Introducing Waitrose Cellar online

Jun 23, 14 Introducing Waitrose Cellar online

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Waitrose has totally revamped their online wine service and I was invited to find out  more about the  Waitrose Cellar as well as taste some of the range recently. The event was held  near King’s Cross at the London Canal Museum. The museum was a great setting as it was set next to Regent’s Canal and after a few speeches and getting to know you introductions, we  jumped onto a canal barge and had an impromptu wine tasting with two of Waitrose’s wine experts. Xenia Irwin, MW and buyer for the Waitrose Cellar was our wine expert on the barge. The cellar online has a full range of over 1,200 wine to choose from, many of them exclusive to Waitrose. They have also introduced 6 bottle cases as well as 12 bottles available to order and have free delivery within 3 working days. The sight is also fully interactive on iPad, we had a lot of fun messing around with it later during our wine “speed-dating” event, once we had finished our wine tastings on the canal. The wine “speed-dating” was all about us finding the perfect wine for us. We were split up into pairs and had 3 minutes to interview our wine partners on what would be the ideal wine for them. At the end of the evening, they tabulated our results and we were promised a case of wine with what was deemed the best wine choices for us based on our answers. I eagerly awaited my case and surprise, surprise, I got champagne, sherry and cremant de Loire amongst the bottles in my case. Of the wines we tasted, they were all of excellent quality. I don’t think there was a clunker in the range that was available that evening. Waitrose is working to find the best wines for its customers. To that end, to celebrate the new online service, they challenged 6 of their buyers to pick out their personal favourites from the 1,200 strong range. They call it...

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More Guerilla wine (Portuguese) and supper clubs!

Apr 23, 10 More Guerilla wine (Portuguese) and supper clubs!

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One of the conversations I vaguely remember having at the Fernandez&Leluu dinner was with one of their helpers, Claire, co-founder and cook of another secret supper club, the Green Onion Supper Club situated in a Hackney council flat. What was even more appealing about Claire’s club was that she referred to herself as a guerilla cook! Love it! Just like my Guerilla winetasting adventure with Eatlikeagirl. A few emails later and we had arranged to do a quick guerilla wine tasting during the supper. We’d swoop in and swoop out having distributed some quick tastings of the wine we had to hand. I had a few bottles from the Portuguese Big Tasting with Oz Clarke at Waitrose which I thought would go well with Claire’s menu of venison terrine, mutton pie and chocolate mousse. And so, Niamh and I were off to do our tasting. Unfortunately, I’ve just moved to the Dalston/Hackney area so we quickly got lost. After traipsing around the council flats of Hackney for at least an hour, we finally gave in and sent out an SOS to please come and find us! Turns out we were just around the corner from the flat/supper club venue but these things are very well hidden. Judging on this and my last foray into finding secret supper clubs, you shouldn’t attempt to play hide and seek with these people, you’ll never find them! We got there just in time to eat. I quickly gave a brief run down of the first wine, a vinho verde. Vinho Verde is so called not because it’s green but because it’s young. The Quinta de Azevedo 2008 (£6.16) was a very tasty, light and fruity example of what vinho verde is all about.  A slight tickle of bubbles on my tongue followed by lemonadey-citrus flavours but tempered by a crisp acidity that made this just the ticket to start the evening. Even though people were talking all over each other, most agreed it was fresh and easy drinking....

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