Us: “I’m very sorry, we’ve run out of ABC”
Customer: “What do you mean you’ve run out of ABC? It’s Christmas!”
Us: “Yes, we know. That’s why we’ve run out”
|Helen Wainwright with her table of "funnies".|
Swedish Whisky, wonderfully pure rum from Barbados,
Liqueur de Rose and Umeshu - a plum-infused Sake.
Finally, a huge “Thank You” to our wonderful food stalls for also supporting our tasting again. If you are looking for some festive spoilers then you won’t go far wrong with the locally produced selections from The Artisan Smokehouse, Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses, The Suffolk Pate Company and Stephens Beekeepers. We have stocks of both the Spring and Summer variants of their honey in the shop now.
|Tim Matthews of The Artisan Smokehouse|
|Jason Salisbury of Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses|
|Chris & Marian Stephens of Stephens Beekeepers|
For many of us our first introduction to wine was something easy, unchallenging, probably sweetish….I can remember drinking Dad’s Mosel behind the garden shed when I thought he wasn’t looking. A junior job in the trade and a desire to learn more began to reveal what I’d been missing, but I remained guilty for two or three years of lumping all sweeties into the bracket of Beginners’ Stuff. Certainly I’d pulled away from the cheap, German pap of the 70’s but a little knowledge and a lot of inexperience had engendered a sort of snobbery.
|Chocolate can be a challenge, but it's not impossible|
|Gasull's olive groves|
Part of that process necessarily involves costing. Obviously we would like to make a modest turn out of it - you can’t feed and clothe the children by giving it away. One thing is for certain here and that is that no matter how much we sell, nobody makes more out of our labours than the government and it is the government which makes the major contribution to the expense of your favourite tipple. Now, we all know that education, the NHS, the armed forces, the police and so on must be paid for somehow and that the principle of paying tax is sound, so we are not griping about excise per se. Thus as Williamson bashes his calculator and redraws his spreadsheets after the spring budget, we understand why our industry is required to stump up, but what does irk is just how much. Have a little trundle through some revealing figures to see the extent that we are lent on by