5 litres of Ontañón Crianza


5 Litres of Crianza

Just delivered yesterday, 2 very large bottles of Ontañón Crianza Rioja, 5 litres in each! This morning we could not decide where to put them so we made the executive decision to … open them! One has already gone and we are half way though the second. At first we were not sure what this bottle size was called but after a little research discovered that due to recent U.S. regulations limiting larger bottles to even litre sizes, some modern red-wine “Jeroboams” are now 5 litres rather than the traditional 4.5. For those of you who are interested, just a few bottle sizes below:

Magnum: 1.5 litres (two bottles)
Jeroboam: 3 litres (four bottles) – Named after the first king of Israel 931 – 910 BC
Rehoboam: 4.5 litres (six bottles) – King of Judah
Methuselah: 6 litres (eight bottles) – Biblical patriarch who reputedly lived to 969 years
Salmanazar: 9 litres (12 bottles) – King of Babylon 539 BC
Balthazar: 12 litres (16 bottles) – One of the 3 wise men
Nebuchadnezzar: 15 litres (20 bottles) – Another King of Babylon 605 – 562BC

Solomon: 20 litres (28 bottles) … We have one of these in stock!
Primat: 27 litres (36 bottles)

Magnum: 1.5 litres (two bottles)
Marie-Jeanne: 2.25 litres (three bottles)
Double Magnum: 3 litres (four bottles)
Jeroboam: 4.5 litres (six bottles) *
Impèriale: 6 litres (eight bottles)


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Great South Run Triumph!

After four months of hard training, on Sunday 25th October Emma, Jose & Justyna took part in the Great South Run to raise money for the rowans hospice. there were many injuries over the 4 months but thankfully all three were fit and well on the day. Justyna came in at 1:41:22, Emma at 1:43:09 and Jose at 1:52:42. All three are over the moon with their times and most importantly, that they raised nearly £4,000 for the Rowans Hospice. Roll on next years challenge!

Emma, Justyna & Jose still in high spirits at mile 7!

Emma, Justyna & Jose still in high spirits at mile 7!

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Camber & abarbistro visit Exton Park

exton park

On Tuesday 29th September, a group of us from abarbistro spent a very pleasant morning amidst the vines of Exton Park Vineyard; thanks Jose, for organising! Exton Park is set on the slopes of wild roaming chalk lands in the heart of Hampshire.

We were greeted by Fred Langdale, the vineyard manager, and Mark Ferguson, sales manager.

Fred oozed with enthusiasm as he started to tell us all about Exton. The terroir is a mirror image of that found in the actual Champagne region…so it was decided that they should focus on sparkling wines. As a result, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier were planted in 2003, and the vineyard has developed since then. There are now over 100,00 vines.

We learnt about nurturing the vines, picking the grapes, and making the actual juice. We were shown the cellar store, and introduced to other team members.

Then the most exciting part…we tasted the fruits of all their efforts; Exton Park Brut, Blanc de Noirs and Rose. All really delicious, elegant and bubbly…..and of course English through and through.

It goes without saying, that we are selling the wine in Camber Wines!

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