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.
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!