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Tapas & Wine, Gift Hampers & Discovering English Fizz

 

What an incredible week!
This is the busiest we have been since prior to opening, and trust me that is definitely saying something!
 
Spanish Tapas and Wine evening
 
Thursday saw the highly anticipated event featuring food, drink and music from and by the excellent Joe Botham & team at Levanter Fine Foods
Starting with the refreshing Ferret Cava Especial and Banderillas, Pork Meatballs followed accompanied by our Izadi White Rioja, Gambas Pil Pil were washed down withHerencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca, Jamon Serrano & Iberico complimented the Pruno from Ribeiro Del Duero, with the impressive Flor de Vetus Verdejo washing down the excellent chicken and seafood Paella. My mouth is watering once again just in memory of it all!!

Enormous thanks go out to Levanter for their part in creating an authentic & wonderfully enjoyable atmosphere, we even managed to re-create the Spanish summertime weather in October here in the Ribble Valley!
 
 
 
The Autumn Gift Fair at Stonyhurst College
 
This weekend Stonyhurst College hosted their popular Gift Fair and was the perfect opportunity for us to showcase some of the Gift Hampers we have put together, lots of local fare goes into the themed packages such as a Chocoholic Hamper, the Chilli-holic hamper, a Bowland Brewery Hamper, and our exclusive festive hamper including a fabulous 10 year Tawny Port, Blacksticks Blue Cheese and Christmas Pudding made by our amazing cake partner Lisa Marie Cakes of Longridge. 
For those who made it to the show and signed up at the Live Ribble Valley Stand; you will have witnessed the most amazing cake creation I have certainly ever seen around these parts, whilst also entering the draw (to be made very soon) to win a celebration cake and fizz worth in excess of £200! 
We also made some new friends; Emma Bailie from Aged in Oak, based in Garstang, provided a professional tasting demonstration and showcased some equally excellent wines. It was great to share and compare our exploits and experiences with fellow local wine independent merchants, we wish you every success and very much hope to catch up again soon, we can't wait to visit your shop!
 
A Full House

Upon returning from a busy day on the stand and with the ever popular Peter stepping into our shoes in our absence we were greeted by a bustling shop of smiling faces and chinking glasses, it was fantastic to witness our busiest weekend so far and so thank you all for coming; familiar faces and new, I hope you all enjoyed the evening and hope to see you again soon!
 
 
 

Lighting in the Press

Once again thank you to at Live Magazine for the choosing Fullaloves Vintage Lighting as an editorial piece for the fabulous interiors edition this month, it has generated a great deal of interest in what is quite unique but wildly sought after ambient lighting, especially poignant given the clock change over the weekend!
 
Discover English Sparkling Wine

For those who are eager to learn of our next event, pen in the Friday 22nd of November into your diaries as we sample some of the finest of English Fizz. The local Michael Bush fromNyetimber will be hosting an evening to tell us how the English wine industry is hot on the heels of our legendary neighbours in Champagne, and arguably even topping the tables for fizz the world over. It has even won over our own Royal family to switch to home grown grapes as their celebratory tipple. Canapes will match the various styles of wines produced by Nyetimber to give you some inspiration as we tentatively mull over what to buy for the festive celebrations!  
 
Spaces will be limited to around 30 for this event get in early if you would like to join us. Keep a look out on here, the forthcoming newsletter or on Facebook for more information to come this week.
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Wine Tastings, Weddings, The Chocolate Block, & New Neighbours

 

 
Hi all,
This is just a brief update following a fabulous week at Fullaloves!

Wine Tasting

Thursday 22nd was the evening of our very first and anticipated wine tasting evening, accompanied by a stunning array of Antipasti; the relatively unknown grape varieties from the South of Italy proved exceptional and we are currently putting together the orders from the evening. A huge thank you to Andy Taylor of Liberty Wines once again for hosting the event, I do believe we all learned a little something under the splendid atmosphere in the Glass house, and thank you to all the guests who came along and made the evening fantastic.
This was us "dipping our feet in the water" and I can happily say that we will certainly be doing so again in the near future so keep a look out for new dates to be announced very soon.

Our First "Stydd Country Wedding"

Congratulations to Laura and Tim who, on Friday 23rd tied the knot and entrusted Stydd Gardens, The Glass House Cafe and us; Fullaloves Wines to provide a country style wedding reception. The Bride looked stunning whilst the Groom and best men looked the part in Jeans and tweed. From our side of the bar, it looked as though everybody had a great time and we thank all involved for having the faith to have pulled off such an occasion and make it a success, all of us wish you the very best in your life together! Please follow link for more information about "Stydd Country Weddings"

The Chocolate Block

 
 
We have just taken delivery of the last of the allocation of this years vintage of The Chocolate Block, a blended red wine from South Africa. Its limited barrelage over the past few years has lead to creating quite a following with people clambering to get hold of this superb wine before it runs out for another year. We have only 10 dozen (as of the time of publishing) remaining and I expect to see these to disperse very quickly; so heads up and get in quick!
More details about the wine can be found here £19.95

New Neighbours

After weeks of anticipation, Maison De Lamond, purveyors of fine refurbished antiques, bespoke painted and distressed furniture and other vintage curiosities, opened their doors to the public last Saturday, and what a fabulous addition to Stydd Gardens, contributing to the unique and sublime feel to the whole scene.

