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No Changes when Customers Select Christmas Wines

The ONLINE WINE RETAILER Serenata Wines sees that its UK clients are sticking to established choices this Christmas. The company does not glimpse any effects f r o m the financial difficulties that may still have its influence on the economy in the UK.

No Changes when Customers Select Christmas Wines

Serenata sees that Burgundy, a classical Christmas wine, is picking up gracefully in orders this time.

The London-based online wine specialist also revealed that additional established favorites, Port and Champagne, are proving admired.

Peter Ahl, Managing Director of Serenata Wines, said: “We routinely become aware of variations in wine popularity throughout different time of the year and have also noticed a number of influences f r o m current economical downturns, but this Christmas we see a solid growth and people buy the long-established wines.

“In Britain wine drinking is increasing steady. Every wine-growing state sends its stuff here which creates an embarrassment of choices. Buying wine online has too given people much extra choices and choice to acquire the most excellent. The selection of wines for Christmas is considered by many fairly confusing.

“Generally, Burgundy is considered the Christmas wine traditional. Many people who drink plenty of additional wines with a bit more ‘grip’ during the rest of the year do love their traditional Burgundy for their Xmas feast.

“Sparkling wine has its natural place in many social gatherings throughout Christmas time and the equally could be said for a glass of Port . Port which has a tendency to be replaced by other drinks still holds its position during Christmas.”

But Serenata’s out of the ordinary proposal for the ideal Christmas wine is a red wine that is not quite as conventional. Montepuliciano d’Abruzzo f r o m Valle Reale was the champion of Three Glasses in the 2009 Gambero Rosso Awards.

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UK Wine Drinker Hazel Rigazio Has 2,015 Naked Wines’ Customers To Thank For Winning A Winemaking Trip To Mclaren Vale, South Australia

UK wine drinker Hazel Rigazio has 2,015 Naked Wines‘ customers to thank for winning a winemaking trip to McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Naked Wines, along with bbcgoodfood.com and the Government of South Australia, ran a competition throughout September challenging customers to come up with a new name for a wine, with Hazel’s entry Botanically Blessed winning the lions share of the public vote.

“I asked all of my friends to vote for my entry, but I never imagined I’d get 2,015 votes let alone win the competition, I’m absolutely astounded! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves, live the life of a winemaker, and blend my very own wine” explained Hazel.

Hazel, from Mersyside, will spend a week working alongside Naked Wines’ producer Jock Harvey at his family-run winery Chalk Hill, and if all goes according to plan, customers will see her tipple Botanically Blessed for sale in the UK on the Naked site.

“We had over 5,000 entries in total, with some really strong contenders – and some pretty ropey and inappropriate ones too!” explained Rowan Gormley, Founder of Naked Wines. “ But putting it to the public vote made it easy to pick the winner. We use our most interactive customers to help us select our wines, and it made sense to do the same with the competition.”

With the second most popular entry (ade-get-laide) receiving 433 votes, Hazel’s entry was the outright favourite.

Other entries included Didgeribooze, Down Wonder, Aussie Drools and Not for the Sheilas, with one entrant including a label design of his naked girlfriend posing strategically inside a six-bottle box (Robert Young Photography).

Hazel’s trip will include a stay on Kangaroo Island, a tour of Adelaide and numerous cellar-door tastings. And to find out how Hazel gets on, you can follow her blog at http://www.nakedwines.com/auscomp.

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Alimentum Makes The Sunday Telegraph Top 50 Summer Restaurants List

Alimentum Restaurant in Cambridge, renowned for its affordable, ethical, award-winning food was placed runner up in the prestigious Observer Food Monthly Best Restaurants in Great Britain Awards recently, joining The Fat Duck at Bray in the Southern area selections. Moro in London took the overall prize – as voted by readers of the Guardian / Observer titles.

The online review says simply “Gorgeous menus using organic and locally sourced produce.”

