Winter Wine Course: Bookings Now Being Taken

We are pleased to announce that our first ever Winter Wine Course will begin in January, and bookings are now being taken! It’s the perfect motivator to get you out of the house on a dark winters night, and would also make an excellent Christmas present for the wine lover in your life…

Jon will guide participants through five weeks of tasting, in a programme which promises something completely different to the usual dry (no pun intended!) format.

Jon explained: “Wine courses often follow strict formats where you learn about ‘how things should be done’ in the world of wine; you get lectured about grape varieties, and taught to recognise ‘typical examples’ of a certain region.”

This course will set out to break the mould, as Jon explains: “I want to introduce people to emerging trends in wine-making right now, and the people and places who are forging ahead with exciting approaches and styles.”

The course begins on 31st January with an introduction on tasting wine and food matching; all the sessions will include a selection of light bites from the Scarlet Wines kitchen to accompany Jon’s selection of wines.

Four further Wednesday evening sessions will follow; the full course content is yet to be finalised but Jon’s working themes include Stars Of The Southern Rhone, Eastern Europe’s Reawakening, Spain’s Cutting Edge and Oak In Wine: The Devil In The Detail.

The price for the complete course is £150 (including all wines and refreshments) and spaces are limited.

To book, please call 01736 753696 – vouchers for the course are also available as Christmas gifts.

‘Feast & Flames’ At Leach Pottery

We are very excited to announce that we have teamed up with St Ives’ world-famous pottery studio for a night of fire-lit art, food and drink.

Guests at the evening launch of ‘Teachers’ Pots’ on 3rd November at Leach Pottery will be able to eat, drink and get creative in the inspiring surroundings of the historic studio, museum and gallery.

A pop-up pizza oven in the pottery’s soda kiln will provide both spectacle and sustenance, as pizzas are cooked at lightning speed by the high temperature wood-fired kiln.

A bar in the Clore Studio will dispense eclectic wines from around the world and a selection of award-winning cider from craft producer Secret Orchard – including Mulled Cider to stave off the winter chills.

As well as enjoying live music, guests will also have the opportunity to decorate and fire their own raku pot, taking it away with them on the night.

The Leach is such a great venue for a creative pop-up event like this. We’re looking forward to keeping guests satiated with heart-warming food and drink, on what promises to be an atmospheric winter evening just before Bonfire Night.

Entry to the event is free, while food, drinks and participation in the raku firing will all be charged on the night.

The Leach Pottery Shop will also be open during the event, with a 10% discount on all sales.

See you there!

Our latest exhibition: ‘Friends of Scarlet’

We are thrilled to have attracted a string of top local artists for our latest monthly exhibition, which has been curated by St Ives painter – our very own Iona Sanders.

‘Friends Of Scarlet’ features Anthony Frost, Luke Frost, Sue Bleakley, Rod Walker, Bob Bourne, Nick Hellyer and Kate Burdett – all of whom are established artists with representation from prestigious Cornish and national galleries.

Iona will also be showing some of her own sought-after pieces in the show, which promises to provide a snapshot of the variety and self-assurance of contemporary art in this part of Cornwall.

We are really excited to bring these artists together and to offer people the chance to see their work outside of the traditional gallery setting. Iona has specifically chosen pieces which work really well in the intimate space, and the affect is quite dramatic.

The exhibition is the latest in a monthly programme of pop-up shows which aim to give local artists – established and emerging – a platform to reach new audiences; photography, sculpture, ceramics and illustration have all featured in recent months.

The high profile of the current artists reflects the success of the initiative; anyone interested in showing their work in the future is invited to get in touch with Iona via the café.

The exhibition can be seen at Scarlet Wines from 4th October to 12th November and the café is open every day from 9am.