Finishing touches are being applied to The Bee Garden, our upcoming neighbor. Maureen Little is chomping at the bit to open and offer all things Bee inspired; Honey's, Beeswax Candles, Textiles, Ceramics and more. Maureen is a budding horticulturalist and author of The Bee Garden, and will follow up this with further books whilst in residence at Stydd Gardens

Weekend Break

Myself and Andrea are tearing ourselves away from the shop for just a few days this weekend; we are letting our hair down (so to speak in my case!) at the Bingley festival. This does mean that on Friday we will be closing our doors early i'm afraid, so we can head over an pitch our tent in the sunlight. We will be closing our doors at 5pm Friday. Over the rest of the weekend, Peter will be taking the reigns and operating normal hours until our return on Monday.
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Wine Tasting, Summer Cases, Gift Vouchers & Giveaways

Wines of Southern Italy; a taster

 
So we have now been here for a whole month, and what a month! We have been blessed by such a beautiful summertime season (until today of course!) which has given us a great start, we thank all of you who have been to Stydd Gardens to visit us, experience the surroundings and enjoy our fabulous wines! 
 
We have finally responded to so many requests for events and now are pleased to unveil our inaugural wine tasting event. In keeping with our continental-esque surroundings, Andy Taylor (Liberty Wines) will be taking us on a tour of the South of Italy, tasting wines that may or may not be familiar to us, and the culture that influence such an underestimated region and wine-making .
 
Andy has been a key jigsaw piece to the foundation of our humble wine "cabin" (Chalet, Shack, Shed... for want of a better descriptor...suggestions welcome!), his knowledge and assistance in putting an initial range together for both us and in turn the Glass House Café has been invaluable for a great start to our journey.
 
Taking place in the Glass House Café, next door to Fullaloves Wines, tickets for the event are £25 per person, this includes tasting 8 wines and a selection of antipasto to accompany them.
 
(edit. we are limited to 30 spaces; since this went out, 16 tickets have already been reserved, therefore please book quickly to avoid disappointment!) If you would like to reserve a place, please call or email us
 
Summer Case
 
To accompany such fabulous weather of which we are not totally accustomed to, we have put together 6 wines we believe go hand in hand with the sun and warmth, many of which you may also not be accustomed to, but should certainly make the most of.
 
 
As an incentive for you to come and try this case we are offering a mixed case of 6 wines (one of each) at £65 or 12 wines (2 of each) at £125. Numbers, like the British summer, are limited, so make the most of them at this price, whilst its warm enough to enjoy them!
 
Gift Vouchers
 
We have just eased your burden for choosing presents, wine has easily got to be the most appreciated gift to receive (or is that just me!!). However choosing wine for tastes other than your own can be a little tricky. Introducing Fullaloves Wines Gift vouchers, so you can be sure your gift is enjoyed! The vouchers are available in the Wine Bar at Stydd Gardens, or online here
 
Free Prosecco
 
Lastly, in a shameless attempt to increase our Social network, we are giving away a free bottle of Prosecco once we reach 500 likes on Facebook. Love it or hate it, social media is part of our culture so here we are embracing it!
 
To be in with a chance of winning, you must "share" our posts, the more "shares" we receive, the more "likes" we are likely given, hence the quicker we reach our goal and somebody wins the prize! 
 
You will find our page here, upon which we post all our goings on, events, updates etc.
 
Enjoy the rest of the holidays and hope to see you here soon!
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Fullaloves Wines Shop and Wine Bar Has Finally Opened Its Doors

It has been a long while since the last update; predominately down to the fact that we have been intensely busy working hard to get to where we are now. Last week we finally opened our doors for the first time; and our lowly "shed" has become a modest, yet inviting and unique wine cabin. We have filled our shelves with a superb collection of wines personally tasted to ensure there is a top notch bottle for all wine lovers and novices alike. We are experimenting with some select mixers and cocktails from good old G&T, Peach Bellini's to a more Italian themed Rose, Elderflower and fresh mint concoction. All to enjoy here at Stydd.

We also have Bowland Brewery supplying us with local ales and a selection of fabulous oils and balsamic vinegar. In the coming weeks, we will be offering some further accompaniments, fresh breads with oils and vinegar, olives and a cheese board with chutneys, and possibly even some local dairy Ice Creams.

The venue brims with character, showcasing the wines in rustic fashion and awash with vintage lighting amongst the antique furniture, creating an atmosphere that blends naturally with its surroundings within Stydd Gardens.

Our wedding marquee is erected and surrounded by the wild flower meadow leading to the entrance and a luscious fresh lawn sprawls the front aspect.

The grounds are coming to life now, the roses and passionflower are blooming. Our resident collection of beautiful white doves have multiplied from 5 to 11 and the cooing of tiny beaks emanate from the dovecote again too!

We still have a way to go to be totally complete, although progress should now be an evolution rather than a ways to completion, so come and have a look in, enjoy the summer whilst it is with us; it appears as though we are going to be blessed with clear and warm skies this month; indulge yourself in the fabulous gardens with a glass of your favourite wine.


We are open daily from around 11am until 6.30pm Monday to Thursday, and later (around 8pm) through the weekend
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