We can’t honestly believe it but Hannibal and the team popped the bubbly this week, celebrating their first five years of trading.

Birthday garb!

Everyone recalls the summer of 2012 – the occasion being the wonderful phenomenon that was the London Olympics.  A  summer full of Olympic and Paralympic achievement, backed up with the over-flowing sentiment of public friendship across the nation.   Even the rain behaved itself – and that’s saying something!

One person remembers this year better than most – our very own Jude King.  We like to think of her as Seb Coe’s Wing Commander – single-handedly ensuring The Games were the outstanding success that they were.  Jude, on the other thing, thinks of herself as a tad less grand and just one of the many ‘cogs’ in the LOCOG Committee.  But we know better – because without Jude’s eye for day-to-day business management, there would be no Hannibal Brown Wines.

These days, Hannibal wears two major hats; one is the retail arm that focuses more and more towards wineries that emphasize organic winemaking, such is our strong view that organic really is a better, safer and healthier way to drink wine – and it’s a drum that we will continue to bang throughout this year’s Christmas events.

Hannibal’s other hat focuses on our unique wine label design service and since 2016, we have been running a sister website alongside Hannibalbrown.com – it’s called www.personalisedwinedesign.co.uk.  We really have set the bar in bespoke wine label design for both corporate and private clients.  Critically, we are proud of the wineries that we list and are careful to protect the provenance and key credentials or our producers whenever designing personalised labels.  To understand more of what we do, take a look at the gallery .

Those of you ‘in-the-know’, or just simply local to Loseley House will be familiar with its history of producing the irrisistible Cornish ice-cream.

Liquid nectar from Campbells

From the milk of the local grazing cows, Loseley has been synonymous with this small delight since the ’60s and the brand continues its success to this day.

 

Question is, does wine sit comfortably with ice cream?  Answer: not very often.  But I can honestly say that there is one wine that stands out and is an absolute must with the vanilla variety – Campbells Topaque from Australia.

Topaque is the Australian lingo for Tokaji (same grape, different name) and at this time of year, we love to shout its virtues, poured neatly over vanilla ice cream.  The wine is deep, honeyed and thick  – fortified to 18% ABV, it has some punch but still retains it sprightly elegance.

We are exhibiting at the Loseley Christmas Fair this year and are hopeful that we’ll have an opportunity to show-case this glorious wine.  If the ice cream is to hand, we’ll even offer the combo and hope that visitors to the event agree with our serving suggestion.  (Indeed, if you’re not an ice-cream fanatic, Campbells Topaque also favours a good old Christmas pud!)

Nestled down in Godalming, Surrey, in the depths of the Surrey countryside, Loseley House is well worth a visit.  The gardens of this old manor house are particularly spectacular, whatever time of the year.  Loseley Christmas Fair is on from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November, 9am to 5pm everyday.  Hannibal will be out in full force, offering visitors the chance to try seasonal wines with hand-made cheese delights from our old friends at the Orsom Dairy.   Not forgetting our unique Christmas gift idea of personalising wines on the spot.  Hope you can join us!