May 3rd, 2012
Today we are really proud at Barrica, not mention excited (!), to announce that we have been shortlisted as one of only four finalists by Harpers Wines & Spirits as
Top Merchant of the Year in the UK!
This is the first year of these awards, so it’s very gratifying to be chosen as one of four finalists from all the Independents in the country. Harpers, along with Off Licence News (who gave us a similar award in 2010), is one of the most prestigious wine & spirit trade publications, so it’s an honour to be nominated as a finalist!
The Winner will be announced at their Gala Dinner on Tuesday, 22nd May – wish us luck – there’ll be a few bottles of fizz open to celebrate if we win!
February 10th, 2012
Do you need some cheering up during these cold and miserable days and nights? Look no further - if you can’t make it to one of our fabulous events – the Tapas and Wine night on Friday 24th February or our Spring Portfolio tasting on Thursday 22nd March are just two – why not let us bring a tasting to you?
Barrica Wines are famous for their fabulous wine tastings, so if you have a group of friends who are as passionate about wine as you are, why not get them together for an memorable evening of tasting and discovering some new wines. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about wine, we pitch these evenings at a level where everyone can learn one or two things about wine in an informal yet informative way, and have a great evening at the same time, without any of the patronising and stuffy stuff wine appreciation can sometimes bring!
We can offer “ready made” packages at various price levels, just ask us for details, or let us know what you like and we and what your budget is and we will put together a handpicked selection of six wines that are guaranteed to delight both you and your friends. We can even supply the glasses if you have lots of friends!
If you’re unsure what type of tasting you’d like, below are our tried and tested favourites, all of which have proved to be very popular in the past.
- Introduction to Wine Tasting
- Country Themed Wine Tastings
- Call my Bluff Wine Tasting
- Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting
- Christmas Wine Tasting
- Cheese & Wine Tasting
- Food & Wine Matching
All orders received during the evening will receive a special discount, so what better excuse could there be to stock up on some fabulous wines to keep you warm all the way through to the Spring. And best of all – at the end of it you don’t even need to drive home!
We also run wine tastings for groups, societies and charities, so if you are a member of a group who you know would enjoy a wine tasting event, why not get in touch with me at Barrica Wines today? Please remember these are very popular evenings, so the diary does tend to fill up very quickly!
November 25th, 2011
£38.95 Whilst Stocks Last…
It’s back again! We’ve managed to repeat our extremely popular offer of this Iconic Pink Fizz from Laurent Perrier at an amazing price of only £38.95 (75cl) – and it comes in a beautiful gift box which would normally cost you a few pounds more. But at this price it is already selling very fast and it is only available whilst stocks last. So if you think this would make someone a perfect Christmas present, or better still, would like to treat yourself, get down to Barrica this weekend whilst it is still in stock.
Don’t forget we have lots of things to make your Christmas planning a little bit easier, like create your own Wish List @Barrica, Barrica gift vouchers, bespoke christmas hampers, wine related gifts and of course – our famous Barrica Wine Cases – for Christmas Day and any Christmas Parties you may be planning over the festive season.
Hope to see you soon…..
November 23rd, 2011
Well if the weekend is anything to go by Christmas is officially now on its way in the Barrica Wines Shop.
On both Saturday and Sunday the shop was extremely busy and we took lots of orders for our Christmas Day Wine cases priced at £41.40 and £91.60 – showing a wallet boosting 20% off our normal retail price, and our party wine cases priced at £60. More details on all our Christmas wine cases can be found here.
Our bespoke Christmas hampers and enormous selection of wine related gifts are also porving very popular, so if you are stuck for a gift, why not pop in to the shop and see what we have to offer. Here are a few ideas to whet you appetite.
November 18th, 2011
Last night’s Christmas Portfolio Tasting was a really great night!
Suppliers and customers alike said it was the best yet with a great atmosphere – and I couldn’t agree more. We have put a limit on the numbers for these events now to ensure that everyone gets to talk to the suppliers and can get to all the tables, and this really seems to be working.
The food afterwards was the poshest shepherd’s pie I’ve ever tasted! – Thank you Simon Bower, you are really taking the Huntleys food to the next level.
We had some stunning wines available last night from £6.95 to £60 and we received a lot of lovely orders from people taking advantage of the 10% discount on the night. I was particularly pleased to see so many of the orders were for the more expensive wines, which just goes to prove if you let people taste a good wine they are confident to trade up once they know how good the wine is going to be!
A lovely climax to the night for me was a first time visitor who said he didn’t know what to expect but it was 10 times better than anything he’d imagined. He has already asked to buy 12 tickets for our Spring Portfolio Tasting on 15th March 2012 – so if the tickets are going to fly out this quickly you had better get your tickets bought soon……
November 14th, 2011
This must go down as one of our best – and most enthusiastically attended – dinner tastings yet. Thank you to everyone who came, but especially all those of you who dressed up – the costumes were amazing and really made the evening. We were especially impressed by the guests who turned up in a jeep……
The new range of Bordeaux Wines we were previewing went down extremely well and everyone was amazed by the excellent vaue of the wine. If you missed out on the night we now have the wines in the Barrica shop so pop in and see what you missed.
This was our first opportunity to sample a menu Huntleys brand new head chef Simon Bower and the meal was absolutely superb!
Pan Fried Sea Bass with Buttered Spinach and Lemon and Chive Beurre Blanc
Pomme de Terre Boulangere and Seasonal Vegetables
Tarte do Pomme Michelle Darche with Huntleys Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce.
If you missed out on this – there is still time to book tickets for Thursday’s Christmas Portfolio Tasting – but hurry, because there aren’t many tickets left.
November 10th, 2011
Here at Barrica we are extremely excited that Huntleys restaurant has a fabulous new chef.
Michelin starred chef Simon Bower, who has previously worked as head chef at the Marco Pierre White’s Swan Inn at Aughton and as joint head chef at the prestigious Northcote Manor has joined the team at Huntleys as Head Chef.
Huntleys restaurant has always been excellent, but we are expecting that Simon will take it to a whole new level! Come along to our Armistice Day Dinner on Friday or Christmas Portfolio Tasting supper on 17th November and see what he has to offer……