‘Love Thy (Wine) Neighbour’

I remember the first time someone laughed at me because I didn’t know what tannin was. I remember feeling rather humiliated, and I retreated away from something that thankfully still became my calling and life’s passion. But I remember at the time feeling really let down. How could something as romantic and mesmerising and evocative, suddenly be so polarising and off-putting?

Well, let’s take a moment to consider. Wine is intimidating.

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MEET THE BEDALES CREW: Rourke

Rourke Albston has worked the BOB’s Lobster van, joined us at Bedales of Borough, became the branch manger of Bedales at Spitalfields & now is the company’s Human Resources manager to boot! To say she does it all is an understatement. Rourke takes on the Q&A this month to share some of her fav London activites & why this past summer was the best

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LONDON WINE LABELS: Vigneti Tardis

More and more, urban based restauranteurs and industry affiliated folk are beginning to try their hand at wine production via the facilities of friends and associates. It’s a no brainer. To ultimately never have a hand in the winemaking process would be as short sighted (or foolish) as being a butcher and never stepping into an abattoir. Like any industry, wine’s ability to mesmerise and cajole us into whimsical times lies at the start of it all. If you’ve never experienced the process of making wine, you certainly will never understand it in its entirety.

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Stephanie Flanagan
AUGUST RECIPE: Chocolate Bread Pudding

"This is a fantastic way to use any old bread. In this instance we use brioche because we generally have loads on hand, but any good quality slightly stale bread will do. You can either be super patient and let the custard sit with the bread overnight or only have it sit for a little while; however, the difference in the end result is quite vast. We serve it with a seasonal compote like strawberry, but apple or quince would be amazing as well." - Executive Chef Morgwn Preston-Jones

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Stephanie Flanagan
PART 3: In Pursuit of Balance (Reflections of Wine Making in South Africa)

Ezekiel is Zimbabwean. He catches a dodgy, dinged out train into Stellenbosch every morning, wearing oversized gumboots and his stained, blue overalls. He’s softly spoken, and has a gentle, kind face. I met him one morning when the crush pad was littered with red picking crates and a mountain of spindly green stems. We shook hands, and I noticed he didn’t make eye contact with me, but there was a humility in his greeting that assured me it wasn’t rudeness. And then he turned around and dived straight back into the unenviable task of cleaning his surroundings to a spotless, military standard, but our brief encounter was to be an important moment in my wine making journey.

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LONDON WINE WEEK 2018: £5 Flights of Wine

With the raging success of 'The "Pub" Quiz for Winos' - Bedales is challenging London Wine Week guests to a Mini-Quiz!

We've teamed up with LWW Headline Partner Loire Valley Wines to offer a premium flight of three wines at all three Bedales of Borough branches. Wines will be poured 'blind' with special Loire-themed trivia:

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Stephanie Flanagan