Monday 24 December 2018
Quercus Wines' First Christmas
And so here we are: after just a month of being open it's now Christmas Eve and time to close for a few days' keenly needed rest and (wine-centered) merry-making after a hugely rewarding festive build-up. A pleasure to have met so many people, including new customers who now feel like faithful regulars, and to have had interest in such a varied mix of wines. Reviewing the range come January is going to be an exciting job. With very best wishes to all for Christmas and the New Year.
Thursday 29 November 2018
Westerham Shop Opening
Just two weeks after picking up keys to our new premises at the foot of The Green in Westerham (under the steady and hopefully approving gaze of Oscar Nemon's statue of Winston Churchill, who lived most of his life down the road at Chartwell) we opened on a wet, windy afternoon just in time for the lighting of the town's Christmas tree. Paint is barely dry but shelves are stocked with room for lots more to come, and it's been a wonderful welcome from local independent traders and residents alike. Great to finally be here after a hectic couple of months in the planning.
Saturday 10 November 2018
Quercus Wines Launch Tasting, The Leicester Arms Hotel, Penshurst
After months of seemingly endless website design, licensing applications and any number of sleepless nights came the chance finally to officially launch Quercus Wines with a tasting of 50 or so of my favourites with an assortment of friends, family, crowdfunders and new customers. A lively evening, with Jonica Fox very kindly on hand from Fox & Fox in East Sussex to show some of her superb award-winning sparkling wines. Kicking off with Gallimard's always excellent Blanc de Noirs Brut NV Champagne, my stars from the evening were Philip Shaw's restrained cool-climate 2016 'Architect' Chardonnay from 900m high vineyards in Orange, Australia, and the concentrated but supremely elegant 2014 Douro blend from Quinta do Espinho. With thanks to everyone who made it such a memorable occasion.