Top trio of artists for our February exhibition

We are very happy to welcome three hugely respected artists for our next exhibition here at Scarlet Wines. Iona Sanders, Tom Leaper and Karen McEndoo will be showing here from February 4th until early March – all pieces will be for sale.

The trio are reuniting for a pop-up show at Scarlet Wines following their recent successful exhibition at Penwith Gallery in St Ives, where they were part of ‘October Six’. Though their aesthetic and approaches are all very different, the three share certain characteristics which bring cohesion and context. For example, their work all has distinctly Cornish influences whilst defying the expectations of contemporary Cornish art. They also all take a markedly playful approach to their practice; unafraid to experiment, they are continually challenging themselves to explore the subtleties of colour and form, and examining the effect on the viewer.

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Tom Leaper

Tom Leaper

For over 30 years, Tom has produced a remarkable variety of work, from the figurative to the abstract, from small studio pieces to large scale projects in public spaces, using a wide variety of materials and techniques.
Based in Cornwall, Tom’s public sculptures include the poignant Fishermen’s Memorial at the port of Newlyn and numerous markers for English Heritage and the South West Coastal Footpath. Private commissions can be seen in some of the finest English gardens in the country, including Tresco’s Abbey Garden, Arley Hall and Trewithen to name but a few.

Iona Sanders

Iona 2

Iona was born in the far west of Cornwall, and has spent most of her life there. Her early days were spent combing the beaches for treasures, and pressing flowers, which would go on to become the subject matter for her drawings. Later on, when her children were young, she painted canvases to brighten up their rooms, which led to more commissioned work. Recently her paintings have explored simplicity (in her otherwise busy domestic life), often paying particular attention to mundane, everyday objects. Her passion is derived from the landscapes that surround her, and the sea view which is the predominant feature of her studio. Her style is free, with a naivity that makes her pieces like a breath of sea air. Her work is mainly ink and acrylic, with the odd splash of an emulsion as a primary backwash. Whether depicting a favourite tea cup, jar of wild flowers, an old chair, or a wave, each piece exudes a warmth and vibrancy that gives the onlooker an intimate glimpse into Iona’s world.

Karen McEndoo

Karen McEndoo

Karen McEndoo was born in Carshalton in Surrey but her early life was spent in Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia) which has had a tremendous influence on her work, inspired particularly by the rich colours, designs and music around her and memories of the smell of the scorched earth after the first rains.

Her influences also include the works of Sandra Blow, Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Robert Sadler, Nicholas de Stael and Antoni Tapies to name quite a few.
Karen lives and works on the Roseland Peninsular in Cornwall and in particular an affection for the far west coast of Cornwall, ‘ I gain much inspiration from the wild and untamed coastline and the rich history of the mining industry. I also have a particular passion for science and nature, be it deep space or microbiology, this often creeps into my work’.

Top 10 Boozy Gifts For Christmas

Stuck for gift ideas for those particularly boozy friends or family members? For a little inspiration here is Jon’s Christmas List – there’s not a pair of socks in sight!

  1. The Foundry Grenache Blanc. This full-bodied white has a lovely jasmine richness and was voted South Africa’s best white wine this year. A bargain compared to its old-world rivals and a great introduction to the wines of this country, which are growing in interest and complexity each year. £15
  2. Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir. First class Pinot from one of South Africa’s best specialist producers. It’s also the perfect Turkey accompaniment! Another great find from my recent whistle-stop tour of vineyards in this beautiful country. £30
  3. Macymyra 10 – Swedish single malt whisky par excellence – and they now import to us direct so the price has recently come down to £60
  4. Quinta do Vesuvio Late Bottled Vintage Port. A super-famous estate in the Douro really delivers with this delicious top quality LBV. £20
  5. Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin. All the way from Australia but worth it for this intensely flavoured gin which would make a great gift for all those gin collectors out there. The key botanical is Finger Lime. £50
  6. Domain Ferrand Chateauneuf du Pape. For when only the best will do.  This is lavish wine – powerful, supple, spicy and super-smooth in the mouth. Make sure whoever you buy this for drinks it with you! £38
  7. Cave du Turckheim Mayerling Brut from Alsace.  Made from Pinot Blanc this is a cracking value sparkler with heaps more cut and interest than Prosecco for a very fair £16
  8. Rizzardi 3em Cru Amarone. A superb full, rich and deliciously savoury Amarone wine from the Veneto. £38
  9. Vincent Gaudry Chante Cigale Sancerre. A biodynamic and brilliant lean and tangy Sancerre, the biodynamics adds a lovely extra edge of complexity to this super-fresh wine. £26
  10. Scarlet Wines Gift Vouchers. These vouchers can be used in our wine and spirits shop and deli, and also our cafe – making them a great way to gift an experience rather than more ‘stuff’.

We hope you find one of the above under your tree this Christmas…

What does a wine merchant drink at Christmas?


If you would like a little help stocking up your wine rack for Christmas please come in and talk to us. Tell us what you like and what you don’t like, and you’re bound to leave with some truly wonderful finds to complement your food offering and make your Christmas really memorable.

For a little inspiration here is what Jon drinks at Christmas (a slightly edited version anyway, we know you don’t have all day!)

Christmas Eve. This has to be one of the best times of the year. That delicious moment when everyone is home and you can start the party. I like a crisp, well chilled white wine, something refreshing like Sancerre or Pouilly Fume. These are from Sauvignon Blanc grown in the upper reaches of France’s Loire valley. They lack the pungent fruitiness of New Zealand Sauvignon but replace it with a tight, stony crispness that is impossible to beat.
Domaine Roblin Sancerre, £19.50

Christmas Morning. My family tradition calls for Champagne at this point. Personally these days I usually opt for English Sparkling Wine from one of Devon or Cornwall’s own vineyards. Every bit as good and local too.
Trevibban Mill Brut, £30

Christmas Lunch. Burgundy is the absolute classic here. These are the most tricky wines of all to get right. The whites are from chardonnay and the reds from Pinot Noir. The best guide to quality is the name of the producer rather than the micro zone the wine comes from, but you must get advice and you must spend a decent sum or you will be disappointed. When the wine is good, there is nothing better in the world; buttery, complex, creamy whites and multi-layered, complex, delicate reds with the odd mushroomy twang to keep your interest until the very last drop.
Les Heritiers Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc, £22
Amiot Servelle Chambolle Musigny, £65

Christmas Day Evening. By this point fatigue has set in, the palate is a little jaded and a disagreeable hangover lurks nearby. I find that something sweet does the job, ideally sweet and fizzy. So a nice Moscato d’Asti is perfect; this is low alcohol with a delicious grapey fresh taste and a lick of comforting sugar. For something stronger and sweeter, go for vintage port, ideally with a couple of decades age. This is another absolute classic, rich full and, if well aged, tastes a bit like Christmas cake.
GD Vajra Moscato d’Asti, £20
Quinta do Infantado 2011, £58

Boxing Day. Head out for that walk, get some air, chase the dog / children about and you will be ready for one of life’s true pleasures; the boxing day left-overs lunch. What to drink? This is a chance to go off-piste; so top quality of course, but less trad. I’d love a rich complex, full bodied white from South Africa. For red a lovely gentle, spicy Rhone wine, so Gigondas, Lirac or everyone’s Dad’s favourite, Chateauneuf du Pape.
Miles Mossop Saskia, £18
Domaine Gallety Cotes du Vivarais, £25