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Summer, discount, tips and more

Summer is here !

Today is the beginning of the 3 months period gathering sun, warmth and rest. For all those who are going to chill out this summer, those who will take a short break or those who will continuously work, One To Wine is here keep you entertained and relaxed.  

Special summer discount  

 

Today, on June, 21st, it’s the first day of summer. There is no big deal in announcing that, except if one has something to share with you… And so has One To Wine! We wanted to share something special with you :  

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5 BOTTLES PURCHASED + 1 OFFERED = 1 CASE 

Sauvignon blanc Domaine du Petit Clocher

£75 instead of £90 per case 

Free next day delivery* 

Email us to order: maxime.maiano@onetowine.com 

*Delivery on the next day if you place an order before 11am, Central London. 

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A case of our most beloved Sauvignon Blanc from le Domaine du Petit Clocher in Anjou. Here is a quick reminder of its characteristics :  

Vintage: 2016 
Geographical Designation: Indication Géographique Protégée Val de Loire 
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc 

Appearance: Pale yellow gold with some green reflections. 
Aroma: Very fruity with mainly citric fruits (grapefruit, lemon) and exotic fruits (mango, passion fruit) and a hint of mint to refresh the whole scent. 
Palate: A vivacity comes on the palate which gives a pleasant sensation of freshness and very long-lasting fruity aftertaste. 

Aging 1 to 4 years 
Best served between 10°C and 12°C, does not require any aeration. 

Ideal for aperitif and barbecue, this wine will be perfect for the forthcoming summer. So, grab a glass and pour it with this fine and chilled wine, to prevent any damaged caused by the heat 🙂 .  

Change water in nectar 

But don’t forget how much too much wine can hurt, especially under a heatwave. The simple instruction, if you are going to spend and long moment drinking wine, is to also drink water! Furthermore, to change from the boring traditional still water, One To Wine has a little tip for you : 

  • In a grand jar, cut half a cucumber in thin slices

  • Add mint leaves, the juice of a lemon and ice cubes 

  • Mix it up by shaking the jar 

Tadaaa, a delicious and refreshing water to rehydrate. That is a recipe we always use in events and it is always a success! 

If you are eager to meet us and see (or see again) what we can offer you, we will organize several events this summer, thus stay tuned to see what is coming near you! The next one is a new cheese & wine pairing, taking place on the XXXXX.  

 

One To Wine wishes you a very nice summer! If you have any question about a wine, a doubt about a tasting, we are here to help you! See you soon on our events!!!

Event for EM Lyon’s alumni networking event

On Wednesday May, 23rd, the One To Wine’s team was catering for a new event : an EM Lyon’s business school alumni meeting, at King’s Cross Impact Hub.

 

The team had all set up 30 minutes before the start, in time to welcome the first guests. Preparing the cocktails, setting up the tables, making the glasses shiny… All went well to allow a catering service of quality ! We welcomed the alumni with a glass of our signature cocktail: the Royal Thames, fresh and fruity, while waiting the beginning of the reunion.

After a conference which inter alia included a presentation of the project of our partner Elysia, we offered a tasting of our red wine cuvée Le Généreux from Bordeaux, and our white wine Fornas Pino Grigio from Friuli. Moreover, the guests could discover the cooking prepared by Elysia, yummy !

Many thanks to the EM Lyon alumni for this event, we hope you enjoyed your time there as much as we did !

 

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Easter celebration with One to Wine

The Easter weekend is the first public holiday period of the year to enjoy the Spring-like season and weather. There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy with family members, and it’s generally part of Easter celebration. Therefore, be sure to make your plans well in advance in order to secure your travel and hotels at the best rates and prices.

 

But first of all, let’s make a little reminder of the Easter history.

Easter, also known as the Resurrection Sunday, is one of the oldest Christian traditions. This festival and holiday are celebrating the last week of Jesus’ life, his death, and his resurrection, described in the New Testament. It’s written as having occurred on the 3rd day of his burial after his certification by the Roman.

 

The actual date of Easter, unlike Christmas for example, is not a set date. Easter is always on a Sunday and can vary in date by country depending on the calendar used (Gregorian or Julian). In the case of the United Kingdom, which follows the Gregorian calendar, Easter is celebrated on the Sunday following the first moon after the first day of Spring!

