HANNIBAL’S NEWS  –  OCTOBER 2021

With a glorious September behind us, we can all sense the chill of autumn descending upon us.  And with it the subtle changes of mood.  We say ‘cheerio’ to our beloved barbecues and a wholehearted ‘woohoo’ to tasty  casseroles around the fireplace.  Out go the glugging rosés and in come the flavoursome, richer whites and reds to tantalise our tastebuds.

Note that we never stop selling rosé wines – they’re listed throughout the year – but you just won’t hear us talking about them quite so much during winter.

Our ‘Bounce Back’ Open Air Consumer Wine Event was a resounding success.  We were delighted to welcome back customers to our open air event in Wimbledon in September.  Ensuring safety first, we only got slightly soggy in the beautiful garden of Saint Mark’s Church, before the moon came out to much cheer.   Noteworthy wines of the evening were Akurra ‘Unoaked’ Chardonnay and Jacques Bruere’s Cap Classique Sparkling (Champagne Method) – the latter at just £17.99 is an absolute steal and will give any Champagne twice it’s price a run for its money.

Date for your diary – 9th December 2021 – Hannibal’s Christmas wine event – more details soon.

Our Weird Weather  –  as October arrived, the squalls have come at us with gusto.  The grapes of all English wine estates are now picked and we wish all our domestic winemakers the best of luck with what our climate has dealt them in 2021.  Some estates will undoubtedly fair better than others, but it’s fair to say don’t take the English 2021 vintage for granted – it’s had its challenges and the wines will reflect that.

Hannibal’s Wine of the Month –  this month, we are launching a series of new wines from South America.  Look out for El Relator from Argentina and an absolutely stunning Syrah from El Secretto in Chile.  These were featured at our Bounce Back event and are now available here>

Recipe of the Month –  how about Beef Empanadas to go with those new South American listings? Rich, meaty flavours for a match made in Heaven.  Check out our recipe section> on our website at hannibalbrown.com

News of Finn McCool –  who’d have thought the our resident pooch would be such a delicate rose?  On a recent trip to Suffolk for a sneak mushroom preview, the beast came a cropper with a nasty rash brought on by bramble, heather, ferns, you name it.  Just like us humans, antihistamines came to Finn’s remedial rescue and you’ll be pleased to learn that normal ‘bonkersness’ has since resumed.

 

 

 

Cheers for now!

 

Hannibal Brown

The Olympics seem like a long, distant memory, as do the Para-Olympics and they were in September!  But remember those blistering performances? And what seemed like an endless flow of gongs!  Well done GB, well done the world – what an achievement after 18 months of….

And then we turned our eye to the possibility of the nation having a champion female tennis player.  What an achievement by Emma Raducanu, capturing the nation’s heart with her smile as much as her success.  Indeed so did her Canadian opponent – how refreshing to see two competitors actually enjoying themselves.  These are the sort of things that keep us smiling here at Hannibal Brown – we need that as the summer draws to a close.

Our ‘Bounce Back’ Open Air Consumer Wine Event was a resounding success earlier this month.  We were delighted to welcome back clients to our open air event in Wimbledon.  Ensuring safety first, we only got slightly soggy in the beautiful garden of Saint Mark’s Church, before the moon came out to much cheer.   Noteworthy wines of the evening were Akurra ‘Unoaked’ Chardonnay and Jacques Bruere’s Cap Classique Sparkling (Champagne Method) – the latter at just £17.99 is an absolute steal and will give any Champagne twice it’s price a run for its money.

Date for your diary –  9th December 2021 – Hannibal’s Christmas wine event – more details soon.

Our Weird Weather  –  as autumn arrived, we moved to a drier spell of sunshine and heat.  This bodes ‘better’ for the wine estates in southern England, but biblical downpours, hectic winds followed by sub-tropical heat have taken their toll.  Indeed, the tomato crop has been less than impressive this year and from our ventures to a few vineyards in Surrey and Sussex, the crops are acutely lower than in previous years.  France too will not produce its normal abundant crop.   But do not fear, we’ll always have plenty of wine to tempt you with!