And in August The Sunday Telegraphs Jasper Gerard voted Alimentum one of his top 50 summer restaurants in the UK after dining at the restaurant in July

“…This French classic is rarely executed with much panache in England, but this is as delicious as I’ve tasted… there is plenty of gastro promise here and I heartily recommend it.”
– Jasper Gerard, The Telegraph

Speaking about the influential recognition the restaurant has achieved of late, owner John Hudgell commented “This is just superb recognition of all that we are striving to achieve at the restaurant. To be placed as a runner up alongside Heston Blumenthal and his team has made everyone here feel a little bit special – and rightly so! And Jasper Gerard doesn’t pull any punches either so we’re obviously doing lots of things right.

August has been quite a month for us as we’ve also just received news that we’ve been shortlisted for another RSPCA Award – having picked up the Innovation Award in 2008 we have this year been nominated in the Independent Restaurant category and are looking forward to the awards night on October 7th.

For details on the RSPCA nomination click here: www.caterersearch.com.

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Who Says There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (Or Dinner)?

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch (or dinner)? To celebrate the launch of their new website, Alimentum Restaurant Cambridge is giving customers the chance to win a meal for two, up to the value of £100, every month for a year at Alimentum! Furthermore, there are twelve runner up prizes of dinner for two, again worth £100 per meal.*

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To enter this fabulous competition, simply visit restaurantalimentum.co.uk and follow the instructions on the screen. Closing date for entries is September 30th 2009, and the lucky winner will be announced at the restaurant by owner John Hudgell in the first week of October.

Since opening in 2007, Alimentum has been quietly making a name for itself, winning three AA Rosettes, runner up at The Observer Food Monthly awards 2008, as well as a RSPCA Good Business award for their commitment to the ethical values of the restaurant. Head chef Mark Poynton recently joined the restaurant from nearby two-Michelin starred Midsummer House, where he spent seven years in the kitchen. Mark draws on his extensive Michelin Star restaurant experience to create dishes brimming with quality and originality at Alimentum. Starters from Mark’s new menu at Alimentum includeVelouté of pea with lardo and pea shoots and Assiette of duck with nettle puree and girolles.Main courses include Slow roast sirloin of beef Bordelaise, fricassee of snails and girolles and braised beef shin. And tempting dessertsinclude blackberry and granny smith mousse with granny smith sorbet.

Alimentum is also proud to host an acclaimed jazz club showcasing established and award winning rising stars every Tuesday evening, with the new season beginning in mid September.

One of the top French restaurants in Cambridge, Alimentum also has a cocktail bar, fantastic set menus and special offers.

*Terms and conditions apply

By taking part you are agreeing to receive news and promotions from Restaurant Alimentum. There is no purchase necessary but will only accept one entry per person. All winners will be notified and invited to join us at the restaurant for a glass of bubbly and prize-giving presentation. Your data will never be passed to a third party and you have the option to unsubscribe from e-marketing activity at any point in the future.

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Old World Gourmet Received A First Place Award For Best New Gourmet Gift With Their Party In A Pitcher

They have taken their line of already consumer friendly bar mixers, put it in the actual pitcher you make it up in, gift wrapped it, and it’s ready to go! The pitchers are trimmed out with coordinating colors to match the bar mixer inside. The Margarita Pitchers are done in bright greens, the Cosmopolitans are in hot pink…..the Frozen Wine Chillers are in burgandys, sage and golds…….you get the picture. Absolutely THE Perfect Hostess Gifts.

Old World Gourmet also received First Place in the Best Snack Category for their Simply SINsational Trail Mix. They combined freshly roasted and lightly salted pecans, almonds, cashews, brazils, macadamias, pistachios, hazelnuts and peanuts and then added FRIED GREEN PEAS! Mama said………. eat your peas and what a way to eat your peas! It’s packaged in assorted bandanas tied with jute string. A great snack mix with a keepsake bandana!! This item is a great basket inclusion, perfect for Father’s Day, and can even be assembled in your favorite “GAME DAY” colors! This is simply The Best Snack in town!

Old World Gourmet has been in the business of selling frozen wine chillers for 6 years. Dan and Deanna Sullivan attribute the success of their company to the grace of God, commitment to succeed, and always exceeding our customer’s expectations. “Success for us is truly measured by our customer’s complete satisfaction.” Deanna states.

Old World Gourmet actually made its debut on September 11, 2001… (Yes that date is correct). Dan reflected back to the day the business started, “We were in Philadelphia at the National Candy Show. Certainly we will never be able to forget that day.”