 

Easter Sunday is rich in traditional foods and the Sunday lunch is the perfect opportunity to share a nice meal with the family members.

As a food and wine lover, Easter is the perfect excuse to eat delicious dishes and open a bottle of wine.

And for this special event, One to Wine has prepared THE perfect Easter Lunch Meal!

  • Hard-boiled eggs with Paprika mayonnaise as a starter
  • Herb Leg Lamb with roasted veggies as a main dish
  • Carrot cake as dessert

Red wines are a wonderful and natural match with lamb. If you decide to roast your meat, a Cabernet will go well. The deep, intense fruit flavor and firm tannin structure match the richness and texture of the lamb. In our selection, we would advise one of our new Italian wines: 2016 Cabernet from Bidoli made in Friuli.   

An oak-aged wine, a bit more complex, but still with woody notes can also be a perfect match, we can advise you our Ambitieux red from Bordeaux, produced by the Mouty Family, or the Ambitieux red from Languedoc, produced on the Corbières terroir by the Château du Roc. 

 

 

Don’t stay thirsty when the children are occupied with the Egg hunt. We have prepared the perfect Easter cocktail for the older. Yes, we also think about the parents!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of elderflower liquor
  • 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio from the Italian One to Wine selection wines
  • 0,75 ml of sparkling water
  • Some thyme and rosemary

Put all the ingredient in a nice bowl and have a good mix. Let the rosemary and the thyme infused a little bit and the cocktail is ready to serve on ice. This cocktail is better chilled!

Enjoy your Easter holiday!

One to Wine celebrating St Patrick’s Day

Every year, millions of people celebrate St Patrick’s Day, an annual event that honors the heritage and culture of Ireland.  

On this day, many will conveniently remember that their ancestors moved over from Ireland centuries ago. And others, at the same time, will use the occasion to drink liters of beer. Or both. 

 

But first of all, let’s make a little reminder about St Patty’s Day.  

Originally, the celebration was a religious feast day for St Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland and a Christian missionary. He was actually not born Irish but Scottish. However, he said to have spent a lot a time in Ireland and converted lots of pagans to Christianity before his death on March 17 in the fifth century.  

 

St Patrick’s Day has since grown into a global and international celebration of the Irish culture. Shamrocks, the three-leaved plants which were used by St Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to pagans, are worn by many.  

Celebrated as a national holiday in Northen Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, it is also widely observed in the United Kingdom, America, Canada or Australia.  

Moreover, festivities are usually involving drinking, most of the time beer, such as stouts like Guinness.  

 

But why not changing for once?

 

The One to Wine Leprechaun will not only carry the pot of gold coins in 2018! But he will also hide a nice bottle of Ambitieux Sauvignon/Chardonnay blend from the Loire Valley!

 

 

His nice pale yellow dress and has aromas of grapefruit with a hint of white flowers will be a perfect opening for Spring. And his fresh citrus aromas will be a nice fresh and fruity balance to input a little change in this Irish feast.  

For ones who don’t know what a Leprechaun is, let’s have a little updating! Typically represented as a creature dressed in green with red hair and hiding a pot of gold. Directly derived from the Irish folklore, it is the mascot of St Patrick’s Day! 

 

Enjoy our wine selection with friends and put some green in your outfit this next Sunday! Have a nice St Patrick’s Day! 

Rosé de Loire, Flowers and Mother’s Day

Rosé de Loire

 

Mark the date, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 11th of March this year! Prepare your phone call speech and organize the perfect attention to treat your mom with a day of pampering.  

 

First of all, let’s make a little reminder about Mother’s Day.  

The history shows that celebrations of motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. But the most modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian celebration known as “Mothering Sunday”.  

 

This special date is a holiday honoring motherhood. While dates and celebrations can vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers and gifts. So why not taking advantage of the event to offer wine to your mom?  

 

 

To treat your mom like a queen, we thought our wonderful rosé from Loire Valley could be just perfect. One to Wine team chose this Rosé de Loire 2016 from Domaine du Petit Clocher in Loire Valley. The wine has been taken with attention and we take care of details! Let us explain :  

 

– His raspberry pink appearance will remember her the blush she used during your childhood.  

