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Editor, Kelly Andrews visited one of the UK's most successful English wine producers
Gusbourne, near Ashford, is one of the UK's most successful English wine producers receiving acclaim for its award-winning sparkling wines and exceptional visitor experience. Founded in 2004, Gusbourne produces a range of sparkling and still wines from grapes grown at its vineyards in Kent and West Sussex. Its sparkling wines are well known, but it's also growing its reputation for great still wines, and is soon to launch its first 100 per cent Pino Meunier.
The vineyard in Appledore, Kent, is home to The Nest tasting room, and it's here editor Kelly visited one particularly dark, dank and dreary afternoon. She says, "Located in a beautiful spot The Nest at once feels welcoming and oh-so modern. We were warmly greeted and shown to our seats on the ground floor for our Sparkling Tasting Flight, accompanied by a plate of absolutely delicious local crackers and cheese. Here, mum and I spent an incredibly enjoyable hour sampling the vineyard's delightful produce, and being educated on how each came about along with how to pair them.
Posted: 23 February 2023
Say ‘I Do’ to a Dry Wedding with Mavrik Alcohol-free Cocktails
With a growing number of people going sober or choosing to moderate their drinking, the traditional wedding 'knees up' may be a thing of the past as today's couples opt for a more sober affair - which everyone can remember! In the past, non-drinkers or designated drivers would be somewhat left out of the celebrations with access to only a sad selection of soft drinks or juices. However, now nearlyweds-to-be are putting as much effort into deciding what alcohol-free drinks to offer as they would apply to sourcing the Champagne for the toasts! Plus, not only are dry weddings a huge money saver, but they also allow guests to enjoy the day with a clear head and leave the event with all those special memories firmly in tact.
Posted: 15 February 2023
How to create a bespoke drinks menu for your wedding
Your wedding should be as personalised, luxurious and enjoyable as possible, and the drinks menu is no exception! Here, Steve King, managing director at the drinks retailer Bottled & Boxed, shows you how to bring together a bespoke drinks menu for your wedding. Organising a wedding is as exciting as it is overwhelming: you'll want your day to be as special as possible, and the drinks menu is no exception to this. It's becoming more and more popular to create your own personalised drinks, with Google searches for 'bespoke drinks menu' increasing 10% since the beginning of 2022.
Posted: 8 February 2023
Larry’s Mobile Bar is offering readers a £50 discount on existing hire
With 15 years' experience Chatham-based Larry's Mobile Bar offers a range of affordable packages for your wedding day to rival any high street pub. What's more, the team are passionate about providing great customer service and take immense pride in delivering events to remember. This quality bar service is available with drinks ranging from cocktails to beers, and wines to champagnes – you'll be spoilt for choice!
There are two packages available, the first being an all-inclusive drinks option, essentially an open bar, for £20 per head; while the second is a cash bar where guests can buy their own beverages. In both instances, Larry's Mobile Bar will also charge a £150 hire fee, which covers transport, any additional licenses and staffing. A deposit of £250 is required on the cash bar option, which is returnable, or can be used for drinks on the night.
Posted: 12 January 2023
How low can you go when it comes to alcohol for summer weddings
With a bumper wedding season ahead in the UK this summer, make sure you cater for all your guests' needs and be sure to offer delicious no and low alcohol options at drinks wedding celebrations. With a range of great wine, cocktail or gin alternatives to stock up on this summer for the designated drivers and sober curious, there's something for all taste buds leaving guests happy, refreshed and clear-headed the next day - hallelujah to that!
Posted: 3 August 2022
Ryan Reynolds’s cocktail suggestions to combat the heatwave
Summer has officially arrived in the UK and during the upcoming heatwave, take Hollywood film star and co-owner of Aviation Gin, Ryan Reynolds' advice by serving up some Aviation Gin cocktails for al fresco celebrations. Aviation American Gin has been voted the world's highest rated gin (97 points, Wine Enthusiast) and has helped establish a new style of American gin - softer and smoother, with juniper in the background and citrus and floral notes in the front - resulting in more balanced cocktails.
Posted: 13 July 2022
Take a non-alcoholic walk on the wild side with Wild Eve Recipe no 1.
When planning your wedding day celebrations, accommodating your guests' needs is paramount when considering you food and drink offering. From veggies and vegans to the teetotallers - you should ensure you have something for everyone. Award winning Apothecary and herbalist, Amanda Saurin, is excited to announce the launch of her long anticipated organic botanical infusion drink, Wild Eve Recipe no 1. This innovative, small batch non-alcoholic drink is hand crafted from an exclusive selection of organic flowers, fruits, leaves, and seaweeds, hand foraged on the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The carefully blended botanicals assist to reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, and invite calm through the innate properties of the plants.
Posted: 11 July 2022
Mermaid Gin expands its delicious range
The Isle of Wight Distillery has launched Mermaid Zest Gin, a limited-edition, smooth and refreshing grapefruit and gentle juniper London Dry Gin. Mermaid Zest Gin is the fourth addition to the sustainable range which includes Mermaid Gin, Mermaid Pink Gin and Mermaid Salt Vodka. Mermaid Zest Gin is produced in Seaview at the Isle of Wight Distillery, the first and only distillery on the island. Mermaid spirits are shaped by the distillery's stunning surroundings and the unique character of the Isle of Wight, all whilst minimising waste using ethically sourced and often locally sourced ingredients to hand-craft a range of smooth yet complex spirits with a hint of sea air, and the new gin is produced in harmony with the Island's coastal elements, using foraged rock samphire and rosemary.
Posted: 3 July 2022
Folc, England’s highest ranking still rose, is set to launch its new vintage just in time for summer
Folc, England's highest ranking still rose, is set to launch its new 2021 vintage just in time for summer. Having launched last year, Tonbridge-based Folc impressed wine critics and accrued numerous awards both nationally and on an international scale. Folc' 2021 vintage is a blend of six different grape varieties all sourced from family-run vineyards in Kent, East and West Sussex and Suffolk: pinot noir, pinot meunier, chardonnay, pinot gris, bacchus and kerner. The grapes will then make a short trip to Canterbury where they meet Folc's talented winemakers with a combined 60 years of winemaking experience.
Posted: 23 June 2022
World Martini Day 18th June - shaken or stirred?
World Martini Day - which could also be James Bond day! - is on the 18th June. And whether you like it shaken like Mr Bond himself, or stirred for something different, wet or dry, however you like your favourite tipple celebrate with five Gin Martini cocktails from Aviation Gin, Cotswolds Dry Gin, Mermaid Gin, Pinkster Gin and Perthyn Low Alcohol Spirit. What's more, the following provides drinks-piration for wedding day cocktails you might want to try... here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can't pick our fav! Bottoms up!
Posted: 18 June 2022