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English Wine, Elgar and Smoked Salmon

Our latest event (Measure For Measure, Fri 19th Oct, Wimbledon)  is looming large and these last few days, we’ve been putting the finishing touches on our wine, food and music combinations.  We thought we’d give you a sneak preview…

One of England’s greatest composers, Edward Elgar, comes together with one of England’s greatest wine estates, Davenport Vineyards, the latter farming organically in Kent and Sussex.  This sensational wine was judged to be ‘the holy grail of English still white wine’ (jancisrobinson.com, June 2018).  And if that isn’t enough, we’re show-casing it with a delicious salmon mousse canape to set your tastebuds alight.

Come and join us for this extravaganza of fine music, fine wine and find food – you’d be foolish not to!

Friday 19th Oct – 7.30pm Wimbledon Arts Space, Wimbledon Library, SW19

So2 (or sulphites) used in tiny quantities are neither toxic nor harmful.  It’s a fact.

Sulphur Dioxide (So2) is the additive prescribed to protect wine from harmful bacteria.  Just as it is used as an antiseptic, it is also an antioxidant, ie. It staves oxidation in wine which, left untreated, will turn wine to vinegar.

A scary image of harmful chemical spraying


So much controversy surrounds the use of So2 in wine, not least because of the increasing noise made about the effects of sulphites on health.  Many wine consumers complain of headaches and varying nauseous intolerances. Yet less than 1% of us are reported to have been diagnosed with sulphite intolerances.  This said, it’s hard not to argue on the part of consumers, given the varying degrees of So2 used from producer to producer.

So next time you wonder why the cabbage in the back of the fridge lasts forever, the likelihood is that it has been treated with So2.  If it hadn’t been, it may well have turned rotten before it even arrived through your front door!

Our advice – stay away from the big brands and stick to organically produced wines.  Organic wines apply sulphites very sparingly and only when absolutely essential.

STOP PRESS :  if you want to discover more about organics, BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR Hannibal’s forthcoming wine event, entitled THE OLD CURIOSITY WINE TASTING ADVENTURE –   See details HERE>

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