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Todays Newsletter to our Customers

Wines of USA Masterclass. – A cracking night to be had at the Conservatory at Mitton Hall on Weds 13th May. The time is 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Hosted by Rob MacCulloch, one of the very few to reach the absolute top of the wine industy and be declared a Master of Wine, this is a fantastic opportunity to hear Rob talk about his passion, the stunning wines from the USA. You will enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival followed by a tasting of 3 whites and 5 reds concluding with a cheese board to enjoy with your remaining wine. Tickets are £20 each. To book please call the shop on 01254 822581 or email jen@thewhalleywineshop.com

Toms Fundraising Total. – It’s nearly 3 weeks since Tom returned from The Sahara desert having completed the Marathon Des Sables – a series of 6 marathons in 6 days described as ‘the toughest footrace on Earth’. Not only did he complete it but he finished in 466th place out of 1358 competitors. A remarkable effort for someone who’d never run a marathon before. Tom initially set out to raise £3000 for charity. But due to the amazing kindness and generosity of our customers and of friends and family, he is currently at £5,760 with some sponsorship still to come in. The money is being shared between 3 charities as follows….Cancer Research UK £3000. Gurkha Welfare Trust £1400. PHAB in Whalley £1360. Well done Tom, we’re all proud of you.

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If you would like to add a last minute donation and maybe get it above £6000 please go to his just giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/teams/tomjonesmds or text 70070 and put TMDS85 and the amount of your donation. Thank you.

Ribchester Music Festival. – Tom hails from Ribchester and continues to support many of the events that happen there. This year the Whalley Wine Shop is a sponsor of the 23rd (and final) Ribchester Music Festival, which features 16 concerts in 8 different venues at the end of June, and stars The Swing Commanders amongst others. Tickets for the event are on sale at The Whalley Wine Shop, or you can go online for information and tickets at www.ribchesterfestival.co.uk

New Quaffable Mixed Case – 12 bottles for £69.99 – We also have a new great value Quaffable case available featuring 1 Prosecco, 4 Whites, 2 Roses and 5 Reds including many shop favourites. An average price of £5.83 a bottle makes these great wines to have in for the Bank Holiday.

Il Caggio Prosecco

William Robertson Chenin Blanc – South Africa:

Taringi Sauvignon Blanc– New Zealand:

Fiordaliso Pinot Grigio – Italy

Beyond The River Chardonnay – Australia

Fiordaliso Pinot Grigio Blush – Italy :

Les Ligeriens Rose d’Anjou – France :

Altozano Tempranillo blend – Spain:

Mission Peak Shiraz Malbec – Argentina

Spier Signature Shiraz– South Africa

La Boheme Primitivo – Italy

Mas O Menos Bonarda Malbec– Argentina

Special Bottled Ale Case. – We are delighted to start stocking beers from the Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire. With over 350 national awards and the world class Jaipur IPA they are a brewery in really good form. As an introduction to the Thornbridge range we have a ‘starter case’ which contains 9 Beers for £24.99 and includes the limited edition 10th Anniversary Jaipur X which is no longer available to buy as a single bottle. A great way to explore their different beers. Here’s what’s in the case…..

Jaipur – India Pale Ale ABV 5.9%

Wild Swan – White Gold Pale Ale ABV 3.5%

AM:PM – All day IPA ABV 4.5%

Chiron – American Pale Ale ABV 5.0%

Wild Raven – Black IPA ABV 6.6%

L’Eroica Britannia – Pale Ale ABV 4.3%

Bamberg – Smoked Bock ABV 6%

Cocoa Wonderland – Chocolate Porter ABV 6.8%

Jaipur X – Imperial IPA ABV 10%

Wines Available By The Glass – Just changed the wines in our By The Glass dispenser. Featuring some of our top Australian Reds and a lovely spread of New World whites, we really love this selection and it has wines priced between £12 and £100 for you to try. This is what you can now sample in-store by the glass…

Mulderbosch 1000 Miles, Sauvignon Blanc, – South Africa, 2012, 13%
“One of a number of fabulous current releases from this Stellenbosch Winery, this barrel fermented Sauvignon shows deft handling of oak. Mineral and balanced, it has subtle vanilla spice and intense grapefruit, herbal and blackcurrant leaf flavours. Drink 2014-18. Score 94” Tim Atkin. £22.49 a bottle, sample £1.10

Leftfield, Albarino, – New Zealand, 2014, 13.5%
Gorgeous flavours of citrus, flowers, melon and peach! A new addition to our shelves this is sure to be one of our favourite wines this summer. With ripe apple and pear notes and a touch of spice and vanilla on the finish this wine has lovely texture too.12.99 a bottle. Sample 70p

