Saturday, 21 August 2010


Our ever popular wine school evenings return to Maison du Vin on the 16th of September.

These events are a great way to learn more about wine in a relaxed light hearted and informative manner.

There is a nominal charge of £10 per head which includes a tutored tasting of up to eight wines and a simple supper after the tasting.

Our theme for this forthcoming event will be the wines of 'I VERONI' an artisan grower based in Chianti.

You can book a place by emailing me at

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Five a day?

Given that grapes are a fruit and that wine is made from the fermented juice of grapes.

Would it be logical to assume that a glass of wine,or two, counts towards your 5 a day?

Bloody hope so!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Cote de Provence Rose. Nectar of the Gods!

Kevin Griffin, owner of Maison Du Vin - Kent's wine specialists, discusses the virtues of one of the best summer wines.

“Being in the wine trade I am fortunate enough to get to drink
many of the world’s most expensive wines. But on a lovely hot day
dining alfresco or just sitting in the shade all I desire is a chilled
bottle of Provence Rosé. Then I am quite happy to kiss the rest of
the day goodbye! Rosé for me has to be dry, with rich fruit but very
pale in colour, and without a hint of sweetness. I want two lines of
fruit with a line of alcohol running down the middle. It has to hit
the spot, if you know what I mean. I find a good Provence Rosé
superb with a wide variety of summer foods. It can cope with
heavily dressed salads, dips, olives, grilled meats, sauces and pickles.
It also evokes memories of long lunches taken in sleepy French
Villages where, at lunch time the only sign of life on the street is a
dog sleeping in the shade. It also brings back memories of steaming
bowls of Soup de Poissons, on the Cote de Azur. But let’s not
forget those lovely lunches here in the Weald, alfresco, surrounded
by friends and family, the perfect summer day with the perfect
summer wine.”

Chateau Pigoudet Cotes de Provence £8.99 per
bottle, available from Maison du Vin. Free delivery
to Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas.
Maison Du Vin sells wines, cognacs, champagnes
and armagnacs from small, quality-driven,
independent growers.
Open Mon-Sat from 10am. Closed 4pm Mon,
8pmTue and Thurs, 5pm Fri and 6pm Sat.
Closed all day Wed & Sun.
For more details tel 01580 753487
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