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Wine Festival

Join us for the 2017 SDC Wine Festival - a celebration of everything the grape has to offer from around the world!

On Saturday 11th November we will be bringing an outstanding selection of wines from around the world to the Hurstpierpoint Scout HQ for you to explore, taste and enjoy. From old favourites to some new surprises you will be able to taste 75ml glasses of wine and beer and 10ml taster glasses of gin for between one and six tokens (each token costs £1). Entry costs £5 in advance and £10 on the night and on entry you will receive a free wine glass to keep! On the night you can taste from the following and more...

 England
The England wine renaissance shows no sign of stopping and we are delighted to have wines being presented by Wiston Estate, Plumpton Estate and Bluebell Vineyard giving you a chance to meet the people behind the wine whilst you taste from their outstanding range of wines including both their sparkling and still wines.
 
 France
What is fascinating about French wine at the moment is just how many great wines are being produced outside of the most renowned wine regions. Try from not only the classic wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Rhône and Alsace but also the exceptional wines from the lesser known regions such as the Languedoc-Roussillon.
 
 Italy
From the crystalline, dry whites from grapes grown at altitude in the Alto Adige, through the broad, bold Brunellos of Tuscany, right down to the intense, indestructible Marsala wines of Sicily , Italy possesses an array of vinous offerings that is hard to beat. We are delighted to have a selection of all of these and more on our Italian table.
 
 Spain
Since the movement away from oak Spain has burst forth with an array of fine, juicy tempranillos from the Ribera del Duero, terrifice, naturally rich Monastrells being fashioned in Jumilla, Yecla and Alicante and crunchy Mencias from Bierzo alongside a fascinating range of whites from fragrant, pure Albariños and Godellos to oak-aged Viura of Rioja. Taste from all these and more.
 
 Portugal
Hilly, wet and maritime influenced, the North of Portugal (e.g. Vinho Verde) produces light and airy whites made to be drunk with fresh seafood, whilst the dry, flat and hot climate of the South (e.g. Alentejo) makes for rich, beefy, structures reds all of which still provide great value for money as the lesser-known wines of Europe.
 
 Australia
Often overlooked due to acidified, coloured, mass-produced wines of South East Australia that this country is known for, there are some spectacular wines available if you take some time to search them out. The comforting, warm notes of a McLaren Shiraz, the bright, herb-edged palate of a Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon or the citrus, breezy charm of a Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay. Try them all at this table.
 
 New Zealand
No longer surfing the wave of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand has disembarked and is producing some seriously premium wines including a range of exceptional Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays too delectable to resist for even the most die-hard Burgundy fan. From the deep colured, succulent fruit of Central Otago to the supple and elegant flavours of Martinborough explore the outstanding flavours of this country.
 
Gin
It would be remiss and downright rude to ignore the incredible renaissance that gin continues to enjoy across the UK. In the South of England we are delighted to have a range of exceptional boutique gins that are making their mark internationally. At our 2017 Wine Festival we have two such producers presenting their gins, Foxhole Gin and Brighton Gin.
Beer
No tasting, wine or not, would be complete without a selection of the UK's fabulous microbrewery beers so we will have a hand-picked range from our catalogue of over 250 beers and ales.