Kooyong Faultline, Chardonnay – Australia, 2009, 13%
The fruit is restrained, and there is considerable texture on the palate. Not at all fat, but rich whilst remaining refined. With flavours of straw, almond, lemon rind and with slight nutty notes this shows the very classic Kooyong style. £37.99 a bottle. Sample £1.70

The FMC, Chenin Blanc – South Africa, 2012, 13.5% – Golden in coulour this wine oozes rich opulent aromas, including jasmine and white flowers with a little white pepper as well. The palate has lots of richness with flavours of honey, butter and apricots with a hint of botrytis that creeps into the finish. £24.99 a bottle. Sample £1.20

Ben Glaetzer ‘Amon Ra’, Shiraz – Australia, 2010, 15.1%
Deep purple-black in colour, the 2010 Amon-Ra is restrained on the nose showing pure black fruits, chocolate and liquorice. Full-bodied and densely packed, the voluptuous palate is framed by firm, fine tannins and a crisp acidity with a long, well-balanced finish. £66.99 a bottle. Sample £2.90

Jim Barry  'The Armagh' Shiraz.
Jim Barry ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz.

Jim Barry ‘The Armagh’, Shiraz – Australia, 2008, 14.9%

The philosophy of the estate is to locate vineyards capable of producing exceptional quality fruit and then to retain all of that quality in the winemaking process. It is also a policy to hold these wines in reserve until they are ready to drink, a laudable objective which requires significant investment. £99.99 a bottle. £4 a sample

Turkey Flat, Grenache – Australia, 2011, 14.5%
Cropped from 90-year-old estate bush-pruned vines, the wine displays aromas of dark cherry, plum and spice. The palate is full with cherry chocolate and plum flavours, overlain with warmth and peppery spices. £19.49 a bottle £1.00 sample

Jim Barry ‘The First Eleven’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Australia, 2006, 14.5%
The wine is a vibrant deep crimson colour, with characteristic Cabernet aromas of cassis, cigar box and cedar. The palate is rich and elegant, dominated by black olives, nutmeg and allspice. The tannins are finely grained, and the wine ends with a lingering liquorice, black cherry finish. £29.99 a bottle. £1.40 a sample.

Cheers,

Tom, Dan, Jen and Jack
The Whalley Wine Shop
63 King Street
Whalley
Lancashire
BB7 9SW

01254 822581
http://www.thewhalleywineshop.com

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Tom completes the Marathon Des Sables in 466th place out of 1358 competitors.

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Here are the final e-mail updates from Tom in the Sahara Desert, after completing  the last stage.

Hi, it’s done. It’s finally done!

I went hard for the run today, I didn’t want to come back thinking I could have done more. Today was an exact Marathon, 42.2km. Ran everything apart from 5km of soft dunes. Smashed it in 5hr 50mins, 417th position today & think my final place is 466th. I cant believe I’m in the top 500, there are some serious runners here, I am punching well above my experience & ability. Just a stubborn litle bugger I suppose! So pleased its done, the whole tent made it round so the atmosphere is great.
We have a concert tonight & the atmosphere at the line cheering everyone in is great. I cant wait to be home now & see everyone. Looking forward to normal life again! Hawksmoor on Mon, free corkage, bring Magnums! Comte sounds great! 

Part 2! Hope the shop is good, thanks to all the guys for looking after it. Had some great emails from loads of people, cant say thanks to any individually, but thanks to everyone for the support and the well wishes, it really is a highlight of the day to get stuff from home.

We have to do this 11km fun run for charity tomorrow, it’s not part of the race, but we have to do it. Cannot wait to hit the hotel & get some proper food! Wind howling last night, blew the tent down, my sleeping mat has a slow puncture so only got about 5 hours sleep! Smashed the last days marathon in 5hrs50 though…!

Head a bit frazzled. Speak tomorrow night when I get my phone back! Have a good night, call tomorrow! Tom.phoca_thumb_m__sam0194_bassedef phoca_thumb_m_etapecharity-campagnie-mds2015-copyright-13_bassedef phoca_thumb_m__sam0410_bassedef phoca_thumb_m_etape5-campagnie-mds2015-copyright-9_bassedef phoca_thumb_m_etape5-campagnie-mds2015-copyright-8_bassedef phoca_thumb_m_etape5-campagnie-mds2015-hd-41 phoca_thumb_m_etapecharity-campagnie-mds2015-copyright-12_bassedef