Kentish Express Ashford & District - What's On - - FOOD & DRINK -

Chapel Down has opened its pop-up shop in Blue­wa­ter for the sec­ond year run­ning. Lo­cated on the Up­per Guild­hall next to House of Fraser, the store is stocked full of award-win­ning Chapel Down English wine and spir­its, plus Cu­ri­ous beer and cider. There’s also an in-store tast­ing bar with daily wine and beer tast­ings and ex­clu­sive cus­tomer evenings. The sea­sonal shop will be open un­til New Year’s Day and has an ar­ray of gifts Chapel Down Bac­chus Gin, gift sets and ex­pe­ri­ence vouch­ers for the win­ery in Ten­ter­den.

The wine­maker has also launched its Great Minds Drink Alike part­ner­ship for 2018, shar­ing three new red wines from Europe, cu­rated by head wine­maker Josh Don­aghay-spire and marked with the Great Minds seal of ap­proval. They come from pro­duc­ers who share a sim­i­lar ethos to Chapel Down: re­spect for the land and a will­ing­ness to push bound­aries and are lim­ited edi­tions. They are Syrah by Do­maine Gayda, which comes from a re­gion of France pro­duc­ing reds with a Bordeaux­like struc­ture. One of its lead­ing pro­duc­ers, Tim Ford, orig­i­nally from Kent, blended a spe­cific wine for this se­lec­tion from their pre­mium Chemin de Moscou (30%) and Fig­ure Li­bre (70%) sites.

The col­lec­tion also in­clude Cri­anza by De Bar­dos, aged in French-oak bar­rels for 14 months from the Rib­era del Duero re­gion and Sass’al­sole by Tenuta Tondaia from a small win­ery in Civitella Marit­tima. More at chapel­down.com

Cri­anza by De Bar­dos, from Great Minds Drink Alike

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