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Smoked Paprika, Tomato & Garlic Dip with Crostini

Sometimes, using up what’s left in the fridge leads to something that stops you dead in your tracks.  How astonished were we when we put this number together and accompanied it with Cotes du Rhone Rose from Georges Darriaud, a deliciously dry, full-flavoured rose wine from southern France.  Great for a summer’s evening whilst waiting for your chicken to do its thing on the BBQ.

Ingredients :

  • 400g very ripe tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 50ml Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 30ml PX (Pedro Ximenez) Sherry Vinegar – you can get this from Waitrose.  It has to be PX
  • Pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 slices rustic bread (ideally sourdough)

Method :

Toast the bread, then rip it up into shreds.  Cut tomatoes (no need to peel), then slice garlic.

Combine all ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth.  Then refrigerate.  Serve with bread sticks or crostini and a generous glass of the pink stuff.




Yup, you heard it right, and we’ve just started listing it.

For those of you who know us well, you’ll know that Hannibal’s World HQ is based in the heart of Worcester Park, right round the corner from our very own ‘Hamptons’ residence (it’s true, there is a lookie-likie Hamptons in Worcester Park!).

And so when Jon Bon Jovi blasted onto the UK with a pale pink wine called ‘Hampton Water‘, well, we had no choice but take a look.

It’s quite a story…. JBJ has a winemaker pal in the south of France who just happens to be a rather good former rugby player and now known as the ‘King’ of the Languedoc.  Gérard Bertrand really is a formidable power behind the rosé movement and is producing sensational wines (he even produces a rosé that fetches £200 a bottle – we won’t be listing that one though).  Indeed, the Hampton Water Rosé has just been awarded GOLD in the Global Rosé Masters Awards.

This is high-ranking, high quality rosé and one to be seen sipping on this summer.  Residents of the Hamptons really do drink it like ‘Water’.  Go on, you know you want to… Hampton Water Rosé>

Hi everyone,

We hope you are all staying safe and well.  The sun’s out and the rosés are in stock!Food Bank Donations 2020

We continue to deliver wine locally and across the nation and reiterate we are taking every precaution under the sun.  Don’t be surprised when you see us ring on the doorbell and do a runner – we are conscious of helping you stay safe as much as ourselves.

FOODBANKS NEED OUR HELP – Today see’s us launch our small but important contribution to the community.  You may have heard in the news that foodbanks are desparately struggling at the moment.  We want to help and are asking all of our customers to dig deep and contribute wherever they can.

When we deliver your wine to your door (London/Surrey only), we’ll collect anything you can spare.  Just leave your donations on your doorstep and we’ll collect and deliver it on to the Wimbledon foodbank.
There’s no pressure, just anything you have spare.
An update on items needed from the Roehampton Community Box team:

Roehampton Community Box – Food List for collections/ donations

All food needs to be in-date.

  • orange/blackcurrant squash.
  • Tea
  • caster sugar
  • cereal
  • Porridge
  • Bread
  • Jam/ chocolate spread etc
  • bagels
  • Pitta
  • Wraps
  • Cheese Crackers
  • Cheese triangles
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Bake beans
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Bolognese pasta sauce etc
  • Spaghetti hoops
  • Tinned vegetables
  • stock cubes
  • Soup
  • Lentils
  • Couscous
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Flour
  • Noodles
  • Ketchup
  • Dried Fruit
  • Oil
  • Biscuits
  • Snacks/ treats
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Fresh fruit and veg that will last such as:
  • apples, bananas, oranges, carrots, onions, garlic and potatoes.


Wimbledon’s food bank requests:

The foodbanks are in particular need of any of the following :
  • UHT Milk
  • Tinned Fish
  • Tinned Meat
  • Ketchup!
Less urgent but still needed:
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Tinned Tomatoes / Pasta Sauce
  • Baked Beans, Spaghetti Hoops
  • Tinned Veg
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Biscuits
  • Fruit Squash
  • Custard / Rice Pudding
  • Instant Mash
  • Biscuits
  • Toiletries

That’s it for today.  Stay safe everyone and don’t forget the rosé!

Rose Chart

I’ve been hunting high and low to find a new and exciting Rose that is going to knock your socks off.  I can tell you, it ‘aint as glamorous as it sounds.  For starters, there are some shocking rosé wines out there, they may even put hairs on your chest!

Here is a little chart which outlines my general approach to the search for the right pink:

A little info about rosé wine making:

There are three major ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact, saignée and blending.

Skin Contact

As it says on the tin, the red grapes are crushed and the juice remains in contact with the skin for a short period of time – a couple of days.  The skins are then pressed and discarded.  The longer the skin remains in contact with the juice the higher up my colour chart you go!

Saignée (bleeding)

More of a byproduct of red wine making.  When a winemaker wants to make a more tannic red wine (therefore increase the skin to juice ratio) they will bleed off some of the juice early on in the process.  That pink juice can be fermented separately to produce a Saignée rosé.


Yes, it’s true, some rose is the simple result of mixing red and white wine together!  But, this is quite uncommon and in France illegal.  Except, surprisingly, in Champagne where it is accepted – although many high end producers do not use this method, they will adopt the saignée method instead.

Stay tuned for the launch of our new, super Rosé discovery!