– His very aromatic scent with red fruits notes such as strawberry and redcurrant accompanied by some violet aromas will remind her cakes she was cooking for you during summer.  

– And his generous, delicate and fresh mouth with a finish on red fruits flavor will, of course, suggest her gentle and attentive motherhood.  

– Plus, he won so many medals in France! It was even sold out a month only after being embattled! And we are the only one that managed to get 300 bottles for our beloved UK market.

 

What better way to give your mum the most charming day of the year with quality wine and a good time with her. Furthermore, London is a hot spot to take care of the main lady in your life, take her to a plush afternoon tea in the very English tradition at Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason. Or to an exhibition to absorb some good culture to the Impressionists in London at Tate, if she prefers nice art.  

 

Have a nice Mother’s Day! 

British Pancakes Day

We know that in the UK, « pancakes » sound more like breakfast than fancy dinner. But why not turn this wonderful day of the year as a real pancake feast and pairing it with wine? Sweet or salted we thought about every food lovers, and we give you some advice to prevent rookie mistakes.  

 

First of all, let’s make a little reminder about pancakes day. 

The history says that Pancakes day, also named Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Supposed to be 47 days before Easter Sunday, it was a time of fasting. Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before beginning the Lenten fast. Pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.  

 

A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of 4 simple ingredients: eggs, flour, salt, and milk. Once the batter ready, it is fried in a pan and served immediately, traditionally with golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar. But you can also serve it salted with ham and cheese, as it is well known in France!   

Now, the tough question is : which wine should we drink with pancakes? Pancakes and wine might not seem the most obvious of partnerships (usually cider is), but any excuse to open a bottle (or two) should never be missed.  

Like for pasta, the best match for pancakes depends on the topping or filling which can be savory or sweet.  

 

 

Simple sugar and lemon pancakes 

The classic British way. To be honest, the traditional way can be eaten on its own or with a cup of an aromatic tea. But we still got a good pairing : a Sauvignon de Loire Domaine du Petit Clocher 2016 from the One to Wine’s selection would be perfect. 

 

Pancakes with fresh berries 

Our One to Wine Crémant de Loire Sparkling Blanc de Blancs Domaine Maison, Millésimé 2014 with a touch of sweetness pairs pretty well with the lighter style of pancake topping/filling. 

 

Pancakes with chocolate sauce  

A sweet red wine like Maury AOC Mas Amiel 2007 is one of the most delightful pairings on dark chocolate.  

 

Savory pancakes with hard-battered cheese like comté, ham, and spinach  

A dry white wine such as L’Ambitieux from Loire Valley, Cheverny AOC Domaine Maison 2013 does the trick. 

 

Got other ideas? Do share your favorite pairing with us on Facebook! 

5 things to do in London at Valentine’s day

Every February 14th around the world, candies, flowers, and gifts are offered to loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

 

Because you probably forgot, we are now at that time of the year again… And it’s next week! We know, time flies sooo fast and you already remember this awful previous Valentine’s day where all new trendy restaurants were full or the only person you hang about with was your pillow, or your cat as best.

 

One to Wine thought about you for this wonderful 2018 year: we have planned a day for everyone, for you, 35th-year-old couple, and also you, lonely wild heart. You will have no more reasons to repeat the same mistakes year after year after you reading our article!

 

London is a city of thousands of opportunities. Parks, restaurants and hidden romantics places are everywhere. But why not ditch the teddy bear and do something different on the most romantic day of the year, such as museums? Let us suggest you ideas to make the lover’s Day an unbelievable experience. No matter what your time schedule looks like so far, we list 5 options which can be taken separately or in a whole with a breakfast, a matinee, a lunch, an afternoon and, of course, a dinner!

 

  1. Breakfast

EVERYONE likes breakfast in bed. But liking it is a step, having it is another. You will need to wake up early, soil your kitchen, have bought all the ingredients in advance and do the dishes once done…

NO ONE has time for that and even less the energy when you are warmly rolled in your cover with your significant other like a comfy burrito.

So why don’t you order it? One call and 30 mins later, the bell rings and you have your breakfast without even putting your feets out!

  1. Matinee

As we said before, introducing a cultural touch to the cutest day of the year can be an idea. We thought of a visit of the Tate Modern.  As known as the most important modern art museum in the UK, it contains artworks from Picasso, Andy Warhol or Dali. Moreover, you will be thrilled by the romanticism of the ephemeral exhibition of nudes from Modigliani.

