline of Spain and has a thriving seafood industry. Not surprising therefore that this crisp, dry, aromatic Albariño by Monte Pio makes the ideal companion for your Easter fish dishes.


With all these fantastic wines for you to try this Easter, this is one holiday you won’t want to miss.

Finally, we’d like to wish you a very very happy Easter, we hope it is egg-cellent!  (Sorry I couldn’t resist)

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