Old World Gourmet will be celebrating their 6th year in business on September 11, 2007. “Our parent company “Nuts for You” started in 1996 in Florida with two products, cinnamon and sugar glazed nuts and my grandmother’s “church punch” which later became our signature “Old World Cider”. Deanna reminisced By providing a high quality line of products and designing their own packaging and marketing strategies, It is no wonder that within the last five (5) years Old World Gourmet has reached a regular customer base just over 4000. They manufacture all of their products from the actual item to the custom bags that they go into. All are hand-crafted and hand assembled one bag at a time. Merchants who have developed a working relationship with Old World Gourmet are able to take advantage of their private labeling for resellers. If there is a frozen wine cooler on the market, it likely got its start at Old World Gourmet.

Old World Gourmet has been featured in The Home Business Magazine which highlights “self-made” business individuals. Some of their products such as our Vineyard Frost and their Margarita have been featured in magazines such as Rave Reviews and Country Business. Their products can be found in locations such at The Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Tampa Airport, Orlando Airport, Hallmarks, Theme parks, Boutiques, Hospital gift shops, and hundreds of retail shops.

Excitedly Deanna announces the new line of products that just hit the market. “Our Wine @ Five Collections(TM) of frozen wine chillers is a must! The hottest NEW Frozen Wine Drinks are here. Vineyard Frost, a refreshingly different way to cool down on a hot summer day! Just add our Vineyard Frost, your favorite wine, and mix, freeze and enjoy! No blender or ice needed. We are also the home of the “BITCH BAG” Collection of frozen Wine Mixes. That’s right, the “BITCH BAG” collection! THE BITCH IS BACK and she is at Old World Gourmet! Hot off the production line from Old World Gourmet, their new “Bitch Bag Collection” is breaking record sales. The powdered mix collection consists of all the favorites, “Wine-E-Bitch”, “Bitch-ARita”, “Cosmo Bitch”, “Lemon Drop Bitch” and “Bitchy Colada”.

For a delightful and unique wine tasting party, mix with your favorite wine, freeze about 3 hours, wire whisk and instantly become the best host/hostess in town! A frozen wine way ahead of its time!

These “Bitches” are here to stay. Come on now……………… you know you WANT ONE!

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Highland Fayre Has Launched A New Range Of Luxury Hampers

Highland Fayre, the premier Scottish hamper company for luxury corporate gift hampers, has just released a brand new range of hampers.

The new Highland Fayre hamper range is set to offer a wide selection of goods, including the company’s Royal Banquet, which contains a selection of their finest wines and gourmet food. There is also variety of Scottish hampers, chocolate gift boxes and the traditional port and stilton selections, as well as cases of wine and champagne hampers.

Highland Fayre is also continuing to offer customers the bespoke hamper service, as well as the new range of hampers. The service offers clients the ability to specify the contents of their hamper, as well as the style of packaging and type of delivery service. A large selection of food is on offer and hampers can also be tailored to particular food and drink types.

Highland Fayre has also recently noticed an increase in business from abroad. A spokesperson for Highland Fayre commented on the increasing popularity of its hampers from British expats living overseas:

“Our hampers have always been popular with UK customers and now we’re seeing an increase in orders for our Christmas hampers from British expats currently residing in Australia, China, America and other countries. It can be difficult for those living aboard to arrange gifts for their friends and family back home, but the quick and easy nature of buying and sending a hamper through our website, is proving popular with many who reside abroad.”

The popularity of Highland Fayre hampers abroad can be attributed to the company’s ability to arrange delivery of their hampers throughout Europe, and its partner hamper companies in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

About Highland Fayre:
Highland Fayre Ltd is the premier Scottish hamper company for luxury corporate gift hampers. Highland Fayre was established in 1985 and has since developed a high quality reputation within the corporate gift market.

Highland Fayre extensive experience of supplying bespoke hampers and gifts allows their dedicated team to gauge instinctively which luxury items recipients most like to find in their hamper or gift box. Highland Fayre offers a selection of luxury gift hampers that includes wine gift boxes, themed hampers and luxury Christmas hampers for all ranges of budgets.

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