  1. Lunch

If you stay at the Tate, you can go at the top of the building. From the last floor of this over-structured build, you will discover an elegant restaurant. Take some time to enjoy a meal and a drink while admiring the fantastic panorama of the city.

  1. Afternoon

What do you think about a walk side by side? You can wander from Little Venice to Camden Town, away from the crowded touristic streets. This calm and tranquil area would be perfect for a walk or even a narrowboat cruise between locks. If you are celebrating it on Sunday, a promenade in Columbian Road’s Flower Market is also a delightful option. What a lovely location for a tour surrounded by bouquets and irresistible smells!

  1. Dinner

To finish this amazing day, why don’t you go to one of the most impressive bars of the city?  Eventually, you can have a drink at the top of the Sky garden. Or maybe you would rather have an intimate moment with your beloved in a charming Clos Maggiore Italian restaurant in the Coven Garden district.

 

And, of course, for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day: share a limited edition box of French Madeleines and a bottle of Champagne method Crement de Loire 2014! (Order your gift on Bisou les Madeleines website)

We hope you will enjoy the tips we are giving you for the most romantic day of the year!

The Mulled Wine

Everybody knows what the best remedy in case of low temperatures is, and yes you can drink it obviously: the Mulled Wine!

Glass of Mulled Wine The origin of this beverage is rather old: it is said that the ancient Egyptians made it first! However, the exact origin remain unknown. The spiced wine was used for medicinal purposes and was considered to be a remedial elixir of the afterlife.

The antique Romans extended this drink through Europe. Early recipes included an exotic array of herbs and spices such as spikenard, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, ginger, and honey.

Romans were improving the recipe through the years. They used to plant flowers and herbs inbetween the vineyards ranks, trying to transmit their flavours to the grapes.

The crusades made most of the work in spreading mulled wine through Europe. Around this time cinnamon, ginger, cloves, paradise, and long pepper were the typical spices used to make it.

Years later, each country started to adapt the recipe. In Poland, a cream was added to mulled wine, making wine soup, known to be an extremely refined breakfast. The English version was usually made with a sweet wine, water, lemon peel, lemon juice and nutmeg. In Spain, the original Sangria was just cold, spiced wine, and contained cinnamon, ginger, and pepper.

Now that you know the history of this popular drink, time to make it!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 whole nutmeg , for grating
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 bottles Chianti or other Italian red wine
  • 2 star anise

Recipe

  1. Peel large sections of peel from the clementines, lemon and lime using a speed-peeler. Glasses of Mulled Wine
  2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.
  3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
  4. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. The reason I’m doing this first is to create a wonderful flavour base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine. It’s important to make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol.
  5. When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into heatproof glasses and serve.

With the cold we had these days, isn’t it the perfect time to drink a full bowl of Mulled Wine?

 

Galette des Rois

The Galette des Rois is a traditional cake in France. After Christmas, French people start to eat this delicious cake, mainly in the northern regions. It is pretty common to find Galettes in almost every bakery during all month of January, sometimes even until March!

Bottle of one to wine wine cremant du Loire

The Galette is a flaky pastry with notches incised across it and browned in the oven. The simplest version is filled with frangipane. But there are more complex ones such as apple compote or chocolate recipes.

In the south of France, the traditional dessert for January is a brioche with fruit, called Gâteau des Rois.

To understand better what this tradition is about, we have to say that it is nowadays mostly used as an excuse to meet with friends and relatives. It is the perfect pretext to invite someone home for a catch-up. It is used to be served with sweet white wines, Champagne-method sparklings –we highly recommend the perfect pairing with our Cremant de Loire Blanc de Blancs 2014 from Le Domaine Maison-, a glass of cider or a cup of tea. An important detail is that inside the cake there was originally a bean, replaced nowadays by a porcelain token. It is all the fun of this tradition as the one to find this token in his slice is crowned “king” or “queen” for the day. If a grownup gets the “bean”, they are supposed to buy the next Galette.

