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The Mother of All Sundays

The Mother of All Sundays Posted on March 1, 2016 by hawkinsbros Mothering Sunday conjures up memories of Infant School; daffodils made from scrunched up  yellow and orange tissue paper inexpertly, but lovingly, stuck to hand folded pieces of card that were only slightly softer than school loo paper. Waking the Aged P at some ungodly hour with a cup of luke-warm, milky, almost-tea in one hand, the card in the other and the phrase “I didn’t buy it” on my lips. Years later it would be a  bunch of garage forecourt flowers and an inappropriately rude card, or some whizzbang kitchen aid, like a vegetable twirler, that probably still lurks at the back of the cutlery drawer, unused. The days...

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Hiding from Juno, a storm in a wine glass

Whilst Storm Juno raged outside (what happened to G, H and I? The last one I remember was Frank) I was tucked inside our cosy shop looking forward to a drier weekend and a visit from our friends at Upperton Vineyard on Saturday. Yes, the makers of the wonderfully named sparkling wines Aurora, Alia, Nebula and the rose Erubesco will be here to do an informal tasting from 11.00 on Saturday 30th January. Based just outside Petworth their vineyard is very close to our old stamping ground when James and I had The Halfway Bridge Inn. Andy Rogers will be pouring and telling the Upperton story just outside our shop at Secrett’s. One day later and “Dry January” will finally stagger to...

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Wine Tasting This Weekend

Hawkins Bros. Fine English WinesSecrett's Farm Shop, MilfordSaturday 9th January, 12pm to 3pm Simon Bladon, owner of Jenkyn Place in Bentley, Hampshire joins us to taste his delicious,award-winning, sparkling wines.The 2010 Brut, vinified by wine wunderkind Dermot Sugrue, which won a coveted Gold Medal at the 2015 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships will be available to taste along with its sister wine, the 2010 Blanc de Noir, a full-flavoured fizz, entirely made from Pinot Noir grapes. As always, The Hawkins Brothers will be on hand to guide you through the pleasures of drinking great, locally produced wines.

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