Archives: July, 2016

Enjoy a cold one this summer: Our pick of British beers & ciders

As well as a vast selection of wines, we also pride ourselves on offering an inspiring selection of lagers, ales and ciders, which are about as far removed from the shelves of your local supermarket as possible.

Along with our pick of brilliant brands from Europe, America and Australia, we also showcase several favourites from closer to home, starting with Cornwall of course…

The Cornish Crown Brewery: Small-batch brewery on the edge of Penzance. Josh Dunkley makes beers using natural spring water and the finest Marris Otter pale Malt. Whole hops are used to give the greatest aroma, and all the beer is casked straight from fermentation.

Look out for Porter & One Hop Grain.

St Ives Brewery: The St Ives Brewery began life in 2010 and now produces five real ales, the best-known of which is the popular Boilers.

Knill by Mouth is the latest offering. A 5% Pale ale set to take the real ale world by storm.

Driftwood Spas Brewery: This brewery, based at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, prides itself on crafting traditional British Ales with an elegant and sophisticated edge. They are particularly good when matched with food if you fancy an alternative to wine.

Bolsters Blood and Unexpected are our current favourites.

Black Flag Brewery: Another outstanding Cornish microbrewery, this time located on the North coast near Perranporth. All processes are carried out by hand, only the finest ingredients are used, and all the beers are unfiltered for maximum flavour.

You’ll currently find White Cross IPA and Fang Pale Ale on our shelves…

Polgoon: Polgoon Vineyard and Orchard on the edge of Penzance produces award-winning wines, ciders and juices. All apples are grown and pressed on-site.

Choose from Apple, Pear, Berry, ‘Cornish Gold’, and Mount’s Bay Scrumpy…

St Ives Cider: This family enterprise produces artisan ciders; David Berwick has a wine-making background which shows in the nice balance and food-friendly character he achieves.

Selection includes Smeatons, Clodgy, Bamaluz & Porth (all local orchards, places or events).

Secret Orchard Cider: Exmoor’s best kept secret, this cider is made in small batches from hand-picked apples, using 100% juice (no concentrate) and wild yeasts. It’s amazingly pure and refreshing. The dry recently won Silver at the British Cider Championships; no-mean-feet for two guys and a small manual press!

We stock Sweet and Dry, with Nettle Cider coming soon.

Hammerton Baron: A resurrected 19th Century London brewery, which is bringing modern brewing with global influences back to Islington.

Baron H Earl Grey Black IPA is a blend of hops, with Earl Grey leaf added to the fermentation.

Take your pick – and enjoy!

Award-Winning Polgoon Wines Available Here

Congratulations to Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard, which recently won recognition from prestigious worldwide competition, The International Wine Challenge.

Our nearest vineyard neighbours received Commended Awards for both the 2014 Bacchus and 2014 Madeleine Angevine.

We are pleased to have stocks of the Bacchus here at Scarlet Wines, which has also just been awarded a Gold from the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

The Bacchus is described as follows:

“A single estate and single variety, exuberant white wine that has a nose of fresh spring grass, gooseberry and elderflower. The aromatic palate is full of tropical fruit and peach flavours. Ideal pairing for crisp salads with goat’s cheese or Cornish shellfish – particularly crab – and fresh vegetables such as peas and asparagus.”

We are currently recommending the Polgoon Bacchus with our Seafood Platter, with fresh seasonal sides including Broad Beans and Rocket Salad.

Polgoon occupies a sunny hillside on the edge of Penzance, where grape varieties suited to the Cornish climate are grown alongside apples and other fruits used in their ciders and juices.

Owners Kim and John Coulson established the vineyard and orchard from scratch; the site is now a magnet for food and drink enthusiasts with tours and tastings, and a deli selling other Cornish produce.

John was pleased with the results of this year’s competitions, saying: “It is extremely special to receive such prestigious awards; I am especially proud of our Bacchus winning Gold from the UK Vineyards Association. It is all very excited for not only us all here at Polgoon, but also for the English wine industry as a whole.”

The Polgoon Bacchus 2014 is £15 a bottle in the shop, or £21 to drink in. It’s also on sale by the glass.