Hannibal’s Wine of the Month –  this month, we are launching a series of new wines from South America.  Look out for El Relator from Argentina and Longavi from the Leyda valley in Chile.  These were featured at our Bounce Back event and are now available on our website.

Our recipe of the month –  ever thought of making your own Salmon Jerky?  You’ll be hooked when you’ve tasted it.  It’s simple and a great accompaniment to Chateau d’Ollieres Rose from Provence.  Recipe is on our website at https://www.hannibalbrown.com/salmon-jerky-ollieres-rose

Our resident pooch, Finn McCool has been busy joining us in our on-going virtual wine events.  We thought these might die away as we all get used to venturing outside post Lockdown.  But it seems there is still an appetite for online Zoom events.  If you are interested in holding one, do call us to discuss or go to our YouTube channel to see us (and Finn) in action.

Cheers for now!

HANNIBAL’S NEWS  –  JULY 2021 

There’s so much to talk about this month, it’s hard to know where to start!   It’s been great to see the Wimbledon Championships take place after last year’s cancellation.  As Wimbledon is the home of Hannibal Brown, we take a keen interest in the tournament and could not help notice that champagne was only being sold in half bottles this year.  What a shock!  Have tennis fans lost their consumption capability?  Or is the Championships putting ‘moderation’ first?  Or more intriguing still, is there a surplus of champagne half bottles in the market?  Or were they too embarrassed to charge over £50 for a bottle of Lanson?  I am searching the answer and will let you know. 

Three vinous cheers! For Wimbledon wildcards Cameron Norrie and Emma Raducanu for reaching the third round and quarter final of the tournament respectively.  And a further three cheers for  the English and Italians football teams who both defied the cynics and made it all the way to the Euro Final.  Let’s face it, when you get to the Final, that’s achievement in itself.  The English are producing world class players these days, just as they are producing world class wines with over 50 vineyards now operating on the South Downs.  The Italians on the other hand produce more wine than any other nation in the world, providing plenty of quirk and variety, just like their players!  To celebrate, we put together a blistering 12 bottle case of mixed Italian wines.  It’s still available – https://www.hannibalbrown.com/product/viva-il-vino-italiano/

July’s buzzword has to be ‘unlocking’, although it remains to be seen how this will play out.  The team is chomping on the bit in anticipation of our next consumer ‘in-the-flesh’ wine event.   Once we are confident that these can be held safely and risk-free, we’ll be making the announcement.  In the meantime, many of us will be stay-cationing and if you’re wondering what to do in the evenings, we’ve found that our DIY Tasting Kits fit the bill perfectly.

As our English summer progresses, we are hopefully moving to a drier period with prolonged sunshine in the south.  This bodes ‘better’ for the wine estates in southern England, but heavy rain and the cold spring will have taken their toll on the vines.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a climatic flourish to see the grapes come good this harvest.

This month, we’ve been throwing something extra into case purchases.  With every 12 bottle case, there’s a complimentary packet of specialist Bombay Mix from our friends at the award-winning Howdah.  This unusual but delicious savoury is a great accompaniment to bubbly and aromatic wines.   What’s more, every packet sold provides a school meal for a child in India.

Our recipe of the month is a Smoked Paprika, Tomato & Garlic Dip.  Serve with breadsticks and a bottle of Rosé from Georges Darriaud – an unbelievable delicious combination.   Details at https://www.hannibalbrown.com/july-recipe/

Our resident pooch, Finn McCool has been up to his usual antics.  The recovery of some dubious foreign objects from his insides suggested he’d been doing his normal ‘I’ll eat anything’ trick.  Who would have imagined he could chew his way through a tin of dog food – yes, I said tin!

Finn has his own summer tipple to keep him cool.  It’s called Slurps – brilliant hydration for dogs.  Check it out at www.slurps4pets.co.uk.

My own preferred July tipple– a chilled dry Riesling from Christian Binner in Alsace, liquid sunshine in a bottle.

Cheers!

Hannibal Brown