The origin of this tradition is linked to the Three Wise Men epiphany, it is said that the Three Wise Men, Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltasar went to give presents to the baby Jesus at Belem. But also this tradition dates back to Roman times, when they cooked dessert whit beans inside, to celebrate Saturnalia, the festival of the winter solstice, at which a queen or king was chosen for one day.

It is believed that at the table of the King Louis the XIVth they played “find the king”. The ladies of the court who found the “fève” (bean) became queens of France for a day and could ask the king to grant them a wish called “grâces et gentillesse”. But the Sun King, Louis the XIVth, was to abolish this custom.

In the past, the pastry would be cut into as many portions as there were guests, plus one. The last one, called the “part du pauvre” or poor man’s share, was for the first poor person who stopped by the house.

Another curious tradition related to the Galette is the annual reception at the Elysée Palace, the residence of French President. An enormous Galette (measuring 1,2 meters across for 150 people) is made for the President of the French Republic to be served after a ceremony. But the artisan baker and pastry chef responsible for making it are instructed not to put a fève in the cake because “it would not be appropriate to find a king in the presidential palace of the Republic”.

This is the story about this delicious dessert, if you want to learn how to cook it we posted a recipe on our Facebook page.

We hope you will enjoy eating it as much as we enjoyed tracking back its origins!!

The Harvest

At the end of summer, in all the wine producing regions in the northern hemisphere, starts one of the most important period of the year: The harvest.

 

This time would arrive later, from February to April in the south hemisphere.

The winemaker choose a precise day to harvest each grape varieties that varies each year due to two main factors:harvest container

The climate of the vintage (the year of the said harvesting), the ripeness of the grain depends essentially on the weather, sunny and warm summers usually equals early maturation of the fruit.

The kind of wine he wants to produce, a more mature fruit will bring, after fermentation,
sweeter and stronger aromas and tastes.

Of course there are much more factors like the grape variety, the blending percentage and more… Which makes the decision of harvesting very complex, but yet decisive to achieve to make a great wine!

It is usually admitted that the latitude of where the parcel is situated has a big impact, also its altitude, as a colder climate will slow the growth of the vine and the maturation of the grape.

 

Also the exposition to the sun has a big importance. A parcel facing south will always be exposed and the shadow of the ranks will never prevent the other grapes from photosynthesizing, so the quality of the grape might peak earlier than another parcel.

 

 

This said, the wine makers has to control its grapes everyday.

The first test will be to crush a few grapes all along the ranks to observe the grainseeds: as long as they are still green, no further action is required; but as soon as they turn brown, the winemaker needs to take samples.

Those samples are sent to a lab for analysis, mainly to control four levels: anthocyanes, the phenols, sugar and acids (the most precise will also observe some aromatic molecules concentration but this is not mandatory). Those four levels will def
ne the three maturations a grape can achieve: the anthocyane level reveals the maturation of the skin that will bring a wine its colour. The phenols will bring indication upon the maturation of the seeds, which define the tannic structure (is it light, medium or full-bodied) and at last, the sugar and acids will define the maturation of the pulp, that gives the wine its aromas. The eye, the palate and the nose, this is how a wine is built and imagined at the beginning.

A few times per decades, sometimes per centuries, those three parts of the grape achieve maturation on the same day: those are the very rare perfect vintages that we all are looking for!

Knowing that, it is time to start the harvest, and you can choose between the mechanic harvest or the manual one.

Usually the manual harvest is used to make high quality wines (as it does not hurt the fruits) or in small crofts, while the mechanic one is normally used for bigger crofts (and it is cheaper;).

Here are a few tips to follow to harvest the right way:

Take care good care of the time of the day you chose to pick up the grapes, you will have to do that when it is not too hot, otherwise they will start to ferment on-site.

Don’t use too large containers, the grapes would be totally crushed and lose their juice… which we want to avoid.

Carry them as quickly as you can to the cellar, they must start to ferment once there not in your container.

You now have the basics to harvest, you just need a couple of vineyards, oooh sorry a cellar can be useful too, it couldn’t be that easy, could it?

Once all of this done, you can organize the traditional fest to celebrate the end of the harvest of the vinyard (called Gerbaude in the Bordeaux region for instance), it is a way for the château to thank all the harvesters for their hard work during two weeks!

Tell us about your harvest stories we would love to hear them!

vineyard ready for the harvest

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